The Monterey Games dawned bright and early at 9 am Saturday morning. Sure enough, we had people Droppin’ Drawers before 10, and the bell ringing! We figured all that bell ringing would help everyone else wake up ;) It’s always fun to meet our FaceBook friends in real life, so we were happy to meet Cindy Knox face to face on Saturday. We helped her son Kurtis get his first kilt, which he was plenty stoked about. What a terrific highlight!
1916 delivered excellent entertainment and kept the crowd pumped all weekend. They’ve added a new member, Kenny Mount, who is only adding to their awesomeness. Kenny’s wife, Malissa, wore her Billie kilt, and she and Kym were lookin’ foxy in the 1916 booth! Whilst Renee added a new kilt to her wardrobe–a momma kilt :) And she rocked it!
Overall, Saturday was the usual crazy busy work day for us Kilt Lasses! To celebrate a successful day, we decided to eat at our favorite restaurant from last year: Gino’s. We were seated in the patio, and everyone immediately opened their menus. Hey, it was a long day, and we were all starving! Except Dennis apparently. When we bothered to look up from our menus, we saw that he had scooted his chair backwards and joined another table of people, who were all asking him questions about his Heritage of Scotland kilt. Being his usual charming self, Dennis explained all about kilts, and why they all needed one. Well! No more convincing needed for this group! Dennis scooted back to our table, and Bryanna scooted her chair over to close the deal. Yes, ladies and gentleman…we took a kilt order AT DINNER. It’s just what we do! What can we say, kilts never go out of style! Makes you sorta wanna go out to dinner with us just to see it in action, don’t it?
Once we finished with the order, we went into the more important things in life: eating! Gino’s has some amazing Italian food, and almost everyone finished their plates that night. We made our way back to the hotel stuffed and happy. Kyleena offered to drive the Suburban back to the hotel, and Dennis followed behind, driving the van. When making a right onto a street, Kyleena managed to piss off the turn signals in the car, and they wouldn’t turn off. So as we sat in the right hand turn lane, all Kelli and Dennis see are the Suburban’s signals switching from left to right. Kelli was convinced Kyleena was messing with her. In actuality, Kyleena was freaking out, trying to make the madness stop. They FINALLY turned off, about a couple blocks before the hotel.
The next morning everyone popped out of bed and began to get ready for work. Everyone that is, except Karen. Karen had been fighting off a bug for days, and it finally caught up with her. She kept trying to get up and get ready, but Bryanna and Kyleena made her lay back down. The show would have to go on without her!
Throughout the day everyone wanted to know where Karen was, and everyone was sad that she wasn’t feeling well. A Highland Games isn’t the same without the Kilted Momma, and we all know that. In spite of that it was picture perfect weather, made only more beautiful with more visits from our family of NorCal friends.
We spent the weekend not only with our Clan (Inebriated) Chief and our 1916 pals, but with Billy and Dawn Nuckles from Bakersfield as well. Zandr and Karen even came out too! Our Celtic family truly is the blessing in all the sometimes madness.
In the afternoon Damien from the band Tempest gave in to temptation and got himself a black kilt. He had to ask us if the kilt was fire proof by any chance…did you know that Damien could breathe fire? Because we sure didn’t! And, BTW, it’s not! And, it doesn’t come with an extinguisher…yikes! Should we be concerned?
When tear down came, we packed up our stuff for the last time on the PNT, albeit a little slower since we didn’t have the help of Kilt Lass Karen. Dawn insisted on helping us out, which was extremely sweet of her. And man oh man, can that woman pack! She may look slender, but she has some serious guns on her! She was carrying kilt boxes like they were nothing! Dawn, you were a lifesaver, we cannot thank you enough! The Kilt Lass Application is in the mail to you as we type ;p
After tear down our whole big, loud group met up one last time at Black Bear Diner. Our boisterous group talked, laughed, and ate together, enjoying the feeling that comes at the end of a Games- that you spent an entire weekend working, yes, but that you were able to do so surrounded by friends and family. The good, the bad, and in Karen’s case the ugly…yes this means you Billy and your damn camera! All she wanted was a pancake and a cuppa tea!
We, The Kilt Lasses, had a wonderfully fantastic time these past five weeks. We’ve been through 3 states, worked 4 shows, driven hundreds of thousands of miles, and, flown a few too. We’ve kilted too many smiling willing faces to count, had a few car bombs here and there, and enjoyed what was the time of our life with dear friends. We are so blessed to have THE best job in the world. And to everyone reading this: it is all of you that make our job so great.
Really and truly we talk about all of you all of the time. Recall and recollect our events and those who touched our hearts or tickled our funny bones. We are blessed by you. Writing this blog has brought all of us closer than we ever imagined (remember the photo of the fishies drying on the towel rack?). Hopefully you’ve all enjoyed reading it much as we’ve enjoyed writing it.
So, the PNT remix is officially over and we get a month long break until we are back at it. Pleasanton Games 2010…see you soon! :)
P.S. To continue blogging or not? That is the question.
Total Miles Logged: 2,500
Total Cases of Water: 10
Total Number of Energy Drinks: Too many
Total Number of Kilts Sold: Lost count
Number of New Friends Made: Heartwarming
Number of Laugh Attacks: Priceless
Kenny: I’m really sorry guys, I’m usually really funny. I don’t know what happened.
Attendee of the Montery Games: I love watching those fishnet walk away ahhhhhhh
Billy: Don’t trust cheese!
Billy: Karen, you need to eat more meat.
Kyleena: I’m not funny out of contex.
???: If you’re looking for Zandr he’s at the front of the stage looking up at men and taking photos.
Billy: I like the shirt with the 2 Rampant lions and the blue shit.
Damien: Is this kilt fire proof?
(In reference to ‘dressing’ pancakes)
Bryanna: You can either enjoy life and eat a lot of butter. Or eat that shit that’s one molecule away from plastic and watch your arteries fill up like a Matel doll.
Walter: No baby that’s what makes it good. But you need syrup.
Kelli: I have to sit next to Karen, I didn’t get any of her today.