Monday, June 06, 2005

Straight People + Super-Gay Event = Good Times

In 2000, I met one of my idols, Debbie Harry of Blondie. One of the reasons I have always loved her is that she is so badass, has such an amazing voice, can play with the boys and hold her own, and she is also hot (see yesterday's post). So when I heard that she was going to be playing at Wigstock, I knew I had to go.

What is Wigstock, you ask? Ah, let me enlighten those of you who aren't aware. It is a now-defunct event (edit: Wigstock has apparently been reincarnated!) held on one of the piers in NYC that celebrates drag queens and gays and lesbians and transgenders and all that fun and rowdy stuff. A friend of mine (I will call him Merry Lad, or ML for short) had a friend who worked on the PR for this event. ML called me and asked if Hub and I would like to go...and oh yeah, he had backstage passes too. I was slightly intimidated...I mean, these men in dresses are hotter than most of us ladies could ever hope to be, and they can be, well, bitches. They have attitude. But, Debbie Harry was going to be there so I sucked up my fear/intimidation and said hell yeah, we're there.

We go and get our wristbands that say "talent" on them (hm, did people mistake me for a queen? I think probably no). We walk through the huge crowd of thousands to the backstage area. Wow, this was something to see. There were people all over the place in various stages of dress, prepping for their turn on stage. There were some singers, some dancers, some comedians, some general performers. It was so cool to watch them get ready...applying false eyelashes (which I could never do; I always seem to get glue in my eye), stuffing their bras (which, incidentally, I have never had to do), and walking in heels that were higher than the hair on their wigs (and that's pretty high).

Finally, I see Debbie Harry. She is hanging out with some queens, just talking and laughing and whatnot. I suddenly get shy and I can't think of a thing to say to her that won't sound lame. So Hub goes up to her and says, "my wife is a big fan, can she take a picture with you?" She rolls her eyes, sighs a breath of exasperation at being bothered by such boring, non-transgendered people, and nods yes. She was refusing to smile, until Hub was finally like, "people you better smile so I can finally take the picture!" So she smiled a big, fake smile, I assume just to get away from us. And then walked away like the diva she is. Hub was offended that she was rude, and while it would have been awesome had she invited us into her trailer for drinks and let me sing on stage with her, I thought she was just as I expected her to be. A punk rock diva with an attitude. And I loved her. We blew up the pic and it is framed in our basement bar.

But the best part of the day was when Hub has to use the restroom backstage. It was an outdoor event, so there were just two portapotties back there. There was a line. He gets on line, right behind a 7-ft tall (with heels) blonde drag queen who was so gorgeous. I am not really paying attention, until ML says to me - look! Hub is chatting up a queen! And I looked over and there they were, talking away,Hub in his totally white-bread baggy blue cargo shorts and polo shirt, and Queen in her heels, huge blonde hair, full makeup and beautiful super-short dress. Of course I took pictures. It was classic. And proves how comfortable Hub is in his masculinity - I was proud. Although it looks like "she" is ignoring him in the pic, the conversation went on for a good long while:

Hub with Drag Queen

And, while still on line, a teeny tiny queen came up by Hub. She was a bitty thing and was basically doing the "pee dance" begging Hub to let her go in front of him. He let her. Time went on and on, and she wasn't coming back out. Finally, she emerged from the portapotty and whispered to Hub, "don't worry, I wasn't peeing, I was doing coke." Um, ok.

We were walking around backstage later on, and who do we see but Dan from the Real World Miami. My one friend gets starstruck by him (huh?) and she's like, I gotta say hi to him! So she goes up to him and says - Dude, you rock! He was like, um, thanks?

All in all, a good time. We were out of our element, for sure. But it was fun and I learned alot. But not how to apply fake eyelashes, unfortunately.

36 comments:

mrsmogul said...

I used to be friends with Lars of Real World London. I love Blondie! I once saw her get into a cab with Andy Warhol when I was walking to high schooL!

Claire said...

Wow, sounds like you had a lot of fun! I love things like that where you get to meet people you wouldn't normally have a chance to meet!

Guppyman said...

OK... my Debbie Harry claim to fame.... She was a friend of mine's aunt when I was just a little kid. She came around once in awhile.... Ran us to the store and things like that. She was pretty cool to us, considering we were like 11 years old at the time.

Later in life, I saw her open for the Ramones... She came out during the sound check and did a strip tease for those of us who were there way to early.

The drag queens... I worked at a Stop n Go for quite a few years... I was one of only a couple of straight people who worked there... (Some customers refered to my store as Stop N Gay)...

I somehow have met far too many drag queens in my day...

Nam LaMore said...

i love some of the current blondie mash-ups (mostly bootleg copies), and there's one that is intertwined with The Doors -- "Rapture Riders" -- very cool mix.

Bumbling Bav said...

It jsut crushes me how great the Queens look. They should be teaching us all their tricks.... truely skilled in being a woman.

I could use a little help over here!

-xtessa- said...

that was such a fun thing to do! man, i'm so jealous of you guys! i live such a boring life! LOL!!!

Indigo said...

What a fun time! But, I would have been totally put off by the fake pee, cut in line, to 'do a line' thing. And I would have really ticked about Debbie Harry was so fake, and not afraid to show it.

trine said...

Wonderful story! Debbie Harry is well cool, but obviously a biatch, so never mind, you got your photo, right, which i note you didn't post! how could you, true! we want to see!! ;-)

Janet said...

Damn, that sounds like SO. MUCH. FUN!!!

jlybn123 said...

One of the things that I LOVE about your posts is that it seems you are the type of person that grabs life by the horns and you never miss an opportunity to do something new and fun. Kudos to you Jersey Girl!!!

MommaK said...

I saw Blondie in concert once too. Sounds like you had a good time. I was hoping to see a picture of you enjoying yourself. Got any?

Molly said...

That sounds like it was a total blast! I went to a gay club for halloween last year and the drag queens were awesome. The pageant part was hysterical and it is depressing that some of those drag queens make pretty girls, though at least I get ready a lot more quickly!

J&J'sMom said...

Soundslike Key West at Halloween..they have a Mardi Gras type thing called Fantasy Fest...we went there for our Honey Moon..I'll have to post some of the pictures some day...eye opening to say the least!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Great post, Jersey Girl. Very descriptive.

Arethusa said...

What a great experience! I am so horribly square I've gone to nothing comparable. Very descriptive post, I agree.

Twist of Kate said...

AHAHAHAHA! Sounds like a lot of fun...you guys know how to party over there! I have heard of Wigstock, because I have many gay friends, but none of them do drag. That would be interesting! :)

Brandie said...

LMAO-- you obviously did learn a lot. I love Debbie Harry too. I think a lot of the so-called "rocker chicks" today (yes, I'm talking to YOU, Avril Lavigne) could learn a hell of a lot from her.

Cori said...

That is too fun! I wish I was there.I would have been out of my element as well but who cares?

Natsthename said...

I loved Blondie!

The drag queen photo is a gem!! You hubby doesn't look a bit intimidated by a man in a dress! ;)

janie q said...

does anyone want to hear about the rock i live under, thought so. i use to love blondie, hope the hubby knew he was talking to a drag queen;)

trinamick said...

I don't know any guy in my family that would have been comfortable talking to a drag queen. Of course, half of them wouldn't know what they really were anyway, LOL!

Bridget Unnel said...

Your day definitely sounds more interesting than mine was outlet shopping! My Debby Harry claim to fame: I dated her band's publicist during the time that "Maria" came out. Well, I dated him way earlier than that, but not so far back as to say "I was at CBGB's when..."

..::Meems::.. said...

I love Debbie Harry & Pat Benatar. Kick ass women.

Charlie Mc said...

I have to say I liked Benetar better....Blondie always seemed like a bitch. Tide is High my ass..... :)

Raehan said...

Sounds fun! I like Blondie, too. I think she's universal. My husband, who's a grateful dead fan, likes her a lot , too.

Loz said...

That photo of Hub with the drag queen is fantastic - it looks like art, the way she's not looking at him, and he's holding his hands like he's in a business meeting... love it.

PresentStorm said...

yeah I think the Guoster had a crush on her in his youth ...Sounds like you had a great time ..That is cool ..I am in agreement though here ...Where is the pic of you and Debbie?..I love the one of your hubby and the Queen ..That is classic ...lol

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Elle said...

Where is the pic of you and Debbie?? Post it!!!!!

Dawn said...

that sounds very cool!

Sleeping Mommy said...

Wow, one thing about it, an event like that is great blog-fodder. :) Is it sad that I view a lot of life's events these days as whether they are ultimately bloggable or not?

P.S. I'm not sure my husband would be as at ease about a drag queen quite like yours was. Very cool.

Peanutt said...

That would be so much fun! But I would have been a little crushed about Debbie Harry! I know she's a Diva and all, but you are a FAN!
Glad you had a great time!
Post more pics!!!

Laura said...

Hi, just another Jersey girl checking in to say Hi! Love your site

That picture is priceless of your husband!

Sounds like a great day!

Eileen the Jellomonster said...
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Eileen the Jellomonster said...

Hi Jersey Girl,

I love your blog! You rock!