The Princess & The Pea

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The Princess and the Pea

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There was once a prince, and he wanted a princess, but then she must be a real Princess. He travelled right around the world to find one, but there was always something wrong. There were plenty of princesses, but whether they were real princesses he had great difficulty in discovering; there was always something which was not quite right about them. So at last he had come home again, and he was very sad because he wanted a real princess so badly.One evening there was a terrible storm; it thundered and lightninged and the rain poured down in torrents; indeed it was a fearful night.

In the middle of the storm somebody knocked at the town gate, and the old King himself sent to open it.

It was a princess who stood outside, but she was in a terrible state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at the heel, but she said that she was a real princess.

‘Well we shall soon see if that is true,’ thought the old Queen, but she said nothing. She went into the bedroom, took all the bed clothes off and laid a pea on the bedstead: then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on top of the pea, and then twenty feather beds on top of the mattresses. This was where the princess was to sleep that night. In the morning they asked her how she slept.

‘Oh terribly bad!’ said the princess. ‘I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in the bed. I seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!’

They saw at once that she must be a real princess when she had felt the pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds. Nobody but a real princess could have such a delicate skin.

So the prince took her to be his wife, for now he was sure that he had found a real princess, and the pea was put into the Museum, where it may still be seen if no one has stolen it.

Now this is a true story.

Madam’s of Central Colorado

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The Madam’s of Central Colorado was the brainchild of Kathi Perry, of Buena Vista, CO.  She envisioned a series of monologues presented by local women in character of women who once lived and worked in the Upper Arkansas Valley.  Kathi spent time at both the Salida Library and Denver Public Library reading and listenting to reel to reel audio of interviews of some of these infamous women.  This program, in its 10th year, will be presented at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum this summer, July 1, August 13, August 21, and September 10.  You can purchase tickets before the show at the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Center on Highway 24 in Buena Vista, or at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum on East Main.

I portray Laura Evan, Salida’s most famous madam.  Her parlor house was on Sackett Street with her cribs just across the way.  She rolled her own cigarettes, swore like a sailor, was prone to storytelling and loved a good prank.

Join us this summer for an informative and entertaining evening.  Due to the subject matter, this show is not suitable for children under 13.

Just One of Those Days

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I was having “one of those days” last week.  From the time I got up, nothing seemed to be going right.  To top it all off, I was up near Cottonwood Lake last Friday and sat a basket on the front of my jeep with some important papers and my brand new Sony Camcorder, along with a bottle of water.  I completely forgot it was there and took off down the pass.  About the time I reached for a drink of water, I realized that both the water and my basket were still on the front of my jeep.  I immediately pulled over, hit the emergency flashers, and that is when the basket fell off (the bottle of water stayed put).

I was running all over the road picking up papers and paraphernalia, and waving my arms like a mad-women so that crazy drivers wouldn’t hit me, my jeep, or all the other items strewn about on the highway.  A very nice young man pulled over and helped me gather it all up.  I barely said thank you and we were both back in our vehicles (there is no shoulder) to get out of traffic.  I was sick that my new camcorder was in pieces, but I did manage to pick up all the stray parts and piece it back together later.

Not more than 30 feet later, I looked to my left and saw a big horn standing right on the side of the road….of course I had to pull over again, only this time there was a shoulder to park on.  I took a couple of quick pictures with my cell phone before I remembered that my telephoto lens was in the jeep.  I grabbed it and got some of the most beautiful wildlife pictures.  What started out as a really horrible day finished with these beauties!