It's hard to believe three years have passed since I moved to LA! Time here goes by in a blink; it's like reverse dog years or something... I've said all along I wanted to become involved with pageants here, but short of falling in love with Miss California USA, Alyssa Campanella via twitter, it hasn't happened.
Today, however, the titleholders kept coming to me! The amazingly talented Amanda Beagle, Miss Ohio 2004, is a headlining vocalist on Holland America's Statendam cruiseship. It docked in San Diego today, so I drove down to enjoy a few hours with Amanda.
Sidenote: We both agreed that when we were competing, it was like we could never find anything, but today all we saw while shopping were perfect pageant outfits. Everywhere! Victoria's Secret is even carrying their swimsuits in the stores now so you can actually try them on before purchase.
On the way home I swung by the Acura dealership my beau manages; it's in the town of Covina, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. I love Covina's downtown area because it's charming; and by charming I mean normal! There's actually free parking and a sense of community that you don't normally find out here. To my surprise, tonight downtown Covina was complete with two lovely ladies in crowns!
I instantly recognized the four pointed Miss America system crowns and darted into the nearest, free parking spot.
Miss Covina, Vivian Wei, Miss Covina's Outstanding Teen, Joelle Roup and Covina Mayor John King were doing a photo shoot on the street. It was a delight to meet all of them. And I'm not just saying that because they asked if I was a current titleholder! ;)
I'm tempted to order a pizza for supper, just to see if Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Queen delivers it to us!