The walkway to one side shows that it is in Georgia… …while the other walkway shows that it is in Florida.The building may have been some sort of welcome station in the distant past, but more recently somebody did live here.And just a little further along the highway into Florida, the remains of one of the Sunshine State’s infamous state-line liquor stores dating from the time when most of the state of Georgia was dry.“To heck with the interstate!” sniffed The Old Lady, “Back roads are the best.”
And even on Festival day when she works the hardest……. Raynae still PARTIES!Raynae’s efforts were recognized last year when the Atlanta Pride Festival folks deemed her an Honorary Grand Marshal in the Atlanta parade.
But as this year’s South Georgia Pride Festival was winding down… Raynae found that there IS rest for the weary… and a well deserved massage.
South Georgia Pride Festival 2016 brought a cool breeze of togetherness to a summer-sweltered Valdosta park.Gay, straight, and other mingled with male, female, and those who have yet to decide.Families of every possible permutation just had themselves a big time, as we say in south Georgia.Everybody had too much fun to worry about who was born biologically what.
Here’s The Old Lady’s bottom line: if you are not planning to sleep with somebody then why should it matter to you whether that person is gay or straight or male or female?
The Old Lady loves looking at art so of course she signed up for the Learning in Retirement tour of the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, GA.
And what caught her eye this day was…. FISH.
Inspired, The Old Lady hurried home to eat some canned salmon on water crackers, find Frank Ocean on Spotify, get out her Crayola washable markers, and play artist herself.
Childish? Maybe. Primitive? Perhaps. Fun? ABSOLUTELY!
South Georgia Pride Week kicked off this year with the very first Miss South Georgia Pride Pageant. Six drag queens strutted their stuff and hung tough in pursuit of the glittery crown.Drag is what they call it when you play Extreme Dress-Up and perform (sometimes) for money.
Here’s the synchronicity of the thing: it all happened while RuPaul was receiving an Emmy for his program “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and stating in his acceptance speech:
“The significance [of this award] is we hear the stories of 100 queens—actually now 112 queens—who get to tell their unique stories of survival. It’s so important for all the young people around the world who get to see this show to hear that there is a way for you to navigate this life.”
It takes someone unique to do drag, and to work so hard on both presentation and performance… these performers MOVE!The Old Lady has the greatest respect and LOVE for everybody who has the guts to get up and perform live. BRAVA, DIVAS!
The Old Lady climbed Stone Mountain the other day, the most recent of a series of treks up that rocky trail that stretch back through her entire life.Every time she climbs, The Old Lady looks for messages carved into the rock that have been there since before she was born…… including the inlaid marble plaque reminding the hiker of the first people to use this trail.In late summer the trail is decorated with the signature yellow daisies.From the top, Atlanta is still visible but not as clear as it used to be.The Old Lady feels a sense of belonging, of ownership, whenever she climbs Stone Mountain, because she is descended from Aaron Cloud who held the first deed to the land and who built the first observation tower on the summit out of wooden timbers.
She was vastly amused when, upon descending the mountain, she was offered a Certificate of Achievement for having made the climb!She wondered how many times her great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather Aaron Cloud made that climb, dragging heavy wooden timbers!
The Old Lady has driven through Warm Springs, Georgia, dozens of times. She has always looked at the Warm Springs Fish Hatchery as she passed, thinking “I need to stop sometime and check that out!” So, finally, she did.What a delight! Inside the tiny building there are several aquariums housing fish that are indigenous to the Georgia waterways.But the best is outside…… where the bigger cousins of the inside fish live in huge concrete tanks.And the really weird thing about all these weird fish is… THEY ALL LIVE IN GEORGIA WATERS. The Old Lady will be thinking about that next time she stops for a swim.