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In which i raise my hand

I know I’ve already written about Johnetta Cole’s address about education at the Women in Philanthropy event that the United Way of Greensboro hosted.  It was an amazing luncheon and I was happy that it all went of so well.  One of the incentives for people to be “sponsors” for the event was a personal meet-and-greet with Johnetta Cole herself.  That event was the “party” that was held the other night at my house.


I know I’ve been bitching and moaning about it but actually, I love throwing parties.  The truth is that I’ve been doing it since I was in high school and my parents went out of town.  My parents once went to Peru for 10 days when I was 17 and my little brother was 15.  They left me in charge.  Good times people, good times.  At any rate, I’m not going to go into my long history, and trust me it’s long, of throwing parties when my parents were out of town but those parties definitely set the stage.


I have never thrown a bad party. NEVER.  I didn’t planning on starting now so the last few weeks have been about getting the place looking beautiful.  The key to a good party is open spaces for talking, a comfortable atmosphere and very frankly, plenty of alcohol.  I provided all three.


So, this party had only about 40 people there but there were plenty of movers and shakers in Greensboro since some of the top firms were “sponsors” of the luncheon.  After people had plenty of time to mingle, I was asked to speak for a few minutes.  This is never a good thing, especially considering that I had been drinking beers at a fairly steady pace and I protested but they insisted that I do so.


For your viewing pleasure, here are a few excerpts from my evening:


ME:     Hello everyone.  I’m Lynn MacDonald and on behalf of Kevin and myself I would like to welcome you to my house.  First I would like to thank Johnetta Cole for coming to Greensboro to speak at our luncheon.  She did such an excellent job speaking that I took notes and wrote up a post on my blog.  By the way, I HAVE A BLOG called All Fooked Up.  If you’re reading it thanks; if not, why the hell not?  Business cards can be found on the table over there.  Read it or I will hunt you down.


Also, it was such an inspiring speech about reading that I’ve decided that I most definitely should teach my kids how to read.


What Kevin?  What did I say?  OK, at any rate.  I would like to introduce Keith …


(And then Keith, head of United Way Greensboro, spoke about the United Way and it’s mission….)


(And then Johnetta Cole wanted to say something)


Johnetta Cole:  I would like to thank Greensboro for inviting me here …. Yada, yada, yada and … and lastly, I would like to say that this is all for the children, and who here amongst us doesn’t like children? (I assume this was rhetorical)


(And then everyone started laughing because I had raised my hand!  Of course I did… hahahaha.  Yeah, I really have no self control.)


Then it was my turn to wrap it up…


Me:      So everyone thanks again for coming.  Please go into the dining room and get some food.  I don’t want a whole bunch of leftovers and more importantly, while I can see you’re enjoying hanging out in this room PLEASE go to my porch and chill out there.  After all, I had the damn thing pressure washed for you guys.  That is all.


Later, as Kevin and I were discussing the evening Kevin pointed out that “who in the hell raises their hands that they don’t like children when one of the leading educators in the country is in their house not to mention all the hoi polio?”

Me:      Why, was that a problem?  What do you want from me?


Also, after speaking to Johnetta Cole who has written three books she definitely thinks I should write a book.  I would if somebody would organize my thoughts into a coherent format.


So there you are; party giver extraordinaire.  I had a great time at the party and now have requests for some sculptures and paintings as well.  Of course, more importantly did I get any new blog followers?  We shall see!


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  1. Alison@Mama Wants This
    May 31, 2011

    Pictures of said event?

    Love how you pointed out that you had the porch washed, tee hee.

    • Lynn
      May 31, 2011

      well, it was a pain in the ass to have done so i wanted them to appreciate it

  2. Lady Estrogen
    May 31, 2011

    That’s the thing right there – hummm… tick tock people! LOL
    New paintings & sculptures thought – that’s cool. I find I can ONLY paint if someone specifically requests it. Otherwise, I just have no interest/ambition/motivation anymore for that messy stuff; blogging is easier. HAHAHA

    • Lynn
      May 31, 2011

      I really like sculpting in marble…a LOT. I’m going to take a class this summer.

  3. vodkamom
    May 31, 2011

    pics. WE NEED PICS.

    • Lynn
      May 31, 2011

      Pics? Of what? Of my house? Porch? Paintings? What? Also, hello

  4. RCB
    June 1, 2011

    Hahaha that’s one to remember: ‘Read it or I will HUNT YOU DOWN!’ You don’t mind me borrowing that one from you every now and then, do you? It’s so politically-all-wrong, and where I work everyone is so politically correct. That’s gonna shake up the place next time I need to address them. A colleague of mine – a teacher – recently forbade her students (adults for God sake!) to give a presentation about politics or religion. She put it in a flyer, too! It was the politically-correct thing to do. What d’you think about that? Why don’t they just use duck tape? Shouldn’t we just send those uptight people to, say, Siberia?


    • Lynn
      June 1, 2011

      yeah…i’m a politically incorrect person altogether and don’t even pretend thats not the truth

  5. Boobies
    June 1, 2011

    The hostess with the mostest!

    I love that you raised your hand! That’s girl balls right there. I’m a new follower but sadly wasn’t at your party.

    • Lynn
      June 1, 2011

      Ahhhh…very few of my friends were. It was corporate sponsors and such.

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