Sunday, May 12, 2013

May Day, Mother’s Day and Vamps

It’s Mother’s Day – the day when even us vamps celebrate our moms. But for me, I find myself wondering whether moms were vamps like me before they became moms. (They couldn’t be quite as vampy as me, since I’m the vampiest one of all!)

I know my mom enjoys hearing my stories (I tell her some, but not ALL of my stories...) of the fun festivals I’ve been enjoying this spring.

The MayDay Festival features 10-foot tall puppets from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre
Here in Minneapolis, I strutted my stuff along with about 50,000 other people during the 39th Annual MayDay Parade and Festival, featuring music, masks and 10 feet tall puppets.

It was a day of celebration, campiness and craziness as the long winter in Minnesota and non-existent spring (seriously, snow in May??!) had taken its toll even on those of us with somewhat stable mental health! We all got a little crazy – even normally reserved Minnesota-Scandinavian women were getting their vamp on!

This celebration was just a taste of things to come. . . next week, I fly to Berlin for the annual Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures), where I’ll be one vamp among about a million people from all over the world.

Tobias invited me to join him for this years festival, which promises more opulent costumes, imaginative masks and music and food from all over the world.

This time next week, I'll be writing from Berlin, where I'll be partying at the Karneval der Kulturen
But the best part is the after-parties. . . and there will no doubt be plenty of those where the colorful, cosmopolitan characters of Berlin will get particularly crazy, doing the wild boogey to reggae, groovin’ to rock, swinging to the blues and shimmying to samba. Me, I'll be doing all of the above, and then some...

It’s been a while since I’ve been out of town, and I’m a little worried that Viktor will get a little jealous, since he’s been my next-door man, rough and ready when I need him.

But I think he understands you just can’t take the vamp out of a vaping vamp. The vamp is here to stay. So is vaping. After all, I have a reputation to maintain!

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