I don't know what I did at work, but I'm relegated to covering the Miss Georgia Pageant again this year.
It's one of those things where it's kind of a good assignment, and kind of not. The production is really good, but I've got to sit through the talent competition of not only the Miss Georgia contestants but Georgia's Outstanding Teen contestants as well. This is the third year that the two pageants have been combined.
Fortunately, RiverCenter folks have allowed me to sit in the lighting booth to live blog about the pageants. That makes it one of the better assignments.
Because we're seated in a place where no one can hear us, it's a place of hilarity. It's not at the expense of the girls on stage. Even though we're paying attention to what's going on stage, we tease each other and tell stories.
Although after one painful vocal performance, my friend Bill Rich turned to me and said, "You know I don't know a lot about music, but that was bad." And he said it just like that; not like he was being funny. He was serious. That just cracked us up.
I got spoiled. I used to go to the finals, so I never saw the preliminary competitions. I just saw the best of the talent performances.
I guess it's kind of the auditions for "American Idol" when everyone who thinks they can sing show up.
But you know what? It still takes a lot of guts to get up on stage and sing in front of a panel of judges right in front of you and 2,000 people sitting in the Bill Heard Theatre. So I give that to these young women.
The 2009 Miss Georgia, Emily Cook, got the crown when the woman who was the original winner decided she just wanted the scholarship money, but not the year's schedule of being Miss Georgia. But she is one impressive young woman. She not only sings, but plays piano and oboe. After a well-deserved vacation, she starts law school at the University of Georgia.
So it's fun watching the fashion show of people in the audience as well as the gorgeous gowns on stage. It's fun being with my friends at RiverCenter and RSL Theatrical.
It is often painful watching the talent and the interviews.
But I guess that's the Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant experience.
Maybe I'll be good this year and my editor won't send me to cover it next year.