On Saturday morning, which was the day everything happened, I got up early and dressed in my red gown and aluminum foil crown. The dress was to symbolize the gown I talk about in the early stories. Kitty Reynolds made it for me, and I always wore it with a crown made out of tin foil. I dressed up in it for several 4th of July parades and in the Cleopatra production that helped make me so famous. It came in handy as a Halloween costume as well.
I drove to the Range Country Motel to pick up my cousin Valerie who dressed as Queen Elizabeth. The good Queen has become a real blog favorite, so we didn’t want to leave her out of the festivities.
We had some time before we were supposed to line up for the parade, so we went to the lobby of the motel to grab some free coffee and food. As luck would have it, the lobby was full of adoring Murdo Girl fans. At least everyone remained in their seats. I got my coffee and walked around the room so everyone could talk to me and snap a photo if they wished. A guy by the name of Gordon Niedan asked me who I was. I said I was Bill Francis’s daughter. His mouth dropped open, so of course I assumed he realized he was talking to The Murdo Girl. Then, he made some remark about my being too old to be Bill’s daughter. It turns out, he thought I was trying to pass myself off as my brother Billy’s daughter. I cleared that up, and went on to a group of women who took picture after picture of both the Queen and me. Val and I wanted the perfect picture of ourselves, but even with my super duper phone camera it took awhile. (My Photographic Drawer never did show up.)
I think I forgot to mention that the Lindquist girls purchased their childhood home, (where I babysat them), just so I could stay there. It’s right next door to Coach Applebee’s house. He’s the one they named the Harold Thune Auditorium’s floor after. Sorry Coach. I know there was a constant progression of traffic going by. You might want to think about moving.
Oh… I hear a video of me mocking my opponent in the race for President has surfaced. Barney must have an Aggressive Informant too. Was it good? I can do things like that stone cold sober. Kind of scary isn’t it?
As most of you know, my husband Kip had back surgery shortly before I left. I told him to sit in his recliner until I got back. Now he wants me to go buy food for him. I should have “people” to do that. I will catch up with all of you later. I will be posting the answer to the Murdo History Quiz, and lots more photos of the parade. I sure hope you like red.