02-23-2013, 07:01 PM
Join Date: Nov 1999
i went to see Shirley last night in St Charles with my
friend Diana and right off the bat (as she entered from
stage left) we (the audience) rose to our feet to give her
a standing ovation. We let her know collectively right from
the get-go that there wasn't going to be any negative crap.
And she took over from there giving us her all. For an hour
and a half, she covered the Family, the Rat Pack, the Movies,
the Dancing, the Travels, and the Spirituality. Then for another
half hour, there was a Q&A. She had us all in stitches all night.
We laughed and we laughed and there were some touching
instances too. And during those instances, i noticed she seemed
to take on an extra glow. And i thought to myself even the universe...
loves this woman so.
After the show, back stage, Shirley was meeting and greeting
some of the fans who had lagged behind and a photographer
was taking pictures. i chatted briefly with Brit, and as Diana
and i stood beside Brit quietly for a moment, i watched and
wondered where Shirley was getting the stamina to stand there
so graciously picture after picture after an almost 2 hour show for
yet another half an hour. But she was doing it.Our turn came,
we exchanged a few words and the photographer was ready to
snap the shot when suddenly my mouth became very dry
(the truth was i had not had a thing to drink since the afternoon
because i didn't want to have to pee. Inside joke) and now i was
becoming dehydrated and it was effecting my ability to smile.
Too funny. Anyway i let out an exclamation to the photographer:
Wait! Wait! (while i wet my lips) and Shirley's expression (from
the corner of my eye) was priceless. And then i said OK! Go!
i don't know where this came from but it did. Thinking about it later,
i just shook my head. Anyway if she comes to your town, go see her.
You won't be disappointed.
By the way, turns out Saint Charles is the patron saint of (among other
things) Apple Orchards. How many apples would you say there were
at that San Francisco seminar Shirley did years ago?
Thanks for coming to Illinois Ms. MacLaine and for your kind words.