And, it is even rarer to meet the Queen Bee, who, is not a queen, but a shorter version of Sara with the name of Kara.
Yep. Sara and Kara. Mother Nature and the Queen Bee.
And where did I meet them? But, of course, at the Bloomfest! Get it?
This fun music and arts festival last Saturday honored actor/activist Joel Bloom - who many refer to as the "patron saint of the Arts District." I never met Joel - but from all who knew him, he was one hell of a guy.
Lots of people showed up to celebrate, eat from the food trucks, schmooze, ogle over the art, party hearty, and revel in the afternoon heat. No one counted on the cement truck crashing through a warehouse ramp, causing an art vendor traffic jam. That is a whole other story.
But before I go on, I will say the fireman who would not let me walk through the orange tape to see the upside down truck was NOT VERY NICE.
Back to how I met Mother Nature and the Queen Bee.
I was getting ready to leave the festival, and I saw them standing near the food trucks. They just caught my eye. Oh please, they caught everyone's eye. So, being the shy retiring type, I walked up to them and introduced myself. Thus, a conversation ensued.
Seems these two roommates, who live in West Hollywood, with a trunk full of costumes - which they pull out for various LA occasions that catch their fancy - love to dance, and...roll the drums...both are aspiring comedians.
Who would have guessed?
Well, anyway, I got into a conversation with Sara. I told her that I was the founder of Spirited Woman, a leading women's empowerment community, and she told me that most women comedians are not treated fairly. Men get all the pay. It's very hard to get bookings. Men are considered funnier. And on and on.
She was very serious and very intelligent about the whole subject. I wanted her to whisk out her magic wand and sprinkle fairy dust on herself. I guess she left those things in her trunk.
So today, in addition to honoring Joel for helping to make downtown DOWNTOWN, I am writing this post in honor of Sara.
Ninety years ago this week, (actually on August 18), women were given the right to vote. And Sara - I am sure women comedians will not have to wait another 90 years to achieve RESPECT. Just never let the dream go. AND BELIEVE.
Now, I'm off to the Funny Farm.