Saturday, July 26, 2008

Miss August

I did something today I never imagined doing. Not that I have any sort of problem with it, I just saw no point before now. What is it, you ask? I bought a Playboy magazine. Specifically the August issue of Playboy. Why? Because I met the centerfold, Kayla Collins, a gazillion years ago when she was merely a pretty kid instead of the beautiful woman she is today. Okay, so it wasn't that long ago. She's only 21 now so it couldn't have been. There's a picture on her bio of how she looked when I knew her in you're interested.

How? I worked for her dad. I can't help laughing. You see, with how the offices were arranged I was able to hear many of the non-work conversations that took place between the guys back then. Total pigs, the lot of them when it came to this sort of thing. Oh yeah, as bad as they come. I'm sure you know what I mean. We've all overheard such things whether we wanted to or not.

I haven't spoken with him in years now so I don't know how he's reacting to his little girl being the focus of such discussions but I can't imagine it's favorable. I'd heard that he was not at all happy when her tanning poster appeared on the hunting camp wall and that was wearing a bikini. Hm, perhaps there's a lesson to be learned here. Like maybe you should watch what you say about someone else's daughter because one day it might be yours?

While I was at Borders picking up the magazine I spent a moment chatting with the woman having a book signing. At one point, one of the store personnel stopped to join us and she introduced me as another local author. One thing led to another and I ended up speaking with the manager about the possibility of my own signing. Okay quit laughing. I could maybe do it if Dakota flew in to be there with me. Or maybe if I hired someone to pretend to be me for the beginning of it so I could lurk on the fringes until I got over being such a coward. Any volunteers?

At this point it's not an issue. Borders doesn't carry the Bound Brits Anthology. It's not even in their system. The manager explained how I could go about getting it there. That might be my break time project later on. She did tell me to stop back in to arrange something once that's taken care of. I'll have to think about that one.

Tour de France update -
Winner Stage 20, July 26 - Schumacher, Germany
Overall Leader - Sastre, Spain
Cadel Evans is in second

Technically there is one more stage to go but the finishing order was settled today. The last day when they ride into Paris is more of a celebration than a competition. In the 105 years of the Tour it's become tradition to not attack on the last day so the standings won't change unless there's some sort of scandal or a sudden illness that prevents someone from riding the final leg.


Kelly Kirch said...

Poetic Justice. Heh. And she's gorgeous.

Amarinda Jones said...

I don't have any print books to sign but I'll fly in for it and organize the readers into line for you

Ruth said...

She is a beautiful woman and isn't it time we see the body for what it is? A miracle of artistic design as unique as the snowflakes we love to catch on our tongues.

Ashley Ladd said...

I don't like doing booksignings either. I would love to find someone to pretend to be me and do them while I watch. I tried to get my daughters to pretend to be me, but they aren't playing along. Oh well.

JacquƩline Roth said...

What a pretty young woman. It is a bit of instant karma coming back around.

Anita Birt said...

Your friend is gorgeous and deserves her fame as a Playboy cover. What the hell,it's about money and making it. If Miss August gets rich from exposing her looks and lovely parts, who is to blame her?

Men like looking at gorgeous women and making sexist remarks. I guess it makes them feel good. If Miss August walked in the door fully clothed I bet they'd be speechless. Thanks for posting her picture and story. About the book signing. When A Very Difficult Man is released in print later this year I am going to launch it at The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria. I shall keep you informed.

Lisabet Sarai said...

Life is full of strange twists, isn't it? Stranger than fiction, in fact!

Love to do a signing with you, but I'm half a world away!

Molly Daniels said...

I found out about Brits not being in the system, nor any of the others from TEB that I wanted. I will gladly come out and help! Good for you!

So Cadel is stuck in 2nd, huh? There's always next year, and he did have a heck of a race!

Too funny about Miss August. Reminds you of that 80's song, huh? I wonder how many issues are flying off the rack in that town...

Sandra Cox said...

That's very sage advise about watch what you say about someone else's daughter. She is beautiful. I don't care for booksignings but I would like to take part in a group signing one of these days:)

Anny Cook said...

What a lovely young woman. And life sometimes comes back to bite you in the butt.

Booksigning? It was an interesting experience, I'll say that.