Obama, McCain, Joan Rivers, and The Dixie Chicks!

Last night, my friends Rebecca, Jen and I attended The Gabriel Foundation charity fundraiser at Cableland in Denver. The Gabriel Foundation is a “parrot welfare organization licensed by the State of Colorado, promoting educational outreach, conservation, rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, long-term foster care, and sanctuary pertaining to the needs of parrots everywhere.” Now, I don’t own a parrot, but I have friends who do! My friend has a beautiful Green Wing Macaw named Spikey. He is so beautiful, huge (for a non-bird owner) and has charmed me from the first time I met him. My friend works for TGF and when she told me about the event, and the location, and the fun stuff that was planned – I knew I had to go. When we arrived, the valet service ushered us to the red carpet, where we met with the fabulous Joan Rivers (before all the awful plastic surgery!) She squealed “Oh look! The Dixie Chicks!” And proceeded to have us sing an impromptu ditty entitled “Feathers are a Girls Best Friend” This image below captured our musical stylings perfectly:

Cableland is the former home of Bill Daniels, the Cable Television tycoon from back in the day. This mansion was built in the 1980’s and let me just say: gold, silver and mauve. It was bequeathed to the City and County of Denver as the “official residence of the Mayor” but remains vacant and is used as an event venue for nonprofit events. The walls were done in padded fabrics, there were glittery carpets, and I am quite excited to share that I made a pee pee on a mauve potty!

During dinner we were seated at a table with a married couple and two women who worked together. The two ladies were both clearly younger than I (I am 30something) and the married woman shouts over the table to one of them, “So, is this your daughter?” yeeeouch! After an awkward few moments I chime in with, so, do you guys own birds? And the conversation rambles on without me having a clue what she was saying, she was a low-talker. I just nodded and was laughing to myself about how ridiculous people can be. She then started talking about “grandbirds” and Rebecca almost wet her pants. There was lounge music that was so cheesy retro is was actually cool. And during a musical break we had a bird show, the highlight of which was a Cockatoo named Pangie who Rollerskated for us. Pardon my shaky video, I was far back and had to zoom: Hoping to preserve our moment for posterity, I asked a lady to take a picture of the three of us. She demurred saying that her husband was by far the better photographer. He took this one and handed the camera back. “Here you go ladies!” …um, sir? So we asked him to take another: Much better! :)

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