Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monster on the Desk



At the dawn of the new millennium, as the Red Hat Society was taking off like a rocket, many of us were less than enthusiastic about learning to use computers; we were slow to see the absolute necessity for doing so.  But learn we did.  Some of us have mastered only the fundamentals; others now qualify as true “techies.”  

I can vividly recall the pain of struggling through the learning process.  In the book The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty” I summarized my initial attitude with a silly poem (with apologies to Dr. Seuss for using his famous “Green Eggs and Ham”) as my format:

“The Monster on the Desk"

I will not learn to use that thing.
I won’t admit that it is king.
I will not force myself to learn
And from my pen and paper turn.
I do not like computers, sir!
I do not like them, I aver!
I will not use them on a table.
I’m telling you, I am not able!
I will not deign to press those keys,
Not even if you pay me fees!
I do not want to use that thing,
Not even for a diamond ring!
I’d really rather have a spinal.
And this decision must be final!”

Inevitably, most of us experienced an attitude adjustment.  It’s a good thing we did, as it’s hard to imagine any way the RHS could have grown and maintained cohesion apart from the internet.  Of course things are changing so fast that technology advances daily and some of us continue to feel the pain of trying to keep up.  Generally speaking, I don’t think that most of our children and/or grandchildren tend to be all that patient with us, thinking that we should instantly be able to master their new gizmo (that was invented yesterday afternoon).  That makes us feel inadequate and “slow,” not a good feeling.  I doubt that I’m the only one who has wilted under the disdainful gaze of a seven-year-old whose eyes betray pity and dismay at my woeful ignorance.  How do you correct a child who feels sorry for you?  If you know, please tell me.

from Friday Broadcast 07/10/2015 Sue Ellen Cooper

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

You're invited to a RHS Virtual Pirate Party!



 Ahoy there matey!!! ARRR-H-S invites all Wenches and Pirates to join us for a VIRTUAL Pirate Party!  On Thursday, September 24, 2015 bring your Pirate booty for a bit of Yo-Ho-Ho!  Want to learn all about the Virtual Pirate Party and how you can play too?  Click on the link:

Not a Red Hat Society pirate but want to see what we're all about? You are welcome to learn all about how we celebrate all things pirate by clicking on this link: http://redhatsociety.com/fun-stuff/talk-like-a-pirate  


Whether you are a Member of RHS or not, you are welcome to join us in this free virtual event.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Why Feathers?





Did you know that Red Hat Society Members have a tradition of including a feather or two in our royal correspondence? This practice was originally adapted from the Disney "Dumbo" story. Do you remember how it goes?  Dumbo is given a feather by his friends and he thinks the feather is what gives him the ability to fly.  Of course, he later learns he doesn't need the feather at all to soar.   And, neither do we.  To Members of the Red Hat Society, the feather is a sweet reminder that we too, have the ability to soar!    

Are you ready to soar?!   #RHSisSimplyFun  Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Wonderful World of Online Parties

Wondering what in the world an online party is?  Well, here’s your chance to find out because, on September 24th, 2015, the RHS will be throwing a virtual Pirate Party!

OK, let’s back up a little.  What’s all this about pirates anyway?  Waaaaay back in 2008, we had a big RHS event in Savannah, Georgia.  After the official convention was over, Queen Marlene Matthews (Ramblin’ Roses, Orange, California) and her partner in crime, Queen Bee Marcy LaSalle (FUN-Key Flint Red Hatters and the Movers and Shakers, Flint, Michigan) arranged a farewell luncheon for some of the attendees who were not quite ready to see the fun end.  The place they chose to lunch turned out to be an actual historical site of actual pirate gatherings way back when.  Inspired, Queen Marlene decided to start a new Chapter she dubbed Wenches Gone Wild. Right around that time, the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie came out. Then it was discovered that September 19 had been officially designated “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”  My scholarly research has revealed that the idea was hatched by two guys playing racquetball and made famous a few years later by humorist Dave Barry (who has got to be one of the funniest people on earth.)

Like pretty much everything we do in the RHS, the idea caught on. Now there are other RHS Chapters and individuals playing pirate and enhancing their regalia with such accoutrements as purple eye patches, sporting stuffed parrots on their shoulders and (yes) talking like pirates.  In case you’re wondering I’ve discovered that “Avast ye swabs!” means “Stop what you’re doing and listen, you underlings!”  
 
Now, lest you fear that some Red and Pink Hatters are committing acts of robbery and mayhem at sea, let me assure you that none of that is happening.  As far as I know these are strictly law-abiding ladies. But they DO like to sashay around sporting (temporary) skull tattoos, say “AAARGGGH” a lot, and pretend to be dastardly characters.  Some even carry (plastic) blunderbusses or swords! You just never know what Red Hatters will come up with next, do you?
-excerpt from the Red Hat Society’s September 2015Queen to Queens communication by EQM Sue Ellen Cooper


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Yo Ho-Ho - A Pirate's Ship for Me!

Ahoy Mateys!

This month Red Hat Society is getting geared up for our virtual Pirate Party and it's about to be addled.  We wanted to start the month out with a Yo Ho ho!  Here we have taken a pirate ship and blinged it up the RHS way.   Very simple to make and fun to do.


 MATERIALS
Glitter
Rhinestones
Glue
Pirate ship


Start with the bottom of the ship and begin adding your rhinestones all around the ship.

  Glue the edges of the ships sails and add glitter.


Add your own style and flavor to the ship and watch it come alive!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

OH SO MANY PARTIES, SO LITTLE TIME!

 Red Hat Society Online Event Calendar
Ever wondered why it’s so important to have one central Red Hat Society Calendar?


One reason is because it makes a whole lot of good sense to have one trusted place to check for official Red Hat Society events. The RHS Online Event Calendar is great place where our Members can go to see events that exist just for them. It’s the place for a Member to share her events with other Members. You can get great ideas to use for your own parties from the Calendar too!  Rockin’ Roll Poodle Skirt Party, anyone?  Or, Big Easy Bash; New Orleans-Style?

Red Hat Society Events on the Calendar are to be enjoyed.  If you see an event posted that means you are royally invited to attend.  Grab your Hat, RSVP and go!


Not a Member but you’d like to connect with us for commercial offerings?  Wonderful advertising opportunities are available through the Red Hat Society.  Partner and advertising inquiries are welcome: b2b@redhatsociety.com

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