It happened in Vegas: Observations from the Bloggers at Midlife conferenceApril 25, 2016
We’ve all heard the line “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” right? Well, when you’re attending a conference in Sin City with nearly 150 midlife women bloggers (#BAMC16, held April 15 – 16), all bets are off.
It’s not that any of us did anything that was so outrageous it shouldn’t be shared (at least that I’m aware of). Disco dancing with women in hot pink go-go boots or silver lamé bell-bottoms is simply de rigueur at an event like this. Shouting at a male presenter to “jiggle it” makes perfect sense when you realize we were referring to the wonky wire that kept knocking out his PowerPoint presentation.
Frankly, the most startling occurrence to me was when one of the speakers defined a blog as where you tell people what you had for breakfast and other details of your daily life (versus a personal essay, which she felt was more literary). To a roomful of bright, entrepreneurial women whose blogs address travel, lifestyle, fashion, humor, aging, sexuality, sustainable living, the art and business of blogging, health and fitness, and more—I thought that was pretty outrageous. But I digress.
When you have that many wise and witty women of a certain age in one room, some of the conversations and comments you hear are just plain hilarious—especially when some are taken out of context. Here’s a sampling:
Attendee #1: “I had two vodkas last night and didn’t even have acid reflux.”
Attendee #2: “Yeah, tequila’s pretty easy on acid reflux, too.”
“That was the first time I said ‘fuck’ from a microphone.”
Attendee #1: “You look good!”
Attendee #2: “It’s the Restylane.”
Attendee #3: “What? Oh…I thought you said ‘It’s the mescaline.’”
“Oh. My. God.” (Spontaneous utterance from a woman at my table when a speaker was being introduced and her bio said that her way of dealing with an empty nest was to have more kids, and there’s an 18-year difference between her oldest and youngest.)
“You wouldn’t believe how many hermaphrodites there are in the Louvre.”
Since I don’t eat red meat, I requested a substitution at lunch one day. When a luscious dark chocolate dessert was served after our meal, I happily accepted it—and the woman to my right commented, “You may not eat red meat, but you’re not stupid.”
“She earned her way through college as a go-go dancer.”
“My first husband was defective, so I had to send him back.”
In a presentation about sponsored blog posts, a speaker said, “If someone approaches you about clown school, you probably don’t want to write about that.” (Well, maybe not if you blog about sex or fashion…but hey, if you write a humor blog, never say never!)
“If the first thing people say about you is ‘What is she wearing?’ then you’re doing it wrong.”
From a male presenter who began his presentation with this line and got one of the biggest laughs of the day: “If you forgive me for what I don’t know, we should have a wonderful next 45 minutes…at least that’s what I tell all my girls.”
This second annual Bloggers at Midlife conference was an affirming experience in multiple ways, not the least of which were the camaraderie, connections and genuine pleasure that come from spending time with like-minded women. My takeaway? We’re not getting older—we’re getting funnier (as well as savvier, more self-assured and self-aware).
I came away from those two days feeling enriched on so many levels. And—no offense to the fitness experts in attendance—my core got an amazing workout from all the laughter, inspiring this haiku:
Taking things out of
context is an exercise
What about you? If you were at BAMC16, do you have some funny memories of the event to share? Or have you overheard remarks out of context that had you doing a double take—or doubling over in laughter?
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