This evening, my friends and I ventured into the heart of our city – downtown Tampa. We had found the perfect setting for a business and social event. It was the 42nd floor of the Bank of America Building. With stunning, panoramic views of beautiful Tampa Bay, we were looking forward to an evening of sumptuous surroundings and culinary delights.
Our event was being held in a large private room. However, having been a member of this private club at one time, I decided to slip into the cocktail lounge to see if I could spot some of my old friends. I was happy to see my brother, Randy, relaxing at the bar. After he bought me a top-shelf Appletini, Randy and I caught up on family news and took a quick photo. He’s such a good sport. He didn’t even mind when I told his friends that he used to have a pet chicken.
With such a beautiful setting, I decided to wear an elegant hat. It was a wide brimmed brown hat with a large checkered satin ribbon and a bird made of black feathers on one side with some feathers spiking upward. I wore a brown sateen, fitted pants suit and high heel black patent pumps. I felt “uptown chic”.
As tables are a premium at these events, my friends Shirley and Carol didn’t disappoint. We must be an entertaining group, as five other ladies were dragging chairs over to join us. I, of course, was up and down, hoping to elicit responses for my ensemble. I was very amused when I met my two “bookends”, Gil and Phil. I guess it’s true that “the lights are much brighter” downtown because we actually moved to seven different locations to avoid the glare in the room and get a good photo. I call that great guy cooperation!
I found myself in a prolonged conversation with five lovely ladies who admired my hat. They gave me the names of other women they knew who were known to wear hats.( I can’t wait to meet them and compare notes.) I was amazed at the diversity of people I met this evening. They included an Adjunct Professor, numerous company Presidents and CEO’s, Sales and Marketing Directors and the owner of a Dance Studio. Each and every one complimented me on my beautiful hat!
As the wine flowed and the appetizers disappeared I realized that this was truly a “Downtown” evening, where you could “forget all your troubles, forget all your cares…”. Before leaving, I made sure that I finally got a photograph with Bill, who organizes all these “Celebrate Tampa Bay” functions. Oh yikes, 42nd floor, we’re standing at a slant – is the building moving??
I can now report that “My Hat Affair” is really gaining momentum. I’m still working on the website and hope to publish it soon. It’s going to be great – with a gallery of hats, lots of pictures, “how to” tips and many other things I can’t tell you about yet.
Many people are recognizing me by my trademark – wearing a hat! I look forward to all my outings and the possibility of encountering other fans of the hat world.
As Petula Clark sang “When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go – Downtown”. I would suggest that you do it wearing an Uptown hat!