On Sunday I dragged my friend to the Va-JJ Expo (translation: The Women's Expo) as an excuse to see the new conference center and perhaps snag some free stuff. HURRAY FREE! Initially, as a woman with an educational background in women's studies, I think of a Women's Exposition or Women's Event at a convention center to involve women's issues, feminism, or women's rights. You know: burning bras! Wheeeeeeee!!! In fact, when I told another friend where I was going, she said: "Oh cool. You have a background in women's studies. That's right up your alley." Yes, it would be. If women's studies involved the latest technology in mopping, creating precious crafts, and getting the prettiest nails possible! In PINK!
Instead, this event felt like a throwback to the 50's with its styling booths, cooking expos, and home cleaning exhibits. So of course I was completed disgusted by the event, right? I stomped right out in protest, correct?
Hellz no! Two words: FREE. SAMPLES. Free chocolate covered apples, free fudge, free jam, free salsa, FREEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! And that's not all! There were two Russian men demonstrating and selling the best porcelain straightening AND curling irons EVER! Seriously. Who could possibly pass up the opportunity to have a Russian man show my friend and me how easily we could straighten my curly hair and curl her poker straight hair? It was a like a miracle! A genuine miracle! I kept petting my smooth, soft, straight hair and my friend kept tossing her luxurious curls as we flitted from booth to booth. And yes, we each purchased this miracle product likely blessed by the Lord Jesus Christ Amen.
So thanks to my curiosity over the new convention center, and throwing all my feminist values out the window, I will now have the option to have soft smooth straight hair WHENEVER I WANT.