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Rodeo Wins Story Slam

Shirley took the story she told in one of her first posts here, “Raising Chickens Triggers Conscious Consumer,” to the West Chester Story Slam in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Here's a video of her winning entry!

s.m.r. saia
5/12/2010 12:50:44 PM

Rodeo, I know you posted this months ago, but I'm just now discovering it and it was wonderful to watch you tell this story, and even more hilarious than reading it! Great job!


nebraska dave
3/1/2010 4:59:36 PM

Rodeo, there just nothing quite like a good story, whether it’s about some funny thing that happened in life or the scary stories around the camp fire or even the story with lessons. I love to hear a good story from a story teller. One of my favorite things at the State fair is the story telling times at the barn on top of the fair grounds hill. It’s always packed with people. I always wished I could be one to tell a good story but never had the nerve to stand in front of a bunch of people. When forced to do that in collage, it was a comical sight to watch a young lad’s large muscle groups twitch as he tried to untangle his tongue enough to get through a speech. I admire people who can be a charismatic speaker. It’s a great talent that you have and laughter is like a good medicine. It will drain away the stress of life. I always enjoy reading your blog entries as they make my day better. So here’s to good life story telling. May it always increase our desire overcome the negative in our lives.


cindy murphy
2/27/2010 11:36:45 AM

Yes, yes...the grocery store, the library, even customers at work. Ah, but don't you laugh too hard, Rodeo. One day, probably at the exact moment you'll be trying make a good impression on a new client, someone out-of-the-blue will walk up and say, "Hey, aren't you that Pig Wrangler Woman?! Do any more mud-wrestling lately?" Yeah, it'll happen. Just smile and nod when it does.


rodeo princess
2/26/2010 2:12:07 PM

Cindy - that's what we need, more bra stories! So when you go to the hardware store or the feed store, people actually call you the bra lady? HAHAHHAHAH And PAM - oh my gosh, I thought maybe my sister had found her way here - that's her name, but I don't think she has ever ridden a pig. Story Slams are cheap, fun, and good promotion for the store, pub or restaurant where they are held. Great for community building. They aren't always funny, equally effective are stories of endurance, strength and experience!


cindy murphy
2/25/2010 2:27:41 PM

Sounds as if those Story Slams are a riot, Rodeo, whichever side of the microphone you're on. The used bookstore in town used to do something similar, but with a much smaller crowd than I imagine at a pub or bar. Weird, but there's a whole group of people here who know me as the "Bra Lady" because I once left them rolling in the aisles, (or at least laughing at the parts of the story I meant to be funny), as I read my quest for the perfect bra, titled "A-cup Half Full"....because certainly my cup doesn't runneth over. Maybe it's time to resurrect it, and organize a Story Slam here. Or it's probably better left at the bottom of my dresser drawer. I admire the ease at which you appear behind a microphone. It used to leave me queasy-feeling. Good luck in December!


pam_6
2/24/2010 5:50:13 PM

Hi Rodeo Princess. I sure enjoyed listening to your story. I have been right there, well all but the painting part. But riding a pig we were trying to catch, done that! You have a gift of story telling. Congratulations! Have a great day. GaFarmWoman Pam


rodeo princess
2/23/2010 5:56:18 PM

Thank you, Cindy! Story Slams are great fun - Easy to organize at a local pub or bar or even a church. Usually limited to ten storytellers a night, if more want to perform, names are drawn from a hat. Three audience members are chosen at random as judges and score the presentations 1-10. The stories are supposed to be five minutes long, but that never seems to work - even if a time keeper is appointed. Because I won this, I will compete again in December 2010 against all the monthly winners. Wonderful community builder! Children LOVE to see their parents telling stories!


cindy murphy
2/23/2010 1:14:36 PM

Congratulations, Rodeo! Listening to your retelling of the story made me laugh even more than when I first read it.