Porter the Troublemaker
written by Rick Archer
First Written: January 2009
Phyllis Porter may be in the SSQQ Hall of
Fame, but where she really deserves to be is in the SSQQ
Rogues Gallery. She is clearly SSQQ Public
signed up for her first
dance class at
SSQQ in March 2003. Things have
never been the same at the studio since.
Phyllis likes to stir up
Trouble. That's what she does best. Mind you, it
is a Harmless Type of Trouble, the kind of Trouble
that some people call Fun and other people
call Mischief. Phyllis could
easily be the role model for a female Dennis the Menace.
On second thought, she may BE Dennis the Menace.
Phyllis Turns 80!
In late December 2008, Phyllis's daughter Bea
contacted me about throwing a surprise birthday party for
her mother's 80th birthday in
January 2009. In preparation for her Mother's special
moment, her daughter Bea thought I would have a good idea
how to best ambush her Mom who is perpetually suspicious of
After all, Phyllis is so naturally sneaky herself, how would
we ever catch her off guard?
and her lovely daughter Beatrice
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 1:24 PM
Subject: Surprise Birthday Party for Phyllis
Hi, This is Bea, I am Phyllis
I am trying to plan her 60th birthday party!! She
turns 60 on January 13th and I wanted to have a big
surprise dance party for her. I was wondering if you
ever rent out one of the rooms of the dance studio at
SSQQ, and if so how much would it cost?
Thank you, and please do not mention anything to her, i
want to keep it a surprise!!!
From: Rick Archer
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 14:07:38
Subject: RE: Surprise Birthday Party for Phyllis Porter
You donít need to pay a cent. After
all the trouble and pain this woman has caused me, any
chance to even the score is worth every penny.
Just plan on surprising her at the studio.
is typically here on Mondays and Fridays. All you have
to do is get someone like Holly to make absolutely sure
she will be there on one of those nights. I recommend
the 12thÖ. I will ask my wife
Marla to schedule her to work
that night and we can ambush her without any trouble
You see, she enters our room around 730 pm. After that,
the doors are closed and the whole world can sneak up on
her either at 8 pm or 9 pm.
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 7:05 AM
Subject: Surprise Birthday Party for Phyllis
Thanks so much!!! she's going
to love this !!!! I was also
thinking of asking every person that comes to wear a
tshirt with a saying on it. Like the ones that my mom
always wears. Mom would think
that was hilarious!!
Unfortunately, Bea made a
little mistake. Bea has been staying with her
mother while her husband does his tour of duty over
in Iraq. One day Bea needed a phone number
while she was driving on the freeway. Using her cell phone,
Bea called Phyllis at home. Bea told Phyllis
to go into her email program to look up an email
and find the missing number.
Phyllis is no dummy. The moment she saw an
email from Rick Archer that said "Subject:
RE: Surprise Birthday Party for Phyllis Porter",
Phyllis had a
pretty good idea what her daughter was up to.
So much for the surprise party.
Phyllis told me what had happened during the wedding
reception for Bruce and Mara over the 2008 Christmas
Holidays. Phyllis was gloating at how she had
outsmarted her daughter. Parents always like
to think they are smarter than their kids
(except me of course).
Over the years, Phyllis has had so much fun at my
expense that this surprise was something I was
looking forward to with relish.
I was a little frustrated that my initial plans had
gone awry, but for once, I kept my mouth shut.
I was already concocting a backup plan.
Sure enough, Bea soon emailed me to
tell me the bad news.
So since the cat is out of the bag I was going to
go ahead and send out an Evite for moms birthday, that
way when people respond i can get an idea of how much
margerita mix and chips and salsa to buy. I just wanted
to make sure I have all the info correct
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 1:38 PM
Subject: RE: Surprise Birthday Party for Phyllis
Oh well. Even though its
not a surprise anymore, its still going to be a lot of
From: Rick Archer
To: beatrice ruff
31 Dec 2008 04:40:59
Subject: RE: Surprise Birthday Party for Phyllis Porter
- let's try something differerent
Yes. Go ahead and send out the
Evite. Friday the 16th will be
fine. In addition, let's have
ANOTHER surprise party for your Mom. Thanks
to the SCHEDULED PARTY on Friday, With you acting
above-board, Phyllis is unlikely to
anticipate a second SECRET PARTY for her on Monday the
Here is how we will do it.
Marla will schedule Phyllis to work
on Monday Night, January 12.
Phyllis will get to the studio about 6:30 pm.
She won't roam around
because she takes her registration job seriously.
Usually around 730 when her shift is
over, Phyllis likes to come into my room to join the
class and see her friends. Meanwhile you can come
to the studio at 7:45 pm, but enter through a side door.
My wife Marla will then organize the entire studio to
sneak up on my class. That should
surprise the heck out of her.
Yes!!!! Great idea !!! and this
time I will delete ALL e-mails to insure that the
surprise is not ruined this time!!! :)
thank you thank
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Subject: RE: Surprise Birthday Party for Phyllis
- let's try something differerent
And so the Trap was set.
And you know what? It worked like a charm.
Just before Phyllis had left the house at 6:15 pm on
come to the studio, Bea had deliberately put on her
pajamas to say she was settling in for the night.
In her jammies, Bea waved to Phyllis from the couch
and wished her a fun evening at the studio.
Sure enough, Phyllis did her registration duties and
came into my Room at 7:30 without the slightest
suspicion in the world. In fact, Phyllis was
so relaxed, she didn't even question why I had
pulled the curtain in Room One (I did it to prevent
my class from seeing the door!)
While Phyllis and the rest of her class danced a
complicated pattern to music at 7:55 pm to keep
Phyllis occupied and to drown out any noise, Marla
organized the other five dance classes to sneak up
right behind the curtain. The moment the song
ended, someone pulled the curtain. A hundred
people suddenly appeared out of nowhere screaming 'SURPRISE'!!
Phyllis was flat-footed. She had NO IDEA what
was going on. Why were a hundred people
standing there laughing?
Then she saw Beatrice and her jaw opened in shock.
Gotcha!! While we sang Happy
Birthday, Phyllis was amazed at how totally
off guard she had been. That sneaky daughter of hers
had pulled a fast one! If at first you don't
succeed, try try again. It was
definitely the perfect Surprise Birthday Party.
Phyllis Porter and her buddy James
2004 - The
Phyllis the Troublemaker Begins
Believe it or not, Phyllis
pretty much kept a low profile for her first year
and a half at the studio. Phyllis was actually
the major reason SSQQ stayed in business. From
March 2003 till January 2005, Phyllis took 64
classes here at the studio, an average of two and a
half classes a month.
Before she became a famous personality, Phyllis
obviously started out doing her best to become a
good dancer. I am happy to report that she
succeeded. Phyllis is a very good dancer.
However she pretty much stayed out of the limelight. During her incubation period, Phyllis was always
outgoing and well-liked. She didn't
become "outrageous" until the 2004 Rhapsody Wedding
Marla and I got married on that 2004 Cruise.
You would think that trip would have been about
Marla and me, but
I have tell you Phyllis was a serious scene stealer
much of the time. That year it seemed like
every time there was a story, Phyllis turned out to be
in the very middle of it. It took me a while,
but eventually I figured 'why' Phyllis was always in
the middle of the tornado - Phyllis was causing the
Phyllis was a whirlwind of energy from the moment we
got on the ship. Phyllis
had bought an underwater camera.
Her friend Handsome George had brought something too
- his special Gatorade. George was
relaxed... maybe too relaxed... and thanks to his
beloved Gatorade he was feeling no pain.
George wasn't dating anyone at the time.
Furthermore this was back in the days when people
still believed they could misbehave in public and
get away with it. He
figured he could suck toes in the hot tub and smooch
girls in the swimming pool without having to answer
to anyone. After all, it was his vacation.
Phyllis thought otherwise. She thought
Handsome George was fair game for her waterproof
camera. Here are a couple of most famous
Believe it or not, these two pictures
are only the tip of the iceberg. There were lots of
pictures! I think George was
seriously drunk and not really thinking about any consequences. Not only did Phyllis snap the pictures, she
showed them to George. Understandably, Mr. Handsome
was a bit miffed. He threatened to get a hold of that
camera when Phyllis wasn't looking and erase all the
incriminating photographs. Phyllis took George
seriously. She was so worried about George's threat
that she took her pictures to Gary Richardson and downloaded
them on his computer for safekeeping. Phyllis was not
about to be denied her fun at George's expense!
Then Phyllis showed me the pictures and begged me to include
them in the upcoming cruise write-up.
With her request in mind, my very first nickname for Phyllis
was Paparazzi in honor of her photographic
documentation of George and his misdeeds. That was
actually a pretty good nickname, but it never lasted.
The Usual Suspects
Throughout the trip, Phyllis was literally in the
thick of the action wherever the action was. I
suppose "Where the Action is" would have been another appropriate nickname for Phyllis. As
it was, I listed her as the Ringleader of a Band of
Miscreants known as The Usual Suspects.
Out of 120 people on the trip, I noticed only about
seven people seemed to be causing all the rowdy
behavior. Of course there was Phyllis and
George as Leaders of the Pack, but they had plenty
of help. That was the trip when dark-haired
beauty Gina Garza had the time of her life.
Leslie Goldsmith, aka Alph (short for Alpha Girl),
became Louise to Phyllis' Thelma. They were
definitely an action-packed duo. Next to Alph
was The Great Gabino. Oddly enough it wasn't
until 2009 that I realized Steve Gabino could
actually grow hair without any problem. He
simply went bald to be cool! Next came Alabama Handsome's Lust Object, Leslie Grapevine.
Rounding out the pack of troublemakers was Gary
Schweinle, our beloved Mr. Hat, who at the time was in training under Phyllis to learn how to cause trouble himself.
Phyllis taught him well, believe me. It was this pack of
rogues who constantly roamed the ship looking for
After the trip was over, I went back
and reviewed the pictures. Darn if it didn't seem like
Phyllis was in half of the pictures! That is why I
renamed Phyllis the Center of Attention, a
moniker that stayed with her for several years.
Wherever there was a camera, there was Phyllis. That's
when I realized the woman had literally undergone a mid-trip
metamorphosis. She had started out the trip
stalking Alabama Handsome George wherever he went, but
somehow switched gears in midstream. Phyllis flipped
the switch from passive to active after she reached the
conclusion that it was more fun to cause trouble herself
than to watch other people do it for her. In just a
flash, Phyllis had gone from photographer to
It was not a coincidence that Phyllis was in one picture
after another. She not only had a nose for mischief,
she took her camera everywhere and made sure people took
lots of pictures of her whenever she misbehaved. Phyllis
has me beat when it comes to documenting her mischief.
I continue to kick myself becauseat her Surprise Party I
completely forgot to take a picture
of the Hundred People behind the Curtain. I mean, I had the camera in my pocket!
Now that I think of it, they surprised me too! I kept
wondering while my students danced to the music where the
heck everyone was. I was
almost as shocked to see that impressive army of people
standing there as Phyllis which is pretty sad considering I
had organized it. I guess I never expected it to work
Let's face it - I got
caught up in the moment and forgot to take a picture.
Darn it! Phyllis would NEVER make that kind of
mistake. For example, her
famous stunt with the Beatles was a prime example of the
perfect marriage of photography and frolic.
I am sorry to say I missed the
event that marked Phyllis Porter's shining debut as
the Center of Attention. Marla
and I had heard about a "Beatles Concert" being held
one night, but the Captain of the Rhapsody had gone out
of his way to make friends with us. As
'honeymooners', we and several other couples had
been invited to dine with the Captain one night.
The Captain later invited
us to visit him on the Bridge. As much as I
enjoyed my visit with the Captain, there is a part of me that still
wishes I could have seen Phyllis and her big moment
It turned out the Beatle
impersonators were pretty good. They sang the
same tunes that created Beatlemania back when I was
a kid in the early Sixties. Someone dared
Phyllis to go up on stage. Actually, there is
some confusion about this moment. Phyllis
claims that The Great Gabino dared her to run up
there. But Stephanie
Callihan was there as a witness.
Stephanie said that Phyllis
turned to Gabino and asked "Should I run up on
stage?" I think I believe Stephanie's
Steve thought this was a good idea.
Steve said he would give her a dollar if she
would go up and kiss John L on the cheek. Phyllis took
the bet. Moving from chair to chair to chair, she inched her way
closer and closer to the steps leading up to the stage.
Believe it or not, even Phyllis has fears of
embarrassment. She later reported she was
pretty nervous about this. She kept looking back at
with a terrified look on her face hoping the gang
would back her up if the stunt failed.
Meanwhile, since everyone in the SSQQ group knew what was going to happen,
they watching Phyllis and egging her on.
Each time a song ended, they looked to Phyllis with
rising anticipation. When would she make her
move? Would she have the guts
to go through with it?
And then it happened. At the end
of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", Phyllis
rushed up the steps, ran onto the stage, threw her
arms around John Lennon, and planted a big wet smackeroo on his cheek.
Wow! Bold move! If you look at the
picture, he was clearly completely taken off guard!
Now a hush came over the
crowd. How would John react?
Phyllis was very
worried that the Beatles would not appreciate her
mad rush to the stage. Would he smile or call
ship security? Would Phyllis be forced to walk
the plank or simply thrown
overboard? However all the worries
turned out to unfounded. Fortunately John got a big kick out it.
He not only welcomed the attention, he hammed it up
and played it for all it was worth. John
simply put his arm around
Phyllis and kept on singing.
Then John surprised everybody when he proceeded to
invite more of the group to join him. Once
"Everybody get up", the
need any more encouragement. They
gleefully sprinted up there for the chance to
join the Beatles and Phyllis
on the stage.
the stage went Gina, Maureen, Leslie, Eva,
Stephanie and several others.
The girls all loved the men even more for giving them
the chance to relive some precious teenage
fantasies. Thank Goodness these
were such good sports!!
The band then ripped into a rousing and spirited
version of "Twist and Shout". Now the whole bunch of them started Twisting
onstage like a bunch of goofy teenage go-go girls. For
many of the ladies in our group who had been
Beatle-crazed teeny boppers in the Sixties, thanks
to Phyllis and her chutzpah, this was a dream come
true... singing and dancing on the stage with The
Beatles, if only for an imaginary moment in time!
As the performance continued, Phyllis wrapped her
leg around John. He continued to play up the
joke. He grinningly explained in a perfect British
accent, "This is why I
picked up me guitar in the first place!", a
paraphrased quote which Lennon himself used in
At the end of the song, Phyllis gave John another
big kiss and the ladies returned to their seats.
band took an intermission before returning in "Sgt.
Pepper" outfits to continue the concert.
The show ended with an enthusiastic standing ovation
which led the the band to wave off the the cruise
director not once but twice to play more songs.
The entire performance was such an obvious
crowd pleaser! The band remarked that this the best
ship crowd they had ever played for. This may have
been part of their normal concert banter, but the
people in our group believed
they really meant it. After all, they had never
played to a crowd of SSQQ dancers before!
Steve paid Phyllis. He added it was the best dollar
he ever spent.
As far as I am concerned, 2005
was the Trip Saved by Phyllis. For
starters, thanks to Hurricane Rita, the length of
our trip was cut in half. Furthermore, every one of us
was depressed out of our minds. Phyllis Porter,
aka the Center of Attention, put
this cruise on her back and single-handedly caused
more trouble than anyone could have ever have
imagined. Phyllis is not only a born trouble maker (in a nice way, of
course), I discovered she is a professional
agitator as well!!! Actually,
I have known this for some time. There have
been times in the middle of my dance class where
Phyllis gets me so flustered I don't even have a
I enjoy Phyllis far more when she aims her fire
elsewhere. On this trip, I
heard Phyllis had a ball heckling the Lounge-Singing
Emcee. Another time she bet a
poolside bartender that a certain womanizer in our
group would be with a different woman the next time
he got in the hot tub. Sure enough, via some
backstage manipulation, Phyllis got her way and the
entire hot tub group got a round of free drinks
(please don't tell Royal Caribbean). Of course
no one in our group was surprised that Phyllis
succeeded. That is one of the
things Center does best - she agitates! If
she isn't careful, that could become her next nickname -
When she wasn't busy harassing
the crew, Center again proved incredibly
adept at getting people in
trouble. She is the ultimate tattle tale and will
always provide a picture as
evidence. Please note in the
picture to the
left that she is carrying her
beloved camera in her right hand. She never wants to
miss an opportunity to dish which is why
I still think
Center of Attention, Agitator,
Center of Attention continued to
enjoy corrupting others. In the picture
on the left,
you can see Center is attempting to lure
the lovely Gina Lollabridgida into another
"drunk picture". Just look at the grin on
Phyllis' face in the
picture - she is so proud of herself!! She
loves getting people in trouble! Bad!
Shame on you!
A significant part of the previous 2004
cruise were the hot tub shenanigans. Phyllis had played a
big part in organizing a special activity known as Hot Tub
Stuffing in 2004. I have to believe Phyllis was just
warming up in 2004 because in 2005, Phyllis got more human
beings into that hot tub than was humanly
possible. But she did it! The pictures don't
I believe that 2005 was the year that
Phyllis introduced her infamous Tequila Takedown Tour at Senor
Frogs in Cozumel. If you have the courage to
LOOK FOR YOURSELF, you can see pictures of Phyllis
luring one man after another into sin, drunkenness, and
debauchery at the "Girls Gone Wild" bar. Maybe we
should also call her "Circe" for her
amazing ability to
persuade men to
head straight to their doom. But
the men always seem to enjoy it.
This was also the year
that Phyllis was seen in some
interesting shots of her own.
Center of Attention never actually
gets caught doing anything bad; she just spends
her time getting
everyone else in trouble, then takes their picture.
But in 2005, Phyllis turned
into something of a bad girl herself.
Believe it or not, Phyllis was photographed molesting a
Mayan Statue! She actually had the nerve to
not only touch the soldier's impressive Shaft, but stroke it
as well! tsk tsk.
Thank goodness for Phyllis.
She singlehandedly caused so much
mischief that people laughed. Phyllis miraculously snapped
the entire group out of their Rita
Rhapsody depression. She was clearly the MVP of this
Phyllis is such a born mischief maker! I
visualize her childhood as one where she constantly tricked
her brothers and sisters into doing stuff, then turned
around and told her parents on them. Now that I think of it,
doesn't that sound like "Lucy" in the Peanuts cartoon?
Phyllis is EXACTLY the kind
of person who would pull the football away just as Charlie
Brown were about to kick it. But
Phyllis claims her career as a Troublemaker began with SSQQ
so I take her at her word. That said, we owe her a debt.
Phyllis was the Engine that drove
this Cruise. Every time I turned around she was getting
people to go bar hopping or setting hot tub stuffing records
or helping her friend Alph flirt
with the hired help. You
could ALWAYS count on Center to cause trouble wherever she
went. Phyllis was bad.
Phyllis was wonderful
Rhapsody Reloaded - The Wildest Cruise Ever
We were so mad that our 2005
had been interrupted by the hurricane that we vowed
to make up for lost time. 2006 was the wildest
trip we have ever taken. This was the year that Phyllis
teamed up with her friend Mara Rivas (pictured right
with future husband Bruce Hanka) to create the
Magic Bus. Almost overnight
Phyllis and Mara sold out space on their bus ride to
Galveston. From all reports, the trip down was
a fabulous success.
Both ladies took great delight
in getting their guests smashed out of their minds.
What is odd about this drinking is that Phyllis
rarely drinks. I think she politely sips, but
I have never seen Phyllis drunk or even slightly out of control.
I think could care less about getting drunk. Phyllis gets
her pleasure from getting
OTHER PEOPLE DRUNK, then snapping their pictures and
playing 'gotcha' when they sober up. She would
make a good blackmailer.
Wild Drinking Spree
Phyllis got practically half the people on the
cruise rip-roaring drunk!
Furthermore the Hot Tub Crowd in 2006 set
a new record for
Hot Tub Excess.
People were so
crazy this year that they made the old Roman Orgies
look tame by comparison. As I said, this trip was
beyond a doubt the wildest trip we have ever taken.
EVER!!! 'Completely Out of Control'
sums it up.
Meanwhile Phyllis just went about her business of
stirring up trouble on a daily basis. Every
hour of every day Phyllis was up to something.
Her crowning moment was setting a Hot Tub Stuffing record that
will never be broken.
When it came to write about the trip,
2006 was the year that I first
acknowledged that Phyllis the Center of Attention
was makes these
trips special. Here is what I wrote about
Rhapsody 2006 was
the third Rhapsody trip where the Center of
Attention put her personal stamp of approval on
Phyllis is actually something of a riddle to me.
She loves to stir up trouble, she loves to get
people in trouble, she loves to create energy,
but she never gets in trouble. How she stays so
close to the fire but never lose control is
quite an accomplishment. Phyllis is the
How she manages to avoid giving into temptation
is beyond me. For example, when Phyllis gets in
those hot tubs, I see pictures of her with a
drink in her hand. And when she takes her
friends on those drinking binges, I see her with
a drink in her hand too. Phyllis is drinking
right along with the rest of them. But while
Alph gets up and dances on bars, Phyllis just
smiles and take pictures.
Phyllis really feeds off of her friend Alph.
They have a very strong relationship. Alph likes
to get out of control, but I think she
appreciates having Phyllis around to keep an eye
on her in case she gets too close to the deep
end. What an interesting pair those two are.
Ever since they first teamed up on Rhapsody
2004, Alph & Phyllis have dominated every trip
with their shenanigans. Together they get all
the parties started... and stick around to
finish them too!
Another part of Phyllis that fascinates me is
her amazing 'Center
personality. Me? Heck, I am content to stay in
the shadows, but not Phyllis. She wants to be
out there Center Stage with all eyes upon her.
She was born for the spotlight.
And if the spotlight isn't on her, heck, Phyllis
runs over to it and shines it on herself. One of
Phyllis' most amazing stunts was the time in
2004 when she ran up on the stage and began
kissing a Beatle Impersonator! Yes, this bold
move was the start of the legend of the Center
of Attention! The Faux Fab Four were up on stage
singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
Phyllis figured if they could impersonate the
Beatles, then she could impersonate an
out-of-control Beatlemaniac! So up on stage she
ran and wrapped herself around Paul. To her
delight, he got a kick out of it and played
along! What a great move.
Pretty soon the entire SSQQ Crowd was up on the
stage dancing the night away. We loved it, the
Beatles loved it, and Phyllis was now famous.
This Magic Moment was the beginning of the
Center of Attention's notoriety.
And as this trip proved, the Center of Attention
is still the Center of Attention. She hasn't
lost a step. In fact, she has learned to
advertise her importance.
What I would like to say is how lucky our group
is to have Phyllis. If we can stop laughing for
just a moment at her crazy antics and take a
step back, we would notice what enormous
contributions Phyllis makes to every trip.
In conjunction with her friend Mara Rivas,
Phyllis organizes a bus trip to and from the
Rhapsody. You have no idea how much fun these
people have. The moment they hit the ship,
things are never the same.
Phyllis in conjunction with her friend Alph
makes the Rhapsody Hot Tub a burning lava pit of
constant energy. I might tsk tsk and roll my
eyes, but I know for a fact she has people
laughing their butts off all day long in that
hot tub. She is definitely the organizer of all
kinds of mischief.
And yes, I look askance every time Phyllis does
her "Circe Number" on the drinking sprees. She
has turned more than one man into swine as she
gets them drunk as a skunk. Then Phyllis takes
as many embarrassing pictures as her camera will
hold. Later she teases them about the pictures
for the rest of the trip. She is the consummate
blackmailer to be sure. "I'm going to give this
picture to Rick!"
But you know what? Not one guy has ever
complained. And why should they? These guys are
having the time of their lives.
For all Phyllis' penchant for troublemaking,
underneath it all she is a caretaker. I suppose
she would rather I not point this out... (but
knowing Phyllis, all attention is good
attention, so why not?)... but Phyllis watches
out for people. She makes sure that every stray
gets included in the group. She takes a lot of
guys and a lot of girls who are on the shy side
and corrupts them immediately.
Once they start having fun, there go the old
inhibitions. These quiet people are lucky to
have someone like Phyllis to pull them out of
their shell even as they kick, scream, and
protest as she does it. Then at the end of the
trip they tell Phyllis how grateful they are for
her help in getting them into more trouble than
they ever dreamed possible.
I think Phyllis is amazing. I am in awe of her
prodigious talent for entertaining people on
Thank you, Center of Attention. You were truly
the MVP of this trip for the third year in a
The entire group is in your debt. You Rock,
2009: Let's Get
the Party Started!
Phyllis has been at the forefront of
everything we do for a long time now. We may have
switched ships, but Phyllis was at it again for Conquest
2007 and Conquest 2008. She is simply remarkable when it comes to
getting everyone stirred up.
I stand in awe of Phyllis' talent. I can get
things stirred up too, but Phyllis has me beat. I have my spots, but
Phyllis can do it non-stop. Phyllis is truly the Energizer Bunny -
she's always there at the Start and she's still stirring up
trouble at the Finish. And she does it every time I see
her. Phyllis is always 'ON'.
Phyllis doesn't depend on the sea to
get into Trouble either. She can find plenty of trouble on
the Land as well. For example, I think she is on
first-name basis with most of the Regulars at the
Phyllis is also well known at
the studio for her eccentric tee-shirts.
her constant craving for attention, Phyllis always has
something interesting to say with her chest.
Considering how well her mouth works, I am not sure
why she feels the need for backup in the
Expression Department, but that's Phyllis. Never a dull moment
Linda Cook also likes to talk with her tee-shirts.
Someday I would like one of these women to come to the
studio wearing something to clarify
which woman was wearing sassy slogans on their tee-shirts
first. I actually don't know the correct
answer. But I bet they do!
The one thing I do know is that I love reading what
each woman has to say.
I have done my best, but I honestly don't know how to
completely explain how much energy Phyllis has created over
the years. I just know that the studio would be very
boring without her. While it is true that Phyllis can
get under my skin like no other, I am grateful to report she
has eased up on me a little in the past year or so.
Maybe it is because I finally had the courage to get on her Magic Bus
for Conquest 2008. She worked me over pretty
good. Sure enough, Phyllis got me
drunk out of my mind. I survived, but just barely.
The Latin phrase rara avis was definitely
coined with Phyllis in mind. Phyllis is truly one of a
Happy Birthday, Darling. We Love You.