Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Last night's Miss Universe Presentation event was a disappointment. Also, it was a little bit frustrating. The biggest source of disappointment was that the show, which I thought would include all the elements of the Final Pageant, finally enacted by all contestants, only ended up including the gown and swimwear events. I was most excited by the prospect of at long last seeing more than the top five contestants answering that interview question, my second-favorite part of the whole Miss Universe routine (my first-favorite is the National Costume Event, which was judged during its own event earlier in the pageant month1,2). The judges do interview all the contestants, of course, and formulate scoring based on those interviews; but this happened off-stage before last night's thing. I'm disappointed because the contestants I find most interesting frequently never make the top fifteen, let alone the final five, and I wanted to hear them talk. On to frustration: the word that continually came up last night was "half-baked." The event itself is produced by the Miss Universe Organization in a venue masterminded by a local organization company which has won a bid for the work. It’s probably par for the course, but last night’s venue, the Diamond Bay Resort Hotel and Convention Center Theater,3 was built from the ground up to house Miss Universe after that Vietnamese organizational entity won their bid. Five months ago, there was nothing standing in a lonely bend in the national highway, twenty minutes south of town, which is now flanked by these enormous yellow buildings. The thing is, they still aren't really finished: the entryway is mostly gravel, the floors are uncarpeted, and the seats aren't all bolted down right. Nobody seemed to have any idea what they were doing, but more on that tomorrow. [Cavin]

Then, a 3 sided conversation ensued...

To which Blogger Mr. Cavin added:

[2] Actually, my first-favorite Miss universe event is the annual Pageant Drinking Game, which we will have to play after the fact since we have to go through metal detectors to get in. Not included in the list of available concessions: alcohol. Still, I took my little commonplace book, and kept careful score. Since no contestants were eliminated during tonight's show, Sunshine and I picked two each to gage the scoring. Say, the rules are here, by the way. Anyway, I ended up winning the night, owing fourteen drinks in the hotel bar to Sunshine's fifteen. Anyone playing at home this year will want to note that Sunshine and I will playing at the same time, the same way, during the Final Event. Everybody drinks if you spot us on TV! Sunshine will be taking Miss Venezuela, and I'm going with Miss Mexico (since all of my favorite Misses are from places I've never been: Denmark, Guam, Albania--please somebody out there choose Count Albania on Sunday night). Since Sunshine and I are not in the room, you may also feel free to play our hands. Fair warning, one of us will probably win this thing this year (and we both hope its Sunshine).

[3] Predictably, the Diamond Bay Resort Hotel and Convention Center Theater website isn't yet constructed.

Saturday, July 12, 2008 5:47:00 PM  
To which Anonymous Anonymous added:

Speaking of predictable - Sunshine picked Miss Venezuela????? I expected more creativity. (Or maybe I didn't) ---Bet

Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:03:00 AM  
To which Blogger Mr. Cavin added:

Oh no, we make Sunshine pick Miss Venezuela. All that education has to have some perks, right? Plus, she wants Miss V. to win this year purely for artistic purposes--it'll virtually guarantee a certain narrative satisfaction for the end of her book.

Sunday, July 13, 2008 3:53:00 PM  

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