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January 2, 2008
Tila Tequila Inspires
Some Adventure in this 34-Year-Old Mom
By Cindy Droog
What to do? With two
kids and no babysitter, my husband and I had to make a tough call about
which New Years’ Eve television special to watch.
Ryan Seacrest was
taking over for Dick Clark, and although we are American Idol fans, we
don’t find Seacrest’s back-and-forth banter with Simon Cowell even
mildly entertaining. In fact, we’re pretty sure it borders on flirting.
Watching Seacrest ring
in 2008 seemed like a form of mild torture. Not quite waterboarding, but
perhaps getting a fingernail plucked out. Of course, Carson Daly and
Anderson Cooper were options, too, but we wanted to be awake to kiss
each other at midnight, and they weren’t going to cut it for a couple of
sleep-deprived new parents.
Our other option was
MTV’s New Years’ Eve starring Tila Tequila, the bisexual reality dating
show star. Normally, we don’t keep tabs on MTV celebs, but having a
newborn has given us quite a few middle-of-the-night television
I will confess that we
chose Tila because of me. I have a newfound – and very embarrassing, I
might add – addiction to her.
I can’t tell you why.
I’m a 34-year-old mom and a corporate executive. Tila and I have
absolutely nothing in common. She’s modeled for Playboy. I had a
hard time looking decent for our family picture with Santa. She’s
extremely popular on MySpace with two million friends. I have about 28
friends on Facebook. She’s bisexual and a bit of a swinger. I’ve had
nothing but serial long-term relationships – all with men.
You get the picture.
Like all addictions,
mine for Tila started innocently. It was 3 a.m., and my newborn was in
that phase somewhere between fast asleep and screaming his lungs out. I
needed something to keep me awake, and while flipping channels, I ran
across a rerun of Tila conducting her weekly elimination ceremony of one
of the men or women (yes, there were both) vying for her affection.
She is a beautiful
woman, and I found her to be very sweet. Then, the cameras panned to the
show’s contestants, and since I’d apparently been living under a rock up
to that point, I was shocked to find both men and women in the line-up.
I’ve never had a friend
who was openly bisexual, and so I was intrigued by her. But mostly, I
found her to be a genuine person who I could picture doing some of the
things I’ve done in life. Like adopting a kitten that had been beaten
and found – soaked in oil – under my car. Or spending hours searching an
entire downtown area for a small stuffed animal lost by a little girl I
had just met.
I believe Tila would do
those things, too. So I can’t help thinking maybe I should do some
things she does. But let’s be clear. I’m talking about things, not
people. For example, she’s not afraid to flaunt what she has. Sure, this
was easier to do when I was 26, too. But I still have a few decent
physical qualities, and it couldn’t hurt to stop hiding them under baggy
Tila also loves to
dance, and I can tell it makes her happy. Of course, she did give a
lap-dance to one of her show contestant’s grandmothers. And she
performed a stripper-style pole dance (is there any other kind?) for a
group of firefighters. My husband would not likely approve of my doing
either of those things, but he might enjoy a private viewing.
The list goes on. I
could get a haircut like Tila’s. I could wear higher heels. I could get
a little more hip to pop culture before my sons become teenagers and
everything they say sounds like a foreign language.
Of course, I will draw
the line at kissing women. But I do thank Tila Tequila and MTV for
inspiring some of my New Years’ resolutions and for sparking a small
fire I know that’s inside this still-young-enough-for-some-antics mom
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