Confession: I watched the Miss Teen USA pageant last night.

*sigh*

And not just bits and pieces of it, either. I watched the ENTIRE thing. I know, I know. I’m not sure what happened. One minute I was watching The Breakfast Club on the WE channel, and the next thing I knew, it was all about the swimsuits and evening gowns. The truth is, as soon as Miss North Carolina made the initial cut, I was pretty much in. And she made it ALL the way to the end, only to place first runner up to Miss Montana. Who was very pretty, and I’m sure is a lovely person. But I was hoping to see the hometown girl do good. (Not that first runner up isn’t good. It is. It’s fantastic, actually.)

The funniest thing, to me, about having the pageant on last night was that we had a few of our friends over, all of whom watched Le Tour with us pretty much religiously during July. They’re really into sports, and cycling: beauty pageants are not exactly their thing, let’s just say. But me and my friend Dana were into the show, critiquing the gowns, discussing strategies while everyone else was hanging out in the other room. But when the question and answer part came up at the end, everyone sort of gravitated towards the TV. Some eye-rolling and joke making ensued. But then, a weird thing happened: we all got invested. Like, not just me and Dana, who had been watching all two hours, but everyone else as well. All conversation stopped during the Q&A, as we all hung on every word said in response to the questions like, “What was your weirdest job ever?” and “What does integrity mean to you?” During the commercial, theories and speculation abounded. Suddenly, everyone had a favorite (even though I kept pointing out that since we are in NC, we should pull for NC, I mean, come on!). When they had the final five up there and started calling out the runners-up, you could have heard a pin drop. It was CLASSIC. And more than balanced out, in my opinion anyway, for the hours and hours of cycling I watched last month. Sure, as soon as the crown was on, we switched over to the NFL channel. But it counted. It really did.

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