And the Lord Said – Let there be Ponies!

Erika Napoletano - RedheadWritingWhat seems like eons ago, I started vote whoring again. This time, however, it was for something in my own backyard – a chance to win some bling-bling (aka a pony!) in Westword‘s Best of the Web Awards. For those not in Denver, it’s our local pop culture rag, owned by the popular Voice media group (y’know – the Village Voice-n-schiz?). Two days ago, I got an email essentially threatening me with my life if I told anyone, but that I should plan on showing up at the awards. Okay, maybe the threat was in my own mind, but I could only invite one guest and it wasn’t for “public consumption.” Riiiiiight.

So last night, I WON A HAT! I won a motherfucking HAT, yo. I’m sorry to disappoint all of you who had dibs on time-sharing the pony, but it’s not just a hat – it’s got a pom pom on top. I said goddamn.

What did I win the hat for? Oh – right. Whoops. I won Best Facebook Fan Page for Promotion of a Personal Brand. So thank you, monkays. For you readership, your nominations, and most importantly, for being my community. And thanks to Westword for confirming that the f-bomb is an effective tool for communication. Yippee-fuckin’-skip. And a huge shout out to Unseen Denver, run by the illustrious Rick Ramos and Dave Pennington – they took home the award for the Best Neighborhood Blog (and rightly so!). Follow ’em on Twitter, subscribe to their blog, check out their fan page and all that jazz. Another w00t shout to TweetyGotBack, voted Best Startup (awesomeness, Heather!).

And speaking of community…I owe the whole lot of you a super-loving smack, square on the ass. Over the past few weeks, which have inarguably been the most difficult in my life, you’ve been here. It instilled feelings of more than melancholy last night at the Westword event when I couldn’t turn left or right and see Jason smiling back at me. I miss him terribly and can only describe the void left behind as a hole I can never dream of filling. Your words, messages, emails, wall posts, tweets, DMs and phone calls are unbelievable in volume and I find comfort in knowing that you’re not just here for the free ponies. Whatever I’ve done in this life to deserve YOU…it brings me to tears. Fucking soppy, heaving, unpretty tears. So thanks for making me cry. And crying isn’t all that bad. I won’t argue that the Universe screwed up big time when it decided to take Jason out of its physical mix, but he was – and still is – one of the people I’ve come to trust on this doubt-ridden path to becoming vastly unpopular with exactly the right people. Like all the folks NOT reading this. And he’s worth every tear.

So, umm…yeah. Thanks. Is that Elvis?

Erika Napoletano - RedheadWritingAnd you might notice some changes in The Redhead today. My Twitter avatar, Facebook Fan Page and About Page have gotten facelifts. An enormous thanks to Darren Mahuron at Summit Studios in Fort Collins, CO for my new shots. These were taken the day I had my first real “date” with Jason. I’d texted him during the shoot to say I’d gone from Executive Dominatrix to Marian the Librarian to Bratty Schoolgirl so far that day, the reply was, “You have no idea how wide my eyes just got.” So, these are for Jason, who never had the opportunity to see the finished product. And for you. And most importantly, for me. They’re more “me” than I’ve ever been and on a day where I’m announcing that others have chosen to celebrate me, fuckin’ A – I’m going to put on my Big Girl Britches and do the same.

My thanks, monkays…

57 comments
Nick Lucchesi
Nick Lucchesi

I mean, we're not really a "rag." But thanks for the post! Best, Nick Lucchesi Web Editor.

Jim Raffel
Jim Raffel

Well of course you won - you're the bestest. :)

Timstich
Timstich

So, uh, like where is the picture of the hat? :-) Ah, who cares! You fucking rawwwwk.

Mike
Mike

And while you're at it pick up "Kicking Life's Ass" at the domain of the same name. Pre-orders live now!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Good christ. Trust me - the lord had nothing to do with it, unless Dr. Gerald Minniti changed his name.

Msunoele
Msunoele

Love and ponies to you! Great pics!

Cherry Woodburn
Cherry Woodburn

You deserve us by being human, you, vulnerable and real.

Cherry Woodburn
Cherry Woodburn

Congrats on the win. The pictures are great - I so want to get some of my own taken. What fun. Cherry

The Redhead
The Redhead

Thanks so much - that's a great compliment.

Davinci43
Davinci43

I should have said, notwithstanding the excellent article, great cans in both pics, and yes, the lord has been good to you.

The Redhead
The Redhead

Well, I think Darien is a great name, too :)

Alysson
Alysson

Congratulations. Very proud of you. :) So, where's a picture of the hat?? And the new pictures are awesome. Kudos to you and to the photographer with what appears to be more like a prop-filled playground than a dark, musty camera room. :) Linoleum? Really?!?

Davinci43
Davinci43

....not to minimize the excellent cans in pic #1! : )

Davinci43
Davinci43

The hell with the article. Nice cans in pic #2. : )

David
David

Wonderful photos Erika!

HighrankersSEO
HighrankersSEO

love love luuuuuuuuuving the photos. we all want a nice juicy gallery full of em! Also, CONGRATS! pom pom hats are the mother fuckin BOMB.

Darien
Darien

Well deserved, but really not much of a surprise ;) If I'd have known you growing up, I might have never changed it. From a former "Erica".

Mary
Mary

That photographer is a genius. This is EXACTLY how I picture you!

Ed
Ed

Love the new pics!!! ROTFL!!!

Dysfunction Junction
Dysfunction Junction

You are fab. You're hanging in there, and that's what's important. And you look super adorable in your new pics!

toywithme
toywithme

Hats off to you sweet lady!! Congratulations! xoxox P.S. Your pic's are fucking smoking hawt :P (I'm sure Jason would have looooved them)

Shelly
Shelly

Congrats on the hat! LOL Love the pictures (the pig tails are classic) and your about page (I don't have a photographic memory, so not sure of the EXACT changes, but remember that I liked it before too!) :) xoxo

Cali Harris
Cali Harris

Congratulations! I hope you like your hat. ^_^ Much love to you. And your photos are insanely HAWT. Wow.

JoeRayCr8iv
JoeRayCr8iv

Yippee Fucking Skippee!!! Congo Rats! Next time it's the pony 4 sure!

MegCarpen
MegCarpen

I love, love, love(!!!!) the new pics! I do wish that your Jason had had a chance to see them, but I'm glad that life is starting to give you a little sun after the last couple of weeks. P.S. Bummer about the pony, I was really looking forward to seeing pics of that. So where's the pom pom hat???

paulidin
paulidin

Good grief, woman. You are as gorgeous as you are talented. Sorry, what was the point of this post? Damn, you are hot!

Wookies Girl
Wookies Girl

You are a diamond in the rough my friend! It's an honor to know you.... live and in person.. (suck it up bitches!) *hugshugshugs* WookiesGirl

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