So you think you’re tall? And special? Why….yes!

That’s Neri (my upstairs neighbor in front!). See, I AM that much taller!

Yeah, I think I’m tall too. At least I think I’m taller than most women until last night when I went to a movie.  Let me re-phrase that.  I went to a movie with my shorter neighbors (sorry guys, but you are shorter than me).  We decided to go see Dark Knight Rising since we had some Groupons or Living Social Deals that were about to expire.  We get to the theater and while Randy waited out in the hall Neri, Leah, and I made a trip to the ladies room prior to the show and that’s where I saw her.  She was probably my height or maybe, just maybe, a smidge taller than me!  Say what!

We met eyes in the mirror, then quickly looked away.  Then just as quickly we met eyes again.  I felt as though we were doing that weird guy/girl dance of flirting, but we weren’t.  We were sizing each other up but trying to appear as though we weren’t.  You see, that’s what us tall girls do.  It’s so rare to be able to look someone of our same sex in the eye that we want to stare but we don’t want to be caught!

I looked her up and down trying to determine where she got her height.  Was she all legs?  Torso?  Properly or weirdly proportioned?  How did she dress?  Does she like being tall?  Did she stand up straight?  Should I talk to her?  Should I mention ‘our’ heights?  I wonder if she’s looking at me?  Should I smile?  Oh, this is awkward!

She washed her hands while I was still waiting in line and as she passed I stood up a little straighter and tried to catch her eye.  I didn’t say anything to her and I don’t think she would’ve wanted me to.  She walked with a little hunch in her shoulders as if she didn’t like her height and she didn’t even glance up as she walked past.  Too bad, I wanted to give her a big smile.

I wanted to shout out to her, ‘Stand up straight!  Embrace your height!  You are special!  Let your height make the world notice you but make the world love you because of YOU!

*Sigh*

I won’t get on my soapbox about this topic because then I’ll rant and rave about how awesome and amazing it is to be tall.   But I will tell a little story about the picture below:

I toast all you TALL women out there!

This picture was taken on my 39th birthday this year.  A friend of mine was visiting from Iowa and I took her to the drag show at Darcelle’s in Portland, OR.  Why am I toasting?  I felt amazing that night!  And here’s why:  I’m tall and I felt beautiful.  I bought the dress from Long Tall Sally and the little sweater cover-up as well.  When I walked into the room at Darcelle’s and while we were being seated, I had multiple drag queens ask me where I got my clothes!  I don’t think you can get a higher compliment than that.  So you can see, my night started out with an ego boost and my night only got better from there.

The point is, whatever you’ve got whether it’s height, beautiful hair, great eyebrows….whatever, you’ve got to make the most of it.  Regardless.  You’ll feel beautiful, you’ll radiate beauty and everyone wins.

Okay, I did end up on my soapbox.  Getting down now….

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Interview a tall celebrity

Ok, I’ve been sifting through the incredible amount of names I got from everyone and it’s been a hard decision. I want to interview a tall celebrity that’s famous enough that most of us will recognize them but is also B list enough that they will speak to someone that writes a blog about being tall. And from the list of name that you guys contributed, that’s harder than you think.

There was a surprising amount of names on the list that I flat out did not recognize. I had never heard of Yao Defen but apparently she is the tallest living lady in the world right now. And while that would make for an interesting interview I’m sure I’d like to focus on someone a little more main stream and who’s job would be impacted by their height not solely make up all they do.

Then I considered the first recommendation I got, which was Stephen King. As many know, Stephen King is a world renown writer. Now THERE’S someone who is definitely not known for his height. I had no idea that he is 6′-4″ tall. But can I get Stephen King? I’m thinking he’s too big a deal to try and get this time around. He’s definitely on my list though.

So what I’ve decided is to just go with 5 names and try a “spray and pray technique“. Shoot it out to every avenue that they have where I could hopefully get in front of them where they might be down to be interviewed. And here is the list you’ve been waiting for:

#1: Ru Paul
Height: 6′- 4″
Reason: I feel like she would be into it. (Bonus: My gay friends would be incredibly jealous if I pulled it off. I’m talking to you Papa)

#2: Isis the amazon
Height: 6′- 9″
Reason: At first I thought someone was joking with a name like that, but then I clicked on her website and was sold.

#3: Paul Gasol
Height: 7′ – 0″
Reason: My little brother would be shocked if I got to talk to this guy. It would also give me another thing to lord over him, like any good older brother looks to do.

#4: James Cromwell
Height: 6′ – 7″
Reason: I stopped acting partly because I thought I was too tall, so I’m curious to see how he feels about it.

#5: Michelle Wie
Height: 6′ – 0″
Reason: How could I not take the opportunity under the guise of writing a blog post as a way to…. interview her. Just…. just… just interview her…. errrrr…. heart emoticon

Here is where you come in for a little bit of help: I’m putting together a list of questions to ask each person and I’d like your help. I need suggestions for interview questions, so please take a minute and fill one in. I don’t care what it is, just give me something to riff off of.

They don’t had to be tall related, but does increase the chances of me asking it. But then again, if your question just sounds awesome, I’ll ask it. What can I say? I’m a whimsical as BOO YAH!!!.

Click here to suggest a question!

And don’t get discourage if you don’t see the name that you submitted. All it means is that I’m not going after them yet. I’m sure I’ll get around to them at some point.