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Re: “Gone Daddy Gone: The end of Big Daddy's

Oh what an adventure!Started working there in 90 at Big Mama's who shared a rest room with Papa Joes. Mary tended bar there & her husband Tim worked the bar at Big Mama's. Started as a waitress for 3 weeks before being told I had to dance. All the dancers were tan & blonde w/ a few redheads. With black hair & skin so fair it glowed in black light. I felt awkward & out of place. Dawn from BBC's was the only other girl w/black hair on Bourbon other than Sandra who still danced occasionally at the time. She taught me to move pecs & twirl tasseled pastie'sThere were no DJ's just juke box was dreadful.As soon as they threatened to bring male dancers (which they eventually did )went to Big Daddy's working with girlfriend Angie. Trashed knees after 2mths so worked 3-4 days a week.Stripping was NOT trendy or cool then. My friends were horrified. Spotted by collage friend 1st week.There were 10 night shift girls at Big Daddy's 5 on day. The club was red & black. The stage was lower with a tier you could easily walk/crawl on. It felt safe that way. Tattoos were covered w/ pan stick. Holly would play our CD's while tending bar. She started playing The Lords of Acid & Thrill Kill Cult.Didn't like nightshift bartender Wayne who was shot to death in D.C.'s parking lot of all places.Worked w/Tammy,Pam,Patricia,Trish, Charlie,Wanda,Tattoo Pam,Kelly,Darcy,Tara,Wendy,Valerie,Roxy, both Angels,Bunny,Kimberly,Dionna,Gypsiewho gave me a ring after Angie & I broke up, Miss Dana Watusee,(1st black girl to work there)Suzy,Cheryl,.Franka,Karen,Anton,Holly, Michelle, Cookie,Rhonda,Vicky,Jr. Manny,Joe Bear,Debbie&her sisterCheryl,Louie. And Gina from NYC who I came back in 96 bragging about doing Porn in Mexico. Trying to get recruits. Hell to the no to porn. It's hard to remember everyone. I do remember Suzy's 1st day. She was a redhead perhaps naturally. She was the 1st new girl after me. Met her mom in Molly's from Virginia I think. Everyone else had worked there for a decade and many were quitting dancing. After the renovation in 92 a lot of new girls
started working there. Before getting girls wasn't easy. I was approached yrs before by Regina who quit when I started. All tattoos had to be covered before the next batch of girls. One Missy/Keddie I knew for yrs. She was friends w/ former friend who never missed a chance to dog my girlfriend for being a stripper. Guess she bombed an auditioning for a "Jack Shack".Big Daddy's was NOT that kind of club. And never did I see or hear of anyone picking pockets in the club. Did see this on the street from the balcony of The Party Party. Never a dull moment there.Miss that place too, that Rick owned.Have seen MANY drunk men needing help signing credit cards. They were grown & could read. It clearly reads dancing not hooking. There was a price list behind the bar. It's not called " strip tease" for nothing & they know that. You are paying for the girls time, it is after all a job. With a limited shelf life.Not as easy as it appears. Injuries occure. How much is YOUR time worth? If you can't afford it don't go. Had kept in touch w/Rick who let me keep my pig upstairs. How he remembered our names etc I'll never know. If he was on a G string tangent all you had to do to get him out was tell him his hair was messed up.He helped ALLOT of people and didn't wear a toupee. Angie has proof after getting him on camera Mardi Gras morning in a towel bending over looking in fridge his hair wild like Bozo the clown(he didn't know) Angie always said if you can work at Big Daddy's you can work anywhere. She was right as I worked all over the country. There were plenty of girls who worked only there for 20 +yrs.Wanda,Beshka,Tammy,Pam & Angie were just a few .Rick nearly put a dunking booth in instead of the shower. I begged for the shower being the lesser of 2 evils. Rick did love the offbeat. He ran an ad looking for midget dancers! Was sad to here of Billy's overdose which was the truth I got from Rick himself, who acted as if he knew it was just a matter of time. Billy had been clean for so long. Rick hated drugs. Was furious to learn of Wanda's death due to being pushed down stairs by abusive boyfriend who got away w/ it. Rick kept a pic of a very young Wanda in his bedroom. Wish I had pictures of his apt. The tackiest decor ever. Aqua leather padded walls, round bed,stuffed cheetah. The snakes names were Holly(an Anaconda)& Peaches who was much older boa. So glad some girls got into the Burlesque end of it which is SO much better. I worked day shift cuz the hours were better & so was the money , There was no security. We looked after each other. The money was great enabling us to have our own businesses. Where else can you go to work in a costume & be paid to dance and drink champagne? Haven't seen Gypsy or Tammy since '97. Lost track of Angie 4yrs ago & will always love her. Never heard of Otter although" Squishy I think was the girl w/ black hair in a Pixie cut. When they started raiding the clubs I got some agents & worked in other states for way more money. But always came home & visited like many before me.Glad to hear from Cookie & that Suzy is doing well. Miss all of you & hope to hear from you on FB if nothing else. FB Miranda Wrights 008- Lisa

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Posted by Miranda Writes on 05/06/2012 at 2:09 PM

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