Bubbles: Reflections

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NOTE:  This was a creative writing assignment.  I have not nor will I ever be a pole-dancer.  Seriously, people.


Hi there friends!

Just an update on what’s been happening this last year for me.  Soon things are going to get real busy around here and I wanted to catch everyone up while I had a few moments.

I can’t believe it was just a short time ago that I was working at Orlando’s as a pole-dancer.  That all changed when Kima asked me to be a confidential informant for her and showed me I could do something for myself.  She helped me save enough money to leave it all behind and go to London for a job teaching actors how to dance in a certain style – you know what I mean.  Can you believe that?  I real job.  I hadn’t had that in a long time, unless you count selling t-shirts outta my shopping cart. It felt great to get Orlando’s in my rear view mirror.


I got that plane ticket and entered my new life and my new world.


While I was working at my dance-instructor job, I guess you’d say I was “discovered” by a talent scout and asked to play a part in an upcoming TV show they’re makin’ over here called “Downton Shabby”. It’s being filmed on this big fancy estate with a castle and guess what, I met this guy and it was magic.  I mean, he’s a real gentleman and he loves me and we’re getting married.  Turns out he’s the heir to this place and a fancy English Lord and well, he’s my prince.


They’ve written this TV show and taken out parts from my real life so if you get a chance to watch it, you’ll be amazed to see some names you might recognize.  I had nothin’ to do with that part of the choosing, so if you’re ticked it’s not on me.

Here’s what the producers sent me:

The Wire: Downton Shabby is a British period drama set in fictional Yorkshire, England in the early 21st century on the estate of the eighth Earl of Baltimore, Avon Barksdale. The series depicts the lives of the aristocratic Barksdale family and their servants as they experience great events in history that effect their lives and those of the British social hierarchy. The first season opens at the end of the year 1999, where the family is preparing to host the family of their close friend Spiros Vondopulous for the holiday season.

The much-anticipated Season 4 will include a new character, a former stripper named Bubbles who has married into the Barksdale family. Follow her zany misadventures as she learns how to navigate dining with a full 8-course setting of silverware, and  attend the many state functions in her new role as wife to the heir of Lord Baltimore.

We’ll also see the return of favorite characters such as McNulty, a distant Irish relative of the Barksdales, who continues to embarrass the family with his outrageous drunken antics. Downstairs in the servants hall we’ll see Mrs. Greggs running the household along with head butler Mr. Omar Little. This unstoppable team provides the stern guidance needed to keep young servants such as Bodie, Wallace, and Stringer Bell engaged in their day-to-day jobs of cooking, serving, dressing, and chauffeuring the Earl of Baltimore and his family.

The Wire: Downton Shabby has received critical acclaim from television critics and won numerous accolades, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Use of Ebonics with a British Accent.  It was renewed by the network for three more seasons, and resumes production for the highly-anticipated Season 4 next month.

Funny, huh?  I never thought any of this was possible and it feels like it’s a dream.  One of the producers said my life is like a modern-day “My Fair Lady” and somebody else called it “pig-something” but whatever. Well, it’s my life and it’s amazing and I hope all of y’all get a happy -ever-after like I’m getting.

Anyway, the filming crews are arriving tomorrow and things are gonna pick up around here so I thought I’d send this out and update you all at the same time.

Keep in touch, ya know?

“Bubbles” a.k.a. Bea Cousins


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