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Be Careful What You Wish for. . . —Cagle

December 2006

NO BENEFITS JOB: Meandering around the floors of McCormick Place South during Graph Expo in October, I happened upon a woman (pictured above) who caught my eye. She was striking, quite unlike any I’d ever seen. I’m sorry to say, but her shape caught my eye...she looked like a blue Hershey’s kiss.

I had to talk to her, even though she was clearly working. But, as we chatted, I noticed people sneering at my new friend, named Kathleen. I paid them no mind, as I found her utterly fascinating.

Kathleen, you see, wasn’t like other women. She was a drop of water. At least she was dressed that way.

While other companies relied on contracted models to draw the attention of male show-goers, little Kathleen was nattily attired in a water drop costume to promote Draabe’s humidification water system. And she was getting grief for doing it.

A recent college graduate who babysits and teaches piano on the side, Kathleen had the opportunity to become the Draabe Drop when her roommate—who donned the costume at PRINT 05 last year—was unavailable for a repeat performance. And though she was friendly and charming, Kathleen was treated like sewer water by many passersby.

“People ask me, ‘Are they paying you enough to dress like that?’ ” Kathleen relates. Moments later, a couple of men strolling past eye her with utter contempt.

“Ugh, how can you dress like that?” one man asks, looking positively annoyed. Kathleen takes the high road, smiles apologetically and shrugs her shoulders.

“There have been a lot more people visiting the booth,” she points out. Sadly, some people take themselves a bit too seriously.

BALE ’EM, COWGIRL: Reigning “American Idol” champion Carrie Underwood has ties to the commercial printing industry. Well, at least her father does, it was recently reported.

In the October 22 issue of Parade magazine, the Checotah, OK-born Underwood reveals that her father, Stephen, spent 30 years as a paper mill operator for Georgia-Pacific. The elder Underwood retired from G-P in order to raise cattle.

Now that his daughter is an award-winning country music star, the only thing Stephen Underwood has to raise is his feet in the recliner.

Erik Cagle

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