Sunny Wins a Beauty Pageant

Sunny's parents divorced when she was young.

Growing up, Sunny learned to dance and took piano lessons. At age 12, she started working in her mom's dancing studio in Livonia, Michigan to help bring in enough money to keep the household running.

When she was in high school, Sunny won a beauty pageant sponsored every year by the Livonia Fire Department and was named "Miss Siren."

She won a trophy, a $50 savings bond, and the right to compete for the title of Queen at the Michigan State Fair.

As part of her beauty queen duties, Sunny helped open the then-new Wonderland Shopping Center in Livonia, which featured a 10' x 30' tile mural of trees and flowers and a pair of cows.

Guys... Guys... You're not looking at the pair of cows, are you? You're staring at the udder pair.

Stop it. Sunny's a nice girl. Try to act like gentlemen. We know it's out of character for you, but try.

Sunny competed for the title of Queen at the Michigan State Fair in Lansing.

She was only a runner-up, but she got to meet G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams, the Governor of Michigan, with his trademark green bow tie with white polka-dots.

The bow tie was a folksy touch for a politician born into a lot of money; namely, the Mennen skin care fortune.  ("Soapy." Get it?)

Sunny had achieved her goal of becoming very, very normal.

Here's Sunny as a not-a-teenager.

Sunny worked part time for 10 years as a sales representative and trainer for the Smokenders smoking cessation program, and then full time for 34 years as a sales representative and sales trainer for publishing companies in the hospitality industry. She was on the road for two weeks, and then back home for a week. She flew all over the country, from Maine to San Diego, and from Seattle to Orlando.

As she got older, she had gradually been cutting back on her workload, but had to stop completely when the Covid lockdowns hit.

Her business was at the intersection of hotels, airlines, and small businesses: locally owned restaurants and retail stores.

Those businesses (and consequently, her own business) were damaged or destroyed because...  well, just because.

We've never heard a medically rational explanation for the lockdowns, and never will. Because there is no medically rational explanation.

A political explanation? Yes.

Medical? No.