There’s a T-shirt sold here in tourist shops that says:
Good Girls Go to Heaven. Bad Girls Go to Montreal.
I don’t know what it is about this city but it has a way of bringing out the badness in any good girl – and in a very good way, especially during Formula One Race Week.
When I think of bad-a-tude, I think of Sandy Olsen’s transformation in the movie Grease. She went from naïve to naughty over the course of the movie. Pretty tame when you compare her to the celebrities and high flyers who were in town this past weekend to party like it’s 2012 – the year, according to the Mayan calendar that’s due to go out with a bang.
Slipping into bad-a-tude starts the moment you begin to prepare for a night out on the town.
As I started getting my bad-a-tude on to hit a few parties during race weekend, I started my soundtrack in the kitchen where I poured myself a glass of wine and danced around in my lace bra and panties through the toe tapping, head bobbing, hip swaying songs of a generation that prized rebellion and self-expression.
As I listened to them I was once again that bad girl who,
… was “Rosalita,” ignoring her parents’ disapproval and dating that bad boy for a time.
…was a “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” every Saturday night downtown.
…was heedless with her heart and missed all the signs that said “Breakdown” dead ahead.
…who did bad things because they “Hurt So Good.”
…and who still listens to that ” Old Time Rock and Roll” every time she wants to cop a bad-a-tude.
Bad-a-tude is fun, and simple. All it is, is:
• Wearing your best little black dress
• Flashing a your 1000 watt smile
• Admiring the scenery and the way he fills out those designer jeans
• Flirting because you can
• Enjoying a little champagne even if you’re not on the podium
• Staying out a little too late and then catching up with your café girlfriends over an early morning breakfast
Of course bad-a-tude has to be cultivated. Badness and attitude. It’s a frame of mind, it’s way of walking, talking and acting a bit bolder, if only for a few hours.
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