L-U-V Madonna, Y-O-U You wanna…..see what’s in my purse?

by Jotter girl on October 3, 2012


Last week I saw the MDNA Tour in DC.  It was a blast and reinforced my enduring fascination with Madonna.  I openly admit to liking her and always have.  Except that one time, when she did a show in a Long Island, NY club just before she became famous.  It was 1983 when I saw her up on stage singing Burning Up.  I wasn’t impressed and it was close to curfew, so I went home.  In all, I have seen her live 3 times over the last 29 years and suspect that I will probably still be interested in her ten years from now.

What did I carry in my purse to the shows, you ask? 

Well, you didn’t ask, but I got to thinking about this as I was loading my purse for this last show.

Boy Toy, have times changed.

1983 Escapes Nightclub – Long Island, New York

My LeSportsac handbag was stuffed with:

  • Hair pick to keep the curls looking 80′s big.
  • Mascara, blush, lip gloss, Maybelline eyebrow pencil
  • Parliament Cigarettes
  • Matches – not only to light my cigarettes but also to light the end of my Maybelline eyebrow pencil so when I put it along the inside rim of my lower eyelid, it went on smooth and black.
  • Key to my car, because I always remembered to push the button down to lock it.
  • $11.00 – for the cover charge plus two Whiskey Sours
  • Dime for the payphone – just in case




June 1990 -Nassau Coliseum – Long Island, New York

My Fanny pack was filled with:




  •  $20 for a t-shirt
  • Lip gloss
  • Eye liner – no matches this time
  • Quarter for the payphone – just in case


 September 2012 – Verizon Center – Washington DC

My Hobo Mini Purse held:

  •  Ear plugs – just in case
  • Binoculars – which were alternated with glasses
  • Medication – just in case I got a headache, indigestion, had an allergic reaction to something or a experienced a panic attack
  • iPhone – just in case
  • $40 for a t-shirt
  • Tissues – just in case I cried during Open Your Heart





{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Audrey Howitt October 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I have been missing out–a am a pocket kind of gal—great vehicle for this write–loved how you linked these


Jotter girl October 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I always have way too much paraphernalia to fit just in the pockets. I am sure the next Madonna concert I go to, I will be taking along one of those rolling suitcases!


Audrey Howitt October 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

You crack me up!


Adrienne October 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

A+ for remembering what you had with you each time, F- for that fanny pack though….. :) :)


Jotter girl October 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

First of all, you were probably only5 when I was sporting the fanny pack. Had you been able to get one of your own, I am sure you would have been transporting all your Barbie stuff around the neighborhood with it. Jealousy doesn’t become you.


Mynx October 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

I am just a little evnvious you got to see Madona live.
She isn’t coming “Down under” any time soon


Adrienne Carrick October 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

My Barbie would never have been seen in a fanny pack! LOL – Love your wit my friend :) :)


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