The Benefit Betties

Leslie L’Amour

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Leslie L’Amour

Hometown: Houston, TX, but Austin is where I call “home”


What’s your favorite activity?

I love to knit, read, and play guitar. Unfortunately, it seems I never have enough free time to do those things!

What do you absolutely hate doing?

Driving in Houston traffic is the absolute worst way I spend my time. It takes mental preparation! I’ve learned to lessen my distaste by listening to audio books during my drive. It has greatly improved my ability to get through my one hour commute to and from work. By the way, if you are in need of an excellent audio book for your commute, I highly recommend ‘Dracula’ narrated by Tim Curry and Alan Cumming. It is fantastic!

What is your favorite day of the year?

October 1!! October means gorgeous weather, outdoor evening bbqs, and Halloween!

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?

I’ve never been on one, but I’m pretty sure I would dislike a segway. They just look so awkward!

What smell do you love?

I love the smell of gardenias and lavender. I think could sit in a room with either of those scents all day and be in absolute heaven.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

There are so many to name, but I can think of three that top my list: I would have loved to see The Beatles play on the rooftop of Apple. Even though they played only five songs that day, hearing them play live together would have made every moment worthwhile. 2. Watching and listening to Billie Holiday perform live is another wish of mine. She was so beautiful and full of emotion during her performances. I can only imagine how captivated her audience must have been. 3. This list would not be complete with mentioning Dean Martin and The Rat Pack! My goodness, what they must have been like live! Give me a little black dress, a martini, and a time machine and I’m there!

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

I have asked myself this on many occasions and the answer is usually different each time. There have been so many incredible people throughout history, but I think I could learn the most from Albert Einstein. I would love to speak with to him about his vision of our future, human and animal rights, time travel, and many other subjects. I imagine that he and I would talk for hours.

If you were a drink, what would it be?

A Lil Lady is definitely my drink of choice! It’s vanilla vodka, tonic, and a splash of grenadine. I made it up and it’s delicious! You should try it sometime.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

This is a great question! I think I would be The Punisher (The Dolph Lundgren version, of course). When it came to serving justice, he didn’t mess around! Of course, I’m not nearly as violent as Frank Castle, so I’m not sure how well I would pull this off.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I earned my Certification of Patisserie and Baking from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. My intention is to open a vegan chocolate shop, where friends can hang out, drink wine all day, and eat artisan chocolates to their hearts’ content!

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

“Meat is Murder” – The Smiths

“I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday” – Morrissey

“Sing Your Life” – Morrissey

“Hold on to Your Friends” – Morrissey

“I Don’t Owe You Anything” – The Smiths

“Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” – The Smiths

“Houston” – Dean Martin

“Volare” – Dean Martin

“Waiting Room” – Fugazi

“All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles

“The Long and Winding Road” – Paul McCartney

“Speak” – Shudder to Think

“Junk” – Paul McCartney

“She’s in Fashion” – Suede

“15 Minutes Late” – Craig Wedren

“She Don’t Sleep” – Craig Wedren

“I Feel It All” – Feist

“Now My Heart is Full” – Morrissey

“Everything Will Flow” – Suede

“There Goes The Fear” – The Doves

And the final chapter… “Death at One’s Elbow” – The Smiths 😉

Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?

Just about every bad situation I have ever been in turned out for the best. It is so easy to get caught up in the emotions of loss and pain that sometimes we forget to look beyond that moment. I’ve found that when I do, everything is much brighter on the other side.

What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?

The last time I got a little misty eyed at a tv show was just the other day, while watching the last episode of the Golden Girls for the 1,000th time. I have every season on DVD and that episode makes me cry every single time!

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Saying “Goodbye” to my friend of 15 years was definitely the most difficult thing I have ever had to do. I adopted him when he was a puppy and in a lot of ways we grew up together. It’s been 2 years, but I still think about my Asda every day.

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

I became a vegetarian when I was 12 years old. Unfortunately, this choice wasn’t well received at home. I was grounded for my decision and spent hours at the dinner table staring at cold food I refused to touch. My mother most likely thought it was a phase or something I was just doing to be rebellious. Of course, sticking to my beliefs was worth the trouble. It’s been over 20 years since I made that decision and my beliefs are even stronger today than they were back then.

What is your first memory of being really excited?

I think my first memory of being truly excited was when I saw Paul McCartney in concert for the first time in 1993. I have listened to and loved him since I was 3 years old, so seeing him live was a huge moment in my life!

When was the last time you were nervous?

The last time I was nervous was at my first Betties meeting! I wasn’t sure what to expect. I can be very introverted and it takes quite a bit for me to come out of my shell. Willingly meeting up with a group of women I didn’t know was completely out of character for me, but I am so glad I did it. I love these ladies!

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