No one I talked to knew quite what to expect from Stormy Daniels’ visit to Kamloops.
Here was an adult film star who was on tour, but a tour to promote her book, Full Disclosure, and instead of doing a promotion at a book store, she would be visiting The Duchess Nightclub, known more for exotic dancers than literary icons.
It seemed like an event that could have gone in just about any number of weird and wonderful directions, and of all the things the June 2 event could have been, the last thing I would have expected was that it be a disappointment.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what it was.
Doors at the Duchess opened at 7 p.m., with the event planned to start an hour later at 8 p.m.
The evening was to begin with a talk from Daniels before transitioning to a meet-and-greet and photo-op with fans.
Things didn’t go as planned, though, and Daniels didn’t arrive until almost 10 o’clock, leaving the 30 to 40 people in attendance waiting two hours for her arrival.
And once she arrived, she skipped over any sort of talk or reading that she might have done and instead went straight for the meet-and-greet portion of night.
To her credit, she seemed incredibly friendly and accommodating to those who were there to see her.
When I made it through the short line-up, she chatted with me briefly, signed the back of my ticket — “Breast Wishes” she wrote, somewhat appropriately — and posed for a half-dozen photos, including a couple of more playful poses.
But friendly or not, it wasn’t the event we were promised, or the event I expected —and that’s from someone who would have been happy whichever way it leaned, whether towards the literary or the sexy.
But it didn’t lean to either side, it barely existed at all.
Just before I left, I looked to the side stage where Daniels and her crew were sitting. The line of fans who had come to see her had already dried up. Some were still in the building, but they had returned to their tables and their drinks.
As for Daniels, she was on the sofa, legs crossed, staring off into space. She almost looked like she was wondering why she was there.
I couldn’t help but wonder the same thing.