Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why Coyote Ugly Sarah Le Clear should avoid Redlands

I am not a movie person, so I never saw the movie "Coyote Ugly." The closest that I have ever been to the phenomenon was the Coyote Ugly bar in the New York, New York casino.

But I ran across some Coyote Ugly news recently when I (belatedly) learned that Sarah Le Clear, after competing in a reality show on Country Music Television (CMT), has officially become the sixth member of the Coyote Ugly Saloon singing group The Traveling Coyotes.

CMT offers a brief biography of Sarah Le Clear (also available as a PDF):

A vivacious blonde, Sarah has been a professional dancer for eight years and has been training in dance for 21 years. She loves to perform and says entertaining is what she wants to do with her life. She is mature and driven and has a knack of having the crowd eating out of her hands when she is on the bar. She describes herself as honest, funny, spiritual and accepting, but she can also procrastinate and be too hard on herself. After recently calling off her two-year engagement, Sarah has a renewed determination to win the competition and eventually open a dance studio.

And Le Clear is using an interesting marketing strategy. Even though her MySpace page has the bold title "Sarah From Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search," the page itself is private. (The group page is public.)

Why am I writing about this in the Inland Empire blog Empoprise-IE? Because, despite what her official biographies say, she is not from "Los Angeles." The Daily Bulletin noted that Sarah Le Clear is a resident of Upland, California, right within the Inland Empire. At the same time, she is also a dance instructor to kids in Rancho Cucamonga (in the Alta Loma area). (In all fairness, it should be noted that Whittier also claims Le Clear as one of their own.)

But, while Le Clear is certainly welcome on the western end of the Inland Empire, another Daily Bulletin article noted that she may run into trouble at the eastern end:

REDLANDS - A coyote infected with mange was captured Saturday afternoon, a day after it was seen stalking a small child near San Mateo Street and Magnolia Avenue....

Bill Miller, an animal-control supervisor with the Redlands Animal Shelter, caught the female coyote by shooting it with a tranquilizer dart....

The coyote that was euthanized was the third spotted in the past 12 days.

On May 2, an 18-month-old girl was attacked in Chino Hills. On May 6, in the Cedar Glen area of Lake Arrowhead, a coyote bit a 2-year-old girl on the head in her front yard and tried to carry her away.

So those of us in the Inland Empire may not be treated to any group appearances by The Traveling Coyotes. Too dangerous for the group.

Although I doubt they are mangy.


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