Time has been mostly good to Betty, though it is more difficult to understand her she doesn't suffer from anything beyond the usual ailments that come with living 100 years on earth.
Another arrest landed her several weeks in a Los Angeles jail, starting the day at 5 am, pushing a mop and cleaning until lights out at 8 pm. "At least I don't have to take my clothes off," she laughed as an 80-something year old still punching the clock and driving herself to and from work.On January 23, 1916, Betty Jane Rowland was born in Columbus, Ohio.On the day of her 100th birthday I spent the afternoon with the still flame-haired former burlesque star as she "danced" from a wheel chair to her favorite Latin beat.She was always in the papers and in fact wrote a column for awhile. For me, I met the father of our child for the first time in July of 2009, a few weeks after I had started stripping.Betty outlived sister Dian who was found dead in her apartment at 29 years of age. The two remained close sharing many family secrets. Roz Elle met her own tragic end, surrounded in mystery (at least to Betty) when her body was found broken after a "leap" out a window.Roz Elle had married two Belgian barons back-to-back and in later years helped Betty financially. Through it all Betty retained a cheerful outlook on life and her life in particular. Over her 100 years Betty has seen much change in the world.He asked for my number after he had spent weeks getting to know me and gauging a mutual interest.I initially declined -- "Let's not ruin a good thing," I told him, and he politely accepted.I wrestled with my decision, and ultimately asked for his number the next time I saw him.Seven years later we are amicably divorced, with one offspring to show for it.