Karsten and I went to the Young Professionals / Brian Ritchey / The Katies show at Mercy Lounge with a bunch of my coworkers last night. (This was after we’d been to Lyrix to see our buddy Joe Hendricks play a writers’ round, which was after we’d been to Cabana with the coworkers for happy hour.) The show was great. All three acts were great, even if I’m especially partial to the latter two who are friends of ours through day job connections.
Anyway, I saw JD of Gypsy Cab Co. rockin’ out with his new haircut and funky vest. Small blogosphere. No pics because it was just too damn dark in there for my Treo.
After the show was over and everyone had had their fill of after-hours dorky dancing to cheesy ’80s pop, my colleagues and I sought drunk-dining options at Hermitage Cafe south of downtown. Wow. I’d never even heard of it, but apparently it has quite a following. Wow. That place was… um… an experience. Wow. You know the kind of dive where the cook is flipping hash browns with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth? Where the waitress looks about 80 even though she’s probably only 40, and she says “hon” a lot? This was even divier than that. When I asked for decaf coffee, the waitress answered that it was Sanka, apparently giving me a chance to back out of the deal. I said, “well, ok” and she cautioned me again, this time more clearly: “It’s not very good, hon.” I reassured her that I would face the consequences bravely and she moved on to someone else’s drink order. My shoes were sticking to the so-called “carpet” which was so worn it looked as if it had become a single trodden-down layer of matted grime and grease. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
Naturally, the place was overrun with drunk songwriters. (Including several of us.) Heh.
I’d say more about it but I got so little sleep I think I’ve overstretched my ability to articulate. Off to make dinner and then go see the WJ Cunningham opening at the Estel Gallery. I think it’ll be an early night tonight, though. I can’t imagine staying awake much past 9 PM at this point.
Hope everyone else is having a great weekend.