Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

So, this weekend was pretty great. Friday night started off a little slow and then gained a giant pile of momentum. Keaton and I got started at Harry’s while the rest of the crew worked themselves up to coming out. Eventually Keaton, Courtney, Scott, Eric, Tricia, Charles and I hit The Phoenix for some jazz and fun. It was a nice night for sitting outside so we did that for a while and then went in for some reason I don’t remember. Tricia’s friends Courtney and Bill joined us for a short while before we all decided it was time for the strip club. There may have been shots of Jaeger involved.

Charles led us to The Shady Lady in The Freakin’ Ghetto and we got our nasty on. Pretty decent place, but a little tame for my tastes. And a little expensive. During the week there’s no cover charge but Friday it was $5. Not a big deal. Lap dances were $10 for clothed (lame!) and $20 for topless (lame). I don’t know about you but when I make the decision to go to the joint I prefer to abandon all hope and let the devil in. See also The Outhouse. The girls were a notch or two better looking than The Outhouse, I’ll say that much.

We escaped there around 3:00am and made our way to Scott’s place. At least, most of us did. Charles stayed behind to chat with some of the girls. He’ll tell you more about that on his site. We managed to find our way back to Scott’s place and set in to the additional partying. Family Guy, Scott’s beer pig, (unsuccessful) one armed pushups and general insanity ensued. We wound things down around 5:30 or so and went in search of food.

Charles recommended City Diner but it wasn’t open till 6 and we were ravenous. Town Topic it was and I tasted heaven. They made me the best two pancakes I have ever tasted in my life and I’ve thought of little else since then.

Courtney left her car at my place cause she was too beat to drive and Keaton took her home. That led to me being scared half to death later Saturday afternoon. I was in my room with the door closed trying on some new shirts. Door was closed so Sonja would leave me alone while I changed. I’ve got the radio turned way the hell up and I’m rocking out. So suddenly someone knocks on my damn bedroom door and my heart exploded. I guess Courtney and Keaton had been banging on the outside door, ringing the bell, shouting my name and I couldn’t hear any of it. Man, that sucked.

Saturday night Charles, Rich and I headed for Lawrence to check out Les Claypool. Box office was closed when we got there so we went down to Free State for some beer and grub. Tried their Cyclist which was awesome. It’s a quarter glass of lemonade mixed with their wheat beer. Very refreshing! By time we got back to the box office the show was completely sold out so we bailed for Ameristar where The Gang was supposed to meet up. The Gang turned out to be Adam, JoLynn and Patrick. Everyone else was too tired out from Friday 🙂 I actually was too, but I tried and failed to party. In bed around 3:00am. Not bad.

Sunday I woke up with post-party depression and decided to forget all by doing yard work. I mowed the front and cut huge swaths out of the front jungle. You can actually see the porch now. I had to take an axe to a few particularly pesky plants near the steps so that was pretty fun. I also decided to finally brave the back yard which I had not mowed once all year. It was insane. It probably took me three hours to mow that little lawn but now it’s managable and Sonja will go outside again 🙂

Now bored I decided to put some miles on the rental car. I have a Mazda 6 the dealer gave me while they replace my transmission and it’s such a nice car I decided to do some cruising. I was going to go up to some road way up northwest where I remember there being some orchards, just to cruise around but I ended up swinging off at the exit for Weston. I wanted to check out the old brewery everyone is always talking about. I never found it but I did check out McCormick Distillery which makes the vodka we’ll be consuming in our Jello this Friday. I cruised around downtown Weston and got the evil eye from all the locals.

So I bounced back to the highway and just hit the gas. Highway 45 which goes past Weston is a 2 lane (one each direction) road with a 60 MPH speed limit and it’s a lot of fun to just drive on. Saw a sign for Atchison and said “Hey, I think I’ll check out Atchison.” It was… a small town. Nice bridge though. After that I hit Leavenworth and pulled into Fort Leavenworth. I didn’t really have a reason to be there and the guards seemed to be doing quite the shakedown so I just turned around. Then Parkville which I like more every time I pass through and Kansas City, KS which was kinda scary.

Finally, Courtney and I went down to midtown(?) (39th and Bell area) to get some water ice, wander around and chat. I wrapped up the night snoozing on the couch while watching “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle” and “In Good Company” which were both pretty good.

So yea, pretty good weekend! This week is looking to be kinda boring but who knows. Maybe something fun will happen and surprise me.

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