She’s Asian and no, she’s not from America.
It’s been a long ride. I’ve put a lot of time and effort and above all patience into this venture. I refuse to cheat myself and if I can’t feel as much overwhelming passion as I did last summer then I just won’t even dance to that song.
I believe that this time it’s pure and going in I am comfortable with the fact that I am.
I left the office at 530 to meet Phil at the Megabus stop. Its been moved to a desolate wasteland. There is no shelter and no place to go such as a fast food joint or store. It was very cold out and I wasn’t dressed for the elements. In short it sucked. When his bus rolled up I was ready to get out of there. I hailed a taxi on Canal Street and suffered through the stench of the driver. The train was crowded and people were loud and I was getting antsy. Finally we got to my stop and we walked to Walgreens grabbed a vodka ans some beer and had a fast drink before dinner at Tac Quick. I ordered Yum Woon Sen Talay Secret Menu Dish (Glass noodle, shrimp and squid with fresh lime juice, peanut, garlic, onion, green leaf, cilantro and Thai hot chili) which proved to be one of the most spicy dishes I’ve ever had and is a new favorite. The chef-owner Itti Damprapa actually showed me the proper method to eating and and remarked that it is also his personal favorite. I’m going to order it again this coming weekend with Emily. We hung out for awhile talking with the staff and sharing a couple more beers before heading back home to watch Dirty Grandpa.
Saturday I was up early and we took the Red Line downtown braving the parade idiots and got on Metra heading to Waukegan for that evenings CHEAP TRICK concert. We got to the hotel, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Waukegan, a few hours before check in and they wants $50 more for checking in early. I flat out refused and like the stubborn self I can be at times chose to sit in the lobby and wait it out. It worked because within 5 min they (General Manager Justin Shelby) and an exception for us allowed us to check in. I wasted no time changing into swim trunks and hit the jacuzzi which had some very weak jets but it was hot and relaxing. Then came a group of loud children and initially I was annoyed but found myself playing their beach ball pool games with them. Then it was back to the room and things got hysterical. I came out of the shower and Phil took a picture of me naked. Payback would be a bitch. He sent the image via text to his stepfather Christopher Curry who replied, “Ive seen that thing before.” Then Phil made the mistake of taking a bath with the door unlocked so I filled a bucket full of ice and dumped it on him. A prank I once played on Christopher 20 years ago. So he told Phil a way he could get me back.
Around 4P we took a taxi into the city to see the show at the beautiful Genesee Theater. It could not have been a more different experience than the weekend before. The audience were well dressed and friendly. I bought a girls small CHEAP TRICK T shirt for Khe Khe and we took our seats inside. This would prove to be the best CHEAP TRICK show I’ve ever seen and that’s something because I’ve seen them a lot since April 24, 1979.
Come On, Come On
If You Want My Love
Ain’t That a Shame (Fats Domino cover)
On Top of the World
The ‘In’ Crowd (Dobie Gray cover)
Never Had a Lot to Lose
I’m Waiting for the Man (The Velvet Underground cover) (Tom Petersson on lead vocals) (with ‘Heroin’ snippet)
Magical Mystery Tour (The Beatles cover)
I Want You to Want Me
Everything about the experience was very enjoyable and when the show was over took a taxi to Buffalo Wild Wings which is a short walk to the hotel. We sat at the bar and I ordered a tall Dos Equis and 20 wings as usual. The service was superb and we had a nice time chatting with our server. We got back to the room and I crashed.
Buffalo Wild Wings 3961 Fountain Square Place Waukegan, IL
I woke up at 730 and went to have some breakfast. Phil was still sleeping. I piled a plate night with sausages and gravy and then went back to the jacuzzi. All of the housekeeping staff were exceptionally beautiful and hispanic. It was a nice experience. Phil went for breakfast and had eggs, 2 biscuits, 2 sausage patties, gravy, a banana, and 3 cups of OJ.
After we cleaned up we called for a taxi and were taken to the Great Lakes Metra station where we chilled inside and I had some custom Assman MK ULTRA dogtags made. We got back to the city and dropped off our bags at home and then walked to the store to get a few more items for the shrimp stir fry I was making. On the way I stepped into Tac Quick and was greeted with a hug from Khe Khe and I gave her the shirt. She seemed elated. The stir fry was an excellent piece of teamwork and was the perfect ending to a great weekend. Phil watched Bad Santa and Bad Santa 2 and later we watched ad Grandpa.
Monday morning I did laundry and dropped Phil off at the bus later in the afternoon. I went home and caught up with an old friend Sam in Ohio who I used to work for in my Warner Bros. days. It was very nice and made my week.