Adventures In Spokane
I want to start this installment of Adventures in Spokane with a shout out to Roger, the very friendly, fast, and funny Lyft driver I met Friday night (and no, he wasn’t particularly alliterative, but I wanted to describe him that way and it’s my blog so I’ll do what I want). I’d never used Lyft to get around town before but after hearing good things from both male and female friends who had used the service I was willing to give it a try. It was quick, affordable, and easy to set up, and I had fun watching the little map that showed where my ride was and when it would be arriving (it was just about as mesmerizing as watching the status bar when I order a pizza from Domino’s). I’ll certainly use Lyft again the next time I need to be chauffeured around town.
Anyway, moving on to bigger and better things (I guess?), aside from catching rides around Spokane what has this blogger gal been up to? It’s been a while so let’s see if I can remember it all. After a night of buying comic books at Merlyn’s and watching the owner and his employees move furniture around in the store, I saw what I would now call my favorite vampire movie of all time What We Do in the Shadows at the Magic Lantern. Created by the awesomely talented minds behind Flight of the Concords and Eagle vs Shark and starring the always funny Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (who also happen to be those creators), I first heard about this film from the Kickstarter done to bring it to American movie theaters (it’s from New Zealand). I could never be happier that a crowd funding project was successful. The film is hilarious and dry and clever and unique and dark and fun. I couldn’t recommend this movie more to anyone who wants to see a truly enjoyable flick from a genre that truly didn’t need anymore movies made in it.
The adorable ball of energy I call my nephew went on a playdate with me to Wonderland recently. We played video games (mainly the Terminator shooting game that’s age appropriate for a six year old, right?), challenged each other at air hockey (he cheats), tried our hands at some skee ball (which I suck at), and played a round of mini golf (once again, he cheats). It was a beautiful day out and pretty busy but we managed to try everything we wanted and were tired and hungry by the time we left. We hit up Taco Time for lunch where we demolished a plate of nachos, an order of mexi tots, and a large soda (caffeine free in case anyone thinks I’m a total lunatic that would serve caffeinated beverages to a child that already never seems to sit still). I think the playdate went pretty well, especially because I was told several times (very loudly) that my companion was having "THE BEST DAY EVER!" Any outing that ends with that kind of statement is a win in my book.
Jumping to the other end of the age spectrum, I invited myself along to see In the Mood at The Fox with TheFather and his lady friend. Big band music is fun, my dad and his gal pal are a hoot, and The Fox is lovely, so it was well worth it to be probably the third youngest person in the audience for the show (and the two girls younger than me looked like they were having way less of a good time than I was). I left the theater with the desire to watch some old movies and take some swing dance classes. I just need to find a partner interested in tossing me around.
Last Saturday, after a relatively quiet day spent making peanut butter chocolate pie, I headedout for some evening adventure with the tiny/tall roommate and so we went out to the Roller Valley Skate Center in the Valley and watched the Spokannibals roller derby team take on the Storm City’s Misfits of Mutiny. I gotta tell you folks, I haven’t seen such a total annihilation of one team from another in years. The Spokannibals managed to win by a whopping 275 points, which I know because I can read a scoreboard and not because I can ever quite remember how scoring works in derby. After the bout we went across the road to Poppy’s for the after party. That was a bit of an adventure all on its own. I’ve never been to Poppy’s before and I don’t
tedhair reviews know that I ever would’ve just walked in there without a specific reason, but I will say it was definitely an experience.
And on that note I’m gonna wrap up this post of Adventures in Spokane. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks to talk about new things I’ve been up to, but the next two weekends I’ll be in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon and Sakuracon so the best place to check out those adventures will be on the MiaCon page! If you want to pass the time until I return you can head out for some adventures of your own.
It was the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics and I and my lovely local Modified Dolls (plus one from TriCities) took part in the freezing festivities. Though it was explained to us all several times that the water was a tepid 40 degrees (which is still 58 degrees less than normal internal body temperature, by the way) and it was the warmest it had ever been on plunge day, it was still really REALLY cold, folks.
Like so cold my legs were numb halfway through my run into the water. For a moment I thought I was gonna have to just give up and live in the lake since I didn’t think my legs were going to carry me back to shore.
Happily they DID manage to get me back to the beach and my numb little feet carried me the rest of the way to the wonderfully hot and humid tent set up for changing.
While I would never be brave enough to go for a winter swim under normal circumstances, this wasn’t my first Polar Plunge for Special Olympics experience. I’m always happy to help out a great cause and it might be insane but it’s also pretty fun. We played some BINGO, drank some hot beverages, saw some interesting costumes, and cheered on other Plungers.
And afterward TheFather and his lady friend (who had shown up to root for us, laugh at us, and take some pictures) took us out to lunch at Texas Roadhouse in CdA. In case you are ever wondering what a great meal to have is when you’re half frozen and a little water logged, I would heartily suggest pulled pork or ‘fall off the bone’ ribs from Texas Roadhouse. That food was pretty dang delicious. It was warm and filling and I may have only finished half of my sandwich BUT I blame that on my inability to stop eating the hot and buttery rolls.
Mmmmmm, rolls. I probably could’ve just eaten baskets of those and been perfectly content.
Anyway, so aside from ‘freezin for a reason,’ what else was I up to during February? Let’s see
Did you hear tell that the Harlem Globetrotters were in town? Well they were and I took in their show at the Spokane Arena. It was a fun evening, but I think it would have been better if I was at least 20 years younger and wasn’t so sure of who was going to win the ‘game’ in the end. I found myself feeling pretty sorry for the Generals, the team that plays against the Globetrotters and never wins (except once in 1971 and I’m very curious to know if that as an accident or staged on purpose or ever really happened at all), but it was cool to see how excited the kiddos in the audience got every time the Globetrotters scored higher than their competition.
In case you were wondering if I managed to hit up any sushi restaurants over the last few weeks why yes! Yes I did! I had dinner at Ginger Asian Bistro on a Friday night when they were super busy and the only seats available were at the bar. Luckily it’s a nice bar so totally cool to sit there. I also hit up Sushi Maru for some quick rolls before seeing the Globetrotters. They’ve pretty much become my go to place to eat before events, as the food is good and so very fast. I can get in and out within an hour at least if there isn’t a long wait time to get a seat.
February 16th was President’s Day and technically Fox 28 was closed for the holiday. A few lonely souls (including moi) did wander in to get some things done at the station. Before we really got busy, however, we went down to Morty’s for some breakfast. They weren’t super busy so our food was served pretty fast. I had a tasty breakfast sandwich while my companions tried the breakfast burrito and something I can’t seem to remember now. Only that the individual had eggs and toast on his plate and he pitched a hissy fit about his foods touching.
While I didn’t get out to eat as much during February as I have some months, I did manage to hit up Nudo for some tasty miso ramen noodles as well as the brand new Caf Rio up here near us on the South Hill for a ‘tostada.’ Only it was nothing like the tostadas I’m used to. There was a tortilla and sweet pork (mmmmm pork) and rice, as well as lots of lettuce, crunchy chip strips, sour cream, and spicy ranch something dressing. It was delicious but big enough it had to come in a bowl type container.
And on that note, dear readers, I will wrap up this installment in Adventures in Spokane. I’ll be back next week (possibly?) to talk about things like taking a trip to Wonderland, experiencing Big Band music, and sampling mimosa flavors. To pass the time until I return why don’t you head out for some adventures of your own? If you’re lucky you might see me bouncing around town while you’re out there (and if you can find me I’ll give you a prize)!
I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but it turns out an actual dueling pianos show is nothing like we were all led to believe from Daffy and Donald Ducks’ performances in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. There is no lisped banter. No throwing each other into instruments. No shooting cannons
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In fact it seemed to me like there was very little actual ‘dueling’ going on. Instead it was just two dudes drinking and playing interesting, piano style versions of popular songs requested by the audience. It wasn’t bad, just not what I would have expected when I wound up in Gibliano’s on Friday night. People watching opportunities were good, as they have a dance floor and patrons were certainly using it (some with more skill and flair than others). And their rendition of Piano Man by Billy Joel was fun (and is probably a regular song choice).
But I was still a bit
tedhair disappointed at the lack of boxing gloves and yelling and cannon fire. Oh well.
So it’s been a while (yet again) since I’ve been around to regale you all with stories of my adventures around our fair city. It’s amazing how quickly time passes when you’re busy (or pretending to be busy). I have managed to partake in activities Spokane has had to offer in the last month, however, and once again (since it would take too long to share them all) I’ll give you the highlights.
Feeling a bit nostalgic for the days when I lived in Texas and attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo every few years, I jumped at the chance to see the bull riding championships when they came to town in January at the Spokane Arena. The bulls were big and ornery, the cowboys were serious and a little insane, and the rodeo clowns were cracking bad jokes and trying to keep the audience excited. It was an interesting experience (and not just because of the heavy scent of dirt and manure in the air) and I enjoyed it. Not many riders managed to stay on for the full eight seconds (and as someone who has been thrown from many a horse back in the day I can sympathize a tiny bit with their plight) but I cheered for every one of those crazy buggers anyway. Especially the cowpoke who looked like he got himself a pretty nifty concussion yet managed to win the night anyway!
When I wasn’t watching bulls fling people around like so many broken toys, I was hitting up Chairs Public House for meetings with my lovely and wonderful Modified Dolls to plan some fundraising events for the upcoming season. Chairs has been through some changes since the last time I was there but they still offer some of the best spiced chai tea lattes in town, which I will happily drink by the gallon if anyone will let me. I was there on trivia night but didn’t have time to stay and play. It looked like they had a good crowd going though so I may try to go back some week when I can actually participate.
I also hit up The Chalet for dinner one evening with TheFather, just for old time’s (old timer’s?) sake. Their menu may never change, and their waitstaff may never change, and their normal clientele may never change, but dang if it isn’t still worth it
tedhair reviews to go there on a regular basis. Their meals are big and tasty and comforting and they’ve always got chocolate cream pie to finish off with and anyone who can offer me pie on a regular basis can stay in my good books. I do so love that chocolate cream pie. It’s like pudding for adults and I just can’t stop eating it. Someday I will OD on that pie and no one will be surprised.
I haven’t made it to many Totally Tubular Tuesday night movies at The Garland this season, but I did get up there for their showing of Fargo. While I am happy to admit that I love all kinds of movies, and watch a ridiculous number of bad ones, I am always happy to see (or re see) a great one. And Fargo is a great movie. Well written, well acted, well shot, well edited. Well played all over. Even though I’d seen it before, I was sucked in from the moment the movie began and it held me until long after the movie ended. Which is pretty dang cool considering the other movie I saw in the theater recently Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore could not manage the same. That movie was silly and boring and confusing and kind of lame. It was amusing only in so far as it was to make fun of it (which my sister and I quite happily did for the entirety of our exposure to it).
And I think that is about enough for now. I’ll be back next week (maybe?) to talk about things like sushi, noodles, and bartenders that look like Penn Jillette. To pass the time until I return why don’t you head out for some adventures of your own? If you’re lucky you might see me bouncing around town while you’re out there (and if you can find me I’ll give you a prize).