Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Thursday at Cafe Sam

This Thursday we are headed to Cafe Sam, 5242 Baum Blvd.(across the street from Ritter's)
We are going to be sitting upstairs on the patio. Hopefully the weather is nice, because it is beautiful up there.
A little history on Cafe Sam:
About 19 years ago I was a stay at home mom. My sister in law was getting married that December. I needed extra money for shower and wedding, plus Christmas was coming. Having waited tables in college and vowing never to do it again, I thought, what the hell, I'll just work through the holidays, it's fast easy money.
I saw an add for Cafe Sam and since it was nearby, went and applied for a job. Being a "Stouffer Girl" in college, I thought I could get a waitress job anywhere. (I still could, if the owner was over 80 years old)
Anyway, Andy, the owner was not impressed. He told me I was too old and asked if I could keep up with the college kids. I WAS THIRTY ONE FOR GOD'S SAKE.........
But he must have been desperate because he made me promise to stick it out for 4 weeks.
Long story short. It was a long four weeks. I ended up working lunch for 13 years. And he still couldn't get rid of me, because now my son works there.
It's a great place with great food, so come hungry.

FYI: While I am a few month's shy of 50, I could STILL run circles around those college kids, including my own.

We will be at Cafe Sam at 7:00. Just head up to the patio.
If weather will not participate, we will just be at the bar.

Not that it was a wild night or anything, but Ginny (First Cousin)fell and broke her finger last week leaving Elbow Room. She is having surgery tomorrow, needless to say, she will not be joining us.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Happy Birthday Dan

Happy Birthday Dan

It's hard to believe another year has passed and that this is the fifth birthday Dan hasn't celebrated with us. I'm sure he found somewhere that serves Iron City and will have a few!! God knows, he has enough people up there to help him.
We will also be celebrating here.
Dan loved his birthday, so it seems fitting to celebrate his life on this day every year.
So this flag day as in the previous four, we will be at the Elbow Room (where Dan would be having a few if he were still with us).
For those of you whom I met after Dan's passing, you probably have heard enough stories to feel like you've known him anyhow, so stop by.
You've all earned it by listening to my crying jaggs after a few too many at Mardi Gras.
Also, it is Thursday, and we all know what that means. We are going to have Anger Management along with Dan's birthday.
I have my priorities in order...........

The Anger Management Girls are proof that I have a sense of humor,
which Dan always thought I lacked. He told me I take life way too seriously. Too bad he had to die for me to learn that.
I could hear him now, legs crossed, smoking a cigarette, drinking a bottle of Iron and saying "Yeah, now she becomes fun......"
Oh well, story of my life. Always a little late, wrong place at wrong time, ect, ect.....

I will be at Elbow Room at 7:00. A little earlier than usual.
See you all then.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Singing the Blues or Having a Case of the Mean Red’s

It’s just one of those days.
Day’s I’m having more and more of. Feeling sorry for myself.
Yeah I know, I don’t even feel angry anymore. I know, I know, don’t say it. But I don’t. I haven’t cared enough about anything recently to be angry about.
I just don’t give a shit anymore.
A little self pity inserted here.

Things have to get better here girls.
I have two really close friends battling life-threatening diseases and I know I shouldn’t whine, but like I said, just one of those days..
Seems like the days are turning into weeks are turning into months.
Something’s got to give here.
As Audrey Hepburn says in my favorite movie “Breakfast as Tiffany’s”. I’m having a “Case of the Mean Reds.”
I have no reason to feel this way; I should be counting my blessings.
I have a reasonably good life. Other than a few bumps in the road, one being my husband dropping dead, which was a very big bump. (Scratch that, it’s a fucking mountain)

But I have an exciting life. I’ve been around, no, not that way. I mean I travel and do things other people would find exciting.
I also have great friends and family.
So why do I have this case of the Mean Reds?

OK, if anyone hears rumbling, it’s my husband rolling in his grave……..I had a startling revelation this week.
I think I actually miss the chaos of my old life when my kids were little. Dan was working 60 hrs a week, which was a constant point of contention for me. A whole neighborhood of kids running wet through my house all day because we were the only ones in the neighborhood with a pool(One of those tacky above ground ones). The phones ringing constantly, school meetings. Having to crawl over bikes to get to my front porch. You get the point.
I remember sitting in my kitchen thinking I can’t wait till this is all over and I can just sit on my sofa and watch whatever I want.
You know what, I think its been about a month since anyone has sat on my sofa. There was a time when we used to fight over who got to sit on the sofa. I used to make kids and husband take turns. Yes husband, he was just a bigger kid. Sometimes he was worse than the kids.
One time he broke his leg playing Vikings in our back alley. He had all the neighborhood kids broke up into teams. He yelled charge and slipped and fell. The ER Dr.s had fun with that. He was 37 years old.
Anyway, I guess with Devin having gone up the lake for the summer and Danny in Mt. Washington, I should be happy, shouldn’t I?
I am not.
I guess this is what they mean by “Empty Nest Syndrome”.
I used to call people who complained of things like that fools.
Little did I know. (As usual)
Oh well, I’m done whining now. Sorry, won’t happen again.
I don’t want to turn into a sissy la-la. We all know how I feel about sissy girls.

For this week’s anger management we are going on a field trip to see Room Full of Blues at the Arts Festival.
They sing the blues better than I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We will be meeting for happy hour at 1902 Landmark in Market Square sometime around 5:30. Then head over to concert around 7.

Coming attractions:
June 14- Elbow Room for Dan's Birthday.
June 21 - Cafe Sam (Up on the Deck)
June 28 - Drinks on Ginny Ann's(First Cousin)deck.

Be forewarned: Mel-cum has major anger issues about people walking dogs in Frick Park without leashes. I think she is just crabby because she knocked her hip out not acting her age at a hash event this past weekend.