Friday, March 25, 2011
A comedy of errors almost ruined a date night planned with my co-worker and friend, Miranda and her boyfriend, Adam. First, during the planning of the start time of our pre-show dinner and I was operating under the assumption that Wits started at 7:00 PM because that is how I entered it into my calendar. Miranda suggested 6:00 PM for our dinner at Sawatdee which I thought was cutting it close but didn't want to come across as a stressball (which I am). We both said we'd try to arrive closer to 5:30 which was Miranda's way of politely appeasing me. Scott and I were merrily on our way to St. Paul from SW Minneapolis and planned on a leisurely start to our date night with a walk around downtown St. Paul. That was ruined at the Vandalia-Cretin exit on I-94 where I realized I forgot our tickets at home! So, we turned around and spent an extra 30 minutes in the car, all the while texting Miranda with updates. She and Adam were at Sawatdee and she offered to order for us so I agreed to an appetizer which I thought was all we'd have time to eat. She also told us that doors opened at 7:00 PM which I thought was strange because I distinctly remembered John Moe announcing a tweet-up happy hour in the lobby before the show. So, sorry Miranda but I thought you had your facts wrong.
Scott and I just had one snafu with finding parking and somehow walked the wrong direction to get to the restaurant, adding an extra block to get to our destination. It was at this point that I finally looked at the ticket and discovered the 8:00 PM start time. So, as per usual, I met Adam with my special brand of "I'm a little wound up borderline crazy" first impression.
We all laughed at my "series of 'f-ups'" as Scott so eloquently put it, and then moved on with our evening of laughs. It was fun to get to know Adam and be with Miranda outside of work. We all liked our meals at Sawatdee even though Scott's mouth was on fire from his level 5 dish.
We made our way to the Fitzgerald Theatre in just enough time to grab 4 seats together in the center balcony. It was a great view and I enjoyed having the sound board and event photographer in my purview because I'm a nerd like that. The show itself was so much fun. John Moe is brilliant for creating a series of shows that highlight some of the best creative talent working today. I love comedy so it was a bonus for the season's first guests be Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tomkins. I somehow convinced myself that Paul was going to surprise us by being in person since that is what John Moe did with Neil Gaiman last year. But, as Patton tweeted last night "Even on crutches, Grant-Lee Phillips is brilliant. Even over the phone and 1/2 a world away, @PFTompkins is hilarious. #twits" The music was fantastic. I'll admit I lost touch with Grant-Lee over the years but I listened to "Mighty Joe Moon" on repeat during college and revisit "Honey Don't Think" often. Grant-Lee played a cover of The Church's "Under The Milkyway Tonight" which inspired me to purchase his "Nighteeneightees" album this morning.
I can't wait to listen to the show again which is airing on The Current Sunday, April 10 at 9 p.m. and on MPR News Sunday, August 7 at 6 p.m. For my out of town friends, you can stream both!
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family