Thursday, February 24, 2011

A night out

So, the evening started out innocent enough. The wife had to work an extra hour at the J*O*B*, but we were still OK, if not a little close on time. The tickets said the show started at 6pm... odd hour for a concert to start, but, OK. Usually we take the red line into Hollywood and cab it to wherever we need to go, but this night was running tight on time so The Wife said she would be the DD. Cool, that would knock off a lot of time, and money, in transit. We headed out around 7pm, after all there would be an opening band and all, I figured we would have plenty of time to get there and not miss the show.

We were on the road to the Echoplex in Silverlake, one of the few venues I have never been to. BIG mistake...Turns out, the Echoplex is pretty damn hard to find. The directions looked simple enough, 101 south exit glendale it's on the right just before Sunset Blvd. Wait... what we exited Alvarado street, no problem, just find Glendale and backtrack right? NO. What they don't tell you on the directions is... Glendale Blvd. runs UNDERNEATH Sunset Blvd.! This presented a problem in lot's of different ways, I'm not driving, and... we can't find the damn venue! We stop at a Walgreens and ask where this place is... get some directions, nothing. still can't find the damn venue. It's at this point The Wife is about to lose it from having to make two U-turns and she's had it. We find Parking and decide to go on foot. We will find this place if it kills us!

Turns out... the Echoplex is in an underpass, back "alley" type spot. The only reason we found it was because I found a man in a red vest... aka "valet" on the street I *knew* it was on. I asked him, "Do you know where the Echoplex is?" To which he replied with a finger point 25 feet away in what looked like an alley and parking lot. Sure as shit... there it was! Victory was mine! Meanwhile, I had been corresponding with a friend of mine who was ALREADY AT THE SHOW!

We finally made it into the show, The artist was already 4 or 5 songs into her set... BUMMER, but we still managed to meet up with my friend, and see the rest of her set! The venue wasn't full, but all of the tall people were in front, not a problem for me, but The Wife is 5'2" and we had to stand near the back for her to see anything. Still, she was amazing and totally worth the whole ordeal.

After the show was over, we found our way back to our truck... only to find a parking ticket on the dashboard... Damnit! Well, so much for saving cab fare. Still, watching this woman perform was worth all of the cussing and kicking we had to get there. AND? The bonus was we were home at 10pm... I know this makes me sound like an old fuddy duddy...(yes, I just said that to the internets) but to my credit, I had to be up at 5am, and goodness knows I need me some beauty sleep. We still didn't get to bed before midnight... so, I still consider that a win, as normally we would not have gotten home until midnight... then decompressed until 2am.

All in all, WIN... except for missing the first five songs... and the train ride to work the next day, and the parking ticket. But on the way to work the next day? I totally zoned out to this...


The Vegetable Assassin said...

That song brings back memories for me actually. Spooky! I can't be bothered with the hassle of driving anywhere that involves parking, finding places and so on. My patience wears very thin. Coupled with the fact I can't have a beer well...NO. :)

El Gato said...

Yeah, the wife is the same way. I have the patience in the family!