the thanks given [thurs&fri]

Before a week flies by with me not updating this, I’ll go over my enjoyable four-day weekend.

On Thursday, I had a Thanksgiving feast with my family. Fifteen of us were over at my parents’ house with more than enough to eat. That night, I met up with my cousins at my brother’s house. We played Quake III Arena into the wee hours of the night. I ended up crashing on the couch.

My brother had to work on Friday morning, but my cousins were back over at parents’ house for breakfast. I told my parents that I’d show up for breakfast around 9am, so I did. I ended up napping on the couch since it was so early in the morning.

After I napped, I decided to take my cousin that didn’t leave that morning around Austin to do the nerdy things I do. I had to pick up some betta food at Wally World. We then went to Card Traders where I picked up some Magic singles. I decided to get my cousin started on Magic, so I got him a theme deck.

Then, we went to Dragon’s Lair where they had stocked up on their oversized twenty-sided dice. I got a red one for Mare and a black one for me. I also got my cousin a regular twenty-sided die. I checked on my comic subscription but nothing yet. Only two weeks had passed since I started it.

Afterwards, we went to Highland Mall. We went to Press Play where I picked up some booster packs. I can’t resist with their unbeatable prices. We stopped at the food court and had burgers and fries while we opened our new packs. At Radio Shack, I found a deal on 50-pack DVD+R spindles for 9.99 a piece so I bought a couple. Fry’s Electronics sells their 100-pack spindles of the same brand for 29.99, so I actually saved ten bucks.

I was thinking Black Friday was going to be insanity, but it really wasn’t.

After the mall, we went back to my parents’ house and had a late lunch even though we had eaten at the mall food court earlier. I was going to a show that night, so I waited for my brother to show up and left to meet up with some friends.

This is a screenshot from Emo’s site. I positioned the pop-up when you click on the show to view the details of the show to the left of the calendar. Keep this in mind when reading our show experience.

The show was starting later than we thought, so we hung out at the apartment and enjoyed a few beers. I played a round of Magic with J-Bone and won. We left for the show once everyone showed up and was ready to go.

We get to the doors after 10 and see that the cover was 15. We were thinking 10 but whatever, we’re gonna see The Queers and Marky Ramone play some Ramones covers.

The first band had already played, and we chilled out in the outside area between the inside and outside stages drinking PBR while the second band played some. We went in to check out some of their songs. They were a Spanglish band that mixed English and Spanish lyrics together. Their sound was pretty solid, and they weren’t bad. The only thing that got me about them was how the vocalist was so melodramatic to get his message across that he’d grab his bass player’s shirt and yell in his face like he should be doing to the crowd. Well, whatever… this is the part that sucks.

We go back outside for a bit. The Queers are next, and the music starts playing so we go back in. On stage is Marky Ramone on drums, Joe Queer on guitar and a couple younger guys on bass and vocals. They’re playing Ramones covers. “What’s this?” I wonder.

The sign I quickly read outside the door when we were going in did read something on the lines of “Marky Ramone and Friends of the Queers,” so we’ve been shammed. The Queers will not be playing. Marky Ramone no longer has his Intruders.

The last band of the night is composed of Marky on drums, Joe on guitar and a couple other guys filling the gaps. They sound good, but this isn’t what we paid for. I was attending to see The Queers and their set made up of short punk songs spliced together making long medleys with a minute in-between for a quick thanks. I felt so ripped off that I had paid fifteen bucks to check out a Ramones cover band.

This was confirmed when PK went to the restroom and ran into one of the bouncers who said The Queers weren’t playing. This was confirmed when PK went up to Joe Queer and asked him if The Queers were next. Joe apologized over and over saying that The Queers weren’t present and ducked out into the back room where all the equipment is stored.

After the show, we dashed to Trudy’s by campus so some of us could have a last brew before last call and unfortunately had an Under 21 with us. We were better off going to bar, but that wasn’t going to happen. Plus, some of us were hungry. I ordered a burger and fries but was full of beer and could only eat the fries. I ate the burger the next day which tasted so much better nuked for thirty seconds making the buns soft after it’s been refrigerated rather than eating right when it was served.

I felt bad for the waitress, because we stayed past closed. That really isn’t my style, but it was a good idea when we were all in a hurry for some of us to have a last beer and had an Under 21 to drag around. On top of having the waitress stay later than she had to, we also did the evil of splitting up the check six ways. Some of us had our money straight but someone didn’t get the hint when the waitress asked if twenties had to be broken. Oh well, some of us just don’t get it. I felt bad and tipped the waitress a nickel more than what my food itself cost. She deserved it.

Some of the variables in the whole ordeal of going to the show downtown made it a terrible experience on top of the fact that I was out and about the entire day and hadn’t slept in my own bed since Wednesday night. The only good thing to come out of it was that I had a pleasant time with company the whole day, and the whole time is what memories are built from.

This post has gotten a bit lengthy, so I’m ending this. ‘Til next time.


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Author: Sig

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