Well lovely readers, here we are again at the start of another week. I had an absolutely wonderful weekend filled with cars, raffles, sun burns, beer, music, and rooftops. The weather was perfect - sunny, warm, and slightly breezy to keep it from being overwhelmingly hot. They don't come much better than this last weekend, really, so I made sure to appreciate it while I could. Especially as the week leading up to it had a few more downs than ups to contend with.
Early on I went up to see my hair stylist at Design Studios 13 (Spokane's very own rock n' roll hair salon) in her swanky new location on Monroe. I had been in the chair for around 15 minutes waiting for the bleach to set in when I got an 'emergency' call from home that one of my slinky critters (a Ball python in case you were really wondering) had escaped and I needed to get back to take care of it. So the bleach was rinsed from my head well before it should've been and now I've got this bizarre rainbow thing going on my head. The snake who pulled a Houdini was rounded up and placed back in her house where she belonged (after a stern scolding that she couldn't even hear cause snakes don't have ears) and eventually I'll get back up to the salon to finish my hair.
To make up for the earlier excitement, later that evening I went to Pho Van Vietnamese Bistro on Division to drown my sorrows in a giant bowl of Pho soup. Boy was that a tasty way to make up for a crappy afternoon. There was so much broth and noodles and meat in that bowl, even sharing with a friend I wasn't able to finish it. Probably didn't help that I kept eating his chicken curry and rice as well as a large spring roll as well. Pho Van has been around for years but this was the first time I made it in to taste their yummy food. I will definitely be going back in the not-so-distant future.
There were so many events going on this last weekend there was no way I could have participated in all of them, which was a real bummer. On Saturday I headed out to the Swamp Stomp classic car show and bike swap with my ladies, the Modified Dolls. We held a raffle to raise money for World Wildlife Fund. It was a pretty successful day for us - fundraising wise - and also a great day in general. We met old friends, made new friends, saw some amazingly beautiful cars (I fell immediately in love with a Plymouth Fury that the owner would not let me take home because he obviously sucked), hung out in The Swamp a bit, ate the most delicious hot dogs ever (though they may have just seemed that way because we were starving), and listened to some interesting bands.
Around the end of the event, my awesome tiny/tall Fox28 gal pal showed up to see if anything interesting was still going on. Unfortunately the cars were being driven away and the vendor booths packed up, but I was hungry and she was hungry so we decided to head up to Ginger Asian Bistro for some sushi fish. We arrived during daily happy hour (3-5pm if you're interested and you should be cause it's a good deal for great food) and she ordered her go-to Spicy Tuna roll. I decided to try something new and different and got the Shogun, which turned out to be crab and eel wrapped in cucumber instead of rice and seaweed, then drizzled in Ponzu sauce. It was really tasty but not at all what I thought I was getting. I think I need to learn to read menus more closely OR ask questions when I'm not quite sure what a description on something means.
If you are into music or pubs or festivals or hipsters or reading the Inlander or anything really you may have seen that Elkfest was going on in Browne's Addition this last weekend (Friday through Sunday). On Sunday afternoon Spokast Podcast took over the rooftop of The Elk to record some very special (and slightly drunken) episodes of the podcast. The Elk provided them with shade, chairs, and a bucket of beer and they spent the day listening to music, performing some very colorful commentary on the crowds, and discussing just how awesome The Elk is. I hung out with the guys for most of the day, met both the owner and manager of the pub, ate an amazing mini Thai pizza, and threw in my own comments onto the podcast here and there. It was an excellent experience. People kept looking up at us on the roof, obviously trying to figure out just what the heck we were doing up there, and sometimes smiling or waving at us. I felt a bit like a rock star.
After Elkfest I headed down to The Knitting Factory to see One More Time, a tribute to Daft Punk. I arrived a little late and missed the opening act which was a bit of a bummer. But the show was still amazing. If you are into electronic music, flashing lights, energetic crowds, and expensive drinks (hey I'm over 21, I'll hang out at the bar if I want to), this was definitely the show for you. I sang, I danced in my chair, and I threw my hands up whenever they demanded it. It reminded me more than a little of those by-gone days when this blogger-gal used to rave it up a bit. It may not have been actual Daft Punk I was seeing, but it was close enough for me and a perfect way to end my weekend.
Well that's all I've got for today, boys and girls. I'll be back next week (Monday if I'm feeling industrious or Tuesday if I'm being lazy) to talk about things like color runs, midnight movies, and shopping for frozen mice.
Why don't you head out for some adventures of your own while I'm gone? If you're lucky you just might see me bouncing around town while you're out there.
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