It’s very Fall-like outside this morning. Windy and wet and cold. I’m finding it rather depressing myself. How about everyone else? Are you enjoying Autumn? Why? Give me some good reasons to change my mind and stop missing Summer so much. Please?
Anyhoo, I am well aware that it has been forever (or at least a couple of months) since my last blog update. Not, however, since my last great adventure in and around Spokane. August was busy busy busy and September was busy and not so busy and time just seemed to get away from me. I sat down to write about my exploits several times (and I’ve got the half finished posts to prove it) but something else always came up to distract me.
I’m not distracted now though (well not super distracted at any rate) and I’m ready to give a rundown of all the wacky fun I had in the last week or so.
The Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick is a lovely building with swanky couches and pretty decor and a bunch of construction off to one side. I had never been there before but suddenly last week I was there twice. First up on Monday when I helped put on a Gotham/Sleepy Hollow viewing party for Fox11 in the TriCities. The Promotions Manager and I drove over in the afternoon (after a stop at Wal-mart to play with Halloween items and look for raffle tickets and grab tasty snacks), hung out at Fox11 for a little bit, then went over to the convention center to set up.
Guests started showing up early for the party, which I think was a good sign that they were excited for the show premieres. The event itself was a lot of fun. We did a bunch of giveaways of Fox swag, guests ate tasty snacks and drank tasty beverages, and the whole Fox11 crew (including their wonderfully nice news anchor) were in attendance. If you ever get a chance to attend a Fox premiere/finale/viewing party, take it. And I’m not just saying that cause I work here. They actually are a good time.
The convention center morphed itself into a different kind of party over the weekend, when the Three Rivers Tattoo Convention took over the space. Local artists as well as some not-so-local artists set up booths and tattooed convention-goers for three days. I attended with The Modified Dolls to raise money for Boys and Girls Club of America, as well as to give out trophies for tattoo contest winners. It was an interesting experience, chatting up visitors about The Modified Dolls, comparing tattoos and tattoo artists with fellow enthusiasts, playing with funny hats in the photobooth, and dealing with con attendees who had been sampling adult beverages from the bar a bit more than they probably should’ve been.
As I get older I find myself a lot less interested in staying out all night long. Even when I’m out with friends I definitely hit a point where it feels really late and I start longing for my bed. But when a friend’s new band – Fear Not the Void – was performing their first show at The Viking on a Saturday night, I was determined to be there. My older sister (who has a kid and a dad and a job with crazy hours) and I got ourselves dressed and to the bar and were only 35 minutes late (and so missed the band we’d come to see) but were still determined to have ourselves a good time. We hung out at The Viking with the band, had some drinks and some conversation, saw some girls dressed as Disney princesses, heard several more great bands, and had ourselves a great ol’ time.
Eventually we realized we were starving to death so we headed downtown to The Satellite because it was 1:30am and that is where you go when you are starving at 1:30am on a Saturday night. The place was packed but we wiggled our way into a table and ordered ourselves some cheese fries and breakfast foods and stuffed our faces quiet happily for the next hour. What would the starving drunken Spokane masses do with themselves if The Satellite didn’t exist? Let’s all hope we never find out.
Well that’s all I’ve got time to mention today. I could go back a few more weeks and mention car shows and movie nights and birthday dinners, but my fingers would probably fall off from all the typing and that won’t do any of us any good. Instead I’ll do my very best to be back next week (or the week after) to talk about zombie flavored pub crawls, scary movies, and dinners with the senior folks. To pass the time until I return why don’t you head out for some adventures of your own? If you’re lucky you might see me bouncing around town while you’re out there (and if you can find me I’ll give you a prize)!
– Mia V.
This week’s Adventures in Spokane brought to you by:
Three Rivers Convention Center
Three Rivers Tattoo Convention
The Modified Dolls Washington Chapter
The Viking Bar and Grill
Fear Not the Void
The Satellite Diner