Welcome back wonderful readers! Here we are for another rundown of my wacky adventures in Spokane. I’m sure I spent a few evenings at home last week, but they may have just been needed to recuperate from all of the running around I did on the other days.
Monday started off with yet another celebration of Cinco de Mayo at Hacienda las Flores on the South Hill. This time I partied it up with my cheekiest cousin and awesome older sister. After a few margaritas and more food than any sane person should eat at one time, we were going to head over to Jones Radiator for some good ol’ fashioned trivia, but changed our minds when we found out it was a themed night. We didn’t feel as secure in our ability to win the day, so we headed up to The Viking instead to see if Davis was around to make us some Steve’s. Unfortunately he wasn’t tending bar but that didn’t stop us from taking a table and making the most of it. I worked my way through the Sailor Jerry specials menu and we chatted it up for the next few hours. Some of my cousin’s friends stopped by for a while, followed by one of the Spokast Podcast fellas, and finally local author Jessica Rising who had just been profiled in Spokane CDA Woman Magazine (pick up a copy around town – they’re free and full of good stuff).
Later in the week my tiny/tall Fox28 gal pal took a turn as guest on Spokast Podcast. Having nothing better to do I tagged along to play peanut gallery for her. We met up with the guys at The Elk and had a few drinks and some tasty food, before walking over to the podcasting studio. The Elk was busy, with people crowding up the patio to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and great food. We even saw the Spokane Party Trolley make a stop as we headed out for the evening. Once at the studio, I tried my very best (honest I did) to stay quiet in the background while recording was going on, but it turns out I have a big mouth and eventually had to chime in my two (or five) cents.
The weekend started with a trip to Luigi’s downtown for dinner on Friday night with a friend. I had a shiny new gift certificate in my pocket and was eager to use it. The Italian restaurant was hopping as it was not only the end of the week, but Gonzaga graduation weekend so celebrations were in order. We got a table right away but service was slower than normal. I can’t fault them though when the place was so full. And when we did get our food it was beyond excellent so I really didn’t mind the wait. Once again I ate more than any sane person really should, but if my stomach had suddenly exploded right there at the table (“One wafer thin mint? Just one? It is wafer thin!”*) it totally would have been worth it. After dinner I skipped on down the road to Ugly Betties for a meeting with the Modified Dolls. The Dolls are a non-profit organization made up of tattooed and pierced women (aka ‘modified’) who raise awareness and money for different charities. In other words, we totally rock. Because there was live music playing in the bar that night we sat out on the patio so we could (basically) hear ourselves talk. We made plans for some upcoming summer events, drank some tasty beverages, chatted about work and life, and made sure to holler back at the riders on the Spokane Party Bus when they passed by the bar and hollered at us.
Saturday I tried my very best to sleep in since it was the weekend and all, but that didn’t happen. Eventually I gave up and decided to just admit I was awake. About that time my tiny/tall gal pal texted to see if I wanted to head over to Northtown Mall for some girl-y type shopping. We started at Victoria’s Secret, hit up some clothing stores looking for dresses, made a pass through Gamestop (cause my tiny/tall friend is one of those awesome and elusive creatures known as “gamer chicks”), cooed at the baby snakes and tortoises at the reptile store, and grabbed a bite to eat from Taco Time (where an employee watched us like a hawk at the salsa bar as if afraid we’d take too much of the dipping sauces). After the mall we hit up Ross, Plato’s Closet, and Burlington Coat Factory, still on the hunt for some fun summer dresses. Turns out they all seem to be made for and by elves these days, and as I am hobbit size, they were not going to work out. Lame.
After shopping I headed to the Magic Lantern and Saranac Pub for the 50 Hour Slam Film Festival. The party had been going since late afternoon with poetry readings and live music, but I showed up in time for the second showing of the finalist films. The guys behind Spokast Podcast (wow do they get a lot of mentions in this blog, it’s like I’m their NUMBER ONE FAN or something) made an excellent short called “Fish Story” and were one of the 15 finalists. I was, of course, rooting for them to win, though there were several other great films to see. After the showing we headed up to the roof for some more live music, drinks and snacks, and the announcement of the winners in both Juried and People’s Choice categories. The Spokast guys didn’t win (THEY WERE ROBBED I TELL YOU!) but the film that took home Juried First Place I think totally deserved it (by the way you can still vote in the Viral Video competition from the Slam on their website - check it out, watch some videos, and vote on the best one!). The night wrapped up with a quick trip to the Satellite for a giant combo plate of fried food before I was ready to call it quits.
And that was about enough for me for the week. Anymore excitement and I’d need a vacation to rest up from all the fun. Now I’m off to see what kinds of trouble I can get up to this week. I’ll be back (next Monday if I’m feeling industrious or Tuesday if I’m being lazy) to talk about things like concerts at the Knitting Factory, live-tweeting finale parties, and birthday celebrations for toddlers.
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.
This week’s Adventures in Spokane brought to you by:
Hacienda las Flores
Viking Bar and Grill
Elk Public House
Luigi’s Italian Restaurant
50 Hour Slam
Magic Lantern Theater
Saranac Public House
Satellite Diner and Lounge
*Quote from "Monty Python and the Meaning of Life"
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