Saturday, March 31, 2007

We're here to see KaiserCartel

We celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary on Friday night, two days after the official anniversary of the actual day that Judge Fleishauer hooked us up for keeps on an early spring Monday afternoon in a Portage County Courthouse. Its been blissful.

First it was dinner at the Craftsman at E. Lake and 43rd Street. This was a place that was long on our list of things to do but never seemed to get done. We were both delighted with the experience, both the service and the food. Kay had polenta and I had a steak, grass fed from a cow that was not subjected to the Industrial Food Chain. Good for the cow, good for me. I need to add this place to the Thursday night ride short list of restaurants.

After that we went to the Varsity Theatre to see KaiserCartel. We became aware of these two musicians from Brooklyn when we attended an Alice Peacock show a few months ago. We both enjoy their music, and I met Benjamin Cartel after their set and introduced myself. Kay bought a sweet T-Shirt from the band. Benjamin and Courtney have been working at Third Ear Studio on their next CD, which is due out this summer. We'll see these two again... and again.

Also ran into Jeff, the moderator at Books and Bars. As a result I am probably on a softball team, and that is cool. I was on the JV baseball team in high school, where I specialized in sitting on the bench. Jeff encourged us to hang out for the third band, but it was getting late and we were there to see KaiserCartel.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Hangin' with S.E.

Thanks to my day job, I found myself in Denver this week. I managed to hook up with SE for an evening of revelry and mocking Cheney. The weather in Denver was great on the evening that we got togther. It was probably near 70 degrees and sunny. So - we got the bikes out and thashed around Denver.

Before leaving I checked out SE's newest enterprise: Copper Door Coffee Roasters. You'll have to wait just a little longer to place your first order, but I'll get the word out to both of my readers when the bean is ready. I managed to sneak out with a sampler platter of bean, which I will be grinding and pressing on Friday morning.

From SE's place we rode through a number of Denver neighborhoods, including Montclair and Hilltop. We even rode past Mayor Hickenlooper's place. Ultimately we ended up downtown at Wazee Supper Club for a pitcher and pizza. After dinner it was a night ride through downtown Denver and then some quiet neighboorhood streets. As always, it was fun to see SE. I even got to try out my new black Endura Humvee Knickers, and they are great.