Monday, June 26, 2006

Atlanta Pride Night 1

Friday morning, D and I packed the car and went to pick up our best buds, M & B. We were heading to Atlanta for Pride!

We were making good time and it looked like we were going to be able to make our reservations at Watershed with no problems. That was before we had to slam on the brakes and sit in traffic for more than an hour.

We arrived at the hotel around 6:30 and when I asked the front desk if we could get to Decatur in 30 minutes, she just laughed. So, we went up to the room and freshened up and tried to decide what to do. We needed a good base for the drinking that was happening later.

We decided to wait until around 7:15 or so to head to Decatur and go to a restaurant we had been to before. We hadn't eaten there, just drank.

The traffic wasn't bad and we found our way to Zocalo located in the Decatur Courthouse Square. It had cooled off from the rain and we decided to sit outside at one of the two tables so we could smoke. Atlanta restaurants and bars are mostly smoke free.

We all ordered Tecate and the salsa and chips arrived. They were tasty. No one wanted to eat a big meal so we ordered appetizers. D got some quesadillas and the rest of us got some taquitos. The food was tolerable. We ordered more beers and then asked for the check. D was acting mysterious and then the waiter showed up with this large dessert and apologized to D. We had no idea what was going on and she wouldn't tell us until we left.

D had opened one of her quesadillas to inspect it and found the finger off of a surgical glove among the mushrooms. Yum! Needless to say, we were all disgusted and her meal was free.

It was around 8:30 and the show we were going to see started at 9:00. We thought we were in plenty of time to get a seat but as we rounded the corner, we saw there was no chance. There were cars everywhere at My Sister's Room.

We approached the door and there was a sea of women everywhere. The giant patio was full and we could see that the band was doing sound check. It was very hot so we went inside to the bar but they had the doors open and no air conditioning on.

We ordered beers and went outside to see if there was anywhere to sit until Kristy Lee started. She was the reason we were there. I found a tiny bench and the 4 of us gathered around it. At least there was somewhere to sit.

There must've been at least 400 women there. It was insane. To get a beer, it was 30 minutes in line. Ridiculous. Oh, and to pee, forget it. One time I counted 17 women in front of me. I heard someone say there were some port-o-potties outside so that's where I went the remainder of the night.

Kristy Lee finally took the stage at 11:00. She started out with a cover of The Joker by Steve Miller. We were a little bewildered. Then she played another cover. I think next came a song from her CD from 6 years ago. Then another cover and a song about a train. Who knows. She left the stage at midnight. 6 songs in an hour!? We schlepped all the way to Atlanta for this? What has Kristy Lee been doing for the last 6 years? It sure hasn't been writing songs.

We were tired of sweating so we headed back to the hotel. We'd had enough beers.

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