Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Atlanta Pride Night 2

Saturday morning came too soon and with cobwebs in our heads, we headed down to the free breakfast buffet at the Holiday Inn. It was actually pretty good. We went back up and all showered and decided to go to Little Five Points to shop. They have an awesome shoe store called Abbadabba's. D & M bought shoes and then we went over to the gay bookstore called Charis. I bought Alison Bechdel's new book Fun Home.

We were hungry and since The Vortex has been voted #1 hamburger in Atlanta since 1992 we'd thought we'd try it out. I'd eaten there years ago and it wasn't that great. This time was no different. The burgers were very dry. Oh well, it was a good base for the afternoon and night of cocktails planned.

We left there and headed to Blake's. It's across from Piedmont Park where all the Pride activities were occurring. As we drove by Blake's, we noticed it was busting at the seams. No tables available and we hate to stand. We drove around to find a parking place and noticed another bar called Joe's on Juniper. It had a giant patio and we saw a few tables available.

We got a great table right at the front so we could see the street. It was pretty hot but in the shade, not too bad. Eventually, we scored a fan and that made everything tolerable. D and I had 2 shooters plus many, many Bud Lights. M & B declined shooters but had plenty of Bud Lights as well. Here is a picture of D & I at Joe's.

We arrived at 3:30 and left Joe's at 7:30. The bill was a mere $120. Drinking ain't cheap. We left there and headed back to My Sister's Room for the drag king show. The doors opened at 8:00 and we wanted to get there when they opened because the night before when we got there at 9:00, it was already too many people.

We walked up to the door and we were the first patrons to arrive. The night before there were chairs at the stage but tonight, it was bare. So, I guess we'd be standing all night. It never got real crowded so getting a beer was no problem. The problem was it came a torrential downpour and we had to huddle under the large tent by the stage. We were all smashed in there and the rain was pouring in. We were all wet from the rain and sweat. The kings finally took the stage at 10:30. It was our first drag king show for all of us. The show was okay. Hardly any performer knew the words. Only the Lenny Kravitz impersonator knew the words.

We'd had it with the sucky shows and the rain so we headed back to the room again. Tomorrow was Pride!

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