After our rather disconcerting experience at the hotel in Tulsa a couple of weeks ago, we had high hopes for a better weekend in Dallas. And we were not disappointed. We managed to get rooms at the Hyatt Regency for only $99 a night which is a really good price for such a nice hotel. Mike and Miranda arrived before we did and they did have to wait about half an hour because their room wasn’t ready. There was a Mary Kay convention just ending so I suspect there were a lot of late checkouts which held things up. By the time we arrived they were in their room and ours was ready.
We rested up a bit and then met in front of the hotel. We all took a taxi to the West End area and ate dinner at T.G.I.Fridays. Here’s a little tip for you. Apparently they will soon be offering a new drink called Hibiscus something-or-other. One of the waiters walking by our table asked if that was what Miranda and I were drinking. It wasn’t but he said the new drink is AWFUL. “Alcohol shouldn’t taste like flowers,” he said. Okay, I’ll remember that.
The food was fine but it was rather warm in the restaurant and the ceiling fan overhead was making this horrible noise. At least we hadn’t had the misfortune of ordering a floral *adult beverage*. After we ate we caught a cab over to Deep Ellum. Be sure to click on the link and read about this interesting neighborhood.
We got out at Tigger’s tattoo parlor and spent the next hour or so there while David got his first tattoo.
Afterwards we strolled around looking for a place to hear some live music. Mike used to live in Dallas and enjoyed Deep Ellum during one of its heydays. Unfortunately high rents and other factors have driven away a lot of what made it such a unique place in the past. Many venues have closed. However, we did find the Liquid Lounge and spent several hours there listening to four bands, three of which were pretty good. Fortunately we got the bad one (Tommy Guns) out of the way first. We then heard Hot Hello, Week of Tuesdays and Black Water Fever, all of which we enjoyed. It wasn’t Lollapalooza, where our son Chris and several friends were, but it was only a three hour drive instead of thirteen and our tickets were only eight bucks a piece.
We rocked out for a few hours and then caught a cab back to the hotel where we just made it to the lounge as the bartender was closing the bar. We took our drinks over to the adjacent area with pool tables and played until 2 a.m. when the security guard made his rounds and they closed for the night. I don’t think any of us will be joining a professional billiards circuit but we still had fun.
We went up to our rooms and all I have to say is that there was no fire alarm this time.
We slept from about 3 a.m. until 9:30-ish, checked out at 11:30, found a nice little café for lunch, picked up a few things at Whole Foods (my dream store) and headed home. We were exhausted but it had been a really good weekend.
Here are some photos: