This past year just about did us in. It was fun in a lot of ways but utterly exhausting. We went out 3 to 5 times a week, every week, in order to support the musicians in our company, Happyland Music Alliance. But now that we’ve made a good start in bringing live music to Ada on a regular basis, it’s time for David and I to take a step back and focus on other things. Like time with one another, for instance.
Last week I asked David if he’d take me on a “date” to see the movie, “Selma”. I checked our local theater and it wasn’t showing here. Even today, it’s still not listed in the coming week. Who knows if it will come here or not? Anyway, my plan was that we would go up to the city Saturday afternoon, watch the movie and maybe grab a bite to eat. But, as usual, David thinks bigger than I tend to do. He had enough points in his Hilton Hotel account for not just one, but TWO nights at the Skirvin Hotel. Did I want to go? Um…YES!
He got off work a little early Friday and we headed out. We had just enough time to grab a quick bite before the 6:45 show so we drove through Del Taco. It’s only fairly recently that we got a Del Taco relatively near us. It was a favorite of ours when we lived in California. I will never figure out why other Mexican fast food places don’t serve fries. Yes, I like French fries with my burrito.
So, we hurry to the theater in Bricktown but there is no place to park anywhere nearby. David decides it will actually be faster for us to go check in at the hotel and take the limo back to the theater. It worked out perfectly and we arrived just in time. It’s nice to have a limo driver’s number in your phone but sadly, Mike is giving up his limo business. In the future we might actually have to call a cab. Horrors.
“Selma” was an excellent movie. Heartbreaking and difficult to watch at times but such an important story. I highly recommend it. Just bring tissues or wear a scarf to dab your cheeks, which is what I resorted to.
After the movie, Mike drove us back to the Skirvin where we spent a few hours in the Red Piano Lounge enjoying adult beverages and chatting with Amy, our favorite bartender.
Saturday we went out in search of food and ended up at The Drum Room:
The food was excellent. David had a grilled chicken wrap and I had their specialty – a chicken and waffle sandwich. Oh, so delicious! The classic rock music playing in the restaurant was great, too. Have you ever gone to a restaurant where the food and service were good but the music was so awful it ruined the experience? Fortunately this was not one of those places.
Our only other plan for the day was to check out a couple of record stores. We went to Guestroom Records first and then another shop I had read about – Trolley Stop Record Shop. What a fun place! Any shop with resident dogs (in this case, four of them) is okay by me.
Between the two stores we scored a total of eight albums (*I’ll list them at the end of this post.):
We could have easily found a hundred or more we would like to have in our growing collection but we exercised a little restraint. Besides, David has been buying albums on eBay, too. I may soon have to clear another shelf for them.
After our shopping excursion we went back to the hotel for a nap. The hotel serves really good food so we decided to just eat at the bar for dinner. David had the hoisin grilled pork chop which he said was the best pork chop he’d ever eaten. I had my favorite – the salt-seared chicken – which is perfect in its simplicity. We decided to call it a night around midnight.
Sunday we checked out at noon, grabbed lunch at Sonic and then headed back to Ada. We were selected for an award from the Ada Arts Council and the reception was at 3 p.m. We didn’t quite have time to drive all the way home and then back to town so we stopped at the church to brush our teeth and for me to touch up my hair and makeup. It’s handy to have a key to the church – ha!
My parents, our kids, niece, her boyfriend and another close family friend joined us at the reception. We were truly honored to have received this award for our work in supporting the arts in Ada.
Afterwards we took the kids out to dinner and enjoyed a really nice time together. The entire weekend was wonderful and just what we needed.
- Heart – Dreamboat Annie
- Joan Baez – The Best Of
- Genesis – Foxtrot
- Janis Joplin – Pearl
- Kansas – Point of No Return
- Kansas – Leftoverture
- Steve Miller Band – Anthology
- Pigmeat Blues Band – Whatever Happened to Ian Buchanan