I left there around 6:30pm, and stopped off at Fry's, mostly as a place to hang around during rush hour. I didn't find anything of particular interest, but I remembered that I'd been looking for a gig bag for my cables and incidental shtuff, and so fought my way through traffic to Guitar Center.
There I found a fairly nice (and cheap!) backpack that may just do the trick. I've got some of my stuff already in it, and will see what I can shoehorn in at the show.
Anyway, from there I moseyed on down to the Sherwood Inn, where I met up with kshandra for a night of straight bar karaoke. Sherwood is YAAEBS (Yet Another Avent's Empty Band Site), but unlike most of Avent's operators, Vinnie actually knows what he's doing. The sound was pretty good, and the rotation reasonably snappy.
And the fact that I was using a book from November 2006 helped me feel better about the two books I've still got from this June.
So it was good company and singing all night. I didn't even sound half-bad on a couple of songs - and got the reasonably cute (and nice!) cocktail waitress all a-flutter when I sang Ugly Girl.
And, of course, the definite plus that I got to hear Kirsten sing multiple songs.
I also ended up leaving my card with Vinnie - I may be filling in for him on occasion. Not that I necessarily want to be part of the Wal-Mart of karaoke, but I kinda need money.
I made the mistake of having three Jack and Cokes. Logically, three drinks between 9:00pm and 2:00am should be fine, but I was still feeling it then. I think I need to be more careful with Jack. He's also what I had trouble with at Bootie.
In any case, I very carefully wound my way to the Mini, where I successfully fortified myself, and returned to as normal as I get.
Then the usual home/sleep stuff, with relatively poor sleep (some nightmares that apparently had to do with the painting of light fixtures...), followed by waking up at 1:30pm.
I was supposed to be at my parents' place at 1:30pm. I made it by 3:00pm...
So, since the dump closes at 3:30pm, we didn't do a dump run. But I did quite a bit around the house - mostly plumbing. So 'twas OK.
Dinner there, then down the hill to the Duplex by about 9:00pm, a 10-minute "I need something costume-like" panic, then off to Gay Melrose for Ben and sjgrrrl's Halloween party.
And a pleasant time there. I spent quite a nice time lying back on the LoveSac with twitchet perched on my lap, and xtina_satanica and her pussy (Diane) making out next to me. People kept asking me what happened to my harem, after that evaporated...
Many excellent costumes - markobellydance came as the mad hatter, including the perfect hat, and a coat that I somehow correctly identified as an Aziza. valeriesparks and Josh, with Valerie doing her usual great job of flaunting it - as a nun.
And quite a few others, including a rather distracted, but definitely squee-ish, princesskiti22, and the rarely seen hogarthhughes.
I ended up spending most of my post-LoveSac time hanging out with jeffercine, which was nice - even with all the time I spend at his place, I don't actually talk to him all that much.
'Round about 1:00am, I was feeling tired, and so headed home, where I started this post. And promptly fell asleep in my chair. I'm going to finish my cold mug of tea, and climb into bed.