When Jason was in town in December 2014 we were in Cleveland and I noticed that Mickey Avalon, one of my favorite trashy glam rock artists, was going to be playing in January at the small trashy Grog Shop in Coventry, Ohio. I made Jason take vacation time to come up and go with me. It was not that easy to convince him to do so but I guess he must like me!
Wednesday, January 14 2015
Since I knew he was going to be hungry because he was coming straight from work and it’s a long drive I remembered a conversation we had previously that he had never had nor ever heard of a pierogi; the delicious potato filled Polish dish, so I had decided to make some for when he arrived. I have to say they were delicious (in fact the best I have made yet.) I had caramelized those onions for like an hour! YUM! Jason got to my place around 10:30 had dinner, finished watching Dolphin Tale with me and I think we just crashed.
Thursday, January 15 2015
We woke up and talked about what to do for the day and decided to go to the mall and walk around since I’ve lived here and have yet been to the mall that is just a quarter mile from my place, go to the non-ghetto vapor shop by my work that a co-worker told me about, and then visit where I work so he can see where the people on the other side of the phone/computer live and meet all the navigators.
We had lunch at the mall after walking around and not really being impressed. I like the fact we can split a meal. It is cheaper, we both had enough food, and we could both agree on what to eat even though you can’t really go wrong with bourbon chicken and orange chicken combination plate…I let him have the noodles. Everyone always wants noodles and Carolyn never gets rice. Ha. Such is life right?
After the mall we went to Kings of Vapor on South Arlington Road in either Akron or Canton, I still don’t know what city I work in. It was a lot nicer than the first place we went to in the ghetto part of Canton in December. They have a bar you sit at and try the different flavors, they have nice new products, and when you order a flavor vapor juice they make it right there in front of you! The other week I had bought this Fogger 4.2 cartomizer. When it came in the mail it came with a screwdriver, 32 gauge wire, rope, and some gaskets…I was “No way am I going to use this, too complicated for me.” So we talked to one of the guys that worked there about wanting to get rid of it. He said he would buy it but we would have to come back Saturday to do the exchange. That day I ended up leaving with a new favorite flavor, caramel latte, a little bottle of blueberry stuff, and a new vapor machine.
Off to work on my day off! So we went to Big Green where all the navigators are located. Jason is a technician and the navigators schedule calls to techs according to workzones, priorities, and all that jazz. We get to the workplace and bring him down the isles to meet everyone. it was a weird day at the office so people were a little out of sorts but everyone had a nice time talking to Jason and he liked seeing where we work and meeting everyone as well. I was actually surprised that one of my teammates actually got up out of his chair to talk to Jason. This dude barely talks to anyone at work so it was nice to see him get up and be friendly (not that he isn’t normally friendly per se he just doesn’t talk much; more of a keep quiet and work type of dude.)
Leaving work we stopped at the grocery store for some ingredients for a dinner Jason was going to cook for me on Saturday and I introduced him to the wonders of Giant Eagle Market District Liquor create your own 6-pack!
After that we were getting a little hungry and it was perfect timing because Bravo! Italian Restaurant happy hour started just then! So last time I took Jason there I had him try the beef carpaccio, (the guy who never eats meat unless it is well done,) without telling him what it was and he loved it so I thought it was cute when he asked if we could get that again. [For your reference it is very fine sliced RAW beef with whatever sort of sauce drizzled you choose.] I am not sure what we did after dinner. We probably went home and watched some tv or something. I cannot recall. Probably that because I remember cleaning up some and him having a few of the different beers he got from the grocery store…
Friday, January 16 2015
We didn’t really have any plans for that day, other than going to visit my friend Annie, so when we woke up I made a quick breakfast of bacon, french toast, and fried some eggs with the bacon grease (another thing Jason claims to have never had,) then got cleaned up and made our way out to Painesville, OH to see my BFF. It was a nice little visit. I have not been out to Annie’s in a long time. We usually meet in the middle or she comes to my place so it was nice for me to have the time to get to go to her plus I really wanted her to meet Jason for approval. We were there a couple hours until we had to head out to get to Coventry to have dinner before the show. Every time I go to Coventry (or in that general area) I have to go to BD’s Mongolian Barbecue. I love that place. We checked out the Grog Shop before dinner to see what time the show was supposed to go on and the guy said doors were opening at 9:30 so likely Mickey Avalon was to go on around 10:30. Dinner was not the best for me. I like to get the same thing every single time I go, which is sirloin, and each time I went up there the meat was more brown than red…my dumbass got it anyway the first time and each time I got my bowl filled they put fresh sirloin down. I was not happy seeing that! We took our time because we had a lot of it to kill, ordered dessert, and got done there about 8:30? We walked back to the Grog Shop to check in again, the guy then said now the opening acts weren’t going on until about 10:30 so more likely 11:30 Mickey would go on. What do to… Oh I know! I took Jason to La Cave Du Vine (a.k.a. The Cave) for a after dinner dessert Lambic. Lu Cave Du Vine is a sweet little wine/beer bar in the basement under Coventry Street. It is nice and dark and candle lit. You go in and they have sliding glass refrigerators you choose your beer from or the wall you get your wine from and you sit at a table then someone comes over to see what you chose and brings you the appropriate glass for it and opens it for you. Your own private wine guy. So that took about fifteen minutes ha ha. Jason had mentioned he had never been to a Hookah Bar before so there was one there I took him to called City and East. We decided on a blueberry and a pomegranate tin and we each got one of the two different bottles of blueberry beer they had appropriately brewed in Ohio. That was a fun experience. I took a bunch of pictures of Jason so he could play with and posted them to Facebook. We enjoyed our beer and he had a good time. Hookah’s are not that fun if you ask me. An hour straight smoking water filtered tobacco just isn’t really something I am into but I’m glad we went because he hadn’t before and he liked it so no skin off my back. I like doing things like that; showing people new stuff.
After that back to Grog Shop because is was 10:45 so show on soon. WRONG. Door guy tells us that the first opening band just started so looks like Mickey Avalon wasn’t going to go on until 12:30. Jason and I looked at each other and knew what we were thinking. We are old. Let’s just go home and watch a movie. Not going to some lame ass glam rock band to not get home until 3am. They money was spent so I won’t miss it. We went home and watched American Sniper which was probably way better than Mickey Avalon would have been. BTW American Sniper was really good. Bradley Cooper did an awesome job getting ready to play that guy and really looked exactly like him. I like Mr. Cooper more and more each time I see him!
Saturday, January 17 2015
Tobogganing anyone?! Um yeah we went tobogganing! It was like an hour and half wait to get to the top but luckily I am fun and downloaded Catchphrase on my phone so we played Catchphrase with some random kids we were standing in line with to make the time go by faster. We got in line to go our second round but again, the look in our eyes said “We’re old. It’s a long drive home. Let’s just go home. At least we can say we did it.” So we went home and Jason attempted to make veal scallopini while I was getting cleaned up. Luckily I came out in time to show him how to do it and make the mashed potatoes 🙂 I think he used a table spoon of lemon juice instead of a teaspoon but once we wiped most of the sauce off it was a delicious meal made by a happy couple ha ha. Trial and error right. Or maybe his sister-in-law needs to clarify her “T’s” and “t’s” when writing recipes! After dinner we watched Archer and Sunny in Philadelphia and crashed out early because this little lady had to get to work in the morning.
It was a very nice end to a very nice visit.
Hope you enjoy!