Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Something New

I wanted to do a picture post but Flickr is being a pain in the behind so...I'll talk about Freak Train instead!!

Last night was my first time at Freak Train - it's hard for me to go since it's always on a Monday night and I work every Monday night! Plus the kids usually have school...but last night we could go! The kids are on Spring Break so they stayed with their mom and I took the night off and up we went! We had to leave the second Collin got home from work with Trevor in tow so we didn't eat. By the time we found the Bug Theatre we were starving!!!

Derek suggested we go to the restaurant across the street to eat. He said their prices were reasonable but only order the chicken parmisagne and don't use the restroom! Hunger overtook us so we went. It took about 5-10 minutes to get seated and another 5 for the waiter to come take our drink order. This is the conversation:

Waiter: We'll start with the drink order

Collin: We're ready to order now if that's okay.

Waiter: I can't take the food order now. We'll just start with drinks.

???? Ummm.....What? Usually waiters/waitresses are happy to get it done in one fell swoop. But not this weirdo. It seemed that there was a pattern at Patsy's Italian Restaurant that we weren't familiar with. Drinks first, food second. Don't upset the pattern!!! Trevor said the whole trip up there was worth it just for that! We tried to come up with reasons why he couldn't do the food order right then - maybe he was a trainee and not allowed to seemed the best one. But no, 5 minutes later he was back for the food order. The mystery may never be solved!

The food was good - I had the homemade spaghetti and the cheese ravioli combo - but they were slow and we made it to Freak Train as the lights went down. That meant we couldn't see where Mom, Dad, Derek & Heather sat, saving us seats! We sat in the very back row for the first act; during intermission we found them and moved to the fourth row.

Collin was the 3rd performer of the 2nd act, after Pat Angello and before Derek. Pat's set made me laugh harder than I have in a while. He dressed as Kelly Clarkson and sang "Walk Away" with a puppet doing background vocals. Hilarious and very well done!! Collin was next, the only Freak Train Virgin of the night, not counting the 13th Freak. He shook while he was up there and when he shifted his hand to hold the bumper sticker he was talking about he was flipping the audience the bird unknowingly but he rocked!! He did SO good!! Everyone laughed and thought he was great!! Derek did good, of course. He's no stranger to the FT stage! He even included bodily injury to his gig which is always fun!

The hosts threw out bracelets from The Onion to the audience, one of which bounced off the lady in front of us and right into Collin's arms. I took it. It has my family motto on it: Cheat To Win. All in all it was a very fun night - I definitely want to go again as long as I don't have to be the 13th Freak!!!

I realized that some of you may not know what Freak Train is: it's a deal that takes place at the Bug Theatre in Denver the last Monday of every month. You go and sign up - there are 12 slots for performing - and you can do anything you want onstage for 5 minutes. Last night there was rapping, belly dancing, comedy (skit & stand-up) and general weirdness (Dueling banjos performed with noselights.). The month before a # is chosen and the next month, whoever is that number of person through the door is labeled the 13th Freak and HAS to perform. The hosts give you things to incorporate into your act. Last night's 13th Freak did good...Heather had to do it once and I heard she was fabulous. I just don't ever want to do it!

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