Thursday, July 21, 2011

Judith Butler is awesome, but apparently her fan club sucks at trivia

Last week, I had the pleasure of working with headliner, LA Hardy, in Northern Michigan. My main squeeze, Drew, also came along for the un-airconditioned ride.

Our first gig was in Pentwater, Michigan. The show was on a Tuesday, and it's hard to know what to expect crowd turn-out wise on week nights. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the place was packed when we walked in! And they were a great crowd filled with loud laughers! Plus, an audience member even bought me some popcorn. You see, it’s the little things in life that make Kate Brindle happy (like talking about myself in third person).

We then performed at two casinos near Traverse City. Before the show at Turtle Creek Casino, Drew and I attempted to play trivia.

That's us (also known by our team name: the Judith Butler Fan Club) after our unfortunate defeat. Had there been questions about movie quotes, social movement theory or useless video game/NKOTB facts, we could have been a serious force to be reckoned with. But, alas, there were a lot of sports questions, so we were pretty much dead in the water.

My friend, Renee, stopped by one of the casino shows and even let me test out my hotel room cuisine on her. Whenever I cook in hotel rooms, it always reminds me of camping in that you basically get creative with ingredients and cooking appliances, and you hope no major germs get in there. Although, with some of the hotel rooms I stay in, my immune system would probably fare better if I rolled my food in dirt first.

But, this was a nice hotel room (complete with a fridge), so I didn't have to worry much. For the meal, I boiled some pasta in my handy, little, plug-in teapot, cut up some tomatoes and microwaved soy sausage (soysage, if you will) and pasta sauce. And Drew borrowed a bottle opener from the front desk, bought some Sprite from the vending machine and mixed up some wine spritzers.

I swear, I should write a blog about my hotel room concoctions/draft a how-to guide to making creative things out of free breakfast buffet items.

Our last stop of the trip was Merrillville, Indiana, where I played at Wisecrackers Comedy Club. I really love that club. Not only do I enjoy the crowds there, but I also love the hotel where it’s located (the Radisson). It not only features two pools, but it also has two hot tubs, and a really nice work-out facility. I'm currently doing the couch-to-5k program, and I sweated and grunted my way through week 5 in the fitness center.

During the day, Drew and I watched the World Series of Poker Main Event on television. The small blinds at the table were, like, 10 times what I make per year. Depressing. Oh well, perhaps I can increase my income by selling my hotel room food after the shows. Because, after all, who wouldn't want toast made with an iron?

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