On Thursday, I headed up to the UP to perform on Friday night. I love going up a day early as I pretty much park my butt at the buffet, watch the snow fall near the lake, and don't have to worry about being late for the show due to weather.
A shot from my window.
The show was a ton of fun, and after it, I met a group of guys who were there for the big snowmobile race in town. I have no idea what this race is called, but apparently, it is to snowmobiling what the Daytona 500 is to NASCAR. Over the course of several beers, it was revealed that I had never been on a snowmobile (or a "sled," as they all called it). One of the racers agreed to take me out, and we had an absolute blast.
Speed demon me reached a whopping 23 miles per hour. Next time: 27, baby!
Not only did I actually get to ride on the course track, but I also discovered one can build a bonfire on a frozen lake. As in, successfully build a bonfire on a frozen lake. Add that (along with knowing they call us lower Michiganders "trolls") to the list of things I've learned in the U.P.
The next night, I headed to Bryan, Ohio, the hometown of my great grandfather.
I performed at Father John's, which is a restaurant, microbrewery, and performance venue located in an old church that features various religious symbols. These pictures don't do them justice, but here's a sample of some of the areas:
If you're near Bryan, I definitely recommend checking it out. The ambiance is so cool and unique. Plus, the food and beer were fantastic!
Post-show there was an afterglow that featured champagne (fancy!) and bonding with audience members over awkward job interviews stories.
On Sunday, I got to perform with these funny ladies at Joey's Comedy Shop in Livonia, Michigan:
A great weekend overall!