We’re in a quandary. A friend, a local entertainer, an incredible talent, a vocalist who accompanies himself on the acoustic guitar played his first gig and a nearby lounge a little while ago. He typically has played in venues that although aren’t far away, are far away enough that you check your gas gauge before you leave home for the evening. So we were quite thrilled when he wrote and told us he’d be no more than 3 miles from He of We’s driveway.
And drive away we did. We had been to the venue twice before. Once for a Sunday brunch they no longer do (which was very good), and once for dinner (which was beyond their capabilities). In neither case was the service anything even approaching average. It had been at least a year since we had been there so we were anxious to see what changes they had made.
They hadn’t. But the evening was not a loss. The food was bad, the service worse, but the entertainment was as first rate as we had anticipated. We even introduced He of We’s daughter to the acoustic troubadour expanding his influence into the next generation. The crowd was into his performance and applauded each offering (yes, we’ll say it) wildly. But the food was so bad. And the service was so worse.
What we will do if the restaurant brings him back on a regular basis? We don’t want to hurt his feelings not showing up when it’s not even a 15 minute drive, including lights, when we’ve driven over an hour to hear him. But we don’t want to risk gastro-intestinal distress, possibly irreparable damage, if we have to subject ourselves to their idea of cooking once a month. We can’t even feign enjoyment and pick our way through the one or two items nobody can screw up because those were the ones they ran out of early in the evening. Even if they didn’t, we still have to subject ourselves to the worst service we’d seen since the Sixth Grade Washington DC Field Trip Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.
We suppose we’re going to have to arrange to be out of town whenever he plays there (“Oh, we wish we knew you were there this week. We had these airline vouchers we had to use before Monday and thought this would be a good time to see Guam.”), or car trouble (“What bad luck, we were on our way when of all things we couldn’t get the hood to go down. We thought we could have backed all the way there but the nice police officer didn’t.”), or illness (“Hack hack cough cough sneeze wheeze sneeze. We’ll make it. We missed your last 7 sets there. Well, if you really think you really don’t mind”).
We don’t know. Maybe gastrointestinal distress once a month might be good for us.
Now, that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you?