Monday, December 14, 2009

Playing At A Fast Food Restaurant Near YOU!!!

So, Saturday night the band had a gig up in Ottumwa, Iowa. Up there where it's cold, and there's snow, and the place where all of the older and wiser people have fled to Arizona or Texas.

Then there's us. We went there on purpose.

Our friend Paul lives up there and he had a private party gig for us. Martina just getting hitched and all, couldn't make it, but the rest of us went up. I met up with Ronnie and Mary Beth and Louis in Kirksville and tossed my instruments in Louis' "van of sure death" and rode up with him. We got to Ottumwa and followed Ronnie around town and ended up in this strip mall parking lot. I kinda looked around at the stores... a health care provider of some sort, a realtor, an empty store or 2 and... a Quiznos. You know... the hot and toasty sub shop place.

Louis turns the van off.

Me... Where are we playing?

Louis... Here.

Me... Where here?

Louis... Quiznos.

Me... No...................

Louis... Quiznos.

So we start unloading and walk in. It was 'bout 8 or a little after and the place was shut down, decorated for a party. Keg of beer on ice in the middle of the restaurant, liquor everywhere, vodka lemonade in the fountain machine, more food than you can shake a stick at and folks ready to have fun.

We got set up, Paul played with us and a couple of his friends and long time musicians "Rock" and "Wilbur"... and we proceeded to throw down some tunes and have a party.

The owner of the Quiznos is the brother of the sis having the 30th birthday party and man... did he do it up right. At the end he walked out on the sidewalk where I was hanging out for a bit, handed me a business card with this on the back... "Nate says give this man a free sub, don't take this card from him." He loved the band, said anytime... forever that I'm in town, show the card to who ever is working and collect one free Quiznos sub. LOL

There's a first time for everything.

About 1:30 we were bout played to death and the crowd had thinned to one group of about 15 or 20 hardcore, drinkin', singin' along, dancin like a bunch of maniacs, hardcore party crowd.

Great bunch of people. Thanks for the EXCELLENT tips in the jar folks!

Oh and by the way. If you decide to spend the night in Iowa in the middle of the winter... you really don't need to bother with reservations at the motel where you're gonna stay. Really.

The parking lot. :-)



SkylersDad said...

Glad the private party turned out fun for you!

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

That Quizno's card is the gift that keeps on giving.

Nej said...

A lifetime Quiznos card....pure gold!!!

P.S. I have family in Ottumwa, and have eaten at that Quizno's. :-)

Scope said...

Whatcha bitch'n about? You had the view of the grain elevator. "In season" a view like that would cost you an extra $2 a night.

The Retired One said...

Wish I could've been there at the party..sounds like a blast.
And now, I am craving a quizno sub...thanks. thanks alot!!!! ha

Stacie's Madness said...

how fun!!