As we’re heading into a long weekend, I’m hoping that my mood will improve and my lack of motivation to do anything will diminish. Right now, I can say that I’m pretty much in the same low level of mental energy and motivation as I was the last time I posted in here. Our Wi-Fi service was DOA for most of the weekend, so I didn’t post then, but I didn’t have much urge to do that or anything else.
A great change of scenery for a few hours was that Pat and I went to Cleveland on Saturday to see Allan Holdsworth perform at The Winchester, a bar/club in Lakewood. He and his trio performed wonderfully–I liked this show even better than the one at The Thirsty Ear in Grandview last year. A third person on the trip, Dave from Powell (he goes to the UU Church with Pat and me) was quite taken aback by Holdsworth and his guitar finesse, and I was blown away by the trio that opened for Holdsworth’s trio. (I’d include it here, but I’m at the Whetstone Library right now, and I don’t have the ticket stub with me right now–the opening band’s name was printed on it.)
It may be that I am still sleep-deprived from the Cleveland trip. We left Columbus not long after 4, and drove up via Powell to pick up Dave. (I had already had a busy morning, going to get food and picking up a new pre-paid cell phone card for Susie, so I had been in perpetual motion since my feet hit the floor.) We were in Lakewood in time to eat a very filling meal at the Shamrock Tavern, which is 2-3 doors down Madison Ave. from The Winchester. Very dark and gloomy inside, state-of-the-art TV screens both showing sports (baseball on one, golf on the other), no music blaring. The food was wonderful. I wasn’t even tempted to graze on junk food the rest of the evening. So, if you’re on the west side of Cleveland, I definitely recommend the Shamrock Tavern.
The sure sign that it was an old peoples’ concert was that Holdsworth played one encore and ended the show at 11:30. He said that this was the last leg of the tour, and he and the other two members of his trio were exhausted. (Holdsworth is 62 or 63, and I got the impression that Pat and I were among the young’ns in the crowd.) We had a front-row table, so we were no more than 10 feet away from the stage. We left after the encore, and as we were driving down Madison on our way back to I-71 south, we saw Holdsworth outside holding court with his many admirers. (As a non-guitarist, I definitely was in the minority.) I was home shortly after 2 a.m., although it took me a little while to get to sleep. I did manage to get undressed and into bed without waking Steph, which is a major triumph for me.
Susie will be returning to public school in the fall. Yesterday, we toured Dominion Middle School, which will be where she is come September, and we were quite favorably impressed. She’ll be in a college-prep program (of course) and she chose drama as her elective for the winter semester, which didn’t surprise me at all. She wants to work on the newspaper, and join the chess club–which will make her the lone (and, I think, the first) female. We still have forms to fill out (I faxed a couple from work today) and records are in transit from Burroughs Elementary and St. Mary Magdalene, but we think Susie will be happy there.