Rocket Man Review

After work today, I went to the movies with Anthony. We went to Southside Works Cinema. I was excited to see Rocketman! I haven’t been to Southside Works Cinema in years. It is a little run down compared to Cinemark. Tickets were only $5. It was a half off movie night.

After we got our tickets, we went upstairs to the concession area. I bought us a small popcorn to share which was $6.75. Anthony bought two bottled waters that was $9.00. It is expensive! I typically smuggle in my own water, but I didn’t have time to stop anywhere on the way.

Once inside the theater, there was no one there we were hoping it was going to be an empty theater. We sat in the first row of seats that has a bar separating the platform from the floor. We like to put our feet on the bar. The seats were flimsy and didn’t recline. Anthony said, “What the hell is this.” We took a selfie in case we wanted to look back on this moment and laugh. The picture is a little dark, but it works.

Once the movie started, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was almost like a Musical, singing dancing. I didn’t know much about Elton John. I know his songs, but I didn’t know much about him as a person, or his background. His family life was kind of sad and his mom was supportive and mean.

However, he was so gifted on the piano from the time he was a child. It seemed as though he could hear a song and then play it immediately on the piano. I wish I could do that.

There were parts of the movie that moved kind of slow, but overall I really enjoyed it and it was a great start to Pride week. It is also Anthony’s birthday week. 🙂

A Night Out

A Night Out

On my way home from Robert Morris University, I stopped at Starbucks for an iced coffee, no classic syrup, a shot of espresso with cream. I needed my espresso. When I got home I kissed my husband, got a shower, and got changed. I kissed my husband one more time, then I was out the door to go to Anthony’s.

There was so much going on in Pittsburgh; Garth Brooks concert, open carry rally, etc. I knew traffic was going to be a nightmare, but I grew up in Crafton and now how to get around traffic. I took the parkway 376 to the Greentree exit. Everyone that was in front of me seemed to be staying straight and heading towards Downtown Pittsburgh. I then took the back way to the West End, which didn’t have any traffic at all, then I hoped on 51 to Mount Washington. It was a piece of cake. I called Anthony when I was 2 mins away. He met me outside. I parked and we hugged it has been too long since we hung out just us.

When we entered his apartment, Dylan was on the couch. I said, hi to him. Then I sat at the table and did my make up while, we got caught up on the latest drama.

Once we were ready, we got in Anthony’s car and I played the usual tunes the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, etc. We parked in the parking lot next to the Shiloh Grill.  We went there together several times before I got married and moved out of Crafton. I turned Anthony onto this place. Image result for the shiloh grill

They have this item on the menu called, “The Britney Spears.” they are chicken tenders. We had to order them because we love Britney Spears and there is so much going on about her in the media right now. We just want her to know that we support her are ready for her when she is ready.

These are the Britney Spears chicken tenders. They come with two dipping sauces. It was a cute presentation. I had to show you all. Anthony and I split the tenders.

At dinner, we talked about the latest gossip, what was going on at work, his dating life, my internship, work stuff, and what the plan was for tonight. At dinner, Dylan really didn’t say too much.

Also, at at dinner Anthony had this drink called a Happy Ending. It is a cucumber spritzer. It was good. I had a Moscow mule.

After dinner, we checked out the Night Market in Market Square. I was already getting tired. There were some cute things at the Night Market, but nothing I couldn’t live without. We walked past the PPG place on the way back to the car and there were children jumping in and out of this water fountain where the ice rink typically is in the winter time. Summer was coming!

Once we got back to Anthony’s we hung out it was still a bit too early to go out. I knew once I sat on the couch I was going to fall asleep and not want to go out. Anthony got a shower and Dylan and I watched Titanic together. We always recite the lines when we are together. Anthony makes fun of our love for Titanic. He took a snap chat video of us just sitting in the same pose watching the movie.

Around 10:30pm, Dylan left to go home. Anthony and I got in my car and we made our way to the Southside. I haven’t been out to the south side in so long. I drove down East Carson and tried to find spot to park, which is half the battle. Luckily it didn’t take me too long to find one. I parked and we got out of the car and made our way on foot to go up East Carson. All the sudden, a younger man approached Anthony and me and said, “So where are you guys going tonight?” I laughed and looked at Anthony and he laughed. We just kept on walking.  Anthony said, “that was so weird.” We walked into the bar called, “Jimmy D’s.” Anthony has never been there before. I have I won Mardi Gras Queen here back in 2010. When I told Anthony, I won Mardi Gras Queen he was like, “You won Mardi Gras Queen?” and laughed. I said, “yes, I did.” I tossed my hair off my shoulders to be sassy. We walked upstairs and there was no one on the dance floor yet. Once we  approached the bar and saw a sign that says, “Cash Only.” I said, “Oh Cash Only.” Anthony laughed. The bar tender said, “yea, but we have an ATM.” He pointed in the direction of the ATM. I looked back at the ATM and then back at the bartender and then at Anthony. I said, “No thank you.” Anthony and I walked away and down the stairs. Anthony said, “You have an ATM, so does PNC, but I don’t get there to get a drink.” I laughed.

We made our way towards Foxtail (the old Diesel) then we saw this baby in a thing that has wheels on it, and you put the baby in the middle. I don’t know the name of this thing, but lets call it a walker. The baby was cruising around on the sidewalk and almost out in the middle of the street. Anthony  grabbed my arm and started laughing. he said, “Let’s go this way.” We walked in the other direction towards 18th Street. We went to the Tiki Lounge. I asked, if there was a cover? the bouncer said, “1 dollar.” I laughed and said, “I don’t have cash.”  He said, “I am just kidding.” We showed them our IDs and walked in to the bar. The Tiki Lounge has an island theme to it and typically is packed. There were people sitting at the bar, and at tables along the side. I looked back at Anthony. He said, lets go straight back. I walked to the back, and saw only two men on the dance floor just eyeing us up. I looked back at Anthony and pointed towards the front. He laughed and said, “Yea back to the front.” We walked out of the Tiki Lounge and back up towards Nakama where we saw the baby in the stroller.

Across the street we heard some decent music at this one bar. I said, “Lets go over there.” we had to cross the street first. We crossed quickly and entered Bar Louie. This was a multi level bar. We got a drink at the first level of the bar. Then explored the different levels. We walked up the stairs and there some people dancing around the electronic jukebox on the wall. We stood by the wall and watched all the newly 21 year olds. The guys in their khaki board shorts and t-shirts. Anthony and I shared looks and laughed. Things have changed a bit since we were newly 21, or perhaps we were just getting older.

Anthony told me he said, “I saw so many guys checking you out.” I said, “really?” He said, “Yea, especially when we were downstairs.” I just don’t notice it really anymore. I have been married for 3 years.

After we finished our drink, we moved onto the next bar. We walked back across the street to Foxtail. Foxtail used to be Diesel. Diesel has so many memories for me. I blacked out there once (thank God I was safe), past moments with someone from my past, etc. I went here several times with my friends when I was 21. There was no cover. When we walked into Foxtail, the layout of Diesel was the same, but it was less millenial techno club, it was packed. There were some nights where Diesel wasn’t packed.  The neon blue lights with black decor that was once Diesel was gone. Foxtail had a wooden look to it. The DJ booth was still placed above the dance floor. Platforms for dancing and for security to peace keep still existed. I do miss the old Diesel look and the memories that it held, but nothing lasts forever.

The dark creepy hall way still existed with the bathrooms off to the left. The dance floor was packed. The music was blaring. We got a drink. I had one double titos and soda water. Anthony had the same. He bought this round. We went to the dance floor and it took a minute to get into it again and it back at it, but we were dancing and looking around. It was different. It took a minute to get assistance from the Titos to help the dancing and for it to feel normal again.

Two double vodka and sodas, and (one single shot of Titos and soda water later). We were dancing on the dance floor and having so much fun. We would move around to make sure no one creepy would try to dance with us. At one point Anthony spotted a guy with highlights. He said, “I see high lights!!” We laughed. I love going to gay bars with him, but I like dragging him to straight bars too! We have so much fun together. I really needed this time with him. I needed to cut loose and that I did. When I went to the rest room, I was swaying. I knew then I couldn’t drive, so I called my parents. 31 and I call my parents to bail me out of situations. 🙂 My mom was happy that I called and said, it’s 1:30am we will call you when we are close.

When I exited the restroom, I told Anthony and he said, “okay.” I said, “lets go dance!” We went back out to the dance floor and danced until my parents called me. At one point, my mom said,  we are here where are you?” I told Anthony my parents were here. He said, “okay lets walk to the car.” I stumbled out of Foxtail and gave Anthony the phone so he could talk to my mom. We walked to the car and parents met us there. I gave my mom my keys. Anthony called Drew, my husband and told him that my mom came to get us, and she is going to drive Danielle back to their house and drop him off at home. He was happy we were safe. Anthony said, “She needed this ya know cut loose a little.” I am sure Drew agreed, but was happy I was safe.

After my mom dropped Anthony off at home, she took me home. I walked into the door of my parents and my mom made me an egg sandwich. My dad was sitting his chair and looked at me while I ate and said, “Are we a little old to be doing this?” I sneered at him. I said, I am always the grown up and taking care of everyone. I was responsible.” He laughed a little.

After I ate my egg sandwich, my mom gave me some pjs, and a tooth brush. I brushed my teeth, changed, and went to bed. I was hoping to not have a hang over the next morning.


Oakland & Kennywood Fright Nights

Oakland & Kennywood Fright Nights

This morning, I woke up around 9am. The dogs didn’t get me up any earlier, which I was happy about. I got them outside, fed them breakfast, then got a shower. When I got out of the shower, Cassie was awake. I asked her what we should do today? I had to stop at my house, either before we go to Oakland, or after Oakland. She said, that it would probably be easier to go before we go to Oakland. I agreed.
After she got ready, we packed up my car, then drove to Moon township. I was so happy to be back there tonight. She helped me bring the stuff in to the house, and put the beer and left over pizza in the fridge. I changed my top and my shoes and then we were out the door again to go to Oakland.
When we got to Oakland, I took her to the 36th floor of the cathedral. She loved the view and took some pictures, then we took the elevator down to the 7th floor and met Drew at his cube. He was going to meet us in Hogwarts, which is the common area of the cathedral.
Once he met up with us, we walked to Primanti’s. Cassie said, that she really liked this campus and thought it was so big, bigger than University of Kentucky. When we walked in to Primanti’s, we went upstairs to the second floor and sat at an empty table. They were pretty busy. The same waiter that waited on Drew and I the last time, waited on us again. The food was awesome and Cassie liked the sandwich, even with the coleslaw on it.
After we left Primanti’s, we said bye to Drew. I needed some coffee. I stopped at Dunkin and got a large coffee for the road. I showed her Heinz Chapel, and told her about the history of the building. I seemed to have forgotten some of it. I used to have to memorize this narrative about the building when I was a docent over the summer, but I forgot some key parts about the chapel.
When we left the chapel, I took her to my building and showed her the home plate from when the building was Forbes field. She took a picture of it. Then, we left Oakland, and drove to Downtown. I took her the same route as the bus, when it takes us into town to go home.
Then I drove her to Station Square, and through southside, so she could see all the bars and where people go to drink on the weekends. Southside holds so many good and bad memories for me. I drove her to the waterfront and I stopped at Target to get motrin and some water. I was starting to have a headache. I needed to be ready to go for tonight. We were meeting Anthony, Dylan, and Drew at Fright Nights tonight.
Around 4:30pm, we left Homestead to go to Kennywood. We hung out in the parking lot, until Anthony and Dylan showed up. Then we all stood in line. She was so excited! As soon as they let us in, we walked into the tunnel that leads us to the park and sure enough there were two actors waiting there to scare us. I jumped a little and they all laughed.

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While we were waiting for Drew, we rode a couple rides. One was a smaller coaster and the other was a spinning ride. We walked through two haunted houses. We still had so much more to do. Drew met with us, while we were in line for the vampire haunted house. The one vampire at the end creeped me out. He said, “blondie is mine!” When we exited the house, Cassie and I were the last ones.  Anthony, Dylan, and Drew were waiting for us outside the haunted house.
After I kissed Drew, Anthony and I registered for the skycoaster and we bought our tickets. Our time was 7:30pm. They said they could get us suited up now. I was so excited! When we got suited up, Anthony said, “I have been dying to do this with you.” I said, “Well if we can’t date, then we should fly!” He laughed. They got us locked in the apparatus, and then we were laying on our stomachs lifted up off the ground. They gave Anthony instructions what to do, and how to pull the cord. I was so nervous. I knew he would pull the right cord.
When they started lifting us up, we heard the chain lock in place. I was so excited and so ready to fly! Drew, Dylan, and Cassie were standing on the bridge taking a video and watching us, go higher and higher. Anthony and I waved to them and we locked arms until the first swing then we could release them and spread out. I was so excited. I hadn’t done this since I was a preteen.
Once we were at the top, the chain locked and the loud speaker said, “Alright flyers, three, two, one, FLY!” He pulled the cord and down we went. We swung back and forth, and it was so cool to see the entire park, the smoke, the lights, the creepier music. It was the coolest thing in the world. While, I was up there swinging, I felt like I just dropped and let go of all my worries. It was so cool!
After awhile, we had to grab the loop and come down. I was bummed. I could have stayed up there for a little while longer. Once we were unstrapped and on our way to meet up with Dylan, Drew, and Cassie. They gave us hugs and Drew kissed me. He said, “You did it bub!” I said, ” I loved it!” We did the alien haunted house next, then got in line for a Dark Shadows Haunted house, which was alright, then we did an escape the room, and we were so close to solving the puzzle. no one solved it yet. I had never done an escape the room before, after the escape the room, we went into the haunt and it was a voodoo theme. Then we rode the Phantom, Anthony and I rode together. Dylan rode by himself. Cassie and Drew sat this one out. Drew couldn’t fit and Cassie was scared.

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After the phantom, we rode one last ride and I shouldn’t have got on this ride. It was called the Black Widow. Drew and Cassie sat this one out. The ride was a spinning ride, and lifted you in the air and spun you around and around. When I got off the ride, Dylan had to help me out of the seat. I felt so queasy. I never used to get that way, but I guess I am getting older. No more spinning rides I said. I was ready to go home after that.
When we got in the car, I drove home to Moon and I was slowly sipping water. Drew got home right before us. I was so icky. Cassie had a great time, and I am glad that she did and that I got sick towards the end. I wanted her to have fun.

Matt & Spenser Cousin Reunion Pt. 1

Matt & Spenser Cousin Reunion Pt. 1

On Friday,  On my way to my parents, I picked up my wedding rings. They looked brand new! The rhodium dip made them sparkle and shine! I can’t stop looking down at my left hand.

When I arrived at my parents’ it was around 11am. My mom was due to get off of work around 12pm. I wanted to get over there early and help her get things ready around the house, and of course, see my dogs.  While we waited for my mom to get home, my dad and I sat outside and listened to some 90s music, and talked. My mom stopped and brought home Subway for us, to hold us over until dinner. We weren’t going to eat until around 7pm.

After she came home, we ate lunch, then relaxed. My mom and I laid in bed and watched the movie, Belle. I love a good period drama. She had never seen the whole movie, just bits, and pieces because she falls asleep while watching movies. I do too sometimes, but I do love my English and French period dramas.

When we got to the store, we picked up the catering that my parents had ordered for the party, and it is always a trip to go anywhere really with my parents. When we got home, we unloaded everything into the house. We weren’t sure what time people were going to start arriving, but she was thinking not until 6pm. I went upstairs and changed my top. I put on a strapless top, that had some ruffles going down the bottom. I love baby doll tops. I remember feeling not too sure about what to expect out of today. I just kind of went with the flow. There was some drama in my family, in the past. It had nothing to do with us, children in the family, but more to do with our parents, and my aunts and uncles. Not so much the family out of town, but I am sure everyone knew a little about the drama that took place in Pittsburgh. Two of my cousins were coming, that I hadn’t seen since 1997.

Back in 1997, I was probably 10 or 11. I was in an awkward phase. My hair was short, and my bangs were straight across my forehead. I was heavily into Hanson and the Spice Girls, and I think I was a bit chunky, or at least a bit thicker, back then. So yes, things have definitely changed since then.
Around 6pm, the first of my family to show up was my cousin Marilyn and her husband, Chuck and their little boy Charlie, who is now 6 years old. I met him when he was a baby. He was only 5 months old, now he is a little man. He doesn’t really say too much to me, then again I am a girl. :p

After they came in and sat down started visiting with us in the living room, my cousin Amanda. I went to the back door to greet her. I asked her where her girls were, and she said that her mom and dad are bringing them.  When Amanda’s parents arrived, my Uncle Tom and Aunt Phyllis, they parked out front. I went to the door and asked if they needed help. They were good. Olivia ran up the front steps to greet me. I love that they remember me. She gave me a big hug and went on inside. She was a leaf girl in my wedding. They unloaded their car with Liliana and Isabella who is the newest little edition. She was in a baby carrier. She has gotten so big since the last time I saw her, which I think was back in March or April. My Aunt Phyllis grew up in my parents’ house, so I welcomed her home. She laughed and said thank you. They haven’t been in our house in probably 12 years. It is sad, but I think a new leaf is turning.

When I went to the back door, I saw that Becky and David had arrived and they brought with them, Spenser and Matthew, the two boys I have not seen since 1997. I introduced myself as their cousin, Danielle and shook their hand. I felt like I didn’t know them well enough to hug them, and I didn’t want to be weird.

As the evening got underway, Matthew played his guitar for us. He had Uncle Larry’s guitar that he had bought in the 70s. His grandmother, Sharon gave him the guitar. Larry would be his grandfather. He played so well. I took a little video of him. He is a rapper. He played 50 Cent In da Club, and Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow. It was a great time.
After dinner, and after the rest of the family had left, Spenser and Matthew wanted to go out and experience Pittsburgh’s nightlife. Andrew wanted to, but he was so tired from working all day that he decided to go home and go to bed. I understood. He worked all day, I didn’t. I was looking forward to getting out for a bit. I haven’t been out since, Anthony’s birthday, last month.
Around 11pm, the boys and I drove to Mount Washington so they could see the Overlook. Matthew didn’t really care. He wanted to get a drink. Spenser, he is more the laid back, artist-intellectual type and he loved the visual arts, so the view was more for him, then the bar scene.  After taking a few pictures, and checking out the view. The boys and I left and said goodbye to my parents, Becky, and David, and then we were on our way to the Southside. I figured that it is a good place for the younger 21-23-year-old crowd.

As we’re driving through East Carson Street, Matthew made a comment and said, this looks a little shady. I said, “Yes, it’s not that great of a place to be anymore, but this is a historical part of town, and always known for bars and restaurants. There has always been bars and restaurants on East Carson, dating back to the days of the Steel boom.” He kind of gave me this look like I am crazy. I have always been fond of history, culture, and human experience.

Aside from chatting, I was trying to find a place to park, and the parking lot that I like was full. Southside has many memories for me, good and bad. I found a spot that I could parallel park in, but I was failing today at parallel parking for some reason. Matt hoped in my driver seat, and I got into my passenger seat and he was able to park my car for me.

As we walked up towards East Carson Street, the first bar I wanted to take them to, was the Tiki Lounge. I just love the layout of the bar. It has this Island theme to it. When we walked up to the door, we handed the bouncer our IDs. Matt’s was broken and an end was chewed off. The bouncer asked about the ID, and he said, “My German Shepard chewed it.” I wanted to laugh, but it was true. I do remember him saying something about his ID on the way down here.
Once inside Tiki Lounge, we walked down the stairs, to the bar. We ordered our drinks. He wanted a Tangeray with a lime. The bartender must have thought we were together because she made two. Spenser got a Rum and Coke. I bought them the first round, and we went upstairs to where the dance floor is, we wanted to sit at a table, but I wanted them to get a feel for the bar before we sat down.
When a booth opened up, we made our way to the booth and took a seat. I asked them what they thought of this bar? They liked it but also wanted to go somewhere else. I said, Okay, once we finish this drink, we will go somewhere else. I wasn’t sure where else to take them. When we left the Tiki Lounge, we walked down East Carson. Girls were Stripping in the heels. One girl was wearing only one shoe. Oh, Southside. I  don’t miss being down here, but it is nice to venture down here once in a while, it is just so bad down here anymore.
Once we approached Diesel and Skybar. I thought they would like it, but there was a cover charge. I thought with only an hour left until the bars close, a cover charge isn’t worth it. We walked on. We stopped at this bar called Local bar and kitchen. It seemed pretty chill. I haven’t been in there before. We decided to go there. We walked in, and the bar was crowded. Matt found a spot and squeezed in and ordered us our drinks. He bought this round. They switched to Titos and vodka. I  switched to Coors light. We went upstairs, and on our way upstairs, people were trying to come downstairs. It was crazy.

Finally, there was a break in traffic, and we were able to make our way to a table. Once we sat the table, we talked about where they are from? the family? uncle Larry (their grandfather), we just talked about anything we could think of.  They never been to a big city before and thought the girls and the crowd were different, then what they are used to seeing at bars back home. It was fun getting to know them. Throughout the evening, they both lit up cigarettes. I guess they chimney smoke when they drink.  Around 10 minutes to 2am, they closed the top section and said we could go downstairs and finish our drinks. We went downstairs to the downstairs bar, and hung out at a table, finished our drinks, and then walked outside.
Once we were outside, we walked back towards the car, dodging the streams of people, most of them were drunk. It was a little intense, but then we made it back to the car. I got it in, and at that point. I probably had three beers and a Tangeray with lime. I was feeling pretty good. I probably shouldn’t have driven home. I should have asked for an Uber, but I did. I drove them back to the hotel. I could tell Matt was feeling good. He was drinking all evening. Spenser might have been buzzed, but not as bad at Matt.
Finally, I got them back to the hotel, I parked the car and I had to go pee so badly, so I walked with them up to the room, so I could use the restroom. The one downfall about drinking, having to pee all the time. When I came out of the bathroom, I said goodbye to them, and then I went outside to my car and drove home.

When I got home, it was about 3:30am. I got changed and crawled into bed with Drew. I was so tired. It had been a long time since I had been out that late. Tomorrow was going to be another crazy day.

Networking Event: Who’s Who

After work today, I was to go to my first networking event in the Southside. The event was to take place at the Skybar. When I left work, I arrived at the Southside pretty early. I got a coffee at this really awesome hipster coffee place. It was so much better than Starbucks. I ordered an iced coffee, with brown sugar syrup. I put a little cream in it, and it was good to go. I sat down at a table, and people watched. I could do that all day and night down there, so many different walks of life.

After I finished my coffee, I took a walk down 18th street towards Diesel and saw some people standing outside talking. They were there for the networking event and were just waiting to get in. I started talking to them and handing out business cards, shaking hands, and networking. It seemed so easy. I couldn’t wait until Drew got there. He was going to meet me down there.

When they finally let us in, we had to go all the way upstairs to the roof. The top was open, so you could look up and see the sky. It was a pretty cool bar. It dawned on me that I was there once before, on a different occasion back in my single days. I ordered a drink and opened up a tab. I sipped my drink and started talking to whoever I can. I handed people a flyer regarding our grand opening, etc. It was fun but awkward.

Finally, Drew showed up, when he arrived I was talking to an insurance salesman. I introduced Drew to John, from the insurance company. After the conversation ended, we went and got some snacks at the table, which were set up buffet style. It was a nice event, but a bit pointless for our business, I felt.

When we left the event, Drew and I were walking back to my car and we passed by the Exchange in their window they had the Halloween movie, shirt on display. He pointed it out to me saying, “Look, babe!” I said, “Can I get it?” he said, “Definitely, baby!” I was excited. I went in bought the shirt, and then we continued to walk back to the car.
When we got home, I was so tired. I couldn’t wait to go to bed. Drew wanted to have a beer, and watch a bit of the Pens game. I could barely keep my eyes open, so I got up and got ready for bed.