Geoff and I met at about 6 to head down to the Plaza for drinks and, for me, dinner. We went to Brio Tuscan Grill, a relatively new place at something like Wornall and Nichols. I had some kind of spicy chicken pasta with a couple of Sierra Nevadas, as we sat "outside," surrounded by plastic sheeting and heat lamps, in 60-degree weather. Nevertheless, it was lovely, albeit a bit on the expensive side. While there, Amy sent me a text, saying to come to pick her up fifteen minutes later than planned. We had agreed to meet at 8, and this would have been pretty much perfect. But, as I now had fifteen minutes to kill, I took a leisurely ride down Ward Parkway to Shawnee Mission Parkway, to State Line, up to 39th, over to Roanoke, down to Southwest Trafficway until it turned into Belleview, which I took until 48th, turned around, and picked Amy up.
We walked into Harling's at about 8:25, and the band still wasn't tuned up and ready to go yet, so we just talked for a bit, and exchanged war stories. The music started up a while later, and it was sublime. I honestly can't think of anywhere else in the world where you can see anything like what happens at Harling's every Tuesday, for free, in your jeans. Boulevard sponsors a 20- to 30-piece big band to come in and play their instruments, and Harling's offers a hospitable rate for draught Boulevard beer, to band members.
The players are just sensational, and they obviously enjoy their craft massively, and that enthusiasm really shows in their performance. Tonight was the largest crowd I have ever seen at said event, as it usually draws only about a dozen people or so. All told, there were probably about 40 or 50 people on hand to enjoy the tunes. Josh and Callie arrived about 45 minutes into the show, and added the fun that they always add to a group. It was an excellent evening.
Thanks, Paul. I appreciate you reading as often as you do.
11:14 PM, Jan 31, 2006
JOHN YOU DO NOT NEED T.V. YOU LIVE A INJOYABLE AND GREAT LIFE AS LONG AS THEY HAVE ALL THE GREAT BEERS AND YOUR FAVORITE LADY YOU WILL NEVER HAVE A DULL DAY OR NIGHT !!!HOOAH DRIVE ON!!
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