Book Review: The Prince Lestat

Today’s young adults had (shudder) the Twilight Saga for their vampire needs. When I was in high school and college I read the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. (Memnoch the Devil was released in my junior year of HS.) I lost interest in them after a full read through (after Pandora), so I had no idea the author was still writing. I was browsing the e-book section of my local library and ended up borrowing the ENTIRE series out of boredom. This is a review of The Prince Lestat.

With the exception of Cry to Heaven (not a vampire book), I pretty much can’t stand the way Anne Rice ends her stories. (And yes, I read the *ahem* BDSM stories too and didn’t like the way they ended.) This one was no exception. The whole book was written in her ramblimg, poetical, diary-like style which kind of summarized everything and took far too long for not much to happen. It was nice to meet up with some of the more famous characters again, but I think I would have liked more of an actual story. I guess I’ve grown away from these books. The ending was trite and predictable if you’ve read ANY of the other novels in the series and OF COURSE Lestat did what he did.

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4th of July bar review.

Paramount Café 4th of July, 2015

This was the first time in over a decade that I did not leave a tip.

The place was (surprisingly to me) uncrowded. Late night happy hour, 2 for 1 Long Islands. Cool, I thought…

NOPE NOPE NOPE.

I won’t be back.

I like to drink. That’s no secret. I rarely, if ever not finish a drink and definitely don’t turn away free ones. I had a third of my drink tonight. The bar area was mostly some old drunk men. The bartender didn’t take too long to get to me, but after he served my drink, he ignored me the rest of the time I was there.

The sweet potato fries I ordered came out suspiciously quick and I said so. He was like, “they’re fresh!”  Yeah, so fresh, they were greasy and under-cooked. And he didn’t even bother to give me a napkin and I had to flag him down for the ketchup. (The side of the bar he was working was maybe 20 feet long, really??)  Not once was I asked how my drink was, how my food was – and the fucking fries were sitting there in front of me barely touched and I had pushed them away.

Whatever.  My bill (once I could flag down a different staff member to get it for me) came to $11.88. I left a 10 and two ones on the bar and walked out.

First Impression Review: Cuckoo’s Nest

Where’s the door?

Do you remember that girl? You know the one, small town prom queen or beauty pageant winner, the one who was sure she was meant for bigger and better things. She was going to GET OUT of that small town and be Somebody, but somehow it just didn’t work out.  It turned out OK though. She got married to a very nice man, got a good job at the library or local grocery store and had a couple of kids. She’s comfortable and actually happy and really can’t imagine having other life. She looks a little run down, but you can see she hasn’t lost heart, no not at all.

Cuckoo’s Nest

Location: Lakewood, CO.  Way, way back in the corner of a strip mall.

Atmosphere: Moist. The table was sticky and there were random puddles (beer? water?) around and on the tables of the enclosed smoking patio. It was mostly clean and tidy though.  Typical dim lighting of a Dive bar, though the setup was more like a bigger type of bar. Main bar area was not too big, lined with bar-stools. Maybe seating there for about 15? Then there was the table area which was comfortable enough. Worn down but OK to sit. One long booth with separate tables and facing chairs and some freestanding chair/table combos. No dance floor or stage to speak of really. Karaoke was kind of just in the corner by the kitchen. Good sound though. It’s nice having a monitor when singing.

Bathrooms: The women’s bathroom only had the one toilet, but it was stalled off and a good size. And that way someone can be washing their hands or fixing clothing or makeup (nice big mirrors) while someone else is using the facility.

Staff: Very cheerful and friendly.

Patrons:

Drinks: Competitively priced to the other bars in this area I’ve been to. My beer was GINORMOUS for $5.25. I don’t know about mixed drinks or shots.

Food: Didn’t try anything. That lady’s nachos looked damn delicious though!

Would I Go Again? Yes.

My buddy convinced me to try this place out on a Saturday night for Karaoke. I liked the song selection (Master Blaster) and the way everything sounded. The KJ was very nice, a quiet sort of guy. I really enjoyed the songs he played between singers.  The patrons were mostly about 10-20 years older than me and you could definitely tell most were regulars. It wasn’t very busy this time. I don’t know how the crowd usually is, but from what I can tell, this was an unusually slow night. (It was similarly slow at another place we visited the same night.) On the other side of the bar was a room with a pool table and a bunch of pinball machines. I might have to go in some night loaded with quarters!! I enjoyed myself. Tried a new song. It was good.

Larimer Lounge Review

Larimer Lounge

Location: Just north of Downtown Denver on Larimer Street

Atmosphere: It was smaller than I expected. Not sure why I thought it would be bigger. Typical scarred floors and loud speakers. I’m not sure what I think about all the graffiti and stickers everywhere. The courtyard in the back was about the same size as the stage and dance floor area. I thought that was odd, but ok. Couple of trip hazards, like dark mini-steps and uneven floors. Cables running across the floors. It was clean enough, though. No stickiness under my shoes.

Bathrooms: Seriously? The bathrooms are up a STEEP flight of stairs. I made sure NOT to drink much liquid as I didn’t want to  1. Have to run up and down those bitches all night and 2. Get drunk and fall down that fucking staircase. (The bathroom stayed pretty clean though, so that was a plus.)

Staff: They all seemed pleasant and friendly enough.

Patrons: This was a 16 and over event so the crowd leaned young. Lot’s of black X’s on the hands and even the 21+ banded seemed pretty young, early 20s. Typical hipster look.

Drinks: Competitively priced, I guess. The mixed drink glasses were small, but decent strength.

Would I go again? Meh. I was a bit underwhelmed by the total experience, though it was nice to hear the band I came to see again. I might. Depends on who is playing. (I do have the added motivation of a juicy little piece of eye candy who is a friend of one of the staff members, teehee!)

Show: JJ Evanoff Experience

It was a slow start. My party arrived at the venue about 9:30pm. The crowd started to pick up about an hour later, but it was waves for sure. Everyone seemed genuinely pleased to be there and see the show though, so that was nice.

This was my second time seeing these boys and I am more impressed even than the first time. I think they might have the Success Trifecta: Talent, Ambition and Youth/Energy. I hope to see them again. I think that they definitely have a lot of potential. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see them perform somewhere big like Red Rocks. I think that in that venue their performance would really be a blast.

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Staircase of DOOOOOOOM!
Staircase of DOOOOOOOM!
The Seven Dollar Candy Bar
The Seven Dollar Candy Bar

First Impression Review: Greenfield’s

Greenfield’s Pool & Sports Bar

Location: Lakewood, CO. Kind of tucked away from the main street, next to a gun store.

Atmosphere: Big and clean.

Bathrooms: Quite clean. Wonder what it’s like on a weekend/busy night.

Staff: Friendly enough. A few seemed a bit unenthused, but then again it’s the middle of the week.

Patrons: Older crowd for the pool tournament. Younger crowd for the free pool/billiards. Mostly white males, early to mid-twenties.

Drinks: Didn’t try, but seemed reasonably priced.

Food: The menu looks good. I’ll have to go back sometime and make a point to try some things.

It was fairly busy when my friends and I arrived, but not so busy that we weren’t able to find an empty pool table. This is definitely not what I consider a “dive bar”, it has a more er, corporate or franchise feel to it. Lots of space. Matching tables and booths or chairs/barstools. Large heated patio (which is ESPECIALLY NICE, since it’s been so cold and rainy this spring.) I was DD so I didn’t try any of the mixed drinks or shots. There weren’t too many obnoxious drunks but a few, and that only towards closing. I’m hoping to come in on a Sunday soon to try out “Cashbox Karaoke.” I don’t know what it means, but it sounds interesting.

Would I go again? Yeah, looking forward to it and I’d like to get a second impression.

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