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December 30th, 2007

A Sunday night change of venue...

Joe and I left for Charlotte at a little before noon, and we had a tedious drive there. It was rainy, foggy, and the visibility was very, very poor. We saw at least three cars, if not more, veered off in ditches, presumably due to hydroplaning, as they were all single-car accidents. One car was totally flipped over and resting on its roof.

Fortunately, we made it without incident, ourselves.



We'd brought Bloody Mary ingredients with us, and they were first on the agenda after we checked in. Joe made them, and they were divine.



I took a two-and-a-half-hour nap, after which we went to Quaker Steak & Lube for dinner. Joe got two appetizers for his dinner, of which I had a few of his cheese fries.  I had their:

QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® BONELESS WING SALAD
#1 Favorite at The Lube®!

Marinated grilled chicken tenders tossed in your choice of Lube sauce and served with toasted Pita wedges on a mound of shredded iceberg or fresh salad greens with matchstick carrots, celery and Bleu Cheese crumbles. We suggest Farmhouse Ranch dressing 8.99

My choice of "Lube sauce" was Asian Sesame, and I chose the Ranch dressing instead of the Bleu Cheese. Delish!



We got to the Eagle at about 9:30, where "The Match Game" was already in progress, though it seemed like it had just begun.

We really had no idea what this was, and was hoping they weren't going to be trying to do any suzy-matchmaking with the patrons. As it turned out, it was a version of the 70s-80s game show, The Match Game—complete with one of the panelists who looked like Brett Somers.

This event was a fund raiser for the House of Mercy in Charlotte, and they really did a good job with it. The drag queen acting as emcee was pretty entertaining, and the panelists were pretty funny in general.

The questions were of this flavor: "David knew his partner was cheating on him with the auto mechanic when he found a ____ in their bed." and "Jeff was thrown out of the department store for _____ing the mannequins."

It was a "beer bash" night, so Joe drank all the drought beer he could drink for a total of $5.00. Well, not counting the dollar tip he gave with each refill, but still, it was a "cheap" night.

I drank my regular drink, bourbon and diets, for $4.25 a piece, a little more than I pay at Flex at $3.50, but I think the glasses are bigger there.

We spent a good portion of the night (after the game was over) talking with Roy, who was there from Raleigh. The company he works for has a data center in Charlotte, so he's up there on and off for that, though he usually works from home in Raleigh.

All in all, it was a nice change of venue from our regular Sunday Night Drag Queen Karaoke at Flex.

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