Jul 19, 2015

The Audition - It's Never Too Late

The anxiety builds the moment I arrived. I hesitate to jump out of the car. I stay seated gazing out the windshield and pondering that this just may be the stupidest idea I've had! I'm too old for this. I have no experience. I've never done this before.  Why did I drive over here? All these thoughts roll through my head. An article in my local newspaper prompted me to consider the idea. 

Local actors wanted for a community interactive play. If 
you live in the area and are interested in having a role in 
the play, come audition and do a reading for us. 

The article had me intrigued. This is something I’ve always wanted to do. In high school, I'd go to plays that classmates were in and sometimes wondered about participating myself. I never did! Fear, insecurities and shyness got the best of me. All those days and years after high school, I kept that silly little dream in the back of my head. I figured I'd always enjoy others acting talents from the viewers side of the stage. 

I was in my late forties when I decided to go to that audition. Being older, wiser, more confident and with a "what the hell" attitude, I found myself in a nearly vacant parking lot sitting in my car contemplating my next plan of action. 

Jul 10, 2015

It's Time For A Slow Spin At Betty Danger's

I’ve mentioned a time or two in my blog that my goal this year was to get out and visit more establishments and events that are local and, practically, in my own backyard.  I headed over to Northeast Minneapolis to check out a new place that opened this spring called Betty Danger’s Country Club.  The owner is also known for other themed restaurants called Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge and Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den.  To say an abundant amount of imagination is poured into these places is an understatement.

When entering Betty Danger’s Country Club restaurant, you might feel like it’s a place out of “Alice in Wonderland” and that you just fell down the rabbit hole to a little carnival corner of some fantasy land.

The building and d├ęcor is donned in pink and lime green, which right there, makes it stand out in a neighborhood dotted with traditional housing and buildings.  If the pink building isn’t enough, one can’t miss the Ferris Wheel (Mechanical Tree) soaring above the area painted and lit up in the same colors. 

Betty Danger's County Club - Minneapolis, MN

When approaching the restaurant, I felt like a little kid eager to see more and to find out what amusing fun was inside.  I wasn’t disappointed.  Sitting outside the front door was a gentleman who possibly was the door greeter or host.  He was wearing pink shorts, plaid shirt and a bow tie.  In fact, all the restaurant staff had been dressed in similar plaid attire and guys wearing bow ties.

Strolling through the doorway, I noticed that smack-dab in the middle of the general eating vicinity was a tiered garden water fountain circled by white patio garden-like tables and chairs giving it a flair of whimsy.  Just past the fountain was a brick fireplace, which indeed, was also painted in bright pink with a lime green horse head protruding above the mantel.

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