After a few days off we made our way to Aiken, SC. We pulled up to our hotel which was a Quality Inn and me and Tavis headed to our room. Upon arriving and jumping on the beds for a few minutes (a regular ritual) I headed into the bathroom to find the mother-load. A mecca of sorts.
A JACUZZI TUB.
Not just any old jacuzzi, though. This thing was HUGE and had mirrors along the back wall! ha ha! I obviously was thrilled with this discovery and after testing the jets out I decided we would have to show the rest of the cast that evening. As mentioned in the previous blog, Katie Reid's grandparents, Shirley and Gene, were following along with us for a few days so that night we went to a little Mexican restaurant across the street for dinner. There was outdoor seating and we took a big table and were having a fun night, laughing, enjoying tacos, Dos Equis, margaritas, enchiladas and lots of stories. I quickly became annoyed, though, when a couple across the room started glaring. The large woman who was eating kept rolling her eyes and then began obviously talking about us. At one point she said to her date, exaggerating and loudly, "If only I could hear you!!..." I sort of flipped. I asked her if there was a problem and she said there was. We went back and forth for a minute until I stopped to not embarrass myself or my table, but I couldn't believe it! We were outdoors and having fun! She was so unhappy about it I didn't understand. It's all ok, though, because when everything settled down adorable Shirley backed me up saying, "I am glad you said something. Besides, it didnt' look like they were having a very intimate meal the way she was scarfing down her food!" Ha ha! Made my night.
After dinner we headed back to the hotel where I told everyone I had a surprise for them in my room. Everyone came over for a viewing of the jacuzzi tub and then ran off to get bathing suits. At one point we got 5 people in that tub just to say we did it! Ha ha! I must say it wasn't the most relaxing or comfortable thing in the world, but it was hilarious. Our show went well in Aiken and the theatre threw us a really nice reception where we got to mingle with some of the patrons after the show. Events like that are so nice because it really affirms the work we are doing day in and day out and lets us know that people care.
Next venue: Asheville, NC. I had been to Asheville and when I worked at Flat Rock Playhouse I got to know that part of the country pretty well and so I was looking very forward to this stop. We arrived around 3:00 am at our hotel which was a BEAUTIFUL high-end place with amazing rooms. Plus- we had individual rooms and an overnight there so we were PUMPED! When I woke up in the morning I headed out to walk around town with Katie Reid and after going in some shops we decided to head into Posano, a cute organic brunch spot where Kevin met up with us. Having two shows that day, we headed to the theatre which was really nice. Between shows a great Southern spot called Mayfels was our dinner and then... back to the theatre!
After a couple great shows we decided it was time for some fun so we went right down the block to a spot I knew of called Barley's and once everyone got out of the theatre we walked around to find some music and dancing. It was a BLAST, especially since we were in such a great town that was so full of life. From run-ins with upset drag queens to dancing the night away and marking our territory on the streets of Asheville, it was a successful night. After it all we went back to our beautiful hotel and hung out in my room for a while longer. I am glad to be on the road with so many people that I love and who are ready to have fun!
See you on the road,