Thursday an even bigger bunch of us got together for another karaoke night, this time at a Mexican restaurant/bar here in Anza. We’d gone up to Idyllwild last time because an old mutual friend of ours runs the karaoke setup there, and she joined us when we checked out the local place.
It was a lot more crowded, which was fun but not as cozy. Also the sound system was not quite as good and there was an odd echo on the mic. The general consensus in our group was that the local place is fun for hanging out and socializing, but for serious karaoke-ing we’ll still be heading up to Idyllwild.
But fun was had. Luke got up all by himself this time and sang Day-O with heartwarming confidence, Jamaican accent and all. It was a hoot, and he got the loudest applause of the night, by far. Anyone who could listen to his earnest eight-year-old treble impersonation of Harry Belafonte and not want to offer encouraging praise is a soulless commie and dead inside. There were none of those in Casa Gamino Thursday night.
And then Elizabeth went up and ROCKED THE CASBAH with a MASTERFUL rendition of “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight.” I was freaking amazed. Seriously, next time I’m bringing my camera and getting video. She NAILED that song.
Steve wandered in at some point and hung out at the bar for a while. He’d missed Luke’s song, but saw Elizabeth’s. Then he wandered back out. Poor guy, having his kids there probably put a serious crimp in his pick-up action.
There are two billiard tables in Casa Gamino, and I’ve realized that next on my list of parenting goals is teaching my kids to shoot pool. I used to be pretty good back in the day, but I gave up the game when I was dating Steve because he used to accuse me of cheating whenever I beat him. Which was almost every game. Apparently I was moving the balls around when he wasn’t looking. Whatever. Anyway, Luke and Elizabeth were goofing around with one of the billiard tables Thursday before the crowd showed up, and it hit me how remiss I’ve been. They should TOTALLY know how to shoot pool by now. Honestly, where have I BEEN?
In other news, I was planning on seeing “Twilight,” but it’s getting dismal reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes, so now I’m thinking I’ll wait for the dvd.
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And here’s a little children’s poem that captures my mood today:
Needles and pins, Needles and pins,
Sew me a sail to catch me the wind.
Sew me a sail strong as the gale,
Carpenter, bring out your hammers and nails.
Hammers and nails, hammers and nails,
Build me a boat to go chasing the whales.
Chasing the whales, sailing the blue
Find me a captain and sign me a crew.
Captain and crew, captain and crew,
Take me, oh take me to anywhere new.