Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Skate or Die"

"Skate or Die"... wasn't that an old skateboard video game? Whatever.

Well, last nights DISC Street Skate was again participated by only a few (I bet you knew that was coming...). Even though the participants were few, but we all had a great time like usual. We started off the skate a little differently this time. We headed out to the Capital Building and then over to skate by the "I see what you mean" big blue bear at the Denver Convention Center. Today, he was sporting a new set of shoes.

On the way over, we got accosted by an RTD bus. Usually, they leave us alone. Yesterday was an exception. The driver of the bus started honking (and I mean laying on the horn quite excessively) probably 50 yards before he even got close to us (speeding up the entire time).... then he well, got close to us (VERY close). There was absolutely no reason for this 'cause he had to come to almost a complete stop anyway to make a right hand turn. This was rude, dangerous, and totally uncalled for. Evidently, I wasn't the only one who thought this.... Berta decided to call RTD and file an official complaint (that's a story for another day).

We then decided to head out once again to find some food and libations. My Brother's Bar was the location of choice. Jeff of course got confused and thought my brother had a bar in Denver. The conversation went something like this:
Jeff: Where we going to eat?
Me: We're going to My Brother's Bar.
Jeff: Your brother has a bar???
What's the name of the place?
Me: No, the place is My Brother's Bar!
Jeff: Yeah, what is the name of his bar???
Me: No, my brother is a fuckin' lawyer!
The restaurants' name is My Brother's Bar.
When this place was mentioned, I though "oh yeah, that's place is good", but forgot that they didn't allow skaters in what-so-ever, until of course we got outside the establishment and I remembered. We tried anyway to no avail (these guys don't even have a website....what can I say...).

Berta noticed a pizza place just up the street so we headed over to Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana. This turned out to be a good stop, but kinda strange. The wait staff was extraordinary nice to us. Not that we don't deserve this kindness, but we had no less than 5 people at one time or another serve us in some form or fashion. The icing on the cake was "The Flair Guy" from Office Space who happened to be our "main" waiter. No, he wasn't donning the 37 pieces of flair, but tell me this guy isn't a spitting image of him.

We left to go back to the Park to go home via the Cherry Creek Trail. Total mileage, about 20 miles.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Denver Cruisers...take two

Last nights DISC skate wasn't as large as it usually is (well, we never really have too many people, but tonight was really small). Five of us headed downtown for the evening with plans to eat at Cafe Berlin, a place we hadn't hit up yet (at least not in my 5 years of skating with DISC). Our plans were also to see if we could find the Denver Cruisers again this week (since Eric and I had such a good time last Wednesday).

Well, it didn't exactly go like that. We lost Karen before getting to Cafe Berlin (when I say lost, I mean she decided to head back early), and Josiah headed home after we finished drinking (ah...I mean eating, yeah that's what were doing, eating). This left us with three (interesting how last week only three of us made it the entire night).

We did end up finding the Denver Cruisers. You'd think that it would be easier to find a group of 240+ people on bikes cruising the streets, but it isn't. Berta, Eric, and I found the group just as the firsts were arriving at The Wynkoop Brewing Co.. It wasn't difficult to identify them this week as the theme was "Blue Coats & Commies". The Wynkoop wasn't too keen on letting us skaters in, but there was fun to be had playing in the street with some of the bikers.

Then... it was to the "Circle of Death". This time, it was held in some sort of parking garage. Berta took a digger, but looks like she'll live to try it again. I have to say the Civic Center Amphitheater last week was a tad better. Between the Circle of Death and the Wynkoop, we met some good people (including the Blue Coat Sisters and Erica the Hummus girl). Lucas (Mr. Nipples) was also there to welcome back both me and Eric. Roller Doll Vinyl Trax also graced us with her presence in full uniform (minus the quads). Also there in the thick of the carnage was John (one of my neighbors near my High St. property)...what'd ya know.

From 'The Circle', we headed over to Alibi Dance Lounge where the bouncers had absolutely no qualms about letting us party inside with the rest of the bunch. The music was cool. Dancing with skates on is kinda tricky, but was fun. Everyone seemed to be interested in us skaters (ok, at least a few). This hot chick in black started talking to me about why I was skating in a bar...(so what if her friend pulled her away before I could really get an intelligent conversation going). Also, I am pretty sure I got propositioned. Seems as though 'gay' is a re-occurring theme with me lately... oh well.

Once again, had "more fun than a barrel of monkeys".