I went and left you a whole 10 days with just the ladybits post didn’t I? Which wasn’t even really a real post or anything. Sorry about that, and I’d like to say, like other real bloggers do, that I was extremely busy, that life was just out of control and I just did not have a second to blog. But it’s actually that I am just lazy, and while some post ideas were percolating in the noggin, I just didn’t write them down because…meh. So I’m back, hopefully with a coherent thought that doesn’t involve genitalia. Except that it, um, might…
So the UIG had a birthday on Saturday, friends. That’s right, I need to update my bio as I am now a 43-year old woman – the woman part is the same. 43 just seems like such a non-number, you know? 40 is the big one, of course. 41, well now you’re into your forties and it’s still kinda new and fresh, then there’s 42 which is a nice round number and also has Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy relevance, and knowing that kind of gives you cred, right? But 43? I don’t know, man. I’m kind of over it already, and I’ve only had it for a couple of days. Already looking forward to 44, because now there’s a number!
Seriously, who does that? Not normal people, that’s for sure.
Anyway, to celebrate the day I went out for a superb meal with my awesome friends. We did it up right at a swanky wine bar, all elegance and mood lighting, candles and soft jazz playing. Lots of swish well-to-do looking couples, highly professional wait staff and artistically inspired food. And then? Then we followed it up with a trip to my favourite Hamilton bar for a night of loud, raunchy and crazy cowboy music, because that, my friends, is actually how we roll.
If you ever have the chance to see White Cowbell Oklahoma live? Please, for the love of god, run – don’t walk – to get your tickets. The show was so over-the-top, so ridiculously theatrical, it was unbelievable. But while the tunes are beyond dirty and raunchy, and the stage banter the same, there is a whole lot of talent among the band members, that makes it all ok. At least it did for me. When you have a guy whose sole purpose is to play cowbell, and not just play it, but to set it on fire, and use a grinder on it to shoot sparks up to the ceiling and out into the audience, and then later that same guy brings a mothereffing chainsaw up on stage and carves up a giant stuffed yeti, then proceeds to blow the stuffing – which is now everywhere – around and on everyone with a leaf blower done up to look, um, phallic? That is a show, people. A bona fide musical event. And yes, I undertand that much of their image is problematic, and this is not a band I plan to introduce to my children any time soon, because come on, this is adult entertainment, and I’d prefer that the boys not go around singing “Put the south in your mouth pretty baby….” just yet.
But damn, it was a fun night. The other two bands on the bill were good too, Hamlton’s very own The Barettas – who I had heard but had never seen live, and they did not disappoint – and The Vanishers, who were completely new to me, and they describe their genre as “throat-punching country rock/rockabilly”. And throat-punching they are, and all the way from Burlington even. Definitely would see both those bands again.
So we heard some kickass music and had some cocktails, and I rolled in around 2am, like I’m 23 instead of 43, but whatever. Celebrating my birthday with some of my best friends in the whole world, plus a couple of hundred raunchy cowboy music fans? Hell, yes. Can’t wait ’til next year.