Monty Python and Curls of Locks

The last two days have been fun.

I ate for the first time at Huie’s Chopsticks, near the hospital, with my friend, wildlife photographer Trudy Vrieze. Trudy’s photography raises awareness of the plight of wildlife and of shelter animals for Animal Allies.

The food was tasty, if a little pedestrian. The bathroom is in the old Twins Bar, which was a ghost town.

Then, it was off to the Zinema for the reunion show of Monty Python. (It’s repeating Saturday, if you are interested.)

It was tough. John Cleese had forgotten many of the lines and lost track of the skits. Michael Palin recovered every time, and the whole affair, while bloated and grandiose, had moments of tenderness that made me feel warm while I was laughing darkly.

Thursday, after meeting with Dana Thayer from Sunrise at Seven at Caribou, I enjoyed something awesome. It was my first appointment with a hair stylist, Andrea B. at Shear Katz. Andrea was gifted at not just explaining to me what my hair was doing (taking me through how to go from being “unkempt and unruly” [my words] to just “curly”), but she’s a genuine artist. In addition to working at Shear Katz, she also volunteers with the Duluth Playhouse in hair and makeup. Readers here know I am enamored of artists, so I think I lucked into a stylist who is really two kinds of artist. Highly recommended.

After that, dinner with (name redacted) at the Zeitgeist. It’s my second dinner with a young lady at the Zeitgeist, and each time, my companions expressed some dismay at the multipiece, laminated plastic menu folder. I have come to the conclusion that the new menu is printed in a way that makes the best restaurant in town look like a hyperactive Perkins. Hopefully someone will share that with the Z?

That said, I hope they will also share this: the bartender last night (Matt) is one of the coolest in the cities, and makes my experience at the Z better every night.

As I walked home, I met a colleague at Sir Ben’s. I was glad I didn’t have to wake until 8am today.

Tonight, I will be at the opening at prøve, “with sirens blaring.” See you there?

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