So I decided to go with Katie to her gig at Cafe Lebanon. We were going to drive up to Mass., eat after Katie performed and then we were going to drive back to CT and go see a late showing of The Bounty Hunter.
Things started off rocky though. I was worried then that the night was going to be disastrous, but man, even I had no clue it would be such a craptastic journey. We left a little late, so Katie said there was NO way we could make a 45 minute in 30 minutes, that she would need to call around 7:20 and tell them we hit traffic but would be there as soon as humanly possible. I was like, okay. Then Kat realized she didn't have her garment bag. She had the suitcase but not the garment bag. I was on the phone with Dad, he had called because he wanted to apologize to me for being rude as Katie was freaking out that she was late and I took the "liberty" of using 40 seconds to pee...before a 45 minute drive (I have NO bladder!). But Kate interrupted THAT, which I admit was a bit hurtful as my Dad HAD hurt my feelings and I needed the apology, but whatever, Katie demanded to know if my Dad had packed her garment bag and he said no, so we had to turn around and go pick it up. The way Katie was going on, my Dad should have KNOWN to pack that in the car for her...um since when would ANY of us know what a belly dancer need for HER gig?!! So he met us before we even got to our house, he was waling it to us, and Katie really could have, even though she was freaking, been a bit more appreciative.
So we were on our way again. Katie likes to listen to her performance music on the way up, and I loathe the music, so I thought it a perfect time to try out two of my Christmas presents! My portable dvd player and the noise cancelling headphones. I grabbed "Serious Moonlight", a movie I have been meaning to watch. It has Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton and Kristen Bell. The synopsis is "When a high-powered female attorney discovers that her husband is about to leave her for another woman, she prevents him from doing so by binding him to the toilet with duct tape. Complications ensue when burglars break into the couple’s home.". I got to watch about a half hour. I actually recognized where we were so I knew we were seconds away, and that was when the shmuck did it. Nadim texted, not even bothering to call, Katie and said, both shows are cancelled.
I HATE this guy. He treats Katie like crap, all dancers like crap, which is why Katie dances there so often! None of the dancer IN Mass. want to work for him anymore! He doesn't care that Katie travels 45 minutes from CT to get to his bloody restaurant. Yes we were late, we were pulling in about 22 minutes after Katie is supposed to go on, but to wait until we were almost there to TEXT her that she shouldn't bother was deliberate, I know it. We had to go in anyways though, because Katie was IN her full costume all ready to go. And the place was crowded too, which it never is, and he still cancelled. He ADVERTISES belly dancers for Saturdays so I feel he is cheating his customers too. He is always cancelling the second show on Katie because he never has people there, which makes it so Katie drives ALL that way for $45...when you take gas away, that leaves Katie with like $25!! Katie was mad but internalizing it, saying it was all her fault, which trust me, it is not. She wanted us to eat there, because that was what she had promised ME, but I was like NO WAY are we paying his astronomical food prices when he pulled this crap on her! I suggested we get her changed and then go eat at Cracker Barrel. She agreed.
So we went inside and he was THERE! He was supposed to be at his other one for Arabian night, he barely spoke a word to Katie as we headed to the downstairs. He barely glanced at her as we left, and the waiters looked shocked because the place was PACKED for them. I HOPE customers complained, I really do. Katie kept looking behind her because I think she knew he WANTED to run after her but wouldn't. She was so frustrated though. She said she knew he was going to bring this up, and the time when she couldn't dance because she was out of state, etc and use it against her. It is his M.O. with dancers. She also knew she could bring up the fact that he STILL owed her for past performances, didn't feed her half the time as he was supposed to, and the fact that she was giving him the prime Saturday spot to dance for him, and he was demanding MORE dance time, but didn't want to pay her more. The agreement is she performs 2 15-minute shows for a whopping total of $90, which is a very LOW price for belly dancing. Well Katie normally does 18-25 minutes because she doesn't want the audience to feel cheated!! And he is claiming now she does 13 minutes period. Which is a blatant LIE. I hate him, he is such a jerk! But she won't tell him to piss off, because right now she needs the money. She is in externships full time and his gigs are her only regular money coming in. Otherwise I think, when she has an OTA job, she will tell him to piss off, she can PICK what jobs she takes. I think she would rather dance at one of the hookah bars where it wreaks of smoke until 1 am, because at least there she gets $120 for the 2 15-minute shows AND is treated better.
Anyway we went and ate at Cracker Barrel, I took some pictures of their more vintage-y looking stuff like candy, etc. but want to play with filters to see what effects I can achieve before posting them here. I tried the Saturday special, chicken and rice, which was SO good in Florida when I had it, but awful here. NO flavor at all, and they stuff is in a mushroom sauce!! But I was full, had some cute pics and I bought Katie and everyone else a prize. Peanut Brittle for Dad, a bag of cinnamon + sugar glazed almonds each for Mom and Sandy and for Katie, I get Mega-Candy Buttons. You remember those lil dots that were stuck to paper that are candy and you peel them off and eat them? These are giant ones and come in REAL flavors. The lil ones are basically...sugar flavored! LOL! Here is a pic of the two I found:
Katie loved them, yay. Good because before we left, another disaster occurred!! While I waited for Katie to get out of the restroom after we paid, I was picking up items to buy, etc. In the back of my mind I thought, wow, Katie sure is taking a long time, I need her out so she can hold the food so I can pee! When she showed up she looked PISSED. She said she had been calling me for awhile, like 9 times. I checked my phone and it was Off! I never turn my phone off so it was weird, and it did not say I missed any calls when I did turn it on. Kat had a "female" emergency and had to go out to the car where she luckily had a change of clothes and supplies. She was steamed! It wasn't my fault Katie, I NEVER turn off my phone, something odd must have happened. I would have gone for the stuff in the car if I had gotten the calls!! So this just solidified the night for Katie. So I was VERY happy when I met her outside and gave her the prize.
So we were off towards CT and we were too late for the earlier movies and too early for the later ones. So I suggested we go home first. Katie could get everything inside, maybe see Mom and Dad before we left. I think she liked that idea. A venting to Mom about the evening seemed in order. So they were all surprised to see us and delighted with their prizes. They were upset for Katie's gig debacle and Mom and Sandy were females, they were nodding as the rest of her wrecked night unfolded. My Mom had been about to take a bath but decided to go with us to this LATE movie. I had told her Kat was doing bad, not to get her to go, I never thought my Mom would even think of going, I just told her so she knew. And seeing her, I think it cemented that Kate needed her, so she went with us.
We really liked The Bounty Hunter, it was funny and Gerard and Jennifer were great and had good chemistry! I was worried all the good parts were in the commercial, but the movie was FILLED with good parts!! It was delightful, except for that movie-goer who kept texting like 6 rows down, but it was like a beacon of light every single flipping time, but no one else behind them complained, so I shied up. Gahhh!! It was a really nice story, besides the fun-filled story where people were after Milo for owing money to a bookie, and people were after Nicole for a) skipping bail and b)looking into the "suicide" of this man, who was actually murdered and it looked like cops were in on it. The nicer story was these exes, butting heads, when really, they still loved each other and didn't really understand what went so wrong. This is just a fun movie, and I definitely say, go SEE it!
We got home, took our respective baths/showers at like 1:30 in the morning and now I am writing my blog...what did the night owl thing go away? NO! LOL! I really NEED to see the end of that movie I was watching in the car ride up, it was pretty entertaining so far. But I am catching up on my beloved ABC soaps right this moment. It works well when I am blogging and reading blogs, When I am bored I type or read, and then when a good part comes on, I stop. Simple, but smart I say.
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