Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mullet-ly delicous

So, when my friend Shawn told me he wanted to go to a karaoke bar before he moved back to Iowa I was up for the challenge of finding the perfect place. I googled "Karaoke bars in Overland Park" and found several different places. I finally decided on The Red Balloon for a few different reasons: 1) Free admission 2) They had karaoke EVERY night and 3) The reviews on this places made it impossible to pass up. I am going to share a couple of the reviews I read so you know what our expectations were walking in to the bar.

The bartenders look like cheap prostitutes, so don't mistake them for anything but your friendly neighborhood alcohol supplier.

If you suffer from ADD or ADHD then this is the place for you.

My favorite dive bar in all of KC. The only place I have gotten close to getting in a girl fight in.

If your having a rough week and need to feel like a million bucks, The Red Balloon is the "support group" you've been looking for.

A friend of mine got picked up by a guy who was driving the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile across the country at the Red Balloon.

Now the following reviews were enough to sell me on this place, but when I came across this last beauty I knew I was set....

The Red Balloon is an institution. It's gritty, it's smoky, and mullet-ly delcious.

Now, even though I sang onstage at Laura's wedding (see earlier post) I have NEVER sang karaoke and honestly never really had the desire. I was humoring Shawn and figured I would sit back and watch the fun. However, after reading the reviews I thought to myself if I were going to sing karaoke, this would probably be the place to do it. I mean "What the heck...why not?"



The view walking into the bar... one of the reviews I read said that none of the tables or chairs matched and it looked like they had found all of them in a dumpster. That review was spot on.


Kala's friend Andrea was in town visiting and she wanted to show her a good time, so naturally after I told them about the bar they couldn't pass it up!



An hour or so into the night Shea, Erin, Laura, and Nicholas decided to join in on the festivities.

Before karaoke even began we had a mini-dance party. I believe this was the Cupid Shuffle?


Obviously enjoying ourselves already, but little did we know the fun had only just begun


This gentleman encompassed every review I read...he would get on stage to sing his songs and rip open his pearl snap shirt to give the ladies a show...it was hard to resist let me tell ya!


Shawn wanted to be friends with this guy


Shawn singing "Trashy Women"


Coincidence?


Shea, Laura, and I


During the Electric Slide, the flasher decided to dance right by me and let me know that he "liked the way I moved" If you can't tell by my face, I was a little freaked out.


My karaoke debut..."Any Man of Mine"


Let me hear ya say YEAH!


Kala and Shawn decided to do C'mon N' Ride the Train, and I decided to start a train throughout the bar and suprisingly...or not SEVERAL people joined in.


The night was not complete without a little 2-steppin'


I have no words...


"Queen of my double wide trailer"


If you have never visited The Red Balloon, are afraid of being judged while you sing karaoke, or love to people watch this is most definitely the place for you. I would highly recommend it.
Friday, July 22, 2011

Running With Scissors

It is no secret that I love to run. It is also no secret that I love to drink beer...especially Boulevard Wheat. So when I was presented with the opportunity to run AND drink beer there was no way I could turn that down. What I didn't know about this fun little race was that I was going to have to run with scissors. Yes, you read that correctly they were asking ME to run with scissors. I'm dangerous walking with scissors...Good news is they weren't real scissors. (Did I have you worried there for a second?) The team I joined "Running With Scissors" had been established a few years earlier and one of the creative masterminds constructed a giant pair of scissors so we could have a prop for our team. Now I didn't find out this tiny little detail until the night before during our carb dinner. I was furious...I needed to know this tiny detail!! Why you may ask was this sooo important to me?! Well because I didn't train with the scissors. I would have liked to have a trial run...lol! Can you imagine seeing me run through Overland Park with a giant pair of scissors? In all seriousness though I was a little worried about carrying the scissors during the race...especially with the wind!

Eventually I stopped whining and said "What the heck...why not?" I will run 5 miles with a giant pair of scissors...no big deal.

Saturday morning after our amazing carb overload of a dinner we carpooled up to the Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City to start the race. The first leg of the race would begin here and end at the Free State Brewery in Lawrence Kansas. As we were waiting for the race to start I noticed more than just a few people drinking beer!! Not only was it 8am...but we were about to run in the heat ALL day...and I love my beer just as much as the next person, but really? I decided to wait until after my leg to pop open an ice cold beer.


Check out this All Star team and the "scissors"

Being silly

Check-point 1, waiting for Ann



Check point 1 again



Nick is giving Erin a pep-talk for her leg of the race...I think?



Check-point 2, a glass covered parking lot



Shawn taking the hand off from Erin...it was SOOOO windy, which made holding the scissors and running that much more difficult. I mean who doesn't like running in place?



I have this wonderful lady to thank for my entering this race :)

Check-point 3, waiting for Shawn to pass the scissors on to Kala


Final check-point- How many adults can you fit in a random dog cage? We stopped at 3, but I am almost certain we could have fit one more ;)








Monday, July 11, 2011

Kiss Me I'm Irish

When summer started I got very excited about all the time I was going to have to do whatever I wanted. Clean, organize, watch tv, workout, hang out with friends and most importantly catch up on my blog. However, just like any other summer I don't have nearly as much time as I hoped and it has gone much faster than I would like. Also in my excitement about Laura's wedding I skipped 2 very important posts! So here I am going back and fixing my mistakes!!

This year for St. Patrick's Day I knew I was going to go to Westport, but what I didn't know was that I was going to start at 10 am and last all the way until 2:30 am. Originally I was just going to meet up with everyone around 1 or so, and go from there. Well, when I woke up that morning I had a text from Jessica saying that everyone was meeting at her house and the cabs were leaving at 10am!! At this point, I was still thinking I would wait and meet everyone else...but as I was getting around I thought to myself "What the heck...Why not?" and I decided I would start at 10am with the rest of them :)

We met at Jessica's had a few beers...yes I drank beer for breakfast, but I did pack a few granola bars in my purse. We hopped in cabs, I joined 3 guys I had never met before and figured why not...I love making new friends :) When we got there we started at Kelly's for a few big beers. As the day went on we made our way to Ernie Biggs and spent some time getting food from the amazing street vendors!! As the day wore on we went back to Kelly's to end our time in Westport. We then decided we were tired and that it was time to go home....but as always we decided to stop in at a few different places, make friends with cab drivers and then end our night at Flo's, which is always an interesting experience :)

I did in fact bring my camera with me, but as luck would have it my camera was dead :( Fortunately I was able to steal a few photos from Jenna and Erin, so my day wasn't a complete waste ;)


2 of my cab friends, Amy, Erin and I at Ernie Biggs...I'm guessing this was about noon?


Amy, Erin, Kala and I enjoying the beautiful day and wonderful beer :)


Later in the day I met up with Jenna