Lancaster Pennsylvania is a pretty snazzy little city. We arrived on the early side, so we got to explore the downtown area. There were cobbled streets, old fashioned street lamps, cops and Amish people riding around on horseback and invitingly decorated store fronts. People were out and about, enjoying the last of the summer weather with tacos from shiny silver food trucks, cold happy hour beers, and other chilled treats. Mothers held little sticky hands of happy children with messy faces, crashing from ice cream induced sugar highs. After walking around for a bit, Rachelle found a salon that gave five dollar haircuts (kind of the best deal ever). I waited outside and played cello on the corner.
We played at The Lizard Lounge, which is connected to the larger room above called The Chameleon Club. After carrying in all of our gear, we were informed by the bartender Robert that we got burrito tickets from their sister restaurant across the street. After about two weeks of living off of canned beans, and bagged rice, this meal felt borderline orgasmic. The folks who worked at Roburrito were cool as heck and I think they could tell how much we were enjoying our dinner. This was probably from the fact that we were practically crying about how tasty it was. Anyway-they sent over complimentary chips and guacamole, and brought out 12 or so bottles of home made hot sauces. After trying them all, my personal favorites are definitely their ghost pepper salsa as well as their Vampire Garlic. So yeah. Thank you Ethan as well as everyone at Roburrito for the best burritos ever.
The show itself was a rad time. There was a good crowd, great music performed by our new pals Scout the Fairy and What's Her Face, and everyone was super friendly.
We crashed at Arvin (from What's her face) and his girlfriend Dawn's house. Arvin is a master distiller and poured us night caps of spicy but smooth peppercorn whiskey that he made himself. We stayed up late, talking about herbalism, home brewing, and the joys of quitting unfulfilling jobs to try less predictable lifestyles. Dawn is a modern dancer who recently quit a job in retail to go down a path that will hopefully bring dancers of all body types, and abilities together. It was really fun to hear her story especially after just quitting a practical job myself. I guess the dream is that if you decide to jump off the metaphorical cliff, the Universe will be there to catch you. Or at the very least you won't end up dead in a gutter somewhere.
Thanks so much to all the lovely people of Lancaster for giving us such a great night. We just had a wonderful morning getting caffeinated at Central Market and are now heading to sunny New Jersey.