It has been a crazy weekend full of emotions, food, and of course some drama. It started out with a bang, or a fire. less than 5 minutes after leaving Kathy’s, red in the face and in tears, of course, I realized my car was burning oil. Not little wisps of smoke, but billows of black smoke were leaving my tail pipe. I pulled over to the closest parking lot and amazingly enough there was Valvoline Express Care (I do not see an entry on Google Maps but it is behind Advance Auto Parts – I think – in the Win Dixie Plaza). Thank you fate!
I pulled in hoping they could just make the car work enough to get me to the closest shop, and provide a referral for a shop, but when I got out of the car, they immediately saw how upset I was. I explained, through choked sobs, that I had just said good-bye to my best friends and, yes, all of those bags are because I am leaving. They kindly calmed me down and told me they would take a look. And wonders of wonders it was just a part of the fuel pressure sensor that needed to be replaced. A $20 dollar replacement, plus since I opted to get an oil change also (I was going to get one the next day any ways) no labor fee. Thank you again fate.
So, I did get on my way and right when I got to I-4, the sky just opened up to a full flow down pour. Of course, this means that people drive like even bigger idiots and there were around 10 accidents on the way back to Altamonte Springs. So much for making one last happy hour yoga. I finally got here and immediately had to get ready to go out.
Something about it reminds me of a part of Paulo Coelho’s book The Valkyries. When they were out trying to see their guardian angels at night in the desert, their guide forgot the flashlights. While the guide goes to retrieve the flash lights, he takes his time and Paulo is getting annoyed. When the guide comes back he explains that when he forgets something or something takes him out of his way or takes extra time, he knows that it is his guardian angel helping keep him safe by changing his path. I am going to think my car problems in this light and be thankful I am safe.
Girls Night Out
First up, Jazz Tastings in Maitland. Jazz Tastings is a Jazz bar that serves a limited amount of wine, small plates, and has live jazz. There were about 10 tables and a small 10 seat bar. The only problem, reservations had been sold out for three weeks. My fail everyone. What I gathered for the small amount of time i was there is that it is an okay place. The sound was ok, the band was great, the wine was ok, the ambiance was good, but there is no room to just stand around and wait to see if a table opens up. There is no room to dance, even sitting was cramped. It is a great concept that the area has a great demand for, but it is not that comfortable and does offer the options that famous smaller jazz clubs, such as the Blue Note, offer. The chairs are plush and huge, I think if they got smaller chairs, or instead of a set up for tables of four, offered more social seating or just had a bigger space, it would be a great concept. If, as a single person, I have to get there at 7:00 or 7:30 to get a bar spot for a set that starts at 8:00, but really starts closer to 7:30, and I do not even have a full menu to keep me entertained there is not a lot to get me to come back.
After having just an ok glass of Pinot Grigio, we decided to leave to the second stop for the night early. We got to Tilted Kilts in Lake Mary an hour or two early. Craig Thompson from the local band In Transit was playing that night and UFC was on the TVs. It was not very crowded but there was a large group of people in front of Craig for a while, so we enjoyed conversation and some good food. I had fish tacos and their home-made potato chips. both were yummy. Had a couple Sam Adams Summer Ales that always remind me of summers in Boston.
When the party in front of us left we got to listen to Craig better. I suggested the place because he was playing there. He played at the Rasa Lila Yoga Fest last year in Orlando during a flow class and it was the perfect match. He is a great musician with a great voice and the band played really well also. Craig can sing anything but my favorite is his more soulful jazz reggae fusion style. Laid back chill. His version of Purple Rain was really amazing.
This was not taken at Tilted Kilt, but is Craig performing with his guitar and key board.
Anyways, we ate, we drank, we laughed, we swooned over Craig and over all it was great.
When I woke up I was tired and had a head ache. Thankfully the guy I was supposed to walk the trails with was not in town so I got out of getting up early. The rest of the day it has been spitting rain on and off so I did not want to risk carrying my camera around the trail. It is however, thankfully, cooler out outside.
Stay tuned for Final Good-Byes Part II and the beginning of my Road Trip to Michigan!