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Performing across the Pacific Northwest, I've found that entertainers get a lot of perks when it comes to food. Unfortunately this is normally of the carb heavy or fried variety. It sounds delicious, but when your pant size starts hitting the double digits and you're not a man, it starts to become a bother.
Rhythm and Blues Salad at the Upstage Theatre
This is why I've embarked on a personal challenge. My goal is to lose 20 lbs. My tools are simple: friends, good food, exercise, repeat! I'm 28-years-old, 5ft 1" and I started at 150 lbs. I'm excited to say that I am now 148 lbs. and only three weeks in. I'm the definition of slow and steady.
I performed Thursday in Port Townsend, opening for Tony Daniel at the Upstage Theatre and Restaurant. The Upstage has traditionally been a packed venue with people sprawled out on both floors excited for comedy. However, this particular day we were overshadowed by the small-town favorite, the annual Rhododendron Festival Carnival. Filled with fried candy bars and twinkies (an enemy to any diet), the carnival sated the enemy of any comedy show--short attention spans--and boasted a family environment. So we had our work cut out for us before we even took the stage.
The Upstage Theatre has always been generous with performers, offering a variety of pizzas prior to a show. However, comedienne Jennifer Burdette was with me, and I knew she wouldn't like it if I strayed from her dietary no-no list.
Being a destination for blues and jazz on the Olympic Peninsula, the Upstage had themed menu items to mirror their normal line-up. I had the rhythm & blues salad, which had a generous amount of pine nuts on a bed of arugula mixed with parmesan, tomatoes and red onions, with a light vinaigrette. The salad was just the right light meal to have before taking the stage.
We had an interesting audience that night: a four-top of cougars, a pair of 20-year-olds that were not interested in humoring the coug-fatales, a family celebrating a 21st birthday, and a couple dates thrown about the room. The coug-fatales were drinking wine by the bottle and were the loudest laughers in the room.
The joke that set them off: "People come up to me after the show and tell me I'm cute... but a little creepy. I tell them, thank you! I also think I look like Daphne shagged Velma from Scooby Doo."
What would the outcome be of a Daphne / Velma Hook Up?
During Tony Daniel's set, the coug-fatales oddly invited him, Anthony Calderon (the host), and I back to their home for nude hot-tubbing. None of us wanted to be extras in Sex in the City 2: Wild in Port Townsend, so we politely demurred.