Last Few Days in Tampa

A few observations from this week… 

There is a Home Depot and a Hooters in every city in America.

If you like steakhouses and strip clubs, Tampa is the city for you. They are EVERYWHERE.

I think this tour will be a lot about checking out who has the best shopping mall in America. So far, the Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan is tops.

Stagehands often have strange names. So far I have met Knuckles, Hacksaw, Sprout, Sideshow, Bones and Boots. 

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Michael Siberry (he plays the King) lucked out and had a fat dressing room in Tampa. To celebrate, he invited us all to an “open house” in his room after a show last week and provided champagne cocktails.

Michael and Justin

Michael and Justin

Brian

Brian

Note the lovely red plush sofas. Pia (our “Lady of the Lake”) was very pissy that she didn’t get the big dressing room, but she did partake in Michael’s cocktails, nonetheless.

Also this past week, Karl (company manager), Brian and I ventured over to Bern’s Steakhouse, which is a Tampa institution, and which we actually name in the show when the Peasant is pulled up to the stage from the audience (“You shall be revered here in Tampa, along with Bern’s Steakhouse”). Bern’s has amazing steaks, and also the largest wine collection in the country. We had a delicious dinner and drinks, followed by dessert in the upstairs dessert room. Our waiter was quite a character, and obviously took great pride in his job. He told us that he picked the organic lettuce for our salads and helped build the tables in the dessert room. Wow!

Karl and Brian tasting their dessert wines

Karl and Brian tasting their dessert wines

In the over-the-top lobby

In the over-the-top lobby

Also this week, the Spam-mobile made an appearance! Apparently it follows us around the country, although this was the first time I had seen it. Here it is parked outside the performing arts center.

Spam-mobile

Spam-mobile

I ventured over to Ybor City, the Cuban area of Tampa, earlier this week for a walk. There are a lot of empty storefronts now, but it is still very charming and has some restaurants and other shops still in operation. There are also a lot of cigar shops!

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I also took a few shots outside the back of the theater, which had a nice outdoor area for dining. It looks out onto the river.

And finally…I finished knitting my first pair of socks which I started in Detroit! One is a bit bigger than the other, but I’m too lazy to do one over, so here they are!

Today is Monday and Tallulah and I travelled to Naples, Florida, about a three hour drive from Tampa. We will play here for a week before heading to Memphis. Our accomodations here are AWESOME! We are staying at a golf resort. Here is one teaser picture to make my dad jealous:

It’s our very own “lanai” (enclosed patio), which looks directly out onto the golf course!

More pictures from Naples in the next post!

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