I wish I could tell you about Todd. Who
he is (because you probably don’t know so don’t feel badly - here's a link if you're curious). Why
I love him. All that. But every time I try I either come up with
nothing, or pages and pages of rambling. So let’s just say Todd is
a musician and a genius. You probably own some music he produced and
I’m sure you probably know at least one if his songs, even if you
don’t know it’s his. He is also wise and well, I said brilliant,
right? I first learned he existed in 1983 when my sweet friend asked
me to take him to the Todd concert for his birthday and during that
show I fell in love. Not in romantic love. In he’s my hero love.
And then I stayed there.
Here’s a picture of my Todd cds. My
sister thinks it’s sad that I have so many cds of the same
musician. I think I’m lucky.
Todd used to come to KC on almost all
of his tours, or at least to Lawrence if he missed KC. For some
reason, he has skipped KC for the last few years. And (don’t tell
anybody, especially Todd) the very last time he came, maybe in 2010,
I missed him. I hadn’t seen Todd since 2008, and that made me sad.
When he announced his tour for his latest album there was no KC
again, so I figured maybe it was time to go on a road trip to see the
man. At first I thought I’d go to Columbus - my best cousin lives
there and I could visit her, see my hero and everybody would win. But
then the timing sucked and I couldn’t make it work. I noticed he
was going to Tulsa, which is really just a few hours away. I
remembered my BFF Deb used to live in Tulsa and asked her if she ever
wanted to go back and visit. Even though she doesn’t really care
about Todd, she agreed to do the road trip with me and I bought our
tickets to see the man on June 30 at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa,
Bright and early one Saturday morning, I left my town and headed for Kansas City to meet up with Deb. She was kind of frazzled from having too much to do before we left, but I was just excited. It's about a 4 hour drive from KC to Tulsa and I was prepared with cds I'd made for our trip (not all Todd) and a cooler bag full of snacks. We hit the road around 12:30 and I felt so anxious I thought I might a. die and b. drive Deb insane.
Here I am at a gas station in Lamar, MO.
Our hotel in Tulsa was right in the middle of downtown, in what had once been the Atlas Life building. It was built in 1922 and our room had 3 framed prints of the street back in the day - including one of the parade on VE day. I love a place with history and was so glad I picked this hotation!
Our room was lovely and giant, although our view was seriously lacking.
After we unpacked and freshened up, we found our way outside to check out the neighborhood and find some dinner.
After consulting with the valets and a couple strangers on the street, we decided to check out Elote Cafe, home of the puffy taco and just about a block down the street.
The chips weren't fantastic, but the salsa was pretty good. Deb went with their famous puffy tacos and I decided to try the Fried Avacado tacos, "with their signature sweet potatoes" and the elote for sides. We agreed to trade each other half a taco so we could taste both.
I was not in love with my tacos. Fried just meant kind of warmed when it came to the avacadoes and the taco in general was seriously lacking something. I don't know what. Maybe some acidity. That green salsa helped but still not so great. Plus the tortillas tasted - I don't know - not that good. I did like Deb's puffy taco though and wished I would have gotten that. The sweet potatoes had some molases stuff on them and were really sweet, which isn't really the way I like my sweet potatoes (they're sweet already, right?), but that corn was delicious and I was in love with the chipotle sauce they poured over it.
That lemon was from my water and not something they added to made zest up my tacos.
We walked back to the hotel and Deb wanted to drive around to see where the venue was and if she could find her old house.
Cain's was really easy to find, thanks in part to their giant sign high above the building. It was less that a mile from our hotel. I was super glad I picked that place.
After that, we drove around until it was dark.
Our beds were ready for us when we got back that night and crashed out.