Now that I think of it, it was Dan who first called Andy, on Friday, and asked if they'd like to go to Miller's Country Market for lunch. Miller's is a Mennonite-run deli/market out in the little farm village of Lott. (So I guess we do have a tiny bit of spontaneity in our bones!) Kay and Andy were willing and eager to join us for lunch and, in turn, asked if we would be interested in traveling to Granbury on Monday, to see the Gallagher show! OF COURSE we were interested! Who, in our age group, wouldn't jump at the opportunity to see that watermelon-smashing comedian of our younger years?
So, right after lunch on Friday, Andy and Kay came by our house. We tossed our overnight bags in the back of their SUV and headed north. Granbury is just over two hours from Temple (it's south of Fort Worth), and our route took us through some beautiful farm land, glowing with early fall colors.
We stayed in the Hilton Garden Inn, perched on Lake Granbury. Both of our rooms had lakeside views, and we ate dinner at the Mesquite Pit, also right on the lake. The weather was amazing.
|View of the lake from the Mesquite Pit property.|
Pretty soon it was time to go find our seats. The wannabe was standing outside, on the sidewalk, laughing and talking with others who were obviously looking forward to seeing the show. Andy and Kay had chosen our seats, and had picked the next-to-the-back row, in hopes of staying watermelon-free. But then we realized that the room just wasn't that big, and it MIGHT be possible for food to fly even to our row. Everyone was donning plastic trash bag ponchos. We hadn't brought any, but Andy went back to the lobby to pick some up for us. When he got back he said that "wannabe" was actually Gallagher, and that he was still outside on the sidewalk talking, signing autographs and having his picture taken. So Kay went with me, and we ran out to see him. He was very gracious, and when a nice lady offered to take our picture with him, and he was more than willing, we did!
Back inside, we spread our plastic bags as far as they'd go (they were all out of large ones, so we had the child-sized ones), and waited for the show to start. The Opera House had prepared the auditorium, having covered the carpeting and the seating.
I'm really glad we went. I'm glad to be able to say I met Gallagher, but Kay and I agreed that there was something sort of sad about the whole evening. Gallagher, himself, is 72 and has had five heart attacks, two of them while he was performing on stage! So he has definitely slowed down and toned down his show. The setting was very intimate, and it felt, to me, like someone's funny grandpa entertaining the family in the back yard. No music. No spot lights. No giant couch. No adult-sized Big Wheel. No one to introduce him. He just walked in from his sidewalk visits, stepped up on stage and began throwing fistfuls of candy to the crowd. But you could tell he still loves making people laugh, and laugh we did! (Oh, my! How does he get away with some of those politically incorrect jokes?!)
The first half of the show was mostly stand-up comedy. In the second half, he invited some kids from the audience on-stage, and demonstrated and tutored them in the art of food-smashing.
Luckily, we stayed food-free, so after the show we took a short waterfront stroll near the hotel before calling it a fun and memorable day.
|Kay, walking on the hotel's waterfront boardwalk.|
|Our hotel on the lake.|