Friday, May 27th, 2011: my first time at the Alibi Tiki Lounge and Bar on North Interstate. Also my first time singing karaoke. Not my first time celebrating someone's birthday: I and many others came for the birthday of Brandee Haynes, a member of both PDX Yar (the pirate performance group) and Atomic Arts (the actors and crew who put on Trek in the Park. Brandee's a pip. Really, she's good people, and it was a fun night. Pirates and Trekkers are among her and my friends; I'll always like that.
I sang the remix of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation." Did it with passable Elvis drawl, too. Got good reactions to it from the crowd.
Before that, I had to choose that. SO MANY SONGS IN THAT BINDER OF SONGS FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE. You may not be surprised that I looked passingly, for my own amusement, for inappropriate and perhaps mood-killing karaoke songs (yes they do have Johnny Cash's "25 Minutes To Go"!), but I told myself not to overthink it. Find one and choose one. (Being that I can take five minutes to order from Taco Bell, that's an achievement.) Plus I can choose many other songs when I do this again. (I did check out the Prince and Queen selection, too, though I don't think I could really pull off "Let's Go Crazy." At least not yet. Same with the "Theme to Fresh Prince of Bel Air." But I considered both.)
Other highlights from the Alibi:
A Wrath of Khan in-joke Adam Rosko and Jesse Graff pulled off. Rosko being impressed with the place's layout. "You can't hear the karaoke in the bar, just in the lounge." This is true. Me having my first frozen daiquiri! Brandee's custom birthday cake, courtesy the worthy local writer/ PDX Yar-er Holly McCollum, that was a panda (Brandee has a thing for pandas) with a slightly terrified expression. Made eating it cooler and more evil. Me finding another place where I can be loud and swear-y and it works/is amusing in context, instead of annoying me or anyone else. Cutting loose can be a learned skill. One that can use reinforcing. *grins*