W called me a few weeks ago from work.
“Martha just announced that she’s doing an afternoon show on Saturday. Can we go?”
Martha, also known as Martha Graham Cracker, is W’s favorite drag queen. I had already agreed to go to an evening show.
“Yes, if it will make you happy,” I said. “And if I can drink beer.”
So, last weekend, we took off for Philly for back to back drag shows at a dive bar called Bob & Barbara’s.
The timing could not have been worse. I have a big writers’ event this weekend. We’re having 16 people over for Thanksgiving. And we’re in the middle of a whole bunch of home repairs, including having a new heating system installed.
But it was good to get away. Once we were in the city, there was nothing for me to do but relax.
We watched Martha’s first show.
And Martha’s second show.
We drank what is know as a “city wide.” That’s a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a shot of Jim Beam for $4 ($3 during happy hour). We drank many city wides. The city wide is, without a doubt, the best bargain in all of Philadelphia.
We got a deal on a fancy hotel room through Priceline Express.
And just when we didn’t think the weekend could get any better, we found a great little diner for breakfast the next day.
I don’t think we wanted the weekend to end, because we stopped on our way home to see A Star is Born.
So, here’s some advice from your favorite butch blogger: When life gets to be too crazy, take a timeout, toss back some cheap booze and find thee a drag queen.
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What’s your go to when you need to blow off some steam?