Jenn and I have sort of settled into this “comfort zone” that requires
we never go anywhere we haven’t already been or haven’t been recommended
to by friends. The problem with that is that you never have any exciting
adventures and nothing really new ever happens, which is, frankly,
In an attempt to break that trend, and because we have one of those
books, Friday night I
decided to pull a coupon out for a place we’ve never been before and
just go there regardless of how good or bad it was.
Since it was the first excursion, we chose a place not too far from
home but, again, somewhere we’d never been - Maguffy’s Pub.
Maguffy’s is a pretty standard bar sort of thing. I think it used to be
a pizza joint because I think I remember eating there at one point when
it was, but I’m not sure. Anyway, it’s a fairly decent sized place with
a couple of pool tables, a bar, and a few booths/tables for folks to eat
at. It’s reasonably smoke-filled (which isn’t so great, in my opinion,
and made my eyes burn) and the menu is mediocre bar-fare like chili dogs
and nachos (which Jenn and I ordered, respectively).
We got there at about 8:00p or so, and long about 8:45p we were getting
ready to pack up and go because it wasn’t too happening until this guy
announces that “It’s 9:00 at Maguffy’s and it’s time for karaoke!”
Now, it wasn’t 9:00p, but Maguffy’s seems to have its clocks set ahead
about 20 minutes, presumably so they can close on time. Interesting, but
Since it was karaoke time, we decided to stay and see what was up. Not
too many people in there, so I didn’t think it would get all that great,
but then this guy got up there and murdered the Eagles song “Hotel
California” and I couldn’t leave - the entertainment value was too
I quickly messaged Stu and Tif on
their phones to see if they could join us. Tiff had been begging to do
karaoke with us for a while and this was the perfect opportunity. They
busted on over and the party started.
Tiff sang a Dixie Chicks song and “Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me” from the
Rocky Horror Picture Show. She even convinced Jenn to get up and do
another Dixie Chicks song (“Sin Wagon”) with her. Stu, two Mike’s Hard
Lemonades and half a pitcher of beer down, got up and sang Stevie Ray
Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy.” We were going to do a group run at David Lee
Roth’s “Just A Gigolo” but we didn’t get the chance (the karaoke guy
didn’t call us).
There were several other very entertaining folks there, but I think my
favorite was this guy named Darren who seemed like the biggest geek ever
but could really sing. He laid out “Sweet Transvestite” from the
Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Stray Cats’ “Stray Cat Strut.” Both
We ended up leaving at like 1:00a. Our coupon was for buy one, get one
free on dinner. Nachos, a chili dog, a pitcher of beer, an RC cola, two
Mike’s Hard Lemonades, and a Rockstar Vodka later, and I came out of an
excellent evening with a $12.25 tab. I’m wondering if something didn’t
make it onto my check, but I didn’t actually see the tab, so I couldn’t
say. I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth, though - that’s a super
cheap evening of fun. Now I’m curious what the next adventure will be.