Saturday, April 22, 2006

Impromptu Concert

[Here's another post I meant to do this past week but got sidetracked with computer problems.]

What's the word for it? When something so different and strange happens, without a plan, and things just "click"? Serendipity? Maybe... it doesn't matter.

Northwest Telephone held their annual meeting this past Tuesday (April 18). This is where they feed you a pork dinner then bore you for an hour with their annual report before handing out the dividend checks and door prizes (usually glasses or a cup with their logo on them). I've moved past the "mis-matched dinnerware with logos on them" stage in my life (thankfully), they'll mail you the check, and even the free dinner isn't enough to entice me to endure the lecture. So, I stay home while DH goes. He says its for the check, but I know he secretly likes the free door prizes. (Which, incidentally, I immediately put in the Goodwill box.)

And there is also entertainment. Usually very good, local entertainment. This year was The Call Street Quartet, a barbershop quartet based out of Algona, Iowa.

So, at 9:00 after the meeting, we met uptown for a few drinks and conversation. It wasn't too crowded, only about 10 people were in there. But four men came in right after DH and ordered shots and a beer. After about 15 minutes, one of the men stood up and asked if we (the "crowd") would like them to sing! Yes - it was the Call Street Quartet! We of course all nodded enthusiastically and they commenced singing. They sang everything from gospel to doo wop. For TWO HOURS! Those guys really love their music and, boy, were they good.

It was a completely magical night. Good friends, good liquor and good music. I asked if they had a web site so I could post it here, but unfortunately they did not. But if anyone is in the area and would like more information on having them perform, the contact is Mike Scott (712-852-2842). I promise - you won't be disappointed.

Good night, sweetheart, well it's time to goooo... du dum doo dooo...

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