well, as most people have now heard, jesse helms died today. while shopping for tv’s, one tv in one store was on a channel running continuous clips of helms speaking, pissing people off, saying no, etc.
in response, the heavens opened on the city of durham just before the big fireworks that were to be ‘sploded after kevin costner (who is in town presumably in response to the 20th anniversary of Bull Durham and NOT because God Hates Durham) and his band played at the new durham ball park (not the one where they shot the movie, sadly).
chaos ensued, and we should know because we tried to go downtown after we thought the massive downpour would have cleared everyone out of there. but no; power was out intermittently, cop cars were flashing lights at intersections but no cops were directing traffic, roads were partially blocked and cars and pedestrians were still trying to escape from the morass of the ball park.
realizing our dinner plans were not going to include downtown, we headed to 9th street. of the several restaurants were visited on foot (in the rain), all were closed, which was too bad because 9th street had power and was virtually deserted. we _could_ have had burgers at the biker bar, but decided not to.
taking to the car again, we drove by another place (closed) and finally headed for the Fed. they were open; we were carded at the door by a jovial young man who recommended the burgers to me, and headed for the muggy back room where the smoke quotient is low and tables were available.
fortunately, they had pear cider on draught, which is J’s favorite. so it all came out in the end. i did have the burger, and as always, it’s was quite good.
now we’re enjoying air conditioning, and watching _The Zero Effect._