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Ever had one of those nights out when you make all the right choices and exceed every expectation by a mile? Me neither. Until possibly tonight. Joan and I are in Omaha celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. We’re staying near the Old Market Neighborhood downtown, We took a total flier on a seafood restaurant called Plank Seafood and Provisions. Normally I don’t buy seafood when I’m about as far from the ocean as you can be in North America, but tonight we took the chance. Ordered the Blackened Catchfish Creole with Crawdads over Dirty Rice.
It was one of the Top 10 meals of my life. Maybe even top 5. Service was great, and it did not break the bank. But things didn’t stop there. Walking just one block away, we found this:
Yes, quite possibly the only late-night Antique Store, Record Shop, Candy Store and Movie Theater in, well, anywhere. While Joan scoped out the candy, I thumbed throw a smallish, but high quality, collection of LP’s,..and found THIS:
The Phones were a Twin Cities band I saw exactly once in the very early 1980’s. They were the first band I’d heard played New Wave-ish covers of bands like Squeeze, Joe Jackson, Elis Costello, etc. We had a GREAT time that night, good enough to still remember it some 35+ years later. I had no idea they ever released a studio outtake EP of originals, and if I had the last place I’d expected to find it was in an all-night candy and antique store in Omaha, NE. Joan, as usual, exhibited a great deal of patience with me through all of this. When patience grew thin, I was rescued by an ice cream shop near by.
If there is a heaven, I hope it can live up to this evening.