and I thought we were lucky, the karaoke place where the Squishites
were to meet first was just a few blocks from our hotel. We
were the only ones staying downtown.
found the place right away and were relieved to see a handful
of other Squishy readers. One of whom, Carol,
we recognized from the So
Cal Cool Girls meeting we'd had in November.
was surprised to turn in my seat and see a woman singing along
to The Ronnettes' version of Carol King's "Will You Still
Love Me Tomorrow," as I thought it was the radio. Singer
after singer was so good, it was like they were channeling Kenny
Rogers and Carol King. What had we got ourselves into?
we'd had in the car on the drive to Vegas was snacky foods --
chips, cookies, sodas -- like a couple of 12 year olds left
to our own devices. I was completely famished.
I ordered beef chow fun, but they were out of it. That should
have been our first clue. I ordered chicken chow fun instead
and a scorpion to drink.
a few minutes, my drink arrived and, instead of coming in a
big, with scary creatures on each side for handles, as shown
on the menu, it was served in a giant sea shell, which was impossible
to drink from. Moreover, it was $7.50, instead of $4.
That should've been our second clue.
asked where Alopekis
was, since she was the other So Cal Cool Girl Carol had come
with. She explained that the early arriving group had
taken two cabs after dinner and, though the other cab left first,
they had still not arrived. Everyone was starting to worry,
as it had been at least 15 or 20 minutes since the first group
next thing you know, the waitress came over and asked if there
was a Fred in our party. Indeed, just to my right was
He had a phone call. It was the missing group of Squishites.
They were with Pamie at another Chinese restaurant/karaoke
bar, called Tong's Palace.
cancelled my dinner order, paid for my overpriced and mostly
intact Scorpion and off we went to Tong's.