Laddy Dottie & the Diamonds poolside

Sunday, I woke up not wanting to do anything. Laying around the whole day in bed sounded like a great plan to me. Roger and I had talked about finding time to make it down to the Handlery Hotel (yes, in Hotel Circle) to watch Lady Dottie & the Diamonds perform poolside. Sunday seemed like the perfect opportunity to do this, if I could just make it out of bed.

Once out of bed, around 11:30 a.m. or so, we ate a bit of lunch before heading down. We made it there around 12:30 p.m. just in time to get the last lounge chairs available. I believe that having the lounge chairs was key in the lounging part of my day. It was sort of mellow at that time. The band had not started playing, athough the scheduled time to start was posted as 12 noon. In fact Nate was the only one there, with his gear set up and ready to go.

By the time the rest of the band rolled in and set up to start playing, it was about 1:15 p.m. Nobody seemed to care. I know I didn’t. I was just happy soaking up the sun with the rest of the scensters arriving.

The day was pretty much like that. The size of the pool area is much bigger than that of the Lafayette. There is bar with wait staff that come to you for orders (much less often then you want them to) and very limited choices of food. I estimate that there was about 150 people there by the time that we had left including hotel patrons (though few), scensters with and without kids, and some Casbah staff including Tim Mays. We left around 4:15 p.m. as they were starting their third set.

At one point this 13 year old kid, Miles, took over drumming for Nucci for half of a set. He was incredible. If you didn’t know any better, you may have thought that he was a regular part of the band. Meanwhile, Nucci got a break from drumming to drink. Perfect.

In the end, I managed to leave with a toasted stomach but awake enough to head out to the Summer Pops that evening.


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