Last night I attended a Party @ Oslo Sushi Bar & Lounge given by Zana S. owner of Spectacles Detroit. This was my 1st time there & I was majorly impressed with everything from the décor, to the diverse crowd, exotic menu & everything in between. While there I decided to par take in the culinary offerings, & tried some sushi, so I ordered the Philadelphia (salmon & cream cheese) & The Avocado (avocado & wasabi). I really like poached & smoked salmon so I was happy to try the salmon, but then the waiter (Jeremy) told me it was raw after the fact, but it was so good that I did not care, he told me that it would be best if I did not think about it as a first timer. Overall, Jeremy was really cool & makes one hell of a B52 martini.

While on my 2nd martini, I happen to glance over my shoulder & noticed that Amp Fiddler was in the house & was kicking it with Zana. I decided that since I had a slight buzz, that I would introduce myself & join the conversation. Zana did an introduction & the rest was down hill from there! Amp & I actually kicked it for a while talking about music with a specific focus on Detroit artists such as Penny Wells, Conya Doss, Dwele, & Slum Village (whom was in the house with DJ Dez Spinning). It was awesome to discuss this topic with someone how is in the music industry & talk about the frustrations. One interesting topic we discussed was the fact that I was a fan of Ski Oakenfull’s “Rising Sun” album where Amp is doing the vocals on one of my favorite cuts “Hang On”. Amp was totally surprised that I even knew who Ski was & that I had the album, good thing I am well rounded (not referring to my body shape).

After my 4th martini, it was time to dance, the music was hype & so was the crowd! While on the dance floor the music started in the last 70’s to early – mid 90’s by the time I left. I really felt like I was at my 11 grade homecoming dance based on the music (Luke, Poison Clan etc) & oh yeah the weed smoke (I had a major contact buzz). After 3 hours of non stop dancing, I had to bounce, it would be a long drive home back to the country, but before I left I decided to hit Brion up & winded up going to Motor City Casino. After some bullshiting back & forth we got in line to get a corned beef sandwich that we never got after waiting for 40 minutes in 2 different lines. Bottom line we never got anything to eat after a debate over pizza! Brion & I have debated on everything under the sun for over 20 years, he thinks he wins all the time but I know that the real winner (not Brion). I think me & Brion should have a point counter point show.

We parted ways & I hit 94 again & I was thirsty as hell, major cotton mouth. So I got home @ 5ish & by this time my cotton mouth was so bad that it also included crack mouth (ashy lips & crusty corners, YUK!). After a Strawberry Kiwi Mistic, fried chicken, hand full of white cheddar cheez-its & I shower, I crashed, hoping to wake up sometime on Sunday. In the words of Dj Quick “To the man up above, the whole thanks I give I’ll never drink again if you just let me live”.

OK this blog entry is not over, it’s time for a Quinten Tarintono moment. So by the time I went to bed I had been up for 21 hours. I started Saturday off @ 8am for my hair appointment with Pam @ Everette’s Corn-Rows, which was from 9-3pm (yes it takes a long time but it is well worth it). After my locks were back to normal I decided to shop for a Dashiki & winded up a African Ceremonial Robe from Ki’s & Jul’s Fashions Etc. for only 60 bucks which was a total steal considering that they can cost upward of several hundred dollars, ah the power of a good sell. After leaving Ki’s & Jul’s, I stumbled upon Art on the Ave for the 1st time & I was taken aback by this awesome art gallery. It was not only organized very well, but it totally provided some serious visual stimulation. Art on the Ave has to have one of Detroit’s largest African & African American art or at least it seems.

My little shopping trip on Livernois was actually a good cultural activity for the day & left my SOUL feeling good. After all of this, I had to hurry home so that I could pitch in around the house & get ready for the part at Oslo’s & meet up with Zana of Spectacles of Detroit. I am so tired.

NPR Amp Fiddler Interview (2004)