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The Lion's King

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on Sunday, 25 January 2015 in Jay Harris's Blogs

     One of my favorite things about being on the road, is the drive home. The anticipation that I'll be able to sleep in my own bed when I get there, is a reward in itself. I never get enough rest on the road for several reasons, mainly that I don't sleep well in hotels, and by the last show on the run, I'm usually exhausted & wiped out from the build-up.  Drinking coffee, jamming tunes and listening to Sirius Radio is how I unwind after a weekend of shows.  Stumbling upon something that I never would've - had I not been in the right spot at the right time, is another reason I love the road. A few weeks ago, on my way home from a string of shows in Iowa, I took a wrong exit in Des Moines, and stumbled upon this place called Le's Chinese BBQ. This restaurant couldn't have been more indiscreet, but I had a good feeling about it, so I went in, and got some of the most delicious Peking duck I've ever had. Not to mention at a bargain price. I also got to eat at a place called Archie's Waeside, in Le Mars, IA.  Archie's has been getting high marks for a while, as one of the best steakhouses in the country, and it did not disappoint. I had the Benny Weiker filet, and besides being an excellent cut of steak, it cost way-less than what a big city steakhouse might run you. It is pictured below, above the Le's photo. 

    I started my Missouri run on a Thursday, in a town called Owensville, which is slightly off the beaten path. I wanted to do a show prior to my performance at the University of Missouri at Rolla, on Friday. The place was called Twisters, and they were a motley crew. The audience and the staff were both great. The next night, local comedian Nick Nichols did a great job opening for me on campus, and since they were just coming back from the holiday break, the students were eager for some laughs.  I did a 2nd show in Rolla on Friday as well, to start after the early one, at a place called the Locker Room.  While a few audience members were clearly not interested in seeing a comedy show, those that did enjoyed it. 

     On the drive home Saturday, just outside St. Louis,  I saw a billboard for a place called the "Lions Choice" that advertised hot roast beef sandwiches. I'd never heard of them, and turns out, they're a small chain that's been around since 1967. I was surprised I'd not heard of this chain, given my love for roast beef sandwiches, but goes back to what I was saying earlier.  The "King" is pictured below, and was comparable to one of my favorite places for roast beef in Minnesota called Mavericks. It's not everyday you discover a new food chain that you like.   I also stopped at this place called Iron Barley, in St. Louis, and got me some schnitzel & spaetzle, which is breaded pork tenderloin with German dumplings, good stuff. pictured below. It's only fitting that the best show came last. I performed in Wyoming, IL at a place called Spoon River, on Saturday night, and not only was the crowd great, but the owners & staff as well.

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