Walter Mencken 8 a.m., July 30
Every Tuesday night Cosmos Coffee Cafe in La Mesa hosts an open mic night at 7:00pm. It is both wonderful and terrible. I suffered through an acoustic performance of the popular children's story The Woman Who Swallowed a Fly by an older gentlemen who wore a purple straw hat. It was more creepy than cute. Also, a math teacher sang a four minute song about algebra. He followed it up with the theme song from the Disney movie Tangled. For every awkward moment there was a great one. The whole time I was there I kept thinking of this picture a friend of mine recently posted on Facebook:
It's funny how accurate it is. I saw disheveled guys walk on stage and morph into more attractive version of themselves once they held a guitar. Take this guy for instance, he is small framed and wore a cardigan. When he got on stage I was amazed over his talent. He definitely benefited from his guitar:
His name is Brett Cajka. He was my favorite performer of the night. He does not have a website but can be found at Cosmos Open Mic night most Tuesdays.
This guy, Matt Jolliff, was also really talented in a spastic sort of way. He was one of the few musicians in attendance that wrote his own music. He is in a band called Skinny Bones Bad Time Band. I was highly amused by a tat he has on the inside of his arm of a skeleton smoking a cigarette. He will regret that in ten years. The same way I do the absurd leprechaun permanently carved in ink on my lower back that I got as a teenager.
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