Sunday, January 11, 2015

Oil Can Harry's

Disco Retro Night at Oil Can Harry's last night

Last night, thanks to our good friend Tony D's suggestion, Pat and I went to "Oil Can Harry's" last night for fun and frivolity.  Last night was "Disco Retro Night" and you know me, I loves me some 70's disco!

We almost didn't go out last night because Pat was exhausted from the long day we already had.  He said he's only averaged six hours of sleep a night since we left for our California Dream.  But you know me, when I'm pumped I can go on for days and weeks.

So I drug Pat out of his deep stupor of a nap.  Poor Pat.  Raining outside, pooped and exhausted.  But yes, I did it.  "Oil Can Harry's" (don't you just love that name?) was only 5.2 miles from where we're staying.  I just couldn't see passing up an opportunity to partake in a little teeny bit of West Hollywood gay nightlife, especially a 70's disco retro night!

Out into the night we go, on rain soaked roads to God knows where?  I have my iPhone GPS, with the address of "Oil Can Harry's" logged in, and we pull out of our safe and comfy bed and breakfast room to see what the night reveals.  

Even though the distance was only a little over 5 miles, half the distance I drive to Rehoboth Beach, the drive seemed much longer because of the rain, the darkness of the night and the hilly, twisty, unfamiliar Laurel Canyon road.  Actually we went over the Hollywood Hills behind us drove to the other side of the hills (I think).

We finally get there.  I thought we were early (9:30 PM) but the parking lot was full.  Only one space available which Pat quickly took possession of.  That Pat, he is some driver.

We get out of our rental car and walk in the rain to building housing Oil Can and strains of "Bad Girl" by Donna Summer beckoning us for a trip back to the glorious past of Disco Queens.  

I pay the cover charge of $5.00 each and enter the multi colored light inner sanctum of a recreated disco heaven.  Disco!

The bouncer informs me that drinks are 1/2 off until 10.  I saddle up to the bar and order a margarita (no comments please).  $3.50.  Not bad.  Not a bad margarita either.

Pat didn't want a drink.  He secures a place for himself at the side of the dance floor.  I get my drink (very tasty by the way, I know I'm going to get a buzz on tonight) and scan the dance floor.  A 30 something, muscular, slim Hispanic man locks eyes with me.  He smiles.  He approaches me.  He introduces himself in heavily accented English as "Martine".  I have to ask him several times what he name was because the loudness of the disco sounds were drowning him out.  

"Martine"  asks me if I wanted to dance.  I wasn't buzzed enough so I suggested he dance with "my boyfriend" Pat.  Martine looks a little puzzled but then asks Pat.  I didn't take me too long to realize that Martine was interested in more than dancing.  I wasn't . . . . . with anyone.  Those days are long passed for me Virginia.  Long gone.  I still enjoy good disco music but all the rest?  Sorry folks or as Bugs Bunny says "That's all folks!"  I felt sorry for Martine but who knows, maybe I was the new face.  I bet if he knew I was 73 years old he would have ran out the back door.

But folks, I haven't got to the best part of last night yet.  That first margarita buzzed me.  I had a second.  Then I was ready to dance!  My best "Elaine" (see the hilarious "Seinfeld" episode where Elaine attempts to get everyone out on the dance floor by starting to make "the moves" herself - that's me folks only I do "The Elaine" much better, just ask Pat).

So I'm out on the dance floor, doing my Johnn Travolta"Saturday Night Fever", "Staying Alive" dance steps under the disco ball and flashing colored lights and I FALL!  YES FOLKS, I fell flat on my back!

There was a big "OHHHHH!" from half the dancers on the floor as Martine reached for my hand to pull me up.  Embarrassed?  I was past embarrassed folks.  PAST IT!  But I thought, "Well, at least Pat got it on video."  
But when I got back to Pat where he was leaning on one of the support beams, I found out he wasn't taking my video.  Yes folks, he took some videos but missed the You Tube one of my sprawled out on my back on the disco dance floor with the mirrored disco ball flashing those silver lights on my mortified face and old, OLD body.  What a missed opportunity.

When I got up and was helped back to the side of the dance floor (or "escorted off the dance floor" - after all what's a 73 year old has-been doing on the dance floor?)

To sum up folks, we had a GREAT NIGHT.  Disco, just like the old times I remember.  "Funky Town" and ABBA!  

Pat just came back, time for lunch at a new vegan eatery he just found.  I wonder if we can do more disco before he leave Hollywoodland,



23 comments:

  1. Dede Out West5:19 PM

    Dear Ron and Pat,
    Welcome to California! Glad you are both enjoying your visit. After the rain clears, you might like the drive west on
    Wilshire Blvd. to Santa Monica through Beverly Hills. The coastline in Santa Monica is beautiful and lots to see while walking there. Dede Out West

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    1. DeDe,
      We're in Santa Monica as I type this response. Got here via Rodea Drive and Beverly Hills where the stars were arriving for the Golden Globes.
      Ron

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  2. Better flat on your back then on your face. Keep having fun, we only live once.

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    1. David,
      You can say that again! Talked to Dr. Spo and Someone on FaceTime today in LRin

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  3. Ron,

    Glad you are living it up! Better let Pat catch up on his sleep though so you can both continue the wild adventures! Sorry that Pat missed your spill on video, but happy you are ok!

    Cindy from Sonoma

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    1. Cindy,
      Indeed, we (especially me) are having the time of our lives. Everyday, something different fun, interesting and exciting. I never would have believed this possible at my age. I just hope I can keep up.
      Ron

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  4. Perhaps now you are ready for some quiet time at Descanso Gardens, or the LA County Arboretum, or the Huntington Library. I don't think they're on anybodys' "flash and dazzle' list, but allow you to recover from your Disco Inferno escapades in relative seclusion.

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    1. Will,
      We "recovered" today by visiting a couple of modern furniture stores this morning and shopping at Target and ending the day driving up Mulholland Drive and taking photos of the wonderful scenic views.
      Ron

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  5. It was lovely seeing you too. Keep dancing.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      Oh how I wished you and Someone were at Oil Can Harry;s to enjoy the night with us. Granted, this isn't Palm Springs but I think you would have like this establishment just the same.
      Ron

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  6. What an unforgettable night and great adventure! I definitely feel your pain, but I can't resist laughing. If your fall had been captured on video, it definitely would have gone viral.

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    1. Jon,
      What a shame that Pat missed getting my fall on video. His iPhone had just run out of memory. A Moment in Time lost forever. Darn. I was mightily embarrassed when I fell, especially whenever the Red Sea (the dancers) parted and let loose a big "OHHHH!". So embarrassed but hey, I'll never see them again. No reputation to worry about.
      Ron

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  7. I dpn't lmow! One little sip of margarita and you're anybody's! Good job you weren't turfed out onto the street by the bouncers as someone who can't hold your licker - oops, liquor.

    Btw: Are you sure that Martine (whom, from the sound of him, I already fancy myself) wasn't a genuine daddy-seeker?

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    1. Ray,
      It doesn't take too much to get me buzzed these days. You would have loved Martine. Sexy, hunky and . . . . available.
      Ron

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  8. Oil Can Harry's is actually in the Valley--which is a world away from West Hollywood, but what is great about it is that anyone can go dancing there and have a great time. I forgot to tell you to check out the horrible karaoke they do upstairs! Glad you made it out there and shook your groove thang!

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    1. Tony,
      Thank you so much for the tip. We greatly enjoyed Oil Can Harry's. You're right, anyone can dance there . . . and did. One lady must have been at least 80 years old, only a few years older than myself. At least she didn't fall down.
      Ron

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  9. Hello Ron & Pat, I'm so glad your both having a great time on your California vacation! Harry's sounds like my kind of place. I do loves me some disco, I don't care what anybody else says. Did they play any KC & the Sunshine Band? I got a lot their music on vinyl. It's funny you mentioned Donna Summer, I got to meet her on a 747 flight from LAX to Honolulu way back in 1979. She came back into coach from first class to say hello to the good people in the rear of the plane. And if you and Pat haven't yet you need to go visit the beach and Santa Monica pier. One last question did you get a picture of your Latin lover, Martine? It sounds like you're running poor Pat ragged! Randy in NEB

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    1. Randy,
      You would have definitely liked Oil Can Harry's. I can picture that bar in Nebraska! What a thrill meeting Donna Summer! I loved her music. Many a night's I danced the "Last Dance" at the Backstreet Club in Provincetown in the 70's.
      Ron

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  10. Ron,

    I'm glad you took the lyrics to "Stayin' Alive" literally!

    Looks like an awesome trip.

    :-)

    -Andy

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    1. Andy,
      This vacation in LA has been everything I had hoped for and more!
      Ron

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  11. I hope you didn't hurt yourself!

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    1. Mark,
      The only thing I hurt was my ego. SOOO embarrassing. I only have myself to blame. I have no business as a 73 year old man trying to do the John Travolta backstop (moonwalk).
      Ron

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  12. Randy,
    We were at the Santa Monica Pier yesterday, jus as the sun was setting. I not only have a picture of Martine I have a video of him dancing with Pat. So cool for you to meet Donna Summer. We haven't met any celebrities yet. Yes, you would like Oil Can Harry's. I'm thinking of going there tonight again.
    Ron

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