It was 6:30 pm when I rolled into Buffalo. I was strung out from the road. That stretch of highway is brutal and I was glad it was over and done with. I looked for a hotel close to the Niagara Falls sign. The only thing I look for in a hotel, is a bar. I found a Holiday Inn and checked in.
I was relieved to get into the room and unwind. When I get to my room I always do the same things. First, I put the do not disturb sign on the door. That sign does not come off that door until I check out. The TV is always on and if I leave the room I put the weather channel on so it sounds like people are in the room just in case someone decides to check on my room. If for any reason someone knocks on the door, I always put one finger tip on the peep hole. I would rather lose a finger tip than my eyeball. Think about that next time you put your eyeball to a peep hole.
Once I've completed my routine, I sit at the little table and light a joint. I planned on smoking a joint and heading down get something to eat...have a couple drinks, see what the evening has in store fore me. I really liked this place. It was a little touristy but it had a restaurant and a lounge.
I walked into the semi-crowded restaurant and the waitress tells me to sit anywhere. I sat facing the entrance. I didn't want any Wild Bill shit, with a guy shooting me in the back of the head. It was really amazing how differently I thought about my safety compared to others.
The waitress walked over with a menu. As she handed it to me I said, "no need I will take the special". She responded, "there is more than one". So, I said "pick the one you would have if you were ordering". She looked at me and smiled.
Now there are a few reasons I did this; first, I know the cook has made a 100 specials and if I come in there and ruin his night by ordering something off the menu, it's gonna piss him off. The second reason was, the waitress wasn't bad and this little exchange plants trust in her head. You have to realize she's probably heard every line there is and I can be a little intimidating so if I was going to hit on her later I had to start now without her realizing what I was doing.
Remember bait only works if they are hungry.
So she brings out a bowl of French Onion Soup with the melted cheese, a salad, and a really nice ribeye with a baked potato. I was thinking...man this is a great special. So I had to ask her if this was an everyday special. She replied "no, but you said to order like it was for me". With that she winked, and I smiled thinking - welcome to Buffalo!
Off to the cocktail lounge...