My Last Hundred Bucks: Books, Beer, and Burgers in Durham

Where’d your last hundo go, Audrey Senna?

$10 for a ticket to a Kishi Bashi concert. I don’t know who Kishi Bashi is, but all my friends told me to go, so I’m going.

$35.47 for three books from Amazon. Intrigued by online reviews, I got the sci fi novel Wool by Hugh Howey (indiebound // amazon) and the cookbook Keys to the Kitchen by Aida Mollenkamp (indiebound // amazon). Free shipping is swell, so I threw in City of Bones (indiebound//amazon), a YA urban fantasy that’s going to be made into a movie. If it’s good, then good! If it’s bad, then I can say with authority that it’s bad. This was also my justification for reading Twilight (it was bad). 

I love excuses not to cook on Friday nights. This time it was a Greek grilled cheese at Elmo’s Diner ($9 with tip).

Some friends and I drove to Pilot Mountain State Park for a day of rock climbing, and my share of the gas was $10. The rock face was warm from the sun and covered in lady bugs. Lucky, maybe? We climbed until tired arms, tender fingers, and fading daylight forced us to stop.

We got back just in time to catch the Duke-UNC basketball game at a bar. $20.63 got me beer and a burger that I demolished between Mason Plumlee’s second and third dunks.

On Sunday, I wandered over to a food truck rodeo. The crowd was thick and the lines were long, but I stuck it out for a mozzarella-basil-tomato sandwich ($7) and a boysenberry-pear Loco Pop ($2.50). I sat in the grass, listened to jazz, and got sunburned.

Finished off the weekend with a Walking Dead watch party at a bar. I don’t have cable, so I can justify $5 for a beer—especially when zombies are involved.


Audrey Senna lives in Durham, NC.


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yay durham! god, elmo’s…

TheDilettantista (#1,255)

DURHAM FOREVER although BOOOO Duke. I was talking about Pilot Mountain today but I couldn’t remember the name of it so I kept calling it the mountain that looks like a boob with a big pointy nipple on top, so thanks for telling me the name of it. I popped by the Food Truck rodeo on Sunday but a) lines and b) it was my birthday and I didn’t want to spend it standing in line, so I went back to Fullsteam, and Ko Kyo was parked by Motorco, and there were no lines at Ko Kyo, and I ordered my food from there and I got it with like five minutes wait. WINNING. I did really want the Parlour but hey, their storefront is opening soon, so that works, yay!

probs (#296)

Elmo’s AND Loco Pops! If only this had Local Yogurt too. Durham is great.

more or yes (#1,659)

HOORAY KISHI BASHI!!! Been a fan for awhile and saw him in LA recently. He is an awesome musician and well worth the $10!

selenana (#673)

@more or yes Love Kishi Bashi!

Megano! (#124)

@selenana Yeah I’ve heard he is really, really great live, so $10 well spent, most likely!

the rat lady (#785)

I haven’t lived in Durham in five years, but I’m still irritated that I couldn’t make the food truck rodeo! PS. Elmo’s <3 <3 <3

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Elmos! Pilot Mountain! Fullsteam! LOCOPOPS!!!

AlliNYC (#1,725)

BOO DOOK but YAY Loco Pops and Elmo’s… two Chapel Hill staples I die a little each day without.

So excited to see a Durham post here. Food truck rodeos are kind of the worst because of the lines, but YAY for Fullsteam/Motorco! And GO DUKE.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Audrey, what bar shows “The Walking Dead”?

TheDilettantista (#1,255)

@LookUponMyWorks Motorco shows it every Sunday night on their Super Jumbo Megatron. I assume that’s the bar she’s talking about.

Megano! (#124)

@TheDilettantista Is it mostly people yelling “BOOO KILL EVERYONE!!” b/c that is the point I am at with this show

TheDilettantista (#1,255)

@Megano! I don’t watch it there because I have cable and a comfortable couch and also pajamas rock but I’m guessing it is something like that, yeah.

Senna (#3,456)

@LookUponMyWorks Yep! The watch party is at Motorco. It’s kinda fun seeing who else is a fan. I don’t remember any shouting, but there is a sense of silent tension. I usually have my beer in a death grip, but that’s just me…

Yeah, all about most of this, however… HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE ALL, “YAY I LOVE MY TOWN” and then ignore the fact that there is one of the best independent bookstores convenient to everything, downtown? Amazon sucks.

TheDilettantista (#1,255)

I love my town (Durham) and I also love independent bookstores. You know what else I love? My Kindle, and cutting down on stuff because I don’t buy physical books anymore (yes books are stuff and they take up space and I am trying to de-clutter), and also having books delivered wirelessly to my Kindle. So until the Regulator (I assume you are talking about the Regulator) can deliver books wireless to my e-reader, I’m going to get my books via Amazon.

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