2018: what a strange year of change…
The big change of my year was my “home” (this is a “The Greatest Showman” reference) closed in February. It was almost like a funeral. So many nights of drinking, the radio show, our group of friends and gosh, it’s where I took visitors to when they came to Cincy. I still haven’t gotten over Lachey’s closing and probably never will.
It also signified not getting to see Drew anymore. I hoped there would still be ways and reasons, we found one in April and went to “Label•less” at SCPA (Cincinnati School of Creative and Performing Arts). We got to see Drew and family but that would be the last time I saw Drew until the end of November. Maybe I lost mojo when Lachey’s closed.
Maybe, I didn’t feel like it anymore. Cincinnati wasnt the same to me anymore. I didnt move to Cincy only because of Drew or the bar but at times, the people who worked at Lachey’s and the regulars felt like my only friends.
In the time after Lachey’s closed, life was a bit dim. Us regulars from Lachey’s tried going out together, never to another bar except once to go see Holli up at Hightail. (Holli was our favorite manager from Lachey’s.) She was the best. We added the staff to Facebook (if they weren’t already there) and have been keeping up but nothing will replace our “home”. Lachey’s still sits vacant. Somebody sold the sign on eBay for $250. It might even be what prompted this post.
Drew moved on from what I could tell. He moved his family out of OTR (Over the Rhine) and continued to do the stuff he does. Camp Joy events, small local events, and SCPA stuff. I follow quietly but not with the passion I once had.
In July, I went to see a boyband cover band that my friend had been bugging me to see. They are called “Larger Than Life” and they are something special. So much energy, so much talent. Three shows in (I needed the outlet badly), I decided they needed a fan site. After a quick message with their boss, i started http://www.wearelargerthanlifefans.com and a coordinating Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. These guys have embraced me and allowed me a special role in their success, and in turn, I do whatever I can to promote them. We message on Instagram and follow each other on all social media platforms which is something I never had with Drew. (Yes, let’s not talk about comparing apples to oranges. I know, I know…)
By November, I was not really looking forward to my 98 Degrees Christmas show VIP. The weekend before I was in NY with Larger Than Life as they opened for OTown and it was a blast. But I had spent the money and I was going. The sound check was good. Prior to this, the last interaction I had with Drew was him wishing me Happy Birthday on Twitter. And me wishing I could turn the clock back to the year before at Lachey’s when my kids, my boyfriend at the time, and all my friends were there. The staff was supplying shots, I played Bar vs Car, Holli brought Drew a cupcake, he sung to me and I nearly died. It was everything I ever wanted ever. Anyways, sound check was okay. I, in normal fashion was blurting comments out, “Go ahead Justin”, when he needed to answer a question or “Be nice” to Drew when he was picking on Nick. The photo op was awkward, complete with Drew trying to shake my hand. It was like a slap in the face but I responded with, “Wait you’re not gonna hug me?” He did and then again after the pic, then I hugged everyone else because, why not? I was breaking the rules, but I also knew I’d probably never see these guys again. Or at least not like I had been used to.
After my two shows, I was gonna put my pictures up here and then I remembered I was really done. I put them on the Facebook page. And now after much thought and consideration, I am closing the book on this chapter of my life. Maybe someone new will take over or maybe Drew never really needed this to begin with. I will miss you Drew, but even more I will always miss Lachey’s.
I will leave this site up and the coordinating Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts but I will not be updated any in the future.