The Mrs. and I were headed out to dinner the other night and decided to make our first visit to Copa Cagrana, a small area on the Danube Island that from April til September is alive with Restaraunts, Cafe's and Bars. The name comes from the district its in , Kagran, with a little word play on the Copacabana Beach in Rio. Its a tropical beachy themed area in the middle of the Danube River in Vienna....cool.
So we have dinner at a Greek place complete with live music, followed by a walk along the river. The Mrs. says to me "That place over there reminds of that place your brother used to work in Tampa....that bar...whats it called?"
And so began one of those frustrating conversations when neither of you can think of the name of something that you should remember. It went like this:
Me: hmmmmm damn I don't remember
Me: No, that was the place in LA
Kelly: Its something like that...tropical
Me: Its like Coconut Hut or something
Kelly: There was a big shark hanging in there...sure its not Sharkys?
Me: Positive...all those kind of places have sharks
Kelly: Crabby Bills?
Me: no thats the restaurant near our old house
Me: NO its not Sharkys, stop saying Sharkys I cant think!
Kelly: Coconut Petes?
Me: Banana Bar?
Kelly: Coconut Shark Petes?
Me: Lola Colada's?
Kelly: Crabby Shark Banana's?
Me: Tropinut Bananalada?
Kelly: Sharky Banana Club
Me: Mexicali Rio Crab Shack
Kelly: Bai Hai Beach Hut!
Me: No, thats the one in Sarasota we went to with Clayton
Me: Coconut Joe's Mazatlan Club House
Kelly: Molly Pineapple's Banana Shack
Me: WHAT THE HELL IS IT!
Kelly: call Brian
Me: It costs like $2.00 from my cell phone
Kelly: CALL BRIAN!
So I call Brian and get his voicemail...beep "yeah Bri, its me. Listen Kelly and I can't think of the name of that place you used to work...the bar with the volleyball courts. Give me a call back when you get a chance.
By this time, Kelly and I have hopped back on the subway and are downtown in the city on our way to an outdoor cafe in the old Jewish Quarter.
Me: Coconut Jimmy's Banana Bar & Grill
Kelly: TropiShark's Crab Hut
Me: Mango Bill's
Kelly: Tropical Coconut Shark
Me: Tropical Coconut Shark?
Kelly: It has Shark in it
Me: No...it doesn't
Kelly: Sharkynut Pina Banana
Me: Bahama Mama Beach Club
Kelly: ohhhhh Bahama...that sounds right
Me: Bahama Colada Shack
Kelly: Shark Bahama Shark
Me: Will you stop with the Sharks
Kelly: Shark Shark Shack
Me: I'm gonna kill myself If we don't get this soon
Kelly: Call Brian
So I call Brian..voicemail...beep "CALL ME BACK WITH THE NAME OF THAT FUCKING PLACE WHERE YOU WORKED GODDAMNIT" click
Now we're siiting at a nice cafe looking at the oldest church in Vienna enjoying a glass of wine
Chris: Ok its a name of a place..
Kelly: and it involves a shark
Kelly: Barbados Shark Club
Chris: Fruit Beach Bar Club Hut
Kelly: Mai Tai Shot House
Chris: Outrigger Banana House
Kelly: Tequila Shark Hut!
Chris: no....Tequila Shot Shack!
Kelly: Shark Coconana Club
Me : Hello?
Brian: Hey its me
Me: THANK GOD!
Kelly: IS THAT HIM, PLEASE SAY ITS BRIAN!
Brian: What the hell is going on?
Me: SHUT UP, WHAT IS THE NAME OF THAT F....
Brian: Take it easy...it was the Yucatan Liquor Stand.
I hang up on Brian and turn to Kelly.
Me: The Yucatan Liquor Stand
Kelly: (in tears) Thank God
Kelly: No shark?
Me: No Shark.