Celebrating Cinco de Mayo and our Faux Anniversary

Well folks, the pie did it.   We went out and celebrated our faux anniversary (the night we met) and Cinco de Mayo.    (Actually, we already had dinner plans with friends but I can rationalize with the best of  ’em!)

Seriously though, we tried out a new restaurant that wasn’t new to us at all.   We went here quite often when we were dating and were so bummed when it closed about the same time we got married.

Yea!   Mondo’s had reopened in a hip section of town so we decided to check out the new digs with friends.     The food is exactly has we all remembered it and the new restaurant is fabulous!

But the highlight of the evening had to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo on the roof of the Mayo.    (It is pronounced with a long “a”.)     The Mayo is a historic hotel in downtown Tulsa.    It is a testament as to why restoration should be mandatory in revitalization.    (In the 20’s, this was the tallest building in Tulsa and some of the rich and famous from the day stayed here.)      It was basically abandoned in the 80’s and finally was purchase for only $250,000 in 2001 with the sole purpose of bringing this once luxury hotel back.

Up on the roof.

One of the amenities of the hotel is a penthouse bar.     The bar offers cozy inside seating plus a fantastic outdoor patio with a view of the Arkansas River and the rest of downtown.   And, on Cinco de Mayo 2012, it offered the perfect spot to sit and watch the SUPER moon rise.    Last Saturday, the moon was 30% brighter and looked 14% bigger to us earthlings.    I also just read that this moon was so bright that it overshadowed remnants of Haley’s comet—HOWEVER, that would explain the shooting star I was lucky enough to spot from the roof.    (For more on the Super Moon, click here.)

The band actually played CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising.” I really wanted to capture the reflection of the Mayo’s sign in the nearby building. But to do so, I had to capture the image of an unknown partier.

We had a great time out in Tulsa with friends and we did (or I did) retell the story of the fateful night we met! (For a bit more on that, click here.)   I was glad that the Super Moon helped us celebrate too.

Tulsa is a great little city and Southern Living recently featured it in a destination article.

Trying to play with some special effects. Thanks for bearing with me. 🙂

Have a fantastic week, ya’all.

13 comments to Celebrating Cinco de Mayo and our Faux Anniversary

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed your evening out. Happy un-anniversary :-). Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • I’m glad you guys got to celebrate your anniversary. Tulsa’s a great place in Arklahoma!

  • Wonderful celebrations for your kind of anniversary 😉
    Glad you had such an awesome time!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Eliot

      Thanks all of you for commenting. We did have a great time. And, if anybody is ever in Tulsa—make sure you visit Mondo’s and the Mayo (and I have a list of other cool spots)!

  • Yay, so glad you got to celebrate! You certainly know the way to your hubby’s heart: pie! lol Out of curiosity, in OK, do you pronounce the Arkansas River Arkansaw or Ar-kansas? Because we totally say it the second way in KS…wondered who’s team OK was on. LOL!

    • Eliot

      We say Arkansaw. :). I know about Ar-Kansas City, but didn’t know you all pronounced the river that way as well. Now I know.

  • Sounds like a fun and memorable night of celebration! It rained here all night on the super-moon night – I’m so glad you got to enjoy it!

  • Liz

    I’m so glad you got to celebrate your faux anniversary after all 🙂

  • Cool special effects! How cool that your restaurant reopened! I agree with you about the restorations, I’m all about restoring and not destroying.

    • Eliot

      Thanks for being kind on the special effects! 🙂 We are just getting ready to restore one of the original buildings at work and I can’t wait to see it returned to its earlier spectacular-ness!

  • Congratulations on your faux-versary. I think the photos are a lot of fun–you’re using the ambient light in an interesting way.