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Victoria will surprise you.

Just when you think there's nothing to do, one evening brings two events to town like the American Book Review series reading event and the Anita Renfroe comedy show.

The evening started with Delta blues expert Thomas Williams doing a wonderful reading of a short story during a reception at the Nave Museum. I laughed at his wit and marveled at the rhythm of his words. (See a video excerpt on our home page.) I hope Victoria realizes what a treasure it has in the reading series.

Paula and I went right from the reception to Renfroe's performance, which was a benefit for Trinity Episcopal School. Renfroe had the audience laughing right from her opening riff on the local TV news and its camera perched atop DeTar hospital. I was rolling when she wanted to know about the "weather bug" and whether you could just swat it away.

Paula decided Renfroe put on perhaps the best comedy show she's ever seen and said her cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. I'm not Renfroe's target audience, as you can tell by her popular YouTube video, but she ranked up there with performances I've seen by Bill Cosby and George Carlin.

I keep having these incredible evenings every couple of months in Victoria. Maybe there is something to do here after all.