Saturday, April 30, 2005

So Friggin Sue Me

Okay, yeah, haven't updated in forever. So much to do, so little time. Not only am I now obsessed with the whole Edge/Lita drama, which is better than wussy Brad and Angelina anyday, I've been working almost nonstop since I got home from vaca. The rest of the vaca was awesome. I am now a full-time Sevendust bitch. The concert was without a doubt the highlight of our trip.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Lions And Tigers And Wrestlers, Oh My!

EDGE WINS his match at Wrestlemania! Edge beat out 5 other Superstars to win a Money in The Bank Ladder Match. Basically, it was a ladder match where a contract containing a title shot that expires in a year was put in a briefcase suspended above the ring. And Edge won! This is really special, since Edge (aka Adam Copeland) has yet to win the WWE Championship, and has been deserving of a title shot for some time. He really puts himself on the line with each match, and really delivers a clean performance each time. I believe he is in the same arena as Tommy Dreamer and Mick Foley. Awesome!

Our feet are still pissed at us because yesterday, we park hopped, or for those of you ignorant in Diz-nay lingo, we visited more than one park in a span of 18 hours. For the morning time, we ventured into Animal Kingdom, which is Disney's most recent and largest park. Animal Kingdom is like a zoo with really neat rides and trails with animals in their "natural habitat" that somewhat resembles the land from which they came, minus the slack-jawed humans who pass them daily. We did the safari and saw the new baby elephant calf (at a safe distance, I assure you) as well as the thrill ride Dinosaur, in which Buster from Arrested Development asks us to find an iguanadon so he can discover the genetic link between Crustacean and current periods. Also, a T-Rex chases you. Then we ate at Rainforest Cafe. Rainforest Cafe, when it first opened, was almost a turn-off in that it was SO uberly environmentally conscious. It had an edge to it that I can appreciate. The cool thing was that it featured a variety of environmentally friendly products such as shampoo and conditioner. In the past few years, it has changed over, and now sells a lot of tees and candy. Sort of a bummer, but still a neat experience. We then dropped in on my 'rents at Fort Wilderness, kissed and loved Fee for a little while, and then headed into the Magic Kingdom.

The Madge, as I like to call it, is the centerpiece for your traditional Disney experience. Sure, it's fluffy, and princess-y, and almost always crowded to the point of discomfort, but, you just gotta go, and when you get there, there's something in the air that makes you wanna go through the gates. I'm convinced Magic Kingdom workers are piping some sort of pheromone chemical through the air to inotxicate the public, because people just flock in. We stuck to popular faves The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of The Carribean, and The Hall of Presidents, rides with some substance and not a whole lot of waiting. Also we shopped. We have been trying in vain to find Brer Fox and Brer Bear from Song of The South, however, they apparently were not big sellers and have been discontinued. At about 8PM we called it a day, braved the crowds oogling the Electrical Parade and got the hell outta Madge.

Today we slept in (til about 10...big time sleeping in at Diz), and ventured into a less-crowded MGM Studios. MGM is a dual theme park and working production studio. Once I saw Tim Allen there working on a commercial for Builder's Square. It also houses three of our favorite attractions- The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Star Tours (inspired by Star Wars) and Muppet Vision 3D. We were able to hit all three within a really reasonable time frame. Today the biggest impact was, not with our feet, but with our wallets. We bought A LOT of stuff. First of all, all three of these attractions also have a store attached to them. John went hog wild in the Star Wars store. I picked up a name tag that said JEDI KNIGHT on it, and I plan to use it on my name badge at work for a bit of fun (they also had such fun names like SITH LORD and WOOKEE) as well as a long-sleeved tee with Jedi Training Academy on it. I plan to seriously nerd-out at the premiere of Episode III and wear it. We found a bust of Muppet Janice at the Muppet Store, and John bought a couple of other things. The motherload occurred at a shop entitled Antique and Curious, where we found autographed pictures of Angus Young and Peter Mayhew, the man who plays Chewbacca. We're very proud. John also bought Indiana Jones' hat, some Indy action figures, and I bought a very sexy picture postcard with Connery and Harrison Ford on it as the Drs Jones. All of this we were able to have shipped to our room free of charge. So all in all an excellent and productive day.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Let Your Disney Dork Flag Fly!

Today we ventured into EPCOT Center. EPCOT is the educational park, and my personal favorite, because the lines tend to be shorter and the rides tend to be slower, more informative, and lacking in the pink princessy fluff that dominates the Magic Kingdom. It was John's first time on a lot of the rides, so it was kind of nice to have a fresh perspective. We rode Spaceship Earth first which is a SLOW MOVING ride celebrating communication through the centuries. They have to stress SLOW MOVING because someone could sue. Anyhoo, it's really cool as it takes you through images of the burning of Rome, Michaelangelo painting the Sistine, etc. Then we saw Ellen's Energy Adventure at the Universe of Energy. The Universe of Energy features the moving ride through the famous dinosaur swamp. I remembered when I was a little kid, and the Universe of Energy was boring, so they brought in Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy to give it some chutzpah, and in my opinion, made it a lot better and easier to follow. Then we did Test Track, which is General Motors contribution to EPCOT, in which you are a crash test dummy on a fake test track. Very fun. Also we did The Living Seas, which is the man-made coral reef featuring dolphins and manatees, as well as the cast of Finding Nemo. We ate at The Coral Reef Restaurant there, and it was awesome. Finally we rode the Maelstrom in the Norway Pavillion of the World Showcase, and John impressed me with his knowledge of Norweigen mythology by pointing out certain characters on the ride. We overexerted ourselves, so we did an early dinner with my folks at Beaches N' Cream Soda Fountain, where we shared a delicious peanut butter sundae known as the No Way Jose. And now we are back here fairly early to rest up, as well as to monitor results of Wrestlemania, which started about 15 minutes ago.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Tributes and Vacations. (No, It's Not The New Jimmy Buffet Album.)

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis
debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

We loved you too, Mitch. Rest in peace.

Okay, yeah, I've not updated in a long time. I've been moving into my new place, getting Fee adjusted, working my ass off, and in the meantime, becoming a full-fledged Edgehead.

Also, I'm in Florida. Disney World. We left yesterday evening, right after John and I got off of work. My dad drove us in the RV, and he drove most of the night. We're staying at one of the newer hotels, Pop Century Resort. Each building represents a decade of 20th Century pop culture. We're in That 70's Wing. Outside of our room are replicas of a Mickey Mouse phone, a foosball table, and a Hot Wheels tricycle, all about the size of small houses. Pictures will follow. The buildings surround the hotel pool, known as The Hippy Dippy Pool. Tonight we went to Downtown Disney, which is where all of the shops are, as well as House of Blues, Cirque D' Soleil, Rainforest Cafe, and a seafood restaurant called Captain Jacks, where we had dinner. We found out that Sevendust was playing on Thursday at House of Blues, so we got tickets. We shopped and spent mass quantities of moolah, but we found some kick arse action figures, including Sweetums from The Muppet Show. The crowds are big, but not really overwhelming for Disney. Tomorrow the plan is to head to EPCOT Center for a low-key day.

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