So no shit, there I was.
The roomie gave me a lift to the airport Wednesday morning and just a little while later I was on plane for the first time in my adult life. I LOVE FLYING!! (Note to self: Always, always get a window seat. Because even if it's cloudy it's a better view than the back of a chair and a long aisle to the fat flight attendant's butt. Oh, and two packs of gum, and no more than 800 pages of novel and 10 CDs.)
Minneapolis Airport was nice, and I had time to get a Midwest staple, a SAUSAGE. Inna bun! Then off again.
Did I mention I love flying?
San Diego. My flight was a little early, so I wait for Cindy to show up and there she is, gorgeous as always! She shows me her beautiful town (it really is beautiful) and then off to Old San Diego (called Old Town - no shit!) and Mexican food. BEST GUACAMOLE EVER!! And lobster burritos! Then she shows me the extremely scenic Balboa Park... lots of fun! We went back to her place and watched anime and ate lobster bisque and St.Andre cheese! Chobits is TOO FUNNY! And TRIGUN RULES!!!
Next day we watch more Trigun, have a picnic lunch, and head out to the WORLD FAMOUS SAN DIEGO ZOO! Lots of fun AGAIN! The Alaskan Brown Bears are freaking HUGE!!! I gave the Canadian Moose Salute to my Polar Bear brothers and just had an absolute BLAST. Then Cindy and I went to dinner at her favourite spot, Bucco di Peppo's, where the meatballs are the size of my fist and I had the BEST CHIANTI EVER. Oh and more Trigun.
Oh, and jetlag sucks. Nearly passing out at 9:00 PM and being wide awake at 4:00 AM is kinda silly.
Friday we were up early and OFF TO JEN'S!! Lots of fun, the road trip is fast with great company! And show tunes! at Jen's we are TACKLED BY KYT!! And I met the infamous Captain Kitchen, as well as the rest of Jen's Unruly Brood!
Shing shows up with her third leg and many more fine folks and Jen arrives and sugar and fun and costuming up for the Harry Potter premiere!!
It was my first time at a movie in costume. I am now, more than ever, a complete and UTTER geek.
I can die a happy happy geek, for I have seen both Jen AND Cindy in schoolgirl outfits.
Okay, so the movie was alright. WHO AM I KIDDING?! I loved it!! I'm still trying to figure out if I like or dislike that the set designs and location shots were all different. I think I like it. But Expecto Patronum gave me CHILLS. CHILLS I TELL YOU!!
Back to Jen's for pizza and Eddie Izzard.
Alcatraz. Le chat est sur la chaise. No flag, no country.
Now I am one of you. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!
Saturday was DISNEYLAND DAY!!! YAY US!! We went on so many rides - Jungle Adventure with corny corny puns, Matterhorn, Big Thunder Mountain, Star Tours (WOO!), Haunted Mansion (twice), Pirates of the Caribbean (twice, yer scury dogs, yo ho!), Indiana JONES (WOOOOOOO!!!! I could ride that ride all day long and not get bored of it!), Peter Pan, Mister Toad's Bad Acid Trip, Mark Twain's Riverboat Ride, and we saw part of Fantasmic, their nightly show, where they project movies on water spray! VERY COOL EFFECT! Next time I am BRINGING MORE MONEY.
Sunday came and time to go... I got all emotional of course, but I had SUCH a great time with everyone that it wasn't goodbye, it was I'll see you again soon.
Thanks to Jen for hostessing a GREAT Harry Potter party, and for giving such a great tour of Disneyland.
Thanks to Jen's family for being such a cool bunch of swell people!
Thanks to Kyt and Shing and Patrick and everyone for being such a KICK ASS gang of geeks. (Side note: What's a gang of geeks? A murder? A gaggle? ...!! How about: "A tribble of geeks!!") Thanks for being such a GREAT tribble of geeks!
And especially, thanks to Cindy for being such a wonderful, amazing friend. Cindy, you SO rock it's indescribable. I am already missing you!
The plane ride back was less wonderful. Aisle seats are less good than I thought they would be, and the flight out of San Diego was only slightly marred by a kid screaming for his Mom and to go home and to turn the plane around the whole time we taxied to the runway. Many passengers expressed amazement that the kid had such good lungs, and some people were getting upset, until he said "Give me my cellphone, I wanna call the Captain!" Much laughter to defuse the situation. A little bit of turbulence (not as bad as Big Thunder Mountain though) was the big event.
And then from Detroit to Montreal we had the ONLY cute flight attendant I saw the whole trip. Montreal is BEAUTIFUL from the sky.
The ONLY bad part of my trip came during Canadian Customs, where the bitch behind the desk made me get out of line to fill in my Declaration Card, then gave me a hard time about my attitude, and if I didn't like it, "that's JUST TOO BAD." Bitch. Bus it back home and the roomie's painted my hallway! O.O Very cool!
All in all, this was the BEST vacation I have EVER had. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.