To go along with my [permalink href="215"]other post[/permalink] I thought I would talk about some of the fun I had on my vacation in Florida.
First, I scheduled my vacation, sort of, so I could go to Megacon and it was a lot of fun. I met Ricard Hatch (Tom Zarek/Apollo from BSG) and I have to say he was the nicest guy there. He wasn’t charging for autographs and he talked to me for at least 20-30 minutes about everything from where I lived to Farscape to Firefly to BSG and Caprica. It was the highlight of the day. Of course I also walked out with a set of Steampunk goggles and hat, some RL Neko ears, a Death Note, and some other cool stuff.
Also, for those of you who did not know, I’m sort of a Disney nut. There is something about a place that on one hand makes people feel like they are a kid in a fantasy land and makes you feel like you are not getting ripped off. When I was younger this was fascinating because I lived so close to such a place and as a I was older I got a sick fascination from watching things from a system analysis point of view. I went to Disney this time on a Tuesday (I know how to pick my days) and we did not stand in line for more than 45 minutes for anything. The only disappointing part of the day was that Pinocchio’s restaurant no longer served hamburgers. My friends and I had a great time, even if they were hesitant to go to the Magic Kingdom again.
To set the stage for this next thing I need you to imagine for a second that you just landed in Juneau. You look around and notice something disturbing, not one chain restaurant to be seen. Ok, there are 3 Subways and 2 McDonald’s and a Domino’s or two, but they don’t count. Getting a ‘great’ hamburger in town is something you do on Friday night with your own grill and bacon. When I landed in Florida within an hour I had hot and fresh Taco Bell in my hand. It was awesome. It didn’t stop there, I went to Longhorn, Applebee’s, Friday’s, Arby’s, Long John Silver’s, Olive Garden, and others I’m sure I’m forgetting. This is not to mention the number of local places I simply had to go to because my friends wanted to take me there. I purposefully did not check a scale for 2.5 weeks.
I also went to a shooting range, which I seem to do whenever I am in town. I figured out I prefer the .45 revolver over the automatic. It makes me shoot more slowly and the shells don’t eject into my face. Don’t ask me what I was shooting, I don’t know all the models and there were all a friends. I know one was a revolver worn by British pilots and tank drivers in WWII (it was a single action so the hammer would not get caught on things) and I shot a classic Smith and Wesson from Cowboy movies that you had to load one shell at a time. The .45 auto looked like every .45 auto I’ve ever seen.
The golf range was not as dramatic, though the fact I have not picked up a real club in over a year was readily apparent as I could drive and chip a shot equally about 200 yards and my wicked rightward hook is back, but that trip was more about catching up with people that the golf anyways and the course was a mess (that part of Florida is experiencing a drought so the ‘greens’ are more like ‘sands’).
Lots of other fun stuff happened, thanks for listening to my rambling. I had a great time and will be trying to get back into SL real soon.