Having some technical difficulties, but I’m kinda up and running (although let’s be real, not really). This will probably take me 5 years to fix!
The trip was winding down and it was time to go back to State College. We decided that we should break up the 7-hour drive by going to visit Jackee in New Jersey. Not one to actually want to go to New Jersey, I knew that this was my chance to go to Medieval Times. I’d heard about it and I’d seen the Flavor of Love episode where Flavor Flav went there, and I knew I needed to go.
We got there pretty early, so we got our seating assignments and headed to the lobby area. It was fantastic! First you got your picture taken with the king and princess. Then when you enter the lobby, there is a giant bar with tons of Medieval Times souvenir glasses and mugs, knick knacks galore, blinking things, crowns! The place was all done up, “Medieval” style and you could sit in thrones or mingle with characters like an executioner (who was not very friendly, mind you) and the MC guy (what would you call him?). We made friends, which was great, although they weren’t sitting in our section. I wanted to check out the torture museum, but didn’t want to shell out the extra $.
When we finally got to go in, I couldn’t contain my excitement. We were in the second or third row and cheering for the Red Knight. The arena was intense, with all of the lights and music and excitement. I bounced up and down in my seat like a child, I was so excited.
It was seriously better than I could ever imagine, and I have high expectations. I ate tasty chicken and potatoes with my hands. The tomato soup and garlic bread were delish, too. Rhiannon had the vegetarian meal, which was something like hummus and pita chips. She got the oh so Medieval plastic utensils. The food was good! But oh, it’s not just about the food…it’s about the fucking incredible show you also get with your meal.
There was jousting and lancing and a guy with a falcon and dancing horses! All the knights would do their individual competitions and we would go nuts in the audience. “GO RED KNIGHT!!!!!!!!!” Was screamed so many times, I was going hoarse. Every time they won a contest, they would throw flowers to their adoring fans. I jumped up and down, screaming my head off, and our knightliest of knights threw a flower to me. OH. MY. GOD. I COULD NOT HANDLE THE EXCITEMENT.
And then there was the main show. The white prince was kidnapped and it was up to the knights to fight each other in order to bring him home to the princess. I believe our guy lost first, but it didn’t matter. It was the best night of my life! Afterward, I snagged a program that had been abandoned by a group of kids having a birthday party. The knights came out to the lobby for pictures, and we got our picture with the Red Knight. And he signed the program! Dreamy! Not only that, Rhiannon struck up conversation with the MC guy, and he took us back to the stables to see the horses. So great!!! Medieval Times was hands down my favorite thing we did on this road trip.
So, there it is. The road trip has come and gone. We had an amazing time and did awesome things. Maybe next time we’ll road trip it around the West Coast?
February 28, 2010: Let’s be real, this day was a wash. I have traveled for 20 hours, while going through many time zones, but at the end of the day, I’m in fucking Bangkok!
February 27, 2010: It’s amazing! The snow has stopped, I’ve seen a few peeks of blue sky, and the runways are snow-free. No mass hysteria at the airport; in fact, there were no delays. Very very smooth. Bangkok, here I come! Full flight, though (boo).
February 26, 2010: It’s miserable here. There’s a shit ton of snow, and the short walk to Dunkin Donuts in the slush was enough to keep me cooped up in Astoria for the rest of the day. All the airports in the area have canceled thousands of flights, and I wont lie, I’m really stressed out. But I did wii for the first time.
February 25, 2010: Due to the fact I was planning on taking the Chinatown bus after work on Friday, potentially in the middle of this blizzard, I had no choice but to take the train and get to the city before the storm hit. This was the option that would most likely get me there, plus it meant that I had an extra night to stay with my handsome host. I had some time to kill by myself while waiting for people to get off work, so I grabbed a seat and a beer at a place across from Penn Station. Weather isn’t all that bad so far (although definitely not pleasant), let’s see what happens tonight into tomorrow…
February 24, 2010: This is all I’m taking to Thailand. But, the real issue is not how much luggage I’m bring, it’s how the fuck I’m getting there, due to the “powerful storm of historical proportions…paralyzing blizzard…” slated to hit the New York City area on Thursday. Seriously freaking out.
February 23, 2010: Graduate art exhibit in the Borland Gallery.
February 22, 2010: My mom got flowers because she’d had a rough work weekend. Tonight I saw a great staged reading of Driving Miss Daisy. I cried in public.
February 21, 2010: I had yet to see Thon at the Bryce Jordan Center, but I unfortunately picked the wrong time to go. Most of the seats were full, so they were only letting people in the seats behind the stage. You could watch big screens, but it wasn’t the same. I also happened to go during family hour, where it was all sad stories of kids dying from cancer. Next year I’ll have to make it out a little earlier during the weekend.