Friday, July 02, 2010

First Time In The Big City



Whew! Sorry for being absent this week, folks, but last week’s anniversary celebration really tuckered me out!

Like any good party, I finally woke up about 2 days ago, hung over in some strange hotel room, with a Bengal tiger in the bathtub and my hands tied behind my back with some stripper’s thong.

You know how it goes….

Ok, so maybe that wasn’t QUITE how this week went, but I WAS kinda burnt out from posting every day last week.

I figured maybe we needed a break from each other. Since I’ve spent most of my life having women repeatedly say that to ME, I figured I’d turn the tables and say it to YOU GUYS for once. How do YOU like it?

Why was I posting again?

Oh yes, to tell you that while I took my mini-break from blogging, I spent Tuesday in the Big Bad Apple taking Mini-Me to his first ever trip to New York City.

I had been wanting to take the little guy for a while now, but something always seemed to come up, so finally getting to go was a big deal for us.

We started our trip by taking a ride on the Long Island Railroad (another first for Mini). He loves trains, so he thoroughly enjoyed himself. Whenever we went in a tunnel, he pressed his little face to the glass in the hopes of seeing a rat on the rails. He said he saw 3. I believe him.

It was HOT on Tuesday. Really Hot. Once we arrived at Penn Station, we headed straight for the Empire State building, and we were both sweating by the time we got there. He had said he wanted to go to the top, but once we got outside and he saw just how tall ‘the top’ was, he chickened out. On to the next attraction we went…

…which turned out to be the Toys R Us in Times Square. Here, Mini-Me was in his element. The place is HUGE (it has its own Ferris wheel, for crying out loud). We spent about 2 hours there and spent a lot of money buying crap that I could have bought at the Toys R Us that’s about 5 minutes from my house.

Next we had planned to eat lunch at Jekyll and Hydes. It’s a horror themed restaurant. The place looks like a haunted house, and there is a creepy doorman who lets you in. Once you are escorted inside, a creepy old woman named Dr. Killsalot jumped out at us, told us she was going to kill us, and then she shut the lights off. We were in pitch black darkness as the wall turned into a TV that showed a corpse yelling at us. Then, the corpse said he was going to crush us, and the ceiling started to come down.

It’s all done in great fun, and if not for the fact that I had a timid 7 year-old with me, I would have had a blast, but all that stuff pretty much set Mini-Me right off to Defcon 0. When the lights came back on and they started to escort us to our table, I saw he was just about ready to cry.

I tried to calm him down, but as they escorted us to our seat, we passed all kinds of corpses hanging on the walls, and portraits with the pairs of eyes moving behind them. That didn’t help much.

Then, when we were seated, they shut the lights off and they gave us flashlights so we could read the menus. When Dr. Killsalot came back, this time on stage, pulling a chain that brought a 8 foot Frankenstein down from the ceiling so she could bring him back to life, I knew it was time to yell “Check, Please!” and get the Hell of of Dodge. Time spent at Jekyll and Hyde’s? 6 minutes.

Trying to recover from that misstep, we walked over to F.A.O. Schwartz, which is enough to bring ANY kid out of the doldrums. After spending 20 minutes running back and forth over the large piano keys from “Big” he was back to his high spirits. After about an hour there, we headed back to Penn Station for Mini-Me’s grand cuisine of choice…… McDonalds.

All in all, it was a grand trip, and it made me happy to know that I made HIM happy, and that he will remember that trip, hopefully fondly, for the rest of his life (except for that whole “Scaring the shit out of him thing”).

This is probably the part of the post where I put up all the pictures I took, but instead I’ll use this part of the post to remind you all how fucking lazy I am. I DID take pictures, but I haven’t downloaded them yet off of the camera. Hopefully this weekend.

Happy Independence Day, you Yanks!

21 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

You realize that MTM was in Minneapolis when she threw her beret in the air, right?

I don't remember any of that stuff from Jekyll & Hydes, but it's been years since I've been. Was it the one up by Central Park or the one downtown? That could be another reason why I don't remember. I've only been to the one downtown.

SK Waller said...

Of course, his experience at Jeckyll & Hydes will become part of his personal life story you know. Years from now he'll be telling his kids about it. It'll end up being a happier memory than anything else you did, including the Big piano keys. Take it from the veteran mum of two grown sons.

Marlene said...

Whoa - that Jekyll & Hydes place sounds like a blast!!! (Ok, maybe not so much for a 7 year old). Welcome back!

sybil law said...

Way to scar your kid, Slyde...
:)

Slyde said...

earl: it was the central park one. i took my neices to the downtown one about 10 years ago and they didnt do any of that shit.

steph: i hope you are right!

marlene: doesnt it tho? i want to go back (sans kid)

sybil: hey, if you are gonna do something, dont be half-asses about it, i always say (no i dont)

Heff said...

Hilarious ! I think I would've lasted about FIVE minutes in that restaurant, lol.

I always wondered if those walkable piano keys were still there !

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Sounds like a great time except for the restaurant! And I have to admit that I was glad to see you cut the visit short. I'll bet he LOVES going there with you when he's older!

Slyde said...

heff: yup.. still there, and free!

jill: i hope so.. i want to go back!

Cocaine Princess said...

Mini-Me sounds so cute.

Seriously, the Jekyll and Hyde restaurant sounds so awesome!!

Looking forward in seeing the pictures.

Nat said...

Jekyll and Hyde...sounds like the type of place you go when you're on a diet and don't want to eat much...or if you're a fan of indigestion!

Happy belated blogiversary by the way!

The Invisible Seductress said...

You should adopt me..I have never been anywhere fun like that!! I can't wait to see some pics!!

Kaylen said...

Wow - sounds like an awesome restaurant...but maybe not with a timid 7-year old...Genius idea for whoever came up with that (the restaurant, not terrifying the child).

It sounds like it was a good day overall-I had no idea they had toy stores large enough for a ferris wheel!

Chris H said...

Mini is bound to only remember the horrible scary eatery!

AlleyCat said...

Poor Mini-Me! That is so funny (& Cute!) I recon that's a good 21st Birthday party story!

terri said...

It sounds like a really great day. I'm sure in his eyes, it was almost magical. You win the awesome dad award for this one.

Candy Claire said...

Geez! I think that place would of scared the bejeezuz outta me! I wish we had one here in South Africa :( I have a love hate relationship with stuff like that. I absolutely love horror movies and ghost walks etc, but I hate them as well coz I'm such a scardy cat!

i am the diva said...

sounds like a lot of fun, except for the terrifying restaurant and all the therapy he will need later...

i am the diva said...

sounds like a lot of fun, except for the terrifying restaurant and all the therapy he will need later...

Faiqa said...

So, I was *going* to make fun of how you scarred your kid for life, atc. until I saw that Earl pointed out that MTM was in Minn. not NYC... and the disturbing part of that is that this is exactly what I thought when I saw that photo... God.damn.it. I'm a nerd, aren't I? Mother.fucker.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

You know what's funny? he'll probably remember the Jekyll and Hyde restaurant over everything else...

Well maybe not the Ferris wheel, but he'll remember the scare he got for sure.

Kat said...

sooooo ummmm now that i'm posting delicious food stuffs again you're gonna add me back to your blog roll right? Pulleeeeze? I promise I won't leave you again. xx