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.