Hmm ..well “I’m not Hispanic” as you might have noticed but Karen and I certainly do enjoy an occasional stiff pitcher of Frozen Margaritas while shoveling fajita fixins into a tortilla at our local Restaurante. I think you have to know how to cook that soft fluffy rice to be Hispanic (Dang that ooie gooie Mexican fooie sure is good) Haha
Well anyway I’ve had several ideas swirling around in my pea brain since the 1st of the year pertaining to what to do next year for our (please play an introduction trumpet blowing in your head at this point while reading this) (((25th Wedding Anniversary!!))). One idea was a lavish 2nd honeymoon to Italy, France or Spain or even all three, I suppose you know how dreams can balloon out of control. Popping that balloon with an economic dart I drifted back to reality and settled on “Spain”.
Yes Spain, the Bull fighting Mecca, Yes Spain, the Gorgeous beaches, Yes Spain the Majestic old world scenery but alas Yes Spain is in the midst of an economic crisis, advantage or disadvantage I pondered. Hmm …I’ll get back to Spain shortly.
The next logical progression in our “2nd moon plans” came in March as I researched learn to speak Spanish sites on El internet. I quickly decided on http://www.spanishprograms.com/
I liked the Rosetta stone demo but not their price.
Well I fell immediately head over heals in love with, if not bordering on obsessed with learning Spanish. I attempted my first conversion at a Mexican Restaurante in Early May with a waiter (which is encouraged in the program by the way). I mustered up the courage and said “Donde esta un Bano” (where is a bathroom) he quickly schooled me that un Bano referenced to an outside bathroom and that I should of said el bano. Well we got to talking (in English lol) about why I was learning Spanish and I mentioned the planned trip to “Spain” (we’re back It’s later) and he explained to my amazement that he a Mexican who speaks Spanish had trouble understanding Spaniards who speak Spain Spanish …Ooooh Boy plans just changed again!
It’s well into hot July and I have been practicing my Epanol with a Dominican named “Chico” (which means boy BTW) & he happens to be “mi vecino” (my neighbor). I’m still struggling but in our conversations the word placement I’ve noticed seems a little different but It’s pretty much the same as the Mexican Spanish that I’ve been cramming into my long term pea brain memory.
I think my “2nd moon plans” may be heading more south of the Indiana border towards Mexico way. I Don’t know for sure but I’ve mastered 3/4′s of Spanish level #1 in the process as it’s been mutating ..I’ll keep you updated!
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A quick stop off I-64 in Palmyra, In for some so so Lee’s fried Chicken christened the midway 3
1/2 hr jaunt to Cincy via Louisville ky.
The economic Travel Lodge in Newport, Ky located just across the river from Cincinnati was our destination. The Great American Ball Park (Where the Reds play) is a feet tingling breath taking 20 min walk across the fan friendly bridge into Downtown Cincy!
Karen and I freshened up, dawned our Cubs gear and had a couple stiff drinks before hiking over to GABP to purchase our 7:05 pm night game tickets.
We splurged for a couple of great seats down the 3rd base line. (A whole $32 a ticket) The Fox Sports Ohio crew was located in our section also we met Mr.Redlegs, Tony Campana and were treated to a pitching gem of a game by Jeff Samardzija.
Cubs Win Cubs Win Cubs Win!
Karen and I celebrated with a large pizza pie from Domino’s and a few drinks before drifting off to la la land!
The next morning we discovered a Mall, Aquarium, Scenic views and $2 parking for game #2! Believe it or not only in Kentucky would you put an Aquarium right next to a Fish Market restaurant! Oh well Plenty of shopping, eating and taking in the view passed the time till we crossed the river for the 12:35 pm Cubs vs Reds game.
Karen and I sit in the $10 bleacher section and were treated ya another beautiful gem pitched by Ryan Dempster and the long balling “Blues in Cincinnati” for what looked like win 2 until Marmol the Mutilator blew the save and our Cubbies lost 4-3 in 10. At least we got some sun and witnessed Carlos Marmol’s last kill as a closer!
The trip home was a little somber but we enjoyed a 5-way a skyline Chili anyway oh and a traffic jam in the middle of nowhere. Delicious memories we made and the grand total cost of the trip was $361 ..not bad!
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Thanks to our gracious GPS Navigation hostess the short journey to The Nashville Convention Center was aesthetic and seamless. Oh Just a note: The parking downtown is abundant, economical and convenient.
Upon entering the Convention Center Friday afternoon we were instantly plunged into a river of chaotic “Anime.” After the initial shock wore off Karen and I quickly realized “The Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival” wasn’t the only festivities going on at the center that weekend. (If you’re not familiar with “Anime festival” It’s basically a Japanese Animation costume party, encompassing many genre.)
Anyway emerging from the river we began battling a few warlords, elves and I don’t really know what’s to finally make it down the stairs to the lower level. We we’re abruptly greeted by a long line of tattoo & horror buffs all needing entry passes as we did. The line flowed nicely I’ll sincerely say! “Oh look Karen” I said “there’s a cool Zombie take my pic!” (That wasn’t the last time I uttered that request either.)
Staggering into the Hall (behind the Zombie of course) we we’re immediately distracted by all the commotion to our left! It was Celebrity row and standing 30 ft away was my Holy Grail of the event. The crossbow wielding Zombie slayer from “The Walking Dead“ Norman Reedus ..Aka Darryl. There were a lot of celebs in attendance Tony Todd ..AKA Candy Man, Madison Lintz ..AKA Sophia, Ace Freely from …Kiss, to mention a few. We went quickly went to the Celeb Photo op’s booth and “got our Holy Grail” reasonably priced at $35 for 2 celebs.
The alcohol was pricey but we indulged in several rounds as we toured the rest of the festival. They had about anything you desired including an ample supply of Miller Lite also Vodka & Cranberry, our personal preferables.
The symphony of Tattoo artisans working in unison, was a sound we both mentioned to each other as we explored the eclectic displays of photo art at each booth. Observing each unique individual artist’s performance along the way was mesmerizing!
Karen and I have some Delicious memories of our 3 day weekend in the Music City besides the festival we took a ghost tour of downtown,
explored the many many, one more time, many bars, bands and shops on Broadway. Oh lest I forget the BBQ was the Bomb!!!!
Scarefest is next …can’t waited!!!
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Tremendous April weather (sunny & 65) set the stage for a 5 run 8th inning rally. Followed by Carlos Marmol Closing out the Dodgers for a 10-8 Cubbies “W”! We even got to sing “Go Cubs Go”! The snappy skinned hot dogs and the wondrous smells engulfing Wrigley field I shall not soon forget. Nor will I forget being surrounded by my warm family of 41,000 plus Cubbies fans! “Awesome” is a weak word but all I can muster at the moment! Go Cubs
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We had a Blast catching up with old class mates at the Hideout restaurant, it had been 27 years since I had seen several of them! What a trip that was every conversation started with “remember when” HAHAHA Fun times LOL Me and the Nazi left /group of Class of 1982 attendies right!
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We had a super time at Hicory Hollar campground Labor day weekend!
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