Pink Drink or: The Less Desirables Beer of the Week

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City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents Pink Drink from Hi-Wire Brewing, The Less Desirables Beer of the Week.20170809_112633

Hi-Wire Brewing is an NC Brewing company out of Asheville, the state’s “beer capital.” They’re known for their balanced brews that don’t assault your palate while still entertaining your taste buds. This brew is a tart wheat ale that is brewed with lemongrass and raspberries. It’s known as a kettle sour. The ABV is only 4.2% so it’s sessionable and you can get away with a few of them before they start to take effect. I have started to get into more sour brews lately and I can’t wait to pop the tab on this quad of tall boy cans.

BeerAdvocate has it at 83 (Good) with no Bros Score and no overall rating because it’s not been rated enough. Untappd has it at 3.76 caps out of 5. Good is all I can hope for. I’m going to be happy if that’s what it is. I like the can and as you can see, Groot wants a bit.

Have you had this beer? If so, what did you think? If not, or if you just have a hankering for more, head down to City Beverage and grab your quad. Tell them that this is the beer of the week and get 5% off your order! Tune in later tonight or early tomorrow to hear what Caitlin, Danielle, Mikey and I think of it!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A kettle sour with the perfect balance of raspberry fruit sweetness & fresh candied-lemon aroma from lemongrass.” – Hi-Wire Brewing

 

Piggybackin’ the Seafood or: Oh, Crepe!

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This week on The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast, I have Chef Mark Grohman on to talk about the 10th Annual Meridian Seafood Festival that happens this Saturday. Also, Tim Grandinetti’s Doctor Brownstone’s Sweet Summer Luv Luv Festival is this Thursday through Saturday. Listen to the podcast to hear more about these things as well the rumors about what is coming soon. You can hear that episode HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Being a big fan of seafood myself, I decided to do a seafood festival.” – Chef Mark Grohman

Behind the Times or: Missed It By ‘That’ Much

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This is one of those “to make you feel old posts.” This past Thursday, when I was posting the review of the latest Eugeology entry, I totally forgot the mention that it was the 30th anniversary of Def Leppard’s Hysteria album. Yeah, take that in, again… 30 years.

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The album was #464 on the Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums of All Time. Here’s what I wrote when I reviewed it:

I was 17 going on 18 when this album came out.  My high school years were summed up around that time.  The entire first side (thinking of the cassette copy I wore out) was awesome with the screaming guitar of “Women” to the processed drums of “Rocket” to the bright sounds of “Animal” and the dark torture of “Love Bites” and the saccharine-flavor of “Pour Some Sugar On Me” to the clever play on words of “Armageddon It.”  Side one of this album by the “World’s Most Cursed Band” really did rock my 17-year old behind! “Gods of War” had one of the coolest, yet simplest basslines of my youth.  The title track was the best thing on Side Two for me.  Side One plus two songs on Side Two makes a damn fine album.  The rest of the songs are ok, but nothing that knocks me over. DUG IT!

It was a great time in my life. Innocent. I loved the album, at least side one. I wore that out. I also wore out the CD. Now, I own it on vinyl as well. This was Def Leppard for me. Yeah, I get Pyromania and all that, but it doesn’t move me like this one did. High and Dry was okay, but it was a little rough for me. I have never made any bones about my favor of slick production over raw and rough production. Robert “Mutt” Lange slicked this up like nobody’s business. And, remember, Rick Allen had already lost his arm and yet he pulled this performance off with flying colors. Yes, the drums are processed and they’re electronic but at that time, it was all they could really do. Yes, it was

Yes, the drums are processed and they’re electronic but at that time, it was all they could really do. Yes, it was heavy on the synths and keyboards, but I love that stuff, too. Seven singles from the album were released. “Women” was the first for the US. It only made it to #80 on the Billboard Hot 100. Then, “Animal” which made it to #19 on that chart. The title track was up next and made it to #10. The album’s (and the band’s) biggest hit ever came next: “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” Oddly enough, even though “Sugar” has the distinction of being the band’s biggest name song, it only made it to #2. The sad anti-ballad “Love Bites” was next and that rode the “sugar wave” all the way to #1; the band’s only #1 in their career, thus far.  Still riding the high, “Armageddon It” made it to #3 and then “Rocket” to #12.

It has sold over 25 million copies and is certified 12x Platinum (diamond level), according to the RIAA. It is about #23 on the all-time album sales in the USA. It lasted a long time on the charts as a whole and it seemed it wasn’t going away. It wasn’t, I suppose. I was quite okay with that.

I’d never say it was a favorite of mine, overall, but I will say it’s my favorite Def Leppard album. Happy 30th to you, my high school friend. See you in another 30 (and before).

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“In the beginning, God made the land. Then He made the water and creatures, then He made Man. He was born with a passion, love and hate. A restless spirit with a need for a mate. But there was something that was missing, something lost. So he came with the answer, here’s what it cost: One part love, one part wild, one part lady, one part child. I give you: Women.” – “Women” (Elliott, Savage, Collen, Clark, Lange)

Silent Sunday or: The Haul 8/1-5/17

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This week’s haul spans several days as we visited Underdog Records on Tuesday upon our return from Raleigh, seeing Belle and Sebastian. So it’s extra long today. Let’s hit it!

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So, as you can see, that’s a pretty good haul. Some stuff we’re really excited to get, some we just needed for the collection and some “must haves.” It’s always fun to go in Underdog Records. We have a little community that we’ve formed being customers over there. I know Jonathan has a few quality turntables for sale in the store right now and some receivers and speakers, as well. If you’re looking to get into vinyl for the first time, or again, or just want/need to upgrade your setup, then you’ve choices over there. And, we all use Discogs to manage and archive our collection (and to provide you links for this blog).

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“My house! Is out of the ordinary. That’s right! Don’t wanna hurt nobody. Some things sure can sweep me off my feet. Burning down the house.” – “Burning Down the House” (Frantz, Byrne, Harrison, Weymouth)

Sausage Party or: The Less Desirables Movie of the Week

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a/perture cinema, the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, Sausage Party (2016), starring Seth Rogan, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton and Michael Cera.

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Per IMDb: “A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.”

At Shopwell’s Supermarket, there’s a celebration every morning. Every kind of inanimate object you can think of is celebrating because they could be picked by “the gods” to take into paradise. In particular, Frank (Rogan) is a sausage that is sitting right next to his girlfriend, Brenda (Wiig) on a shelf waiting to go into the Great Beyond. They talk about what they’re going to do and it’s pretty graphic. Instead, they just touch “tips.”

Food and grocery items get picked up, one after the other. Beets, peanut butter, jelly, flour, bananas, even a douche gets chosen to take that eternal journey. One item, however, Honey Mustard (UNCSA alum Danny McBride), has been on the outside but is returned and he’s flipping out. He keeps trying to tell everyone that things aren’t what they seem but no one listens. Honey Mustard tries to commit suicide by jumping off the edge of the cart. Frank tries to help him by grabbing his leg. Brenda helps Frank by grabbing his leg (yes the groceries have legs, shoes, gloves, eyes and mouths) and the human woman who is driving the shopping cart crashes into another shopper causing many of the grocery items to topple, including Frank, Brenda, Douche and some flour that clouds the entire area, creating a scene of chaos not unlike that of a building collapse. The humans don’t notice (it seems on purpose) and go on like nothing happened, running over some of the items.

Douche blames Frank and Brenda for causing the accident and for bending his nozzle, also for ruining his chances of “getting up in” the human purchasing him. Douche is picked up by the store janitor and tossed into the trash only to get out of a dumpster and find a dying juice box, which, after he sucks him dry, makes him stronger and powerful. He continues to murder innocent liquids to become even more powerful, searching for Frank and Brenda to exact revenge. Does he find them? Do Frank and Brenda find the truth of the Great Beyond? You’ll have to watch to find out.

This is probably the crudest film I’ve ever seen, especially for a cartoon. Then again, the crudest prior was Team America: World Police which was a big puppet show. The overt sexual innuendo was non-stop. The racial/sexuality/religious/creed stereotypes were embellished and swollen to mega proportions. It was definitely offensive and meant to be that way. All that being said, I loved it. It was hilarious at points, clever the entire time and a very fun movie to watch. I believe that was the point for most of it, how nonpolitically correct could they be? Lots and that’s good. There was definitely understated but definitely present political and social commentary that was spread throughout the entire film. The 9/11 quality of the cart crash was brow-raising but needed to demonstrate the devastation the groceries felt.

The characters were stereotypical but spot on. Perhaps not so much stereotypical but representative? The voice actors gave the characters life and Edward Norton does a great Woody Allen impression. Something else I found funny was that the original music was composed by Alan Menken (Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid) who normally does a lot of Disney-esque fairy tale stuff. That was great. Let’s say the Meat Loaf cameo was pretty great, too.

All in all, I think the film was great. It’s not something to watch with your kids unless your kids are over the age of 15 or so. Entertaining and fun, but as I said, definitely crude. Rotten Tomatoes has it rated at 82% Fresh with an Audience score of only 51%. I don’t know what happened there. IMDb has it at 6.3 stars out of 10. I watched the film on Netflix and I rate it 4.25 stars out of 5. Have you seen it? What did you think? What would you like to read/hear me review?

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“It’s all a lie. Everything you’ve been told, everything you believe in.” – Honey Mustard

A Manageable Obsession or: Inking It

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So, this evening, The BCPF will get her second tattoo. It will also be only six months since she got her first. I think she’s gotten the “bug.” I’m not going to tell you what it will be but I certainly love the idea. It should turn out to be quite fabulous. She’s excited and I like when she’s excited.

We’ll be returning to our tattoo artist of choice, I’ll even say, The Official Tattoo Artist of The Less Desirables’ The BCPF. I know that’s a stretch, but hey, I tried. Anywhat! She’ll be getting the new art at Earth’s Edge Tattoo & Piercing in WSNC. Byron and Kelley Weeks have been guests on The Less Desirables and The Beer Dads. I’d call them friends. I like to support my friends. Byron did the awesome Great Blue Herron that she sports on her left leg. 935361_10151580917885027_1093566513_n

Byron takes his time to get exactly what you want, draws up some mock/rough ideas and then goes over edits with you. It’s important that you allow the artist’s creativity to be included. Byron talked about how doing tats can be boring when they’re doing stuff that is “stock.” Let them put their stamp on it. I think if they don’t have some creative input, they are no longer tattoo “artists” but tattoo “givers.” Who would want to be that? Not me. Then again, I can’t draw much of anything, but if I could, I’d be adamant about having creative input. It would be like co-writing a song with someone and they not allowing me to be creative with my parts. At that point, I’m not a co-writer as much as a facilitator. That’s not me.

Anywhat! I’ll post pics of the new art in the next few days. Perhaps Monday? But, again, may I recommend Earth’s Edge Tattoo & Piercing for your permanent skin art or adornments? You can find them at 1800 Silas Creek Pkwy here in WSNC. Check out their website and/or Facebook Page.

Until tomorrow, ink up!
Scorp out!


“Best Prick in Town!” – Byron Weeks

I Don’t Wanna Sit Tight or: Tsar (Eugeology Entry 30)

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I surprised myself with the last entry. I knew I wasn’t going to like it and well, I did. That happens and is my favorite part of this whole list: gems, I’d say. Eugene is a few weeks back and Jon is currently out of town (again), so he’ll start catching up soon. Let’s move on, shall we? And, it’s already #30. Only 20 more to go.41Y9NSGZTFL

#30 – Tsar by Tsar.

My first thought was that this band should have been called Hubba Bubba or Bubble Yum because it’s a lot of bubblegum. Sugary instrumentation and bubble blowing lyrics fill this entire album. But, here’s the thing. I like bubblegum and I like this album. Q: Is it the greatest thing I’ve ever heard or is it something that I’d want a lot of? A: No and probably not.

There are parts that are blatantly very much up Eugene’s alley: riffs, rock and Cheap Trick. I heard that immediately. Then the more I listen there are other things that may not be blatant, but from what I know about my buddy is that he too can be a sucker for some bubblegum power pop. And, this definitely has that. If I were going to describe the album to anyone (which is what I’m doing here, I suppose) I’d say picture Cheap Trick slammed together with Simple Plan with Fountains of Wayne sprinkled on top. Plus, they’ve toured with Duran Duran so they couldn’t have been too heavy, right?

This album was released in 2000 and that’s just before Fountains of Wayne and Simple Plan and that ilk were hitting the scene and making names for themselves. So, this could be a precursor of that genre. And, Cheap Trick is a rock band first and foremost but they had aspects of some power pop goodness and were very influential of many a band that followed. I mean look at Clay Howard, my current partner in musical crime, he has Cheap Trick written all over him. Not a bad pedigree, I’d say. If you want to hear this combo of which I speak, listen to “Silver Shifter” followed by “Kathy Fong Is The Bomb.” Those two are quite representative of the marriage of those styles which aren’t too far removed from each other anyway.  “Ordinary Gurl” reminds me of Oasis, which fits the Cheap Trick mode, I’d say. It’s right between the heyday of the bookends I spoke of. During the solo, I thought they were going to burst into the solo of “Purple Rain” but they didn’t.

The album has some heavy moments, to be sure, but is mostly airy and steady. Hooks are everywhere and that’s never a bad thing. There’s no listing for a keyboard player but it seems like there’s layered pads and such under most of the songs to give a little more of that airy ambiance. This is an easy listen and it’s fun.

Nothing stands out as the thing to listen for, and I think if there was, you’d be missing the point. There’s no member of the band that sticks out, they work together doing their business and giving you good stuff to listen to, jam to, rock out to and darn it, just enjoy.

Jeff Whalen has a great voice that is remnants of the 80s hair bands mixed with that mid-00s power. He also plays a mean guitar. And, so does Daniel Kern. Wide open chords (pun) with the occasional dissonance help to create the massive sound of which this album is representative. Jeff Solomon is a good bass player, although I’d like to hear a little more riffage from him, instead of just having him slave behind the guitars. That’s just the bass player in me talking, though. Steve Coulter is throwing down on some drums. He has subtle, yet impressive, licks in there and I love his hi-hat work. Listen to “I Don’t Want to Break-Up” to hear what I mean.

I can’t pick a favorite on the album because I don’t think there’s anything that I didn’t like. It’s all pretty good stuff. I had never heard of this band before. I don’t know how, but it’s true. And, to revisit my question from earlier. Q: Is it the greatest thing I’ve ever heard or is it something that I’d want a lot of? A (revised): No and probably. This is a good, easy-to-listen-to, enjoyable album with a talented band that knew their strengths and played on them. They’re a bit silly but they’re a shload of fun.

Thanks Eug for introducing me to this. I await your review of it and Jon, I have a way to wait for yours but I want to hear what you think of it, as well.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I’ve tempered with nature to increase my stature. And, I’ve twisted modern science. I’ve become an appliance and I’ve twisted modern art. And, I am Jean-Paul Sartre. I’ve done what the monkey done. 5,4,…3,2,1. Oh O, here we go. Living on the moon with the MonoStereo.” – “MONoSTEReo” (Tsar)

Act of the Apostle or: Which One is Sebastian?

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My apologies again for yesterday’s short post. We had a heck of a “weekend plus.” I was exhausted. But, I’m here to tell you why. On Monday, our Engagementversary, we drove to Raliegh to see a band that The BCPF would consider “a fave.” They rarely tour and this was special, so how could we pass on it?

The band is Belle & Sebastian. They’re from Scotland; Glasgow. We heard some of their stuff whilst we were over there gettin’ hitched. I didn’t know what I thought about them when I first heard them a few years back when The BCPF put them on a mixtape for me. The more I listened over time the more and more I got to like them. They’re tongue-in-cheek, clever and very good musicians. 20170802_141746

To me, they have a very retro feel. Definitely an “indie” sound. It’s also a very full sound. That’s not too difficult to pull off when there are seven members actually in the band. Their singers, primarily Stuart Murdoch, have unique voices that I won’t say are great, but they are, well, unique… as I just said. The members are all around my age which is pretty cool. I can relate to life, if not the Scottish aspect, even though I do get some of that, too.

So, The BCPF and I stayed at the Hyatt Place North Raleigh-Midtown and ate dinner at a decent chain restaurant that was on the same property as the hotel before Ubering over to the North Carolina Museum of Art, where the show was being held. We had purchased general admission tix which would have gotten us closer to the stage but would have also required us to stand and I’m just not about that. Luckily, the lovely and awesome wife of Superfan Damien of The Less Desirables works at the NCMA and was able to get us an upgrade to reserved seating. And she really came through. 20170731_213822

The concert’s venue was outside. Not quite the size of one of the “sheds” (Amphitheaters) but still a pretty good venue with plenty of grass seating and bench seats with assigned numbers. We ended up with awesome seats due to our gracious upgrade. We were 8 rows past the general admission folk (row H) and smack-dab in the middle of the row. So we were eye-to-eye with Stuart throughout the show. I think these were better than the GA tix because 1) we had actual seats, 2) we didn’t have to fight anyone for a spot, 3) we didn’t have to get there early, 4) we were looking straight ahead and not “up” like most of them were. Plus, we had the benefit of being out in front of the speakers, not between them. We won the awesome lottery for sure.

Opening the show was Andrew Bird who was the violinist for Squirrel Nut Zippers and is quite the talent. I really enjoyed his stuff, but I have to admit it started to get old after about half way through. I don’t know that it was anything he was doing wrong or I was just ready to see Belle & Sebastian. I think it was the latter. He did good, though.

B&S at one time had 9 people on the stage at the same time, playing instruments or singing. They even had a young trumpet player named Alex that played on about five or six songs. He wasn’t part of the band. He was from Raleigh and hadn’t played with them before. I think I heard Stuart say he hadn’t played with anyone before. He was pretty good, though. I have to admit that I didn’t recognize most of the songs but I’m not the fan that The BCPF is. They did play several of my faves by them, though, including “Sukie in the Graveyard,” “I’m a Cuckoo,” “I Didn’t See It Coming” and “The Blues Are Still Blue.” The latter was the last encore that they did by request from someone they described as “someone with a bullhorn of a voice.”

It was a great show and I’m so glad we got to see them and we thank Mrs. Superfan Damien for the upgrade. We owe you guys some beer. Thanks to The BCPF for introducing me to Belle & Sebastian and wanting to go see them. I think it’s my favorite of “your music.” If you’re not familiar with the band, Dear Reader, you should give them a shot and you should keep an open mind because they’re certainly an acquired taste. But, you’ll see the talent, I’m sure. Enjoy!

Oh, and I didn’t do beer today because I don’t know what it will be. Danielle is surprising us. But, you should still go to City Beverage and say The Less Desirables sent you!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Sukie was the kid, she liked to hang out in the graveyard. She did brass rubbings, she learned you never had to press hard. When she finished hanging out she was all alone. She decided that she better check in at home. There was an awful row between her mum and dad. They said she hadn’t done this, she hadn’t done that. If she wanted to remain inside the family home, she’d have to tow the line, she’d have to give it a go. It didn’t suit Sukie so she took her things and left.” – “Sukie in the Graveyard” (Belle & Sebastian)

Not Feeling It or: Sorry for the Tardy

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So, The BCPF and I went out of town yesterday to watch a band, Belle & Sebastian in concert. Neither of us slept well in the hotel (not the hotel’s fault) and when we came back home we ran a few errands and took in lunch. We both fought sleep all late afternoon and it’s now close to tomorrow and I’m finding there’s nothing to talk about. Well, that’s not true. I have something to talk about but I don’t want to waste it at 11:55pm. So I’ll get to it tomorrow. But, I have been kind of out of it and want to make sense.

I’ll write about it tomorrow. Okay? Okay.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Even nice things don’t make you happy when you’re tired.” – Jo Brand

The Proposal or: Magical Moments

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Yeah, I tell this almost every year and yeah, it gets mushy and yeah, probably to you, Dear Reader, it gets old. The truth is, however, I never tire of telling it and if you don’t like my mushy stuff, this would be a good time to check out. If you don’t mind or are reading it for the first time, then read on! A bit of warning, though, it will be long.

The BCPF and I got up on July 31, 2011, and were driven to Charlotte to get on a plane. It was our first plane trip together and it was the first time that we were going to go to my favorite destination in the world, Walt Disney World. It was to be the first time that I had been there in six years and we were going to celebrate the fact that I, after many years since my last collegiate foray, had finished my degree. My gift to myself was this trip and I was taking my best girl with me.

Whilst I know it is a fashion faux-pas, when I travel to WDW, I wear a fanny pack. I like having my stuff with me and I don’t want it falling out while I’m being jostled about on rides. This day was a bit different, though. Yes, I had the fanny pack but it was the contents of the pack that was different. I put it on the x-ray belt and hoped that the scanning officer didn’t alert anyone to the pack’s contents. It passed inspection, we moved on, got on the plane, and headed to the “most Magical place on earth.”

We got on the shuttle and were whisked away to Wilderness Lodge, our “home away from home.” After getting in the room, the first thing I like to do when I get to WDW is to go to Magic Kingdom and have lunch in the form of a hot dog at Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA. Being as Wilderness Lodge is on Bay Lake, the same body of water that surrounds Magic Kingdom, we took a boat over and made it through security with no alerts to my fanny pack’s contents. We had to wait as it was before 11 am and Casey’s Corner wasn’t yet open. We had our dog and conversed about the Ibis that populate the courtyard.

We then moved to Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse and had no wait. We walked through that with no resistance, no people rushing or pushing past us. We moved on the Jungle Cruise and unless you’re the first person, first thing in the morning, there’s no way to miss a crowded line here. But, it was minimal. We got on the ride and were given prime seats (toward the front of the boat in the middle so you see everything with little craning of the neck). I held her hand and we enjoyed the boat ride through Asia and Africa and under Switzer Falls (named after someone named “Falls”). From there it was Pirates of the Carribean. The line was minimal and we were seated at the front of the boat. 216852_10150326463895490_8196672_n

One thing to note is that it was July 31 and we were in Central Florida. But, it was only in the mid-80s. Not too hot at all, which was surprising, but definitely welcome. We walked our way around to Haunted Mansion and had virtually no line. Since The BCPF and I are history folks, we had to do the Hall of Presidents, especially since we’re both fans of Obama and his presentation had just been added to the script. All of this, you have to realize, was seventh heaven to me. I was getting to be a tour guide of the place I love with the woman I love.

It’s a rite of passage for anyone going to Magic Kingdom, or WDW at all, to have to ride It’s a Small World. Yes, that song is annoying as all get out, but you have to ride it. Again, short line (which never happens) and we were put in the front row. By this time it was almost 3 pm and it was time to make our move to Epcot, as we had rezzies for dinner at Tutto Italia Ristorante at 5:40 pm and sometimes that trip can be time-consuming. But, getting to the Monorail was no problem, getting on the Monorail was no problem and the trip to Epcot was easy-peasy-George-and-Weezy!

We wandered through the gates and since The BCPF had no bag, no purse, no anything, I sent her through the “No Bags” line as I got my fanny pack checked (plus I didn’t need her to know its contents and didn’t want to take a chance). The first ride you encounter from the Monorail is Spaceship Earth. No wait and no halting in the middle of the ride, which anyone who’s ridden that ride can attest, that is rare. We moved on to the World Showcase since that’s where the Italy Pavilion is and you choose the left path or right path. Italy is in the left middle but certainly in the middle so we took the left path. That brought us to Mexico Pavilion first and we rode the boat ride, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros and were given the front row of the ride, with no other riders on the boat with us.

Next was Norway and the Maelstrom boat ride (RIP, it’s now Frozen Ever After – BOO!!!!!!!) and yes, minimal line and, again, front row. Next, China and their Circle-Vision 360 film, Reflections of China. That took a little bit of time and it was about 5:15 pm. I knew we had no time to do anything else, so we decided we’d be early for our rezzie. We traveled two countries in about five minutes (we were booking it) and got to the restaurant to find that our reservation was 5:25, not 5:40. We were five whole minutes early, whew! The meal was pretty good. We finished and it was about 6:30.

What I’ve failed to mention up to this point is that my entire adult life I’ve gone to WDW and have seen people on boats on the World Showcase Lagoon watching Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show. Again, this was my celebratory trip and I wanted to do that, so I booked it. But, that happens at 8 pm each night. We had time to kill and I wanted to see “O Canada!” a Circle-Vision 360 film that had recently been upgraded and since it was one of my favorite attractions, I had to see how it had changed. It was good and I was pleased. We had timed it right and had no wait to get in, other than hearing the spiel from the cast member that should be heard. After the film and some wandering about, we went to the Yacht Club, just outside of Epcot to get on our boat!

We get there and the boat house is closed!! What the heck!? It was 7:45 and it was closed. I had many plans that needed to happen and this is not what I needed to happen. The BCPF tried to calm me down. “We can do it another day,” she said. No. No, we couldn’t. There was a number to call for questions and literally as I was about to hit send on my cell, a door pops open from the back of the Yacht Club and (yes this could be in my mind and not what really happened) a line of five boat captains came marching out in single file, each pulling a rolling cooler and singing or chanting something Disney-like. It was surreal.

A fellow that looked and sounded a lot like Uncle Fester from Addams Family came over to us and the other groups that had gathered for their own boat rides and asked: “who’s from North Carolina?” I raised my hand and acknowledged it was us. He introduced himself as “Captain Ron” which I thought was funny. We were having to watch the weather as a storm was rolling around the area. We couldn’t take the boat ride if the storm came through. Luckily, it didn’t and we could get on the boats.

Cap’n Ron drove the boat around Crescent Lake telling us its history and the history of the resorts around it, and then the theme parks that are located on its shores. He paused in a few spots to let us “take it in,” although I knew what he was doing. We worked our way back to the Yacht Club, Beach Club and Boardwalk Inn area and moved our way through the channel into the World Showcase Lagoon. Checking with Control Central we were able to move farther into the lagoon to view the awesome fireworks display.

I sat on the pontoon boat’s seat normally and The BCPF leaned in on me, her feet up in the seat. The fireworks started. I sneakily took the item I’d been hiding from my fanny pack and adjusted it to prepare for the coup de grace that was about to happen. The BCPF said she’d like to sit on the opposite bench. Okay. I had to maneuver the item for her to not see it. After about 2 minutes, Cap’n Ron said that we’d see better from the side we started from. Okay. Maneuver number two. We assumed the positions again. The BCPF leaned back and said, “you know, today has been perfect.” I nodded with a “yep.”

And it had been perfect. A nearly flawless flight. A quick and easy shuttle ride followed by a quick and easy check-in at the resort. The boat ride to Magic Kingdom. The hot dog lunch with the Ibis. The short lines. Every ride with the option gave us front row. The dinner. This boat ride and the fireworks to end all fireworks. As the glittery display came to an end and the announcements started, I said, “you know, today has been perfect. There’s only one thing I can think of that would make it more perfect.” I rose took the item in my hand, dropped to one knee, and exposed the contents of the item I had been hiding for nine months. I asked her, “Will you marry me?” She stared at me blankly and asked, “yeah? Are you serious?”

2011-08-01_22-42-30_75I looked down at the box and the faintly sparkling stones sitting within it and said, “I got a ring…?” She finally said, “yes!” Whew, I thought I was going to fall over. I thought I had all this figured out. I thought there was no way she’d say no. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. She said yes. Yes. YES! Cap’n Ron announced what had happened. We were

Cap’n Ron announced what had happened. We had been tethered to four other boats in the lagoon and the one right next to us was full of seven women and they wanted to know what she said. I stood and at the top of my lungs yelled, “SHE SAID YES!!!!” People were looking over the rails of that same bridge where I had stood several times and watched the people in these boats observe the fireworks. We were congratulated a lot. We were taken back to Hollywood Studios because it was easier to get to the buses to get back to our resort. Along the way, I told her the few people that actually knew this was coming and the people who didn’t. Some really surprised her. She didn’t get to see the ring, which she calls her “precious” in a very un-Gollem-like voice, until we got on the bus.

Once back at the resort we went to the mercantile to grab some beverages and asked about something to commemorate the engagement. We got badges and wore them around the park the entire week we were there. People congratulated us constantly and cast members of WDW would yell congrats to us from across the promenade if that’s where they saw the badge. I don’t think we paid for any desserts during that week (we realized we needed to keep those badges on the entire time). It was the perfect trip.

It was the perfect trip. The entire week, with the exception of one day, the weather was near perfect. We had fun. We ate well. We loved each other and we loved, and still love, our time together, no matter where we are. We have many anniversaries that we celebrate, which is probably overkilling it, but we’re disgustingly cute and don’t care to show it. This, to me, is the second most important after the wedding anniversary.

To The BCPF, Stephanie, I still love you as I did that day, but the magnitude has grown infinitely exponentially. I fall in love more and more every day. Good. Bad. Indifferent. We always have each other and have a love that I defy anyone else to match. This is our fairy tale and I am not ashamed, afraid, or reluctant to scream it from the mountain tops, roof tops and this danged blog. Happy sixth engagement anniversary my baby. I love you.

Sorry, Dear Reader for the 2200+ word explosion. I did warn you.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Yes!” – The BCPF