Peace The Forks Out
(that isn’t Popeyes, Keens or Houstons)
(that isn’t Popeyes, Keens or Houstons)
they and we used to say ‘Monroe County Dank‘, but now we say ‘Monroe County Thanks’. thank you Monroe County, for giving us a place to escape after a wild week of American head-shaking and denial. if there was ever a weekend to get away and disappear into a fuzz of farts and beer, then this was the one
Monroe County was one of four blue counties in the entire state of Indiana red…
but my blood bleeds blue AND red for the city seat of the county – Bloomington
ahhhhhhhhhhhh Bloomington – the home of my ‘education’ from 1995-1999, and the home of an annual weekend trip where a bunch of dudes I truly love get together and party like it’s (1995-)1999
except our bodies can’t really handle it
but who cares – cause we will ALWAYS give it the old college try!
once again – LOVE THESE FCUKING GUYS!!!
(and the ones who couldn’t make the trip this time)
and we were there to get our game on
football vs Penn State live, with an outcome leaving us half empty… like the stadium holding the event
and got to watch the bball Hoosier boys play in Hawaii at our favorite bar
onion rings him
sometimes we juss had to wing it
and sometimes we REALLY needed to wing it (our mothers and wives are so proud)
and coat our stomachs with something that looks like glue, but tastes like heaven
and occasionally, add a few ‘greens’ into our weekend diet
and then eat incredible cheesy and breaded foods from that bear with boobs!
and of course – dig in on one of America’s best non-chain hamburgers
on Veteran’s Day no less – and you can’t get more American than this…
and you can’t get more delicious than this – as we tried out a NEW place (a very rare thing to do – try something new)!
and said goodbye to some old places (who have moved to a nearby location, but this building was kinda an institution to us)
and we even branched out on more new stuff… like antiquing!
and something I’ve wanted to do since I left…
ATTEND A CLASS!!!
and especially this class – which I always got shut out of when registering for in the 90s – but better late than never…
a master class on @thebeatles by the masterful Glenn Gass. today's class – #TheWhiteAlbum, forged at a time of great unrest and upheaval, which is not unlike our modern times. if only everyone listened to #TheBeatles more these days, the world would be a much happier place #AllYouNeedIsLove #LoveIsAllYouNeed. love ❤️ to you all
learning never ends
and sometimes lines never end either…
shout out to the IU Art Museum and their awesome Vik Muniz exhibit!
what a lovely fcuking city/town/place Bloomington is
and even as the world feels like its upside down – the world still turns
and I’m thankful to be alive, and to have such amazing friendships, that were forged in such an amazing place
life is beautiful
I could go on and on, and spin some more yarns…
but methinks you’d rather wear these NFL tie-dyes than hear more
RANCH FARTS ÜBER ALLES!!!!!!!!
the trip actually began briefly with a night stay over in Chicago!
where having an Italian beef sammy at 11pm wasn’t nearly enuff to quench my burst
also had to have hot dogs covered in fries – to begin the stomach stretching the weekend required!
and on the way down south – stopped off in Gary, Indiana, and paid love and respect to the Jackson family home
and if you aren’t following us on Instagram, you may not have known that the Mrs and I were in Indiana (and Michigan) 10 days earlier!
paid respect to the Rebel
said goodbye to a Moose
and fell for the fall leaves
btw – an amazing time to be on any college campus is Halloween!!
although there were not as many slutty cats as you’d think there’d be!
looks like today’s kids are more into slutty zombies
love you so much B-town
and cheers to you MSU campus!
and even to you Michigan fans!
Big Ten = Big Friends!
oh Disney World, what have you done to me (and the Mrs)
4 parks in 4 days equals memories 4 9evvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvver!!!
if you ever went to Disney World as a kid, you probably have memories of it that you dearly hold onto. mainly these memories come from whatever pictures you took with the characters in costume, but they are memories nonetheless, and they are embedded deep into yer psyche
Well, in the summer of 1982, I was Disney obsessed, and especially with Chip n’ Dale. Meeting them was probably the biggest thrill of my life. Did I know that Chip was juss a person in a costume?
Do I look like I care that Chip is a person in a costume??? I don’t think I was ever happier (pre-wife), and I always wanted to recapture that magic. ALWAYS. Sure, I went back twice (I think) in the late 80s, and it was ALWAYS magical, but I was still a kid, being a kid, doing kid stuff
Then time passed, I got older, but never got to go back. Don’t know why, but never really had an excuse to… until I got married and found out my lady had never been. BOOM. Within 5 months of marriage, it was off to BestEverEVERland!!! FINALLLY!!!
And you know what, I may not be a kid, but I still want to be, and Disney lets that happen!!!!!!!!!!!
AND DANCING WITH THEM!!!
AND KING LOUIE THE ORANGUTAN!!!
WHO I ONCE PLAYED IN A SUMMER CAMP MUSICAL!!!!
this really IS the happiest place on earth!!!!!
and you know what? meeting and hugging the characters (who you know are juss dudes in costumes) STILL gives one such an indescribable warm and happy feeling on the in AND outside, at ANY AGE. price of that? PRICELESSS!!! / the price of admission to the parks
and who cares if a lot of the rides are tame and lame and contain creepy robots!!!
long live Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress!!!
and Sonny Eclipse and his horrible jokes!!!
(although I sadly didn’t get to the Hall of Presidents. NEXT TIME!!!)
they say you can never go back again (or something)
BUT YOU CAN!!!!
Epcot is 2 things – an outdated world of tomorrow, according to the 80s + an around the world place to get drunk, without ever leaving America
too bad the ride inside of the sphere doesn’t inspire much of anything – even with Dame Judi Dench’s voice as our guide
it’s like a boring ‘It’s A Small World’, STARRING DAME JUDI DENCH’s VOICE!!! they should have made a ride focusing on Dame Judi Dench’s work in that Vin Diesel space movie sequel that no one saw
poor Disney’s future of the 80s
a future filled with glass pyramids and monorails and lots of oranges that never happened
but hey, I’ll take it over it not existing at all, cause it’s like a time capsule of 80s future!! it’s like the closest thing we’ll get to the future in Back To The Future II
whatever you don’t do, don’t do whatever this spaceship ride is
it will make you vomit and crap your pants
luckily they have non-Epcotish characters to take the vomit taste out of yer mouth, and poop smears out of your butt
and help you re-live your childhood
and luckily Michael Jackson died and became a saint and everyone forgot that he’s a child molester so Captain EO could live to dance again
I was so inspired that I’m making my own 3-D movie
it’s called Colonel Flustard – IN 3D!!!
as for the other half of Epcot – the mini-BS versions of other countries – shiz is cool, esp if yer a typical American who probably never leaves the country
this is actually as closest I’ve ever been to Canada!
no joke – I’ve never been to Canada
fezzed up, yo!
when in Faux-France
do as the faux-Francos do!
they had this special thing going on where there were like even more mini-countries, offering even more foods and alcohol that people could spend money on!! and people were literally eating and drinking it up and going bankrupt by the country/second. there were teams of drinkers with their own drinking team shirts! somehow we ended up with zero pictures of these revelers, but they were annoying and everywhere, so eff them
anyone up for Sesame Chicken Saturday?
where are all the authentic dishes from China, like chicken feet and Cream of Sum-Yung-Gai?
but who wants to eat any of that crud WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A HARVEST DINNER IN A SLOWLY ROTATING RESTAURANT WITH CHIP n’ DALE & PALS!!!!
although I’m starting to get the feeling that my wife may leave me for Chip
no joke. think we may both have to get married to him if I still want to be in the picture
had actually thought about skipping this park altogether, cause I thought it was just a zoo. well, it kinda was, but it was a zoo with lots of Lion King stuff and employess who are Asian and African American. FINALLY!!! THEY FOUND A PARK WHERE THEY CAN CATER AND EMPLOYEE PEOPLE OTHER THAN WHITE PEOPLE!!!!
the main attracion is the safari, which makes you feel like yer in the jungles of Orlando!!!
too bad yer not allowed to hug these animals
but fret not, they still have plenty of normal Disney stuff like…
CHIP N’ DALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
those bros are totally my bros
CANNOT get enuff of them and their hugs
but they aint no bro of Donald!!!
and they have an awesome character breakfast / lunch at the Tusker House Restaurant where you can meet Safari Goofy and Safari Donald and Safari Daisy and Safari Mickey!!!
AND YOU CAN EAT MICKEY TOO!
and they Kingdom even have non-Safari Daisy!
soon after I met my future wife, I actually told her that she looks like Daisy Duck – not as an insult – like she looked like a duck or something – but that she has hazy beautiful eyes and lashes juss like Daisy (like I said of Emma Stone). they like twins of hotness. Wifey once told one of my friends that I think she looks like Daffy Duck. Not even close. I wouldn’t bone Daffy, but I can and have gotten lost in Daisy’s eyes, juss like I do with my wife’s
MY WIFE!!! SHE A NICEEEE!!!!
did we see Chip n’ Dale?
DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! had to get in one last set of hugs :) :(
did we buy this shirt? nope. holding out for ‘We named the dog Indiana’
btw – the Indiana Jones EPIC Stunt Spectacular was totes rad, although my 12 year old self woulda loved it more had I had the chance to go in 1989 which I always dreamt of
did we get to fight Darth Vader or that Jedi who looks like he’s 50?
nope. only kids get to do it. they need to tear down the entire park and start over, making it 90% Star Wars, 5% Indiana Jones, 3% The Apple Dumpling Gang and 1% Condorman
btw – the Tower of Terror was awesome. so was the Aerosmith Rock n’ Rollercoaster too, but why Aerosmith? Couldn’t they make it like the Elton John ‘Circle of Life’cycle or something???
look, I’M ESCAPING NEW YORK!!!
THIS IS SO RACIST AGAINST NEW YORKERS
where’s the FUGGETABOUTIT JEW BAGEL SHOPPEEE?
whatever you don’t, don’t even bother visiting Downtown Disney – which is basically a crappy mall with lots of Disney crap to buy and restaurants you can find back in the suburbs. It was a clusterfudge of crowds and commerce, not a welcome reprieve of being away from the parks, which is needed!!
But I credit the Disney people for monetizing and branding anything AND everything. You can buy ‘Goofy Candy’ anywhere, and Goofy Candy is basically normal candy with Goofy’s name on the packaging
Somehow me and the Mrs escaped without buying a thing, but we were VERY tempted to at least get one of these
but c’mon, no Chip chips? or Ginger Dale drink??? C’MON DISNEY!!! THINK!!
oh, and how could I forget to mention my 1st ever Uber driver Howard – who was #77 in the Adam Sandler movie Waterboy + was in Any Given Sunday (although I couldn’t find his name on IMDB under either movie)
man, I really miss Chip n’ Dale. wifey and I think they should open a Disney character dinning restaurant in Times Square, cause we want to eat AND hug them, here there and everywhere
can’t wait to bring my kids to Disney world one day, and the kid still within me
remember – hugs not drugs