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06 October 2009 @ 12:33 am
Avenue Q and other New York hijinks  
This took place over Labor Day weekend. Yes, I fail at timely updates. Whatever. It's here now.

I must confess that I didn't hear of Avenue Q until a couple of months ago when I finally heard that Internet is For Porn song in its entirety. But at least I learned of it in time to catch it before the end of its Broadway run. We went. We saw. It ruled.

Upon onezumi's most excellent recommendation, we stayed at the Hyatt in New Brunswick, New Jersey near a convenient train into the city. Also nearby was a Cajun restaurant with tasty blackened salmon and unintentional hilarity from the jackass at the next table, who felt the need to slip fndragon this note:

Yes, I saved it and scanned it because truth really is that strange. The waiter and her boss got a good laugh out of it as well.

Anyway, onto Avenue Q. Totally worth it. The actors carry the puppets around with them, and their own expressions and gestures truly bring the characters to life. Cartoon homages to Sesame Street are shown now and then, obviously featuring a different sort of humor. Counting down from five nightstands to one - do the math. The performers have an obvious blast onstage, and there's nothing quite like the energy of such a fun performance. Even though I heard that porn song about half a billion times prior, it was nowhere near ruined for me. YouTube's just not the same as seeing it live.

After that, dinner at Pongsri Thai Restaurant (YUMMY) and a helter skelter kind of lazy Sunday with setupweasel. The New York subway system is arcane to the uninitiated, surprisingly straightforward and fun with a knowledgeable guide. Dive down the stairwell tucked away on the street corner! Await the train in the roaring hot belly of the beast! Enjoy the nifty mosaics en route to your stop! First up was mexcellent lunch in Harlem (tasty grilled veggie burrito + best green salsa ever) and a tiny video game store stuffed to the ceiling with rare vintage merchandise I had never heard of. A guy in our general age group was in there giving his kids a tour of the good old days. After that was the glorious mayhem of Chinatown and setupweasel's open mic performance at Comix. He entertained us. Some others, not as much, but it was free (including bonus mixed drinks), so I won't complain.

On Monday, we met up with onezumi and Harknell to goof around at the Keansburg Amusement Park. We ate way too much fried food, including corn fritters, Oreos, and a Twinkie that was basically the atomic bomb of the grease world, and went in this nifty little herky jerky cars-on-a-track spook house where the operator jumped out at us at the end for an extra bonus. All in all, it was a most excellent afternoon of catching up - and a perfect end to a great trip.
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Avenue Q miscellany
Victoria Maeve: bs // whatsyncopated_time on October 6th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
That note has so much fail that it has actually circled all the way back around to win, though probably not in the way the original Bro intended.

And I thought stuff like that only happened in books/movies/cheesy TV shows. Thank you, real life, for being stranger than fiction. You keep the lulz coming!
Skurtchasor: UR MOMskurtchasor on October 6th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
I was under the impression that if somebody actually committed the word "Bro" to written form, it would create a paradox in the beer-frat continuum, and...well, something drastic would result. Perhaps this effect was canceled by being in New Jersey, which has its own set of physical laws.

You don't know it yet, but you're going to be applying your skills of move set analysis (ala your Lunchbox FAQ) to help me with a project in the near future. Details to follow.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Son of MacGyverrydain on October 7th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
I am intrigued. Can I get some idea of what I'll be doing, or is it SUPAR SEKRIT?

Also - Zhugers is totally pulling a Zuo Ci godmod mindfuck here. Click for full size.

Skurtchasorskurtchasor on October 9th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
That icon still makes me giggle for about ten seconds every time I see it.

I've been working on realtime 2D overhead combat engine. Currently without any pretty graphics. Among other things, you're going to figure out how to break the underlying mechanics. Should have something to get you started in another week or two.

Re-reading that note, it would have been amusing for Ogre to pass one back that said, "Bro. Do not let Dr. Mario touch your privates. He is NOT a real doctor. Just my advice."

mineral_townmineral_town on October 8th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Dude! Nat and I saw Avenue Q here in CA last spring! It was amazing! ...but our night out involved much less in the way of hilarious bro notes and much more in the way of "My Sister Is Going To A Show Piss-Drunk, And Rebecca Garabed's In-Laws Don't Know". Ah, good times.