Chapter 7: The Neek vs. The Rain

For those of you that live/have lived in Florida, and quite possibly for many others who have visited, you will know what I mean when I say Florida should not be called the “Sunshine State.” It should be called “The State-that-cannot-make-up-it’s-mind-on-many-things-such-as-weather State.”

For many days leading up to our date, it was raining- and not the typical Florida “Oh hey, I thought you could use a quick torrential downpour of water from the sky and then straight back to sun!” rain. No, that would be too easy.  It would rain for hours, then stop, then maybe a hint of sun, then rain, then just cloudy, then MORE RAIN.

For this reason, I had my preferred plan of starting off at the mini golf locations, and the backup plan of going bowling instead. Go me, right? Wellllll…..

About 2 hours before our date, the skies had cleared and the sun was shinning down like all the Florida postcards promise it does, so I chose mini golf.  I am now convinced, ladies and gentlemen that THIS is the sole purpose of Radar Maps: to foresee unfavorable date weather in advance before dragging your beautiful date halfway through a mini golf course. Oops.

Having successfully arrived at Congo River Golf with Christy, we began our game. We made it all the way to the 12th hole when the raining began. Quickly, we dashed up the next set up wooden stairs which, luckily enough, is at the highest point of the course, and is a covered pavilion with a nearby waterfall flowing just underneath us.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Rain falling, nice sheltered gazebo-type of structure overlooking a lush African-themed wilderness, I’m pretty sure we were hugging from the coldness despite it being summer… perfect opportunity to get my smooch on, right?

Not to Thomas. Instead, I believe my reaction was something along the lines of: “Oh hey! It’s almost stopped again! We should try to finish the course and stick to our schedule.”

Christy followed me down and we continued until around hole 14, which is when the real downpour commenced. Needless to say, we bolted along with all the other soaked mini golfers to the front desk, picked up a rain-check and headed off, wet clothes and all, to the next part of our date – foods!

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Techie Talk #2: The robots!

So back when I started dabbling in electronics as a hobby, I did a project where I set up a webcam and made a robot that people through the internet could drive around my room and watch it respond to their commands.  Later on those components morphed into automating parts of my room like turning on and off the lights and opening and closing the blinds by any internet connected device only if you were on my home network for security. Room Operating System. (Thank you DynamicDNS for shutting down your free service.  I will have to find another to get the site working again) The website can be accessed outside of the network, but it will give you an error further in. (It does work, but I have problems with electrical noise from the rest of the electronics and am trying to make a different version)

I quite miss randomly seeing the little robot move by itself of others will around my floor and occasionally having to re-right it as it tended to flip itself over.  It was rather top heavy and I had to confine it to the view of the camera so I blocked it in with drawers from my dressers.  Sometimes I would put my Roomba in the ring with it so people could try to fight against the overlord vacuum. It did run through battery pretty quickly too averaging only about 29 minutes of total movement time.

I would like to try to resurrect the project again, only this time have it run much longer and not flip over on its side.  I would like to make a dedicated circuit board for it so it would reduce the number of wires that I had to use to make it, so I guess I need to get to work! OH AND TAKE PICTURES AND VIDEO THIS TIME.

Critic Corner – Hamburger Mary’s

Hello, lovely readers! Critic Christy here and ready for a review!

This past New Years Eve, Thomas and I were delighted to try out the fairly well-known Hamburger Mary’s of downtown Orlando! What are they known for? Burgers and a show!

Let’s go with the food first… I am going to be completely honest with you, and admit that neither Thomas nor I actually ate their famously delicious burgers – I know, I know, that probably makes us the WORST critics ever, right?? Thomas had the Chicken Caesar Salad, which he said was excellent. I had the pot roast which was alright, but nothing special.  Next time we’ll have burgers!!! Also, I had their “Strawberry-tease-me” Martini, but with lemonade instead of sprite…AND IT WAS AMAZING! I might drool on my keyboard just thinking about it. (It was quite tasty! -T)

So on to the show…its a Drag Show, and it was tons of fun! There were 4 performing ladies and they did a really amazing job! Thomas even got to tip them!

For New Years, they passed out champagne and we counted down to 2014! A lot of fun!

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Christy’s Ratings:

Food: 6/10

Drinks: (am I allowed to rate just the drinks??) 10004889.996/10!!! yummmmm

Show: 9/10

Thomas’s Ratings:

Food: Was one heck of a tasty salad! 8.5 or a 9/10

Drinks: I had coke, so 10/10!  Good brix.

Show: 8/10

Chapter 6 : The Neek Gets Soaked

My next post, dear readers, was going to be about my first date, but Christy has informed me that there is one topic I should enlighten you of that occured the weekend before the date. That thing is…the last Not-Date.

Following the asking-of-Christy-on-a-date escapade, which I think we all can agree was entirely epic, the natural progression would be to set a time and make arrangements for said date, correct? Accordingly, Christy and I compared work schedules after receiving them, and agreed that the following Tuesday we would both be off. The date was set.

The logical assumption would probably be that she and I did not intend to spend a large  amount of time together between the date-setting, and the actual date, yes? Originally, I think that was our assumption too, but, as is apparently the running theme for our story, we did it all wrong.

The weekend before the “big date,” we suddenly found ourselves having a large amount of time off together…and accordingly decided to spend it together at Universal.

I would like to take a moment to mention that it never once occurred to me that it would be considered odd for some to make plans for a first date, and then proceed to hang out for a substantial amount of time together a couple days beforehand. Indeed, this fact was only brought to my attention recently (as recently, in fact, as a few days ago when I first drafted this post) by Christy.

No doubt there are those of you shaking your heads, or laughing, or hitting yourselves on the forehead with your open palm at my total lack of perception to these “obvious” dating flaws. All I can say to you is…

Hey, I still got the girl! Right??

But we’re not there yet, so stop getting ahead of me!!

Anyway, I believe I was describing our non-date…

Obviously our impending actual date did have some effect on the way Christy and I related to each other… in the way that we held hands all day. D’awwwwwww. I know, I know!

That was our “water day.” We rode Jurassic Park, Dudley Do-Right’s Ripshaw Falls and Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges… and were properly soaked! As we were riding Bluto’s, it started to lightly rain and it rained until we left the park… perfect day for water rides!

All in all, our non-date was just about as perfectly enjoyable as any non-date can be, but in no way does it come close to the big one, the one we’ve all been waiting for – (duh Duh DUH) THE REAL DATE.

As the first date loomed closer, I found myself nervous and uncertain of dating protocols…  Where to go? What to do? What to wear? How to transport ourselves there?…all the usual “first date gitters” I’d assume – and yes, this was my first date. Ever.

Christy had left the schedule of the night’s events up to me, so I stuck with what I knew: Mini Golf, Dinner and a Movie.

Now for the clothes…admittedly, I panicked a little here. Upon realizing that this was perhaps an occasion worthy of carefully planned attire, I took note of my wardrobe, and was a little surprised to find that my clothing was defined by two strict categories: T-Shirts/Jeans and Business-ware. Frantically, I texted Christy asking what the dress code was, and explained my predicament. She kindly assured me that T-Shirts would, in fact, be acceptable to wear. Whew. Crisis averted (yet I swore to myself to purchase a good polo for future use!).

As for the ride…well, any of you who know me personally will know that my car is old and unreliable. Christy drove to my place, then I drove the two of us to our planned activities.

As I approached her on the walkway outside my place, I presented her with an abundance of Hershey chocolate, which I know for a fact is one of her favorites. We got in my car, and off on our date we went!