Chapter 10: The Neek is a Wizard

Our one month anniversary came and went, and before we knew it, it was Halloween!

Actual Halloween was on Thursday, and I worked, but both Christy and I surprisingly had Friday night free from work!

So, what to do, what to do…. Christy convinced me to go dancing!

Following our now standard tradition, we incorporated 2 “firsts” into my “List of Firsts” that night!

1. Sweet by Miss Holly

That’s right, following our tasty Panda Express dinner (one of my favorites), Christy and I headed across the street to Sweet, a delicious little cupcake store infamous for it’s sweet cupcakes. Let me tel you… yum. It’s all about the coconut for me, though Christy can’t get enough of the “Black and Gold” or “Chocolate Mousse.”

2. Swing Dancing

One of UCF’s clubs, the Swing Knights, hosts a weekly swing dance at a nearby location for $5, or $6 if you want to attend a 30 minute lesson beforehand. We definitely did the lesson. Christy has been here loads of times, but seeing as it was a first for me, I need some instruction! Being Halloween weekend, the dance was, of course, Halloween themed, with a costume contest! I donned my robe and wand for a while and my dear sweet Christy spent the night as a zombie.

In case you are wondering, I did NOT participate in the costume contest! No thank you! There were some great ones though, and several Doctors + companions made appearances much to Christy’s great delight.

Two new firsts! Woohoo!!!

To celebrate, we of course topped off our now hungrier stomachs at Lazy Moon where one pizza slice is larger than your head!… and tasty!

I now gift you with this lovely photo of Wizard Thomas, perhaps slightly blurred, enjoying delicious Sweet cupcakes before my first Swing Dance. Enjoy.



Chapter 8: The Neek Breaks the Rules

To recap, mine and Christy’s first date had so far gone something like this:

Dress code uncertainty, Mini Golf attempt, missed kissing opportunity, and rain, rain, rain! So, with that lovely start, and now properly soaked, I whisked my date off to one of her favorite places: TGI Fridays.

In case you were wondering, Christy really likes TGI Fridays for their 1. Parmesan Crusted Chicken, and 2. Strawberry Lemonade which, as on this particular night, she frequently orders as a cocktail with vodka. Personally, I favor their Ribs and Rum and Coke.

So one delicious meal later, Christy and I are making our way to the movie theatre where the 75th Anniversary Wizard of Oz in Imax 3-d was playing! Now I had never seen the Wizard of Oz, but Christy was really excited about re-watching one of her childhood favorites. She had even painted some old flats she had with red glitter to celebrate the occasion! FYI – I liked the movie!  wiz3dWiz

Afterwords, we hopped back in my car and headed back to my place…. end of date, right? If I were a “normal” non-neek first time date-planner, I might say yes, but as you probably have figured out… there was more! What better way to end the night with a glorious round of Futurama episodes?!

Now by this time, I had discovered that Christy actually had rules for first dates!

Rule #1: No alcohol.
Rule#2: No movies.
Rule #3: No going to boy’s place after date.

For those of you that have been paying attention, that makes rules 1, 2 and 3 now snapped in half!…granted, Christy DID explain that those rules were in place on the premise of her going out with someone she hadn’t been spending huge amounts of time with/sort-of-but-not-really dating for a couple months, but instead meant for guys she didn’t know very well. In addition, you have to also consider the fact that she waited to tell me mid-date about them!

It doesn’t really matter, though, because if I have it my way, I intend for her to never have to use those rules again!

For those of you that just won’t let it go… you will be happy to know that night marked my first kiss.

And so my epic first date drew to a close. It was September 24, 2013.

Critic Corner: SAK Comedy Lab

Critic Christy here, and ready to give you the goods on local Improv Group: SAK Comedy Lab!

To start with, I just want to say that THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTIVITIES in Orlando! No, seriously! If truth be told, I have been visiting SAK since my freshman year at UCF wayyyy way back in 2008. After my first visit, I was hooked! They always have a hilarious cast that keeps me laughing every time I visit!

So who are they? What do they do? The SAK casts are made up of a variety of performers (different nights are for different “skill levels” and corresponding prices) who are great at making stuff up…funny stuff!

Their main show is called “Duel of Fools” and is fairly similar to such shows as “Who’s Line is it Anyway…” you might even recognize some SAK graduates **cough cough Wayne Brady** who got their start at SAK wayyyy back when! Dual of Fools is by far my favorite performance, so if you can choose only one…CHOOSE THIS ONE!!

Gorilla Theatre, a sort of improv competition, is one of their newest, yet amusing, shows put on by their “professionals,” while the Lab Rats and Gen S are shows in Tuesdays and Wednesdays by SAK students, or those who are newer to performing. Don’t worry, though, they can be equally funny as the weekend ensemble!

Finally, there is also an Early Show over the weekends, but I have not had the opportunity to go at this time ever.

What else can I say about my favorite downtown activity besides GO! You WILL love it, and you WILL go back for more!! This is way to short of a post to adequately sum up all of what SAK is or how amazing they are, but that’s all you get for now!! 10.9/10!! Christy out!

Thomas In!

I am not going to write as much, but I will say that I didn’t know what to expect when I went to SAK, but I do like Who’s Line, and I really like the shows that I have gone to! 9/10!