Critic Corner – Mardi Gras at Universal

Hi everyone, Critic Christy here!

Recently Thomas and our friend, Rohan, and I attended Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration! Guess what? It was great! Transformers

We got there around 6pm and rode transformers before the parade started. Everyone say hiiiiiii Rohan! And yes, I am wearing an awesome sparkly, light-up hat just for the celebration!

The parade started at 7:45, and I have to say, the floats were pretty impressive! There were tons of stilt-walkers and TONS of beads!

Despite the heavy competition, the three of us managed to collect over 80 necklaces! Here is a pic of me and Thomas waiting for the parade to circle back around to the finish. You will notice I am hiding my beads under my shirt like a pro in order to make them think they should give us more. Obvi.

MaridGrasI don’t have any other photos of the parade because I didn’t take my phone with me, so sorry about that! If I go again I’ll get a few shots in, I promise! Once I wrestle them off of Rohan, I might also have a few more pics of the beads!

There are also concerts on Mardi Gras nights, and our performer was Cody Simpson….yeah, I have no idea who that is. We didn’t watch.

As for the food… okay, that was a little disappointing to me. They had a “french quarter” type of setup, but the food stands all had different things, but you couldn’t see what all your options were…not that you would want any of it anyway once you knew how much it was. We decided to be thrifty and eat after we left the park.

Overall:

Christy: I loved the parade and the beads! Worth a visit IF you are already planning on spending the day at Universal, or if you have a pass! NOT worth buying the “Event Only” ticket unless you freaking love the performer that night.

Thomas: Holy moley I have never had to be so scared of things flying out of the night and hit me in the face!  I will say if you do go (I agree with Christy, no Event Only) make sure that you have friends that can help shield your face!

Improvements: More parade nights! I have a really hard time getting off weekend nights in time for the fun! Better “French Quarter” section!

 

And just for fun…

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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!

Chapter 4: The Neek Does Not Win the Lottery

Early on in our “friendship,” Christy decided that my life lacked many things that she deemed “essential”… or at least worthy experiencing. Actually, I’m pretty sure it all started with movies and TV shows…

Rohan and Christy frequently discuss TV shows (How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Trueblood and others) and movies…neither of which do I frequently watch. I like trains. And shows about trains. And history. And mythbusters. And…well you probably get the idea.

After many late-night, after-work hang-outs, a list was developed. The lists of “firsts”… things I was supposed to do/watch. The list originated around my birthday, in April, and I was given a year to do as many of the “firsts” (adding to it whatever I wanted) during the year.

To give you an idea, here are a few of the things I accomplished from then up until around August…

First time on a trampoline!

First time on a trampoline!

The List:

1. Jump on a Trampoline

2. Drink Margaritas

3. Attend a Pizza Hut Buffet

4. Watch Pitch Perfect, Avatar the Last Airbender, many Disney movies, The Hunger “Drinking” Games (yes, the drinking was a self added challenge!), Trueblood (okay, I only started it)

5. Play Scattergories

Me on the set of Disaster as a "volunteer" *cough Christy cough*

Me on the set of Disaster as a “volunteer” *cough Christy cough*

6. Cook Pizza (like, make it, not cook it frozen!)

7. Cut beer/wine bottles for craft-time fun

8. Be a volunteer in Universal Studios’ Disaster ride

9. Win the Lottery

Oh wait… what happened with that, was that I TRIED to win the Lottery! In fact, both Christy and I did!

One night, the same night as our Hunger “Drinking” Games, in fact, Christy and I each bought several lottery tickets. We’d been talking about it for a while, and had long since decided on splitting it 50/50 if we were to win. We already had plans on how to build our glorious dream mansion…with a lazy river, secret passageways, a roller coaster on the lawn, our own personal Steak n’ Shake-styled diner/kitchen etc…

Needless to say, when our only-slightly-intoxicated selves checked the winning numbers later that night, we were more than a little bit disappointed.

The sad face, because we didn't win :(

The sad face, because we didn’t win 😦

Coincidentally, that is also the night I began watching Disney movies I had never seen…of course, I couldn’t tell you very much more about them than I could before thanks to a large amount of Rum and Coke.

As we sat together watching Hercules, Mulan and Pocahontas, I somehow found my arm around Christy’s shoulder. Torn between my feelings towards her, and the restrictions that came from us working together, as well as my uncertainty of her affections for me, I said nothing.

The next movie/TV sessions we had turned out much the same way…us close together, me fighting my insecurities and doubts; so what do I do when I’m confused? I ask.

I believe my exact words were “Would it be wrong for me to kiss you?”

Stay tuned, readers. Stay tuned.

Critic Corner – Mini Golf – Hollywood Drive-In Golf #1

Why hello there! Critic Thomas here!  I would like to start off this review/critique portion of the blog by doing one on the Hollywood Drive-In Golf located in CityWalk underneath the walkways to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.  Hollywood Drive-In Golf is actually 2 separate 18 hole mini golf courses: Invaders from Planet Putt and The Haunting of Ghostly Greens.  There is the option to play 18 or all 36 holes.  This time I shall be going over the Invaders side.

Invaders from Planet Putt

Putt

The Hollywood Drive-In Golf is a newer mini golf facility built around March 2012.  It was developed by Adventure Golf Design & Development Inc. and is the only one of its kind as far as the internet (Google) knows.  Planet putt is a fairly easy course with par achievable most of the time

The Good:  The course has a lot of props and is fairly well lit at night. OOH! Also, on the second hole (I think it’s the second?), there are two hole options…aim for the one on the left as both Christy and I have gotten a hole in one!  The only hole that might give you trouble is the final one, especially if you need to get it in two to make par… no bitter feelings here AT ALL!  There is also a scavenger hunt with multiple  versions depending on which one you get.  (We have had different hunts for the Haunting side so I assume there are different ones for Planet.)

The Bad:  Sometimes there can possibly be drunk people from CityWalk playing before you and have no idea what they are doing. Also, since it is located in CityWalk the only place to park is in the Universal Parking Garages, and unless you have an annual pass, could be one heck of a pricy round of mini golf.

Ratings!

I very much like the Invaders side and would rate it 9/10.  -T

Christy’s rating: 9/10


To learn more about this course, prices, hours, location, moon phase preferences etc… visit:
http://hollywooddriveingolf.com/