Tuesday, July 28, 2009

rain dance

WHAT A WELCOME! Got to NOM right before the rain hit and boy did it hit. But as practical partiers like ourselves are, we all stayed and stuck through it. Some even went sans-tent and danced in the pouring rain. What a moment. Music never stopped. I wish they could do this party every sunday but unfortunately it was just once this summer! I have included photos and a youtube of a song to get you in the mood. I'm kinda "feeling" it ;)

Look out for I Heart's next sponsoring of No Ordinary Monkey, hopefully coming soon.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

baltimore - home

Took a nice long 9 hour nap and woke up ready for our last official day of the road trip. Or not ready. We're all very sad. Elizabeth's buddy Scott picked us up for brunch and took us to Golden West. Ate family style full of elvis pancakes, egg quesadilla, and breakfast burrito. Place was too cute not to take pics so here are a few. Including the largest moose head I've ever seen.

Then we tried hitting up the aquarium but it was sold out til 5:30 so we decided to kill time by taking a dragon paddle boat out on the harbor for a bit. It was hot and after about 20 minutes we were ready to get out of the orange life vests so we decided to take a walk.

On our walk we went to a museum but decided not to spend anymore money so we didn't go in. But thankfully there was plenty of artwork outside of the museum for us to see and it made it all the more enjoyable. Too bad we couldn't take this bus out for the ride home. I was into it. Then we decided to sneak in a little thrifting before coming back to the aquarium. We went to Brooklyn in Baltimore and found a few items. Ate some taco bell and then came back. Mmmm. Taco bell just sounded good at this point in our journey.

Ahhhhhhh the aquarium. This place was the shit. The jellyfish exhibit was amazing and I couldn't stop taking photos. We did the dolphin show as well but that was just kinda weird. I took about 100 photos there but here's a few of them that are my personal favorites. Didn't need to overwhelm anyone with my fascination.

Seeing as we're always hungry, it was time for dinner. We went to Obrycki's for some damn good Maryland crabs. I also couldn't pass up ordering clams casino solely based on the fact that the name cracks me up every time i hear it. It wasn't that great unfortunately. But the crabs were amazing. There's something about cracking those babies open with your hands and finding the meat that feels oh so satisfying. Add in the beer and you've got yourself a perfect meal. Check out the pillaging below. Btw those were 4D glasses I stole from the aquarium. Susan says the 4th dimension is time however it turns out that they just splash water in your face. I'm kinda glad we skipped it.

Lastly, on our Baltimore tour, Scott took us to this chick Mary's bday at Fletcher's. She's in Ace of Cakes on tv. Elizabeth was super excited. Mary, however, had a little too much fun before we got there as she was passed out in the corner. I guess if I got shots as a bday cake that would probably happen to me as well. We took a pic of how we felt that night. SAD. We didn't really want our road trip to end. What does one do now? Where do I go from here? If Kevin was still alive, I'd just pick right back up and move on. Life of a vagabond.


We pulled into the Hertz rental car spot at LaGuardia and dumped all our shit out on the ground. Damn we've collected a lot over the past two weeks. We didn't know how to say goodbye after spending 24 hours with each other every day for the past two weeks. I'll miss my crew. Back to New York now and jumping right into it. I'm off to No Ordinary Monkey in the park and Enid's later this evening. That's just the way I roll.

Over and out.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

lincoln - baltimore

Well we're back on the road again! The journey must be completed. We got to Hertz in the morning and rented a mom van. Her name is Jolene. She stole us away from Kevin. Too fitting. We're running against the clock at this point trying to make it there in time to do a little thrift shopping. The unexpected time change (even tho we just went north) lost us an hour. Susan used to live here so she knew the ropes. Unfortunately we only got to one. We're starting to think our perceptive of fashion is in the eye of the beholder. Does this work? YES. Does anyone else think it looks good? Possibly not. But we don't care at this point.

We headed over to dinner with Craig, an old flame of Cubed (aka susie q), and received plates with food large enough to feed a family of 5. I didn't have time to take a pic. I was too hungry. Went over to Craig's place for a tour and drink then met up with our home for the night. Susan's friend Rachel put us up. Now let's drink! Louisville ruled seeing as the drinks were $2. I'LL TAKE 10 PLEASE. Nachbar proved a good one and I felt right at home as everyone looked like they were from Brooklyn. Beards across the board. Then we went over to another bar, some new one, and continued on our drinking journey. Louiville kind of kicked ass I gotta say. We took our drunken asses home and slept 5 hours before our loooooong journey to Baltimore.

Here's where I'd like to take a moment to talk about why Kentucky is Redneck. We had a few redneck moments. Here are a few (some with pics to accompany):
  • Billboards for God alongside the road...or Hell for that matter. Mind you they are all across the way from an adult book store billboard.
  • We bought beef jerkey from a dude in overalls and a basket walking down the street by the bar. Damn it was good.
  • We passed a field with a sign that said "USED COWS". We had a great conversation trying to figure out what that could potentially mean.
  • As we were leaving Louisville, someone's wheelbarrow fell off their truck
  • We saw an amish family traveling down the road in a horse and carriage
  • We looked into cars and saw the inbred kids staring back at us at gas stations. Scary.

After a 9 hour journey, a stop in Charleston West VirGINA for lunch, and a biblical rainstorm we finally made it to Baltimore. We were greeted by Elizabeth's friends Dave & Christian which then informed us to take EVERYTHING out of our car as it's Baltimore and someone will break into cars for a tshirt. Okkkkkkkk. They took us to a pizza joint near them where some funk band played so loud we couldn't hear each other. They did a pretty sweet cover of Pink Floyd Time tho. Alright, time for some Baltimore action. Our last day. It's so bittersweet.