Albany: Day Four

8 06 2009

After getting the rollercoaster thrill seeking and water park adventure out of system the day before we came back to home base to watch a few movies.

Now at some point Naomi’s friend Dave suggested we watch a swedish foreign horror movie called “Let the Right One In.” We heard horror, read it was vampires, and so we thought sounds good lets try it out. Let’s say I STILL don’t know what to think about the movie. It had a vampire that much is true. It had killing that was true. But it was the farthest away from horror as you could get. It was like a vampire romance. No where close to like Twilight, definitely no sparkling. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either.

It was like a tasty pastry that left a weird seemingly long after taste. Where you liked it, but don’t want to try it again.

It was that night Naomi introduced me to Harper’s Island. A murder mystery TV show that apparently is played on CBS. I’m kind of amazed considering how gory it is for CBS. I still have about 4 more episodes to watch. But I’ll have to wait till I get home to watch with Preston, which means watching it all over again.

So it was another late night, late rise.

After all the walking and strain we put our bodies through the day before we were still feeling it. My legs were still killing me. So through general consensus we called for relaxation. We lounged around the house. The original plan was to go for a hike and check out the Ausable Chasms, these really cool underground caves. Although it would have been really nice to do, the word hike just wasn’t in our vocabulary.

It was pretty much PJs day. Nai and Dev introduced me to Steam. I love video games, but as of the last 10 years PC games weren’t really high on my gaming list. I own and play everything between from my PSOne to PS3. So when it comes to PC games, I’m weirdly in the lost, considering how tech savvy I can be. Through the years I’ve been using my PC strictly for work, internet, video and photo editing.

When they introduced me to Steam I played the World of Goo, F.E.A.R 2 and Command & Conquer. I watched Dev play Mirror’s Edge. I feel in love with PC gaming all over again. So it’s a must when I get home to install Steam, buy Left for Dead and kill zombies side by side with Nai till my hearts content. Now my whole seizure FPS issue needs to be worked. I need to find a way around that.

Now we couldn’t stay in the WHOLE day, we went out that night. It first began with the hunt for tea. See the last time I visited her was this cute Mom & Pops tea shop called Tea Laden. I was running low and I loved that place. To my sadden heart I learned they closed down and moved to Texas. I can still buy from them online, but it’s just not the same to be able to walk in there and smell the sweet aromas. Since then Naomi has yet to find another place like them.

So we searched, found a couple places that might be a possibility, and decided to check one of them out. It just happens it was only a couple stories above our final real destination. The Melting Pot.

Teavana was the tea shop we checked out. It was in Crossgates Mall, which was kind of surprising considering we were just there and didn’t see the place. They had some really tasty samples, cute tea sets, gorgeous tea containers and smelt invigorating .I couldn’t decide what I wanted, but Nai bought a couple bags in hopes of relieving the need to buy V8 all the time.

After tasting and deliberating I left empty handed, which is ok, I think I’ll just revert back to ordering from Tea Laden. And it was off for some fondue fun at The Melting Pot.

Now I have never tried fondue, I’ve always wanted to since I was little. The thought of dipping things into a bowl of melted cheese and/or chocolate just sounds like so much damn fun.

It was pretty empty inside, probably due to the fact it was the middle of the week, and quite frankly our economy sucks. We met the owner, had a funny waitress, and almost the whole place to ourselves. Which thank god because Naomi and I were a bit loud and maybe, MAYBE, not saying the most tactful things. Plus, for as huge Naomi and I were on taking pictures of EVERYTHING I’m sure Devin was happy it was just us. We were like paparazzi on our food in our corner.

The food was amazing. Everything from my Raspberry Limoncello martini to the graham cracker covered marshmallow and everything between was delicious. Sorry to be cheesy (pun intended) but The Melting Pot is a Fon-definite  (again pun intended).

Once again, PICTURES!

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Albany: Day 3

7 06 2009

Lesson #1 Do not drink the night before you decide to drive to the next state over to jump onto rollercoasters.

Lesson #2 First of all I have this thing about drinking, see when I get to the point of buzzed and beyond I MUST get exactly 8 straight hours of sleep. No less and no more. If I don’t I’m hungover and that whole spiel. After 10 years of drinking, yea do that math, I’ve learned this lesson.

I couldn’t sleep, it’s not that I was uncomfortable, but I felt like I needed to puke everytime I inhaled. I literally held my breath scared to death when I exhaled dinner would come out. Then I’d pass out, wake up again, pass out wake up again. We had plans to wake up around 8-10ish for our 2hr+ drive to Massachusetts. But amazingly I woke up around 9am without a single sign of a hangover. I was amazed!

Nonetheless, still got a late start. Eventually the whole gang got up and we were on our way across the state border heading straight to SIX FLAGS!!

I will admit, the little hyper, excited, and impatient kid within me awoken and I couldn’t wait to get there. I think Nai felt the same way too. 🙂 It’s been nearly 10 years since I last rode a roller coaster and Nai almost 5 years. We were long overdue for some thrill seeking death trap adventures. Devin on the other hand not so much. He saw the reality of it. They were death traps on tracks. But that’s what made the ride so much better. At least according to Nai’s reasoning. lol.

But with Naomi’s “crazy” driving she was “preparing Devin for what’s to come and if he survived her driving there he’ll be fine.” Those were exact words I swear.

New York is the only place where I’ve ever experienced paying a toll. I have to admit, they are tad bit annoying. I know they are there, but for the life of me I sat navigator the damn trip and I still don’t know how to read those damn toll cards. Naomi, next time I’ll buy you that EZ -pass.

The scenary, much like Albany, was beautiful. The greenery, the Hudson River (sadly I didn’t get any good pics of it though), the wide open area, the rock quarry was just so beautiful. I almost, ALMOST, have to say I enjoyed it better than home. It’s different, its new and I couldn’t get enough of it.

But with my trusty Garmin, Naomi’s 85+mph driving and Devin oblivious to Nai driving  in the back seat we got there in what felt like no time. I guess that’s what happens when you have great people in the car and always something to talk about. And NO Devin I STILL haven’t given my government any thought. Yet alone my special abilities.

Now when you are a little kid in an amusement park organization is NEVER in your thought process. You can jump on one ride and then run straight clear across the park for the next ride, and all the way back for the next all damn day. But we are grown up, we ran around in a circle. 😛

We started with some small roller coaster rides, Devin actually willingly got on with us. I don’t know if he’ll admit, but I know he enjoyed it. I mean come on nearly every ride he was there with us. His screaming antics were amusing, you really could hear him the whole ride over all the noise and screaming.

But the best ride? Was definitely Bizzaro, formerly known as Superman the Ride. That was the best ride there! I half heartedly screamed/laughed on all the other rides, but Bizarro I flat out SCREAMED the whole time. When we got off we all were kind of hoarse, but definitely had our thrill seeking hearts filled. I really wished we could have jumped on 5 10 20 more times.

We ended our day heading to Hurrican Harbor for some water rides to cool off from the day. But that was just a Naomi and Daniella thing. Devin rested over at the bar, reading a good book, and watching our stuffs. There were some cool water rides, but one specifically hurt. It was fun, I guess, other than hitting your back over every bump and screw then coming out a bit red and suffering what I considered road rash.

I bought a few souvenirs like Nyx’s new school Batman backpack, a Superman cape, a Batman cape, and small tidbits.

Our drive home was fun. Especially the Dunkin Donuts stuff, cuz you know everyone runs on Dunkins.

Then there’s PHOTOS!!!

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Albany: Day Two

6 06 2009

See when you really have a week off – no work, no worries – who needs to go to bed early? Who really needs to wake up early? I felt like that was our motto. Even though we really did want to get early starts on our day and do as much possible, but that’s wasn’t the case.

We woke up, relaxed and refreshed, and pretty damn late. It was this morning that I got to take Naomi’s tasty Blueberry Baklava for breakfast. I even got a cute box with more to take home. I really loved them Naomi.

She suggested we continue with her Albany gems, where we headed off for some tasty gellato at Aromi d’Italia. I don’t believe I’ve ever tried Italian ice cream before, but after trying some I don’t think I can really go back to regular. It really was just that good. Now I can’t remember what we all tried, but they were all fruity and we all sampled each others. Finishing off our deserts in the front watching people driving by, where Naomi was so humorously amused by a weird man practically hanging out the door and staring.

New York people I tell you.

After that cute stop, we decided to head to Crossroads Mall to continue the hunt for Preston’s gift and to kill the taste of gellato in our mouths. It was amazingly Best Buy’s that we spent most of the time. You see Devin is pretty big into music. I believe his whole family is and you know what Best Buy’s have right? MULTIPLE SET UPS OF ROCK BAND. He couldn’t refuse, he’s never played before and he really wanted to know how true to the music form it is.

It took some time, getting the right rythm, calibrating the tv with the game, and finding a song we enjoyed. Eventually we got it and we also picked up a friend. We never got his name, but I swear this kid probably spent a good part of his day waiting for people (probably more kids) to play with him. When we first got to the set up we had no sticks, the kid magically comes out of NO WHERE and BAM “here’s some sticks for you.” So Dev started playing, well he was playing on his knees we had no chair, then BAM the kid grabs a chair out of thin air. Soon Dev was jamming on the drums, Nai was grooving on the bass, and our new found friend was chillaxing on the guitar. I swear it was probably the best part of his day. Although he was kind of controlling about what songs he wanted to play. We eventually did get through a few sets. Oh and me?! I happily took pictures, maybe jumped in a couple times, but I love just taking pictures.

After a good few hours in the mall and no signs taste of gellato in our mouths we checked out a bar Naomi’s been raving about a few months back.

Mahar’s! She was right to be raving about it too. It was a little small, but very comfortable. The first thing I noticed was behind the bar was shelves upon shelves of huge beer mugs. At the other end was this kiosk looking thing. Nai walked up, punched in her James Bond code thingy, and printed out the beer menu BY COUNTRY. How cool is that?

So back to the beer mugs, if you drink 100 beers you get this cool nifty mug with your name and I think a plaque saying you accomplished your 100 beers – correct me if I’m wrong Nai – but only 3 beers per night counts. So when Nai gets to that 100 she’s probably going to steal the mug and never return. So she’ll make that goal in about…….. 10 years since she hardly drinks anymore.

We tried several different beers from different countries, Brazil, Ireland, England (I think) and before Nai and I knew it, at least for me, we were a bit buzzed and called it quits after that and needed to sober up.

What better way to sober up than head two doors down to eat some food and drink MORE beer. lol. We went literally two doors down to Juniors. The original plan was to eat some food and play X-rated photo hunt. But sadly we got there a little before 11pm and it wasn’t on yet. Regardless we played and made SEVERAL high scores. Those New Yorkers are going to wonder about us.

Eventually we got home, who drove I don’t remember, how we got there doesn’t matter I’m still alive, but once again we didn’t pass out till about 2am.

And PHOTOS!!!

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