Sunday, March 11, 2018

Amtrak to Springfield

I woke up one Sunday and it was snowing outside pretty hard and I was like "this is unacceptable. Lydia, to the mystery machine!"

Luckily I knew a place where this sort of oppression wouldn't stand. The Caribbean!

I've been going hungry hungry hippo on poor JetBlue's points so I had a pile that would get us to Grenada. They don't fly to St. Louis though, so we decided to take the train to Chicago and spend the night in Springfield on the way up.

Real America!

Springfield was looking lovely as usual.

My parents picked Westwoods Lodge Pub & Grill for dinner. It's got a pretty amusing hunting lodge theme going on.

The menu is this hunting newspaper looking thing. They even have a meal that you can eat out of a tackle box.

I was cleaning out some boxes of junk and I found a bunch of letters from my Japanese students that I didn't have time to read back in the day. They were pretty fantastic. Some highlights:

"John is popular among us. When I met you for the first time, I thought you were amazing." - Sakamoto

"I will never forget you." - Hotaru Iizuka

"Your classes were very interesting and amazing. John's action was amazing too." - Nanaka Kodama

"You are make us smile. I watch you appear on TV."

"I don't like English.... John is very amazing." - Yuzawa Keita

"When I met you, you smiled and greeted. And you always made me laugh, so you gave an energy." - Satomi

"I love John forever." - Ryosuke

"John's mysterious but John's English classes were always very good."

"I like English!! Of course I like John!!"

"John was cute & amazing & you hand writing was cute. John is very cute! I love John!!" - Sekiguchi Saki

I had so many students I still couldn't open all the letters before I went to bed. Maybe I am cute & amazing!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

My First Drag Show

We took another trip to Columbia, MO. Gotta hang out with Zoe as much as possible before she turns old in a couple months and all she wants to talk about is her 401k and redoing her house's bathroom tiles.

We had dinner at Fuzzy's Taco Shop because we heard that's where the tubular kids hang out.

Once Lydia has a few sips of the sauce her real personality comes out.

Fuzzy's has this fun "margarita with a beer in it" thing going on which was novel.

Then we decided to head to Yin Yang Night Club for a drag show. Hadn't done that before and it sounded like a good idea.

It was a fundraiser for Ms. Gay Missouri something something. I assume making a dude look like a lady costs a fortune.

It was a lot more entertaining than I had expected. It was like a lip-syncing variety show, with singing, comedy routines, and some light gymnastic type stuff.

There was a ritualized tipping system where people would line up and politely hand the performer money. Not rowdy in the slightest which surprised me.

The bathrooms were like a condom fiesta.

While I was watching I invented a game called "which lady do I know who doesn't look as good as this particular dude dressed like a lady?". I'm still working on the name.

There was one chick dressed like a dude.

There was a dude with a beard.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

My First Hot Pot

Because it was close to Chinese New Year our friends Wing and Joel had us over for a hot pot, which was pretty amazing. It was sort of like a cross between Japanese oden and shabu shabu plus noodles. There were all the delicious things. 

Oden is like a stew of fish cakes.

And shabu shabu is dipping thinly sliced meats in boiling broth in order to quickly cook them.

Lydia had the honor of trying her first taste of SPAM. Surely not her last.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Good Day at the Brewery

There were all kinds of fun things happening at Anheuser-Busch today! A couple of the guys planned a winter olympics party and made the boss move of borrowing the slushie machine from the tour center and filling it with watermelon Natty Rush.

There was some beer pong.

Pretty much at the exact same time there was a Chinese New Year lion dance going on up on the 8th floor.

Newbies often think this is a dragon but they are wrong/dumb.

It was chasing away evils spirits, bringing good luck, typical lion stuff.

In China lions like to eat lettuce.

Four of us bonded wheeling a really heavy slushie machine down the streets of Soulard back to the visitor center.

I gotta say it was a good day.