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Old 09-09-2004, 04:30 PM   #31
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Great update!!! The photos are great and I am glad to hear the wedding went well. More please.
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Alrighty…sorry for the 2-day break, I had “stuff” to do, except now I don’t even remember what it was.



After John and Lisa’s ceremony was over the photographer came in and took a good 30-40 photos which I thought was fairly generous since they only paid $500 for the entire wedding, which included flowers, the photos, a video of the ceremony (taped from cameras I couldn’t find in the walls), chapel space, 1 hippie minister, a beautiful wedding certificate and holder, and a bottle of bubbly. And I thought I stretched my wedding budget dollars! M did make the correlation about how the three of us had the whole spectrum of weddings….Mark and M got married in a civil ceremony in the woods by a waterfall (later convalidated), I had a big church wedding and John and Lisa did the Vegas thing. We Lennons have a way of turning tiny wedding budgets into big fun. However, if you add up how much John and Lisa’s guests (Dad, Mark, M, and yours truly) spent on getting to Vegas and having fun in Vegas…that subtotal may top the budget of all three 3 weddings combined. We spent a lot!



Some Posing





A Happy Groom





As we were taking photos, it occurred to me that I was the lone Wenzel among a gaggle of Lennons. But even though I was feeling y about it, it was worth it to know that Lisa was taking John’s last name (I’m traditional like that.) Even a week later I find it so fascinating that John ended up wearing that boutonniere all night! Again, it was just so sweet to see him taking this event so proudly and seriously, because otherwise he would have balked that men wearing flowers might be too effeminate for his tastes.



Which brings us to The Tournament of Kings. (Oh, but first…we guests were shuffled into the exiting hallway and were told to wait so the hippie minister could announce the bride and groom…after about a minute or two, we were resigned to more clapping and yaying the newlyweds, which was kind of silly since we had just spent the past half hour with them congratulating and taking photos with them, but it was fun nonetheless.) The Tournament of Kings wasn’t far from the Canterbury Wedding Chapel, but since the theatre is directly next to the skeeball/arcade area we were being forced to shovel a path through thousands of hyperactive children.



Tournament of Kings—We Felt Like Winners After Getting Past All Those Kids!





Once we were inside there no more photos to be taken. We found our seats and discovered we were in the land of Austria. Which meant we were supposed to root for Austria, I guessed. I did a quick rattle in my head of famous Austrians and at the time I could only come up with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hitler. I didn’t know what to think about that, but now that I’m home I can add Mozart to the list, so I guess that’s ok.

I was really excited about this event. I had read the advertisement and seen a commercial, and I was under the impression that it was going to be some sort of savage and gory evening of jousting and utensilessness. Before I booked my ticket for the show I confirmed that they did serve vegetarian meals (yeah, I know…a little less “savagey” but still…I was all about the raw brutality of the event and had faith I could be just as vile with a plate of pasta.) Even though we weren’t supposed to take any photos, I did get one pre-show shot so you can kinda see how we were seated.



The View from Austria





There were six of us in a row. For some reason (I think the commercial misled me) I was under the impression that we’d all be seated at a round table. Now that I think of it, the commercial probably was more about King Arthur and his round table. I just got that this moment. Pardon me as I type my thoughts out to you verbatim. Anyhoo, within minutes we had servants pouring us soft drinks and tomato soup which we were to slurp spoonless. Cool! Another minute later we had some other servant come over and take our drink orders. We were being offered a ceramic stein of beer for 10.95, but I declined. I saw Mark and John ordering them, and then my Dad ordered one as well. Once they came out with them I knew I should have ordered one because they were really nice and a reasonable price (I neglected to tell the story about my STUPID $14 [thought it was free] strawberry margarita served to me in a 3-foot see thru plastic replica of the Stratosphere. Ugh. I ended up throwing it out so Freddie S. wouldn't catch me being such an idiot. I still don’t want to talk about it) and Dad offered me his, but I could tell he didn’t really want to part with it. Just tonight he emailed saying that he was drinking a Point Special (recognize those, Denise? ) in his stein and smiling about our li’l trip to Sin City, so I’m glad he kept it…it was a perfect souvenir of John and Lisa’s wedding.



When the first servant came out pour us soup I alerted him that I wanted a veggie meal, and M told him the same. The actors started doing their “thing” in the field…it was Merlin and a midget, and I initially wrote them off as being a bit too circus clownish :shudder: but then I guess it kind of went along with the 16th century theme of theatre…having the jesters out first. They were yukking it up with the crowd when our dinners arrived. The carnivores were served small chickens, broccoli, potatoes, and possibly another side, and we vegetarians were served veggie lasagna with a fork stuck in it. “Hey!” I said to the servant and made it be known that there wasn't supposed to be any utensils at The Tournament of Kings. This immediately made me realize that the dinner theatre wasn’t going to be as gory and savage as I had been anticipating. :disappointment: To give him credit, the servant make a valiant effort to take my fork back, but I wasn’t stupid. I wasn’t going to get my hands and party dress all slimy for a cheeseball event, I kept the fork. But I did eat my broccoli with my hands.



Then it was time for the big Tournament of Kings. The premise was, the king of England sat at the far end and all the other kings had to compete against each other in various tasks to become the big King winner. They had horses and the announcer got us all rooting for the king of our “country” and booing the rivals. The King of Austria ended up looking like a blond version of a guy I’d just as soon not know, so I wasn’t very excited about him. Why couldn’t we have been sitting in Spain??? That guy was… Nevermind. It was fun, but hard to hear. I felt bad for my Dad because I knew he couldn’t hear much at all. They had us shouting “Hazzah!” for when things were going our way…which with his Mainah accent my Dad interpreted as “Bizarre!” so that’s what he and I shouted. Every time we were to repeat the “Hah-Zah!” we’d shout “Biz-Zah!”



The kings were horseracing and other tricks against each other, and they did a lot of fist-raising and rabble-rousing with the crowds. They also had a lot of interaction with each other, and it was kind of (can I say this here?) a sausage fest. I detected a fair amount of homoeroticism among the kings. I’m not sure if they were overtones or undertones, but the tones were decidedly homo. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! It just totally negated that dirty mead-swillin’ bloodfest I paid fifty bucks for. Just in time they dragged out the wenches and they did some choreography, but only for a few minutes before they came in our sections and helped us cheer and jeer. At that, I decided I’d just get into the theatre fun and get my fifty bucks worth. I started voraciously supporting my King of Austria. He was competing against the king of _____ and the king of ____ very clearly played foul shots to win. I was very mock-furious so I started shouting “CHEATER!!!!! HE CHEATED!!!! HE’S A CHEATER!!!!! CHEA-TERRRRRR!!!!!” and I thought everyone near me was moderately on the same cheer/jeer level, but the Wench of Ireland turned around to give me a dirty look. To this day I’m not sure whether she was playing her role or really just plain annoyed with me. Wench.



The show went on for a long time. In the end (Chez, don’t tell your DH but) France won. Oh, the French! Throughout the whole show, each time the king of France trotted by our section my dad would take his napkin and dangle it limp wristedly to ridicule the country. C’etait tellement drôle. Our family kind of makes fun of the French, but we’re part French, and outside of WDW, France is Wally’s and my travel destination de choix. So there’s kind of this love/not love relationship with France. I would have been happier of Austria won.



We were already there a good hour, and then they came out with the acrobats. THESE GUYS WERE AWESOME. The stuff they were doing was amazing, and downright unnatural. Their ten minute act was worth half the ticket alone. Then the Kings came back out, and my Dad called it right: Pageantry. Pageantry, I say! For a good 15 minutes. Alright, already, let us go! Oh well, I did finally feel like I got my fifty bucks worth and I appreciated the fact that the show didn’t cut us short. Even though it went long, there was still enough eye candy to keep me interested. Eventually we were up and out of there and emptied into the mass amounts of hyperactive children, video games, and electronic noises. None of us really looked around to make sure we had each other, we just wanted to get OUT of there and all met up in the lobby (where there were plenty of electronic noises and hyperactivity, but at least we were at no risk of accidentally dumping beer upon the heads of four-footers.) The four non-newlyweds (well…I’m technically still a newlywed, but not by comparison) bid an anxious John and Lisa a fond adieu and then it was outside to figure out what to do next.



Coming up….Da Strip!

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Again, a hilarious installment . . . I know the "Mainah" accent well . . .

Sounds like the dinner was fun and rather interesting . . . darn the French!!!

Look forward to hearing about your time on the Strip . . . I don't remember much about it. I was 10 years old last time I was there and I only remember going to Circus Circus and then McDonald's afterwards to eat . . .

Do tell us all about it!!!
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Hey, Sarah....

I've been meaning to mention about the ASTROPHERE. Is that not the best nonWDW ride ever????? Well, at least the best Funtown Splashtown USA ride ever??? Well, except for the Excalibur/Wooden Rollercoaster (neat tie-in, eh?)

Thanks for your comments. Hope all's going well in Florida!

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I chickened out on EVERYTHING after Dragon's Descent . . . not the best way to start out the day, I tell you!!! I spent the majority of my time after that waiting for everyone else, sulking, eating too much Dippin' Dots and playing SkeeBall (that wouldn't make me cry!!!) I thought about Excalibur, but I am such a roller coaster weenie that I said "Some other time" then we never made it back before we moved!!!

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France won? Well, I suppose they've got to win something every now and again, haven't they? Sounds like you had a great time and I'm glad to hear they catered well for you - I always worry about those sorts of events, being a veggie as well. I can't wait for more!
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Rachel, I just found this report. I have been laughing OUT LOUD for 15 minutes while reading it! My fav was the link durring your haircut...when I clicked on it as saw Nick Nolte I thought I would fall out of my chair! Hilarious report and congrats to the newly weds!
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Great update!!! And I love when you decided to raise some HE** !!! Sounds like you had a great time!!! More please.
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Loved the update Rachel!! What a fun read!! Keep it coming!
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Really enjoying your report Rachel.. sounds like lots of fun!!

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Toooooooooo funneeeeeeeeeeeee!! I've never been to one of those King Arthur things, but now I'm positively motivated. I'll spend the $$ I had earmarked for Michael Flatley and HIS sausagefest.

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I don't know I could forgo the Michael Flatley SF if I ever had the chance...make a separate savings account for BOTH!



The Part with the Las Vegas Strip!



Unfortunately, as exciting as this part should sound, it really wasn’t. It was around 10pm and we were exhausted. We left the Excalibur and saw that the taxi line was about 5 miles long so we took a pedway across the street to find another taxi line which was only about 4.5 miles long.



Crossing the Street





We could all tell that Mark wanted to explore more of what Vegas had to offer. M has been there 3 or 4 times and my Dad was ready to drop. I was semi-willing to go venture out with Mark, but not in my evening shoes. . M offered to lend me her big cloggy shoes and I accepted the offer. This was a moment of personal glory for me because my shoe size is a full size smaller than M’s so my li’l feet were swimming in her giant clogs, and there was no way that she would be able to wear my shoes. Take THAT, tiny-waisted woman! I wouldn’t have left her shoeless had she not been wearing socks and was sure she’d just be standing in line waiting for a cab. Las Vegas is pretty dry, and before the trip and after that evening M told me she was thankful I was there because she knew that I could keep up with Mark when she was ready to go to bed. Which at that moment meant she’d have to give up her shoes. She and Dad headed for the taxi stand and Mark and I were off on the Las Vegas Strip!



A Tiny Edge of the Excalibur…the Place is Huge!





Mark and I just turned around and started walking back towards the Las Vegas Hilton, which included most of the Strip. My camera kind of stinks, and I was really tired so many of my photos came out crappy.



Going Back Across the Street





New York, New York!





Some More of the Great Excalibur Themeing









Mark can usually be the life of the party, but I could tell he was pooped. Pooped but determined. We were in Las Vegas, and he was going to see Las Vegas, darnit! At this point I really started missing Wally. There is so much about Las Vegas that will remind you of Disney World, it’s incredible…and I really love doing Disney with Wally. Not that Mark is chopped meat, but y’know. Since the time we flew in I was whining about wanting to ride the gondolas in Venice…but I sure as heck wasn’t going to take this romantic ride just with my brother, ewwwwww! *Psssshhhh* :Cootie Spray:



We were making our way through the busy streets, and I couldn’t get over how many children there were. I guess a few years back the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce made it a goal of theirs to make Sin City a little more family friendly…which really would explain all the rides and Epcotery that runs rampid in town. I then heard that they decided to trash the idea and try to make it sexy again with their “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas” marketing campaign. Right now it’s pretty much in-between because I saw not one prostitute the whole trip down the strip, and I will admit…I was kind of disappointed. I’m an adult, I can handle things…I wasn’t going to rent one, but I kinda wanted to see one just so I could say that I did. A whore, a mobster, a transvestite for hire…but nothing. But the kids were everywhere (on par with any evening at Epcot) so I guess it was good that the prostitutes remained scarce…but their calling cards sure didn’t. Mark was barraged with cards offering Amber’s and Jessica’s, and Mandy’s services. At first it was a novelty to him…to have some prostitute’s card, but after a while he just started getting annoyed. He’s a dad and thought it was in bad taste to have so many nudie cards flying around when so many children were within reach.



Across the Street…The Dancing Fountains at The Bellagio





Ever since I went to France in 2001, Paris has been “mine” (according to my family) so it was very important to all of us that I get to see the Paris hotel. Once we got there we made a pit stop and grabbed a beer. In Las Vegas you can drink and smoke just about anywhere so we got the beers and got back on the road. The sooner we got back to the hotel, the better.



L’Arc de Triomphe





Gorgeous Rendition of the Eiffel Tower





Inside the Paris Casino





We got back on the road and finally came to the Venetian. Mark and M went to Venice/Rome in 2001 and Mark had some words to say about the architecture, but I was too tired to listen. I saw the gondola rides and knew that Yup…Mark and I would NOT be riding those.



Bridges of Venice





After the Venitian, we both really just wanted to get home. 3.5 miles really isn’t that far, but with all the foot traffic, it was taking us a really long time. It was a shame that we were so tired, but had we not taken this walk, both of us would have been sorry we hadn’t taken the chance. We stopped at the Frontier to hopefully get a cab, and found it to be the seediest place we’d passed. Other potential taxi patrons advised us to NOT wait at the Frontier for a taxi because they just weren’t coming there. Mark decided we weren’t too far from the Las Vegas Hilton and I was tired…and too tired to argue. I hauled M’s clunky clogs another 20 minutes and after a few other mishaps we were at the hotel. Well, we were at the hotel’s SIGN which is taller than any building in Portland, Maine. 10 minutes after that we were at the hotel’s door. Mark tried to get me to hang out at Quark's but Jose, no way. I was bedbound. And so I was.



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Great installment Rachel - the photos were wonderful and I can't wait to walk down the Strip at night and see all those sights for myself when we go next year. Your report is proving to be great preparation for us!
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