The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Friday, November 20, 2015

You haven't experienced driving in Florida until you drive through Yehaw Junction

Bunny and I are headed north to Mt. Dora, Florida to partake the Renninger's Extravaganza on Satruday. Because we wanted to experience the Brahma Bull Restaurant (which we both enjoyed the last time we ate there, eight years ago) we decided to drive up US-441 and forego the fancy high speed roadways that are all the rage these days.

It was still in business and the ambiance is still the same as it was the last time we visited. On the down side, the cole slaw, which we remember as being world class, was not world class this time. It was pretty much a mediocre attempt at mediocre cole slaw. The rest of the food was good though.

The one downside of our decision to take US-441 instead of the highway system is that a trip that would have taken three hours instead took six.

[Because we took US-441, we had the pleasure of driving through downtown Yehaw Junction at 7:00 pm on a hopping Friday night.  Yehaw!]

Five if you exclude the hour we spent at the Brahma Bull Restaurant. The last hour of driving went something like this:

[sitting the driver's seat] Are we there yet?
Don't make me make you turn this car around!

I don't think we'll be taking US-441 up here again any time soon.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A little rain, a little T-Rex, and a totally not there waitron

It was a beautiful day to visit Renninger's Extravaganza.

[The Big Blue Room is a bit grey today. We might want to call maintenance and have them look at the problem.]

That pesky bright sun will be kept at bay, and the warm rain and sudden increase in humidity is good for the soul, right?

Bunny had already made one trip early in the morning and found a wonderful deal on a banjo—her banjo lessons weren't going all that great without one, you see. She arrived back, pulled me out of bed and after a rather disappointing lunch at Perkins (the food was eh, but our waitron was not at all there mentally—Bunny ordered a BLT sandwich and received a salad with bacon, lettuce, tomato and croutons; right ingredients, wrong form) we arrived at Renningers.

By now it was less crowded it was this morning and we walked around a bit. About the only thing I saw that held any interest to me was a seven foot metal sculpture of a T-Rex eating a bull.

[Mmmmm ... beef!  Nom nom nom!]

But sadly, it wouldn't fit in our vehicle (much less my office at The Ft. Lauderdale Office of The Corporation) so we had to pass it up.

We were there for perhaps an hour before it started pouring rain. It was then we decided we had enough of the place and headed back to our hotel to rest and for Bunny to practice the banjo.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

At $125,000 per, these make for some very expensive candles

The weather was pretty much the same as yesterday so our activities today were spent on more indoor activities. First up—Madame Tussauds.

[He came straight off the set of that one Star Trek episode where he played opposite Frank Gorshin] [It really is amazing how a little paint will liven things up] [The finished product—it's nice to see maitre d's being represented at Madame Tussauds] [I'm not sure what Vinnie Barbarino did to be imortalized in wax though] [I saw Will Smith sitting by himself next to a fake fire.  He was deep in thought—pondering the lack of success of his movie “After Earth” and that perhaps trying to buy his son a movie career was not a good move.] [“I want you!” “No, I want you!”]

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.

In the same shopping center as Madame Tussauds is The Skeleton Museum, which is less creepy than it sounds, even though it contains skeletons from across the entire animal kingdom (including humans).

[Death rides a pale horse.  Death could also use a meal or two.  So could his horse.] [The Burmese Python—the ultimate BBQ animal] [The ultimate in lawn ornaments—the skeleton flamingo!]

Unfortunately my iPhone decided to run out of battery power and I was unable to get more pictures of this incredible place. I so much wanted to show you the picture of the centaur skeleton they had on display.

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[The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades]

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