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Kaleidoscope Tekulo posted a blog entry in This is my lawnSo this past weekend I decided to spend a night in Seattle. I got some bonus cash over the holidays so I decided to give it a go. Now, this was my first trip that I've fully planned by myself. Booking the hotel, making travel arrangements, etc. It was a bit stressful as things didn't go totally as planned. XD Luckily for me, I have a friend who lives in the area who was able to show me around. And, well, I honestly loved it. I don't know why, but I've always sort of loved cities. The people, the culture, being able to actually walk places... it's great imo. I haven't been to a large downtown area since my trip to New York City a couple years ago. I ended up exploring a part of Seattle where there was an LGBT community. Rainbow flags were on display in a lot of the shops and there was advertising showing gay couples. I even decided to check out a thrift store because it had a sign that said it welcomed people regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. The sign said "You are SAFE here." This trip was the second time ever I felt at ease in public in a long time. The first time was this past summer at Seattle Pride in June. At one point I walked around the city looking for a park to kill some time, and I came across this cat themed book store. They had cats inside and they were very friendly. I was immediately drawn to the Queer Studies section. LGBT literature is something I have always been severely starved for. In my hometown in Ohio I looked for LGBT literature in my local library and only found one single book on the subject. So, for me, to have access to a collection of books about Queer Studies was kind of huge for me. Granted, I do have a kindle and if I knew what books to look for I could probably build up a stronger collection of LGBT literature, but as someone who grew up in a community where talking about homosexuality is somehow "bad" I honestly don't even know what to look for. This was honestly a first for me, to have that kind of resource where I could just browse LGBT books. And mind you, I have been to libraries and bookstores before, but I never found an entire section dedicated to Queer Studies. I walked out of there with five books which I am pretty stoked about. So that was my first day. I did a little shopping and just felt at ease in the city. For me that was an amazingly nice change of pace. My second day in Seattle I spent it with my friend. I met her when I worked at my previous summer job in Washington. She's one of the coolest people I've met. XD We went to an asian market in the International District. I picked up some baked goods (I love desserts and baked goods from other cultures because in America we kind of tend to have way too much sugar in our foods. I got a really nice green tea roll with red bean paste, an assortment of buns, and a cream horn. They were just factory made bakery items, but I was still happy with them. After that, we went to a ramen restaurant. We got vegetarian ramen and I ordered Octopus dumplings to share (as we are both pescaterian). It was a really good meal in my opinion. For the rest of my trip I had just packed my own homemade pizza and ate that the rest of the trip. We also went to some thrift stores. I managed to find three pairs of shoes (which is amazing because finding shoes in my size is rare for me), a very comfortable sweater and a suit jacket (I have a wedding to go to later this year hahaha). We were both in food comas from the sweets and ramen at the end of our adventures. XD So after that we just went back to my friend's place and relaxed watching dumb internet videos until I had to catch my ride back home. It was a nice full day. One of my favorite things, though, is after it got dark and I got to see the lights on the Seattle skyline. No matter where I am, I love seeing city lights. There's just something enchanting about it. But anyway, now I feel refreshed and ready to get back to work tomorrow. After a very stressful holiday season in foodservice at a new job, I really needed to take some time to relax. Edit: tl;dr - I spent time looking at gay books while I had a cat purring up a storm in my lap. Needless to say I had a successful vacation.
My Adventures in Las Vegas
Toa Smoke Monster posted a blog entry in The IslandSo like I said in my previous entry, I did a lot of stuff in Las Vegas while on vacation. (Nothing that I can't post about here though. ) I thought I'd give a quick breakdown of what exactly I did while my Dad and I were there. 1. We stayed at the Paris Hotel, which had a huge ground area. It was bigger than any other ground I have ever seen in a hotel. Though that is to be expected for a hotel in Vegas. But since we were staying there, we got a discount for a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower they had there. We got a great view of the city from there. It also had a restaurant in it, but we didn't eat there. 2. There were people everywhere, all the time. It was one of the busiest places I have ever seen, even more so than Spring Break at my job. It was nuts! 3. We took a tour out to see Hoover Dam and Lead Mead. We were taken about 500 feet underground to see the tunnels that were used while the dam was in construction, plus we learned a lot about the history of the dam and Lake Mead. It was definitely the highlight of the trip for my Dad, as seeing the dam was one of the main reasons he wanted to go to Vegas in the first place. 4. We got to ride the Monorail Train and see most of its locations. Many of them simply led to other hotels that had casinos. And honestly, if you have seen one casino, you've basically seen them all. But the main reason we took it was to get to the Stratosphere, one of the hotels that has a huge tower has is roughly 108 stories high. We went to the top and saw even more amazing views of the city. We also learned that there are three amusement rides on the top of the Stratosphere, which was something that we weren't expecting. I even rode one of them while my Dad and I were up there. It was a lot of fun. 5. Now for my highlight of the trip, and that was jumping off of the Stratosphere. Yep, this hotel has a Sky Jump where you jump off of floor 108 of the Stratosphere and plunge 855 feet to the ground below. Normally, I wouldn't do something like this. But since I was on vacation and I really wanted to do something memorable, I decide to embrace the overused quote from Shia LeBeouf and 'just do it.' So I made the jump, and it actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. It is truly something I will never forget doing. 6. My Dad and I actually didn't gamble at all while we were there. At night, my Dad just did the things he does at home sometimes. As for me, I wondered my hotel lobby and the streets of Las Vegas trying to hatch eggs and find Pokemon for Pokemon Go on my iPhone. I seriously probably spent at least 6 to 7 hours over my four day trip in Vegas trying to find Pokemon and hatch eggs. I even got the 'Walking 10 KM' achievement for the game, and I didn't even download it to my phone until a day before I left for my trip! Its definitely a game that I will continue to play, because I do want to catch them all! These are the main points of my trip. I did tweet a lot about my adventures on my Twitter account, so you can check there (@Toasmokemonster) if you want to learn more about my trip and see some pictures I posted. Thanks for reading, everyone!
Back from Vacation
Toa Smoke Monster posted a blog entry in The IslandMy trip to Las Vegas has come to an end. Thus, I am back home and again active on BZP. I did A LOT on this vacation, but since I just got home an hour ago as of this post, I think I'll save those details for a future entry. I still have four days off from my job though, which will give me plenty of time catch up on everything that has happened on BZP, videos posted on Youtube, and get info on the other various sites I visit.
Toa Smoke Monster posted a blog entry in The IslandAs I said a couple entries back, I'm going to be going out of town to Las Vegas this week for vacation. While I will have Internet access at the hotel I'm staying at and on my phone, I don't know how much time I will spend online. So if you don't see that much activity from me until the end of the week when I return, that's why. Oh, this is going to be a fun trip!
Vacation and Being Absent.
Toa Smoke Monster posted a blog entry in The IslandWell guys, I'm on vacation! Yep, I'm going to have five paid days off from my job. It's the first vacation I've been on in over a year. In fact, this coming weekend will be the first weekend I'm going to have off from work since that last vacation all the way back in September 2014. And since I'm on vacation, my Dad and I are going on a road trip. We are going to be traveling to Austin, TX for the next couple of days. Which means I most likely won't be on the Internet that much after tomorrow morning until I get back. Thus, after I leave tomorrow morning you probably won't be seeing me on BZP until Thursday night or sometime on Friday. I wonder if I'll be able to make it that long without the Internet. Guess I'll find out soon enough.
So I'm in Stockholm Now
Emzee posted a blog entry in blogs_blog_578Why are people here so well-dressed?? Or maybe I'm just a sucker for the whole slim-winter-coat-and-scarf look. This is the last night of my vacation though. Tomorrow I fly back to the states. It's really fun though. My Instagram only tells a very small story. It's too bad I won't be doing something like this again for a long time (if ever), but hey -- that's kinda the point right? Once is better than never.
I leave for Munich in 2 days
Emzee posted a blog entry in blogs_blog_578Hey what's up! Who's been to Munich? Any must-sees/must-eats I should try? Reubens and beer are on already on the list, as is (most likely) which ever attraction you believe is the #1 result on TripAdvisor. Got any tips?
Kaleidoscope Tekulo posted a blog entry in This is my lawnI will be leaving for an entire week for a family vacation. I hope to go zip-lining and parasailing and have some fun! I am very excited about this development. I probably will have internet, but I don't want to bog my vacation down by doing nothing online. I leave this Friday and will be back next Saturday/Sunday. ... SUCKERS! MUAHAHAHAHA! ~Melon Lord
Ninjago: Even Heroes Need a Vacation
Behind The Camera posted a topic in General ArtHello, one and all! I have just finished my entry into the Ninjago Monster Contest, so here it is! After a long day of fighting the forces of evil, even the heroic ninja need a vacation, so what better place to unwind and have some fun than the tropical paradise of LEGO Island? This piece features ninja Jay Walker pulling off some moves on a stunt ramp in a friendly competition with Pepper Roni. I've had the idea of featuring Ninjago characters relaxing on LEGO Island for some time, but I have now realized that vision with this piece! If you have any thoughts, comments are always welcome.
TNTOS posted a blog entry in blogs_blog_1200Tomorrow I will be out of town for a week and may or may not have Internet access during that time. So I might not post the next chapter of In the End on Monday or the next story in The Biological Chronicle series, nor will I be on BZP in general during that time. Just thought y'all should know so nobody thinks I dropped off the face of the earth or anything, heh. -TNTOS-
In An Hour...
Zatth posted a blog entry in blogs_blog_1447I'll be heading off to the airport to go to Colombia for ten days. It will be pleasant to see the family again and relax and whatnot. If I have Internet there, expect an update and more crazy shenanigans. (I love that word. Shenanigans. Teehee.) If I don't, then I will see you all in ten days. ZATTHMAN, OVER AND OUT.
Off To Florida
Brappy Hour posted a blog entry in The SanctuaryI'll be leaving today for a long needed vacation. I'm going to take a brake from my computer as well. I'll be back on Tuesday or Wednesday In the meantime. Please start thinking of new designs for the BrickFair 2012 shirts. The theme for BrickFair this year is fire, so try coming up with HOT ideas for that. No Tahu though, since we used him last year. Last, but certainly not least. Happy Easter everyone. Thanks for reading, Raptor.