Thursday, May 21, 2009

Denver, 2nd Anniversary: Thursday

Thursday morning we drove to Littleton where the group had Lockheed campus tours to go on, and I worked from a Corner Bakery Café and enjoyed a Mocha (yep, I have finally turned the corner and started drinking coffee).

Thursday afternoon the group was free from all other activities, so we re-commenced being tourists. We ate lunch at Noodles & Company, which was pretty average. I had the Pesto Cavatappi, which was spiral noodles and pesto sauce with parmesan-crusted chicken, tomatoes, and garlic (hold the mushrooms). Jonathan had the macaroni and cheese with chicken, also average.

There was some group-splitting after lunch, and JB and I headed to play miniature golf with Jim, Andrew, Jeremy, Eilbroun, and Kathy. The first course we got to was tiny and overrun with a field trip of small children, so we went on to Grand Golf Park, which was at a real golf place and driving range. It had a few tough holes, but was overall a pretty boring course. The theme was wildlife, but the course was poorly kept and there were pinecones and needles everywhere. JB and I were the only ones to get a hole-in-one (different holes), which was neat just because it was my very first hole-in-one ever, LoL.

Then there was another split, where some of the guys went to use the driving range, others to get settled at Vanessa & Emmanuel’s, and JB and I went to check-in at our next hotel. We took a nap, then met up with everyone to head to Casa Bonita for dinner and entertainment.

While it’s a pretty cool place, we timed it poorly. We didn’t arrive until after 8pm, and apparently nobody called to find out that they closed at 9pm that night. This meant that by the time we finished eating, the shows were all over and we didn’t have much time to walk through the attractions. The place is gigantic, and seats like 1100 people. There are cliff divers, mariachis, and gunmen (all of which we saw) among the events taking place. We missed out on the puppet shows, fire jugglers, a gorilla (which we briefly saw but not really), magicians, and dancers. There are also mines and caves to tour, plus various other things to explore. It’s really designed for kids, but is pretty fun.

Advice: you have to purchase a dinner, but the food is pretty bad. So get the cheapest thing, since you won’t eat it anyway. Save the room for the sopapillas, which are free and all-you-can-eat, and DELICIOUS. We went with the fajitas, since they have the best reviews… but they weren’t worth even half the price (and they were about $18!). Cheap-tasting and salty. Bleh. And the tortillas were in a Ziploc.

From there, we headed out to a karaoke bar, called The Gorilla Room. Drinks were cheap and they had more songs available than any other karaoke place I’ve ever been to. The DJ was very particular, and if he didn’t like the song you put in, he wouldn’t play it (Eilbroun and I were going to do Aretha’s “RESPECT” and Kathy and I were to do Vitamin C’s “Graduation,” and neither were played). He also played them in whatever order he wanted (JB and Jim did Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper” long after two other songs they did that they turned in after “Jumper”). Kathy and I did do Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” and Offspring’s “Pretty Fly for a White Guy,” which were fun. All four of the guys did *NSync's"Bye, Bye, Bye" which was a riot. We all got up at the end to do B-52’s “Love Shack,” which was hilarious.

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