Glowing Electric Sex

    The next morning we had our brunch at the Inn.  Everything was amazing, they gave us hot complimentary “Monkey Bread” which we had never had before.  It tasted basically like mashed up cinnamon rolls, rolled up in a ball, with gooey brown sugar icing all over it.  It was heavenly.  After breakfast we drove over to the shopping district that we never found the day before.  It was ridiculously close to the Inn, I’m not sure what happened that caused us to get lost.  The Coventry shopping area was sort of a let down.  There were a few shops and places to eat, but it was really mediocre, it took us all of maybe a half hour before we left.  We had one more stop though before heading home, “The Christmas Story House”.

    We drove through more gross areas to finally wind up in a factory area of Cleveland reminiscent of areas here in Buffalo. The only difference was their’s appeared to still be active.  We arrived on the street where the house was located, a truly depressing site.  The street was pretty ghetto, run down houses everywhere, spray painted buildings, and then tucked right in the middle was the fully restored “Christmas Story” house.  It was really bizarre.  Luckily, the weather that day was gorgeous, the sun was out and the sky was blue, and there were people waiting for their tour of this legendary house.  We had a good 15 minutes to kill before our tour started, so we went into the Christmas Story store across the street because I was determined to buy an official leg lamp.  I got lucky.  There were 4 sizes, the biggest was almost too big, and the next sized down appeared to be normal.  The other two sizes were like mini lamps.  They were sold out of most of the lamps accept they had some of the normal sized models left.  I didn’t care about the price.  This was going to be one awesome way to remember our trip here.  $150.00 later, and I was the proud owner of this lamp. 
I will be placing this in our bay window for the holidays!
We stopped in the Christmas Story Museum that was right next to the store, both across the street from the actual house.  The museum was kinda neat, but nothing all that special.  In the corner of one of the rooms, there was a man selling a “Where are they now” DVD and autographed pictures of himself.  He was the original guy in the movie who delivered the “Major Award”.  He was interesting for maybe 2 minutes, but then went on way too long, making it sort of awkward because clearly, we were trying to leave.
    The tour was kind of cool.  We all filed in and listened to a history lesson about the area and the house.  It was actually interesting.  When she was finished, we were free to roam the house and take pictures.

    On the way home, we took a detour and stopped in Pittsburgh to the IKEA.  We love it there, you can spend a ton of time there getting ideas and looking at furniture.  I wish we had one here in Buffalo.  When we got home, we were super exhausted.  It was a lot to do in 2 days, but ended up being a memorable trip that we will never forget. 

Checking into Little Italy

    We were on our way to the Washington Place Inn, a place Nicole had found online.  The place looked really awesome and it offered a brunch menu that looked amazing.  As we got closer and closer, the areas we drove through continued to look really bad.  We started to get nervous as the GPS read “1.0 Miles” to destination.  When it literally got down to about .2 miles, we approached a small bridge.  Once we crossed the bridge, we were in a whole different world.  It’s kind of like that here in Buffalo for many areas, and we were hoping it would be the case here also.  We were now in “Little Italy”, full of lush trees, a few restaurants, and people safely walking around.  The Inn was very nice, it had a bar and restaurant down stairs with a pretty good reputation, but parking was never an issue because they reserve seven spots for the guests.

Our room was called “Cinque Terre”.  That bed was really comfortable.

After we got settled in, we wanted to get a feel for the area.  Our reservations for dinner was 2 hours away so we had some time to kill.  We started walking up and down the street looking for shops and things.  There really wasn’t anything we were seeing in site, just a few places to eat.  Sort of frustrated, we decided to go back to our Inn and catch a drink at the bar where we could ask the bar tender about the area.  The bar tender was pretty cool….too cool.  This god damn guy looked just like this.

and this…

When we asked for directions, we were distracted at the resemblance that this guy had to Brad Pitt and Jax from “Sons of Anarchy”.   The guy drew us a map to where we could find the shops and such.  10 minutes later we set out to find the shops only to get lost and end up running out of time due to dinner plans.  The houses in the area are beautiful though…but still we were not successful finding this shopping district.
    For our wedding night dinner, we chose to eat at “L,Albatros,” a place that looked really nice on Urbanspoon.  We arrived early on accident, but they were able to sit us immediately. We sat outside because it was absolutely gorgeous out and we were so glad we did.  The outdoor eating area was amazing. It was super comfortable, ultra classy, and not at all over crowded.

I didn’t snap pictures of our food because I wanted to enjoy this night, and we did.  The food and drinks were great, and after we ordered another glass of wine and enjoyed it on this wicker sofa area they had back there.  Nicole and I celebrated into the night with our glasses of wine and talked about whatever was running through our minds.  It was my favorite moment of the trip, I was truly happy. If we hadn’t driven, we probably would have stayed and drank some more.  We got back to the Inn excited to be able to finally sleep, and we would need our rest because we had a long day of driving ahead the next day, and our trip to the Christmas Story House!

Things have been a bit crazy!

    I haven’t posted in a while, things have been super crazy.  Nicole and I are trying to get married by June 1st, and the State of NY has made it impossible.  We were denied a marriage license.

To make a long story short, Nicole’s biological last name is on her birth certificate, not her adopted last name which she has used her whole life.  After two trips to city hall they told us she had to get a legal name change which is outrageous and ridiculous, especially because she was just issued a US passport no problem, using that same birth certificate.  We stormed out of city hall super annoyed. At first we were determined to book a flight to Vegas while giving the much deserved middle finger to New York.  We could have afforded the trip but it would have been tight.  We cooled down, and started to do some research.  Buffalo is about 4 hours from Cleveland, and Ohio issues same day marriage licenses with only a photo ID requirement.  No waiting day, no B.S., you’re in and your out.  I called down there and confirmed so that there would be no surprises.  So on May 4th, we are heading to Ohio.  The Vegas style wedding chapel is actually in Columbus, so we are driving there first, then driving to Cleveland to spend the day/night.  I’ve personally never been to Cleveland so I am actually excited.  If anything, the State of New York has given us an excuse to get away for a fun weekend.  We will have a good time.  Among the destinations during our wedding weekend, is this:

Not sure what this is?  Look in the window… that’s right.  Ralphie’s house restored!

Nicole found out about this online.  I visited their website and they sell things from the movie, so of course I will be buying a full sized leg lamp for our dining room bay window so that the next Christmas rules.  Also in Cleveland, I’d like to stop here for lunch:

The Great Lakes Brewery Brewpub

For dinner that night, we will do something special to celebrate our successful out of state marriage, something fancy, we haven’t yet decided on a place.  
     As crazy as everything has been, this should be fun and we are pretty excited.  More to come!

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