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. 

Cleveland Rocks?

    About two hours after we left ‘Weddings R’ Us,’ we arrived in Cleveland.  We drove through some pretty terrible areas….and then through more terrible areas.  Cleveland was pretty rough looking, nothing at all like Columbus.  It was like a larger Buffalo, but lacking that remaining charm and visible signs of progress.  I wasn’t going to base my assumption upon first glance though, I was going to see how the rest of our visit played out.  The first place we wanted to stop was “The Great Lakes Brewery.”
    Located at 2516 Market Ave, the brewery rests on the corner of a pleasant little block; a breath of fresh air from what we drove through.  The brewery was dealing with a nice lunch crowd with what appeared to be, a full out door eating area.  It was so nice outside, that it was tempting to eat out there but we had never seen the place before, so inside was where we were going to eat.  We got a table immediately, both frothing at the mouth for our first real escape from our diets.  I ordered a Reuben with fries accompanied by their own “Commodore Perry IPA“.  Nicole ordered the “Local and Fresh Plate” along with what I think was a Belgian White.  One thing I do remember clearly, is that Nicole’s dish was unreal.  It was so good.  She loved it so much.  She was so happy.

“I just ordered cheese!”

Her dish was an amazing spread of Hungarian hot sausage, Smoked Eye of Round, Mackenzie Creamery Chevre, Knight’s Vale Smoked Gouda, Seymore Dairy Aderkase Blue Cheese, Seasonal vegetables from their “pint sized farm,” and brewers barley bread crostini.  It was totally awesome.  My sandwich was also really good.

I’m not sure why the one side of my face appears to be melting…

   An older gentlemen approached our table and took the picture above for us.  He was there with his family celebrating the 50th anniversary of him and his wife.  He seemed sort of moved when he found out that we had gotten married 2 hours earlier.  He was a nice guy.  The first experience in Cleveland ended up being really awesome and lunch was great.  Totally stuffed from beer and food, we walked back to the car and started our short trip to the Inn we were staying at…

We Are Home..and Married!

    We did some insane driving for two days and we are pretty beat, but our trip to Ohio was a success and we are now married.  We arrived in Columbus late Thursday night.  We stayed at the Red Rood Inn Thursday night which was centrally located and easy for us to get everything done Friday morning as it was only a few blocks from Columbus City Hall.  We were pleasantly surprised that Columbus was a really nice little city.  It was clean, modern, and everyone seemed to be nice.  Getting our marriage licence was a breeze, we literally just flashed our ID’s and we were good to go.  Once we got our license, we packed up our things and headed to Ohio’s Vegas style wedding chapel, “Weddings R’ Us.”  We pulled into the driveway to discover that this place was just a house.  We started to get weirded out but it was too late to turn around now, we had to ride it out.  We were greeted by a nice women and her poodle “Babar” and welcomed in.  The entire house was gutted for this business, the outside was deceiving.  She had a large room for bigger weddings, an office, and the Vegas Chapel for quick weddings.  It was decked out in tacky neon heart signs and had a little seating area in case there were guests.  When we first got inside, my tie was disheveled so she suggested that I “Go up the stairs and fix it in the mirror.”  I walked up the 4 stairs to exit the office and then proceeded to walk up the stairs into the bathroom when all of a sudden I heard the women yelling in full panic mode.
“Where are you going!?” she yelled
“You said at the top of the stairs..” I said, totally confused and trying to hurry back down the stairs before she really went nuts.
“I meant the top of these stairs..” she said referring to the couple of steps leading out of her office.
I totally didn’t think she meant that, but oh well.  After I fixed my tie, Nicole and I entered the Vegas Chapel, along with the women and the poodle which trotted right into it’s cage to prepare for the ceremony.

The lady put on her justice of the peace gown, and started the ceremony.  At that moment, everything that was insanely ridiculous about the entire scenario started to fade into the background and became completely irrelevant.  I was getting married.  Nicole and I held hands while this women began to marry us.  She was good, professional, and made it comfortable as Nicole and I stood there getting a bit teary eyed.  We repeated the vows that she spoke to us, at one point I was so nervous that I started repeating Nicole’s when it was her turn…I’m not the brightest some times.  When it was finished, we elected to buy the photo package and the woman took us into the backyard for some pictures.  The backyard was like a wedding wonderland, filled with flowers, tents, chairs, and different areas to take photos.  It was actually pretty impressive.

When it was finished we got into the car and headed to Cleveland fully married and excited to continue on with the rest of our weekend.

To be continued Monday….. (I need to keep the ratings up on my blog..)

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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