Bruce Willis and Shadow World

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hey everyone :)

So, somewhere along the line, I hit some combination of keys that aligned the text along the
right ride instead of the left. Sorry for the visual inconvenience.
I'm gonna start putting in the state with the city name, so hopefully you can see more than just the city name. Originally, when we enter in the city, it recognizes the state and displays it once you're in the blog entry. But from the main listing, it only lists the city, which isn't helpful when just looking over the list to find out where we are. So anyway, yeah. Hopefully this will work.

We're in New Jersey all this week, and all next week. We're getting familiar with it. And the tolls.

Today, we did a show in the middle school that Bruce Willis attended as a young lad. So... yeah, every school's got some claim to fame! But that was prolly the brightest spot as far as we were concerned...

We arrived at the school about the same time as the disgruntled custodian who would help us out. Fortunately, he was not upset with us. He was surprisingly obliging. But he hated his job, and offered to help us through methods that might get him fired. He didn't care. He had been doing his job for 18 years and hates it. That's unfortunate, isn't it? Well, we spared him from having to perform any illegal practices (something involving a stair lift?). But it wasn't easy. We had to carry all of our equipment up two flights of wrought-iron steps up to a second-story auditorium where the stage was four feet high!

Our equipment includes:

- 4 speakers and 4 speaker stands
- one heavy, fragile sound box with the amp, DVD players, and hook-ups
- one large, fragile projector box containing a mic and three 4,000-dollar projectors and their cables
- two large, heavy coffin-like boxes containing three aluminum frames and four legs that unfold into our gigantic 10x45-foot screen
- large rubbermaid box of cables
- three projector tables
- and a toolbox

Once we managed to get all the equipment up, the set-up went fine, as did the show. Then it all came back down again and packed back into the little van. That's our job.

We were done by 10:30 (great job, huh?), so we even had time to go back to our hotel before check-out to shower and cook up some lunch. Then we hit the road. Our next school is in Wildwood, which is another beach town, close to Cape May--which we have heard is gorgeous and worth seeing.

We pulled up to our Tropicana Motel, but were too early to check in. So we decided to just drive to Cape May and explore a little bit. We did some research and found a number of Cape May trolley tours, but decided that it was a lot of money to sit in a vehicle and see some houses. So instead, we made reservations for a dinner theatre that night. We had several hours to fill until then, so we hit the beach. The beach in Cape May is not on an obnoxious boardwalk with amusement park rides and corny storefronts and loud music. On the contrary, it is secuded beyond some sand dunes and, this time of year, is inhabited only by a few older locals. It was overcast but warm, so we set up our blanket and look a nap.

I explored a little bit. Remember how jellyfish littered the last beach in Seaside Heights? Well, at this beach, there were as many dead horseshoe crabs as there were jellyfish! Gross. But interesting. Just watch where you step. Some are the size of dinner plates!

It started to rain, and we were done napping anyway, so we packed up and drove back to our hotel to check-in and be able to get ready for our date.

That night, we attended Elaine's Famous Dinner Theatre. Kelsey wore her black dress, and I did my best to stand up. :)

Dinner itself was fantastic. It started with a broccoli soup. With a dash of salt, it was great. For the entree, we both tried flounder, a fish we'd never had before. Risky, perhaps, but it sounded good. It was served with asparagus and mashed potatoes, and was wonderful. It is a light fish, but filling, and with a good taste. Dessert was chocolate cake, follwed by some tea to sip while we watched the show.

The play was called Shadow World. It was about as weird as it sounds. It was a fantasy, musical, comedy. Huh.
The quality was lacking, and the plot was hard to follow. But it was entertaining, anyway.

So, this right-alignment is driving me nuts. Props to you if you made it this far. I'll close this out now. Talk to you later!

- Mike.

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dougdomeny on

right alignment
Right alignment, especially with some left alignment thrown in, adds interest. I usually prefer a mix.

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