Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Stryder Wolfe's Week Off Part 2

In case you missed it, I was on vacation last week and started a day-by-day record of what I did.  You can read part one here.  Now on to part two!

Day 6 (Wednesday):   Brian and I hopped in the car on a sunny morning and hit the road to the lovely city of Cleveland!  It was the first time either of us had been.  We wanted to check out the rock n` roll hall of fame and just see what the city had to offer.  Wednesday afternoon we checked into the Hyatt and started off.  Cleveland was very cool...super friendly people.  Mention you are from Canada and people tell you where all the fun is, where to go to hear some music, meet some girls, whatever.  They also seem to want to buy you drinks frequently.  Brian and I both soon realized that American beer wasn't gonna cut it and switched to whisky.  After that things got a little hazy but luckily I snapped a few pics.  
House of Blues...where it all began

Yeah, that`s a guy dressed like Scooby Doo.

Of note was the above bar, where we walked into a strange place full of British and American rugby players dressed as cartoons and basically drinking as much as possible as quickly as possible.  Captain America threw up all over the men's room.  Hilarious!  At the end of the night, which involved several other fine establishments, we managed to get ourselves back to the hotel room in time to catch a few hours sleep before....

Day 7 (Thursday):  The Main Event!  After a very shaky morning in which much aspirin was consumed, We make it to the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame!!!  The place is huge and had a marching band out front playing House of the Rising Sun in a both surreal and cool arrangement.  Baton girls were included!  However, what really caught my attention out front was this

The Bus in Black
Johnny Cash owned this tour bus!  Sadly we were not allowed inside but it was cool to sit next to the bus that was his home away from home for decades!  After admiring the exterior for quite some time we finally made it inside, where we were fairly promptly told that photos were not allowed.  Fortunately, before I was told to put the camera away, I managed to get a shot of the items that inspired this trip...

Hey Slash, you left something!  No worries, we'll take care of it!

There were hundreds of cool musical history pieces to see at this place and some truly amazing displays for the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and so many others, but the thing that took my breath away the most was seeing this lovely Top Hat and Jacket belonging to Slash of Guns N' Roses fame.  Just so cool to see up close and personal.  

Of course Lennon's glasses and green card were super cool too, but the security guard was right there so no pics...sorry.

Anyway after walking around the RNRHoF for several hours it was time for a quick meal and then back to Toronto.  This was around the time that it started pouring rain in biblical amounts.  It was an interesting car ride home...there were several times I couldn't really see the road and once where we almost died.  Brian shot some video:

You know, the usual road trip fare...we decided to skip the casino on the way home and just head on back to get a little rest before...

Day 8 (Friday):   A laid back, fun day.  Went with Michael and saw Thor.  Great movie!  Took a character I could seriously not care less about and made him interesting.  Also you GOTTA love Natalie Portman AND Kat Dennings in the same movie.  That much hotness on the screen all at once was a little distracting but I ain't complaining.  After the movie it was back to my place to meet up with the guys (and girl) and actually take the new TV for a proper spin courtesy of XBox 360 and Rogers television, who proved that programming a PVR isn't so hard, even for a dork such as myself.  

So what are you ladies doing after the interview??
Day 9 (Saturday):  Darkness falls as I realize it's my last day before work and that the place is a wreck.  Thus commences a 6 hour cleaning binge on my apartment, complete with rearranged furniture and several thrown out, obsolete appliances.  I haven't done that much work since I helped my buddy Jeff move.  I have to admit though, the place looks good.  I am actually proud of it again, which I haven't been for a long time.  Apathy has given way, at least temporarily, to wanting to live in a nice environment.  I blame the TV...once one thing looks awesome, the rest have to match.

Once cleaning time was over, I grabbed a shower and decided to reward myself with a USB microphone that came recommended to me by internet superstar Danielle Fricke.  This inspired me to write and record a new song which I was pretty pleased with.  You can learn more about that in my last post.  Finally, I had my last little pre-work get together and many games of EA Sports NHL were played until it was time to go off to bed.  After all, I had to work in the morning.

All in all it was an awesome week.  I spent a lot less than you'd think from all the stuff I did and a good time was had by all. Thanks to the friends who made it all possible and to the City of Cleveland, who know how to party hard, even on a Wednesday night!

Wanna see my smilin' face...