It's been a relatively eventful week here at Casa Albany. That's not to say, however, that it's been a great week, per se. It had its ups and downs. I'll start with some good stuff.
|Owen came by last Friday for dinner and a movie. I was still working on last week's post. Rude of me, but that post took forever!|
Kenz, mulling around on her computer, exclaimed, "Oh, remember we got that Groupon? Let's go to the arcade!"
Naturally, that didn't take much convincing. We were out the door within ten minutes, hype on the idea of getting to run around, from game to game, with reckless abandon, until our tokens ran out. I think we assumed it would satiate a childhood dream of having a seemingly unlimited amount of tokens in an arcade.
I mean, who do you know that has ever strutted into an arcade and beat a game from start to finish?
Ladies and gentlemen: Kenz and I did that very thing last Saturday.
|Kenz collecting the tokens|
|There were several games I'd never seen before, like competitive pacman...|
|...and a yuuuge connect four game.|
It's likely one of the least interesting plot lines of a video game I've ever encountered. We are either a wife/husband or brother/sister team (I never gleamed the backstory) of treasure hunters, equipped with a set of ultra-unrealistic 'golden guns', following a ship's captain and two crew members into a haunted island to find the unnamed hidden treasure. Our challengers were various sets of ghouls, goblins, krakens, witches, live skeletons, etc.
|The characters constantly utter, 'we can get through this because we've got our golden guns!'|
Kenz got bored and wanted to leave the booth, but I assured her she wanted to stay until the end of the credits...
|...because I was sure we'd reach immortality!|
We considered 'gifting' our bumper car tokens to some kids, but one of us (I can't remember who) suggested we at least try one round (we had enough tokens for three).
|Entertaining ourselves in line [read: entertaining myself in line]|
|Look at that KenzFace.|
As we waited in line, however, we got invested in the round that was happening in front of us. Kenz and I started leaning over the handrails, yelling encouragement at the drivers, calling out their car numbers ("C'mon number two! You can do it!"). People started looking at us, confused, because no one really paid attention to what number bumper car they'd gotten in. We developed story lines and strategies for everyone driving. This guy was trying to get out of the 'match' unharmed, while that other guy was really leaning into his 'bumps'. I tried to declare a winner, but Kenz protested, "there's no winners in bumper cars!"
We noticed that everyone naturally went counter-clockwise once the 'match' began, so we decided that we'd mess with everyone during the second round by going clockwise. We caused consternation.
Afterward, we only had one token left. Looking at each other, we nodded at the same time - we were gonna share a car. It was decided that Kenz would be the driver. My job was to yell and heckle everyone we bumped into. Each of us provided running commentary the entire time, yelling at people, and generally just confirming stereotypes about obnoxious Americans on vacation...
London loves Bruce Willis. We went to a movie that night and found three movie posters with his (similarly) grimacing face.
|To appropriate Samuel Johnson's famous quote, "When a man is tired of butt jokes, he is tired of life."|
|Some Deptford street art|
|We got to FaceTime with Mom'n'Tom - they've landed in NZ!|
|I'm still not impressed with The Shard. It looks unfinished to me.|
|We've been here for over a year and a half now, and this was the first time I saw ticket inspectors on the bus.|
To end on a better note:
Again, several months ago, Kenz booked herself a glassblowing class in Bermondsey (she's good at that planning ahead thing). She offered to book me the class, too, but I declined because I'm a jackass. Her class was Sunday, all day, and she sent me pictures throughout the day. Each one had me a bit more green with envy.
|Her first project - simply molding the 'syrup'|
|She said it was much hotter than she'd expected|
|She actually had the lung capacity!|
|The paperweight she made me|
|She said there were only 4 students in the class and 2 tutors|
|The vase she made - much better than what we've been using to hold flowers: my old nalgene bottle|
|"Give it to someone who collects snowmen." "Hell naw - that thing is deformed!"|
|You can see that the colors change once they've cooled off.|
|This is currently holding hard candies on the kitchen table...|
|When the sun hits this just right, it looks like a goldfish aquarium.|
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!