Monday, December 04, 2006

Marley was dead.

Time travel is a whole lot of paradoxy fun, but sometimes just going back to what was isn't enough. Sometimes you need to go back to what wasn't...

Saturday's tromp in the woods (see following post) was great, but as usual nothing can compare to firing up our Honda Pilot's flux capaciter. In a flash of nearlight we were back roaming the streets of London during the Victorian Era. Or, more precisely, the Victorian Era London of "A Christmas Carol". Yep, we made the quantum leap to Dicken's on the Strand and oh man was it a blast!

A cold wind was blowing keeping the temperature down in the low 40'sF all day even though the sun was shining bright. But this didn't stop the fun of watching great street performers such as:

The Merri Mary Show.
54 years old and still the most amazing acrobat outside of China!

The Players.
It makes sense that a bunch of drunken beggers could put on one of the best Christmas Pagents we've ever seen. Certianly the funniest, too.

The Bilge Pumpers
Pirates with rhythm (well, at least volume). Look closely at the thing behind them. It's not a building, it's a cruise ship.

Mysto the Magi
I wish I were half as funny as this guy. He's the most entertaining magician I've ever seen. You'll never look at a banana the same way again after seeing his act! Sidenote: he isn't a hunchback, it's just Miniwether is short.

The Ghost Fiddler
Making glassware sing is a vanishing art but five minutes listening to Donal Hinely will make you want to add these magical sounds to your iPod. The fact that he had to keep his hands wet to play the glasses and in the cold wind they were turning an ugly blue color did not stop his show. The man can make music! Now, if he'd just leave politics out of his songwriting.

Misseswether fell in love with the fiddling family.
I however have always been a bit scared of families that all dress alike. I think that goes back to The Osmonds. Warning you do NOT want to click on the Osmond link!!!

Of course, it wasn't just wonderful acts. It was also FOOD ON STICKS!!! Woo hoo!!!
Miniwether ate two sausages on sticks and then moved on to a corn dog. She's really learned to appreciate the finer things in life...

Miniwether also like the soft, fuzzy alpaca.
Mmmm, wooly!

And of course the snow made her squeal with frozen delight.
snow snow3

Every child instinctively knows how to make a snowball.
I don't know why she wanted to take her gloves off while doing this. Of course, this is also the girl who likes to be rinsed off in the tub with ice-cold water. I love her, but sometimes she's a bit weird.

Why I'm the luckiest guy alive.
She's married to me!

Long live the Queen!
It started to snow as Queen Victoria's parade came past. Sticking my tongue out to catch some flakes I discovered snow in the Victorian age tasted like soap.

Of course, every Christmas festival needs a visit from St. Nick and this one did not disappoint, especially in Miniwether's opinion. Everytime he spied our little girl he gave her a candycane. Miniwether could spot him from two blocks away!

As usual the day ened far too soon. Travelling through time doesn't give you any extra minutes, it just makes the minutes you are blessed with more fun. Miniwether and Misseswether were asleep within minutes of returning to the Honda. That was a good thing though. I wanted to replay the day in my head a few times while the memories were still fresh. They are definately ones I don't want to lose. Actually, that's pretty much the reason for this blog, to allow me instant access to my adventures and the other best moments of my life. I hope y'all have as great a time living your lives as I do. "There's magic around, you just have to see it" is a pretty cliched statement but that only makes it more true. There's adventure outside your door. Go find it!

Adventure! Excitement! Victorian Explorers!

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