“Life is like a box of chocolates.” This bench is outside of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. This was our first stop, not for lunch (like my girls would eat anything here), but for the girls to change from shorts into pants. I tried to tell them, but at least they were smart enough to bring pants to change into just in case. Sometimes, even when someone tells you what to expect, you still don’t really know until you bite into that chocolate candy what you’ll find inside.
So we were all the way downtown with all these interesting restaurants, and where do we end up eating? Chili’s. Paramount looked like a popular place. I’d love to try that sometime.
After eating, we hopped on the mall shuttle to the south end to go check out Civic Center. There was a peaceful assembly happening on the steps of the capitol. Since I’m pretty oblivious to the issues happening around me, I asked some (what’s the politically correct term?) law enforcement officers standing nearby what was going on. There was a bill being discussed today on civil unions. I heard about an hour ago that it died around 9:15 tonight, though. Since this is about my vacation, I’m not going to weigh in on this subject here.
We ended up going inside the capitol – nearly all the way to the top even! After snapping some pics through the windows, we went back downstairs and decided against the free 45-minute tour. We left in search of the old-fashioned red phone booth I had seen just last year. Gone! Son of a sea biscuit! My poor, out-of-shape body made the trek all that way for nothing. I better at least see a little improvement in my rear! :) So back on the shuttle we went, stopping at Starbucks for a quick, frozen perk-me-up. By then, it was still windy, but it was actually pretty nice out.
That was about it. Enough to get out of the house. A small adventure for some but pretty big for us. It’s not because we’re pathetically lazy – just so busy all the time.
I’ll throw in a bit about American Idol here instead of creating a separate post. I’m a little disappointed to see Thia leave, but I don’t think she was ready yet. Another year or two might make a big difference. I thought it would be Naima and Paul, though. Lauren and Scotty did an amazing job on their duet!