Friday, June 13, 2008

The Honeymoon Is Over

Very European
Originally uploaded by drewmaniac

It's been a few days since I've been fortunate enough to wander about these series of tubes. I did my best to avoid the Internets while on my honeymoon. Now the honeymoon's over. It's back to work on Monday, and back to blogging now.

While on my honeymoon I took note of a few things (completely unrelated to marital bliss):

  • Branson, Mo. is full of marketers who have never heard of permission marketing. Never.
  • I had never stayed at a Hilton Hotel. Now that I have, I see what all the fuss is about. Newspapers at your door in the morning, very friendly service, and not to mention the excellent rooms.
  • If there are a mass of people (tourists) gathering anywhere (Branson), there will be shady characters (not unlike spammers) trying to make a quick buck. This was evidenced by the abandoned buildings that once housed shows trying to make a killing on the sheer amount of tourists that passed through. Like the one I saw that promised Musical Ducks. Still trying to figure that one out. Who comes up with these ideas? Then there were the countless store fronts selling time shares, promising free tickets to shows, and the list went on and on.
  • Silver Dollar City is a rip off. $48 for a single day pass for one adult? I think the kids were around $25 a head. How can a family truly afford to get in? Much less purchase the over priced food or souvenirs?
Some other things I took note of (a little more closely related to marital bliss):
  • It's nice to have someone there with you at any moment. I used to revel in my singleness. Now I'm thinking that my singleness probably made life just a little bit tougher than it really is.
  • We've already been asked the "When are you going to have kids?" question. Wonderful.
  • Breakfast at noon is best.
  • Seek out the restaurants that appear to be a hole in the wall. The ones the locals go to on a daily basis. Chain restaurants are boring and predictable. Not to mention not usually very good. We experienced some great Italian dining at a place called Rocky's. This review on Yahoo! said it all. Looks can indeed be deceiving.
  • After a week of relaxation, vacation, and doing whatever I felt like I'm pretty sure work next week will be a brutal wake up call.


Lisa Cothran said...

it was good to see you guys on the landing. come up and see us whenever you have the chance. love ya, lisa jo

imnotsam said...

Do you think this would be a good idea?

Chris said...

"When are you guys going to have kids?" hahaha... not that I Told You So, but....

Have fun returning to work... you've been gone long enough to lose your immunity to it. It should hit particularly hard.

Anonymous said...

There are some really good Branson shows to see. There are plenty that a bit expensive, but I enjoyed a few of the shows I saw.