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Friday, August 14, 2009

Shakespeare Festival, Part 2

Welcome to Cedar Breaks, Utah:
Isn't this amazing? I did not use PhotoShop with this picture, nor would I know how to if I tried. That's on my list of things to learn right next to a few others:
1. Learn how to organize my life.
2. Learn how to use PhotoShop.
3. Learn how to speak Spanish (because not everything in Mexico happens in the present tense).

Unfortunately, I never get past #1 on that list, so it's been slow going on the "learning new things" game.
Doesn't this look like one of those fake backgrounds at Universal Studios that you stand in front of? And on the right just off screen is the new "Will Ferrell in 3-D ride".

My favorite memory of Universal Studios was when we took a sweet true-to-her-blond 15-year-old Meagan Bishop on the Backstage Tours ride (very similar to Disneyland's Jungle Cruise in terms of jokes), and our sure to be the next A-list actor but currently a tour guide said on the microphone, "And to the left is the Flinstones car used in the movie...and next to it you will see Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet." Meagan searched for at least two minutes for that jet. We didn't have the heart to tell her....

Back to The Festival.

So when you're seeing two three-hour plays a day, and you only have a limited amount of time to hammer through your hike, some things have to be sacrificed... like changing into hiking attire.
If you get the chance to travel through Utah, you should really drive the 20 miles off of the I-15 Freeway to check it out. The "Whoa" factor is high.

When you take the road back into town, you might be thinking, "Wow, I'd love a cold one." And then you might get excited because just at the base of the mountain road, you find a pub!

Pastries AND beer! The best of both worlds, you think! I've entered Utah Heaven!
Then you see the cool Irish decorations,

and the Irish blessings,

and you just know the Irish know their beer!
Your mouth is watering, you're envisioning the foam mustache, and then you see...
The pub uniform.
WHAAAAA?
Dry Pub? Dry? What is this oxymoron depriving me of my Newcastle?

I mean who has THIS on the wall of their restaurant...
without actually providing the stuff that comes in it?

Oh, Utah. You Mormons are a funny folk. The Pastry Pub actually has some great sandwiches, free internet, and according to Trip Advisor, is even ranked #1 out of 27 restaurants in Cedar City... but I highly suggest implanting an expectation of lunch and not libation.

If you are a Shakespeare enthusiast, you really should check this city out. They venerate Mr. William here, even down to their bed and breakfasts. Smack dab in the middle of a cute little Utah neighborhood, there is an eleven-room adorable "house hotel".
You can walk outside the Bard's Inn, "puck"-er up, and blow a kiss next door to this B&B:


I think I'd stay here just to say I was guarded by knights:

Maybe it's the "magic" of The Festival, but you never know who you'll run into!
You may run into your priest from high school:

And you may have this very spiritually uplifting conversation:
PRIEST: Where do you live now?
YOU: L.A. (play the pretend game)
PRIEST: Oh yeah? I have a friend who has a house down in Hermosa.
YOU: Hey, I live in Hermosa!
PRIEST: I was his confirmation sponsor. He went to Clark High School.
YOU: Hey, I went to Clark High School!
PRIEST: You may have heard of him... Jimmy Kimmel?
YOU: WHAAAA?

You will wonder if you feel strange inside because:
A. Your priest is showing you a ring that Jimmy Kimmel gave him.
B. Jimmy Kimmel went to your high school.
or C. You're discussing late night television with a priest you haven't seen in more than a decade.

I don't have many conversations with priests nowadays, so what better topic to delve into than comparing and contrasting the humor of Conan, Stewart, Letterman, and Kimmel?!

Gotta love the magic of The Festival!

3 comments:

  1. Ha, Ha, very interesting. Is this true????
    Love the shakespear festival. Love the cute pict of you and your mom. I miss your parents. I miss you!! Love this blog

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  2. wow ms. B it looks like you have been having a lot of fun! i wish i had your vacation (:
    i miss you ms. B hope to see you soon.

    -hester

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  3. hei
    u really say it with pictures
    nice blog

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