Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Nephew's birthday.

After work I went by Wal-Mart Supercenter to grab a gift for my nephew's ninth birthday and found myself in the electronics section playing Call of Duty 2 on X-Box 360 until I was nearly late for the birthday dinner.  I snagged a very cool General Grievous vehicle toy and action figure.  The birthday boy requested burgers, and they were delicious.  I can't recall ever grilling burgers during snowfall, but watching snow fall through the grill smoke is a strange sight.  He also requested chocolate cake.  Also delicious.

Last night, the nephew and I went skating at the Crown Center Ice Terrace and they had Christmas music blaring on the loudspeakers.  Mid-November is a bit early for Little Town of Bethlehem.  I had promised him hot chocolate, but we stayed until they closed.  So, we went to the 42nd Floor of the Hyatt to Skies, which is the rotating restaurant at the top.  The first time he stepped off the elevator and saw the big windows, his eyes bugged out and he gasped and froze.  I thought he was going to faint.  After the host showed us to the lounge area, he was fine.  We had hot chocolate, cheesecake brulee, and vanilla ice cream.  We stayed up there for an hour and the thing had rotated about 180 degrees til we were facing the downtown skyline, which looks great from up there.  Since the floor is the only part that moves, the art, the view of the city, and the lighting gradually, constantly changes.  After the sugar buzz started, we were goofing around and leaning against the glass, but since the floor is moving under you, your feet are going left as your forehead gets pulled to the right by the glass, which adds to the dizzying sensation of leaning against a window 500 feet above the downtown streets.  Good times.

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