Blue Man Group

Over Spring Break, my family and I went to see the Blue Man Group. Apparently the show had been re-done to include new bits from the last time I saw it years ago while in Orlando, and when I saw it in Orlando I loved it, so needless to say, I was excited.

And, oh, did they deliver!

There were a few fan favorites: the PVC pipe drumming, paint drumming, and the classic dinner scene where they take a member of the audience and eat with them. Those were still great, and to be honest, those bits are always awesome to see (not to mention the eating bit is still hilarious), especially when the music they produce is fantastic.

The new stuff – the space PVC pipe drumming, the iPhone*, and the DANCE PARTY were all incredible additions. They said the show now had more WOW!, and I’m inclined to agree with that.

One of the most memorable parts of Blue Man Group when I first saw it was when the entire theatre turned ons tribe lights and toiler paper was thrown everywhere. They keep the strobe lights, they keep the toilet paper, but they add giant (I’m talking at least 12ft radius, here), glow-in-the-dark beach balls that people were hitting into the air. It was insane! The entire audience was dancing, screaming, throwing toilet paper around, and hitting giant beach balls, all to some super godlike dance music, plus strobe and colored lights flashing in and out.

It was easily the best show I’ve ever been to. If you’re a fan of Blue Man Group, or you haven’t seen them, GO SEE THEM. You won’t regret it!

Just Sayin’

* I saw Blue Man Group for the first time years ago, so I forgot if they had an iPhone section back then or not. It certainly looked new to me.

Vacationing 101 (Part 2: the vacation)

Good evening, class! Taking off from last week’s class, tonight we will be going over what to actually do when you reach your destination!

Section 1: To-Do’s

While I don’t actively do this on my family vacations, I would make a to-do list of things to, wherever you’re vacationing. Go see a certain show, try a certain restaurant, etc… the possibilities are endless, and they will help you plan out your vacation. Just remember not to go overboard, but I’ll cover that a little later.

Another thing: don’t feel bad if you don’t finish your to-do list. It gives you a reason to come back, and when you go to big spots like New York or Las Vegas, there’s no way you can do everything you want to in one trip, so keep that in mind.

Section 2: Food

Every year, my family and I try to not eat a ton of food, but let’s be real: it’s vacation, and the consumption of mass quantities of incredible food is going to happen. I would resign yourself to that unless you have food allergies or something that prevents you from eating a ton…or you’re really dedicated, which means I’m jealous because I don’t have the willpower that you do.

Section 3: Time Management

Two paragraphs ago, in section 1, I mentioned not going overboard with your to-do list. Here’s why: you don’t want to run yourself down during your trip. However long your vacation is, managing your time is really important. While I’m all for going out and having days upon days of nonstop fun, you have to have some downtime to relax and recharge your energy.

Just a little tidbit, if you’re going to the beach for your vacation, do keep in mind that sitting out in the hot sun all day is actually tiring. If you don’t believe me, try it next time you’re on the beach.

Section 4: Back-up Plans

Much like what I said in my Con 101 entry, things don’t always go as planned. It rains, you’re not feeling up to it, a tropical storm (I’ve been through two of them while staying in Florida) rolls through, a place is closed, the times times for a show were changed, you name it. With that in mind, when you’re making plans, have a few back-up ones in case you still want to do something. If not, I suggest you take that time to relax. The important thing is to not let a mishap get you down. Make the best of whatever happens and you’ll find yourself enjoying the day even if it didn’t go as planned.

That’s the end of Vacationing 101. I hope you learned something about taking road trips and vacationing! And remember, taking an airplane is pretty much a guaranteed A in this class because it’s not driving for 16 hours.

Just sayin’.