Vacation mania at Stuck in the '80s
Hey gang, it's vacation time here at the Spears Lair. But don't fear: I'll still be blogging every day -- usually while Vegas Girlfriend is in the other room sleeping. That way, I can scarf down all the hummus and Diet Coke in the condo.
VGF's journey to Florida had a real Planes Trains and Automobiles feel to it. (Frankly, anyone who lives north of Clearwater, Fla., just deserves that. Move OUT of the North, my dearest '80s snowbound friends!) Her trip lasted 12 hours and included two power outages in the Detroit airport, a two-hour delay for fuel on the runway, two missed connections in Atlanta and another two-hour delay for a tardy airplane before finally arriving in sunny Tampa. (Current temperature: No clue. I have the A/C running so it's 74 indoors for sure.)
After many cocktails to ease that stress, we caught Avenue Q last night at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall. If you've missed it, check out this clip featuring the character "Gary Coleman" singing along with the cast for "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist."
Next on the agenda: Watching the four-disc complete set of National Lampoon's Vacation movies, which I got for Christmas, while sipping a little St. Germain. In true dork fashion, we will NOT be watching chronologically, but rather from worst to first. It's an obvious ranking, but here goes...
RANKING THE VACATION MOVIES (along with the best "Rusty" line from each flick):
4. EUROPEAN VACATION (1985): "Oink oink, my good man!"
3. VEGAS VACATION (1997): "Holy crap, Wayne Newton's hittin' on Mom!"
2. CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989): "Oh, woo. Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. I still gotta brush my teeth, feed the hog ..."
1. VACATION (1983): "That was a crummy Wyatt Earp, dad. He was wearing jogging shoes."