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Month: March 2017

Horizon: Zero Dawn – a Buncha Random Thoughts

Horizon: Zero Dawn – a Buncha Random Thoughts

I finished Horizon: Zero Dawn last night and I have a bunch of feels about this game. It’s one of the most powerful stories I think I’ve ever encountered in a video game. I still hold The Last of Us as the best gaming experience ever created and the best argument for video games as art. It kind of breaks my heart that Roger Ebert (who famously denounced video games as not being worthy of the term “art”) isn’t alive to witness this era of video game renaissance. I would’ve dared anyone to watch someone play Last of Us (or, ideally, play Last of Us themselves) and not be moved, just a little bit.

But I digress, and I was talking about HZD.

There will be a fair amount of spoilers for the game so I’m going to put the rest of this post into a read more:

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2017 Road Trip – Tues. Feb. 14th

2017 Road Trip – Tues. Feb. 14th

Valentine’s Day!

Which my guy and I don’t entirely celebrate because we’re more into just doing nice things for each other whenever and not just because a holiday dictates it as such. But we’re in the middle of our Disneyland trip, so we headed to Disney California Adventure. First thing’s first, we get to get a FastPass for Radiator Springs Racers, rode Toy Story Mania (since that ride doesn’t have a FastPass as of yet, even though when we were there, we spotted these short kiosks which might be where people might scan their digital FastPasses in the future. After that, it was just about time for Cove Bar to open, so we headed over there to grab a quick shared early lunch. Last year we tried the Lobster Nachos, which were fabulous, but our server said that next time we ought to try a secret menu item, the Tri-Tip Nachos. This year, we went for it:

And holy wow. I thought the lobster nachos were great, but I REALLY LOVED THIS.


This will probably be our go-to snack at a sit down place in DCA from now on because WOW we ate the entire plate. The sauce was pretty dang tasty. I have no idea what’s in it, but it was cheesy and delightful and the jalapenos were nicely spicy. I love that they don’t shy away from giving you something spicy. Plus, Cove Bar has a bunch of great mocktails that you can order to make it feel like you’re indulging in alcohol but you’re really not. This is what I ordered, a Coconut Elixir, a mix of coconut juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice. It was nicely tropically refreshing!

So tasty. So we headed to do our Radiator Springs ride (still awesome), rode Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (still loads of fun), plus we got to try our the new and improved Luigi’s ride, Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters, which took over the space from Luigi’s Flying Tires. The tires ride were just a bunch of hovercraft which no one could really figure out how to use, so that idea was scrapped and then switched out for a new ride, which didn’t require any input from the riders at all. You sit in one of a group of small Italian type cars and then THEY DANCE. It’s fun and cute and the trackless system means that you can’t really tell where the cars will go next, which is pretty fun. Apparently the choreography is completely different for each song that plays.

We’re such Disneyland vets that we’re fine with just having 2 days at the parks, with park hoppers which allow us to crossover between parks if we wished. In the afternoon we ended up going back to Disneyland and rode Jungle Cruise again and Indy again, went to the Stage Door Cafe and tried out one of their secret menu items, the mozzarella sticks, which were nicely deep fried and you can’t really go wrong with deep fried things:

and made sure we had our fill before we finally headed back to the hotel, so so happy for our Disneyland trip. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant per se, but you could order things like burgers and salads from the kitchen and they make it all fresh for you to take back to your room. I got a spinach salad and tomato bisque because I needed to eat something healthy after all this heavy Disneyland food.

Yes those are artichoke hearts in the salad. It was pretty delish considering it was basically a take-out meal.

After another eventful day at Disney, we went to bed, readying to check out from the Hyatt and check into the Marriot LAX, where Gallifrey One was going to happen in about a day or so.