No cut, since I'm only writing about one day.
I got up early today, by vacation standards - out of bed before 10! And, not feeling nearly so miserable. I'm probably getting bed-headaches. Sigh.
The boys and I finished Rail Baron. I was right in my prediction. Tigger "declared" and returned home with no competition from us. He was in New York, his home city was Cleveland, he had somewhere around 8K to spare for rail fees, and Critter and I were both stuck in the Southwest. It would have been pointless if we had even been in the Northeast with Tigger -- he declared, rolled up his alternate destination, then rolled for movement with his Super Chief bonus die, and got to Cleveland in one move. He owned the NYC, so his rail fees were a mere 1K. At no point was anyone in serious danger of going bankrupt for rail fees, and in the three times that anyone was close, there was a way to make a short trip on their rails without undue pain to one of the rest of us. It was a very fun, so terribly NOT cut-throat game. :)
We left the house before lunch today, but by the time we got to I-Hop I was starving. I think hunger sharpens one's sense of smell, and sensitivity to ugly odors like fresh tar. They were laying down new asphalt on the parkway, so traffic was slowed for the single lane that was open. Bleh.
We went to the new I-Hop, a block or so north of the Krispy Kreme in Pigeon Forge. Too new. Our waitress was just learning the ropes, and apparently we were her "how to listen to the customer" object lesson. She brought Christopher a plate of eggs "with all sausage" rather than one "without sausage." Say it out loud -- it *is* kind of subtle. She had this rather confusing conversation with me, wherein she kept trying to call the "country fried steak" "chicken fried steak" and even though I order my "country fried steak" while I was pointing to it with my finger - in her view - she brought me "country fried chicken." And third strike, during the ordering process, Timothy said three or four times "I want the pigs in a blanket." Yet, after taking the other orders, she actually said, while pointing to Timothy, "I still don't know what he wants." We ended up taking her step by step through how she had not been listening to us when we ordered, and talking to her supervisor, AND then had to endure a "good will" visit by the manager. At one point, when he asked if there was anything else we needed, it was all I could do, to keep from saying "yes. LESS hovering."
After the I-Hop, we toured some of the outlet malls. In Pigeon Forge, we found a really cool game store in the Belz outlet mall: Game Depot USA.com. They were packed with cool games, of the variety to call Wolf and offer courier service. Wolf selected Attack! extension. We got Risk 2010, Gargon and Gobblets, a board game, a card game and a coffee table quality strategy game, respectively. I predict more playing of games tomorrow morning.
Then we checked out the Tanger outlet mall, decided that the Sevierville location had better choices, and drove there. Mom got the boys each a new pair pants and shorts, and got Tigger a polo shirt that should fit next year's dress code.
After that, we drove even further north in Sevierville, to find the movie theatre and watch Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. I liked it better than the first one, but that may have had something to do with the presence of Seth Green.
Our next stop was Wal-Mart, because I broke my watchband yesterday. We almost forgot the watch, by the time we got down buying new underwear and socks, pants (for me, this time), more food (we are eating in the room a lot), and some kick-ass spatulas. I don't remember seeing such high quality ones in the Lex. Wal-Mart, so I didn't want to leave them behind. Anyway, we got back out of the check-out line to look for my watch, and Mom also picked up a copy of the 12th book in the Left Behind series. I predict Mom will be reading tomorrow morning, while we play games.
We'd already missed one day of mini-golf, so today we played at the indoor course in Gatlinburg. We parked almost directly behind it, which was really cool. We will probably try to park in the same lot tomorrow, when we drive in for shopping. It's a flat $5, and we'd spend $4 on trolleys if we don't drive, so we've decided to leave our one trolley adventure an unrepeated memory. Plus, if we go back to the same mini-golf course tomorrow, we'll get half-price rates. Woot!
When we got home tonight, we had english muffin pizzas for dinner, then Mom went to bed early, and I came to bed to read LJ and chat with Wolf and Sydb and Ro.
Tomorrow, we plan on gaming in the morning, mini-golf and souvenir shopping in the afternoon, and relaxing in the room in the evening. We'll probably leave packing until Saturday, since we're leaving the day before check-out time. ;)