Friday night, end of a long week and time to relax and get ready for the weekend. Great. Dinner and a movie (the new Harry Potter film in particular) sounded fun especially seeing as how the last time we saw a movie in a theater was when the last Harry Potter movie was out. Um, yeah, that was in 2005. Wow. Anywho, after perusing the movie guides, the AMC at Universal City had the largest selection of times so off we went.
Universal City Walk has recently been revamped and is now supposed to be bigger and better than it was prior to the "remodel". We always enjoyed hanging out there a few years back when we were still dating so we were looking forward to another fun night. We get there, park, go in and it feels much the same save for one small difference... the noise. It. Is. Loud. Like really loud. And crowded. Well, this should be fun?
We decided to eat at Hard Rock as in the past we've always had pretty good food there so we grabbed a pager and waited for them to call our table. In the mean time, Richard Blade was hosting the entertainment on the stage in the middle of citywalk so we settled in to watch for a bit. A contest was just beginning that entailed a group of pre-teen and teen-age girls on stage who were supposed to take turns dancing when a random song was played. At the end, the audience would choose their favorite by way of clapping and that girl would be the winner. Of what, I'm not sure. Sounds innocent enough, right? That is until they started dancing... like in Jim's words "video girls". We just stood there with our mouths hanging agape. And the hooting and hollering that the audience was doing was even more appalling! Keep in mind, these girls are only 13-15 years old and are dancing like go-go dancers on a stage in the middle of city walk. Who thought this was a good idea? After a minute or so, we actually had to walk away because we felt so disgusted with what was going on.
Our pager finally went off and we were seated outside on the patio as requested. We quickly ordered drinks (margaritas all around) and our meals (fajitas for me, a burger and fries for Jim). When they came out, however, we were sorely disappointed. The margaritas were just off and our meals were meh at best. Granted, I was beyond starving so I still scarfed my fajitas down without much complaint, but it was still nowhere near as good as we were hoping it would be.
After dinner we realized we were a little too late for the 10:15pm show and just didn't feel like waiting around for the 11pm one, so we took a quick stroll down citywalk before heading back to the car. Again, it all pretty much looked the same to us and with the crowds and the pulsing music and noise, it just wasn't as much fun as we remembered. On our way back to the car, we looked at each other and said "We're just getting too old". And sadly, neither of us have hit the 30 mark yet either.
OT: As I write this Jim is playing a round of 18 on the Wii. Didn't I tell you he is obsessed?