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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby paiging_jen » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:52 pm

^That's actually not a bad little tour if you like beer. And the free samples at the end is icing on the cake!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby aimster » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:58 pm

There's a theatre in Tampa called the Tampa Pitcher Show that's a similar concept. I did it once with a former boyfriend 10 years ago (ironically that ended up being our last "date" as I ended up dumping him a couple weeks later). I remember getting pizza and it was really good. They also do screenings of Rocky Horror with a full (and really good) shadowcast once or twice a month. There's also a similar theatre in Clearwater called the Clearwater Cinema Cafe. Haven't tried that yet.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:14 pm

aimster wrote:There's also a similar theatre in Clearwater called the Clearwater Cinema Cafe.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:24 pm

Located in Tampa, literally right behind The Florida Aquarium, is the American Victory Ship & Museum.

The SS American Victory is a World War II-era ship. But, um, not really a warship, exactly. But it did do stuff during WWII, I think. Possibly even for our side. Or maybe England. Honestly, the history of the ship--which you would think would be on full display--is so little mentioned and seemingly obfuscated as to create some doubt in my mind as to whether or not it's even really even a boat. And, if it is, whether or not it belonged to Hitler.

Let me give you an example. This is from the ship's website, under "History:"

In 1944, 531 ships were built and of those, 414 were cargo ships and the remainder was transports. 272 were 6000 HP engines and the balance boasted 8000 HP. 150 were named after schools and universities, 20 were named after countries and the rest reflected geographic names. On January 12, 1944, the very first Victory Ship, named the United Victory, was launched.

So there you go.

But enough words. Time to let the photos confuse you....
Located conveniently behind the aquarium's dumpsters. Just follow the smell!
If you like things that are boring--and really, really gray--then you'll love the SS American Victory!
The ship's original name was the SS Swastika, and was powered by a combination of goat's blood and children's tears.
Admission is $10. Which is cheap if you compare it to burning a $50 bill for no reason.
Donations? But I just paid....
The USS Saucy? Really?
The exciting knot-tying exhibit!
This is how naval officers used to sit.
I am the devil. And I have gone so fast I've flipped us upsidedown.
And there's a robotic mini-sub. Because that belongs here.
Wait, the "Merchant Navy"? Was this ship part of a Village People tribute band? [Note: I do not actually know what that joke means, but it made me laugh.]
Q: What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs floating in the water? A: Seaman.
And now that the nonsensical seaman joke is over, it's time to introduce mom. Hi, mom!
There was something funny about the lifeboats, but I forgot what it was. Anyway, here's a lifeboat. And also, we're outside now.
Pretend it's a lift-chain. It's not, though. It's rope.
"Smisty, try to pretend that the thing you're looking at is interesting." - "I am!"
Francis always did like to shoot things.
I'm writing these captions as fast as I can for some reason. Can you tell?
Did you see that movie, "The Final Countdown"? That was cool.
...for boredom!
Crew quarters. Note the sissy who sleeps with a hardhat!
Bathrooms haven't really changed that much. And men still don't clean them.
The kitchen. Or, as it's called on naval vessels, "The Starmast."
The captain gets his own room, and the finest porn of that era.
Note the antiquated computer. At sea, it could take up to 4 days to download one tranny porn video!
The map room. Sadly, all they had back then was one map. And it was a map of Iowa.
The radio room. Also, where you went if you wanted to practice your typing.
Here's where you can volunteer to wear a goofy hat FOR YOUR COUNTRY.
Let's review what WWII-era naval personnel drank while at sea: rusty drinking water, "emergency" drinking water, something labeled "Discard," and lighter fluid.
Damned hippies.
And, I guess, kind of a gift shop. I want some drinking water and a coffer dam!
All proceeds from admission to the American Victory Ship & Museum go directly towards shooting disadvantaged children.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby disneymoc » Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:32 am

I feel asleep three times while reading that report.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BeemerBoy » Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:49 am

Awesome. Seriously.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby cfc » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:14 am

This TR reminds me that I was planning on cleaning the bathroom tonight. Thank you for providing this valuable service.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby gisco » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:57 am

I wonder if anyone make a point to visit just this ship and not as an after thought because they came to the aquarium or something else.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby piers » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:14 am

This takes me back to my Navy days...

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby 805Andrew » Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:51 am

Going back to the theatres, there's a new theatre by me (Galaxy Theatres in Atascadero, CA) that has 10 screens and two of them are sectioned off as VIP screens for the 21 and over. These VIP screens have extra wide leather seats with very wide armrests to fit popcorn bags and other snacks and a bar-concession stand between the two screens serving beer and wine and making its own popcorn (separate from the main concession). I decided try out the VIP theatre with mom back in June (the opening weekend for X-Men First Class). The VIP screens were showing The Hangover Part II and Pirates of the Caribbean 3D, having already seen Pirates, we decided to see Hangover. The Galaxy Theatres was doing a free popcorn promotion weekend where every ticket gets you a free medium popcorn (normally $7). Sometimes the VIP screens will do bar service to your seat where you pay for a drink beforehand and tell them how far into the movie you want your drink delivered but not on the day I went as there was only one person staffing the bar. All the beers they had were bottled (Bud Light, Corona, Newcastle, Guinness, Heineken, Pyramid Haywire, Sierra Nevada, Firestone Double Barrel Ale) and they were all $6, so decided to get a Firestone (our local beer) for the movie (I don't normally pay $6 for beer but such they gave me free popcorn so what the heck). The VIP screen matinee was $10 ($2 more then a regular matinee) which what we did, after 5PM the VIP is $13 (Mon-Thurs) and $15 (Fri-Sun). The seats were great and comfy, the movie was hillarious, so the VIP was worth trying out, though I wouldn't do it very often as the regular screens also have stadium seats and really comfy chairs.

Another thing our Galaxy Theatres has is D-Box seats on one of its screens. I finally tried out D-Box last Friday for the first time. I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II in the D-Box seats (an $8 upcharge). The D-Box effects were interesting and definitely kept you focused on the movie the whole time (as opposed to almost falling asleep in a previous Harry Potter movie). The D-Box effects were more noticeable when you lift your feet off the ground during its movement. There is a scene where Harry is riding a roller coaster in Gringotts Bank, so I got a virtual credit =) . D-Box is worth trying once if you use it on a movie with good special effects and one you know you'll enjoy, but I wouldn't try it again for quite awhile. Maybe I would do D-Box once every few years as $8 is too much of an upcharge to do it often. If D-Box was a $3 upcharge instead, I'd do it more often. Anyways I don't think the Dine-In Theatre is coming to my area anytime soon (or maybe ever) but with VIP screens, D-Box, and really nice stadium seats, I feel like I have a "big city" theatre in my relatively small town.
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