June 25, 2004

Rainforest Adventure

Yesterday we’d planned a decent day. I finished off the wallboard hanging in the morning and we drove up to Burlington so the kids could have lunch at the Rainforest Cafe.

In the parking lot of the Burlington Mall, as I was backing the car up, we heard a “bang.” I thought it was the transmission roughly slamming into reverse, but apparently it was me driving over something. When we returned to the car, one of my tires was flat. The Sullivan Tire place at Macy’s had a 3 hour wait, so we took it to Sears. I had them replace two tires (they were old anyhow) and do an alignment. By that time, the rush hour traffic had started.

Our plan was to go to Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and spend an hour or so on the trails. However, the traffic was relentless, and we got deeper and deeper into rush hour. Dusk was fast approaching, and since the mosquitoes emerge in greater numbers as the sun approaches the horizon, we diverted the car homeward and instead of a nice trail walk, I took the kids to See Garfield and Margaret began to mud the drywall.

I thought “Garfield” was going to be a film about the assassination of James Garfield and I couldn’t figure out why the kids wanted to see it. Come to find out, it’s about some animated cat named Garfield. Hmmm.

Anyhow, the movie was cute, if vacuous. Bill Murray does the voice of Garfield, which redeemed it some. Although the CGI cat often looked freakish next to the real cats. It’s those weird human-looking eyes and fleshy nose. They should have come up with a cuter CGI cat that looked less like the mutant pen and ink version. Aren’t cats cute enough? Cat-lovers seem to think so, and isn’t that most of the target audience for such a movie?

Listen to me, Hollywood: stay away from freakish CGI animals. Hire someone who knows that a pair of human eyes and fleshy nose on a big animated cat is approaching the uncanny valley.

Today, it’s the New England Aquarium. No shotgun post, folks. I haven’t spent enough time in front of the computer to collect links.

Posted by James at June 25, 2004 9:54 AM
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How did the kids like the Rainforest Cafe? We took Kianna there when it opened (since it is right down the road from my office.) The food was lousy and overpriced, but she liked the place :-)

Posted by: Jim at June 25, 2004 11:02 AM

The food is expensive, and there are some decent menu selections. The kids menus are abyssmal -- extruded, shaped chicken nuggets, for example.

I had some ribs/steak/shrimp trio for $20. Not a horrible value, but not great. The ribs were acceptable, the steak was small buy juicy and the shrimp were few but delicious. Maggie had some pasta with chicken and sausage that she's had before and liked.

Then we had the "Volcano" for dessert. It's 3 big brownies, ice cream and sauce. It's really good, and enough for the 4 of us. It came to $60 before tax and tip. Pricey, but not as expensive as the 2 tires and alignment, which was less pleasant. More about that later.

Posted by: James at June 25, 2004 11:17 AM

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