The Nerd Store: Medieval Times

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Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is a fantasy RPG nerd’s idea of dinner theatre. Instead of fettuccine alfredo and a performance of Five Guys Named Moe, you get a roasted meats and sides to eat with your bare hands, a cardboard crown, and an arena filled with jousting and sword fighting. How great is that?

It's Medieval!The meal is satisfying in that “pile of protein and carbs” sort of way, but it is far from gourmet. The show is clearly what you’re paying for. Upon entry to the castle, you are assigned one of eight knights to cheer for in the tournament. The knights compete in a variety of events interspersed with demonstrations of horsemanship and culminating in a fight against an evil knight to save the kingdom. The play fighting ranges from cheesy to quite good, but the horsemanship is fantastic; akin to what you might see at a Lipizzaner stallions show.

And if you’re looking for a more traditional nerd store experience, the Hall of Arms outside the main arena offers an assortment of weaponry, dragon figurines, wizard snow globes, and other tchotchkes. You could easily spend a fortune on swag alone. That would be on top of the fortune that tickets cost, but as a special event Medieval Times is worth the trip.

A mystery of a trilogy

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3_fing_smWe’ve discussed the concept of the death trilogy here before, but the events of the last several days left CT and me puzzling over this one.

What’s the thread tying these three together? Any ideas, fellow lunchers?

<Insert name of your local attorney here>

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Back in the days of the in-person nerd lunches, one of our favorite pieces of comedic fodder were commercials for a local law firm, Kanoski & Associates. The commercials were clearly done nationally with built-in breaks in which to drop the name of the local attorney. The original versions showed opposing counsel arrogantly discussing a case with actors’ mouths conveniently covered with a file folder, coffee mug, or other obstruction whenever the name of fearsome local attorney was said. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who got a laugh from those commercials.

Eventually the commercials were upgraded with more sophisticated mentions of the local attorney and an appearance by Napoleon Solo himself, Robert Vaughn. The newer versions didn’t have the same comedic value, though I did have the pleasure of seeing Vaughn shill for different attorneys when I left the state for grad school.

Time out!

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Even though I've said I can't stand Jimmy Fallon, huge props to him for this interview with Mark Pau...er...I mean Zack Morris. Even some of the inconsistencies we mentioned previously are referenced in this interview. Funny stuff.

Retrolute!

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To make up for me not posting in a while, I threw together this little treat for you. Enjoy!

Welcome to the big chair, Roosterhead

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Through the magic of Hulu, tonight I was able to catch Conan O’Brien’s maiden voyage as host of The Tonight Show. Late night TV has never been my meat and potatoes (CT is our resident expert), but Conan is my favorite. I’m interested toconan see how his shtick translates for a broader audience, but it definitely works for me.

The premiere episode itself was okay, but was not great. They seemed to be introducing Conan to the audience, so the pacing was a bit weird. It was good to see Andy Richter back, but a special welcome appearance by Pimpbot 5000 would have sealed the deal for me. Even without a monumental first episode, I am definitely looking forward to catching more Conan now that he has the earlier timeslot.

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