Thursday, May 2, 2013

Boardwalk Badness Weekend: Our Trip

Our trip to Atlantic City was a fun one. Below is our side-by-side trip report. We did not take notes during the trip and we delayed writing this post in order to share our video...things may be slightly disordered. Enjoy!

Craig Lizzie
After weeks of travel, still “coming down” from our move and so many other activities filling our schedule by the time BBW came around we both were secretly saying, “I wish I was staying home.” As much as we love the play, our friends and the various activities, a quiet weekend at home relaxing sounded far more exciting.

So going into the weekend started with just that headspace.

We arrived in Philadelphia late, waited for the shuttle van, and by the time we got to the hotel it was already 1 am. Jada met us at our room, boppin’ around from the excitement of being at the party for a day, but Lizzie and I were a bit wiped out and hadn’t eaten dinner yet.

So, with suite parties raging upstairs we said goodnight to Jada, called room service just moments before they closed the kitchen and hunkered down to watch CNN and all the craziness with the police chase in Watertown for the Boston Marathon bombers.

Of course, we also enjoyed a tradition we like: a hand OTK to kick off the party weekend.
Weeks before most parties, I spend countless hours agonizing over what to pack. I always feel that my closet contains no appropriate clothing, but somehow the resulting pile of outfits certainly will not fit into a suitcase. But for this party, I had only a morning to pack. Luckily, one of the things I’ve accomplished since moving is the organization of my costumes, which greatly facilitates packing.

As Craig mentioned, we were both exhausted from our constant activity and feeling ambivalent, at best, about the upcoming festivities. As much as I look forward to seeing friends and enjoy the play, my feelings about parties have changed. We did our best to set all that aside and focus on the fun.

A long day of travel put us at the hotel around one in the morning. The flustered hotel registration lady told us which floors our “uh...conference” had rooms on. They had done an excellent job of putting us all together.

With the exception of Jada stopping by to say hello, we skipped the parties and put off our greetings to the next day. Instead we had a quiet meal and our traditional handspanking to start the party weekend.
We awoke late, convinced we’d just stay on L.A. time, and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before heading out for a walk to the nearby factory outlet mall to get Lizzie her summer wardrobe, having recently relocated to California from Kansas.

After that, dinner then off to the vendor fair. There, we met up with friends Michael & Kate, Brad and others while I surveyed the implements on display and settled on a lovely wood cane (PHOTO). What sold me on the cane more than anything was its balance. Incredible.

Afterward, we went surveyed the suite parties, hung out with friends and socialized and went back to our room to play. Exhausted, we drank some wine and crashed.

We woke up late, deciding the California time would serve us perfectly well for the party. This was a much easier adjustment for me, because I’m not a late night person, so the time difference allowed me to stay up nearly as late as other party-goers without turning into a pumpkin.

We spent the early afternoon shopping with Jada. I had really good luck finding a summer wardrobe and we enjoyed having the time to catch up.

We caught up with some friends for dinner and went to the vendor fair. We were able to catch up with more friends there. Craig tried a few implements on me, but settled on a new cane. The rest of the evening is something of a blur of friends, talking, and playing.

Saturday began with another late start and another leisurely breakfast. We decided to take advantage of the sun and go for a walk on the world famous Boardwalk. On our walk we stopped at a candy shop and saw a package of extra-long Twizzlers. As mentioned in previous posts, I’ve smacked Lizzie’s ass with a regular Twizzler in the past and they hurt. Lizzie thought a longer Twizzler would–obviously–hurt more?

That led to our acquisition of sweet pervertables and our subsequent Candy Scene, which you’ve undoubtedly read about and hopefully watched here on this blog. After that silly scene, Lizzie took a nap and, now inspired, I culled all the photos and video I took of our scene and made the video.

Soon it was time to get ready for dinner and the party-slash-dance. We got dressed up to the nines and had dinner at the hotel’s rather fantastic steakhouse (Lizzie can’t eat at the catered buffets due to allergies). We met Michael & Kate, Indy, Jada and others and chatted, relaxing and watching the SSNY program on stage.

Soon we were heading off to play, enjoying a really amazing scene with Michael & Kate and more implements than you could imagine. It was an arms race between Michael and I going through our toy bags and pulling out item after item after item. It got a little hilarious at one point.

After, we went to a few suite parties. Lizzie had another fantastic scene with Mr. Allen from the UK, truly one of her favorites. We hung out, played (thank you Emma!), chatted until the wee hours and then headed off to bed.
We stayed on CA time, getting another late breakfast Saturday morning. Early afternoon being a slow party time, we headed out for a walk on the Boardwalk to get souvenirs for family. I talked Craig into going into a store ominously named “Sugar” - a fantastical candy story that would make Willy Wonka envious.

When I first made the suggestion that we do a Candy Scene, Craig was dubious. But he decided it might be fun to take pictures for our blog (the logistics of doing one of our classic, long, hard scenes with candy just don’t work, but something fun worked really well).

Craig shot the video with his iPhone during the scene. It was a surprisingly hard scene, for all the implements and bindings were made of sugar, so I took a nap following the scene. Craig’s creativity sparked, he used the time to edit the pictures and video into the masterpiece you’ve seen posted here.

We got dressed up for dinner at the hotel’s steakhouse, skipping the party buffet for my safety. Friends had saved us seats at the party, so we joined them as soon as we had eaten. We passed around Craig’s iPhone, now loaded with our video, for a bit of a preview.

We skipped out of the party early for an amazing scene with an incredible couple. Craig and Michael did have something of an arms race, but Kate and I were both occupied and entertained.

We headed up to the suites again for another evening of socializing and play.
Sunday we decided to break the habit of having a late breakfast in the same hotel restaurant and walked next door to the Taj Mahal to get Starbucks and then down The Boardwalk further to a Johnny Rockets.

Later that evening it was back to a few open suites for more great socializing, casual play and hanging out. Back in our room, Lizzie and I had a wonderful scene of our own–intense and cathartic.

Before we knew it we were up Monday morning, packing our bags and heading back in the shuttle van to Philly to head home. It was a relaxing weekend. As Lizzie pointed out on the plane, “It’s a shame we have to fly all the way across the country just so the two of us can play!” True, that. We were grateful to see friends and spend quality time with them. Another enjoyable Boardwalk Badness Weekend.
We were up so late on Sunday that breakfast seemed impractical at best. Instead we went to Johnny Rockets, a favorite of mine because they actually have an easily accessible, complete list of ingredients available online. It’s a food-allergic girl’s dream. If only every restaurant actually had the list on hand...

We had dinner that night at PF Changs, another food-allergy aware place, with Jada. It’s becoming something of a tradition for us, having found a place both she and I can easily eat. And Craig discovered his new favorite cocktail - a Black Tea Gimlet.

Despite my reservations about the party, we had a really good time. Craig and I played together quite a bit, enjoying the time away from family and sound constraints. We didn’t get a chance to play with all our friends, but we were able to catch up with many of them. Overall, it was a great weekend.


  1. Party weekends always go by so fast! By the time I get used to the time change heading east, it's time to go home again. It sounds like you do had a lot of fun!

    Lizzie, have you said before that you have a gluten allergy? That would make going out to eat really tough. On the plus side, Peeps are gluten free. :-)

    1. It's not gluten. She's allergic to dairy, but can eat it without getting more than a bad runny nose. It's high fructose corn syrup that's the serious problem, and in the States it's in EVERYTHING. So, without being able to determine EXACTLY what's in stuff, she simply cannot eat it. In the past, she'd just not eat dinner and then snack on Luna and Kind bars later. I think that's unfair, so instead of dining at the party buffet we go to eat elsewhere we can be sure that what she's eating is safe.