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Newport News Survival Guide, Part 3

Spoiler alert! This post has a much more positive tone than part 2!

While familiarizing myself with the town, I drove past a series of restaurants connected in the same building. They all had four stories. I thought that was pretty cool. “Wow, that’s a lot of seating!”, I thought. “They must have customers going through here all the time- to have a main floor and then three more floors.” Well, I did some driving around the perimeter, because it looked like an interesting, tightly-packed place. Turns out, that this is a college residence hall. How cool is that? When I was in college, (St. Mary’s College of MD) the facilities available were pretty good, including the food. We had a combination Upper Deck/Quizno’s (in addition to the standard all-you-can-eat breakfast/lunch/dinner room) which was nice to have. However, CNU students are living on top of multiple restaurants! Panera, Subway, Moe’s Southwest, and three others whose names slip my memory. How cool is that!

A view of the other side from this four story residence hall restaurant complex.

So this stuff about the place in NN with crappy parking goes full circle as I mention… this really fun place called the City Center.

I could describe this place to you and how much stuff is there, but you can look it up if you want. The place is designed to be walkable, it’s clean, and visually stimulating for anyone walking or driving by.

There we go. Newport News, my good friend, you are absolved.

I took a whole bunch of pictures of the fountain at the City Center. I hate it when somebody publishes a whole bunch of pictures of the *same thing*, so I’m going to live my principles and not give you a pile of photos of the same fountain. There ya go. This is not a top-level photo-stitching, cos, you know, Blackberry. Click on it for large size.

Such a great place, the City Center.

Holy crap! What’s a Waffle House? They do have every restaurant chain in this town. Oh, not just Waffle House. Waffle House, Wild Wing, Red Robin, Quaker Steak. Some personal favorites are Chesseburger in Paradise, Cici’s, and IHOP. And as a former Subway sandwich maker and current Subway enthusiast, I am happy to say there are a million and one Subways. But I think that’s EVERY town nowadays.

Okay, another fountain pic, sorry. Someone thought to accommodate ducks??? Never seen one of these before.

Okay, that’s it for my saga of geography personal expression!

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