April is BFF’s birthday and we like to try to find something fun to do and this year, I treated her to go see the Broadway production of Disney’s Newsies in Tucson. We love going to Broadway shows and Newsies is one of BFF’s favorite musicals. So we set out to spend a couple of fun-filled days in Tucson and hit the road. A road trip with us involves lots of singing, laughter and stopping to shop at every outlet mall we can find…no joke. BFF and I can shop like nobody’s business and we love a good outlet mall. We literally stopped at two on this trip. Once in Tucson, we checked into our hotel and decided on what to do while we were there. We decided it would be fun to go to Old Tucson Studios, an old west movie studio before going to see the show the next day.
Neither one of us had been to Old Tucson since we were younger so we really could not remember what it was like so it was fun to explore all they had to offer. It is a real working movie studio so there were actually places we could not go while we were there because there was a production team scouting locations. We had a lot of fun walking around looking at all the shops, movie memorabilia and watching a bank robbery and gunfight. Even though there was a permeating smell of horse poo throughout some parts of the town. Cuz that is pleasant while you try to eat or breathe. Mmmmm…I love the smell of horse poo in the morning. We even caught a fun little show that was a tribute to the songs from films that were filmed there. It was fun seeing all the old film clips and hearing the songs we knew from the movies being sung. Plus it is always good when you can sing Bon Jovi from Young Guns II at any point in your day.
Old Tucson even had a haunted mine and the minute I saw it, my heart started pounding in my chest. We all remember the last time I went into a haunted house, right? If not check it out here and see why I got so apprehensive. BFF started talking to the guys at the haunted mine and I knew she wanted to go in. She could tell from the fear in my eyes that I didn’t want to go but she gently pulled me toward the opening getting the guy to tell us it wasn’t as scary as I thought. He assured us it was Pirates of the Caribbean scary and somehow I was being led into a haunted mine with a death grip on BFF’s hand. The guide told us that during Halloween, they hire actors to be in there and jump out at people and stuff. I believe he heard from BFF “Awesome!” and from me “Fuck that!” at the exact same time and he laughed. He didn’t really understand I meant every word of that. Pretty sure BFF will have to get Bubby to go back with her at Halloween to do that because I sure as hell won’t go in it if people jump out at me or chase me or anything like that. It was bad enough I agreed to go in it this time and felt like at anytime I would either pee or shit myself with fear. That would be fun. Of course no one would notice either since it was hot out so the pee would dry and the smell of horse poo would cover up the liquid fear that would fill my unders. Oh who am I kidding…I almost broke BFF’s hand with my fear but I did it. I will say that I survived the haunted mine without filling my unders with liquid fear and really felt like I deserved a t-shirt that said so but settled for sharing an Icee with BFF. We love Icees. Who doesn’t love a cherry flavored brain freeze when it is hot out?
After we played like little kids at Old Tucson, we went back to our hotel to be adults and go to Newsies. Let me tell you something about BFF and I in case you hadn’t figured it out…we are two big kids at heart. We don’t adult very often and when we do, it often ends up with something childish happening because we just aren’t good at acting like adults at all. But we try. We got all dressed up in our little black dresses and high heels and headed out to the theater at U of A. When we got there, we noticed something….we were WAY over dressed. Apparently, people in Tucson do not dress up to go to the theater at night like they do in Phoenix. Most people (and by most I mean 99%) were in jeans, t-shirts, flip-flops, tube tops…you name it that is casual they were dressed in it. I half expected daisy duke shorts and a half top to be sported by some of the girls complete with hooker heels. I was so surprised but duly noted Tucson. The next time we come down to a show, we will just come naked or in our pajamas because it felt that casual. No need to even bring clothes! We will just do nude showings of Broadway. The actors won’t even have to picture the audience naked or in their unders to get rid of stage fright, because we won’t wear anything! So I guess there was no need for us to try to adult that night since everyone else didn’t. Even though we were over dressed, we had a grand time and the show was AMAZEBALLS! It is one to put on your list to see for sure! Do it! Right now! Hope you had a happy birthday BFF….glad I could share it with you!!
Oh yeah. I didn’t die today. I did try to brave my childish fears by going into a haunted mine and tried to adult by going to a Broadway show but I didn’t die. I am Fat Girl who is glad I didn’t fill my unders with liquid fear and who got to enjoy cherry flavored brain freeze for BFF’s birthday Running. The experiment continues…