July 23rd, 2007

Owl Side

The Fantastical Continental Adventures, Part the Second

And so, after recovering in the abode of the Lizard King and Queen, jalenstrix and thewronghands ventured forth to the neighboring land of Evanston to quest with tezliana and docstrange for A Good Cup of Tea and Asian Cuisine. Though thwarted by the first likely spot due to Excessive Wait Times, our fair travelers eventually converged on another Perfectly Lovely Place in Evanston containing both sought-after items. Much delightful conversation later (as well as snow pear oolong tea), jalenstrix and thewronghands took a side quest to find the Great and Powerful Book 7 of Harry Potter. Fortunately, tezliana and docstrange displayed great geographical might and led them to the Local Barnes & Noble. Tome procured (though after jalenstrix summoned her credit card fraud folks to assure them that in fact it was really she doing all these purchases in unusual parts of the country), the party broke for the evening and our protagonists returned to the Lizard King and Queen.

The next morning, refreshed by sleep, jalenstrix and thewronghands set off on the Epic Drive to Denver. The Tome of Harry Potter proved to be a powerful talisman, as jalenstrix and thewronghands switched off intoning its words. Said words wove a spell that combatted the hideous demon of Boredom for many, many, many miles. So powerful was it that only half was required to complete the thousand mile journey. (Alas, for they could not combat the Bog of Eternal Stench that was most of the midwestern route - but some protection is better than none!)

Finally, finally, they broke through the boundary between Nebraska and Colorado, and were welcomed by Much Better Scenery. The journey to Denver proper was a quiet thing, during which jalenstrix passed out briefly while thewronghands valiantly drove the chariot.

At last, they were in Denver and hunting the mighty Parking Lot near the realm of the Prince of Networks and Cats. Shown extraordinary hospitality in the form of tea, furry creatures to pet, and a soft bed, jalenstrix and thewronghands gratefully collapsed for the night.

[Note: For a more clear-headed recounting of the adventures described previously and herein, see thewronghands's Entry of the First Day and Entry of the Second Day.]
Owl Side

Booty

...courtesy of Powell's Sweet Shoppe in Boulder, various stationery-carrying type places in Boulder, and Tattered Cover of Denver. Acquired both before & after a lovely dinner at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and due in large part to thewronghands's & J's wenchly, temptatious influence:

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And just, ah....the magic of it. Of wandering through Willy Wonka-esque candy stores and dancing in delight, of happening upon books of foreign words with their own rhythm and rhyme. Lovely, lovely, lovely.