It took me a total of eight hours to get here, partly because of a meeting with a Swiss travel specialist (but that’s another story!) outside St. Louis at 11:30, partly because I misjudged how long it would take to get to the meeting by about an hour, (Thanks, Google Maps!) but mostly because I hit a major snow storm after leaving my meeting that lasted for at least 2 hours of my driving time. I passed four quite serious accidents, and still there were yahoos speeding and zipping around traffic. And of course there were the people who slow down to 45 whenever a bit of snow hits, creating their own kind of chaos.
I wasn’t in time to check-in at the resort before my first event of the week – The Almost Famous Murder Mystery Dinner Show. The show was called “It Was a Beautiful Life,” and involved having a dead man try to redeem himself, and an angel trying to get his wings, and another angel recreating the dead man’s life, and a few other rather convoluted things things that I won’t get into. It wasn’t really a murder mystery. It was a play with a dead body in the opening scene. We were introduced to four possible suspects and basically given their motives, and no real clues to play with. I am not a theater critic, so I won’t discuss the over-acting, the slightly lame script, or the fact that most of the story was narrated by the angels – Oh, I think I may have accidentally just done that. Sorry.
The dinner was quite good, and there were some fun bits to it, but I was at a very good Murder Mystery Show in Orlando two weeks ago, which had the right amount of silly interaction amongst the cast, bad puns, blatant clues, and an opportunity to get to know the other people at your table as you tried to solve the murder. This theater was set up with circular booths for 4 that faced a raised stage – separating us from the show and each other.
But, as I say, the wine is poured, and I am ensconced in the lovely suite I have at Wyndham Branson at the Meadows for the next four days. And I do mean lovely. It is a 2-bedroom lock-off: the last two pictures show the living room and bedroom of the smaller part of the unit. (The kitchen for that part is hidden around the corner.)
And tomorrow is another day, and another show. I’ll check in again when I get back from that one, and in the meantime – Bon Nuit!
By the way, it will be in the 50s next week in Branson. Right now it is 27. Sigh.