Le cul entre les deux chaises

An American Spaniard in France or: How I Learned to Make an Ass of Myself in Three Cultures

Interesting Iberian Information, Vol. IV


medievaltimesAnother feather in the cap of Spaniards: one of my countrymen is responsible for bringing the concept restaurant Medieval Times to America. Here’s an email from my best friend (all punctuation his), breaking this shocking news to me:

apropos of nothing: i went to a surprise party at MEDIEVAL TIMES last night. i kept thinking, “jesus, americans are absurd people.” and then i got to reading the fake bios of all the knights  — and they all had spanish names. i did some research on the way home and learned that the whole medieval times thing is a SPANISH concept. imported to the US by a guy called javier romero who staged jousts on majorca.

There’s even evidence in the paper of record that this is true. Under normal circumstances, I’d be disappointed or embarrassed by what a pathetic claim to fame this is, but I’ve actually met and lived among Spanish people and I’m guessing that if they know this, it’s something they boast about.

Worse still, Hollywood has decided that there needs to be a movie about this chain of “family dinner theater” establishments. As we say in Iberia, ay Dios mío.

Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

4 thoughts on “Interesting Iberian Information, Vol. IV

  1. I’ve been to a Medieval Times exactly once, when I was a senior in high school and we were in Orlando for the school music trip. Cheesy it is, but I’ll be honest: I’d much rather go there again than have to go to another Renaissance Faire any day of the week.

    That said, why must there be a movie about it? MT was captured on film already in The Cable Guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou1EBRxLQJs

    • Sometimes I think you’re my long lost twin, as we often think of the same things. I tried to find a list of all the TV shows/movies that the place has appeared but couldn’t. This scene was the only one I *definitely* knew of, so I’m glad you linked it.

      PS. If you are related to me, you’re lucky you got away! Our family is crazy! (And assholes.)

  2. Haha! That’s so interesting. And now the next time I go back to the States I want to go there to truly experience Spanish culture. ;)

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