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back in november. I went to GWAR. it was a fun goofball show, as can be expected. I got to see the fake Obama tickle Oderus Urungus then sucker punch him, which was cute (or at least as cute as a GWAR show can be). They didnt play Think You Oughta Know This, which was a bit of a disappointment. But they did play the Private Pain of Techno Destructo, which was awesome. Anyway, here are some pictures, and there are some good ones, because I think I finaly got the hang of the camera


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So, originaly, I had my ticket for just the tuesday show. But I figured, what the hell? I had time to kill and money to spend, so I decided to indulge and go to the monday show as well.

Back in middle school, Smashing Pumpkins were one of the six major arcana bands that anybody who was anybody listend to (being Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and grudgingly included is Pearl Jam). In high school though, I kinda wrote them off after Billy Corgan, who of course is notorious of being one of the biggest, most pretentious assholes in all of rock stardom, went on this big rant against moshing and fired Jimmy Chamberlin (who was the most talented member of the band), and the fact that Adore was, well... it sucked. But I eventualy warmed back up to them with Machina, and even Zeitgeist... and the fact that Siamese Dream is, simply put, a masterpiece.

So yes, parking was 10.00 (which, I would rather pay and park next door to the midland, than park some place for free several blocks away and get mugged or assaulted by some crazy street rouge/thug). The midland... was awe-inspiring... all done up like a classic victorian-era gala opera house, complete with velvet carpet, chandeleirs, massive mirrors, classic artwork, and beautiful sculptures. It was indeed a sight to behold... one of the most awe-inspiring places Ive been to since the Library of Congress back in 2004.

The seats monday were great.... close to the stage and front/center, without having to sit too close to anyone. There were no opening acts. It started with a Drum solo from Chamberlin (who, I still think is one of the best drummers out there in the industry next to Will Reiflin), then out comes king Billy, with some weird Aztek headdress on, singing some new orleans Dr. John type zydeko music. And then opened with Tarantula. The show had some great energy, then Corgan talked a bit about this cold he was having, and complaining about bloggers, then played some long, drawn out b-sides with long rambling guitar solos that made Tool sound like the Ramones. And an absolutly stunning verision of Eye. And Billy got all pissy when not enough people sang along to Today.

Next day, the crowed seemed a bit thinner than it was last night, but filled up quickly. It was a completely different setlist, which made me feel like it didnt waste my money too much. But yeah, there was about a 15 minute break where Billy, still suffering from a cold, incoherantly rambled on about how much he hates bloggers complaining about the songs they didnt play, and a few other things that didnt really make alot of sense but where at least entertaining up until the point where he started complaining about people who complained about DArcy and Iha not being there. But otherwise, with the exception of playing more long rambling b-sides, the second show still had some great moments, especialy with everyone singing along to Zero.

But ultimately, Im sure that if all the crap parts of the shows were taken out, they could have fit it all into one show (much like with Mellon Collie, if all the filler and poor songs were taken out, it could have fit onto one disc). Im glad I got to hear some old favorites (Cherub Rock, Bullet with Butterfly wings) and some surprise inclusions (No Bodies, Soma, Landslide, the end is the begining is the end)... but yeah, I am disappointed that they didnt play doomsday clock, everlasting gaze, Rocket, stand inside your love, seven shades of black, raindrops/sunshine, and rhinosaurs... so fuck you billy, yes I know that they're your songs and you'll play what you want, but Im still going to blog about being disappointed you didnt play some songs. how do you like that?

I saw some fat indie chick wearing a shirt that said "Billy Corgan is God" Now I want to make a shirt that says "Billy Corgan Would Like to Think That He Is God."

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Nov. 25th, 2008 04:28 pm

Hollywood

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Since my memory card of pictures from Saturday had been lost, I wanted to get some beach pictures to replace the ones lost on the card. So, it was back to the beach. Knowing that I had a full plate for the day, I took the most direct route possible, which brought me to Newport Beach, place just a beautiful as the last beach I went to. The place I ended up at had a pier with a steakhouse on the end of it, and was crowded with fishers and seaguls. It was a bit early in the day for steak, but I did have a nice turkey creassant from a nearby deli.

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having enough of the beach, it was time to head out to Hollywood. I was half tempted to try and re-capture the pictures I lost the previous day, but as said, much to do and little time. I wanted to go on a studio tour. I really had my heart set out on doing a tour of paramount, but I couldnt find the place or any brochures. So I settled on my second choice, being Warner Bros. (3rd choice being Universal, and 4th choice being MGM, which is now probably owned by some japanese company or something). The drive was pleasant enough, the traffic being nowhere near as bad as it was the previous weekend.

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And of course, in the course of getting up to Burbank, it got lost... and in the course of getting lost, I stumbled upon Mullholland Drive. Mullholland Drive? I know that place! That was the name of that David Lynch film! So I thought Id turn off and drive that way for a bit. And on that road there was a stop. And on that stop, was the most beautiful view of any city I have ever seen in my entire life. It was breathtaking. And of course, there was the Hollywood sign
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and from what I overheard from a tourguide stopping through with a tour, this is Sean Penn's and Robert DeNeiro's houses
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Moving on, I ventured towards the WB Studio. It was a bit of a trek getting there, getting lost several times in the process. I did easily find the Universal Studios location, but, as mentioned, I had my heart set out on Warner Brothers.

Eventualy I found the studio, but it took a bit longer to find the entrance. In my quest, I did find Forest Hills Cemetary, the big hollywood cemetary where all the hollywood legends are supposed to be buried, right next door to WB and DW Griffith Park. I did want to stop there and sightsee, but alas, no time.
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I did find the WB tour, which started at the WB gift shop, with a brief introduction movie (which, I must admit, did get me all sorts of excited). Unfortunatly (and understandably) there were several sites that were off limits to photography, so I didnt get to take as many pictures as I would have liked, but ah well. The 1st stop was a costume museum, which had on display the actual costumes from Dark Knight (Heath Ledgers Joker suit and nurses outfit and the Batsuit), The Matrix, 300, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mars Attacks, Sweeney Todd, and a complete miniature of a set from Corpse Bride with the actual stop-motion figurines (apperantly, they were in a Tim Burton mood that day.) They also had on display the Oscars from a few of their Looney Tunes shorts, the actual Maltese Falcon, and the piano from Casablanca, and a few Western outfits. The second floor was entirely devoted to the Harry Potter films, with props and costumes from the film series. Next, it was to an open set, where we got to take some pictures. The 1st set was "New York", named as such due to the fact that that;s where they shoot when they need a general big city. And the main attraction of that place, was the outdoor set of ER, complete with the Hospital, the quickie-mart across the street, and the local pub next door. And some interested facts about the set as well, being that the building used for the ER hospital is the same building used for Batman Returns city hall, a theatre facade across the way being where they shot of death of Bruce Wayne's parents in the first Batman film, and some other streets used to shoot Blade Runner. It was both amazing and disenchanting to learn the whole "one set fits all" trick of the trade.... but regardless, still overwhelming, and dare I say magical, to be in the place where it was all filmed.
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Next, it was to "small town USA", the generic set where they shoot scenes set in small towns. And the same set used for Gilmore Girls was also used for The Waltons, Growing Pains, and The Music Man. Next, we got to go to the live soundstages. It was late in the day, so all the sets felt like being in something of a ghost town and industrial warehouses, alternately. It was cameras away, and we got to walk through the set of the TV crime drama "The Mentalist" (which i dont really watch anyway)- Another disenfranchising moment came with the fact that hollywood studios are busier making television than movies (which I suppose does make more sense- Television shows are procuded more regularly, and thus have a busier prodution schedule.)- They mentioned they were shooting 2 and a Half Men at the moment, and some sophomore comedy film from the director of "Road Trip", which Im sure is going to earn several awards, or something. The only celebrity I got to see was George Lopez, walking out of a soundstage. After that, we went to the prop-warehouse, where we got to learn about the process of proprental, and got to walk onto the mothballed prop set of the Friends coffeehouse, and got to take some pictures there. After that, we went to the auto warehouse museum, featuring the Batmobile from Batman and Robin, the General Lee from Dukes of Hazard, the Mystery Machine from the Scooby Doo movies, The Matrix car, that car that gotten eaten by the tree in Harry Potter, the Bat-tank model, and Speed Racer. We even got to have a little fun with the green-screen

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all in all, it really was a fun, spirited tour, filled with all sorts of eye-opening looks at film production, and some fun trivia annecdotes about the largest soundstage in north america, the WB water tower, and Jack Warner's colossal ego. And the tour guide kept things lively and fun without being too fake and sugary. I asked if we would be able to see the old Termite Terrace building.... and the unfortunate result was that its now off-tour limit office buildings, and also relocates whenever the animation department relocates. So yeah, whereever they do animation work? THAT'S where termite terrace is. Ah well.

But yes... it was a great time at WB... Im glad I went--- But Im still sad to say that it wasnt as fun as I was expecting from Pee Wee's Big Adventure, or the Porky Pig/Daffy Duck classic "You Ought to be in Pictures"





So, with it being late in the day and tours closing for the evening, it was time to venture back to Anaheim, which was going to be a long journey at that time. The WB giftshop cashier mentioned it would probably be best to find a bookstore and chill there for about two hours... but BALDERDASH, I SAY! I braved the traffic. Wanting to stay off the highways, I stuck to the sideroads, and made slow and steady (and almost getting lost) progress to the hotel. There was a tense moment, when I looked at the g1 GPS feature, and realized that I was headed straight for Compton... AFTER DARK! GASP! But yeah, I did pass through a part of the infamous area in the dark, but made it out alive. All in all, it took me about 2 and 1/2 hours in total. By that time, I was pooped. [livejournal.com profile] yogamary sent me a link about goth skating, and had I not been exhausted, that would have been an awesome idea. But instead, I ate at the cheesecake factory, walked around the Anaheim Gardens shopping mall (which was disappointingly empty), and called it a night.


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The trip home was uneventful- I got several comments about the bat-ears hat. It was a little depressing to be back in Kansas fall rainy weather. Stopped by Mary's to pick up the house keys, and I was back. All in all, not a bad trip.

Ah yes? That green screen fun had at the WB studio? We got to take home a free souvineer picture of it. What a great, fun trip.
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at this point, its starting to get dark, which is something of a disappointment. My camera doesnt take the best pictures after dark, and there's still about 2/3rds of the park left to explore. Making my way towards "frontier land", I spot a steamboat ride, appearantly the last one for the evening. So I hop aboard and enjoyed a cold but pleasant and relazing ride around the lake, complete with wild Injun encampents and what was alledgedly tom sawyer, and a recording of some riverboat person singing the old "mark twain" working song.

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After the boatride, there was a typical romanticized saloon type eatery, so I stopped by there for a bit to eat... the food was surprisingly good for what the price was, and while the line was long, the room was comfortably empty. So yes, I started towards "New Orleans", where there was supposed to be another group picture.

Along the way, I do recognize several people form "the group", converging at the Pirates of the Carribean, which was to be expected, since Im sure several of them had to pay their homage to the Holy Shrine of our Imaculate Father Saint Depp. I actualy almost ended up in the boat with celebrigoths kent and vyxin, but they ended up getting in a differnt line, which is just as well. Given the fact that Ive never been impressed with the whole Pirates of the Carribean fad, and the romantizied view of "the pirate's life for me" culture, I didnt have my hopes high for the ride, but I figured, what the hell, might as well give it a go. And man, was I surprised. After a sudden drop, and a few skeletons here and there, and a video introduction from Cap'n Chtulu (or Davey Jones as they call him), the real ride begins, and man was it impressive. Beautifuly painted backdrops, amazing lifelike animatronics drunkenly singing, shooting at each other, chasing around wenchwores to be sold into sex slavery, and of course, Johnny Depp popping up here and there several times (but in a more sublte fashion than I would have expected). It was quite the impressive and fun trip. Upon exiting, it was into one of the most beautiful sceneries ever... everything was lit up, like some kind of Mardi Gras christmas thing. Expect without any obnoxious cajuns or carolers

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the next stop was the Haunted Mansion, more or less Next door to the Pirates section. Of course, it was all remodeled to fit with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme. I liked the set up of the whole thing feeling like a giant halloween houseparty in some rich old mansion place (like Ward parkway for KC folk and College Hill for Wichita folk), with all the park people dressed up in swanky victorian era butler/maid type outfits. The line was long but comfortable. The main room at this giant octogon type with a rising ceiling... and then automated recordings (in rhyming narror fashion) telling parents to watch their kids and keep all arms and legs within the car at all times... and then, it was so amazing... complete with holograms of ghosts, and all sorts of stop-motion looking things.... it was almost like being right there in the movie... along with the maddening sound of these venus-flytrap like plants screaming the tune of "Kidnap the Sandy-Claws", over and over again, ya know, "LA-LALALALALA, LA-LALALA!!!!!!"



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So after wards, it was time to meet in the general area for the alleged group picture. So, having time to kill, I thought I would take a pocket check for items. Everything was there.... except for the 1 gig card I had to switch out earlier. Fuck. I emptied just about everything and couldnt find anything. Shit. And by that time, it started getting a little too cold for my liking. And combined with the fact of loosing all those pictures, I started getting a little nervous and paniky. But I did want to stick around for the group picture, since I missed the one earlier that day. So yeah, I just sorta sat there, closed the eyes, and tried to kick back and relax. I overheard this girl who couldnt have been more than 10 with her mom, sitting next right to me, complaining about all the "goths" and weirdos there. (the comment that I got the biggest chuckle out of "I can understand dressing up for halloween, but EVERY DAY?!?!)... Had I been feeling a bit better, Im sure I would have had some fun with the girl, but I just sorta sat there with head in hands, looked up at the mom, and gave a grin and a wink while quitely chuckling. It really was kinda cute.

So yes, I stuck around till 9ish, at that point some sort of weird "Mickey fights evil using the power of his imagination while dressed as the sorceror's apprentice" thing was starting at the riverbanks, and the crowd was starting to get a little thick for my liking, so I started to wander on my way out. Crowd control was effecient to the point of being disturbing. I passed through "adventureland", which looks curiously like World's of Fun's Africa (which, while im thinking about it, Worlds of Fun really needs an Antartica-land section). I stopped by the lost and found booth on my way out and reported the lost card. Despite having some lost cards turned in, none of them were mine. So yes, granted that it would be like finding a needle in a haystack, it did at least give me some type of hope that there is the outside possibility that it could be found and turned in. I made it to the plaza just as the fireworks were starting (which were strinkingly unimpressive). Since all the pics I took of the plaza were lost for the day, I did my best to make up for them at this point.

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I headed out, got a laugh at one of the bus drivers pretending to be shot in the chest to the sound of the fireworks (I commented back that we be a little far south for that kinda action and got a laugh back) and headed back to the pad, somewhat broken-hearted, but still glad that I still had a good time and experience


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next, its back to the beach, LA traffic, and Hollywood
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Nov. 16th, 2008 10:44 pm

Disneyland

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http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/disneyland/

Given the fact that the hotel was only a few blocks away, and it was just so dag-gum beautiful outside, I decided that instead of driving a short block, searching forever for a parking spot and paying out the wazoo for it, I would walk to the park. And it was a great walk, a perfect 70 degree climate, palm trees, people outside, etc. At the gates, you can hear all the music on the horizon. Yes, the goth kids were there, and already generating some buzz. Confused moms were hypothesizing that it must be someone's birthday or something. First there was a baggage security check. And then after that, there was the plaza, where guests could choose between either Disneyland, or Disneyland California Adventure, which Im assuming is the EXTRA hip and modern disneyland.

As I mentioned, the ticket-scanners played this disturbing, mechanical chime every time a ticket was scanned. Hearing it once was a cute novelty. Hearing it twice was curious. And Hearing it more and more and more became creepy and maddening. I hope those ticket scanners make good money, because I sure as hell couldnt stand working that job.

And right when you walk in, it hits you like a syringe of pure sachrine straight to the chest. Main Street USA, complete with Pastels, Flower Gardens, Candy Shoppes, Train Stations, etc. Like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Pink and White. I decided that the 1st ride to take would be the train ride around the park, being a good way to get the lay of the land, so to speak. I found it impressive that the trains were actual Steam Locomotives, and were named after some of the old Disney Animators (which is the least they could do, I imagine... I dont ever remember seeing anyone's name except Walt Disney on any of the old cartoons...). It was a nice, scenic trip. One think I thought interesting was that behind the building, there were some abandoned animatronic heads and torsos (which would have made for some great pictures. And also we passed through the "Its a Small World" Topiaries, which were impressive. I heard at least one parent within my earshot say "stranger danger." Then off to the grand canyon, where it was just a tunnel with painted scenery with taxidermied animals, with the voice on the speaker, a typical friendly ol' grandpa type, talking about the grand canyon... then all of a sudden, out of no where, look out, DINOSAURS!!!!! Dinosaurs?!? WTF did THAT come from, going from Grand Canyon to Dinosaur scenery as seen in Fantasia?!? Which led me to some important first impressions about Disneyland. One, All sorts of Bizarre non-sequitors that make no sense. Two, Yes, its magic, but its a very superficial artificial and controlled magic. I know, I know... all magic is fake, but hell, its not supposed to LOOK fake though. Nor superficial. Anyway, getting off the train station, there was a traveling "city band" with an announcer with a mike, given an overview of the small town band, and playing all sorts of marching band classics in that typical TV-show announcer voice. But I must say, I did find it impressive how they delivered, not so much as a random bit of entertainment, but also as a kind of educational review about small town band composition and instrument selection. I stopped by a theater for a short film hosted by Steve Martin and Donald Duck (who, even as a kid, I could never stand, what with him being such a unintelligbly angry-for-no-reason manic-depressive jackass. I mean, yeah, so was Daffy, but at least with Daffy you could understand just what the hell he was saying, and even relate to him and his stress to some extent. With Donald, its just like putting up with some drunken ass at a local bar.) it wasnt a bad film with some interesting highlights about the history of Disneyland.I stopped off at a corner shop for a bite to eat (and predictably, food prices were high, but not too unreasonable, all things considered.) There was a "ragtime pianist" complete with bowler derby and pepermint-stripe vest bobbing up and down on the piano bench, playing ragtime versions of disney hits, with the creepiest and most pathetic grinning expression Ill probably ever see in my life, as if he had to smile as if his life really depended on it, and there are snippers aimed right at him if he doesnt.

Towards the center, there was the Walk Disney statue with the famous castle in the background.... and the Bats Day group taking the final picture. and I missed it. Drat. It would have been nice to have been a part of the whole deal, but it was still impressive to see such a large gathering. I wandered around for a bit, took a few pictures of the crowd, and headed off for tomorrowland. Tomorrowland, like the rest of the park, had its foundations in that bizarre optimistic retro-futurism of the 50s, with bullshit predictions of flying cars, robot housekeepers, and fully automatated households. So whats the world of tomorrow like today? Well, the closest thing to retro-futurism is a short 3d film of Honey I shrunk the kids. A film that was popular when I was back in the 2nd grade. almost 18 YEARS AGO. Starring Rick Moranis and Eric Idle. So yes, Tomorrowland started off with a 18 year old 3D short film. But, in all fairness, it was pretty impressive and a fun trip. Then, it was off to the tomarrow dome, for the house of Tomorrow! It started by stepping on a slowly revolving porch, with a video of a talking robotic automatron with all sorts of cheesy wackiness to appeal to young hip children. Then, a melodramic countdown, then the doors opened, then, the animatron from the video greeting everyone at the door "in person", so to speak, singing an equaly melodramtic operetta about the future. After walking down the hallway, there is another slowly rotating porch, with a nice young attractive teenage girl on a stairway to a typical suburban house. And there, she was talking about her soccar team just beat china in some international world class soccar contest or whatever, and that her father (who happens to be some sort of scientist) is inviting everyone over to their house for a houseparty to celebrate, and how excited she was because she got to invite anyone she wanted, and etc. Then, she opened the door, and the group got in, and we got to walk around. And what's the house of tomorrow look like? Well, it looks strikingly like the house of Johnson COunty. After a shopping spree at Best Buy. Just a regular upper-middle class household, but with FLAT TOUCHSCREENS! And digital picture frames! And instead of mirrors, there are video displays! And an entertainment center that looks alot like the one on display in most best buys! And XBOX 360s! In one of the bedrooms, there was a fun little storytime sit-ins where the soccarcoach (played by a typical preppy go-getter high school kid) read an abridged peter pan story. And the sad thing is, I had no idea if the whole soccar-team premise was bullshit or not. Even when discussing "shop talk", they addressed each other in family terms (older employees were addressed as "aunt" and "uncle" by the younger employees, for example). Upstairs, was slightly more interesting. There were a few demonstations on science and technology in health and medicine, and a few flight and driving simulators. And there was a closed exhibit on ASIMO, which I was a bit disappointed that I didnt get to see. But all in all, it seemed that the House of Tomorrow was less of an entertaining exhibtion of bullshit preditions of the future, and more of a commercial showcase advertisements of all sorts of products that your kids can see, and spend the next 10 years pestering you to buy for them.

After getting out, there was also some stage performance of what has to be the most pathetic franchising of Star Wars since the Clone Wars Movie. Here, typical actors in cheesy costume lip sych over pre-recorded dialog of the voices of Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, and Darth Maul, and a few non-destript stormtroopers, as they mime, play with plastic light sabers, and tell horrible pun jokes, and etc. I had to leave before the blood vessels in my face burst from the embarrassment.

At that point, my camera's memory card started getting full, so it was time for find a new memory card. I also took some pics on the g1. Here they are.

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And at this point, are the pictures I DIDNT loose.

Then, it was off to fantasy land, a place even more sugary a sacchrine than main street. A place clearly for the girls, where they are taught from a young age that they can be wonderful princesses and live to get out from under their wicked circumstances enforced upon them by ugly people, get resuced by prince charming, and live hapily ever after. Which Im sure is all well and good, but is bound to cause all sorts of psychological problems in their teen years, and massive self-entitlement issues in their adult life. But, it was kinda fun and cute to see the little kids running around and having their fun, and some of them even in full princess costume. And the music everywhere, like that weird flute music from the Alice and Wonderland film. At this point, the rides, including the Nemo Underwater Submarine Adventure, where just too long to wait in line, and if I were to get through the park in daylight, I didnt have time to wait for all of them. So I did skip out on just about all the rides in Fantasyland. And then, came the spontanious demonstation of party workers voicing their gratitude and joy: They Wishes Come True parade, celebrating all the dreams that come true (which is a theme of Disneyland that I am incapable of understanding... because who in their right freakin' mind actualy dreams of all this crazy brain-cavity-enducing shit "coming true"?)

First, came the enductment of "The Latest Memeber of the Disney Family, BOLT!" And thus, like a conquoring nation parading through town to let everyone know that they're here to stay, comes the Bolt float, with accompying music by Miley Ray Cyrus (whom, Im patiently waiting to cover Achy Breaky Heart). I would love for someone with video-editing skills to be able to take the video, and dub it over with some sort of crazy Leni Rheifensthal-style marching music.



And then, the main segment of the parade, that makes most even the most nationalistic authoritarian nations look modest.... Disneyland started giving me the impression of a George Orwellian dystopia... where instead of the vision of the future being a boot stomping on a human face, its a smile and a hug for everyone. And yes, THEY ARE WATCHING YOU. God help you if you dont feel like smiling. See? The queen of hearts, she's out to put a smile on your fucking face, or its off with your fucking head, motherfucker.

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But the parade wasnt all bad. There were some nice things to meet the eye...
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so yes, with the Parade subsiding, it was off to view more of the park. here are some random fantasy land pics. The Small World ride was appearantly closed for the rennovations, which is just as well. Some say that one might go mad having to endure that ride.
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Next stop was toontown.

Look! Its Goofy Water! Cant you just feel the goofyness?!?!

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Now THIS was something I wanted to see. Not only because this was where I would be able to buy the hat for my Bats Day Bat-ear hat, but also because, as a young kid, one of my favorite films was who framed roger rabbit, and even as a grown up, I can apprecaite the crude, wackey, and racey humour of it, and the appreciation the film has for the golden oldies cartoons. The scenery was actualy really nice... the sky looked fake, but in that soundstage-cartoon sorta fake. Yes, with the exception of the benny the cab ride, Toontown didnt resemble the film at all. But all well. In the toontown store, I got to meet some of the Batsday attendants, had a few nice conversations, and met someone who claimed they knew [livejournal.com profile] yogamary, only to be eventualy debunked (which was probably just a case of mistaken identity). Being midway through the park, at this point, I decided to go on a ride. The Benny the Cab ride looked like a relatively short wait.... and was I ever proved wrong. The brilliance of Disneyland's social engineering, is the fact that the lines look shorter than they really are, in order to entice you to get in line, and feel that the wait is shorter than it really is. And the line takes you through what felt like a Roger Rabbit museum, with a animatronic baby herman spouting typical baby herman catchphrases, Jesaca Rabbit's voice on the speakers spouting typical catchphrases, etc, etc. But I do gotta give them credit, they did make the wait almost bareable, and maybe a bit fun... and the Dip Dungeon was actualy kinda cool looking....

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And once I actualy got to the ride... it was AMAZING. It really was like being in a bizarre recreation of the movie, slowly coasting along inside benny the cab, spinning in circles randomly (but not to the point of making one dizzy or sick), with all sorts of animatrons and blacklights and randomness. Id have to say, that it was the 1st time I ever actualy felt the ride worth the wait in line. Hell, if the line wasnt as long, I wouldnt have minded going on it several more times...

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with the sun setting, it was time to head off to "frontier land", and new orleans land, where there was supposed to be another group picture that night. Ill post about that later, and more pictures
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sadly, I didnt see any oversize portrates of Obama with a crudly drawn pencil-mustache and goatee drawn on him.


Im still waiting for the giant posters of McCain with "Facist" and a swiztika spraypainted over it.


on a lighter note, here's something I never thought Id ever see again...

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today, Work decided to let out early. And it was such a beautiful day, I decided to finaly go downtown for a walk. I walked from River market to the Power and light district to Quality hill and back... about 2 hours worth. I walked into a massive crowd at Sprint Center, and I saw a stray cat squatting at a construction site. I was tempted to pick it up and hand it to a police officer, but it ran off.

I took pictures

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Weekend started out nice enough.... trivia took 2nd place.... Friday I went out to see the dead sea scroll exhibit at Union Station downtown. Yes, I did think maybe it was a little overpriced (20.00 a ticket), but I figured, hell, when would I get another chance to see one of the greatest archeological items of the world? The exhibit was interesting I thought... maybe a little boring at times, maybe even a little anti-climatic... BUT, to be inches away from a document over 2000 years old, well, I must admit that it was quite a thrill, regardless of the "religious" importance of the relics... the fact that what was once a sacred text to a small cult of desert nomads have evolved into sacred texts of most of the world, well, that had a little bit of gravity to the moment as well... and with all great archeological items, it will raises as many questions as it answers, which is another thing that fascinates me about history as well... the gaps that are created as other gaps are filled, thus always giving researchers something to do, something to wonder about and hypothesize on...

anyway, I took these two pictures at the diner they had at the station (which had such a cool retro feel to them....

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Saturday however... bleh....

Saturday I decided to go out for a drive around town... midway through the drive, I noticed that my tank was running a little dry, and remembered that I had to report my debit card lost last week (meaning that it would be another two weeks until I got a new one, bleh), so right when I was turning around to head to a bank, my transmission goes all wacky... Cant explain the why of it, I had it served with my last oil change not too long ago, and it was working just fine (except for reverse, but still wasnt too big of a deal)... but yeah, there I was, at an intersection in North KC, sitting there with my head in my hands, and trying to figure out what to do next... just my luck, my AAA membership expired in Januraury with the new year, and I had no cash, my debit card (which, har-dee-har-har, I happened to find in my wallet), given it was reported lost, its now useless to me, and my checkbook was left at home, I had no cash... damnit damnit DAMNIT.... I decided to call AAA anyway, and they refered me to a local tow... now, who to call for a ride... I hate bothering people with my problems, almost more than anything.... Maybe not so much out of pride, more out of the fact that I hate being a burden to anyone, a deadbeat, etc... expecting people to drop whatever they're doing on my account and assist with getting me out of a jam that's probably all my fault... but yeah, after calling a few people, [livejournal.com profile] necrotica was kind enough to take time out of her day, hook me up with a meal and a ride home... the tow people stated that they would be able to bill the destination of the tow for the cost of the tow, but they would not be open until Monday... The tow wasnt too expensive in of itself, BUT, given that the issue is with the transmission, Im expecting to pay quite a sum for getting it fixed... but thats another problem for another day...


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Of course the banks were closed by the time we got on our way, so aside from checks, Im relativly cashless (except for a dollar and change in my pocket)... and Im without ride (so far) for work tomarrow and possibly monday to pick up the car... so yeah, thats my issue there... so yeah, I'll write this request seperate for the people that skim through

I'LL NEED A RIDE TO WORK SUNDAY AT 10AM and Possibly a RIDE HOME at 7pm, and MONDAY I'LL NEED A RIDE TO THE TRANSMISSION SHOP to survey the damage

if you can help me out, Id appreciate it....

blah, if its not one thing, its another...

[UPDATE: I got a ride for Sunday... I still need a ride for monday though...]
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