California Adventure

I bought a friggin annual pass to Disneyland!! My people and I went last week, and it was awesome. It turns out the Tower of Terror is too short of a ride for me to get motion sickness on. Star Tours, not so much. But since I have a pass, I might just do another visit after taking some of my prescription strength motion-sickness meds. I will be listless and apathetic, but I at least I will not barf on anyone.
It was crazy overcast yesterday when we got there, and I took this pic of the submarine ride which I think aptly conveys the gloomy weather.

It was way too gloomy for D-Land, so I fixed it on my Photoshop app. I’m recalibrating my memory to match the updated version:

This is my favorite sign in a long time:

Speaking of children at the happiest place on earth, we passed a guy who was screaming at his little girl from a distance of about two inches from her face. I can only guess her age, but she was in a stroller. She was either four or a small five, and she was already crying. The dad was pushing her stroller on its two back wheels, and just as we were passing them, he dropped the stroller, causing her crying to get louder, and he came around and screamed at her in a barking style, I guess trying to shock her into shutting up. We were all too surprised to stop or say anything. This is what cell phones and threats of putting people on YouTube are for. For the rest of the day, I appreciated the parents who were showing patience and maturity while their little ones had tear-soaked meltdowns. Because, what else can you do? Join in?
It really was a good day to be there. Summer’s over, and the marine layer let up after a few hours giving us a few good hot hours to ride the wet rides and then dry off. I don’t remember anything being such a foodfest. We ate our way across the park. I mean, part of it is the constant presence of vendors, but I’m sure we were burning calories at a faster rate that we could consume them. I can see why they make it so easy to get a passport, because they make plenty of money off of people just being inside the park and having their wallets with them. I bought a little Mad Hatter hat, too, which I think in some schools of thought (mine) obligates me to throw a tea party.
California Adventure Park is pretty cool. It’s got little nods to California everywhere, like vineyards, the Grizzly river run (The Sierras?) some bay area references, an amazing IMAX-style airplane ride, Hollywood Tower of Terror which, pleasantly, is an homage to old Hollywood and not today’s. My friend said there used to be a Golden Gate Bridge when you first walk in, and I don’t know why you’d want to take that away. They are replacing it with Missions, which I guess means exploiting the natives, so I can see why it fits. It’s a rich, proud history.
Real California, fake California, I love California. I love Disneyland too, and I love spending time with my family.

Photobooth pics

We attended a wedding last month that had a photobooth, and the pics from the booth were all posted to the Bride’s Flickr account. I did not know you could do that.
The wedding was gorgeous. You could see that the bride is very artistic, and you could also see that they are genuinely in love and serious about the commitment they are making. I wish I had videotaped the vows, because they were the most unique and sincere vows I’ve ever heard. The speeches, too, were flawlessly carried out and very entertaining.
You can see more of their pics here (hi Becky, I found your blog!) and at the photographer’s blog. She designed the most amazing felt bouquets, which you can see on the photographer’s blog.
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I love photobooths, both the old kind and the new kind, that are more customized. I also like to completely fake them, taking regular pics, then using an “Old Black and White Film” action and then assembling them all onto one image file. Why? Because I can.
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Photoshop

My friend Tim found a Photoshop action called “Urban Acid” -I don’t know where but I’m sure you can Google it. It’s full of options as it’s applying itself, and I’ve been playing with it like crazy. Here is a pic from my last tea party with Janae and Christyne, where I kept knocking out Christyne’s painting in the background and pasting the girls in:
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This one of Janae is from an action by Charles DeGuzman called “airbrushed sepia”:
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And the previous pic of Christyne with a different version of airbrushed sepia, that makes me miss having red hair:
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