The Mad Poller What Polls at Midnight (maeincarnate) wrote,
The Mad Poller What Polls at Midnight

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A day at the park

After combating the impending hangover with a brimming bowl of Corn Flakes, we decided that Friday was going to be devoted to doing something touristy and amusement parky. We considered going to Disney, but figured it wasn’t something that could be done in one day, so we opted for Universal Studios. The ride in was the first time I had seen any other part of California outside of the airport and the beach (which was good, because I was starting to think that California was nothing more than a big beach town). Universal Studios and the mall that encircles it, City Walk, are in a huge complex on top of a hill that, as I learned on the Studio Tour, are part of an individual city complete with a mayor and a fire department. Sunnier than the previous day but not quite as cool, it was a perfect day to be at an amusement park.

It wasn’t quite what I expected. Most of the attractions weren’t actually rides but stunt shows and 3D displays. I’ll spare you the boredom of talking about all of the rides we went on, but it was the perfect tourist day. There was a Terminator show that featured a 20-minute Terminator movie with Arnold, Linda Hamilton and Eddie Furlong. I had seen the making-of special on TV, so it was especially neat to see that (the making-of said that the biggest problem they had with shooting it was disguising the fact that in the ten years since T2, Eddie Furlong grew to a healthy 6’1”, dwarfing the 5’10” Austrian Wonder), and listening to the German tourists behind us as we left the theater mocking Arnold’s accent was even more of a joy. They also had a Mummy Returns Chamber of Doom, a haunted house style place that was a great time. Even though I knew that there were going to be things jumping out at me, I screamed like the girl I am every time they did.

We took our sweet time leaving the place, popping into as many stores as possible. I finally bought the required boxer shorts; I got Rocky and Bullwinkle ones with pictures of all of the characters on the leg parts and the words Rocky and Bullwinkle repeated around the waist. I was pleased to discover that thanks to the placement of the seam on the back of the waistband, it says Rococky and Bullwinkle on one of them.

After Universal Studios we headed to Hollywood, drove around looking at people and stuff and stopped off to check out the walk of the stars and the Chinese Theater. We were all pretty beat from the day at the park, so we pretty much just hung out for a while, had some pizza and headed home.

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