Sunday, December 28, 2003

Nine Hundred Ninety-Nine Styrofoam Starbursts in the Box... Nine Hundred Ninety-Nine Styrofoam Starbursts. You take one out, splatter on some orange paint and glue mix on one side and on the edges, cover it in Flax seeds and put it on the table to dry... Nine Hundred Ninety-Eight Styrofoam Starbursts in the Box...

Ah... I can finally cross "Help Decorate Rose Parade Floats" off my 'to-do before I die' list.

Princess Karlita, MacArthur, Erico Suave, and I went down to Pasadena to help out with the Tower of Terror float for the Rose Parade. When we got there, we were directed to help sort out empty stem vials. It was such a crappy chore and after about 50 vials, we started to not give a sh**.

After that, we asked someone if there was anything else we could do (since we were obligated to stay for at least 4 hours). Since MacArthur and Erico Suave work for Disney and were signed up to work on the Tower float, a lead came out and escorted us into the building...

We then got our first look at the float and it is GINORMOUS! It's extremely huge and very nicely detailed. We were then taken back out and given our task of the day.

She handed us a box of styrofoam sun cut outs and told us to mix orange paint with glue and glob it on. Then we were to cover it in seeds and then set them to dry.

It was such a relief to get away from the vials and we knew exactly what part of the float we were helping out with. Those sunbursts are going to be nailed/glued to the cross support beams of the model of California Screamin' at the bottom of the float.

Well, it was fun for about the first 3 minutes. Then we realized we had a billion left to do and that it would take forever. After a while, Princess Karlita and I developed an assembly line system where I would paint and glue and she would seed. This worked great.

It took us about 3 hours to finish the box, but we did them all. Many of them need touch ups because the seeds weren't sticking to the glue, but when we finished that last star, we were out of there like hell. We had only worked for 3 hours and 22 minutes.

On our way out, we were handed a dated pin that says "Tower of Terror 2004 Rose Parade" which basically makes it all worth it.

After the free labor, we went to Lucille's to eat barbeque. I had the Fried Chicken. What ever happened to regular fried chicken (like drumsticks and a chicken breast and wings)??? This is the second time I've ordered fried chicken and it's come drizzled in gravy and as a chicken steak if you will... still good, mind you, but different. I like old fashioned mumbo jumbo.

Then we hung out and digested our dinners while watching some episodes of Coupling (the UK [or funny] version).

Then we went to watch the new Peter Pan film which was really good! Surprisingly... It was the same story with a bit more substance. There are more details and a huge infusion of sexual tension between Peter and Wendy which complicated things for the better. There was also a really great looking pixie ballroom dance. In fact, the whole movie looked great. Awesome visuals!

Touching up a nice shiner I just put on a stupid mom and her helpless little daughter,