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Did I mention we went to Disney World? Because we totally went to Disney World. Also Epcot, which I'm still amazed to discover that I loved. If I ever get a few hundred bucks to blow, I'm going to eat from every single country, get blitzed out of my brain, and buy tea from all around the world. I bet I can do it while still being less obnoxious than most of the Americans who go there. God, I can only imagine the stories Epcot workers must have about dealing with idiotic Americans.

Disney World was wonderful too, especially Mickey's PhilharMagic (a model for what all 3D cinema should be, which also singlehandedly reminded me why I love Donald Duck) and the Haunted Mansion. Dear god, did I love the Haunted Mansion. It was like an EC Comic brought to life. We were seated in such a way that the cheap BOO! scares came too early to affect us, so we were just taking in the glorious creepiness of it all.

Henchgirl demanded that we ride It's a Small World. Twice. In all honestly, the second time was much better, partially because we were virtually alone that time (the line was SO HUGE before. Is the ride still that popular, or is it riding on pure infamy at this point?), and Henchgirl converted me to appreciation of the sheer technical expertise of the ride. View it as a technical marvel and a living storybook from the 50's, and--dare I say it--It's a Small World is rather cool.

"Always agree."

Really, the Disney experience was only marred by a thunderstorm and... and whatever the hell it was they did to the Tiki Room. Dear god, what the hell did they do to the Tiki Room? I may never be able to love Gilbert Gottfried again. Ever. Do you know how much that tears me up inside?

The only thing I enjoyed about the updated Tiki Room was the introduction by two parrots voiced by Don Rickles and Phil Hartman, whom I seriously thought was Billy West doing his Zap Brannigan voice until I looked it up on Wikipedia. Here I thought West's voice was just a pale imitation of Hartman's. That's awesome, even it's a sad reminder of Hartman.


Best interview I've read recently: the AV Club feature where Jon Lovitz discusses random roles he's played over the years. That might not sound like the most interesting thing in the world, but it was surprisingly entertaining, revealing, and thoughtful. I've always loved Lovitz as a performer, but now I think I love him as a person.

Highlights include revelations that The Critic was inexplicably canceled at the height of its popularity, the fact that Dan Aykroyd is basically the nicest guy ever, the main creative reason why SNL was sucked for the past fifteen-plus years (story structure? What the hell's that?), and--most poignantly--what he has to say about filling in Hartman's shoes in Newsradio. I've never read any other interview where the interviewee said more by saying so little.

Still, I'm sad that we couldn't hear his first-hand recounting of the time he beat the shit out of Andy Dick. He's the better man for not talking about it, but let's face it, that's a story worth hearing.

Oh, and while I posted this to [ profile] about_faces, I figured there were several folks here who might appreciate this:

This is definitely one of those jokes for a select audience. Personally, as a Mac owner and a Two-Face obsessive, I'm very disappointed in myself that I hadn't thought of that sooner every time I looked down at the dock. Maybe that's just an encouraging indication that I'm not as much of a dork as I feared. Yeah, let's go with that.

Date: 2011-01-16 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so glad you had a good time!

He's the better man for not doing so, but let's face it, that's a story worth hearing.

Haha, indeed.

Speaking of SNL, did you ever see the Subway Artist sketch with Rob Schneider and Jeff Goldblum? Funniest thing Schneider ever did, in my opinion.

Date: 2011-01-16 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have not seen that one, no. While I may recoil at Schneider these days, I can usually still stomach him back in that old cast. Something about that entire group just brings the happy to me.

Date: 2011-01-16 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know if you can find it online anywhere, but it's pretty brilliant. My brother saw him do standup this weekend and mentioned the sketch, which Schneider had forgotten about. But then they sang the song together, and he thanked John for the memories. :-) Pretty cool moment.

Date: 2011-01-16 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
... Windows as Mr. Freeze?

I'd go with Joker myself. The fucking thing's psychotic.

Date: 2011-01-17 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm guessing it's because Windows freezes up all the time.

Date: 2011-01-17 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Maybe five years ago. Or during the ME era. Freezes aren't as common these days... at least not from my experience.

Reactions: Small world, Lovitz, things

Date: 2011-01-16 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Technical wonder, shmechnical wonder. Even the most well polished piece of shit is a piece of shit.

Honestly, at this point, it seems like andy dick lives simply to annoy and antagonize, and because of this, I feel he should be made to waive his rights and should be subject to beatings like the one lovitz handed him on a regular basis as punishment for being andy dick. Lovitz did the right thing.

and ofcourse you love epcott. It's the venture compound if it had never fallen into disrepair and had instead just become a laughable reminder of what people thought the future would be.

Re: Reactions: Small world, Lovitz, things

Date: 2011-01-17 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The sad part is, we never actually managed to get to see that part of Epcot! I know, you're probably wondering, "Then what the fuck's the point?!" but we spent most of our time at the huge part where you get a sample platter of world travel from the different "countries." Between all the regional food, wacky imported items, and booze, it was awesome. I can't even fully regret missing the real Epcot-ness of it all, because the rest was so awesome. We're definitely going back for a couple days. You can easily get blitzed out of your brain at Epcot, and I very much plan to do so.

Re: Reactions: Small world, Lovitz, things

Date: 2011-01-17 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like that you, John Hefner, went to Epcot and thought "I must get very drunk here."

I could never get drunk at disney world. that would end ...poorly.

Re: Reactions: Small world, Lovitz, things

Date: 2011-01-18 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If it helps, I've always gotten a very strong vibe of self-loathing and self-sabotage off of Andy Dick; I wouldn't want to be in his shoes for a second. (Which is not to say that I think he's a bad actor or comedian; he had a nice turn on Star Trek: Voyager that I liked.)

Date: 2011-01-17 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Once again, I'm left feeling like the technologically backwards guy for still using Windows...and IE (I'm changing browsers soon! Honest!).

"I may never able to love Gilbert Gottfried again"

Unacceptable! Go watch Aladdin or Superman: The Animated Series immediately.

Date: 2011-01-17 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll try, but I don't know if I can ever recover from this:

Date: 2011-01-18 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very cool interview of Jon Lovitz; thanks for the link. (Speaking of brutally-honest people in the AV Club, I enjoyed this (,50145/); I did not watch the Golden Globes, but it sounds like the same sort of blowback that Stephen Colbert got for that White House Correspondents' Dinner thing back in the day.)

Date: 2011-01-21 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The windows logo as Mister Freeze...OH THE METAFICTION

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