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30 March 2010 @ 11:36 pm
Ba-a-a-a-ack, Just Briefly...  
We're off to Santa Cruz for Spring Break late tomorrow. The kids didn't want to wait, even though the weather will be cold (though perhaps not so rainy after tomorrow). Tried to shift our reservations a day out, but Priceline books by the package and not the day, so no dice. *crosses fingers*

I biked on the parkway with Christopher on Sunday, and we saw the escapee swan. It has a friend now—a Canadian goose. Makes me think of that odd romance on the Interwebs awhile back involving a park swan who fell in love with a swan-shaped paddleboat. Smaller mismatch in scale, though. :0

We watched Shaun the Sheep: Back in the Ba-a-a-ath this weekend. Yes please! More of the megaSheep and the evil plotting pigs!

As for regular television... go President Hassan on 24! Still awesome, despite that pompadour hairdo. Now, for last night's Chuck, the part that haunts me is, why was I out of the room for most of the scene where Brandon Routh was half-naked? Curses!

Last night, I dreamed I met Jensen Ackles at a summer camp in New Jersey. I was a townie who worked there, and we got to talking while waiting to use the portable shower. Funny how the "mutation" of dreams usually doesn't seem that odd at the time, but afterward you realize how much "morphing" has occurred beginning to end. Jensen was cute, a little on the quiet side, and that 'portable shower' bore very little resemblance to its label. Imagine something made of tent material shaped like a deflated onion with water coming down from the ceiling, and so short you can't fully stand up. Yeah. REI doesn't sell those. And who needs them, when you have house-sized lodging, gift shops, and a burger shack? Let's just say, that dream started off better than it ended...

Jukebox Hound: spn - california sunset.jukeboxhound on April 2nd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
*coughs* You've no idea who I am, I just stumbled across your lovely spn fic and happened across this post. As a native of Santa Cruz, I hope the rain doesn't get you down and you have a lovely time. :D

(And I assume you already know this, but just in case - the movie Ten Inch Hero stars Jensen Ackles and is set in Santa Cruz.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Oceanhalfshellvenus on April 3rd, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind welcome! It's been rainier than we would have liked (soaked at the Boardwalk today, because Lauren didn't want to wait until tomorrow in favor of a movie). We're hoping to get another chance to visit the beach tomorrow-- a little rainy on Thursday, but the kids had a great time in the ocean anyway.

I hadn't realized Ten Inch Hero was filmed in Santa Cruz! I have it downloaded, but still haven't managed to watch it. I like the idea of Jensen's character very much, but the snippets I've seen and what I've heard of the movie makes it sound like the director was looking for an excuse to perve on Danneel, and that is definitely not my kind of movie. Not true?
Jukebox Hound: holmes - <3jukeboxhound on April 3rd, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
It's set in SC, but apparently quite a bit of it was filmed in southern California instead. And it's honestly not my kind of movie so I don't know how good, bad, or pervy it may be; I only know of it because a friend of mine was fangirling Jensen pretty hard. Reviews seem generally positive, at least?

But hey, Lost Boys was filmed in Santa Cruz, and the comic store where the two Cory boys hung out is called Atlantis Comics, down at the clocktower-end of Pacific. I've heard the owner is happy to share his tales of that golden time. <3

I'm sorry that the weather wasn't so pleasant. Unfortunately there isn't much to do in Santa Cruz that doesn't involve being outside in one way or another. (Except Neptune's Kingdom. Everyone needs to try Neptune's Kingdom at least once.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
I love Lost Boys. I was thinking about that movie just the other day, not only because Corey Haim recently died, but because of the Frog brothers and the "Lonely Frog" song, and because how often do you get to pull out a line like, "You're vamping out! I'm telling Mom!"

We did visit Neptune's Kingdom (the kids played a round of miniature golf there), and we checked on the boardwalk once in awhile (bumper cars!), but the day was pretty much rained out from mid-afternoon on. So we went to Dennys for an early dinner, and then back to the motel to take hot showers and make hot chocolate and watch ESPN Classic.

It did seem to me that Santa Cruz has gotten a lot harder for outsiders to navigate than when we were there 2 years ago (and it was pretty bad then!). We could get down to the beach easily enough, but we could not get back to the freeway. One night, we roamed all over the city in the dark trying to find Ocean or Soquel, and our "early" dinner on Friday was delayed by half an hour because we couldn't get back to Ocean even in the daytime! Too many one-way streets and intersections that funnel you where you don't want to go. One memorable spot was a "right turn only" followed one block later by a "do not enter." Sheesh!