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The IBM Pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen Associates

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Folksy Food Fun

Hot ShoppesBethesda, Maryland location, on its last day of operation, 1995

hot shoppes maryland

here’s the very first Hot Shoppe ever, Washington, DC, circa 1927

hot shoppee

Hot Shoppes is dead, but kinda was reborn in a DC Marriott

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Disney Brought Me To My Knees

oh Disney World, what have you done to me (and the Mrs)

4 parks in 4 days equals memories 4 9evvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvver!!!

Day 1 – Disney’s Magic Kingdom

if you ever went to Disney World as a kid, you probably have memories of it that you dearly hold onto. mainly these memories come from whatever pictures you took with the characters in costume, but they are memories nonetheless, and they are embedded deep into yer psyche

Well, in the summer of 1982, I was Disney obsessed, and especially with Chip n’ Dale. Meeting them was probably the biggest thrill of my life. Did I know that Chip was juss a person in a costume?

me and chip 1982

Do I look like I care that Chip is a person in a costume??? I don’t think I was ever happier (pre-wife), and I always wanted to recapture that magic. ALWAYS. Sure, I went back twice (I think) in the late 80s, and it was ALWAYS magical, but I was still a kid, being a kid, doing kid stuff

Then time passed, I got older, but never got to go back. Don’t know why, but never really had an excuse to… until I got married and found out my lady had never been. BOOM. Within 5 months of marriage, it was off to BestEverEVERland!!! FINALLLY!!!

And you know what, I may not be a kid, but I still want to be, and Disney lets that happen!!!!!!!!!!!

CHIP!!!!!!!!
DALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND DANCING WITH THEM!!!

AND BALOO!!

AND KING LOUIE THE ORANGUTAN!!!

me and king louie

WHO I ONCE PLAYED IN A SUMMER CAMP MUSICAL!!!!

OMG
OMG
OMG
OMG

this really IS the happiest place on earth!!!!!

and you know what? meeting and hugging the characters (who you know are juss dudes in costumes) STILL gives one such an indescribable warm and happy feeling on the in AND outside, at ANY AGE. price of that? PRICELESSS!!! / the price of admission to the parks

and who cares if a lot of the rides are tame and lame and contain creepy robots!!!

long live Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress!!!

and Sonny Eclipse and his horrible jokes!!!

(although I sadly didn’t get to the Hall of Presidents. NEXT TIME!!!)

they say you can never go back again (or something)

tiki families

BUT YOU CAN!!!!

tiki today

Day 2 – Epcot

Epcot is 2 things – an outdated world of tomorrow, according to the 80s + an around the world place to get drunk, without ever leaving America

oudated future sure, but dude, the geodesic dome sphere thing still inspires awe and shucks!!!
geodesic
bless you geodesic godfathers Walther Bauersfeld and Bucky Fulls

too bad the ride inside of the sphere doesn’t inspire much of anything – even with Dame Judi Dench’s voice as our guide

it’s like a boring ‘It’s A Small World’, STARRING DAME JUDI DENCH’s VOICE!!! they should have made a ride focusing on Dame Judi Dench’s work in that Vin Diesel space movie sequel that no one saw

poor Disney’s future of the 80s

monrail epcot

a future filled with glass pyramids and monorails and lots of oranges that never happened

epcot pyramid
but hey, I’ll take it over it not existing at all, cause it’s like a time capsule of 80s future!! it’s like the closest thing we’ll get to the future in Back To The Future II

whatever you don’t do, don’t do whatever this spaceship ride is
vomit ride epcot
it will make you vomit and crap your pants

DAMN YOU GARY SINISE!!

luckily they have non-Epcotish characters to take the vomit taste out of yer mouth, and poop smears out of your butt
me and pluto

and help you re-live your childhood

and luckily Michael Jackson died and became a saint and everyone forgot that he’s a child molester so Captain EO could live to dance again

CAPTAIN EO!!!

cpt eo

I was so inspired that I’m making my own 3-D movie
3d
it’s called Colonel Flustard – IN 3D!!!

as for the other half of Epcot – the mini-BS versions of other countries – shiz is cool, esp if yer a typical American who probably never leaves the country

this is actually as closest I’ve ever been to Canada!
epcot canada
no joke – I’ve never been to Canada

how bazaar?!
fez
fezzed up, yo!

when in Faux-France
fake fance epciotr
do as the faux-Francos do!

they had this special thing going on where there were like even more mini-countries, offering even more foods and alcohol that people could spend money on!! and people were literally eating and drinking it up and going bankrupt by the country/second. there were teams of drinkers with their own drinking team shirts! somehow we ended up with zero pictures of these revelers, but they were annoying and everywhere, so eff them

anyone up for Sesame Chicken Saturday?
epcot sesame chicken
sesame chicken epcot
where are all the authentic dishes from China, like chicken feet and Cream of Sum-Yung-Gai?

but who wants to eat any of that crud WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A HARVEST DINNER IN A SLOWLY ROTATING RESTAURANT WITH CHIP n’ DALE & PALS!!!!

dale and me

chip and me

although I’m starting to get the feeling that my wife may leave me for Chip

chip wife
no joke. think we may both have to get married to him if I still want to be in the picture

Day 3 – Animal Kingdom

had actually thought about skipping this park altogether, cause I thought it was just a zoo. well, it kinda was, but it was a zoo with lots of Lion King stuff and employess who are Asian and African American. FINALLY!!! THEY FOUND A PARK WHERE THEY CAN CATER AND EMPLOYEE PEOPLE OTHER THAN WHITE PEOPLE!!!!

the main attracion is the safari, which makes you feel like yer in the jungles of Orlando!!!
safari giraffe
too bad yer not allowed to hug these animals

but fret not, they still have plenty of normal Disney stuff like…

CHIP N’ DALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

those bros are totally my bros
me and chip and dale
CANNOT get enuff of them and their hugs

but they aint no bro of Donald!!!

and they have an awesome character breakfast / lunch at the Tusker House Restaurant where you can meet Safari Goofy and Safari Donald and Safari Daisy and Safari Mickey!!!
disney tusker bfast
AND YOU CAN EAT MICKEY TOO!

and they Kingdom even have non-Safari Daisy!
daisy
soon after I met my future wife, I actually told her that she looks like Daisy Duck – not as an insult – like she looked like a duck or something – but that she has hazy beautiful eyes and lashes juss like Daisy (like I said of Emma Stone). they like twins of hotness. Wifey once told one of my friends that I think she looks like Daffy Duck. Not even close. I wouldn’t bone Daffy, but I can and have gotten lost in Daisy’s eyes, juss like I do with my wife’s

MY WIFE!!! SHE A NICEEEE!!!!

Day 4 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

did we see Chip n’ Dale?
chip dale hollywood studios
DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! had to get in one last set of hugs :) :(

did we buy this shirt? nope. holding out for ‘We named the dog Indiana’
dont call me junior
btw – the Indiana Jones EPIC Stunt Spectacular was totes rad, although my 12 year old self woulda loved it more had I had the chance to go in 1989 which I always dreamt of

did we get to fight Darth Vader or that Jedi who looks like he’s 50?
vader
nope. only kids get to do it. they need to tear down the entire park and start over, making it 90% Star Wars, 5% Indiana Jones, 3% The Apple Dumpling Gang and 1% Condorman

btw – the Tower of Terror was awesome. so was the Aerosmith Rock n’ Rollercoaster too, but why Aerosmith? Couldn’t they make it like the Elton John ‘Circle of Life’cycle or something???

look, I’M ESCAPING NEW YORK!!!
escape from ny

THIS IS SO RACIST AGAINST NEW YORKERS
youse guys
where’s the FUGGETABOUTIT JEW BAGEL SHOPPEEE?

Downtown Disney

whatever you don’t, don’t even bother visiting Downtown Disney – which is basically a crappy mall with lots of Disney crap to buy and restaurants you can find back in the suburbs. It was a clusterfudge of crowds and commerce, not a welcome reprieve of being away from the parks, which is needed!!

But I credit the Disney people for monetizing and branding anything AND everything. You can buy ‘Goofy Candy’ anywhere, and Goofy Candy is basically normal candy with Goofy’s name on the packaging

Somehow me and the Mrs escaped without buying a thing, but we were VERY tempted to at least get one of these

chip dale foods

but c’mon, no Chip chips? or Ginger Dale drink??? C’MON DISNEY!!! THINK!!

oh, and how could I forget to mention my 1st ever Uber driver Howard – who was #77 in the Adam Sandler movie Waterboy + was in Any Given Sunday (although I couldn’t find his name on IMDB under either movie)
waterboy howard uber

man, I really miss Chip n’ Dale. wifey and I think they should open a Disney character dinning restaurant in Times Square, cause we want to eat AND hug them, here there and everywhere

can’t wait to bring my kids to Disney world one day, and the kid still within me

remember – hugs not drugs

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I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


off to fulfill my adult dreams of still being a child at Disney World!!!!!!!!!!!

disney pluto me steve

goofy family

above – me and the fam, Summer 1982

man, I musta REALLY wanted to touch Goofy!

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Cubing The Gleam

accident cubists

Marius de Zayas‘ illustration, for a 1914 issue of Puck magazine, shows a three panel cartoon with Rembrandt’s painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp at top, and at center, a group of angry suffragettes with knives and hatchets transforming the painting, at bottom is the resulting cubist painting, now labeled The Suffragette – Cat and Mouse

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