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Subject: Warlocks in wonderland...or how I spent my summer holidays

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Date Posted: Tue, Aug 29 2006, 10:33:23 am PDT

Well Iíve been as guilty of neglecting the poor Magic Box as much as anyone. But it seems such a shame to just let it crumble and fade away. Especially as it is home to my most precious present.

I think that one of the problems is that most people seem to have a live journal and they use that to keep in touch with old Bronzers and Iím sorry to say that I include myself in with them.

Still, as Iíve already posted this in my live journal and reason why I shouldnít post it here too, so hereís a brief account of my recent trip to the states.

My vacation, the first for almost two years, took in both Los Angeles and New York. With the first part being in Los Angeles (or rather Long Beach) then a long weekend in N.Y. then back to L.A.

When I flew out of Londonís Heathrow airport on the 12th August it was only a few days after the alleged plot to blow up transatlantic aeroplanes had been foiled. This resulted in heightened security at airports, with the result that many flights were being cancelled or severely delayed. In the way I was lucky that my flight was not cancelled but the nine-hour delay got to be a little tedious at times. The rather lengthy delay also meant that I can actually arrived in Los Angeles until the early hours of Sunday morning, and it was a very tired Mr Warlock, he picked up his Mustang and headed towards his hotel upon arrival.

As I haven't slept for the best part two days I spent the majority of Sunday in bed, not exactly the most thrilling way to start your holiday. Anyway, come Monday, I decided to start work on my tan and headed to Venice Beach. Despite practically embalming myself with suntan lotion I still managed to get little sunburnt, mostly on the back of my neck. Now only if I had one of those natty little hats, like the French foreign Legion wear.

Tuesday was one of the highlights for me, as this is when I got to meet tarasapprenticefor the first time in almost two years. Despite being friends for a few years we have only managed to meet face to face about three times prior to this trip. Several thousand miles and the odd ocean between us not really helping too much in that department either. Partly in order to redress this and partly as a little gift, I had invited our dear faerie to accompany me to N.Y. Beside, I needed someone to carry my bags for me.

Wednesday was the day, where I assisted (or should that be hampered) in the filming of the Melonpool spoof/parody of the "Snakes on a plane" film/quickcast. Both Steve (Troop, Melonpool creator and Mayberry Melonpool operator) and Rodger Przytulski (Sam the dog) are amazing puppeteers and both incredibly friendly people who made Mr. Warlock feel very at home. Steve even gave me a credit on the film (under the crew) which gives you a chance to find out my real name (click here to view the movie). After filming had finished for the day, Steve, faerie and myself had something to eat at a Mexican restaurant then headed to a comedy store called The Groundling Theatre to see "The Crazy Uncle Joe Show" who are an improvised comedy team. Although I was impressed with the way that they came up with the little skits, their humour and mine sometimes differed.

A Faerie(girl)Tale of New York

Friday and this was the day where faerie and I set off for New York. Security at the airport had also been increased in view of events in London, but mostly to the extent that no liquids or gel type products were allowed on to the plane as part of your carry-on. Not long after we had settled in our seats on the plane I happened to notice that someone in the row behind us had brought what looked like a coke or Starbucksí coffee onto the plane. No soon had I commented on this to faerie then a flight attendant spotted the offending beverage and confiscated it. But that wasnít the worst of it. Everyone had to get off the plane whilst they performed a full security sweep. This delayed the flight by about an hour. I had arranged for a limousine to pick us up from the airport but due to the flight delay it didnít appear to be there waitingÖoh hum. Not the start I was looking for. As it was quite late when we finally reached the hotel, we just had a quick bite to eat then retired to our separate rooms.

There became what for me was a regular highlight of the trip and that was seeing which incredible outfit the tarasapp would be wearing. When I meet her in the hallway at the start of each day or if we had changed to head off somewhere it was almost like my own version of project catwalk/runway. Most of Saturday was spent in central park and we even had a ride on one of those pony and trap buggy type thingies. I was pleased to hear that our horse was called "Billy" as this is the title of a Lawnmower Deth album (sorry, but I have to fit Lawnmower Deth into a post if possible). We then spent the remainder of the morning/ early afternoon in the Metropolitan Museum of art. Not too surprisingly faerie as a great understanding and appreciation of art, where as Mr. Warlock is more "Painting..pretty". But there are some truly wondrous exhibits in the Metropolitan, and it is well worth a visit if you ever happened to be in New York. After I unfortunately managed to get as lost on the way back to the hotel, we had a well-deserved rest before having something to eat before seeing "Clerks II".
Iím not too sure if Iíve seen the first "Clerks" film but I only know Kevin Smith's work from "Jay and silent Bob strike back" and I have to confess I donít like that film at all. I donít find it funny and even Eliza in tight black leather canít save it. But "Clerks II" was very enjoyable, couple of things it could have done without, but on the whole well worth seeing.

Sunday and we took the opportunity to tackle the Empire State Building. Now as you may know Mr. Warlock doesnít like heights and fall from heights even less. So why would he go up to the observation deck of such a tall building? Iím not too sure of the answer myself, but I wanted to make the trip as memorable as possible for tarasapp. Faeries have wings and are probably used to heights. Mr. Warlock has no wings and is used to being as close to the ground as humanly possible. This is probably why faerie was able to stand near the edge and take pictures and enjoy the sights whilst I clung on to a trash can for dear life. However this was not all it seemed, as although the trash can was bolted to the floor there was always the danger that some freak gust of wind would rip it from its fastenings and propel it over the edge where it could cause until damage or even death. So I saw it as my civic duty to ensure that it remained put.

"Spamalot" was the only thing that was already pre-planned as I had purchased tickets for the musical based on Pythonís "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". Quite a few elements from the film were retained, I wonít spoil it by mentioning what they were but I didnít like the ending at all. It was also strange seeing "Always look on the bright side of life" included as this will always for me belong to "Meaning of life". I have mixed feels about the musical and Iím not too sure if it really worked for me. It was almost as if it was trying to be Python then actually be Python if you get my meaning. Again after some nose bag (food to you) we when to see a film. This one was "The Descent" a sort of horror film where the horror part is very similar to another film that was out earlier in the year called "The Cave". Difference is this one has some strong female characters, in fact all the central characters are female which makes a nice change.

On our last day we took the chance to do some more sight seeing. This time we took in the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Iíd already seen the Statue of Liberty on my previous visit. For some reason she does seem as big as you imagine her to be and I canít think why. After that we took in the little tour of "Little Italy" and sampled some fine Italian cuisine. There were quite a few shops displaying posters and team shirts of the Italian national football (soccer for you yanks) team. No doubt buoyed by the success in the recent football World Cup, although not surprising as they contained quite a few Juventus players (Mr. Warlocks favourite Italian team who have since suffered as the result of match fixing allegations).

Although Iíd been to New York before this trip was extra special for me as I got to spend time and share it with tarasapprentice, for which I offer a very heartfelt thank you.

Now Iím back home and the clear blue skies have been replaced with some dark clouds and a little rain, somehow this seems appropriate to me

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