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We headed into Plano today so Vogon could pick up a hard drive he'd spotted in a Fry's advertisement. It took us awhile to find it (southeast of Hwy 75/Central Expressway and Plano Parkway), so we did some shopping along the way.

Our first stop was a Michael's arts and crafts, where we picked up a few notions for Laurel's Halloween costume, an Xacto woodcarving set (they didn't have the inexpensive carving set I'd bought at one of their stores a few years before, but this one will last me a *long* time), and some miscellaneous stuff. We left the house later than I thought, so we didn't make the full round of the store like I'd hoped. If he was into it, I'd suggest we go to Michael's on a future Date Night.

Vogon was in the mood for Italian, so we ate at Spaghetti Warehouse. Great God on a waffle, that was good -- we had the most attentive server I've ever experienced, everything we had was good, and Laurel was thrilled to find the kids' meal comes with a cup of ice cream for dessert, though she was happy to help me eat tiramisu.

After lunch, we stopped in at Cavender's Boot City in search of a red cowboy hat for Laurel's Halloween costume. We left with a hat, a pair of boots and a belt, and Laurel walked around the rest of the day in the hat and boots. Vogon called her outfit "Plano for days", but I'd simply never seen anyone wear capris and cowboy boots together before. Heh.

While continuing our search for Fry's, we passed Queen of Hearts, a costume and magic shop -- and of course, I had to go in. Their store space is even smaller than Disguises' old location at 6th and Garrison, but the staff was reasonably knowledgeable. They're very much more of a magic store to me -- they only had one-size of bald cap and far more Mehron and Ben Nye makeup than Snazaroo face paints (only the basic palette!) -- but I gave my card to one of the employees and picked up an Ickle Pickle coin magic trick for the clowns.

The midget and I spent the Fry's visit in the "family" movie aisle, where the midget picked out DVDs of Potty Time With Bear (we already have the VHS tape, but we haven't replaced the living room VCR yet) and Arthur's Famous Friends, which has the Mister Rogers, Jack Prelutsky and Yo-Yo Ma/Joshua Redman episodes of Arthur. Depending on how much replay value it has for her, I might start picking up more Arthur DVDs since it's one of the PBS kids' shows I really like too. (Compare to Dragon Tales, which I usually find annoying.)

The find of the day for me was a copy of Tomorrowland: Disney in Space and Beyond from the Walt Disney Treasures series. (The series are limited edition box sets of Disney rarities, like the entire Davy Crockett TV series, the Silly Symphonies, or the 1941 feature The Reluctant Dragon, which is on the Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio set. If anyone has a copy of On the Front Lines they're willing to part with for under $50, I'm all ears.) I'm especially pleased that it was only $25 at Fry's -- it starts at $37 from Amazon.com Marketplace sellers.


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Oct. 2nd, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
I have On the Front Lines- I watched through it once, and now it's collecting dust. I wouldn't mind parting with it!
Oct. 2nd, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)
1. Are you serious?
2. Do you accept PayPal?

Drop me an e-mail; I'm happy to make a deal for something like that. (:
Oct. 2nd, 2004 05:22 pm (UTC)
Well as Kids DVDs go, I'm thrilled you weren't tempted to get any of these.

Had you done that, I'd have no choice but to remove you from my friends list. ;-)
Oct. 2nd, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC)
*coughs* We already have several of those. It was her favorite cartoon for awhile, but now she's into Winnie the Pooh and classic cartoons (we have _many_ of those thanks to cheap DVD racks locally having stuff like 90 minutes of Popeye cartoons for under $3).
Oct. 2nd, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh my....
Well after careful consideration. I've decided I'll keep you on my list. ;-)

The tone of "Dora's" voice combined with the repetitive nature of what she says is like fingernails on chalkboard (to me, anyway).

Oh two other voices that drive me batty....

The woman who does the announcing on "Playhouse Disney" and "Chuckie" on "The Rugrats" (I want to hand him a tissue and suggest he blow his nose...). LOL

But hay, that's only 3 voices of a cast of thousands that bug me. :-)
Oct. 4th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh my....
Ah. The voice of the animated version of Maisy is like that to me. Either revme or toddler_hiway described it for me as five thousand years of human suffering compressed into a single noise.

The announcer voice on Playhouse Disney is Allyce Beasley, probably best known as Agnes DiPesto on Moonlighting.

Which Chuckie voice? Pre-2001 or later? The early Chuckie voice is Christine Cavanaugh, who's a fairly prolific voice actor -- the animated Cathy, Gosalyn in Darkwing Duck, Marty Sherman in The Critic, Oblina in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (one of my favorite Nicktoons), the original Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory, and Babe the pig in the eponymous movie. The current Chuckie voice is Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson.

At some point I have to admit that (a) I've watched way too many cartoons when I interrupt an episode of Invader Zim to say, "Gaz and Ed from the dub of Cowboy Bebop, yes?" and (b) I have a big giant crush on Tress MacNeille.
Oct. 4th, 2004 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh my....
I'm not familiar with "Maisey".

I thought that voice sounded familiar (Allyce Beasley). Except she's not using her "normal" voice (which is "different" but tolerable). The high-pitch she adds (supposedly to somehow appeal to the small ones) is just ugh. LOL

As far as the "Chuckie" voice, I'm referring to the current one.

I knew squat about all this stuff prior to 2001, when I met my (now ex) girlfriend. I lived with her and her (now 8 year old boy) for 2 1/2 years.
Oct. 6th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC)
Re: Oh my....
Had I only caught up on your LJ earlier I wouldn't have taken Van Helsing back this morning. Tress MacNeille is the queen in it. Eh, but it was really crappy -- very Saturday morningish with the overt commingling of vampire, werewolf, Jekyll/Hyde, and various demon-related stories all into an obviously contrived plot. Fortunately, it was only 30 minutes long. Unfortunately, I didn't notice that before I paid for at least 90 minutes of movie and got only 30.
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