Monday, January 16, 2006

Adventureland and Prince

I thought I would hop on and post mainly so I don't have to look at Malena's Brownies first thing when I get online. There are certain times of the month when chocolate is REALLY attractive , girls, if you know what I mean, and this sure is a one of them. 'Nuff said . ( sorry , guys! )

Malena is off at Adventureland today, lucky girl. I am not exactly sure WHAT this is, but she did tell me she had some free tickets to it. Sadly, they expire before I get there next week, so I shall remain Adventureless for the time being. Someday tho, that and the Haunted mansion as well.

She does tell me tho that we will be going to Venice Beach. Don't know exactly what that is either, but I am up for it. And Kitty says we can go and see Wendy and Lisa from Prince's band play too, they were always the part I liked best anyway. And yes, it is true, I have been in a Prince movie. The second one I believe. $75 a day and dinner was what they were paying people to stand in the " Audience" and wave our arms around and dance. Back then we were taking any gig going. Sadly, I don't believe you can see me. They told us to dress as if we were going to a Prince concert, and most people were not wearing shorts and Tee's, as we were ( it was REALLY hot that week ) so the better dressed kids all got to be in the front and in most of the scenes. Which was fine by us, we sat outside on the lawns of Paisly Park and played guitar and orginised a talent show, as I recall. Had a blast. Dinner. And $75.

There, a little known story for you , from my past. Now I am going to take yet another hot bath, and curl up for a while with a hot water bottle and watch it snow, and wait for Malena to call and tell me all about Adventureland.

I'll let you know...

Love and Adventures,


At 2:11 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

That's cool about being an extra in a Prince movie. The only Prince movie I've seen is "Purple Rain," but I don't think that's the one you're talking about. I tried out to be an extra on "Silkwood," but didn't make it. My college roommate at the time did, though, and said it was a lot of standing around waiting. IIRC, it paid about the same.

As far as chocolate goes......if I were really evil I would tell you an easy way to make fudge that takes about 15 minutes.

At 2:22 PM , Blogger BeeZee said...

Chocolate is

1) The Food of the Gods

2) Medically necessary at certain times of the month.

Prince. Heh, I worked at Rudolphs Bar B Q. The Purple One used to circle the neighborhood in his car until the bodyguards told him the back dining room was empty.
Whereupon he would deign to eat.
And one of us would get stuck staying late. *rolls eyes*

At 2:34 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Chocolate, yes, chocolate....

We never got to meet Prince. We did waterski by his purple house once tho, on lake Minnatonka. It got to be kind of funny on the set, because we were friendly with the crew guys and they didn't care that we were just hanging around, they would call" We need 30 people now" and everyone except out little group would RUN and sometimes they would say" we need everyone, even you guys" Big Sexy was there, as I recall.

Sigh. OK. 15 minute fudge. Let's have it.

At 3:26 PM , Blogger Issy said...

Those brownies do look good!

When I lived in a commune called Greyhavens as a teenager everyone I lived in were standins at some movie. I hated the fact I wasn't old enough to join them. I forget the movie. All I remember is the movie was horrible. A Prince movie sounds more fun.

I could see having fun shopping at the Vendors of Venice Beach. Have fun!

"Adventureland" sounds like a thing of my past unless I take my ex-husband up on his offer and go to the Fairy Festival in Oregon next July.

At 5:39 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

Venice Beach? Oh my dear! You'll love it. Mucho people watching. Doggies to pet. Tom Everhart's studio is in the area (though not right at the beach... he's an artist and was a friend of Sparky Schulz). You can get some great henna tattoos done on the beach and lots and lots of quirky shops to sightsee. In fact at one I bought some things there once and made a magical mojo thingie for a friend (who once told me a tale of your Boss giving tours around his house while he wasn't at home... hee hee!) I miss Venice!!! I was last there in 2004.... seems so long ago. Say hello to the beach and the waves for me please. And enjoy a libation at one of the places where you can sit inside but look out an open window at the lovely, lovely ocean.

At 11:45 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

ohhhhh yeah venice,
we shall shop & stroll & maybe even rollerskate.

as for W & L, what i am told is that Prince comes to every show of theirs, with 10 bodyguards and blah blah
blah, but it should be great fun!

i made brownies today, inspired by that ^%$&# photo.
hahah AHAHA
xoxoxo love, Catrine
ps we will also go to the comic book exhibit @ MOCA
and santee alley in the fashion district, bay-bee!

At 11:59 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

*ashamed admission* ... I bought the brownies I was forced to consume because of that picture... I am ashamed that I didn't at least bake them.

The closest I have come to being in film was at the library at UBC where, as always, they were filming something... let's just say that it doesn't go well when you ask a frazzled student to come back later for the required book for a final paper because it happens to be in a section near where the filming may possibly be happening later in the afternoon... but that is the education system up here, putting our libraries to good use - as backdrops.

At 1:41 AM , Blogger K said...

I have never been an extra, although I did go to a... well, it called itself an audition, but it was more like a sign-up sheet. They wanted "pale skin, long hair (must be undyed) and no tattoos or piercings" and I thought I'd be a shoo-in...

My sister was an extra on the TV series "Rebus", as an Edinburgh University student, which she then was. She got to meet John Hannah, briefly.

At 4:33 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Cool, never been an extra on a movie, tho it sounds like great fun. The closest chance around here was for "The Road to Perdition", and quite a few people I know got to meet Tom Hanks (they filmed in Grand Haven). Which Prince movie was it? How fun to hang out and get money to boot.
And fudge, especially 15 minute fudge would be wonderful (please?!?, I am so so tired today, need a pick me up)

At 5:34 AM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

When I lived in Charlotte, NC I had two guy friends who got to be in The Patriot because they had long hair. Apparently they were also trampled by horses and were always really, really excited about that part.

At 7:58 AM , Blogger Dewey921 said...

I envy your trip to Santee Alley with Kitty. I was there last summer and splurged on shiny sparkly pretties. I look forward to seeing what you find!

Then I went down to San Diego for the ComiCon and discovered that when I am one of over 100,000 people in a building, I develop ADD. The shopping, while distracting, was not as overwhelming as media fans.

At 8:00 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

So much for our collective movie careers, hee-hee, we will have to get Malena, who is actually IN movies as a real actor to tell us her tales. ( But only if she promises never to post pictures of brownies again! )

Broke down last night and had an entire HUGE bar of chocolate. Got on the scale this morning and had lost 2 pounds. I give up.....

I am so up for rollerskating in Venice. now THERE are some pictures worth posting!

At 8:02 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Comic Con would do that to me, I tend to get REALLY shy at things like that, tho no one ever believes me.

What exactly IS Santee Alley????

At 10:43 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

awwww BEACH!!! ROLLERSKATIN!!!! WAHHHH I WANNA GO... oh, it sounds like so much fun, I've never been to Venice Beach but have heard its great - do enjoy and take lotsa pics. Yes, Malena - movie stories please! and I'm with you Lorraine, I am terrified at cons. wet palms, heart thumping, stomach reeling, gripping shyness.

I'm gonna go eat chocolate.

At 1:39 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Sorry for the delay; I'm generally only online once a day.


1 stick of butter/margarine
1 lb powdered sugar
Vanilla extract

Melt 1 stick of butter in a 2-4 quart pan on stove. When melted, add 1 lb of powdered sugar and enough milk to make it about the consistency of Cream of Wheat. Add 2-3 heaping spoonfuls of cocoa, depending on dark you like your chocolate. Heat is on low, but don't let butter or sugar burn so keep stirring. It should be fairly thick, and coming off the sides of the pan as you stir. Add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract at the end. Stir to mix. Take off heat, and drop by spoonfuls onto foil, waxed paper, or parchment paper. Allow to set, which doesn't take too long, then eat.
*Note: I use an ordinary tea spoon for adding the cocoa and then dropping the fudge into individual amounts. You could also use an iced tea spoon. I usually use a wooden spoon for stirring.

If you want to change the flavor, you can cut back on the amount of vanilla extract and add a different extract such as mint, orange, etc. You will still need some vanilla extract, or it doesn't taste right. You can also add nuts (I've used pecans and hazelnuts - seperately) or coconut flakes - whatever your little heart desires. You can also make the fudge without the cocoa.

If you get too much milk, add more powdered sugar, if you have more, or add more cocoa and enjoy a darker chocolate flavor. ;)

Of course, I just found Hershey's Dark Cocoa at the grocery store today, so I'll probably have to make some using that. ;)

My mom used her chocolate icing recipe, just thicker, when she wanted some chocolate candy but the stores were closed and these were the ingredients she had handy. She was making this well before I was born, so it's been in my family probably 50 years or so. She never made the vanilla fudge without nuts. This is also why beyond the given amounts for butter and sugar, I didn't give exact amounts for ingredients. ::hands in air:: Sorry.

At 5:44 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Wow, that looks like a great recipe. Thanks.

I love cons, but I have only been to two and I worked at those (they were anime cons in Vancouver)... the last one was in 2001 and I got the best job at the con, taking care of the guests (got invited to all the private parties). I had a sinfully fun time, very few moments glow quite so bright in my memories as that period of 77 hours mostly spent in a cat costume (a hint for those who are shy at cons... not knowing anyone there can help improve your confidence - especially if you are in costume :-P)... and boy, can working a con be fun if you enjoy the subject matter (but I don't know if it is possible to go back to being a con-goer after working at one).

At 9:07 PM , Blogger Malena said...

Thank you Apple for the forum response. I took off the 1500's comment. Good call Dear Historian friend!

At 6:39 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I am one of the dead bodies in the Final Fantasy CGI movie on account of working with a graphic designer who was friends with one of the digital artists.

And I'm the off-camera interviewer on the My So-Called Life limited edition Bonus Disc.

That's as close to a claim to film fame as I get.

At 10:20 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Dan - you are so freaking cool. Those are great things to your credit. yeah

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