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12 February 2008 @ 12:57 pm
Picture Post: Chinese New Year in Chinatown  
YAY! Another picture post! Because I haven't posted enough pictures here yet!

(Any day now, the lovely gentleman who allows me to have my dot com on his server is going to poke me about the amount of space I'm using...)

In any case, Saturday was the Chinese Lunar New Year, the year of the rat (Yay, rats!) thudpucker, catlyn99 and I took public transpo down to Chinatown for the festivities.

Here's the one shot with us in it. It was taken pretty much the moment we got off the subway in Chinatown. Because walking around in the sun with a zillion other people doesn't do much for your looks.

Why, yes, I DID photoshop everyone just a little to make us all look better. How nice of you to notice!

Here's a tranquil fountain in Chinatown. It's more tranquil when it's not surrounded by noise and people. We're planning on going back sometime when the place is less crowded.

Scenery shot...

When you need a really sincere gift, now you know where to go...

Gate shot...

We got there early so we could be sure of not missing the parade, no matter how weird the public transportation got, so we had time to bop around. We checked out a couple stores, had fish balls and tater tots, and Sarah/Catlyn bought the latest L'arc en Ciel album. We also came across a book called Fusion Junction that features such awesome artwork as this...

...which is obviously also available as wall-sized art.

BUT WAIT! The parade is about to start! Let's get out onto the route and see it!

One of many awesome dragons in the parade. The dragons were my favorite part.

Close up...

Another slightly less traditional one...

"Are the people still out there??"


"I Can Has Rat!!"

There was a lot that was too visual to just capture a photo of, so I took a lot of movies. Sadly, youtube has compressed them all so they don't look near as good, but you can get the gist with them, and they don't take a zillion years to download when I post them as youtube videos. But if you like any of these, let me know and I can mail you the .avi which is a lot cleaner.

Here are some cool looking girls marching...

I'll admit, this next one is weird. There was a lot of confetti and I thought it looked awesome the way it was rolling in the breeze. So here's some confetti on the pavement...

Here's the second best video of a dragon in the parade. I'm saving the best for last...

I took a vid of some of the horses in the parade, because I like horses. Apparently there were sheriffs or something riding them, but who pays attention to that? Look, horsies!!

Here's a still shot of the horses...

For obvious reasons, there was a lot of rat/mouse imagery in the parade. Here's a rodent on the Southwest Airlines float...

Some of the dragons in the parade did little synchronized movements...

There were several people doing martial arts demonstrations as they went along the parade route. Here's the one that turned out best...

Can you imagine doing that while walking for over an hour??

A large rat on the FedEx float...

There were several groups of marchers with bands or cheerleaders or flags. This is the flag video that came out best...

Here's a rodent cutout on the JCPenney float...

A cheer group. They made it in because they were the PerkiGoth cheerleaders. Well, not REALLY, but check out those uniforms...

There were a lot of kids dressed up for the occasion, who would sometimes wander into the emptier areas of the street, because hey, they're kids.

Pretty girls and a giant rodent. It was a theme...

DRAGON! (Love these guys...)

Why did this group get into the picture post? Check out the uniforms. Some poor ba$+ards had to march in black uniforms up to the neck. But not these guys...

Hawaiian shirts, all the way. Before you join a marching band, always check out the uniforms first...

I love how this dragon video turned out. That's why I saved it for the last one in the parade shots. You should see it clearer, honestly...

Sun sets over Chinatown...

...the sun also sets on a Giant Chicken.

After the parade we wandered off to a store that Sarah said had a lot of good tea. She was right, and I bought a box of Rose Oolong. We also bought a set of six dinner bowls, blue and white with little cats on the outside and inside. If any of you come over, ask to see them, they're awesome. Should have gotten a picture of them for y'all, but there you go.

The store also had Giant Representations of Cabbage on a Pedestal.

I'm sure there's something cultural I'm missing here, but until I know about it, this still amuses me.

Later we went and got dinner at a place that rocked, Sarah bought a lamp, I bought 2 strings of white and blue LED lights and we headed home.

The End.

Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: "Crushingly Close" by NIN and Garbage
bunnyshortagesbunnyshortages on February 12th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)

Fritters: Cat Goes Pbtht by iconfetishfritters on February 12th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
I tried to find you a better copy online, but I couldn't... Sorry.
bunnyshortagesbunnyshortages on February 12th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
hehe its still damned cool
Vocabulary/Back Scritches: dance snape!spazzychic on February 12th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)

Oh my god. So much Sun!


*a little homesick*

Anyway, I also really like the Snow White pic!
Frittersfritters on February 12th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
It's easy to imagine owning the giant print for your wall, isn't it?

For what it's worth, someone at the parade told us they were amazed it was sunny, and that it almost always rained on this parade...
lironesslironess on February 12th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
I don't see your rat pin on the first picture, it must be on the subway.

That must have been a long hot day. It also does not look like that many people were watching, not like they have shown on the news. But we both know that everything that they show on the news is real huh :)

Did you get sunburned?

Love that picture and the last dragon.
Fritters: AD - Osaka Looking About by frittersfritters on February 13th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
I don't see your rat pin on the first picture, it must be on the subway.

It was actually pinned to the jean jacket, since I didn't want to mess up the shirt, but thanks for checking.

Actually, the several blocks that the parade ran for were pretty packed, but not impossible to find a slot, so a really good number showed up.

I actually didn't get sunburned, but mainly because of that umbrella you see in the first shot. I have a tendency to always have an Asian parasol with me when I go out nowadays. I got a teency color, but no burn.

And yeah, you gotta love the last dragon. I was a sucker for when they batted their eyelashes. If I had found a dragon head for sale in Chinatown with batting eyelashes for a hundred bucks I would have blown in that day, because they're just that cool.
Robyn Goodfellow: yayrobyngoodfellow on February 13th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Tres cool! Looks like you had a lot of fun!
Frittersfritters on February 13th, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
It was tiring, and I shutterbugged my ass off, but yeah, it was fun. I wouldn't go every year, but I will definitely return.
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like that: FF Jewelraislak on February 13th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)

The colors on these pictures, especially the reds, really snap! I like the closeup of the Dragon's head, the little girl in the street, and of course the first picture.

You all look great!
Fritters: Ed Nodding by Frittersfritters on February 13th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
I was pretty proud of the close up dragon and the kids in the street. My favorite still has to be the last dragon video, though.

Believe it or not I DEsaturated some of the reds a little because they came across WAY too well!
dc_morgenstern on February 16th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't miss Chinatown nearly as much as I do now that I've seen this. ^_^

From your "I can has rat!" comment, I guess you've seen icanhascheezeburger.com? :)

hmmm... you photoshopped all 3 of you, and I can't see what you changed? I should get some new pics of myself and ask you if you can photoshop them too. :)

(btw, I'm fully bearded now, I think it looks good on me)
Fritters: Muttley Laugh - I have no idea who madefritters on February 17th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I didn't miss Chinatown nearly as much as I do now that I've seen this. ^_^

Oh, good!

From your "I can has rat!" comment, I guess you've seen icanhascheezeburger.com? :)

Very much so. I pop by every now and then and get caught up. There's a cat macro community I'm a member of on LJ, too..

hmmm... you photoshopped all 3 of you, and I can't see what you changed? I should get some new pics of myself and ask you if you can photoshop them too. :)

Mebbe. Some things are easier than other. For example, it's easier to remove shine from Sarah's nose than it is to completely erase wrinkles. Not saying whose wrinkles.

(btw, I'm fully bearded now, I think it looks good on me)

Shall I alert ZZTop for your interview??
dc_morgenstern on February 17th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
No ZZTop. It was just a goatee, about half an inch long, then I figured I'd connect it to what passed for sideburns. So, with everything another half inch longer, and the cheeks, neck, and underside of my jaw shaved, I think it looks fairly nice. A bit like Commander Riker once had (as did I, once), but fuller. :)

btw, part of why I made it a beard is that my goatee is still lighter than the rest of my hair, and it always seemed like I dyed one or the other but not both. So, now it looks natural. :)

(also, I have ultra thin gray streaks now, but they don't look as bad as I expected)
Fritters: AD - Osaka Looking About by frittersfritters on February 17th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
I wouldn't mind a pic of the beard.