"If providence did beards devise,
To prove the wearers of them wise,
A fulsome goat would then, by nature,
Excel each other human creature." - Thomas D'Urfey

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Practically UnDead (Part 1)

Perhaps you remember my annoying, life-challenged, little green friend?  Don't tell me you have forgotten him? Well, admittedly sometimes I try, but it usually turns out to be a fruitless effort.  Anyway, back in 2009, The Little UnDead dude embarked upon a journey to the vampire mecca, Forks, to visit all the sites from 'Twilight'.  In case you missed out, you can read all about it starting with the post here, and a few subsequent posts, here and here and here.  Then, the following year, The Dinky UnGoner was hosted by the ever-kind Lisa, over at Pink Porches, and treated to a tour of all things Stephen King.  You can read about those misadventures here.  Well, you guessed it.  Another year and another expedition. Besides, it is almost Halloween and what better way to beleaguer us all than with a new adventure?

Last year, Lisa played chaperon.  After all, the fact that The Elfin AlmostExtinct got lost in Forks  made it quite clear that he doesn't do well on his own.  So this year, the goatmother and the goatfather decided to accompany him to .... wait for it ... Coupeville! What is Coupeville, you ask?  Well, my friends, Coupeville is a quaint little town on Whidbey Island (in Washington state) where parts of that most excellent movie, Practical Magic, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman (among others), was filmed.  Now part of it was, of course, done on a set in Los Angeles, and the house itself, was constructed on San Juan Island and then torn down after filming was completed.  But the town of Coupeville, was, in fact, the setting for the town of 'Maria's Island'.

So, without further adieu, following is The Undersized InAnimate's photo journal.  Certain photos are courtesy of the website Washington Film Locations at this link.  These, of course, are for comparison purposes.  Please be aware that the stupid disembodied hand simply insisted upon coming along and can be seen in quite a few of the snapshots.  Oy.  Some people are such prima donnas.

First and foremost, the goatmother and the goatfather insisted on going to their favorite restaurant for breakfast.  It is often a wise thing to humor those who have the money.

It wasn't much of a sacrifice to stop at 12 Front Street.  Chris and Rita are just the nicest people.  Besides, they make THE BEST cinnamon rolls ever!  Mind you, when everyone returned home no one offered me any.  Still, I am holding out hope since they brought some home with them.  Just take a look.  It's bigger than that Stupid Little UnResting-In-Peace!   No fair.  I call foul!

Anyway, after the goatmother and goatfather were satisfactorily satiated, the strange little party headed for the street.  The Petite and Pershished One quickly found himself right at home in Coupeville.

Now, here is a shot from the movie.  We shall call this 'Destination 1'.  This scene is where Sally (Sandra Bullock) and her aunts, Fran (Stockard Channing) and Jet (Dianne West) are walking toward a farmer's market where Sally first sees Michael (Mark Feuerstein), her husband-to-be.

It took a bit of doing, but the gang finally found the location.  For the movie, the entire town was painted white.  Things have changed a bit since then, but you can see by the windows and the flagpole, the troupe managed to find the right place.

What?!  You don't see The Vert UnLifeless One?  How about now?

Rather like a chameleon, he's always trying to blend in.  Even though the goatmother walked off and left him, they did manage to get on to 'Destination 2'.  This scene was shot in the middle of Front street, where Michael is first run over by a bunch of bicyclists and then a delivery truck.

This one was a little tougher to find, however, do notice the square blue building on the right.

Unfortunately no herd of itinerant bicyclists could be found and enticed to run over The Little Short and Stiff.  Sometimes serendipity is simply nowhere to be found.  Nonetheless, our little band then proceeded in search of 'Destination 3'.  It was actually the easiest one to find.

In this scene, Sally can be seen in front of her little shop, "Verbena".  The colors have changed and the bench has moved, but it still looks much the same.

I know.  You're too busy looking at that pretty little pumpkin to notice The Lilliputian and Liquidated, right?

How about now?  Yep, that's our hero right there in the corner of the right hand window.  Luckily the woman inside was too busy to run out and try to stake him.

Anyway, I suppose that's about enough for one day.  I wouldn't want anyone to be bored to death.  They might end up like The Little Intrepid and Inert.  One of  those is quite enough, don't you think?  So stay tuned tomorrow for Part Deux of Practically UnDead.  In the meantime, go relax.  Have a Peanut and try not to think about it.


J (always thinking) said...

For Halloween you could paint the Lil Undead brown and glue raisins on him. He could easily pass for a cinnamon bun, there are distinct similarities.

He better be on his best behavior--this Halloween could be his last.

Kelly said...

What a wonderful movie. It is one of my favorite. I think the town looks much better white! I hope the undead little critter is having a wonderful trip. Hope they bring back a huge sack full of peanuts for you.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Shame on me for having a work life and being so hopelessly behind on blogs. So glad I found this one! :)

Love, love, loving it!
Can't wait to read Part Deux!

I've recently been fascinated with the Lizzie Borden case......would love to see you do a bloggy visit there!