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"I frickin' love this!"

California Adventure
Nov. 20, 2012

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Late night, after the water show and the parades, the tired crowds streaming for the exits, we park ourselves outside the gift shop while the daughters make final purchases, gifts for friends who didn't get to come. A simple holiday scene -- a tiny 1920s village at Christmas -- in the window of Clarabelle's ice cream, and a small group of three adults pause in front of it. Maybe parents, away from their teenagers; maybe empty nesters there for cocktails. A man, mid-forties, stands akimbo taking in the scene. Then, loudly to his friends, "I frickin' love this!"

The audience at home is not quite ready for that tag line at the end of a commercial, but we are not far off I'll bet.