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Friday, April 30, 2010

Before Indiana Jones...

As you can see here I am very excited about the new attraction. I decided to go up the tree house and take pictures. Unfortunately, there isn't much to see!




The sign is nice, though!

Ah, but look at this! For the life of me, I can't remember how I got these shots. Surely, the construction wasn't exposed for the whole world to see, was it???




Oh well, I'm glad I took the pictures!

















Monday, April 26, 2010

Disneyland Phantom Boats?

Naaa, I don't think they were called the Phantom Boats in the early 1980s but whatever their name, it's fun to look back and see them again! I know these pictures aren't very exciting but I keep them because they are pictures of my son...oh and of the long gone boats, LOL!


Monday, April 19, 2010

Can you spot the humming bird?


It was such a gorgeous day yesterday that I spent most of outside. I was relaxing out on the patio with my ipod and something told me to go get my camera. Since I usually listen to that little voice, I did what I was told and got my camera then sat back down to continue listening to my podcasts. Lo and behold, here comes a humming bird. I fired off four shots but only managed to catch him in one. They are amazing little creatures, aren't they?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The BITCH has been caught.

I hesitated to use the word bitch only because it would be an insult to female dogs...but I think they will forgive me. If you go to this link and scroll down you'll see the latest update on Courage the dog. All I can say, is keep that &*%#@* excuse for a person away from me before my primal side comes out.
http://gsroc.org/urgent_help_detail.asp?ID=327

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Who would intentionally starve an animal???

God, this makes me sick to my stomach. I had a hard time falling asleep last night because I could not get this out of my mind. I mean, if you don't want your dog, give it away; someone will take it. But dear god almighty, don't chain it up and leave it to starve! I just donated $5...I wish I could send $500.

Please tell EVERYBODY you know about this story. Maybe if everyone sent one little dollar, we can help this poor animal. The knot in my stomach is getting tighter, dammit.

http://gsroc.org/urgent_help_detail.asp?ID=327

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ticket Prices from 2001


I was looking for a photo of something else and I noticed this... It made me laugh so I thought I'd share. Prices sure have gone up, huh???

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I may have an addiction...

If you were to ask my family, they would immediately agree that I have a Disney addiction. No, I don't spend my entire paycheck on merchandise every time I go to Disneyland. In fact, I rarely buy anything except an occasional item once or twice during the year. If I had endless amounts of surplus income, then I think I would spend quite a bit at my favorite Disney Park. But since that's not the case...

No, my addiction is to podcasts. Ya, podcasts. Let me give you a little bit of back story before I proceed. In 2008, I was given an ipod Touch which I gleefully loaded up with my entire Beatles music collection in preparation for my trip to England. I downloaded a couple of TV episodes of Ghost Hunters and a Looney Tunes cartoon to boot. I thoroughly enjoyed using my ipod Touch on the plane but once my trip was over and I was back home in my daily routine of work, watch some TV, eat, sleep, wake up, work, watch some TV....you get the picture. To put it bluntly, the ipod Touch went into a drawer and I completely forgot about it.

Now fast forward to September 2009. My friends were visiting from Florida and we went to the D23 Expo. (Oh, OK, so I did spend some money to go to the Expo, LOL!) So anyway, my friends started telling me about some Disney related news and I interrupted them to ask "How do you guys find this stuff out?"

Their reply: PODCASTS. I said, "pod what??" And that's when I was introduced to the world of free podcasts. Once the D23 Expo was over and I was back home, I logged on to iTunes and did a search for Disneyland podcasts and was amazed at what I found. I poked around until I found one that dealt strictly with Disneyland and downloaded a few podcasts figuring that I could listen to them at work during lunch.

I listened, I learned and I wanted more. So a few days later I decided to poke around and much to my surprise I was blown away by the world of podcasts. I became addicted. Yes, addicted. I have downloaded sooooo many that I sometimes wonder if I'll ever be able to listen to all of them but you better believe I'm going to try!

So, the point of this post is to introduce you to podcasts that I really dig. My ipod Touch enables me to view video podcasts but I will break up my list of suggestions into two categories: Video and audio because most of my friends and family don't have an iTouch. (Silly me, I'm actually assuming that my friends and family read my blog!) So here we go...it's a varied list and I hope there is something there you might want to try.

VIDEO
  1. The Official Disneyland Resort Podcasts: They post on the average of once a month
  2. 30 Odd Minutes: This is a superb podcast dealing with the paranormal. These guys are great and I love them because they discuss an unusual subject with both intelligence and humor.
  3. Beautiful Places in HD: Short, 4 to 8 minute videos of beautiful places to visit!
  4. The Coolest Stuff on the Planet: Again, 3 to 5 minute visits to wonderful and unique places on Earth.

I usually watch the video podcasts at home on the weekends. I keep my favorites because I plan to put them on my iTouch when I fly somewhere.

AUDIO

  1. Paranormal Podcast: Intelligent interviews and discussions with experts, authors and skeptics. I tried out a couple and then downloaded ALL of the podcasts. I'm currently about one third of the way through!
  2. Stuff You Missed in History Class: Short 14 to 25 minute podcasts about an assortment of historical people and places.
  3. The Ghost Chronicles: A "down home" podcast by to paranormal investigators back East. Very interesting and informative.
  4. Hollow Hill Podcast: Another paranormal investigator tells it like it is. Interesting and informative.
  5. This American Life: True stories about real people. Try it!
  6. 60 Minutes: Audio version of the show and quite good. Especially when I'm out walking.
  7. Stuff Mom Never Told You: The title says it all!
  8. How Stuff Works: I happen to be one of those people that is fascinated by how things work, so this is right up my alley.

Well, that's my list. The great thing is that they are all FREE!!! The bad thing is that there aren't enough hours in my day to listen to everything so until I can find a way to clone myself and send my double to the office, I'll continue listening during my lunch hour and daily walks. Check them out and tell me what you think!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Killer Jack Russell

This is an oldie but a goodie...hope it makes you laugh!

World of Color Preview

I was reading an online article and they had a link to LaughingPlace.com which also had a link to a video of the World of Color! Apparently taken by a guest staying at the Grand Californian. It figures...when I stayed there, they did no testing!! Oh well, enjoy the video. I haven't seen it yet but I will...oh yes, I will!

http://www.laughingplace.com/lotion-view-1024.asp

Sleepy Friday Morning...

I am by myself today...well, at least until noon. I expect today to be insane because it always is when one of us is out. Now two of us are out. Yikes! Oh well...I'll just drink an extra cup of coffee and burn up the keyboard like I always do, LOL.

So, what picture shall I post today? Hmm...let's see... ah, THIS one! Ya, I know, I've posted this before but I like it. A lot. And I'm sleepy so this picture looks sleepy to me. If those temporary walls weren't there, this would be perfect.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another Disney Connection


My poor friends have to look at my photos constantly - I bombard them with my photographic adventures thanks to the Kodak Gallery! My friend Dean, emailed me with some interesting information so I copied his comments and pasted them here (forgot to get his permission - oops!).

Just looked at your photos of the great old architecture of Los Angeles....a long lost art form and one that is in need of preservation. Loved your photos, and thanks for sharing.

You may not be aware of a DISNEY CONNECTION to one of your photos. Wonder if any other of your Disney friends even know this....LOL.

Your second photo is of the Pacific Finance Building. In the 1950's, the Stanford Research Institute (no connection with Stanford University) had its offices in that building. [Sorry that I do not know on which floor. There are only so many Disney facts that I can cram into my pea-sized brain.] Roy Disney hired that firm for $32,000 to search for the best possible location for Disneyland. On August 28, 1954, Walt and Roy drove to the Pacific Finance Building to receive SRI's final report. After rejecting several other likely sites, the report concluded that Anaheim was the ideal location for Disneyland.

Leave it to me to be able to remember trivia like that. LOL

The funny thing is....I stood there looking at that building and I couldn't stop staring at it. I'd look away and I had to turn back and look at it again. Over and over this happened...weird!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Downtown LA Part Two

We arrived Downtown around 9:15 a.m. and the day was nice and overcast. Perfect! My roommate and I decided to find a cafe and relax with some coffee and a scone.

By the time we finished and stepped out side, it was considerably bright
and great for taking photos.



I HIGHLY recommend taking the tours given by the Los Angeles Conservency Group. They are amazing and CHEAP!

Davelandblog: October 1956: Before & After Quartet

You HAVE to check this out!!!

Davelandblog: October 1956: Before & After Quartet

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Walt Disney Slept Here...

Today I did something fantastic. Today I took a walking tour of historic downtown Los Angeles. I was born downtown. I worked downtown, I shopped downtown....that is, until the 1970's when downtown started getting neglected and ugly. But guess what? It's back! And better than ever! And those beautiful old buildings are being preserved!

So we're on the tour and we stop in front of the Hilton Hotel and our guide tells us that when this hotel opened in 1928 it was called the Mayflower. It opened with quite a bit of fan fare. It was the first hotel ever to be completely themed. This is the key word, boys and girls, the hotel had a theme. And shortly after the hotel opened, a young man from the mid-west stayed at the Mayflower...

That young man was Walt Disney!












This last photo shows some of the details on the side of the building. The eagles with snakes in their mouths are supposedly there to pay homage to our Mexican history. Nice touch!
I loved this tour so much, and I highly recommend it. There are several tours sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy and I plan to take them all! I took TONS of photos and will post more later.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Video Friday!

I apologize for the picture quality but this was taken with my old cell phone. It kinda reminds me of those old photos I've seen of Disneyland...only this has movement, LOL!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Don't mess with Rex!

I couldn't resist putting up this video of my friend acting like a kid....You go, girl! I refuse to grow up - it's so over rated.