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Photographer, self proclaimed foodie, blogger and regular contributor to The Disneyland Gazette podcast.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DCA looking back

I hope to resume regular posting soon. In the meantime, I'd like to let you all know that The Disneyland Gazette now has a Pinterest account and I'd like you to check it out!. My first offering for this account will be a board showing how DCA has changed through the years.

This photo was taken on New Years Eve, 2000. We were on our way to Disneyland and I thought the entrance to DCA was breathtaking.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Too nice to be inside...

I know it's been a very long time since I've posted something on this blog. The truth of the matter is that a combination of things have kept be away from my blog. One of those things is actually work. Yes, I found a temporary job working from home. I've been at it for two weeks and enjoying it but I'll like it even more when I start getting an actual paycheck, LOL. I'm just counting the days.

Also on the good news wagon - I have an interview with a nearby city next week so I'm asking all of you to keep your fingers crossed for me!

Today was a beautiful day, weather wise. I couldn't justify staying indoors all day so I got in the car and went to a local park. Fairmount Park in Riverside is a beautiful old park and while I'd driven by it numerous times, I had never taken the time to explore it until today. So sit back, relax, and walk with me through the park.

I saw this cool building and found out that it is a boating house. Boating house? There's water? Sure enough, there is a lake in this park!


I spent about an hour leisurely strolling and admiring the old trees. More on that later...



At first, I was going to walk all the way around the lake and then I found out that it is quite large. I'll have to save that for another trip.






Isn't this cool? Lots of people were in the park eating lunch and feeding the ducks.



Here are some more of those cool old trees.




The park had a cool bandstand, and large playground area as well as some basketball and tennis courts.



I only spent an hour inside the park but I do want to go back because there is so much more to explore.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Yummy Pasta Dish

So obviously, lack of money means lack of gas which means lack of Disneyland, sooooo....I entertain myself with creating something yummy for lunch.

I love throwing together a bunch of leftovers and/or vegetables with pasta. The first thing I did was saute mushrooms, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, an entire jalapeno and some mushrooms. Toss in some dehydrated onions, dried basil, assorted spices and then....


I cut up a small piece of leftover rib eye steak and tossed that in.


Now it's time for the cold leftover pasta....


After the pasta is heated through and coated in some olive oil, I dumped the whole thing into a bowl and devoured it.


I wonder if I could earn money cooking for other people???? But they couldn't be picky people. Oh no, they have to be adventurous and willing to eat whatever I cook. And they have to like SPICE!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Knott's and Sam the Eagle

What do Knott's Berry Farm and Sam the Eagle have in common? Nothing! But I've got two "vintage" shots to share with you today.

The first one was clearly taken at Knott's Berry Farm. The back of the photo is stamped December 1979 however, our wardrobe isn't very Decemberish. Yes, that's me and my son and I am hogging that delicious pickle that is making me salivate just looking at it!


Flash forward a few years and Olympic Fever has hit Los Angeles. Yes, the games were being held in L.A. and for some work related reason, I had to go to the L.A. Convention Center. While I was there, I spotted a free photo opp with Sam the Eagle. Free! So what if I was 10 minutes late getting back to work, right? Let me tell you, I'm so glad I did this. It's been a neat souvenir to have all these years.


And there you have it - two totally unrelated things but nice vintage shots.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Inside the Disney Studios in Burbank

A long, long time ago, back around 1996, I got to meet a Disney Legend. I mean, I really, honest to goodness got to meet and spend time with him. Who? Mr. John Hench. To say that I was thrilled is a major understatement.

I am embarrassed to admit this but I know y'all will understand...When I was introduced to Mr. Hench, I started to thank him for helping Walt build Disneyland. My voice cracked, my eyes welled up with tears and he blushed. I made him feel uncomfortable! I was mortified! I quickly regained my composure, apologized and explained to him that Disneyland meant more to me than just a place to go and ride on rides. He nodded and said he understood and then he said, "Call me John". I just about fell over, LOL. He then motioned for me to come over to his desk and he asked me if I wanted to see some color samples for Angel Stadium. He said that was one of his current projects. Of course, I said yes and for the next 15 minutes there we were, standing next to each other at his work table, elbow to elbow, while he picked up various color samples and explained that even though the colors looked similar, they reacted differently to the sunlight and that was something that he had to consider when choosing his final color scheme.

After that, he asked me if I went to the Park a lot. "Oh yes, as often as I can." He smiled and looked intently at me then said, "You believe in Disney magic, don't you?" I sheepishly nodded in agreement. "Good, keep on believing. That's what keeps me going!"

I could not believe my ears. I could not believe that I was standing in his office. I could not believe that he was talking to ME!!!! Oh how I wish I had a camera with me. At that point, John asked if I would like a tour of the studio and of course I said yes. He said he would have his secretary take us around. I thanked him for his time and before he called his secretary, he asked if I would like to take a photo with him. I informed him that I had indeed brought my camera but was told at the reception desk that I had to leave it in the car. Luckily, my sister had a little disposable camera in her purse!


This is me with John...


This is me and my sister with John. After snapping these pics, Sandy, his secretary, proceeded to take us all through the studio, in and out of sound stages, recording booths, courtyards, offices....it was incredible. I asked her if Tony Baxter had an office at the studio and she said, "Would you like to see it? Maybe we can catch him!"

I almost fainted, LOL. We went into the Imagineering Department and although no one was there, it was an awesome experience to see their offices, their desks and Disney characters all over the place! It was too much - my eyes and brain were on fire trying to take it all in.

Then Sandy said that John had planned to meet up with us for lunch at the commissary but he couldn't make it. However, lunch was on him! When we got our lunch and sat down, I noticed that everyone kept looking at us. I didn't say anything, just kept eating but I finally had to ask because it was very obvious that people were staring. So I said to Sandy, "This is going to sound strange but I swear people are staring at us." She laughed and said, "Oh, that's because they are wondering who is sitting at John's table! They probably think you are a VIP!" I started cracking up...how funny is that?

After lunch we walked to the castmember store. At that time, it was located a few steps from the commissary. You will never believe what I saw... PeopleMover vehicles!!! At least six of them and they were being used for outdoor dining!!! Had I known, I would have requested to have lunch in one of those!

We went into the store and looked at all the amazing things there. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to purchase anything but it was fun to look. We walked to Sandy's office and she graciously allowed us to take a picture next to the awesome photo of Walt and John that you see behind her.


This is Sandy, and unfortunately, I can't remember her last name. If anyone out there knows her, tell her that I will never forget that visit!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fox Performing Arts Theater

To say that this building is beautiful is an understatement! About two weeks ago, my son was able to secure some tickets for me and my roommate to see LeAnn Rimes in concert here and let me tell you, she was FANTASTIC!

Now, this theater is quite famous here in Riverside and for good reason. Here is the link to their site and I suggest you look at the photo gallery to see it when it was new. Gorgeous then, still gorgeous now!

I only had my phone with me so I snapped a few quick shots before the concert so I could share them with you here.


The details in this place are AMAZING.


This is a downstairs lobby, near the restrooms...I'll bet back in the day, this place was billowing with cigarette smoke!



Normally, I would include some bathroom shots but apparently, if they needed to cut costs during the restoration, they cut them in the bathrooms - they were ultra boring, modern, blah, you get the idea.

Now the light fixtures in the main street level lobby are another thing all together. This shot is for Dave!



We are now seated...


This place is beautiful.


Look at this...just LOOK at this!!




The venue is fantastic and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Friday, September 28, 2012

No Good News

I got some crappy news the other day. Remember that test I took? Apparently, I didn't pass. Blew my mind, totally. Since then, I've received emails from other prospective employers, all of them "thanks but no thanks". 

This is really starting to get scary...

Well, I just wanted you to know the latest. You all have been so nice and given me kind words of support and you can't imagine what that means to me.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Poor little kitty!

Little Dakota was turned in to the Orange County shelter with a broken leg. Although we didn't have room for another broken kitty, we couldn't see this sweet kitty euthanized just because he had a broken leg. Dakota had surgery on Friday and we need your help to pay for his medical bills.


 

Friday, September 21, 2012

DCA for Dessert!

We continue Tuesday's visit with dessert at DCA. But first, I grab the latest paper on Buena Vista Street! Mind you, I was too lazy to take my camera out of my purse so the rest of these are taken with my iPhone.


I had decided that I really like the pies at Flo's V8 Diner so that's where I headed for some gooey goodness.


While eating, I glanced up and fell in love with this uber cool light fixture.


20 minutes later, feeling like a stuffed sausage, I waddled out of Flo's and into Ramon's shop to see if my purse was still there. Nope! They were sold out. I threw myself on the floor and cried. OK, so I didn't really, but I wanted to. They did, however, have a new purse which is really quite cute BUT...it's $85.95!!! Ouch!


As I headed out of Radiator Spring, I noticed that there were people inside of the Mechanical Clinic? WHAT???


So ya, apparently I'm the only one that didn't know there was overflow seating for Flo's inside the Mechanical Clinic. This was the first time I had ever seen people in there. Usually the windows are dark and I thought it was being used for storage! Well, silly me.


I strolled on over to the Paradise Pier area and admired the giant Mickey. I admired it so much that I took three pictures of it, LOL.




This "lighthouse" (that's what I call it anyway...) always looks so pretty at night.



You've got to admit, the Pacific Wharf looks soooo inviting, don't it?


Time to go home so I slowly make my way towards Buena Vista Street.



A quick stop at the fountain to make a wish...


...and then I ran into this character!


That brings my day to an end. I went home quite happy and hopeful that I'll have a job soon....I need to renew my pass, right?