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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Introducing my friends to Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar


Back during the early part of August, we were experiencing triple digit weather. NOT my favorite time of year! Nevertheless, we decided to go to Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar after work one Thursday. I was surprised to learn that two of my co-workers had never been so I immediately knew that this was a rather serious situation that needed to be rectified!

I got to the resort first so I booked it to Trader Sam's to be sure I could snag a table. When I got there, only two open tables were left! I was ever so grateful for the wonderful air conditioning and sat down to inspect the menu. This link takes you to the Disneyland site so there are no pictures but if you Google Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar and then click on images, you'll have a feast for the eyes.

Speaking of feasts...I ordered the Shrimp Tacos and a Krakatoa Punch because I wanted the souvenir glass! Guess what? They were out of souvenir glasses. BUMMER. Oh well, the Castmember put a glowing ice cube in my drink so all was not lost.



When my friends arrived I had already finished eating so for my second drink I got a Lost Safari. Let me tell you, that was one strong drink...and I liked it. If I didn't have to drive home that night I would have had three more!



My friend, Jen, also ordered a Krakatoa (tall glass) and another drink which did come in a souvenir mug.



My friends were digging the atmosphere in the bar and we all enjoyed the Krakatoa yell... Whenever anyone in the bar orders a Krakatoa, everyone else that has one raises their glass and yells "Krakatoa!" Apparently it's a popular drink because we raised our glasses and yelled several times that evening!




Here you can see my glowing ice cube. My Krakatoa was long gone but I filled the glass with water from my bottle. Oh, and my yummy Lost Safari.



The obligatory group shot.



We were there a good two and half, maybe three hours and then walked out. We saw that there was seating available so we plopped ourselves down so that my friends who were newbies to Trader Sam's could experience the music and atmosphere.




Not only had my friends had never been to Trader Sam's, they had never explored the Disneyland Hotel grounds so off we went on a mini tour.



Right off the bat, we ran into a Disneyland Cat!


I love this area at night!




We went to the lobby area of the Frontierland Tower so they could see the massive Big Thunder Mountain model that was on display and then we parted ways.



Take the tram ride back to the parking structure with me...



I love Trader Sam's....great way to spend an evening!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Disneyland and DCA 7-28-17

A quick visit to Disneyland since I had not been there in a while. Right off the bat you can see that something is going on at the parking structure. This is happening on each level. I asked around but no one could tell me what was going on.



I know most of you want to see what is going on with Star Wars Land...even though the official name was announced at D23, I find it very cumbersome so I shall continue to refer to it as Star Wars Land.




Time to catch the tram but first, I have to find my way to the escalators!


Now I'm at my happy place!


The trains are running and people are lining up!


So I decide to get in line, too!



I was really excited about riding the train. So much so that I recorded some thoughts for The Disneyland Gazette.


Now ride along with me!



I got off the train in ToonTown not realizing that the section with the dinosaurs had been updated. So for your viewing pleasure, here is a link to a video posted by The Disneyland Gazette on YouTube.

And last but not least, if you want to listen to my silly ramblings (It's really short, I promise!) for the podcast, just click here.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Tribute to Adam West

Note: Had some technical issues with this post but I believe they have all been fixed!

I was lucky enough to win tickets to an Adam West Tribute show in Riverside for Saturday, July 15, 2017. I was jazzed because they would be screening the Batman movie! We had to pick up the tickets early so we decided to have dinner near the Fox Theater. My friend, Cecelia told me about a funky Mexican restaurant that sounded really cool so I was eager to check it out. At Taco Tios, we had tacos and tried to stay cool during an unbearably hot heat wave. The atmosphere of the place helped take my mind off of the heat for a while. What you see below is a close up shot of our table top.



While waiting for our food, I started looking around and got the biggest kick out of all the unusual stuff used to decorate the place.



After we ate, we started walking around and exploring the property. I didn't know which way to turn! I sat this and knew we HAD to take our pic here!



Every single nook and cranny was jam packed with stuff. To be honest, I kinda dig it!



These statues were at least twenty feet tall! As you look at all of the art you start to notice that it is made from junk. Other people's junk is turned into art. Quite funky indeed!



I have no idea what you would call this piece, LOL.


Cecelia showing off her angel wings.



Here I'm posing with a couple of musicians.



After exploring the grounds, we walked to the Fox Theater to get in line for the big show. A guy was working on a chalk drawing of Adam West as Batman and I thought it was GREAT!


Cecelia and I were admiring the drawing when all of a sudden the Bat Mobile showed up!


Once inside I thought we were only going to see the movie but we were treated so some GREAT music performed by the Rayford Brothers. What made it even better is that they were dressed as Batman, Robin and The Riddler!





It was a FANTASTIC evening and the Rayford Brothers made it all the better!