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  • Blog Post: The next edition of Mattel's "Cars" collectables cruise into a store near you

    If a company is lucky, they score a hit every now and then with one of their products. And if they are really lucky, that product ties in with an even bigger success from another company's product. So it is this summer with Mattel and their line of die-cast cars from the movie of the same name. Based...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: A "Superman Returns" preview two-fer

    It's not often that I find can something that really caters to my personal nterest. But this week? I managed to find not one, but two goodies that really take me back to the movie-going days of my youth. Okay. So it was only the seventies. But those were the days when I discovered the glories of seeing...
  • Blog Post: ... then checks under the hood on "The Art of Cars"

    Let me begin by saying that I am not a car guy. As in: I don't have "grease under my finger nails and gasoline in my veins." But I certainly know more than a few folks who qualify in that sense. And while I don't own a hot rod or a sports car, I have enjoyed my fair share of experiences involving both...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Your Disneyland "Car" Stories

    Ah, the call of the open road… The shiny automobile packed for the journey, the family gathered, a full tank of inexpensive gasoline and repeated cries of "Are we there yet?" There is nothing like it! Loyal readers may recall that last summer, I shared the tale of my family's first Disneyland visit ...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Another look at the “Behind The Magic” exhibit

    One of the delights of the"Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland" exhibit that's currently being presented at the Oakland Museum of California is that there are so many great items waiting at every turn. For every Disneyland fan, there is something that evokes memories of a favorite time at the Park...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: “Behind The Magic” exhibit comes to Oakland

    Okay Disneyland fans. Here is an opportunity that you truly will not want to pass up. Especially if you plan to visit Northern California this summer… If you are one of the folks who have been reading the site for a while, then you may recall that the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, along with...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: West Coast Update

    Last week, my e-mail offered up a few updates on some topics that I thought might be of interest to the loyal readers of this space. First up, the folks at E-Ville Press are hard at work finishing their next collaboration with Afterworks 2 . From their blog, the following update: “Afterworks 2 is going...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Picture the early days of Disneyland

    If you’ve been reading this space for a while, you know that I have a thing for black and white photography. You may recall that I took the old reliable Brownie Hawkeye to Disneyland with me on July 17 th , 2005 . My goal was to try and capture the feel of that day much as guests had done some 50 years...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Speedway to Movie Theater for 30,000!

    A few Sundays ago, I had the opportunity to stop by the Lowe’s Motor Speedway . Located in Concord, North Carolina, just north of Charlotte, this is the heart of NASCAR racing. Guess who’s coming soon? And with the upcoming premiere of Disney/Pixar’s new film, “Cars” weeks away, I thought you might enjoy...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: A sneak preview of the Walt Disney Family Museum

    It is no secret that I have many reasons to love the City that is San Francisco. Like many visitors, I find an attraction in the neighborhoods, the people, the places and the food. So, if something else were to come along that would make me enjoy it all the more, how would I feel about it? After today...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Make that Disneyland music to go, please!

    Right back to opening day, there have been live musical performances that have become guest favorites. As you might expect, those favorite run through all kinds of musical genres too. But the problem with a live performance is that as much as we enjoy it, taking those sounds home with us is a bit of...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations - What's Your Favorite Disney Meal?

    A slight change in topic this week. Ever since the big day last month, I've been busy moving all of about 10 blocks. After living in the same place for seven years, there was a whole lot of stuff to go that distance. And still packed up from the trip are more of those great photos from the old Brownie...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: Disney Wishes

    A dream is a wish your heart makes, When you're fast asleep. In dreams you lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams and someday, Your rainbow will come smiling thru. No matter how your heart is grieving, If you keep on believing, The dream that you wish will come...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations - "Play Ball!"

    Well, if you aren't a Red Sox fan, your baseball season ended early last October. The long wait until pitchers and catchers reported for Spring Training has to pass somehow, and that's where we take solace in some of the baseball movies out on DVD. Considering that the actors in these films actually...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations - A Dining Update -- Around the Disneyland Resort

    So? What's for supper here? It's the galley below decks aboard the mighty Columbia! One of the challenges we set for ourselves on this recent visit was to try something a b it different when it came to dining. Not that we haven't enjoyed many tasty meals around the Resort on previous visits, but a change...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations -- Around the Disneyland Resort

    Oh, no you don't! Let me drive! Well, it was nice! While folks like Jim were enjoying the full effect of Winter (a.k.a. It's Snowing Again?) the past week saw Southern California enjoying the kind of weather that reminds people why they moved there to begin with. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday had temperatures...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations - You Ain't Never Had A Feast Like This!

    Well back to cleaning... Opening boxes, you never know what awaits. This time, it was goodies from "Aladdin's Oasis" and other treats from a visit to Disneyland for New Years Eve 1994 and New Years Day1995. Michele and I were joined by our good friends, Michael and Susan Riley. While we left home early...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations - A Cornucopia of Items

    Oh, where to start this week? How about, here ! Michael Fry and T Lewis are always good for a laugh with "Over The Hedge"... Is it just me or have Vanilla and Lemon Diet Coke headed off to join New Coke in the great retail beyond? They don't seem to be obvious on the shelf out here in the Bay Area. All...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations - Disneyland: Ten Things You Should Not Miss!

    It’s no secret that Walt Disney envisioned Disneyland as a place where the whole family could enjoy themselves. And that is exactly what millions of us have done since it opened on July 17, 1955. For some guests, the big challenge is to see and do as much as possible during their stay. Yet, it...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations - "It's dead, Jim..."

    Ah, those immortal words as uttered by DeForest Kelley in his role as Dr. Leonard McCoy, chief medical officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701. This time, I fear he is truly correct and that the show will not be back. In case you missed it, UPN and Viacom's Les Moonves pulled the plug this week on...
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