Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The first time I rode it with my cousins when I was about 5, we were waiting in line and I saw that the moving and swiveling bowl-shaped seats of the "Atomobile" went through a "shrinking tube" during the process, and tiny little people were riding through the other side. I asked if we were going to do that. Are we really going to shrink? For real? What if the ride breaks and we stay small and we're stuck in there? I was practically jumping out of my skin with fear. My cousins insisted that we were all definitely going to be shrunk down - and "Look at all of the little people in that tube- see there? Those were the people waiting in front of us in line. They're tiny now!" I was wigging out and totally believed them. Completely petrified and mystified.
".........Although your body will shrink, your mind will EXPAND......"
But I digress. Back to the ride...
The ride was almost completely in the dark, adding to the suspense. There was also the excitement of a Goodyear Peoplemover, cutting right into the whole experience. Far out and progressive, man! It was very sciencey.
Then: "...Suspended in the timelessness of inner space are the thought waves of my first impressions. They will be our only source of contact, once you have passed beyond the limits of normal MAGNIFICAAAATIONNNN."
Uhhhh, say what now? You said that your brain words are basically frozen as sound waves that we are now hearing? In a microscope? That we are shrunken inside of? This was also unsettling to me as a youngster (not so much at age 5, but a few years later - when I started to really think about what Paul Frees was saying). It made me think that I really, really, really do not understand how things work on Planet Earth. Does that mean that everything that anyone ever said is somehow amplified into tiny molecules and repeating until the end of time? Wuuuuuuut...?
Sadly, the ride closed down in 1985. Along with it and a few other attractions, actual real SCIENCE seems to have drifted away from Tomorrowland too, and has been replaced with typical movie dreck and merchandising. I think the Star Tours ride now sits in the same spot that this ride once resided in (okay, I liked Star Tours back in the day). I am totally cool with all the movie-themed stuff in the rest of the park. That's what Disneyland is all about, obviously. But Tomorrowland needs more of an educational, scientific focus. JMHO.
This whole concept needs a reboot. I really hope the imagineers do some reimagineering and consider redoing this most excellent ride.
*Let me also mention one other thing at Disneyland that freaked me out. I rode the Haunted Mansion ride many years ago and the ride broke down and got stuck in the cemetery for quite a while. I fought a panic attack in the dark for what felt like a lifetime. ACKKKKKK.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
No mother should have to go through planning a funeral for their child, and then least of all have it be on Mother's Day. Ironically, this is the second time that we have lost a close friend on Mother's Day. It is the worst. We are all devastated.
We'll miss you, Scott. You were a sweet guy and just simply astonishing crazy genius on the guitar. The times that I've heard him play, I was glued to each note.
We will miss you so much. This shouldn't have happened.
Friday, April 05, 2013
I now have a gallery on Instacanvas. You can purchase items with my photos on them. Wheeeeee!
CLICK HERE to see my awesome new gallery!
Let it be known that I cannot resist taking pictures of the Space Needle, pretty trees and flowers, insane chihuahuas, buildings, water, clouds, musical instruments, touristy landmarks, strange produce, sunrises...
...And other things.
Go! Now! Come back soon!
EDIT 2016: Instacanvas changed their name to Twenty20. Then they changed to a stock-photo only company (no longer selling print on demand merch). Bummer. Well, that was fun while it lasted. Still deciding if I want to add photos all over again. :/
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
Liberty Lunch in 2007 (Google image)
NOW (picture from Google maps- it's currently a shopping center with a watch store and ladies clothes. Blech. Tearing down cultural landmarks is a stab in the heart.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I received a packet of papers from my mother today. The envelope was sealed with a sticker with Golden Retriever puppies on it that said Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
The note inside with all of the papers said, "Maybe these papers can prove who you are..."
So true, and so untrue.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
I will sit there and almost not blink for an entire 4-minute video, because I am compelled to see every tiny second of the ink touching the paper. I am fascinated by the swirly things on the ends of s's and different ways to make an r, and stuff like that. I have been my whole life.
Yes, I am entertained by watching ink dry.
Pathetic and boring, cool, or just obsessive?
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