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Archive for June, 2012

Knott’s Berry Farm 2012

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Although the Disney extravaganza had seen it’s final day, I still had one more classic amusement park to visit before I could color this trip completed. Although I had been to the Knott’s Berry Farm Halloween event known as Knott’s Scary Farm last October, I had never really gotten to enjoy a ‘traditional’ visit to the park. Since they were now owned by Cedar Fair, this once low-key tourist destination had blossomed into a full-fledged amusement park. In other words, there had been some huge roller coasters added, which blended in rather oddly with some of the classic attractions. No matter, I liked both styles of rides for what they were, and enjoyed my experience there to the hilt. Read the rest of this entry »

The Beach Boys 50th

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

I often think that the Beach Boys will never quite take their rightful spot in music history. Whereas the Beatles will always be considered musical geniuses, The Beach Boys – to the general public – will be too closely associated with the simple feel-good surf rock ditties and throwaway tracks like Kokomo to ever be considered brilliant. However, music critics often know better and have thus ranked their album Pet Sounds as the greatest album ever recorded, even topping the Beatles’ many masterworks. At the core of this Beach Boy genius is one particular Beach brainiac named Brian Wilson. You might recall my chance meeting with him back in 2008, but up until now I had never seen him perform in person. Read the rest of this entry »

Siegfried & Doc

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I had possessed a signed photo of Bernie Kopell for quite some time; my friend Bob had gotten it for me at one of the Hollywood Collector Shows in the late-1990’s. Bob had also filled me in that he wasn’t the most pleasant guys. All I needed from him was a picture taken with me, but with Bob’s warning, I wasn’t counting on trying to finagle a free one. I thought my chance might come to meet him at the Hollywood Show in February of 2011, but alas, the Love Boat reunion that was supposed to take place was ‘postponed’. Read the rest of this entry »

Lisa Marie Vampira

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

I was once married to a Lisa Marie, but it wasn’t this one. Nor was this one the daughter of Elvis Presley. What she was was incredibly late. In fact, she ended up showing up so late (arriving around 2pm) to the Hollywood Show on April 2, 2011, that she was the last celebrity I met that day. But regardless of being late, there was no way that I was going to skip meeting the attractive and expressionlessly charming Lisa Marie, who had made a career out of starring in Tim Burton’s strangely odd films. Read the rest of this entry »

The previous day had been restful enough that Silas and I seemed to be on the upturn with our colds. Megan on the other hand still had her worst furious vomit ahead of her. It came pretty early in the day of Wednesday, April 18, 2012. We had escaped the hotel vomit-free, but after boarding the bus from the All Star Movie Resort to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at around 10am, she let loose. I had just finished a plastic bowl of fruit, so I handed that off to help capture some of the spew. The good news in all of this was that this signaled the end of Megan’s illness. The bad news was that she had just vomited on a bus. Read the rest of this entry »