Friday, September 19, 2014

Tomorrowland, April 1973

The little tyke seems to have forgiven his dad from the Carrousel episode yesterday…or else he is attempting to drive him crazy by crawling over his head and back. Note the other Carousel behind them…the Carousel of Progress.

This family must have REALLY loved the Autopia, as they took 4 consecutive shots.

Imagine taking three photos of the same attraction and then having to wait about a week to see if they came out ok.

Hey…is the dad standing up in his Autopia vehicle? Somebody better talk to this maniac!

This looks like a real Los Angeles freeway…all backed up. Dad's crazy driving must have caused a pile-up.

Back in the present world, At Integrité Salon where I get my hair cut, they needed a few more runners to fill out their team for the 25th Annual AIDS Walk & Run event next Saturday, 9/27. Of course I said I'd do it and tossed my hat into the ring at the last minute. This is the largest one-day HIV/AIDS Fundraiser in San Diego County, and I sure would be grateful if you would donate a buck or two to help this worthwhile charity. Here is the link: Please blow my tiny little goal of $100 away and help give me an incentive boost for my 10K Run!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fantasyland, April 1973, Pt. 1

A few images of Fantasyland from the Polyester Decade, beginning with a shot of the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride attraction exit. Who cares if the guests are blurry? The fabulous painted door is razor sharp!

Over on King Arthur's Carrousel, junior looks a little wary about riding on one of the horses.

Dad obviously has no issues, but the crying little boy is probably hiding his head in shame.

He seems much happier with mom on Dumbo.

Happy Birthday today to James Marsden, aka Prince Edward from "Enchanted."

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Arcturus

Daveland has just upgraded its collection! Today, I can present a beautifully sparkling color shot of the Arcturus Astrojet from March 1964. Previously, my best shot of it was this Black and White image:

Just because I know this question will come up today, here's the answer: Arcturus is the brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere and is part of the constellation Boötes. In ancient Greek, the name means "Guardian of the Bear." Prehistoric Polynesian navigators knew Arcturus as Hōkūleʻa, the "Star of Joy." Arcturus became famous in the US when its light was used to open the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.

Are you feeling just a little bit smarter today?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Clock of the World and Tomorrowland Signage

This image from approximately 1957/1958 shows the entrance to the original Tomorrowland and the iconic Clock of the World. I can't just stop there, though. You know I have to zoom in and pore over all the details.

Check out the outfits. By looking at this detailed area, we can tell it must have been a hot day. The one lady in the center is attempting to shield her head with the Sleeping Beauty Diorama Souvenir Booklet. The lady in the back appears to be wearing a black straw hat with flowers, similar to Mary Poppins. The little boy on the left in the Colonial Hat seems to be doing some kind of rope trick. I also enjoy perusing the signage, and seeing all of the attractions/sponsors/exhibits that are no more.

The cover of the Diorama Booklet:

Which you could get here:

and a closeup of the ticket signage:

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Carlsbad Beach Wedding

Despite living in San Diego for the last 15 years, this weekend marked my very first beach wedding! The groom is a coworker of mine, and his beautiful bride is pretty much the most adorable (and fun) person you would care to meet. So often, meeting a good friend's significant other can be a cringe-worthy moment; not with these two. They are well-matched and always have a great time at whatever they do.

The afternoon wedding was a scorcher; bottled water was distributed to the guests. Still, it was a lovely ceremony.

Keeping up with technology, the couple had a drone do a flyover to capture the momentous day:

The ceremony also included a blending of wines, to represent the couple and how they would be joining in life while still retaining their individuality.

A truly lovely symbol of what marriage should be.

The exchanging of rings:

and the moment when they are finally husband and wife!

The beach got a little hotter with their first steamy kiss.

The reception was held at the nearby Levyland Estate, just a few steps from the beach where the ceremony was held.

The couple was very creative and I loved how they let people know what table they were sitting at.

The kitchen was a beehive of activity for the caterer, Wild Thyme.

Vintage bottles from the family business were at each table:

Wine bottles served as table number displays:

The opening course: a tasty salad.

The first dance was a joy to watch, as the two impressed everyone with their steps.

Nope, he didn't drop her.

An "awwwww" moment during the dance with his mother:

The cutting of the cake:

There was no smearing of the frosting on each other's face, but it was still adorable.

What a lovely ceremony; here's hoping the unseasonable scorching temperatures of San Diego don't follow the two on their honeymoon!

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