Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I always look forward to seeing images of "new" (to my collection at least!) Astrojet vehicles. Today marks my debut of the Procyon, named after the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor. Seen in this June 1958 shot, this mother son duo seem mighty proud to be riding aboard it.
Some of the other ones in my collection include The Sirius:
I'm sure if I was a bit more motivated this morning, I could zoom in on some of my other images and squeeze out a few more vehicles, but for now, this will have to suffice!
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Monday, March 10, 2014
In these rare January 1957 photos, you can get a vintage view of what an actual Golden Horseshoe show as like. I am just as fascinated by the art on the curtains as I am by the performers:
Betty Taylor, as Slue Foot Sue, wows the audience:
Here, the legendary Wally Boag appears to be making his signature Boagaloons:
What a great view of the curtain featuring the cartoon characters Pecos Bill and Slue Foot Sue:
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Sunday, March 09, 2014
Growing up, sports were just not my thing. I always panicked before gym class, knowing I'd be the last one picked, and that once we started the activity, I would be revealed for the uncoordinated goober that I was. And pudgy to boot, which became even more embarrassing when we had to be split into shirts or skins; invariably, I was put on the skins team. When my mom used to get angry about me staying inside all day (drawing, reading, playing music, and making stuff out of construction paper), I'd go outside...and read a book.
I dreaded the annual President's Fitness Test; couldn't do a push-up, couldn't do a pull-up, and running invariably meant I would see the backsides of my classmates as I struggled to keep up with them, let alone finish. I loved swimming, but unfortunately that was not part of gym.
By the time I got to college, I decided it was time to change. The collegiate years are a great time to reinvent yourself. I discovered the HPER (Health, Physical Education, and Recreation) Building, which had a crowded weightroom down in the basement area.
Determined to change my body (and my health), I went religiously, voraciously reading fitness books by Bob Paris (pictured below), Tom Platz, and (of course) Arnold to help me build a better physique. Although I didn't look like any of those guys, at least I could now do push-ups, pull-ups, and my new favorite...dips!
Besides the outside of my body, I also became interested in maintaining the insides as well. Thinking more about the foods that I ate combined with a previously non-existent cardio regime helped give me more energy and made me feel better about myself. By June of 2003, I completed my first race, the infamous Camp Pendleton Mud Run. My shirt started out white, but by the end of the race, it had permanently been stained brown. It was a great experience, but I had no desire to do that one again!
That was my last race for a while; I dropped out of running for the most part until I discovered Disney Running, which had events that ran through both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Of course I had to do both.
Even though I have done it for years, I still can't say I really enjoy the act of running. The pounding of the pavement, the soreness afterwards, the sweat from the heat...not really a lot of fun. However, the opportunity to run early in the morning, clear my head, and plan out my day while taking a look at my surroundings (no headphones or music for me) can be exhilarating. The races are also intoxicating for my competitive nature, while giving a great excuse to visit cities outside of the one I live in. Besides, who doesn't like the bling that goes along with it?
The last few years, I have found that the marriage of photography and athletic events can be a fun and lucrative way to combine two hobbies. From Mud Runs:
Athletics aren't just about the physicality of what you are doing; they also include the emotion of a personal achievement:
or two people working together to achieve a common goal, like these two sisters:
While you are reading this today, I will be running the San Diego Half Marathon, hoping for a Personal Record. With the varying elements of how my body feels, the temperatures, and so many other factors, it can often be difficult to know what my final time will be. Naturally, this adds to the excitement. Once I am done, I'll be racing over to the CrossFit619 facility to do a photo shoot there.
As the saying goes, no rest for the weary!
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Saturday, March 08, 2014
As a vacation destination, San Diego is a no-brainer. Beautiful weather, an abundance of restaurants, and coastal scenery that can make even the most novice photographer look good. My friend Sita from Indiana was going to be in town for little more than a day, so the itinerary had to be action-packed. Dinner was the first item on the agenda after she arrived. Barrio Star in the Bankers Hill area is one of my favorite places to get Mexican "soul" food. The place is festive and the dishes are tasty; my favorite is the Brazil Bowl, which is a combo of black beans, power rice, steamed greens, pico de gallo, cilantro lime sauce, and grilled chicken. Delicious without being heavy. And the chips...they are the best in town! Rather than the bland too-greasy chips you often get, these are crispy with plenty of spicy seasoning. DELISH!
The main reason to eat a healthy dinner is so that you can indulge with dessert; we headed over to Extraordinary Desserts for some of the most decadent pieces of cake ever concocted. I absolutely went nuts over the Blood Orange Cake.
Going to bed with a full belly meant that breakfast was a bit later. Before heading off to the La Jolla Cove, Sita and I ate at one of San Diego's best breakfast spots: The Mission in North Park. Definitely worth the wait! The Blackberry Banana pancakes are the bomb.
Willis joined us for our tour of La Jolla; he was pretty excited for the day's adventure! Who wouldn't appreciate scenery like this?
Sita and Willis became fast friends; the sweet potato treats she brought with her were a big help!
Willis was intrigued with all of the different birds and animals that he saw in La Jolla:
Especially the seals, who seemed to be living the life of Riley. Just looking at the smile on this seal's face, you'd never know the controversy these creatures have become a part of because they have taken up residence on the hoity-toity shores of this upscale beachside community.
Willis wanted to play with them; he was obviously fascinated.
I just can't imagine why people flock to La Jolla; can you?
After all of that walking, it was time for us to take a gelatto break. I'm sure Willis licked somebody's spoon.
Naps followed for all so that we could be rested up for dinner at Alexanders, one of my favorite Italian restaurants in North Park. I was enjoying my beet salad and Linguini di Kathleen too much to shoot any photos.
Dessert was Ben & Jerry's while watching "Pitch Perfect." It just doesn't get any better than that.
With a plane to catch, there wasn't much time for touring the next day, so Sita & I had a quick breafast at the Hob Nob in Bankers Hill. Best service/food/value in town.
I couldn't let Sita fly back to Indiana without a quick tour of the downtown, so we ventured into the Gaslamp Quarter before heading to the airport.
A few souvenirs were purchased before we hopped back into the car to make sure Sita caught her plane on time. No surprise that she is already planning a return trip! Another D-Tours success story!
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Friday, March 07, 2014
In this 1956 shot, the nefarious Black Bart is causing trouble again over in Frontierland. The young boy seems to have been startled by the villain (don't you love the cuffs on his jeans?).
Zooming in, we can see the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train, with its warning of dangerous explosives posted above the tunnel.
In this closeup, Mineral Hall is hidden by the trees, but its next door neighbor, the Essay Office, is in clear view. This area is now the Rancho del Zocalo Restaurant. Bart is blurry in the photo, but it almost appears that he has a cig in his other hand.
The impromptu nature of this shot makes it seem so alive. I love it!
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