Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Woolsey Fire



Almost a week after it started, the horrendous Los Angeles Woolsey fire is only at about 57% containment. The loss of lives and property is devastating to the residents of Malibu and surrounding areas. The Woolsey Fire is now one of the largest on record for Los Angeles County, dating back more than 100 years. The fire has destroyed at least 504 structures, damaged 96 others, and burned 98,362 acres according to the L.A. County Fire Department. Approximately 57,000 more are still threatened.

The cause of the Woolsey Fire remains under investigation.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lurking in the Bushes, July 1960



It’s time to show off my newest acquisition in the Scary Mickey/Minnie collection. Yes, these two lurking in the bushes by the Main Street Train Station at Disneyland would scare the s$%t out of most people. Especially Minnie, with her hands wrapped around the railing and her nose perched on top of it.



In case you crave more (you know you do, dahling!), here’s Mickey circa March 1960:



Undated in the 1960’s. He’s sucking the life out of this guest while tightly holding her hand.



Still, not quite as scary as Mickey and Minnie from January 1959.



Hope you enjoyed this morning’s blog post. More of a jolt than a cup of java!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Temple Tuesday: Shirley on Location, Pt. 1



Shirley Temple created most of her movie magic within the confines of a soundstage; it was a rare occasion that her films were shot on location. However, as with anything in life there are a few exceptions. Melissa (aka “The Colonel”) and I drove all over Los Angeles hunting for these somewhat hidden gems. For regular readers, today’s post will be a bit of a rehash, but if you stay with the series, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! For part 1, it’s back to the Los Angeles Arboretum where a brief scene from 1940’s “Young People” was filmed at the former Santa Anita depot.



Since it was my second visit here, I focused on the details:





Melissa was busy soaking up the experience and trying to wrap her brain around the fact that Shirley filmed her last childhood movie at 20th Century Fox here.



We also explored the rest of the Arboretum which was jam-packed full of whimsical creatures for the Magical Lantern Art Festival. I am imagining it is much more spectacular at night.







We both felt that this display of lollipops and candy was a nod to Shirley’s theme song, “On the Good Ship Lollipop.”



On the previous visit, I got to see the house used at the beginning of each episode of “Fantasy Island”:



This time we also checked out the nearby stable, with matching architecture:





Beautiful interior woodwork:





And a few vintage vehicles stored inside:



A peacock bade us farewell as we left the Arboretum to head to our next destination.



Stay tuned for part 2 as we venture to the house used in 1934’s “Bright Eyes”!



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