Friday, June 04, 2021

Daveland Blog Anniversary: 15 Serendipitous Years

It’s hard to believe that fifteen years have gone by since I wrote my first blog post, but yes…that’s the case. Like all things, the blog has changed over the years, going from seven days a week to M-F (or less if I decide it’s time to disconnect).  It’s called Daveland after all, so I have allowed the blog to reflect the multitude of interests I have held through the years, rather than strictly Disneyland content. Being a Gemini who truly believes in serendipity, I have found that when I allow the Universe to take control, amazing experiences can happen. As a result, I plan to put out a book within the next year, featuring vintage images from my personal collection alongside the photos I have shot myself. There’s been a lot of travel, wall climbing, and exploration of hidden places going on the last 40 years or so and it’s time for me to celebrate it!

I have the book segmented into chapters about Disneyland, James Dean in Indiana…

and in Hollywood:

My work as a tour guide for the restoration of the West Baden Springs Hotel in Indiana:

I will probably work in my love for Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture (just not sure how, yet).

and some of the cool peeps I have gotten to know along the way, like Tippi Hedren:

The Chateau will take up a few pages I am sure, as it is my home away from home.

The book wouldn’t be complete without my obsession for Shirley:

And my faithful companion, Willis, who brings me joy every day.

Stay tuned for updates. See more photos at my main website.


Fifthrider said...

Congratulations fellow Gemini! I can't believe it's only been 15 years. It always feels like much more. To be fair, you have provided so much more that you've crammed several lifetimes into 15 years. I'll be there to buy a copy when it comes out, probably several.

Mark said...

Congratulations, Dave! What a wonderful blog you have and I love all the vintage photos! Here's to another 16 years!

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Nanook said...

Congratulations, indeed. Thanks for sharing both your collection and wonderful photography talents with us. It is a high spot on the internet.

Andrew said...

I enjoy every post and have for years. Thanks, Dave. Congratulations on 15 years!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dave for 15 great years! What a treasure trove you have made available for us to enjoy. And a special thanks for posting a few of my memories of Disney which has also allowed me to connect with some from those days! Much appreciated! KS

Irene said...

Congratulations on 15 years of blogging and your upcoming publication. I love the subjects you cover and your photography. Not sure now how I found your blog, probably something Disney related, but sure am glad I did.

Darryl said...

Congrats Dave! A small tip...if you plan on a chapter devoted to light fixtures, you'll may have to include a hand truck with each book! Keep up the good work!

- Darryl

"Lou and Sue" said...

Happy 15th Anniversary, Dave! I enjoy your beautiful photos and fun posts to so many wonderful places!


Major Pepperidge said...

A big congratulations on your 15th anniversary, Dave! You have shared thousands of amazing images with us over the years.

Fifthrider said...

Also, everyone might want to wish Dave a Happy Birthday!

Daveland said...

Bryan - How did I not know that we are both Geminis?

Mark - Thanks for always checking in. The thought of another 16 years makes my head spin, though. Maybe one year at a time!

Thanks Nanook - your profile pic with the feathered hat always makes me smile.

Andrew - Your visits are appreciated!

KS - Thank YOU for being such an integral part of my site AND blog!

Irene - I'm glad you found my blog, too!

Darryl - OMG...I forgot about the light fixtures. That might be a separate book.

Sue - Thanks for always stopping by and commenting!

Major - Hard to believe we've both been at it for 16 years; and the one who inspired me to start, Patrick, is no longer posting!

JG said...

Dave, congratulations and Happy Birthday!

I've enjoyed your blog for at least 12 years, maybe 13. Looking forward to more, and will certainly buy your book when available. I hope there are a few light fixtures in it.


Martin Turnbull, the Garden of Allah novels said...

Wow, Dave! BIG CONGRATS for reaching a rare milestone. Whenever I see that you've appeared on my Feedly feed, wonder what photographic gems you have in store for us/.

Chuck said...

Congratulations, Dave, on reaching your sesquitencennial!

Thank you so much for giving of your time and resources to share with us both your blog and your digital archive. They are both a treasure trove of valuable research material (and not just about light fixtures). I appreciate your wit and perspective, and I am also for the bits of personal photographic technical tips you've provided when asked.

Here's to many more years of online awesomeness!