Archive for September, 2008

It’s Freeeeeee!!1!1 Part Infinity Billion

Tomorrow, 9/25, Coldstone Creamery will be giving out a free 3 oz. Make-A-Wish creation from 5-8pm.

I’ll be honest, I’m not a big Coldstone fan (I don’t like stuff mixed up in my ice cream) but I’m more than happy to make an exception for free!

Orange County’s Gay Pride

Unlike the rest of the country, Orange County doesn’t really have much in the way of gay pride activities in June. In fact, the nearest a person can get to an official gay pride event in OC is the annual Gay Days at Disneyland celebration. Each fall, thousands and thousands of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people show up at Disneyland all decked out in red shirts to have some fun. There’s nothing like surveying that sea of red to feel united and to gain understanding about the power of community.


Not gay, but still want to be part of the fun? Then throw on your favorite red shirt and join the party! It’s not about exclusion at this event but rather inclusion. In fact, one of my favorite activities in previous Gay Days events has been what I call “coincidental red shirt people watching” – that is watching straight people who just happened to wear a red shirt by coincidence try and cope with it. Some embrace it while others, look very uncomfortable. It’s great entertainment and it only costs you the price of admission.

Here’s an overview of the event:

  • Friday, October 3 with Wonderland, a dance party event benefitting The Trevor Project from 9:30pm–1am at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen located in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort.
  • Saturday, October 4 will be the official Gay Day at Disneyland (wear your red shirts) and ends with Kingdom, the weekend’s signature dance party being held at the House of Blues Anaheim in Downtown Disney from 9pm–1:30am.
  • Sunday, October 5 will be Gay Day at Disney’s California Adventure (more red shirts)!

The press release says, “Other events during the weekend include free screenings at the Gay Days Entertainment Center presented by here! (located inside the Trillium Room of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel). Chad Allen will introduce his new film, “Ice Blues”, on Saturday night. Brad Rowe will be present his indie hit, “Shelter”, on Sunday night.“

There’s also lots of mini-happenings during the weekend, like Single Riders meet-ups, separate youth and family gatherings, scavenger hunts, book readings and lunch with the bears at The Hungry Bear Restaurant (where else?)

Any of you OC Metroblog readers care to meet up in your red shirts for some homolicious fun on Saturday, October 4th?

Mmmm, Giada De Laurentiis

I just got an email from Williams-Sonoma with an invitation to meet chef, cookbook author, and Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis. Giada will be at the Williams-Sonoma store in South Coast Plaza for a book signing in October.

The deets: Wednesday, October 15 starting at 1:00 P.M. Space is limited to the first 450 customers who call (714.751.1166) or visit the store and purchase books for the event. Giada will only personalize copies of her newest cookbook, Giada’s Kitchen. Other titles are eligible for signatures only. No photography allowed.

Disney For Freeeeeeeee!

Yes that’s right, you just saw the words “Disneyland” and “free“ in the same sentence. No joke, you get in free. No gimmicks and no hidden charges. In 2009, everyone who wants to, gets in free on their birthday to Disneyland Park.


[Photo by drniels]

All you have to do to get your free ticket is register yourself online, then print the confirmation email and present it at the Main Entrance Ticket Booth to redeem free admission on your birthday in 2009. It’s as simple as that.

For all you Orange County Annual Pass holders out there, don’t worry you won’t be left out either. ”If you are an Annual Passholder or already have a Multi-Day ticket you will use on your birthday, go ahead and register and bring the free admission on your birthday confirmation and proper ID to the ticket booth so you can choose from one of our other exciting birthday gifts instead“.

So what are the ”exciting birthday gifts“ they are offering all you loyal APs? You will get to choose one of the following:

  • A birthday fun card in an amount equal to the price of a 1-Day/1-Park ticket for you to use on your birthday for merchandise, recreation or fun activities at select participating locations at Disneyland® Resort; or
  • A special birthday FASTPASS® ticket for certain attractions at the Theme Park you visit on your birthday; or
  • A 1-Day/1-Park ticket for you to use any time until your next birthday.

I’m not exactly sure what a ”fun card” is but I think it is some sort of modified/restricted gift card. All in all it’s not too shabby. After all, who doesn’t love DIsneyland and who doesn’t love getting in for free?

How Embarassing!

It seems that The Orange County Register has come out with their 15th Annual “Best of Orange County” lists.

I clicked through to the restaurant section, and all I can say is that the people who voted for the restaurants on the “Best Mexican” in Orange County are apparently a bunch of gringos who like their Mexican as Americanized as possible.

I mean, Don-freaking-Jose’s!?  The best Mexican food in Orange County is to be found at a horrid, usually dingy chain restaurant?

You people need to get out more.

El Farolito comes to mind, as does Gabby’s Mexican Kitchen, or how about Taco Rosa, Taco Mesa, Mi Casa, Los Cabos, or any other number of authentic, yummy Mexican restaurants.

El Torito came in second, and I have never understood why this chain (again, what is with the chain restaurants!) is even still in business. 

Those of you whose favorite Mexican comes from Don Jose’s, do yourselves a favor and try something new, OK?

Power to the People?

I know that what I am about to write is only nominally about Orange County, but I hope I will be forgiven.  It’s going to get political and possibly ugly, but here it goes.

The United States government is currently working feverishly on a bailout package for banks, mortgage companies, and possibly brokerage companies and money market funds. 

Ask yourself, has the government ever worked feverishly over the weekend to help you?

We the taxpayers will be saddled with billions of dollars of debt and will never see one penny back.  And all to help these private firms who decided to take risks, and are now elated at the thought of having to take none of the responsibility.

If you are a fiscal conservative or a Republican, are you upset over one of the biggest government handouts in history?  With this move, the debt of the federal government will be enormous. 

If you are a Democrat, are you upset that we are about to increase our national debt with money we don’t even really have? 

No matter what your political persuasion, our children and our grandchildren will be paying for risks that private companies chose to make.  Nobody put a gun to their head and forced them to bundle shaky mortgage loans along with regular stocks and investments, or even to offer these loans to people who obviously did not qualify.  And a lot of people got rich off of those.  But now the taxpayers are expected to help them out.

I urge everyone to contact their Congressional representatives and let them know how you feel. It doesn’t have to be long, it simply has to be to the point.  Oh, and coming from my husband, who used to intern for a Congressman, the way to get them to listen to you is to let them know that if they vote for this bill, you will not vote for them again and that you will help out their opponent in the next election.  And it shouldn’t be a “threat” it should be a statement of fact.

Go here to find out the names of your Congress people, which will take you directly to a page where you can email them.

And do it.

Like, now.

Water Features-The Summit OC

Located in the hills of Aliso Viejo, I happened upon this water garden during a bike ride a few weeks ago. The Summit OC has an excellent set of water features including tranquil areas to congregate or eat lunch.

Entrance to the Summit OC

Entrance to the Summit OC

Reflecting Pool

Reflecting Pool


People Mover: The Musical!

OK, so you’re not likely to see a People Mover musical comedy hitting a Broadway stage any time soon. But did you ever think you’d see a Tomorrowland film hitting the big screen? Stranger (and far far scarier) things have happened. Variety reports that Dwayne Johnson is being tapped to star in the new film about Disneyland’s world of tomorrow. Can you smell what The Rock is cooking in outer space? For that matter can you smell anything at all in outer space?

Maybe it’s just a big tease though, because further down the article it’s noted that “Disney denies the film has been titled “Tomorrowland” or is [even] dedicated to the park’s section…” However, Perez Hilton has picked up the story, running it under the title Disney Rapes Itself. Charming.


[Photo by ioillusion]

So. Yeah. Tomorrowland: The Movie. I’m sort of neutral about the idea. Sounds like a nice kid’s flick starring the homoerotic escapades of The Rock in space. I can think of worse ways to spend an evening.

Disney’s got a few more tricks up its theme-park-to-film sleeve. Jungle Cruise is hitting theaters in 2009 and the rumor mill is churning with the prospect of a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad film as well. The later might be fun to watch and see what Bruckheimer does with the material. Maybe they could get Michael Bay to direct (snark, snark, snark)? As for the former: pitching Jungle Cruise, which is already based on the film African Queen, as “a family version of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness” is not only weird, it’s down right deranged. Can you even imagine?

So I ask you this? With three new attractions-to-films on the horizon what has Disney missed? Personally I am pulling for The People Mover Musical or maybe a horror film called Outdoor Vending (in 3-D)! How ‘bout you? What would you like to see?

Keep Our Beaches Clean!

After a long, hard summer, our beaches could use a nice cleanup.

The good news is that this Saturday September 20, 2008 is Coastal Cleanup Day!  It’s happening from 9am to noon, go here to find out locations in Orange County.  Families are welcome and encouraged! Bring close-toed shoes, water and sunscreen; trash bags and other supplies are provided on-site.

Arrr! It Be Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Me be wishin’ you all a Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!!

Yo ho ho and a bottle of scurvy be the way.

Mind the starboard side for there be wenches a brewin’!

If ye be attending Pirate’s Dinner Adventure this eve, make sure to drink an extra mug o’ mead for me.

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