Bait and Switch

Oh hai.

I can barely see you through all these cobwebs we’ve got around here.  Hold on a sec…

Ahh, much better.

So, there’s been lots going on and not a whole lot of it being discussed here at good old OC Metblogs. 

I don’t know if it’s because of all the “OMG we’re about to die” talk of the past few months that has gotten everyone a little spooked or what, but hey, I’m willing to go down with the ship, as it were.

And what better way to kick off the first post in a long time than to talk about that old classic, the weather?

It’s been so unseasonably cool lately that I’m kind of scared.

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Happy 55th Birthday Disneyland!

July 17, 1955 Disneyland opened.  A park that I firmly believe put Orange County on the map for the rest of the country.  I was lucky enough to have worked there for several years and be part of the dream of a man who was not only forward thinking, but had more imagination in his little finger than most will in their entire lives.

Yes. That's me on the left standing next to Alice.

Yes, that's me on the left with Alice.

Thank you Walt for taking a chance and giving me a place to work play with my friends and get paid.  Without Disneyland, I would not have moved to Orange County.  I would not have most of my best friends.  I would not be a nurse.  I would not have met my wife.

Has Disneyland changed your life for the better?  Worse?  Please share!

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Orange County Fair Begins Today

And if you’re not there in two minutes, you won’t get in for free.  This year they started later in the summer, and the fair will run  until August 15.  Go here for more info.

Frankly, it is so damn hot that you would have to pay me to go there. I prefer my fair to be relatively sweat-free.

But have you heard the radio commercials for the fair? I am totally embarrassed. When you have to rhyme “live rock” with “live stock” you’ve got big, big problems.


What’s That Smell?

This seems to be a question quite a few people on Orange County beaches are asking themselves in recent months. The answer, chickens, is sewage.

Little Corona (our fave hangout with the kiddos, BTW) is shut down this weekend due to a sewage spill.

Boo!

Why can’t Orange County do a better job of keeping its crap under control? Is it an aging infrastructure? Or do we just poop more than everyone else?

That being said, enjoy your holiday weekend, and stay safe and sane!


FREE Outdoor Movies In The Park In Dana Point

Hey kids!  I wanted to share something special with you!  Dana Point has something they do called Movies In The Park. It is exactly what it sounds like.  You go out to Lantern Bay Park (which has an amazing view of the harbor by the way), hang out until the sun goes down and watch a movie!  And it’s FREE!!!  It is brought to you by the same folks who tried bringing Drive-In movies back to the OC Fairgrounds.  (I’m still mad it never took off.)

I first did this 2 weeks ago.  We watched Monsters Vs. Aliens.  As you can guess by the movie, this is a very family-friendly atmosphere.   Tonight they will be showing The Wizard of Oz.  I’ll be there!  Will you?  Look for me and say hi!

Be sure to bring a nice big blanket and some picnic items!  They have a snack bar where everything is $1 with all the proceeds going to charity.  Also, if you get there early enough there are 2 fire pits.  And please, if you are going to bring lawn chairs, please make sure they are not tall as a courtesy to the people around (behind) you.

I have also seen something for outdoor movies in Newport Beach on Saturday nights, but I don’t have much information on that.  But feel free to check it out and if it’s awesome, let us know!


Glow Fest!

With all the hype surrounding World of Color at Disney California Adventure, one might not even notice the gaudy redheaded developmentally disabled stepchild of nighttime entertainment known as Glow Fest. What is Glow Fest you ask? Well, I’ll answer your question with a question: What’s green and purple and inane all over? Why Glow Fest of course.

More specifically Glow Fest is a Day-Glo… er… Night-Glo “party” with tribal world music and bright colors best enhanced by overpriced theme park liquor. Something tells me this masterpiece of in-park entertainment is intended to “entertain” bored visitors as they wait to see World of Color rather than actually stand on its own two legs as actual entertainment. I suppose they had to do something; after all when you have eleventybillion visitors waiting around to see a show in a half-empty cut rate theme park you better come up with some way to keep them from rioting. If you spend enough time in DCA numbing your senses, you’d be surprised at what you might attempt to do in an effort to feel something (anything) again.

Have you been to Glow Fest? If so… do share!


An Open Letter to Orange County Republicans

Dear OC Republicans,

I am unable to vote in your gubernatorial primary, but I have one big favor to ask.

Please don’t vote for Meg Whitman.

Please don’t allow her to essentially buy the office of the governor, what with her spending almost 100 million dollars in the race so far. And that, my friends, was just for the party primary. Imagine the bazillions that would go into the state primary.

And don’t be swayed by her whole “I’m an outsider” schtick.

I’ve come to realize that as much as all politicians suck, it sucks even worse to have someone in an important position who has no knowledge of how the system works. And to think that the outsider is going to come into office and “change” everything is a pipe dream. Yes, the system sucks, but they are basically powerless to do anything about it.

We’ve already got a Republican “outsider” in office, and we’ve all seen how well that’s working.

Smooches,

Gina

P.S. Fine, don’t listen to me, then.


“Rule Of Law” Cities

It seems that both Costa Mesa and Yorba Linda have passed resolutions that, at the very least, affirm the immigration law recently passed in Arizona.

Where do you stand?

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Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular

World of Color it aint, but it looks like Knott’s is importing a lights show from some of its east coast cousins at Cedar Fair. The web site bills it as follows:

When darkness falls over Knott’s Berry Farm, Camp Snoopy will come alive with a continuous light show filled with Peanuts’ three dimensional figures, themed music, sound effects, voice-overs and colorful projections of the Peanuts’ characters. In “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” you will see your favorite characters in scenes that personify them – Lucy’s dream of being a Hollywood starlet, Schroeder’s musical genius, even Woodstock gets into the act as he and Snoopy go on a camping adventure.

I suppose it might be stupid, but there is a certain quaintness to Knott’s Berry Farm’s entertainment offerings. Sure they’re hokey but I can’t help but be amused and entertained by them anyway. It’s like those damn pardoned turkeys on display in Anaheim every Thanksgiving; I know they’re lame but I still want to go see them anyway. So, I’m sure before too long the Missus and I will saunter on over to the Farm to check it out.

Have any of you seen Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular? Care to tell us what we’re missing?

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Now That is Some Bad Luck for Kendry Morales…

The Angels’ top hitter Kendry Morales hit a grand slam in the tenth, allowing the Angels to win.

And what did they give him in return, you might ask? A thank-you card? A cake? A bottle of champagne?

Nope.  Too traditional.  Too easy.

How’s about a broken leg?

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Bono Hates Me

U2 is one of my all-time favorite bands.

My BIL, you should know, is six feet, three inches tall.

The last time I saw U2, it was the nineties. The Popmart tour, I believe. I’d seen the ZooTV tour as well, but little did I know it would be almost fifteen years until I would see them again.

I don’t remember why I couldn’t see them in 2001, and in 2006 we had scheduled a trip to San Francisco on the exact same weekend they were here. U2 was also here last October, but that was a mere seven days before I was due to give birth, so we didn’t think it was really wise to buy tickets.

We found out they would be at  Angel Stadium in June, and we were lucky enough to get tickets right after they went on sale on TicketMaster.  We were so happy to get them that we only grumbled slightly at the fifty dollar service fees they charged.  Whatever! I was going t see U2 again live and my world was good.  And even better, fifteen minutes away!  We rarely go to concerts anymore because going to LA is such a pain in the ass, and being as we have two young kids, we no longer have all the time in the world to sit in traffic.

So of course I find out today that due to Bono’s back surgery (sorry, Bono!)they have canceled the American leg of their tour.

Because apparently, the universe just does not want me to see U2.

My sister tried to console me. She said that she would set up her big, fifteen by fifteen foot outdoor screen in the back yard. She would rent a U2 concert DVD and play it for me. She would also charge me obscene amounts of money for food and drinks, and would hang an “Out of Order” sign on the bathroom door. For that real concert-type feel.

I expressed gratitude at her concern, and told her there was only one way she could make it the most authentic experience possible.

My BIL would have to stand in front of me the entire time.

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Help Your Local Future Nurses!! Eet Mor Chik’n

Hey interwebbers!  I have a big favor to ask of you.  Can you please eat dinner at Chik-Fil-A this Thursday night May 20th??  I am in the Santa Ana College Nursing program (if you didn’t know already) and we are having a fundraiser.

We will be at the Chik-Fil-A in Santa Ana:

3601 S. Bristol St.  Santa Ana, 92704

Between the hours of 5pm and 8pm.

Please come out!  We will receive 20% of ALL purchases!  No flyer necessary!

Please help.  Due to state budget constraints, the school has little money to give our department, and with no money, comes no spots for RN students, and with no space for RN students, there will be no RNs.


Breaking: Sad News re Lilly the Gray Whale

I just saw via the ABC7 helicopter that Lilly has beached herself, at Doheny,near the harbor. Unfortunately, she is dead. I’m so sad. I was so excited when she was freed from all of that netting.

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Dana Point Gray Whale

Just got back from “Baby Beach” where the wayward gray whale has taken refuge. Contrary to previous reports it is a juvenile, not 60+ years old. It has/had rope tangled on it’s fluke. I’ve got to go to work (I’m cutting it close. I got caught up in all the drama), but will post photos later this evening.


No Tokes for You!

At least in Costa Mesa and Lake Forest

I don’t really care either way about the law, I just wish state and federal law weren’t differing, because it seems like it is costing a lot in lawsuits.


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