Merry Christmas from Cars Land
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Season’s greetings from Tim and Cindy!
Things we did this year:
Visited Cindy’s family in Snohomish, WA
Toured Dodgers Stadium and Wrigley Field
Sneak previewed Disney’s new Cars Land twice (!)
Spent the weekend with famous Disney "Legends” at the Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs
Sailed to Catalina Island aboard the WWII ship Lane Victory
Discovered narrow-gauge railroading with friends in Arroyo Grande, CA
Saw the space shuttle Endeavour toodling down the streets of L.A.
What we’re grateful for:
Family, friends, jobs we still love, and good health
My sister Vicki and me at Cars Land (yes, it was
an all-Disney year!)
Our beautiful home and gardens
The Metro light-rail that takes Tim to work every day
Four more years of the Obama administration (yay!)
What we’re looking forward to in 2013:
Baseball spring training in Arizona
Being part of the Theodore Payne Foundation’s native plants garden tour for the 4th year in a row (!)
American Library Association conference in Chicago
A possible Disney cruise in the fall (fingers crossed)
Celebrating Cindy’s 60th birthday (yikes!)
Peace and happiness to you all in 2013!
Before: Tim riding in the back of the car
with our Christmas tree
After: Cecil, the tree and me watching SNL
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Date night yesterday at L.A. Live: The Hobbit movie* and pizza at Wolfgang Puck. Then, as we were walking back to the car, we noticed a father and his son dressed in Batman t-shirts.
“Oh, yeah,” I said to Tim. “There’s that free Batman exhibit on the roof of the parking lot. Can we check it out for a few minutes?” After all, how good could any exhibit be inside a tent on the roof of L.A. Live’s parking lot?
Well, it was fabulous: Batman artwork, costumes, props, and, of course, the various cars. We were in Bat-heaven. See for yourself.
The villain Bane's costume from
The Dark Knight Rises
Heath Ledger's Joker costume
Adam West's Batmobile
Hubcap from the George Clooney Batmobile
Christian Bale's Bat-cycle
The Dark Knight Rises
*P.S. Despite a lukewarm review in the L.A. Times, we couldn’t stay away from seeing The Hobbit on opening day. Don’t believe everything you read—the movie is absolutely wonderful! From the first frame I felt like I was among old friends. If you loved The Lord of the Rings movies, you’ll love The Hobbit. I can’t wait to see it again.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Because Club 33 is so exclusive, we were asked to arrive a half-hour early so we could all enter together en mass. There was no way I could drive in rush hour traffic wearing a 1950s-style crinoline petticoat, so we cashed in some of our Starwood points and reserved a room at the Sheraton, where we changed into our retro clothes before heading to the park. We were the last couple on a very long line of some 100 Disney fans, all dressed in early- to mid-20th-century apparel. Quite a sight!
Tim in his titki shirt and
me in my 1950s strappy party dress
We sat at a table with three other Carolwood members, one of whom had never been to Club 33. (This was our third time.) After everyone was settled and had ordered drinks, the hostess stopped by each table, directing us to a small room where an extensive buffet awaited. We helped ourselves to several varieties of salad, roast pork, chicken (me), vegetables, and various types of seafood (Tim). We returned later for dessert—mostly cookies, pie and an extremely popular chocolate fountain.
Everyone was encouraged to bring a small Disney-related gift that was then raffled off after dinner. We, along with several other people, brought nice trading pins, but there were also fabulous gifts, like free tours of Disneyland, tickets to the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, books, Disneyland maps, and one-of-a-kind artwork. We didn’t win a thing!
But we did get to talk to the guest of honor, Bob Gurr, who worked for Walt and designed the monorail, submarine and Autopia rides, among other things. I had been quite smitten by Bob at the Smoke Tree Ranch in January, so it was fun seeing him again.
Me and Bob
The holiday fireworks show started at 8:30PM, prompting us all to run out onto the balcony to watch. Amazingly, I didn't knock anyone over the balcony with my dress. I swear, I don’t know how women used to walk around in petticoats!
Sleeping Beauty's castle
After birthday cake, we bid our new friends adieu and joined a group that was leaving. The park was already closed for two hours, so we had to be escorted to the exit. Sleeping Beauty’s castle was still blazing in all its holiday glory, while music continued to play. And yet there we were, the only people in all of Disneyland! “This is eerie!” someone in the group whispered, and it was. But before we knew it, our escort was unlocking the front gate as we all (sadly) passed back into reality.
Christmas on Main St.
Happy birthday, Walt! Thanks for giving us the happiest place on earth!