Halloween Countdown 2017: Koorven der Poompkin!

Sorry, had an attack of Swedish Chef-itis, there…. Woohoo, folks, I picked out a wee pumpkin from a “patch” I went to on Friday, and at last I had a chance to carve it today!

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Halloween Countdown 2017: Booger Hollow!

Today I went to visit my dad in Blairsville, up in the north Georgia mountains. Very close to his area is a little town(?) called Booger Hollow, and this time I was determined to snag some evidence.

The sign out front of the one convenience is the best! Although I swear it used to have a ghost on it.
Aha! Found a pic online of the old sign,
It’s even on the street sign!
Here I am in good ol’ Booger Hollow!
Dad and me.  I have never given this man any reason to be proud of me…I’ve pretty much failed at everything he had hoped I would be. But I know he likes me because he said he wore his shirt today especially for me!

Halloween Countdown 2017: Boys’ Life Space Costume Fun!

Today I went by my favorite local flea market, which I haven’t patronized in a while due to my curbing my flea marketing activities. I was hoping to justify the trip by getting some good pics of their usual Halloween vintage goodness, but there wasn’t much out. However, that was all rectified with my discovery of some Boys’ Life magazines. After picking up several and thumbing through them, I was thoroughly convinced I would have loved being a Boy Scout, had I been a boy, of course. There was a lot more fun-looking stuff in those magazines than I’ve seen in magazines with a focus on young girls from back then. Except all the hunting stuff. No way, dude.
Anyway, inside one issue that  said something about  “space toys and hobbies” on the cover, there was an article on homemade costumes. I didn’t get a pic of the actual article or cover so I do not remember the year or month. But look at these gems:

Boys Life Spaceman

I think this kid has on his scouting cap, but has painted his face green and possibly his hands too. I don’t know what the space playset is even after a fairly thorough Google search, so I’m gonna ask some of my
vintage toy buff friends such as Plaid Stallions for  help.

Love the bare feet.


Kiddo is playing, in his scouting uniform, with R2-D2 and an X-Wing!!!


Boys Life Spaceman 2

Oh god…kid in uniform again, playing in the sand (didn’t the kids have to keep these uniforms clean and pressed?) with a strange alien parrot mask and ray gun!!


Boys Life Vader with Godzilla

I have saved the best for last. Boy Scout Vader Gets Beat Up By Godzilla.


(The Shogun Warriors Godzilla, to be exact. Oh, how I wanted this thing.)


Thanks for looking at old space fun playtime pics!


Dragon Con: A Quick Review.

Dragon Con:


Dragon Con Good: Seeing dear friends; can’t and won’t try to name them all. You know who you are. If I saw you and got you to sign my self-made “yearbook” and/or take a photo, you certainly are one. Met a few new friends. Rekindled relationships with old friends.Relaxed in Beth’s room and didn’t worry about a costume. Found painted rocks. Talked with Brent Spiner about “Tales from the Darkside”. Got Rob Paulsen to do Jose’ Carioca’s voice. Had many peanut butter sandwiches and Cherry Coke thanks to Beth and the room time.

No con crud.😎

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Our Last Visit to Disney, 2015!

This is a rehashing of a post from an old site. But it deeply involves yetis and dinosaurs so I decided to fish it out and re-post!


Steve and I got married in October 2000 and had our honeymoon at Disney, so we go back every year for our anniversary. Over the years we have traveled there solo and also with many friends along for the trip. This time we took pals  Karyn and Joanne along!Note: I have been to Disney World so many times, that I now take pictures with a bit of a theme. This trip, I was looking for everything Halloween, creatures and monsters, and I was not disappointed. Hopefully you won’t be either! Enjoy!



Stopping at the Florida border. I’ve got Clipper and Crunchy with me!


The first thing I do when we get to our hotel room(in this case our usual Ramada Gateway Inn room) is decorate for Halloween. This is quickly done with window clings on the mirror that I got on Halloween clearance the year before.



Then I put out whatever toys I’ve brought. In this case, Clipper the Spinosaurus, Crunchy the Carnotaurus, and Horward, my new My Pet Monster! ( Yes, that’s “Horward”. scroll to seven minutes in in the clip for hilarity!)

My photos jump all over the place, focusing on things strictly Halloweeny and monstrous.

And we’re aboard The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios! Looking at zombies in the Egyptian temple!

My favorite shot. They don’t seem too wiggly till you try to take their photo.



And now, suddenly, I am at Animal Kingdom, looking at Halloween merchandise. I was especially intrigued with the Hitchhiking Ghosts dish towel.


Still at Animal Kingdom, I am now in the Asia area, taking pics outside of the Expedition Everestride. While I actually love this ride, I do not ride it any more because it really affects my vertigo. So, while I wait for friends to ride, I enjoy the immense amount of scenery so painstakingly added all around this area. It totally transports you to a mystical place…



There are carved and sculpted Yetis everywhere.




As well as depictions of other creatures…possibly a yak at the top.WP_20151011_079

Not quite sure what this little hook-nosed guy is but he’s terrific!


The areas to queue up for the ride, as well as the gift shop, are supposed to look like an outpost, where you get supplies and ready yourself for your “expedition”. 😀


The Forbidden Mountain.

Even though my vertigo is too bad to ride the ride anymore, I love Expedition: Everest.
But something has always bugged me…I have read a lot of articles and watched many documentaries about Mount Everest(I still can’t really explain my fascination), and I would always look at the ride and think, “That doesn’t look a thing like Everest?”. NOW I KNOW WHY.

The ride’s mountain is a model, not of Mount Everest, but of the Forbidden Mountain, which was created specifically for the ride. Totally fictional location. It is guarded by the yeti in the story created by Walt Disney Imagineering that revolves around the attraction. Everest is actually present, however.  It is represented by the barren background peak on the far right, which is made to seem far in the distance in forced perspective. (see red circle) Now THAT looks like the north face of Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibet as Chomolungma.

Tada! Mystery solved!




Some Japanese tourists copied me after I took this photo. 😀


Sooooo much great stuff in the queue for the ride. Prayer flags, offering places, and statues and statues and statues and pictures and masks, and…wow.








The interior also features a sort of Yeti museum, which gives you plenty to view while waiting in line.WP_20151011_193




There are also plaques referring to the “lost” expedition, in which the Yeti apparently mangled a few unworthy climbers..WP_20151011_197

Masks depicting animals native to  Asia are shown in these cases.


Respect the Power of the Yeti.


This is the focal point of the gift shop at the end of the ride. Amazing.




Oh, and he has a few friends, too!WP_20151011_065


Dozens of beautiful and dreadful masks gaze down at you from the ceiling.







I literally have stood in this gift shop for an hour looking at everything.

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On to another part of Asia! Now I am at the Maharajah Jungle Trek, going into the Bat House, home to many fruit bats!WP_20151011_087

First thing you see upon entering the bat House are these cool kites on the ceiling.WP_20151011_089


In the bat viewing area, the room is further decorated with carved bats,


An example of a bat house,WP_20151011_093

A poster of pollinators,WP_20151011_094

..and other informative posters about the usefulness of bats.

Sadly, there was ONE bat to view and I could not get a good photo of him. A Cast Member explained that it was the bats’ mating season, and the males(mostly) were all fighting so much that they had to pretty much take everyone off display temporarily.


Heading over to DInoland, I stopped for a pic with Lil’ Rex (who was in my purse the whole time) to send to Steve and let him know where I was. The rest of our group was still at Hollywood Studios but I had wanted to bail and spend more time at AK.


Outside Chester & Hester’s DIno-Rama I took a pic with my big beloved goofy dino friend.


He’s so old school and friendly. I just love him.WP_20151011_042

Next I trekked over to my ultimate favorite ride, Dinosaur!!!!!!! And I always dig the three posters outside by William Stout.WP_20151011_043WP_20151011_044


Then I shared a kiss with the velociraptor fountain…


Mr. Stout also did the immense painting of the carnotaurus  in the gift shop photo area, and I LOVE IT.




Stout’s Styracosaurus is beautiful too. It’s not often you see huge paintings of your two most favorite dinos right next to each other!


There is a large prehistoric turtle “skeleton” on the ceiling. A protostega.


And I purchased one of those horrid latex dinosaur toys they have hawked all though Dinoland as long as I can remember. I used to hate them, now I love them. I already had the alioramus; this trip I was ready and raring to purchase the carnotaurus. But all stores and kiosks were OUT. The cast members said they had been fresh out for weeks. Damn.So, I bought the goofy-looking tyrannosaurus, which doesn’t even appear in the ride but I guess they thought they needed to include it in merchandising.

Anyway, had to get a photo of him with the replica of Sue out front of the ride.


I named mine Dorky, and we quickly went and had lunch together since I was starving. I bought some funky little pasta bowl and sat down to people watch for a while.


Lil’ Rex came out to meet his new sibling. Fortunately they seem to have a lot in common. Stubby arms, unite!


I got my food here. Love the octopus..


I noted that my cup had some Halloween graphics…

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