Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Work of (He)Art

This past summer, I discovered a 'new local artist'...well, at least for me.

Dan Mondloch is a talent who hails from St. Cloud, Minnesota. His work is primarily in watercolors, but has different works and mediums. I purchased a work from Dan in September depicting a familiar location in St. Cloud. We had some playful banter about the location, and that sealed the deal for me. The piece now has its own story for me.

Today while I was in St. Cloud on business, Dan was gracious enough to invite me to his studio. I even was able to meet his faithful companion, Ruby. She gave us a scare by chewing on an Exacto knife, but thankfully, she didn't chew on the blade. Oops. I probably should have mentioned that Ruby is the family dog and not Dan's wife!

Anyway, when I was looking through his work, I found a piece entitled, 'Outside Creede, Colorado, which is about four hours from my family in Colorado Springs. I love the colors in this work, wouldn't you agree?

Be sure to keep an eye on this talented artist. I'm sure we'll be seeing his work in more art shows throughout the Midwest.

Visit Dan's website by clicking here. And be sure to 'Like' Dan's Facebook page!

Click on the picture below to seen an enlarge version of Dan's work.


While I didn't 'Feed the Birds', I did drive by to take a few pictures on this glorious fall day. It really is a beautiful landmark and I have to refrain from singing Uncle Walt's favorite song from 'Mary Poppins'.

These were taken with my iPhone 6. I love the camera!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Rebel Yell

Okay, most people know that not only am I a Disney Geek, but I'm also a Star Wars Geek. My friends would just say I'm a geek all the way around. Okay, I own that.

I, like many fans, was so disappointed when they canceled Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But we know 'All Good Things Must Come to an End.' (Sci-Fi fans will know I just committed a taboo: I used a title from 'Star Trek' to talk about something 'Star Wars'. I'm an equal-opportunity Sci-Fi Geek!).

Anyway, with talk of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, coming in 2015 to a theatre near you, there was talk about several spin-offs. One that came to fruition was Star Wars Rebels. This is set between Episodes III and IV, and focuses on the rise of the Empire and the birth of the rebellion (in case you weren't able to gather that from the title).

As I was watching the premiere, I was immediately hooked! No surprise there. There were some scenes that were so well animated, they looked like real shots. You can see that whenever you see the TIE Fighters and Star Destroyers as well as many of the Stormtrooper scenes.

The style is vastly different than Clone Wars, and that's okay. I thought it would bother me at first, but the story is sound and I can't wait for some character development. I love the Mandalorian, Sabine, and the Twi'lek, Hera. Kanan Jarrus has a very important role too.

Check it out. I'm sure I'll be posting a lot more about this.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fire and Rescue

While visiting my parents in Colorado Springs, I had to stop and pose for a shot with Dusty.

Sad, huh?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Time's Fun When You're Having Flies

Every year, I have to go to the Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, MN for a conference. And every year, I provide feedback that we should meet elsewhere. Why? Here's why. The place is invested with flies.

Only here do you have three lifelines in the same nightstand drawer. I guess if you have one of the Plagues of Egypt coming in, you're covered.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Size Matters Not. Yes It Does.

Today's the day! Time for me to order the new iPhone 6! The timing couldn't be better. Somehow, I lost my work cell phone, and thankfully the contract was up for my iPhone 4. People thought I lost my phone on purpose, but that wasn't the case. By the way, if you use 'Find My Phone', it doesn't do you any good if the phone's shut off.

Anyway, Yoda wasn't completely right about size. I do like the bigger iPhone 6, but I didn't go for the Plus.

Now I can renew the contract on my personal iPhone 5 next year in conjunction with the Apple Watch. I don't know why I need that.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy 59th Birthday, Disneyland!

I'm sure most people are waiting until next year to make a big deal about it, but every Disneyland birthday is a big deal for me!  So in honor of the day, here are some #TBT pictures of past Disneyland birthdays.

The first two are from the 30th birthday on July 17, 1985. Boy, that was a busy day at the Park, full of Guests and media! From the Gift Giver Extraordinaire, I received a ton of buttons and a Mickey plush, but no big win. Just like in Vegas.

This shot is from the 50th birthday on July 17, 2005. That was a great celebration!

And lest we forget, today also marks the 25th anniversary of Splash Mountain at Disneyland! Here's a picture of when I was on the opening crew, and what was affectionately called the 'Tim Pig' for some reason.