Old Disneyland Rides

I ran across this website while trying to remember the name of the Skyway ride at Disneyland.  It is a cool website to remember back when I use to go to Disneyland when I was a kid. 

Many of the attractions I have never seen or been on but there are a few that I do recall.  It is a fun website to go through.  I can’t believe i went on the Captain EO ride as a kid and thought it was one of the coolest rides in my life at that time.  I remember going on the Mission to the Moon ride as a kid and actually thought we went to the moon.  Boy I was such a dork.

Well here is the link below. Enjoy!



Kung Fu Panda Review

I had the opportunity to go out with the family to see Kung Fu Panda.  This was not a movie i was looking forward to but I am always up to get out with the kids on the weekend.  I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old.  We were not sure how are two year old would do.  I knew my dour year old would sit through most of it.

 Overall the movie is cute.  Just imagine watching a Kung Fu movie in a cartoon format.  Here is the basic plot.

Po loves to play with action figures of the legendary Furious Five—Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. He dreams of being in their ranks as a true deliverer of kung fu awesomeness. But, alas, he is only a chubby, stumble-footed and easily winded panda, not a lightning-fast, disciplined martial artist. So he’s stuck in the family noodle business.

When word goes out that a Dragon Warrior will be chosen to fulfill legend and defend the Jade Kingdom from the dreaded martial arts master Tai Lung, Po can’t contain his excitement. With a great deal of effort he lugs his considerable heft up the hundreds of steps to the Jade Palace to see who will land the great honor.

Turns out, he lands it—after accidentally crashing the tryout party.

Nobody can believe it. Especially not the Furious Five and their kung fu master Shifu. But since the enemy is already on his way, they have to do something. If Tai Lung gets his hands on the lauded Dragon Scroll, he will surely be powerful enough to rule the world. Po must do whatever it takes to face the fearsome and treacherous foe. Uh … right after lunch, that is. ”

Overall the movie is fun.  My two year old was not into the movie that much.  My four year old got up a few times to go to the bathroom and since he saw his sister walking around, he want to do the same thing but he ended up watching 75% of the movie.  I asked him if he liked the movie and he gave me an enthusiastic yes!  What I saw of the movie, I enjoyed.  I would recommend taking your kids.  From personal experiences, I know my kids will copy what other kids do.  If they see someone else up, then they will do the same.  My son is older and better now.  i would take him to most kid’s movie.  My daughter I will probally wait another half year. 

So I would give Kung Fu Panda 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.  I would recommend it to anyone with kids or without.  In regards to taking the kids to the theater, it really depends on the kid.  It can be hit or miss, so beware.  The first time I took my son to see a movie (Cars), he watched about 10 minutes of the movie and walked out.  I would say this is definitely one of the best kid’s movie of 2008.

Teen killed by roller coaster

I saw this article on the Internet today.  A teenager was at Six Flags over Georgia and he enter a restricted area while waiting in line for the Batman ride.  It says he climb on to a fence and somehow he was decapitated by the ride.  I never thought in my wildest dreams to enter a restricted area at an amusement park. I was always scared they would throw me out of the park for something like that. 

i remember back in the days when Disneyland had the Skyway from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland, it even went through the top of the Matterhorn.  It was like a huge ski lift that went over the park.  As kids we loved to go on the ride and spit at people down below.  Note we only did this when we rode the ride without our parents.  One time a Disneyland employee informed us if we ever did that again, we would be kicked out of the park.  That worked for me and I never did that again.

Anytime i waited in line for a cool roller coaster, I was always spending time watching it go by.  I  never thought of how to get into the restricted area.  I think that is why I like the game Roller Coaster Tycoon because I always wanted my own theme park. 

Not a good Saturday

It started out rather well. After I came home from work, we decided to take the kids to see Kung Fu Panda.  We met up with my wife’s friend and her daughter.  The kids did better than expected.  The boy got up a few times to goto the bathroom.  The princess spent most of the time running around the movie theater.  I really wanted to see how the movie was going to end, so I bribed the princess with some M & Ms.  It worked, and I saw the end of the movie. :>

Later that evening, my wife’s friend offered to watch the kids so we can go to IKEA to get a kids loft bed.  Of all the things we could do by ourselves and we go to IKEA .  We decided it would be easier to make a decision about the furniture without the kids.  We spent an hour deciding between two different loft beds and finally decide on one.  My wife and I hurried through the store to get ready to check out.  For the particular items we needed (the loft bed, the mattress, and a tent for the bed), we need to pick them up right before the register.  It’s rather simple, your are given an aisle number and a bin number.  The three items we came for were all out of stock.  That’s great!  This is not our day.

We went to pick up our kids and we stayed for dinner.  They had some delicious BBQ chicken and fresh gucamole and chips.  I wonder why my BBQ chicken does not come out like that?  So I guess this is a positive.

We came back to our place and found some teenagers in the pool. That is not surprising for a Saturday night.  They decided to vandalize the spa area by putting bubbles in the spa.   This can cause damage to the filtration system.  My wife asked them many questions and  of course none of them live in the area.  They hopped the fence out of the pool area and ran off to their car.  They were quite rude with their responses to my wife.  I can not believe teenagers today.  I don’t mind if they want to use the pool but just keep it quiet and don’t vandalize it. 

Constitution Upheld

I was shocked by one decision this week by the Supreme Court in regards that a child rapist could not receive the death penalty if they were convicted of this crime.

I am happy to say they did uphold the fact that we the people still have the right to bear arms.  I am shocked it was a 5 to 4 verdict but what’s new.  It worries me when we look at the Constitution and try to interpret something that is not there.  My favorite misinterpreted part of the Constitution is “Congress shall make no law in regards to religion.”  The ACLU loves to take that clause and do whatever they can to any form of Christianity out of this nation.  It makes me wonder why we have rapidly decline in regards to morality.

NBA Draft Night 2008

Tonight is when NBA teams welcome the newest thugs into the league.  I always wonder which one will have the hugest impact off the court.  I do apologize somewhat because some of these guys are very nice and professional but there is always one guy that the media hounds are waiting for to screw up and put their picture all over their tabloids newspapers. 

It went down like everyone predicted.  Rose would be chosen first by the Chicago Bulls, Beasley would then be selected by the Miami heat, and Mayo would be selected third by the Timberwolves. 

Rose will make a huge impact on the Bulls.  I believe the Bulls will bounce back and be a contender in the playoffs next year.  I still think the Bulls made a mistake in their selection of Vinny Del Negro as coach because I really wanted Avery Johnson or Doug Collins to become their next head coach.

Beasley will help Miami but the real question is what offseason plans are the Miami Heat looking at.  I like Shawn Marion but his salary is an issue.  We will see what Miami looks like when the regular season begins.

According to what I seen already Mayo has been traded to Memphis for Love and there are a few other players involved.  ESPN is reporting  “That the Wolves have reached an agreement in principle with the Memphis Grizzlies that will send the draft rights to Mayo, Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker and Greg Buckner to the Grizzlies in return for the draft rights to Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins.”

I also like the fact that Indiana traded Jermaine O’Neal to Toronto for Ford, Nestrovic, and the 17 pick in tonight’s draft.  I think this will have a huge impact on Toronto for next season.


Free Kids’ Concert Review – Greg and Steve

We are always looking for activities for the kids.  Last Friday, one of the local parks had a free kids concert. The main entertainment for the evening was Steve and Greg.  Personally, I have never heard of them before that night.  Their music was great and rather fun to listen to.  Sometimes it is hard to find good kids music but this was a good change of pace.

I read on their website that they have sold over 3 million recording and they are the number one selling children’s music duo in the country.   I can see why parents and children enjoy their music.  I liked every song that they performed that evening.  I though of it as Beach Boys type music but for kids.

It may have been a hot evening but it was sure fun for the kids and me.  I did spend some time chasing my kids around but while I was not chasing them, they did have fun dancing and listening to the music.  For my two kids, who are roughly 2 and 4, it was fun.  I did not expect them to sit through the whole thing like little angels since they had a couple friends at the event to play with.  Overall, it was a great experience for a family outing for the evening.  I would highly recommend anyone to go see them perform live or listen to their CD.