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Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Second Happiest Place On Earth

So in celebration of my birthday Diane and I went out to Disneyland for a magical day of fun. Unfortunatly, it was raining most of the day. However, we didn't let it get us down. We simply overpaid for a cheap pancho with a picture of Mickey Mouse on it and went about enjoying our day.

That day we bought season passes for ourselves which would allow us to visit both California Adventures and Disneyland on select days. So a few weeks later we decided to take advantage of our season passes and head back out to Disneyland.

Thankfully this time it was rain free and much emptier thus allowing us to stroll the park more and take in some of the newer attractions we hadn't seen before.

Both days were a great time and I can't wait to go back again. Oh and I finally got to ride the new updated version of space mountain they have there. I have to say it was a fantastic ride, good job Disney!

Here are some pics to document the two days:

Rain rain go away!

Spin it faster!

Just hanging out with my best buddy Mickey.

Disneyland is finishing up celebrating its 50th Anniversary, we were lucky enough to be able to celebrate with them.

Alright, $3.27!

So today I made the trip up to the Strawberry Festival in Oxnard (I'll post some pics later) and on the way noticed a gas station selling regular gas for $3.27 and got very excited considering in my area it's now $3.45.

So I made an extra effort to stop and get me some of that "cheap" gas. How sad that I'm now excited to have the chance to pay $3.27 for gas. It was only a few weeks ago that I was devestated that it surpassed the $3.00 mark and now I'm happy for $3.27.

I still remember paying $0.89 a gallon back in High school and filling up for $10. I miss those days.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Heading South

Again I apologize for my infrequent and delayed posts; I'm trying to catch up and be more frequent, I just seem a little lazy about it.

Anyway, so on April 21 Diane and I went down to Redondo Beach (south of LAX) for a crawfish boil with the Texas exes. Not being one to eat or want to eat crawfish, or jambalaya, I was stuck eating two nasty hotdogs. So in order to get some of my money's worth I partook in the keg of shiner. However, even a keg of shiner wasn't enough to salvage the event which turned out to be rather boring. Basically we just sat around and ate, then watched the raffel and of course they were playing our moment of glory dvd from the Rose Bowl, which seems to be a common fixture at all of the Texas exes events out here.

We decided to leave the event a little early as there didn't seem to be any hope of it turning around. On our way out of the parking lot I noticed the Redondo beach pier, having always had a fondness for piers and having never been to Redondo beach I decided perhaps we could salvage the day by visiting the pier and making our drive down there worth it.

At first it was mostly your typical touristy souvenir shops, but then at the base of the pier we came across a type of large indoor arcade. Naturally we went inside to see what it was all about. We quickly started finding random tickets that people had either dropped or forgotten to take from the machines. It then became a type of game for us to walk around and see what tickets we could find. Then we came across the skeeball games and decided to partake in those as well as a game of air hockey. With the tickets gained from the games and from the ones we found I was lucky enough to trade them in for a brand new red Redondo beach key chain! Diane got herself a shiny new picture frame with her tickets and a little charm (she didn't have enough tickets for her picture frame).

After all this excitement we realized we still needed to see the rest of the pier. We walked out on the pier, stopped and played a few minutes in a hat shop, took some pictures with the ocean behind us and finally decided to call it a day.

All in all I'd say the day was salvaged, although Redondo beach was pretty unimpressive and I have no intention of returning, and I've come to the conclusion that the Texas exes chapter out here is pretty boring. But hey I gave it a try and at least now I can say I've been to Redondo beach.

Here are some pictures to document our fun at the pier:

Enjoying the lovely view

Who's that girl?

Hello Ms. Daisy

Hello there

Yee Haw!