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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
|1610 Map of the city|
|The Royal Crescent|
Monday, July 30, 2012
I love the Olympic games - both summer and winter. Not being a huge sports person normally - I'm not one to sit and watch sports on television, nor do I participate in sports pools, fantasy leagues or anything like that, and I do not tend to talk about sports very often - so it's just not something that I get into. Except for the Olympics. I love watching the various sports and competitions. I love watching the athleticism of it all; the drama and intrigue of watching the underdogs often out-perform the favorites - "upsetting" who people think will win.
I've loved the Olympics since I was a little boy. Every four years we would gather around our television set and watch the various games. Growing up in Southern California it was exhilarating when in 1984 Los Angeles hosted the summer games, where the many different events took place all across the L.A. basin, including equestrian events taking place at the Santa Anita racetrack, just a few miles from the house I grew up in. It was awesome.
Both summer and winter have events that I love to watch... but it was only the winter games that saw one of my heroes actually get to coordinate, plan and produce the Opening & Closing Ceremonies for. Who was it? And what year? Walt Disney. Yes, Walt Disney.
Walt Disney was selected as the Pageantry Committee Chairman for the VIII Winter Olympics in 1960, in Squaw Valley, California. I knew about that as a young person, but never really investigated it all that much. I've seen concept art from the Disney archives that show the two massive, 24-foot tall snow sculptures and the "Tower of Nations" that Disney Imagineer John Hench designed for Walt in his role as the Chairman.
In doing a bit of research online, I found this information on Wikipedia, as well as other information - but this says it really well.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
|Tower of London|
Depending on the length of an individual stay, visitors to London will have ample opportunity to take in many of London’s most famous sites – including such historic places as:
- Westminster Abbey (dating back 1066)
- Windsor Castle (similarly dating back to the 10th century)
- Tower of London (dating back to the 11th century)
- St. Paul’s Cathedral (dating back to the 17th century)
- Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens (dating back to the 1730s)
- Buckingham Palace (dating back to 1705, expanded to its’ current size in the 1830s)
- …and so many more.
The city has so much to offer, and now, once again, London will be the center of the world’s attention – at least from July 27th through August 12th while hosting the Summer Olympics once again. The last time London hosted the games was in 1908. The games were scheduled to be in London in 1944, but due to World War II, those games were canceled. For more info on the games themselves, visit the official site here.
Monday, January 16, 2012
- Paul Cummings, Lehl, Utah, 2:27:50 – Men’s Masters
- Carol Virga, Delray Beach, Fla., 2:49:53 – Women’s Masters
- David Bailey, Vista, Calif., 1:52:29 – Men’s Chair
- Katherine Hunter, Orlando, Fla., 2:31:47 – Women’s Chair
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Location: Miami, Florida
On December 31st there is no better place to be than Times Square. Over a million people come to Times Square to watch the ball drop and celebrate the end of one year and the start of the next one while billions of people nationwide watch their televisions closely to watch that exact moment when the ball drops and the clock strikes midnight. Filled with stars from all over the world this confetti filled event is a must visit at some point in a person’s life. People from all over the world flock to New York City and wait days in advance to get the best possible spot to watch the festivities take place. I realize that we just celebrated New Year's Eve a few nights ago... but honestly, hotels in NYC fill up early, so let’s start planning now for next New Year's Eve!
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