Adrienne

    Hate is a Four-Letter Word

    A couple weeks ago I noticed a car in my gated apartment building parking area.  It was a newer model Honda Accord but it had what appeared to be clear packing tape sticking on and off and all over it.  I thought it was odd but assumed someone had played a prank on them and saran wrapped their car.  Didn’t think too much of it and moved along.

    A week later I noticed the same car but now the packing tape was in use

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    I was physically taken aback.  I stopped in my tracks and couldn’t believe my eyes.  I hoped once again that it was a prank of some sort and moved along.

    Two days later it was still there.  I have to pass it every day to and from my car.  It makes me so mad and just ill to see.  But there is nothing that I can do.  I asked my building manager and she said she spoke with the management company and they can’t do anything because it isn’t “hurting or directed at anyone in particular”.  I asked a couple of friends, one who is LAPD and one who is Glendale PD and both said there is legally nothing that can be done.  It is a First Amendment issue.  They have the freedome to express their political hateful views as long as they don’t threaten anyone in particular.

    Today, white nationalists, white supremicists, RACIST ASSHOLES protested marched around carrying tiki torches in Charlottesville, VA.  They called their “rally” Unite the Right.  There were no hoods, no white sheets they don’t need them anymore.  It is no longer shameful to be racist.

     

    Both of the above examples have political leanings, and I am fine with your political opinion.  You be YOU boo!  But there is no excuse for the racial turn.  The car can call President Obama a communists, they can even call for death to communists, those are political opinions (strong but still…….), but when you added the nooses you crossed the line.  The nooses are disgusting.  They are blatantly a racial statement.

    The Unite the Right rally was supposedly initially organized by right wing blogger Jason Kessler who had planned a “pro-whote” rally (WTF?!) to protest the removal of a General Lee statue.  Other white power groups jumped on board and added the tiki torches.  The march was in the daylight.  You don’t need a torch of any kind to “light the way” in broad daylight.  Those torches were simply a reminder of the KKK days of carrying the torches at night to burn the cross on the lawn of a black family and/or church.

    These people are sick.

    I tried to ignore the news, ignore the president, ignore it and it will go away.  I was wrong.  I was privileged.

    I am here!  I am white and I CONDEMN and RENOUNCE the actions of those not only in Charlottesville, but those in my parking lot and him in the White House.  This is not my United States.  He is not my president.

    fanDANGo! The Lion King Edition – Giveaway – ENDED

    Gratuitous Grand Daughter picture in Lion King costume

    Gratuitous Grand Daughter picture in Lion King costume

    Fandango, the leading digital network for all things movies, is teaming up with The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, The Walt Disney Studios and the Walt Disney Signature Collection to host an exclusive screening of The Lion King Sing-Along at the famed outdoor venue on Saturday, August 5. The evening will kick off with a special musical performance by the sensational Tshidi Manye, who currently stars as Rafiki in the long-running Broadway production of The Lion King. Manye will perform the show’s iconic opening number, “Circle of Life,” live at The Greek Theatre.

    The beloved Disney classic will be available for all fans on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service, FandangoNOW, on August 15, followed by the Blu-ray™ and DVD release from Disney on August 29.

    In addition to the live musical performance, the Fandango event will feature family activities and special guests. Attendees will enjoy the animated adventure’s soundtrack under the stars, while laughing with Timon and Pumbaa, crying with Simba and Mufasa, and bursting into song with their favorite characters during this special screening of the beloved film.

    “We’re excited to bring the ‘Hakuna Matata’ spirit to Angelenos this August, with a special screening of The Lion King Sing-Along at the iconic Greek Theatre and a live performance by the incomparable Tshidi Manye,” says Fandango Chief Marketing Officer Adam Rockmore. “The event is part of our multi-year partnership with The Greek, designed to create memorable experiences for movie fans of all ages throughout the year.”

    The fun-filled screening event is open to the public and tickets are available for $12.00 each at Ticketmaster or at The Greek Theatre box office.  I told you there was a giveaway and here it is!  I am giving away a Family 4-Pack of tickets!  All you have to do is comment below with your favorite Disney ANYTHING!  I love Disney, and my favorite character is Minnie Mouse and my favorite movie is Aladdin and my favorite song is anything from Tangled!  So you tell me what is your favorite Disney anything.  Comment more than once, comment for each of your favorite things.

    But wait!  There’s more! One person will also win a digital code for a $20 credit on FandangoNOW – which is where fans can watch all of the Disney classics, in addition to a long lineup of other films, but really it’s all about Disney!

    “The Greek Theatre is excited to host this one-of-a-kind event with our valued partner, Fandango,” says Becky Colwell, General Manager of the Greek Theatre. “It makes perfect sense to show Disney’s animated epic musical film, The Lion King, at a venue that has hosted thousands of musical greats over the years!”

    Fans who buy tickets to see The Lion King Sing-Along at The Greek Theatre will also have the opportunity to purchase other Disney classics on Digital HD at a discounted price on FandangoNOW.

    Featuring more than three hours of classic bonus material, the Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of The Lion King will invite viewers to observe recording sessions, step inside the story room, witness the evolution of a villain, and join Nathan Lane (voice of Timon) and Matthew Broderick (voice of Adult Simba) for an extended conversation about the film’s extraordinary legacy.

     I told you there was a giveaway and here it is!  I am giving away a Family 4-Pack of tickets!  All you have to do is comment below with your favorite Disney ANYTHING!  I love Disney, and my favorite character is Minnie Mouse and my favorite movie is Aladdin and my favorite song is anything from Tangled!  So you tell me what is your favorite Disney anything.  Comment more than once, comment for each of your favorite things.

    But wait!  There’s more! One person will also win a digital code for a $20 credit on FandangoNOW – which is where fans can watch all of the Disney classics, in addition to a long lineup of other films, but really it’s all about Disney!

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    The winner of the tickets is KATRINA!

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    The winner of the $20 code is Avi!

    Conscientious Memories

    #LEGOLANDPlayPass Pay for a Day……..

    Play for the rest of 2016!

    My son was a Lego-holic as a kid, when he turned 18 I donated all of his old Legos to a local school for a Gate program but wish I had kept them.  My grandson is now Lego-holic.  For his first trip to Legoland he was so overwhelmed he didn’t know where to look next.  We spent a lot of time in the building room where he could talk with others just like him.  Getting him to leave was no small feat!

    Legoland PlaypassNow with the #LegolandPlayPass you can

    Pay for a day; play the rest of 2016 FREE* with a LEGOLAND® Play Pass this summer! Enjoy unlimited admission to LEGOLAND California, now through December 25, 2016, with a LEGOLAND Play Pass on sale for a limited time and must redeem by July 31st, 2016. Experience the new LEGO® NINJAGO® The Ride that’s now open! For more information visit www.LEGOLAND.com .

    On sale starting 7/1 – 7/31/16, must purchase and redeem in Park by July 31, 2016.  Price: $95 adult or child (ages 3+)

    If your kid is a Lego-holic you may want to scroll down to the giveaway below and try to win FOUR tickets to Legoland (not the pass!).

    I can’t wait to go back!

     

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    *Terms and Conditions apply.  Exclusions: Admission to LEGOLAND California from 7/1 – 12/25/16, excluding Brick-or-Treat Party Nights event Saturday’s in October. Does not include Parking, retail, dining or any annual pass benefits.

     

    Dipping in to the New Year – Giveaway!

    It’s a new year, so why not try new things? No!  Not the Polar Dip!  The Chuck E. Cheese’s brand new Pretzel Dippers with delicious cheesy dipping sauce, at Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants nationwide.  The grand twins had their birthday dinner there on New Year’s Day and I have to say the food has improved greatly since my kids were little.

    “Soft pretzels have been an American favorite for years, so we’re excited to bring our guests a dip-friendly, share-centric variety of this old standby,” said Chef Gregory Casale, senior director of culinary innovation for CEC Entertainment, Inc. “Our mom and kid-approved pretzel sticks are great for the whole family and a delicious treat to complement any of Chuck E. Cheese’s taste-test winning pizzas, salads or wraps.”

    Pretzel Dippers will only be available until March 31, so don’t miss the chance to get your hands on these salty, cheesy treats before they’re gone.   If you miss them, I also highly recommend the cheesy bread.  Trust me on this one.

     

    Oh yeah I mentioned a giveaway, silly me, I am getting forgetful in my old age (p.s. my birthday is February 8, if anyone would like to send me a Glen Ivy gift card!).  Here it is:

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    The Grands are Looking Forward to the Good Dinosaur

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    It’s Spooooooky!

    We were lucky to be invited to attend the opening day of Knott’s Spooky Farm.  I don’t do scary.  The twins don’t do scary.  Caitlyn on the other hand has no fear of ANYTHING.

    masked dogSince the invitation was only for myself and 3 family members I was on my own with the grands.  I enlisted the help of some friends who have season passes, and they took Caitlyn on all the big kid rides while the twins and I worked our way through Camp Spooky quite happily.

    I posted a ton of pictures on Instagram and Facebook, you are following me on both right?  If you search the hashtag #Knottsspookyfarm you can see some amazing pictures from people who are actually good at taking pictures.

    Kids can take part in “Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Dance Party” and also visit the Camp Spooky Theatre to view “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown”, a new Halloween show where everyone will be singing and dancing along to all their favorite Halloween tunes. Kids of all ages can join in the fun with spooky karaoke and mask making at the “Monster Masquerade Ball Karaoke” or go Trick-or-Treating at Ghost Town where friendly ghosts deliver delicious treats. At the “Spooky Hollow Maze” kids will travel through a spooky forest with gigantic jack-o-lanterns and encounter a headless horseman! In the Creepy Crawler Cabin Knott’s Park Naturalist will amaze children of all ages with her slithery, slimy, creepy, crawly critters.  We of course did none of that.  “Too scary”!

    halloween-decorations-at-knottsOn our way out we passed through the rest of Knott’s as they were getting ready for KNott’s Scary Farm.  At one point we saw that there were spider webs on everything.  Madilyn about wet herself.  We had a long conversation about it actually being cheesecloth (which they thought the name was hilarious!) and that I had some in my kitchen at home.  After explaining everything she finally got brave enough to touch it and realized it was smooth and soft not sticky like a real spider web.

    All in all it was a really good day.  If you take your kiddos post your photos and let me know.  I love kids in costume!

     

    Tis the Season for Knotts

    The entrance of Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park...

    The entrance of Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    One of my employees at the rink bought her entire family Knott’s Season Tickets for Christmas last year.  She is a part time employee making minimum wage going to community college.  That’s how inexpensive it is to buy season tickets.  She used the easy pay monthly payment system.  For a family of 4 it cost her approximately $50 per month for 9 months to have 4 season tickets with NO BLACKOUT dates and a parking pass (only one).  That’s a total of $450!  That’s almost how much I paid for my lowest on the totem pole all kinds of blackout dates season pass to the themepark just down the road!

    There are many different options:

    2016 Regular Season Pass

    Buy your 2016 Season Pass and enjoy unlimited visits in 2016 with no blackout dates plus discounts on food and merchandise! For a limited time, New Passholders will receive one free 2015 visit. Renewing Passholders will receive a special renewal price and one free Fast Lane to use any day when Fast Lane is sold through 12/18/15!  9 payments of $9.00 = $81!

    2016 Gold Season Pass

    2 PARKS IN 1 WITH GOLD
    Upgrade to a 2016 Gold Season Pass and enjoy 2 Parks, including all the thrilling rides at Knott’s Berry Farm and cool slides at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark. It pays for itself in less than 2 visits! New Passholders will receive one free 2015 visit. Renewing Passholders will receive a special renewal price and one free Fast Lane to use any day when Fast Lane is sold through 12/18/15. 9 payments of $10.75 = $96.75

    2016 Platinum Pass

    BREAK WORLD RECORDS
    Enjoy world record breaking roller coasters and thrill rides at any Cedar Fair amusement and outdoor water parks in the U.S. & Canada. This premium pass entitles you to unlimited admission, free parking, and a huge list of exclusive benefits during the 2016 public operating days. New Passholders will receive one free 2015 visit. Renewing Passholders will receive one free Fast Lane to use on any day when Fast Lane is sold through 12/18/15. For a just a little more, you sure do get a lot! 9 payments of $21.00 = $189!!!!!  And I can go to CEDAR POINT IN OHIO!

    2016 Season Pass + Dining

    ADMISSION + MEALS ALL SEASON LONG
    With a Season Pass Plus All-Season Dining, you get all the exclusive benefits of being a Season Passholder, plus one lunch and one dinner at participating locations throughout the park every day you visit Knott’s Berry Farm in 2016. Beverages are not included. 9 payments of $20.00 = $180!  You know you have that one big eaqter in the family!

    ***NOTE: None of the above passes include special events such as Knotts Scary Farm
    Does this sound like an advertisement?  Well it kind of is.  GigaSavvy is allowing me to bring the grands to a special day of Camp Spooky (that’s about the level of “scary” I can handle during the Halloween season) in exchange for this post.  All the opinions and words are my own (except the ones I cut and pasted from their site).  I have no official affiliation or relationship with Knotts Berry Farm (although I am open to any relationship with practically anyone at this point!).

     

    It’s as Easy as Riding a Bike

    Guardian_Logo_CyanWhen I took on more responisbilities at work last year, I cut back (WAY BACK) on blogging.  I miss it.  Thanks to the wonderful people at Gigasavvy, they invited me to check out some new bikes that will be safer and easier for the grands to use.

    My grands are apartment dwellers.  They don’t get many chances to ride bikes and as such dont share my gear hungry attitude for bike accessories.  They each have a bike at Aunt Kathy’s house but are hesitant to ride them without assistance.  Caitlyn still thinks she needs training wheels, but I think if her confidence grew her ability would as well.

    Matthew wouldn’t try riding at all during the event, Caitlyn would only ride with assistance.  Madilyn didn’t want to get off, she was trying so hard to do it on her own but I think her excitement got the best of her.  Bless the hearts of the owners/devolpers of Guardian Bikes and their employees, they all at one point or another held on to the back of Madilyn’s bike and helped her along.

    guardian.july2015_prototypes.50Guardian Bikes CEO Brian Riley’s focus on bike safety has a long history. Riley was inspired by his grandfather experiencing a terrible bike accident. He flipped over the front of his bike, ultimately landing him in traction. Wanting to keep other bike riders from experiencing what his grandfather did, Riley invented new braking technology called SureStop. SureStop brakes employ a single hand lever that operates both the front and rear brake simultaneously, making it virtually impossible to flip over the front of your bike due to a sudden stop. But Riley wanted to take things further.  He realized there was a whole group of vastly underserved people when it comes to bike safety: kids. Riley founded Guardian Bikes with the intention of preventing the millions of bike accidents that happen to children each year. Guardian Bikes use SureStop brake technology, among other features, to allow children to explore the world in motion with confidence.

    Guardian Bikes come complete with the following safety features:

    SureStop Brakes

    • No front wheel lockup
    • Easier for children–only one lever controls both brakes

    Easy Ride Geometry

    Wheel base is extended and bottom bracket is lowered or an overall lower center of gravity, making the bike harder to tip over and easier to ride.

    Sturdier Steering

    Guardian Bikes’ steering components make it easier for kids to steer as they ride

    Lightweight

    Mostly made of aluminum, Guardian Bikes are easier for a child to control due to their light weight

    High Quality Components

    • SureStop Brakes
    • Shimano shifting
    • Kenda tires
    • Double wall rims for durability

    Some facts about Guardian Bikes

    • For children ages 4-12
    • Designed in 20” and 24” size frames
    • Designed in bold colors and patterns for both boys and girls
    • The only children’s bikes with
    • SureStop brake technology
    • Officially launching September 2015
    • Will be available online and at specialty retailers
    • Priced at $399

    I don’t know if that is a price point I can afford (especially times three!), but if they move to a house where they can ride more often it will be well worth it (as a santa gift).