Friday, January 28, 2011

The History of the Haunted Mansion

Saw this on Eric Pigor's (of Toxic Toons fame) Facebook page. A really fascinating history of my hands-down favorite ride at the Disney Parks. In many ways, going to the Haunted Mansion as a kid was one of the events that jumped-started my love of all things spooky.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me!

Okay, this particular blog entry has nothing to do with my usual type of topics...unless you consider birthdays to be horrifying!

Birthdays are, generally, something most folks hate when they get past the age of 25. Today, I turn a ripe age of 40. I've never had the issue with 40 that some people seem to have, and now that I've actually hit this age, I gotta say...what's the big deal? Sure, I'm not as fit and lean as I once was, and my hair is pretty well gone, but why is there such a stigma regarding the fourth decade of life? Is it because folks used to only live until 45 or so? Yeah, that was in the days of the old west, and medical science has vastly improved since then! I certainly feel like I am much wiser than I once was, and I look back on my youth with a sense of dismay more often than not. "What was I thinking" is the dominant thought on my mind when I look to those bygone days.

Still, I also feel like I have a much better perspective about who I was then than I even did at the time. Dumb decisions from my childhood and early adulthood are most often laughable to me, when at one point they were so serious. I also love the financial security that I have now, as opposed to those days when I was living off of Top Ramen and Patio microwave burritos. Sure, there is much to be said for youth, but stupidity seems to go along with it, so is it really so great? Maybe you look better, and feel physically stronger, but the downside is that you don't have the experience to deal with so many things that come your way.

Personally, I don't even view forty as "middle age", as I plan on living well past 100 (well, assuming I don't get hit by a bus, or the world doesn't end in 2012)! I don't view myself as "young" per se, but I'm not exactly ready for the nursing home either. many of my readers are near, or past, forty? Do you truly feel that this age is a bad one, or does the good outweigh the bad? For those of you in your twenties, do you feel anyone over 40 is just "old" and completely out of touch, or do you view them as having valuable information and experience to share?

Monday, January 3, 2011

A New Year

Well, 2011 is upon us, after 2010 flew by in a blur. For me, 2010 was the single busiest year of my life, and I rarely felt like I was having a moment to catch my breath. I had big plans for my haunt, my writing and this blog...all of which didn't come to fruition, primarily due to the everyday demands of this thing we call "life". Hopefully, this year will see at least a few of these plans come to be. Here's a few things I didn't get around to, that I hope I can deliver on in 2011:

My scarecrow. I've had plans to work on this guy all year. I started work on him in March, but I rarely got a moment to tinker with him. He sadly sits in pieces in my garage, awaiting me to assemble him on my mad-scientist table. On the plus side, I did pick up a few pointers here and there over the course of the year, so he'll actually look a helluva lot better than he would have if I had gotten the chance to complete him.

My book. I began a horror novel in the spring. I think I finished the prologue and that was about it! Considering that I consider this to be the first in a SERIES of books...yeah, I'd better get cracking!

My projection effect for the haunt. Of course, I need to actually buy a projector in order to do this. In all fairness to myself, I am still researching which projector would be best. I plan to also use this to create a "Star" effect for my church's Live Nativity (of which, I am the coordinator).

This here blog. You have NO idea how many blogs didn't get finished, thus not seeing print here. I had planned on doing my "Sounds of the Season" feature, like I did in October 2009, but I never got around to it. The demands of my job, with our scheduled inventory falling right in the Halloween season, pretty much torpedoed that one. I also had a lil' feature I wanted to do called "The 12 Slays of Christmas". I won't elaborate on that one, other than to say that I hope to have it finished by December of this year.

So, here's hoping that 2011 contains a bit more free time that this past year! Thanks to the readers I do have for dropping in to check out this lil' blog. It ain't much, but I have fun doing it. More than that, it has introduced me to all sorts of cool folks who have INCREDIBLE blogs that I rarely go a day without reading! Y'all are all wonderful, and I wish you the most wonderful blessings in 2011 and beyond!