Monday, February 27, 2012

The Matterhorn Updated

The Matterhorn Updated by hbmike2000
The Matterhorn Updated, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

With new track, new cars and a facelift to make Joan Rivers jealous, the matterhorn will reopen this summer. The cars are the coolest. They retain the same kind of look but there will be three seperate seats now instead of sharing the same seat. Which is good because my seat mate always ends up waying about 100 pounds more than me and insist on sitting in front of me, squishing me flat.

View on black and I will give you a facelift to make Joan jealous.

100 Pictures: #78 Close

Frolicking With Pluto

Frolicking With Pluto by hbmike2000
Frolicking With Pluto, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

I took Pluto for a walk down Main Street USA and we had a blast. We came to the Plaza at the end of the street and found some pretty flowers to frolick around in. As we were ... huh ... Pluto, stop that. I said Frolick. No, Pluto, BAD! PLUTO!!!!

Fine. Does anybody have a little baggy?

View on black or Pluto and I will Frolick in your flowers

100 Pictures: #3 Bokeh

Sunday, February 26, 2012

OK, Which One Of You Put Up That Sign!

Tom awoke to a beautiful morning. He hopped out of bed, wiped the buggers from his eyes and strolled out to the yard for some grub when he noticed the new sign hanging below the old sign.

All I can say is I've never heard a Turkey swear so much before.

View on Black and get your own Turkey ... no no, I mean go get YOUR own Turkey!!
Don't touch my Turkey

100 Pictures: #39 Interesting
Especially since I never noticed the goat standing on the rock until I was processing the photo. I was so focused on the turkey that kept staring at the Don't Feed The Animals sign.

Mater Stole My Teeth!

Mater Stole My Teeth! by hbmike2000
Mater Stole My Teeth!, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

I saw Mater and Lightning at a photo op promoting Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. I noticed Mater sporting some fine looking teeth. My Teef, MY TEEF I hollered. Give me Back my TEEF you Feef!! They tossed me over the wall and into the river.

Thofe bumfs

View on black or I'll take your teef.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Has Anybody Seen Art?

Has Anybody Seen Art? by hbmike2000
Has Anybody Seen Art?, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

I bet the bums in there! Can somebody PLEASE find Art??? I need to take his picture for a challenge.

View on black or when I find Art, I'll sick him on you.

Our Daily Topic: aRt

Sunflare, Jet Streams And Wishing Wells

My knees popped as knelt down to get the perfect shot for Cliche Saturday. I couldn't believe my luck, it was the motherlode of cliches. Wishing Wells, Sky, Sunflare, Jet Stream all rolled into one. I wasn't low enough, so I leaned further down on my already aching knee. Click click click. I got it! Standing up, knees yelling YIPPEE, I was on a hot streak. Why not make it better I thought to myself. I reached into my pocket, found some lose change, took two steps, tripped, fell into the well. I was horrified! As I fell into the dark abyss, I screamed for help. I hit the bottom with a squishy thud. I lay there, moaning, fading in and out. The last thing I saw before blacking out was a six year old looking over the side of the well a foot up. "You big baby" she said, and tossed a coin at me. It was a penny. The cheapskate.

View on black or I'll push into Snow Whites Wishing Well


Friday, February 24, 2012

Honk Honk Means Get Out Of The Way

To get this shot, I took my glasses off. This is what I saw. Right in the middle of saying, oohhhh look at all the pretty colors, there was a Honk Honk. So I flapped my arms around my head to try and keep the duck from pooping on me. I'm pretty sure I heard the driver snickering as the big bus ran over me.

View on Black or I'll convince you the photo has perfect clarity and you need glasses

Our Daily Challenge: Deliberate Blur Abstract (don't know how "abstract" it is but it's blurry alright)

With Style And Grace And All That Jazz

Disney gets it right most of the time but on occasion, they knock the ball right out of the park. And they did that with this. This is Princess Tiana’s Mardi Gras Celebration and they parade through New Orleans singing and dancing and having a blast I have to tell you, I usually run from these. Yes, they are cool but they get quite crowded. But this was not the same. The music started and I could see them off in the distance parading down the street. I was entranced. I pushed, shoved, bit (don't judge me) my way to the front of the crowd and had a blast.

I'm pretty sure Princess Tiana winked at me. Come to think of it, so did the Prince. I think the Aligator did too now that you mention it.

View on Black or I'll toss you into the Louisiana Swamps

Our Daily Challenge

From The Goofy Level

From The Goofy Level by hbmike2000
From The Goofy Level, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

This shot is of the Disneyland Hotel off in the distance. It was taken from the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure fourth floor, Goofy Level. No, no, NOT goofy level, Goofy Level. I don't think you quite get it. It IS the Goofy Level.

And for crying out loud STOP asking if they always make me park there! It's the GOOFY LEVEL!!!!

I give. Yes, they always make me park there.

View on black or I'll smack you with my big yellow hat!

Our Daily Challenge: Seen From Above

hbmike2000's photostream

Does The Moon Look A Little Drunk To You?Falling For AdventureAnother One Bites The DustHello.  Hello?  HELLO???The Dark Alley Of TomorrowHowlin' For You
Don't Fence Me InDon't Sneeze, Don't Sneeze, Don't SneezeThe Autopia Incident of 2012Look!  Up In The Sky!The Heart Of DisneylandBetween Fantasy And Future
Tarzan's Treehouse And A Kid Named BurtSquuuueeeeekThat Familiar Thump ThumpMarceline & MeMonstro Goes To The DentistHouston, We Have A Problem
Big Scary ManAlways Know The ExitsSplish Splash MountainThese Are A Few Of My Favorite ThingsBy The Willow TreeAccording To The Rooster And The Whale, It's Windy

Does The Moon Look A Little Drunk To You?

The next time you go out at night and you don't see the moon, trust me, he's drunk. I know, I am his designated driver.

View on Black or YOU can clean up after the Drunk Moon

100 Pictures: #10 Moon

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Falling For Adventure

Falling For Adventure by hbmike2000
Falling For Adventure, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

Out of breath, I reached the top of Tarzan's Tree House. As I climbed the last two feet, I stepped on my shoe lace, lost balance and went over the side. This was the last shot I took just before falling to the bushes below. Is it bad that all I thought of on the way down was, hmmm Bengal Barbecue sounds good for lunch?

View on black or I will pop out of the bushes and scare you.

Our Daily Topic: Seen From Above

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Another One Bites The Dust

Another One Bites The Dust by hbmike2000
Another One Bites The Dust, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

The trains keep running away, it's situated next to a big Mexican Restaurant, it's called "Big Thunder" and yet we don't get a lot of lightning here and the Mayor wants to know why everyone keeps dying off in this stinking town. It's a ... oops, pardon me ... mystery.

View on black. Just do it.

100 Pictures: #67 Number(s)

Hello. Hello? HELLO???

Hello.  Hello?  HELLO??? by hbmike2000
Hello. Hello? HELLO???, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

When I saw the challenge for Leaning, I knew what I wanted to shoot. There is this very cool garden area at the end of Main Street USA, just to the left of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. I wound my way through the crowds to the perfect spot. I aimed my camera, pushed the shutter button, seven shots went off, I smiled then frowned. The pictures looked like they were gonna come out good but ... I don't think the tree is actually leaning. I think it's more asleep. I poked it with a stick a couple of times, nothing. I yelled a bit, nothing. I reached over and splashed cold water from the pond on its face, Nothing. Stupid tree. I'm posting it anyway, those people in the Our Daily Challenge group will NEVER know that it's not actually leaning, that it's just asleep.

View on black for that perfect ZEN feeling ... or I'll throw sand at you

Our Daily Challenge: Leaning

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Dark Alley Of Tomorrow

The Dark Alley Of Tomorrow by hbmike2000
The Dark Alley Of Tomorrow, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

This is the crime scene where I got mugged. I told the Disney Police everything. I was walking along this dark alley below the Castle when this Five Year old girl jumped out at me yelling "BOO!" Well of course I threw up my hands, screamed and dropped my cotton candy which she snatched from the air before it hit the ground. I pointed my finger at her, shaking, You give me that back you ... she kicked me in the shin before I could say the bad word that was coming from my lips. The Disney Police found me an hour later, rolling around on the ground, holding my shin, crying Owy Owy Owy! I

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Howlin' For You

Howlin' For You by hbmike2000
Howlin' For You, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

Thick traffic blocks my way as I make the long trip to work. I sigh deeply, depressed. A familiar beats begins on the radio. It's my favorite. I start to smile, then the words begins. I sing along, a smile on my face now. I start to dance in my seat, forgetting the horrible traffic.

Seven accident and two injuries later, it's still my favorite song.

View on black or I'll drive behind you when the songs on.

Our Daily Challenge: Song / Poetry Inspired

If you haven't heard of The Black Keys, I suggest you stop looking at my photo and go out and hunt for them. Check out the songs
Howlin' For You
Lonely Boy
Tighten Up
Gold On The Ceiling

It's the kind of music that just puts you in a good mood

Don't Fence Me In

Don't Fence Me In by hbmike2000
Don't Fence Me In, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

Oh, give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me ride thru the wide-open country that I love
Don't fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever, but I ask you please
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in

- Cole Porter

I've been singing this dang song to this fence all day long. It's not listening.


View on black or I'll smack you with a piece of the old fence

Our Daily Topic: Song or Poetry Inspired

Don't Sneeze, Don't Sneeze, Don't Sneeze

I slowly walked up to the intimidating Lunar New Year Dragon. I ran all the questions I had to ask through my head, hoping not to forget any. My first assignment as a reporter, it had to be perfect. As I approached it, I realised it had a cold. My feet moved a little slower, my shoulders dropped a little lower as I realized a horrible thought. Gawd, I hope he doesn't sneeze. He'd sizzle whats left of my hair right off my head. My stomach started dancing to Chubby Checkers The Twist as I got closer, the words "Don't Sneeze" crowding out the questions in my head I had for him. Closer. Closer. I was right up to him now. Don't sneeze, don't sneeze, don't sneeze. Looking down at me, he grimaced, head drawing back, mouth opening, I could see the beginnings of a spark. I farted. He sneezed. I screamed. There was an explosion.

View on black or have your hair sizzled off by a fire breathing Lunar New Year Dragon with a cold.

100 Pictures: #42 Hanging

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Autopia Incident of 2012

In other news today, Traffic was backed up for miles on the Autopia freeway in downtown tomorrowland. The child driving was found to be over twice the legal limit of juice. Disney Police quickly arrested the six year old and threw him in the dungeon of the Pirates of the Caribbean.

View on black or this will be your future Driving Instructor. (I've seen you drive and yes you do)

100 Pictures: #64 Childhood

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Look! Up In The Sky!

Look!  Up In The Sky! by hbmike2000
Look! Up In The Sky!, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

It's a bird!
It's a plane!
It's ... It's ...

Ok, which one of you wise guys parked my ship at the top of Tarzan's Treehouse?!?!

View on black and I'll buy you a pair of cement shoes


Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Heart Of Disneyland

The Heart Of Disneyland by hbmike2000
The Heart Of Disneyland, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

I KNEW it!!! I heard rumors about the Heart of Disneyland but I never believed it until one afternoon ... I saw it. It was at the center of Main Street USA. I screamed with giddy glee, bounced up and down and ran over to it. I knelt beside the beautiful heart, closed my eyes, took a deep breath and whispered, I Love You. I opened my eyes and staring back at me, mooning, was 102 year old lady with a Walker. My jaw hit the ground and as I was about to explain, she pushed her walker to the ground, it's little tennis balled feet shooting skyward and she yelled OOOHHHHHH BAAAAAAAABY!!!

I ran. I ran straight down Main Street ducking and dodging and twisting my way through the crowd. She was right behind me, hot on my heels. I was beamed in the back of the head by a dirty tennis ball. I glanced back. HONEYYYY PIEEEEEE, COME TO MAMA! I screamed, high pitched and headed through Sleeping Beauty's Castle. I hopped on King Arthur's Merry-Go-Round, she hopped on right behind and we did a slow speed chase that felt like we were going in circles. I jumped off, tucked, rolled and ran. So did she. I hurdled a stroller with a crying baby in it and headed towards Toontown. With no exits but the one I came in, she trapped me, cornered me, grabbed me in both arms and swooned me, bent over backwards in her arms, she bent over right above me. I saw her lips pucker as she drew closer, her eyes blinked twice as I was about to cry. Halfway there, the 102 year old lady stopped, hesitated, squinted her eyes at me as if trying to see clearly. SUGAR PLUM, she says, I forgot my glasses at home. Just how old are you? I replied 45 years Mam. She dropped me to the ground, flat on my back and there I layed stunned, staring at the sun. I could hear her say as she walked out of my life and headed towards the exit, Way too old for me.

View on black or I'll give the 102 year old YOUR address

Our Daily Topic

Between Fantasy And Future

Between Fantasy And Future by hbmike2000
Between Fantasy And Future, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

While walking on the path between the Matterhorn and the Autopia at Disneyland, I happened to look down and found this very cool Anenome flower with a little Daisy lying cupped in it's petals. I don't know if it fell there or if someone put it there, but it looked quite natural and happy

View on black or I'll sock you! (I have to get my manliness back somehow after looking at flowers)


Friday, February 10, 2012

Tarzan's Treehouse And A Kid Named Burt

I had an awsome idea for the theme TREE and I knew right where to go. I wanted a shot FROM a tree instead of the tree itself. I quickly climbed the five million stairs to the top of Tarzan's Treehouse and found my shot. An old rope. I looked through my view finder but I found it kind of boring. I needed to spice up the shot. I felt a tugging at the back of my pant leg and I turned to see what it was. It was a kid about five years old. Hi, my names Burt, he said. Then it came to me. Hi Burt, my names ... SIMBA, I said. (What? Thats the only thing that came to me on such short notice) I asked him if he wanted to be in a photo I was taken. He smiled and nodded vigorously. Cool I said. I lifted him up to the railing, where he stood. Ok, when I count to three, I said, you jump out to that rope and swing. He nodded vigorously again.

One ...
Two ...

I felt a tug at the back of my shirt and turned around to the familiar voice of my spouse, Are you making a kid jump of the railing at the top of Tarzan's Treehouse?! I turned back to where the kid was. Gone. No where in sight. No, I said, just this boring rope. See. Click Click.

Stop hating, he's fine. I looked over the railing. He landed on the canopy at the bottom that keeps the spit wads off your head from the people at the top.

View on Black or I'll put you in a photo

100 Pictures: #13 Tree


Squuuueeeeek by hbmike2000
Squuuueeeeek, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

This is for all the workers in the world, past, present and future who clean up after us and make everything look shiny, clean and beautiful.

And yes, he's scowling at me because he can't figure out how I got my hand prints so high up on the window. I'll never tell.

View on black or I will throw the dirty rag at you.

100 Pictures: #75 Work

Thursday, February 9, 2012

That Familiar Thump Thump

That Familiar Thump Thump by hbmike2000
That Familiar Thump Thump, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

I was driving along in my little red corvette starspeeder, top down, star shine flowing through my hair and some sweet beach tunes playing on the radio when I felt that familiar THUMP THUMP vibrate through my seat. I pulled over the to the proverbial side of the road and got out to check the side of the ship. I was right. Flat tire. I popped open the trunk and saw a big gaping hole in my spare. With a deep sigh I headed back to the proverbial road. I new what had to be done, so I rolled up my pant leg, stuck my big hairy leg out and waited for someone to stop and give me a ride. After hours of being passed by with people honking and saying crude things, I heard the sound of a familiar tune slowly approaching.

Low rider drives a little slower
Low rider is a real goer

It was the song by WAR. Soon I saw the source. It was a Starspeeder 1000 and it was pulling over to the proverbial curb. I ran to the side and the drivers window rolled down, smoke bellowing out in thick clouds. A little dude named R2D2 hung his round cylindrical head out the window and yelled, Heeeeyyyy duuuude, need a ride man? Hesitant, I said yes. I got in the car, he turned the music back up, stepped on the gas and ran right into the back of my little red corvette Starspeeder, destroying both ships. I could hear R2D2 as I floated off into space, singing

Take a little trip, take a little trip and see
Take a little trip, take a little trip with me

One of these days R2, ONE of these days. POW! To the moon!

View on Black or I will have C3PO come to your place and tell you a story in the Queen of Englands voice while you are trying to sleep.

100 Pictures: #99 Mural

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Marceline & Me

Marceline & Me by hbmike2000
Marceline & Me, a photo by hbmike2000 on Flickr.

Sir ...
Sir ...

I looked up from the glass counter and saw a pair of eyes looking in my direction. My head swiveled in all directions and saw no one else. Was she talking to me?

Don't call me Sir, it makes me feel old Mam, I said

Is there anything I can help you with and please don't call me Mam, makes me feel like my Grandma, Sir.

My eyes squinted just a little and I didn't drop my gaze from hers. I will have one of everything, Mam.

The corners of her mouth dropped to a straight line, her eyes unblinking. Don't you think thats a little TOO much sugar for you, SIR.

I leaned across the glass counter towards here, my hands leaving smudge marks on the glass. My eyebrows down low, I stared at her. No MAM, I do not think it's too much sugar for me.

She leaned across the opposite side of the glass counter, her face inches from mine, her eyes beady little slits. I could smell her breath, sweet with Mickey Candy on it. SIR, would you like that to go or are you gonna eat it all now.

MAM, I growled, I am gonna eat it all here!

I gave her my card, she sneered at me. Here you go SIR!

I grabbed my goodies and headed out the store.

Bye Marceline I said, see you next week.

See you later Sweety she replied.


View on black or I will come visit you after I eat ALL this sugar.

Our Daily Challenge: Starts With M

Monstro Goes To The Dentist

Aahhhhh, I see what the problem is. You've got a tiny little wooden boy stuck in your back molar.

View on black or smell his fish breath

Our Daily Challenge: Water