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The “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Tour

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

I have long considered myself a Disneyland expert (or a “foamer” – a term I learned from Pinky Lovejoy, of the Thinking Pink blog, that refers to those who foam at the mouth over all things Disney).  I have visited The Happiest Place on Earth more times than I can count and know its layout like the back of my hand.  I even had the amazing opportunity to dine at the park’s ultra-exclusive Club 33 back in 2009.  So I was shocked when fellow stalkers [...]



New “L.A.” Mag Post – The TCM Movie Locations Tour

Jul 17th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Be sure to check out today’s Scene It Before post for L.A. magazine – about the new TCM Movie Locations Tour.  You can find it here.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



Fat Sal’s Deli – Jerry Ferrara’s Restaurant

Jun 17th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

I’m back, people!  To say that last week was a blast would be an understatement.  It was honestly one of the best weeks of my life and a really special birthday celebration.  There was never a dull moment and I am officially exhausted (and now have a cold), but it was well worth it!  A huge THANK YOU to the Grim Cheaper and my friends Lavonna, Kim, Katie and Kaylee for making it all happen.  One of our many adventures (and I will be blogging [...]



Birthday Visit to L.A.

Jun 9th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

I am heading to L.A. this week to meet up with my good friends Kim and Lavonna who are visiting from Ohio.  (That’s us, along with Pinky Lovejoy, of the Thinking Pink blog, at Ellen two years ago.)  We have about a million fun things planned (hello Disneyland!) and I am extra excited because my birthday is on Tuesday!  Needless to say, I will be taking the week off from blogging.  Don’t forget to check out my latest Los Angeles magazine post on Thursday here [...]



Happy Memorial Day!

May 26th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

I would like to wish my fellow stalkers a very happy Memorial Day!  I hope you are all enjoying a fun and safe three-day weekend and taking at least a moment to remember what today is really about – America’s fallen heroes.



Today’s “Los Angeles” Magazine Post – The Disney Garage

May 8th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Sorry to have been M.I.A. for the past couple of days.  I was visiting L.A. and had the most amazing time!  The trip even included a surprise makeover for a new reality show (which I promise to blog about at a later date).  There was, unfortunately, no time for blogging, though, but I will have a new post up tomorrow.  And don’t forget to check out my new Los Angeles magazine post today – about Walt Disney’s first L.A. Studio – on LAMag.com.  (My columns [...]



Bombay Beach

Apr 30th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Out of all of the Salton Sea townships that I stalked while my best friend, Robin, was visiting in March, Bombay Beach was, without a doubt, my favorite.  Situated about twenty miles south of the North Shore Beach and Yacht Club (which I blogged about here), the tiny census-designated place is made up of about two hundred homes and trailers, a great number of which are abandoned.

At 223 feet below sea level, Bombay Beach has the distinction of being the lowest city in America.  It [...]



The Salton Sea

Apr 21st, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

About fifty miles southeast of Palm Springs lies the Salton Sea, a former resort destination that I had wanted to stalk ever since seeing Troy Paiva’s haunting images of the place on his website Lost America.  Due to the fact that it is largely abandoned and hence lacking in public restrooms, I hesitated making the trek out there.  (I suffer from an abnormally small bladder.)  Then, while my best friend Robin was in town in mid-March, the Grim Cheaper convinced me that it was time [...]



The Wrong-Door Raid Apartments

Feb 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Marilyn Monroe Locations

One of the most infamous (and humorous) scandals to ever rock Tinseltown involved my girl Miss Marilyn Monroe and her second ex-husband, legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio.  (Their relationship wasn’t always sunshine and roses.)  Known as the Wrong-Door Raid, it occurred in the late night hours of November 5th, 1954, but did not become public knowledge until almost a year later.  I stalked the apartment building where the raid took place – at 8122 Waring Avenue in West Hollywood – last summer, initially planning to [...]



Happy Presidents’ Day!

Feb 17th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

This weekend was a whirlwind that included a spectacular Valentine’s Day with the Grim Cheaper, a (VERY crowded, but fun) trip to Disneyland with Miss Pinky Lovejoy of the Thinking Pink blog and her husband, Keith Coogan,  and seeing Air Force One in person (can’t get more presidential than that!).  I, unfortunately, did not have any time to write a post for today or tomorrow, but I will be back on Wednesday with a whole new location.  I hope all of my fellow stalkers are [...]