Monthly Archives: April 2013
Last time I reported to you from Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia a lot of my emphasis was placed on the excellent thrill rides present there. I will definitely cover some of that this time, but some differences in this trip will also mean a shift in focus in my report.
Firstly, this Saturday’s foray in the Old Country was as a celebration of one of my best friend’s birthdays, which meant that we had a couple of pre-teens along for the ride. Also, since it’s almost May instead of just exiting the frigid parts of March, the fantastic floral beauty of the park was in full effect. Lastly, with no car trouble on the way there this time, we got to enjoy an almost complete 11 hour day! This meant a vey different experience.
Today was opening day at Kings Island. After months of waiting, it’s always exciting to finally get to visit the park and kick off the new season. Opening day can bring heavy crowds and sometimes there can be a few hiccups as the staff gets things up to speed. But even with a few downsides, opening day is not to be missed.
Note: This article was written prior to Robin Williams’ death on August 11, 2014. At present, Williams’ death is believed to be suicide. The purpose of this article is to review Williams’ career as an entertainer. My sympathy goes out to Williams’ friends and family. I am personally saddened by his passing. I will update this article as information becomes available. In the meanwhile, please view this as a celebration of William’s work.
At the peak of his career, Robin Williams was one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. He made the extremely rare transition from comedian to dramatic actor. What’s more, he was able to alternate between popular comedies and dramatic roles while winning awards for both. But eventually, Williams’ popularity waned. While Williams remains busy, his last starring role in a mainstream movie was in 2009.
What the hell happened?
During the 1990’s, Kidman was one half of Hollywood’s biggest power couple. During that time, she became one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. Even after her divorce from Tom Cruise, Kidman’s career continued to soar. She starred in big movies, was a darling of critics and finally won an Academy Award in 2002. These days, Kidman is still a sought-after actress. She can still be counted on to rack up nominations come awards time. But her career has cooled. The movies are smaller. Her spotlight has dimmed.
What the hell happened?
There are two kinds of people in the world; those who watch parades at Disney World and those who don’t. I can definitely understand the argument for skipping the parades. Lines for attractions are generally shorter while the parade is running. If you want a decent viewing spot for the parade, you need to scope it out in advance. Doing so eats up precious park time.
I don’t go too far out of my way to watch the parades. But I do consider them to be part of the Disney experience. Ideally, I like to take in at least one per trip. Of the day-time parades currently running, my favorite has to be Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “must see”, but I do think it is definitely an under-rated Disney experience.
Recently, I wrote about a spell of the Wintertime Blues. Every year, Cabin Fever sets in and I can’t wait to get back to Kings Island. Finally, spring has sprung and opening day is only 10 days away!
Writing the previous article prompted me to go back and read some of my previous trip reports. Seeing the pictures from years past got me feeling nostalgic. So before the new season starts, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane.
In the late seventies and early eighties, Chevy Chase was the height of cool. He was the original break-out star of Saturday Night Live which was the hip show to watch and not an institution like it is today. When he went into movies, Chase was hailed as the next Cary Grant. But despite appearing in a few durable comedies, Chase has failed to live up to the promise he showed early in his career. These days, he is known for his tirades more than his comedy.
What the hell happened?
Jonathan Winters began his career as a comedian by winning a talent show which he entered in hopes of winning a watch. This led to gigs as disc jockeys in his home state of Ohio. When he moved to New York City in 1953, he had less than $60 in his pocket.
Previously, I wrote about some of the differences between The Walking Dead TV show and the comic book it is based on. I covered everything up through the mid-season finale of the third season. Now that the season is over (and has ended with a whimper) I will look at all of the storylines the show dropped from the comic book series.
Spoilers for the early issues of the comic book follow. It is possible some of these story lines could be repurposed for the fourth season of the show, but even if they do they will probably be unrecognizable given all the changes the show has made to the source material so far.