Last December, when I was celebrating my annual Christmas in California extravaganza, I spent a few days in San Diego visiting friends. While there, I had the opportunity to make merry at one of those oversize-Chinese Lantern Festival exhibits that pop up in stadium parking lots around the country at this time of year, and it was just amazing! If you live in the NY Tri-State area, you can visit the one they are having on Staten Island, and there is even a Groupon Deal for reduced-price admission! Score: a Direct Hit!
Here is the Lantern Tree Seen from the Opposite Side!
Why not do a little Googling and find out if there one going on where you live? It will be worth it!
While I was out west in California for the Christmas holidays, I spent a few days in San Deigo, where I visited the historic Hotel Del Coronado, a luxury resort property that’s right on the beach. The Hotel Del, as it is known, has an amazing and colorful history that goes back to the late 1880s and it is arguably San Diego’s most famous landmark building. It was also once known as Hollywood’s Playground, so it is not much og a surprise that their gift shop sells all kinds of fancy stuff like this simply breathtaking Pink Lotus Blossom Handbag by Mary Frances handbags, which I would wish to own.
This special little bag can be purchased in the Hotel Del Coronado gift shop, online from Mary Frances handbags, or from Amazon for $298.00 (worth it).
Does anyone know what kind of car this is? My friend Sue took the above photo of it while she was idling at an intersection somewhere in suburban San Diego. I put it into a Google Image Search but could not find any car that looked even remotely like it. It is pretty cool, don’t you think? To me, this tiny red, pod-shaped car looks a little bit like a fancy shoe! I bet it gets excellent mileage!
The legendary Stan Lee has created a brand new super-hero, Blood Red Dragon, based on rock icon Yoshiki, leader of the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan. The Blood Red Dragon comic book series will feature a surprise, first-of-its kind publishing innovation. The series debut issue will premiere at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, which runs from July 21 – 24 and is already completely sold out. As part of Comic-Con, Lee, world-renowned comic book artist Todd McFarlane (whose Todd McFarlane Productions is publishing BRD) Yoshiki and book writer Jon Goff will take part in a panel discussion about the comic, scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. If you’re already registered to attend Comic-Con, you should add this panel to your daily agenda, because it sounds awesome.
Yoshiki of X Japan With Stan Lee
Blood Red Dragon focuses on the origin of an ancient and benevolent force, locked in an epic battle with the dark armies of Oblivion. Creative expression and destiny collide, as once in a generation, an individual is born with the potential to unlock the awesome might of the Blood Red Dragon, thus channeling a power beyond comprehension and assuming the mantel of Earth’s protector. When agents of Oblivion discover that the key to accessing the Blood Red Dragon’s energy lays in music – the melodic heart of the human spirit – they launch a series of violent attacks on musicians across the globe. As he performs in front of a large crowd during the opening show of a massive world tour, drummer and keyboardist Yoshiki comes face-to-face with his destiny, experiencing a transformation that will forever change his life – and possibly the face of the world.
The Los Angeles Times has a cool article on Blood Red Dragon at This Link.
The Blood Red Dragon Panel takes place at The Hilton San Jose Bayfront Hotel, Located at 1 Park Boulevard, San Jose, California.
Oh man, this the best thing ever: a Gay Pink Stormtrooper! If you’re lucky enough to be in San Diego right now attending the fabulous Comic Con 2010, you can check this puppy out in person as it debuts today (July 22nd) at the DKE Toysbooth #4732. Available from Suckadelic in a limited edition of 50, Gay Empire V2 sells for $60 each. May the Force be with you, sailor.