Starting a New Home

I signed my lease for my new apartment today and I started taking things over tonight. I wanted to start off right, so I picked very specific things: my statue of the Maltese Falcon, an acoustic guitar and a vacuum cleaner. Grace brought one of her teddy bears and one of Peter’s to sit in their room and wait for them. I tried explaining the symbolism and importance of establishing yourself in a new home to Grace, but I’m not sure if she got it.

Vermont Wins Simpsons Movie Contest


Maybe it was the pink doughnut. Maybe it was the clever homemade video, or small-town charm.

Maybe Homer just figured it was time to go green.

Whatever the reason, this much is true: Tiny Springfield, Vt., beat out 13 other like-named cities Tuesday for the right to host the premiere of “The Simpsons Movie,” winning an online poll it wasn’t even invited to participate in.

On July 21, the town’s 212-seat movie theater will play host to the movie, which opens July 27.

“Vermont wins,” read the purple lettering beside the doughnut-chomping patriarch of Fox TV’s dysfunctional middle American family on “The Simpsons Movie Springfield Challenge” Web site.

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Disneyland Re-opens Submarine Ride

as the character-infused Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

This classic ride, that opened in the nuclear sub age has seen hard times, and has been closed for years. The Disneyworld version, modeled after the movie 20,000 Leagues under the sea, has long since been paved over and replaced with a Pooh playground.

Read the Los Angeles Times article about the re-opening.

Learn more about the Submarine Voyage rides.

National Hot Dog Month

In honor of National Hot Dog Month, here is a recent story (6/29/07) about the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile:

By Todd Richmond
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. – Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer … car thief?

That’s what an Arizona Highway Patrol officer was wondering when he spotted the iconic Wienermobile rumbling along with plates that came back as stolen.

The Wienermobile was on the road for a promotion in which contestants sing the Oscar Mayer jingle for a shot at appearing in a commercial and winning “American Idol” tickets.

The 27-foot-long, 11-foot-tall hot dog on wheels was in a construction zone on Interstate 10 in downtown Tucson Wednesday morning, slowing traffic. Officer Korey Lankow caught up to it and ran its YUMMY license plate to make sure it was street legal.

YUMMY came back as stolen.

Lankow pulled over the Wienermobile, and two more officers arrived to help.

It turns out someone had indeed stolen the YUMMY plate off the Wienermobile in Columbia, Mo., back in February.

Oscar Mayer officials reported the theft to police there, company spokeswoman Syd Lindner said. The company got a replacement YUMMY plate that same month and notified police in Missouri, Lindner said.

But the plate still came back as stolen Wednesday, with no note that it was OK if found on Wienermobile itself.

A message left with the Columbia Police Department wasn’t returned.

Jeff Kendell, 23, of Salt Lake City, was a passenger – or “hot dogger” in Oscar Mayer lingo – in the rolling wiener.

“We knew we weren’t doing anything wrong,” Kendell said. “We figured they were just pulling us over to check something.”

Not missing a beat, Kendell handed out wiener whistles to the officers, who took a peek inside the Wienermobile and snapped pictures with digital cameras.

Arizona Highway Patrol spokesman Quent Mehr said Lankow is hearing plenty about it from his buddies.

“The officer, he’s just like, ‘I don’t believe this is happening,”‘ Mehr said.

The Wienermobile first hit the road in 1936. Madison-based Oscar Mayer currently runs six Wienermobiles, said Ed Roland, the company’s mobile marketing manager.

Bouncing Bulldogs win fourth straight national championship

Grace’s jump rope team (which she is part of, but doesn’t compete yet) just won its fourth National Championship.

from Chapel Hill News:

The Bouncing Bulldogs Rope Skipping Team of Chapel Hill has returned from Disney World with some new but familiar-looking souvenirs.

The Bouncing Bulldogs won the USA Jump Rope National Championships in Florida for an unprecedented fourth year in a row. They topped 64 other teams from around the country at the event held last weekend. The Bulldogs’ 42 competitors, ages 8-19, brought home 212 top-10 finishes, including 103 medals (40 gold, 36 silver, and 27 bronze).

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