Saturday, November 19, 2005

Exhibit A

Originally uploaded by baranpower.
While in Dollywood, it seemed eerily like the TV show LOST... while no photographic evidence was gathered of the "Others" like employees, I did capture this photo of a POLAR BEAR in the Dollywood Christmas Parade.

Friday, November 18, 2005

This Week's Skiles Face Nominees

This week, I am using a new Skiles Face image. This is kind of a "Yeah, I'm talking to YOU" kind of face. So, from the sublime Julie Andrews and all things good, to the recipients of this week's Skiles Face awards:
ahhhhh, I feel better now. Don't you?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Isn't Every Day Julie Andrews Day?

In my world, every day is Julie Andrews Day, down to my Fraulien Maria haircut. Julie Andrews appeared at Book Expo last year at McCormick Place, and I actually lost it while she was signing my book. She was so gracious and kind, and classy, and her lipstick perfectly matched her suit. So, so beautiful. So, so radiant! I heart YOU, Mrs. Edwards.

Chicago Tribune Mayor Daley declares 'Julie Andrews Day' in Chicago

Monday, November 14, 2005

This Week's Recipient of the Skiles Face...

Originally uploaded by baranpower.
Is brought to you by United Airlines. We flew to Knoxville on one of those "United Express" commuter planes, where you get on and off like the Beatles but with fewer screaming girls. Three different flights were boarding, and we were sent out onto the field, or tarmac, or whatever you call it. But nobody on the field knew which plane was going to Knoxville! So, there were about 30 people just hanging around for 10 minutes while they played "process of elimination." United O'Hare, you get the Skiles Face.
Flying home went smoothly, except for the man sitting in front of Scratch who was squirmier than our 5 year old nephew, William. Scratch's knees took a beating from the seat going up, down, back, and forth for the entire 75 minutes in the air. Old Man in front of us, you get the Skiles Face!
And finally, businesses who exploit Christmas and the Baby Jesus to the point of nausea? Big time, holiday, Santa Hat wearing Skiles Face to you!

We're Back!

Even though we were only gone for a couple of days, there's no way I can fit everything we experienced into one post. So tonight I will just give some impressions, and then elaborate more when time permits.

Knoxville, TN: Beautiful, new airport. Perhaps the only thing missing is a breakfast option. We flew home early this morning, and just weren't in the mood for Ruby Tuesday's at 8AM.

Pigeon Forge, TN: Have you ever been to Wisconsin Dells? How about Branson? Then, folks, you've been to Pigeon Forge. I have som fun pictures of 'the strip' that I will share later in the week.

Dollywood! What a nice, clean park. Unfortunately, many of the craft-based attractions were closed for the season - that seems to be the heart and soul of the park. It was Christmas in Dollywood time, which meant everything was head-to-toe Christmas lights, angels, and references to the Baby Jesus. It was seriously enough to annoy Jesus himself.

Anyway, I want to get to the weekly SkilesFace nominations... so to keep your interest for future TN posts, I give you this photo of us with the queen herself! I'm very disappointed in my hair for this picture, it's very helmet-y. But how could I ever look glamorous next to that anyway? It wasn't worth trying too hard for.

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