Category: Travel

TMZ Tours

Is there time to catch a quick tour before the Oscars start?

Where to Stand

Where am I to stand on the red carpet?

Oscar Guests Starting to Arrive

Guests are making their way in and getting photos taken on the red carpet. Everybody likes to get their photo taken with a 7 foot tall faux statue.

On the Red Carpet

The red carpet has been rolled out. The curtains have been hanged. The stage is set for the gala event to commence. Join us to for periodic updates about different events throughout the day.

Backstage Look at the Oscars

We were able to get a first hand backstage look at everything that goes into hosting the Academy Awards. It is quite remarkable to see all the people setting up the decorations, walls, lighting, sound, cameras, carpeting, and making sure that everything is in place and ready for the event to go off without a …

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Jimmy Kimmel Gets Ready to Host the Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel is getting ready and practicing for hosting the 90th Academy Awards tonight on ABC at 8 P.M. Easter/5 P.M. Pacific.

Iraq Hut Surrounded by Mines

Don’t go walking off the beaten path. You might find more than you bargained for. In this instance here was a hut that had some mines that needed to be cleared.

Kadena Air Base Telephone Switch

Here are some of the local national guys who work as part of the telephone switch at Kadena air base in Okinawa. You can see the main distribution frame on the left.

Temple Art in Thailand

Here is some art that was in a Thai temple. I really like the depiction of the characters.

Thailand Buddha

Here are some different photos of Buddha statues in Thailand. What is real interesting is the differences between the buddha in Japan and the Buddha in Thailand.

Bellows Air Force Station

Bellows Air Force Station is one of my favorite beaches on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. If you want to go body boarding or just spend the day at the beach, this is a nice perfect sandy beach to do so.

Destroyed Bayji Bridges in Iraq

Arial view from an attack helicopter of the destroyed Bayji bridges in Iraq.

Bazaar in Iraq

Here are some photos of a bazaar in Iraq. It shows some of the stuff that was being bartered.

Arial View of Baghdad, Iraq

Here are a couple arial view photos of Baghdad and one of a palace in Iraq.

Sights Around Enoshima

I had a very pleasant time walking around Enoshima and taking all the sights, views, and food that there was. The small island gives you some really nice panoramic views, as well as, having the opportunity to take in the local Japanese culture.

Water Dragon

Walking around at Enoshima, Japan I came across this dragon water spout. I’ve never seen anything like this before and thought it was pretty darn cool.

Arachnophobia in Japan

While walking around Kamakura I saw these spiders and thought they looked pretty cool. I hope if you’re going to visit Japan you don’t have arachnophobia, otherwise that could be problematic.

Kamakura Station Manhole Cover

Japan isn’t just a country with millions upon millions of people. There is a lot of art and beauty everywhere you look. It is cool to see the smallest details of art such as this manhole cover near the Kamakura Station.

Shrine in Japan

Some of the great beauties in Japan are the shrines and temples. Here is a shrine seen at Enoshima, Japan. I like the way you go through the doorway up the path to the shrine or temple. This is kind of gives the effect of walking on the path to enlightenment.

National Space Development Agency of Japan Communications and Broadcasting Engineering Test Satellite

Click here to download the full NASDA Communications and Broadcasting Engineering Test Satellite text This is a pamphlet I picked up at the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) museum when I was in Okinawa, Japan. This pamphlet is about the Communications and Broadcasting Engineering Test Satellite (COMET) satellite.

National Space Development Agency of Japan H-IIA Launch Vehicle

Click here to download PDF file of the NASDA H-IIA Launch Vehicle So this is actually really cool. Around 1999 or 2000 I was in Okinawa, Japan and between Okinawa City and Nago there is a National Space Development Agency of Japan site that has some huge antenna dishes. I stopped to check them out …

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Washington D.C. Ticket Agent

Please say some stupid things and a Washington D.C. Ticket Agent shares some of the things they have heard. 1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter) ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!) 2. I got a call from …

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Rickshaws in Japan

In Japan you may see rickshaws pulling people around as a means of transportation. They look like a fun way to see the area.

Elephants in Thailand

You can find elephants all over in Thailand.

Thailand Tuk Tuk

In Thailand they have these three wheeled covered vehicles called “tuk tuks.” Riding in one of these vehicles can be quite an experience and give you a different perspective. Despite their small size you can fit 3 people comfortably or 8 people if you are trying to turn it into a clown car. I once …

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Pabst Blue Ribbon Sign Las Vegas

While walking down the Las Vegas strip trying to navigate my way through the crowd I saw this sign that says, “Drink up, you’re half the man my mother was.” Now that is funny.

Trump Treasure

People are flipping out to find the original “must see” Trump Treasure. Maybe his real treasure was the tax cut plan that Donald J. Trump just signed into law. What other treasures does he have in store?

The Mirage Las Vegas

Walked down the Las Vegas strip to the Mirage hotel and casino.

Bellagio Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

Walking down the Las Vegas strip I saw the Bellagio hotel and casino. This was one of the hotels that was robbed in the movie “Ocean’s 11.” I even stayed around and watched one of the water fountain shows.

Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas

Does the real Caesar live here?

California Countryside

Some people say that California is a beautiful state. Apparently they haven’t been anywhere else. Southern California is dry desert that has been sun baked. If you think desert is beautiful, then this is the right place for you. Things don’t really start getting green until you are near San Francisco heading north. If you …

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Headstand on the Beach

California is full of interesting people. Here is one instance of a person who was walking down the beach and then for no apparent reason stopped and started doing a headstand. He stayed in that position for at least 15 minutes. Then he took a paddle board out into the ocean and started doing a …

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Las Vegas Mural

While in Las Vegas, Nevada I went to check out the Pawn Stars shop and right across the street were some pretty nice murals. The paintings showed Las Vegas Route 66, The Beatles, the Sands, The Dunes and the Flamingo. I thought it looked pretty cool and since someone went through all the trouble to …

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A Date Which Will Live in Infamy…

The last time I was in Washington D.C. I snapped this photo at the World War II Monument looking towards the Washington Monument to recognize the date of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

La Jolla Children’s Pool and Harbor Seals

Not far from downtown La Jolla is a children’s pool that has been permanently taken over by harbor seals. ┬áIf you are ever in the area it is nice to go watch the seals and take in the coastal area. You will be able to find lots of things to see around there. Anything from …

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Ocean Beach Mural

When hanging out in Ocean Beach you’ll notice different murals and graphic artists paintings. Here is one nice one that you can find painted on a wall when heading into town.

Surfing at La Jolla

While in La Jolla in San Diego, California I watched as surfers were catching some waves just south of the the children’s pool.

Cool Blue Las Vegas

Pabst Blue Ribbon Sign near east Freemont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Vegas Ink

Have you ever seen the t.v. show Vegas Ink? Here is a photo of one of the famous tattoo parlors.

Planet Hollywood Sign in Las Vegas

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino has quite a way of advertising on the Las Vegas strip as you can tell by the sign.

Top of the Market

In the heart of San Diego near the Embarcadero is the Top of the Market fish market restaurant where you can overlook the San Diego bay and enjoy a nice meal.

Flowers in Las Vegas

While in Las Vegas I happened to spot some interesting flowers, here are the photos.

Walt Disney Animation Studios

On the back side of Mount Lee behind the Hollywood sign facing north is Burbank, California. This is where Walt Disney used the money from one of his movies to build the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

USS Midway

Docked in the heart of San Diego bay is the USS Midway. This CV-41 aircraft carrier was commissioned a week after the end of World War II. It was the largest ship in the world until 1955. The ship operated for 47 years until it was decommissioned in 1992. The ship is now a museum …

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GoPro Panoramic View Behind Hollywood Sign

Here is a panoramic view taking behind the Hollywood sign with a GoPro camera.

San Diego Maritime Museum

At the San Diego Maritime Museum you will find a small collection of ten different ships such as the Star of India, the 1898 ferryboat the Berkeley, and the B-39 Soviet Foxtrot class submarine. You can even find the San Salvador, which is a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s galleon which discovered San Diego in …

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Broken Belt on Vehicle

I’ve had some real winners for vehicles throughout my lifetime, but I can’t say I ever had a belt break on a vehicle quite like this. After I heard a noise I looked under the hook just to find the source of the noise. Since I didn’t have the tools to fix the issue on …

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Stickers Around Griffith Park

While hiking up Mount Lee in Griffith Park I noticed some stickers stuck to street signs and guardrails and other things. I took the opportunity to post a few stickers myself. Maybe this will drive more traffic to the website. If not, it was still a fun hike.

Palomar Observatory

Saturday I went for a drive to the Palomar Observatory. Prior to going I checked online to see what their hours of operation are and it showed from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. After driving over there I got all the way to the gate just to find out the observatory was closed for a special event. …

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Behind the Hollywood Sign

Went hiking up Mount Lee to get some photos from behind the Hollywood sign. Last time I did this I parked near the Griffith Observatory and ended up hiking 12 miles round trip and I didn’t have water so I was dehydrated and tired as all can be. I knew I wasn’t going to make …

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