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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Xanadu and the Miracle Strip Amusement Park :

I don't know if you ever saw "Xanadu: The House of the Future" in Kissimmee, but I heard it was finally torn down in late 2005. I never went there when it was open, but would always drive past it in it's later years. I went inside once and looked around. It had been closed for years and was in massive decay. The inside was being used for storing boxes and homeless folks were squatting there (none were present when I explored it).

Click here for photos of how it looked about the time that I explored it.other great photos of Xanadu in it's heyday are here and some shots of it being dismantled here.

I also was reading that the amusement park that I visited most every summer from my childhood has been closed and much of it torn down for condos. It was in Panama City Beach. Back when that city was the "Redneck Riviera" in the 1970's & '80's, my family would vacation there and I would always go to the Miracle Strip Amusement Park. It was a great, small, old park that had tons of charm.

But now all of the mom & pop motels that populated Panama City Beach are gone. It's no longer the "Redneck Riviera". Now it's the land of expensive condos. The land where the amusement park was now holds condos. I heard that they were going to keep a couple of the rides in operation on the grounds of the condos.

What a shame that future generations of kids won't be able to experience this tiny, classic amusement park - built before the days of the huge parks like Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, etc. It was so... quaint, I guess you could say. Anyway - I have very pleasant memories of the place. I only wish I had taken more photos of it when I was there. There are some generic shots of the park online - but nothing like I want - a first-person tour of every ride in photographs.Oh well, live and learn, eh?

Ok, that's the end of my nostalgia stream today.- Jason
I am a huge fan of the work of a cool artist named John K. He is my favorite cartoonist. He created the Ren & Stimpy cartoon and heads up a cartoon company called Spumco.I love reading his blog at: johnkstuff.blogspot.com.

There's lots of great art on his page and the pages that link from his site of other artist's work. If I had some money to play with someday, I'd like to collect some more cartoon art. Unfortunately, there are too many real-world things to buy - so cartoon art collecting may have to wait.
Tuesday, March 14th:

Ok, one thing you start to do when you get old is reminisce about your youth. Well, I just remembered this thing existed and I found a photo of it online. I'm talking about a cartoon booth. We had one at the local Richway Dept. store. It's like a photo booth, but instead of having your picture taken you sat on the seat and watched a 5 minute cartoon rear-projected onto a screen.

I would watch cartoons like Woody Woodpecker, Heckle & Jeckle, Droopy, Deputy Dawg and others in a machine like this. Although the one I visited may not have been quite as fancy as the one shown in the photo - it was very similar. Mine had a half-curtain that you could pull closed and provide a little bit of darkness for the screen.

Good memories.

Sunday, March 12, 2006:

Me and Jeremy Clark just got back from the Langerado festival in Sunrise. We went to see The Black Crowes. It was my 31st Crowes show and as fun as ever. I danced around like a fool, of course.Unfortunately we got there too late to see G. Love & Special Sauce play - so we blew some time at the Sawgrass Mills mall before the Crowes played. We were optimistic about going into the Gameworks arcade, but in the end were disappointed by the experience. They didn't have good games. They were mainly large racing games. There weren't any games older than 10 years in the room. Zero classic arcade games. Luckily we found a few pinball machines that kept us happy.If I ever strike it rich, my "fun" business that I'd like to run on the side is a kick-ass, old-style, pizzeria/video arcade. Like Showbiz Pizza from my childhood, without the animal band (and with a better jukebox). It would have some cool newer games, but would have rows and rows of all of the classic machines. How fun would that be?
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