Apr
1

Theme Park Thursdays: Star Brick

Theme Park Thursdays feature photos from one of our theme park adventures in the past.

Star Brick (2007)

Star Brick (2007)

Decorated brick columns at The American Adventure pavilion feature pretty white stars, as seen here in Epcot back in 2007.

Feb
0

New logo for Jewel-Osco

When it comes to food stores, Chicago has always been dominated by Jewel. As a kid, I had the honor of cracking my head open in one of their stores, trailing blood up and down the aisles. Good times!

With the recent closure of Dominick's, it seems that Jewel-Osco has been repositioning themselves with an ad campaign that emphasizes they are "Here to Stay."

Logo change for Jewel-Osco

Logo change for Jewel-Osco

Additionally, they've been remodeling many of their stores, including some they purchased from Safeway/Dominick's. Many of these new look locations have been showcasing a more circular logo that is a departure from what we've seen on stores over the past few decades.

Vintage "Jewel Food Stores" logo

Vintage "Jewel Food Stores" logo

Curiously, the new oval shape harkens back to the early "Jewel Food Stores" logo used when the company was first founded.

Jan
0

Theme Park Thursdays: Fair Be Gone

Theme Park Thursdays feature photos from one of our theme park adventures in the past.

Fair Be Gone (2011)

Fair Be Gone (2011)

Mickey's Toontown Fair doesn't exist anymore at the Magic Kingdom (thank goodness), but here's a look at the entrance sign in January 2011!

Dec
0

2 Years with Wesley

For the past 24 months, Amy & I have taken a photo of Wesley on his monthly birthday (i.e., the 16th). Today he officially turns 2-years-old, so here's a recap of our monthly shots during his time with us so far!

Month-by-Month Retrospective

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Dec
0

Steve's 25 Days of Christmas Music 2013 – LIVE!

Steve's 25 Days of Christmas Music 2013

Steve's 25 Days of Christmas Music 2013

Returning for our 13th season, I'm excited to once again be sharing Steve's 25 Days of Christmas Music with you.

This year's theme is LIVE!

Our collection features live Christmas music performances from various artists, sourced from concerts, radio broadcasts, television specials, and other recordings. If the artist performed in front of an audience, we considered it for this lineup. Ranging in dates from 1941 through 2013, I think you'll discover an interesting array of "in the moment" experiences. This is an enjoyable mix of music!

For the first time, I'm offering this collection of 25 Days as a download with ALL THE SONGS right away. Yup, you read that correctly! Why?

  1. Equal Exposure – Based on data from previous years, a lot of listeners download music during the first couple weeks of December, but then don't bother with the rest of the month. Those songs in the December 15-25 range don't get as much exposure, which is unfortunate. By providing you with all the music at once, each of my hand-picked songs gets a chance at some listener love!
  2. Theme Experience – I attempted to group songs with similar styles and themes together in the playlist, so they have a natural flow like a live concert. Grab 'em all at once and see what I'm talking about!
  3. Sanity – It takes a lot of work to come up with a theme, find 25 songs, edit the music, write informational post, upload files, and coordinate all the moving pieces of Steve's 25 Days of Christmas Music each year. Last year, I promised myself a more relaxing December. Thus, using this "all at once" strategy, you still get the music you want, but I also get to enjoy one of my favorite times of the year

Visit the TannerWorld Junction discussion forums to download all the songs from this year's collection!

If you still prefer the "1 song per day" style of previous 25 Days events, you'll be happy to know that I've also posted each song individually, with a short description and download link. So if you'd like, just visit the link above every day from December 1-25 and download the corresponding song for the date.

Thanks for your interest in my 25 Days each year… I hope you enjoy this new LIVE! collection!

- Steve

Oct
0

Theme Park Thursdays: Refurb America

Theme Park Thursdays feature photos from one of our theme park adventures in the past.

Enjoyment? Probably Not (2007)

Enjoyment? Probably Not (2007)

This refurbishment sign was used in The American Adventure pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase back in 2007. Unfortunately, it does not apply to Congress.

Oct
0

Theme Park Thursdays: 75?

Theme Park Thursdays feature photos from one of our theme park adventures in the past.

Welcome Space Travelers! (2009)

Welcome Space Travelers! (2009)

This sign inside Walt Disney World's version of Space Mountain (which is the original) refers to the fictional location as "Starport Seventy-Five". Believe it or not, there is actually significance to this number.

Space Mountain opened in 1975. And now you know…

Aug
0

Caption This: Dancin' Wesley Edition

We recently shot this photo while on vacation this summer. I'm not sure what Wesley was attempting to accomplish, but it seems rather funny!

Funky Bubbles!

Funky Bubbles!

Jun
1

In the Presence of Typos

Thanks to the merger of Resurrection Health Care and Provena Health, a hospital near us is being rebranded with the new "Presence Health" name.  However, based on the temporary signage, there may be some confusion as to what the hospital will actually be called.

Can you spot the difference?

Temporary Sign #1

Temporary Sign #1

Temporary Sign #2

Temporary Sign #2

Jun
0

Theme Park Thursdays: Mary Poppins Must Be Ticked!

Theme Park Thursdays feature photos from one of our theme park adventures in the past.

Keep your tuppence! (2007)

Keep your tuppence! (2007)

If you visit The American Adventure pavilion at Epcot, you may encounter this sign while dining outside of the Liberty Inn.  Needless to say, you won't find any music from Mary Poppins playing in the background!