Monthly Archives: June 2010

MLB All Star Mickey Mouse Scavenger Hunt…

Click here to follow all of Hollie’s Adventures on the Search for the All Star Mickey Statues!

And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER is…

Hollie Eisenman!

After 21 years, Angels Stadium of Anaheim will once again host the Major League Baseball All Star Game! All Star Week runs July 9-13 and to celebrate the festivities, the City of Anaheim announced on June 2nd, that Major League Baseball and Disney Consumer Products, would begin populating key locations in Southern California, with thirty-six 7.5 foot, 989 pound, unique All-Star Mickey Mouse statues.

On June 11, MLB and Disney Consumer Products launched a Find Mickey Scavenger Hunt. Fans were encouraged to visit the statues and would have the opportunity to be rewarded for it! They announced that 37 prizes would be awarded. The first eligible participant to tweet a photo of themselves with one of the Mickey Mouse statues would win a 7.5 inch replica version of that statue. The first participant to tweet a link to a photo gallery of themselves in front of all 36 states will win the grand prize, two tickets to the MLB All-Star Game on July 13!

It did not take long for the news to go viral, and MLB released a list of the statue locations. Statues were as far South as Laguna Beach, as far North as Santa Monica and as far East as Rancho Cucamonga. With the All-Star festivities taking place in Southern California, home of Disneyland, what better iconic figure to bring fans together than Mickey Mouse!

To enter the contest, participants were asked to first fill out a form on the MLB website and then submit their photo or gallery via twitter using the hashtag, #allstarmickey.

On June 6th, I set off on a mission, to find all of the All Star Mickey Mouse statues. It was an amazing journey that took me 6 days, 650 miles, over 22 hours, and 3 tanks of gas. I was fortunate to see many parts of Southern California that I may not have seen before. I was challenged to drive in traffic that I never would’ve chosen to drive in before. I set a goal, and I accomplished it.

On June 11th, when the contest opened, I was the first person to tweet a link of my photo gallery to MLB. My heart was pounding and I was not only extremely excited, but a major sense of accomplishment set in because I did this mission all by myself. I felt on top of the world!

On June 25, I received an email from Major League Baseball stating that I had 24 hours to fax in a notarized affidavit. I saw this email come across on my iPhone when I was in the middle of a campground in Pismo Beach for our family reuninon. I jumped out of my chair, grabbed my husband, spun in a circle and screamed, “Woohoo, Let’s go!”

We drove into town and came across Office Max. They were unable to pull the PDF from my email and could not print the document I needed. Time was not on our side, so we decided to head to a Holiday Inn Express so I could print the document myself. The computer did not have the Adobe program on it so I had to wait for 15 minutes while I downloaded the Reader. Finally, my documents were printed.

Next, I needed to find a notary. I was going to head to Bank of America but found out they do not notarize documents that are not insured by the bank. Finally, after several phone calls, I found a notary that was in town but was leaving in ten minutes. I got there just in time. After my documents were notarized, and $20 later, everything was faxed back to New York.

The next day, I received a phone call from Major League Baseball, that I was officially the Grand Prize Winner! All of my hard work has paid off! I will have the best 1st year anniversary present for my husband! We are both baseball fans and we LOVE the Angels! July 13th is a day we are both looking forward too!

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Minute to Win a Second Audition!

So last week I was watching an episode of Days of Our Lives, (Yes, I DVR it, Yes, I watch it every day) when I saw a ticker on the bottom of the screen that there would be an open casting call for the NBC game show, Minute to Win it!

NBC’s new game show “Minute to Win It,” hosted by All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri (“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”), features competitors participating in a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking, games that can lead to a $1 million prize.

In each one-hour episode, competitors will face 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. Each game has a one-minute time limit and failure to finish the task on time will eliminate the contestant.

At various points throughout the game, the competitor can walk away with the money earned up to that point — but it’ll take nerves of steel to complete all 10 tasks to win $1 million. The competitors, who come from all walks of life, are shown over 60 games prior to the competition and are encouraged to practice these one-of-a-kind challenges at home. (http://www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it/about)

The casting call was today at Cafe Tu Tu Tango in The Block at Orange at 10 a.m. Trent and I absolutely love this show there was no way we could miss the opportunity! Not to mention that Trent is absolutely amazing at silly “bar games.” Being the early birds that we are, we were the 12th and 13th people to arrive.

Today was simply an interview process and they wanted to get to know us.  I think it went really well and we are both very excited! There is a chance 1 of us may make it, or even better, we could make the couples edition of the show!

They said if we qualify, they will be making phone calls for a second interview this week and they will begin taping the show in the next two weeks. Keep your fingers crossed and you will DEFINITELY know if we made it!

Just to give you a sample of some of the games – here is the Blue Print for “Face the Cookie,” which is the first game we ever saw!

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Hang Up and Drive…

The new laws in California regarding banning the use of cell phones while driving have been in place for well over a year now.  Just in case there is any confusion, I wanted to state the current laws before I go on with my rants.

Effective July 1, 2008, the state of California passed a law that prohibits drivers from using a hand held wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free device, which also means, drivers that are under the age of 18 may NOT  use their cell phone at all, NOT even with the use of a hands free device. Kids, this means all hands on deck (steering wheel), put the cell phone in the glove box.

Effective January 1, 2009, the state of California passed a law that prohibits motorists from reading, composing, or sending any text-based communication while driving. If you don’t understand this completely, this means NO emailing, texting, instant messaging, or even Googling!

An officer can definitely pull you over if you are seen using your cell phone to talk or text. Fines can range from $20 for a first offense and up to a $190 fine if you are also cited for other violations. I did find a strange  loop hole that could possibly get you out of a ticket, though I would not gamble on it.  The new law does NOT prohibit dialing a phone number, although, drivers are strongly encouraged NOT to dial while driving, it is not illegal.

If you are looking to save some money right now on a blue tooth or installing hands free in your car, my guess is you probably DO have speaker phone on your mobile device. The law states that YES, you can use your Speaker Phone, but ONLY if you are NOT physically holding the phone to your hand. This means holding the phone 4 inches from your mouth is NOT hands-free. Sorry, Jennifer Aniston, (pictured left) unfortunately, this  includes celebrities too.

I think most people agree that talking on their cell phone and especially texting while driving, is dangerous, because we are not focused on the road. I came across a National Study in the Washington Post that revealed:

“Cell phones and texting were to blame for 28 percent of crashes, a report released Friday concludes that hands-free cellphones are no less distracting than those held to the ear.”

Let’s just say everyone DOES use a hands-free device. Is this really safer than holding the phone to your ear? When you are talking on the phone, your attention is still on the phone conversation. You mind may be processing what to say next. You may be looking at your surroundings but are you effectively analyzing your drive? We not only drive with our hands (10 and 2) but we also drive with our minds. Talking on a cell phone takes the essential attention that is needed to focus from the road to the phone.

It’s a fast-paced business world and we all have distractions. Whether it is your spouse, kids, or work, a stressful day can take our attention away. If you have to talk on the phone, I agree, hands-free is a better alternative but try to be mindful of your surrounding. Texting, Emailing, and Messaging on the other hand, definitely not safe, because now your focus is not only on your email but your eyes are on your phone and not the road. If there is something that is so urgent that it needs an immediate response, pull over. If you refuse  to do that, at least respond at a red light. There are way to many accidents and deaths that happen each year because someone urgently had to reply back, “lol” to their friend’s text.

I’m not here to police or judge, because although I do have hands free installed in my car, there have been times where I text back a friend or hold my phone that was on speaker. I understand we live in a busy world but I think if you read little reminders here and there, the next time you hear the beep on your phone, you may wait to respond until you’ve come to a stop or answer the phone on speaker and throw it your lap instead of holding it in your hand. Just focus on one trip at a time.

I would love your opinions!

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NO Permission Slips Required…

Remember those special days in elementary school that happened once or twice a year that you dreamed about? Field Trip Days!! Everyone had to remember to get their permission slip signed by their parents so they could attend. Your mom would pack you a little lunch and send you off on your excursion. The bus was so much cooler because it was taking you on an adventure and away from the school. I think once or twice a year, adults still NEED those field trips. Today, was that day for me!

Recently, I took the course through the Anaheim Visitor & Convention Bureau, to become nationally recognized as a Certified Tourism AmbassadorTM(CTA).

“The Certified Tourism AmbassadorTM(CTA) Program is a ground-breaking, nationwide certification program that serves to increase tourism by training and inspiring front-line hospitality employees and volunteers to work together to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience.  The CTA Program goes well beyond basic customer service training; it gives participants the opportunity to build upon their knowledge of the local region, enhance their skills in serving customers, increase their awareness of information resources and discover the power of tourism!” (www.CTANetwork.com)

Today, a group of 30 CTA’s from all over Orange County, went on a FAM trip to learn more about the amazing county we live in! At 8:30 this morning, we loaded up on a double decker bus, hosted by Southern California Gray Line, to visit some areas that I have never been to before. I actually learned SO much about this bus service. Did you know they offer FREE shuttle service to Sea World AND Knotts Berry Farm? I definitely encourage you to check out some of the great deals on their website, especially if you’re like me and not a fan of driving in traffic. (Unless it is for BASEBALL reasons)

Around 10AM, we arrived at Balboa Fun Zone to set sail on a Harbor Cruise! We took a relaxing 45 minute cruise on the “Showboat,” along lower Newport Bay. This cruise was awesome! It seemed like every other home or yacht we saw belonged to a celebrity! I saw the home that Shirley Temple purchased when she was 12 years old. TWELVE. Apparently, I must be totally slacking in life! Some other homes of the stars included, John Wayne, Buddy Ebsen, “Mrs. Fields,” William Wrigley (gum), and Dean Koontz just to name a few.

I also learned that in the early 1900’s, you could order your home out of a Sears Catalog, which would be delivered by box car and then assembled when it arrived. There are not many of these homes still standing, but you will see one on this cruise! The house was purchased for about $12,000 and now the lot itself would sell for millions!  Are you a fan of Gilligan’s Island? Take this cruise to see where the first taping of the shipwreck was filmed.

The Harbor Cruise we took today was $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $7 for kids. If you’re looking for a different way to “see the stars,” I highly recommend it. To learn more about this cruise and others, visit them on the web at Balboa Fun Zone!

Next stop of the day, South Coast Plaza! This is without a doubt, the classiest shopping destination I have ever been too! Vacations Magazine said SCP is 1 of the 5 best in North America! If you want to experience a luxury shopping experience with extraordinary designers and personal service, you’ve come to the right place! There are 280 boutiques and luxury retailers including Chanel, Gucci, Rolex, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, and more! It is the Orange County version of Rodeo Drive and collectively, the employees here speak over 40 different languages.

You may have walked through South Coast Plaza and not even noticed the VIP Hospitality Suite called, Access. Walking in this suite, literally blew me away!  Access provides guests a place to relax during their shopping experience. (If anyone needs a place to relax here – it is your Credit Card!!) Access is located on Level 2, adjacent to Saks Fifth Avenue. The room is elegantly decorated and features a Sports Lounge and Zen Room. A concierge staff welcomes guests with complimentary champagne, beer, tea, coffee, snacks, and refreshments and attends to personal requests like restaurant and theater reservations. You need a VIP card to get in, but I think if you check with concierge upon arrival, you may get lucky!

Okay, by this point, I was starving! We hopped on our Bus – AWESOME – and headed to The District at Tustin Legacy, where we were invited to enjoy lunch at the Bluewater Grill. I’m not sure if I was more impressed by the food, atmosphere, or staff, but overall, it was a great experience! This would be a great choice for banquets or catering because they can easily accommodate groups of over 100 and the pricing is very reasonable. I will also forever remember the general manager’s name, Chris Rock!

My lunch:

  • Hors D’oeuvres
    • Pacific Prawns
    • Maryland Style Crabcakes
    • Ponzu Sashimi Sea Scallops (OMG.. MUST TRY)
  • Starters
    • Maine Lobster Bisque
  • Entree
    • Simply Grilled Atlantic Salmon

All fueled up and ready for the next stop, Anaheim Farmer’s Market. I have never been before but it was really cool! It is located in Downtown Anaheim at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street. The market is open every Thursday from 12PM-8PM.

You can shop for items such as farm-fresh produce, bakeries, crafts, or international food. Me… I bought three pairs of shoes at $8 a piece.

Definitely check their website for entertainment schedules because I know they will be having Reggae Festivals every Thursday in July!

Last stop of the day, MUZEO! The MUZEO is also located in Downtown Anaheim and is open daily from 10am-5pm. Every year they host 3 traveling exhibitors and now through September you can see “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” exhibit.

This exhibit includes over 100 live frogs from around the world! Learn about their evolution, biological importance, various ecosystems and threats they face. It was really fascinating to see so many colorful species!

Admission fees to enter Muzeo are $13 for adults and $9 for children, but it is a totally unique experience!


Whether you are 7, 37, or 92, everyone deserves to go on one or two field trips a year! There is SO much more to do in Orange County then “Disneyland.” This is your backyard… so get out and explore it!

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.”~Walt Disney

22 HOURS
650 MILES
6 DAYS
3 TANKS OF GAS
1 GIRL

CHANCE OF WINNING ALL STAR GAME TICKETS = PRICELESS

Today, I completed my mission and found the last of the Mickey Mouse statues that have been placed around Southern California for the 2010 All Star Game, which is coming to Anaheim in July.

I have explored Southern California and have seen so many great areas that I may have never seen before. As you know, my husband has been out of town on business from Friday, June 4th and he will be back tomorrow. I  have never really ventured to far on my own. I have not been in California very long and I don’t even take a highway to go to work. This experience was amazing. I have learned so much about the area and I actually know geographically where surrounding cities are located.

I accomplished my goal today and words cannot describe how amazing I feel right now! All on my own, I did it.

I grew up watching baseball and I played softball for many years. I could sit and watch baseball all day, every day. There is just something about this sport that I love everything about.

When I saw on the City of Anaheim Facebook page that there was going to be a contest for a chance at All Star Game tickets, I knew I was in. This Saturday is me and Trent’s first wedding anniversary and he will finally be home tomorrow. I cannot think of a better gift to give him than tickets to the All Star Game. I’ve heard so many times, people say, It’s the thought that counts…and over the last 6 days, I’ve had a lot of time to think!

Today, I found my last four Mickey Mouse Statues, Tampa Bay, Toronto, San Francisco, and Baltimore. The feeling of accomplishment and joy was overwhelming. I’m sure the cars next to me at traffic lights thought I was crazy because I was singing Dancing Queen from my Mama Mia soundtrack at the top of my lungs the whole way home!

I will always be inspired by Walt Disney who said,

“If you can dream it, you can do it!”

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My List is Complete…

  1. All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim City Hall
  2. All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim Convention Center
  3. American League Mickey – Hilton Anaheim
  4. National League Mickey – Anaheim Marriott
  5. Minnesota Twins Mickey- Anaheim GardenWalk
  6. Anaheim Angels Mickey- Angel Stadium
  7. Atlanta Braves Mickey- Disney Esplanade
  8. Florida Marlins Mickey- Downtown Disney – ESPN Zone
  9. Oakland Athletics Mickey – Muzeo
  10. San Diego Padres Mickey – South Coast Plaza
  11. Detroit Tigers Mickey – Crown Plaza Anaheim
  12. New York Mets Mickey – Irvine Spectrum Center
  13. Colorado Rockies Mickey – The Market Place
  14. Boston Red Sox Mickey – Discovery Science Center
  15. Arizona Diamondbacks Mickey – The District at Tustin Legacy
  16. Chicago Cubs Mickey – Orange County Zoo
  17. Milwaukee Brewers Mickey – The Strand in HB
  18. Houston Astros Mickey – Long Beach Towne Center
  19. New York Yankees Mickey – ESPN Zone at L.A. Live
  20. Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey – The Music Center
  21. Chicago White Sox Mickey – Holiday Inn – Santa Monica
  22. Kansas City Royals Mickey – El Capitan Theatre
  23. Cincinnati Reds Mickey – Holiday Inn Express – Walk of Fame
  24. Cleveland Indians Mickey – Industry Rag
  25. Seattle Mariners Mickey – Kodak Theatre
  26. Philadelphia Phillies Mickey – Hollywood & Highland Center
  27. Pittsburgh Pirates Mickey – Union Station
  28. All Star Game Mickey – The Grove of Anaheim
  29. St. Louis Cardinals Mickey – Downtown Disney
  30. All Star Game Mickey – Disney Esplanade
  31. Washington Nationals Mickey – Victoria Gardens
  32. Texas Rangers Mickey – The Village at Orange
  33. Tampa Bay Devil Rays Mickey – Laguna Art Museum
  34. San Francisco Giants Mickey – Fashion Island
  35. Baltimore Orioles Mickey – Newport Sports Museum
  36. Toronto Blue Jays – OC Performing Arts Center

Approaching the Final Countdown!

Final Stretch…

3.5 Hours
3rd Tank of Gas
115 miles
5 Mickeys

I left work around 4:30 p.m. today. When I was driving down Katella, I saw an All Star Mickey at The Grove of Anaheim and pulled in to take picture. I think this statue may be one of my favorites!  I took the long way home so I could stop by the Village of Orange shopping center where I found a puppy I wanted to buy at the pet store, but figured that may be a bad idea, and then I came across the Texas Ranger All Star Mickey. Jackpot!

This adventure has really been good for me! Usually, I only drive 8 non-highway miles to work and then back every day. I have seen so much of the OC in the past 5 days, I feel like I am on top of the world!

I headed home to eat some dinner, put on comfy shoes and grab my husband’s Fast Trak, because I was on my way to Rancho Cucamonga! I have never been to the “IE” before, in fact, today was the day I learned what “IE” stood for – Inland Empire. After being in LA for the past two evenings, it was a weird feeling to be going 65 mph on the highway for so long. When I arrived at Victoria Gardens, my eyes about fell out of my head. This shopping center is … incredible! I found the Washington Nationals Mickey near guest services and as much as I wanted to explore, I hopped in my car to drive 40 miles back to the OC. This was a BIG moment for me, because the Nationals Mickey statue was #30 on my adventure!

Next stop tonight was Disneyland! I had already found two Mickey statues on Saturday, and today I found two more: St. Louis Cardinals and an All-Star Game Mickey statue! As I was walking through Downtown Disney and back to my car, the fireworks began. This was the perfect ending to my night!

So, our wedding anniversary is this Saturday, June 12th! I found out today that traditionally, the 1st Wedding Anniversary gift you give to your spouse is Paper. I can’t think of anything more ideal for Trent and I, then All Star Game tickets! (printed on paper)

ALRIGHT…. here it IS… UPDATED LIST!

  1. All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim City Hall
  2. All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim Convention Center
  3. American League Mickey – Hilton Anaheim
  4. National League Mickey – Anaheim Marriott
  5. Minnesota Twins Mickey- Anaheim GardenWalk
  6. Anaheim Angels Mickey- Angel Stadium
  7. Atlanta Braves Mickey- Disney Esplanade
  8. Florida Marlins Mickey- Downtown Disney – ESPN Zone
  9. Oakland Athletics Mickey – Muzeo
  10. San Diego Padres Mickey – South Coast Plaza
  11. Detroit Tigers Mickey – Crown Plaza Anaheim
  12. New York Mets Mickey – Irvine Spectrum Center
  13. Colorado Rockies Mickey – The Market Place
  14. Boston Red Sox Mickey – Discovery Science Center
  15. Arizona Diamondbacks Mickey – The District at Tustin Legacy
  16. Chicago Cubs Mickey – Orange County Zoo
  17. Milwaukee Brewers Mickey – The Strand in HB
  18. Houston Astros Mickey – Long Beach Towne Center
  19. New York Yankees Mickey – ESPN Zone at L.A. Live
  20. Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey – The Music Center
  21. Chicago White Sox Mickey – Holiday Inn – Santa Monica
  22. Kansas City Royals Mickey – El Capitan Theatre
  23. Cincinnati Reds Mickey – Holiday Inn Express – Walk of Fame
  24. Cleveland Indians Mickey – Industry Rag
  25. Seattle Mariners Mickey – Kodak Theatre
  26. Philadelphia Phillies Mickey – Hollywood & Highland Center
  27. Pittsburgh Pirates Mickey – Union Station
  28. All Star Game Mickey – The Grove of Anaheim
  29. St. Louis Cardinals Mickey – Downtown Disney
  30. All Star Game Mickey – Disney Esplanade
  31. Washington Nationals Mickey – Victoria Gardens
  32. Texas Rangers Mickey – The Village at Orange

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Reaching for the ALL STARS…

3.5 Hours
Lots of Miles
Happy Meal
6 Mickeys

“I got a feeling, that tonight’s
gonna be a good night!”

I left work today a little before 5 p.m. and hit the road to go back to the land of the Stars! Traffic was a lot worse then yesterday!! In the past three days, I have spent about 19 hours on the road in the hunt for Mickey’s and although sitting in traffic is definitely not fun, I am actually a lot more comfortable on the road as a result of my adventures!

First stop tonight was Union Station in Los Angeles. I was a little nervous walking up there by myself, but I put on my sunglasses and my I am a tough girl face, and it worked like a charm. I walked by one man sitting on a bench in orange pants and I was not sure if he was just out jail, but I was not going to stop and ask. It cost me $2 to park for 4 minutes, but worth every penny because I got my picture of the Pittsburgh Pirates Mickey Statue!

After leaving Union Station, I was ready to reach for the stars and headed to Hollywood! I’m not sure if people in this area are just angry because they sure do honk and yell a lot. I also don’t understand why people hit the crosswalk button so many times. I’m pretty sure that if you hit it once or 52 times, the light will not change any faster.

I found a photo op with the Cincinnati Reds Mickey at the Holiday Inn Express before heading to the infamous Hollywood Boulevard. After another $2 to park, I found three Mickey Statues in close proximity – Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, and Philadelphia Phillies. I only had one more stop for the night, Industry Rag,where I found the Cleveland Indians Mickey Statue!

This adventure has been one of a kind. I have learned and seen a lot about the area. I am so fired up for the MLB All Star festivities!! My husband and I will celebrate our ONE YEAR Wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 12, and I cannot think of a better gift for both of us to share than the MLB All Star Game tickets! (I should definitely get an A for effort!!)

HERE is the UPDATED LIST!!

  1. All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim City Hall
  2. All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim Convention Center
  3. American League Mickey – Hilton Anaheim
  4. National League Mickey – Anaheim Marriott
  5. Minnesota Twins Mickey- Anaheim GardenWalk
  6. Anaheim Angels Mickey- Angel Stadium
  7. Atlanta Braves Mickey- Disney Esplanade
  8. Florida Marlins Mickey- Downtown Disney – ESPN Zone
  9. Oakland Athletics Mickey – Muzeo
  10. San Diego Padres Mickey – South Coast Plaza
  11. Detroit Tigers Mickey – Crown Plaza Anaheim
  12. New York Mets Mickey – Irvine Spectrum Center
  13. Colorado Rockies Mickey – The Market Place
  14. Boston Red Sox Mickey – Discovery Science Center
  15. Arizona Diamondbacks Mickey – The District at Tustin Legacy
  16. Chicago Cubs Mickey – Orange County Zoo
  17. Milwaukee Brewers Mickey – The Strand in HB
  18. Houston Astros Mickey – Long Beach Towne Center
  19. New York Yankees Mickey – ESPN Zone at L.A. Live
  20. Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey – The Music Center
  21. Chicago White Sox Mickey – Holiday Inn – Santa Monica
  22. Kansas City Royals Mickey – El Capitan Theatre
  23. Cincinnati Reds Mickey – Holiday Inn Express – Walk of Fame
  24. Cleveland Indians Mickey – Industry Rag
  25. Seattle Mariners Mickey – Kodak Theatre
  26. Philadelphia Phillies Mickey – Hollywood & Highland Center
  27. Pittsburgh Pirates Mickey – Union Station

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“When you know what you want, and you want it badly enough, you’ll find a way to get it.”

5 Hours
150 Miles
No Dinner
4 Mickeys

Tonight turned out to be one heck of an adventure! So, for those of you who have followed my journey this far, thank you, let me share some more details! My husband has been out of town on business since last Friday and will return this Friday night, so this entire Mickey Scavenger Hunt has been done on my own. I think so far, I have driven about 350 miles and put about 15 hours into it. I know I could’ve done a lot less hours, but, I don’t know the area that well and did a lot of driving all over!

I’d like to start off by thanking my boss, Brad – who is awesome! He let me leave work an hour early today to continue my dedicated mission! Let me say, my original plan tonight was simple. Head to Rancho Cucamonga, take one picture at Victoria Gardens and head home. BUT, I found out that the Mickey Statue had not yet arrived in Rancho Cucamonga so it was on to Plan B!

Around 4 p.m., I headed to Los Angeles. I’ve already told you that I am a country girl from Maine and not a fan of highways, definitely not cities. Since I did not have my right arm at home, I had to take on this adventure alone. It started off easy enough. I headed to Long Beach Towne Center where I discovered the Houston Astros Mickey Statue. Awesome, one down! If only, the rest of the night was THAT easy… well, I would NOT have spent 4.5 hours finding 3 more Mickeys or had a story to tell!

Next stop was ESPN Zone. Driving in traffic was insane. I programed my GPS to 1111 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. When Lola (yes, I named my GPS) said, “You have arrived,” my heart about sank. I was no where near an ESPN Zone. That’s when I realized the word SOUTH. The actual address was 1111 SOUTH Figueroa Street, Los Angeles.  Well, SOUTH was a VERY important word to Lola, because it turns out, I am now 20 miles away from the actual ESPN Zone.

When I finally got there, I was like a little fish in a big ocean. I ended up on the wrong level and asked who I thought to be a Janitor for directions. It turns out he was just a bum, but still helpful and pointed out ESPN Zone. New York Yankees Mickey – got’cha! I am ready to leave and then realize I need to bring my parking ticket to a little machine before I can leave the garage. Of course my parking ticket is in my car, so I get my ticket from the car, go to the little machine, and off I go, 2nd Mickey of the night – check!

Okay, so this is where I start to panic. My iPhone is in the red zone which means it is about to die. The GPS in my car is tempermental and takes me where I want to go when it feels like it. I’m alone and there is no way I am going to drive around without a phone. I usually have my phone charger in my car, but I gave it to my husband to take on his trip to charge his iPod. I drove around for what seemed like forever trying to find an AT&T store so I could purchase a new car charger. I finally ended up at La Brea Shopping Avenue which was really cool! After $25 and an hour lost, I had my cell phone back! I also saw a real-life prostitute on the street corner at one of the traffic lights I was stopped at… A whole lot of firsts tonight!

Next stop for me was The Music Center. I ended up getting on a highway that was completely jam packed from an accident. I ended up calling my husband, who was in NY, and he guided me through back roads from a sig alert site on his computer. So, here I am a “non-city” girl driving down back streets to avoid traffic. You must ask yourself… Who is this girl… really?

I finally end up at the Music Center where I had to talk the parking attendant into letting me park for 5 minutes so I can just get a picture of the statue. He obviously has no idea what I am talking about and does not speak much English, but finally, he agrees. I run up to the LA Dodgers statue and I see two girls sitting at a table. I walk up to them and ask politely if one of them would mind taking my picture and one girl agrees! I was lucky because The Music Center was closed, so I am glad I found someone there to take the picture.

I had one more stop on my agenda and that was in Santa Monica. I drove another 15-20 minutes down some highway… and eventually found the Holiday Inn. I pulled up to the valet, who was MIA, parked my car and ran inside. There was NO one in sight in the hotel. I asked the front desk clerk if he would mind taking my picture with the Mickey. He told me he was not allowed to leave the desk but he would call the Valet guy. The Valet guy took my picture with the Chicago White Sox Mickey and FINALLY, I was ready to go home!

After about a 45 minute drive back to the OC, I arrived home, safe and sound, at 9:00 p.m. Dinner tonight – Chef boyardee!

Going to the All Star Game is definitely on my bucket list… if I do not make it, I may die trying!  What a long strange trip it has been so far… 21 down, 15 to go… and HERE is the UPDATED list!

  1. All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim City Hall
  2. All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim Convention Center
  3. American League Mickey – Hilton Anaheim
  4. National League Mickey – Anaheim Marriott
  5. Minnesota Twins Mickey- Anaheim GardenWalk
  6. Anaheim Angels Mickey- Angel Stadium
  7. Atlanta Braves Mickey- Disney Esplanade
  8. Florida Marlins Mickey- Downtown Disney – ESPN Zone
  9. Oakland Athletics Mickey – Muzeo
  10. San Diego Padres Mickey – South Coast Plaza
  11. Detroit Tigers Mickey – Crown Plaza Anaheim
  12. New York Mets Mickey – Irvine Spectrum Center
  13. Colorado Rockies Mickey – The Market Place
  14. Boston Red Sox Mickey – Discovery Science Center
  15. Arizona Diamondbacks Mickey – The District at Tustin Legacy
  16. Chicago Cubs Mickey – Orange County Zoo
  17. Milwaukee Brewers Mickey – The Strand in HB
  18. Houston Astros Mickey – Long Beach Towne Center
  19. New York Yankees Mickey – ESPN Zone at L.A. Live
  20. Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey – The Music Center
  21. Chicago White Sox Mickey – Holiday Inn – Santa Monica

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Mickey Scavenger Hunt Continues…

The Search Goes On…

The hardest part of the Mickey Scavenger Hunt is that not all of the Mickeys have been placed yet. All of them should be in their new home by the end of this week. I found two more today to bring my total to 17, so I am about halfway there!

You can track my Scavenger Hunt on Twit Pic and see all 17 photos there. http://twitpic.com/e/1nc.

This morning I headed to the Orange County Zoo which is part of Irvine Regional Park. It cost $5 to get in, but well worth it when I saw the Chicago Cubs Mickey Statue at the entrance of the zoo. A Dad and his son was walking by me as I was staring at the statue. He made a joke because I was wearing my Angels Jersey and laughed as he said, “You should take a photo next to him.” I said, “Great idea! Would you mind taking it for me?”

Later this afternoon, I headed 20 miles down the road to Huntington Beach which was packed! I found the Milwaukee Brewers Mickey Statue at The Strand in Downtown HB, and headed back to Anaheim.

I have 17 of 36 All Star Mickey Statues and the majority that remain are in Los Angeles County. At least I got some good driving experience in this weekend, because I will need it to hit the LA highways! I think the statues are lucky because my Angels are on a HOT streak, winning the last 5 games in a row and sweeping Seattle. They are on their way to leading the AL-West Division!

Here is my updated list of discovered Mickeys!

  1. All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim City Hall
  2. All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim Convention Center
  3. American League Mickey – Hilton Anaheim
  4. National League Mickey – Anaheim Marriott
  5. Minnesota Twins Mickey- Anaheim GardenWalk
  6. Anaheim Angels Mickey- Angel Stadium
  7. Atlanta Braves Mickey- Disney Esplanade
  8. Florida Marlins Mickey- Downtown Disney – ESPN Zone
  9. Oakland Athletics Mickey – Muzeo
  10. San Diego Padres Mickey – South Coast Plaza
  11. Detroit Tigers Mickey – Crown Plaza Anaheim
  12. New York Mets Mickey – Irvine Spectrum Center
  13. Colorado Rockies Mickey – The Market Place
  14. Boston Red Sox Mickey – Discovery Science Center
  15. Arizona Diamondbacks Mickey – The District at Tustin Legacy
  16. Chicago Cubs Mickey – Orange County Zoo
  17. Milwaukee Brewers Mickey – The Strand in HB

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