Gifted Donkeys, Raccoons, and Other Bizarre Pets of the White House

With the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States, the White House will once again have pets scampering about its grounds. The Bidens have two German shepherds, Major and Champ, and Biden even made their dogs part of his campaign, including this Instagram video.  Headlines recently boasted that Major would be the…

There’s a New Redhead In Town

After over 50 years of men, both real and animatronic, shouting “We wants the redhead!” Disney chose to finally change the infamous “wench auction” inside their classic attraction Pirates of the Caribbean last year. There was a mixture of reactions to the change, and I myself debated on writing about it here on the blog.…

Mission San Gabriel

UPDATE: It is important to remember that while California Missions have been hailed as places of peace, they also have deep and complicated histories, including slavery, violence, and forced religious conversion. I recommend reading this article that further describes the problematic history of Mission San Gabriel. I love me a twofer – and that is…

Independence Day

Without getting too political, the last couple days have been rough, culminating in yesterday, with Independence Day. I’ve been getting back in touch with my love of the American Revolution, and recently took a quick visit to the replica of Independence Hall at Knott’s Berry Farm. Some of you may recall my visit last July,…

Spirit of ’76

When someone says “Knott’s Berry Farm” a lot comes to mind… Boysenberries of course, fried chicken, the infamous Ghost Town created because of the massive lines for said famous chicken, and perhaps Peanuts characters. What may not immediately spring to mind though is the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall, even though an exact replica of…

Mission Santa Barbara

UPDATE: It is important to remember that while California Missions have been hailed as places of peace, they also have deep and complicated histories, including slavery, violence, and forced religious conversion. I also realize now that wearing Indigenous jewelry to a location such as this can be perceived as insensitive. Over the weekend Patrick and…

Mission San Juan Capistrano

UPDATE: It is important to remember that while California Missions have been hailed as places of peace, they also have deep and complicated histories, including slavery, violence, and forced religious conversion. I also realize now that wearing Indigenous jewelry to a location such as this can be perceived as insensitive, which was never my intention.…