Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park near Nara, Japan, inspired by Disneyland in California. It opened in 1961 and closed on August 31, 2006. The park was left abandoned.
There’s a handful of abandoned amusement parks here in Ohio alone that I’ve yet to explore. Though I’m sure they aren’t as intriguing as Nara Dreamland in Japan.
From what I read online, this park was supposed to be Disneyland of Japan when it opened, but negotiations fell through when it came time for licensing terms with Walt Disney himself.
Due to declining ticket sales, the park eventually closed in 2006 and was abandoned.
Definitely check out the post Nara Dreamland: Bizarro Disneyland – Nightmare Edition to see more fascinating images.
Once a racetrack for the Lucas County fairgrounds, Ned Skeldon Stadium originally opened as Lucas County Stadium to bring the Mud Hens baseball team back to life.
For 37 seasons (1965 – 2001), Ned Skeldon Stadium was home of the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team, based in Maumee, Ohio. The Mud Hens are part of the International League and are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.
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Old Taco Bell buildings were unique and easily distinguishable from the road. It seems that a majority of them have been re-purposed as new businesses.
For Taco Bell particularly, empty or re-purposed restaurants are easily recognized in the suburban landscape. Their distinctive architecture (another franchise requirement) of arched “bell” window frames and pitched roofs may spark a craving for Nachos Bell Grande, but they’re also a marker of businesses that couldn’t keep up.
Rian Dundon, Photos: The amusingly sad second lives of former Taco Bells
I came across this article earlier today and wanted to share. While they aren’t abandoned, I do like how they found new life as other business ventures. Humorous? Definitely. Still, it makes me wonder why Taco Bell didn’t just tear them down. Oh well.
I think there might be a few of these buildings not too far from where I live. I’ll have to go driving and see what I can find.
Here’s a photo group on Flickr if you’re interested in seeing more uses for old Taco Bell buildings.
“What are you writing this year?”
It’s the question on everyone’s lips at the regional NaNoWriMo kickoff parties. The answer, even among seasoned NaNoWriMo veterans, is often “I don’t know.” If you don’t know either, relax—you’re in good company.
If you’re looking for ideas, you’ll find plenty of resources to get you going. The NaNoWriMo forums, and Chris Baty’s book No Plot? No Problem! are two of the best.
As this is my tenth year participating in NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d add to the mix with a quick how-to on the techniques that have worked for me.
How to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo by Steve Shepard, developer of Storyist
No matter what writing tool you use this November for NaNoWriMo, whether it’s Scrivener, Storyist, or another writing app, this handy guide by Steve Shepard (of Storyist fame) will help you get prepared.
I have a small list of apps that I do recommend for writing, so be sure to check them out. I use Storyist and Scrivener, and highly recommend them, but there are others that may work better with your environment. There’s no wrong answer as long as it gets the job done.
This was taken outside of my office at work. By now, this tree would have turned colors already, but the weird summer we’ve had contributed to the late change in colors.
Regardless, it’s nice to see Autumn finally arriving here in Ohio.