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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sasaki Time's 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Vehicle Review


Hi everybody! It's time for another Sasaki Time Vehicle Review! This time I will be taking a look at the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT! I love the rally red color with the silver accents!

I had previously reviews the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander LE Sport nearly two years ago and was disappointed in its performance. How would the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT compare? Let's find out!

The first thing I noticed about the 2015 Outlander compared with the 2013 model is that they got rid of the ugly flat grill and changed the design to be much friendlier and stylish!


From the side, the Outlander looks pretty much the same from the one I tested two years ago.


The HID headlights are super-wide and cover so much ground! You will appreciate their strength on a bad weather day!


I love how large the side mirrors are! It's so easy to see everything next to you! There is a lane departure warning but I wished that there was a blind side monitoring system like many vehicles have now.


I love the rims on the 18-inch wheels! It's like a large snowflake!


Easy entry into the driver's seat! I love the leather powered driver seat! Super comfortable and hugs you like a sports car seat would!


Paddle shifters on the steering wheel! With the 3.0L V6 engine, those paddle shifters come in handy as you open the Outlander up! The Outlander feels more like a sports car than a SUV! It gets 23 MPG and averages 20 in the city and 28 on the highway! Pretty good gas mileage for a SUV!


The gauges are bright and simplistic! Everything is easy to read even in direct sunlight as you can see in the above photo.


The large 7-inch HD entertainment/navigation screen is easy to use. I love that you can even get the gas prices at nearby gas stations. I was sad that the SiriusXM Satellite Radio went out during the review but gave me reason to use the Digital HD radio. The 710-watt Rockford Fosgate Premium sound system with 9 speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer is powerful and crystal clear! I listened to everything from hip-hop to jazz to talk radio and the audio is crisp and clean. I almost didn't want to leave the Outlander.


The environmental controls are easy to use.


Lots of leg room for your rear passengers.


There is even a third row! It is a little difficult to climb inside but you can haul a lot of friends or a large family in here with ease!


The back of the Outlander is very stylish and I love the silver accents!


Not a lot of cargo space here but you can drop the third row seats with no problem. The tailgate has a power remote that you can turn off if you would like.

And now it was time to hit the road and test the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT out! And what better way than to cruise the Southern California freeways on a Friday! The plan was to hit several iconic fast food locations in the area.

The first place to go is a Southern California landmark, In-N-Out! But this is no ordinary In-N-Out, this is the replica of the historic first In-N-Out location.


Located near the original location, this replica is only open a few hours, four days a week. I asked for permission to drive on the drive-thru and got an amazing tour from Karen, the In-N-Out employee working there that day. She was friendly and super knowledgeable about the history of the building.


To learn more and see some black and white photos of this location, read my tour of the In-N-Out Replica here: Sasaki Time Tour of the Replica In-N-Out's Original Drive-Thru


Then it was off to Inglewood and Randy's Donuts! The massive donut sign has been featured in many movies and TV shows but my favorite is in Iron Man 2 when Tony Stark is eating donuts while laying back in the donut hole.

Randy's Donuts is located at 805 West Manchester Avenue in Inglewood, California.


Then it was off to the oldest operating McDonald's! This is located at 10207 Lakewood Blvd, at Florence Ave. in Downey, California! The restaurant has no indoor seating or a drive-thru but has enclosed outdoor seating and a small museum.


Plus, they are one of the only McDonald's to still offer the original fried apple pies, not the current baked ones! I wonder how many can fit in the back of the Outlander? Hmmm....


Fully loaded the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT that I reviewed comes in at $35,145! It's a fantastic vehicle for you and your family and your friends as well!

Hope you enjoyed the tour of some of the most iconic fast food locations in the Southern California area!

Hulk Bus Shelter Poster from Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Take a look at the awesome Hulk bus shelter poster!

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1st!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snacking In The Parks: Harbour Galley - Stuffed Potatoes and Bread Bowls!


With so many places to eat in Disneyland, I bring you another one of my favorite places, the Harbour Galley located right across from the exit of The Haunted Mansion. This little hideaway is home to not only the famous bread bowls but also to some interesting stuffed potato options!

The above is the barbecue chicken and slaw stuffed potato! The barbecue chicken and slaw are a perfect match with the starchiness of the potato! A filling meal all by itself!


The shrimp salad stuffed potato on the other hand is not a good pairing of flavors. While there is an ample amount of shrimp and the salad is light and refreshing with a tasty Italian dressing, the potato itself is far too heavy. A great pairing would have been the shrimp salad with the buttered brioche roll that they serve with the lobster roll! Now that would be something I would get time and time again!


Of course you can get the famous clam chowder bread bowls here and it is usually less crowded than going to the Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square.

So, a great place to get a great snack or a meal, depending on your appetite.

Iron Man Bus Shelter Poster from Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron


The awesome Iron Man bus shelter poster from Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1st!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sasaki Time Disneyland Resort Challenge: Is It Possible to Ride Every Single Attraction in Both Parks in One Day?


Have you ever wondered if it were possible to ride every single attraction in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in just one day?

Well, on Friday January 30th, 2015, my friend Carla and I tried to see if we could do just that. Inspired by the guys at parkeology.com, who came up with the Walt Disney World 46. They became the first people to ride all 46 attractions at Walt Disney World in just one day.

Now, this day would not be a fair test as many attractions in both parks were closed for refurbishment but it would be a good indicator of just how many attractions we could get done.

Here were some of our rules:

1. An attraction is considered by us to be a moving vehicle so you can avoid any stage or theatre attraction.

2. Riding just one part of the route is acceptable for Main Street Vehicles and the Railroad.

3. The challenge cannot take place during a 24 hour party. It has to be a regular park hour day.

4. Yes, you can use FastPass and single rider though both of you need to ride the attraction. You cannot however take any Cast Member gift such as Re-Ad Passes or FastPasses given by them to help you along your quest.

5. No attraction can be down for refurbishment. You have to pick a day when everything is scheduled to be open. For purposes of our test, we just picked a day to see how many we could get through to see if this challenge is even possible. But we will go back when everything is back from refurbishment and try again!


Here are some of the lessons we learned as well as some of our strategies:

1. Get as much rest as you possibly can the night before! You are going to be doing a ton of walking!

2. Wear comfortable clothes including comfortable shoes.

3. Plan to eat while you are walking from attraction to attraction! This means a day of snacking and eating all sorts of theme park junk food! We made the mistake of sitting down to eat and once you sit, it's nearly impossible to stand back up and get going again!

4. I cannot stress the importance of this next tip enough! Utilize the incredible Ask Otto system! With no official app for The Disneyland Resort, the Ask Otto voice-based system is a huge help! It not only gives you wait times but also the FastPass return times for attractions that have FastPass! We made great use of this service while waiting in line to help plan where we were going next and which FastPasses we were going to use.

 The Ask Otto phone number is 714-520-7090! 

But without further ado, here is our day in a nutshell!


Going left to right, here we are at the start of our day! Just waiting for the rope to drop to begin our adventure! The park opened at 9am and by 9:01am we were on our first attraction, Alice In Wonderland. We then headed to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride!

We then headed towards Peter Pan! Then off to Snow White's Scary Adventure! Then we were headed to Pinocchio's Daring journey but it was down!


No problem, we headed to Casey Junior Circus Train! Then off to King Arthur's Carousel! Another spinning attraction! Then off to Dumbo's Flying Elephants! Once again another spinning attraction!


Then we headed to another spinning attraction, the Mad Tea Party! I was starting to get dizzy from all these spinning attractions! But we must continue on! Pinocchio had re-opened and we were done with Fantasyland! Now it was off to ToonTown and Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin was up first! Oh no yet another spinning attraction!


After getting dizzier on Roger Rabbit, it was off to Gadget's Go Coaster and we were done with ToonTown! A quick call to Ask Otto and we headed to big Thunder to grab a FastPass and then head to The Haunted Mansion! Then it was off to the rafts to Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer's Island! Then off to Pirates of The Caribbean! For those of you keeping count, this was our 15th attraction and it was about 1135 in the morning! Not bad for a little over two and half hours in the Disneyland!


After Pirates, we went to get our second FastPass over the Indiana Jones Adventure and then it was time to use our first FastPass at Big Thunder Mountain! Then we headed back to Adventureland and got on the Jungle Cruise! While our FastPass for Indy was waiting to be used we headed to the Hub and got on the Fire Engine and rode that to Town Square.


Then we road the Horse Drawn Streetcar back up to the castle! Then we headed over to Tomorrowland and got on the Astro Orbitor and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters! Then we got a FastPass for Autopia and then made our way back to use our Indy FastPass! After Indy we got on the Mark Twain and then headed back to Tomorrowland. We missed the Mark Twain a few times and finally got the timing right to get onboard!


After the Mark Twain it was time to use our Autopia FastPass! We got stuck out on the freeway there because of some people messing around on the attraction! This ended our Disneyland day as we decided it was time to head to DCA and start getting on some of the attractions there! So, we left Disneyland after getting on 24 attractions in a less than 7 hours!


Headed to DCA and over to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and got a FastPass. We headed over to Fliks Fun Faire after calling Ask Otto for wait times. We headed to Francis Ladybug Boogie. Yep, you guessed it, another spinning attraction! Then it was time for Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies! Then it was off to Heimlich's Chew-Chew Train and then off to finish the Fun Faire at Flik's Flyers, another spinning attraction!

Then it was time for our Tower FastPass and then off to get on Monster's Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!


One last ride on Luigi's Flying Tires before it headed into Yesterland! Then off to Mater's Junkyard Jamboree! Yet another spinning attraction! We then headed for a voyage under the sea at Mermaid! We took in one more spinning attraction at the Golden Zephyr and then Goofy's Sky School! We ended our night at Jumpin' Jellyfish!


After hitting the parks running for 9 straight hours, we got on 36 attractions before hitting the wall and being absolutely exhausted! If we had the energy or simply just kept on pushing we still had 6 hours left in the parks!

Here is the complete list of all the attractions we got on!

Alice In Wonderland
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Peter Pan
Snow White's Scary Adventures
Casey Jr. Circus Train
King Arthur Carousel
Dumbo The Flying Elephant
Mad Tea Party
Storybook Land Canal Boats
Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin
Gadget's Go Coaster
Haunted Mansion
Raft to Pirate's Lair
Pirates of The Caribbean
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Jungle Cruise
Fire Engine
Horse-Drawn Streetcar
Astro Orbitor
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Indiana Jones Adventure
Mark Twain
Autopia

Monster's Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Francis Ladybug Boogie
Tuck and Roll's Drive-Em Buggies
Heimlich's Chew-Chew Train
Flik's Flyers
Luigi's Flying Tires
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Golden Zephyr
Jumpin' Jellyfish
Goofy's Sky School

So, is it possible to get on every single attraction in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure? Yes it is with some planning and good luck and utilizing Ask Otto! Let me know if you intend on taking up the challenge! I am thinking of creating an actual challenge so you can download the guidelines and such and maybe there will be a contest!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Movie Review: McFarland, USA - A Moving Story about The American Dream

McFarland, USA is another in a long line of sports themed movies to come from Disney. Disney has such an amazing track record when it comes to sports movies that I will gladly watch every sports themed movie they release. From Cool Runnings to Remember The Titans, Disney keeps bringing wonderful true stories to the silver screen. Will McFarland, USA continue this great tradition of Disney sports themed movies?


Based on a true story, McFarland, USA tells the story of Coach Jim White and how his shortcomings lead him and his family to his final shot at not only teaching but coaching as well. Coach White and his family end up in the small farming community of McFarland in Central California, a town made up of poor, mostly Hispanic laborers and their families. A community that has pretty much give up hope on itself and the people that live there.


After an on-field disagreement with the McFarland High School football coach, Coach White finds himself off the football team and his back literally up against the wall. As the P.E. Teacher he notices that several of his students are fairly fast runners. Coach White thinks that he can start a cross country running team though he himself has no background in the sport.


Jim puts together a ragtag team of seven young boys who lack discipline and respect for one another. Slowly, Coach White puts the team together and opens his mind to what these young boys are going through. They come from homes where they are laborers and work long hours besides going to school and training for the cross country team. One fateful night, Jim saves the life of Thomas, one of his most troubled students.


Coach White even goes out to the field with three of his runners, the Diaz brothers, and sees first hand how difficult a job it is to harvest the fields and then still go to school and to train for the team. Jim is finally opening his eyes to the people around him. The community embraces him and his family.


The team begins to grow closer to one another and they begin to win. They are now the most watched cross country team in the state.


Despite all of the success of the cross country team, Jim finds himself not spending as much time with his family. He even forgets to pick up the cake for his daughter Julie's 15th birthday. Along the way Jim learns about what a quinceanera is and arranges this coming of age party for his daughter and the community comes out to celebrate.

That night Julie is involved in an accident that changes Jim's mind about the community and thinks about something better for himself and his family.


Meanwhile the team makes it to the State Finals. All the while the team believes that their coach is leaving after this race no matter the outcome. What will happen?

Fantastic performances from Kevin Costner and all the boys on the cross country team. This story is about Jim finding himself. This is a story about family and community. This is a story about the American Dream.

McFarland, USA is in theatres now.
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