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It's Fun to be Prepared! starring Butch and Droops, The Bowser Boys

It's Fun to be Prepared! starring Butch and Droops, The Bowser Boys
Our Preparedness Package
12 months (first month book and bag + 11 more months of Emergency Supplies) $185

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Home Preparedness - Part 2

Home Preparedness - Part 2
Starting in April, we are producing a new kid’s preparedness program, The It’s Fun to be Prepared! Of the Month Club. This club will help Mom, Dad, Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts take the first step on helping kids to be prepared. There is no other program like it around.

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Home Preparedness - Part 1

Home Preparedness - Part 1

Home Preparedness - Part 1

How (and why) you need to build a GO-BAG.

Being prepared is one of the most important things you need to be. If you are one of those people, like many, that sleep in their birthday suit, this is the one reason you need to a Go-Bag. Let’s say there is a fire in your house. You are in a deep sleep. It started with a faulty electrical connection in the wall next to your bedroom closet. Suddenly the fire alarm in the hallway goes off, wakening you. You jump out of bed and realize you cannot retrieve you clothes from the closet. WHAT WILL YOU DO!

If you had a Go-Bag next to your bed, you would pluck it up and exit the room using one of you planned emergency exits. Once outside, you would open your Go-Kit, retrieve and slip on your extra pair of sweat pants and shirt before embarrassing yourself in front of the responders and your neighbors.

Having emergency clothing is just one of the things you need in your Go-Bag. Every member of your household needs to have their own Go-Bag located somewhere that they can easily get to it in the event of an emergency. Besides the basics, each Go-Kit needs to be personalized for its intended owner. Men need some small handy tools such as a wrench to turn off the gas. Women need personal hygiene products. The kids need a toy, a small games or books to keep comfortable during the emergency. New mothers need a small container of formula for their baby. Seniors need extra medication in their Go-Bag.

Everyone need a couple of bottles of water, energy bars, list of emergency numbers, extra cash and as I mentioned before, an extra pair of clothing. For the adults, I recommend a large duffle bag for carrying some of the large bulky items. Kids love small backpacks filled with everything they need.

Beside the personal Go-Bags, every household needs a Household Emergency Kit. This is a larger Kit which should be stored in an easily accessible locations that is not in the house or garage, such as a garden tool shed or a plastic bin behind the gate leading to the backyard. It will contain the following

  • Water (1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days)
  • Food (for at least a 3 day supply)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • And MONEY!

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Next Blog - Home Preparedness - Part 2

Kids Emergency Survival Kit

 

How I made a 14 min short movie with no budget.

How I made a 14 min short movie with no budget.
I made the short, THE LITTLE ROSE back a few years ago with literally no money.

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Walt Disney Hometown Museum

Walt Disney Hometown Museum
The Walt Disney Hometown Museum is located in the restored Santa Fe Railroad Depot in Marceline, Missouri. 

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More from the Bowser Boys

More from the Bowser Boys

A Disneyland Icon has left building...

A Disneyland Icon has left building...

After more than 60 years serving up magic and memories at The Happiest Place on Earth, Carnation Café chef Oscar Martinez retired Wednesday, Sept. 27.
 


Oscar spent his final work day at Disneyland Park soaking up well-wishes from hundreds of Cast Members, including many of the chefs he worked with over the decades. Following a farewell celebration at the Main Street Opera House, the line to greet him stretched around the lobby, as Oscar served up warm smiles, handshakes and hugs one last time. "A lot of people tell me, you're more famous than Mickey Mouse!" he joked.

It was 10 years ago when I officially met Oscar Martinez. I was working the late shift at the Disneyland Resort. At the time, I was a Security officer at a backstage gate when this seemingly regular unassuming man was leaving from his shift. My Security partner remarked to the man as he passing through, carrying a box, "Hey Oscar! What's in the box?"

I did not know who the man was, as cracked open the box to reveal a small statue for his achievement of service with the company. He had just finished his 50th year. I was amazed at the statue's detail. It was a statue of Mickey Mouse sitting on a stool painting a small portrait of this man, know as Oscar. My partner whispered to me, "Oscar is the longest active Cast Member at the Park." I reached over and shook his hand. It was like I was meeting Walt Disney. I was flabbergasted. 

From that day on, Oscar made it a point to shake my hand every time I ran into him. As my career grew at the Resort, I would often stop him back stage and we would quickly talk. We became familiar acquaintances and I would tease him about when he was going to retire. On his 55th anniversary, he told me he was going to retire the following year. Well the following year, I would tease and he would say the same thing, next year. Each year came and went until this year. I was now stunned to hear that his few last days finally upon us. Like many of Cast Member, I went to his retirement celebration with a little sadness in my heart because I will no longing be able to casually visit with him. Yet I was very happy for him to retire and enjoy the last chapter in his life. I made my way through the crowd to see his face light up as he shook my hand for what could be our last time. I knew is Walt would have been very proud of Oscar. 

What I know this man was with no formal cooking experience, Oscar started his career as a busboy at Disneyland’s Fantasy 1 restaurant in 1956, the year after the park opened. Though he never personally spoke to his boss, he previously has said his fondest memory was watching Walt Disney walk up and down Main Street, U.S.A. taking meticulous notes about the theme park.

Over the years, Martinez worked in several roles including teaching employees the “Disney Way” of dressing – at the time, men had short haircuts, no mustaches, shiny shoes and black socks, and there was no makeup for the girls. He later trained employees how to cook on a grill.

In 1967, a manager noticed Martinez’s speed and efficiency and tried him out on the cooking grill at the Carnation Café. It’s at the cafe where Martinez left his most indelible mark.

Disney executives noticed Martinez’s flavorful breakfast potatoes, cooked with butter and green and red peppers, and later put it on the café’s menu.
And know you can have his recipe too!

Oscar says he'll miss the feeling of walking through the Carnation Café door, but promises he'll be back to visit as a Guest. "Every time I come here, it makes me happy … I'm going to miss it."
Oscar also plans to travel, visit with family, and just relax in retirement. Cheers to you, Oscar!

Who is Edward Venture (Ed Venture get it, Adventure)?

Who is Edward Venture (Ed Venture get it, Adventure)?

Edward Venture was born into a very rich family in the 1920's. His father own an Import Company in South Carolina which Edward did not have the desire to participate in. He did grow up to be one of the most respected deep sea salvage captains on the East Coast.  

Edward Venture

Handsome and adventurous, Edward had survived many dangerous yet profitable jobs. The one job that would change is life forever was the Curse of the Sultan's Treasure. 

His journey takes him to a world of magical possibilities and evil villains. One of those villains is Salvatore Santana, a pirate and Edward's nemesis. He also finds love in the mysterious woman who hires him to find the treasure, Marie Le Bonnet.

  

Oh yes, did we mention the Genie? Yes there is a Genie guarding the sunken treasure. You will need to read this fanciful story of Edward, Marie and the Genie, in my book, The Curse of the Sultan's Treasure available everywhere. 

YOU CAN GET A PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED COPY TO YOU BY ME,
THE AUTHOR, B. R. SNYDER ONLY FROM

MY MAGICAL BOOK STORE

Just click here to purchase your autographed high adventure story!

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A Great Disneyland Deal!

A Great Disneyland Deal!

Here is one deal you can not pass up if you are planning a trip to The Happiest Place on earth.

We have combined two wonderful books at one great price. Add these to your Disney Collection or start collecting them now. 

One day, Walt Disney jumped into his car and took a journey that ended in open farmland filled with fresh air and the sweet smell of orange blossoms in Anaheim. He had found a place where he would build his magical park. Now he needed a hotel to go along with his park

This edition is devoted to the years 1954 to 1959 from the details surrounding the initial talks with Walt & Roy Disney and Jack Wrather to the many additions and expansions to the building of the Disneyland Hotel in its pre-Tower configuration. Filled with over 300 photographs and beautifully designed with 50’s period graphics and design.

PLUS - From the publisher of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland comes The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream, the story of how Walt Disney's greatest creation was conceived, nurtured, and how it grew into a source of joy and inspiration for generations of visitors. Despite his successors' battles with the whims of history and their own doubts and egos, Walt's vision maintained momentum, thrived, and taught future generations how to do it Walt Disney's way.

Click here Disneyland Hotel and Disneyland Story Books for this great deal!

How things are working out for my online business.

How things are working out for my online business.

First I wanted to thank all of the people that has helped me expand my online store, My Magical Book Store. A big thanks to all those on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter., You have been a loyal following over the past year and a half. I am still working hard towards expanding my business and thought this would be a good time to say “Thank you!”

I thought it would be a good time to tell my story. It all started years ago, when I had a dream. I wanted to create a business that help me market my writings, which included novels and several screenplays.

Over the last decade, as most of you know, I have been working for Disneyland in the Emergency Preparedness department. At the Resort, I also started a Cast Member (employee) Club called the HistEARions Club, dedicated to the History of Walt Disney and his little theme park, Disneyland. Over the last seven years that little club has grown to be a great Disneyland Club with a growing attendance that attend our fun and informational historical programs.

While creating the events for my club, I have met many Disney historians that lent their talents to the club’s programs. One of these historians is Donald Ballard, who wrote several books about the original Disneyland Hotel that was owned, not by Walt Disney, but by oil man Jack Wrather. Don and I struck up a business relationship which allowed me to help sell and distribute his books. This led me into selling his books online, which soon turned into a small online store. I quickly expanded the store to include my 5 books that I was also promoting. As I continued to sell his high demand books and promoted my books, I soon started to sell items that would complement my books, like cookware for my cookbook and emergency supplies for my family emergency preparedness book.

This all brought more items that I considered fun to sell. I was at the point that I wanted to increase the number of buying customers, so I needed to increase my web traffic. I knew that if I could increase my traffic that would trigger my search engine ranking along with a few other tweaks to the site’s SEO. I did not want to spend a ton of money on this in the beginning so I looked for FREE web-traffic sites. Many claimed to be free but mostly I end up spending a few dollars here and there to get the kind of traffic I wanted. It was great but it did not get me where I wanted to be. I soon ran into a company that would give thousands of hits for free and I wanted to acknowledge them for a great opportunity. So if you’re looking to increase your web traffic give them a try. Go to growtraffic.com for their information. 

Again, Thanks to all who have made My Magical Book Store Great!