Saturday, February 25, 2017

DAMN!!! Sorry y'all... been a while!

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,
Alright, finally getting a few minutes to blog… and tell you about my favorite time of year… CHRISTMAS!!! Well, at least my adventures in Utah during Christmas!!! Basically, the day that I flew in, I showed up early, it was really cold… and it was going to warm up the next day so that it could snow for 2-3 days straight… then go back to really cold. That’s weather in Utah in December, back to you Melissa!!! (“Thanks Steve, unrest in the Middle East as…”)
The first day, I stayed in Salt Lake City area… but my mom came and joined me, so we went to see some of the sights… like the Christmas Lights at Temple Square






The next morning, we went to the fairly new Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, which is a LOT better than what the aquarium used to be in Utah… here are some pictures but… definitely check it out if you’re in the area…

















Then we headed to This is The Place Memorial up in the foothills. This is the located where Brigham Young, leader of the Mormon party of pioneers that were cast from Missouri basically decided to set up shop for a new State of Deseret back when NOBODY was in the area, except maybe some Native Americans. Basically, after their long journey across the Rocky Mountains, they found a stream, saw a barren salty desert ahead of them as far as the eye could see (Western Utah & Nevada) and said, “This is the Place!” Probably followed by “F**k it, we’re done! Unload! I ain’t going any further!” Anyway, the Memorial is pretty cool and has a LOT of buildings that were built exactly as they were back in the day in surprising detail… and there was a cool train that took you around…







The next day, there was the Family Christmas Party with… I don’t know, probably 200 in attendance… kind of a small turnout this year… my mom is one of 17 children… and they’re all (grand)parents-plus now…
Then there was my brother introducing me to Playstation VR… and I was skeptic. I’ve used VR machines in the past… and it was pretty cool… but eh. HOWEVER!!! This Playstation VR setup… was pretty f**king awesome!!! My brother had no hesitations in putting me RIGHT INTO the freakiest stuff too… like an Underwater Shark Encounter, being part of a Saw-like scenario, open-heart surgery, all kinds of stuff. It was pretty cool! I highly recommend checking it out… but be prepared for some eyes adjusting headaches and stuff like that…
Christmas Morning was at my brother’s house…










Christmas Day was at my Aunt Pat’s house…
Christmas Night was at my Mom’s house… and Izzy & I got a GoPro Hero Session, a Christmas Ornament, some drinking glasses, and a horrifying unicorn mask. However, the snow was really coming down, so it was just me, my mom & my stepdad (sleeping) so we watched some movies…
 Then a few days later, back home with my lovely wife...
The next days after that, I was pretty sick (as was everybody around me leading up to it) so not much else to tell… but Christmas is amazing! I love spending time with my family! I miss those little sh*ts like all the time… and I’m sure they miss me too… but yeah, I was also glad to be back home to my wife after a week away! I kinda love & miss her too! CHRISTMAS!!! Anyway, love & miss y’all as well… and it’s among my resolutions to update this more often… but if you’re missing me, follow the Everything I Learned From Movies podcast(eilfm.podbean.com) and you know how to find me on Facebook. If not, reach out to me!!! I’ll get you connected on the latest info. Until then, have a great day everybody!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Honeymoon - Part Two

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,
 
Day 10 – August 28th – Back in New Orleans
 
Well, after a week of busy relaxing on the boat, you’d think that we’d take it easy in the Big Easy. Well… you’d be wrong. We got off the boat, dropped our stuff off at the hotel, grabbed some breakfast, and then made our way to the Audubon Aquarium on the Riverfront. In all of my trips to the city, this was my first time inside the Aquarium, and it was pretty sweet… here are some pictures…
 

















 
For lunch, we stopped by World of Beer for some beverages and giant pretzels…
 
Then we made our way down to Mardi Gras World to see the history & construction of Mardi Gras floats and see some pretty amazing feats of artistry… and again, my first time to the area where they’re made… but I’ve been to plenty of parades for the krewes the two times that I’ve come down for the festivities… and God willing, many more to come… here are some pictures…
 






Day 11 – August 29th – New Orleans
 
This day, we mostly wandered around the French Quarter for some great food (including Mother’s) and souvenirs for friends & family back home… and it included a stop by the Beerhaus for a few drinks and one of my new favorite restaurants, Coop’s, where their Chicken Tchoupitoulas is FANTASTIC as well as the rest of their food…
 
We then swung by to see Filly at Jackson Square with her Muleicorn Claudia as she was working hard & giving the best tours of the French Quarter!!!
 
Day 12 – August 30th – New Orleans
 
This last day in New Orleans, we did kind of take it easy… but we started by going to the Pharmacy Museum located in the French Quarter, which was a great collection of memorabilia and devices utilized in the 19th & 20th century to cure ailments… but were often a little out of the ordinary… and by today’s standards are damn petrifying!!! How did we all survive the days when lead, mercury, opium and all sorts of wicked sh*t were commonplace? Oh well… we made it… and here we are to show you pictures…
  






We spent the rest of the day hanging with Filly at her home in Metairie, eating delicious food & watching movies (“The Gate” & “The Color of Magic” miniseries among them) and just having a great time with my great friend!
 
Day 13 – August 31st – Back to San Francisco
 
Then we flew back to real life… nothing really eventful… but it was an amazing trip that I won’t soon forget. Spending some time together with my WIFE Izzy and just being able to relax and not worry about family, friends, work, all that other nonsense was just amazing & we were able to spend time with just each other, which is always a great time! AND we got to see Filly, the Crescent City, the beautiful waters of the Caribbean, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, all of that while doing it! Anyway, lots of catching up to do from the wedding & various events… but I’m sure that you’re not terribly concerned about all that, so I’ll just leave you with the pictures until next time. Have a great day everybody!!!

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