S-Wii-ng, Batter!

Okay, so he was actually playing Wii Sports’ golf and not baseball. In either case, Anthony has been having fun playing Wii the past few nights. He started off with baseball and realized it was more than he can chew, then he tried tennis and had the same result.

Then I figured that if he played a game in which he had control over the ball and where it was not being hurtled at him, he’d have better results. And I was right. Once he started playing golf I couldn’t get the Wiimote out of his little hands; the same thing with bowling. In fact, he came very close to my high score in golf (or at least the target practice minigame). Either he’s that good or I really suck.

And take note: he’s swinging from the left side just like ol’ Dad does.

Life is good.

More Awesome than Awesome

There are few things more awesome than awesome, and tonight I experienced one of them.

I heard The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” on XM after picking up Anthony from Grandma’s house. I started to sing because, hey, who doesn’t?

I then prompted The Kid to start singing along to the last four minutes. Not only did he oblige, he also clapped along.

It was freaking phenomenal I tells ya.
Now playing: The Beatles – Hey Jude
via FoxyTunes


As mentioned in a previous post, I took Anthony bowling about a week ago and a fun time was had by both of us. I took a few pictures and video clips with my phone-cam since I didn’t bring along my camera.

This weekend we decided to shake things up a bit. On Saturday, we took him ice skating at the Toyota Center which is literally around the corner from where I work. It was Anthony’s first time ice skating and he got to enjoy a trip on the train as well, so it all worked out.

He had a blast and was getting good towards the end of the session. Afterwards he made a proclamation that he now “wanted to play hockey.” I shot a video clip of his testimonial for future reference.

But when we got home and I began to transfer the images from the memory card, I noticed something had gone terribly wrong. I kept getting error messages about the files being corrupted–they now had strange names made up of symbols and whatnot. That’s usually not a good thing.

So I headed over to the PC running XP (which is nice to have) to try and recover the files using Fix-It Utilities. That program saved my ass in a few instances and I was hoping it would do its magic again.

After two hours of scanning the 2GB SanDisk MicroSD card, I was disappointed to learn that it wasn’t able to retrieve anything. Zip. Nada. So now I’ve got no cool shots of Anthony skating, of him singing along to “Whoomp! There It Is” at the top of his lungs at home, or of his bowling ball teetering back and forth inches in front of the pins…nothing.

I’ve since formatted the card and changed the settings in the phone to save images and clips to the internal memory. And I’ve also chosen not to let the phone be my full-time camera since, well, it isn’t. Hopefully this doesn’t happen again.

On a Quest

I’m demanding some recognition from Rosarito! I just sent this e-mail using the addresses listed on their POST form. Sneaky, aren’t I?


To: [xxx]@rosarito.org
CC: [xxx]@rosarito.org, [xxx]@rosarito.org
Subject: Billboard Correction

On January 16, 2008, I sent the following e-mail via Rosarito.org:

Are you aware of the spelling error on your current billboard? I see it every day on my way to work and had to do a double-take when I first saw it. (Link to image: http://i7.tinypic.com/8fo5s1e.jpg ) The image is a bit blurry since I took it from a moving train but the number reads “1.800.BAJA” and nothing else. Just thought you’d like to know in case you hadn’t yet.

On January 22, 2008, I noticed that the billboard had been corrected.

Would asking for a little recognition be too much? Perhaps a simple “thanks for” or a more elaborate “you saved us thousands of dollars in tourism money; we appreciate your taking the photograph and alerting us of this problem”? A Rosarito Beach ashtray? Anything?

Look, I’ve never even been to Rosarito Beach but I did cruise to Ensenada last year and had a blast. I’m just sayin’.

And by the way, there’s a spelling error on your homepage:

You have discovered a truly magical world just 20 scenic miles south from the U.S. boarder.

That should be “border.” Did I mention I’m a proofreader?

Kindest regards,
David Moreno
Long Beach, CA


What happens next? Stay tuned!

UPDATED @ 12:52 pm–literally seconds after I posted this!

I got a reply!


Hola David,

Thank you very much for the info. We are working on it.

In appreciation we would like to send you a gift certificate for some of our hotels services.

Please send us a mailing address




I better save my PTO…I’m going to Rosarito!

Glad to Be Back

Now that I’ve decided to make a less-than-triumphant return to blogging, I thought I’d entertain you on what I learned and did during my time off.

Ready? Here we go.

What I Learned and Did on My Time Off from Blogging