A Full Slate


Happy Grand Prix! Today is the 35th running of the Long Beach Grand Prix and I can hear the cars roaring down Shoreline Drive from just outside my window, which is nowhere near the venue. Tells you how loud those things are. Anyway, let’s get to the meat of today’s sandwhich, okay?

I’ve got a busy week coming up but not because I’ll be starting my new job. I went to fill out some paperwork last Thursday and I got a pleasant surprise: I’m not scheduled to start until April 27th, which means that I now have another week of “vacation” to be with the family and to do other assorted things. How awesome is that?!

So what does that mean? It means I’ve got a full slate of activities this week, and here they are.

Monday: Take The Kid to school and go for another long bike ride. Might even make it to the beach this time. I also have piles of paperwork I need to fill out for the new job (since it is contract work), and I have to go and take the obligatory drug/pee-pee test which I’m sure I’ll pass with flying colors.

Tuesday: Since Spring Break is over, our Disneyland passes are no longer blacked-out so we plan on spending some time there, quite possibly a good portion of the day depending on how hot it gets. It’s supposed to be in the 90s in Orange County* today; hopefully it won’t be too bad by then.

Wednesday: Take Kid to school and go for another bike ride.

Thursday: Here’s a biggie. Depeche Mode will be performing live on Hollywood and Vine for The Jimmy Kimmel Show that “night” and I scored a pair of tickets to be in the crowd! This is the first time any artist has ever done this for the show so it should be interesting. They usually perform on the stage outside the studio but this time, it’s going to be in the heart of Hollywood. Watch for phone-cam images (if phones are not being confiscated) beginning at about 5 p.m. that night since the performances are taped. I wasn’t able to get tickets for their Hollywood Bowl show so this will do, even it’ll be an abberviated show. Be sure to watch for me–I’ll be the one in black 🙂

Friday: I have scheduled an interview with Disneyland just for the sake of doing it. Hey, it could lead to something part time so what’s the harm in that, no?

That enough for you? It is for me. Have a great Sunday!

* You all know I still refuse to call Orange County by “The” and its initials as the only people who do don’t live there or are only trying to sound cool. 


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Jobless No More


Although I’ve already blabbed about it all over Facebook, I’ve yet to mention it here.

But as of Monday, I will no longer be unemployed. That’s right folks, after roughly 20 days of being out of work, I will be returning to the daily grind. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

Now don’t get me wrong–this little “vacation” of sorts has been fantastic. It gave me time to be Daddy while Ann was at work and I’m thankful for having that opportunity as it was freaking great. But at the last job, my day would start at 5:20 a.m. when my alarm went off, I was on the train by 6:45 a.m. and at work by 7:25 a.m. Approximately 12 hours after the alarm went off, I was back at home. While I was appreciative that my (former) paid for my train pass which afforded me the “privilege” of taking public transportation to my job, between the 8 hours at the office and the commute, the work day was extremely long and really cut into my family time.

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Where Am I?


        

Where Am I?, originally uploaded by aeromat.

Inside the Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, CA. This is where all things Disney happen–pretty damn amazing. Lots of pics to follow when I get home!

UPDATE: All images have been uploaded and will only be accessible until Thursday, when I will make the set Private again. If you wish to see them after that, you must request to be one of my Contacts on Flickr.

We also made a trip to the Imagineering Building which was just a few miles away. Photography is forbidden inside but honestly, there wasn’t much to see. Both places had employee stores where any Disney fan would absolutely lose their freraking minds–especially pin collectors. I bought more than my share of things for everybody, including a Walt Disney Studios “Part of the Magic” license frame. The rest were [limited edition and employee-only] pins and other goodies.

Walking around there was really interesting. This is where everything Disney comes together, you know? The history of the place and all that goes along with it…it was humbling to be a part of it if only for a few hours.

Ready to go? The slideshow starts here. Enjoy!

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Happy Easter, Everybody


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The Kid inspects the loot an at Easter Egg Hunt in Los Alamitos, CA. There were over 10,000 eggs up for grabs and by the time the kids ran through there it was a mess–and not one egg left.

Have a great day, all 🙂

The Kid and David Caruso!


The Kid and David Caruso!, originally uploaded by aeromat.

CSI: Miami filming in Long Beach, CA. The rest of the pictures can be seen here.

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