At the Ballgame


At the Ballgame, originally uploaded by aeromat.

They can call it whatever they want to these days, but it will always be Anaheim Stadium to me. Now let’s play ball!

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Helpful Photo Tips


Okay guys, Dave’s got a few more nifty photographic tips for you after attending a birthday party for one of The Kid’s friends and seeing some really poor actions by parents.

I really wouldn’t consider this a follow-up to my post entitled “How to Hold a Camera” since this one is aimed more at the aim-and-shoot, fixed-focus camera crowd that doesn’t know any better. Not that owning a new DSLR makes you a pro, but…

And keep in mind that I went out and shot all these just for this post, so be thankful I care so much about your photographic ventures.

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Not the Same Person


Ann bought me a film scanner the other day as a combination anniversary/Father’s Day present. And ever since I opened it, I’ve been looking through boxes of old negatives for stuff to scan and e-mail/post on Facebook/etc.

In the process I came across an old negative of me and my brother at Disneyland, circa 2000 or so. And I have to admit that this is probably the most flabbergasted I’ve been about an old picture of me since my weight loss. At any rate, here it is and note that it was fuzzy to begin with:

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Yeah, so um…I looked like a cartoon character that was run over by a steamroller or something. I was that big, people.

Now here I am last weekend at a birthday party for one of The Kid’s friends (who were cropped out not because I’m being mean, but just to show me a bit closer for comparison purposes):

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I’m using that first picture as a reminder to never, ever go back to that lifestyle.

Gotta go. The treadmill awaits me…


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Hurricane Dave


0.00I normally give follow-up posts the title of “[Original Blog Title], Part Deux” but today I’m breaking tradition because, quite simply, this one needs it. And once again, I would like to warn those of you with virgin eyes and ears that this one will be laden with profanity. Ahem. So let’s get to it.

If you recall, a few posts ago I described in full detail how my bike was deemed an “eyesore” and that it needed to be moved so that the smokers, apparently an endangered and therefore protected species at the workplace, wouldn’t be offended by its presence. Being the new person I obliged so as to avoid any confrontation, but you knew exactly what I was thinking.

Well, folks, with today’s incident, what I was thinking finally came out in full color. And it was ugly.

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Christmas in May


Real quickly, here’s where the family will be heading today. And if you’re in L.A. or visiting, you should check it out since it’s free!

Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour starts at Union Station and begins its trek across the U.S. on Tuesday. If you’ve got out-of-town visitors, get them on the MTA and take them down to see it. It’s probably not too often that they’ll get to see behind-the-scenes glimpses of a movie, so this could be interesting for them, maybe even you!

And when you’re done, hop across the way to Olvera Street for some of the best Mexican food you’ve ever had outside Mexico, and roam the marketplace for authentic Mexican goodies.

And did I mention this event is free? How can you beat that?

Have a safe and fantastic Memorial Day Weekend, all!

UPDATE: Okay, it was a long day. We got there at about 9 a.m. and waited about 90 minutes to get in which was close to the approximate wait time posted. The exhibit was indeed interesting despite the wait but by the time we left, the line wrapped around the train, down the walkway, and ran the length of the tunnel at Union Station. I heard the wait from there was 4 hours–no thanks! Anyway, here are the pictures.

On the way home we also decided to stop by Long Beach Airport to see if we could catch a glimpse of the zeppelin-not a blimp–stationed out here for a little while. But we got more than we bargained for when we saw to FA-18s taxiing down the tarmac preparing for takeoff! You can see those pictures here, including a few here the pilots waved to us.

Long day and me tired. I’m off to bed!