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Ballpark Mystery :: Top Dodge

Today was incredible, intense. And hard.

We are a young family visiting from Austin texas. 4 of us, parents in early 30s and 6yo boy 3yo girl ( she’s gonna be 4 in less than a month)

Today was quite an eventful day. It might sound intense at times and maybe a curse word or two to really emphasize and color the emotions we felt (I really don’t curse often or at least try not to) but it was a powerful day that really tested us all. And we rocked, it was excellent t things turned it great and we are super super .

Maybe I can fill in the first half of the day some other time. Let me write what is fresh on my mind in you don’t mind. Today, We went tot he dodgers game. Or should I say Tonight? I dont know,

 

Edit: trying To publish this experience and the tech keeps messing up and deleting half the story. I’m trying hard. It’s got typos and error but I will fix it later!

We started our path to he game in the daytime at least, so lets’s go with that for narration purposes. Uber dropped us off too far from the stadium entrance.. We had to walk up thto hills . (Wtf Uber educate your drivers he also said it doesn’t say the actual
Location wTF). We then really had to use the restroom. I got In wrong line and didn’t buy tickets  yet. Asked if we can use restroom real quick and then buy tickets it’s an emergency y. Nope. Next person. Nope – passes me off to the security guard. Guard hears us out and asks for my aiD and tells those jerks to let us in real quick. So he finally does. Those two gatekeeper people working at ththe stadium really hurt my son’s and I’s feelings. They were so mean to us in a time of need and denied us a basic human right: a ducking toilet for a six year old boy from Austin Texas. With y’all. WTF. ‘Murica or some stupid ass hashtag? Get real. That’s like just the tip of the iceberg of our adventures (misadventures) trying to get my baseball fan son to an LA dodgers game!!! Before you think that is a pure rant and negative- en contrare. It turned out great in the end even if t wa s a very intense and rushed day with lots of emotions . Here’s the silver lining. Some really beautiful people stepped forward and helped us in a time of need , even as small or insignificant it might be in the grand scheme
If things. I admits it’s 1st world probl ms.

So, back to tththe story. Finally we got in to use tta test restrooms, have not bought  comets yet, the guard has my Texas drivers list ese. As we start walking in, another worker is starting to unpack a new box of je bobbl head tiveaways! Yes! My son is excited. He’s about to hand my sonone as we walk in when – I am not making this up – the same freaking dude who did not want to let us in – jumps out of left field and stops the then dude from giving my son a bobble head toy free giveaway. Can you ducking beloved this? It honestly happens. A grown man stole a ducking toy from my son in front of my eyes and I kind of couldn’t do anything g about it. Wow. I should have socked him, really. The fucking decency or lack there of was incredible. But my son and I took a breath and pushed onward. We were abo t to shit our pants actually and we almost forgot about it. So we do our business a and head back out to buy our tickets properly. Everyone had told us to go buy tickets from some little machine that even I could see from 100 yards away was not working. I said the machine Spears to be off and they ignored me.

We had to walk down around the stadiu
Down about let’s say 200 steps maybe. We are already tired and semi defeated, it’s about 7:45pm now which means 9:45pm austin time aka my sons is way past bedtime but we really wanna see  his game and field for he first time!!!

We go down there buy tickets – the lady at the ticket booth was real cool and calm and helpful.

Then we headed back up to the entrance to enter legitimately. Ah, the security guard had saw us using the messed up ticket machine outside the thats a while ago and retuhe Nes my ID. I mentioned about h bobble heads he didn’t care. But banks for your help this far mr security guard that was nice.

Back there now we have tickets and are entering the La dodgers game.


I apo
. Now we finally get in. Unfortunately the bobble heads were all out by that time (about 8:25 now) but we take a breathe and head in. My son and I have already stopped to talk about how rushed and fast, anxious everything is in LA. I tell him I know and I agree. And that we are only here for a few days.

We finally can walk in and see the game! Cool! My soon and I were too keyed up from the series of unfortunate events to even sit dow. And watch the game. I freaking kicked my soda all over a group of beautiful LA people, and they wouldn’t even use my special handkerchief to clean up

My son looks so scared and spent already. But here we were and it was still pretty epic.

I guess you could say this is where things finally began balancing out kind of, or at least for a little
BitS but we remained keyed up for dang near the entire night and I and still up awake keyed up at 1:03 while the family
Is asleep. (Now it’s 1:36 as I re-read and edit my rant)

It was all too intmuch Nes for us after what had happened so we bounced around fro
Seats to reaching out back to getting snacks.

Cop was
Nice, gave chep a card

Told us about family days and fireworks and that the aastros are coming this weekend No WAY

Uber rider
Lyft app messed up charged me for ride we didn’t take and cancelled my reservation in the most busy and crazy clusterfuxk of a moment after the game ever.

3 or 4 beautiful people helped us out. An older couple routing for the brewery’s we’re trying to charge their phone at the Uber parking lot. We started talking and they said an Uber rep helped them right around the corner.  They offered
To go get that person. Who helped hem
So I said yes please. She was the most helpful
Person and helped us calm down and install Uber, get on a better WiFi router for internet. Etc. On point. Bless your soul you rocked. So there we goyft ain’t working so let’s try Uber. For some reason it’s not installed on my phone anywhere, gotta reinstall it in this cluster-F of people, networks, cars, and hdhdhfbfjfmejdjfjfjj. Ok it installs, gotta sign in, doesn’t work reset password that email isn’t on this phone anymore great. Ok try Lyft again about 5 time bales doesn’t work. Son is looking desperate like he wants
To collapse and lay down on the aslphauly accommodations we have as we wait for this awesome 21st century instamt car service to instantly
Pick up my instant self and my son. Super rich companies and here we are In LA right why can’t they put a bench or something for someone e to rest their tired feet and melted fried goodfornothing brain for about a hot minute. Is that a good way to use the term
Hot minute? Texas twang y’all.

Anyway no bench just this tall tube of light that says Uber. Real
Cool
It was useful to spot from afar tho. Would rather have a couple simple
Benches tbh. Anyway time is elapsing of course since we are time traveling beings at our core. Uber I can’t reset password. Finally Lyft works I even
Tried order wrong the most gangster high-end car or driver still didn’t work. We basically had to wait, mind you that I had made a reservation with Lyft and I’m guessing someone got in and took our ride , we had to wait 20iwh minutes for the crowd to die down before Lyft finally worked and I was able to book a Lyft Pool ride – the one where you share the car with some strangers beyond he stranger driver and his hands you are putting your life into and anyone you’re resp mainly for.

We take
Some
More breaths and we catch up with the older couple who help d us. I say Lyft finally worked and good luck to theme they were so sweet. Now we head to the “rideshare riders awaiting confirmed and arrived drivers”
Staging area. Good feels like we are gonna make it after all.

As we walk that way we see he kind soul who helped us on WiFi and register for Uber (note the conpanies for a second here, then feel free to ignore the companies afterward)

We stopped to thank her basically
And had to admit that we didn’t end up using Uber. It she was instrumental in calming us down and helping us get a car eventually somehow. She was super coool about it.

Another person at the staging site was cool. Priced Jose’s UT Texas cap.

The ride on way back was a trip too

Rode with – kid you not- people who work for pioneer DJ equipment in sales and marketing.

Talked some aw some talk about gear and new ideas.

Ok back to baseball (skipping around

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We didn’t get bobble heads. I asked where guest services is, I really felt wronged by the stadium and its workers and wanted to give the people here a chance to make it right. Eventually I was lead to fan services after explaining about 35% of the story above (cen the embarrassing parts) three times

Fan services – we kept a smile and I’ve been committed
To bringing joy everywhere I go to everyone really. So I remain conversational or maybe it’s the sativa high grade wonderful 0.5g of cannabis oil I had to stash away outside the stadium.

They we’re so cool. Dude Omar or something pretends to break fance✌They hear the story and they feel us, they are moved and at hold on let me see something

 

to be continued

Project Noah – wildlife sightings

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Project Noah is a great modern website made for tracking and documenting (photographing) wildlife. It is about scientific identification of organisms. it’s fun to just cruise the site and see all the photos of the amazing creatures that share the planet with us. the community on Project Noah is top-notch as well, very helpful people eager to help you identify that weird looking bug you snapped. it features geo-tagging as well. check it out! there’s some beautiful beings out there!

Project Noah

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Pictured here is a Puerto Rican Tody (Todus Mexicanus) photographed by Karla Morales. Her caption follows: “This tody is endemic to Puerto Rico island. Despite is scientific name.I It is commonly known as “San Pedrito.” Is my favorite bird, hard to photograph. It can be seen throughout on the island preferably in forests. Eats insects.”

automagically post soundcloud likes into wordpress

with the new wordpress, soundcloud integration has been added to the oEmbed automatic linking, which is similar to the way facebook will auto link with a preview. in wordpress, you must use the shortlink embed code.

this means you can link to soundcloud songs or pages, and have the mini player embed itself automatically. pretty neat, and almost expected these days on the web.

but what if you want to take it a step further? we wanted to have our soundcloud activity (such as liking a song) automatically post a new entry on our Music Is My Medicine website everytime, without needed to do any work. we thought there would be a plugin to accomplish this, and maybe there is, but instead we ran across this very interesting and awesome “code recipe” that integrates it and does all the work for you! you sign in to wordpress and soundcloud to give the recipe access, then setup the variables, and voila–it is enabled and running for you. the true definition of “automagically”

https://ifttt.com/recipes/19518

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last night’s dream was interesting, and was fortunate enough to actually remember some of it.

i was in some kind of cave with a large room, with some kind of center stage. people were around it and praying or meditating. there was a man in the middle leading it seemed. when that was over i was lead out the cave thru a long hallway, which broke out into what now seemed like a kind of department store. my departed friend, joe, was showing me around now. the first thing noticed was some large display that was a hologram. it had a symbol on it, like a “T” and “S” intertwined, with other oriental-looking symbols around it. looked pretty neat. then we walked over to a table with t-shirts on it. i liked one shirt that had a print of a knight’s helmet with angels wings. for whatever reasons it said “redskins” on it (i dont even like football) and when i asked joe what he thought of that shirt, he simply shrugged and said, “eh.”

then, in another part or another dream, it was as if we were arriving to the united states via a ship, the big arrivals you see in the old movies: lots of people happily gathered, walking down that big ramp off the boat. i was with my buds mikey, dj, and robert, pretty happy to see each other. we were walking and the path turned into this extremely narrow “bridge” – but it wasn’t even as wide as our bodies, we had to straddle the bridge and inch our way across. it was kind of scary and it was a far, far ways down into water or trees. we slowly moved, i was the last of us, and someone behind me kept pushing and rushing us. i kind of bumped my frenz ahead and eventually made rob fall off :( it also felt like we were ants for a while. when we got to the end, i stood up, but was drafting around aimlessly (kind of felt like a gyroscope controller going nuts) and had to “turn off the controller” to stop myself from falling. hah.

there was a third part or dream, will post it up later. g’nite.

the importance of talking to your baby

the difference in total words heard by babies and its effects on their development is startling. for quite some time we have known there exists a gap in academic levels between children in the 3 main socioeconomic classes (poor, working-class, professional). and many theories have been suggested, too much lead? lack of self-control? high-stress? lack of reading? studies from the recent decades has shown that the answer may be easier than thought: talking.

Another idea, however, is creeping into the policy debate: that the key to early learning is talking — specifically, a child’s exposure to language spoken by parents and caretakers from birth to age 3, the more the better. It turns out, evidence is showing, that the much-ridiculed stream of parent-to-child baby talk — Feel Teddy’s nose! It’s so soft! Cars make noise — look, there’s a yellow one! Baby feels hungry? Now Mommy is opening the refrigerator! — is very, very important.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/10/the-power-of-talking-to-your-baby/

The studies show that poor babies may only hear about 600 words per hour, while working-class babies might hear 1,200 words/hour, and professional families around 2,100 words/hour. “by age three, a poor child would have heard 30 million fewer words.”

Why such a difference? It may be as simple as the fact that those parents were not aware of the importance of talking to their babies. They may have less access to the latest information, books, and rely more on family and friends for parenting advice.

heard somewhere else something somewhat similar: talk to your kids like they are twice in age, talk to a one yr old like he’s two, a three year old like they’re six, four:eight, etc.

goo goo, ga ga!

sherwood forrest faire

we went to the sherwood forest faire and had a blast. it was outside of austin in mcdade, tx in a nicely wooded forrest like area (ya think?). they did a very good job of being in character and i couldnt help but imagine we were in a real-life everquest. we saw jousting, puppet shows, robin and maid marian, and drank mead. here are some flics.

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compost

we started composting a few weeks ago. its kinda fun and interesting to see the compost forming. a bit of a challenge too, at first put too much scraps and got lots of bugs, but after balancing out with lawn clippings and leaves, the bugs are gone and it doesnt smell bad at all. we’re hoping to start a garden soon. y’all have any tips for composting?

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the compost tumbler we got at home depot is the YIMBY brand one. it’s decent, and good for urban smaller backyards. it has a sliding lid cover, and has two sections, so you can start a new batch while the other side is composting. it comes with the stand that the barrel can rotate on, but it doesn’t have a rotating crank handle, you gotta spin the barrel directly (not a big deal). check it out here Yimby Tumbler Composter

 

use your phone as a game controller for computer

geek for the win! found a nice app that turns your iPhone into a bluetooth game controller for your computer. came in useful when we were trying out the game castle crashers on steam. you download the free app, install its counterpart on the computer, and sync them up. you can pick and program various controllers like SNES, Genesis, and N64.

check it out: http://getjoypad.com/legacy/

itunes spelled backwards

have you ever wanted to simply pull a song from your iphone onto your computer, but had the rude awakening that you cannot do such a simply task? yea, thanks apple for locking your devices down so hard we can’t even grab our own songs off our own phone to put on our own computers. well, fret no more–senuti (itunes spelled backwards, lol) is a program that lets you snag songs right off your iDevices with no questions asked. it comes with a free 30-day trial, well worth the money, and damn skippy slick. for example, had our neighbors over this evening, he showed me some awesome “50 years of Reggae” album he just got on his phone, which he wanted to share with me. he said he’d bring the CD over later (which he had rented from our public library), but better than waiting, we just plugged in his iphone to my laptop and via senuti we pulled the entire album (and then some) within 5 minutes. take that, apple!

http://www.fadingred.com/senuti/ (opens in new window)

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