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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Meeting William Shatner


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Last year, I got to meet Patrick Stewart at Austin's ComicCon. I remember being in line waiting to take a photo with Stewart and trying to memorize what I would tell my role model. I was so nervous that the only thing that came out of my mouth during that 10 seconds was "Thank you for everything you have done." 

I was shaking with excitement after exiting the photo room. Then I started to think about what I had said. I thought, "Ah... shit. I can't believe I said that." The phrase has bugged me to this day. Plus, I didn't have anyone to share that experience.

Fast forward a year and I've learned since then. This time around I stood in line for William Shatner. Instead of being by myself, I was joined by my good friend, HK. And rather than trying to memorize what I would say, I stood quietly waiting for our turn for the photo op.

My buddy, however, was like me the year before and tried to come up with something clever to tell Captain Kirk. I begged him to not make it too cheesy and not to embarrass me. At one point, he had mentioned going up to him and saying, "I'm here as a fan of TJ Hooker."

Shatner was sitting on a stool wearing a sports coat as we walked into the photo room. We approached him and stood on each side of Shatner. Before walking up to him, HK said him, "God bless." To which Shatner responded, "Thank you." Snap.

What an adrenaline rush! We walked out high-fiving and sharing our excitement as if we had climbed the highest peak in the world. Totally, geeking out.

I had shared my dream experience with my close friend, and I couldn't have asked for anything better.



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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spoofing Kanye West


Twenty years ago, Bobby Brown and late and great Whitney Houston released Something in Common. At the time, one could say the music video was a bit corny, but at least their love at that time was very genuine. You can see music video HERE.

I have to admit, I'm not a fan of Kanye West's music. There are a few songs I like, but I don't go out looking for Kanye's latest single or music video...until now.

While filming their new movie, Seth Rogen and James Franco made a parody of Kanye West's new music video featuring his beautiful bride, Kim Kardashian. Ironically, Rogen and Franco's version has more likes than Kanye's original version.

You can view the videos below. Enjoy.










Friday, November 22, 2013

"But then the freaking Creepers came..."


My son found this parody on YouTube the other day. After him playing it over and over again, we decided to purchase the song off iTunes. Since then, this song has replaced Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball song that we had downloaded days before. In fact, I am now finding myself singing the lyrics of Wrecking Mob instead.


via CavemanFilms



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Damn Creepers



I've been playing Minecraft for over a year now. It's probably the most enjoyable game for me. I can mine. I can make things. I can build. I've made castles. I've made cities. However, I do hate those Creepers.




Captured on the iPhone 5S.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Companies can offer truth in labeling


There was a time when I didn't care about what I ate. I thought that if it was consumable and if everyone else was eating it, then it must be safe.

It wasn't until I consumed a product I had purchased from a Chinese store when my way of thinking changed. My wife was cooking Asian food and I figured bao pork and veggie buns would add to the experience. My son and wife didn't have any, but I helped myself to a few of them.

The next morning, I woke up with hives covering everything except my gentiles. I had immense itching to the point that there was discomfort. A day later, my doctor gave me a cordisone shot and steroid cream. My body was covered with remnant bruises where the hives were for about two weeks.

I had to find out what caused my hives. After visiting a allergist and doing my own research, I found that the issue was a reaction I had to salt enhancing flavor known as monosodium glutamate or MSG. In fact, I would purposely test my hypothesis to evaluate my symptoms. Sure enough, any foods that contain MSG or artificial sweetener such as saccharin will cause me to have a reaction.

So what's in your food? It's something I've made a habit to check before purchasing and eating. What we may learn is that many of the foods that we consume daily have been genetically modified. Basically, this means that the food's original DNA has been modified in some way to enhance desired traits and be resilient to plant disease or tolerant to herbicide.

Sound great, right? However, there are some risks to making super-foods, such as antibiotic resistance, and introduction of allergens and toxins to foods.

In the past few years, industry have fought any government requirements of labeling products as genetically modified (GM) foods. The great thing about living in a free market, however, is that companies can provide their customers truth in labeling without government control. For example, national fast food chain Chipotle has decided to eliminate any GM foods from their menu.

If you are a consumer that is looking for "Non GMO" companies visit HERE.

Sources: 
http://www.naturalawakeningsmag.com/Natural-Awakenings/November-2013/Table-Label/
http://www.austinallnatural.com/sites/austinallnatural.com/files/AAN_NOV.2013-web.pdf
http://www.nongmoproject.org/


Monday, November 18, 2013

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb - Members Survey


I received an email from my gym asking if I would participate in a member survey.

...we are working hard to ensure that your experience with us is not only a positive one but one that also delivers the results you expected when you joined our gym. 

Please tell us what we're doing right and what we can improve..." 

As I indicated in the survey, my experience at the gym has been satisfactory. Not great. Just satisfactory. As I explained in the survey, there are several treadmills that are either out of order or not functioning properly. For example, on one treadmill the belt slips. On another machine, the speed button gets stuck and the runner that is going 5 miles per hour is then running at 10 miles per hour. These issues can cause injuries.

So, I was pretty honest in the survey. And to be honest, I thought the survey was going to be anonymous. My assumption was proven incorrect when I received a email response from the general manager of the gym.

First I would like to thank you for putting in the time to take our survey.

Okay, that's nice. He appreciates my thoughts.

It has taken me a few days because after reading your email I spned (sic) time going on all of our equipment and as of... through today we have only a few piece down and after using all the treadmills I would love to hear which one you have issue with as all worked fine when i was on it. 

Okay. I understand he'd like for me to point out the treadmills that I've had issues with.

We have been planing (sic) catch up on fixing equipment due to a staffing issue but Hoping that is not going to be a issue anymore due to fact we have a great new guy putting in alot (sic) of work to get up back up and running.

Now he's sounding defensive.

I have to say, however, that the gym has been working on the equipment, especially the treadmills. The one that was slipping has been fixed. The one that has the sticky button, however, is still being worked on.

Naturally, it is expected for equipment, that is being heavily used, to show signs that required maintenance. Regardless, I appreciate that the manager responded to me about my response. And it is great to see machines being worked worked on.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Photo: Watching the Texas Longhorns play





Photo taken on November 9, 2013 using the iPhone 5S.



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Last Game of the Fall Season


...and fall season finally comes to a close.

After weeks of encouraging our son to swing and not take a walk, he finally did swing on his last pitch of the season. Although we are proud of him taking the swing, he did strike out.

This was also the first time that he has played innings in the outfield. While other kids would be bored in the outfield, my son stays involved in the game. He was "baseball ready" as he stood his position in the outfield.

His stats for the fall season:

Game 1: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 BB: 2 RBI: 1 SB: 2 (Against the Orioles)
Game 2: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 3 (Against the Giants)
Game 3: AB: 3 H: 0 R: 0 BB: 0 RBI: 0 SB: 0 (Against the Orioles)
Game 4: AB: 3 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 2 RBI: 0 SB: 4 (Against the Giants)
Game 5: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 1 (Against the Yankees)
Game 6: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 0 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 0 (Against the Red Sox)
Game 7: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 2 BB: 2 RBI: 1 SB: 3 (Against the Yankees)
Game 8: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 0 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 0 (Against the Red Sox)

Total:     AB: 19 H: 1 R: 6 BB: 10 RBI: 2 SB: 13





Photo taken on November 10, 2013 using the iPhone 5S.





Monday, November 11, 2013

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb - Preggo Creeper Part 2


Wow. It's actually been over a year since I posted about me staring at a pregnant lady while working out at the gym. You can read the "Preggo Creeper" post HERE.

Well, it had been a while since I had seen her at the gym. Naturally, my guess was that perhaps she focused her attention on her new born baby and maybe rescheduled her fitness.

The reason why I think she may have rescheduled her fitness is because she looks incredible. Her figure is as if she was never pregnant. However, it's been found that working out during pregnancy does help mothers-to-be gain less excess weight and allows muscles to stay strong and toned.

If you or your significant other is pregnant, please check out the links below for more information on pregnancy and fitness.

Source: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/effectsofexerciseonpreg.htmlhttp://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/580466http://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0415/p1846.htmlhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2384387/Pregnant-women-encouraged-engage-regular-exercise-Working-improves-mood-reduces-fatigue.htmlhttp://www.uwo.ca/fhs/EPL/http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/EPL/resources.html

Saturday, November 9, 2013

7th Game of the Fall Season


My son had his seventh game of the fall season on Thursday night. The temperature was in the high 50s (cold for some Texans), and my son was adamant that he didn't need to wear long-sleeves under his baseball jersey.

My last blog entry was on how we were concerned with his batting (you can read the entry HERE). My wife and I, however, noticed that the reason why my son wasn't batting was maybe because he hasn't been practicing with a kid-pitcher during practice. In other words, he expects a good pitch, like those of his coach, and if he doesn't see one close to being a good pitch he isn't swinging. He'd rather take the walk.

Granted, at this level in little league, the kid pitchers are not as developed and do throw outside the box. Nonetheless, my son's performance was was great.

His stats, so far:

Game 1: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 BB: 2 RBI: 1 SB: 2 (Against the Orioles)
Game 2: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 3 (Against the Giants)
Game 3: AB: 3 H: 0 R: 0 BB: 0 RBI: 0 SB: 0 (Against the Orioles)
Game 4: AB: 3 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 2 RBI: 0 SB: 4 (Against the Giants)
Game 5: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 1 (Against the Yankees)
Game 6: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 0 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 0 (Against the Red Sox)
Game 7: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 2 BB: 2 RBI: 1 SB: 3 (Against the Yankees)

Total:     AB: 17 H: 1 R: 6 BB: 9 RBI: 2 SB: 13






Photo taken on November 7, 2013 using the iPhone 5S.






Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Making Mexican rice


My parents are masters when it comes to cooking Mexican rice. With a recipe and instructions my mom gave and after several failed attempts, I think I might have finally mastered Mexican rice.

I also may have found the problem that caused my previous failed attempts. I was using a saucepan where I should have been using a frypan.

I did modify a few of my mom's ingredients to create my own Mexican rice. Similarly, Mexican rice should be your own creation, so feel free to change. The basic thing to remember is rice and water.


Mom's Recipe  My Recipe
Brown rice in olive oil  Brown rice in olive oil 
Add 2 tablespoons of can tomato sauce
to brown rice 
With a molcajete, grind chopped tomatoes to
sauce then add to brown rice
Add Knorr bouillon and water Add low sodium chicken broth without MSG  
Add cumin powder, black pepper and salt  Add cumin powder, black pepper and salt
Add chopped onions, tomatoes, and
thinly sliced bell pepper 
Add chopped onions and tomatoes
Add a whole Serrano pepper for flavor Let simmer, stir occasionally,
add water as needed
Let simmer, stir occasionally,
add water as needed





Photo taken on October 28, 2013 with the iPhone 5S.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

6th Game of the Fall Season


My son had his sixth game of the fall season on Saturday.

He's been struggling with his batting, which is concerning to my father-in-law and I. My father-in-law, who played in the minors, has been working with him on his batting, these past few weeks. However, when my son is on the batter's box, it seems as if he is worried the pitcher is aiming at him and not the catcher's mitt. We've also wondered if my son is purposely allowing the pitcher to throw balls to get a free pass to first base.

Regardless of his batting performance, he did play good defense. While playing third base, he did successfully tag a runner out.

His team won the game against the Red Sox.

His stats, so far:

Game 1: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 BB: 2 RBI: 1 SB: 2 (Against the Orioles)
Game 2: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 3 (Against the Giants)
Game 3: AB: 3 H: 0 R: 0 BB: 0 RBI: 0 SB: 0 (Against the Orioles)
Game 4: AB: 3 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 2 RBI: 0 SB: 4 (Against the Giants)
Game 5: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 1 (Against the Yankees)
Game 6: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 0 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 0 (Against the Red Sox)

Total:     AB: 15 H: 1 R: 4 BB: 7 RBI: 1 SB: 10


Photo taken on November 2, 2013 using the iPhone 5S.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

5th Game of the Fall Season


My son had his fifth game of the fall season last Saturday. I missed the game, but I hear he did perform well.

He added a run to his stats and helped his team win against the Yankees.

His stats, so far:

Game 1: AB: 3 H: 1 R: 1 BB: 2 RBI: 1 SB: 2 (Against the Orioles)
Game 2: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 3 (Against the Giants)
Game 3: AB: 3 H: 0 R: 0 BB: 0 RBI: 0 SB: 0 (Against the Orioles)
Game 4: AB: 3 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 2 RBI: 0 SB: 4 (Against the Giants)
Game 5: AB: 2 H: 0 R: 1 BB: 1 RBI: 0 SB: 1 (Against the Yankees)

Total:     AB: 13 H: 1 R: 4 BB: 6 RBI: 1 SB: 10