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My Daughter’s Famous… Well Sort Of

 

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Getting ready to hear the “Bing Bong Song” for the first time as part of the movie

Ok so she’s not famous…Yet. Though, as a parent of a four year old, I’m incredibly excited for my daughter’s feature film voice debut in the newest Pixar release Inside Out. She only has 4-6 lines in the whole movie, but when I hear them I know it’s her and that’s all that matters. Her voice is one of many that plays young Riley. In her case it’s the 3 year old memory of Riley playing hockey and singing the “Bing Bong Song”. Listen for it in the first 10 minutes. Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: May 24

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Pete’s Dragon from Disney’s Magic Kingdom’s Electric Parade. I loved this movie as a kid, and it was just cool to see that it had not been forgotten with the dearth of parade time devoted to princesses and pirates.

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Sometimes it’s OK to be Addicted

My 2 year old daughter is addicted to Disney. Well that’s not really true, Mom and Dad are addicted to Disney, so “S” really has no choice but to be too. In her short time on this planet this is her fourth visit to the Mouse Kingdom in Anaheim, and she has an upcoming visit to Walt Disney World at the end of September too. To think she’s been to the park more times in two years then I had high school is crazy. I guess that’s what happens when your parents are addicts. Now to be fair, I wasn’t addicted till I was in high school. I worked at a movie theatre, like every other teenager in the 90’s we had our fair share of Disney films, and in between shows I was “lucky” enough to clean the theatres. This meant you got to hear and thusly memorize all of the songs, and during your breaks pop in for a quick listen. There was a point in my life where I could probably recite any line or song lyric from The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin. Just writing this post has me thinning of the songs from Aladdin and singing them in my head. Please make it stop! So by the time college rolled around I was really into movies and took a class on The Short Film at DVC, this was circa 1993. We spent a lot of time discussing Pixar and it’s genius, watching all of the Pixar Short Films to date and a bunch of other crazy stuff too. So when Toy Story came out in 95, I was in hook line and sinker.

Fast forward several more years my girlfriend (soon to be wife) gets a great job opportunity that ends up including annual season passes to all Disney Parks Worldwide. Jackpot!!! Because of this we’ve taken full advantage and have since been to all five parks around the world. And make a few treks to Southern California to visit when we can. Last year I even had a long layover in Hong Kong, so I went to HKDL for the day. Just Crazy. Also for those of you who have enjoyed the amazing corndog they sell on Main Street an Disneyland, will understand when I say this. On many occasions when I’m in Anaheim for work, I’ll drop in just for a corndog for diner and head back out of the park. I know sounds silly huh. As I said we’re just addicts, and enjoy spending time down here.

So what’s the point of this post? Well manly to say we’re here again for the weekend, but this time it’s for a very very cool reason. My amazing wife has really gotten into running and has dedicated a lot of her early mornings training, with the culmination being her second 10k run this month, and her first Disney run, with many more to come I imagine. I’m lazy I don’t have a bone in me that makes me want to run, whatsoever, but seeing how hard my much better half has worked for this special day is pretty cool. She goes for a run three times most weeks and in the month of August has already run over 40 miles. Who does that. She does that’s who.

Well we’re here in Anaheim and we’re “S” and I are getting up early early early tomorrow to root on mommy. I can’t wait to congratulate her at the finish line, and tell her how proud I am of her, this is a huge accomplishment and deserves some quality time at Disneyland to celebrate.

Stay tuned for lots of pictures of our Disney trip, and tips on how to travel with kids here.

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Bucket, Bucket Bucket

So the Year of Rahul has got me thinking I should finally put my bucket list down on paper. I’ve been very very lucky to have had the opportunity to do so many things during my almost 40 years on this rock, and with hopefully at least another 40 more to go I look forward to the challenge of crossing some of these off the list. By no means is this list complete, but it’s a good start in the process.

• The Great Wall of China
• See Terra cotta warriors
• Visit all 7 continents (Antarctica and Africa) are all that’s left
• See the DMZ in Korea
• Visit Vietnam
• Visit Thailand
• See the Oscars live
• Hold an Oscar
• Go to the Super Bowl
• Go to a Rose Bowl game
• Go on safari in Africa
• Go whale watching in Alaska
• Play an event at the World Series of Poker
• Transit the Panama Canal
• Fly around the world in one trip
• Go to The Vatican
• Visit St. Petersburg
• Ride a gondola in Venice
• Visit the Sistine Chapel
• Go to the Sundance Film Festival
• Go to the Cannes Film Festival
• Drive a Ferrari
• See the Amalfi coast
• See the Pyramids
• Visit the Forbidden City
• Watch a taping of a TV show live
• Go to the Opening or closing Olympics ceremony
• Go to a World Series game
• Go to the Baseball all-star game
• Visit Fenway Park and Wrigley Field
• Go to Cowboys stadium
• Go to Mardi Gras
• See a no hitter live item accomplished July 2, 2013 SF vs. Cincinnati
• See Mount Rushmore
• Meet a former or current President of the United States – any will do
• Be at Times Square for New Year’s
• Go to Patagonia
• The Galapagos
• Go to Oktoberfest in Munich
• See Tibet
• See the Berlin Wall
• Visit Dubai
• Visit all 50 states (four to go)
• Cruise around the world
• Visit the Guggenheim Museum(s) in LA and Spain
• Visit la Sagrada Familia, Spain
• Eat at the French Laundry
• Eat at La Bernadin
• Eat a Philly Cheesesteak at Genos
• Go to Unos in Chicago
• Take my family to India
• Visit Quebec City
• Visit Pisa
• Visit Giza

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Wandering and Eating My Way Through San Antonio

OK so I must have gained five pounds this week. Wow I ate a lot off good food here in San Antonio. Plus I had a nice time walking around the Alamo and River Walk. Yes I’d been here before, but I’m not sure if you can count a trip 25 years ago, as being someplace. I do remember touring The Alamo, but not much else. Unfortunately since it was closed it’s open 8:30-5:30 I believe, I missed it buy a few hours. But getting a chance to see it again and see how beautiful yet small it is, was great. I remember the façade being so much larger and the photos you see on TV and such make it look so big, but seeing it up close it was small. I’m sure the environs and inside must be bigger but from outside it was not. The River Walk or at least the spots I walked on were great. I really had a nice time, watching the water taxi’s float by and listening to the mariachi bands sing and play on. It made for a festive night. I also was reminded of an old old movie Cloak and Dagger from 1984 with Dabney Coleman and Henry Thomas (of E.T. fame), and who was apparently born in San Antonio according to IMDB. From what I remember there were a few scenes of the downtown featuring The Alamo and River Walk. I had completely forgotten about this gem of a movie till I was walking around, I’m now going to have watch it on Netflix. Oh the memories.

Well on the River Walk I went to Boudrou’s and it was great. I saw it on Yelp and it had almost 500 reviews and was rated over 4 stars, we’ll I was satisfied. See my great meal below. I also had no choice but to visit Pappadeux two times, this is my favorite chain restaurant I think. Probably because I don’t have any near me and it’s a treat to find one when traveling. If you’ve never been, you must check them out. They are just fabulous, and I know I’m not the only one that thinks that. The funny thing is I always get the same thing, a wedge salad and shrimp brochette, so the food could really really suck, but I’d never know. When I went on Monday night the wait was 45 minutes for a table at 8 PM, that was crazy. I didn’t wait though, cause all the locations have a picture of me on the wall as one of their favorite customers. Ha ha just kidding, party of one at the bar, works every time. Oh and BTW Cooper’s BBQ was no joke. You get your food off the grill, they dip it sauce and put it on a tray, then they wrap it in the next room in butcher paper, weigh it, pick your sides and sit down to eat. Plates consist of more butcher paper, it was just awesome.

As for the Gruene Hall, it was a neat 140 year old dance hall, and was just a great little hang out. Just the kind of place to wet your whistle and listen to some Bluegrass. And from what I was told on weekends this little place has over 3000 people listening to some top-notch bands.

Boudro's Story

Boudro’s Story

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits

Ice Cream, Chocolate, Honey and Nuts

Ice Cream, Chocolate, Honey and Nuts

Prickley Pear Margarita

Prickley Pear Margarita

The pit at Cooper's Old Time Pit & BBQ

The pit at Cooper’s Old Time Pit & BBQ

Our Meat

Our Meat

Nuf said

Nuf said

Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall

the dance hall and seating

the dance hall and seating

The bar

The bar

Pappadeux

Pappadeux

Shrimp Brochette @ Pappadeux

Shrimp Brochette @ Pappadeux

The Alamo

The Alamo

Remember the Alamo

Remember the Alamo

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The Riverwalk

The Riverwalk

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