My September-2011 [Blog]

Earlier this month on Sunday the 4th, I woke up early and headed over to San Francisco. The SF Giants were the first team of the month to have their “Star Wars Day”. In September there were a bunch of different teams having a “Star Wars Day” and promoting “Stand Up to Cancer”. All the other teams giveaway’s was a t-shirt. Giants fans got this awesome Brian Wilson in Carbonite

 

Me and Joanna got there early to get our giveaway and check out the Star Wars pre-game stuff. Fans were dressed up as characters and some even did
Star Wars/Giants mashups like Vader, Boba Fett, and Stormtroopers with orange helmets.  After a while we went into the park and went to our seats. We got Club level seats in the Star Wars section because the website said to buy “Special tickets” to watch Empire Strikes Back after the game, but actually anyone could watch it.


These were good seats, I even sat next to a wookie! On the screen they had special stuff like a trailer for Star wars with Lou Seal in it and holograms of the players when they’re up to bat. The Umpires were escorted by Stormtroopers. Even though they lost the game it was still fun, and we got to watch Empire Strikes Back on the big screen which was cool and everyone reacted to the dramatic parts.

I’ve  been entering tons of different sweepstakes on Facebook recently. My sister Jasmine won a nice camera and something else from these things. So I figure I’d be worth a shot to enter some too. About 100+ entries later I got an email saying I won something. Most of the sweepstakes I entered was for an iPad or a kindle or something. When I actually read the email, It was for a gift card of over $2,500! Now that’s a damn good prize to win. At the time I’m writing this, I’m still waiting for it to be mailed to me. I’m going to use it for my phone bill for the next 2 years so if I don’t have a job, I could still have a phone. Maybe use a little of it for other things and Christmas presents.

I guess September was a Star Wars Month. Started off with Star Wars Day at the Giants game, the season 4 Premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered the same day  I bought  Star Wars: The Complete Blu Ray. I got the 9 disc set for $80 at Best Buy with a free t-shirt and my mom bought it at Target and gave me the lithographs she got from there.

I just want to say to the people who complain about the new changes in the movies:
Get over it!

Sure I agree  in Return of the Jedi, when Darth Vader Says “Noo!” was terrible, but people are boycotting this set because of the changes. They’re just depriving themselves of over 40 hours of bonus material with cool deleted scenes which was the main reason why I bought the set. Video is restored and Episode 2 and 3 look awesome in HD, and the audio is top-notch quality. I think it’s a must buy.

For some of the changes on the Blu-Ray    CLICK HERE

For a FULL list of changes to the movies    CLICK HERE

I had a couple more interviews this month. Another winery which I didn’t get, and a interview for this Marketing thing. The marketing interview was for this place called “L.T.D. Marketing Group“. I got called in for a second interview, but when I talked to someone; they told me I’m going with them to Antioch to observe them and it’ll be like an interview too. I went with the two managers. One drove his car and the other one told me to drive my car with him in it. Personally, I don’t think that was fair. I’m kinda broke and I don’t want to be buying gas to go to Antioch. On the drive there, we were talking and then talking about video games. Once we got to Antioch, we pulled in a Chevron and they set up a folding table and the product they were selling/pushing on people. After about an hour they told me I was hired and to come in on Monday. I was excited to finally have a job, but turns out not really.

On that Monday, I go in and after filing some paperwork and go into a meeting, everyone gets their assignments on where to go. I got paired up with the manager and I had to drive to Mill Valley which is near San Rafael.  Basically what I did was once someone started pumping gas in their car, I approach them from the front of the car and say:

‘Hello there, How are you today? I’m here doing a HUGE promotion for FW1 Racing’s brand new WATERLESS wash and wax. Today we are doing FREE demonstrations would you like to see how it works”.

They usually say no but if they said yes, I spray it on the car, windows, and the rims. They’re 2 for $25 and I only sold one order while the manager sold  6 orders. We didn’t take breaks because he said whenever there were no cars, that’s our break. Also found out that day it was commission based  pay so if I didn’t sell anything I don’t get paid, plus I’d be driving far everyday. So the next day was the same thing. After we got back to the office I basically told the manager I needed a steadier paycheck and I quit. Plus I felt really uncomfortable pushing a product on people and being rude and pushy to them because that’s not who I am.

After that whole thing I got a call from my old job at the winery and they asked if I could come right away. So I did and I was there for about 5 hours and I was done. The next week they called me again and asked if I could come in right away; again. Got there at 7 and left at 12:30am. While I was there they asked me if I could come again the next day. So I got there at 2 and I didn’t get off till 12:30. Basically I was On-Call and they might call me again out of the blue. If they call I have to say yes and then scramble to find some food for lunch and race over there for some hours.

The last day of the month Joanna and I went to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for their Employee Fright Fest Preview Night since she works there. It was just a preview of the haunted houses and the shows they were doing, with no rides. they gave everyone free Chili Cheese Fries and they made me Cheese Fries. From what we saw, the haunted houses weren’t that scary. I expected a lot more.only two things scared me: It was a maze and we were rounding a corner and it was really dark. Someone made a loud banging noise and ran up behind me. The other one was in this house, there was a girl in white looking at the mirror, after a while she turned and yelled and ran up to us and her reflection crawled out of the mirror too. That was a the best scare I got there. Although, near the end of one of the haunted things there was a door, and immediately  as you pass the doorway, some scary looking woman is crouched on the other side and by the time you see her it’s too late. That gave me goosebumps. Plus we saw Joanna’s friend as a ghost. She tried to scare us but got embarrassed and she just told us to keep going. The shows they had were not good at all. Most of the singing was terrible and the song choices were mediocre and cliché.

That’s all the ranting I’ll be doing, so thanks for reading.

June 2011 [Blog Post]

On June 3rd I had a chance to go visit the offices of IGN.com in San Francisco. I took BART to SF and walked around for a while. I went to have lunch at a place called “The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen” and it was delicious! I had Sharp Chedder and Havarti cheeses with some ham. For a drink I saw they had “Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer” which I haven’t seen in forever so I had to get it.

I still had a lot of time so I went to AT&T Park for a tour for $15 and it was really cool. We were taken to the indoor batting cages for the visitors and the visitors dugout. Then we were on the field for a little bit, but we couldn’t go on the grass since there was a night game that day. We didn’t go to the Club level since there was an event going on but we went to the Suit level and it was cool.


Afterwards I walked a block to IGN. Every Friday they give tours to their fans and you have to be picked to go, luckily I know someone and they hooked me up. We saw a lot of conference rooms and each one is based off a game. Like there is a Zelda room, Grand Theft Auto room, a Halo room and about 8 other rooms. Also saw their nice demo room where they try out games for reviewing. They gave us some free stuff and we ate Paxti’s Pizza which was very good Chicago style pizza.

The next day I went to the Giants game for Joanna’s sisters birthday. Game was good but they lost, at least I got a Cody Ross bobble head. Afterwards we went to have dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. I don’t remember what I got but afterwards we took an hour trying to figure out what everyone owed.

The next week my family took a last minute trip to Disneyland. I was excited to ride the newly opened and redone Star Tours. The lines for Star Tours were RIDICULOUS! I rode the ride about 6 or 7 times and one time we waited almost 3 hours. It was worth it. The 3D is amazing on this ride and all the different destinations were cool. Me and Sammy rode Splash Mountain and I was in the front so I got soaked. We also got a good spot for the fireworks at the beginning of Main Street where the flagpole is, but near the front (I’ll post a picture of our spot).



Buzz Lightyear Score – 788,100   Really good score


Also learned how to draw Donald (Favorite Disney character)

June 12th me and Joanna went to my friend Patrick’s house for his birthday and graduation to become a Journeyman Electrician. Spent a long time there hanging out talking and having a good time.

On the 16th was Sam’s Graduation (or Promotion, whatever…). There was a lot of people there. I forgot where we went to eat afterwards.

I also watched a couple of movies. Me and Joanna went to the Drive-in in Concord for the first time and it was awesome. For $7 each, we saw Super 8 and Kung Fu Panda 2.

Super 8 – I liked this movie a lot and you could say it’s this generations version of E.T. The acting of the kids were very good, especially the fat kid.

Kung Fu Panda 2 –  This is better than the first movie, the voice acting all around was good and Gary Oldman as the voice of the bad guy was really good.

Green Lantern– I liked it, but it might be hard for people to enjoy if they don’t know anything about it. They changed some kinda important stuff from the comics but i still liked it and hope they make another one with Sinestro as the bad guy

Cars 2 – Basically a spy movie with the “Cars” characters and it was awesome!

Lastly, ever since I got back from Disneyland I’ve been kinda sick. I didn’t know what it was at first, but after 2 weeks had a appointment with a doctor and said I had a sinus infection. Took some antibiotics and now it’s gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Went to the Giants game and I got a free flight from Virgin America

I went to a Giants game on Aug. 8th with Joanna and my sisters. It was Virgin America day and they were giving out these free flight vouchers that let me bring a friend for free on any Virgin America flight.

They had a concert there on this Virgin America float thingy but i think we just missed it because they were packing it up.

Joanna and me got different tickets from my sisters. They were seating in the Club level while Joanna and me got these View box seats. This was our view of the field

These weren’t bad seats, except it was crazy hot. Joanna and I was burning. I can’t stand the heat and every 2 innings I had to get up and go somewhere there was a lot of wind to cool off. My sisters were asses and they kept texting me they were sitting in the shade and was cold the whole time. If they were cold they could switch seats with us.

I also wanted this Pablo “Panda” Sandoval tshirt and I got Jasmine to buy it for me. I think it’s pretty cool. Now I just have to pay her $30 for it.

But it was a good day, we won and that was it.

Oh yeah, this is random but I dont think alot of people have seen this. I was at the mall with my sister and we were walking out of JC Penny when this guy wearing a Blue sombrero, cycle shorts, and a UPS bicycle tank top was walking past us.  I couldnt believe my eyes so I had to follow him and get his picture. So here it is. Voila!