Brass Goggles

Yes, again I’m talking about the Steam Powered Giraffe, but this is just a fun song… yes, I’m crazy… it’s August one of the busiest months of my year to give you an idea of just how  crazy things are here’s a little bit of what is happening:

Tomorrow and Thursday I’m in training so I can develop the training for a new service to be introduced in early October.

Monday, I’ll have new employees training, new faculty orientation, and our meet the teams event with our students (and guess who is coordinating a lot of it)

Tuesday, not as crazy, a group photo of our students and a training class with our students where I just have no idea what I’m going to say.

Wednesday, wow, not too bad, just a meeting to discuss the training I need to develop from the training I’m doing this week

Thursday, I have the first of 5 or 6 new student orientations for the school of nursing and doing phone training with one of our student groups.

Friday, I’m playing keyboards for our group worship time for the end of training week and then the ever popular “Can of Consequence” training. Always a good time!

Saturday, I have another new student orientation, though they haven’t told me what time yet…

Sunday will be pretty laid back just church in the morning.

Monday the 27th, more than likely new employees training in the morning then heading to San Diego!!! to do an orientation for School of Ed. And if all goes well, a trip to the zoo to see my favorite Steam Powered Giraffe perform and if I’m not dead tired heading over to SeaWorld to try shooting fireworks one more time. (and yes I have passes to both parks, and if you’re counting for Legoland too)
Spending the night in SD

Tuesday, I’ll sleep in, then head over to SeaWorld for a couple of hours before doing another new student orientation for School of Nursing. Once I’m done with it, I just might have to head over to the zoo one last time. Not sure how late I’ll stay since I have to drive home afterwards. But I have to make sure to get something signed for Mark in one of the visits there. I have an idea of what I want to do, I just don’t think I have very good pictures of Sam and Michael. Lots of great pics of the robots.

Wednesday, I have my 3rd orientation for the School of Nursing in Azusa and that this point nothing else.

Thursday morning we have our annual Faculty/Staff kickoff event. It’s our yearly pep talk from the President, who does an amazing job. He’s such a great man and a good guy! As soon as that event is over I’ll jet back to the other campus with the computer techs to help receive laptops that are being refreshed. At about 11, I hope to be heading to the airport to catch a flight to Sacramento because I’m shooting APU’s first football game as a NCAA Division II team against UC Davis. I’m crashing at the home of one of my favorite photo buddies and then leaving at the ungodly out of 4 AM to head south with him and his wife.

Hopefully, Friday will be quiet.

Saturday, September 1 is the first soccer games under the lights and I’ll be there to shoot at least the girls game. I also have the birthday party of my favorite 2 year old that day. Lots of fun photos there!

Sunday again will be a day of rest.

I was really hoping to head back to San Diego to catch the last perform of the Steam Powered Giraffe at the zoo for the summer. But that is looking less likely since the orientation that was slated for Tuesday probably won’t happen. SAD SAD Face…

So, you kind see what I’m really enjoying having some fun music in my life. So if your seated comfortably with your bag of pork rinds and your sandwich… this is a sing along song….


Obsessive–compulsive disorder

Sometimes I feel like I’m OCD, though I don’t really have any habits that would indicate it, I think it’s more like the “pure-O” which is OCD without overt compulsions could, by one estimate, characterize as many as 50 percent to 60 percent of OCD cases.[20] Rather than engaging in observable compulsions, the person with this subtype might perform more covert, mental rituals, or might feel driven to avoid the situations in which particular thoughts seem likely to intrude. (Wikipedia)

My newest obsession… the Steam Powered Giraffe. Tim introduced us to this unique and interesting group about a month ago. Then Mark and I saw them perform at the San Diego Zoo and I loved them. Their show is fun and entertaining and I love their vocal arrangements. The three main members of the groups are dressed as robots, having a background in mime they do a great job being robots. They’ve been doing 4 shows a day at the zoo since June 23 and will finish up Labor Day.

The end of July Mark, Tim, Regina and I went down the end of July and again it was fun times. I’m going to be able to go down again the last week of August and MAYBE September 3rd.

Anyway, let me share with you a little taste of the Steam Powered Giraffe with my favorite video, Automatonic Electronic Harmonics

Once again I’m at the San Diego Zoo, this time visiting the Panda Cam.  I’ve been fortunate enough to get some good pictures of the pandas.  But now, I can come here and watch them anytime I want.

Baby Condor to be Hatched Soon!

I love San Diego. I love Seaworld and I enjoy the zoo and Safari parks as well. So I was very excited to read that a new California Condor is due to hatch in the next 48 to 72 hours. And there’s a web cam!! (Sorry you’ll have to scroll horizontally, but it’s worth it!)


OK, those who know me, now I LOVE Seaworld.  It truly is my happiest place on earth.  And they just introduced a penguin cam.  And what’s nice is right now on the “South Pole” it’s daytime.  So you can see the penguins moving around their frozen home in San Diego. I’m going to try to embed it below but if that doesn’t work check it out at:

Streaming by Ustream

SeaWorld San Diego

Today Mark and I went to SeaWorld. I so LOVE SeaWorld and today was a good day. Got to see my dolphin show as well as Pet’s Rule, Sea Lions, both the day time show and the night show and the Shamu show. The picture below is Mark sliding down a snow bank for the first time ever. Of course, the worker didn’t believe Mark was only 12. Poor guy, he’s so tall and his voice is deep and he’s got the whole mustache thing happening.  But in just 25 days he turns 13. A lot scary to me… 



The polar bears enjoying a mid-morning nap.  Aren’t they cute!?!?


It’s summer on the south pole so made for some great pictures.


Pets’ Rule celebrating the holidays!


And of course, the dolphin show…


Shark tank as if you didn’t know:


Turtle Reef…


Sea lion and otter show – CSI Miami Style


Everyone’s favorite” “Shamu”


Sea Lion and Otter’s Night Before Christmas full of fun as always.


It’s kind of funny that several of the jokes in the Sea lion shows revolve around Pepsi and after tomorrow Seaworld will no long be serving Pepsi products. January 1 begins a 10 year contract with Coke. Many ways I’m excited about that, I’ve always preferred Coke to Pepsi. But it was at SeaWorld I had my very first Code Red Mountain. I’ll miss that, but hey… things change, that’s just life.

A Day in North San Diego County1

Today Mark and I went to LegoLand California to check out the new Star Wars section of Miniland.  They did a really great job, representing all of the movies.  It was rainy today and crowded two of my least favorite things with an amusement park.  Mark is so spoiled he doesn’t ever want to stand in a very long line.  So we did the boats and I beat him. And we did Dino Coaster, which is always fun albeit short ride. Here are some shots of the new Legoland Star Wars area and a special sand castle honoring Star Wars.  And no, I don’t know why the sand castles didn’t melt in the rain.  (It was not ever a heavy rain.)

We ended up leaving Legoland around 2:00 and drove to the beach.  It was quiet but beautiful watching the waves crash into the shore.  As well as some birds fishing in the ocean.  Hopefully you can tell what they are doing from the pictures.

I wasn’t really ready to go home, or rather hit rush our traffic in Orange County so we took 78 and headed over to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly known as the Wild Animal Park). We got there about 3:45 which meant FREE parking.  Even as pass holders the Safari park charges for parking.  (A reduced rate)  Also, we were able to get a choice parking spot close to the entrace. The park closed at 5 which meant not much time, but it worked out nicely. We strolled down to the African Safari tram and ended up being on the last one of the day.  I got some really nice pictures.  Interestingly, enough almost all of these pictures I shot manually.  Legoland and the beach I put the camera on auto.  At Legoland it was mainly because of the rain and not wanting to constantly play.  But here at the Safari Park I was lucky enough to find a good auto setting for the tram ride.  As well I was able to switch over to manual focus to get a couple of the pictures of the birds behind wire enclosures. Overall, pretty happy with the pics.

It was a really fun day. And I’m glad we went to the Safari Park since our passes expire at the end of April. I probably won’t renew them for awhile, since this summer we’re heading north.

A Very Neat Day at SeaWorld San Diego!

Today Mark and I journeyed south to one of my favorite places, SeaWorld California. We were late getting out and wanted to make a stop for the elusive Wii. I wanted to pick up a used one for Mark, but alas, there are none currently out there. I guess GameStop has to hold on to them for 30 day, something to do with Pawn Shop laws. Needless to say Mark is annoyed. (What else is new!)

Anyway once we got here we found an ice skating rink at SeaWorld! Long story short, I bought Mark a day pass for the skating rink. He’s very been on any type of skates so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was better than I could have imagined.

Here is the first video of him trying to skate. He’s in a red and white plaid jacket:

We ended up coming back two more times. He definitely got my money’s worth in the amount of time he spent as well as just the amount of fun he had. It was great to watch his abilities and his confidence grow each time he went around the rink. Unfortunately, he had on short socks, which meant he had no protection from the top of his skate boot rubbing on his leg. It was pretty sore by the time I took this video. It was one of his final laps around the rink. This time he is wearing a black King’s jacket. You’ll see him wipe out big time, pick himself up and kept right on skating.

Happy Halloween!

Not a big fan of Halloween!  It’s just one of those holidays that has too many negative connotations. But one of our favorite things to do, is to go to LegoLand California for Brick or Treat. It happens every weekend in October.  Last year we went down on Halloween and the park was really nice, not too busy at all. I was afraid this year, it might be a zoo. But thankfully, the rain kept people away until the afternoon.

We didn’t leave until almost 9:30 so it was almost 11:00 before we got there.  So I decided to deal with Mark and his “I’m hungry” but having lunch as soon as we got there.  The salmon was simply delicious.  Love the Upper Deck restaurant and the service was wonderful (it also helps that we get 15% off with our pass).

We rode all our favorite rides waiting 5 or 10 minutes.  The longest ride we waited for was Knights Tournament.  It’s very hard to describe this ride.  So I had Mark use my camera to video me riding the ride.  The cool thing about the ride is it has 5 levels. Kids under a certain height can only do 1 or 2.  This is level 3 which is as brave as I’ve ever done.

Mark didn’t dress up but I did take a few fun pictures of our day

The kid with the “head in the jar” was the best costume I saw all day.  Of course, there were some really well done lego costumes but sadly this was my favorite. (Yes, I’m a sick, sick individual)