Archive for the ‘trip’ Category

Breaking Bad – Season 4 Recap – Crawl Space

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

This season of Breaking Bad has done what it does best, deliver the drama in a slow and intense way.  This whole season the tension has been building and last Sunday’s episode, Crawl Space delivered more drama than most shows do all season. 

Gus continues to show you how much of a heartless person he can be.  Yet, not just heartless but also clever.  The man has a plan A-Z for all occasions.  With the cartel in ruins, Gus and Mike dying, jesse drives them to a makeshift hospital Gus has prepared.  Once at the location, the doctors are able to save and revive Gus.  Jesse finds out just how prepared Gus is as he see’s a fridge full of everyone’s blood for transfusions.  The doctor starts to rattle off Jesse’s blood type, age, allergies and everything else.  Gus and Jesse walk out and Gus says that Jesse can take over the lab.  Jesse says that he wont cook if Walt is killed.  That he should be fired instead. 

With Gus revived they make there way back home.  Walter is panicked about his brother in law and not knowing what’s going on in Mexico.  Walter is staking out the chicken farm with his brother in law Hank.  Hank tells him he’s heard about a bloodbath in Mexico but doesn’t have much information.  Hank then takes Walt on a little detour.  He’s going to check out the laundromat where he has been cooking.

Walt gets nervous and crashes his car on purpose to avoid staking the place out.  Later on the episode we see Walt smuggled into the laundromat in dirty clothes.  When Walt gets to the lab he can tell that the lab has been in use.  That someone has been cooking while he recuperated from his car accident.  He knows that it has to be Jesse.

Walt goes to Jesse’s house and there we see him playing video games.  Walt pleads with Jesse, telling him that he needs his help. That Gus is training Jesse to replace him and there going to kill him.  Jesse responds in anger to Walt reminding him that the last time he asked Walt for help that Walt said he hoped Jesse ended up in a barrel in Mexico.  Walt goes to leave and is met by Gus’s body gaurds who taze him until he is unconscious. 

Walt is now hooded and bonded and in the middle of the desert.  Gus takes off Walt’s hood and tells him he is fired.  Walt laughs, saying he knows Jesse wont cook for him if he’s killed.  That this proves his point that no matter what Gus has done that Jesse is still loyal to him.  Gus says that its true, but that doesn’t mean anything about what he will do to Walt’s brother in law.  Gus has a hit out on Hank.  He also says if he is warned in any way shape or form that he will kill Walt’s wife, son and daughter.  Walt can see just how serious Gus is.  After Gus leaves Walt begins a mad dash and the most intense closing scenes ever starts.

Walt goes to Saul, asking for the number of the guy to make him and his family disappear.  Saul gives him the number and tells him he needs a large amount of money.  Walter pleads with Saul to warn the DEA about a hit on Hank and Saul reluctantly agrees.  Walt heads home and goes to the crawl space.  He starts opening the money bags to see he doesn’t have enough.  Skylar comes in and Walt asks where the money is.  She tells him what she did with the money.  Walt lays down and starts screaming and crying uncontrollably.  His cries give way to laughter and the look on Skylars face is amazingly haunting.  The phone rings and its Marie. She is crying on the answering machine saying its happening again.  The Cartel has put a hit on Hank.  As Skylar answers the phone you hear Walt laughing as the camera pans up from him.  In his crawl space, as if a premonition as to what will now happen to Walt. 

Categories: Article, drink, fun, Link, Television, trip

My Bike Ride This Morning

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Categories: Article, Movies, Random, trip

My Early Morning Commute

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

20110912-052042.jpg today’s commute to work involved me riding my bike to work. I only attempted it once before and didn’t make it all the way. Today I am proud to say I completed my seven mile bike ride in one hour and ten minutes! My legs are okay but I’m sure I’ll feel it later on! Weather was cool this morning and the bike ride that much easier. Let’s see how I feel about riding home though!

Kevin Hart – San Jose Improv and Laugh at My Pain

September 5, 2011 2 comments

About two weeks ago I was lucky enough to get two tickets to go see Kevin Hart perform in San Jose.  I was ecstatic because this is the comedian I have been trying to get tickets to see forever!  Every time he came nearby the tickets would sell out immediately and I would miss my chance.  This time, I got lucky and scored tickets to see him on September 2nd.  However this show got cancelled and instead I had to see him on the 4th.  That was okay but was going to make things difficult.  First of all, I live in Elk Grove, CA and the show was in San Jose.  I worked the 4th and the 5th ( today ) so I wouldn’t be able to sleep in after the show. 

My ViewDid I care?  Nope!  I was excited to be seeing Kevin Hart in person and I’m glad I made the trip.  I actually managed to get to San Jose at 7pm, 2 hours ahead of time to our show.  At 8pm the line started to form outside the club and I started to wait in line.  Getting in I had balcony seats and  the view was great.  I have no pictures of the performance because I didn’t want to risk getting kicked out.  The opening act was hilarious and soon the main attraction came on stage: Kevin Hart!

Now I expected this to be standup from "Laugh at My Pain" and was surprised when he said it was all new stuff.  I was laughing so hard at his set and the best part came when someone tried to throw him off his game.  During one of the jokes an audience member made a loud "ahhhh."  Relating to Kevin Hart which he acknowledged.  It was funny the first time and even Kevin Hart laughed.  Then the guy decided to keep doing it.  I don’t know if he was hoping for more laughs, or to talk to Kevin Hart again but this time he got put in his place.  Kevin Hart addressed the guy in a way that let him know his moment had passed.  He did it in such a funny way that he had everyone laughing at him.  Did the guy get the message?  Yes, he no longer loudly said "ahhhh." 

All in all it was a great night.  His movie, "Laugh at my Pain" will be coming to AMC theatres on September 9th.  I definitely want to see this!

Laugh At My Pain

Tokyo Disney – Disney Sea

Welcome to Tokyo DisneyWhile in Tokyo, Japan we had to hit up Disney.  There are four parks in Tokyo Disney, and we hit up two of them in 3 days ( had to give ourselves a day of rest in between.  The first park we took was Tokyo Disney Sea.  It was an awesome park that featured rides from the sea.  The cleanliness was amazing but so was the attention to detail. 

Once we got to Disney we had to board a special train that took us to the different Disney theme parks.  As you can see the hand rails and the windows are all done up Disney Style.  So we had a very cool view and the hand rails were all Disney’d out.  It was a short ( but expensive ) ride to get to our park.  It was only 4 stops ( for all 4 parks ) but cost us 4 bucks.  We were the second stop on the tour.  It was worth it though cause walking would of been another 30 minutes and we knew we’d be doing a lot of walking. 

Once we arrived it was an amazing sight.  Those mountains are fake.  Part of a ride.  Journey to the Center of the Earth.  This is the view you get once you are inside Disney Sea.  It looked so damn real and what’s more amazing is the closer you got the more real it looked.  The illusion did not wear off or diminish with proximity but rather strengthened.  It was really an amazing sight.  Especially as the sun started to go down. 

Some the of the sights that this park had to offer was amazing.  I’m just saddened that I took these pics with my iPhone and not a real digital camera.  It took decent pics but the camera on an iPhone 3G is nothing compared to a real camera.  This is a shot of Areal’s ( have no idea if I’m spelling that name right, little mermaid girl ) area in Disney Sea from across a river that you can take a boat tour on.

Inside the mountain they had two rides you can go on.  One was "Journey to the Center of the Earth."  It was one that filled up fast so we fast passed it to return an hour later.  This is a shot of the mountain from the inside and a line ( short ) for the submarine ride.  I took this from the other half of the mountain.  I think the submarine ride was "2000 leagues under the Sea" but I don’t remember.  My map was in Japanese so I had people translate some of the rides. 

Just look at this awesome ass submarine!  This isn’t the one you got on but one that’s on constant display.  This one was next to an underground restaurant that I immediately went to.  I got myself a turkey leg as soon as the park opened and this was my view from my seat.  It was awesome….so was the turkey leg.  Shorter than what I’m used to but delicious!

After we hit up "2000 Leagues under the Sea" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth" ( which was indeed an awesome roller coaster ride ) we went over to the section of the park that had Indiana Jones ride.  They also had this awesome roller coaster ride that had fire coming from a waterfall that shot up a large pillar of smoke at you as you drove next to this waterfall.  I wish I had the name of this ride but it was cool.  Indiana Jones was updated to incorporate the Crystal Skull.  It was similar to the other one I went on and could of done without the Crystal Skull incorporation.  The rides were cool though.  Okay, now back to Arials land. 

Why did we go here, I was told we had to.  That if I was impressed with the parks look overall we had to go there cause I would not be disappointedd.  I was not at the park, but at my pictures I was. 

You actually got to go inside a cave and walkway that simulated you going underwater.  Once there they did all they could to make it look as if you were underwater.  The lights overhead simulated sunlight as it would appear if you looked up from underwater.  If you looked at the floor it had a wavy pattern of broken light.  Here the rides mostly focused on kids but they had an awesome food court and shop.  The shop had a giant whale with its mouth open ( the one from Pinocchio ) and looked pretty cool.  I did end up buying a few souvenirs and gifts to bring back to the US from this shop.  Again my pictures came out horrible in this area.  They just could not take a good picture in this low light. 

Sadly these two were the best pictures I could find that I had of this area.  The rest just came out worse or more blurry.

We did catch the "Little Mermaid Show" or live performance while we were here.  It was actually very cool as they incorporated quite a few animatronics.  The songs were in English at least so I was able to understand that and even some of what was said ( studying a bit of Japanese paid off ) . 

Later on we went to the area that had the Aladdin show and Sinbad show.  Yes Sinbad!  Not the comedian ( that would of been hella awesome though ) and let me tell you this place just looked awesome.  The details in how it all looked was spectacular.  Although the above is not the greatest picture, its a two story carrousel.  That thing was busy all day long.  In front of it was a water fountain that I didn’t pay too much attention to till i got closer to it and noticed it was made out of the Genie from Aladin. 

Here’s another shot of how it appears to enter in this area.  It was a very cool area that had a few shows and some rides.  Mainly food though.  Advice:  Try the curry popcorn here: Crazy Delicious!  I have a ton more pictures of this area cause the architecture really impressed me.  Sinbad ride was a lot like "Its a Small World" but telling of Sinbad’s tales and his journeys.  I understood some of it but not all.  Going to continue studying my Japanese though. 

  We won tickets in a lottery style thing to a disney show later and got some priority seating.  But like all things Disney there really is no bad seat.  It really just meant we had a gauranteed spot and wouldn’t have to wait in line.  Hard to see in the pics as we had a lot of light but it was a Christmas play that had all the characters dressed up helping Santa.  This shot is just the left hand side of the stage as they lit it up really nice.  It was getting dark and closer to closing time.  So we were ready to head on home. 

It was a very cool trip and a good day at Disney Sea.  I would highly recommend this if you are going to Tokyo, Disney. 

Interesting items in Japan – Part1

These are just a few of the random and odd products I found around my wanderings in Japan.  Some are not really that odd or random and some are just pretty damn awesome. A lot of the stuff I found I just happened across grocery stores or random stores at the malls.

So what follows is a collection of awesome.

This product to my right I thought was candy or some mad scientist kit.  I was wrong on both counts, it was actually a thing for children’s bubble bath.  I was amazed at how wrong I could really be.

I guess that’s a look of sheer horror on his face?  The thought of being clean just scares the shit out of him!  Look at him!

Cubic MouthI loved this trend in Japan called “Cubic mouth.”  They make a lot of cartoon characters in cubic form with cubic mouths.  I found them hilarious, my daughter found them scary!  These are just a few socks I found at a store with such Disney characters in cubic form.  They crack me up!  I had to buy a pair for my nephews…I bought them chip and dale.  Here is why:  Drunk?

I am not %100 positive on this but I am pretty damn sure that Dale is hung over.  Look at him?  If he’s not hung over then he is really messed up!  My nephews didn’t find these as hilarious as I did but my brother did and cracked the hell up!  Worth buying the socks!  I saw lots of Minnie mouse purses around town in this “cubic” style that my daughter refused to let me buy for her.  They scared her she said!

Awesome book or just awesome photo jacket?During my wanderings I came upon a few bookstores.  I went into a few and found some cool looking books.  Unfortunately I can’t read Japanese so it saddened me.  The comic book stores were awesome looking to. Here is just one of a few books that had an English translation of the title.  But that was it.  I would of bought it but I know it would of taken me years to read the front cover.  One day…..I will learn.

I found some awesome shirts while in Japan.  This one of Pedo bear giving it to Ronald McDonald I found hilarious.

Again, I wish I knew how to read so I could read the caption above.  So for now I’m making up my own.  They also had a few awesome-kick ass star wars shirts.

These kinds of shirts are also very popular in Japan.  I ended up buying a few shirts as gifts to some family friends.  These star wars kids pictures were all kinds of awesome.  I was hoping to see more star wars shirts and was not disappointed.  Saw tons of them.  The baby series I thought were funny.

Okay going to add just one more item here and the rest I’ll save for another article for another time.

This was a unique store that sold nothing but miniature food items.  The purpose was to sell these to restaurants for the purpose of displaying foods in there windows.  I liked how they made these chopsticks float in air suspended by the noodles.  It was weird to see people buying these as souvenirs and to have restaurant people buying them to display in there windows as representations of food at their respective restaurants.

Food in Japan – The good stuff!

January 3, 2011 1 comment

Ah yeah, it was all about the food!  And we saw some interesting food and ate some great food in Japan.  First Meal in Restaruant
  The first meal we had in Japan was at a restaurant.  I forgot the name of the dish but it was very tasty!  It was pork with some veggies, rice, and miso soup.  I’m probably spelling "miso" wrong.  We arrived for lunch and had to take off our shoes.  We placed them in lockers and proceeded to our seats which were on the floor.  The restaurant was very cool and the food was delicious.  Of course, walking around town and shopping we also noticed a lot of unique food items.

I spent a lot of my time in Japan trying to find some wierd food items I had heard about.  One such item was the kit kat candy bar. 
Cheese Kit Kat?I had heard that they have upwards of 50 different flavors of KitKat in Japan.  It was confirmed to me by our hosts that there are indeed a large variety and different kinds of them floating around depending on the season and holiday.  The second night there I found my first such case.  Petit Cheese KitKat!  It was actually white chocolate covering some cheese…..and I bought it….and I ate it, and it was DELICIOUS!  I continued to hunt but was really hard to find other flavors.  I saw the cheese one a few more times and finally encountered some other flavors.

Orange and StrawberryLater that week I found one such store that had two other unique flavors of KitKat!  Orange and strawberry KitKats!  I bought them on the spot and of course devoured them!  Once again, they were delicious!  I favored the orange one overall and regretted not getting another batch. 

I was considering buying some to take back home to America but I know I would of just ate them anyways so I was saving myself from myself and figured the pictures would have to do.  I also wondered why the hell is KitKat being so stingy here?  Why can’t we get orange or strawberry KitKats!?

What will follow are a few shots now of other unique candy’s I saw and found:

Oreo Coffee!!

Crunk's not dead!

Okay so now a brief explanation….first I have no idea how to explain the cream collon.  I didn’t buy it or try it but not because of the name.  Or maybe it was because of the name….

The oreo coffee thing I did buy and try and I enjoyed it.  Who doesnt love oreo’s?  It was pretty much like the starbucks Via thing and tasted delicious.  Under that was strawberry crunch…..again why doesn’t Crunch have this in America?  Again it was delicious!!!! And last but not least was Crunky Kids!  I thought Crunk was dead…apparently I was wrong.

This isent even close to all the food pictures I got but I figure I could cover ramen in its own article.  But I will have to post two more pictures here.

Pepsi???Apparently in Japan depending on the holiday, Pepsi will release a unique flavor drink.  Since it was Christmas and New Years coming up we got to taste Pepsi – Mont Blanc!

Apparently this is similar to a roasted chestnut.  It tasted however similar to a caffienated coffee drink.  It was definately unique and I will admit I bought it again later on and took one home to give to a gift to a good friend.  Pepsi as a gift?  Yes, he has the pepsi logo tattooed on him.  So yes, it was an awesome gift for him.  Oh, side note, I also found Pepsi Twist in Japan!  It’s still alive down there!

The vending machine is not all that interesting till you take a closer look at them.  The blue under the items in question represent cold drinks, while the red represented warm drinks.  Also, some of those in the red are not actually drinks but rather soup.  I have bought corn chowder, potato soup, and tomato soup from vending machines while I also bought a cold coke or pepsi from the same vending machine. 

Okay, thats going to do it for this article I think.  I’ll still be posting a few articles in the next few days to talk about some of the sights and sounds and buildings in Japan. 

Hope you all enjoyed it!!