Category: Events

What is in a Name?

Driving along highway 15 between Baker and Barstow there is an very interesting road named, “Zzyzx Road.” This road runs in a north-south direction and goes to the Mojave National Preserve.

Tesla Charging Station

While making a stop in Primm, Nevada I happened to spot some Tesla charging stations. This is pretty cool because I have not seen any of these before.

Street Performers in Las Vegas

No matter if you are in Hollywood, California or enjoying the Freemont experience in Las Vegas there are a wild array of different types of street performers who are all looking to make some extra cash. Many just dress up as familiar characters from movies, others dress up as anime characters, while others just choose …

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The Fremont Street Experience at Night

Walking down Fremont street in Las Vegas is what they like to call the Fremont Experience. This experience has it all. It has everything from lights, drinks, casinos, street performers, zip lines, legal drugs, stores, gambling, live music, a large array of lights overhead, food, gold nuggets, hotels, it has everything. The only question is, …

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Cirque Electrique Show at Sea World

During the summer months Sea World puts on a show called Cirque Electrique. Here is what the stage looks like for the show and here are some clips of the performance. It is very entertaining and a good time.

They Call Him Flipper

They call him Flipper, Flipper under the sea. They call him flipper…Well actually I don’t know if Flipper was actually his name, but it sure was fun watching this dolphin swim by as he was leisurely swimming around the tank at Sea World in San Diego, California. Even better yet it was really fun to …

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Killer Whales

A Moment in Time With a Beluga Whale

While at Sea World San Diego, I had a moment in time where I was truly amazed. It was early in the morning and nobody else was around. While watching the beluga whales one stopped and appeared to look at me and opened it’s mouth, almost like a smile, and then it ducked under and …

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Meet the Eagle Ray

This is an interesting character as a member of the stingray family. Unlike stingrays that lay on the bottom of the ocean the eagle rays tend to live in open ocean.

Moray Eel

Went to Sea World recently and saw some of these moray eels. I’m glad I get to see them in sea world because this is about as close as I want to be to one. I don’t think I would want to see one of these in their natural habitat.

Hawaii Lava Boat Tour

Every time the lava hits the ocean more shoreline is created for the Big Island of Hawaii.

Novo Brazil Brewing Company

Stopped by the Novo Brazil Brewing company to check out what they’ve got. It was a pretty interesting setup inside of a warehouse.

The Dark Side is Watching

Do you ever feel like someone from the dark side is watching you? This happened to me today when I was stopped at a traffic light. I looked over and Darth Vader was staring back at me.

High Street

For all the pot heads, occasional smokers, or midnight tokers out there here is a street in La Mesa, California just for you.

Plant That Looks Like Coral

Here is a plant that is a succulent, but it almost looks like coral is growing on land. It is real interesting the way the light shines through it and makes it look different colors.

Hickam Air Force Base

On Hickam Air Force base back by the channel to Pearl Harbor and near the Officer’s club there is the Missing Man Memorial that honors those who have lost their lives in battle.

Lobbing Grenades

In case you haven’t ever seen anybody ever throwing a grenade here is someone on a range doing just that.

Japanese Dessert Store

What kind of building is this? Is it a temple? Perhaps an orphanage? Guess again. It’s actually a Japanese dessert shop located in Kamakura.

Rice Fields in Japan

If you haven’t ever seen any rice fields or how rice is grown it is pretty interesting because Japan does not have a lot of farm land so they grow rice wherever they can. Here are a couple fields I happened to snap a couple photos of as I was driving by.

Going Solar

More and more businesses, organizations, schools, and people are installing solar panels and why not? Not only do the solar panels produce power by converting light into electricity, but they also provide shade and lower your bills and if there are enough of them, they can even produce a profit. With people looking for alternative …

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Fortune Cookie Fortune

I had a fortune cookie that had this fortune in it that stated, “You have a keen sense of humor and bring out the best in others.” I’m not so certain that is an actual fortune as much as it is just a statement. I think I got cheated.

Japanese Dragon Statue

In the USA people will decorate their lawns with yard gnomes, bird baths, and other decorations. In Japan here is a dragon statue.

Statue in Japan

Here is a little statue in Japan.

WESTPAC 2018 Patch

Parachuting at Night in Kuwait

Here are some videos of parachuting jumps at night and below is a video of the McKeanna drop zone in Kuwait.

Ali Al Salem Air Base View From Communications Tower

Here is a view of tent city from atop of the communications tower and below is a video that shows what the desert looks like.

Firing the M240

Here is a video of what it is like to fire an M240 weapon. This video was taken at a range in Kuwait.

Shooting an M4

Shooting an M4 weapon at a Kuwaiti range.

Tony Blair Visits Kuwait

Tony Blair the former British prime minister visited Ali Al Salem air base in Kuwait. In these photos you can see him shaking hands with Colonel Smith the former base commander.

Patriot Missiles

While stationed at Ali Al Salem air base in Kuwait there were some Patriot Missiles there. Every time Saddam Hussein sent scud missiles south of the 38th parallel something would be sent up that way to take it out. Periodically I would check just to ensure they were still pointing north. If they were I …

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Buddhist Temple at Enoshima, Japan

While walking around Enoshima, Japan one of the landmarks was this buddhist temple. Here is a view looking towards Enoshima Island in Fujisawa.

HC-130 Daytime Parabundle Drop

Here are some different videos of a HC-130 performing routine air drops.

General Ryan Visits Ali Al Salem

General Ryan visited Ali Al Salem airbase in Kuwait. While there he received a tour of the base by Colonel Smith and the facilities and also participated in reenlistment ceremonies.

Funny Watch the Gap Sign

This was one of the funniest signs I’ve ever seen and it was taken at the jungle cruise ride at California Disneyland of all places.

Pirate Ship and Mark Twain Riverboat Cruise

In Frontierland of Disneyland California there are a couple of ships where you can take a 15-30 minute cruise. One of the ships is a pirate ship and the other is the Mark Twain steamboat paddle wheel ship. While on the cruise you get a guided tour of different sights you can see in Frontierland.

Indiana Jones Ride at Disneyland California

Here are some of the sights you can see while waiting in line for the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland of California .

It’s a Small World Ride at Disneyland California

Here are some of the sights you can see at the It’s a Small World ride at Disneyland California.

Castle at Disneyland of California

This is what the Castle looks like at Disneyland of California.

California Disneyland Toon Town

Here is a Mickey Mouse statue in the fountain in Toon Town of California Disneyland.

Curry House CoCo Ichibanya Irvine, California

ココイチカレー、たまに無性に食べたくなる味。特に海外だと恋しく感じる。 CAには4店舗あるらしく、アーバイン店に行ってみた。 日本に住んでいた外国人にも人気があり、この味を求めて来るお客でいっぱい。 週末のお昼時は行列が出来ていた。 中国系と韓国系のレストランやショップに囲まれたショッピングセンター内にその店舗はあり、駐車場が無料なのがありがたい。 当たり前ですが英語のメニュー。辛さ・ご飯の量・トッピングを選べて比較的に日本とあまり変わらない。店員は地元の学生さんっぽい。 オーダーも英語のみ。でもアメリカにしてはサービスが良く、 注文するとすぐにカレーが運ばれてきたし、お水もすぐにお代わりを聞いてくれた。 でも店員さんを呼ぶあのチャイムがあったら便利なのになぁ〜。 肝心の味は「これよ!これ!」と安定のお味。 量は多いので食べきれず持ち帰れるか聞くと、To-Go Boxを持って来てくれた。 アメリカ式自分でやりなさいのあのお弁当箱だ。 値段はチップ料金が掛かるので日本より少々高く感じた。 お子様セットのお菓子はオレオクッキー♪ CoCo ICHIBANYA USA

Death’s-head hawkmoth

I came across this moth and I had to take photo of it because it reminded me of the movie, “Silence of the Lambs.”

Disneyland California

Things to be seen while walking down main street in Disneyland, California.

Weather View from C-130

Have you ever wondered what the pilot’s view looks like out of a C-130? Well now you can see for yourself. Here they are looking at the clouds and the weather that they will be flying into.

Looking Around The Rock

Here are some sights around Ali Al Salem air base in Kuwait. As you can see there isn’t much to look at because it is all desert.

Death Road

After Iraq invaded Kuwait and the United States forced the Iraqi military out of Kuwait while the Iraqi troops were retreating many were mowed down on what is known as “Death Road.” Many of the tanks can now be found in tank dumps like these.

C-130 Aircraft

While at Ali Al Salem air base in Kuwait I got to see some C-130 aircraft. I even got to fly in the back of one as a force protection measure when leaving Kuwait.

Kuwaiti Towers

While on temporary duty in Kuwait I was afforded the opportunity to go downtown and see the Kuwaiti Towers for myself. Here is a nice arial view of the towers. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what type of aircraft this photo was taken from. Here is also another photo taken while driving …

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Intricate Wood Carving

While in Japan I went to this building that had some very intricate wood carvings. I didn’t get on a ladder to inspect, but the wood appeared as if it was untreated and still looked very nice.

Japanese Architecture

While in Japan I was amazed by the architectural structure of the building. Look at all the untreated wood to hold the roof structure. It is amazing that it lasted after all these years.

Virginia Range Wild Horses to be Slaughtered in Mexico

Will these horses be rounded up shipped to Mexico to be turned in to dog food? Glue? Tacos? If you don’t want this to happen, get involved now.