Food, Travel

CSS Dev Conf – Day 1

June 16, 2017

I won’t bore you with the details of the week of training I did – but instead, I’ll go through some of the shots I got in between sessions and after hours. Sunrise from my room porthole. A jelly-fish like light fixture in one of the meeting rooms. Awesome view of the opposite shore! I later found out that this doubles for a Miami backdrop in TONS of shows and movies. Because it’s just easier to film it all in the LA area – and most folks don’t know any better. The mountains in the background are the most famous…

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Travel

Of Queen and Mouse and Keeping it Weird

June 15, 2017

I have the privilege of working for a company that is willing to cover training costs so long as they are beneficial to both my job and worth sharing with my team. So it was that I came across an interesting conference on CSS tips and best practices (stuff relating to the web development that I do) that was being hosted in Long Beach, CA. I’d been to San Francisco in 2013 and had a fabulous time so I decided to cash in some serious vacation days and make a proper sightseeing trip out of it all. Might as well…

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Disneyland, Travel

We’re Going to Disneyland!!

June 15, 2017

We check out from the Queen Mary – hop in the car – and head down to Anaheim. Today starts our Disneyland adventure! I take a quick snap of the sign to send to family – and because YAY DISNEY!!! Walking up – the hotel is a little generic looking. The bronze statues are very cute though! A large castle rug in the front entrance. I adore this concept art. Even the bathroom has cute vintage poster print wallpaper. I checked in at the front desk – and the lovely Veronica said if I didn’t mind waiting, she’d give me…

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Food, Reviews, Travel

My Visit to the Queen

June 14, 2017
My Visit to the Queen

We head out to the airport – Chris dutifully dragging both luggages so I can work the camera. We hop the shuttle over to our terminal. McNamara is the cool terminal – but only a few airlines fly out of it. We get through TSA with a small amount of hassle… See, packing a ton of charging cables, camera lenses, and M&M tubes full of pennies looks AWFULLY suspicious on the xray. I got my hands swabbed for explosives and everything. This is the biggest airliner we’ve been on. It’s got 3 rows of seats – and yet it’s the…

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Dungeons and Dragons, Games

How to Get Into Your Character

April 24, 2017

You often hear that some of the best D&D games happen when everyone is completely immersed into the story as their character[s]. But for new players who weren’t theatre nerds, this can be a challenge. This is the case with the group I am currently running and so I put together this small guide to try and provide helpful tips and suggestions on how to better develop your character to get into their headspace and therefore better roleplay as them. A lot of the game is up to a roll of the dice, but how you play your character is…

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Detroit Living, Food, Reviews

The Peterboro

October 5, 2016

Just a quick cell-phone review of The Peterboro in Midtown Detroit. Serving up Chinese-American food with a fancier flair. It’s not your “eat out of a take-out box” Chinese food, but with the beautiful jade green tile and large tiger painting, you’ll want to sit down to eat anyway. Image courtesy Eater: Detroit We got a couple of “small plates”. BURNT EDAMAME soy, maldon sea salt These were absolutely delicious. CRISPY PORK BELLY five spice, sweet bean sauce The pork belly wasn’t very good; the skin wasn’t as crispy as I’d expected, and the meat and fat were quite chewy.…

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Food, Photography, Travel

Miami to Michigan

June 22, 2016

It was a happy sign that as soon as we got on the highway, we spotted a Raven transport truck. I was on my way to visit my team leader in Miami, and our team name is Ravens. Our friends decided the best time in Miami had to involve the water – so we headed out to Shuckers for dinner. Aren’t they the cutest couple? We start with some wings. And conch fritters. Gargoyles keep watch over the restaurant and the water. Lovely view And it only got better with the sunset.(Minus that weird bearded guy… ) Quick! Which one…

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Food, Photography, WDW

Pop Goes the Century

June 14, 2016

When we last left off – we had a delicious dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse, then drove off into the sunset to check in at Pop Century. Skip to the 32:22 mark for a reminder of our arrival. The decade signs stand outside the front of the building. This caution sign was nicely lit in the dark – I don’t know what it was cautioning against, but I had to stop for a photo. We get our room – and walk through the pool area (that we didn’t have the energy to try). The room had more “fun” touches to…

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Food, Travel, WDW

Our Last Disney Dinner – Yachtsman Steakhouse

June 12, 2016

From EPCOT we drive over to the Yacht Club Resort for our last DDP meal. We start with an amuse-bouche I get the Farmer’s Market Salad – I love granny smith apples in a salad. Chris gets an amazing looking Caesar Salad. We wisely stick with what we love, and go out on one more order of 12-oz Prime New York Strip Steak. Chris also goes with a side of au gratin potatoes. My delicious pile of mushrooms We’re treated to this lovely dessert sampler Chris got the The Yachtsman Sundae for his dessert choice. A Trio of Gelato and…

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Food, Photography, Reviews

Smoke Ring BBQ – Food Trucks in Detroit

May 26, 2016
Smoke Ring BBQ food truck

There is a limited selection of good BBQ this far north. To find excellent BBQ in a food truck is sublime, and so is their meat! Don’t let this picture fool you. Word has gotten around about this truck, and they are regularly sold out of their ribs and brisket if you get there too late. They maintain a simple menu. Do a specific thing and do it well is always a good motto. For a current selection and pricing, make sure to visit their website. The ribs are a dry rub. You get to wet it up yourself with…

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