Sunday, May 25, 2014

Where life has been taking me lately, a brief recap of the past few weeks.

So, I've been somewhat busy the past few weeks, so here's a little look back at some of the things we've been up to =)
Shooting in Mamma Bird vision =)
First in the list, we took a trip out to Midnight Mayhem at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Awesome cars, a few good laughs, and some amazing talent, coupled with the smoke and smell of burnouts made for an awesome evening. I hadn't been to Midnight Mayhem in about ten years, but the Speedway is so full of good memories =)

The following week we took a trip to the Adventuredome at Circus Circus. The day wound down with some crazy things happening, unattended children and lax security, but over all we had an amazing time up to that point. There were three adults, so they took turns watching the kids and riding El Loco and Canyon Blaster with me. I am a die hard roller coaster enthusiast and once is never enough for any ride! The kids always love going here and it's a great source to feed the nostalgia beast in me since I started going here when they first opened on August 23, 1993, so for over 20 years this place has been a part of my life =)
Riding the kiddie coaster =P

We helped some good friends move, so they gave us a ton of cool stuff, are you starting to catch on to the theme of this post? Yeah, another blast from my past. My uncle used to have a huge record collection, and it was the highlight of my childhood. I almost died when I was told I could help myself to a couple of crates full of vinyl, now some of my favorites are hanging on the office wall =)
My favorite bit of home decor!

I also got the good news that another big part of my past. One of my favorite concert venues from my teens just received additional funding. The huntridge Theater was built in 1943 and is one of the coolest historical landmarks in Las Vegas as far as I'm concerned. Funding has been raised to help repair and maintain this amazing building. I would love to see it opened back up as a theater or a concert hall again!

Such a majestic building!

You can click this Link to get a look at the stop motion short film put together by my youngest son and myself. Once again, Godzilla is another source of nostalgia for me and also one I love sharing with my children.
Authentic 1985 Godzilla toy, accompanied by his bestie, a puzzle sheep =)
While we're on this nostalgia trip, why not throw in another one! Crystal Palace has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. We went there on a school outing this past Friday and I hadn't been for about 6 months. This was a horrible idea because I'm in the process of trying to find out what is wrong with my knees, but I strapped my silly butt into some skates and gave it a try anyway. I had both knees wrapped and had taken a pain pill, but still only made it around the rink about a dozen times before my pain threshold was met. I didn't fall though, and it was fun, so no real complaints =) 
Nothing has changed, it's exactly the same as it was my whole childhood!

Yep, those would be my chubby gams strapped into four wheeled torture devices. I swear these are the exact same pair my mom used to use when I was a kid, lol!

Well, in conclusion, it's nice once in awhile, when things are rough, to just take some time and relive some fun experiences from your childhood. I look at going to these places and having these items as an affordable, realistic alternative to time travel. Just to be in that moment for a brief second, hearing the familiar sounds, seeing the familiar sights, and smelling the familiar smells sometimes just reminds me how far I've come. Sharing these things with my kids has been such a joy as well!

The Great "Out of Doors"

No "actual blog post" today, but here's some photos of an outing to Maryjane Falls on Mt. Charleston last month, oh and a ...