the nintendo standard

almost every american has childhood memories of what Christmas was like growing up. for me those memories include trips to california, singing around the piano, lots of family, and the nintendo.

that’s right. “the nintendo”.

that was the most memorable gift my sisters and i ever got for Christmas. i don’t know what your “nintendo” was, maybe a bike, a cabbage patch doll, a He-Man Master of the Universe action figure, an ipod, or maybe a puppy. whatever it was, it was what lit up your eyes. that thing that you made promises to your parents, Santa, or God to in order to get. you saw it a catalog or online or maybe your friend had one. or then there’s those incessant saturday morning commercials in between the cartoons.

for me and my sister’s it was the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

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7 years old

for those of you who may not know, the now ubiquitous white earbuds and the iPods attached to them had a birthday this past week. yes, it was Oct. 23rd, 2001 that the iPod as first introduced to the world. the first video is a promo video made by apple about that first iPod. (iPhone link: Original iPod Introduction)

… it’s remarkable to me just how far we’ve come in the last 7 years. now with my iPhone 3G, i have all the innovations of the original iPhone plus the new App Store with thousands of programs from games to social networking to productivity software. it’s just so awesome!

… you’ll notice that neither the phone or the email app made it to the dock at the bottom. i simply use the camera and twitterific more often. do you not have an iPhone?

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

so if you follow me on Twitter then you already know Deb and I’s big news… we got our iPhones today!!! so how did these turn of events happen? we were already planning on getting them this tuesday, but circumstances changed when (through my constant talking about it) our pastor decided it was time for …

levels of the future

“so what does the future hold?”

depending on the context or the company you’re in this question could have a vastly different answer. in one scenario you would give visions of flying cars and other inventions that could come out of a scene from the Jetsons.

and then in another setting you would give your predictions on the outcome of the presidential election, or of a sporting event, or the season finale of a TV show.

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introducing the bPhone

now you may think that the new iPhone 3G is the greatest thing since the invention of little mustard and ketchup packets, but i tell you it has nothing on the bPhone. that’s b as in banana phone. if you ever had a young toddler and a fruit bowl together in the same house then chances are you’ve used the bPhone. although it’s been around since the dawn of time it’s still a popular favorite with the 3ft and under crowd and those still developing their words. sure it may not double as an internet browser or email machine, but then again when was the last time you paid $200+ for a banana? no, these ingenious gadgets of communication can be picked up in a bundle pack of 6 for less than $3 bucks at most participating retailers. and you also can’t play music or watch videos, but you can watch the bPhone itself blend in the blender to make your favorite smoothie, or milkshake. the reception is also crystal clear. (as long as you’re calling someone else also using a bPhone and they are within 5ft range of you physically) to show you just how much fun you could have with your toddler and his/her new bPhone, i’ve included a short video of me and rachel using our own bPhones out in the real world.

…PS. please be aware that even though you’re particular model should have a similar size and shape as the ones shown in the video, yours may vary slightly. also be aware that there is only a limited warranty on the bPhone, usually only 36 hours.

this is what the Laras call camping

the girls had their last day of school today. i drove them to school and then had the great idea of going and getting churros (a mexican pastry – cinnimon stick). then i went back to the school to give the girls one before school started. i knew that the first thing they do is go to breakfast and then go out to the play field. i figured they would have eaten while i drove to get the churros and would be out on the play field by the time i got back. so since i work at a school i knew the “right” way of doing things would be to go to the front office ask them to send a note for my kids and then they’d come to the office and i could give them their churros. but i also know since i work at a school that “recess time” is the worst time to try to find a kid since there’s so many of them running around. so i thought it would be just as easy for me to try to locate them by sitting in my car looking out onto the field. but honestly, the parking lot doesn’t have the best view of the playground so i went to a “back alley” parking spot behind the school playground and just parked, looking for my daughters. in my mind this whole process would take maybe 3-4 minutes and i’d spot them, call them over, hand them a churro, and look like the best dad in the world on the last day of school. instead i sat there for 15 minutes or so scanning back and forth trying to distinguish them from all the other girls on the playground wearing pink sweaters. i began to wonder if maybe they were just taking their sweet time eating breakfast and wouldn’t come out before the first bell. and maybe they were just cold and were standing by the building where there was less wind, and where i couldn’t really see them. finally one of the “duty” teachers sent out a guy (i think he was a janitor- since he was dressed in a grey shirt uniform) to my car to see who this stalker was. i explained what i was doing, he wasn’t really sure whether to believe me or not. for all he knew i was some pedophile trying to lure sweet innocent children into his car on the last day of school with mexican cinnamon stick pastries! … oh well, that’s that and now it’s behind us. our initial summer plans have changed. since monday we’ve been planning on going to seattle tomorrow (wednesday). we were going to leave around 8am and then meet the guy i’m buying my Macbook Pro from at around 11.30. then on the way home we were planning on going camping at Cooper Lake near Cle Elum. well, that was at least until this afternoon when it was still raining, cloudy, and COLD. we decided that maybe this wasn’t the best time to go camping. it wasn’t really the cold that was keeping us away (contrary to what my mother might think – we do know how to keep the kids warm in cold weather, even the babies). it was the fact that it was raining so much. we have a tarp to lay down under our tent but our tent is bigger than the tent and we didn’t want to chance waking up in a puddle. we’ve got more plans to go camping later this summer anyways, so we’ll just wait. but now we’re leaving at 6am to be to seattle around 9-9.30 to meet one of deb’s old drama directors (bruce and debbie woolsey) who now live in seattle. debbie’s home alone right now because bruce and their 3 boys went to disneyland. so deb and our girls are going to spend the morning at debbie’s house. i’ll go meet “the guy” at the south seattle costco around 11. then i’ll probably head to the Apple Store to buy a new case for my computer and play with the new iPhone. 🙂 then i’ll go back to the woolsey’s house and we’re gonna hang out till we can go to our hotel. can i tell you? we scored a great price on a hotel via hotwire.com . if you’ve never used the site it’s AWESOME. you tell it where you want to go, the dates, and then it gives you a list of prices of hotel and their “star” rating. the only thing is they don’t tell you the name of the hotel until you’ve booked. they don’t tell you the address, so if you have to be within walking distance of some convention center or something it might not be a good site to book your stay. but otherwise they do tell you what neighborhood the hotel’s in so you (with a map) so you can get generally close to where you want to be. anyways we picked a “3 star” hotel in the pike place market neighborhood for $109+ tax ($130 total), put in our info, clicked submit and waited for the name of our hotel. the Crowne Plaza – Downtown Seattle . i went to their website and tried to book a room for the same dates and type of room. their “discount” price was $237+ tax ($273.97 total!!). we saved over $140 with this site. and by the looks of the pictures on the web, it’s a really, really, really nice hotel. we’re gonna feel like kings and queens and princesses tomorrow!