Lady Gaga Concert At Viejas Arena

Last night I went to see the Lady Gaga concert at Viejas Arena. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Southern California, Viejas Arena is the stadium at San Diego State University. It’s the largest stadium of its kind in the area since San Diego doesn’t have an indoor professional sports team such as NBA or hockey. The Arena As I mentioned above, Viejas Arena is located on the San Diego State University campus. Getting to the stadium is pretty easy since it’s pretty much right off the highway (I-8). They have plenty of parking, which was a reasonable $10. It was also easy getting out of the stadium too. We left as the last song was playing (I read a review from the previous day so I knew what to expect) so I’m sure that helped. The stadium itself is a no frills type stadium. There aren’t any luxury boxes and since it’s somewhat small, every seat is a good seat. The stadium has a capacity of around 15,000 people, but the way it was configured for this show it packed in about 12,000. They had the sections behind the stage blocked off, which is pretty typical. The Show With a heading like “The Show” it’s hard to know if I’m talking about the people attending the concert, or the concert itself. I’d say at least 10% – 20% of the crowd were dressed up as a Lady Gaga look-a-like, or in some sort of outright flaming gay outfit. These ranged from a guy in nothing but a diaper, to women in leather with a whip, to...

Getting Ready For The Six Month RV Trip

We’ve been talking about this six-month RV trip to Alaska for awhile now, but it’s finally starting to sink in that it’s about to happen. We had so much travel lined up before the RV expedition, that it always made this seem like a distant thing. However, we’re pulling out of our driveway on Saturday, April 2nd (in just 4 days) and the adventure is about to begin! We’ll be traveling up the California, Oregon, and Washington coastline via the Pacific Coast Highway. Our route will include a combination of US-1 and US-101 to make the trip. Along the way we’ll stop to visit several friends, which I’m really looking forward to. We also plan on visiting several neat attractions like Universal Studios, Big Sur, The Redwood Forest, Golden Gate Park, and Long Beach Pier. And that’s just in California! I’m really looking forward to the trip, but I’m concerned about several things at the same time. I already know that it will be much harder to work on the road. Internet access always seems to be a challenge from park to park. Sometimes you have T1 Internet speeds at your site and other times you need to find a Starbucks just to get access. As we head north, the situation will get even worse; since much of Yukon Territory in Canada is very remote. In some ways I’m really looking forward to being “disconnected”, but the reality is that I need to get things done too. I’m also concerned about how my wife is going to handle the trip. I already know that parts of the trip are...

BNP Paribas Open Emirates Stadium Club

Today was the first day of our “Finals Weekend” package for the BNP Paribas Open. The package is 4 sessions which include some men’s quarterfinals, all semifinals, and both finals matches. We splurged and went with the Emirates Stadium Club package, which turned out to be an excellent choice. The suite surpassed my expectations and I’m not sure how I’m going to see tennis any other way in the future. Finals Weekend Package Friday Day – 2 Men’s Quarter Finals, 1 Woman’s Semifinal Friday Night – 1 Men’s Doubles Semifinal, 1 Woman’s Semifinal Saturday – Both Men’s Semifinals, Woman’s Doubles Final, Men’s Doubles Final Sunday – Men’s Final, Woman’s Final Emirates Stadium Club Seats Since there was little information on the BNP Paribas Open site about these suites, I was really excited to see what the suite and our seats were going to look like. Each ticket has an assigned seat outside that is on the mid-level of the stadium. The view from the seats is just about perfect. You’re not so close that you have to move your head each time the ball is struck, but you’re still close enough to the action that you can hear the ball “pop”. The inside of the suite is shared with 4 sections, which totals about 84 people. The suite is plenty big enough to accommodate this many people. There can be a rush on the restroom at times, but that is the only “choke point”. The suite includes lots of seating along the windows, so you can eat while you’re watching the matches. There are also sofas and comfy chairs...

Drive Through Joshua Tree National Park

This week we’re in Indian Wells, CA to enjoy the BNP Parbais Open tennis tournament. We’re staying at Emerald Desert RV Resort and booked the weekly rate from Monday – Monday. Since we’re only going to the final three days of the tennis tournament (Friday – Sunday), this leaves us with extra time to explore the area. I’ve never been to Indian Well, Palm Springs, or any of the National or State parks in the area. So, today we decided to take advantage of Joshua Tree National Park. I’ve always heard great things about this park and I was excited to finally get the opportunity to go. Joshua Tree National Park Loop Since we had the entire day to devote to Joshua Tree, we decided to take the entire loop road through the park. Our route covered about 150 miles and we went clockwise, entering the park on the north west corner and exiting on the far southern portion of the park. The entire trip, including time to grab lunch, take many pictures, do some hiking, and take a leisurely drive took about 6 hours. National Parks Service Annual Pass When we arrived at the park today, we decided to purchase a National Parks Annual Pass. The cost for the pass was $80 and it’s valid for 12 months from the month of purchase, expiring the last day of that month. So, we get 12.5 months of use out of our pass. The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Annual Pass at sites where Entrance...

Building An Affiliate Website (websitehosting.com) – Part Three

This is part three of my series on how to build an affiliate website, where I’ll be using websitehosting.com as a case study. In part one, I discussed how to get the basic site structure set up – by selecting a web host, selecting a website platform, and doing some initial setup. Part two covered some basic content guidelines and my plans to submit the site to Google news. In Part three I’m going to cover my initial design and the overall progress of the site so far. Website Hosting Progress: It’s been almost exactly 6 weeks since I purchased Website Hosting, but there is already some fairly significant progress. First, I’ve been able to post over 50 news articles to the site. Remember, my goal is to get over 100 news articles on the site and then submit it to Google News. At this point I’m already half way to my goal. I’m going to continue adding about 2 news articles per day, so I should be over 100 sometime in April. In addition to the news stories, there are also 10 web hosting reviews on the site along with several articles related to web hosting. I was also able to get my new design launched. My goal was to do this by March 1st, but I ran about a week behind. This was mostly because of a vacation I took. The week delay was well worth it as I’m much more relaxed now. I’m working with a new programming team, so there are still some kinks to work out. It’s mostly small usability stuff that most users...