The End of 2007… Looking forward to 2008

It’s the end of 2007 and what where did the year go? I don’t remember time going by so fast when I was younger.

Looking back at 2007, I was thinking what I have done…

  • One-year at ServerBeach
  • Saw the DCI San Antonio, The Southwestern Championship in July – amazing show
  • Staring my first blog
  • Went to a first-ever Family Reunion on my dad’s side of the family
  • Trip to Las Vegas/Hoover Dam — A check mark off my things-to-do list.
  • Two-years living in San Antonio, Texas

And with the coming of the end of the year, now is the time to think of my New Year’s Resolutions. Here is a list of the few that always come up for me every year:

I think this year I will work on Enjoy Life More and Learning Something New.

Enjoy Life More – As I am getting older, I realize that I should be enjoying life more. If not now, when? If I waited until I was out of debt, had the money or for someone to make my life better, I would never do anything. It is up to me to do the things I want to do. And there is nothing wrong with that. If I want to drive to the coast for the weekend, I’m going to do it. If I want to stay in and watch TV or movies, I am. As long as I am doing something I want to do, that’s what matters.

Learning Something New – not sure what I want to learn – learn how to make website (taking courses) or learning how to speck Spanish? All I know is that I want to learn something new. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and remember to Enjoy Life More!

Las Vegas Trip 2007

December 16 – 18, 2007

Sunday, December 16 – Arrived in Las Vegas and was over whelmed with the sights and sounds of the city. Huge hotels everywhere I looked. I got to my hotel – Planet Hollywood and couldn’t believe the view from my hotel window. Across the way there was the Bellagio Hotel and Fountains, Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Caesar Plaza.

View from Planet Hollywood room

That night, I had a ticket to go see V – The Variety Show and have dinner in the Miracle Mile part of Planet Hollywood. Every store you can think of was there. It took me a little while to find out where the theater was. I had dinner and then went to the show. It was your typical Las Vegas show, but in a small scale. There were all kinds of acts in the show. Comedy, impersonators, juggling, acrobats and acts like that. I was surprised on how interesting the show was. There were some very fumy parts in it.

After the show, I got a late-night snack and went back to the hotel room.

Monday morning was my tour on the Double Decker Bus of the Stars on the Las Vegas Strip with a Little Richard impersonator as our guide. There were only five of us on the bus, but that didn’t matter. It was a cold, brisk morning and the skies where blue. We had a great time touring the sights on Las Vegas Blvd. I took so many pictures of the hotels on that part of the strip.

Flamingo

When I got back to the hotel, I was waiting for my friend, Kristelle, who surprised me by making the trip to Las Vegas. We were both tried and we took a little break.

That night we went to Rio for the buffet (people told me that was the best place to go for the buffet.)

After dinner, we wanted to see Downtown Las Vegas. So we told the taxi driver what we wanted to see and we were off. It lasted about 35-40 minutes and we had a fun time. The taxi driver was showing us were the wedding chapels were (he was married in one of them). We went to Fremont Street and drove around the block a couple of times. The taxi driver even mad a couple of U-turns in the middle of the street by the Fremont Experience. There was no way that we could have seen as much as we did if we walked there.

Fremont Street

We got dropped off at the Bellagio Hotel so we could see the fountain show. But before the taxi driver left, he told us to go into the Bellagio to see the lobby. And boy, am I glad he did. Right when you step into the lobby of the Bellagio you see 2,000 dynamic hand-blown glass flowers peering from high above their spectacular ceiling stage. Those are the ones by Dale Chihuly. All I can say is WOW!! I have always loved those hand-blown glass flowers, but seeing all of them there on the ceiling, it was truly breath taking!

Lobby of the Bellagio

(The Lobby of the Bellagio Hotel)

We watched the fountain show in front of the Bellagio. Here is my poor attempt if capturing the amazing fountain show. It was a truly a beautiful experience.

On Tuesday morning we decided to take the tour of the Hoover Dam. Even though we had to leave at 8:00 a.m., I am so glad we did!! It was about a 35 minute drive on bus to the Dam. I managed to take a few pictures on the bus. We went over the Dam and we were in Arizona. I called my sister, Cynthia, to tell her were I was.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam was incredible!! I took so many pictures of the Dam, the clock tower on the Nevada side, the clock tower on the Arizona side, more of the Dam and pictures of Lake Mead. I was just amazed on how beautiful it was and how it was the perfect time of the day to visit the Dam.

We got back to the hotel and I had about four (4) hour until my flight. We had lunch and I gambled a little bit more. In all I only lost about $40.00. I found out that I have the attention span of a gnat and every time I heard bells and whistles, I would look for them.

I think for my first trip to Las Vegas, I did pretty well. Eat well, saw a show, did lots of sight-seeing, and event made it to Hoover Dam. Both Kristelle and I agreed that it’s a check mark off our list of things to do. The three days, two nights there was just enough for me to experience Las Vegas.

Link to my pictures from Las Vegas: http://picasaweb.google.com/sgarza66/2007LasVegasTrip

 

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Does anyone remember that video from 1984?

It is one of my old time favorite songs and videos. I remember donating money to get a “Band Aid” t-shirt when the song came out.

It sad to think that after 23 years, there is still famine effecting people in Ethiopia. I thought that after this song came out and people knew of what was happening there, that the famine would magically disappear. But it hasn’t. If anything it has gotten worse.

What is it going to take to end hungry in the world? It is easy for us to get caught up in our own problems we may be having. But when do we stop and look at what is happening to other people world? There are those people who don’t care. Then there are those people who only care when they can get the credit or get noticed for doing something. Then there are they people who only think about themselves and what they can get for themselves.

I unfortunately have been all of these types of people. My biggest thing is, how can I (one person) make a difference? That my friend is the $64,000 questions!

DTKIC

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 specifically to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and Trevor Horn, and released by Band Aid on November 29, 1984.

In late 1984, a BBC report by Michael Buerk was aired highlighting the famine that had hit the people of Ethiopia. Irish singer Bob Geldof had seen the report and was moved so much that he decided that a pop record should be used to further increase awareness of the famine and to raise money. Aware that he could do little on his own, he called Midge Ure from Ultravox and together they quickly co-wrote the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”.

Geldof kept a November appointment with BBC Radio 1 DJ Richard Skinner to appear on his show, but instead of discussing his new album (the original reason for his booking), he used his airtime to publicize the idea for the charity single, so by the time the musicians were recruited there was intense media interest in the subject.

Using powers of persuasion which have since become a major part of the Geldof legend, he put together a group (Band Aid), consisting of leading Irish and British musicians who were among the most popular and recognized of this era.

ParticipantsThe original Band Aid ensemble consisted of:

David Lee Roth

Can someone please explain to me — David Lee Roth?

I am trying to figure out why he is/was considered “Hot”? “Sexy”?

I was listening to “Just A Gigolo” on, you guessed it Sirius radio. And I was trying to figure out how someone with a mullet, Spandex and is no bigger than my leg be the front man to Van Halen?

So take a look at the video and tell me what you think??

Aaron Copland, American Composer

Aaron CoplandAaron Copland

While I was driving into work, I was listening to Sirius radio, they mention that one of the channels was featuring Aaron Copland and his music. So I thought I would Google him when I got to work and find out more about him.

Here is some information (from one of my favorite place – Wikipedia) on Aaron Copland:

Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900December 2, 1990) was an Americancomposer of concert and film music, as well as an accomplished pianist. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, he was widely known as “the dean of American composers.” Copland’s music achieved a difficult balance between modern music and American folk styles, and the open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are said to evoke the vast American landscape. He incorporated percussive orchestration, changing meter, polyrhythms, polychords and tone rows. Aside from composing, Copland taught, presented music-related lectures, wrote books and articles, and served as a conductor (generally, but not always, of his own works).

I also found this video on Youtube:

9-11-01 – In Memorium – Fanfare for the Common Man. It seems that this song was created for such an event as 9-11.

So starting for this point on, I will be looking up people, movies, music and other stuff that I have on countless number of lists. The top movies, interesting people who made a difference in the world.

So hope you enjoy the ride!

 

Best First Dance At A Wedding Ever

On Inside Edition, they showed this video. I thought I would share it with everyone.

If I ever get married, I hope that I will have fun like they did.

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