posted 6/14/2009 by Arthur Correa | 0 comments
Tonight we made ice cream with the kids using our new Ice Cream Ball for the first time.   To be fair the Ice Cream maker wasn't exactly new.  I had gotten it for Christmas, but it was the first time we had actually used it.  I remember making ice cream as a kid with an ice cream maker that you put ice and rock salt around a bucket ingredients and then spun a handle to keep the bucket of ingredients moving.  I remember I had fun doing it, but it was a lot of work, and took a long time to do. Well Ice Cream Ball did take a while as well, but it was much easier and a lot more fun than I remember doing as a kid.  The kids, my wife, and I all sat down in a square on the floor in the living room and just took turns rolling the ball to each other.  The kids had a blast, and the ice cream was done in about 20 minutes or so. So how did the ice cream come out?  Overall it was frozen pretty well, but it was a bit soft  Next time we'll mak
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posted 5/31/2009 by Arthur Correa | 0 comments
So last week my wife and I went on our first trip to Las Vegas.  We've been wanting to go for a few years now, but for whatever reason we just never made it out there.  So we trekked out there on the Wednesday night before Memorial Day weekend and came back on Sunday.  Las Vegas is a really interesting town.  For example we got to our hotel, Treasure Island, and checked in at about 12:30 Vegas time.  Then we went out for a walk on the strip.  I have this thing where whenever I go someplace new, when I first get there I want to go out and see something.  Anything. Well the great thing about Vegas is that you can go out walking around at 12:30 at night, and see plenty.  Sure a lot of the stores are closed, but the hotels themselves are all lit up.  The people our out and about.  Bars and casinos are open, and there is really no bad time to just take a stroll around to see a few sites.  So that was the start, and the rest of the wee
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posted 5/26/2009 by Arthur Correa | 0 comments
So this past weekend I went to UFC 98 in Las Vegas.  I'm not a die hard fan of MMA, but I am definately a fan of the UFC.  I don't watch every MMA thing out there, but some friends and I usually take turns getting the UFC fights on a pretty regular basis.  I also usually try to watch the Ultimate Fighter competition whenever I get a chance. So when my wife told me that her brother was getting married in Vegas,  and it happened to be over the same weekend as UFC 98 I started to think about trying to get tickets.  When I heard it was a title fight between Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida (one of my favorite UFC fighters) I knew I was going to get tickets.  A title fight in Vegas?  Of course I was going to try to get tickets. Off to TicketMaster I went.  Hmm, the tickets started at $125 and just went up from there, but by the time I got the tickets the cheapest I could get were second row balcony in section 221 $250 ins
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posted 5/17/2009 by Arthur Correa | 0 comments
So where were we.  At the annual Alpha Tae Kwon Do tournament I was the lone Goju student in a sea of Tae Kwon do.  My son had just finished up, and now it was my turn.  First up the forms.  For my form I decided to do Geki Sai Dai San.  I knew I wasn't going to have some of the flashy kicks that the TKD forms would have, but I have decent technique and power so I was hoping that would show through in the form.  On top of that the form has some elements that show off really well, and I really like to do it. There were three other students in the forms division.  I'm watching them, thinking, well hey at least my son will be happy I did the tournament.  I get up, I do my form, and present myself to the judges, hmm, they were all TKD instructors.  Neither Sensei Rollinson or Shihan Sidlik were on my judging panel.  So none of the judges had any idea what my form was supposed to be like.  That could be good, or that could be bad....
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posted 5/17/2009 by Arthur Correa | 0 comments
The Hanmadang!  What is a Hanmadang?  Well, honestly I don't know what the word means, but its an in house tournament at the Alpha Tae Kwon Do school where I take my Goju Ryu classes. Wait a minute I take Goju Ryu Karate classes at a Tae Kwon Do School?  Well yeah.  The chief instructor of the school, Andrew Rollinson (who also owns the school with his wife Michelle), is also studying a number of other martial arts and bringing them into his school.  So he is studying Goju Ryu under the auspices of Hanshi Bernard from the House of the Samurai up in Londonderry, NH, he is also studying Kobudo through that school.  As part of that relationship Shihan Dan Sidlik comes down to Alpha and helps us in our in Kobudo and Goju on Saturdays.  On top of that Sensei Rollinson is also studying Hapkido through a different school (sorry I'm not sure of the name of that school). At any rate so this past weekend was the Hanmadang at Alpha.  T
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posted 5/15/2009 by Arthur Correa | 0 comments
AAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!  . . . . I'll post a more coherent opinion when I'm done gnashing my teeth.  
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posted 4/30/2009 by Arthur Correa | 0 comments
What do I mean?  Well look at their careers, they both have a history of great regular season success.  They also both have a career of post season failure.  So sure, there are some similarities, but how comparable are they? Ok, lets start by looking at Regular Season success. Since Joe Thornton came into the league he has averaged just over a point per game for his entire career.   On top of that his points per game averages are skewed down quite a bit by his rookie year.  That year he played in 55 games and only scored 7 points.  Not what one would expect from a #1 overall pick, especially if you see the impressive numbers for the rest of his career.  However he didn't get much ice time.  Coach Pat Burns believed in bringing him along slowly, which has apparently worked out pretty well for Thornton. Since coming into the league Thornton has won the regular season MVP trophy  (the Hart), and the regular season scoring
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posted 4/22/2009 by Arthur Correa | 0 comments
Like the first three games, this was a great one to watch.  The game was back and forth with a lot of action overall, just like the whole series.  Lots of hits, lots of shots, and just great enegy. The Canadien's got the early lead in the first period (sorry I wasn't home to watch this goal so I don't know the details).  But the lead was short lived.   Michael Ryder opened up the scoring for the Bruins to tie the game.  With a little more than 2 minutes left in the first period he took advantage of a horrible defensive laps by the Canadiens.  Krecji carried the puck in front of the Canadien's net, but got wrapped up by 2 defenders and lost the puck.  A third Canadien's defender came in to help, but ended up making things worse.  When that third defender came in, Krecji stopped whacking at the puck to try to get control and peeled away.  But at the same time the other two defenders did the same, expecting the incoming third d
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posted 3/31/2009 by Arthur Correa | 0 comments
I just came across this post on JimHillMedia.com.  Apparently active annual passholders have a chance to win a sign from Space Mountain!  Not just any old sign, a sign that has been there since the opening.  There is a picture of a space mountain sign in the post, but no word on if its THE sign.  I'm really curious just which sign it is, mainly so I can find out how big it is and if it will fit anywhere in/around my house.  The sweepstakes is running from March 1st - April 3rd so get moving!  For those of us that can't make it to the parks in person, you can also mail in entries somehow (I'm trying tohunt down that information now). Good luck!
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posted 3/30/2009 by Arthur Correa | 0 comments
Ok, so I'm way behind on finishing up these Disney posts, but they will get done! So Epcot.  We didn't spend a ton of time here.  The kids were all about Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Soarin This is my son's favorite ride.  I think we did it about 5 or 6 times this trip.  If you go on this ride anytime then try (if you can) to go to the one on the right.  That one appears to have the better quality film right now.  The one on the left has a LOT of wear and tear in the film.  Its pretty noticeable and distracting.  On the right has a few here and there, but nothing as bad as the one on the left.  I'm amazed at how quickly this film has deteriorated, why isn't it digital! That being said this ride is awesome.  The scents, the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, Patrick Warburton, what else could you ask for?  We were lucky enough to get center seats in the center section a couple of times this trip which makes it t
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