Christmas Dinner at Hogwarts

Warner Brothers Studio Tour London: “The Hogwarts dining room will be dressed for the occasion with the original props used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, including flaming Christmas puddings and hams studded with cherries. A wand will be waiting for you at your table and you’ll enjoy the first two courses of a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings on the authentic set (vegetarian option also available).”

Sign me up!

LAX to IAD

What a morning. I got up at 5AM, got Kim and I some coffee, packed up, and headed for Avis to return our car. One would think that’s a easy process, but in true Fahrni fashion, it wasn’t straight forward. We made to Avis and I realized I forgot to fill it up. So back on the road to hunt down a gas station in an area I’m not familiar with. We found a gas station 10 minutes later, then found our way back to Avis. First goal achieved.

Next stop the L.A. Zoo

No, we didn’t go to the zoo. We were at LAX, but the place is a zoo. You’d think these places would move people through much faster, they don’t. We have a new, very paranoid, system. The TSA makes getting to your flight more difficult that it should be, but we survived. I’d hate to see the porno scan of my body. Poor reviewer.

Away we go

Kim and I like flying Virgin America. That’s why we grabbed a flight out of LAX. We’re on board, settled in, headed for Virginia. We’ll be in the air for just over four hours. Kim will most likely read the entire time, a physical book none the less. I’ll most likely burn through some podcasts I queued up before leaving.

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Random observations

While boarding it’s apparent we are a gadget crazed society. Just about every row I passed had at lest one iPad in it and many iPhones. I saw a few Android tablets and one Windows 8.x laptop (using WordPerfect for Windows with Reveal Codes active, remember that? I didn’t know the app still existed.) The remainder of the devices were iOS or Mac.

Additional Randomness

I’m composing this from my trusty iPhone using the WordPress for iOS client. I plan on blogging during the entire trip from this device.

Back to the Valley

“Next Saturday night, we’re sending you back to the future!” – Doc Brown, Back to the Future

Back to the Future

We may not have traveled in time, but we did move back to the San Joaquin Valley. March 8, 2013 to be exact. (Has it really been a month?)

The last couple years on the Central Coast were really great, but something was missing; family. Family is really important to Kim and I. We have a close family and the two and a half hour drive was enough to keep us from visiting family and family from visiting us.

Before we moved we called Exeter home. This time around we’re trying something different. We’ve settled in Visalia. When we lived in Exeter we spent a fair amount of time in Visalia so we decided it was worth trying.

We will of course visit San Luis Obispo and Avila Beach as often as we can. We love them. But, this is the place we need to be and I’m happy to be back. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in our life. I have no idea where it’ll lead. I guess we’ll find out.

Amen, Brother

Jerry Fahrni: “All I have to say is football season is here. Finally! Finally I can listen to sports talk radio again. Finally I can watch grown men try to kill each other on the football field. Finally I get to see Ray Lewis blow up some poor schmuck. Finally I can vent my anger at something besides people. Finally Major League Baseball will slide into obscurity again until next year. Finally football season is here. Holy crap it feels like years since I watched an NFL game.”

What he said.

No Gadget Holidays

Gadgets and gizmos are fun, I have to admit that. I’m hopelessly addicted to my iPhone and Twitter, there’s no denying it. So why does that need explaining?

I like to visit

Our family has always tried to get together for the holidays, especially Christmas, and over the past few years we’ve hosted Thanksgiving. I love the holidays! It’s a time for family and friends to get together and make merry. A big part of what makes it so special is sitting around talking about random stuff. The stuff that goes on in our day to day lives, the stuff that makes life what it is.

With the introduction of smartphones and tablet devices it’s way too easy to “feel bored”, have that desire to check your tweet stream, post a quick picture to Facebook, or send a text to your friend. Not this year.

You Grinch!

I really hope our family doesn’t feel that way. I know our daughters may have an issue with it, tough. This is about family, no just about you or me, it’s about the collective Fahrni clan.

I can’t make people abide by this rule, I can only hope they will because we’re actually going to ask folks to agree to do this. Kim, my wife, will have a special basket set aside to collect devices as you enter our home, or you can leave it in the car. We really hope folks will agree to this so we can have some much needed, and desired, uninterrupted time to visit. Yes, we love you that much!

It’s all about the people in the room. The wider audience can wait a few hours while we enjoy the company of each other.

P.S. – Old school technology, like a standalone camera is encouraged. (no, not the one on your phone or tablet, but nice try!)