Friday, November 20, 2009

The Day That Did Come!

Yes, this is what's left of me of my NY trip. I wanna start saying that I one hell of a time and I am gonna be deailing by dates!

November 12, 2009
Just being woke up since 5:30AM to be completely prepared. But I found out that the original bag that I wanted to use was zipper-less, so I needed to rely on that Frank might have a available one so he can lend me one. By 7AM Frank was heading to see a doctor, to get clearance to travel, since he was sick since a few days before. Meanwhile I went with Gaby to check and lock my car in Frank's grandmother's house.When we finally got reunited at Frank's house, we were checking that everything was good and running. We arrived at the airport around 10, 1/2 hours to go for boarding and we decided to stop by for lunch, at least Frank

Yes, the photo shooting madness began right before we even got in the plane.... 

After being joined by Chrystal, we headed to get the bags and ourselves got checked out....But something happened. For some reason, I was almost trip-searched like I was hiding a gun or anything....But I was smiling because just before entering, I could notice Frank was recoding and with Chrystal there...Yes I fell in a mini-prank lol!!
Boarding time arrived and I was sitting right before the window...Yeah, I know what you might been thinking so far...This guy acting like a kid, at least I was, first time ever in a plane = NEW EXPERIENCE

The most coolest thing is that I had a TV with DirecTV signal and a free movie while on air. Now that was cool! The movie at that time was G.I. Joe and I think was a good movie, with drama and action.

We arrived at New York around 3 or 4PM(4 or 5PM in PR) it will be like an hour that I could felt an actual below 50 degrees cold. After we left the JFK airport through Air Train, we've been greeted by Gaby's uncle, which unfortunately I don't have photo of him, he was incredibly good with us and have a good time with him messing with Reynold, Gaby's cousing. Also my first time in the subway, I really have a perspective due to movies, that NY's Subway were always vandalized and always answer to that is .... don't believe what Hollywood always says...
Finally at night, we arrived at Reynold's apartment. The guy was 110% nice since day 1 until the very end of the trip. We decided to start a quick walk and seeing some stores, including a 3-floor Apple store which I was amazed to see something that big...And we ended in the hotel that he used to work having ourselves a great time and a pretty night view of New York City.

Friday-  November 13, 2009
Officially Gaby was on the side lines. He felt bad....which means that a trip to half-city with Frank. We headed first or rather...found out the NY public libray....I was upset that incredibly we couldn't find any big cases of books.

It was a funny day really...At that time we began shooting for the video that at the time on writing this I am checking for any Video editor  and to edit videos. Anyway... we began on getting to a park that I confused with the Central Park one and I found a squirrel...First time in my life I see one there cute actually! Then  we decided to take a break looking at a skate park "The Pond".  For some reason I knew Frank wasn't as excited as I am, and I learned the hard way that skating is not as easy as a roller-blade or anything I have seen on TV. I have to admit tht I fell like 4 times, one landing on my head and I needed to recover like for 5 minutes and another fell make crash with a door and I cut a little my fingers...NICE PAINFUL FUN!!

After that we went to eat a little but instead of a traditional NY pizza...I decided to go with an old fashioned Mc Donald's dinner.

Then finally we arrived at least what I wanted to go most of all. Times Square, NY!!!  It its really why they say that "The city that never sleeps". Always joyful it is the environment that you can feel the first time you arrive there. There was a exhibition of Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Really and upset for me because I am a fan of Ripley's. I got to the steps where they use for the New Year's Eve special and I think it was where I could have a great view of Time sqaure. We also went to Toys R'Us which really maded me thinks that growing up was a mistake. The place was so big that there were a big scale of the Chrysler Buiding and th Empire States Building maded out of Lego and Jurrasic Park's T-Rex!  After we where getting ired, we decided to head back to the apartment but before, we just went to the entrance to Central Park and we stopped there. It was really dark and just didn't want to take any chances just for tourism, we decided to head back. Crossing on our way, Frank told me a historical fact...Bill Murray plays in the 80's ib a movie that was a update version of Scrooge version named Scrooged and we just found out the building that was portrait as Murray's character's building. OH how can I forget where Dream Theater's 20th anniversary show went, The Radio City Music Hall, really a big place but couldn't get in...I think there was a christmas show at the time and we coulnd't enter, so that was it for that night.

Saturday Novermber 14, 2009
Let the pics speaks by themselves....


There are many more pics but I have them on Facebook and Myspace and if you wanna see them let me know and add me there.

Sunday Nov 15- Monday Nov 16
Practically I joined these to dates, because actually I was in such pain Sunday that I spend the day sleeping and on the internet...The guys went out, so it was my time to be sidelined. When Monday came by, we all just stood at the apartmente and apparently the sidelined of the day was Frank, due to lack of sleep. I was kinda dissapointed to learn that WWE and World Tag Team Champion Chris Jerico, and Dream Theater's drummer Mike Portnoy were in attendance for sunday show and to make things worst....WWE Raw also in NY at the very same Madison Square Garden....DAMN!!!!

Tuesday Nov 17
We returned!!

Yes...hope you have enjoy it....but unfortunately for me....I had returned to reality.....
Next up will be my Monthly Geeky Vol 2 - Ubuntu
Seeya then


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

And Posting For All...

Guess Who???
Hi everyone, it is been a while huh?

Another Trimester went away
I never felt truly relieved that the trimester has ended. For the first time in a while I have felt a little more pressured than before, between stuff that had happened outside the university, etc, I think that it is really kinda frustrating how much work I am seeing as more I progress. I guess that this is how is gonna be until I get done.

Other people's joy and success as motivation
I am happy for a friend and current housemate, Miguel Hernandez. Even though I just know him for a year, (as naturally of me) I got along well with him and everything. But last week where really intense for him, starting with the Fundamental Engineering Exam that he took at that Saturday. The FE it is really a big step after fact, without it, the bachelor is somehow useless. Also he presented his final project knows as "Capstone" in the PUPR  to the Director of Mechanical Engineering department. I hard work that took almost a year of planning, constructing, implementing and testing. I remember that Wednesday night and Thursday morning, stressed rehearsal and preparing for any unprepared questioning as most Engineering Directors and mentors are know for any minor mistake to reject or make any project fail. But Miguel was somehow at ease at the same time, he knew that he couldn't mess up. In the night, a partially drunk Miguel was relaxed because the presentation went up well and he even showed me a video presentation of the project. It just felt nice to know his reaction, because one day, it will be me that I will be presenting  a final project (Still unsure what to do). It was really motivating and a little sentimental as he confesses that in a moment he cried after all the hard job finally paid off.
I am really looking forward for my moment!

After 4 months of struggling, finally Ubuntu 9.10 - Karmic Koala finally made my computer to work correctly after a failure on version 8.10 and 9.04 and just given up until the new version came out. In fact, I am writing this using it right now. I am planning on having my Geeky Monthly Vol.2 completely based on Ubuntu.

First time leaving the island to do some tourism and fill my hear with some good heavy, trash metal <^m^

Next week, will mark my first time ever leaving Puerto Rico. I am heading to New York for a 5 day vacation  and a good Saturday night full oh Heavy Metal inside the Madison Square Garden as one of my favorite band and for million of million's other, Metallica.
I know it will be an awesome time as my friends and I were looking for this almost for 2 years and finally it will come to reallity! I pitched the idea on having a documentary-like video divided in "webisodes"  on how four guys will take risk (at least I am taking risk, economically and fraternally) for just a chance to see their heroes in music. We were supposed to record the first of a series of podcast to update how we are planning our craziness, but due to my classes and work, I haven't be able to add any contribution and most likely everything it is halted and were are just a week away for the journey and we haven't sketched anything....But nevertheless, it will be a funny and a hell of a ride. Really I have to thank Frank for this opportunity since he knew that I had never leaved Puerto Rico and he just went on inviting me and taking his onw risk to make my trip less expensive than it supposed to be. Cheers Frank!! Although you got to remember that our lives continues after this week, we are gonna have a hell of a fun!

I will be posting during or after the trip including links for the video.
Take care all!