Blossom Brooklyn

May 21, 2017

I blogged about this place already, but we were there again tonight and I took video. This is Tori’s order, Strawberry, Graham Cracker Vanilla (it has a better name, but those are the ingredients). If you don’t feel like reading the old post, the idea is that the pan is super cooled so it is freezing into ice cream while they smash the ingredients. Then they flatten it and roll it.



Drone Racing

August 10, 2016

I’ve mentioned Governors Island before (four years ago, actually). It was once a Coast Guard installation and later the NYFD used the abandoned buildings for fire training. Bloomberg cleaned it up and turned it into a tourist destination.

I took Victoria over on the ferry last Sunday. Her usual favorites are mini golf:


and walking the goats:


This time, near the farm we saw drone racing. Turns out it was the national drone racing championships.

We didn’t stay long, there were goats to walk, but damn those things were fast. You will have to click to enlarge and then you’ll barely see one in the upper right:


Birthday Sunset

November 23, 2015

We had Victoria’s birthday party at the relatively new Prospect Park ice skating rink.

It was a great party and everyone had fun. But it was topped off with a freakishly good sunset. The pictures don’t do it justice.


Practice What You Preach

June 8, 2015

I blogged about the Please Touch the Art exhibit in Brooklyn Bridge Park. So here’s Victoria doing just that…


Forcing My Music

April 23, 2015

I’ve mentioned how much my girls like our Amazon Echo for music. But tonight they were being bickering sisters and couldn’t agree on a station. And they were arguing over a Demi Lovato station vs. an Ariana Grande station.

I mean, seriously, how different would those stations be?

So I said, “sorry, I choose the station”. They said, “no jazz” (because that’s what I really like). I know they like old Elton John (Crocodile Rock) so I said “Alexa play Elton John station”.

We got old classics. I skipped some marginal songs, but made them listen to anything really classic.

  • Eagles, Hotel California (they grumbled at the beginning, but was ok)
  • James Taylor, Fire and Rain (too slow, but also ok)
  • Crocodile Rock (finally actual Elton John, danced along)
  • Bee-Gees Staying Alive (they totally knew this one and totally danced)

I had to skip some more and exceeded my skip limit, so we switched to the Pandora Elton John station:

  • Elton John, Candle in the Wind (too slow, and me explaining who it was about didn’t help, since they have no idea who Marilyn Monroe is).
  • Journey, Don’t Stop Believing (Danielle knew this one and liked it)
  • Van Morrison, Brown Eyed Girl (they vaguely recognized it, and liked it)

So total bickering turned into an old classics dance fest. Pretty fun.

Let’s Go Knicks?

February 8, 2015

Through work, my wife got 4 nice tickets to the Knicks game last night. Our girls have never been to an NBA game (Victoria had never been to Madison Square Garden) so it sounded like fun, even if the Knicks are horrible.

And these were very nice seats.

The seats came with $20 per ticket to spend on stuff. At first that seemed really odd to me. Why would any normal person buy tickets like that? When we got there it was obvious. Normal people don’t buy these seats.

These seats were on the same level as the fancy suites. We weren’t in a suite, but we had nice cushioned seats with a TV screen and we could walk back to a big area that had a ton of free food. Booze was extra but the girls could get hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade, cotton candy, etc. (which they did).

These tickets are designed to be corporate give-aways and with the crazy prices for stuff at The Garden, they solve the “these free tickets will end up costing me $200” problem. And for that target audience, it makes total sense.

Anyway, it was a fun night. The Knicks were playing Golden State so of course they lost (lots of Stephen Curry jersey in the crowd), but everyone had a good time.

May have turned my girls in Warriors fans though…


The pre-game view…

Snow Day

January 27, 2015

The blizzard may have been a bust, but there was still snow to play in…