Monday, August 31, 2015

San Francisco: How Little I Know

A couple weekends ago, I spent the day in the city with a friend of mine who was in town visiting. As soon as I realized that I actually had to take him around and show him the city, I realized I had no idea what to show him. It did not help at all that he just spent a week in the city and had done absolutely everything a tourist can do.

I had zero ideas. I mean absolutely none. I asked everyone and I still had no idea. To make matters worse he had absolutely no idea what he even wanted to do for the day. So... here we are just sitting in my car having no idea where we're supposed to be going. I ended up just driving down town because he mentioned he needed new shoes. Which, he absolutely did because there was a hole in not one of his shoes, but both of them. So, we really just spent the day walking aimlessly around downtown. I feel really bad about it, but honestly the city isn't my scene at all.

Well, it isn't unless its 10 o'clock at night and its time to go to a club, but even then I've only been to a handful of them and my friends are the ones that told me about them. Basically, we didn't do that much and I feel pretty bad about it. We did have a really amazing lunch at Bucca di Beppo. I got the cheese macatonni or something like that and he got the chicken parmesan. You also have to keep in mind that these plates were meant for two people. So, we ordered food that was meant for 4 people and we ate it all. I definitely wish I had before and after pictures to show you.

After, that we were so tired and I was a little tipsy because I hadn't eaten anything except that all day. So, we went to the Metreon around the corner and saw Pixels. The movie was a lot funnier, however, the plot was pretty meh and towards the end I was ready for it to be over. Also, when it ended I realized I didn't get to nap, which was the whole purpose we went because the food and drinks made us tired.

We finally found him some vans he wanted in the Urban Outfitters of all places. Every running shoe he found he had an issue with it was actually kind of funny. He runs a lot. So, I guess if you run a lot your shoes rip. I'm not really sure because I try to run the least possible amount because I'm ridiculously slow.

We then went to the Burger Bar in the Macy's. It was pretty good. My Burger was decent nothing amazing, but it was a normally priced burger. So, I can't complain. When I was finished with my burger we left because it got a little crazy. When we got outside we saw that they were playing a movie. When he realized it was Toy Story he got super excited. So, we went over and watched the end of it. It actually was really cute. I kinda wish we got to see the whole thing, but it also was super crowded where the people were sitting. So, I don't know if I would of been down for that.

We then got a little lost in the city. But we eventually found Morton's Steakhouse. Which I've been to in Sacramento. He wanted to go inside, so... we went. He didn't realize how fancy it was until we sat down. We did have an amazing hot chocolate cake there. It was so good. I mostly liked the fudge part that was in the middle. It was amazing. The Moscow Mule there is also pretty good. Then we found our way to the car and we drove around to see the water.

We stopped at some random place on the other side of the ball park. It was actually kinda nice in a weird way. We then went up to Coit Tower to see the view at night. There were a ton of people there. I was really surprised. We stayed there for awhile and then went home. That was my day in San Francisco where the only thing I really showed him was Coit Tower.

I have lived less then an hour from San Francisco my whole life and I have no idea what to show people about San Francisco. I know nothing about San Francisco except tourist locations. I simply know all the big places. I really go to the city at night or go to the ball park or the mall. I don't even really like going to the mall. I really only like the first two places. So, if you're coming to San Francisco, don't ask me for the inside scoop on the city. I definitely feel the need to learn the area more, but I really have no reason to be in the city that much.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My Day in Vegas.

Garden in the Belagio
So, finally! My Vegas update. I've been ridiculously busy lately and I feel so bad for neglecting my blog. Anyways, onto how absolutely amazing I thought Vegas was. At the beginning of the week we kind of decided we were going to go to Vegas for the weekend, but Thursday night before we left it was settled for sure for sure that time. However, I was still skeptical if it was going to happen.

Everything, with the Marines went to late on Friday. So, we couldn't leave that night. We ended up leaving about 11 or noon on Saturday, meaning we didn't even spend 24 hours in Vegas. Which is crazy because of how much I loved it.

We got in on Saturday around 3. We drove up and down the strip before we went and checked into our hotel. Which, was a huge ordeal, we definitely should of reserved a room before we got that, but that will definitely happen before I go next time. After what felt like forever for us to sort out the hotel we finally went and ate. Which was the first and last thing I ate all day. Which probably wasn't the best idea.

The buffet in the Planet Hollywood Hotel was absolutely amazing. If you go to vegas you should definitely go check it out. Not that I can judge it against any other buffet, but it was good. Everything for the macaroni to the tri tip. Yes, i said tri tip, that was perfectly medium rare. It was amazing. I would of have another slice of it if I didn't think they would think I was fat. Plus, I was a little full from all the other food I ate and the beer. We got all you could drink. So, I drank all I could drink while sitting down with dinner. My belly was probably ginormous, but it was all worth it.

After lunch, we walked up and down the strip. One of the guys is from the area and like a history buff. So, he gave us the inside scoop on all the buildings: whats happened, how often the attractions change, and everything else you could possibly want to know. It was crazy. He even said what age groups went where. We also rode the Roller Coaster at NY NY. It was so much fun, but if I had to wait in the two hour line it definitely would have not been worth it. Being in the military was definitely beneficial in this case.

The Only Picture of Me
After that, we went back to the room and got ready for the night. We went to the club XS. It was really nice. The inside part was super packed though and I don't think I could really see what the club looked like. The outside was a pool area. I just relaxed in the pool all night. I wore my bathing suit to the club just for that purpose. I really wanted to swim all day. I think because my roommates told me how fun the day parties are and I really wanted to go to one, but we just didn't have time. I think there was an Island in the middle of the pool, but I really didn't swim around the pool. So, I can't say if it was an Island or just the other side of the pool.

Drive Back
I wish I had more pictures to show you, but I really took like none. I can tell you though, that you shouldn't have your phone near you when you're by a pool in a club. I thought it would be really funny to push someone in. I thought I grabbed his phone, but it was really his wallet and before any of us could realize he was in the pool. I felt so bad, but in the moment I thought it was hilarious.

The next day we just suffered on the long ride back, but I definitely don't regret it. I was actually wishing we had another day to spend there. I think two days would be perfect, but hopefully, I'll know for sure after next time.

Have you guys ever been to Vegas? Let me know where, so, I know what I should do next time.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Two Weeks of Annual Training

Sorry, I haven't been posting much. I've been pretty busy weekend during AT, but a recap on that more later. I've also just been super tired everyday after work. Being away from home for like 16 days straight is not fun and no time to relax and enjoy home is not exciting either. Hopefully, I'll get back into the habit of posting.

The two weeks was exactly what I expected it to be since I went to the same training last year. I went to my maintenance management shop everyday and was only busy at most half the time. I learned a little bit about my job, but I didn't really learn much.

The two weeks I was there, it was ridiculously hot. Supposedly it wasn't as hot as it normally is. The last two days were the worst it got into like the 110s I think.

I did get my own hotel room during this AT. I paid for it myself, but it was definitely worth it. I got out of doing a lot of silly mindless things. Plus, a room on base is crazy cheap. I wish all hotels were that cheap. I watched a ton of movies while out there. I honestly canno
t even name them all. 

I didn't work out nearly as much as I planned too. I think I only did 2 days s week, but I'll need to weight myself soon to see what I'm at, everyone thought because of the heat it would just make me lose weight, but we'll see. I would love it if it all just came off like that, but j highly doubt it. Gotta work for what you want like everything in life. 

There were some high points of my two weeks down there, but they deserve their own special post. So, I'll get back to that more later. I hope your last two weeks were more eventual and cheaper then mine. It's good to be back home and with you guys.

As well, I took like no pictures. I took lots of selfies, but I forgot to save most of them because I took them on snapchat. As well, none of them were probably that good. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Marine Corps

Since, I'm currently away on my two week AT with the Marines, I thought I would give you a little insight into why I joined the Marine Corps. When I was little, I was around Marines a lot. I was in the Golden Gate Young Marines.

Young Marine Retirement 
I started when I was 10 and I went about twice a month. It was the only activity I really did in high school until I got busy with work oh and school work. I met a lot of amazing people and got to do a lot of things many people didn't. It's definitely a time in my life I'd never want to take back.

However, I was always very adamant about what I wanted to do after high school. The Marine Corps wasn't for me, I played with the idea of doing NROTC, but making that big of a commitment just wasn't possible then. I really knew that college and my career would give me the life I wanted. I knew the power and control that activity duty always has over them because my sister Amanda was in. Plus, my sister Kristina in the reserves had a horrible experience and it felt that her life was always disrupted by it. 

Being a Marine was never something I had planned. It was something I participated in when I was a kid. However, as much as I love Davis and everything it had to offer, my friends, my education, activities, etc. Something in my life still didn't feel complete. I felt like something was missing.

After, my first quarter I started to play around with the idea of going reserve. I still wasn't really convinced, but it was something I was thinking about. However, by April, as summer approached I became positive that it was what I wanted to do. 

I walked to the ROTC office on campus and asked if they new where the Marine recruiting office was. They must of given me a  number or card or something because I got ahold of them. They came down to Davis and they laid out my options. However, they were really only pushing one date. I'd miss finals, I'd have to be a cook and it was in Fresno. All of which did not appease me. However, I wouldn't miss that much school, but at the end of the day it just wasn't the option of me. So, I told them no and they dropped off the face of the planet.

Marine Corps Graduation
I was really upset and so, I went to the recruiters closer To my parents house. My contract would continue even after j finished college. So, a duty station close by there made sense. I walked in told the recruiter I wanted to sign up, that I wanted to be close by and that I didn't miss much school. A week or two later on May 12, 2011 I signed my papers and took my oath. 

I really lucked out with my second recruiter. He knew what I wanted and knew he didn't have to babysit me. I also had no way to get anywhere unless he picked me up. So, I never had to go to PT sessions or attend Poolee functions. I think I only went to two things. My bootcamp date was supposed to be pushed back but, about a month before we found out they couldn't do it or didn't want to. I was in Davis at the time and my recruiter called to let me know and he said "I told understand if you want to drop. This isn't what you signed up for." However, I didn't. I knew being a Marine is what I wanted. I would of missed a little of school either way. So... on December 12th, 2011 I shipped out for Parris Island. 

I went through bootcamp and on March 9, 2012 I graduated. Both my parents flew out. It was one of the happiest days and it's something I'll never forget. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MOD Pizza

Last week, when I was out in Brentwood my friend and I found this amazing pizza place. I was waiting in line and I was a little skeptical about it all. At MOD Pizza you get a series of three sizes of pizza and you simply pay for the size. It is not based off of the number of toppings you have, which I've never seen before. They place the sauce and the topping right in front of you. I really don't know why, but I just got a weird vibe that it wouldn't be that good.

We ended up getting the MOD pizza which is a double crust. In the middle it is just the sauce and cheese. We chose a christmas sauce I believe they called it which is the normal marinara sauce and pesto sauce. On my half of the pizza I got pepperoni, mushrooms, and sausage. It was so good and it was definitely enough pizza for the two of us with the double crust. We only got an 11 inch which sounded kinda small to me at first. We did eat most of it. I was actually a little too full, I didn't eat my whole half of the pizza.

They also serve fresh lemonade, beer and wine. I got the Sauvignon blanc. It was pretty good, but I definitely would of preferred a wine glass. They served it in an oversized shot glass. It was really weird and I spilled some trying to get to my seat. It wasn't very effective. However, they did serve the pizza really fast. It probably took like 5 - 10 minutes to cook after we sat down. And the lemonade was really good. I wish I got that instead of my wine because it was also like soda fountain drinks and was refillable.

So... if you're out in brentwood or there happens to be another MOD Pizza near you, you should definitely try it. It was only like $12 dollars, it was delicious, and it was fast. I wish I lived closer to it.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Weekend Roundup #14

So, I know I've been a little MIA recently and I'm so so so sorry. These next two weeks might be the same way. One because I'm busy in the middle of the desert with Marine stuff and two there just might not be that much to talk about. Anyways, on to this past weekend.

This weekend I went and helped out with this program called Young Marines. In 2002 The Golden Gate Young Marines was founded and my sisters and I joined. It definitely had an affect on who I am and played a part in the reason I chose to become a Marines. However, I wouldn't say it was the reason I joined the Marine Corps.

Anyways, so, since Wednesday they have been holding their bootcamp for kids to join the program. I've been trying to help out for a while and they finally started asking me to go and I feel so bad saying no because of the impact it had on my life. So, I went to their 4th of July parade a couple weeks ago and then I finally caved and went out Friday night and stayed until Saturday night. Which was literally all the time I could give. I got home so late Saturday and then I had to come and pack to be in 29 Palms on Sunday.

I really feel like I didn't help that much, but all the parents really seemed to appreciate that I was there. I really just tried to help them teach everything and show them the correct way to do things. For me my biggest pet peeve is hair. I don't like hair that isn't squared away. So... I definitely told them about that.

The program is really different now then when I was in, which makes it hard being there because I expect it to be one way and that's not the way it is anymore. The program as a whole has changed, its something hard for me to understand.

Sunday was really just a traveling day for me. I woke up and just finished packing before I headed out to San Jose to catch my flight. I left San Jose around 2:30pm and got to 29 Palms around 8:00pm. I checked into my room and now its time for bed. So... it was a pretty boring day like most traveling days.

This is my room hopefully for the next two weeks and not just the night. It's pretty much a hotel room. It's pretty sweet. I will need to figure out how to set up my wifi tomorrow because my phone doesn't want to let me view anything without it.

What did you do over the weekend?