Pokemon Go To The Fair

Pokemon Go players wander around their neighborhoods in an attempt to gather that elusive …. whatever they are looking for.

Pokemon_Go_Logo_fairThe Washington State Fair is going to open up for Pokemon Go players to wander the grounds and check out the various gyms and Pokestops. The grounds will be open and free on August 8 for Pokemon Go players (enter through the Gold Gate) from 11 – 4.

Not only will the grounds be open that day for Pokemon Go players, but BBQ can be had from 12-1:30 (while supplies last) and the scone trailer will also be open. The other vendors and rides will be closed.

Monday, August 8
11 – 4
Washington State Fair – Gold Gate
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, Washington


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July 2016 Geek Fuel Unboxing

Let’s post the video first so you can see August’s reaction to what he received this month.

Here is a closer look at what was in this month.

He loves the shirt.

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The button was also clever and very well liked.

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The jury is still out on this month’s game.

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It’s a shame we already have one from ThinkGeek. August would have been much more excited if that were not the case. We are, however holding on to this for when we need to replace one of the shower curtains.

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Playing cards with Alien inspired artwork.

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Finally a Plants vs Zombies decal.

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Overall a decent month’s offering. The two Ghostbusters themed items were the best received. Even the other stuff is good.


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Bigger Than A Simple Loaf Of Bread

Yesterday I had a couple of errands to run in the morning. Ciaran and Dela were at camp so I only had August, Xavier and Tevye.

One of those errands involved going to the bread outlet store.

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Shamelessly stolen from Google Maps

Thing is, we don’t get to go there often because it really is pretty out of the way. Since we were headed to the south end of the city I decided to swing by and pick up some cheap (day old) bread.

So there I was with August, Xavier and Tevye in the bread outlet store.

It wasn’t crowded, empty of customers actually, fortunately, because Tevye kept slipping out off my grasp. At least he was mostly trying to dance instead run off (which he usually will do).

We got our breads and wound our way to the check-out. I had to have both hands free, so Tevye was a couple of feet away from me dancing. August and Xavier were completely oblivious to their surroundings.

Suddenly there was somebody behind me in what was an empty shop. He smelled of cigarettes, beer and…. whatever else. It was obvious he was homeless.

franz loafsHe asked for fifty cents to buy a loaf of bread as he did not have enough.

Where did he come from? What was he doing in the store with a loaf of bread in his hands if he didn’t have enough to buy it?

I looked at the cashier trying to get a read on her take on the situation. Was this a regular who caused trouble?

When I didn’t get any sort of feedback from the cashier immediately I decided to just go ahead and buy the guy’s loaf of bread for him.

He thanked me and the cashier was nice enough but I still couldn’t get a read from her about this person. Doesn’t matter. I wanted the kids to see me buying this man a loaf of bread. It doesn’t matter what his circumstances are, he was obviously in a much worse position than we are.

I wanted my kids to see me buying this man a loaf of bread. It was a simple act, one that cost me only $1.50, and maybe this guy was scamming me, but it was more important to give this guy a little bit of help in the small way I could.

I wanted to set that example. When in doubt, help out.

Better to help somebody who does not need it than not help somebody when needed.

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Phamily Foto Phriday 7-22-16

Welcome to the “all Ciárán” edition. Sometimes he gets overlooked or passed over, not intentionally, but it happens. This week is not the case.

It was his birthday a little earlier this month.

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He was happy to once again be having his birthday at home instead of while on vacation.

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A couple of days after his birthday was his birthday party. We did the video game truck like we did last year.

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This this past week it was Cub Scout Day Camp. Here he is playing some sort of “ninja” game that I have never understood.

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One of the regular stations every day of the week involves food. Here he is on one of the days making a fruit pizza.

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Another station the scouts have every day is BB Guns which he greatly enjoyed.

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Another day at the food station, and this time they are analyzing the frequency of the ingredients in their trail mix. An introduction to data analysis.

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A number of animal pelts led to a discussion of wildlife conservation.

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Ah, the boat making.

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Here he is traversing the slack-line. In the rain.

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And making a windchime.

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His favorite station, however, was archer. Every day the kids got to shoot and every day it was his favorite activity.

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Where To Stay

People ask one of two questions when I tell them we spend a couple of weeks at Yellowstone National Park earlier this summer. One is the inevitable “How was it?” The other question people ask first was a bit surprising.

“Did you camp?”

And this question was asked by people who know me, people who know how young our children are.

Now, I’m not saying it is impossible to camp in a tent with small children. What I want to impress on you the reader is the people asking know that not only do we have a 26 month old, a freshly minted 2 year old, one who is rather full-on in the throws of toddler-hood, but we have 4 other children with us ranging from the ages of 6 to 13. And on top of that, Laura is pregnant.

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Who in their right mind would camp under those circumstances?

We rented a cabin outside of the park. In order for it to have enough space for us all at a price we could afford it wound up being a bit outside of the park. So much so it was an hour and a half minimum to get anywhere interesting inside Yellowstone National Park.

Thankfully everybody had their own bed.

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What we would do is get up in the morning, drive into the park to wherever we were going, spend a few hours there, have lunch, sightsee some more, then come back to the cabin for dinner. Well, most of the time. There were a couple of nights we ate dinner in the park or in West Yellowstone, but mostly we ate dinner in the cabin.

And breakfast every morning.


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Music Monday: Queen (Part 3)

I now have all of Queen’s released studio recordings, which may not seem like a big deal, but it is not as clear cut a prospect as you might initially imagine. There are of course the fifteen albums the band has released, but that’s not the whole of it.

Each of those studio albums has been rereleased a few years ago for the band’s 40th anniversary with each one including a second disc containing 5 or 6 extra songs. Most of the songs on the second disc are demos or live recordings, but there are some B-sides as well as a couple of unreleased tracks.

queen band 01What I have done is taken all of the “extra” tracks and compiled them into one playlist in (mostly) chronological order. I have not taken the demos and edits of various songs already on the fifteen studio albums, but instead focused on the actual B-sides and other harder to find or unreleased material. I am also not including songs such as “Somebody To Love” where George Michael sang lead at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert.

In addition to the studio albums there are a few new and reworked tracks on compilations. These are possibly the least “Queen” tracks on this playlist, but they are still quality tracks for fans of the band (and I like them, which is the most important factor).

Here is how it goes:

“Mad The Swine”

Left off the band’s first album Queen due to time and space constraints.

“See What A Fool I’ve Been”

A live stable that was recorded and used as a B-side for a Queen II track.

“Feelings Feelings”

Recorded during the News Of The World sessions a track that did not make the final album, or any thereafter.

“A Human Body”

A B-side from The Game.

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Another B-side, this time from Hot Space.

“I Go Crazy”

From The Works, used as a B-side.

“Thank God It’s Christmas”

A non-album single from 1984.

“Chinese Torture”

This Miracle is represented the most here with four tracks starting with this instrumental idea that never made it into a full song.


The first B-side from The Miracle.

“Hijack My Heart”

Another The Miracle  B-side.

“Hang On In There”

This track was released on The Miracle original CD release as a bonus track, but not the vinyl or cassette.

“Lost Opportunity”

A B-side from Innuendo.

“There Must Be Something More To Life Than This”

queen band 03From Queen Forever a reworked Freddie Mercury solo track to become a Queen track. Originally it was recorded, or at least attempted to, for the Hot Space album.

“Let Me In Your Heart Again”

Intended for The Works it was never finished until its release on Queen Forever.

“Love Kills” (The Ballad)

A reworking of this Freddie Mercury solo song from the Metropolis soundtrack had been intended for The Works but it did not come to fruition until Queen Forever.

“No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)”

Originally recorded for the Queen Rocks compilation it is the only song by the three surviving original members recorded after Mercury’s death.

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Phamily Foto Phriday 7-15-16

We went on a family road trip vacation to Yellowstone this month. Tevye did not get his regular nap schedule so there were times when he simply fell asleep where he was.

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The little guy got so tuckered out just being carried around sometimes.

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Sometimes he was so tired he couldn’t even finish his lunch.

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There were a couple of mornings when we had to get up and get going that were tough.

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There was a lot of time spent in the Millennium Falcon – getting from our cabin into the park or from one sight to the next. It was inevitable sleeping would happen.

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Tevye wasn’t the only one who got tired on the trip.

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Even coming home on the final day Tevye fell asleep, but we made it home safe and sound.

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Life, Animated On The Way

I don’t discuss upcoming films much, but this one is an exception. Life, Animated tells the story of Owen Suskind, an autistic boy how found his voice through Disney animated films. The film has already opened in several theaters, but over the coming weeks it will be in several more. I will post the full schedule (as of today) below the trailer.


Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar – Austin, TX

Boston Common – Boston, MA



Autism Society at Carondelet ballroom – Bethesda, MD

Harkins Scottsdale 101 – Scottsdale, AZ



BTC Bronxville Triplex – Bronxville, NY

BTC Clairidge 6 – Montclair, NJ

BTC Manhasset Triplex – Manhasset, NY

BTC Movies Twin – Red Bank, NJ

Claremont 5 – Claremont, CA

Embarcadero Center Cinema – San Francisco, CA

Fox Tower Stadium 10 – Portland, OR

Kabuki Cinema – San Francisco, CA

Kendall Square 9 – Cambridge, MA

Laemmle Monica – Santa Monica, CA

Music Box Theatre – Chicago, IL

Renaissance Place 5 – Highland Park, IL

Ritz 5 – Philadelphia, PA

Seven Gables – Seattle, WA

Shattuck 10 – Berkeley, CA

SIFF Uptown – Seattle, WA

Smith Rafael Film Center – San Rafael, CA

Tara Cinemas 4 – Atlanta, GA

Town Center 5 – Encino, CA



Regal South Beach 18 – Miami Beach, FL



Angelika Film Center 8 – Dallas, TX

Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills – Austin, TX

Bloor Hot Docs – Toronto, ON

Chez Artiste 3 – Denver, CO

Edina 4 – Edina, MN

Main Art 3 – Royal Oak, MI

Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor, MI

Ontario Mills 30 with ETX – Ontario, CA

Orange 30 with IMAX & ETX – Orange, CA

Plaza De Oro 2 – Santa Barbara, CA

The Loft – Cobourg, ON



Plaza Frontenac – St. Louis, MO



Amherst 3 – Buffalo, NY

Bethel Cinema – Bethel, CT

Broadway Centre Cinemas – Salt Lake City, UT

Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square – Scottsdale, AZ

Cape Cod Mall Stadium 12 – Hyannis, MA

Cleveland Cinemas – Cedar Lee – Cleveland Hts, OH

Devargas Mall Cinema 6 – Santa Fe, NM

Downer 2 – Milwaukee, WI

High Ridge Theatre 8 – Albuquerque, NM

Plaza Frontenac 6 – Saint Louis, MO

Studio 30 Houston with IMAX – Houston, TX

Summerfield Cinemas – Santa Rosa, CA

Belltower 20 – Fort Myers, FL

Shadowood 16 – Boca Raton, FL

South Beach Stadium 18 & IMAX – Miami Beach, FL

Hollywood Stadium 20 – Sarasota – Sarasota, FL

Hollywood Stadium 20 – Naples – Naples, FL

Winter Park Village Stadium 20 & RPX – Winter Park, FL



Princess Cinemas – Waterloo, Ontario



Celebration – Woodland 14 – Grand Rapids, MI



Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO

CPX Park Lane – Halifax, NS

Downtown West Cinema 8 – Knoxville, TN

Eau Claire 5 – Calgary, AB

Grandin Theatre – Roanoke, VA

Grapevine Mills 30 DIT with IMAX – Grapevine, TX

Keystone Art – Indianapolis, IN

Liberty Hall Theater – Lawrence, KS

Mary Fisher Theater – Sedona Film Society – Sedona, AZ

Metro Cinema – Edmonton, AB

NEON – Dayton, OH

Park Terrace Stadium 6 – Charlotte, NC

Spectrum 8 Theatres – Albany, NY

State Theater – Traverse City, MI

Studio 28 KC DIT with IMAX – Olathe, KS

Studio On The Square 5 – Memphis, TN

Sundance Cinemas Madison – Madison, WI

Vancity Theatre – Vancouver, BC

Varsity Theatre – Ashland, OR



Sioux Falls Indie Events – Sioux Falls, SD



Arbor Place Stadium 18 & IMAX – Douglasville, GA

Atlantic Station Stadium 18 & IMAX & RPX – Atlanta, GA

Hollywood 15 – Gainesville, GA

Hollywood Stadium 24 @ North I-85 – Chamblee, GA

Savannah Stadium 10 – Savannah, GA



Dairy Center for the Arts – Boulder, CO

Naro Expanded Cinema – Norfolk, VA



Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center – New Orleans, LA



Hippodrome State Theater – Gainesville, FL

Portland Museum of Art – Portland, ME

Rose Theatre – Port Townsend, WA



Cinema Arts Theater – Rehoboth Beath Film Society – Rehoboth Beach, DE

Grandin Theatre – Roanoke, VA

Martha’s Vineyard Film Center – Vineyard Haven, MA



Cleveland Cinematheque – Cleveland, OH



Wheeler Opera House – Telluride Mountain Film Fest – Aspen, CO



Cape Ann Community Cinema – Gloucester, MA



Little Theatre – One Take – Rochester, NY



All Saints Cinema – Talahassee Film Society – Talahassee, FL

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Phamily Foto Phriday 7-2-16 (Car Show & Vacation Start)

Alright, so it’s actually Saturday, and I haven’t posted anything since we started our vacation, and these pictures aren’t even of us on vacation, but I wanted to get these posted and out of the way so I can start with the vacation pictures proper without this hanging over my head. The day before we left for vacation was the annual Greenwood Car Show. This is something we missed last year but this year it happened the day before we left on our road trip so a few of us were able to carve out a little bit of time to check it out.

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Ciaran is the one who seems to enjoy the car show the most of any of us.

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Ciaran would routinely request that I take pictures of certain cars, including this one which had a theme of our upcoming vacation.

He really liked this one as well.

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And this one simply because it was so oold.

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This was an army motorcycle tank. He wants it.

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August actually showed an interest in this electric car. He wasn’t as enamored with the car show this year as he has been in the past, which is odd. I think he was preoccupied with getting ready to leave the next day.

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Ciaran really wanted pictures of the hydrofoils.

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Both of them.

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The next morning we got up ridiculously early and left for our vacation at Yellowstone National Park. It was a very long drive.

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But we made it.

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Phamily Foto Phriday 6-24-16

No “last day of school” pictures from me. I do pictures on the first day and I figure that’s good enough. Besides, I’m snapping pictures of the kids all the time. At least, I’m trying to.

A couple of weeks ago one of the boys in August’s Boy Scout troop was working on his Eagle Scout project. It required quite a bit of help, so much so even Ciárán who isn’t a Boy Scout was allowed in on the project. Here is August and Ciárán (and a different Boy Scout) during the lunch break.

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We made it to another Mariners game. Well, some of us did. By the way, that’s an Aquasox hat on Ciárán, his favorite. They are the single-A minor league team for the Mariners.

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And yes, that slice of pizza is about as big as her head.

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Ciárán kept asking if the cotton candy was edible. Weird kid.

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During the 9th inning we moved down from our seats to hopefully catch a foul ball. No such luck. Ciárán just relaxed, so he wouldn’t have been able to catch one anyway.

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Lots of various appointments this week, including orthodontist and dentist appointments. Things are looking good for everybody.

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I caught my cousin’s husband Clint McCune (hey, family is family) at a place not too far from where I live. It was just me, but I probably should have taken a couple of the kids. That guitar is the one he took when he played a concert on Mount Everest.

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And just in case you didn’t think Tevye was acting cute this whole time.

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Xavier lost his first tooth.

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In addition to appointments for people’s teeth we had some “well-child” doctor’s appointments. Everything looks good on this front as well. Tevye was so ridiculously compliant and cooperative during the appointment.

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And that’s it.


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