Friday, May 24, 2013

San Francisco Continued....

San Fran Trolley
So, we wake up early in the morning…we wanted to see much of the city. You all know how Alejandra is totally one of those detailed oriented women. She likes photography. We took the auto that we rented from Rentalcarmomma, and headed toward the city. Yeah, I know it is a funny name, but they have pretty awesome prices!

It took us a little more than we bargain because of the early rush traffic, but we finally got into the northern point. We parked the SUV and we got into the Trolley to the Castro, which is a colorful and very historic place to visit in San Francisco. Probably you’ve seen it in the commercials to San Francisco, it is that subway looking wagon that is traveling in those rails over the hills of the city. It is open, so you can walk in and out really fast. Of course, we were all laughing cause they have signs to never get off until the wagon has stopped. But, if you look closely, the locals are totally a pro at this…one of my friends try to do the local thing, and almost got his face plastered in the floor, which we all were laughing.

Alejandra was in total photographic focus. I was mesmerized by her way of setting the shot and playing a little with the color palette. Plus, she remember that I love monochromatic pictures, and I could see her wicked look when she was doing it. Which, you know, if you’ve seen this woman and giving you that “look” it raises the adrenaline and heart beat as fast as the speed of light. She took awesome pictures of the surrounding buildings, and the city have a very awesome looking exterior, which adds to the historical vibe of the city…plus, the people were extremely friendly. We ended up meeting at the end of the Castro, which is a wonderful place to be…they have pastry shops and bakeries and restaurants that add its own personal touch to this incredibly city.

Since the whole gang loved the area and the surrounding we decided to eat around. As usual, we asked around…who knows which is the best place than the locals, right? And you know how we’ve found awesome places in our travel, today was not the exception. There was a local’s favorite called Mama’s Restaurant, which is located in the bohemian part of the city. At first we were “Italian! Awesome!”, then the joke was on us, it was a beautiful contemporary decorated bakery/coffee shop. They have menus for Breakfast, which the locals say is one of the best, and they have one for lunch as well. Immediately we went to the menu, and it was pretty neat from the waiter that we ask about their awesome pancakes, and we were really amazed that we said that we were going to have breakfast tomorrow! We all pick different plates from the menu. I got the chicken Caesar salad, and Miss Hotness got the Vegetable Quiche, which was her way to keep with healthy living!

Rrazz Room
I had the guys covering me during the sightseeing of the city tour. The reason being is while during the Castro trolley travel my phone was ringing, and it was an alarmed that I had one year ago….it was the anniversary of the first time I saw this stunning woman. One year ago it was in a concert, so I thought, what better way than to have her and me to attend a nice concert here in the city, right? So I heard of this place “Live at Rrazz”, which was located in a Cadillac showroom, a 1921 Art Deco building that is a major landmark in San Francisco. The good thing is that they have good shows and today is no different! So, the gang totally left us in the night, they did their thing, which did not seat well with Alejandra, but it was part of the plan! We arrived at the place and to my surprise it was schedule to be their final concert, and after that they were going to close indefinitely the place…what a bummer! Alejandra looked at me, and I finally said to her that I remember what she was dressing that night, and to my surprised she was wearing the same pin she was wearing the night I met her, and she was teary eyes and all. Alejandra was looking spectacular and what a beautiful dame she is…red dress, strapless, you can see that when she entered in the room every men’s eyes were unto her. The bartender was doing his theatrical flipping of the bottles for showmanship, and when he saw Alejandra he almost fumbled one of the two bottles and the lady that he was serving was chuckling. Another lady was hitting his husband or boyfriend cause he followed Alejandra to our seats. Told her that the gang was backing me and it was planned, so that is why they weren’t here…more teary eyes…and finally I told her how special she is to me and that I would love her to be part of my life, forever…. That was the cusp and she was hugging me and holding hands and totally emotional, that the waiter was all teary eyes as well. The group was a jazz band, and it was playing all sort of oldies classics from count Basie, Louie Armstrong, Gillespie, Holiday (which is a favorite of Alejandra), and Miles D, Parker, and the one and only Duke Ellington….they gave their all in those awesome renditions…some songs were very danceable, so I took Alejandra a little to the side and people were watching me dance with this amazing woman. All in all was a night to remember, and we walked a little talking and having a wonderful time. Picked up the car and got her, we headed to the presidio, which overlooks the beautiful Golden Gate. We were going to visit it tomorrow, but since it was a lovely night, I decided to bring her here…it was a place someone told me where you can sit down while watching the light up bridge…

At the end of the wonderful meal and evening, and listening to the amazing performers, we went to watch the beautiful and amazing Golden Gate…it was totally illuminated and had that distinctive paint job that has made this amazing bridge as one of the most beautiful in the entire world. As we were sitting on a bench overlooking this amazing engineering marvel, Alejandra and I started talking about ourselves and how we were missing each other. It felt as if time did not go by…we were flirting and more so in love with each other. It was a different feeling than before. It was more mature, and we looked into each other’s eyes and we said at the same time “I love you”, which we laugh for how corny that was. We told each other that we’ll go slow and making sure that what we do is in the interest of the other.

When we arrived to the hotel the guys were asking us how it was, and we told them a bit of what the evening was like. In private the guys were asking me if things were heading toward a date at the altar, but I told them that was in the future, but right now we wanted to make sure to erase what made us felt apart and we were looking at the future more brightly.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Take this new Tesla electric car on a spin for
your next trip to Orlando
For more than 154 years, the lead-acid battery has been the cornerstone source of power for the automobile industry.

Recently environmental concerns regarding the Lithium-Ion Battery used in computers has prompted a team of Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius engineers to begin R/D on a new cutting edge battery
Energy Power Systems has put forth an effort to design a new battery based on a wide range of demands from computers to electric cars.

Unfortunately, overheating of the current Lithium-Ion battery has even grounded so super 787 aircraft until the problem is fixed.
For over 10 years,  physicists have conducted  research to design a new battery to date without success. Some believe that a new battery will not be rolled out for another 10 years.

Clean Technology advocates had hoped that battery size reduction would maintain pace with technology but to their dismay,  chemistry has not outpaced technology. 

Nevertheless, recent technology has improved gas mileage in lieu of new EPA laws. Battery designers including Boeing, Tesla Motors Co and General Motors Co remain committed to the creation of a new state-of-the-art battery.Some companies like Toyota don't believe that Lithium-Ion batteries will carry the industry to where it needs to be and are exploring alternative battery chemistry theories for the lead-acid battery. Can you imagine billions of dollars invested in battery manufactures throughout the country are just sitting idle due to the uncertain future of the Lithium-Ion battery.

Case in point, GM continues to hail its Volt battery although designers say that it is composed of 600 seals which must maintain integrity to avoid catastrophic failure.  Some start up companies like Jukso after spending $6 million went bankrupt failing to solve heating problems within the battery resulting in fires that were hard to extinguish.  Since then airlines industry Airbus has dropped the Lithium battery altogether.

A former employee of Boe now working for East Penn Man. Co believes that advanced lead-acid batteries may be the hope of the future for consumers like electric cars and jets.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Trip to San Francisco

So, I decided to take on an invitation from my friends to go to San Francisco. Never been there, so I check the flights that they were in. I bought the tickets, and made reservations to the hotel that the gang will be. As usual, I went to my favorite place, and on the discussion, I made a comment to my friends that it was better to pick up a nice SUV, so we can all be together. They told me that they were going to be about 5 including myself. I tell you, they were very sneaky, not telling me too much, which kinda raised the flags that something was up their sleeves, if you know what I mean!

We went to our favorite website, RentalCarMomma, to find our vehicle. We got incredible prices. Ultimately, we choose the Ford Explorer which granted us unlimited mileage, which came in handy because we were going to travel quite a bit in the area. It came roughly 133 per person, which was awesome! Once in the flight, because I book after them, we were sitting in a different cabin. Lo and behold, there I was heading to my seat and she was there….those of you who knows her from my blogs will know how much that woman makes me weak in the knees. Miss Hotness Alejandra in all her beautiful stunning glory! She was with her cargo pants, and her white shirt, her incredible smile and those amazing eyes that will melt with the mere “hi”. That woman is charismatic and full of life…anyways, the guys decided to revive a little the flames of love, and they bring her for the trip….definitely I will kill the guys, but judging for the things that happened during the trip, well, let’s say that I will forgive them!

After we got into San Francisco, we picked up the car and got into the airport. One thing, we both were not the same people, Alejandra and me, there was a level of romanticism in the air, passion was on each other’s skin, but there was something that was holding us and we were not sharing fully what we felt…So, the guys in the conversation were discussing that fact, therefore, we decided to bring a little the girls into the folds of Valentines day…and we saw that here they have one of the most amazing festivals for romantic couples, the Tulipmania!

It is a major festival where they have incredible array of different species of Tulips and full blown. Their colors are fantastic and there’s great guides in handy that will tell you all about them. It is a local’s delight, plus since it is located in the famous Pier 39 there’s so much things to look in here…there’s a great area in the west marina where you can see the famous sea lions, something that should not be missed cause is an incredible sight! Plus, the restaurants in the area are something for a delight. We walked very slowly, watching the different tulips and at the same time, there was something flirty in Alejandra’s eyes…she was wearing an appropriate flowery dress, very summer-y in style, but covered because of the California weather, which is really cool and nice. It was funny that one guy was walking and stumble unto a table because he was watching Alejandra, and his wife came out of nowhere saw the whole thing and hit him in the head and he was like saying sorries to the wifey, funny as hell, and Alejandra turned to me and we saw each other…yep, that woman has that effect on people!

It was getting a little over noon time, so we decided to go to a nice restaurant. We decided to visit one overlooking at the bay in Fisherman’s Wharf called Fog Harbor Fish House. It had a fantastic ambiance and the view was spectacular…it was a good time that we decided to go while the sun was up, cause at night we were walking by the boardwalk and it was too dark and you cannot see how beautiful it is. I personally took a gamble and had the Seafood Cioppino and added pasta…it was a superb plate, I tell you! And Alejandra got a seafood pasta, which was to die for. Just to see again her smile and the way that she was flicking her hair, was totally hypnotic and amazing to see…I was awestruck and probably she knew that.

Presiding over Presido
After that we walked a little bit into the boardwalk and headed to the SUV, then we took the road and ride toward Presidio, which is a wonderful place to see the city and especially nearby you can see one of the most breathtaking views of the Golden Gate. It was a nice way to sort of walk into the steps and see what was formerly a military base, but now turn into one of the major attractions in the city. Those of us who knows Alejandra, knows her love for Photography, so I took her to one of the most amazing bridges in the world. You can see the length in size and how amazingly beautiful that bridge is…no wonder is called the Golden Gate. The time was excellent, and you can see in Alejandra’s lips how concentrated she was. I kind of let her do her thing. Once in a while I peek a little, she is such a beautiful woman and her hair and her look was highlighted in this amazing place. At one moment, I turn and she was there taking pictures of me, so all in all, we were being a little flirty with each other. She mentioned that some pictures are going to look amazing in black and white. But, she made the remarks that some are going to be private for herself only…wonder which ones will be.

There’s more amazing things happening in this amazing city, so stay tune cause there’s more awesome memories to tell!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My trip to Tennessee!

The first thing you should know is my sister was very sheltered and is a "hold my hand the whole time" kinda girl. So when i heard she was moving down from Tennessee, I knew she would ask for help from the sister that doesn't ever say "No". She called me 2 days later and being the "greatest sister in the world" I was now making flight arrangements to Tennessee. The plan was for Luke, her marine husband whom just got back from his 3rd trip over seas and my sister to have everything packed by the time I arrived. I finally got picked up from the airport and we started by packing up all the stuff she had accumulated during the 2 years on base.

Luke would be driving the Penske truck down with most of the furniture and boxes and we would be driving a rental car that Channing was suppose to book weeks ago. "Ooops Sorry it must have slipped my mind".. So i went to Rentalcarmomma and was so thankful that they still had some larger SUV's available because we were getting into the holidays and everyone was on the move! I caught the best deal, 49.99 for the week! With all the stops i had to make because she had to use the bathroom, is hungry, is thirsty or oh that looks interesting, i was sure to need the SUV for the week.We hit the road early the next morning and the traffic was not to bad.

I don't trust Channings driving so i offered to drive for the trip. When it started to get dark and i needed a break we decided to look for a very inexpensive hotel for the night. When we drove for another 45 mins only spotting trees and some truck stops til finally the huge "Red Scottish inn" appeared in the distance. Finally we got into the room. Thinking its only for a hour or 2 of some good shut eye. As soon as we opened the door, it became apparent why the room was so reasonable. We snuggled up on top of the covers in our heaviest winter jackets and eventually fell asleep.

I woke up 2 hours later to something moving in the room. I flicked on the light to find bugs having a family reunion on the night stand. The light waking up sleeping beauty, she jumped up screaming and running for the door. I grabbed our things and followed. After another uneventful morning of driving, we ended up stopping in Georgia to swing by my parents farm. Luke ended up heading straight to Florida with not a single stop so we had some time to spend. My youngest brother talked my mom into letting him come down with us. Of course, me being the never say "No" sister, he will be staying at my house.

After a lunch in Valdosta, we jumped back on 75 for 4 more hours, i am counting the miles. I believe the SUV was just a little to comfortable because they are both sprawled out and snoring by the time we hit the FL line. We finally made it into town by dark and i got some well needed sleep finally.