Month: April 2016

When I Sat Next to Trump at a Movie

Hello. If you are wondering about my experience sitting next to Donald J. Trump, you are out of luck, since it did not happen. I had to make an interesting title that draws new readers in, and “Documentary” just wasn’t cutting it

I’ll admit, I may have slacked off a bit this week with this whole blog thing. I did  go out and do something, but it honestly could’ve been something a bit more interesting.

This week, I went to a documentary about the Louvre, a museum in Paris. This documentary ended up being mostly about Nazis and their occupation of France in WWII. However, this was not the only thing that it was about. It also incorporated present time coverage of the Louvre as well as fictional interactions between the narrator and Napoleon.

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“Small”

I realized that if you get popcorn, be sure to get a drink, because they put the equivalent of a partially grown Indian elephant’s worth of salt on each kernel. Also, don’t wait to go get a drink if you need one, since the concession stand may be CLOSED. There’s a complaint. If I come out to get something to drink in the middle of an extremely enthralling documentary, and you have just closed down, just give me a drink. My mouth is literally cracking due to the lack of moisture in it, and you refuse to serve me a drink that will take you 45 seconds to make?IMG_0035

You may have noticed that I just went on a rant to fill up words for my post, since nothing really happened at this documentary. I apologize to the staff of the theater whose feelings that I may have just hurt. I’m kidding. Sort of.IMG_0035

I think he’s asleep

Anyway, get pumped for next week’s post. Its gonna be cray-z.

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Should’ve just gone here

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Kraut Mob

Sauerkraut. How is it made? I sure don’t know. Well, I didn’t know until this last weekend. To be honest, I didn’t really even know what sauerkraut was even made of. This was probably because I’ve never really crossed paths with sauerkraut. This is why I decided to take part in an activity at Earth Day, called “Kraut Mob”, where I would get taught how to make sauerkraut.

It turns out that you really don’t need to do much to make sauerkraut. When I got there, a bin of cabbage was placed in front of me. We were told to “massage” the cabbage, and sprinkle salt on it. The woman who was presenting this “Kraut Mob” was very enthusiastic about the wonders of fermentation. Apparently, we weren’t allowed to take home the sauerkraut that we had made, since it was against the “heath code.” This is when I realized that we were literally doing their work for them, and we were getting nothing in return. I guess they gave us the knowledge of fermentation, but the fact that I was making their product without any reward was a little disheartening. Now that I think about it though, I don’t think they are even selling it. This woman just goes from festival to festival, slowly gaining mass amounts of sauerkraut. Now, there were about 20 people making sauerkraut, and I cannot see a reality in which someone could eat 20 jars worth of sauerkraut a month. Who knows, though. Maybe once you start eating it you can’t stop. I wouldn’t know, I haven’t ever eaten the stuff.

All in all, I got to learn how to make sauerkraut (when I will use this knowledge in life I do not know), and learn about the benefits of fermented food, so if you ask me, iut was an incredibly productive way to spend 20 minutes.

Skip This Post, It’ll Be a Little…DRY

For my escapade this week, I decided to go to Sears to look for a dryer for my Grandfather, with my mom. I recommend that if you have any doubts of this action packed adventure, then you turn back. I don’t need that kind of negativity here on my blog. Anyways, I had not been to a Sears for as long as I can remember, so when we pulled up to the massive parking lot with about 5 cars in it, I was a little confused as to where it was. I then realized that it was the monstrous ugly white building right next to us.

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Oh boy

We walked in, and immediately realized that I did not want to stick around and listen to the specs of each individual dryer, so I decided to go off and find my own adventure. In fact, adventure found me. Well, that’s not really true. I came across an escalator! This was by far the crème de la crème of this store. If I was an employee, this is where I would spend my time. Riding the escalators for eternity.

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Why aren’t these at amusement parks?

The lack of people made me realize that these massive stores are getting a taste of their own medicine. They put many small companies out of business, and now online stores like Amazon are taking the business away from massive chains like Sears.

After wandering around for a little more I  found the holy grail of all household appliances. The fridges with built in water dispensers. It is a scientific fact that pushing those levers boosts a person’s happiness over 200% and adds on 2 extra minutes to your life. Those things just so satisfying to press. Naturally, I pressed them all and made a compilation video on my Instagram, strictly for research purposes, of course. You may think me childish, but if its you standing in a herd of those things by yourself, you’ll give in to your primal impulses and indulge.

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Spot the difference

Overall, I realized that Sears is kind of a depressing place. Everyone in there seems to be unenthusiastic and unhappy, and the barren sales floor, absent of any customers gives it a ghost town kinda feel. But if you need your fix of water dispenser pushing, it’s the place for you.

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Fun

Dancing men and Clay Sculptures

First Thursday is an event that happens in downtown Santa Barbara on the first Thursday of each month. There are special performances, exhibits, etc. I decided to go and check out the opera performances at the art museum, and as I entered the museum, another exhibit caught my eye. It was a massive clay sphere with a bunch of little clay sculptures on top and smushed onto the sides. I decided to make a little sculpture of my own, and after I had finished, I headed over to where the Opera was being held.IMG_8126

I’m assuming everyone in the audience was into Opera, since there were all stating intently at the woman who was sining. Unfortunately, I do not particularly fancy opera, since I would much rather keep my ear drums intact for as long as humanly possible. It’s really incredible, really how these people can sing such high notes and linger on them for a prolonged amount of time.

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Anyway, after I left, I came across some men in some kind of getup, dancing around in the rain with some swords. Upon closer look, I realized that these men were actually preforming a choreographed show for the public. There was some guy playing jolly music on his flute, and as the man danced around, their swords became intertwined to make a five pointed star. I was pretty impressed.

The thing I took away from this is that you never really know what the people all around you do in their free time, be it romping around with their friends preforming songs, or that they are capable of singing in glass breaking tones.