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3rd Grade Concert . . .

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2012 at 1:26 am

The big little Stockdale had her 3rd grade concert this week.  The concert itself was great.  However, the actions of the crowd were much more entertaining.

Why should I bother straining my neck to see my child when I can just watch on the tiny screen obstructing my view?

Because folks spend most of their day staring at their phones anyway, it’s just normal that we watch our children that way. 

This guy had two cameras, one camera on a tripod and also his phone.  My guess is that as soon as he got home he was going to edit them together and watch his son/daughter perform from the comfort of his couch.

In this shot, you can count ELEVEN people using cameras or about to use a camera.

Not to mention this person, who obstructed the view of the people behind them for the ENTIRE SHOW.  Please note, she was in the front row.

Now, I fully understand wanting to capture the moment.  I’m sure the folks behind me weren’t too happy that I was obstructing their views by taking random pictures of the crowd watching their children through their phones.  However, when do we all realize that it’s much more enjoyable to watch our children live for thirty minutes than it is to record them in a blurry video that no one will ever watch again?

Birthday ! ! !

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2012 at 12:57 am

Due to some previous and future logistical constraints, the middle little Stockdale’s 8th birthday and Mrs. Stockdale’s 40th birthday were celebrated today.

Happy birthday to a cute little girl and an old lady!

Seoul Land . . .

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2012 at 5:17 am

Mrs. Stockdale’s company picnic was on Saturday.  In true company picnic style, it was held at ‘Seoul Land’.  I would like to compare ‘Seoul Land’ with ‘Disneyworld’, ‘Disneyland’, ‘Kings Island’, or ‘Worlds of Fun’, but that would be like comparing ‘Burger King’ to ‘Mortons’ because both are establishments that serve food.

When you enter ‘Seoul Land’ you are greeted by a ‘sphere’.  You’d think the folks at ‘Disneyworld’ could be more original and stop copying things from Asia.

‘Seoul Land’ is organized in a manner much like other theme parks.  They had various ‘lands’ named after various ‘things’ based on a set of ‘characters’.

The little Stockdales chose to start in ‘Adventureland’.   We found it with the help of the politically correct statue.

As seems to be the tradition throughout Asia, random car batteries were easy to locate.

Unlike Cambodia, I couldn’t locate any fully automatic weapons left in a canoe, but since South Korea is constantly vigilant of the impending attack from our wacky northern neighbor it’s good to keep the kids prepared with ‘Dragnon Tank’.

But remember, battle readiness isn’t just for kids, it’s fun for the whole family.

Should you choose to ride the log flume,

remember than anyone over 50 is considered ‘ELDERLY’.

While I’m fairly certain ‘log flume’ is a generic term, I’m not sure how ‘Seoul Land’ properly licensed the use of these images.

I’m sure Midway is just as pleased with  the use of Pac-Man on the trash bin as some other company might be about this.

There were many culinary options available should the little Stockdales become brave enough to get hungry.

After lunch, the little Stockdales begged for a souvenir from ‘Seoul Land’ as we continued our journey around the park.  They couldn’t decide between the strangely familiar dotted giant bows for their heads

and the pointy objects.

As part of the ‘World Plaza’ section of ‘Seoul Land’ our less southerly neighbor had erected a booth.  ( It was probably co-sponsored by the UN. )

All kidding aside, ‘Seoul Land’ wasn’t that bad.  They did have some pretty flowers.