San Diego County Fair: Part Two

Catching up on entries… Yay…

On Sunday, 6/30, I had the opportunity to check out the fair for a second time this year (and paying only $3 for admission). Though I wanted to try out more food, I didn’t really have the money to spend for it. I’m not too disappointed about it since I had what I wanted the last time I went to the fair. I did try the deep fried cookie dough…and it was very good…

I went to the area where the flower and garden show was held. There were lots of bonsai plants and miniature rock gardens on display, all of which looked amazing…

Obviously, taking pictures of objects behind glass or plastic is not easy, as the reflection can be seen in some of the shots…

Something new was taking place at the fair this year, which was live weddings. There were actual weddings taking place and fair goers could come and watch as the couples make their vows…or even renew them…

A couple renewing their vows...

A couple renewing their vows…

I should’ve grabbed some h’orderves while I had the chance… LOL

Another highlight of the day was feeding butterflies…

Butterflies in their enclosed area...

Butterflies in their enclosed area…

Everyone was given a cotton swab to dip into nectar, which was place around the enclosure. Then, I had to carefully place the swab in front of the butterfly’s front legs. After many failed attempts, the butterfly finally climbed onto the swab and just hung out for a while…and even took in some of the nectar…

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One thing I learned from here is that butterflies can taste with their feet… I thought it was rather unusual, but then again so is nature…

Random X-rated butterfly moment...

Random X-rated butterfly moment…

I couldn’t leave the enclosure without making sure none of the butterflies were on me, so I had to release them before making my way out…

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Random plant inside the enclosure...

Random plant inside the enclosure…

My next destination was the Star Trek exhibit. Though I had to pay a separate fee to enter, photography of any kind wasn’t allowed. So, I have no pictures of the exhibit… Anyway, they had a full size replica of the bridge from the original Star Trek series…and it cost $15 to have a picture taken in the captain’s chair. There was also costumes on display from various TV series and movies. They even had devices on display, like tricorders, communicators and a laser scalpel… At the end of the exhibit, there was a table set up with various Star Trek merchandise. From T-shirts to tribbles, it was there…

Of course, it’s not a fair without a monster truck running around…

Monster truck ride running around the dirt...

Monster truck ride running around the dirt…

I was going to do a segment on the animals at the fair, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to take enough pictures of them. So, if I go to the fair again next year, I’ll make sure to focus more on those animals…

That’s all for now… Up next, my AX blog entry. Stay tuned…

From the San Diego County Fair to E3… Quite an interesting week…

Last week or so was quite interesting for me as I had gone to the fair on opening day (6/8/13) and watched Sony’s live broadcast of their press conference at E3.

Let’s start with the fair…

At the fair, waiting to get in...

At the fair, waiting to get in…

Unlike last year, I decided to go easy on the fair food. Although I can’t confirm it, the food I ate from the fair last year may have lead to me ending up in the hospital, though the time from the day I went to the fair to the day I was admitted to the hospital was at least 7 days… What did I eat? A lot of fried food… Deep fried ice cream, deep fried frog legs, deep fried butter, red velvet funnel cake, deep fried cereal, bacon wrapped mushrooms that were stuffed with cheese…and even deep fried Kool-Aid… I’m sure there was one or two more, but I can’t remember it off hand…

So far this year, I’ve had only two items. They are the Australian Battered Potatoes and the Deep Fried Cheeseburger.

 

The Australian Battered Potatoes...in a small bucket...

The Australian Battered Potatoes…in a small bucket…

The Deep Fried Cheeseburger...

The Deep Fried Cheeseburger…

I do plan on going back again and trying some more food, like the maple bacon doughnut and that turkey leg that’s wrapped in one pound of bacon…

 

Bacon wrapped  turkey leg... I hope it's worth the $20 price tag...

Bacon wrapped turkey leg… I hope it’s worth the $20 price tag…

I may try these if I'm still hungry...

I may try these if I’m still hungry…

For $9 each, this better be worth it...

For $9 each, this better be worth it…

I had a chance to check out the Game On! exhibit that the fair has this year. It showcased games from past and present, whether it was board games or video games. They even had some old school arcade machines set up for people to play…

Outside the Game On! exhibit...

Outside the Game On! exhibit…

One of the displays in the exhibit...

One of the displays in the exhibit…

I used to own one of these back in the day...

I used to own one of these back in the day…

Pac-Man...

Pac-Man…

Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Kong Jr.

In about two weeks from now, I’ll be going to the fair again. I’ll have more pictures coming soon…

Microsoft decided to reveal the XBOX One ahead of the E3 conference. Quite frankly, I was really disappointed. DRM, having to connect every 24 hours to continue playing games (making the implication that an internet connection is required), potential privacy issues involving the Kinect device… All around, I thought it was a mess… The following YouTube video pretty much sums it up…

Sony, on the other hand, had a much better showing at the E3 conference with their PS4 reveal. Support for used games, new IPs that are worth looking into, support for indie games, Kingdom Hearts 3, Watch Dogs, GOTY candidate The Last of Us… There was quite a lot to like at Sony’s presentation. There’s nothing like the guys at Sony showing Microsoft how sharing games is really done, as shown in this YouTube video…

That’s all from me for now… My next few entries will entail more about the San Diego County Fair, appendicitis one year later, possibly Anime Expo and definitely Comic-Con (this year is my 10th consecutive year attending)… Stay tuned…