I’m in California once again—though it’s actually been a handful of months since I’ve last been here, possibly the longest I’ve spent not visiting California ever since I moved to Las Vegas. It’s unlucky that I missed the fireworks show at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, which I would’ve been able to see from the balcony of my condo, but I got to see the fireworks from the rooftop deck of the Tempo Storm team house, which I guess is good enough. I’m in SoCal for Anime Expo, but I spent Independence Day staying around Beach Cities. I went out to Redondo Beach Pier with a few of our players; I didn’t bring my actual camera, so here is the Pacific Ocean in potato quality from my phone.
This is the fourth installment of the “After living in Las Vegas for over a year, I finally __________ for the first time” series; if you’re wondering why I’m suddenly going outside and doing so much stuff, it’s because my childhood friend Ed Lam is in Las Vegas visiting me, so we’re going out and exploring Las Vegas. (I otherwise enjoy staying in my home and probably wouldn’t go out and explore on my own.)
📍 Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/sets/72157709588019256
I got back from another trip to Illinois recently, and of course, that means more photos of Coco, my parents’ dog. During my trip, there were some thunderstorms. Coco doesn’t like thunderstorms, so she tries to hide when she hears thunder. But, she also tries to stay as close as possible to the nearest person. I was in the kitchen cooking when there was a thunderstorm, so Coco dragged a rag over to the corner of the kitchen and laid there, trying to squeeze herself into the crevice under the cabinets. The following day while I was watching the family business, Coco and I went outside to go for a walk. Coco seemed to really enjoy it, so she led me further and further away, consequently making our return walk just as far. After returning, she was exhausted, but didn’t quite want to sleep yet… so she was dozing off with her head up. This photo is from two days after the one immediately above; we went on another ungodly long walk that day, and this time, she decided to submit to the exhaustion and take a midday nap. … and here’s just a random photo of Coco completely wrapped in a blanket.
As part of Tempo Storm’s partnership with DXRacer that launched earlier this year, being a member of Tempo Storm, I was eligible to receive a chair. However, I wasn’t really that big of a fan of the Tempo Storm DXRacer chair. There’s nothing wrong with it itself—it’s just a normal Racing Series chair with Tempo Storm branding—but I am quite peculiar when it comes to my furniture and interior design. In an ideal world, everything I own would be pure white, with black being ok as a secondary accent color and gray being somewhat acceptable, depending on the shade. As you can clearly see, blue is not on that list, and I wasn’t too excited about having a random blue piece of furniture that would not fit in very well with anything else I owned. DXRacer came to the rescue, and although I had to wait a bit longer than everyone else to get my chair, they honored my special request and provided me with a black chair (though it has red contrast stitching because they were sold out of the all-black). Even better, they let me pick out a full grain leather chair instead of having to settle with polyurethane. That was huge for me, as I’m quite the leather goods enthusiast, and I love having full grain leather furniture so I can watch as the patina forms and tells a story of how it has aged. I put together an unboxing video, which you can watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJjbIjdT4rw I forgot to show close-ups of the chair in the video, but it’s definitely worth checking out its features—it has all the natural pattern inconsistencies you’d expect from real leather, it has red piping along the edges, the seating surface is perforated, and more.