Monday, October 28, 2013

iOS 7.0.3 Update Issues?

I noticed that my iPhone 5 wanted to update me to iOS 7.0.3 yesterday.  I did not update, as I'm not having any of the iMessage issues that I know some friends and family are experiencing.

However, I have noticed that certain apps such as Facebook crash quite often and occasionally InstaGram will do the same, but I think those are more app specific issues than iOS 7.

The wifey has experienced random reboots after updating to iOS 7, but I have not had that happen.

I just noticed an article saying that iOS 7.0.3 does not appear to be the cure-all for the iMessaging issues that everyone was hoping for and it is possible other issues may surface after updating?

iOS 7.0.3 Complaints Pile Up

I'm curious if anyone has had any issues that appear resolved after updating or perhaps more issues have cropped up as a result of updating?

Just wondering...I'm holding off on doing any updates hoping that a jailbreak will surface for iOS 7 soon.  The latest rumors were end of this month, but since that is almost here, it may be a bit longer. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Exotic Driving Experience

HECK YEAH, I get to drive a Lamborghini!  Sorry, couldn't resist. 

A Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 to be exact.  Here's what she looks like....Ain't she purdy?

To say I'm excited, would be a huge understatement.

We've been trying to figure out what we're going to do over Thanksgiving and we have now decided.  We're going to visit the wifey's parents on Thanksgiving day, then head from there over to Disney to hit up Epcot on Friday and then on Saturday I get to drive this sweet ride at the Exotic Driving Experience.  They have multiple locations (listed below) but this particular one is conveniently located at the Walt Disney World Speedway. 

This has been something on my to do list and wifey said to book it on up, so I did!

As a little kid I was always a fan of the Lamborghini.  At the time, the popular model was the Countach, pronounced coon-tosh.  I actually got to see one from back in the day close up at the Concours de Elegance at Amelia Island this year.

The driving experience is 6 laps around the 1 mile track and the top speed you can go is dependent on your skill level and how well you do on the track.  I will probably be nervous initially, but once that adrenaline kicks in and I put the pedal to the metal...permagrin city.

All of the cars offer the paddle shifters on the steering wheel, which allow you to keep your hands on the wheel while you shift and no clutch/manual shifting is required.  You can also select fully automatic mode where no paddle shifting is required.  Some do offer the ability to do a manual shifting mode, for those that prefer a stick shift experience.

Can't wait!  Since I won't be slapping down over over $220,000+ to buy one any time soon, this seems like a reasonable, fun alternative.

And if you, or perhaps a potential gift recipient, might not want to do the actual driving, you can also take a Thrill Ride in any of the vehicles starting at just $99.  That will get you a white knuckle 2 lap ride around the track driven by a professional driver.   

There are several different track locations and vehicles to choose from.  The Orlando location offers all of the vehicles shown below, in addition to the Yellow Lambo pictured above, but not all vehicles are offered at every location.  You can check their site for the latest info and deals. 

    Atlanta Motor Speedway
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Daytona International Speedway
    Englishtown, NJ (Raceway Park)
    Kansas Speedway
    MSR Houston
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway
    New Jersey Motorsports Park
    NOLA Motorsports Park
    Orlando (Walt Disney World Speedway)
    Texas Motor Speedway

I will hopefully have lots of pictures to share after the event!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Brew at the Jacksonville Zoo

This past Friday we attended our first Brew At the Zoo at the Jacksonville Zoo and I have to say it was a great time!  Even better than expected.  This is the 7th year they've run the event, first we've known about it, but they definitely know what they're doing.

The event sold out online and some friends of friends that were there with us said that there were 1800 tickets sold online and they were still taking more in person admissions on the evening of the event.  Despite the large number of people, it was not at all over crowded, since the food/beer booths were spread along a very large portion of the zoo. 

Tickets were $55 each and for only an extra $65, you could add an overnight stay/free shuttle package at the new Aloft hotel.  The hotel/shuttle was a no-brainer for us and well worth it! 

Upon arrival at the hotel, we were taken via shuttle less than 10 mins later and it only took about 10 mins to get to the zoo.  We arrived at exactly 7pm, when the event begins for general folks.  For $80 you could get VIP passes which allowed you in at 6:30 and you got a full size glass instead of the smaller sampler glass, but honestly there is really no need for the VIP access.

The price includes unlimited food, unlimited beer samples and you also get 3 free drink coupons.  Unless you drink mixed drinks, we found that none of the 8 or so of us hanging out as a group used them.  Even with the small sampler glasses you see in the pictures below, being able to just walk from station to station resulted in intoxication rather quickly.  By 8:30 we were all saying, "It's only 8:30?!  We still have 2 hours left?!  Whew..."

The huge selection of different food choices and different brewery/beer choices was quite impressive.  I'd say we probably only hit up a quarter of the food places and probably half of the beer stands and we definitely had our fill.  Some of the items we had were tacos, pulled pork sliders, chips and salsa, ribs, gourmet chips like plantain chips, beet chips, philly cheese steak sliders, baked ziti, seafood mac and there were several dessert stations, even a chocolate fountain from Peterbrooke.

There was also 3 different bands setup along the way and we didn't realize it but you could check out the Stingray petting area and could feed the Giraffes for free as well at the beginning of the event.  Something to shoot for next time.

We were really surprised by all the different food and beer choices.  Everyone was very friendly and by the end of the evening pretty toasty.  It was an excellent evening and if you're ever in the area when it's going on, definitely check it out.  We look forward to attending again in the future!

Here is a list of all the vendors present:

Photos of the Aloft room.  It is part of the Starwood brand of Hotels.  They have a very trendy/boutique feel with a real active bar.  We've hung out with friends at the lobby bar at a different location for a night out before.  For the price, it was an amazing deal. 

King size bed, there is a big flat panel TV on the opposite wall

View from the room
Complete with safe, coffee and magazines
Nice bowl sink and great smelling soap
Modern stand-up shower with big shower head
Wifey and my buddy Sean...cheers!
Me and wifey, complete with her blinking/glowing bling ring!
Lots of peeps
Mixed drink station
Band playing.  Great setup, great ambiance, great peeps, great time!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Post and Kiddo Pics

Just wanted to let anyone that has been following along with updates over on my site, that I put out a detailed post today on some gotchas that I ran into in the last few weeks with one of my affiliate sites.

If you are into that sort of thing, I think you'll find it helpful.  If you're not into that sort of thing, below are a few recent pictures for you to enjoy. I try to provide a little something for everyone.  ;)

The kiddos currently seem to be enjoying saying Ohhhhh...or for Max it might be Uh oh...but it was funny they were both making the same face the same day hundreds of miles apart.   

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