Thursday, May 26, 2011

GoPayment & Idol Finale - Better than expected!

If you've been to any of our recent shows and paid with a credit card, you've seen our new credit card swiper.  It attaches to our phones (My excuse to get an iphone) and processes the payment immediately through the Intuit Go Payment system.  The fees for us our low (no monthly service charge) and it has worked well... so far.  All of our shows have been outside, so we'll see if it works for a show where we are inside.  (Luau next Saturday)  I will probably be processing all of our online orders through it (on my new iphone) as well!

Despite there being no drama as to the winner of Idol last night, (the judges tried to create drama by proclaiming Lauren the winner the night before, but we all knew Scotty was going to win.) it was a fantastic finale.  I thought they did a great job with all the performances and Scotty capped off the night with a great finish.  (hugging everyone was a great way to end the season.)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Post Hickory Recap and Doomsday averted?

It was cold at Hickory Elementary on Friday night!  (The winds were blowing...)  However, there was a strong turnout from kids, staff, and alumni to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.  They had lots of food (in addition to the In-n-Out Truck) and 4 or 5 monster slides, a jumpy house, and games for the kids!

Well, we survived the latest Doomsday, May 21st. (Although a Lauren vs. Scotty Idol finale may be doomsday for American Idol's ratings.)

And, hooray, they may have caught one of the suspects in the case of the beating of a Giant's fan at Dodger Stadium.  (Let's hope they catch the second guy too!)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hickory's 50th Anniversary and Idol Boredom

Just a reminder that we will be out on the Hickory Elementary School playground tomorrow night from 5pm to 8:30pm.   We will be helping them celebrate their 50th Anniversary.  They'll have lots of games for the kids and last time we were there, they had a few giant slides!  (Not that I have time to wait in line to ride them.)

Can we just give Scotty the trophy on American Idol and end this season already?  The judges are of no use whatsoever... (They think everyone should win... except Haley)  Nobody has a bad performance and everyone just kills it and is in it to win it. (except Haley)  The judges are just there to sell their new songs and new books without pissing off any potential fans.  (except Haley)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Another show this... Friday???

We will be at Hickory Elementary in Torrance this Friday from 5pm to 8:30pm for their 50th Anniversary Celebration.  Expect many games for the kids and some food booths.  There will be an In-n-Out Truck at the school, but for preorders only.  (and no french fries!  Boo!)

Anybody still watching American Idol after last week?  Are you a country music fan, because it seems like we're headed for an all country finale.  The producers probably want a Scotty vs. Haley finale now that James is gone.  (Is Haley the villain?  The judges make her out to be one.)  You'd think that the producers would've fixed the results for a Scotty v. James finale, because that would've been huge ratings.  A Scotty v. Lauren finale doesn't have any drama to it.  (and a Lauren v. Haley matchup will be a ratings disaster.)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Children's Day tomorrow, AI, and 2 1/2 already?

Tomorrow, we will be a late addition to the Children's Day Festival in Japantown in Los Angeles.  The Chibi Run is early and we will be there from 11am to 4pm.  (7am if you count set-up... we have to get there before the run starts!)  Lots of food, kid crafts, and entertainment.

Surprising that James got the boot on American Idol.  I would think the producers would've wanted a James/Scotty finale.  I am not surprised that Haley survived as the judges kept picking on her on Wednesday.  (Great way to incite her fans and make them vote twice as hard.)  It could be an all Country Music finale...

Cam went to the doctor today for his 2 1/2 month check-up.  He now weighs a little over 30 lbs and is almost 37 inches tall.  (No wonder he can reach so many more things on the counter...)  By the way, his shoe size is now 9 or 9 1/2.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day... Bye Bye Lakers

Happy Belated Mother's Day.  Hope everyone had a great day with their families.  We just got invited to Children's Day this Saturday at the JACCC in Downtown LA.  (They weren't going to have vendors, but changed their minds at the last minute.)  I'll tweet and facebook the details later this week.  Children's Day has the Chibi Run and basketball tourney along with food vendors, kids crafts, and at least one craft vendor... us.

Speaking of basketball, how about those Lakers.  They get swept out of the playoffs (which is okay as Dallas was the better team right now), but go out looking bad.  (cheap shots were inexcuse-able)  Kobe was hurt, but what happened to Pao Gasol?  (Reports had him breaking up with his fiance before the playoffs began.)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo y Boys Day

Happy Cinco de Mayo and Boy's Day.  And did you know that Mother's Day is this Sunday?  Isn't it usually next Sunday?  (We need to go shopping, Cam...)

Who's going home tonight on Idol?  (I think it is time to say goodbye to Jacob.)  Right now, the final should be James v. Scotty.  Although, Lauren could sneak into the final...  (Sorry, Haley.)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Nikkei Matsuri Review

Great weather in San Jose. (unless you have bad allergies)  We also got to try out our new credit card swiper that we hooked up to our phones.  (Thanks to all our patient customers.)  I hope to get it all streamlined by the Winter shows...   We were all pretty exhausted considering we had to set up (and break down) 3 tents, 10 tables, 8 racks, and a whole day care center in the back.

Cam survived the long, real long, outdoor day in the tent.  (He even took a short nap)  He got to eat a grape shave ice that he devoured in minutes.  (And didn't spill it all over himself.)   I think he was the only one with any energy left when we got to the hotel...