Gamestop Expo Begins Tomorrow in Anaheim.

For all you gamers out there if you are a Gamestop patron, what better way to connect with games than by heading to the annual Gamestop Expo, tomorrow in Anaheim CA?  It is a really fun expo, not like E3 or Comic-Con where it is more serious, and a lot of business going on.  This is truly an expo for gamers.

It begins at 11am and ends at 6pm at the Anaheim Convention Center.  It is also right across from Disneyland.  After you game, you can go have a night at Disney.

I’m hoping to see a bit more from Titanfall 2.  I was impressed with the first game but it really fizzled out for me after  few months.  This is one game I will be seeking out.

Virtual reality is a no brainer.  Of course I want to get my hands on some of it.  In particular, Playstation’s Morpheus.  E3 was just too hectic to get in for me.  I did however manage to do some VR on a Galaxy phone.  Loved it.

I’ll definitely be posting on my Facebook and I will recap tomorrow the days findings.

Happy Gaming!

San Diego Without Comic-Con

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For many of us the one time we come to San Diego is when the yearly Comic-Con convention takes place here.  Hundreds of thousands of people descend on the Gaslamp district, in search of the pop culture mecca that is San Diego.

But what about visiting when there is no convention.  What about Comic Non?  I’m spending a week here, and it’s a very bustling town with a lot do to, even without the con.  It has a lot of culture and amazing food. It is also the best time to check out the hotels that you may be staying in during the beloved convention.

That is one of the things I’m doing while I am down here.  Last night I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Its usually a hotel that is always picked on the hotel lottery, but not that many people get it.  It is a party hotel, and for me that isn’t ideal.  However in off season it was great.  The bed was comfy and it was nice and roomy.  I also found out that you can rent a dj system or guitars if you feel the need.  I thought that was pretty awesome.

Today I’ve moved over to the Keating hotel.  A quaint hotel with the feel of Palm Springs and sounds of New York City.  It is right in the heart of the Gaslamp district.  In walking distance of all the spots you would ever want to get to.

I just happen to be staying here on the day where the Padres are playing the Dodgers at the ever accessible Petco Park ( sorry no zombies this time).  Luckily we can walk there, as traffic is crazy during this type of event.  In all honesty, the Comic-Con organizers do a much better job of directing traffic than regular event planners. Last night was almost impossible to get to the Hard Rock.  We made it, but it wasn’t pretty.  And when there is a baseball game letting out, the foot traffic is insane. Oh and one way roads everywhere don’t help, nope.  Not one bit.

I’d also like to mention a great place for breakfast, in addition to the amazing Richard Walkers for pancakes.  A ways up on 5th street is a place called Snooze.  Great food, mostly breakfast.  They are big on using cage free eggs, recycled paper, and saving where ever they can.  I like that in a restaurant.  It was definitely fresh tasting and had a great selection of food.  Highly recommend.

So if you enjoy coming to San Diego Comic Con in July, its definitely worth it to stay in San Diego when the convention is not ongoing so that you an truly enjoy the city.  It won’t have sci-fi cafe’s everywhere or giant Viking boats in random places, but you will definitely find a lot of fun things to do.

Universal Studios Harry Potter Wizarding World: The Food

April 7, 2016 will mark the official first day that Harry Potter’s Wizarding World opens at Universal Studios in Hollywood.  However leading up until that glorious day are “test” run days.  Currently, if you have an annual pass that qualifies, you can sign up for a preview day of Harry Potter and get in an hour and a half earlier than the rest of the patrons.  It’s a really great opportunity to see the area when it isn’t so crowded.

I’ve been to Hogsmeade a few times now.  It is truly a magical place.  You really feel like you’ve stepped into another place and time.  The snowy capped buildings almost make you forget that you’re in California.

One of the first things I recommend doing is heading into the Three Broomsticks for a bite to eat.  The food is rather quite amazing, if I do say so myself.  I’m still working my way through the menu, but so far the pot pie was pretty spectacular.  Today I tried the Bangers and Mash, another amazing item on the menu.  Yet no meal is complete without a Butter Beer, whether it be cold or frozen.  You don’t even need to be in the Three Broom Sticks, you can find it outside in one of the Butter Beer barrels.  The foam that sits on top of the drink is so tasty, you’ll crave it.

There is so much more on the menu and once i’m able to have tried it all I will share with you all my experience.  I’m sure it will be good.  If you make it there before me, let me know what you think!

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Glen Tavern Inn, Santa Paula California

Last night we decided to stay at the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula Ca.  I wasn’t aware that it was a haunted inn when I booked it, but the simple reality is, it’s haunted.

The way we heard about this inn was, last week we had taken the Fillmore Western Train for New Years Eve.  We had been seated with a couple that was staying at The Glen Tavern Inn.  It also

 

happened to be the last stop on our train where we celebrated the new year before heading back to the station where we were picked up.   (That experience is for a different entry).

There are many stories about this Inn, such as a man having hung himself not too long ago in 2008, as well as murders that had taken place up in famed room 307.  It should be noted this was a brothel at one time.  During the prohibition this was a pretty booming town, and The Glen Tavern Inn was a hub of debauchery.

Now it’s a nice looking quaint Inn, with a silent history.  We did however see some what most people call orbs in our room.  I saw the video afterwards since by this time I had fallen asleep.  They are pretty clear.  We were staying in the John Wayne room #208.