Sunday, June 27, 2010

Two parties in one day!

Yesterday was pretty fun - at least for the most part. Things started out well as our family friend Kitty invited us and several other families to her house for a barbecue lunch. It was super exciting to see the Jaus again after over two years. There was no shortage of food, all of which was delicious. I even got to show Lawrence my 200 mW laser. :-)

Later in the evening was the Moonlight Dinner Train Party at Roaring Camp. This is something we had been looking forward to for a long time. The railroad is right next to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park - one of our favorite hiking spots.

The event began with a dinner of steak and corn on the cob. The meal was fairly simple but not too bad otherwise. Everyone then took the steam train to the top of Bear Mountain to enjoy hot cider and live country music. I couldn't resist showing off my laser again. People were quite impressed, especially the ladies.

However, the evening turned sour when a guy claiming to be an FBI agent accused me of aiming my laser at aircraft. I told him I was aware of the law and indicated that the sky was clear, but he wouldn't listen. The guy then threatened to confiscate the laser while refusing to acknowledge me when I informed him that he needed probable cause.

I sensed something was amiss and asked to see his badge. Though he produced a wallet with the letters "FBI" and a logo on the cover, nothing inside resembled any official FBI identification. He also quickly flipped through it as if he didn't want me to get a closer inspection. I then became very suspicious and took his picture. The guy looked nervous and demanded that I delete it - which I pretended to. He suddenly left when my parents came to see what was going on. This wasn't how a real FBI agent would act. I certainly wouldn't have handed the laser over.

According to Mom, the scariest part is that he seemed to be trying to lure me to a secluded area away from other people. That was creepy as hell. I can't help but wonder if he had more sinister motives, in which case losing the laser would be the least of my worries. I'm not going to lie - I wish I had a gun at that moment.

The train then brought us back to the picnic area. Lots of people got up to dance as the band played more country music. The three of us had some apple pie and a short rest before beginning our drive home.

Though I did my best to enjoy the atmosphere, the happy mood was obviously ruined. I was afraid to take out my laser again despite being sure the guy wasn't a real FBI agent. At any rate, I'm going to report him to the authorities soon. After all, that bastard has to pay for spoiling our evening. >:(

Update: I've posted a thread on my experience at Laser Pointer Forums. Please go there for the latest information.

Currently listening to: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island soundtrack - "Flower Garden"

Historical note: You can view pictures from Kitty's party here. Pictures and videos from the Moonlight Train Dinner Party are available in this album. The videos from Roaring Camp are also available at my YouTube channel.

Friday, June 25, 2010

summer break is finally here!

The spring quarter at St. Mary's College of California has ended. FAIM 607 was the hardest class so far, and studying for the final took up much of my time. However, all that hard work paid off because I got a passing grade. :-)

As for summer plans, we're going to my friend Lawrence's house tomorrow for a barbecue lunch. I can't wait to show him my 200 mW green laser. Later in the evening is the Moonlight Train Dinner Party at Roaring Camp. Two parties in one day - I'm definitely not complaining.

The fun doesn't end there as we'll be attending the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with the San Francisco Symphony at Shoreline Amphitheatre. The three of us are then heading to Riverside again on the 5th. The reason for the trip is to get a closer look at the UC Riverside campus. So yeah, summer will be nice.

In other news...

Dad just got a new Olympus PEN E-P1 digital camera. The zoom lens and 12.3 MP resolution are impressive. Speaking of which, I need to remind my parents that my Flickr Pro subscription has expired. ^_^

Currently playing: F-Mario