On Sunday, August 27, Ron and I attended the CHOC Walk in the Park Fundraiser. We raised money for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County which is located just a few miles south of Disneyland Resort. The whole walk occurs before business hours so we were on site at 5:00 a.m. and started walking at 6:30 a.m. The walk wound through Disneyland (including some background areas) and then across to Disney’s California Adventure. All along the way there was music, character photo opportunities, and attractions that were running (although empty except for characters, such as Mary Poppins and Bert on the Fantasyland Carousel. The walk took about two hours and was a lot of fun. Over 12,000 participants attended, so we were often in the middle of a crowd, but it was a great experience and a good cause.
This Monday (August 21, 2017) will be “The Great Eclipse” and will be a total eclipse if you are 600 miles north of us. Here in Los Angeles, we will get about maximum 63% coverage at 10:21 a.m.
This also happens to be the first day that our Southern California Annual Passports to Disneyland are not blocked out, so we are off to Disneyland for the morning. I plan to look for good shadows at around 10:21 a.m. to see the eclipse.
We purchased some “eclipse glasses” on Amazon.com, but we received a message from Amazon that the glasses were not actually certified safe, so we are not going to use them. The shadows are good enough. I’ll attach a picture or two on Monday.
There was a very clever Disney Cast Member who had taken a map, punched a bunch of holes in it, and was showing people entering the park the eclipse. I glanced a couple of times through my solar glasses, but I mostly looked at the shadows on the ground.
So, what do I do when I am not traveling or teaching? Ron and I run a charity Bingo game on Tuesday nights at our mobile home park. The Bingo makes money for Guide Dogs of America. Besides our weekly Bingo, twice a year, we put on a Special Bingo Party. We just had out Summer Bingo. We not only have the Bingo games, but we cook lunch and dessert for 110 people. We think about the menu for six months! What will be great to eat and possible to cook. This year, we had Drip Beef Sandwiches (Pioneer Woman recipe) along with potato salad and grapes. Our team of six people prepped all of the food and Ron cooked 10 chuck roasts (5 hours each) all week. The sandwiches were great.
The desserts were from an Ina Garten recipe, Chocolate Mocha Ice Box Cakes, made into individual servings. They looked good and tasted even better… small, but rich. The whole day went very well and everyone had a good time as wel helped a very good cause.
As usual, I get to spend my summer traveling and teaching AP chemistry teachers in week-long summer workshops. I have met a lot of wonderful teachers and get to learn as well as teach. These summer weeks are very rewarding.
I flew into the Vancouver airport and was impressed with the beautiful design and native art. We had to go through customs, but much of the work is done at a kiosk now, so the process was painless. I took a long cab ride to my hotel. I’m in West Vancouver on the North Shore to work with a nice group of AP chemistry teachers at an APSI (Advanced Placement Summer Institute). From my hotel window I have a wonderful view of the water and across the water I can see the “five sails” building where cruise ships are loading up and unloading… probably for the Alaskan cruises. The hotel is close to some shops on the Quay. One shop sells VERY fresh fish. I also had an opportunity to eat Cheese Crunchies, a local snack. They are like cheese curls but with more crunch. Yum.
We are picked up at the hotel by a school bus. I had a great first day at the APSI and came back to the Lonsdale Quay Market where I saw these beautiful rainbow roses and had a delicious fish and chips dinner. After that it was back to the room to work on my UCLA Online course and make this post.