Tennis Anyone?

Umbrellas and Palm Trees are everywhere!

I love tennis. The look of the courts, the smell of a fresh can of tennis balls, the squeak of shoes on the court. I love the somewhat snooty fans of the sport, especially the ones who go to the tournaments. I love the stadiums that the big tournaments are played in, they are super fancy and have great restaurants. Its all very country club.

For years I attended the US Open Tennis Tournament in Flushing Meadows. Its big time and probably the biggest of all the major tournaments. Its hard to get to the east coast for some tennis so now I try an attend the biggest west coast event and was lucky to catch a a couple matches this week at the BNP Paribas Open In Indian Wells, CA.

The BNP Paribas Open is the largest two-week combined event outside of the four Grand Slams and the most-attended WTA Premier Mandatory and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in the world. The grounds are amazing with 100’s if not 1000’s of palm trees. Courts are pristine, like they were built yesterday and no matter where you look, the grounds are perfectly clean.

$40 gets you in for a session or 2

I paid $40 for a night pass, face value from a guy selling tickets in the parking lot. Nose bleed seats in the main stadium but I didn’t care as it was sold out. The one and only Rodger Federer VS fellow Swiss player Stan Wawrinka.   Rodger took it in 2 sets but Stan gave a good show as he tried to hold on.

If you like tennis or just want to go have some fun, grab a cheap seat at a pro tournament one day. It’s a great way to spend a few hours out of the ordinary and into a small world of a sport that is played worldwide.

My love/hate relationship with Netflix

Let me start by saying I love Netflix. The service is great, the programming is great, the interface is great, it always works, never buffers and is really reliable. The customer service on the other hand suck ass in a big way. For a giant tech company they really need to get a handle on it. Continue reading for what happened and my rant.

Netflix New

Today,  I received this message from Netflix stating there was a new sign-in on my account from a computer in Central Java  Indonesia and if I didn’t recognize it to change my password. Well I’ll tell you right now I don’t know anyone there and I’m not there watching Netflix so pretty sure its not good.

Now, I am someone that reads email as it comes in and I immediately went to log in to secure my account but to no avail I was locked out and got this message next.
Netflix Email

This one is warning me that my email has been changed and that I’ll need to login with the new email address now. Again, I haven’t been able to log in so is this the work of some tricky Netflix robber looking to get my $7.99 a month subscription?

On both messages, the email creators at Netflix are super willing to help me secure my account and they also indicate they are my friends.  Follow along as I show you how they are the dumbest billion dollar company I have had the pleasure to have called.

Now, you may say something like, why would you call? Just create a new account and move on… well aside from the 5 years of history and knowing where I and the rest of the family is in the binge watching , its my freaking account with my information and I want it secured!

So I start the brain damage of calling in and after a 5 min hold I get a nice gal in another country. She speaks pretty good English so I give it a go. I explain the situation figuring they would fix me up and I would be good but first, they want to verify its my account. No big deal, they ask for last 8 numbers of the credit card I have been using and I give them the card # and state its the same card I have had on file for 3 years. “Sorry sir, I don’t have a record of that card” she says. I am perplexed as I am looking at credit card statement online showing pages of Netflix charges.

After about 15 min of this back and fourth on how they don’t have this card on file, I ask if there is another way they can verify its my account. “No Sir, the credit card is the only way I can change your email back” she says. “I can cancel your account and you can get a new one”, she continues.

Seems that the folks at Netflix know my account was hacked, they have records of the inappropriate access, the recent change of email address, my call in moments later and everything BUT the credit card on file and THAT’S what they need to verify but not to cancel the account. Seems crazy to me that they would not just fix the account. Add to it that my friendly agent #1046089, said I would be getting an email of my cancelation. When I asked if they would be emailed to the old email address on file or the the hackers email, her response was “The hacker will get them”. Beautiful!

All and all, it’s just silly. I created a free trial and will be binge watching again in no time.





Matrix Screen Saver

If you were around in the 90s you probably watched The Matrix and maybe even some sequel Matrix movies. If you recall there was this cool falling green characters that represented the virtual space that was The Matrix.

Come to find out those characters were just sushi recipes!  This snippet from Christopher Hooton (Read his post here) states:

The falling green characters at the beginning of all of the Matrix films have become perhaps the most recognizable visual from the film, signifying how everything in the franchise’s universe is a vast fabrication.

So what constitutes the code? An incredibly complex equation? Chopped up passages of Heidegger? Nope, it’s just a load of recipes for sushi.

The Matrix production designer Simon Whiteley told CNet of the apparently indecipherable collection of Japanese hiragana, katakana, and kanji characters: “I like to tell everybody that The Matrix’s code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes.

“Without that code, there is no Matrix.”

Needless to say, its cool whatever its made of. So cool in fact I made it my screen saver! Download your own copy of Red Pill Screen saver for MAC here or look for others here


Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Prings Air Museum is a really cool place to check out vinatage aircraft and memoribilia. They host private events, weddings and other fun things if you are in the market for an event location.

Check out their web site: 

The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living history museum dedicated to educating the public about the role Air Power played in preserving American liberties and way of life. The Museum preserves, exhibits, and flies aircraft from World War Two, Korea, and the Vietnam Wars. Most of the aircraft are in flyable condition.

Many of our docents are veterans and are willing to share their experiences and sacrifices for the education of future generations. In addition to flyable and static aircraft, the Museum uses permanent and temporary exhibits, related artifacts, artwork, and library sources to perpetuate American History. Children 5 and under and all active military with ID (and their immediate families) receive free admission. Non Profit Tax ID # 33-0615350.

Beatles Day!

Join me as I play some drums and sing some songs at the annual Beatles Day at The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach, CA. The Sawdust Festival is an annual summer art and craft festival that has works from local artists as well and music every day on 3 stages. Good food, beer and wine bring people from all over the world to join in on the events. Beatles Day happens 1 time each year and highlights the talent of Southern California’s best Beatles bands.

Playing at Cooks Corner today!

Today I’ll be playing some First Generation Classic Rock and more and the coolest place around. Great food, drinks and people. Join us! 12- 5 on the patio with The Really Classic Band. Eddie Mariscal in guitar, Selly on bass and yours truly on the drums.

Ronnie Wood Show!

If you like music shows check out The Ronnie Wood show. Its cool and simple, just an old British rocker having some fun with some other great musicians. Its on AXS TV. If you don’t have AXS TV, get a free trial of a great streaming TV service from Philo. Use this link and we both get $5!   Go!