Maker Faire 2013

Had a great time today going to the 2013 Maker Faire in San Mateo today. Bought a marshmallow shooter kit for Tyler and a t-shirt for myself and figured I would buy anything else online at a later point. I found the people attending the event to be very pleasant and the makers excited to show off and talk about their projects. As a first time attendee I would recommend going early because parking became difficult at 11am and we had to walk a few miles to and from the event as a result. I pushed Tyler in an umbrella stroller which he is border line too big for but asking a six year old (as of today) to walk that much would have been tough on him. He stayed in the stroller most of the time until he saw the Streampunk inspired former airplane mover he had to go in. We stood in line for about an hour in the sun for that. I’ve been thinking about getting an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi and was going to get one at the event but decided to buy it online as well in the future.

Gammy’s Surprise Birthday At Yosemite

We surprised Grammy (Christina’s mom) with a surprise appearance from her family at Yosemite this weekend.

Right Place, Wrong Time


Today I was driving to work and was at the right place at the wrong time.  As soon as I merged onto 580 going west bound I saw a Range Rover make a very hard left to avoid the car in front of him which caused it to flip onto the roof of the car twice.  The most difficult thing to see was I saw the man driving the vehicle get ejected from the car and thrown high up into the air and onto the highway.  Something else I’ll never forget is as the car was flipping a bunch of dust and debris was in the air and all the sudden that dust turned pink.  It was like I was watching a movie right before me but I obviously knew it wasn’t.  Cars immediately stopped just before the location where the SUV came to a stop and we all sat there for a moment not quite sure what to think or do.  It was like time stood still for a moment.  I drove my car onto the shoulder of the highway so I could call 911.

Fortunately 911 picked up within 20 seconds of me dialing which was great.  I was in shock, I know I was because after getting off the phone I realized some of the information I gave to the operator wasn’t as accurate as it should have been.  While I was talking with 911 an African American man started climbing out of the SUV’s sunroof and was very likely in shock because as soon as he made it to the roof he literally rolled off the roof and collapsed onto the highway.  He got up maybe 30-45 seconds after falling to the highway and walked close to the front of my car and collapsed again at the side of the road and sat down.  Everything about the crash was disturbing and I felt so helpless.  I had my son in the back of the car and people were trying to get by the accident so I was also afraid of becoming an accident.  A nurse came to the scene and tended to the African American man and I talked with an officer to help give a report later in the morning.  If anyone has more details on the victims of the crash I’d love to know more.  I pray for their families and themselves and can’t express enough how much I feel for them.  The photos of the car is from a picture a coworker found on Waze and is not something I took.  It does however help show what I saw (to a degree).  Please drive safe everyone and please buckle up.

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