#44 of 101 / Take My Son Out Of School for a Blue Jay Game

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I really want to take my kids to Baseball Games downtown at the dome.  I want them to chill in the sun and listen to the buzz of the crowd and get used to the slow game.  This year… I want to start to do more individual things with them.  I’m going to set up my weekends and do some in the middle of the week.

One of my things is to sign him out of school and take him to a baseball game with just me for Daddy & Son Day.

Tropical Islands Resort | Krausnick, Germany

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In Germany… just about a hour south of Berlin is this gem.  This building is the fifth largest usable space by volume and it was established in 2004.  After Casey made a little video about it has become popular with North American’s coming across the ocean to check it out.

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It’s open at 6am and it doesn’t really close.  People swim in the pools all night long.  At 1am if you are still inside you are charged for another day.  There is accommodations all around on the inside and the outside of the park in the summer time with trailers and cabins to rent.  Inside is bunkie’s and tents.  The Sauna area is by gender and it’s a protected nude area.  You can wear a towel if you want.

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Two balloons you can tour the park in.  One of them is walked as you circle the resort and one of them will drift around.  The place is massive.  Price for a tent that sleeps 4 is 157 euros and that includes the cost of the water park for the two days.  That’s the cost for Chantal, Noah and myself when you stay a Sunday or 200 euros for another day.  Tents are lockable and you also can store valuables in lockers in the change rooms.  You can take a train from Berlin and it’s a 7min walk from the train station or you can take the shuttle.

Can’t wait to hit this waterpark with the kids.  You can view Casey’s video of him and Owen checking out the waterpark here.

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Casey In Toronto

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Casey did the keynote at BufferFestival in Toronto on the weekend so I picked up some tickets to see the short films after Casey’s talk.

( I loved Melanie Murphy’s short film about abortion and the struggle women in Ireland face  BTW at Buffer Festival)

The kids went downtown Toronto since we were going to hit the all night art fest.  I’m a Casey fan on how he documents things and his storytelling.  This past July… he did a keynote and I wanted to post it below if you ever wanted to listen to him a little more.

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Casey Neistat is an American film director, producer, developer, and creator of popular YouTube videos. Neistat attained commercial success with the HBO series The Neistat Brothers and indie film Daddy Longlegs. With ten years of experience in creating TV commercials, Neistat took his story-telling ability and married it with his commercial experience to re-define branded content on the internet with companies such as Mercedes and Nike. Most recently, Neistat’s technology company, Beme, was acquired by CNN.

Two videos.  Above is the storytelling on how he jumps around to tell a story that is shot by just him.  How he moves the camera around to get a different POV and help with focus on different parts.  How he uses music and old footage of him.

Below:  Yes a quick trip but just how he films traveling which is tough and he tries to capture it a different way by counting down the hours.  His cuts and how he moves the camera around to capture from a different POV.

 

Peterborough Folk Festival 2016 | Dan Mangan

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This year… I was working during this years festival.  Saturday night… ended up going afterwork up north to a cottage to watch the Tragically Hip’s last concert on CBC.  Afterwork on Sunday… I went to sit on the hill to watch Royal Wood perform followed by Dan Mangan.

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This year the lineup was pretty good.  Dan was who I wanted to see.  He was great stripped down with his guitar man by his side and he played a great selections of songs.  It was great to see Shay on the Sunday and catch up with her and to my left was a PTBO Tumblr peep Rachel and her BF.

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When the festival gave Dan the nod to wrap it up he came off the stage and played two more songs standing on a chair.  Robots is one of the fan faves to close things down.  I was impressed with so many people knowing the words. 🙂

I will knock Dan off my list of 30 artists to watch live on my101 list.  Below is “Robots”

Snakes & Lattes | Toronto

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Toronto is a city where something wacky is lurking around every corner. The city is full of hidden gems, and there is never a shortage of unique (and sometimes strange) places to eat, chill and play around.

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This popular board game café is Toronto’s first of its kind. From outside the café, you could just as easily walk past it. A quirky but otherwise neutral banner doesn’t let on to the mind games, drawing against the clock and all-out (yet all in good fun) war games taking place behind the doors. Once inside, it’s like no other café in Toronto and will leave you bringing your friends, kids or the girl you want to kiss back for a rematch.

Wall-to-wall board games coupled with a clean, rustic design gives this hot spot a comforting feel. A knowledgeable staff that can teach you to play any game and the Youtube videos on the channel introduce you to new games that get’s you out of your normal games you grew up with since that’s what everyone else played.

Unfortunately Snakes and Lattes does not take phone reservations. You’re required to leave your name with the host, and you’ll receive a phone call when your table is ready. This can be troublesome for the anxious diners that can’t get there before 8:00 p.m., especially with the café’s rising popularity. It would be best to leave your name on a day that you’re already planning to be downtown so you’re not left waiting outside, since wait times can reach up to two hours during the dinner rush. The café offers an average selection of food, but nothing on the menu is over $10.00. You will never wear out your welcome with access to unlimited games for just $5.00. The $5.00 charge is a game fee that does not cover food but allows guests to play as many games as it takes to avenge their losses or collect their winnings. With a wide selection of board games to choose from and they boast they have around 3,000 different games. it’s always more fun to go with a large group. Cafés in the city that are similar to Snakes and Lattes include Castle, Roll Play Café, Go Lounge and Snakes and Lagers Board Game Bar (owned by Snakes and Lattes). Get your game on at 600 Bloor St or check out the one on College.

We have been to both 😉

You can check out one of our visits in my OSE video starting at the 2:50 mark here.

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Thug Life | The Series

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Just for fun with the kids we watched some Thug Life Meme’s and also some vines and we thought we would play around with the iPod and make some little Thug Life’s with each one of us sharing the role as the Thug.

You can find them on YouTube here.  It helps us goof around and gives me something to do with editing them up.  They are pretty lame.  You can click the video below and cycle through them by hitting the “next” arrow.