Oscar is home!

Oscar is back home! It’s so good to have him home. We missed him so much. 😀🐾❤️

Our 2018 Higher Gravity Beervent Calendar.

This evening we stopped at Higher Gravity for a beer. We wanted to try Platform Beer Company’s Fostered Bananas Sour Berliner Weisse and Brink Brewing’s Armored Heart Coffee & Vanilla Stout

And we had to pick up our 2018 Higher Gravity Beervent Calendar

It’s like any other Advent calendars used to countdown the days of Advent in eager anticipation of Christmas. Except with this calendar, there’s a different beer behind every door. We can’t wait to see what beers are waiting for us every day as we inch closer to Christmas…

We’re going to post the photos from our HG 2018 Beervent calendar every day until Christmas in this photo album on our Flickr. Cheers! 😀🍺🗓️🎄❤️

Good morning from Northside.

We got more snow overnight. It still wasn’t a lot of snow but holy geez, it was silly cold this morning, especially for November. 😀❄️❤️

Good evening from Northside.

We had flurries all day. We got a dusting of snow. Not very much snow but just enough to make everything feel even colder outside. And today was a chilly one. 😀❄️❤️

The happiest hour in Northside.

After work this evening, we stopped at Second Place on the way home…

Second Place has some amazing burgers. They’re not anything super fancy. They’re just a really good, solid burger And during their happy hour, they’re half-price. A single burger is only $3 and just $5 for a double burger with bacon

We add a basket of fries for $4. And boom, instant dinner. Second Place also had a really incredible Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout from March First on tap. And the drafts were also $1 off. It was a really good happy hour. I think it might just be the best happy hour in Northside. And I could see this becoming a weekly tradition. 😀🍔🍟❤️

One of our laziest Sundays.

We didn’t do much today. We were in full-blown recovery mode from our trip to Dallas. This morning was very foggy…

We watched Arsenal win 2-1 over Bournemouth and then we walked to Django Western Taco for brunch…

We started with some of Django’s chips and salsa, and we shared the biscuits and chorizo gravy with a fried egg and Chef Josh’s famous tater tot casserole…

Later, we picked up Mack from The Pet Spot in Norwood…

I think he was pretty happy to be home. He slept for most of the evening. We’ll go pick up Oscar this week. He’s staying with his grandma. And he loves his grandma. Later, we ordered an NYPD pizza because we’d been craving an NYPD cheese pizza and we really need to go to the grocery store soon…

We watched some football and that was pretty much our very lazy Sunday. 😀🐾🍕❤️

Checking in on the OscarCams.

We left for Dallas this morning. And Geri came to pick up Oscar…

Life advice: Find someone who loves you the way Oscar loves his grandma. 😀🐾❤️

It’s what’s for dinner.

Genifer made us delicious Chicken Bake for dinner tonight. But she tried a new recipe. This new recipe added Swiss cheese to the mix…

It was delicious. Chicken Bake has always been one of my favorites but it was even better with the addition of Swiss cheese. It was really outstanding! 😀🐔🧀❤️

Rocket Drone ZF7 With Folding.

I’ve been really wanting a drone for a while now. But drones are kind of expensive. I didn’t really need a drone. I just wanted one. I noticed all that really cool drone footage on YouTube videos and kept thinking that a drone would be a terrific gadget to add to my photo bag. It would have been cool to take a drone on trips to get some really great aerial photos of wherever we happen to be, especially when we were on the beach in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic or South Haven

When the chance came along on Dealspotr to promote a little drone from Force Flyers, I jumped at the chance. My application was accepted and about a week or so later, there was a package waiting for me on our front porch…

And now I had a drone. For free. All I had to do was write a blog post about this drone to promote it. And it was all mine. My new toy was the Rocket Drone ZF7 With Folding from Force Flyers. According to Dealspotr, the retail value of this drone was $79.99. Not expensive at all but not super cheap either for something I didn’t really see myself using all the time…

My first reaction was really positive. It was pretty small and compact. The propeller arms folded in towards the body making it really easy to carry. It would be super easy to throw it in a backpack to take it with me. As I read the instructions on how to operate it. It seemed rather complicated. You had the two joysticks each four buttons below each joystick and an additional button above. It was a bit intimidating, all those buttons…

Maybe that’s why it sat on the desk in our office for the last month. Maybe it was because it seemed like every weekend we either had stuff going on or the weather was rainy so on the desk it sat. I’ve studied the instructions a bunch of times over the last month, trying to figure out how to fly this drone. I don’t have any experience with drones. And it seemed a little more complicated than it needed to be. But I don’t have anything to use as a comparison. We didn’t have anything going on today and the weather was pretty nice. At least the sun was out. So I decided to take the Rocket Drone ZF7 With Folding out for its first flight. I read the instructions again as I walked to the big grassy field behind the school at the end of our street…

The drone was equipped with a “Hi-Res WiFi FPV camera” so you can capture all of the action with First Person View right to your phone. I attached my Samsung Galaxy Note9 to the controller and launched the app. I calibrated the gyroscope, powered up the drone and I had lift-off. As it hovered in the air, I snapped a still photo with the camera…

With it still hovering in place, I started to record video of my drone’s maiden flight. I touched the left joysticks and the drone started to drift away from me. Frantically, I started moving both joysticks to try to pilot the drone back in my direction. But the controls went completely unresponsive as the drone drifted towards tall trees just on the far side of the soccer goal in the photo above. I started to run after it hoping that if I got closer to it maybe I could regain some control of the drone. But I couldn’t get close enough in time and I watched it hit the top of one of the trees and drop to the floor of Parker Woods on the other side of a ten-foot chain-linked fence. I took a photo to help me locate it. This is what I saw…

That’s not going to be much help. I figured out how to get around the chain-linked fence, and I spent the better part of an hour looking for the drone in a very soggy, muddy Parker Woods. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me where exactly it crash-landed. But it’s out there somewhere…

You’d think something white would stand out like a beacon. It does not. As I searched for it, I thought maybe I could use the video I was recording to help me locate the drone somehow. But when I went to playback the video, all I saw was this…

And that’s when I stopped looking for the drone. What good is a drone if you can’t take super cool drone videos? But more so, what good is a drone you can’t actually control? Maybe it was pilot error, maybe it was just defective. But I’m happy to say that I no longer have the desire to own a drone. I’ll just stick to watching other peoples really cool drone videos on YouTube from now on.

I found Rocket Drone ZF7 With Folding on Amazon where it’s listed at $49.99. Not surprisingly, it has a single one-star review…

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I got it for free and it sucks. So maybe it wasn’t pilot error after all. 😀👨‍✈️❤️

Good morning from Northside.

Ohmigosh… LOOK! THE SUN!

It looks like it’s going to be a pretty nice Sunday! Good morning from Northside. 😀🌄❤️