I was in the Southern California Orange County “OC” area this weekend. I picked a bad weekend to go down there. As I have warned previously do not take the same flights as me as something is bound to occur and this time it was canceled flights coming and going so another boring 12 hours removed from my life.
I went to Orange County to see a quarter horse race in honor of my late grandfather Ivan Ashment who was a well respected horse owner and was involved with many quarter horse racing associations and owned the Quarter Horse Journal Magazine for awhile. He passed away many years ago but it was hard to enter the Los Alamitos racetrack without him, as I attended many races with him there. There we also many pictures and trophy's upstairs of my grandfather. I did get to see where my grandfather's world famous quarter horse “Town Policy” was buried in the main track field of Los Alamitos Racetrack. The horse Town Policy won almost a million dollars in races in the 1970’s but ended up in a international incident as allegedly the Mexican Government had the horse kidnapped and the US Government and FBI were on the case. It took quite a while to get the horse back. When Town Policy was found, he was in poor health and had to be put to sleep. There was a book written about the horse and the events that took place. It was pretty difficult to be at the track for the first time without my grandfather who passed away many years ago but I still miss him greatly especially when around horses or horse tracks. I spent about 15 minutes standing outside the entrance before daring to enter the racetrack. The staff were gracious and gave me a real tour and let me go out to the grave site of our horse Town Policy.
On Friday night I went to the Improv comedy club and then later partying with Comedy Network's Dave Attell “The Insomniac”.
On Saturday I was in Laguna Beach headed to San Diego when the weather went crazy and caused many downed trees on the freeways, crashes and believe or not some hail/snow mix. It is Southern California…it is supposed to be warm weather and sun.
Sunday I had a 12 noon flight back home and then my flight was canceled due to weather elsewhere and the re-booked me on another airlines flight at 5PM. 5PM came and gone as that flight was delayed until 7PM. The only excitement in the John Wayne Airport was seeing a Southwest Airlines plane painted like Shamu the Killer Whale following a Alaskan Airlines plane painted like a Chinook Salmon the food source of killer whales.
I did get some time to learn Alias Maya 7.01 from being a 3ds Max users perspective but now Autodesk owns both products. You can see Max at top and Maya below.