Abeyta Photography

28 August 2015

the 2015 Batch of Chile has arrived!

Anyone who knows me also knows that receiving and roasting chiles is one of my favorite days of the year. Here are a few photos of yesterdays event.

Thanks Mom for getting me one of my favorite treats.

This years batch from Mauro Farms in Pueblo Colorado has some fire.

24 July 2015

Why are gas prices so high in California?

OK, I may be really dumb, and this is a serious question, but tell me in what universe this makes sense? These are gas prices from across the country this week. In Simpsonville, South Carolina regular gas is $2.13. In Denver, Colorado, Regular gas is $2.70. And in Oceanside Harbor, California, Gas is a whopping $4.36!

Why are gas prices so high in California?

Even read this article - http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2015/07/12/survey-us-gasoline-prices-down-2-cents-in-the-past-2-weeks that states "California sees prices at the pump spike amid national downward trend".  This asks the same question but the answer seem lame.

10 July 2014

Grand Canyon Stay - El Tovar!

I've been to the Grand Canyon many times over the last 30 years, but i've never stayed at El Tovar any any number of reasons.  However, for this trip was just for one night and i figured I'd spring for this classic resort.  I AM SO GLAD I DID!

Location Location Location.  Who could argue with the ease of stepping out of your room and within 30 seconds being able to overlook the magnificent sunset or sunrise over the canyon?  I couldn't do that during my stays in Tusyan.

Want to sit on a rocking chair and feel the cool breeze in the evening?  El Tovar is so relaxing.

Ease of reservations.  Nothing was available online, so i called the resort directly.  I got Robert and he was one of the most thoughtful team members I could have gotten in touch with.  He was friendly, efficient and was thorough in giving me options on my stay.  Class Act!

The rooms?  for as old as this resort is, the rooms were great.  Fabulous beds.  Great layout (for the small foot print). and Very well kept.

Aura.  completely comfortable and rustic.

Fabulous restaurant on site.  Close to everything you come to the canyon for.

My next trip to the Grand Canyon will be at El Tovar.

14 May 2014

Carlsbad, CA Fires as seen from Calavera 5/14/2014

As long as I can remember in the 16 years I’ve lived in North county, this is the hottest it has been.  Temperatures in this ball park are normally in Sept / Oct.  The winds are blowing in from the East (the desert) and are called Santa Ana Winds.  These are the drier and warmer winds.  Humidity is about 5%.  Everything is hot and brittle.  One spark and everything goes up.
Many families have lost homes today.  Lots of brave souls fighting these fires.
Carlsbad Unified School District has done an excellent job keeping the kids from evacuated schools safe and keeping the parents informed.
Traffic on the 78 east was packed at about 2pm.

10 March 2014

7 Cardinal Rules for Life

1) Make peace with your past
2) What other people think of you is none of your busienss
3) Time heals almost everything
4) No one is in charge
5) Don't compare your life to others
6) Stop thinking too much
7) Smile

17 February 2014


Running multiple blogs, I am always nervous about people who leave links to their websites.  I am ESPECIALLY nervous when those links are the abbreviated URLs.  There is a way to “preview” this non-descript links before actually clicking on them, though.  Although this still does not guarantee safety, it is at least a road bump.
Bitly - after the link http://bit.ly/1dB7AsR just add a “+” so the preview is at http://bit.ly/1dB7AsR+
goo.gl – after the link http://goo.gl/anEIeU just add a “+” so the preview is at http://goo.gl/anEIeU+
TinyCC - after the link http://tiny.cc/gkiebx just add a “~” so the preview is at http://tiny.cc/gkiebx~
TInyURL - in front of the link http://tinyurl.com/mebwphj you can add preview – ie http://preview.tinyurl.com/mebwphj
A safety feature TinyURL has is that you can always default a preview by enabling the preview directly from their site at http://tinyurl.com/preview.php.
Twitter – http://t.co – a product that is strictly for tweets!  They check all URLs against potential unsafe links.
Ow.ly  - http://ow.ly/tGslQ is the shortened link, but having problems finding out out to preview without one of the consolidaters listed below.  However, one of the nice features about Ow.ly is that it goes through a verification step before creating your URL just to make sure it is not a bot doing the dirty work.
If you want a one stop check for short URLs, you can check out this website . . . it should detect and preview most of the popular oneshttp://checkshorturl.com/ which uses http://pagekeeper.com to check sites.
I am sure there are a dozen more url shortners . . . I will search more and consolidate here.