East Coast Trip (Arrival/Washington DC)

One of the biggest trips in 2018 took place in the East Coast with a destination of Washington DC.

Yesterday was my 5 hour flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Washington Dulles (IAD). Upon arrival, my Uncle Noel picked me up and took me to his home in Ashburn, VA, which is about 45 minutes from Washington DC.

The real kicker was surprising my Aunt Malyn and cousin Brianna because they had no idea I was flying in for a surprise visit. This was a secret kept for about a month and half. 

Today was the beginning of my tour of Washington DC. The only downside of it was a late start because of the confusion of the bus schedule. Once I figured it out, it was literally a no brainer.

During my tour, I was able to see a majority of the historic landmarks such as the White House, US Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, The Pentagon, and Union Station.  

Although I didn’t do everything I originally planned to do, there will be plenty of time to see the rest of the sites as the days go on! 

2018 CFP National Championship

Congratulations to Alabama Crimson Tide for winning the 2018 CFP National Championship!

This was definitely one of the most intense match ups because the Georgia Bulldogs were up 13-0 at halftime and thought this was going to be an easy win for them!

During the second half, Alabama came right back and tied the game with 20 points for each time, which sent the game into overtime. Georgia scored first with a field goal and thought they had a shot at winning. In the end, it was the game winning touchdown that Alabama scored on 2nd & 26, which led them to a 26-23 victory.

With college football over for the season, it’s off to the NFL for a majority of students with stops at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana and the 2018 NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas to see which teams they’ll play next season.

As mentioned in previous blogs, I’ve been really interested in seeing all the potential match-ups in the NCCA such as the Pac 12, Big 10, Big 12, SEC, ACC, lower ranked schools, and even inner conferences because it’s fun seeing all these rivals squaring off against each other and you’ll never know who will play in the next bowl game or CFP National Championship.

One of my projects that I plan on doing is “A House Divided” series with all the rivalries using the NCCA schools and also NFL, MLB, and NBA because of all the creations I’ve seen at past art & wine festivals and you’ll never know who will play next!

To all the NCCA schools, thanks again for a great season and good luck to the students playing college football next season and to future NFL players!

Seattle

The first trip of 2018 took place in Seattle, Washington. This was my first time back in 15 years and I wanted to revisit some of the places I saw in 2003 with only one day that I had.

Some of the major landmarks included the famous Space Needle, Pike Pier Market, and the first Starbucks that opened in 1971.

Some of the highlights included spending time with my cousin Jordan and his girlfriend Marge while riding the Seattle Giant Wheel to get the best view of the city and visiting the Starbucks Reserve Roasting Company where they roast their own coffee beans, package them for shipping, and provide coffee tasting. Plus, it’s one of the largest Starbucks in the world.

However, the greatest moment was catching a fish from the men who threw them for customers behind the counter! Although it may have rained on and off during my visit, it was well worth the trip!

Since I’ve been interested in traveling, maybe I can make custom made posters of the places I’ve been over the years. Who knows where my next destination will take place!

College Football Bowl Games

In case anyone missed the College Football Bowl Games, here’s a recap of the final scores of a majority of them, including the New Year Six:

Las Vegas Bowl

Boise State- 38

Oregon- 28

 

Potato Bowl

Central Michigan- 14

Wyoming- 37

 

Hawaii Bowl

Fresno State- 33

Houston- 27

 

Cactus Bowl

Kansas State- 35

UCLA- 17

 

Foster Farms Bowl

Arizona- 35

Purdue- 38

 

Camping World Bowl

Virginia Tech- 21

Oklahoma State- 30

 

Alamo Bowl

Stanford- 37

TCU- 39

 

Cotton Bowl

USC- 7

Ohio State- 24

 

TaxSlayer Bowl

Louisville- 27

Mississippi State- 31

 

Liberty Bowl

Iowa State-21

Memphis- 20

 

Fiesta Bowl

Washington- 28

Penn State- 35

 

Orange Bowl

Wisconsin- 34

Miami- 24

 

Outback Bowl

Michigan- 19

South Carolina- 26

 

Peach Bowl

UCF- 34

Auburn- 27

 

Citrus Bowl

Notre Dame- 21

LSU- 17

 

Rose Bowl (2 OT)

*Georgia- 54

Oklahoma- 

 

Sugar Bowl

*Alabama- 24

Clemson- 6

 

With one final game on the line, Alabama and Georgia will square off at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta in an SEC Showdown during the 2018 CFP National Championship Game on January 8.

May the best team win!

 

 

 

 

2018

Welcome to 2018! As we kick off the New Year, let’s recap what has happened in 2017 in sports, the world, and with Kevin’s Cards

 

Sports:

2017 College Football National Champions- Clemson Tigers

Super Bowl LI Champions- New England Patriots

2017 March Madness Champions- North Carolina Tar Heels

2017 NBA Champions- Golden State Warriors

2017 Stanley Cup Champions- Pittsburgh Penguins

2017 World Series Champions- Houston Astros

 

The World:

Hurricane Harvey (Texas)

Hurricane Irma (Florida)

Hurricane Maria (Puerto Rico)

California Wildfires

 

Kevin’s Cards

-Debut of Greeting Cards (Dec. 2016)

-First Card Sale @ Alameda County Fair’s Artist Alley (June 2017)

-Debut of kevinscards.com Website (June 2017)

-Debut of Kevin’s Cards logo and Business Card (November 2017)

 

With the arrival of the new year, let’s hope the new sales will be as great as last year, thanks to my new business cards and new logo.

In addition to my cards, I also like to create new projects with my paintings to make them more exciting, such as posters, calendars, or anything else I can come up with.

I also plan to explore more art & wine festivals this year to get more inspiration.

Let’s see what 2018 has in store!

 

Happy New Year!