My first parking ticket

imageThe first ticket is like your first kiss or your first car. It’s just one of those things that you never forget. Okay, maybe not exactly like that, but you never forget it.

On Monday, I was on my way to Starbucks when I took a side street and went by  my old high school. I only took the street to avoid traffic on Central Ave, which was the main road to the west.

As I passed by Chino High School, I glanced over at the street sign that said, No parking from 9AM to 2PM Monday thru Friday.

The old buildings from the school brought back memories, but that street sign brought back another.

That was because a long time ago I parked in front of the sign at 1:30PM….. Yes, Chino PD got me that day for my very first parking ticket.

Here’s another reason why I remember that ticket. I paid for it with the first check I ever wrote.

Nothing like a day of firsts….

Green Mist one year later


Last April, I published a blog story called “The Legend of Green Mist in Chino Hills.” It was a story about a creepy area in Chino Hills that was a local legend like non other.

To this date, it’s the most popular Badge415 post ever. Within a few hours the story was shared over 6,000 times on Facebook. I was shocked and amazed how many people knew about the Green Mist story and wanted to share it.

Today there was a spike on the website stats related to that story with almost 600 views. I thought it was cool to know that people were still reading it one year later. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read and share the story.

Thanks to my Chino High School FB friends who started sharing it last year. That’s where the story took off.

As of today, it’s been shared over 10,000 times on FB.

Hopefully there will be a new generation of people who live in the area that will become interested in the legend of Green Mist.

Click here for a link to the original story.