Monday, November 16, 2009

Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine

I have recently become affiliated (and by affiliated I mean fully immersed and involved) in the chic and sophisticated new guide to luxury, Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. My life has all-of-a-sudden been put into over-drive as we are working hard to create a new phenomenon in print as well as online. This magazine has the aesthetics of a high quality soft-back coffee table book with its matte finish, gold embossed lettering on the cover, and over-sized pages. The magazine is dedicated to searching the world for all that inspires, and bringing it together in a stimulating format that engages ones emotions. Topics include: fashion, elite and luxury travel (including destination descriptions and reviews), exotic car reviews (from the Lamborghini Gallardo to the revolutionary Tango- pictured below, to the Rolls Royce Phantom), as well as other stories featuring inspiring people who are making their positive mark on the world today, reviews of fine restaurants offering the best dining experiences to be had, and almost anything else that aspires to a higher level and can thus be categorized as luxury.

It's a blessing to be involved with such an exciting venture. We are meeting so many facinating and inspiring people- I find myself constantly being reminded that it is up to us on an individual basis to be the change in the world that we want to see, instead of waiting around for others to change. We have the ability to make a difference if we put out the effort to do so. I heard a quote the other day, "It's not about compelling everyone to do everything, but to encourage everyone to do something." I feel like we have the power to bring about great things if we put out the effort. I see this in people who have decided they are going to make a difference, and then have actually gone out and made that difference.

I look forward to what the future holds, but at the same time- I am really trying to enjoy being in the moment. That is so important- it's one of my philosophies to live by. It's so easy to get caught up in the fantasy of the future, when everything is going to be exactly how you want- i.e. when you're done with school, or when you get that higher-paying job, or when you're married or own a home.. How often do we say- "I can't wait till..."!! It's such a trap to think that way. We run the risk of Adam Sandler's character in "Click," passing through life only thinking about the next phase and meanwhile, we miss all of the precious once in a lifetime experiences that come along that path down the road of life. Not sure how I got on this tangent, but it is 2:40am and I need to be working on my presentation for tomorrow's meeting...

Anyway- check out the magazine... or ask me about it if you want a printed copy or are interested in it in any other way.

I took these pictures on the yacht shoot for our upcoming issue…

and this is the Tango..
a revolutionary electric-powered commuter's dream

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Speaking of Health Insurance...

Probably shouldn't be doing things like this, with or without it...




we all agreed that this was possibly our most fun day ever on the slopes

the hike up was well worth it...

the view from the top

Fresh untouched powder, hiking, unbelievable views, heart-pounding adrenaline rushing cliff-jumping, and did I mention fresh untouched powder? Sum it up and it was a pretty good day!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Insurance Pays, literally

Ambulance... $941.15
Emergency room visit... $445.00
Outpatient services total billed... $46,981.60

Total cost of breaking my arm = $48,367.75
or one of these....

Total I have to pay = $1,624.68

Thanks, insurance.. guess the $240/month is worth it after all.

And you thought this was going to be one of those dumb jokes that ends with.... "priceless!"

Though, the ability to have a functional arm really is quite priceless!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

13 Screws and a Steel Plate...

I'm going to be able to give someone a serious beat-down with a swift back-handed elbow/tricep to the upper lip... not that I'll do it. But here are the post-op x-rays with all my hardware. Enjoy...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Wannabe Artist...

Though some would say it's quite sissy to admit, I'm not afraid to say it, I like art. Yeah, I'm a jock at heart... I love all sports, and while excelling at some, can even play average golf too... (ok fine- on a good day). But my love for sports is probably the thing that actually ignites my love for art. Sports is all about aesthetics. Either you watch what's going on, and you are pleased with amazing feats of athleticism as well as the aesthetic beauty of the sport, or you are involved yourself, and are thus extremely aware of your surroundings as they all may play a factor in whatever sport you may be participating. I grew up with posters on my wall of athletes doing amazing things- like Jordan skying way above the rim to throw one down, or a surfer riding in the barrel of a massive wave. To me, these images were both motivational and emotional. When looking at them, I felt like, man, I want to dunk like that, or, I want to ride a wave like that. So, this emotional power I think, qualifies these images as art.

I realize that there are endless types of art, and that the definition of art is not limited to "an image that has emotional power," though it is one definition. In any case, that is the kind of art that I'm into. Images, whether they are photos are paintings- that have an emotional power behind them. I'm addicted to taking pictures and video, because I find so many images in this world to be emotionally powerful. And I love walking into art shops, like a few of the ones down on PCH in Laguna, to check out all the amazing artwork done by various local artists. Anyway, I'm not sure where I am really going with this, except to say that since I'm kinda out of commission right now with my bum arm, I tried my hand at another form of art (other than photography) and for some reason I felt the desire to post a picture of my little oil pastel drawing and obviously also felt like I needed to do some explaining and disclaiming before posting it... anyway, after that ridiculous run-on sentence, here's my attempt at art...

Yes, this is a surfboard like the one I made, but no, this isn't a self-portrait.

Soo, long story short, you may be saying to yourself, stick to your day-job, but, I'm not giving up just yet. Water-color is next, then I'm stepping it up to the big time- and I'm going to bust out a massive oil painting. Watch out Michealangelo...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Southern California Spokeperson?

My good friend Janine Sides works for in DC, and is now making videos about American culture for the website. She recently called me up and asked if I could help her do a little spot on surfing in California, which I was more than happy to do... Taylor got some good face time too! As I expected from Janine, she asked me to get a bit cheesy with some of the lines she had me say... but I didn't mind doing it, and I think she did a great job putting it together. She's going to be making big time movies some day, and insists that I should take an acting class so she can use me. Not sure that will happen. But, anyway, here's the result...


And here are a few pics from the day we were filming...

Janine and I in front of ClearWater Glassing

Griffin and I checking out the glass job

freshly glassed... and so pretty