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October is Adopt a Dog Month

October is Adopt a Dog Month. If you’re considering a pet; please consider adoption or rescue! Each year, an estimated 3-4 million animals waiting in shelters for someone to give them a safe, loving home never find a hero to adopt them and, tragically, are euthanized.

Dogs are amazing and supportive companions who can make a huge difference in your life as a best friend, an exercise buddy, someone who can be trained to provide animal-assisted therapy and help those with challenges they may face, or simply be a face to greet you after a hard day at work.

We rescued our dog Presley almost two years ago. It was the best decision we could’ve made. We tossed the idea around for a long long time and finally pulled the trigger one random weekend. It may seem like an overwhelming responsibility, but it’s really not once it becomes your reality.

Here’s a pic of our pup:


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Get Around So Cal on the Metrolink

If you live in Southern California, or have ever visited, you know that our transportation system is awful. More like non-existent. Uber, Lyft, and other ride sharing applications have made life better, but I am still jealous we don’t have a better way of getting around Southern California compared to most other metropolitan cities in the U.S.

Even though there’s the much needed improvement, you can get around various areas of Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and Ventura pretty easily on Metrolink. I’m a huge fan and absolutely love to ride the Metrolink trains every chance I get. Considering we have family in south Orange County and a local Metrolink station a mile from our house, we ride the train often. Joanelle and I call it the No Stress Express. We took it down from Tustin to San Clemente on Saturday and back home again this past Sunday. Since the 5 freeway is always at a standstill, it’s nice cruising past certain sections of that freeway at 65 MPH while cars aren’t moving.

Here are a few pictures from our recent ride:

There are still some hiccups and minor delays at times, but it beats the stress of sitting in your car in traffic. Now if only the Metrolink can branch out in to the South Bay or Los Angeles somehow, life would be great! Just wish I could take it to work a couple days a week.

Connect with Metrolink here:





Long Beach Emergency Alert System Released

The City of Long Beach has released a new, mass notification system that makes it easier than ever to get emergency alerts sent to your landline, cell phone, and email.

Alert Long Beach is a free service designed to keep everyone who lives or works in Long Beach informed before, during and after a major emergency or disaster.

Sign up on at the City’s website:


Unplug & Connect

Crikey, it’s been 4/21 since my last post…….whoops. Well I’m back.

Today I saw this ad from Dixie and I thought it was really good. Dixie – a paper plates, bowls, cups and napkins brand, made a commercial that struck a cord with me, who knew? Living in the modern world, all of us can identify with the concept of the ad, “Dark for Dinner.”

Dixie is asking families to remove all distractions, including electronic devices, from their dinner experience, and then share what they learned from going “Dark for Dinner” via social media using the hashtag, #DarkforDinner.

The movement, created by Dixie, launched on June 14 and will take place every Sunday for six weeks. Its designed to encourage families to focus on the present and to “Be More Here.”

Screw Sunday’s, lets do this every night!


Long Beach Belmont Pool Demolished in Time Lapse Video

Watch Long Beach’s Belmont Pool get demolished in this time lapse video published by MBI Media.

The Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool was dedicated on August 15, 1968, The building was deemed unsafe due to structural concerns two years ago, leading to its closure and the opening of a temporary pool. It will eventually be replaced by a new, $103.1M swimming facility.


Happy Thanksgiving From Lake Arrowhead, CA

Happy Thanksgiving From Lake Arrowhead, CA! For those that know me, Lake Arrowhead has always been part of life for my family, especially for Thanksgiving. We’ve been coming up here for well over 30 years. Even though it’s another Southern California “Fall” day, with temperatures expected to be in the mid-80’s, Lake Arrowhead is a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. This is as Fall as it gets in So Cal. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Lake Arrowhead, CA

View from our deck


Jimmy Kimmel Surprises Hero Who Saved Man From Burning Building

Here’s a good news story: Recently in Fresno, California an unidentified man wearing a Dodgers baseball cap was captured on video rescuing a stranger from a house fire. His name turned out to be Tom Artiaga. Jimmy invited him on the show to reward his good deeds with the help of legendary Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda.

Right on Jimmy Kimmel! And even better, the story involved my Dodgers 🙂


Hurricane Odile Slams Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Exactly one month ago, my wife Joanelle and I were vacationing in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Fast forward one month to Monday 9/15, Hurricane Odile left the town a ‘Demolished Paradise.’ The storm roared through as a Category 3 packing 125-mph wind.

It’s sad and disturbing to see the stories, photos and videos in the news. One video that stands out the most to me is this one of El Arco de Cabo San Lucas:

Compare this with our photos of this very same spot taken on 8/16/14:

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photo 1I’m wishing everyone who’s been affected the best and I hope Cabo can rebound quickly from the devastation to become the beautiful place it truly is.


Employers Rethink Benefits

According to the new Aflac Workforces Report, 49% of employers agree that controlling costs is the top business issue facing companies today. In 2013, as a result of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation and rising costs, businesses:

  • Eliminated or delayed raises (32%)
  • Eliminated or cut back on benefits (22%)
  • Changed some full-time workers to part-time workers (21%)
  • Reduced the number of major medical plan options (14%)



Loyola Marymount Alumni for Others National Day of Service

This past Saturday, Joanelle and I participated in Loyola Marymount University’s National Day of Service at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  As volunteers, we helped assemble food packages for over 23,000 low income seniors, women with infants, and children in Los Angeles County. The food packages consist of food items like canned fruit, canned vegetables, rice, cereal, juice, and other non-perishable food items. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank distributes 60 million pounds of food and product annually through a network of over 640 charitable agencies with more than 1,000 sites. The Food Bank is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States and it relies on the support of foundations, individual and corporate donors, agency support, government funding and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, get more information HERE.

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Here’s a video on some of the services the LARF provides:


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