Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
My area is getting evacuated again but I can't really leave because I gotta pack. I have a flight at 6:00am tomorrow (which is 7 hours from now). I don't really see my house getting messed up by flooding but they keep reporting on the news from Las Alturas so I guess they are freaked out but I dunno. I'm sick of staying in hotels. I've been in hotels for the past couple of weeks and I want one night in my own bed! Ok....gotta go. :)
Monday, November 24, 2008
I think our world needs to become more connected in ways that don't involve broadband lines or cell phones. We need to be present with one another. This morning I got reading a book on my Kindle that I have no idea how it got there. It's called "The Only Way to Win the Race of Life" - Maybe my dad snuck it on there but there was a great story that this teacher told.
This teacher had been studying and teaching like crazy at his school as well as speaking to huge crowds reaching hundreds of thousands of people a year and was passing on incredible things to his students as a result. But at the end of each year the graduating students were always allowed 15 seconds to thank whoever had the biggets impact in their life and year after year his name was never mentioned. He came to the realization that influence in people's life had a strong correlation with a personal investment of time. This story came as a huge smack in the face to me. I often fall into the trap of thinking more is better when reaching more people is useless if I'm not connecting with them.
Times like this make me want to unlplug and connect.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Just wanted to let you know that these are my old numbers and are no longer active.
I'm off to watch Westmont in the first round of the national tournament. This is their first trip back since I was there *spoken in a very prideful tone* ;P
...but you have to read this article in the LA Times about their win vs. Azusa last week. I cried when I read it - seriously. My coach (and his family with 5 kids) had their house burn to the ground in the fire and the two days later they played this match!
Click here to read it!
I had to head back to the Canary because for the next couple of days
there is a cleaning crew at the house with these giant fans and
vaccums and all sorts of crazy stuff. They clean every inch of the
house which is crazy but it was impossible to work with all the
commotion so I'm back downtown.
I love it down here. I got up early and ran down along the beach and
now I'm having a quiet morning.
:) the Canary is pretty cool. Last night I hungout in this neat little
lounge area with my buddy Michael and had appetizers and there is also
a sweet rooftop place to go and chill.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Checkout Tim Halberg's rocking new video! This is so great and my guess is that this will do more for selling him than anything else. Honestly these videos are so powerful. I think Tim edited this himself which is incredible. He's a man of many talents.
If you don't want to edit it yourself hitup my man Paul at PhotographersReel.com if you're looking for something like this! You can see what he's done for me, Jasmine Star, Bobby Earle and has a bunch more coming!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It's been a week since I've been able to stay at my house but I'm back!
It's incredible to be home. There is more damage than expected to the
house and the insurance company is actually calling it "extreme
damage" but really I'm incredibly thankful. The majority is in the
yard and the kitchen. The wood floor in the kitchen got warped because
the electricity was out and the refrigerator leaked water.
I'm gonna snap some more pics from my neighborhood tomorrow.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tonight I got my first peak up at my house which was relatively untouched. One side of my yard got torched and the wooden stairs leading down to my house caught fire and it's a pretty amazing story because a guy from my church, Everett, was assigned to turn off all the gas lines up in my neighborhood and so he swung by my house and noticed that my stairs were on fire so he hosed them off and put the fire out! Isn't that incredible!
My neighbors weren't so lucky. 4 out of the 8 houses on my culdesac are completely gone. Here are some pictures I snapped today.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Just a quick video to let you know that I'm alive and kickin. My rocking insurance agent Josh Stichter put me up at the 4 Season until the evacuation is lifted and that has been really nice. This place is a dream and the service is unreal. Gary and Missy Fong always stays here whenever he comes to SB and raves about it and now I know why. It's great to watch and listen to the staff.
I'm excited to see wedding photographers revamp their service. I really believe that will be the key factor to succeeding through the upcoming years - service service service.
Apparently four houses on my culdesac burned! :( I don't know how that could be or what that means but according to this report that is the stat. Five more burned on the street leading up to my house and dozens upon dozens burned on the street going down the hill behind my house.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thanks for all your love and support! What an incredible night. From the news this morning it appears that one of the houses on my little culdesac burned down but I took this picture from a better spot this morning and it shows my house is still standing but probably pretty smoked out.
We're gonna try and get up there today but most of the roads are blocked so I'm not sure if we can get there.
13 Injured but no deaths reported
Over 100 homes were destroyed
Several buildings at Westmont burned down including a ton of the faculty housing.
Spread to 2500 Acres
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So after another day of delayed and missed flights I arrived in LAX to tons of messages from friends asking if I was ok and I was like yea dude what happened and they told me about this gnarly fire happening and so instead of waiting out my flight I got a car to bring me up to SB and it's insane.
The fire is all around my house. If you are listening on the news you will hear streets like Las Alturas which is the street that my house is on and Sycamore Canyon. I took this picture from downtown to show you how the smoke has just engulfed my house.
I actually haven't even been able to go up there but Deyl and Allie grabbed all the important stuff which was about a two handfuls of stuff. I really don't have that much stuff so that's good and I talked to my friend and insurance guy Josh and he was actually up at the house guarding it and had already assigned a team to come and put fire retardent stuff all over my house so that is pretty cool.
I was really hungry so I went to McDonalds and Rob Lowe was there. It was like the only place open to eat b/c all the power is out.
Westmont is really jacked. A ton of buildings burned and I guess all the students are in the Gym which is a safe place but please keep everyone in your prayers. Some people are already injured and there are a lot of elderly that live on the Riviera and possibly can't get out as quickly.
800+ Acres burned
4 burn victims
***Sorry about that I'll upload the video again later*** Not sure why the audio is weird. :)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I built this site in the last week and as I experimented more and more with Showit Sites I was amazed at what it can do. This tool really allows us to have a unique web presence that will create value in our business.
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Saturday, November 08, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Another workshop happening up here is The Boudour Divas in December!
...and if you're looking for a killer workshop in Hawaii next month be sure to checkout Mike Colon's workshop!
January / February Workshops
Lastly, there is little old me having a couple all inclusive Freedom and Slumber workshops at the Freedom House in January and February. They are already half filled and there are less than 5 spots left for each one! Each one is limited to 10 people.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Be sure to go check it out! Totally different, totally unique! Killer job!
Click here to see his site!