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Help Give Clean Water For My 30th Birthday

Feb 11

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…”

2014 is a milestone year for me as I get to celebrate turning 30! My friends all think I’m weird, but I have always looked forward to being thirty. I finally get to say that “I’m thirty, flirty, and thriving” (thanks for a great line Jenna Rink). Ok well not so much flirty, but definitely thriving! In all seriousness though, I’m really looking forward to what’s ahead and that I have an opportunity to reflect on the past 29 years of my life.

One reflection that I can share is I realize that I have been blessed to be a blessing to others. I am over simplifying when I say this, but my 20’s were difficult years with stories of which I am still trying to bring myself to write (a goal for 2014). But through it all I have seen nothing but God’s blessing in my life. The last verse of the often quoted Psalm 23 continues to resound with much weight and significance. Verse six says that “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” and I get this mental image of the wake from an ocean liner disrupting the traveled path and permeating outwards for miles. Like the ocean liner I get a real sense of how I have had many opportunities to leave God’s “goodness and mercy” in my wake as God has lead me through various situations and circumstances over the past 10 years.

With this realization I look forward to taking a moment to pause and celebrate both who God is and what He has done. Along with Matt Kleinhans and Daniel Neiditch (who also have February birthdays) we will be throwing a dance party to celebrate and as a way to be a blessing to others we are asking for donations, (instead of gifts) to our charity:water birthday campaign.

“Water Changes Everything.”

Why charity:water you may ask? charity:water’s mission is simple: “bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries”. It has been incredible to watch charity:water bring clean water to over 3 million people over the past 8 years with simple solutions like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. charity:water has a 100% model where 100% of public donations are used to fund clean water projects. All operational costs are funded by private sponsors and even credit card fees from online donations are reimbursed. Literally every penny you give goes toward funding clean water projects! And to round it off charity:water has a 4 out of 4 star rating on Charity Navigator

More than all the facts is charity:water’s simple statement that “Water Changes Everything.” “Clean water means health, income, and education – especially for women and children.” below is a film from charity:water’s annual September campaign profiling their partnership with Gram Vikas in Orissa, India.

The following video gives a glimpse of charity:water’s work on the ground through partnerships in developing countries. “Our ultimate goal at charity:water is to put ourselves out of business every where we work. When we are no longer needed that means everyone has clean water to drink.”

Scott Harrison, charity:water’s Founder and CEO, is currently in Ethiopia touring water projects and you can follow him on Instagram to be introduced to more stories of how “Water Changes Everything.”

Help make my 30th birthday one to remember and leave “goodness and mercy” in our wake.

Donate To Our Birthday Campaign »

California Is A Place

Jan 30

California is loaded. From Disneyland to farmland, we’ve got Scientology and superstars, Silicon and silicone, crips and bloods. The border. Krumpin’ Clownin’ Jerkin’. The surf and the turf. The boom and the bust. California is humanity run amuck and then packaged, branded and sold. California Cuisine, California Love, California Casual, California Gold, California Girls, and of course, California Dreams. If it exists in the world, it exists here and it does so with pizzaz.

Below is a taste from Oakland, CA. Watch more videos at californiaisaplace.com


24 Hours Of Happy

Jan 29

Dubbed as “the world’s first 24 hour music video” LA has never looked so beautiful in Pharrell’s latest video for his single “Happy”. With the simple concept of 4min uninterrupted segments you watch Angelinos dance throughout LA at literally all hours of the day. With minimal set boundaries you get to see locals drive/walk through the background that really brings the concept together because you get the full LA flavor without even having to try. Genius!

On a trip to Pasadena last weekend I took the Metro through Union Station and I couldn’t help but smile as I walked through the main transit hall thinking of this video. Best believe that you will find me all over LA recreating some of these scenes.

Checkout 24hoursofhappy.com for the full experience.

Thank you Pharrell and We Are From LA for making LA look so beautiful and giving us an LA version of “Dance Walking”

Here are all 24 hours, which I must admit that I have watched at least 12 of so far…


Snap Judgement – Storytelling With A Beat

Jan 21

Snap Judgement is a podcast that I have been listening to for the past year that tags itself as “storytelling with a beat”. Think “This American Life meets your favorite mixtape” made by your best friend. What I appreciate the most about Snap is that I get to hear compelling stories from people that I may never have a chance to meet in real life all set to a soundtrack that keeps my head bobbin’. The stories often give me a new perspective that I may not have ever considered before and I am often challenged to look at life through someone else’s story and consider how I live my own day-to-day. So download/stream a couple episodes and enjoy some quality storytelling.

Here are a couple of my favorite stories.

The God or the Man

“Snap Judgment veteran Jamie DeWolf crashes against a towering family legacy with a breathtaking performance.”

Pen Pals

“Storyteller and artist Christy Chan is an American-born Chinese woman. She was confident in her identity until her family moved to a new town and she began getting letters from a mysterious, (possibly magical) stranger.”

J Dilla’s Lost Scrolls

“When record store owner Jeff Bubeck buys an old record collection out of an abandoned storage unit, he has no idea what he’s stumbled across. Jeff learns the collection once belonged to the late great J Dilla, one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time. Along with the thousands of LP’s from Dilla’s personal collection, there is something else that is uncovered, something huge. . .”

The Obsession That Is Northern Soul

Jan 17

So I recently came across Jon Newman’s video for his single “Love Me Again”, because… you know – I gotta keep up with what the kids are listening to these days. Anyways – Stylistically I loved how the video took place in a Northern Soul dance hall (never-mind the ending).

The Northern Soul movement emerged in Northern England in the mid-1960’s during the peak of the Motown soul era. It tapered off in the 1980’s but made a resurgence in 2010 and its been great to watch it filter into mainstream culture a bit. I like to think that if I was a local that this would be my scene: 1) you listen to soul records all the time, 2) they play a lot of obscure releases that I have never heard of, 3) and there’s a chill social dance scene – yup, count me in.

Here is a taste for a typical all-night lock-in.


Stack And Scare

Nov 1

The latest from Invisible Creature and Uncle Goose

“Stack And Scare™ is a series of 4 stackable wooden monster block sets. Each Roar! set contains 14-18 pieces in various shapes and sizes. Featuring eyeballs, teeth, horns, arms, rounded shapes for shoulders and eyes, monster heads, hands, feet, legs, torsos, patterns and more. Mix and match shapes or combine with other Stack And Scare™ sets to unleash endless (and taller) creature combinations!” (via Invisible Creature Blog)

The Culinary Inspirations of Roy Choi

Oct 17

Roy Choi. I call him the culinary prince of LA. Of course that’s just in my humble opinion, but it’s hard to argue against. Immigrant kid, raised in and by L.A, food truck revolutionary, and mastermind behind a restaurant collective with enough flavor to keep your tastebuds satisfied year round. Am I fan? Ya I guess you could say that.

Having grown up on Costco frozen foods I have only recently gained an appreciation for finer dinning. But my humble roots often have a hard time connecting with food that I can barely make out its French name on the menu. This is where Roy cooks a home run for me. He took the fine dinning experience, flipped it, and remixed it to connect with 2.5 generational guys like me.

I came across this article in LA Weekly last year where Roy talks about how cookbooks changed his life. I went through and bookmarked all the chefs/books and I have been slowly working through the list hoping to be infused with the same culinary mastery. I’m a slow learner so don’t ask me to start a restaurant, but it has been great to get a glimpse into a world so different than my own.

Roy is coming out with an auto-bio/cook book in November 2013 that tells the “unlikely story of how a Korean American kid went from lowriding in the streets of L.A. to becoming an acclaimed chef.” You can get a taste here: http://ridingshotgunla.com/2013/09/26/l-a-son/

And Roy if you are reading this – mad respect! “El Hermano Serrano” would make a great name for your next culinary piece. Just sayin’…

Vertical Video Syndrome – A PSA

Oct 15

Please watch and adjust your habits accordingly. Don’t say that nobody ever told you!

“Motion pictures have always been horizontal. Televisions are horizontal. Computer screens are horizontal. People’s eyes are horizontal. We aren’t built to watch vertical videos.”

In the words of Notorious B.I.G. “If you don’t know now you know.”

Watch more Glove and Boots videos» Puppets and pop-culture? Yes please. Watch for the ever changing celebrity portrait on the wall.