Friday, February 02, 2007


What is "A Real Man"?


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

--Rudyard Kipling

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Costa Del Sol, Espana

I met up with my brother Fenton and family at the Marriott Resort in Marbella, about 30 minutes south-west of Malaga, with stopovers via Milan, Paris and New York.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007



Well, just an update. Spain was beautiful, and I'll post more on it soon when things die down. Might be awhile...

Friday, December 15, 2006


Contemporary Artwork (The New Passion)

Click on the image to view in more detail!

I took the 1st photo while I was on holiday in Los Angeles during thankgiving. It's from the set of the infamous Pyscho movie. So I decided to go to town and in an hour, I had this awesome image staring at me. I love the ambient light, but I also love images that SHOW a story, not TELL it.


Love to know what you think,

Sunday, October 22, 2006


New Snowboard & Bindings

So I went up with Geoff and Rory up in Salt Lake today to buy my new snowboard and gear for this upcoming season.

Geoff and I looked around for a while and I finally found a Burton Twin that caught my eye. After traveling to a few stores we eventually bought it over at Decade for $240, then went over to Utah Snow and Ski where we found a board I liked better for half the price. It was a K2 Fuse board from the previous season (. I liked the look of it better, and for half the money why not be happy.

Went back to Decade, and wanted to return the Burton Twin. The owner said it was on clearance and I couldn't return the board. He told me that it's on the receipt. I searched the receipt and nothing about sale or clearance items was there. I got my money back.

I felt bad about stiffing him a sale, so I bought some Burton Custom bindings (see pic below) for $140 so I didn't completely rip him off. After that, Geoff and I met up with his wife Lindsay to get some Italian food at a place near them. It was actually really good Salmon, and the must have thrown alot of extra love into those roast vegetables. Yum.

Here's the setup (pics below) so far, I've just gotta get some outerwear.

k2 snowboard

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Malaga, Spain

I've finalized dates, flights and a car rental. Malaga & Marbella, here I come. I'll be meeting up with my brother Fenton and family at the Marriott Resort in Marbella, about 30 minutes south-west of Malaga. I'll be spending Christmas in Chicago with my friend Rob and his family and embark from there to my maiden voyage to the big EU.

The resort (click for Resort Info.):
Marbella Beach Resort

Thursday, December 28, 2006 Flight #1
Delta Air Lines #8163 Operated by: ALITALIA LINEE AEREE ITA Please check in for your flight with the operating carrier.
Depart: 3:40pm
Chicago, IL
Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)
Arrive: 7:35am
Milan, Italy
Milan Malpensa (MXP)

Economy | Boeing 767-400 Passenger (764) | 8hr 55min | 4531 miles

This is an overnight flight.

Friday, December 29, 2006 Flight #2
Alitalia #88
Depart: 10:20am
Milan, Italy
Milan Malpensa (MXP)
Arrive: 12:55pm
Malaga, Spain
Malaga (AGP)

Economy | Airbus Industrie A319 (319) | 2hr 35min | 941 miles

Friday, January 5, 2007 Flight #3
Air France #2633 Operated by: AIR EUROPA -- UX 2633 Please check in for your flight with the operating carrier.
Depart: 10:00am
Malaga, Spain
Malaga (AGP)
Arrive: 12:30pm
Paris, France
Paris Ch. De Gaulle (CDG)

Economy | Boeing 737-800 Passenger (738) | 2hr 30min | 913 miles

Friday, January 5, 2007 Flight #4
Air France #366
Depart: 1:20pm
Paris, France
Paris Ch. De Gaulle (CDG)
Arrive: 3:55pm
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia International (PHL)

Seats: 39K
Economy | Airbus Industrie A330-200 (332) | 8hr 35min | 3719 miles

Friday, January 5, 2007 Flight #5
Delta Air Lines #604
Depart: 5:35pm
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia International (PHL)
Arrive: 8:25pm
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City International (SLC)

Seats: 14A
Economy | Boeing 737-800 Passenger (738) | 4hr 50min | 1922 miles

Some of the cool sites I'll be sure to take in.

Marbella, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Chicago, IL

Saturday, September 09, 2006


New York: What I Realized

New York defintely matured me in 3 months. Not only did it give me a larger than life perspective of what is possible, it also helped me to know what really matters in life. I think I matured more in 3 months than I have in the last 5 years.

Here are some of the brief points that I felt my time in New York City made me realize about myself and the world.

1. People are primary. People are the most important commodity that we have in the world. The way to succeed in life, is to have people like you for you. Connecting with people and using them for mutual benefit is essential, especially in business.

2. It's not them, it's you. Usually, I've found when people aren't my friends or people aren't gelling with me (women), that it's not them: It's me. Responsibility for your life is in your hands, not someone elses. Look at yourself, and retrospect. Are you the type of person you would be friends/in a relationship with? Hmmm....

3. Money is easy. Money is easy to collect, you just need to know how, and drive yourself to your goals through passion. If you aren't doing something that's passionate to you, you WILL fail. Find something that's passionate to you, then you will find something that's of value to others.

4. Goals complete life. Everything in this life is goal orientated. From gym, wealth, relationships, and spirituality. If you don't have goals, you will fail, or simply put, you won't fail, because you didn't have anything to accomplish. Change that. So many people don't know what they want from there college career. What do they want to do?

5. Places are what you know about them. I learnt by traveling around New York City and visiting landmarks, is that the landmarks were USELESS and BORING unless I knew what happened there. By simply researching and understanding what happened, or what a certain place was used for, provided me with an enormous respect and awe of what I was now experiencing. It creates a different atomosphere and a more fulfilling time.

6. Passion is attractive. I've noticed as I've accepted my passions, my preferences and my perspectives in life, and not conforming to what society tell me is cool or fun, I've been far more attractive to people, and far more attracted to myself as a person. I've realized I've got a tremedous amount to offer my future partner (wife), friends, and people that are in my life. Such examples are: travel, art, what I will accept and will not accept in relationships, books, etc.

7. Family and friends are most important. Family and friends are the most important things in life. Period. Without relationships, I am incomplete.

8. Never accepting negativity. Negativity in people and society is counterproductive and is repulsive towards people who are positive. (Which I hope I am)

9. Travel matures you. Besides being FUN, travel is what expands your mind and your attitude. It's the spice of life, and must be done.

10. Understanding before prejudice. I've made a few gay friends in New York, and I definetly judged them before I knew who they were. I don't accept what they do, but I do love them for who they are. There are a million other prejudices that I have, that I'm trying to abolish. (Some I like to keep for amusement)

11. Quality far better than quantity. This is something my friend Stephen Shelley told me: It's better to have 1 x $80 dress shirt, than 4 x $20 dress shirts. They last longer, look better, and show that you have more respect for this temple that is our bodies. Everything in life, is better with quality not quantity. It's better to have one quality girlfriend than 10 quantity hookups. It's more fulfilling to have one great trip to Spain than 6 ok trips to Las Vegas. It's better to have 5 great friends instead of 20 so-so untrustworthy friends. You get the point, and it makes life better.

** This list will change, and is not complete **

Overall, I think positivity and lifestyle rules. Having a lifestyle that you find fulfilling and living it. If you don't have it yet, take action now.

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