Monthly Archives: February 2012

Experium Science Academy opens in Torrance

Today I headed to another ribbon cutting with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, this time for the Experium Science Academy. I have heard several people talk about Experium at various TACC events, so I was happy to learn about this event as I knew it would present plenty of nice photo opportunities. I was not disappointed.

The Experium Science Academy is a hands on science laboratory for kids K-12, that specializes in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. I have to admit, I was impressed. I remembered back to when I was a young boy, I thought I was destined to be a scientist. With something like Experium Science Academy around, perhaps I would have been. There is no doubt that science is our future and if we do not help our children now, they are going to have a tough time ahead. Welcome to Torrance, Experium Science Academy. Continue reading

Rock ‘n’ Roll Pasadena Half Marathon Photos

These photos were taken at the first annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Pasadena Half Marathon, which was held this morning in Pasadena, CA as a benefit to Cure Mito. Cure Mito is an organization supporting Mitochondrial Disease advocacy, awareness and research. As mitochondrial disorders affect primarily children and includes diseases such as RAD, it was pretty much a given that I was going to get up early to cover this event.

The Rock \’n\’ Roll Marathon Series travels across the United States and parts of Europe, with each event supporting a different charity. The last event I attended in October raised monies for various charities, including ASPCA, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, TASK and St. Jude Hospital. This is a fun marathon as they set up stages with live bands performing along the course. The stage I was positioned at featured Rory Seldon with Inner Session. They played a nice mix of reggae and the runners seemed to enjoy them thoroughly. Continue reading

Burzynski, South Park and RAD

Since I promised Tanya that I would write 365 blog posts that would help bring awareness of Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RAD) and to help promote the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation I have been attempting to be a little more aware of things that happen in our daily lives so I can be a little more diverse in my writings. While it would certainly be quite cute if all I did was write about our daily lives and how much fun we have together, it would not really do much to educate people about RAD.

Now, before I get started I want to apologize in advance as I know I am going to go off on tangents at times; in fact, this particular post is only part one of at least two parts. I usually write these things in my head before I sit down to my laptop, and there is a possibility that it will be a three part article. I will attempt to tie the tangents together so you will not leave confused, but perhaps will understand the frustration those with RAD deal with on a regular basis. I am afraid some of this frustration may be self imposed. Continue reading

Photos from the PVP Chamber Evening Mixer

Tonight we headed up to the Rolling Hills Country Club to attend the PVP Chamber Regional Mixer. Being members of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) offers us the opportunity to network with business owners that are members of other chambers, so naturally we want to take advantage of the opportunities whenever they present themselves. Tonight\’s event included members of various South Bay chambers including Carson, El Segundo, Gardena Valley, Harbor City/Harbor Gateway, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, LAX Coastal Area, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Torrance and Wilmington. We had a great time, made some new acquaintances and had some tasty snacks.

Thank you to the Rolling Hills Country Club, the PVP Chamber of Commerce and all the sponsors and attendees that made the evening enjoyable. Continue reading

Training baddog

Those that know me know that Harley-Davidson is one of my greatest passions. If I was put in the situation that I had to give up photography or motorcycles, I would have to drop the camera. It is my therapy, my release, my church. Living in Southern California gives me a riding season of 12 months so when I feel the need to get away from the hassles of everyday life, escape is as close as my garage. There are a couple days a year I like to go riding whether or not I \”feel the need\” based solely on the fact that there is no traffic. When you live in LA, you have to take advantage of these things. One day is Christmas; the other is Superbowl Sunday.

This past Superbowl Sunday was gorgeous around here. It was close to 80 degrees out and because the Superbowl was starting around 3:30 PM local time, it was a safe bet that this was going to be a great day for a ride. The problem was, Tanya was feeling really wiped out from her Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RAD) and was not feeling up to it. Well, after the guilt I felt being in Las Vegas last month, you might imagine that I was a little hesitant just going off and having a good time without her. I am just not wired that way. To her credit, a couple hours later she said she would like to go for a ride, but she only felt capable of going out for a few minutes. That was not really what I had in mind. Continue reading

Valentines Soiree at Redondo Beach Castle

Last night we headed back over to the Redondo Beach Castle for another fundraiser, this time with a portion of the proceeds going to Child Help is an organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. The Redondo Beach Castle is owned by Lady of Magic, Sisuepahn Phila who puts on a great magic show. The evening also included live music, wine tasting provided by Tom Stangl of the South Bay Wine Lovers Meet Up, more magic by Dave Cox and a belly dancer. It was an entertaining evening for a good cause. Judging by the photos, everyone had a great time. Continue reading

Bassett Home Furnishings Opens in Torrance

I went to my first ribbon cutting ceremony today, at Bassett Home Furnishings in Torrance, CA. As a member of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, it is expected that I support local businesses and help welcome new ones. The best way I know how is with my camera, so here are a few photos from the Bassett Home Furnishings. While waiting for the ribbon cutting ceremony to begin I took a stroll through their store and they appeared to have a lot of nice custom furniture available for just about every room. If you are local, you might check them out. Continue reading

TACC Networking at Noon for February

These photos are from the TACC Networking at Noon lunch at Depot Restaurant in Torrance, CA. Back in December I mentioned that Tanya and I had joined the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and while I was out of town and Tanya was not in any condition to go anywhere in January, we are back into the swing of things and will be whenever we are in town. Today was the Networking at Noon, held the Depot Restaurant in downtown Torrance. They are celebrating 20 years in business, so I guess Chef Shafer is doing something right. It was a nice lunch and a great networking opportunity. I have said it before and I am sure I will say it again, if you own a small business or manage a local branch of a large corporation, you should check out your local area Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading

Lady of Magic at Farm Stand Restaurant

Last night we drove to El Segundo to go to the Farm Stand Restaurant for dinner and to enjoy a little table magic performed by our new friend, the Lady of Magic, Sisuepahn Phila. We met Sisuepahn at her New Year\’s Eve party/fundraiser for the Midnight Mission, which is a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles. I have to admit, I really enjoy watching her perform as it is so much more than just slight of hand card tricks. I promise, you will be amazed if you get the chance to see it yourself.

That being said, this Saturday there is a Valentine\’s Day Soiree at the Redondo Beach Castle. This is a great way to spend a Saturday evening and a portion of the proceeds from the event go to benefit Child Help. For those of you that have more than one special someone, you can bring one to this fundraiser on Saturday and find something else to do on Valentine\’s Day with one of the others. For more details, visit the Continue reading

Must Love Dog

I have become aware that I have a lot of new readers, so I will have to stop presuming that you know anything about me. Well, I am a dog person. Naturally, there are cats that I can and have appreciated, but push comes to shove, dogs win every time. I have Buddy. Buddy is a comfort dog and has traveled with me all over the country. He even went to Joplin to offer support to the victims of their tornado strike in 2011. I do not think you will find anyone that could suggest that I am not a fan of dogs. The thing is, not all dogs are equal. Unless you are very lucky, it takes a lot of work to end up with a dog like Buddy.

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