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A World of Anonymity

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The rise of the internet and social networking has given everyone the opportunity to have access to more information and meet more people than perhaps we have ever had in the past.  For 95 percent of the world this is an amazing thing. I have met people that just five or ten years ago I may never have been able to meet.  I have learned things that I may never have known.  It has helped me in my career, it has helped me develop friendships, it has given me a platform that I would have never had.

That said, five percent of the people on the internet decide to use their online anonymity to spread hate in a way they would have never done in the past and still would never consider saying to a person's face.

Why do I say this? Because I've spent the last few years reading hateful and harmful comments on The Sacramento Bee website (and many others) about nonprofits, churches and companies who are doing great things, but for some reason people, seeking anonymity, continue to lash out …

I Want to Fly Kulula Airlines

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Normally I don't enjoy getting forwarded e-mails, but when I looked at the pictures and noticed that this was a real plane complete with hilarious captions, I had to read on and share it with everyone.  Kulula Airlines is the Southwest of South Africa from what I can tell, but in lieu of the "Shamu planes" or Horizon's"Oregon Duck's plane," they went for comedy.  Below are some quotes from the flight crew.
On a flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhancethe appearance of your flight attendants."
On landing, the stewardess said, "Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."
"Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us the businessas much as we…

Filming a Pilot Episode

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Last Friday I got an e-mail from a television host asking if they could film a pilot episode for a new show at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa (client). Throughout the week I worked with the show's producer and staff members at The Meritage to set everything up and make sure we would all be ready to film on Friday.  Thursday evening Trish and I met with the producer of the show to be called "Behind the Vine" to take her on a tour of the majestic property. The tour gave us the opportunity to show her where they would be filming, the opportunity to meet key Meritage staff members and of course do some wine tasting.

Friday morning came and we started the day off in Spa Terra, North America's only full service spa in an underground cave, it really is amazing.  After a couple hours of filming in the Spa, we headed to Siena to film the cooking segment and sample some great food.  Chef Thomas Hartwell showed the host how to make everything from pizza to steak, while ex…

25 runs in 4 hours at Bear Valley

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My dad and I might have set a personal record while skiing at Bear Valley on Saturday, 25 runs in less than four hours.  Evidently we have a need for speed when going down the mountain and we both had a great time during our first visit to the slopes for the season.  After our skiing adventure we headed back to the Bradley Lodge where we spent time with my mom, grandma, Jim, Shirley, Erin, Eric, Emmy and Elsie.

A New Office

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If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that my company, Augustine Ideas, has been in the process of moving over the last few weeks.  We started out by packing up hundreds of blue tubs at our old office and they magically reappeared at our new office this week.  I was able to go into the new office a few days this week to unpack my office, connect about 20 staff computers and dust (in the move we seemed to have brought a lot of that with us), while of course decorating my office and getting everything ready for work on Monday (we had the week off technically).  After many trips to World Market, Target, Walmart and of course IKEA, my office is decorated.  The centerpiece is a huge picture of London's Piccadilly Circus with not only a few double-decker buses, but GAP in the foreground.