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Hope - #HelpJapan

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Two weeks ago today, a devastating earthquake struck off the coast of Japan causing a massive tsunami wreaking havoc on property, displaced many and killed thousands. In the wake of tragedy there is one thing that is always certain. Americans and many others from around the world will come to the aid of those hurting and in need.  We sent teams of searchers to look for survivors. Our military brought in emergency aid and water.  Nonprofit groups mobilized to provide food, water, shelter and safe zones for children.

Over the last two weeks my church has also been active and helping to support the relief efforts.  Just after the earthquake Bayside Church took a second offering in each of its seven weekend services to raise $85,000.  When churchgoer and restauranteur Taro Arai (Mikuni) approached Bayside about hosting a fundraiser they launched the beginning of a miracle.  In ten or so days, they reached out to other restaurants, lined up entertainment, secured an amazing artist to paint…

MrAndrewBradley on The Sacramento Bee's "Sacramento Connect"

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Last week I was contacted by Sacramento Connect, a service of The Sacramento Bee, that brings together more than one hundred local blogs. I never thought that my blog would qualify because it doesn't really focus on a single topic. I'm not a food blogger, but I blog about food. I am not a travel blogger, but I blog about travel. I am not a family blogger, but I blog about family. However, for all the things I am not, I am a lot of other things. I write about my life and the events that I find interesting or thought provoking.

For those of you who are new to the blog, welcome. I hope that you find my posts to be relevant to whatever it is you are looking for. Feel free to post comments (moderated), ask questions and most of all realize that all of the thoughts and ideas on the blog are my own. I will often write about my clients and the things I get to do because of my job, but all reflections are truthful and honest. I love my job and I love my clients and often times my blog …

Safelite AutoGlass Repair

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As I mentioned in my last post, my windshield got a crack in it on my way to Napa Monday afternoon.  The crack started out small (about the size of a dollar bill), so I was hopefully that it could be repaired, but by Tuesday when I arrived back in Roseville it had grown another few inches and today it was about 16 inches long. Safelite sent a technician to my office yesterday to verify if it could be repaired and once we determined it could not be, scheduled me to have my windshield replaced today.  The new technician came to my office around noon, but since it was still raining was willing to meet me at my house about two hours later.

Once at my house (right on time), he filled out all the paperwork on his BlackBerry, printed out a work order and worked to replace the windshield on my Ford Escape.  One hour later, he was done, I was $200 poorer and my windshield looks like new (which is good, since it is).

As proof that I have a wide variety of clients and because it fits with the au…

A Chamber Event with Friends

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One of the things I really enjoy about my line of work in public relations is the variety of clients that I work with and the fact that many clients become friends over time.  Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning a co-worker and I got to hang out at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa to meet people at the Napa Chamber of CommerceBusiness Expo and at an afterglow that was hosted by The Meritage in their underground Estate Cave.

After an hour and twenty minute drive from Roseville we arrived at The Meritage where we were greeted by a front desk person (Evan) that remembered my name (I've only been there two other times) and we were checked into our pool and vineyard view rooms. Once in my room I worked for a few minutes, while also taking a few pictures of the room (and the view).  Some of the perks of staying at The Meritage ... a bottle of wine from Trinitas Cellars is included in the cost of the room, I got an Old Vine Zinfandel, soaps and lotions that have fancy names, gorg…

Snow and Power

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I spent a relaxing weekend at the Bradley Lodge with my parent's and grandma.  We played pinochle, watched TV, looked at excursions for our upcoming cruise and hung out with my two adopted nieces, Emmy and Elsie.  The good news, we had power for the entire time we were there, the not so good news ... Highway 4 was closed for a few hours on Friday night, which delayed our arrival.  Luckily, for us we have friends in Arnold that let us spend some time with them while waiting for the road to re-open.  Next piece of good news, we were told the road would re-open around midnight, but I was paying attention to Twitter and Cal Transtweeted that the road was open around 10:30 and we continued our trek up the hill.  Over the course of our weekend we got about four feet of snow, which gave my dad and me plenty of opportunities to play with the snow blower and watch the professionals come by and work their magic on our driveway a few times.  When we headed down the mountain on Sunday, we wer…

St. Patrick's Day 2011

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For all intents and purposes I think that for most St. Patrick's Day is the "Hallmark Holiday" for bars, but I'm okay with that. This year, my St. Patrick's Day was quite eventful.  I actually cooked up my corned beef on Sunday (after reading that you have to cook it for one hour per pound, I wasn't willing to cook it after work and have dinner around 9 or 10).

On Thursday, I woke up early, went to the gym and then headed off to meet some co-workers at Brew it Up! (potential client) in Sacramento.  We enjoyed some great Irish beers (including a green one); hung out with Mark S. Allen from Good Day Sacramento (see all clips from "Kegs & Eggs") and the people from Now 100.5; and of course ate a great breakfast.  The breakfast consisted of eggs, an Irish (English) muffin and corned beef hash. A co-worker and I also had a great desert ... an Irish Car Bomb.

After getting back to the office and working for a few hours we were treated to a fabulous lu…

Beer Wednesday

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Well it was not your typical "Ash Wednesday," but it was a lot of fun.  A few members of the AugustineIdeas team and I headed out to Brew It Up for a meeting with the owner, who will (hopefully) be a future client.  During the course of the four hour meeting we discussed outreach tactics, strategy, some really cool upcoming events and brewed two kettles of beer.  Despite the owner knowing my dad, who has brewed numerous kettles of beer, this was my first time going through the process.  I always enjoy a good meal and beverage when at Brew It Up and today I got to experience the first few steps of how the beer is made.

Step 1: Beer Selection - we choose the following:
Northern Mild “Nutty Brown” Ale - An English style ale with a gentle sweetness, low on hops and
bitterness with a unique toasted malt & nutty flavor
Wit Dream - a refreshing and fun unfiltered Belgian White style... brewed with varietal Orange
Blossom honey, coriander and dried orange peel
Step 2: Measure the i…

Sacramento's Gourmet Food Truck - Mini Burger

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After watching the Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race" last summer I was intrigued. The food trucks of today were not the "roach coaches" of yesterday, these offered the gourmet food one would expect at other fast casual restaurants,  but they were on wheels.  Sacramento got its own food truck a few weeks ago and today I got to experience it firsthand during their stop at the Roseville Automall.  I read the tweet, direct messaged a friend to see if she was up for trying a new "restaurant" and then it was off to find the truck.

I had the "3 Pack" with Sweet Potato Tots. All the food was truly amazing and reminded me a little bit restaurants like SmashBurger, but it had its own unique taste that set it apart.  Each burger was well cooked, the toppings made them spectacular. The bun was delicious and the Sweet Potato Tots were something I have never seen on a menu before.  I would definitely recommend heading to the Mini Burger Truck when…

Morning Workouts - A New Routine

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Since starting work with AugustineIdeas in mid-2010 I have found it difficult to get back into my regular workout routine. With a cruise booked for mid-April I knew I needed to restart my workouts and get to the gym on a regular basis. Knowing that I often stay at work late or have events to attend in the evenings I decided it would be best to head to the gym before work. So far the choice has been great and last night my roommate said he might start joining me in the mornings. I wake up every morning, check my e-mail (which means Facebook and Twitter) and head to the gym for an hour long workout.  It helps me wake up and relax, while also giving me time to catch up on the day's news (thank you TODAY Show and Fox News/CNN). Although it's only been three weeks I know that this is becoming my new routine and it will continue even after the cruise.

A side benefit of going to the gym every morning, I became Mayor of the Roseville 24 Hour Fitness yesterday on Foursquare. I don'…