The year was 1993…I made this crazy decision to relocate back to California…this would be the fourth time coming back to a state I said I would NEVER return to! The purpose—aside from accepting a really cool job with Travel Weekly—was to see if there was anything to this “crush” I had on a good lookin’ girl. Some of my friends (Judy Chipman, now Keller, being one) already knew it. Not wasting any time, I proposed to this girl on Halloween (of all days!) and a few months later, on February 19, 1994, not even the Northridge Earthquake could stand in our way!

23 years later, we’re still cranking along life’s highway, and like many others, we’ve seen good and bad times. But they never got in the way of how much we cared for each other, trusted each other, valued each other, and—most importantly—loved each other. And as we celebrate our 23rd year together, the only thing left to say is…

Happy Anniversary, Laurie!

I. LOVE. US.

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Sorry I haven’t posted here much this year. Certainly not for lack of desire, but my business (firstimpressionsvideo.com) was VERY busy and between shooting, editing and freelancing, the year moved right on by! So since I don’t have my own year-end comments, I will share those of one of the greatest satirists of our time: Dave Barry. Dave has contributed his writing to The Miami Herald for many years, in addition to his many books, and I had the pleasure of meeting Dave when I lived in Miami. He’s rip-roarin’ funny, but usually dead on point at the same time, and here are Dave’s thoughts, in his “2016 Year In Review.” Take note that no one is spared…everyone is fair game for Dave’s pen!

Enjoy, and have a happy and prosperous–and healthy–2017!

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article123321019.html

Earlier today, I posted a blog on my business website, FirstImpressionsVideo.com, about Yelp’s crappy business practices. Click here to read it…I invite comments.

I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER APPLE PRODUCT AGAIN…EVER!! I have an iPad that had dozens of CDs of various artists we like. Today while on vacation, I wanted to play the music and it was GONE. DELETED by Apple because I DIDN’T BUY THE MUSIC FROM THEM!! Apparently in a recent OS update, the music was wiped out. THANKS FOR THE WARNING, APPLE!! YOU GUYS REALLY, REALLY SUCK!! Interestingly enough, there are a slew of threads with this very complaint. This is the same company that wouldn’t unlock a phone to catch a terrorist, but will just wipe out someone’s music with no warning whatsoever. EPIC FAIL!!!

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Post Script: Today, I found another rant about Apple’s neanderthal behavior. And just because they bury their intention to wipe out all our non-Apple music (and other media, for that matter) in their “terms of service,” that DOESN’T MAKE IT RIGHT!!

Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.

 

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SCAM ALERT!!

Posted: March 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

Note: this was also published today on my business website: FirstImpressionsVideo.com

They’re out there…we know they’re out there! We have to be vigilant 100% of the time; they only have to be lucky some of the time–and they are! So please indulge me–if you have time–and read the thread shown on the attached pdf below, starting at the end and working yourself back to page 1. You will see the story emerge as to what the scammer ultimately wanted me to do…needless to say, I didn’t take the bait.

There are a number of red flags in the perps initial message and subsequent replies, starting with a sudden change of her (we assume it’s a ‘she’) email address. She relentlessly refused to fill in my online form or provide any other concrete information about herself and the event she wanted videotaped. And although I didn’t fall for the scam, countless others have been victimized by approaches similar to this one. I suspect that “Kim” thought she had her “fish on the hook,” and moved in with her ask: that I carry out the entire transaction using her credit card, which included a generous overage to the bill, if I would only do her a ‘favor’ and send cash to the other participants in the deal. Well that just wasn’t gonna happen!!

You must protect yourself at all times, and if you get one of these BS inquiries, report it, as I did!

That is all. I will now go back to blog posts about videography and related subjects…things I would much rather write–and talk–about.

https://firstimpressionsvideo.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/subject-scam.pdf

I am extremely gratified that my business–First Impressions Video–has been acknowledged as one of Thumbtack’s “Best of 2015” award recipients in the videography category! Thanks to my loyal customers for your continued support. ‪#‎TTBestOf2015‬

Got Video? Give me a call or drop me a line…great video doesn’t have to break the bank! Check out my business website here.

New Thumbtack 2015 Cert

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I had the privilege of growing up with parents who expected us to speak properly. They knew–even though neither finished college–that command of the language would be the key to our success. And they were right: all six of us have done well and we have Steve and Glenna to thank for it.

Yesterday, I got a WordPress ‘recommendation’ from another blogger who wrote an incredible essay on texting, asking the provocative question, “Is Texting Ruining our Language?” Well…let’s start with the observation that the word ‘texting’ didn’t even exist 10 years ago. We can thank smartphones, Twitter and other short-form messaging apps for that! But back to the essay, Kate Wiles wrote an awesome piece about it, which you can read here. It’s a bit long, but well worth the read.

Enjoy! At the end, you, too, may well be SMH!