My First and Only Walking Adventure Ever

Prior to my California Trip my legs and feet had two purposes: 1) roundhouse kicking my assailants, and 2) transporting my body from buildings to my car. After my 8.5+ mile walk last Wednesday, I’m happy to report that for the third time ever, my feet were used as my primary and sole means of transportation.

While in Los Angeles, I decided not to rent a car or use public transportation to get around–instead, I walked everywhere, like a 13th century colonizer. Even though the last 2 miles of the walk became painful because I wore “look at me, I’m cool” sneakers instead of walking sneakers, I persevered and had a wonderful experience.

A few of my encounters are pictured below:

Bape Store
The Bathing Apes Store

The Lost Ex-Cowboy/Indian
“The Indian Settler who Wandered too Far”

Custom Sidewalk

Guarding the Water Fountain
This man’s job is to stand there and guard the water. Easiest. Job. Ever.

Oh Christmas Tree!

The Roaring 70's

Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt
Although we have this frozen yogurt chain in New York, I’ve never visited it until visiting California. I love it!

Pinkberry Toppings
Pinkberry toppings

My Pinkberry Friend
Miss Pinkberry.

Johnny Cupcakes Store
I visited the Johnny Cupcakes clothing store (fronted as a bakery) on Melrose Ave and immediately became amazed at the level of detail that was put into this store by the young owner, Johnny Earle.

The wall had a nice artistic display of over 25 ovens that randomly opened and shot steam into the air

Johnny Cupcakes Frosting
There was artificial frosting spewing from actual pipes onto the clothing display refrigerators, and a giant replica of a stove int he back of the store that led to the clothing stockroom.

Johnny Cupcakes Frosting
Also, the employees brought the t-shirts out on serving trays, as if they were serving cupcakes to their customers. Brilliant.

All photos can be located in the California ’09 Flickr Photo Set

The California Experience

Airport Terminal

This year I’ve been working as hard as a chinook salmon swimming upstream, so to maintain motivation I avoided taking vacations. Now that the year is almost over I realized that it’s finally time to enjoy the fruits of my labor, so I booked a tier-one traveling experience to California. Right now I’m midway into my trip in Los Angeles, California at a wonderful boutique hotel. In three hours a vehicle will be picking me up to transport me back to the airport, where I will be flying to San Francisco to explore for one day. I will be sure to keep an eye out for Uncle Jessie, Kimmy Gibbler, DJ, and the rest of the Full House crew!

The Geresumé!

A few weeks ago while I was learning how to work with Adobe Illustrator, I came upon a unique resume/cv concept that I had to adapt for my own use, using infographics. This was the result:

Geremy F CV

Note: All information listed is factual, with some company names omitted

Lifestyle Brand of the Rejected Entrepreneur

Recently I’ve had a lot of time to percolate my thoughts, which has resulted in many ideas and concepts. In order to control my personal risk and maximize overall return I’ve been seeking investors to buy a stake of my ideas in exchange for a percentage of company equity. However, instead of approaching potential investors with a business plan, proposal, and other proofs of concept, I approach with a smile on my face…a really big smile.

Entrepreneurs and inventors usually protect their ideas with security that can rival Fort Dix, but I believe that if an idea is truly unique then you’d have to force it down people’s throats. Basically, my idea is for a “lifestyle brand” that will begin with t-shirts and then will expand across various other products. Though there are many other businesses with this intent, mine is special because it’s in extremely limited release…and it’s cooler.

The first potential venture capitalist who I approached was my mom because she has always been willing to put money behind all of my ideas. After pitching my idea to her, she immediately went into “Shark Tank” mode and asked about projected earnings for the first fiscal quarter of the business. My response was, “are you kidding me?! I’m your son!” She wasn’t kidding me and I didn’t have the answer that she was looking for. Later, I pitched the idea to one more person who refused my proposal because he did not want to bear the risk involved investing in a male “fashion designer.” Fair enough!

So now I’m starting my new [currently unnamed] lifestyle brand with my own money and I’m kicking it off with a few designs which will be revealed here after they are produced. I’m extremely excited about this and will reveal the products as they become available. As a sneak peak, here is one t-shirt concept that may or may not make the final cut.

"On My Mind" T-Shirt

It’s coming!!

Mini-Laptop Gone!

Backseat Laptop

Last Friday I unexpectedly parted ways with my mini laptop. While teaching my Friday night class to my “kiddies” I promised to give my computer away to the person who was able to memorize and recall 15 statements within 10 minutes. In the back of my mind I thought that this was an extremely challenging [and almost impossible] task for my group, so didn’t I pay too much attention to the fact that I might lose my laptop. One week later…BAM…Geremy was mini-laptop less.

I thought that I would’ve been a lot more devastated about my loss, but instead I am so proud of the young lady who earned the laptop that I don’t mind the $450 loss. Maybe this is the feeling that a parent has after promising their child $50 for each “A” earned on their report card–only to find out that the child earned straight A’s and they are $2500 poorer as a result.

I Can’t Believe it’s not Cookies

A little-known fact about me is that I’m a huge cookie connoisseur. Oatmeal-raisin cookies make my taste buds sing majestic praises whenever I eat them. I take my cookies seriously, so it made a lot of sense for me to learn how to bake them on my own.

Cookie Surprise

I was invited to be part of a “cookie-baking day” with one of my favorite little people, and one of my favorite big people. We had the goal of making mouth-watering oatmeal raisin and chocolate-chip cookies and we kept this goal in mind as we began building the cookies. I was in charge of mixing the concoction and I was also the designated “cookie-baller-upper.” I took my jobs seriously.

Cookie Surprise

After strenuously working for about 45 minutes to create the cookies we went to retrieve our amazing creation from the oven. We opened the oven but cookies were nowhere to be seen–just a pan full of “chocolate-chip mounds” and “oatmeal-raisin cement chunks.” I wish I could describe the taste, but if I tasted these cookies I probably wouldn’t have lived to tell this story.

Cookie Surprise

Cookie Surprise

I’ll leave the baking stuff to my favorite Cousin Betty…Betty Crocker.

Forget Acorns, We’ll take the Fries!

The Fry Stealer

There’s a burger joint called “Five Guys” that serves some absolutely delicious, caloriffic burgers and fries. When you chew each bite of your meal you can hear your arteries harden and your tummy widen, but the taste is so good that it’s worth it.

Two weeks ago I went to Five guys with my cousin and ordered my usual burger with a side of fries, then we went to a nearby park to eat. While eating the fries we were approached by a friendly squirrel who stood a few feet away, watching us eat our meals. Seconds after approaching, the squirrel quickly grabbed a fry that fell from my bag and he retreated to his tree to munch on the oily potato strip.
Not long after, the brave squirrel returned and waited for another french fry to be released.

I’m not the type of person to deny anyone of a tasty treat, so I grabbed the longest french fry from my bag and hand-fed it to the squirrel. Soon he returned with 2 of his friends who also wanted a soggy fry of their own. After giving a fry to each of his friends, I tried to peacefully enjoy my meal, but I was interrupted by the sound of two fighting critters trading punches over a french fry. I broke up the fight by giving a fry to each squirrel and peacefully returned to my seat to enjoy my meal. When I looked to my right, there were two more squirrels waiting for the human fry dispenser to give them more potato treats. By this point, all of the fries were gone and they had to return to the dry, hard, boring, acorns.

I expect to be greeted by six highly-overweight squirrels when I return to the park in the near future. Let’s just hope that their tiny rodent hearts can fully digest the peanut-oil soaked fries.

Here is some footage taken at the scene:

4th Quarter Goal Reflection

Happy September to you all! September is the time of the year when I reflect on my beginning-of-the-year goals to analyze whether I’m on track to accomplish them. Since I’m lucky enough to have a website with regular visitors, I will be doing this activity online for the world to see.

This year my goals were as follows:
1. Increase dependency on laptopPartially Accomplished
Although I purchased the world’s best digital pen to motivate me to write more often, I still remain heavily dependent on my laptop. In fact, I purchased another laptop to keep in the car for emergency laptop/internet access and for on-the-go business dealings. Maybe the solution is to smash my laptop with a sledgehammer and force myself to live Amish-style for the remainder of the year.

2. Buy a new car–specifically the Lexus LS460Accomplished
After months of analysis, thinking, saving and test driving, I purchased my dream car– the Lexus LS460L, aka “the car that parks itself.” Best of all, I accomplished this goal 4 months ahead of schedule!

3. Read 8 booksNot Accomplished
When I noticed that I didn’t have much time to read for fun, I purchased books-on-tape and began listening to them during long drives. The main problem is that the people who narrate the books usually have an extremely monotonous, boring voice that can quickly put an insomniac to sleep after two brief sentences. Since I have not yet mastered the art of sleeping while driving I decided to put the book-on-tape idea on hold until I find a pill that can cure “chronic book-on-tape, sleepy-while-driving syndrome.”

4. Improve communication skillsPartially Accomplished
I’ve been more aware of the nonverbal signals that I send while speaking and I have been working to improve them. Lesson # 1: Do not make a fist and aggressively pound your open palm while speaking to people.

5. Become more consistent with this websiteDefinitely Not Accomplished
Although I’ve only posted a handful of entries this year, I plan on finishing the year in a strong way. There will be more Geremy on soon (i hope). A few things that I have planned are: giveaways, mini-entries, and more videos.

6. Travel morePartially Accomplished
I’ve traveled to a few different states in the US this year, but plan to venture abroad at least once before the year is complete.

I encourage you all to set goals and consistently work towards accomplishing them! Also, be sure to keep up with me as I work to accomplish my goals and make everyday my masterpiece!

Cooking with Geremy

From time to time I like to spread the knowledge that I accumulated during my life. Today I will be sharing this knowledge in episode 1 of my cooking show, where I make a gourmet meal in under 3 minutes.