Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Who am I? Good question... I'm a guy who has tip toed his way into his 40's(like a lumbering rhino) and a beautiful family putting up with my sarcasm and insanity. With over 22 years of sales and upper retail management at my side, I decided to give back a little with this site. With more and more sales(especially specialty or niche) going toward online purchasing due to not having enough specialty brick and mortar to shop. I decided to start giving my all mighty wisdom and feedback on some of these items. I am starting completely out of my own broke pocket. So, reviews will be slow going in the beginning and maybe run into a few brave/confident companies to send samples or products for the reviews. I also am aware that a lot of people just don't like to read, so I'll add some video too. enjoy and feel free to contact for anything!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The quiet and respectful storm

Earlier this year my son was losing his passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because the school he was at, had no direction and structure. Learning became lost with students not listening and playing around. A month or so earlier he visited a sister school of Gracie PAC and fell in love with the program, a true professor, and awesome kids that embraced him and made him feel welcomof person you  He wanted to switch and we did not question it or look back, it is HIS journey after all.
 What we really didn't realize until later was the things reputation doesn't tell you. The amazing love and character all the students have for each other, the school, and their professor(who teaches EVERY kids class) and coaches. It is a truly amazing close group and family from top all the way down. From the professor, to the coaches, to the multiple IBJJF champions, to the first class white belt, it is equal love and respect.
 Along the way you meet some great kids with these attributes personified. One young man(13 yrs old) that has quietly impressed and goes on without one ounce of ego, is Damiani Castro. This young man has been sitting at the top of the IBJJF rankings for 2 years straight now. Every other competition he does in Florida are against 15 and 16 year old teens(remember he only 13) and winning them. Not only winning, but with respect for the other competitors and the sport. While he is currently an orange belt under Professor Cris, you can imagine that green will be in his grasp as he continues to to own the mat, straight A grades in school, and represent himself and school with his humbled professionalism.
 You can only imagine how much more untouchable his ranking would be if the IBJJF did a couple of tournaments in Florida. Until that day, do yourself a favor and hit a tournament in Tampa and watch a future leader in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and now he's adding Judo to his game. You won't be disappointed in his matches or the young man you will meet.
 This is the type of person you hope your own child will become.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Your current cross fit is bullshit

BE WARNED of Workout programs that want to you max out or speed counted reps in a time frame, your instructor is an idiot and creating an environment of injury!! Basic known fact, your technique and form fails as you become fatigued and causes the body risk injury. You also aren't using full muscle when relying on momentum to complete the said exercise. Try maxing out with a steady proper form. that equals more actual productive work in a safer environment...then kick your trainer in the head for being a dumb ass.

random thoughts of PMA and rants...

You're not better than me and I'm not better than you.

People need to stop being assholes to everyone around them because they woke up with a burr up their ass.

Our government has created an entire society of paranoid, greed filled, self destructive people....and watching that world burn for entertainment.

Rational thinking seems to be a part of a deluxe package people didn't sign up for.

Nobody cares about your public displays for attention seeking, when posting your sob story/drama on FB....PM that shit to your friends. Or get a damn therapist.

Quit crying broke and posting your ass getting wasted, buying new shit, getting new ink, or feeding another vice. Quit your vices and save money. You obviously don't know broke.

Smile to someone, make their day a touch brighter for that second. It didn't cost you anything.

Pay kindness forward, WITHOUT asking for a thing in return. Stop looking for an edge or advantage.

Spend positive quality time with your kids, they are more important than your social life.

If you don't like someone on social networking, quit being a douche bag keyboard warrior.... stop bloody following them and move on!!

Assault weapons are for socially weak and inept.  Learn there are other ways to handle conflict.

To be continued. .... enjoy? Lol

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Why I do skate reviews

I love reviewing the little guys and helping spread the word on them. When the product is good and driven with passion, I WANT to help spread the word. I'm not huge with a ton of followers on the blog, but it's decent and it's a starting point.

I do want to do the reviews differently now. Not only review the products, but a little back story on the company and people behind it. Helps people get to know that there's more to the item and actually develop a connection with the story. In 20+ years of sales, that emotional connection creates a loyal buyer back for more and word of mouth.

I do this stuff, because as an old dog in this industry, I've seen the marketing game become as dominant and influential as ever before. Creates a HUGE hill to climb for the guy starting out. I wanted to take my retail knowledge and skate experience and help shrink the gap in any way I can.

You want a review? Email me anytime

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Moving forward... PMA

 I'm the first person to admit 1000% that I have made awful decisions and have been one of the biggest assholes alive at times in my past. The reality of this and eventually "growing up" made me see things for what they were. While completely terrible and regretful they gave me a choice today. I could let those define me and wear that "scarlet letter" for the rest of my life, or learn from them and change to become better than that. I chose the latter of those two decisions.
 I decided on a life filled with a more PMA(Positive Mental Attitude) base and philosophy. My wife and son were huge factors in this for me. I wanted to be a better husband, father, son, and human being in this world. I wasn't concerned about public perception of my new outlook, as it has never influenced me before. Rather, a feeling of peace about the travels and interactions on a daily level. Started seeing the things The Buddha had taught over 3 thousand years ago.
 This "transition" hasn't been flawless by any means. I have had my slight road rage moments or snarky response to a negative comment online(I know, very childish). I do however take moments to think about my reactions and try to flip them to another view. Take that brief moment to "feel" the response to the situation and identify the negativity in it. I am however human and filled with faults, and there are the moments that slip through, to which I actually do revisit to learn from. At the end of it though, I continue to learn and work on it.
 I stated before that I basically didn't do this for the court of public opinion. There are people in my past, including a family member that still have me in the shadow of the person I once was. I suppose that will never change for them and how they feel. I'm not going to bang a drum for all to hear, that I changed my ways or anything. We all know actions, consistent actions will ALWAYS over power any words. I will keep progressing(stumbles and all) and living a PMA lifestyle. At the end of the day, this is about me and ultimately for me, not the shadows of my past. I don't fault the people of my past for their opinions, they were well deserved.
 There is a bonus to this new mindset, the ripple effect it brings. We as humans tend to mirror the emotion of the ones we interact with. Which in a lot of cases carries on to others around us and the ones on the "receiving" end. It becomes that ripple or domino effect. I remember the movie Pay it Forward and the impact of positive influences in the world and how far that ripple can go. We(most people I know) talk about the hate in this world today. Whether it's Religion, politics, lifestyle, or race has brought forth such venomous hate and disdain. I'm not going to change the world, but what if enough people in the world took a different approach and had the ripple effect? Far worse things have been attempted by the human race.
 I'm not preaching my choices for anyone to adhere to in their life. I'm telling you about the what, why, and how this has changed me. I have benefited from a happier home to daily friendly interactions to my overall health. Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings, create a great day.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Carnival barker sales pitches and reality

 Recent events have reminded me of an old lesson I learned about sales over 20 years ago. The louder and more competition negative one is, the more they are trying to make you not see. If you have to resort to name calling or bashing your competition, the more your trying to evoke emotional buying decisions and less informed ones. That becomes dangerous for long term image and satisfaction when the warts or details rise up. People fall for it all the time from bad car sales to tech giants convincing you to pay 3x a product value because in reality it was shiny. There is always details or "fine print" these type of carnival barkers leave out, they hope you don't notice before the emotional high they created wears off. All I'm saying is be wary of these techniques and the impulse jump on to that band wagon. History has shown these results over and over again that even prompted the phrase "If it's too good to be true, it mostly likely is".
 I'm kind of old school in my approach to actual honest customer service. In return I've NEVER had a store lose money year over year and always sat near the top in sales. Our customer loyalty was the best, because the way we treated them. People grow tired of the used car sales/Politician/carnival barker techniques, along with name calling/bad mouthing the competition. If you are truly better, you can promote those advantages without focusing on the mud slinging. In the end, I'm just recommending you not jump to the emotional knee jerk buy, but level headed decision about the fine print and pros/cons to be happy with that purchase in the long run and no buyer's remorse.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A game of life

 After accepting a major defeat for my life long favorite NFL team yesterday and clarity this morning(aka coffee), I found meaning in an old cliche. In this game known as life or _____ sport is like life, are both examples of this. Football in general kind of scream the point a little louder with the smaller amount of games played. Things like Baseball, Hockey, Skateboarding(no season), Bball, "soccer", etc that have longer seasons carry the lessons from game to game.
 Getting to the point of it all, is the emotional highs of expectations, wonder, great plays, and wins in one package. Crashing the lows of frustration and for some actual anger of losses, "bad calls", slumps, and even seen tragedies. So, let's break down the cliche into some sort of format.

  Offseason/preseason is about a new year/season and preparation. We set up our goals, plans, and expectations for the new year. This is the time for laying the ground work of achieving these short and long term goals. Preparing the the groundwork for that success and giving ourselves the realistic best chances we can for it. From people we add or subtract around us to the steps/actions needed to achieve our goals. Creating our environment for a better year.

 Season is the toughest and most emotionally taxing part of the journey. It's about the grind and actual implementation of your plans(game plan) to conquer each obstacle along the way. Adjusting to failures and flawed plans, because NOTHING ever goes as planned. Setting a new adjusted plan for each new hurdle coming(game). How do you handle the defeats/failures and the emotional valley that hits afterward? Do you let it define you, motivate you, or make you quit? Do the improbable wins and euphoric highs give your ego too much float and create arrogance, or simply build confidence for the next road block? The mental toughness, resolve, and ability to adjust to those dark days.

  Postseason/home stretch is about the final steps to your goals. They are in sight and just out of reach, but there. The emotional tax is greater and far more intense and exaggerated. Last chance efforts to grab that brass ring or scrap it and start over next year.

This is all kind of brushed over to make it digestible or bite size to help reach a point, somewhere along the way. I know this isn't any revolutionary idea or thought process, but rather a reminder how things can emulate others.