Cars, Nostalgia, Childhood, Tradition!

bugatti

Ever since I was young, I was fascinated with cars. All types of cars! I grew up in a family where cars were admired. My father, grandfather, and older brother are all blue collar men and the first two were mechanics. I remember my dad always fixing up an old school car in the home garage and his work garage. He would always be messing around with his “projects”.

Now, I’m not a mechanic; I went to community college and became a lawyer. I make a good living and I own a hot rod (for fun), I bought one for my brother as a project to work on, and I also on a couple of luxury cars. A lot of people think that is extravagant, but I say, to each their own. I don’t judge others, and I don’t care for others to judge me.

When I feel stressed out, I like to invite my dad and brother over to go over the latest in cars. We also work on my cars. Just the smell of the leaked oil, rubber of the tires, old car parts like an almost worn out engine or transmission… ah, the memories and the nostalgia.

Once in a rare while, I’ll test out luxury car. This is OC’s go to luxury car rental company. They have always treated me well. They have a good variety of luxury cars, customer service is pretty sweet (as it should be), and the rates are decent (not highway robbery… pun intended!)

The next thing to do is to camp in San Diego with my own son. I think it will be a bonding experience. I will rent a Lexus, something cool like that, and maybe we can do a Pacific Coast Highway trip.

What could be better than passing on the tradition to my son? Cars, nostalgia, childhood!

Losing Weight Through Hiking & Kayaking

When I was in high school, I was a fairly active kid. I participated in basketball and ice hockey and played for three years. At an younger age, I also casually picked up snowboarding, surfing, and skateboarding. My family and friends pegged me as a natural athlete, one who didn’t have to try at much but was “pretty good” and fluid at most sports I picked up.

By far, though, the hardest time I’ve ever had with a sport is football… something to do with nailing the routes and getting the timing and chemistry right between myself and the quarterback. The quarterback, who, by the way, never liked me anyway.

What a tangent. Back to the point: once I graduated from college, I put on 50 extra pounds. I’m also the type of person on whom 50 lbs can look more like 70-80 lbs.

How Can I Lose Weight?!

Having tried every fad diet under the sun in the last few years (and never lasting or seeing results), I decided my main goal would be to ‘stay active’ 4-5 days a week. For the first 3 months, I stuck to hiking. I’d concentrate on walking. Not even timing. I started with easy hiking for an hour, then it turned into two and before I knew it, it became one of my favorite hobbies.

The next activity that stole my heart? Kayaking. Gosh, all it took was a weekend of cabin, camping out fun with my friends, tucked away from the world. The food was plain, bland, and crap but the stars were beautiful and we had so much fun renting a boat, jet skiing, canoeing and hiking. It was a blast.

That’s when I learned about the cheaper option of inflatable kayaks. Let me tell you: if you don’t have a lot of room and wanna spend less than two hundred bucks on something fun and awesome and want to lose weight, invest in one of these babies. So, I researched tons of options and read a helpful article on tandem kayaks.

sea eagle inflatable boat

To date, I not only lost the initial 50 pounds I gained so long ago, but today, collectively, I am proud to have lost 70 pounds! Be sure to look at the big sites if you want to buy an inflatable kayak. Not only that, I feel excited every morning when I wake up (17) :)

Lesson? Do whatever the heck it takes!