I love SoCal, particularly in the winter when the beach crowds are light but the weather is absolutely beautiful. Here are some pretty shots of my front yard, right here at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.
Surfer – As caught through the palms of the surf shack. Blue skies above.
Crashing – Waves crash over the rocky La Jolla Coastline as people gather to watch the sunsets.
Surf Shack – Against the dramatic clouds of the afternoon; a lone surfboard and a breezy surf shack.
A surfer does a hand stand at the La Jolla Windansea Palm Shack. It’s Friday. Be Happy.
I was in London last week for business so I got up early one morning before work and did a photo walk to capture the mood of the city. In the winter it is quite cold and people are always in a rush. Everyone in London is in a rush
Men of London – I call this men of London, two guys having a smoke break on their phones.
Women of London – This is a bunch of gals just hanging out in doorways
In Between – This guy was walking in between big buildings.
Fancy Pants – Not sure why I like to call these guys fancy pants, all Londoners are.
Cell Phone Jimmy – This guy was on his cell phone with sun hitting him
Evil Tower – This tower seemed evil to me. This is Lloyds.
Street Sweepers – These are a throwback to bygone days.
Candy Crusher – These busses, wow they really jazzed them up.
I love Mormon – That’s what this bus says
Tower Bridge – Walking commuters on their way to work.
Suspicious Chicken – This suspicious chicken was giving me the evil eye.
For going on the better part of 20 years, my persistent brother Bill has been leaving me voicemail messages from various characters and personas. Inevitably, when he can’t reach me and gets my voicemail, I will get a call much like the one that you are going to listen to.
He never disguises his voice, and with caller ID, I can clearly see that the voicemail messages come from his phone, but he will still leave them for me and they are quite interesting.
In almost all cases they are from an attorney, a detective, an investigator or a would be client that is interested or upset about whatever business or company that I happen to be working with at the time. He will always weave in an angle that has something to do with “poop”, “hernias”, or other embarrassing things. There have probably been at lest 20-30 of these characters through the years.
Here are a few of the ones I recall
1995 – The SkidMark Detective
In 1995 there was the “SkidMark Detective” that wanted to contact me regarding possible neighbors he was investigating for potential skid mark crimes. I was working as a fraud investigator and “Skip Tracer” at the time locating people and would often call neighbors to try to locate suspects of people I was looking for.
1999 – Mobile Hernia Check Van Recruiter
In 1999, I got a call from a recruiter wanting to know if I was interested in becoming a driver for one of their Mobile Hernia Van’s that would tour the city doing “Free Hernia Checks” for guys. Full training program was provided so no experience was necessary.
2009 – The “Magic Jack” Prospect
I used to use a phone service from a company called Magic Jack and for some reason when it rolled to message it would announce “magic jack”. Well a got a message from a one “Howard” who was very interested in what sort of services I might be offering with a name like “Magic Jack” and what sort of things we could arrange because he’d never heard of something as appealing as a “Magic Jack”.
2015 – Patent Attorney
And, well tonight, I got a call from one Hal Fleishman, an attorney wanting to go “mano a mano” for a patent and copyright infringement of my company with his company. Ultimately of course looking to duel it out with a sword fight.