Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Alright already, I'll go ahead and post. Thank you for the encouragement by all, it makes me feel loved. Well, for those of you who know anything about my life, you know that I'm a Marketing Product Manager / Associate for Cardiovascular and Skin for Burns tissue, otherwise known as Human Allograft Cryopreserved Heart Valves and Split Thickness Skin. In honor of my career, today’s post is titled Fireworks Safety. Less burns equals less work, more burns is more work for me. So let’s do us all a favor and play it safe this 4th of July.

Exploding brilliant colored fireworks, backyard barbecues, and roasting marshmallows are the highlights of every July 4th holiday celebration.

Burns are a common cause of injury during the summer months and especially in July. Fire and burns are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages fourteen and under.

Approximately 10,000 people suffer fireworks injuries every year, including over 4,000 children ages fourteen and under. Burns resulting from improper use of sparklers and illegal fireworks usually involve the hands, face, arms, and chest areas.

Keep your July holiday activities enjoyable, fun and safe by following these fireworks safety guidelines:

  • The best guideline is to leave all fireworks activity to the professionals.
  • Check with your local police or fire department to determine what fireworks can be legally discharged in your area.
  • Only adults should handle fireworks. Read and follow all instructions with fireworks. All fireworks must carry a warning label to discuss necessary safety precautions.
  • Be sure spectators are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Never place your face or any other part of your body over fireworks.
  • Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned. Soak with water and throw them away.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and any other flammable materials.
  • Never throw, point or shoot fireworks towards people, buildings, vehicles or wooded areas, especially if the weather has been dry.
  • Never hold or get close to any lit fireworks.
  • Watch what you wear. Loose clothing can catch fire, and should not be worn while handling fireworks.

-Summer Safety Education Guide (American Burn Association)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Holy Crap!!!

A car collides into cyclists participating in a race in Mexico's northern border city of Matamoros, Sunday June 1, 2008. At least one person was killed and 14 injured when a driver slammed into a bicycle race.
(AP Photo/Jose Fidelino Vera Hernandez)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

What would you do...

...if this lady knocked on your front door and asked if she could barrow a cup of sugar?

Guinness World Record holder for the 'Most Pierced Woman', Elaine Davidson, poses for a photograph in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland showing some of her five thousand nine hundred and twenty piercings on May 16, 2008.


Top 25 in my iTunes

All right, I haven't had any time to post lately, but this one seems easy enough to do per Bret.

There, that wasn't so bad, now was it? Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Groundlings Theatre

All right, for those of you who didn't know already, my agent (i.e. my wife) signed me up for an audition for The Groundlings in LA this past January. Believe it or not, I actually passed the audition for The Groundlings School. However, with the combination of India and my work-traveling schedule I haven't had the opportunity to register and enroll into any of their classes. Well it’s official…next Thursday, May 22; I start my first training workshop. Step one of Groundlings stardom. Thank you Lord for opening up the door once again. You rock!!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Going Down To Downey

This is definitely a well overdue blog post and since I’m in the blogging mood, I figured I’d add this story to the bunch. Two Sundays ago Beth and I decided to go to Revolution Downey. While we were there I decided that I needed to use the restroom just like any other normal person would. So I’m sitting there doing the old standup trick, minding my own business, when I happened to glance over and noticed that not only do they have a nice porcelain tub urinal, they had three nice standup urinals on the adjacent wall in this particular Columbus High School bathroom. I then started thinking to myself, why would someone want to have to aim so precisely in one of those standup urinals when they can have this nice porcelain tub urinal all to themselves? And then I asked the question, why would they have multiple urinals in this restroom? At this same moment I started glancing over to the porcelain tub urinal when I realized it had an interesting flushing mechanism. It had a spout with a push action water valve..that's wierd...hey, wait a second…did I??? Could I of??? And then I glanced over and saw a very nice soap dispenser mounted right next to the water spout…sure enough...I just relieved myself in the porcelain tub “SINK”!!! Here’s to porcelain sinks. Play ball!!!

Thou Shall Eat Pizza

Alright so I'm sorry I’ve been a little behind in the blogging world, but I have a legitimate excuse: business travel. Two weeks ago I was back east which I shared a little with you guys below. Last week I was in Augusta, GA at the Joseph M Still Burn Center which was then followed by Stockton for Jamie’s wedding, which was a very nice wedding weekend if I do say, so, myself. This week I’m in Chicago, thus this blog entry.

Giordano’s of Prudential Plaza is definitely what pizza is all about. If you haven’t had Giordano’s World Famous Stuffed Pizza then you haven’t had pizza at all. Did I say that out loud, quite bold of me isn’t it? Alright, maybe it’s not the best pizza I have ever had in my entire life, but it is pretty good pizza. For those of you in So Cal who think they can get a deep dish stuffed pizza from your local pizza delivery guy, you’re wrong. This pizza takes a minimum of 30-35 minutes to make; therefore it won’t be at your doorstep within 30 minutes or less. OK enough about the pizza just take my word for it…its good pizza. How many times can you say the word pizza in the same paragraph???

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Where were you today?

Well let me see...I started off in the Washington DC area, then I was in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and now I'm in New Jersey. Tomorrow I start off in New Jersey, and then drive to New York/Bronx to visit a burn center, back to New Jersey to visit another burn center, and then Pennsylvania where I'll have dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House with a burn surgeon and finally back to my hotel in New Jersey. Oh, did I mention? We may have to stop off at the old cooperate office in Edison, NJ for a little office time, if we can fit it all into our schedule. Wow, I'm tired. Anyways, being that I'm here on business, I really haven't had the time to get out and do any site seeing like a normal tourist. However, we (my Marketing partner and I) had the chance to stop and stretch out our legs at a very interesting, but kind of cool store that I know they wouldn't allow in Newport Beach or even Long Beach for that matter.

...Cabela's???...alright, I really thought I came across something big here, but apparently Cabela's can be found across the entire US. Bummer, I was really looking for that true East coast find. Maybe I'll get lucky tomorrow. In the meantime, you're welcome Cabela's for the free advertisement. And yes, no animals were harmed, injured, or beaten during my photo shoot, they were already dea_/sho_. Sorry, I couldn’t fill in the blanks because I’m afraid I may offend someone, so I apologize in advance. Please disregard the facetiousness. Thanks.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

This is what it is all about...

The Great Commission
16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Matthew 28:16-20

...More Followers of Christ, Closer Followers of Christ...

Realigning my heart...

Monday, April 7, 2008

india oh eight

Here are a few of my favorite photos from India this year. I think I need to hire Beth to help sort them all out, since this is the first time I’ve done anything with them. I know, pretty pathetic, huh? In the mean time, here you go…hot off my hard drive.

Why me?

I don't know, I guess I'm just tired of coming up with excuses on why not. So here you go...stay tuned for the life of Mike. Enjoy!