DID I LIVE? DID I LOVE? DID I MATTER? How would you ANSWER these questions if you were in RANDYS SHOES?

Posted by admin on Apr 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

At the end of our lives we all ask these 3 main questions: DID I LIVE? DID I LOVE? DID I MATTER?

In this video you can see Randy Pausch was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”. He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller. Pausch delivered his “Last Lecture”, titled Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, at CMU on September 18, 2007. He gave an abridged version of his speech on the Oprah show in October 2007. The talk was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then give a hypothetical “final talk”, with a topic such as “what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?” Before speaking, Pausch received a long standing ovation from a large crowd of over 400 colleagues and students. When he motioned them to sit down, saying, “Make me earn it,” someone in the audience shouted back, “You did!”

Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008. But before is LAST LECTURE and passing RANDY has inspired MILLIONS to ANSWER these 3 Questions and live lives with MORE PASSION! Enjoy! :-)



Posted by admin on Apr 6, 2011 in Uncategorized


Here is a great interview between Peter Guber an American film producer and executive. Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment. Films he personally produced or executive produced, including Rain Man, Batman, The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, The Witches of Eastwick, Missing and Flashdance, have earned over three billion dollars worldwide and garnering more than 50 Academy Award nominations. Guber is also a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Peter Guber just released his newest book TELL TO WIN which was released March, 1, 2011.

Tony Robbins is an American self-help author and success coach. Robbins’ books include Best Selling Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement and Awaken The Giant Within founder of the Anthony Robbins Foundation, whose self-proclaimed mission is to empower students and prisoners, organize food drives, and fund Robbins’ “Discovery Camp.” The foundation has “products and programs in more than 2,000 schools, 700 prisons, and 100,000 health and human service organizations.”

In this interview you will see and learn THE POWER OF STORY TELLING in regards to accomplishing goals and self-sabotaging limiting beliefs that stop us from succeeding and achieving. Enjoy :-)



Posted by admin on Apr 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

Here is one of my favorite videos from an amazing man and mentor of many! Les Brown! Enjoy! ;-)



Posted by admin on Apr 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

Martin Luther King III Speaks Out on NYC Living Wage Campaign

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed 43 years ago today. The assassination occurred as he was supporting a strike of municipal sanitation workers, standing up for the principle that “every working American should earn enough to live a decent life” in the words of his son Martin Luther King III.

In memory of his father, King III made the following statement in support of New York City’s Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, which he sees as part of “a national roadmap for continuing my father’s unfinished work of economic justice.”

Every year, on the anniversary of my father’s death, people pay tribute to his life and legacy—to the ideals and principles he worked so hard to achieve, not simply for the people of his time but ultimately for the many generations that would come after him.

But exactly what he was doing the day he was killed is often forgotten. On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fighting for the creation of living wage jobs. In his view, it was both a moral necessity and a civil right that every working American should earn enough to live a decent life and not worry about basic survival. More than forty years later, we continue to fall woefully short of his vision. Far too many working people in our communities and neighborhoods across this great country still earn poverty wages instead of living wages. This is a collective failure, and we must address it together as one nation.

New York City offers a national roadmap for continuing my father’s unfinished work of economic justice. Tonight elected officials, religious leaders, labor leaders, and local community members are gathering in Brooklyn and Bronx churches for mass meetings to build the next phase of the largest citywide living wage movement in the country. In recent months, the Living Wage NYC Coalition has quickly organized and mobilized thousands of residents to push for passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. A majority of City Council members back the legislation. Now I urge the rest to embrace it.

People see something very wrong happening: Corporations getting richer from tax subsidies offered in the name of economic development yet making people poorer with low-wage jobs. This extreme income disparity is the result of misguided public policy, and that’s why a movement has come together around getting better policy implemented: the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act would ensure that tax dollars create living wage jobs.

We need the living wage movement to succeed and spread to other parts of the country. Countless stories of the working poor today are about people making impossible choices: food or rent, clothing or electricity. When we pause over those stories, and understand their painful significance, we grasp something fundamental about a country as wealthy as ours: no working person should have to settle for surviving over living. It’s that simple. (Article Compliments April 4, 2011 Huffington Post)

I Have a Dream Speech
Martin Luther King’s Address at March on Washington
August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. [Applause]

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
Martin Luther King delivering the I Have a Dream Speech

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
I Have a Dream

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
I Have a Dream Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”



Posted by admin on Mar 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

I will never forget the day I become a DODGER FAN. I was in kindergarten and I remember my teacher wearing a dodger shirt to school for opening day. At the time the most important thing to me was my mom, coloring, playing Tonka trucks in the dirt and eating everything in my Grandmas refrigerator! But the day I became a DODGER FAN it was love at first sight. I remember getting my first dodger hat from Zody’s (the Walmart of my day). Man this hat was awesome!. It had the most perfect two letters on it LA. I slept each night with my hat next to me with my bat and glove and would always trace the letters with my fingers thinking to myself..WOW L.A means LOS ANGELES! I thought I was the smartest kid in the world because I figured this out! LOL The color of this hat was royal blue and I would always do my best to let my classmate know that BLUE is my favorite color. That hat and the Dodgers become a new found part of me and was truly my first experience in feeling CONFIDENCE, PASSION and PRIDE.

The very first game I watched was during the 1981 Season and all I remember is FERNANDO MANIA. In the grandmas backyard me and my best friend Tony would fight over who was FERNANDO #34 and at times wouldn’t start a game until one of us decided to be PEDRO GUERERRO instead. We would play baseball for hours and hours and would finish the night looking at and lining up our Dodger baseball cards. These were some of the best moments as a kid and each year the start of baseball season brings back that childlike spirit that baseball love right back into my heart! GO DODGERS! 

I’m Victor Palomares and I BLEED LA DODGER BLUE!



Posted by admin on Mar 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Dodgers-Giants rivalry began in the late 19th century, when both teams were based in New York City. The then-American League Dodgers then were located in Brooklyn, while the National League’s Giants played across town in Manhattan. The two teams first met in an early version of the league championship in 1889. The Dodgers won the first-ever meeting, 12-10, but the Giants won the series, six games to three.

One year after that championship meeting, the Dodgers moved to the National League, and the squads began playing each year. From that point, the rivalry intensified quickly and strongly. In May of that year, the two teams played each other in the first official game, which the Dodgers again won. The first fight between the two teams occurred later that year, when a Dodgers third-base coach pretended to be a base runner to draw a throw to third.

The rivalry continued to grow, and by the early 1900s it also had taken on a personal aspect. The manager of the Dodgers, Willie Robinson, had been fired from the Giants organization by coach John McGraw. That snub added further fuel to the fire and led to some heated episodes during the coaches’ years in charge.

Around the same time, the Dodgers-Giants rivalry took on a more socioconscious air. The Dodgers, based in Brooklyn, saw themselves as the underdogs of New York society, a more working class society. The Giants came to represent the swanky wealth and success of Manhattan, and those cultural differences added a new dimension to the crosstown rivalry.

By the mid-1950s, both teams were playing in outdated stadiums without enough parking. Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley had wanted badly to keep his team in Brooklyn, but discussions with city officials were deteriorating to the point that it seemed impossible. O’Malley had been approached by officials in Los Angeles for several years and, in 1957, he secured a deal to move the team to LA.

The National League decided it would approve O’Malley’s move only if he brought another team with him to California, to provide another West Coast presence in the league. O’Malley convinced Giants owner Horace Stoneham, who originally had wanted to move to Minnesota, to move to San Francisco. In May 1957, the NL owners voted unanimously to allow both teams to move to California.

And so both moved out west together during the offseason, and the rivalry continued. Some of the same cultural differences that divided the teams in New York reinvented themselves in California: Los Angeles was the home of Hollywood and all its glory, while San Francisco considered itself one of the most progressive and cultural cities in the West.

The first day of MLB play on the West Coast occured on April 15, 1958. The Giants won that first matchup, 8-0. Three days later, the Dodgers christened their new stadium, beating San Francisco 6-5.

Since the move, the Dodgers-Giants rivalry has only continued to grow. The two teams have finished near the top of the standings and battled for playoff spots for decades, finishing 1-2 eight times in the National League (before 1968) and seven times in the NL West race (since then).

Because they often finish atop the division standings, frequently one team has found itself knocking the other out of contention for the playoffs — an occurrence the teams’ fans enjoy as much as reaching the playoffs themselves. Since 1980, one team has knocked the other out of the playoffs in the final series of the season five times.

Each squad has 18 pennants and six World Series championships, though the order in which they won them has flipflopped. In New York, the Dodgers won nine pennants and only one championship. The Giants won 14 pennants and five titles. Since the move to California, though, the Dodgers have won another nine pennants and five championships; the Giants, four pennants and one championship (in 2010, the team’s first since 1954).

As the rivalry has grown more long-standing and more heated, Dodgers and Giants players and fans alike have experienced plenty of fights and incidents, some more serious than others.

The first recorded “dispute” between the two teams was in 1890, when Dodgers third base coach Darby O’Brien pretended to be a base runner to draw a throw over to third. The Giants reacted angrily, and the two teams both exploded.

The most notorious incident between the clubs happened in 1965 at an Aug. 22 game in San Francisco. Giants pitcher Juan Marichal had hit two Dodgers batters earlier in the game and, when he came up to bat, chaos ensued. Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax had never been one to retaliate against another pitcher, but Marichal claimed that Los Angeles’ catcher, Johnny Roseboro, was. Marichal said Roseboro’s return throws to Koufax were dangerously close to his head and even had clipped his ear once.

Marichal and Roseboro began to argue, and Marichal hit the catcher on the head with his bat. After that action, both benches cleared, and a brawl began. The Giants’ Willie Mays and Koufax eventually broke up the fight, Mays helping the badly-bleeding Roseboro off the field. Though Roseboro and Marichal eventually became friends (Marichal spoke at Roseboro’s funeral), the incident remains the worst on-field incident in the rivalry’s — and baseball’s — history.

In 1978, San Francisco’s fans — always vocal when Los Angeles was playing in town — became even more so. At one game in May, Dodgers outfielder Reggie Smith went into the stands after a fan that had been throwing things on the field. Three years later, Smith went after another Giants fan in the stands, this time a man who had been verbally taunting him and even threw a batting helmet at him. When Smith jumped into the stands in 1981, he began punching the man and was ejected from the game. The instigator, a man named Michael Dooley, was arrested.

In 1987, Dodgers outfielder Mike Marshall hit a three-run homer against Giants pitcher Scotts Garrelts, enough to seal an L.A. win in an early-season game. As he rounded the bases, he celebrated noisily and gestured at Giants manager Roger Craig and Garrelts. The pitcher responded by sending his next pitch over Dodger catcher Alex Trevino’s head, and the benches cleared. After about a 15-minute brawl, Giants fans threw coins, cups and beer at the Dodgers players as they walked back to their dugout. About 75 fans were ejected, and several were arrested.

The long-standing rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants is one of the most historic and storied rivalries in Major League Baseball. Dating back to the late 19th century, when both teams were based in New York, the rivalry has continued even after moving across the continent.

Unlike many MLB rivalries, in which one team has a vastly superior record or title count, this rivalry always has been rather well matched. The two squads each have six World Series titles and 18 National league pennants, more than any other NL franchise. The Giants have a slight edge in the regular season record, 1,171-1,149 (there also have been 17 ties in the series).

The two NL West squads meet for the first time in the 2011 Major League Baseball season on Thursday, March 31. The Dodgers will host the Giants — the 2010 World Series champions — in the Opening Day matchup. (Article Compliments ESPN ARCHIVES)


ON OUR WAY TO SEE GARY V! No Interaction Left Behind! :-)

Posted by admin on Mar 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

THE THANK YOU ECONOMY Book Review Part 1-On our way to see GARY V! ;-)



Posted by admin on Mar 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

Just picked up Gary Vaynerchuk’s new book THE THANK YOU ECONOMY! Boo YAA



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Do what you love and love what you do. if your miserable and keep showing up for it I would stop showing up! LIFE STARTS when your excited to BE ALIVE and PRESENT! Don’t wait for a HEART ATTACK to remind you that your heart beats, your blood flows and LIFE MATTERS! Let’s Rock with PURPOSE BABY!!!  VJP ;-)

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