Sticky Bumps Review

I use Sticky Bumps Surf Wax because I like the smell. This is not a surf wax review I just wanted to write in why I use Sticky Bumps, it works well, goes on easy, and it smells really good. All winter I have been using Sticky Bumps Cool Surf Wax and loving it.
Some Facts about Sticky Bumps, Cool Surfboard Wax is for use in water 58º- 68º F (14º-19ºC). Sticky Bumps Surf Wax is an all-natural non-toxic wax. Eco Friendly, Sticky Bumps was the first surf wax to stop using paraffin-based waxes. Sticky Bumps is long lasting and easy to apply formula. Rub it on nose to tail, rail to rail. The wax weight is over 85 grams. Sticky Bumps surf wax has been around since 1972.
I personally over wax my boards, so I use a lot of wax, and it lasts and sticks good. It is also a surf wax that lasts a while you don’t have to constantly reapply, I use the same wax, as it just stays put, no need to mess with it. Long lasting and easy to apply what more could you want.

Price is $2.00 – $3.00, worth every cent/sent!

Sticky Bumps Original Cool Surf Wax Opened Next to an Unopened Wax
Sticky Bumps Original Cool Surf Wax Opened Next to an Unopened Wax
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Sticky Bumps Side Photo
Sticky Bumps Original Cool Surf Wax Back
Sticky Bumps Original Cool Surf Wax Back
Front Photo Sticky Bumps Original Cool Surf Wax
Front Photo Sticky Bumps Original Cool Surf Wax

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Screaming Eagle 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Review

Screaming Eagle 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Average $2,500 ($1,900 to $7,495)

Opening up a bottle of Screaming Eagle 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is always a great night. The ratings are always consistently high yet if I were rating this wine tonight it would be 100%, my research shows drink within the next 10 years, why wait. Tasting notes from everyone tonight, delicious, amazingly complex and purely textured, this wine is structured perfectly with silky tannin, spice, fruit, bright, hints of smoke, licorice, perfectly balanced, finesse, refined, intense, full bodied and very approachable. Outstanding with the main course, steak and garden vegetables, a perfect pairing at an outdoor setting area next to the fire.

Facts- There was only 800, 12-bottle cases made.

Vintage – 2004
Producer – Screaming Eagle
Varietal – Cabernet Sauvignon
Region – California
Sub Region – Napa Valley
Appellation – Oakville
Country – USA
Color – Dark Ruby Red, Violet, Purple Color
Nose – Sweet cassis aromas, black raspberry, ripe cherry, mocha, smoke, some licorice, vanilla, cassis and hint of camphor.
Notes – Balanced, pure, beautifully textured, opulent, and forward.
Finish – It does tighten, with a long persistent finish.

Over all vintages this was the 50th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year, search rank last month was 33rd. The Wine-Searcher score of 94/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Cellar Tracker – 95/100
Stephen Tanzer – 94/100
Robert Parker – 95/100
Wine Spectator -94/100
Price History over the last 5 years – $2,000-$2,500

2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon was made in Oakville, Napa Valley by far some of the most expensive viticultural real estate in the area. Bottled by screaming Eagle Alcohol 14.8% By Volume.

Screaming Eagle, the most asked question is always about taste, quality, price, and do they all measure up? I have a one word answer, “perfection”.

Front of Bottle 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
Front of Bottle 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
Back of Bottle 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
Back of Bottle 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon

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Beats Pill 2.0 by Dr. Dre Review

Small but Loud, Do You Know, Destroy Bad Sound Respect The Music, Just What the Doctor Ordered, Right, Fierce… the advertisements are everywhere, this small, sexy, portable speaker is packed with sound quality and is a must have for everyone.

Small Size, Big Sound. The compact size is a bit deceiving your neighbors will hear it, if you are rockin in the back yard. Beats Pill is said to produce powerful sound, soaring highs and deep, booming bass. I think because it’s portable, you can have your music close by and you don’t need it so loud.

Portable, the Beats Pill got me on portability. It is lightweight design is small enough to go anywhere, the small travel case makes it easy to pack. The charge lasts a long time, I have listened to music for over seven hours, and it take a short time to recharge. If your phone is low on battery power, plug it in on the bottom to charge. The Beats Pill has Bluetooth capability an internal microphone, you can conference call, the mic input is just below the sync button.

Pairing the Beats Pill is easy, I have had so much trouble in the past with other Bluetooth speakers. It’s easy, tap your phone to your Beats Pill and you create an instant connection or hold down the Beats Pill logo for three seconds and it will pair with your devise. Sync two Beats Pills by tapping them together to play the same song on both. If you tap the Beats Pills together twice you get your music in stereo, one Beats Pill will be left output and the other will be right output. You can change tracks and adjust volume on whatever you sync, from up to thirty feet away.

Accessories, there are a bunch a few of the more popular ones are, Beats Pill Character, Beats Pill Sleeve and the Beats Pill Bike Mount.

Photos will display front, Beats Pill button that will light up in red when you power it on and the four speakers. Back, line out, line in, Bluetooth indicator, power button, micro USB port and NFC (Near Field Communications) button and volume up/down buttons. Bottom, USB phone charger.

For $199.00 it’s well worth it, a premium well made product. I highly recommend it! Bback

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Healthy Eating At McDonald’s

I had a very early breakfast and was ready for lunch, I walked in to a McDonald’s in Santa Monica, CA and had such a great experience. I wanted to eat healthy so I ordered a southwest salad, it was 10:35am so they still had their breakfast menu up, salad/lunch menu starts at 11am. The very nice girl working the counter said no problem and another outgoing employee went to get the salad, as she wanted to help out. Five star service at McDonald’s, they both went out of their way to make me happy and were successful.

McDonald’s Southwest Salad, is under $5, I was thirsty so I ordered a Dasani Water $1, what a deal.

What’s in a Southwest Salad from McDonald’s? Tossed greens and three cups of veggies. To be more specific, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, roasted corn, roasted tomatoes, poblano peppers, black beans, thinly sliced carrots, cilantro topped with cheddar and jack cheese, lime wedge and chili-lime tortilla strips (I ordered it without the tortilla strips). It came with Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette, I forgot to put it on, it was super tasty without it.

On you smart phone you can access McDonald’s nutrition chart where you can customize it to see how many calories are in what you are eating and so much more. Below are the results for the McDonald’s Southwest Salad, without chili-lime tortilla strips and Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Calories -110
Protein – 6g
Fat (5%) – 3g
Carbs (5%) – 15g
Sodium (4%) – 85mg
Calories from Fat – 30
Saturated Fat (8%) – 1.5g
Trans Fat – 0g
Cholesterol (3%) – 10mg
Dietary Fiber (22%) – 6g
Sugars – 5g
Vitamin A (160%) – 7880IU
Calcium (10%) – 120mg
Iron (10%) – 2mg
Vitamin C (25%) – 16mg
Serving Size (223g) – 7.9 oz.

It comes with a plastic knife and fork wrapped in a napkin, so easy if you are on the go. A salad (with impressive quality ingredients), fast, under five dollars and employees who know customer service, you can’t beat it or should I say “I’m lovin it.”
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PFD Life Vest For Stand Up Paddleboarding

A life vest/jacket is required when you stand up paddleboard (SUP) in most marinas. You don’t want the big cumbersome style, you don’t want to get a ticket, you want to get a tan and you want the smallest most efficient life vest around. Something that will keep the fuzz away, yet save you in case of an emergency when you really in need. You want a Hobie SUP Belt Pak Lifevest, it’s so light you forget it’s on and it fits around your waist so you won’t have any tan lines.

Product Features:
USGS Approved Type III PFD
Manually activated inflation system
Lighter and less restrictive
Convenient exterior zipper pocket for storage of small items
Durable ripstop nylon
2in / 5 cm wide adjustable nylon waist belt
Includes (1) CO 2 cylinder and instructions
Weight 1.00 lbs.

Let’s face it the best flotation devise for SUP riders is your SUP. Everyone who surfs or SUP’s knows that, a solution could be make everyone where a leash. But the life vest/jacket rule is here to stay, so make the investment. I did everything I could to save money, I got the net and attached a life jacket, I wore a retro life jacket and I purchased some of the less expensive PFD’s available. They work but, they are bigger and they are not secure so they flap around. It always was a hassle so I went without and got a ticket. The next day I went out and purchased the Hobie SUP PFD, it stays in place, the adjustable belt is thin it’s not in the way, I even where it when I go sailing, it’s so small you forget you have it on.

For just over $100 you can look like a pro, restriction free, not be hassled by the fuzz and working on a tan free of any tan lines. Go to Hobie to order online or visit you local Hobie Surf Shops.

Wearing a Hobie SUP PFD looks so cool, it could trigger the return of the Fanny Pack,
let’s hope not!
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DockLocks for SUP or Surfboard

Locks keep honest people honest. I keep my stand up paddleboard (SUP) on my sailboat, yet I was always worried that one day it would get stolen. I keep my surfboard in my back yard and every so often usually on an epic day, a “friend” will borrow it for the day. Not any more the company DocksLocks has come out with the most innovative and practical way to lock up your board. It is kind of like a bike lock for your board, providing similar security benefits and it just takes a minute.

DocksLocks security system is a lock for your board. It secures your surfboard/SUP/wakeboard, deterring theft and freeing your mind. Lock your board to your boat, roof rack, surf rack, dock post or lock it to a bike rack while you go for a bite to eat.

The complete system is $49.95; I purchased mine from Action Watersports in Marina del Rey (www.actionwatersports.com). You can buy the complete surfboard and SUP lock system, it’s a small mesh dive bag inside is 1- 10ft stainless steel coated DXLX cable with a resettable combination, 1- DXLX JAW, 1- DXLX cleat for use in a single fin box (only needed if your surfboard or SUP does not have a leash plug) and a cool sticker DocksLocks Surfboard Security Systems (put it on your board to deter burglars, it’s like the ADT signs outside houses, it works). You can also purchase an extra DXLX JAW ($29.95), lock up multiple boards with one cable.

DOCKsLOCKs, is a must have, if your like me you made a big investment in your surfboards and SUP, it is a small price to keep it safe.
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SUP, What Should I Buy and Why?

Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport, and finally the competition between producers has leveled the inflated price to an affordable one. Stand Up Paddleboard or SUP for short, is a ton of fun and a great core workout. As consumers test the waters getting into the sport of SUP, I must give some helpful advice. Buy a quality board and a quality paddle from someone who not only makes boards, who also is on the water paddling, using the product he’s selling every day of the year. My dad always said “don’t give advice if you don’t do it, and when you make a purchase buy from someone who uses the product they are selling.”

Ever surf Zuma Beach? Vacationers or locals, when your in California head to Malibu and hook up with Tony “Radfish” Stearns. He is not only the maker of Radfish Stand Up Paddle Boards some of the best/lightest SUP boards made, he is one of the best SUP riders in the industry. If you want to see for yourself take a look at his YouTube channel #radfishmalibu and subscribe. You can take SUP lessons, purchase a SUP or upgrade your SUP to one of his carbon fiber/Kevlar custom shaped boards and carbon fiber paddles.

I’m the guy who always wanted a SUP yet it always seemed too expensive. I called Tony Radfish and started out with a few private lessons, it was everything I had imagined and more, awesome! Radfish is right on Zuma Beach in Malibu, one minute after you park your on a Radfish SUP in the water. Tony Radfish is a well known local he has been surfing the Malibu waves for over four decades he knows where to be on any given day. Known for his experience, professionalism, and winning many competitions in both surfing and SUP. This is a five star operation in every aspect, customer service, ocean safety and any other concerns you may have. If you want a wetsuit he has them available, if you ding your board he does repairs.

I purchased a Radfish SUP and I have used it everyday since. It is so much fun it doesn’t feel like a workout, yet I have lost 20 pounds. If you purchased a board and paddle like the one I purchased from Radfish in a store it would be three times as much. I recently upgraded my paddle to a Radfish Carbon Fiber Paddle, and I recommend everyone do the same. If your looking for a Stand Up Paddleboard take a look at Radfish, the best boards at wholesale prices. Tony Radfish makes them himself and sells wholesale directly to the public. Contact him for the best deal, mention that you heard about him from the Secret Blogger and your deal will be so much sweeter.

Contact information for Radfish is;
Phone: (310) 433-1767 call for appointment
Hours: Everyday Sunrise – Sunset
Email: radfishmalibu@gmail.com
Location: Zuma Beach Malibu, CA
Website: radfishmalibu.com
Instagram: #radfishmalibu
LinkedIn: #radfishmalibu

*I did take all the photos except for the girl rider & Tony Radfish on the water.
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Oprah Winfrey Chai Tea Review

I’m a fan of Oprah Winfrey, but if I go to Starbucks I always have a black coffee.

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea or as they call it at Starbucks “Oprah Chai”, it is a hit and sales wise- people will by anything that Oprah puts her name on. Those were the selling points I was told at Starbucks so I decided to give it a try. It was served hot yet I recommend when you try it for the first time to try it iced, unless you make it at home then I recommend hot (you can customize it to your liking).

Howard Schultz is a marketing genius, I do see many more stars signature menu items in the near future within Starbucks Corporation. This is real not just an endorsement, Oprah Winfrey not only blends and drinks chai tea daily she helped in the blending of Oprah Chai. Oprah Winfrey said, “My daily tea ritual is a vital part of my morning. Savory and spicy chai, with its deep flavor, has long been a favorite of mine.”

Teaming up with Starbucks and Teavana all proceeds of the signature Teavana Oprah Chai Tea will go to charities that help youth education. Charities like Pathways to College www.pathwaystocollege.info US Dream Academy www.usdreamacademy.org Girls Inc. www.girlsinc.org National CARES Mentoring Movement www.caresmentoring.org and Opera Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation www.owla.co.za if you take a look at the websites you can see just how much is getting accomplished. Oprah Chai has also lead to Steep Your Soul www.oprah.com/app/steep-your-soul.html a must see very powerful, inspiring videos with great guests.

Tasting Oprah’s Chai for the first time you should imagine that you are sitting in a coffee/tea shop in India. I would say close your eyes and don’t think of anything be Zen, opening your mind to a new positive experience. It will be bold something Starbucks is known for in the way they make there most popular coffee, Pike Place Roast. You will taste hints from the base/flavor profile black pepper, chicory, cardamom, clove, ginger and South African red rooibos. It truly is the perfect blend, a bit more flavor coming from the black pepper and ginger, not too gingery yet brings out a nice spice aftertaste. When you make Oprah Chai at home the pleasant spice will fill the room a really enjoyable aroma.

Back to my usual black coffee order at Starbucks, maybe Oprah Chai is that much needed change they say “variety is the spice of life” (life is more interesting when it changes often and you have many different experience).
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Memorial Day Story

Happy Memorial Day! A happy day it is, no work, no school, yet many think of this day as the first day of summer (June 21, 2014). As we all know it is not nor is it, Flag Day (June 14th), Veterans Day (November 11th) or a day to spend shopping going from one sale to the next. Memorial Day honors military personnel who died while in service. These men and women are true heroes; they voluntarily sign up to serve in a military where they know from one day to the next they could loose their life. Memorial Day, should be a happy day, most people what to be remembered in a happy way, and want to make others lives happy as they are remembered.

Looking around today one-thing stands out, The American Flag. It could be the “first day of summer” feeling as winter is in the past and it’s time to put up the flag. Or the fact that the American flag plays a big role in Memorial Day, when it represents everything that soldiers have fought for. You will notice today the flag is at half-staff until noon, after that it is raised to full staff. American flags are placed on all the graves at military cemeteries, and 3 p.m. is the traditional time to visit cemeteries. What a great symbol that stands for so many things to so many people. What a great symbol of quality when an American Flag is crisp, clean, well taken care and well made in the USA. The American Flag that you put up on this day or any other day is a reflection of you, people notice details and a flag that is well made in the USA says a lot. Some flags that won’t make it through the day, poor quality materials and stitching make it vulnerable to strong wind and can fade with the sun. I noticed my flag is made of sail material, what could withstand more than the material sailboats trust in the middle of the ocean. The label said Annin, what I soon found out was this company has been in business since 1847, it was started by Alexander Annin who began making US flags for the merchant ships in his sail-making shop on the New York waterfront in the 1820’s. The American flag was less than fifty years old when Alexander Annin began making US flags. It was an Annin flag that flew at the inauguration of President Zachary Taylor, starting an inaugural tradition that has continued through the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Annin supplied all the US flags for the Union troops during the American Civil War. An Annin flag draped the coffin of President Abraham Lincoln on its journey from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. The U.S. Marines raised an Annin flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in 1945. NASA selected an Annin flag to participate in Apollo 11’s mission to the moon in 1969.

There are a lot of American Flags that look good, are well made in other countries or are less expensive. The point is pride, the US flag should be made in the USA with materials that are domestic in origin and that all processes in every step of its manufacture are completed in USA facilities with USA labor.   When you purchase an American flag make sure it is from Annin or another US manufacture that is “Certified Made in the USA”.

Happy Memorial Day, Is Your American Flag Made In The USA?

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West Coast Cigar & Spirits Tasting Newport Beach, California

What do Belly Dancers have to do with Cigars?

“Cigar and Spirits” you can say one or the other and it’s an event I would like to be at, both together it’s a guaranteed success. The 4th Annual West Coast Cigar & Spirits Tasting, The Ultimate Lifestyle Event was held at the Newport Beach Hyatt presented by Cigar & Spirits Magazine. Cigars were presented as you entered in an outdoor tented area with live music, when you went inside there were Spirits, Food and more entertainment.

The advertising said, “Come and sample some of the world’s greatest spirits and cigars and to take home hundreds of dollars worth of premium cigar samples”. Tickets were $120, yet to sample the world’s greatest spirits and take home… is a deal. Paid events tend to attract true connoisseurs this one had, great camaraderie, from consumers and suppliers- you knew everyone wanted to be there. You were given a postcard when you arrived and as you visited with each of the cigar companies they would punch their logo (15 cigar logos on the card), and give you a cigar or two or three, a cutter, matches… The system is smart and organized, as juggling tasting spirits, food, entertainment, and cigars at the same time needs. Garo Cigars, Gurkha Cigars, Diamond Crown Cigars, Falto Cigars, Psyko Seven Cigars, Drew Estate, Rocky Patel… and more cigar companies, then you had Hangar 24 Craft Beer, Cognac, Moonshine, Bourbon, Nolet’s Gin, Tatratea, BuzzBar (alcohol-infused ice cream for adults), Tequila Uno, Abreojos Tequila, Comisario Tequila (shown in photo) and soo much more to eat and drink.

The following day I went through, the bag that was given to me when I arrived and which I used to put things in as they were given to me. I emptied it out (shown in photo) as I went through it, I remembered the passion and generosity of each company that participated in the event. This event gets better and better every year, I am sure the majority of the people who attended this year will be back next year as it once again exceeded expectations. What do belly dancers have to do with Cigars? There both smoking hot.

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