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Bella writes Bella

Bella is writing her name now. She is really good with drawing and shapes. She has a little trouble with the other of the letters but after a little practice she got it down. What makes me most proud is her willingness to practice, try hard and work through the process until it’s done right. That’s my little smart bear. Bella is about 3.5 year’s old

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Return of the Jedi

Now I am the Master and she is but the learner. Bella watched Return of the Jedi for the first time this weekend. She’s seen some Star Wars before but only bits and pieces and not since she’s been old enough to really follow who’s good who’s bad and what the hell is going on. I started with Return for one reason and one reason only. Ewoks. If you’re going to hook a 3.5 year old little girl you use cute. She calls them “Super Bears” because they are like mega stuffies that walk and talk. I’d say by the end of the week we should be able to cover the original trilogy. Then I’ll decide how to proceed with the other movies. I wish I could show her that Topher Grace edit that I hear is truly epic…

This was Bella’s face as she watched Super Bears fighting the Storm Troopers

Isabella and the Super Bears

Bella’s Observations and Comments

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1. Yesterday at Target Bella dropped a jacket that she had tried on. I said

“Bella pick up that jacket, you can’t leave that on the floor”

so she picks it up and looks at me and says:

“Here you go your highness”

I have no idea where she got that one from

2. Also last night Bella looked up at the moon and declared:

“the Moon’s not a crescent it’s a circle”

311 At the Roxy

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This past weekend Phia and I went to see 311 at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood. Typically speaking we don’t get up to LA much. To me LA is ugly and crowded, very often shady and I try to avoid it as much as possible. But there are a few things that will get me up there, the LA Auto Show, the Lake Show (yes even this horrible season), friends like Chris Wong who lives there and of course a great concert. I will say this about Los Angeles it’s a city like few others in the sense that you will see something you don’t expect, possibly horrible or just as possibly amazing. That evening I saw a white Bugatti Veyron driving. It sounds stupid to say but I’ve only ever seen one twice before and they were parked. For those uninitiated, the Veyron is possibly the most exclusive and rare production car in the world. It’s got 1000 horsepower, it goes 0-60 in about 2.5 seconds, its got a top speed of about 250MPH but maybe the most intimidating stat, it costs 1.3 Million dollars to purchase. It was an exciting start to the evening.

Both Phia and I really like 311, and more symbolically we were married on 3-11. It wasn’t intentional but it does make it a little cooler that there’s a musical connection to our anniversary since both of us are so steeped in music and so much of our relationship revolves around it. It seemed appropriate as a belated valentine to each other. I haven’t been to many of the clubs that Sunset Strip is so famous for, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Turns out the Roxy is about the size of my living room, which isn’t saying much, but with concerts bigger isn’t better.

With almost no effort at all Phia and I posted up about 10-15 feet off the stage as the crowd slowly filled in behind us. Even at capacity it never felt overly crowded or claustrophobic. Maybe our only complaint was that the wait before the show was excessive, but Phia and I almost never get out and spend time just the two of us. So actually it was really amazing to just catch up with my beautiful wife and just enjoy being with her.

So after a few drinks and some much needed quality time with Phia, 311 took to the stage. 311 is one of those bands that surprises you with their energy and how good they sound live. Their style of music has the potential for sounding sloppy if not done right, but they are tight, well rehearsed and though it was a small show they played it like a stadium show. The downside of LA shows is always the LA crowd, it’s usually a lot of girls who are trying too hard and dudes talking too loud on their cell phone. Luckily because the show was so limited in size everyone there wanted to be there and was stoked from the first note to the encore.

To be honest I would have enjoyed watching a shitty cover band so long as a I had Phia looking gorgeous and smiling on my arm for the evening. At times I felt just lost in that feeling music blaring, feeling her warm against me. I knew there was a reason we got married on 311.

Kobe is tiny

He doesn’t realize how small he actually is…

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Introducing Ariel

What happens when you combine an overly tired/excited 3 year old girl, 2 at-their-wits-end parents, and an insanely packed “Build-a-Bear” and you shake vigorously for 40 minutes?

Well you get “Ariel” the Merdog of course.

Ariel the Dog Mermaid

The 2012 General Tire Mint 400 Premieres on SPEED TV Saturday January 5th at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific

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As a great many of you know I work for Mad Media and we do a lot of work within the off road industry as well as own and operate the Mint 400, which is like the Baja of America. It takes place in March just outside of Las Vegas and has grown into one of the largest off-road races in the world. Apart from all the media + merch (website, ads, spectator guides, posters, shirts, hat etc..) that I am directly involved with, we also operate the race (along with Best in the Desert) and film and produce a TV show of each years race.

Some of you have seen the DVDs of previous years races so you’re familiar with all of this. For those of you that might be interested I wanted to let you know that we’ll finally be premiering the 2012 Mint 400 Race on Speed TV this coming Saturday January 5th, 2PM eastern / 11am Pacific. Mad Media is a small company and we all work very hard on different facets of the race and therefore what results is a team effort. For my part I shot stills during the race (which you can see here) but we all took part in bringing this race together, including Phia who helped out by selling shirts and organizing for race day.

She’ll attest it was a lot of work which makes the airing of the show that much sweeter for all of us. If you have some free time on Sat check it out, or DVR it and watch it when you can. Eventually we’ll have some DVDs of the full show and if any of you are particularly into off-road racing let me know and I’ll get you a copy.

Here is the trailer for the 2012 Mint 400 so you can get a feel for what its all about.

Kobe Bean Novak 4 months old

Here are some photos of the Kobz doing things little dogs do.

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Bella vs. Santa

Bella’s views on Santa have evolved over the years. At first she was like “WTF, stranger danger, STRANGER DANGER!!” and then she was like “sooo, you bring me gifts?” and now she’s all “OMG, so I want a princess dress and a princess castle and a pony and a ….”

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