Behind-The-Scenes Photos From “Home & Family”

December 31, 2013

Are you visiting for the first time? Welcome! If I were a betting man, I’d say you saw me on “Home & Family” and it means a lot that you’re checking out my website. There’s lots of good stuff in the Header at the top of the page – things like my Photo Gallery, my Recipes page, and a collection of My Favorite Posts. And if you like what you’re seeing and reading, consider subscribing! You can get new posts via email by signing up at the top of the right-side column. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter, so do that, too!

If you haven’t seen my “Home & Family” interview yet – don’t worry. The full episode will soon be available online, and I’ll share a link when that happens.

In the meantime… I got lots of behind-the-scenes photos from my day at “Home & Family”…like this one, with the show’s hosts, Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare.


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10K Pictures… Finally!

December 3, 2011

On November 13th, I ran my first race – the weSPARK 3rd Annual 10K Run. The course was through movie sets at Universal Studios, and I had a ball. You can read all about here, and see a bunch of photos, too!

In my follow-up post, where I shared my official time (59:06!), I mentioned how I was hoping to post a couple more pictures – the organizers had photographers scattered throughout the course like paparazzi, and I just had to wait until the photos were uploaded online.

Shortly after that, after a heads-up from my friend Jen, I headed to the Super Sports Photo website and looked around. In total, they had snapped 14 pictures of me, and a couple of them I liked! Because it was my first race, I decided to splurge and purchase a couple. The cheapest option, a low-resolution digital photo, cost $12.75. I decided to buy two. After paying $25.50, I got a receipt and an email saying that a second email, with instructions on how to download my purchase, would be coming within an hour. I checked my email all day long – I was excited, because I was still on a high from the race itself, and I was geeked to share the pictures on the blog. That was on November 16th.

Guess when that second email arrived? December 1st! During those two weeks, I called twice to check on the status of my order. The first time, I left a message that was never returned. The second time, I was told that I could expect my photos that morning, but it took another week for them to come. Super Sports Photo gets no bonus points for customer service.

But the photos are now in my hot little hands, which means you all can see them too! They aren’t low-resolution, either – the files I got were high-resolution, so maybe that’s their way of making up for the delay.

Here’s the first photo – taken on Mexican Street at Universal Studios:

I think I’m trying to smile and breathe at the same time! And look, my pants are a little short!

Here’s the second photo – taken at the War of the Worlds set, which basically replicates what it would look like if a jumbo jet crash-landed on a suburban street (so, lots and lots of rubble and debris):

Again, trying to smile while focusing on the run – when this photo was taken, I had about 1 kilometer left, and I was really starting to ache.

So there you have it! I wish I could’ve posted these sooner, but it was out of my control. I think they nicely round out my photo collection from that day, which was pretty comprehensive but lacked action shots of me actually running. Now that I have these, I’m feeling a desire to quote from The Little Mermaid:

“Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?
Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?
Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl, the girl who has everything?”

Keep it up, David!

I Signed Up For My First 10K!

October 28, 2011

Yep, it’s true. I entered a race!

I’ve been thinking about entering a 10k for a while now – ever since I accomplished my goal of running past all those strip clubs. A few weeks ago, I found a race that seemed perfect for me, but I could never quite bite the bullet and commit. Yesterday, I finally committed. I paid my registration fee, and signed myself up.

On Sunday, November 13, I’m running in the weSPARK 3rd Annual 10k Run and 5k Run/Walk!

I’m so excited because the course for this race couldn’t be cooler. It’s the reason I picked this particular 10k to be my first. It’s through all the backlots at Universal Studios! I’ll be running past the Bates Motel, the town from Back to the Future, Wisteria Lane, and the Jaws lagoon. It’s very cool, and very Hollywood.

There’s a charity component to the race as well – it benefits weSPARK, a local organization that provides support to cancer patients and their families. If you’re feeling charitable and want to support my run, you can check out my fundraising page. Learn more about weSPARK here.

The race is only a few weeks away, and I’m excited! I’m not at all worried about running 6.2 miles. My strip club run was slightly longer than that, and I just ran 5.7 miles yesterday. I can do it. What does give me pause is that there will probably be hills on the course. Universal Studios is built onto a hillside, and I’m pretty sure the course will have some ups and downs. My neighborhood is completely flat, so the only inclined running I’ve done is minimal stuff on the treadmill. I’ll have to schedule some practice runs in a hillier part of town (and believe me, there are plenty).

Keep it up, David!