A Fun- and Food-Filled Weekend Showing Visitors Around Los Angeles

October 14, 2018

Oh man, am I beat! I just had a really fun, super busy weekend with some out-of-town visitors, Allison and Alba. Here we are on the tram, waiting for the Studio Tour to start at Universal Studios.

Allison (on the right) is my 10-year-old niece, and Alba is the 16-year-old foreign exchange student from Read the rest of this entry »

Three Awesome Stair Workouts… and TWO Were at Theme Parks!

September 12, 2018

My new puppy JJ is a now a stair climber!

Climbing stairs with JJ is one of the three workouts I’m covering in this post. I’m going to start with my workout at Universal Studios Hollywood, which may seem like déjà vu if you’ve been a long-time reader. Read the rest of this entry »

The Worst Race Recap Ever

June 8, 2015

On Saturday, hundreds of people competed in the Tower 2 Tower stair race in Oxnard, California. I’ve been planning on being there for months now, but I did not race that day. And that makes this recap the worst recap ever.

Long story short: I injured myself a few days prior.

Long story long: On Wednesday, I decided to Read the rest of this entry »

Roasted Sweet Potato & Pecan Salad. PLUS, a Quickie TV Appearance!

November 25, 2014

I went to Universal Studios Hollywood yesterday, and as I was leaving, they were shooting the entertainment news show “Extra.” I watched the host, Mario Lopez, do about ten minutes of intros and promos, and what did I see when I tuned in later that night? I was on TV!


It was just for a second or two, in the lower left corner, but it was cool nonetheless. I don’t know if Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise Odds and Ends

May 21, 2014

My two most recent posts were about my short trip to Vegas last week… but what’s been going on lately? I’ll tell you – a whole lot of Read the rest of this entry »

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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weSPARK Universal Studios Backlot 10K RECAP!

November 7, 2012

My legs are still sore, ladies and gentleman, from the 10K race I ran on Sunday. That means I really pushed myself. And I’m really proud of how things turned out. But I’m jumping ahead of myself… I should start at the beginning.

Sunday was a beautiful day for a race: sunny and clear, although it was hot. It ended up being 90 degrees that day, and even though the race was held early in the morning, it was obvious that the day was going to be a scorcher. I got to Universal Studios a little before 8am, and met up with a bunch of friends that were also participating in either the 10K or the 5K run/walk. My buddy Mikael took this picture of me near the starting line…

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October 30, 2012

My family was in town recently, for what turned out to be a really wonderful weekend. We headed down to Anaheim and did the whole Disney thing. It was my second time in each of the Disney parks, and it was a really fun and busy time. And even though the family has long since returned home, I can’t stop thinking about my four-year-old niece, Allison.

First, a picture of Allison, along with me, my sister Sarah, and Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.” I’m still wet from Grizzly River Run, the Disney California Adventure water ride we were on immediately preceding our meet and greet with Ariel:

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Big Time Race Announcement!

October 22, 2012

At first, I considered titling this post “Shafted by Schmidt” – which will make more sense after you read what follows. Ultimately, though, I decided to focus on the positive. And I have a lot to be positive about!

I’ve been teasing a big announcement for the past two weeks, and I can finally spill the beans! I’ll start at the beginning. A year ago, I ran in my first 10k race, weSPARK’s 3rd Annual 10k Run. I chose it because of its location – the course winds its way through all the backlots at Universal Studios: up and down Wisteria Lane, past the Bates Motel, by Jaws Lake, and so on. Here I am running through the “Wars of the Worlds” wreckage:

Wanna see more pictures? You can see ’em in my post recapping the race, which you can find here. Running that 10k proved to be an emotional event. It was the first official fitness-related challenge that I attempted after losing over 160 pounds, and to this day I’m still proud that I accomplished my goal of completing it without stopping. It turns out that recap post inspired a lot of people, including the folks at weSPARK, the charity that organizes the event, because a few weeks ago, I got an email from Nancy, the Executive Director, that stopped me cold. Literally.

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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!