MONDAY MOVIES: “Double Indemnity”



Some films get better with age — or at the very least, with life experience. I just watched “Double Indemnity” for the first time in nearly 20 years. What struck me is just how seeped in Los Angeles is it… References to the Hollywood Bowl, Glendale, Los Feliz, etc. — areas I now know better than when I watched it the first time. Not only do I have a geographically sentimental attachment to it at this point in my life, but I also have a richer appreciation for the actors and what brought them to this movie. And the director. And the characters. And the film style.

Here’s hoping I appreciate it even more in another 20 years.


Vin Scully: A Voice Like No Other



As a lifelong Kansas City Royals fan, I never really knew who Vin Scully was until I moved to Southern California. I can’t recall the moment when I realized just how special he is — but I’m sure it was when it finally dawned on me that he isn’t just a golden voice… he’s a golden spirit. Anyone can call a baseball game, but few can make it truly enjoyable beyond the game itself. Vin talked about history, he shared funny anecdotes, he talked about the heart of the players. He made me smile when I watched games, not because he was trying, but because he felt like a friend talking to me about baseball. About life.

I was fortunate to be at one of his final Dodgers games (see below). You could see how much Dodgers fans love him, how much Los Angeles loves him — and how much he loved in return.

Here’s wishing Vin a happy retirement and a happy life!


Putting the man in mani pedi


I decided to get a manicure and pedicure today, something I hadn’t expected to do when I woke up this morning. It was an impulse decision — due in part to the fact that I actually have fingernails for the first time in a long time!

I torture my nails… I chew, pick, bite. It’s a bad habit, and it’s something I’ve done my whole life. So many people have tried to get me to stop for so many reasons; all have failed.

I don’t know why I have decent fingernails now. It may have started with a recent relaxing three day weekend. Or maybe because a vacation is on the horizon. Whatever the case, I left my nails alone for a few days and now they’re healthy and growing back!

And so today, I walked into an LA salon and asked for a manicure. It wasn’t planned. Just seemed like something to do to reward myself for not indulging in an unhealthy habit. And once I sat down, they were able to convince me to upgrade to have a pedicure as well; while I don’t bite my toenails (fortunately my habit hasn’t gotten than bad), I figured it couldn’t hurt to have good-looking toes during flip flop season.

So here I am, a man and by myself, taking an impulse move to get a man pedi. Probably not the manliest thing to do, let alone blog about, but I got out of my comfort zone and it was good for me. Plus, I enjoyed being pampered and rewarding myself for doing something good (or at the very least, not doing something bad like perpetuating a gross habit). 

We’ll see how long the nice nails last — hopefully my bad habit won’t rear its ugly head and undo today’s progress. In the meantime, I’m just happy I did something unexpected and had the nerve to give it a try. And I’ve got 10 well-groomed fingernails and 10 well-groomed toenails as proof of my adventure!

MONDAY MOVIES: “The Brothers Grimsby”



Just watched “The Brothers Grimsby” — a raunchy comedy all about family.The movie is centered around Nobby, a fun-loving family man searching for his long-lost brother. It turns out that his brother, Sebastian, is a government spy; when they finally meet, it’s at the worst time for Sebastian, and as you can guess, it goes hilariously sideways from there.

It’s a fun, silly movie with a heart of gold. Even though it’s all about the importance of family, it’s not necessarily for the whole family… it’s rated R for a good reason. But if that’s no problem, then you’re sure to enjoy some laughs!

Celebrating Jackie Parks

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Two days ago, I was one of many people helping to celebrate the career of Jackie Parks at both KERO-TV and in Bakersfield. Jackie is leaving 23ABC News to head to Maryland, where she will anchor the news at the same station as her husband, Todd Karli, who anchored alongside her in Bakersfield for many years. Their family is embarking on a new adventure, and I’m excited for all of them as they explore the East Coast!

I worked with Jackie at KERO from 2003 to 2007 and then moved around, only to return to the station last year in a new role, thanks in part to her and Todd. Jackie was always the cool, collected voice in the newsroom — someone I turned to for guidance and wisdom when a moment called for more than just an impulse decision. I’ll miss her award-winning storytelling and the way she helped mentor so many journalists to find their voices amid the daily noise, stress, and chaos of the newsroom. I relied upon her more than I probably realize, and I know I’ll miss her presence in ways that will only become apparent in the coming weeks and months.

So to Jackie I say: Thank you — for your support through the years, for believing in me, and for seeing my potential… and for doing the same for countless other journalists. Good luck and have fun in your new journey!

WATCH: 23ABC looks back at Jackie’s career




Welcome to Thursday Travels! I decided to add this to the website since I’ve been passionate about traveling for a while now. However, I rarely have the money or time to travel like I’d really like to — so I’m using this space as my canvas of places I’ve been or where I’d like to go. It’ll be fun to dream of new adventures and relive past adventures, and hopefully you’ll share yours, too!

For this inaugural post I wanted to share a picture from my first overseas trip, a college visit to Rome, Italy in the Spring of 1999. I was inside the Coliseum when I discovered sunlight pouring into an ancient staircase, and I wanted to save that moment forever. I still keep the picture on my desk at work — it inspires me to reach higher while also honoring the spirit of generations before me. Dreaming of the future while celebrating the past.

I look forward to sharing more of my Rome pictures in the future. For now, I’m thinking of what travels I’ll feature next…