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My city drive and street driving, on another level

10 Jul

With the drop of the amazing Gymkhana 5 video that Ken Block released yesterday, I thought I’d share his video and my rally pictures from X-Games.  This drive Ken Block does at the beginning of the video into the city is my exact drive to work (if I were to drive and not take the train).  All of the Gymkhana videos he has made have been AMAZING but this one is extra special since it was made in my city 🙂  I’ve also been introduced to the rally/autocross world over the past few years and find it to be very fun.  If only you could rip around a car with no worries of wrecking it and the city blocking off streets all over for you.  Oh yes, and helicopters following and filming.  They really go large scale to make these videos that are nothing short of incredible.  Watch and welcome yourself to San Francisco!

At X-Games, the cars would open their doors and drive slow after a race lap.  I’m sure to let all of the heat out and/or get some fresh air running through.

Getting ready.

In the pits.

Subaru.

Design your own car!

View from the pits.  The hot wheels loop and downtown LA.

Cool down.

The pits!  You could walk around and check out all the cars and crews.  Pretty cool to see it all up close and personal.

They sectioned off a bunch of LA streets to create a street rally course in downtown.

We got dangerously close for a bit.  You can see a bunch of the tire tracks from practice.

Crowds lined the entire street course to see the crowd favorites Ken Block and Travis Pestrana.

Gold – Sebastian Loeb, Silver – Ken Block, Bronze – Brian Deegan.

Behind the scenes – to walk around to get to different parts of the X Games there were all of these back walkways to get around the crowds with special access.  I thought this was awesome, you could walk, skate, bike, moto, or anything with wheels.  Not only were there stairs everywhere but ramps.

New York, New York

24 Feb

I have hundreds of photos from my East Coast trip that I’ve been trying to sort through and lots of great things to come this weekend.  For now, I’ve managed to get through sorting some of my New York photos and here they are.  Enjoy!

There are people just pushing these carts down the middle of the street everywhere.  It’s pretty funny.

The park by the statue of liberty.

Hop on, hop off.

I absolutely love street art like this.

Eyes in the sky.

Shannon and I at Carrie Bradshaw’s house in the village.

I love arch-ways in architecture.

More filming.

Old cars and taxis for the movie or show they were filming!

We stayed in the Garment District where there were all kinds of fabric stores everywhere for all of the fashion/art students.

This was really special.  They were hand made tiles in memory of the 9/11 victims attached to a car lot fence.

I love my friends so much.

Brunch downtown at a cozy diner.

They are so cute : )

Press.

Something I’ve realize over the past few weeks is the importance of friends, family and time.  Time is the best gift you can give somebody because you will never be able to get it back.  Make sure you give it to the right people.

And with that said, don’t take any moment of your healthy life for granted.  Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you do something well worth your time : )!

Want to see life size Christmas ornaments?

6 Dec

All you have to do is visit San Francisco’s financial district to see these magnificent life-size decorations!

These weren’t huge flowers but they were still beautiful and vibrant lasting through the cold winter days.

The reflection in all of the Christmas bulbs give the free illusion of a fish eye lens and I love that with all of the skyscrapers!

There are so many warming, beautiful decorations displayed across this city right now so I will spend a day some time soon to really capture the meaning of the holiday here in the heart of the city to share.  For now, consider this a small glimpse of what is to come 🙂

Waikiki is for lovers

1 Dec

We spent a day cruising around Waikiki and of course I shot some photos.  It’s so interesting to see huge skyscrapers right down on one of the most beautiful beaches overlooking Diamond Head.  Anyway, here’s my take in pictures of Waikiki/Honolulu over the holiday!

Beach walk.

Diamond Head.

You know my love for modern architecture… this building was very interesting!

Surf boards and Christmas wreaths, I love it!

One of my favorite parts of the day!  We walked by this shop that had high windows and when the dog heard us he came running to window to greet us.  His tongue I’m pretty was stuck outside of his mouth though so it gave him an adorable “flaw.”

I’m sure he has to be really well known in the Honolulu area.  He’s too damn cute to not notice!

We also walked around the Royal Hawaiian which was BEAUTIFUL.

Pillars and columns everywhere.  I love symmetry in architecture and the Royal Hawaiian was stunning.

They were setting up for a wedding.

Hawaii is a must see if you’ve never been and like sub-tropical destinations.  It’s incredibly beautiful and well worth the vacation!

Finally Sunshine and Catwalks in the sky

29 Mar

San Francisco has sooo many awesome things hidden around the city and today I might have discovered one of the most amazing ones.  I read somewhere that if you can get into the Mandarin Hotel (in the financial district), you can take an elevator up to the 48th floor.  On the 48th floor, there is a catwalk with windows from floor to ceiling looking over the entire city.  The catch is that you have to be a guest to get into the elevators.  Although if you are nice enough, they will let you up to check it out and today was my lucky day and I was allowed access.  It was one of the most amazing yet terrifying things to do ever, such a rush being so high up.

Ahhh going up in the elevator to the 48th floor was nuts, the elevator was rattling and flying up the stories.  The elevator was also really cool.  It was all gold mirrors.

The hallways had these beautiful chandeliers and at the end of this hallway, where the light is glowing, is the catwalk!

The view!!!!!  Trans America Building, Alcatraz, the Coit Tower and I could see the Golden Gate bridge but I couldn’t fit it all in the same frame.  So unreal.

Golden Gate bridge on the left.
So. high. up!

OK enough of this amazing spot.  If ever in downtown San Francisco, you MUST go see this spot but beware… if you’re afraid of heights, this rattling catwalk in the sky might not be for you.

Here’s some other photos of things downtown that I shot today cruising around.

I kind of have an obsession with modern art, in case you couldn’t tell 🙂  Can’t wait to get to the MOMA soon!

Of course my favorite farmers market lunches on Tuesday and Thursday are from various vendors at the Ferry Building.  I swear the best grilled cheese I have ever had in my life is located in the Ferry Building at Cowgirl Creamery.

This fountain is in Union Bank right downtown.  Pretty crazy all of the structures around the city.  Many more days like this to come!