2020

Took the polar plunge. Worked back up to respectable powerlifting numbers, until the gyms closed. Lost a bunch of weight by tirelessly scrutinizing my caloric intake, then put it back on while sedentary and re-learning to type/eat/open jars after flying over the handlebars of an e-bike and breaking my left hand, three fingers, skinning my right flank, and getting knocked out cold with a concussion (take my advice: don't ride a bike with fenders). Became keenly aware of how slippery metal bridges get on misty days after getting sandwiched in a three-car pileup. Built a live streaming studio at Punch Drunk. Produced & directed a ton of non-profit live streams. Directed a music performance video for Brandi Carlile for the United Nation's 75th Anniversary. Learned how to make delicious cold brew coffee. Got better at chess. Lost our bunny-soft Balinese kitty princess, Gracey, to kidney disease. Didn't get COVID.

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2019

Wrote and published a short story called "Meet Alenn" on Medium, which to my surprise was featured in their fiction category the day after. Left arm now ¾ filled with tattoos. Learned the hard way the incredible importance of anti-bacterial soap as part of tattoo aftercare. Punch Drunk received a shout-out via press release from Blackmagic Design for a broadcast project we did with Oprah and Holland America Line. Ventured through Wyoming and Yellowstone. Paid homage to the Magic Castle in North Hollywood, a key setting in Clive Barker's 1995 masterpiece Lord of Illusions. Opted for train instead of plane on a trip from SF → SEA and indulged myself for 25 hours in a "roomette sleeper." Debuted "Brian & Jacob Review" with a taste testing of the horrific and probably poisonous "clear coffee."

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2018

Created broadcast countdown clock application StreamTimer.com. Beheld Valley of Fire, Nevada. Made a pilgrimage to Baltimore and confirmed: no lake, no trout. A multi-camera project engineered by Punch Drunk made it into Wired Magazine. Devoured paratha tacos at Goa in Santa Barbara. Lots of plane travel; the birds-eye view of Mount Rainier never fails to disappoint. Dove into authentic Chicago deep dish pizza. Spent lots of time with the loudest Balinese cats west of the Mississippi. Learned to make pasta.

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2017

Venice, Italy. Hiked a bunch. And hiked a bunch more. Tied the knot for Dave & Renae. Kept on hiking. Knitted a thing. More ink from the lovely, inimitable, crazy talented artist Bryan Kachel. Directed a private Justin Timberlake concert for Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones' induction into the NFL hall of fame. Flew, if ever so briefly, a tiny Cessna.

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2016

Third tattoo. Created “No Funk” organic, aluminum-free, natural deodorant spray. Hiked a bit. Pun game was on point. First taste directing cameras for a country music festival at Tortuga Festival.

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