All Work and No Play

All Work No Play “All work no play makes Jack a dull boy,” which is bad enough. But anyone who has ever seen “The Shining” can attest that all work and no play turned Jack into an axe-wielding maniac. What is the lesson for the rest of us?...

Fairy Penguins of Phillip Island

Fairy Penguins of Phillip Island Fairy Penguins are possibly the CUTEST of all penguins.  It seems like a century ago now, but way, way back in 1990 Mark and I backpacked through Australia.  While there, we saw the fairy penguins of Phillip Island. We spent a month...

Rafting Athabasca River

Rafting Athabasca River You know how glaciers are comprised of ice? And how cold ice is? The Athabasca River is glacier-fed and as cold as ice. The Sevylor Four-Man Raft In 1986, as Mark and I rambled around the U.S. and Canada in our small Chinook, we would stop at...

Mission Trails Regional Park

Mission Trails Regional Park – San Diego’s Best-Kept Secret Historical Overview Some of us are compelled to risk everything to reach the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest.  But those with more modest appetites – and budgets – don’t have far to travel to San Diego’s...

Apollo by Convergent Design

Apollo by Convergent Design Apollo is the latest ratchet up the ongoing rollercoaster ride known as video production.  It has been a screaming, dipping, exciting ride as long as we have been on it. We first “boarded” it back in 1981 when Director of...

Eubie Blake – From Mouse to Lion

Eubie Blake: From Mouse To Lion Eubie Blake seemed to know exactly what he wanted to do with his life from the time he first embarked upon it.  He was born to former slaves, Emma and John Sumner Blake, on February 7, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland. Eubie proved to be a...

Comic Con: Blast From the Past

Comic Con: Blast From the Past Historical Reverie Comic Con has grown since its beginning in 1970 from a bunch of card tables stacked with comic books to a behemoth convention. In fact, it’s San Diego’s largest convention. It’s a wildly-anticipated...

Kern River Rafting

Kern River Rafting Call of the Wild Kern River called and we answered. The last time Mark and I had inflated our Sevylor raft, a “Caravelle” was 25 years ago. We bounced along many streams and rivers on it, prior to shoving it up on a garage shelf. That...

San Diego Comic Con Tales

San Diego Comic Con Tales San Diego Comic Con tales abound with any high-end, long-standing video production company here in San Diego like Crystal Pyramid Productions. My partner, Mark, and I have worked this venue together since last century – The...