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She reached for the salt and pepper as I was putting my fork on my plate. It was something purely surreal. No, it’s not like The Lonely Island song

It was almost as if she touched my entire body just by briefly brushing my arm on the way to the salt and pepper. If I didn’t know better, I blacked out for a little bit. It was as if my five senses became obsolete, and I was experiencing her in another dimension. It was the warmest feeling, so comfortable and peaceful. Yet, I felt my heart race. It was instantaneous! Rather than a slow moving tingle that spreads goosebumps from one end of my body to the next, it was like I fell through a doorway and into a bath of ecstasy.

For that brief moment, I swear I could feel her feeling me. I could hear her thoughts in my head as if they were my own. I could feel her as if she was me, and I was her. There was a spiraling sensation where I could not tell where I stopped and she began. It was like our bodies were completely intertwined, not with arms and legs, but more like chocolate vanilla ice cream swirls. Her breath was my breath, yet only our arms brushed. Her heart beat for mine, and mine for hers. Time collapsed and I lived an entire life in that moment.

She was only reaching for the salt and pepper.

People have been telling me that I’ve been gifted with a great voice since I was a young child. I’m not talking about an American Idol kind of voice. I’m talking about speaking. I haven’t delivered a speech in nearly a decade. Outside of the interview of me by Dr. Joe Vitale about my advertising, I haven’t been doing much along the lines of speaking publicly. That was until this weekend…

A friend of mine, Doctor Nat (yes, a blond rocket scientist) has been working with a guy by the name of Scott Evans (he did the movie “Pass it On“) on putting together a workshop for inventors. The idea was to provide attendees with training and information that would take them from thinking about a product/service/business to actually brining it to market. Or if they already had the product… Make it a wild success. They got that and then some!

The weekend was packed. Non-stop, high energy from 9 in the morning to 11 at night the whole weekend. And there was NEVER a dull moment! To give you an idea about what it was like, here is the list of speakers:
Sarah Caldicott
Scott Evans
Dr. Natalie L. Petouhoff
Jeffrey G. Sheldon
Louis Foreman
Scott Painter
Gene McNaughton
Glenn Blake
Jace Souder
Mike Stuhley
Jared Tracy (me)
Mary Ligon
Darren Jacklin
Dr. Zonnya

That’s a great team of speakers! If you want to walk out of a weekend on fire and with knowledge that can be applied to your business, product, relationships, and life in general, it doesn’t get much better than what you see above!

I must admit that the best part of the entire weekend was when several people came up to me on a break or after the event and told me that what I contributed to them is going to make a significant difference in their business. That’s what it’s all about! And it felt every so great after having not done anything like that for nearly 10 years. I’ve been smiling from ear to ear ever since. I might have even been smiling while I was sleeping on the plane ride back to Los Angeles.

If you spent some time clicking on those names above or ran a Google search on those names, you would see that it is an extraordinary group of people. People who move mountains and make the extraordinary happen every day.

The best news of all… You are just as powerful, moving, inspirational, intelligent, and gifted as any one of the people on that list.

How can that be? Well, it is simple. You were born that way. And that is why all of us really are that great  😀

I haven’t been the most Godly person in the world. There was even a long period in my life when I didn’t believe there was any Creator. I could spend paragraph upon paragraph explaining the process by which I came to the following realization, but I don’t want to take away from what I realized tonight:

Embracing my strengths will give me confidence in myself and what I am capable of. Appreciating my weaknesses and shortcomings will give me confidence in God and what He is capable of. In my weaknesses, I find humility. I am humbled before my Creator AND my fellow man, and I find no shame in what I cannot do on my own. In my weaknesses, I can ask for guidance, help, and assistance.

This is why it can be difficult to find God. Who wants to travel a path paved with our weaknesses?

This is also why so many people find God when they hit bottom. When you hit bottom, there is nothing left. You are covered by your weaknesses. And God can truly deliver you from your weakness.

But we don’t have to hit bottom or dread our weaknesses. All we need to do is ask 😀

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The weekly Gadget Panel Radio Show is coming to a computer near you!

This week’s guest co-host is the Gadget Panel’s most popular Contributor: Vadim K. From his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine to his tailgating escapades captured on the the coolest in-car surveillance system (the same device Paris Hilton got for her birthday), Vadim will be walking us through some of the coolest gadgets on the market today. He will even be showcasing some items that haven’t even hit the market yet.

Some of the items we’ll be covering this Saturday (1PM Pacific):

The Home Theater Watch (Checkout our youtube video to see it in action) from Gadget Universe
The Gravity Defyer Shoes available through SkyMall
The Vehicle Safeguard (watch Vadim tailgate a Bentley along the world famous Mullholland Drive)

Plus, you’ll get to hear about what happens behind the scenes at the biggest Gadget shop in America: Gadget Universe
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Chances are, you’ve purchased an innovative product in the past few months. The Gadget Panel is a community built innovation product information website. Gadget Enthusiasts like you share with others about your experience with gadgets from all around the world. You can share too, and not just by blogging! Call in and talk with us LIVE!

You might be asking yourself why… Well, when you have a great experience with a product, you tell your friends, right? When you have a bad experience with a product, you tell your friends, right? Think of the Gadget Panel as your best friend. Share with your friends about your experience and help others find the “hard to find” products that are really going to make a difference in their life.

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Suddenly, this weekend is packed! I’m rather excited about the upcoming Gadget Panel Radio Show. It will be interesting. What’s going to make it even more interesting that just being the first Gadget Panel Show is that I’m also going to be at The Scriptwriters Showcase (a private writers lounge) this weekend. I was practically floored when I read the list of speakers who will be at the show:

Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob and Jersey Girl)
Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes 2)
Stephanie Allain (Hustle and Flow)
Antwone Fisher (Antwone Fisher)
Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby)
Jonathan Craven (The Hills Have Eyes 2) Yes, he’s related to Wes Craven
Jim Uhls (Fight Club)
Tracey Becker (Finding Neverland)
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Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Stick It)
Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center)
Gordon Bressack
(Pinky and the Brain, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius)
Greg Coolidge (Sorority Boys, Employee of the Month)
Carl Ellsworth (Red Eye)
Bruce Evans (Mr. Brooks)
Raynold Gideon (Stand By Me) Don’t think he wrote the Gideon Bible though 😛
Bruce Feirstein (Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Goldeneye)
Syd Field (A legend in in screenwriting)
Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers) You know you laughed until you cried!
Jeffrey Freedman (Vivaldi)
Brad Gann (Invincible)
Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning)
Peter Iliff
(Varsity Blues) I swear he went to the same high school as me 😛
Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, xXx: State of the Union, X-Men: The Last Stand)
Keith Mitchell (Mr. 3000)
Chris Morgan (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift)
Hank Nelken (Saving Silverman)
Colin O’Reilly (Blades of Glory)
Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain)
Zak Penn
(X-Men: The Last Stand, Behind Enemy Lines, PCU)
Todd Robinson (Lonely Hearts)
Lee Ross
(Downloading Nancy)
Michael Seitzman (North Country)
Michel Shane (Catch Me If You Can, I, Robot)
Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin)
Bryan Michael Stoller (Filmmaking for Dummies)
Stephen Susco (The Grudge, The Grudge 2)
Massy Tadjedin (The Jacket)
Yalda Tehranian-Uhls
(Permanent Midnight)
David Wyatt (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Wayans Bros.)
and more

I’ll be there showing off some amazing gadgets and innovations featured in Gadget Universe, SkyMall, StrongIdea.com, and other cool places. Who knows, maybe you’ll see one my favorite gadgets like the Zipping Flashlight or the Home Theater Watch in an upcoming movie or television show!?!

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I’ve posted a few things about Mr. Fire, Dr. Joe Vitale regarding the Gravity Defyer Shoes. I am an owner of several of his books and frequent reader of his Mr. Fire Blog. Today, he posted a blog about an amazing hoax he hired Alan Abel to stage in order to promote his incredible book “The Attractor Factor”.

I spent some time on Alan’s website today reading the various stories about his hoaxes and watching video from some of the most entertaining hoaxes I’ve ever seen. My personal favorite was in regards to the Citizens Against Public Breast Feeding, which loosely ties into my previous blog about the Tiddy Bear.

Well, see for yourself. You will get a great chuckle…

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Bruce Pechman aka Mr. Bicep is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. His arms are as large as my head. His quads can probably lift an elephant. He’d scare the crap out of me in a dark alley. Yet, he’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. I got to spend a few minutes with him at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) earlier this year. He is also a Gadget Panelist, and loves to talk about the latest technology.

He was on KTLA the other day, reviewing a number of fitness products. Perhaps the funniest moment of the entire show was when the anchor stood on the Hula Chair. I was cracking up when I saw this video. Enjoy!

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Yesterday, I posted about the Natural Product Expo West and mentioned the Think Products Fashion show. I finally got around to uploading some of the videos. I’ll get to that in a minute. First, I want to share with you an allergy experience of epic proportions. I was helping a friend with her job application yesterday. She’s applying for a full-time position at a college, and there is a lot to put together for the application. I offered to assist her in putting everything together, proofing the documents, etc.

She has a cat, and while I am typically not bad with cats… Well, as I was sitting there reading her resume, my eyes started to well up. My throat began to tighten up. It was one of the most intense allergy attacks I’ve ever had. I could feel myself going downhill fast. Sinus Buster to the rescue. I has picked up a bottle of this homeopathic nasal spray while at the Natural Product Expo earlier in the day. I’ll admit that it was a punch at first. I was stunned! But within minutes, I was completely cleared up! My eyes stopped itching. My throat went back to normal. Sinus Buster definitely did the job.

They even had a Stop Smoking formula… Maybe I’ll get that for this same friend who I was helping with her job application. She’s been looking for something to help her stop smoking for a while.

Here are a couple samples of the fun to be had at the show (more will be available at my wordpress blog shortly)… Enjoy

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I love dance. It doesn’t matter whether it is partnered dance, danceteams, solos… I love it all. This person in Singapore posted on one ofmy blogs about my dance charity. I checked out their blog and found one of the best blogs about dance I have ever read:

Another Life Lesson learnt in Jazz class

I’m lovin’ it! 😀 Blogs are a great way to share and contribute!

Checkout their about page:
Set with a powerful personal mission to positively impact more than10,000,000 lives through dance, I’m beginning a deeper exploration intothe world of dance, and in the process of aligning more of my life todance.

BLAM! This is AWESOME

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A Marketing Genius!

Checkout this article on Adfreak

I don’t want to give anything away about this Gucci ad, but the creator was brilliant! It is unlike anything I’ve heard of before. You really must check out this story.

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