Archive for June, 2008

Way-Cool Summer Camps

June 18, 2008

I could be wrong, but it seems like a safe bet that young’uns today aren’t going to be content with the same old summer camp activities we all enjoyed growing up.  I mean, can you imagine a kid raised with video games and 100-plus channels of 24/7 satellite television programming being content to spend the afternoon weaving a potholder for mom?  Me neither.

 Luckily there are more cool summer camp options available than ever before, including several that are all but guaranteed to give your kids an extraordinary experience they won’t soon forget.  Here are three choice examples:


  •  Power Chord Academy  offers week-long programs designed to give aspiring teen rockers a chance to learn the ropes from music industry pros.  High points include the chance to collaborate on new songs, perform live on stage, cut their own studio CD and music videos, and more.  Surprise visits from members of hot new bands only add to the excitement.  Programs are held on college campuses in a dozen major cities across the U.S.
  •  Pali Adventures  may just have cornered the market on cool summer camp activities with more than a dozen over-the-top fantasy programs for 9 to 16 year-olds.  Kids can learn to be stuntmen, film directors, fashion designers, broadcast journalists, gourmet chefs, secret agents, and more.  Located 90 minutes east of Los Angeles.
  •  All Star Adventures  has put together multi-day skateboarding camps that allow teen participants to skate some of the best parks and street venues around.  Best of all (at least from a parent’s perspective) all the action takes place under the watchful eyes of instructors dedicated to keeping campers safe while they work up all those cool new tricks.  Locations include Oregon, Colorado, North Carolina, and Grand Cayman.

To peruse a thoroughly mind-boggling number of other cool summer camp possibilities, check out


Start Living Now

June 17, 2008

The phone call came as I was motoring down the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu this afternoon.  My friend Todd called to deliver the sad news that a former colleague of ours—one of the nicest guys I’ve ever worked with—died of a massive heart attack last night. 

Frankly, I’m still a little dumbstruck.  John was just 56 years old and as healthy and energetic as anyone I know.  Including me. 

As Todd and I talked, we both recalled how John was just hanging on in a job that had become increasingly stressful in recent years and counting the days until his retirement.  I’m not entirely sure what he planned to do when he retired but, knowing John’s adventurous spirit, it surely would have been fun.

Which made me think of what is, above all else, the true purpose of this website: To encourage you to begin living your life to the fullest right now.  Because, for some of us, tomorrow may never come.  

God speed John as you head off to your next extraordinary experience.  We will miss you.