My life less-tech

Learning to turn it off

By: Steve Tipp

Tuesday morning I was sitting in a big meeting listening, checking my phone, slipping it into my pants pocket, listening a little… and the next thing i heard was glub, glub, glub the sound of my phone slipping from my pocket, landing in my coffee cup and the case filling with coffee. I had pre-ordered a new iPhone 4S, so i smiled and remained calm. Little did I know I would remain calm!

Now my email would remain at my office, and at our home, so would my twitter and
facebook. Because the tiny motorola phone I pulled from the drawer, heck I couldn’t
event figure out how to turn it off in my pocket, I didn’t have a blue tooth, I was having to
actually pull over to make a phone call from my car! Texting? brb: takes a few minutes
to peck out! Things started to fall into their old places.

But the one thing that was a big change is there was space in my day. That space
occurred all over the places where I would pull out the phone and fill in the gaps with
bits of info, social network, news, filler, filler, filler. Now space. And it was nice. And
calming. I was more present. I am more present!

We went to dinner with a couple of great dear old friend couples, the guys busy
entertainment exec’s were checking their phones, getting a call from a boss, an email
confirming a tv show being picked up, sharing SIRI. My little motorola was sitting there
blank. I was paying attention to them, not my own world. I was in the moment, not
being touched and buzzed by bits of info coming at me from all over the universe, not
really relevant to dinner at all…

Every day I call AT&T and ask when is it coming?

My calendar, I don’t want to miss an appointment, where is the soccer game, how
do i phone in the score, i have the phone in app too! My music, I went for a bike ride
yesterday, I couldn’t listen to the new Ryan Adams. It was quiet. I could hear how quiet
my bike was, i could hear myself breath. Then i started hearing a little creak. Oh well.

I know I can’t stay here in the dark ages, we can’t go back. But maybe I can learn to
turn it off…

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Tipp’s Tip: Mulholland Cycling

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I am fine, thank youmulholland highway

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I am a road cyclist. I’m one of those guys that wear those goofy spandex shorts and shirt & a helmet and hit it on my bike.  I ride 3 days per week – about 75 total.  Usually I ride up in the Mulholland Corridor here in Calabasas.  The roads are not too traffic-y and the scenery is beautiful.  This is world class road cycling country.

Yesterday I got a call in the morning from my sister and one in the evening from a good friend, asking if I was alright.  They had heard a news report that a cyclist had been hit on Mulholland Hwy and they were concerned about me.  Actually 4 cyclist were hit by an 81 year old driver (according to the LA Times http://tinyurl.com/2a8nd68 ) and 3 were airlifted to UCLA.  A tragic situation.

Cycling to me is absolutely the greatest sport and I am really hopeful I can continue to do it as long as I can walk.  Are cyclists sometimes rude?  Yes.  Do they sometimes ignore traffic laws?  Yes.  Probably like the rest of us perfect 90% of the time, not so perfect the other 10%.

There has been a lot of talk lately about making laws and roads more bicycling friendly.  After Mayor Villaraigosa got bumped off his bicycle a few weeks ago he convened  a Los Angeles bicycling summit: http://tinyurl.com/2f29hlo The one law that seems to be getting the most talk on a very broad level (nationally and internationally) is a 3 feet passing law, suggesting automobiles passing bicycles with at least 3 feet of space between.

Keep your eyes on the road and off your phone (ok this applies to me too!), and please give your fellow man a bit of space especially if he is on a bike!

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Woodland Hills Landmark Falls in Walnut Acres

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Woodland Hills relic falls

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A nearly 100 year old landmark Oak fell in Woodland Hills Walnut Acres neighborhood on August 23. The tree fell on fell on Canzonet Street in Woodland Hills just West of Woodlake Avenue. The massive tree was a neighborhood landmark growing out of the center of the street and protected by a special concrete enclosure.

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A Big Thank You

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We moved to our Woodland Hills home 10 years ago…steve tipp

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When we moved in we built a master suite addition including a super bathroom.  Unfortunately between the materials and construction, our shower never really worked great.  Between the uneven shower floor that didn’t drain, the improperly hinged super heavy door and the materials…. This summer we had to move forward, rip it out and rebuild.

We worked with such a great group of crafts people that we wanted to send out this “look at what a great job they did” and “if you ever need a super person we can really recommend them” note.

Designer www.JillWolffDesigns.com (818) 917-0910  Jill came in and helped us choose materials for the shower and we used all of her super crafts people. Her super taste and warm way of working with us and the contractors went the distance!

Boulevard Tile and Stone Tony McCauley (818) 781-5900  Our shower has been upgraded to a huge degree and it is because of the superior level of craft steve tippput into this rebuild.  My feet on the floor can tell the difference!

Diseno Art Paint Andreas (818) 830-8444  Does anyone know how this happens?  First, we have to paint the master bathroom, then we end up painting our entire home interior?  It hadn’t been painted in 10 years and with 4 kids and a dog, it needed it.  Additionally, we shifted gears from our former “rustic ranch style” to a more sophisticated and grown up “contemporary ranch” palette.

McKernan Inspections (818) 845-2633 Termites in the shower framing?  Really?  Frank McKernan has been a key player on my team for years and his experience is invaluable.

Old Agoura Plumbing Matt Corso (805) 630-7459  Matt came in and looked over the job in advance, recommended fixtures, installed the fixtures and came back again for the finish hardware.  Three or more trips total, nice attention to detail and planning, and a nominal fee.

We are thrilled and wanted to give a big thank you once again to our contractors and pass along if you can use one of them, they have Wendy and my full endorsement!

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4070 Old Topanga Canyon Road

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My Calabasas Listing

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4070 Old Topanga Canyon Road is an amazing home.  The décor is beautiful, quite contemporary but very warm and the layout of the home is entirely functional; there is no wasted space.  The home has the unfortunate address on Old Topanga Canyon Road and that address stops some people from checking it out but the entire orientation of the home is opposite that street, even the front door is on Blue Bird Drive!  The home has a large gorgeous yard, with a lovely patio and other entertaining and play areas.  Check out the YouTube video and give me a call and we’ll go see the real thing!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1EzxIsTFtE[/youtube]

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Jonesy’s Jukebox is Back!

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By: Steve Tipp

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Steve Jones the legendary guitarist for the notorious Sex Pistols will be returning to the Los Angeles radio airwaves Sunday 10/10/10 from 7-9pm with Jonesy’s Jukebox.

Jonesy’s Jukebox aired on Los Angeles’ Indie 103.1 from February 2004 to January 2009. Today’s commercial radio dial is filled with less and less personality and more and more predictability; Jonesy’s Jukebox is a place where you can expect the unexpected. His show has traditionally had none of the fast pacing we know in today’s radio. Historically it has been completely unpredictable and completely refreshing. He had a Friday afternoon show a few years ago with former music executives who were currently realtors to talk about the real estate market; I was on that show and it was a lot of fun; we did a bit of rate a record, it was great. Welcome back to LA radio Jonesy!

http://jonesysjukebox.blogspot.com/

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Jinky’s Coffee in Agoura Hills

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Jinky's in Agoura Hills

The 1992 establishment has expanded!

By: Steve Tipp

Jinky’s Coffee shop is known for it’s creative recipes and quality cuisine. The American, Southwest style recipes make things much more interesting than just the typical bacon and eggs. All their locations contain full coffee bars and outside patios for the warm LA mornings. They make fabulous cappucinos and banana nut pancakes. Their most recent project is Agoura Hills next to the new Trader Joes.

Stop by 28941 Canwood St. at “The Shops” at Oak Creek shopping center – just north of
the 101. You’ll be able to see it as you exit the freeway at Kanan Road.

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Dr. Frank Ryan

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Famous Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and his benevolent cause

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Dr. Frank Ryan, perhaps best known for his 10 cosmetic surgeries on reality TV star Heidi Montag, is often times forgotten for his philanthropic endeavors. Ryan founded The Bony Pony Ranch Foundation, a “non-profit organization focused on helping underprivileged and at-risk youth excel beyond their current situations. The Foundation has created an atmosphere where young people can maximize their talents and achieve new goals in life by being exposed to new role models and mentors who can provide a positive influence.” The Bony Pony Foundation accomplishes such goals in a few ways. They remove gang-related tattoos, birthmarks and scarring. They provide leadership and life training workshops and seminars as well as offer day and overnight camps at Malibu’s 26 acre Bony Pony Ranch.

Dr. Frank Ryan was a talented plastic surgeon and nice man. He recently passed in August, after his Jeep veered off PCH and landed in the rocks. The day after, a candle light ceremony was held at Zuma Beach in Malibu. Guests allegedly include Janice Dickinson, Melissa Rivers, Gary Busey, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Jason Davis and Dennis Haskins. Despite his passing, his legacy lives on through the lives he touched.

If you’d like to learn more about the foundation, go to Bony Pony.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mJXNysse24&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

His three spectacular properties, Bony Pony Ranch, Casa Ryan, Camp Bony Pony, are now for sale. Click each link to learn more.

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Stop Cancer 5K Run

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Billy, Wendy & Hannah Tipp, Pamela Hayes, Morey Spellman, (from left to right)


Run/Walk at Woodley

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With the help of chair member Armie Hammer, co-star of the recent movie “The Social Network,” the Stop Cancer 5K run at Woodley Park was a great success. Billy Tipp, my 14 year old son, placed first in the race with a time of 18:11. Billy is a 14 year old freshman at CHS and a member of the Track and Cross Country Teams and a former member of the Calabasas Cheetah’s track club. Second place went to Morey Spellman and for further results can be found here: http://www.y-events.com/10stop5k.htm

There were over 700 people that joined the Stop Cancer race on December 5th. The day was complete with live entertainment, exciting give-aways, a special Krav Maga Worldwide self defense demonstration & kids’ obstacle course, and the opportunity to get hair extensions by an I.C.O.N. hair specialist.

The Stop Cancer run was a high energy day promoting a commendable cause. Next years should be even bigger.  If you would like to donate, visit their website at http://www.active.com/donate/stopcancer5k2010

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Top 7 Albums of the Year

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Tipp’s Top Picks of the Yeartop 7 albums of the year xx-xx

By: Steve Tipp

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Despite what felt like a really great year for music, it might have been a better time for songs than for albums as I could only come up with 7 albums that I really liked. Probably the statement here is that the album length format is on its way out and shorter formats of music may well could and should become the norm.  Let’s not get started about the woes of the music biz and let’s take it straight to the top 10’s…

Top Albums:

·         The XX – XX – this is such a cool minimalist album.  Simple, beautiful, conceptual.  (Resourceful music seekers may want to find the Biggie vs. Tupac vs. The xx song Runnin With The xx; actually lots of bands even ‘80’s electronic popsters OMD are covering the xx).  Top 2010 Single Contender: Crystalized

·         The Black Keys – Brothers – this is another album that feels conceptual in its design and execution.  My first exposure to this group, rockin’, contemporary & BLUESY…

·         LCD Soundsystem – Early in the year this was clearly my #1 and I was completely convinced Dance Yrself Clean was going to be a hit at alternative radio.  I still love this adventurous electronic album but my prediction for radio-hit-dom, not so accurate. (You might also want to dig up an earlier nugget Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, it seriously reminds me of the parties we would throw at my parent’s house long, long ago).

·         Broken Bells – Broken Bells; this collaboration of producer Dangermouse and Shins James Mercer is another one of the few beautiful indie pop albums this year I never tired of.  Light, melodic and hook-ey.  Top 2010 Single Contenders: The High Road & Ghost Inside

·         Fitz & The Tantrums – Pickin’ Up The Pieces – This is a contemporary, blue eyed soul group from Los Angeles (and the hip/successful LA indie label Dangerbird Records).  Rockin’ new millennium Hall & Oates.  This is the kind of artist I would get passionate about getting on the radio because I believed it would stand out and make a positive difference for the station and the audience would really respond to it.  Ah I am getting nostalgic again… Top 2010 Single Contenders: Money Grabber, frankly nearly every song on this album is a winner!

·         Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy -  Who is nutty as a fruit cake and yet made one of the great albums of the year?  These are strange times indeed.  But if he can use King Crimson’s 21st Century Schizoid Man and make it work in a hip hop hit, he has got talent hidden beneath his batsh!t persona.  Really an eclectic listenable record from end to end. Single Contenders: Power, Gorgeous

·         Arcade Fire – The Suburbs – It was support an indie record shop day this summer and I was drawn to Albums on the Hill in Boulder Colorado and I picked this up.  An independent album release debuting at #1 on Billboard is a big deal in any decade.  This might not be everyone cup of tea but it is super, quirky, English, indie rock.  Their appearance on SNL was polarizing but I love the album their awkward performance reminded me of one of my favorite indie UK artists: New Order.  The real estate themes work for me too!  Top 2010 Single Contenders: Sprawl II, Ready To Start, We Used To Wait

Other Top 2010 Single Contenders: Mark Ronson – Bang Bang Bang; Jason Derulo – Ridin’ Solo, Alicia Keys/Jay Z – Empire State Of Mind, Avett Brothers  – Head Full Of Doubt, The Decemberists – Down By The Water

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