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We are all tourists and God is our travel agent 
who has already fixed our routes, reservations and destinations. 
So enjoy the trip called LIFE

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So in Retrospect, when you were making your 5 year plan in 2015, hands up, who got this right?

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Lets go Back to the time machine to January 2015, In Silicon Beeach m-Santa Mi]onica CA-- where The Uber of everything was taking place and every one had an Ap and was APPY.

The Beatles Abbey Road
People with money and no time and people with time and no money equals the ODME, On-Demand Mobile Economy- at The 3rd Street Promenade.
For Generation T( Touch) Convenience on the internet is basically achieved by two things: speed, and cognitive ease. If you study what the really big things on the internet are, you realize they are masters at making things fast and not making people think.

Venture BeatBuilding apps and services for lazy people is one area the tech industry is quite good at.
2014 was a big year for getting everything you could want from the comfort of your smartphone. We found plenty of these services in Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 class. But next year is going to get even lazier:


Earlier in 2014, parking apps were all about buying and selling street parking spots, Luxe Valet (Our App), Zirx, ValetAnywhere, and Vatler appealed to every driver in busy cities like San Francisco with a simple proposition: on-demand valet parking from wherever is convenient. Freeing drivers from looking for parking near their destination and offering the convenience of handing off their cars just in front of their destination became a very popular new experience — just look at all the money investors have thrown into these companies whose product they undoubtedly use.
something that wasn’t rightfully — or legally — people’s to buy and sell. But not too long after, a crop of startups including

And SpotHero, a three-year-old company, finally made its way to San Francisco. Unlike the on-demand valet parking apps, SpotHero makes drivers park their own car in private lots and garages they book and pay for through the app. But SpotHero also shone the spotlight on parking inventory, the aspect of the parking that will make some and break others. Just as companies like Lyft and Uber are duking it out by racking up (and poaching) as many drivers as they can, the parking apps will be racing to grab as much inventory as possible.

Alpha Testing Our New On Demand Luxe Valet Parking Ap

Dumb and Dumber-We are smiling on our Razor Kick Scooters. we are about to get run over by a Mack Truck.

This is not your everyday on-demand job; a Luxe agent is a Valet, Rideshare and Taskrabbit all in one. We change the way people park by collecting, storing and returning vehicles for customers

NYT Blog: When I describe it to you it will sound crazy, bourgeois and inefficient, and your first instinct will be to dismiss it. Don’t. Luxe works amazingly well, and as it and other similar services expand nationally — Luxe is starting up in Los Angeles this week — they could radically alter how large cities work.

Luxe is an on-demand valet parking service. When you need to drive somewhere where parking is tough, like pretty much any part of San Francisco, open up the app and tell it where you’ll be going. Then start driving. When you get to your destination, a valet will be waiting for you on the side of the road. He’s wearing a blue jacket bearing the Luxe logo, and he greets you by your name, so you know he’s legit.
Hand him your car keys. Yes, don’t worry, it’s fine. Luxe is insured for $1 million against theft and damage, and it tracks your car with GPS. So, as I said, hand him your car keys. Tell him how long you’ll need your car parked. Watch him drive away with your car. If you want, you can look at the app to see a little icon representing your car making its way to a parking lot.

That’s it. Your car has been parked.

Later on, when you need your wheels, open up the app again and hit the button to call back your car. Luxe will assign you a valet, and you’ll see the return play out right there on you phone’s screen — a valet approaching your parked car, and then the car heading to you. In about 10 minutes, your car arrives. One nice perk is that your return destination can be anywhere in Luxe’s service area, not necessarily the place where you originally parked your car. You can drive your car into the office in the morning, then have it returned to you that night after dinner in another part of town.

But here’s the best part. Luxe costs just $5 an hour, with a $15 maximum daily rate. If that doesn’t sound freakishly cheap to you, you haven’t parked in San Francisco

December has been a blast not from the past but the NOW- The Future ain't what it used to be. After visiting Tech in Motion @ Cross Campus in Santa Monica last Wednesday, the answer to the L.A.  questions what are you doing? no longer is "Working on a screenplay"---it's "I'm working on an AP" . I met some cool ppl from Zeel, an on demand massage service- Yep, you heard it right they are the Uber of that!
Seems like Booze Delivery
When you hook people with a lot of money and no time, with people with a lot of time and no money, you have the ODE-On Demand Economy. The smartphone is the REAL Remote Control to the YOUniverse.

Aps are sprouting up everywhere too  and  talked with the ppl from Sqyre.
Came across this poem on my twitter feed that captures the  Zeitgeist over here.

There’s Uber for dogs, And Uber for cats.
Need a hot stone massage? There’s an Uber for that.
An Uber for nailsAnd an Uber for news.
And while your nails dry, 
There’s an Uber for boozeThere’s an Uber for kids,

And an Uber for maids, There’s an Uber for hairSo you can Uber your braids.There’s Uber for bikes, And an Uber for gifting,
There’s an Uber for beauty, If your face needs a lifting.
If you don’t have a green thumb, There’s Uber for flowers,
With all of these Ubers, We could drone on for hours.

Character is doing what is right when no one is looking,
 but with on demand aps-its a two way street-
 You get reviewed by the service provider too! Glad I tipped him

#Uber connects you with a driver in minutes. It's an app for your mobile phone. There's a lot of companies in this space--and I decided to try the competition #Lyft, this week for the first time- My driver Moe was great.
The amazing thing is transparency- Not only do I know who the driver is and can rate him,  but he knows me-and in fact I got rated by him!

There’s an Uber for groceriesFor all lazy cookers,
And if you feel lonely, There’s an Uber for hookers.
There’s an Uber for potFor sticky green nugs,
And an Uber for cashTo pay for your drugs.
Between Uber for weed, And Uber for sex,
You name it, There’s likely an Uber for X.
So with startup reporters Facing ever tight deadlines,
Perhaps what we need Is an Uber for headlines

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It is very important that  expedition history not be distilled to just those great man and woman like Magellan,  Edmund Hillary, Lewis  and Clark et al., but to the regular folk  who  go out to do their own exploring and circumnavigation of the Earth and then blog about it-literature in a hurry.

"You worked on a cruise ship and you worked  in a war zone,huh?" Yep, from cruise ship to cruise missiles. Same thing , "At your service. Yes Maam, Yes Sir". Both are- The Hospitality Industry. Both are 24- hour work environments.

Documenting these travels with pictures has the added advantage of it being true, and therefore you have to tolerate contradictions and see things from different perspectives.

No matter where I go there I am. I can still look up at the same moon, stars albeit different hemisphere. It innately belongs to all of us, children of this planet.  I'm stricken by, what poet Diane Ackerman calls " the ricochet wonder of it all: the plain everythingness of everything, in cahoots with the everythingness of everything else"- Cosmic Pastoral.  

"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things".Edmund Hillary

Perseverance - The Long Game

 What good is having a belly if there's no fire in it. Wake up, drink your passion, light a match, and get to work. We rarely see the incremental baby steps taken when looking for enormous outcomes, but deserving enormous outcomes is mostly the result of a series of small steps, and the art and science of achievement of turning the invisible into something visible is the consequence. State it and Create it: I want to travel around the world was the mantra I told myself everyday ad far back as I can remember. How did I do port at a time, mostly by sea..

Enlighten Up- The path lies inward and its:

Direction Over Speed

There are 2 things that determine our life:
the quality of our decisions and luck. You cannot make progress without making decisions, and you will make those decisions over time with uncertainty. I call them bets.

The Earth School kills all of its students

When your future version of you gets involved in the present version of you to get to better decisions...your life takes on a new optimal perspective. You "release your emergency brake" and when you land things start to Take Off. When you truly feel the emotions of the future, add gratitude, and it is as if you have already signed for it.

You have two lives and when you realize that you only have one, the second begins and we create better decisions as other versions of ourselves..

A bet: a decision about an uncertain future. The implications of treating decisions as bets made it possible for me to find learning opportunities in uncertain environments. Treating decisions as bets, I discovered, helped me avoid common decision traps, learn from results in a more rational way, and keep emotions out of the process as much as possible.

In fact, we have no future.But what an awesome present..its useless to make plans.You can get anywhere from here. As long as you are HERE 
I am a time Millionaire with hours of routine and drill, followed by moments of extreme terror.

What an awesome gift- the present I mean.You can get anywhere from here as long as you are HERE
I was an early adaptor, embracing tech and the ipod in all its iterations...and here is an analogy-we spend a lot of time in fast forward worrying about the future, and in rewind ruminating on the past, but we rarely press play and live in the present. 

If you’re pointed in the wrong direction, it doesn’t matter how fast you’re traveling. Inversely, if you’re locked on to your desired destination, all progress is positive, no matter how slow you’re going. You’ll reach your goal eventually.

Victoria Falls-Putting The Awe In Awesome

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