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One of My Favorite Quotes...

“The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Taste of Little Italy, San Diego

The Fall edition of Taste of Little Italy, San Diego returns Wednesday, November 3, 2010. All restaurants are within walking distance from one another, and each eatery will offer their signature appetizer, entree, dessert or beverage. Save your appetite for this popular event. A musical menu of live performers on India Street entertains while you stroll. Come rediscover Little Italy - San Diego's most delightful dining destination for Italian and eclectic cuisine.

Taste of Little Italy, San Diego, November 3, 2010

Participating restaurants include: Anthology, Bencotto, Buon Appetito, Burger Lounge, Caffe Italia, Craft and Commerce, Enoteca Style, Fabrison's, Filippi's Pizza Grotto, The Glass Door, Indigo Grill, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Puerto La Boca Argentinean Steakhouse, Starbucks, Vincenzo Ristorante Italiano, W San Diego, The Waterfront Bar & Grill, and more...


For more information on the Taste of Little Italy, San Diego event, check out http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/ for other details.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Chargers' Breast Cancer Awareness Bags

For the game against the Patriots on Sunday, October 24, 2010, we got these San Diego Chargers' Breast Cancer Awareness pink tote bags. Which were pretty nice and actually useful instead of using the awful grocery tote bags you see in some stores. And the fact that these sport the Chargers logo with the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon, makes it a must have in my eyes. Besides, October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness month. What's not to like about these bags?

San Diego Chargers' Breast Cancer Awareness Tote Bags

Since, we're on the topic of tote bags and the Chargers. Here's a photo of last year's (2009) game give-a-ways celebrating the Chargers 50th anniversary. It's the same size, but the material seems to be different. I like game give-a-ways like these because they're actually useful, like towels. Especially for getting your tailgating stuff together the day before instead of using plastic bags.

San Diego Chargers' 50th Anniversary Tote Bags

Friday, October 29, 2010

Knife Photos: MTech USA MT-455

My buddy lent me his new knife for me to checkout and take photos of for the blog, Communicating Ideas. It's the MTech USA MT-455. I don't know anything about the maker or the knife itself and did try to search for it to add to this post, but no luck on my end. I guess these photos I'm about to show of the MTech USA MT-455 will be the few floating around the internet for the sake of sharing information. And I'm glad to be of help. So, here are some photos of the MTech MT-455 knife...

Knife Photos: MTech USA MT-455

Knife Photos: MTech USA MT-455

The MTech knife isn't that large. It does have some weight to it compared to other knives in the same class/size like the Benchmade Mini Griptilian shown. It is also pretty thick making EDC a bit uncomfortable, but that's due to the dual blades that it sports. One is a plain edge and on the other end is a full serrated blade. It looks pretty wicked if holding it in the middle, yet obviously not practical. More photos here...

Knife Photos: MTech USA MT-455

Knife Photos: MTech USA MT-455

Other than what I just posted, there's not much to say. It looks like a decent knife and should do well enough when you need a knife real quick. It's not in the same league as Benchmade or Spyderco, far from it. But that is not its intended market, especially being under ten bucks. If it breaks, just get another one. I have to tell you, it is pretty beefy to say the least. More photos here...

Knife Photos: MTech USA MT-455

Knife Photos: MTech USA MT-455

Since I couldn't get you any info on the MTech USA MT-455, here are some related products from MTech... Mtech Usa Carbon Blue Police Law Enforcement Rescue Folder Pocket Knife, MTech Knife Linerlock G-10 Onlays, and M-Tech USA Folding Leather Handle Knife 2.5

Smashburger's BBQ Bacon Cheese Burger

This is Smashburger's BBQ Bacon and Cheese Burger and Smashfries for my side. I posted before that I ate the Mushroom Swiss third lb. and thought that it was just enough, but if I was hungry I would want the half pound. And that's what I did, I got the half pound and that made me a happy boy. HAHA! Plus it had a decent amount of bacon.

Smashburger's BBQ Bacon and Cheese Burger and Smashfries

The BBQ Bacon and Cheese burger is BBQ sauce, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and haystack onions on an egg bun. Man, I love their egg bun! I was told to try this burger with a Fried Egg as an add on. And I think I'll do just that when I come back (Hazard Center/Mission Valley/San Diego) for more and report back to my readers. I'm a sucker for eggs and can't believe I didn't spot this the past times I've been there. So, that'll be my next mission. Happy eating...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

Out of all the flashlights that I have, the Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax gets used the most and with good reason. With the LED being its light source, it provides a great amount of light for not only for throw but for decent flood also. Let's not forget the typical Surefire construction that's built for heavy duty use with it's aluminum body with Mil-Spec Type III hard anodized in olive drab. Here are some photos of my well used Surefire L5 flashlight...

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

One of the many reasons why this light gets used the most has to be the size. At a bit over 6 inches long, it's not too big nor too small to be held for general purpose use. The Surefire L5 feels real balanced in the hands with a decent amount of weight while being gripped. Not much knurling, but the rubber portion of the light helps with the grip. Plus, just look at it, it's also a great looking light. More photos here...

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

Here are some images of the flashlight somewhat deconstructed. The first image showing the long pocket clip that it sports for those that want to carry and clip it in their pockets. I never had use for it, but it's nice to know that it's there. Then you see the light broken down into three main pieces and the cr123 batteries removed to give you an idea of the size of the light. The last pic shown is a detailed shot of the innards of the clickable tail cap. More photos here...

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

Here's some product description of the Surefire L5 Lumamax taken off Surefire's site... "The L5 LumaMax® is a high-output extended-reach flashlight featuring a Combat-Grip™ body. It uses a virtually indestructible power-regulated LED and a precision micro-textured, extra-large reflector to produce a smooth 100-lumen beam—five times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight, and more than enough to temporarily blind and disorient an aggressor by impairing his night-adapted vision. Compared to SureFire flashlights with similar output, the L5's tighter focus extends the illumination range for viewing distant objects and areas. The pushbutton tailcap click switch provides secure, ergonomic activation control: press for momentary-on, press further to click constant-on. Patented CombatGrip™ body improves performance with various flashlight/handgun techniques, such as the Rogers/SureFire technique, and provides a secure hold in wet or cold conditions or while wearing gloves." More photos here...

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

The Surefire L5 is my first premium high powered LED light. So it makes sense that it gets used the most. The next photos show the size of the light in my hands. I wear size XL to XXL gloves if that makes any difference. There are other lights out there that are brighter and have longer runtimes on a set of batteries these days, but why fix something that isn't broke. Besides, this light is going to last forever, especially with Surefire's lifetime warranty. So, it isn't going anywhere anytime soon. More photos here...

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

Last, but not least is a photo of the Surefire L5 and the very popular Surefire E2E in my hands. You can see the size difference between the two and yet they both use two lithium cr123 batteries. The L5 is as big as I would want in a two cell cr123 light and the E2E is as small as I would like too. Basically the L5 for the home and the E2E to EDC. It just makes sense that way. So, it's one of my favorite lights in the collection. More photos here...

Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax Flashlight

For more info on the Surefire L5 Digital Lumamax flashlight, check out http://www.surefire.com/ or Surefire L5 Lumamax Flashlight.

For other related products mentioned in this post or other lights I recommend check these links out... SureFire E2E Executive Elite, SureFire E2D LED Defender Dual-Output LED (200 Lumens), Surefire LX2 LumaMax Dual-Output LED, and the SureFire G2X Tactical 200 Lumens Nitrolon Polymer Flashlight

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

10th Annual Monster Bash, San Diego

Are you ready for San Diego's biggest Halloween block party? The 10th Annual Dos Equis XX Monster Bash Presented by Malibu Rum is sweeping into Downtown San Diego on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 from 6:00pm to midnight on 7th Ave. between Market and J St. and Island Ave. between 6th and 8th Ave.

10th Annual Dos Equis XX Monster Bash, Downtown San Diego

Take in the frights and delights on the "Day of the Dead" DJ stage and the live entertainment on the main stage (sponsored by Gaslamp's Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina), or the first-ever, all-girl Sexy Slumber Party featuring some sinfully delightful female DJs spinning all night long. Keep an eye out for Lady Gaga's "Little Monsters" slithering through the crowd for live performances on the main stage. And the infamous Monster Bash Costume Contest will be back with a $3,000 cash grand prize at stake!


General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For the ultimate VIP experience, upgrade to the Club VIP package for express admissions, discounted drinks and more at you r favorite Gaslamp Quarter/EV haunts. Complete details on Monster Bash at their website: SanDiegoMonsterBash.com

Inspiration: As competition intensifies...


“As competition intensifies, the need for creative thinking increases. It is no longer enough to do the same thing better . . . no longer enough to be efficient and solve problems”
— Edward de Bono

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Surefire Executive Elite E2E Flashlight

I own a few Surefire flashlights and can say that they make some of the best if not the best flashlights out there. One of my first premium high-end quality flashlight, which happens to be my first Surefire is the Surefire Executive Elite E2E that's an incandescent and not LED. Back when I bought this years ago, they didn't have the LED option or should I say options, like they have now. Heck, this was the best light you can get for the weight, size, and performance. Which takes out your standard large cell C or D Maglite with ease. Keep in mind, the Surefire E2E is smaller than your small cell 2AA Maglite. So, I thought I'd share some photos...

Surefire Executive Elite E2E Flashlight

Surefire Executive Elite E2E Flashlight

It's a bit pricy and expensive to feed with cr123 lithium batteries costing about a buck each. It has run times at full output (60 lumens) at around 75 minutes. But I'll tell you, it's well worth it when you need a lot of light for a few minutes and don't use it much/often. In may case, for emergency use. I can see how it can get real old fast if you use it a lot, since you'll be changing out batteries often. Then you have the option to get the LED Conversions (light diode emitter) head that Surefire offers called the KX1, KX2, KX2C, KL4, etc. like I did. More on that at a later post. More photos here...

Surefire Executive Elite E2E Flashlight

Surefire Executive Elite E2E Flashlight

Surefire Executive Elite E2E Flashlight

Here's a product description on the Surefire E2E Executive Elite flashlight off Amazon... "Slim, unobtrusive, and extremely powerful, the E2e Executive Elite is a favorite of undercover police officers, who appreciate the fact that this penlight-sized flashlight is as bright as a four D-cell flashlight yet small enough to hide in a pocket. CNC machined from aerospace-grade aluminum with a choice of super-hard Military Specification Type III hard-anodized or a standard hard-anodized Satin Grey finish, the E2e comes with a Lexan (tm) lens, high output lamp assembly, removable stainless steel pocket clip, and two 10-year shelf life lithium batteries . The light also features switching favored by law enforcement-twist for constant on, or depress the tailcap button for momentary illumination (great for signaling with Morse Code). A patented lock-out tailcap allows the light to be locked in the off position to eliminate accidental activation when stowed away." More photos here...

Surefire Executive Elite E2E Flashlight

Surefire Executive Elite E2E Flashlight

The light is also real pocket-able and perfect for EDC'ing (every day carrying). So, it's a pretty small light at just under five inches. As you can see in the photos above, the light easily fits in my hand and with the awesome knurling, it won't slip out of it either. The photo below shows the Surefire E2E with other common flashlights for comparison. From top to bottom: Surefire L5, Streamlight Scorpion and the Surefire E2E. More photos here...

Surefire Executive Elite E2E Flashlight

Not much of a full review, but there's tons of them out there. Instead, I just wanted to show some detailed photos of the E2E as well as broken down like most of the products shared on this blog. Well, I hope it helped you out and gave you a better idea of what and how the Surefire light looks like when you're not able to see one in person. For more photos that are not shown on this blog, check out my other site here.

For more information on the Surefire E2E check out these links... SureFire E2E-HA Executive Elite and if you're interested in the LED conversion, check this one out... Surefire KL4-BK-WH LED Conversion Head for SureFire E2, E2E, E2O, E2D Flashlights

For other similar Surefire related products that I recommend and some on my wish list, check out these links... SureFire E2D LED Defender, Surefire LX2 LumaMax Dual-Output LED Flashlight, and the SureFire U2 Ultra High Intensity Variable Output LED Flashlight

Monday, October 25, 2010

Starbucks and Marie Callender's Pie

Here are some photos from over a week ago of Starbucks coffee and Marie Callender's Chocolate Satin Pie that we brought home to enjoy. Kind of forgot about it, but decided to post it today. Coffee and pie, a great combination to have while hanging out with great company, like family. Good times! Besides, I've always enjoyed eating Marie Callender's pies and haven't one in awhile. So, this was great timing as my sweet tooth started tingling. But, that's nothing new. Here are some of the photos I took...

Starbucks Coffee

Marie Callender's Chocolate Satin Pie

As you can see, we did damage on the chocolate pie real quick. By the end of the night, there was a few slices left, but a majority of it was gone. You just can't fight the hunger I tell ya. Sweets in this household disappears as quickly as it arrives. I wouldn't be surprised if it disappeared faster to be honest. HAHA!

Marie Callender's Chocolate Satin Pie

Marie Callender's Chocolate Satin Pie

Good times! That is all. Happy eating!

Inspiration: Who makes a difference...

“Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.”
— Nolan Bushnell

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dinner: Phil's BBQ in Point Loma To-Go

Over a week ago, I had dinner with the family before my brother went to the East Coast for some training as he joins the MSC. For dinner, Phil's BBQ is all we can think about. Having not been there in awhile, about a year ago, that's what we'll have. Knowing that the Phil's BBQ Point Loma location would be pack from previous experiences and even more pack since the Man vs Food show, we had our food to-go and that was much faster than dining in. So here are photos...

Dinner: Phil's BBQ in Point Loma, Full Beef Rib Dinner

Since Phil's BBQ's servings are pretty big, especially the full Beefy Rib Dinners, we decided to share the meals. The above photo is the Full Beef Ribs (5 Bones) Dinner and some sides which are shown a couple images down. And what-do-you-know, we got 7 bones of beef. Two extra bones thrown in. That seems pretty common from my experience, but it's still a welcome surprise. And the photo directly below is the Full Baby Back Ribs (10-12 Bones) Dinner also with sides shown below. Yummy!

Dinner: Phil's BBQ in Point Loma, Full Baby Back Rib Dinner

I have always loved their Onion Rings. And as usual, I made sure we order it. But this time, I made sure we got the large servings of the onion rings. And the image below shows how it was packaged and ready to carry.

Dinner: Phil's BBQ in Point Loma, Large Serving Onion Rings

The next set of photos are some pictures of the sides that came along with the dinner meals, that we decided to pick. The first one is the Potato Salad and the second one is the Sweet Baked Beans. Besides the onion rings, the sweet baked beans were next in line as to being my favorite side dishes from Phil's BBQ. Should of mixed it before taking the photo. The last photo is the Macaroni Salad. Not much to say about the potato salad and macaroni salad other than it was average.

Dinner: Phil's BBQ in Point Loma, Potato Salad

Dinner: Phil's BBQ in Point Loma, Sweet Baked Beans

Dinner: Phil's BBQ in Point Loma, Macaroni Salad

As always, another great meal from Phil's BBQ in Point Loma in the comfort of our home. I really want to go back and eat more, but the lines are just too crazy and I don't like waiting on an empty stomach as we watch others eat. And lets not forget about the awesome aroma that stays in the air as you wait in line. What a tease! That's not cool. But, I will be back and hopefully in a shorter line. Maybe I'll check out the new San Marcos location instead.

Phil's BBQ in Point Loma
3750 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110
619-226-6333

Phil's BBQ in San Marcos
579 Grand Avenue
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-759-1400

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