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Mark Alvarado

Mark Alvarado is a graphic designer with a long history of popular projects. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, he purchased some property in Texas. There, he often engages in one of his favorite hobbies in the world, archery. Although he is no stranger to the Lone Star state, Mark Alvarado still resides in California. His home is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in the city called Palo Alto. His talents as a graphic designer include everything from simple logo campaigns to more complex branding projects that help firms establish their identity in the market.

 

What is your hobby?

Although I enjoy following sports that involve some type of a ball, there is nothing that I love more than archery. It has been my number-one hobby for as long as I can remember.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I am proud to be one of the few bowmen that began practicing this ancient skill long before popular TV shows and movies turned it into a mainstream activity. The way I got started, however, is slightly ironic as it was mainly accidental. After finding a bow and half a dozen arrows while hiking with some of my friends about a decade ago, we decided to have a friendly competition and hit the “stop” sign down the road.

In retrospect, this was not the wisest decision we have ever made. As they took their shots, it became apparent that archery was not really in their DNA. In my case, on the other hand, I was able to hit the pole of the sign which topped everyone else’s attempt. This inspired me to keep practicing and archery soon became one of my favorite ways to unwind. Not to mention that my shooting from that day won me the bow and arrow that we discovered laying in the dirt!

 

Tell us what you love about it.

I enjoy every single second of firing an arrow. Starting with a calm and steady arm that must support the bow forces me to slow down my breathing and completely focus on the target. Then, upon putting hitting the mark, I must become one with the weapon and wait for the perfect moment to release my shot. That split second is probably the most relaxed state of mind that I could ever be in.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Generally speaking, I do archery as a way to decompress after a long day. I have not reached the level of competitiveness that would require me to take part in some championships. Occasionally, however, I use my property in Texas to set up a mini course with a few targets where my friends and I practice.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Yes. Thus far I purchased a PSE Anthem recurve, Cabela’s Dash RTH compound package, and was given a Samick Sage 62″ takedown-recurve bows. I originally started with the PSE Anthem as it is the very basic, beginner-like bow that had no fancy additions or gear. After a while, I upgraded to Samick Sage that had a custom-made, bear hair rest and plate.

But both of these are nothing compared to the Cabela’s Dash that I was gifted recently. That one looks like something that the famous superhero Green Arrow would use. It has so many different tools that it is practically impossible to use them all in one session.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Usually online. I shop for arrows or targets on Amazon as there is a seemingly unlimited number of options. I am not a fan of commercial sellers that overcharge just because they have a popular brand name.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

“The Witchery of Archery” by Maurice Thompson is great. It is actually the first book ever written on the topic of hunting with a bow and arrow. Having been around for 140 years, it is amazing to see that most of the principles discussed by Thompson still apply to modern-day archery.

 

How has this changed your life?

It has helped me diversify my short list of hobbies. Besides graphic design, there has not usually been too much that I am interested in. As I began my amateur career in archery, I learned that my job is not the most important thing in the world.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Practice far away from anybody, especially if you are just starting out. Although an arrow may not look lethal, it can pick up speeds north of 150 miles per hour when it is fired correctly. This is enough to go through wood, glass, and even some metals. Adding the fact that most arrows have sharp tips made of metal, making it very dangerous for bystanders. In other words, be very careful!

Bill Michelon

Bill Michelon is a leader in the world of entrepreneurship and digital solutions. His extensive background, both as an employee and now a business owner, has given him more than a decade’s worth of valuable experience that sets him apart from others in this field. Michelon’s recent forays into the world of cryptocurrency and tailored digital marketing strategies for clients are just two of the exciting new directions that his professional career is taking. Bill believes in mentoring students and those new to the digital marketing space, and has a special place in his heart for philanthropic causes, especially those that impact veterans and young businesspeople.

What is your hobby?

Right now, I’d say two: Traveling and immersing myself in the world of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. But to be honest, the latter is really more work and career oriented, so travel probably is my actual hobby.

How did you get started with this hobby?

I took a trip to the Bahamas as one of my first major vacations and it really gave me the bug for exotic, unusual travel. I realize a trip to the Bahamas is not all that unusual, but it led me to literally fall in love with travel as a way to unwind and give my brain a deep rest from the rigors of a high-speed work life.

What inspired you?

Just watching other international travelers and seeing how much they enjoyed going to unusual, hard-to-reach spots made me want to see what it was all about.

Tell us what you love about it.

Traveling to little-known, interesting places takes you out of yourself, and helps you actually stand back and see your entire life in perspective. A trip to Iceland, for example, and getting to know some of the locals while spending time in the hot springs was an unforgettable experience.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I’m in a few travel clubs that offer discounts on tickets to exotic, relatively unknown or little-visited places.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Quite the contrary, extensive travel teaches you how to get by on less, whether that means material goods, food, creature comforts, and all the typical consumerist stuff we tend to rely on in the industrialized world.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I either make or purchase travel-specific items. When I buy things that I can’t make, like rain ponchos, energy bars, or camping equipment, I look for bargains online, in local shops or in my closet.

Are there any good books for beginners?

“Video Night in Kathmandu,” by Pico Iyer is one of the best books on travel. Not only does Iyer convey the essence of what travel can teach us, but he is able to do so in a humorous, intriguing way.

How has this changed your life?

I think travel gives me a deeper perspective about live and makes me a better entrepreneur because my mind always feels so sharp and ready to work after a good trip.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Research a few places that you’ve always wanted to go, and keep an open mind about the fact that your research might lead you to other spots.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I am currently exploring how to become more philanthropic, and learn more about crypotocurrency and the best ways to invest.

Ali Mayar

Ali Mayar is a successful business owner and entrepreneur based out of Long Island, New York. As the CEO of Platinum Rapid Funding Group, he and his management team offer small to mid-sized companies working capital. Through his work of helping professionals and businesses succeed, he has become one of the leading figures in the merchant cash-lending industry, as well as a mentor for his management team.

Ali Mayar‘s entrepreneurial success is highlighted by his vast experience of working with businesses to ensure their financial success. As a business strategist, Mayar assists professionals and companies in their progression by working together to come up with strong business platforms. Mayor is known within his industry to share his strategies and experience of reaching entrepreneurial success; thus he exemplifies the mentoring ideal within Platinum Rapid Funding Group and is an ideal financial resource for businesses needing assistance in forming successful business strategies for the future.

What is your hobby?

Aside from the obvious answer of spending time with friends and family, I love music. I also love cars, cooking, and fine dining. As of the past few years I’ve taken an interest in boating and being on the water. Long Island is one of the most beautiful places to explore, especially on the South Shore. There’s nothing better than taking friends and family out on the water to enjoy a sunset.

How did you get started with these hobbies?

Music has just always been a big part of my life. I love how different songs start to represent different times in my life, bringing back memories and emotions. It’s nice to shut the mind off sometimes and slip into a good song, enjoy a quiet moment while you are listening and escape the stresses of every-day life. When it comes to spending time with friends and family, I have to wonder what I’m working so hard for if I don’t make them a priority.

What inspired you?

Friends and family are a priority in my life and always will be. They inspire me to help others and stay true to those who are there for you and matter the most in life. I’m the type of guy who believes if you take good care of the people around you, they will take good care of you. Much of my inspiration comes from the people around me and

Tell us what you love about it.

The strategies of helping businesses succeed and take steps toward financial success really fascinate me, but it also doesn’t completely define who I am. Music, cars, friends and family, and my fascination for business; all these things together define me.

How has this changed your life?

My hobbies have enriched my life because they have enriched who I am. I believe that what we do, say, and what we love in life all work synergistically to form who we are as a person and a businessman. I enjoy helping businesses get off the ground and find their place in their chosen industry. I advise people to follow their passions, whether in personal life or when it comes time for professionals to decide which industry will be their niche. You can have skills, but if you are not passionate about what you are doing, success is just not as attainable as if it’s in a field you are passionate about.

Saleh Stevens

Saleh Stevens is a Bitcoin expert and entrepreneur from Los Angeles, California. With a background in computer science, he is an up-and-coming name in cryptocurrency today. He is also a seasoned traveler and meets with cryptocurrency proponents around the world to assist them with this exciting new part of the knowledge economy.

 

His computer science background enables him to take advantage of the newest trends in gaining wealth, including blockchain technology and Javascript innovations. Saleh Stevens first farmed Bitcoin several years ago while the price was low, and now his investment has skyrocketed, giving him the financial freedom to devote time to his favorite hobby.

 

 

What is your hobby?

My hobby is international travel. I spend several weeks per year exploring Europe and Asia. I haven’t yet been to Africa, but it’s on my list for 2018.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I have always wanted to travel. I’ve been taking international trips for about seven years now. Before my Bitcoin investment took off, I was restricted to more affordable destinations around the United States, but now I have a lot more freedom to choose where I want to go.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

Ever since I was a little boy, I have wanted to be a world traveler. We lived near the Los Angeles International Airport: I would watch the big planes fly over the house and imagine where they might be headed. I was always envious of the people on those planes.

 

When we did get to travel as a family, I was always one of those little kids with my face pushed up against the glass, looking at all the planes. I used to collect airplane models as a kid.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I love the unpredictability of travel. I don’t like to plan my trips too far in advance. I prefer to fly to a central destination and then take local ground transportation. That way, I can explore as the whim takes me. I rarely stay in one place for more than two nights.

 

Train passes in Europe are so affordable, and the service is so much better than you’d receive in the US. Traveling by train gets me down on the ground with the everyday people at my destination. I enjoy striking up conversations with fellow travelers: I have even gone for drinks with people I just met.

 

Sometimes I think about starting out with luxury travel, but I’d rather have my boots on the ground than go through an endless parade of hotels that look just the same inside.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Not so much. Traveling is a solitary pursuit for me. I do visit travel websites like lonelyplanet.com for tips and resources. My family would probably prefer it if I spent more time in the US when I’m not working, but I feel like I should do all my traveling now while I’m single and don’t have responsibilities beyond my job.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I haven’t invested that much in equipment for traveling, per se. I do spend money on clothing and gear for my trips. I probably spend more on comfortable walking shoes than on anything else. Since I travel mostly by bus and train, I tend to pack just one backpack or rolling suitcase.

 

Again, I don’t really buy supplies for traveling. I tend to pack light. I do leave room in my bag for the occasional gift for my nieces and nephews.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

Definitely the Lonely Planet series of books. Rick Steves’ Europe is also fun, but geared more toward couples and families traveling, so I don’t use his books as much.

 

How has this changed your life?

It’s made me more spontaneous. I’m much more likely to eat in a new restaurant or make friends with someone I don’t have much in common with. I worry a lot less about my possessions and more about my experiences. Travel has also developed my curiosity and my ability to get along with different kinds of people.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Pack light, shop around for airfare, take advantage of your frequent flyer miles, get a gate lounge pass if you can afford it, (you’ll soon have enough miles that you will be able to get one much more easily), and be open to new experiences.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

When I’m traveling, I like to see classical music concerts. I have often thought that I would enjoy having a saltwater aquarium, but I travel so much, I don’t think I would have the time to appreciate it. Perhaps I’ll have one someday if travel isn’t as appealing anymore. I have thought of taking up snorkeling to see the ocean that way.

Mark Polelle

Technology and Web-based technology expert, Mark Polelle has been one of the leading figures in Silicon Vally for almost a decade after being one of the first to spot the possibilities available in Blockchain technology. It was during his childhood in his home of Atlanta, Georgia that Polelle begins to feel his future lay in the developing computer technologies of the period and prompted a move to California and the innovative environment of Silicon Valley. The entrepreneur has seen the focus of his career shift with the changing technology on offer throughout the world from basic Web design during his first years in California to the huge level of success achieved by Polelle in developing Blockchain technology. Mark Polelle now lives in Oakland where he feels he has easy access to the best technology companies in Northern California but also allows him to enjoy the benefits of the success he has achieved throughout his career.

What is your hobby? 

I rarely have a large amount of free time as my company has seen new clients arriving to explore the benefits of Blockchain technology on a regular basis who I try to give my time to freely. Living in California with the wide range of landscapes on offer has inspired me to explore digital photography as a hobby. I love the blending of my artistic side with a push to find and use the latest technology to make sure my images are of the highest possible quality. My personal favorite is to take a hike into the mountains and find some nature or landscapes to photograph and relax alongside nature. I recently headed into the Pacific Northwest and hiked around the Cascades Mountains where I found the snow-filled landscapes beautiful and relaxing which allowed me to return to work relaxed and chomping at the bit to continue my business development.

How did you get started with this hobby? 

To be honest I just started taking pictures with my phone before I even invested in any equipment and set out to explore any specific skills. Once I began looking at SLR cameras I realized the marriage of technology and artistic freedom was a good fit for me and my own interests.

What inspired you? 

Originally I don’t know if it was an inspiration or simply the fact my mind would turn away from work for a short time as I began taking photos around my office and home. Since I’ve become more interested in photography I’ve been researching the great photographers of the past and present including the beautiful work of Juergen Teller and the classic crime photography of Weegee from the 1940s.

Tell us what you love about it. 

Like I said earlier, I think modern photography speaks to my love of technology and a largely untapped artistic side. Taking the chance to manipulate an image using Photoshop is something I love doing and speaks to me on many different levels.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby? 

I haven’t really set out to join any groups or attend many events but I did recently submit some work to the Southern California Photo Expo and plan to attend this year’s event.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought. 

I’m somebody who likes to explore the various options available in technology for any sector of my life including my career as a Blockchain developer and for my hobby. Initially, I invested in a Nikon D3400 which was an excellent camera for a beginner to start their career with. I recently invested in a Fuji X-100F body which gives a completely different experience more closely related to the traditional manual photography of the 20th-century.

Where do you buy most of your supplies? 

I’m a technology enthusiast so the majority of my purchases are made Online through Amazon but I do love visiting stores such as Best Buy to handle equipment before buying. I remember there used to be photography stores on Main Street in Atlanta when I was growing up and would now love to visit one of these shops to talk to the experts and share my love of this art.

Are there any good books for beginners? 

One of the books I have referred to recently is “The Art of Photography” by Art Wolfe and Rob Sheppard which gives a good overview of composition and simple techniques. Although I feel a lot can be learned by simply looking for books by photographers you personally admire. I enjoyed “Christian Dior in the South of France” by Laurence Benaim with stunning images by Manuel Flores-Vianna.

How has this changed your life? 

In general, I find I am more relaxed and focused after spending some time in nature taking photos which can be important in such a high-intensity business as Blockchain development.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby? 

Get out and take some pictures and you’ll be amazed at the beauty you can create as a photographer.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia so I’m a sports fan with a love for watching baseball and football. On a recent business trip to the U.K., I had some free time in the North of England where I began exploring old churches around the Lake District area and began looking for my ancestors in old records which have sparked an interest in genealogy I’m beginning to explore.

Jimmy Stice – Kalu Yala CEO

Kalu Yala is a sustainable city currently being built in Panama. It is one of the latest offsprings of dedication to nature and limitless creativity. Placed in the middle of a jungle, the community is only half an hour away from the airport and seconds away from beautiful designs, fresh business ideas, and a welcoming neighborhood of people from all over the world. The underlying truth about Kalu Yala is further reflected in the roots of the movement which echo with excited cheers of adventurous people who visit. Those are usually the individuals that are not afraid to replace a prestige university environment with a green surrounding of nature.

 

What is your hobby?

Our hobby is building a community and connecting remarkable people. Since we welcome guests from all over the world, one of the first tasks is getting past any language or cultural barriers. This is easily achieved through nights with live music, long walks, bonding around the fire, team-building exercises, and more. Hence why there has never been Kalu Yala criticism aimed to discredit our ability to turn strangers into life-long friends.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

Kalu Yala was originally an idea to merge complex business concepts like economics and sustainability with beautiful nature found in Panama City. We were inspired by the need to push the limits of what others have done in these fields. At first, we had a small team of no more than a handful of individuals who shared the passion for the end goal.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

All of the people who decide to take up this challenge are usually in love with adventures. We are no different as we crave excitement and feed off the surprising, sometimes shocking, discoveries found in the jungle that is now our home. Also, all of us are fierce proponents of things like socialization, intercultural relationships, as well as diversity. Some individuals list the fact that they learn so much about other cultures as the primary benefit from this experience.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Given the closed-community idea we have, all of the participants are members of the large group. This helps get to know nearly everyone. Also, given that the goal of this project is designing and building something extraordinary, most of the events are organized to either brainstorm the blueprints or discuss the most efficient methods of construction.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Yes and no. Of course, we obtained some basic tools like electric drills prior to starting the project. Nevertheless, there is no state-of-the-art technology because everything is made from scratch using basic materials like wood. Some other items people tend to invest in prior to coming here are instruments while we do provide microphones and speakers that are needed for the mini-concerts.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

We do not! Since the entire idea revolves around sustainability, we find a lot of our supplies in the nature that surrounds us. Although it sounds like a challenging notion, people do not view this as one of the Kalu Yala problems. It is because the landscape is the number one building block of the community. After all, finding ways to get around the obstacles of simple life is the primary reason why a lot of our members joined in the first place!

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

We generally advise those who commit to our project to learn the basics of nature survival. There are plenty of books that teach them how to make that transition from modern life to old-fashioned and simple methods. Some of them are “Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide on the Art of Wilderness Survival” by Dave Canterbury and “Camping and Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book” by Paul Tawrell. The majority of the techniques that participants learn, however, come from real-life experience once they get here.

 

How has this changed your life?

In more ways that we can describe. Being a part of something that is above anyone’s individual needs has taught us about selflessness and dedication. People who are successful here often speak of life-changing friendships that they formed, new knowledge that they now possess, as well as the new-found view of the world and its beauties.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Try to overcome the beginning hardships because these stages are the most difficult ones. People are bound to be skeptical of any similar endeavor because it pushes the limits of what might be viewed as achievable. Thus, it is important to align oneself with those of similar mind and work together to come up with a failproof plan of growth.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Anything that requires one to be creative. Some people here are great musicians, some can draw anything and everything, and others can build marvelous pieces of furniture with nothing but a small hammer and a pocket knife. The spectrum of hobbies that our members are known for is so wide that it is almost impossible to depict every single activity you are likely to see when you walk around the camp.

Justin Billingsley

I am Justin Billingsley from Arizona. I am an avid traveler and my favorite thing to do is travel the world and eat the best local food.

What is your hobby?

Travelling and eating ethnic food

How did you get started with this hobby?

I went to work for American Airlines over 30 years ago. I worked in Sales, When I went for the interview I was not aware of the travel perks. When I started working for the Company I found out about the travel benefits and the seeds of a lifelong love of travel were sown. I started travelling immediately and I have been all over the world. I hope to travel for many more years to come and still on the top of my bucket list is India &, Costa Rica.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

Every day is a new adventure. Even if I return to a location I have been before I return to the things I love but I always find new things to do and love to re-visit my favorite food haunts.

What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?

I make sure I have great luggage that can take a beating and I always rent a car to ensure I am independent and can do my own thing.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?

Expedia!…AirBnb, VRBO, Amazon for all the gadgets and goodies that make the traveling easier

Are there any good books for beginners?

Google is now the #1 source for travel information but I still love the Lonely Planet guides.

How has your hobby changed your life?

I have learned so much about the world and about other cultures. I have tried many foods then went home and learned to cook those foods myself. My home can be very interesting for my family and my guest. My house is much more likely to smell of curry than grilled hotdogs.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Keep an open mind at all times. Only when our minds are open can we learn. Do not go the restaurant in the hotel guide ask the concierge the receptionist where they go out to eat. Find the local haunts. Do not visit a third world country if you think camping is a Motel 6 with no room service.

Rosanne Bostonian, PhD, RMT

Rosanne Bostonian, Ph.D., RMT, has been a long-valued member of the healing community in Northern New Jersey. Her doctoral study as a psychologist took place at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York. Her internships spanned in-patient (Trenton Psychiatric Hospital) and several out-patient facilities in the New Jersey area. She served as a School Psychologist in the West Morris Regional School District as well as generating a successful general psychology practice in Florham Park, New Jersey.

After her many years of practice, Dr. Bostonian decided to use her healing skills as a Reiki Master Teacher and Foot Reflexology Practitioner. She closed her conventional practice in 2014 and currently uses her attunement with Universal Energy as the ongoing core of her success as a healer. She believes in the principles of wellness based healing, rather than the more traditional view of pathology based healing.

Dr. Bostonian’s view of “what we’re all doing here” reflects her study of Buddhist teachings and her life experience. Her strong belief is that there is a flow of truth that can only be accessed through ego sacrifice and self-awareness. She believes that we must overcome distractions to access these Universal Truths.

In addition to her Reiki/Reflexology Practice, Dr. Bostonian is currently an adjunct professor at Berkeley College where she teaches courses in Human Relations and Psychology. She refers to all that she currently does as her “Legacy Tour.” She enjoys writing on her website, EssentialSpirit.net and invites a dialogue with others through that medium.

Long noted for her sense of humor, palatable wisdom and open-heartedness, Dr. Bostonian’s words shared in her blogs have been said to strike chords of awareness in those who are kindred spirits. She delights in the expression of the written word.

What is your hobby?

Is there anything better than getting an idea, writing a blog and receiving humorous and appreciative responses? If there is, I haven’t discovered it yet! I LOVE to share ideas in writing!!

How did you get started with this hobby?

As a teacher, psychologist and all around communicator, I think it was natural for me to put words down on paper (and now online). When you hit the note of what comes naturally and gives you spontaneous joy, that’s the “hobby,” avocation and hopefully the vocation that will draw people into your circle.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

It’s definitely the process, the feel of ideas becoming tangible. Whenever a person can lean into the “Great Invisible,” whether it’s communing with Nature, making music or art, and bring into the material world what was previously invisible, it’s a joy! And when others can share in it and appreciate it, better yet!

What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?

The media are life, memories, time and computer. When it all comes together, it can be a symphony. Writing is an inexpensive hobby since the normal equipment we have in life is the tool of creation.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?

I “shop” in daily life, being an observer of people and having a running inner commentary that brings out my many experiences as a teacher, Reiki/Reflexology practitioner and psychologist.

Are there any good books for beginners?

There are books on “blogging.” You have only to look online under “blogging for beginners.” It’s good to have a basic writing ability and definitely a passion to share ideas.

How has your hobby changed your life?

Writing and posting my thoughts and feelings has allowed me to introspect, derive self-appreciation and self-awareness. It has allowed others to know me better. I believe, since I post my writing on my website, it may attract people to a full range of wellness services I provide.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

I would tell others to be observers of life and make mental notes of things unfolding that fascinate you. Then it’s about “practice, practice, practice!” As in all communication skills, getting feedback from others is helpful. Since everyone isn’t you, perception is key, so the manner of expression is best when it hits a common chord. Work those communications muscles and they will get stronger!

Terry Bandy

Terry Bandy is a Senior Data Scientist based in San Francisco, California. Bandy works with companies in the US and abroad to apply big data to concrete problems. He is passionate about working with his clients to grow their audience and profits. Bandy brings years of tech experience to his freelance endeavors, including the startup and management of a website analytics company in the early years of data science.

Bandy grew up with a passion for numbers and logic. Throughout high school and then undergraduate studies at Tufts University, Bandy pursued this passion with enthusiasm, which garnered the attention of his teachers and professors. Bandy was identified as gifted as a young age, and throughout college he received mentoring from professors who encouraged him to continue studying computer sciences.

As a college junior, Terry Bandy and two other students founded a tech-based company that specialized in website design and analytics. The group sold the company, which had become quite successful, five years later. Bandy moved to California to help manage the company. While helping with the companies transition over to new owners, Bandy entered an MBA program. He earned his master’s degree and then began taking on data science work on a contractual basis. Today Terry Bandy lives in San Francisco with his wife Melissa and two sons.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is fly fishing. I go every chance that I get.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I got started with this hobby when I was a young kid, probably five or six, and my dad took me out to the rivers with him. Back then I couldn’t fly fish, but he would and I would play around on the shore. When I got older and could manage the fishing rod on my own he taught me how to cast and present the fly.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love the serenity of being in nature, in a river or on the shores of a lake. I love walking down a river and exploring all of the hidden spots, where no one else goes. It is very relaxing. I also enjoy the fact that it is an activity that I can do with my sons. They love it as much as I do.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

One of the things I love about fly fishing is that you can do it on your own. I’m not part of any fishing groups, and that’s the way I like it! I don’t go to events either. Usually when my sons and I go out fishing it happens very spur of the moment. Once a year we travel to Colorado for a more extensive fishing and camping trip.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I recently bought a new pair of waders because our Colorado trip is coming up, and I know that the water is going to be cold. I chose Orvis brand Silver Sonic waders because I like the way they’ve designed water proof seams. It feels good to be out in the sunshine in freezing cold water and feel totally comfortable — not wet and cold. You can fish longer that way.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I usually go to Lost Coast Outfitters here in San Francisco. I also like a few shops in Colorado, where we take our annual fly fishing trip. The Colorado Angler in Silverthorne, Colorado is great. Sometimes, if I can’t find the exact thing that I want, I will shop online. I prefer to spend my money locally though.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Since I learned how to fish hands-on, from my father, I really didn’t look into beginner fly fishing books. I think that with fishing, you need to actually go out into the water with someone who knows what they are doing. One helpful resource that I’ve used over the years which I recommend to beginners is a guide to the waters in your area. Personally, I use Greg Vinci’s Flyfisher’s Guide To California, but I suppose the one that the beginner chooses will depend on his or her geographic location.

How has this changed your life?

It has brought me a lot of peace and joy. Those two commodities are more valuable than money in the bank.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Be patient with yourself. Have fun exploring the rivers. Approach it like a kid would — just play around and have a good time. If you approach it that way, you’ll never have a bad day of fishing, even if you don’t catch anything and your casting is awful.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love to read, hike, and travel.

Dr. Lane Sebring

 

 

Dr. Lane Sebring is a fully licensed medical doctor operating a private practice, the Sebring Clinic, based out of Wimberly, Texas. While he began his career as a traditional doctor working in a hospital, he was soon considered an “alternative medicine” provider based on his reliance on the Paleo Diet, a diet modeled after what the earliest humans ate to remain healthy for the duration of their lives.

Today, Dr. Sebring operates his Sebring Clinic and an attached Paleo Pharmacy that provides everything his patients need to embrace the Paleo lifestyle. He recently sat down with us to explain why he finds fitness and nutrition so interesting.

What is your hobby?

I know it’s my career, but my greatest passion is the Paleo Diet. The Paleo Diet eschews modern dairy and processed foods in favor of natural foodstuffs available to ancient man, such as meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. I firmly believe that switching to this diet can help millions of Americans increase both their life expectancy and quality of life, so I constantly advise my patients to embrace it.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I attended a medical conference in the mid-1990s where a bunch of nutritionists gathered to discuss alternative diet programs. Loren Cordain spoke about the merits of the Paleo Diet at that conference, and I immediately realized that I had found my medical calling.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love all the steak it lets me eat! (Laughs) Jokes aside, most fad diets expect you to eat bland cardboard or nothing at all to deliver the extravagant results they claim to offer. Paleo food can be absolutely delicious, so you don’t have to compromise flavor to live a healthier lifestyle. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh meat—the paleo diet is all about eating foods straight from the Earth and helps your body feel better almost immediately.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought?

Paleo is still considered a unique treatment method, so my patients were having a hard time finding the materials needed to follow my advice. I opened the Paleo Pharmacy to allow my clinic to serve as a convenient “one-stop shop” for both Paleo advice and supplies. I now sell a variety of Paleo-friendly supplements, including Patriot Power Greens and a digestive aid called Digestive Freedom Plus that helps the human stomach recover from all of the processed ingredients found in the modern diet.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Oh absolutely! Anything by Loren Cordian is a great introduction to Paleo, especially a book simply titled The Paleo Diet. That book reinforced everything I learned at that conference and more, giving me the guidance I needed to dedicate my private practice to the lifestyle.

How has this changed your life?

How hasn’t it? (Laughs) Like many other Paleo adherents, the diet gives me more energy and measurable weight loss results that other diets simply can’t measure up to. I also enjoy the food I eat, allowing me to live every day to its fullest. But most of all, I love the ability to help others and introduce Paleo to the masses.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

It might seem tough at first, but I advise everyone to stick with it because the benefits are life changing. My website, DrLaneSebring.com, includes tasty recipes and other tips that help make the lifestyle more accessible, allowing novices and experts alike to go Paleo and live longer, happier lives