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Pinole is a main staple of the Tarahumara indians. The Tarahumara are the most amazing athletes on the planet, and cannot be beat in distance running even by today’s super athletes. But don’t take my word for it, read this amazing book to see for yourself!


Drink Recipe:

Put about 1/2 cup of Pinole in a frying pan. Use a spatula and turn it over on low to medium heat for about 6 minutes, being careful not to burn it. It should be a medium brown color when you are done.

While you are heating the Pinole, boil some water.

Mix the heated Pinole in a bowl with honey and cinnimon. Use as much or as little as you like.

Put about 3 splendas in a durable plastic cup.

Add the mixture to the glass first.

Pour in the boiling water and stir it up.

This stuff retains heat, so I would suggest putting the cup in the refrigerator for a while to cool it down before drinking.


To purchase Pinole, check out this Amazon link

It is from Corona Real and a 6oz bag is only $1.95


It’s a tough world these days. Wouldn’t it be best to relax and enjoy some good reading at a Celebrity News, Rants, World News, and Entertainment Website? Well check it out! They have some quality stuff and some pretty entertaining stories. Sometimes they even come out with the stories before I see them on CNN!

Or, if you want to become a blogger, or even get paid to blog, check out

Martin Bashir interviewed Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist and asked him, “Isn’t it the case that craiglist facilitates prostitution?” Bashir would have you believe that Craigslist is somehow responsible for the crimes that some of it’s users are perpetrating. The interview was spawed by the recent death of Julissa Brisman by suspected killer, Philip Markoff, a second year med student.

You can see the interview here

Julissa Brisman

Julissa Brisman

I was appalled by the way that Bashir blindsided Newmark just to get a story. It is disturbing how irresponsible the media can be. If you buy the load of crap that Martin Bashir is trying to spoon feed you, then I would ask you this; should twitter or facebook be held responsible (or considered a facilitator) if a user posts something about their whereabouts, and then an opportunistic criminal robs their house because he knows they’re away from home? You can see what a giant leap of logic that is, right? What ever happened to the responsibility and accountability of the individual?

Martin Bashir

Martin Bashir

Instead of shutting down or changing Craigslist, we should probably ban Martin Bashir and other irresponsible reporters like him.

Websense bothers me, bigtime. I run marketing campaigns and do research on various things. My actual work is frequently blocked by this evil Nazi software. If the problem is that a company can’t trust their employees to the point where they have to treat everyone like a three year old, perhaps it is time to re-think the hiring process. Either that or let go of the reigns a bit and let your employees do their job. Sam Zell, CEO for the LA Times had a great idea; let’s get rid of all of the blocker software and let our employees do their job. In a meeting he said, “I don’t give a f&^% what you look at, as long as you’re doing your job.” The man has a point.

I was really annoyed with Sears yesterday. I was annoyed with how hot our office is in the afternoon and how the thermostat is never quite right for our office. So, I ran out at lunchtime to buy an oscillating fan. The box was not in great shape and it was re-taped. I opened the box to do a quick check when I was there at Sears and things appeared to be okay. When I got back to the office and started putting the fan back together, I noticed that there was a big crack on the motor housing. Additionally, the motor housing would not even snap into place the way that it was supposed to. So I am very annoyed with
Sears. In fact, the other day I was just wondering how they are even still in business. With heavy hitters such as Circuit City going under, why won’t Sears just die already?

Today I was really annoyed by Yahoo News.


There are a lot of news items that you can watch. Unfortunately, they throw in some intrusive commercials before many of the news items. Not a huge deal, right? We’re used to that type of nasty advertising. The thing that really annoyed me about it was that you have to sit through the SAME annoying commercials over and over again to see various news items. So, if you absolutely hate a certain commercial, you might have to suffer through it many times; that is, if you don’t click away from Yahoo News and find a news source that doesn’t jam advertising down your throat.

Another thing that I am annoyed with is the annoying infomercial guy.

nobillymaysHis name is Billy Mays. I don’t know how much they pay this jackass to yell at potential customers, but I put it on mute whenever I see him, or I change the channel. I don’t even know what this guy is selling. Whomever hired this guy as a spokesperson for your product, you are making a big mistake. If I can ever remember the products that this guy screams out at me, I will make it a point to avoid purchasing those products.

Another thing that annoys me are dinosaurs. No, not the magnificent creatures that used to walk the earth, but the megalomaniac has-been dinosaurs like Price that think they’re still all that. Did you know that Price’s camp scours youtube for, get this, not only every Prince song and video ever made, but any Prince COVER ever made by anyone, even if it is a few seconds of a few chords. When they find them, they make sure that you can SEE the youtube video, but there is NO SOUND. Now that is pretty annoying!

no_princeDidn’t Prince learn from Metallica’s mistakes with that Napster fiasco? Prince, are you trying hard to be hated and forgotten? Do you think that anyone under 25 even knows who you are? Get over yourself dude. I won’t ever pay another cent for your music. Even though I used to like it, every time that I hear a Prince song it reminds me of what a punk you are. I hope your lawyers don’t try to force me to take your ugly picture down from my blog.

Life is all about balance. But what happens when you tip the scales too far in one direction? Is there a way to “get the balance right?” (yep, that was a cheesy reference to a Depeche Mode song).

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

I work hard all day at Banks Power Diesel Performance. I’ve made some huge progress with SEO and got my company’s site to the #1 position for many search terms. The epiphany hit me. I’ve been doing search engine optimization for years! So why not turn it into a business so that I can make some survival income in this dismal economy?


As of late I’ve been coming home from work, where I spend all day chained to my desk, only to come home to plant myself in front of a computer again. So what do I do in my “off time?” I do more SEO for Banks Power. In addition I write a few blogs, such as the Diesel Performance Blog, social media marketing how to, SEO Blog, and a few more. Then I do analytics on all of my sites. Then I build even more sites, such as Amy Friedman Fitness (currenly under contruction), and I participate in various social networks and online groups and forums. I’m not a one-man-show, I’m more like a one-man-army (please pardon the gratuitous sexism!).

Sexism...... bad

Sexism...... bad

So perhaps I can find a balance when the economy show some signs of improvement. I’d like to be able to exercise, ride my mountain bike, spend time with the kids, and just relax. One can dream.

Here is a quick update to this blog. I was just browsing for Professional scaffolding services, Northeast, UK when I discovered RMB Scaffolding. It’s too bad that we don’t have that service in the states because they are one of the most reputable specialist scaffolding companies within the Northeast of England.

Anyhow, more blogs are coming soon! Right now I have to read more about how to make money on the internet, and simply how to make money!

Just what are you thankful for? Do you have to wait for thanksgiving, or endure some major tragedy to think about it? Sometimes it can be when I look at my kids, when I accomplish something at work, or it can simply be a smile from a friend or family member that gets me thinking about it.

Here is a short list. It is definitely not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a short list to get the thoughts flowing.

I’m thankful for:

My awesome family and a wife that sticks by me no matter what.

My kids. They make life worth living.

My life. I’ve come so close to death, so many times in my youth, and I’m so very thankful that I’ve been given multiple second chances.

I’m thankful that my teenage son is a good person, and doesn’t do most of the stupid things I did as a kid.

For facebook. I’ve reconnected with so many good friends I would have otherwise lost contact with forever.

I’m thankful for having two arms and two legs. Some people don’t have either and they face challenges (and overcome things) I couldn’t fully imagine.

I’m thankful for exercise. I love it. It helps relieve some of the tensions of everyday living.

Margaritas! But, they HAVE to be Patron margaritas.

Women. They are truly beautiful creatures inside and out. I appreciate them, although I will never fully understand them.

College. It made me question everything. I still question everything. I’ll never stop.

I’m thankful for people that disagree with me.

I’m thankful for challenges.

Water! I love to swim in it, float in it, listen to the sounds it makes; we’re made of water, how could I not be thankful for it?

Nature. It’s awe-inspiring to look out into the night sky when you’re camping miles away from civilization.

My parents, for doing the best they could.

Music and the emotions it can elicit.

Warm weather, and the fact that I live in a warm place.

Animals, but dogs in particular. They love you no matter what.

I’m thankful that I quit smoking.

I’ve apologized to some of the ex-girlfriends that I’ve treated badly. I’m thankful that some of them have accepted my apology.

I’m thankful I have good friends; so good in fact that I have no doubt they would risk their lives to run into a burning building to save me, and they know I would do the same for them.

Fast cars!

That my advice has been able to help people, and that I have been an inspiration to some people as well.

I’m thankful for friends, family and mentors who have been an inspiration to me.

PHP! It’s the best programming language ever.

My FICO score and for living debt free!

Good books (mostly how to and informational books; I’m not that into fiction).

That we are enduring and surviving in this dismal economy.

That my mom always made me brush my teeth and I have never had a cavity.

For being 6’3″ 🙂

That I have run my own business. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.

Peoples’ generosity.

My health… so far.

For CHEESE!!! And cottage cheese, sour cream, milk, buttermilk and all dairy products! Yum!


Speed Racer. The original cartoon. That was the greatest thing ever when I was 5 years old.

I’m thankful that my dad took me on Jeep trips and that I learned how to drive a stick when I was 5.

Arnold Schwarzenegger. I loved his movies as a kid and the things he overcame to become the world’s greatest bodybuilder, a movie star, and a real estate mogul (and eventually the Governor of California) were an inspiration to me.

Having a brother. Life would have been pretty boring without him.




Roller coasters

The Internet


And for being able to share my life with somebody special. I’m also thankful to Google, because that is how we re-connected; she “Googled” me!

These are just some of the things I am thankful for. It’s hard to think when a 20 month old is running around making noises… but I’m thankful for that too!

Well, there has been a lot going on. My co-worker and friend, Doug Stokes, has been asking me to watch a video that he loaned me about 2 months ago. I still haven’t had the time to sit down and watch it. Why is time in such short supply these days? I’m glad you asked.

Every weekend we have get-togethers or birthday parties. Yes, EVERY weekend. And there is no end in sight. The house hunt is a never ending rollercoaster. We have put in about 7 offers on houses to date. One of the offers materialized, but we decided that we didn’t want the house after all. It is a very time consuming and emotionally draining process. On top of all this I am trying to diet… yea right. I haven’t lost any weight in about a month. I’m really just trying not to blow up like a balloon.

And, last but certainly not least, is my job. I love working at Banks Power and
working with the most cutting edge diesel performance and diesel cold air intake products. I’m learning a lot and pushing myself to learn more. I’m also right across the hall from the one and only Gale Banks. For those of you that know Gale or have met him, you probably know that he is a super-genius that expects the best from his employees. Gale pushes all of us to work harder and to dig deep into our creative reserves to make things happen. You gotta love working for a guy like that. Well, that’s not exactly true. If you want to be told what to do and you don’t care about the quality of your work, there is always Burger King. The fact that I get to eat my lunch while sitting on the hood of the fastest diesel drag truck in the world is pretty damn cool too.

The weekend just flew by. There is a lot going on at work, so I’m feeling the stress already. I could use an extra day to relax, work out some more and clear my head, but that’s not going to happen.

I should be trying to go to sleep, but I have to get some cash from the ATM, pay some bills, and take a shower because I worked out.

Saturday we looked at houses in Chino Hills and then we went to my nephew’s birthday party. Today I scanned and posted some facebook pictures for a friend. I should have done some cardio, but I’m just not feeling up to it. There is always a lot going on during the weekend and I wish that I could get away and do nothing for a change.

Lately I have not been doing well with my diet. I think that I may have to starve myself for the next 2 weeks so that I can get back on track… But I need the food and the energy for another one of my short term goals (bench 225 for 20 reps). Anyhow, I’m just thinking out loud. I had better hit the bank and get to sleep so that I can start another tough work week.

Had a fun weekend. Looked at a few houses in La Verne and Chino. Looking for houses is exhausting.

Had a mini-reunion of sorts at Barney’s Beanery in Pasadena on Saturday night. Saw my girlfriend from way back in 1985! It was a lot of fun.

My bro, my highschool girlfriend and me (left to right)

Had some friends over tonight for dinner. Now I’m done. I’m really tired and it is like 85 degrees in my house and humid as hell.