KAABOO is a great close to summer

Pictures taken from KAABOO Del Mar 2016

Pictures taken from KAABOO Del Mar 2016

KAABOO has taken over the Del Mar Fairgrounds to host over a hundred musical artists from all over the world. With artists traveling from all across the globe to be included in this festival lineup, more than 40,000 attendees were present the weekend’s fantastic food, fun, leisure, and a variety of entertainment.

Octopus dish that was sheer perfection by CA'MOMI

Octopus dish that was sheer perfection by CA’MOMI

All the way from Napa Valley to participate in the Palate Chef's competition.

All the way from Napa Valley to participate in the Palate Chef’s competition.

As KABOO looks to feature new and upcoming talent, they have worked together with GigTown of San Diego to host this years ‘Discovery Tour’ which allowed for local artists to show off their talents in hopes of becoming a part of this extensive lineup of amazing talent. For next year’s tryouts, keep an eye on the scheduled events at https://www.kaaboodelmar.com/discovery-tour/ to take your opportunity in sharing your talents for 2017s big event.

Sunset Cliffs Stage crowd for Third Eye Blind.

Sunset Cliffs Stage crowd for Third Eye Blind.

Every ticket sold for KABOO provides a donation of $1 to the events KINDNESS program: a charitable giving program that contributes the proceeds to local organizations that are designed to help our local communities in San Diego County. This years organizations include the San Diego County Surfrider Foundation, Voices for Children, San Diego Music Foundation, and The Armed Services YMCA. Other causes towards helping our community will be contributing to the festivities of the weekend.

Almost Monday rocking out on stage.

Almost Monday rocking out on stage.

The evenings crowd for GooGoo Dolls.

The evenings crowd for GooGoo Dolls.

Aerosmith Saturday Nigh.  Steven Tyler doesn't seem to ever change.

Aerosmith Saturday Nigh. Steven Tyler doesn’t seem to ever change.

KABOO is in support of taking environmental responsibility and nurturing sustainability. With that, they contribute all food that is not consumed at the event to local food banks, offer recycling bins during the event weekend, offer numerous transportation alternatives for attending the venue and more.

Full Moon view from Del Mar Fairgrounds at KAABOO 2016.

Full Moon view from Del Mar Fairgrounds at KAABOO 2016.

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Shameful advertising using Veterans

For years now, Veterans have been sick and tired of companies using them as key factors in their advertising strategies. It has been voiced in various platforms that primarily promote scam jobs. Veterans now have to be warned where to properly search for work as a civilian, not like transitioning from service isn’t complicated enough. http://www.onedayonejob.com/jobs/the-landers-group/

As a Veteran, I spoke up about an advertising for Solar companies hiring Veterans. They fail to mention that they’re strictly commission based companies that can pay well if you make a sale but pay only based on sales commissions. It can take years to truly be making a steady income within these types of companies and most Veterans have dependents and tend to function as a team or as the sole provider for a minimum of a 4 person household or more. Younger Veterans take advantage of their GI Bills and go to college or enroll in specialty schools if they haven’t already made other plans, but the likelihood of that Veteran who needs a job being able to support their families isn’t going to easily coming from something like this.

Solar companies work within specific boundaries to offer government incentives and a buyer has to be able to purchase in full or finance over time. Government incentives and tax breaks only apply within a certain amount of cost that is paid in full. Granted the employee just has to sell, regardless of how a consumer pays, but because of these “limitations” people that consider solar don’t necessarily choose to purchase. Especially if their homes are in need of additional repair in order to accommodate the installation of solar panels on their property.

The advertisement doesn’t say anything of course:

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Great job telling a disabled veteran who happens to be a photojournalist that they're psycho.  With nothing better to say in order to defend your reasoning for using veterans as a means for advertising your business model.

Great job telling a disabled veteran who happens to be a photojournalist that they’re psycho. With nothing better to say in order to defend your reasoning for using veterans as a means for advertising your business model.  Original url for advertisement: http://www1.solar-energy-today.com/solar/index-veteran.html?lp=veteran&note=Anssen_CA_vethug01&sxid=9t0lchu6k9p8

I contemplated forwarding this story to Readers Digest in order to get more opinions from active duty and veteran readers about how they feel about being used as pawns for promoting businesses that claim to help the economy but actually thrive on poor labor strategies.  No benefits are given to employees in sales; very few jobs exist within the corporate level to receive benefits and full time pay… the list goes on.

Part time employment increases does not improve the economy.  It just leaves the average American with no choice but to work harder in multiple jobs in order to survive in an economy that continuously has rising costs while minimum wage is kept low and the average wage doesn’t necessarily amount to the average cost of living per region: https://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/

 

 

Stone and Glass of Escondido

James Stone and Carol Rogers of Escondido's Stone and Glass.

James Stone and Carol Rogers of Escondido’s Stone and Glass.

James Stone has been a business owner in Escondido for two years now and has done a great deal to help influence positive change within the community through arts education, public awareness and group interaction. Because of this, the Escondido Times-Advocate has chosen to feature the business for its contribution to local community and in education. Stone and Glass has begun working directly with San Diego Coastkeepers to incorporate the arts with fundraising to help support and create public awareness for Coastal Cleanup Day, Ocean Conservancy, animal cruelty and endangerment.

Glass jewelry pieces by James Stone as they're still being shaped and cut.

Glass jewelry pieces by James Stone as they’re still being shaped and cut.

 

Molding glass on a Saturday morning for a private order.

Molding glass on a Saturday morning for a private order.

Along with helping to create public awareness for endangerment of our ecosystem and the near extinction of numerous species throughout the seven seas, Stone and Glass has their gallery open to the public from 1 to 6 pm Thursdays through Sundays at 1285 Simpson Way, Escondido, CA 92029. General public are invited to join James and his assistants in taking part in regularly scheduled classes that are geared to accommodate varying experience levels and age ranges. From nine to 90-years old, Stone and Glass has taught people of all walks of life to create custom blown glass pieces. Classes are now available for seasonal pieces that allow guests to create glass pumpkins or ghosts, possibly even make the glow-in-the-dark, or ornamental balls for the holidays that are all a one-of-a-kind. Even create your own custom glassware, have a private party, or take lessons one-on-one. For official information about the company and its endeavors visit http://stoneandglass.com/
For more information about what Stone and Glass has to offer San Diego County look for the featured article in the Escondido Times-Advocate this September. Printed versions of the newspaper can be picked up from various locations around Escondido and Valley Center, like Mike’s BBQ and Country Junction Deli. Articles can also be found online at http://www.times-advocate.com. For more information about San Diego Coastal Cleanup visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org.
James Stone has been working as a professional glass blower for more than 15-years now and continues to evolve as an artist. Teaching is all a part of the experience. Having the hands-on opportunity while lecturing on technique, style, creative methods and arts inspirations, Stone’s courses have truly inspired and motivated patrons to return to his classes for more and more opportunities to participate in his creative process and combine it with their own. Stay tuned for many great things from Stone and Glass as James Stone takes his business to the next level in the coming months.