Family

Role Models from Above


I wrote on the topic of being a hand letterer today on my Geooorge Co. blog. It’s something that means a lot to me and helps me feel connected to two men I wish were still around.

My great-grandfather, Alva, opened the Cobler Sign Co. in 1932. I can still see the sign that stood in front of the shop for so many years. He was a very skilled man, he was friends with Walt Disney and traveled to California to assist in the animation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

My grandfather took over the shop when my great-grandfather retired and was insanely good at what he did. He was good at the development of the creative and also the sales. People loved my grandfather and still talk about him to this day.

My grandfather passed away three months before I was born and sadly never got to meet him. He’s become a sort of legend in my life and there are many times I hope he’s here with me.

I have my great-grandfather’s fedora hanging on the wall in my office as inspiration to continue to move forward and make something of myself. They were incredibly entrepreneurs and as I focus on starting my own agency I tend to spend time channeling them.

Here’s to making the family proud.

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Proof is in the Pudding


This past Friday, I had the privilege of covering social media for Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock. We were attending the finals of Proof is in the Pudding, the annual talent search for high school students in Arizona.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it was incredibly fun and the time flew by. We saw eight bands and eight soloists who were required to perform two songs. The first was a Christmas song and the second was an original compilation.

The talent is insane.

We saw music genres across the board and every band was so worthy of winning the first place. Though only one band and one soloist could win! Congrats to Analog Outlaws and Keli Rutledge for winning an extremely long list of prizes!!

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My heart is so full of joy right now. I won @alicecoopersolidrock #ProofIsInThePudding. Thank you so much for all of your love and appreciation and not getting upset with me every time I post about #proofisinthepudding. I had a ton of fun throughout this competition and met some super loving, joyous, and talented people. Congrats to @jam_namaste, 2nd, and @johncaufieldmusic, 3rd- for being so crazy talented and making me nervous ALL THROUGHOUT THE COMPETITION, I love you guys. Congrats to @analogoutlawsofficial for winning 1st place band, my homies and friends @vintagewednesday on second place victory (❤️❤️❤️), and @lelea_3nations in 3rd place (yall are dope). I'm so excited for this next step that Jesus has put before me. "Waking up knowing there's a reason, that all my dreams come alive. Life is for living wth You, I've made my decision." So thankful for Solid Rock Foundation, BRAVO TIPPING, Alice Cooperstown, my mom and dad, my grandma & uncle who come to everythang, and all my friends and family in Christ! This is DOPE.

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If you’re interested in entering Proof is in the Pudding next year, follow Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock to stay up to date on the details.

Agency Life

Grandpa’s Birthday!


Today is my grandfather’s 84th birthday. Time to Celebrate!

I’ve grown up with my grandfather always being there my entire life. When I was little, he used to take me to see the horses and we always had a fresh bag of apples or carrots.

When I turned 15, he started teaching me to drive in this boat like Cadillac that didn’t have the best power steering. After my parents graciously got me a truck for my 16th birthday, my grandpa always helped me check the oil and make sure the other fluids were right where they were supposed to be.

As I became an adult, I love listening to all the things that happened as they were growing up.

My grandfather was an incredibly successful in real estate and met President Eisenhower. I will put the image in here a little later. He’s a really smart businessman and was ahead of his time in many ways.

Happy Birthday Gramps! I love you so much!

Real Life

Go Hiking!


Today is National Take a Hike Day! Living in Arizona, you don’t need a day to do this as we have trails everywhere. Though, my favorite mountain in the city is North Mountain. It’s about a mile and a half and relatively easy.

I love starting at the Nature Trail and hiking up the dirt side of the mountain. We then come down the paved side, you’ll see a lot more people going down this way.

One morning, I was hiking and I see something move down the side of the mountain. I immediately freeze. It’s a Gila Monster, they are immediately recognizable by their size and their coloring, black and bright orange.

I think they are beautiful animals. Slightly scary because they are known to be poisonous. This is why I stopped in my tracks and waited for it to crawl down off the mountain and continue on its way.

Though, I read an article that was talking about how many people had died from being bitten by Gila Monsters. None. There is one record in 1939 of someone dying, but it is controversial. Why? Because Gila Monsters are ridiculously shy and nocturnal. They are known to be divas when choosing whether to bite or not.

The Gila Monster’s reputation has put fear into people and made their numbers dwindle. They are now federally protected and it is illegal to capture or kill them. So be nice and leave them alone.

For more information about hiking trails in Arizona visit: arizonahiking.blogspot.com

Happy Hiking!

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday


Today’s Motivational Quote is

Never Give Up

I couldn’t believe in this quote more. Growing up my mother always told me to keep my chin up. I have been putting in a lot of work since the end of my unpaid professional sabbatical and hoping that it will soon pay off.

Staying positive and creative are two things that keep me energized on a daily basis. While working hard keeps the work the best it can be. Combining those two things and putting them out into the universe can bring back only good things.

Here’s to the future!

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George Means Farmer


Today is National Farmers Day. Since George means farmer, I took the day to celebrate.

What did I do today to celebrate? Two things really.

One. I ate food. Awesome, delicious locally grown food from one of my favorite Sam Fox Restaurants.

Two. I rocked my FFA license plate. I really love having an FFA license plate on my vehicle. $17 out of the $25 is returned to Arizona FFA each year. The funds received will be used to support Agricultural Education programs and FFA chapters in Arizona.

Not sure what FFA is? Here is a quick explanation from the website:

 The FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education program.

The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America. FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. For this reason, the name of the organization was updated in 1988 after a vote of national convention delegates to reflect the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture.

Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.

The National FFA Organization, governed by a Board of Directors and a Board of Student Officers, charters state associations; provides direction, programmatic materials and support; and hosts the National FFA Convention, which draws more than 51,000 attendees each fall. The National FFA Alumni Association’s more than 40,000 members assist in the continued growth and development of active FFA programs.

Thank a farmer, because they make sure you have food on your table and fight to keep our food healthy and pure.

National Days

National Wildlife Day


I love living in the outskirts of Phoenix because of the nature. On National Wildlife Day I want to share some of the beautiful wildlife we have out here in the desert.

Diamondback Rattlesnake -The muscles that cause the rattle to shake are some of the fastest known, firing 50 times per second on average, sustained for up to three hours.

While I would never want one of these babies in my yard, they are incredible animals that are protected and respected here in Arizona.

Coyotes – Pups will fight each other regardless of sex, while among adults aggression is typically reserved for members of the same sex.

If I’m coming home late, you will normally see a few of them out of the roads. Since we don’t have street lights, you really have to be careful and watch out for them.

Desert Cottontail – Hearing an oncoming predator is their primary defense mechanism.

These are seriously my favorite. They are everywhere and I don’t mind a bit. You can see them roaming around in people’s front years eating grass or the cacti fruit.

Desert Spiny Lizard – These lizards are amazing. They sun themselves on my brick wall and the males have gorgeous turquoise bellies. They do bite, though are not poisonous.

I love the wintertime when these flashy studs come out to heat themselves on the brick walls. They are HUGE and gorgeous.

Greater Earless Lizard – Both males and females are territorial and exhibit head bobbing, push-ups, and lateral compression of the body when approached by an outsider.

I never seen one of these but I am suspecting that one was on my back porch the other day. He took off like a bat out of hell when Leroy came running.

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Greater earless lizard. #cophosaurustexanus

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Gila Monster – The Gila monster lacks the musculature to forcibly inject the venom; instead, the venom is propelled from the gland to the tooth by chewing.

I’ve always been told these are venomous and can kill you. Though no deaths have been reported since 1939. I used to see them when hiking North Mountain, though I just learned they are too slow to catch you.

Regal Horned Lizard – They shoot blood from their eyes when they feel threatened.

I really just want to see one of these shoot blood from its eyes.

Javelina – They defend themselves with their long tusks, which sharpen themselves whenever the mouth opens or closes.

I remember one time when my friend was out hunting javelina and couldn’t find any. I came home to a family running through my neighborhood similar to the instagram video below. Javelina were on to my buddy and didn’t feel like being hunted so they headed to the burbs.

Round Tailed Ground Squirrel – Most of their foods are chosen for high water content because of the shortage of available water in their environment. The average water content of the food they eat is 80%.

If you want to see a lot of these, head to the Phoenix Zoo. They are all over and seem to love people. Mostly kids because the kids end up feeding them, though this is not advised.

Chuckwalla – Harmless to humans, these lizards are known to run from potential threats.

How cute are these reptiles? They are super nice and big scaredy cats. They remind me of dinosaurs.

Desert Tortoise – The desert tortoises live approximately 50 to 80 years.

Surprisingly, a lot of people have these as pets, though it’s more fun to see them in the wild. People here will stop and help a tortoise across the road if they see them, so they don’t get run over.

Bobcat – Each night it will move from 2 to 7 mi along its habitual route.

These cats are all over and can want to make your home their home. This is not advised as they can be aggressive. They are pretty to look at though.

Desert Big Horned Sheep – The horns can weigh up to 30 lb, while the sheep weigh up to 300 lb.

Gorgeous Rams. The Phoenix Zoo has a preserve for these animals because assholes hunt them for sport.

The facts next to the animal names are from Wikipedia.
Agency Life

New Kicks: Do Work


I ordered some new kicks from Nike. I got the custom ones, because why wouldn’t you. I always customize them with a quick motto and this time it was DO WORK GEORGE.

It’s a saying I’ve been saying to myself all year. It’s something that means a lot to me. Three words that motivate me to be the best that I can be. Three words that remind myself that I have different facets of my life I have to be present for. Once I focus too much on one, the other two go out of wack.

No more.

I am worth something, a lot actually. I am not going to compromise any more. I am going to be present in my life. I am going to be balanced, healthy and able to create memories that don’t revolve around sitting in a cube.

 

Leroy

Woof Wednesday: Exercising in the Heat


The hottest part of the summer is hitting now. With electric bills skyrocketing as people try to keep themselves cool, how do you get your pup the exercise they need?

Agency Life

Tomboy Project Update


I haven’t been doing a lot of updates over the last year and I want to bring you in on the madness and what it takes to write this book. Every week I will be doing a Tomboy Tuesday post and update you on the process and maybe a little tease on what is going into the book.

Most of you know I tried to raise money through kickstarter and failed twice. This is okay. It is just taking me a bit longer to finish the book than I had hoped.

This week: Hotel Key Cards

Yes, I kept all of them. Every hotel I stayed in, in every state.