Towards the Sun Video Snapshot

VIDEO | Towards the Sun by Rick Mereki #breathtaking #vimeo


Last month I ran across a vimeo by Rick Mereki called Move. In February he added “Towards the Sun”. If you ever imagined some of the most breathtaking moments of seeing the sun, this video filmed in the Canary Islands, captures them.

Take a moment, and enjoy the view. Kudos to #RickMereki .


Broken toe...

Broken Bones, Broken Spirits and a New Day


Greetings from Atlanta,

It has been a very quiet time of posts over the past few weeks. I have made great improvement on many fronts since my post – When the Train Derails, How do I get it back on Track  .

In February I spent time with family in California, but more importantly over the past 3 weeks I have made progress on my ability to return to my active lifestyle. I am now enjoying a calf length boot for my left foot that experienced a fractured knuckle on my big toe. The six weeks will pass quickly.

My first physical therapy on Monday gave me some peace of mind of the diagnosis of my right ankle. The range is very limited, the calf muscles are over compensating for the ankle lacking stability. For those that have hiked with me, you may chuckle to think of me hitting a tree root just right and falling over. The PT is an Emory student that unfortunately has her last day this Friday. I was relieved to learn some means to help reduce the dependency on the muscles and rebuild the strength of my ankle. I will continue PT 2x per week for the next six weeks.

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Broken toe…
C.J. & Hallie Twomey

Article | He Killed Himself After An Argument With His Mom. What She Did Next …


Greetings from a Delta 1757 (B752 N661DL) to ATL from SNA. I ran across a story on viralnovelty about a son who killed himself and what his mother did with his ashes for the places in the world he wanted to see. (Article: He Killed Himself After An Argument With His Mom. What She Did Next Is Unbelievable. / 11-Feb-2014 )

C.J. & Hallie Twomey

After a fight between mom (Hallie) and her 20 year old son (CJ), formerly in the military, the mother created a campaign to have his ashes spread around the world. I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did.

C.J. Twomey

Where CJ’s life has been celebrated. With the Hallie’s rules -

  1. They have to tell him that his mother will always love him.
  2. They have to tell him that she is sorry.
  3. “YOU MUST AGREE TO SAY THAT,” Hallie posted on Facebook. (Near the Hollywood sign in California.)

C.J. Twomey

Greenwich Village - 2014

PHOTO | New York City: Grand Central Station, Greenwich Village and Soho #NYC #twitter


More photos of New York City from - @travelinglens .

For other great photos of Grand Central - See Previous Blog:  Grand Central Station 


Central Park Snow 2014

PHOTO | New York City: Central Park Elms, Lower Eastside, Midtown Manhattan #NYC #twitter


While the winter storms have reeaked havoc on the eastern seaboard these amazing winter photos will transition out with the warmer spring climates in the upcoming months. Big thanks as always to -  @travelinglens .


Empire State Building - Skyline NYC

PHOTO | New York City Skyline, Midtown Skyscrapers, Empire State Building #NYC #twitter


Beautiful photos of the #NYC skyline, Midtown skyscrapers and the Empire State Building –  @travelinglens ( who will be off to Paris )

Every Adventure Begins with a Take off

Plane Watching at #DTW “Do they talk to each other?”


Returning from the Auto Show in Detroit, we experienced two mechanicals on Delta. We took advantage of our Sky Club membership, used the wifi and plane watched. Detroit has a myriad of equipment type, from the B744->A333->MD88->MD90->B777, but alas my favorite, the 757-200 and 757-300.

This particular night of a three hour delay, I began to ask the juvenile questions that I have for sometime while plane watching. @NickUK can attest to my fascination for 30 minutes staring aimlessly at the aircraft passing by.

Below is me looking out of the Sky Club viewing a 753 that had pushed back with a 752 behind it.

Plane Watching - DTW - 27-Jan-2014

My question to Nick “Do you think they talk to each other?”…. Did I seriously ask that question, indeed! When I see the longer 753, I figured the 752 could chat it up.

Of course they can’t talk to one another but it will never stop me from arriving at the airport (KOA, ORD, ATL) for a very early morning flight and wishing the fleet a “Good Morning“. There is something magical about seeing the majority of an airlines fleet awaiting the day to commence. Nor when staying at a hotel overlooking the airport will I wonder where a parked plane for the night will journey to next.

“Every opportunity in my life begins with a “Take Off” “


Try Not Having Kids

YouTube: Try, “NOT HAVING KIDS” medication alert #videos


A new medication for those considering having kids at this juncture in life. Enjoy, Happy Tuesday!

“General bitterness… crying during a commercial… having very little to talk about with your procreater friends after 30″

Pay attention to the… if you already have kids.


Coca Cola - Olympics

#Coke’s Global (minus #Sochi) stance against discrimination & intolerance


Open Happiness… Coca Cola

While google is not an Olympic sponsor, it seems to be one of the first and only major companies to take a stance against the controversial anti-gay Russian law. Coca-Cola, an Olympic presenting sponsor, seems to be failing miserably. Recently an Olympic bystander  (Article: Coke defends arrest of gay Russian human rights advocate ) that waived a rainbow flag was arrested. In the video of the situation, you will also see an IOC member in the video.

What was Coke’s response?

Coke Response

That sounds great… what about the arrest?

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What left me bewildered was that the arrest was for crossing a security perimeter yet the officer holds on so tightly to the flag never once letting go of it. Russia does not condone intolerance or discrimination of any kind, right Coke?

Potentially Coke’s world HQ in downtown Atlanta does not have have cable TV allowing them to access  CNN, a fellow ATL headquartered company?

On January 23, 2014 a youtube video posted which was #CheersToSochi Coca-Cola with scenes of anti-gay footage in Sochi spliced into a vintage Coca-Cola ad.

Coke posted the original ad commercial on their Facebook page just 3 days later on January 26th.  The description of the video is that of “…love, equality and happiness“.

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Coke’s social media team has been avid on moderating of posts and quickly removing any that present any public dissent or raise awareness to the timing of this post. Clearly it was a coincidence on timing and reference to love, equality and happiness, right?

Let’s not overlook how in South Africa (where same-sex marriage is legal since 2006) the “Share a Virtual Coke” (Article: Coke Apologized for Antigay Social Media Tool) had to be pulled as it refused gay words including as “gay”, “lesbian” and “queer”.

What error did the website give -

“Oops. Let’s pretend you didn’t just type that. Please try another name.”

For some, this may resonate as from earlier times in our lives, looking to a loved one and saying, “I’m Gay” . There response -

“Oops. Let’s pretend you didn’t just say that”

Coca-Cola is under additional  controversy for their Super Bowl Ad “It’s Beautiful” for the lyrics being sung in “non English” and featuring two dads. (Article: Coca-Cola includes Gay Dads in Super Bowl Ad).

Coca-Cola made a very bold statement in what was a paramount nationally televised event but on the other side of the spectrum it doesn’t negate how they have turned a blind-eye. (Note: The message beyond Coca-Cola’s “It’s Beautiful” was truly beautiful and highlights the melting pot of America. Sadly when America’s response is “Our national anthem should be sung in English” shows just how patriotic people really are not.

Coke being a sponsoring partner of the 2014 Olympic games yet so passive about the elephant in the room is far worst then if they supported it but yielded some response. The power of putting your money where your mouth goes very far. The Opening Ceremony IOC asked to put politics aside for the Spirit of the Games; the overshadowing of the games has saddened me for the people of a very beautiful country and its culture.

Alas, the more I have experienced corporate America the more I have come to realize that often times diversity is driven by revenue potential for a demographic with disposable income and / or a companies goal to achieve a goal on a scorecard (HRC Index). One can only hope that the output of achieving  a high score results in some means a true embracing of diversity. Unfortunately when things are tackled in a checklist approach, they are often checked off, and forgotten about.

Why this tangent? While St. Petersburg is now off the bucket list, it reminds me of the immense  appreciation for the freedoms we have as Americans. In addition for those who have and continue to defend our freedoms everyday. While LGBT rights are extremely fragmented and limited they are by far much greater then many laws around the globe that yield strong oppression against the LGBT community.

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