And the Children Eat

Citrus County Blessings is a non-profit organization that stemmed from Blessings in a Backpack. The split took place when charity workers of Citrus County, Fla. wanted more of their efforts to go to the children than the national organization was willing to give. The national body also wanted the donations sent to a central location, which would disburse them from there.
Citrus County Blessings feeds children who would otherwise go hungry over the weekend. It now gives $125 per child, as opposed to the $80 a year that Blessings in a Backpack will. St. Timothy, along with other churches from the community, packs lunches on the second Tuesday of the month. Each meal is ready to eat, pop or pull top in single serve, safe packages. All volunteers are dedicated and use extra care in packing each meal well, while taking into consideration different factors such as the time of year. In the case of any unusable food, it is donated to other charities and everything that can be recycled, is.
On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Marcia and Jim Webb, Joe and Doris Moore, William Dively, Sue Nawrocki and Debbie Lattin (chairperson) donate their time to feeding hungry children in a tiny building near Crystal River Primary School in Citrus County.

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Mexico

     This topic of this podcast is Mexico. Robert Delgadillo is an avid fisherman who travels to the nation often. His many experiences in country are how he’s able to convey a true account of what Mexico has to offer.

     The information that many Americans have received about our southern neighbor may have been distorted. Many media and propaganda networks have given Mexico a bad reputation. Of course the country isn’t without its problems but it’s not necessarily the horrible place that some make it out to be.

Ho-Ho-Hollywood Does It Again

     The Hollywood Christmas Parade, held on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif., was the 82nd annual holiday event with a host of celebrities, balloons, television and movie vehicles, characters and floats for everyone to enjoy. This year’s festivities encompassed a wide array of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Daughtry, LeAnn Rimes and more. The Grand Marshal was the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin. The co-hosts for the extravaganza were Laura Mckenzie and Erik Estrada with William Shatner and others entertaining.

     With about 1 million spectators each year, The Hollywood Christmas Parade is an unforgettable experience to behold. Although it did get a little bit chilly toward the end of the parade, the weather was beautiful throughout with few clouds in the nighttime sky enabling the blimps, helicopters and drones to have excellent visibility overhead.

Singing trio, McClain, performs at the beginning of The Hollywood Christmas Parade at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Orange Dr. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Singing trio, McClain, performs at the beginning of The Hollywood Christmas Parade at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Orange Dr. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The Superman balloon is led through the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga Blvd. as a part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The Superman balloon is led through the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga Blvd. as a part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Members of the Gadsden Elementary School District #32 Marching Band perform as part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Members of the Gadsden Elementary School District #32 Marching Band perform as part of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Pirate and treasure chest balloons float past the Pacific Radio Building during The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Pirate and treasure chest balloons float past the Pacific Radio Building during The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The crowd begins to disperse at the end of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. as the last of the participants pass by. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

The crowd begins to disperse at the end of The Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. as the last of the participants pass by. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Argh! Music to me ears?

     The impact of digital piracy is out of control and many feel its negative effects. Of course the owner of the material loses out on the profit of the sale but the dilemma runs even deeper than this. When property is pirated, a ripple effect occurs throughout the industry itself as well as the entire financial system. When works are stolen, revenue is lost. If entities aren’t able to make money on their products or services, there is no work available.

FINAL Infographic

     Brian Warwick has been a professional recording engineer working in Los Angeles, Calif. for the last ten years. Some of his clients include “Weird Al” Yankovic, Michael Bublé and Ludacris. He has contributed to 12 albums that were nominated for Grammy Awards. He is also an instructor of his craft at the Los Angeles Film School where he teaches sound principles.

     Warwick says, “As soon as I got to L.A., recording engineering was already in a huge recession because of the [illegal] downloading of music. Studios started closing and engineering rates were just falling through the floor. Even my first engineering rates were way higher than they are now. The funny thing is that I’ve never known anything but an industry in recession.” Unfortunately though, this is anything but a laughing matter when so many people can’t make a living. Because of this, the music industry has taken the lead in the fight against online piracy.

     Whereas the advent of digital recording and creation software programs have had a vital impact on entertainment as a whole, the music side of the industry is no exception. The digital audio workstation (DAW) has brought the audio recording studio into anyone’s home. This has factored into the state of the music industry as well. The condition of the industry isn’t completely due to piracy but it is a major reason as to why we’re where we’re at today.

Hollywood Farmers’ Market: A Place for All

Visitors congregate to shop at the entrance of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market at Ivar Ave. on Oct. 13, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Visitors congregate to shop at the entrance of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market at Ivar Ave. on Oct. 13, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

     With the epicenter of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market being Ivar and Selma Avenues in the heart of Hollywood, Calif., this is a hustling and bustling place on Sundays. The market hours are from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. whether the weather is rain or shine.

     Louise Conrad, a customer and routine vendor, stresses the importance of this particular market. “If the market were no more, many of us here would be in a bad way.” she exclaims. “And the great service it provides for so many different people. The Farmers’ Market provides so much for so many. People from all walks of life come to my market because it’s a great place to be. Some even come here to meet and have fun. Some bring bongo drums and play. I even saw the guy from the Foo Fighters. We always have celebrities come here. They like it.”

     Conrad explains that much of the food sold at the market is organic, meaning that the farmers follow strict guidelines to grow the food items being sold. For meat to be considered organic, it must come from an animal that: 1-has been raised in conditions that give it time to act as it does in nature. 2- has been fed 100 percent organic feed and forage. and 3- has not been given any antibiotics or hormones.

     While seeking one’s way through the hoard of people at the market, all of a sudden, “This place rocks!”  is yelled in the crowd. Laughter ensues and it’s obvious that the majority of the consumers feel the same sentiment.

Shoppers searching to find quality goods in the heart of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Oct. 13, 2013 on Selma Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Shoppers searching to find quality goods in the heart of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Oct. 13, 2013 on Selma Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

     The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is a beneficial entity for the environment, the economy, the farmers themselves as well as the customers. Even the animals are treated better. Not only are there grocery items sold at the market though. Plants, handmade arts and crafts, prepared dishes such as burgers, tacos, Korean BBQ, etc. are also available. Hours can be spent at this farmers’ market without even experiencing everything. There are many items that may be purchased at the market, which can’t be found in any store.

     For more information about the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, please visit this webpage: http://www.seela.org/hollywood-farmers-market/.

Gone Fishin’

Robert Delgadillo, aboard a fishing vessel in the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico, rides to the next location to fish for yellowtail in April 2013. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

Robert Delgadillo, aboard a fishing vessel in the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico, rides to the next location to fish for yellowtail in April 2013. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

     Robert Delgadillo is a fisherman, born and raised in San Diego, Calif. He’s 33 years old and has been fishing since he was just six. As a child, his father took him fishing. Every time his family went camping, their poles went along. It was the thrill, excitement and the fascination that he liked. Those are the aspects that sold him on fishing.

     Although Delgadillo definitely enjoys freshwater fishing, his favorite is saltwater kayak fishing. He’s had some sketchy moments out there on white-capped waves, one being a solo mission that got pretty rough. He got caught up in a rip current and was almost flipped over due to an enormous swell. He finally made it back in but was forced to stay out there until things died down. He did have the necessary safety equipment just in case the situation got beyond his control. A fellow fisherman of Delgadillo stated, “Rob’s dedicated. He’ll drive anywhere and fish all day and night for the big catch!” –George Ortiz

     In Delgadillo’s opinion, the single most important issue facing the fishing industry today is overfishing.  Humans have always relied on fishing for food as a natural resource. Now, our sources have been depleted. He believes that the Marine Life Protection Act is a step in the right direction. “You can only take from the ocean. You can never truly give back. You can try and give back but really you’re always taking from the ocean”-Rob Delgadillo. One of the biggest pieces of advice that he would like to give to other fishermen is not to catch undersized fish and only take what you need.

     Only after observing Delgadillo, firsthand, at Lake Gregory, about 1.5 hours east of Los Angeles, was I able to truly understand how he copes with failure. “Man, there aint no fish in this lake!” That’s what he says, with a big smile on his face, when they aren’t biting. Evidently, it works because everyone gets skunked sometimes and he’s still fishing. In fact, he prescribes to his own theory of, “You can’t catch anything if your line isn’t in the water.” Basically, he’s saying that you can be out there all day but if you don’t drop a hook or a net, you’re not fishing.

     Delgadillo’s philosophy actually applies to many aspects of life. It’s difficult to catch anything if one doesn’t put himself out there. In fact, his father is concerned with him hooking another type of fish. He’d like to know when his son is going to find someone to settle down with.

     Whereas the bait may be different, if Delgadillo does indeed hook himself a winner and decides to have children, he says he’d tell his kids, “Go for it!” if their passions included becoming fishermen.

Robert Delgadillo commands a fishing boat back to shore on the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico in April 2013 to pack up the catch. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

Robert Delgadillo commands a fishing boat back to shore on the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico in April 2013 to pack up the catch. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

     Whether for his future children or not, Delgadillo’s advice for those who wish to begin fishing for a career is to study every aspect of your craft. He stresses taking classes and always utilizing safety practices. A great help to him when starting out and a source he still uses for excellent information is Bloody Decks, http://www.bdoutdoors.com . This website is what turned him on to saltwater fishing. Delgadillo is one of the many fishermen on this forum. He is also an excellent teacher. He showed me the ropes and I’m not the only one. “He helped get me into fresh water trout fishing, now I’m hooked!” –George Ortiz