Happy New Year

I just want to wish a Happy New Year to all my friends and family out there, I have been thinking about each one of you a lot dearly this past week.

It goes without saying that 2015 has been the single most eventful and exciting year in the almost 30 I have been inhabiting this beautiful world with you all. Between traveling to Nashville, Talladega, Portland, New Orleans, Belize and an absolute must for anyone who hasn’t before, a trip up the 101 from LA to San Francisco, I have seen, experienced and enjoyed a lot.

Of course for me the single most important event was on October 24th when I married my soulmate, Sunny. She is single handedly the most loving, caring, amazing.. and interesting person I have met. She keeps my spirits up when I am down and I rely upon her for everything. I have dedicated my life to doing the same for her and showing her a world she has not yet lived. We both thoroughly enjoyed the wedding, the venue, the atmosphere and the people we love dearly that were able to attend.

With such great highs there inevitably will come some lows. Unfortunately this past week I lost a good friend of mine in a car accident. I have tried hard not to speculate on why such a tragic event happened or how I possibly could have stopped it from occurring. Naturally I blame myself for not being the bigger man and addressing my friends challenges he faced head on. Like everyone else, I turned a blind eye to his struggles and I am now left with a void in my heart for a conversation that could of and should have happened sooner. I know nothing about what caused him to make such a rash judgement call at the wee hours of Monday morning, but what I have learned is life is way too damn short.

The lasting memory I will carry of Oscar is from my wedding day, the final day I saw him. It was both frightening to see someone I cared for dearly not able to control himself during celebration, but also someone who could still compose himself enough to leave me with the final words we would ever exchange in person, “I have never been more proud of you than I am today”.

Tonight is a night of celebration. It is also a night were most people feel they are superman when getting behind the wheel. For the love of all that is mighty in your heart, call a cab, Uber or Lyft. Hell if you want, I even have a link to where existing users can get $20 off their next ride (no referral necessary). http://www.milevalue.com/free-ride-up-to-20-for-existing-uber-users/

Be smart tonight. Happy New Year!