Jimbeaux Bloggins
My enchanting ranting, poetry and prose
The occasional clippings, drippings
and Fun Fotoz

My Best Nine 

It's been many months.... obviously...since my last post. I will now attempt to explain my whereabouts in the only way that seems appropriate-

My instagram #2017BestNine:

I am incredibly grateful for the epic experience that was 2017.

7 Months Pregnant.. on a Mountain top. 

FINALLY! The coveted first and only photograph of the elusive (and beautiful) Kristen Huffman 7 months pregnant.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grabbed this shot of my beautiful wife this past weekend at Mammoth Mountain. Unable to snowboard obviously we went ahead and bought a ticket to take the gondola up to the top and take in the view. While Kristen has been extremely resistant to letting me take any pictures of her while she is pregnant, I told her that she looks gorgeous in her outfit and if we were going to get ANY photos of her pregnant it should be there.... it should be here... in that outfit... on that mountain.

Due date is July 30. Getting close. Getting excited.   

 

 

Important Announcement.... 

On behalf of my amazingly beautiful wife Kristen Huffman and myself... Whitney would like to make an announcement:

#future #family #happy #joy#greatbambino #itsaboy

 

"Fun in the Sun. Barking at Everyone." Part 2 

Mitchell & Whitney Storming the shores of Long Beach.... redux. 

I recut this video to play on Instagram. Videos on Instagram have to be 60 seconds or less and the clip I made for Vimeo is 1:08.... so I had to trim it and by trimming it... the music didn't work.... so I reworked the whole thing. Now its got MUCH more energy.
 




 

Storming the Beaches of Southern California  

We took Whitney & Mitchell to Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach a couple of months ago. They had a blast. I brought my GoPro along. Strapped it to a selfie stick, inverted the image and VOILA.... a sunday funday doggie day at the beach video... with music from "The Tune Peddler."

Enjoy!




"We had fun in the sun. We barked at everyone." -Whitney & Mitchell






 

Gotta go to MOHS! 

Two weeks ago.... I had MOHS surgery done on my chest. Doc removed a small batch of skin cancer. They ended up slicing a small "S" in the middle of my chest and stitching me up. Which is not as cool as it sounds.

Truth is...  and I'm kind of embarrassed to say... I really mishandled this whole thing. I've been really stupid. I had this spot on my chest that I had been ignoring for a while. WELL... not really ignoring. I had been in a full on WAR with this spot... that eventually became a LESION... and my NEMESIS. Felt like we fought it out for a hundred years. Seriously I should've had a doctor look at that thing MONTHS ago but I wasn't going out like that. I was SURE I could beat it. I just knew that I could take it down with my own private regimen of supplements, lotions, soaps and salves. I kept thinking I was one (thoroughly Googled) home remedy away from turning the corner on this mysterious spot, beating it into submission, healing up the aftermath... and then I'd be good as new. I'm sure you can guess THAT never happened..... but hey... I now have the worlds biggest and most diverse collection of fancy and organic herbal ointments and homeopathic creams. I went big. I was merciless. I gave it everything I got. And to be fair... some of my methods worked... kind of.... a tiny bit here.. a tiny bit there. I saw some progress a couple of times...but nothing would really stick. This annoying, ugly little lesion was as stubborn as I was. I tried to OUT stubborn the stubborn and until my WIFE put her foot down and knocked some sense in to me. Not literally but when Kristen finally got fed up... my honorary holistic home remedy license was revoked. I had no choice but to go to the doctor. So they did some test. That asked me why I waited so long to see a doctor. I shrugged my shoulders (Good answer, right?) They did a biopsy and found that not only was it Basil Cell Carcinoma.... my BCC was infected. Hooray me! They prescribed antibiotics so the infection could heal and then they ordered me back to see them for the "Mohs" surgery so they could remove the cancerous stuff. 

So two weeks later there I went.... under the knife. It took two rounds of excavations (3-4 hours) to get everything and then they had to stitch me up. Because the skin on your chest is so tight they had to cut a suture line in the shape of an S right in the middle so they could pull the skin together and give the area a chance to heal and get back to normal.

This was an extremely humbling moment for me. I must say. The Dr. said that if I was going to get any kind of cancer this would be the kind to get. This type of skin cancer is treatable. BCC almost never spreads past the original tumor site... but still.... these things are not to be ignored or taken lightly.

So now my suture line is healing they took the stitches out and were impressed at how fast I healed up so hopefully the scar will go away soon. Hopefully I'm all set and if I get another spot remark on my chest ever again I'm going straight to the doctor. I'm told this is pretty common stuff and the Doctors office was pretty busy with Mohs patients.... they also said that I'm kind of young to have a lesion like. The Irish... or maybe the German in me... take your pick I'm fair skinned Mutha F%%%.

Be careful out there. Wear your sunscreen.... and if you have a strange mark on your skin that seems to have a life of its own... put the gun down...... go see a doctor.

 

2017- The Start of Something Big 

Happy New Year!
 

HELLO! Happy New Year! I hope everyone out there in the Universe has an absolutely FANTASTIC F%%% year. It's going to be crazy. It's going to be NUTS. THIS is going to be A YEAR... for each and every one of us. It's going to be UNLIKE any other year you've ever experienced. I mean, EVERY year is unique in some way... but fasten your seat belts.... because THIS is the start of something big. Brace yourselves. Be Ready. Be ready for change. Embrace that change. FEED that change. Be open. Be available. OPPORTUNITIES will present themselves when you least expect it. Be Cool... and CAPITALIZE on those opportunities. Don't wait. Do not procrastinate. ACT on your impulses and do your best to make MAGIC out of moments. We all have that power. Show us what you can do.

What now? 

I'm as shocked as anybody else. I NEVER thought in a million years that "We The People" would elect somebody like Donald Trump to be the leader of the greatest nation in the world. But apparently we did. So.... there you have it. There it is. What now? We cant walk around for the next 4 years pissed off at everybody else for voting Trump. We have to make the best of it and embrace the notion that everything happens for a reason. I don't think Trump is the ANSWER but he may indeed be the catalyst for change that we need.... and that change will most definitely come from all sides.... all directions. We are all responsible for contributing to change and maybe this whole experience will motivate many of us to do more... to be more. One last thing I have to say about all of this..... "Winter is Coming."

Live Kombucha at Surf City 10 

The Los Angeles Live Kombucha team killed again at Surf City Ten in Huntington Beach last week. This is a short event sizzle clip that I shot & edited for Live Beverages using my Go Pro and my iPhone.... and some stock music that rocks from AudioBlocks.... 

 

Live Kombucha Los Angeles at Surf City 10 from James Huffman on Vimeo.


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