Airbnb live social media gratitude for and to all my visitors

25th December 2014 by Ed No Comments

Hi Airbnb guests:
This post is for you. Just sent out the holiday greeting via airbnb. I added this Blog site and I was hoping you would stop by. Normally, there is very little interaction on in the form of comments. So I thought that this post especially for you, my 42 in-house guests, of this past year might start some interaction. I think that you are all like minded in that you have been fun, creative, exciting, and thoughtful people.

For some reason, it kind of reminds me of my first apartment parties in San Francisco in the late 60″s, my apartment mate and I would invite all the cool people we knew and met and see what happens. The only problem with that is you never know if any people became friends because of it. Today we have the internet that can build into a critical mass.

This past year I have been blessed with 42 guests from around the world. Everyone came as a stranger and left as a friend. In the excitement of sharing we learn; sometimes new recipes, sometimes new facts, and other times cultural experiences.

To start here are some of my thoughts:
-Europeans know how to treat their employees with long vacations and liberal sabbaticals. Especially from Germany, some employees have opted in for sabbaticals that amount to time without pay but an easy return to your old job. In one case at least the company subtracted some pay on a regular basis so during the time off they could get smaller but regular checks. How cool is that…I expect no or little burn out there.
-Almost all of the guests came to live in and see the redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains. When I’m available I give them a tour.
This post is just a starter for dialog, I am hoping that my past past guests will add comment to this post. I will then comment on the comment and we would start a kind forum . It should be fun.
To find my listing look for Felton CA Scenic Redwood Escape. Or you may have to copy and paste this:–CA–United-States?checkin=&checkout=&guests=1&source=bb&ss_id=zvl1mz11
So feel free to add a comment or some conversation starter. I am looking forward hearing from you.

Martin Yan always could

18th March 2014 by Ed No Comments

“If Yan Can Cook so can you” is probably the truest statement I ever heard and experienced. At a pre-Commonwealth Club meeting with Martin Yan, we were talking with some other guests about Martin’s first cooking class in the US. It was at UC Davis in 1971 my last year of Graduate School and Martin’s first year at UC Davis. We both were in Food Science and we both wanted to learn more about the science of food as it relates to cooking. During my first year at Davis the only people that would talk about the cooking was in the Home Economics Department.

Martin and Ed in Feb 2014 eb3It was that fall of 1972 when I saw this Chinese Cooking Class flyer. “Why not! I said to myself it’s the main reason I was at UC Davis was to learn about the science of food so I could apply it to cooking.” Previously I worked as a Mechanical Engineer at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard and now I was following my dream to learn enough about food and to get paid to play around with it. At that time there were only a few options. The Chef’s association in SF wanted me, the mechanical engineer, to start as a dishwasher; the only cooks on TV were Julia Child and Graham Kerr; and the only Professional Cooking School in the USA was the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) who were just moving to Hyde Park in upper New York state. My strategy was to learn Food Science and then apply it to cooking on my own. So Martin’s course was preparation for my re-entry into the cooking world.

On the first day of Martin Yan’s cooking class, Martin rushed into the class and apologetically said ‘Geez I never expected that they would charge so much :(. So if it is OK with you, I’ll teach you everything you can find on a Cantonese Restaurant in Chinatown?’ We all applauded with overjoyed smiles :). Then Martin came alive with the same enthusiasm, the same excitement, the same speed (or even faster to live up to his word; he did about 6-8 dishes a class), some of the same jokes, some of same stories, and the same loveable personality (and accent-for those that asked me at the Commonwealth meeting)that he brings to the Yan Can Cook show today.

Even though Martin’s first formal cooking class in the US was so many year’s ago, I remember Martin came with the skills of a trained chef, the capability of a Master Teacher, the speed that almost blurred our eyes and his enduring happy personality. Martin always could and shortly after his class ended I visited a friend in San Francisco and cooked a super multi-course Cantonese banquet for six guests practicing what I learned and proving that ‘if Martin Can, I can too’. From shopping in Chinatown early morning to ticking off each of the courses we sat down to eat about 7 pm.

You can hear Martin Yan’s interview at the Commonwealth Club at

Please add a comment, a thought, what you like about Martin, his show, his recipes, your favorite Yan Can Recipe etc.

Fear of Failure Story

3rd October 2013 by Ed No Comments

A friend of mine, Darren LaCroix won the 2002 Toastmaster International Speech Competition in the first 30 seconds. It had to do with fear of failure and here is how he did it: Continue reading…

The 7 Deadly Sins of Brainstorming

3rd September 2013 by Ed 2 Comments

Brainstorming is like a hammer everyone has seen one but few actually use it to it’s fullest potential. It is usually done on the fly and the results are interesting but nothing seems to change after a session. Why? Because one or more of the 7 deadly sins of brainstorming have been committed. Continue reading…

Notebooks and journals and how to use them

1st August 2013 by Ed No Comments

Many times I see someone using a composition book or journal and I can’t resist asking them if they have written on the first six pages. It took me years to invent how to use a simple bound black composition book most effectively. (This system also works for pocket notebooks. When completed I write the year on top so I can see it when stored in an old 3 1/2″ floppy storage drawer.)
1. Activate the book by Continue reading…

The stress circle saved my life

15th July 2013 by Ed No Comments

Living dream 1 had several revelations the most important was the stress circle that I invented one afternoon while in my food product development lab.

I sat at my desk and suddenly it seemed that I was having trouble breathing Continue reading…

What happened living dream 1?

19th June 2013 by Ed No Comments

When I identified my passion in my early work years (after college), it allowed me to create a dream and begin living it three years later. I created a plan to achieve the dream, and then worked the plan until I knew I was living my dream. I was 27 Continue reading…

Your Passion is your secret source of energy

30th April 2013 by Ed No Comments

It was identifying my passion that gave me a clue Continue reading…

PASSION QUEST (2 more free live sessions in Santa Cruz)

13th March 2013 by Ed 2 Comments

Not sure what to do with your life? or what you were meant to do with your life? That certainly was a question that I pondered heavily while working at my first job Continue reading…

Bill Cosby in Sacramento at Success 2013

31st January 2013 by Ed No Comments

I have attended about four of these SUCCESS events over the past years. Like the others there were good to great speakers and many motivational nuggets. Some speakers delivered good content but had something more to sell (continuing education). Thankfully, the promoters kept these ‘next step offers’ at a low price. But usually the follow up events will lead to higher ticket items that sound irresistible. This is where they make their money. TIP: IF you are in the perfect position to take advantage of their next step offer it may work for you; PROVIDED you follow through by committing the time to take action. The truth is most people don’t take all the action necessary to make it work. As a rule of thumb I go for the experience and not to buy more stuff. Like wine tasting used to be, you go for the free samples, to learn, and to enjoy the experience.

There also were headliners (the celebrity people) that offered motivational information without trying to sell you a next step. These were the people that drew the crowd and filled the room. Bill Cosby was one of those that delighted the audience by serving the wisdom of his experience.

Bill Cosby started by saying they asked me to motivate you. It’s difficult because you got to do it yourself and most people know what to do but they can’t decide when to do it? They’re always wishing but not doing. Their common response to the actions they got to take is “I know. I know”
-You got to stop smoking, ‘I know:. You got to stop over-eating. ‘I know…
-He asked ‘How many people were managers and brought their employees here to get them motivated?’ SOLN: Show them a video of people out of work and they will get very motivated.
-Believe in yourself; Don’t talk yourself into failure (by doing nothing); Don’t make yourself scared (by fearing failure).
-Start to act and You’ll get divine intervention.
-The Bible old and new tells you what to do. You got to activate it.
-An old saying: ‘Trust in ALA but tie up your camel (so it doesn’t run away). You can’t keep wishing.’
-‘Stop complaining it’s in you to do it.
-All the speakers that came earlier were just about begging you ‘to do’. Do something. Even James Brown has a song that says DO IT. eb