Friday, August 26, 2011
|Me (Naibe Reynoso) Shooting a real Gun!|
|Zoe Saldana shooting a machine gun in "Colombiana"|
In the new movie "Colombiana" out in theatres today, Latina actress, Zoe Saldana plays a cold-blooded assassin bent on avenging the murder of her parents. As part of the movies promotion, a select group of Journalists were invited to the Burro Canyon Shooting Range in Azusa so we could learn safety and shooting instruction.
In short, I was going to learn how to shoot a real gun including a .22 magnum, 9 mm revolver, .44 magnum, and even a Glock!
I have to admit, at first I was a little scared. What if I misfired? What if I accidentally shot off my big toe because everyone who knows me, knows Im a big klutz. I decided leave to "bite the proverbial bullet", face the adrenaline rushing through my veins and muster up the courage to do it. Just like anything in life, my first round of shots were lousy. I barely even hit the Orange Circle! But as the lesson progressed and I got more comfortable with the guns and with a little more practice, I was actually shooting pretty good. I even got a bullseye!
Move over Schwarzenegger there's a new Action Hero in town, and her name is Zoe Saldana. And wait, before I shot my very last bullet, and in the spirit of Movies, I couldn't resist, and said out loud, "Say Hello to my little friend" ... Tony Montana "Scarface"
Monday, August 22, 2011
In the hustle and bustle of Culver City, residents can take a short drive to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. A free park which offers hiking, nature gazing, and a beautiful few from the top.
One of the keys to getting in shape is to keep the body guessing. At least that's what all the trainers I've ever talked to keep telling me. But sometimes its difficult to change up your workout and still stay on a budget. That's why hiking or jogging the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a great addition to your current workout routine. Its free, its in town, and besides challenging your muscles, it offers an extra incentive: once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a beautiful 360 degree scenic view of Los Angeles. The spot is quite breathtaking and serene, and from there you can see Downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign, and on a clear day even the Pacific Ocean.
I clearly remember the first time I tried "the stairs" as they are called by Culver City locals. I could not believe that this oasis was so close to me. From my condo, I could actually jog there and get a double workout in. Perfection! I actually found three different workouts to do at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. I can jog up the one-mile hiking trail for a light workout. For more intensity I race up the flight of steep stairs that take you to the top of the hill, 511 ft above the city. And if I want a quick burst and burn, I sprint up the paved hill that takes you up Hetzler Rd. Three different workouts, one beautiful park.
Located just off of Jefferson Blvd a few blocks west of La Cienega, the 58 acre park is great for all fitness levels, as I have even seen senior citizens, parents with young children, and even bona fide pros on the property. Depending on whether you choose to walk, sprint up the stairs, or take a leisurely hike up the zig zaging trail, you can make it as difficult or easy as you want.
If you are more of a nature lover, the park offers a seasonal displays of wildlife flowers native to the area such as the Popcorn Flower and the Golden Yarrow. While running the dirt trail you will probably also spot a vast array of lizards, bugs, and exotic insects that you may not see in your neighborhood.
Before you go, make sure you take plenty of water, sun screen and sun glasses. Also, cotton holds moisture like a sponge so if your goal is to break a sweat, you're best best is to where clothing that has some Nylon and polyester as they help circulate the air more effectively than cotton.
The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook was Culver City's best kept secret. Until now! Race you to the top!
Park hours are 8 am to Sunset daily.
Dogs are not allowed.
For more information visit the Visitor Center at 310-558-5547
6300 Hetzler Rd.
Culver City, Ca 90232
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I've always wanted to make Pizza. I mean REAL PIZZA, put my hands in the dough, knead it, throw it up in the air and catch it with my fists. That wish was fulfilled during a promotion for the new movie "30 Minutes or Less".
During the event, three contestants had to eat the most amount of Pizza in 30 minutes or less and the winner got $100 bucks!
The Event was hosted by "Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria" in Burbank, where get this: they have a 36" Pizza!
In my career, I often get to do things I wouldn't do if I worked at a Bank or a Dr.'s office. This is one thing to take off my Bucket List. And the Pizza, was pretty good too!
Friday, August 5, 2011
I met Doctor Gabriela Gonzalez, from Mexico who treats kids that are on the brink of blindness. She was wearing a Beautiful "Eye" on her neck. Her boyfriend, also a Doctor in Mexico, makes prosthetic Eyes for those who have lost theirs. This beautiful charm she wears is a symbol of his love for her, he only has "eyes" for her (get it).
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
If their really yours, NO ONE can take them away from you.
I for one, have met a lot of my friends through other friends. My "real" friends where happy about the fact that I was able to make a connection with their friends, because that's how you think when you live in a mentality of abundance and not fear.
Imagine if, in "Sex and the City" Carrie would have never introduced Samantha to Charlotte or Miranda? It would have been a lonely "Sex and the City" right? Or if in "Three Stooges" Curly never meet Larry because Moe was scared he would "take him away"? You get the picture.
The point is, sharing your friends is part of having a true friendship. I believe that the only people that are scared of sharing their friends are not good friends to anybody.
I was introduced to my best friend through my ex-boyfriend almost 10 years ago!! Needless to say, thats the best thing he brought into my life.
When you allow your friends to mingle with your other ones, I feel you create a Synergy that could only bring positive things.
Im having girls night out on Saturday. My best friend is bringing her co-worker that I've never met, and I'm bringing a new friend my collegue just introduced me to. None of us are scared to introduce one to the other. That just sounds silly.
You never know when or how the real Amandas, Charlottes, and Carries will meet. And like Carrie Bradshaw famously said, "Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates, and guys are just people to have fun with. "
(**unless you find a catch like I did with my boyfriend El Jefe)
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