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Well, meet my buddy, Bob Rose. He's been with me on a lot of adventures around the world. No matter what the trip or where we were, there's always been at least one thing I've done that wasn't particularly smart. And, when it came to food, nothing we ever did was really smart!
There was a time in my life, where I really believed I could eat anything I wanted. I'm a foodie and numerous times have referred to myself as the number one lunch slut in the industry. Well, hanging out with Bob for so many years, the two of us have packed away some pretty amazing and not-so-amazing meals. Bun Boy in Baker, California between Los Angeles and Vegas is a prime example.
There are few things more fun or worse for your health than a fully loaded Bun Boy burger, fries, Coke and strawberry pie. Sadly, Bun Boy closed, but not before we consumed a few thousand calories.
Then, as if the lunch wasn't enough, we all had to buy Bun Boy hats. George and I look like wannabee candidates for a Gilligan audition. The increase in my waist line should have been enough of a memory-maker!
So here's the point...every convention, workshop, meeting, presentation you attend is a memory-maker. Get those images of you with friends and don't forget the ones where you make a fool of yourself, because years later they're going to make you laugh, often until you cry.
This is about friendships and often it's those stories from the past that are the most fun to share. These days there's no excuse for not getting a few pictures of those priceless moments - everyone has a phone with them and many of you travel with a high-end point and shoot. Take the time whenever you're with friends to grab a few shots. Get those selfies and throw them in a file somewhere just to let them age.
Oh, and about being healthy...I'm probably down about twenty pounds from those days. I don't eat like that anymore. As you get older you really do get smarter and you start to pay attention to your family history. Joe Buissink once said to me, "You can hide from a lot of things, but not bad genes!" However, put Bob Rose and I together in any Japanese restaurant on the planet and there's a lot of sushi about to be consumed. When we're together, "moderation" is just another word in the dictionary.