His Magazine March/April 2012

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ILLOGIC STYLE Fashion Wirh an Edge

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A Note From The Editor Escapism [ɪ ˈskeɪ ˌpɪ zəm] habitual diversion of the mind to purely imaginative activity or entertainment as an escape from reality or routine. Upon her death, Maire Antoinette uttered; “I have seen all, I have heard all, I have forgotten all.” When reality ceases to impress, and delusions of grandeur take hold; our minds fall victim to our imagination until reality forces us to become active again. In this issue of HIS we explore this form of escapism by indulging our creative senses and purging our grasp we hold on reality. Forget your troubles, your cares and let frivolity take hold as you flip through the pages of our Spring Edition. Jouir!

David J. Manning Editor-in-Chief

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CALENDAR MARCH 26 Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards.

Celebrate Fresno’s restaurant industry and recognize the area leaders in 30 plus food service categories with the coveted “Gold Plate” showcasing the best valley restaurants, brewery, wineries, suppliers and manufacturers. The event will honor Rudy Liebl of The Ripe Tomato with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the industry. Monday, March 26. 5:30 p.m. Radisson Hotel.

28 Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker. Save Mart Center. Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

APRIL 3 Rock of Ages. William Saroyan Theatre.

April 3, 2012. 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

12 Just Between Friends Sale. Just Between

Friends is the Nation’s Leading Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sales Event, and the Central Valley is about to have two sales for your needs. Once you discover Just Between Friends, it will be an event you will never miss again. 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


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7 Downtown Urban Taste Walking Tour.

Downtown Urban Taste 1st Saturdays of the month A walking adventure of the food discovered downtown along the Fulton Mall with its world-renown art & architecture all woven with historic stories of our city. We go inside historic buildings and include tastes at local restaurants! Saturday, April 7, 2012. 10 a.m. to Noon. Cost: $25 per person/$30 day of event.

14 Tower Classic Car Show.

Do you love cars and a good time? Come out to Tower District! Over 500 classic cars on display, everything from hot rods to vintage makes & models. Live music, food, and fun for the whole family. Sunday, April 14, 2012. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission.


Big Hat Days. This two-day event sponsored is one of the largest craft shows in Central California. Turn-of-the-century Old Town Clovis provides the perfect setting for BIG Hat Days and includes all types of music, arts and crafts, beer garden, international food fair, family carnival, pony rides and so much more. April 14-15, 2012. Times vary. Free admission.

Spring Wine Journey. For the first time ever, the Twin Rivers Vintners is celebrating the Spring Wine Journey by offering the event for free admission. Bring your favorite wine glass and taste some of the newest wines. You will be able to taste wine straight from the barrel. April 14-15, 2012. Noon to 6:00 p.m.

18 Saroyan Town Walk. This walk takes

visitors through historic downtown Fresno highlighting the landmarks and experiences of the author’s youth and celebrates the heritage of the Armenian/American culture in this region. April 18, 2012. For more information please visit www. williamsaroyansociety.org .

20-22 Vintage Days at Fresno State.

This student-planned celebration attracts over 50,000 people from Fresno and the surrounding communities to the Fresno State campus. The annual spring event combines numerous social, cultural and recreational activities into a series of coordinated programs over an extended weekend. April 20-22, 2012. Free Admission.

OF EVENTS 21 Trashique. The Fresno Art Museum

has answered the public call to bring back one of its most highly acclaimed events: Trashique. Selected as one of Fresno’s Top Twenty Events of 2010, Trashique brought more than 500 people to witness Fresno’s own version of Project Runway. Saturday, April 21. Fresno Art Museum. 21 and over. $100.

21-29 National Parks Week. Mark your

calendars for National Parks Week, a Presidentially proclaimed time to celebrate the diversity, beauty, and history found in our national park system. While most national parks arn’t free throughout the year, none will charge admission during National Parks Week, April 21-29, 2012.

26 Miranda Lambert with Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann. Save Mart Center. Thursday, April 26. 7:30 p.m.

26-29 98th Annual Clovis Rodeo. The

return of one of the best shows on dirt, the PBR Bull Riding Touring Pro-Division, and some of the rankest bulls and toughest cowboys in bull riding. Three days of wild rodeo action will follow along with the

popular Clovis Rodeo parade. April 26-29, 2012. For more information please visit www.clovisrodeo.com.


Fresno Filmworks Film Festival. A three-day film festival featuring independent, experimental and foreign movies. Movie times & prices vary. April 27-29, 2012. Tower Theater. For more information visit www.fresnofilmworks.org

MAY 5 Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk/Run.

The 8th Annual Angel Babies Walk/Run benefits the programs and services of Hinds Hospice Angel Babies. Come out, have fun and support a great non-profit organization that serves the Central Valley. Saturday, May 5. 6:45 a.m. California State University, Fresno. For more information please visit, www.hindshospice.org.

8 Mother’s Day at the Vineyard. Bring your

favorite Mom to Tivy Mountain Winery to enjoy fabulous wine & sweet treats. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch, buy a bottle of wine and enjoy it on the patio. 21 and over. May 8, 2012. For more information, visit www.tivymountainwinery.com.

10 Taste & Toast of the Tower. A

walking tour of the Tower District offering food, product, and beverage samplings at more than two dozen locations. Wine tastings at select locations.

May 10, 2012. Tower District. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. $20

11-12 Show Boat. One of the most

influential works of the twentieth century that bridges operetta and musical theater, Show Boat follows the lives of three generations of “show-folk”– their loves and heartbreaks, and their ambitions and disappointments. Featuring the famous “Ol’ Man River” this epic portrayal tackles life on the Mississippi in compelling fashion. May 11-12. Show times will vary. William Saroyan Theater. Please visit, www.fresnograndopera.org.

19 2nd Annual Swing for the Cure

Golf Tournament. Komen Central Valley Affiliate hosts this event to benefit the local community. The tournament is limited to 144 players, so please register as soon as possible. For more information email sjohnson@komencentralvalley.org or visit the website. Saturday, May 19. Start time: 9 a.m. Eagle Springs Golf and Country Club. Tickets will vary.

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SOUND Hidden Treasures By: Hammer at New Rock 104.1

Hidden treasures are all around us in music, you might even think your favorite band is a hidden treasure. When I think about these gems in music, I usually think of those album tracks that aren’t the big radio songs that everyone knows and loves.

Walking into a venue and hearing a live performer that you’ve never heard of before, whether it’s a bar or coffee shop and you hear that voice, song, lyric that just connects with you. You are almost surprised that no one has discovered

this amazing artist with this great song. There’s many artists in the Valley that are hidden treasures, that are just as good, if not better, then artists in major metropolis’s. If the ‘cool’ kids from up North or down South came, saw and

One such treasure which immediately jumps to mind is from the album entitled HELP by the Beatles. We all know and love the songs HELP and Ticket to Ride; but this album contains one of the Beatles best hidden treasures, the song The Night Before. It is perhaps, in my opinion, the greatest song produced by this beloved band; yet when most historians and music buffs reference the Beatles, this song gets skipped over. I suppose, with the Beatles, it’s kind of hard not to skip over it with the amazing body of work which they possess. But how often do we find these hidden treasures? The millennium represents a download one song at a time age; rarely does anyone listen to a full album or body of work from an artist anymore. We go grab the one song we hear, like, friend told us about, and we move on. I’m as guilty of it as the next person, but by doing that, what hidden treasure could you be missing from your favorite artist or band? What about actual artists themselves?

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heard these local artists they would be blown away by the music, songs, and all around talent that is based here locally. This leads to another topic on this issue; myths. There’s a myth that no one can get discovered being from Fresno or the Central Valley. Is it tougher here to get discovered than in other places? Possibly… but the music scene in Fresno is really starting to thrive. It will be sooner, rather than later when this myth gets busted. Music myths are always great. Whether it’s myths like the one mentioned, or myths like Van Halen having all the brown M&M’s picked out of the bowl in their backstage dressing room; these stories and tall tales are what makes legends in the industry.

move forward in 2012; we just have to find them. Always looking for your feedback on articles, music I’m missing out on, or other music based questions and conversations. Hit me up at the ‘official’ e-mail addy, jsquires@wilksfresno.com – until next time!

Of course there are always the Cinderella stories; that one artist or band that seems to beat all odds and achieves greatness. You can put Adele in this category, though with that voice, it was bound to happen. There are other artists in that Cinderella category as well, though any national artist, who is currently making a living doing what they love, is to me the ultimate Cinderella story. There will be more and more to be discovered as we ADVERTISEMENT


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San Diego: The Big City By: Danielle C. Fontana

One of the many advantages that come with Spring is the season’s faultless timing. The harsh conditions of winter leave us with bare trees, dull gardens, dry skin, and high levels of stress due to staggering holiday expenses. This year is no exception. So what better way to celebrate the coming season than by planning a little getaway? Personally, when I think of a travel destination, I like to imagine myself somewhere the exact opposite of my current standing. I love experiencing the two extremes, the change of pace and scenery; it’s like a breath of fresh air. I find myself more o ften than not dreaming about sitting seaside, watching the water lap gently on the shore.

I cannot think of a more beautiful place to live with such sensational conditions other than San Diego. Known by many for its long stretches of white-sand beaches and year-round sunny weather, this metropolis is the ideal place to ring in the start of Spring. Let’s say that this past week has brought your stress level to a whole new dimension and you just want one night- or a couple- to let loose within the perimeter of some feel-good nightlife. Not only does downtown San Diego provide a wide range of contemporary dining venues, ranging from upscale restaurants all the way to cultured authentic cafes, but the area is also intertwined with the historic Gaslamp District,

which keeps the city up all night with its modern nightclubs and party mentality. Downtown is also frequently visited for its shopping hotspots, including the Horton Plaza and various boutiques that exist among its rural, one-way streets to create the bona-fide, urban vibe many people crave. A quick glance across the San Diego Bay, there lays another one of San Diego’s historical landmarks, Coronado. Coronado is home to two of the most notorious structures in all of San Diegothe Coronado Bridge and Hotel del Coronado. The nationally known hotel dates way back to 1888, and entertains guest with its history of royalty, ghosts, politicians, celebrities, and of course scandal. But beyond its past life, the quaint town creates somewhat of a world unto itself with its beachfront boardwalk, genuine main street shopping and dining venues. Coronado even has its own personal ferry landing, where art galleries and some of the finest views of Sanan Diego can be seen. The big city is also known for some of Southern California’s most sought after beaches. Del Mar Beach, Torrey Pines, Black’s Beach, The La Jolla Shores and Cove, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beachthe list goes on and on. Each seaside location offers its own unique flare and keeps guests entertained all day long. La Jolla is one of San Diego’s finest beaches and is often the prime location 18

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for tourists. The town’s small local businesses offer kayaking and snorkeling services, where guests get an up-close and personal look at the abundant marine life including Sea Lions, Leopard Sharks, and Garibaldi. Apart from ocean activity, La Jolla is also a home base for arts and entertainment, including the La Jolla Playhouse, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts. One of my personal favorites within the La Jolla limit is the Wind-and-Sea Beach. Low-key but aesthetically pleasing, Wind-and-Sea is the least commercial of all of the San Diego beaches and is more frequently visited by the locals. There is something about its aura which brings me back every time. Maybe it’s the way the texture of the thick and grainy sand exfoliates the bottom of my feet, or maybe it’s the way each wave self-destructs in and over itself among the stretch of the shore. Regardless of my own opinion, there are no words to describe the very essence of such a beach until one can experience it for his or her self. Rich in limitless serenity, beautiful people, stunning sunrises, awestruck sunsets, and everything in between, San Diego is the perfect travel destination. So if you feel as though you have reached your breaking point, don’t be afraid to indulge yourself in the luxurious San Diego living.


Where the Freeway Ends By: Vanessa Ginder Dinkel

Compared to Fresno, where I am originally from with many roots still firmly planted, Los Angeles could not be any more different. The two cities are worlds apart, not just geographically, but also in the culture they offer their inhabitants. I have many people and situations which keep me driving in and out of Fresno several times a month, including a business I currently own with my mother, so I get a feel for both places regularly. Fresno will always be home, but LA is where I live. I have resided in Los Angeles on and off for over a decade now. I have lived in many parts of LA, including Downtown, Los Feliz, Marina Del Rey, Westwood, the Valley, and currently the South Bay in Hermosa Beach. Every area is different with

its own special spots for there is no tell-all guide for how to handle Los Angeles, just buckle up and try not to drive during rush hour, especially on the 405. If you have the right amount of nerve and patience, and you’re good behind the wheel, Los Angeles can be one of the most fabulous cities to discover.

Pick Your Spot Carefully There are so many different parts of Los Angeles to visit; one must not be over ambitious with the amount of activities that fit into a short stay. Keep it simple and stick to one area upon arrival. Westwood/Beverly Hills is a much different area than the South Bay or Downtown Los Angeles. Even a few miles apart can mean over an hour behind the wheel, so if the

hotel is booked in the Valley, a party in Redondo Beach will be a traffic disaster… stay with those friends the next time a trip is scheduled back to the South Land. Also, designating a driver is no fun on vacation. Drinking and driving should never be an option anywhere. Secondly, Los Angeles is not where Disneyland is located. That would be in Orange County and virtually impossible to try to cram into a Los Angeles weekend getaway. Same for Santa Barbara or Ventura; different counties, different places and trying to do everything will overwhelm your vacation.

Have Particular Friends in Mind To avoid the tragic party-across-town situation, select the people who are informed about a trip south to a minimum. Being discreet about travel plans is something more of us should practice these days. Too much information for all 1000 intimate friends on Facebook or Twitter can be dangerous, not to mention the hurt feelings for not being able to see and talk to every person in a weekend. Find out what the area has to offer and fill up the travel agenda with friends and activities specific to that particular area.


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Have Enough Cash Affording Los Angeles is no easy task. Living here means we work longer hours and commute longer to get there. Housing and the necessities are more expensive than they are in other cities,. so when the vacation is booked and the area is chosen, next look at how much it will all cost. Gas money is fine, but realistically, food and entertainment needs to be worked into the travel budget. Drinks are usually $2-5 more expensive than the Fresno area and that can be shocking to many travelers. My advice is if cash is low, stay with friends or postpone the trip until there’s a little cushion to spend and be comfortable. One great fact about Los Angeles is that the weather is almost always fabulous, so a trip can be planned for any time of the year.

Be Able to Handle the Traffic Unfortunately, public transportation is not sufficient to getting around the city like other cities; a car is necessary in Los Angeles unless you have a chauffeur or a great friend that will pick you up and drive you around all weekend. Many travelers are weary of the horrible reputation LA traffic has, but many are

unprepared to deal with the reality of a sea of cars on a parking lot of a freeway. Just a couple tips will help the weary traveler in most driving situations. First, the proper vehicle is key to survival in Los Angeles traffic when unaccustomed to the patterns. If all that’s in the driveway is a Lincoln Navigator and a F250, see if borrowing or renting a smaller full-size or small SUV is a possibility. Parking with large vehicles is nearly impossible, especially with the amount of parallel parking required. Also, the gas prices in larger cars and trucks is worse here than anywhere because there is so much stopand-go. Your car and your wallet will end up thanking you. Next, be familiar with a map of the freeways. The best freeway guides have traffic alerts with average speeds built in. I recommend using Sig Alert to get around more easily. It can be downloaded as an app on a smart phone and has been my life blood for traffic for many years now. Also, local AM radio has up to date traffic reports every 10 minutes. The person in the passenger seat on the trip should be able to help navigate the trip using a smart phone, but AM radio is the best option if you don’t have a great navigation system. If

you do get in a situation where there has been an accident or heavy event traffic and traveling on another freeway is not an option, hop off and go grab a bite to eat or shop – it’s better than sitting and waiting for traffic to clear. Don’t forget to check the weather. Los Angeles boasts flip flop weather year round, but to get to the sunny South Land paradise you have to drive through the mountains. If the forecast calls for rain or snow over the dreaded Grapevine at all during the trip, there is a possibility that the pass could be closed. This strands thousands of travelers on one side or the other throughout the cooler months of the year. Cal Trans also has an interactive website that can be searched for closures by highway number, which has saved me from making an unnecessary trip many times.

You Made the Trip, Now What to Do? Research is done, friends to visit have been settled, and the dreaded drive is finally complete. You have arrived in Los Angeles; now what? You thought you took care of everything: the tickets to the show have been purchased, the activity you had your heart on is booked, but where are you going to eat? This is in the hands of the weary traveler. Using avenues like social media and the advice of others are necessary in such a large city. Apps like Yelp and Around Me have the most accurate ratings and reviews to keep you from ever having a bad meal or experience. Some reviews are harsher or overly praising of an establishment

than others, but getting the basic idea of what the venue has to offer is generally portrayed. The city in Los Angeles you are visiting will have a Facebook page, which will also have great reviews and advice on where to dine. Check the reviews before you take a dive in.

malls and shopping centers to discover. Want the unique? Boutiques and small shops are spread all across the city, from Downtown Pasadena to the Third Street Promenade and Melrose. There are dozens of areas to calm the fashion cravings of any shopper.

The people you are visiting have just given advice on where to eat, do you take their advice? Chances are you trust your buddies and their suggestion, but sometimes friends have different eating preferences. Get the name and address of the location and look it up online. Find out what kind of foods they serve and the price range so you’re not surprised when you arrive. If it seems like a bad fit for your pallet, be spontaneous and search for other cuisine by genre of food.

What’s Next Each city and area in Los Angeles offers something amazing and unique. I’d love to explain exactly where to go and what to do in the big crazy place, but that would take all day! In the next few life style articles, our favorite parts of Los Angeles will be discovered in detail. Los Angeles is a large and intimidating place; with a little guidance and direction, it could be one of your favorite cities, too.

Have a few hours to kill between activities? Check out what other activities the area offers. Los Angeles has hundreds of museums, shows, galleries, music and attractions. Everywhere you may choose to visit has a website with detailed information on their site and what they have to offer. Just make sure you check the traffic beforehand.

When All Else Fails, Shop Don’t feel like a play or museum? Go shopping. Nearly every area has great boutiques, malls and shops. There’s always a deal to be found and a cool new place to discover. Rodeo Drive is not the only place to buy things in Los Angeles. It is a city full of regular people who need regular items for day to day life. We love Target just like everyone else! Los Angeles offers a huge variety of

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Independence works better for everyone; this motto has served as a driving force for the Thiesen Dueker Group since the company’s inception in 2003. Founding partners Jeff Thiesen and Lance Dueker began their careers on Wall Street. While their knowledge of the markets grew; so did their desire to better serve their clients. The following series of financial articles will help guide your decisions regarding your personal or business finances. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Thiesen Dueker to discover all your financial options visit their website at www.thiesendueker.com.

THE TOP 10 REASONS NOT TO PLAN FOR RETIREMENT A different kind of Top Ten list. You probably read or hear about some “Top Ten” list nearly every day. But take a moment to read this one. This list is different, and probably not the kind of list you’d expect someone to write. Reason #10: “I’m too busy” We can’t tell you how often we hear this excuse. So many people want to plan for a better retirement, but they don’t have time. They think they’ll take care of it tomorrow, or the day after that … and before they know it, several years have gone by. The best advice we can give you is to stop procrastinating and start planning today. Reason #9: “It’s too soon” We don’t know how this happened, but many people have adopted the notion that you don’t have to start planning for your retirement until you’re almost there. This is totally incorrect. The truth is, the sooner you start planning, the better chance you stand of having the kind of retirement you want. It’s never too soon. Many people start planning in their early twenties! Reason #8: “It’s too late” If you’re already near or past your retirement eligibility date, you may think that whatever you’ve got is what you’re stuck with and it’s too late to do anything about it. Think again. If you’re unsure of what your options are, speak to a professional. Even if you’ve already retired, it’s important to consider how you’re receiving income and how long it will last. It’s never too late to revise your income distribution strategy.

Reason #7: “I don’t need to” We’ve heard this excuse many times and it always baffles us. Many people think that because they’ve been diligent about contributing to a savings account, they’re all set. While saving for retirement is good, you also need a plan for income distribution once you enter retirement. Are you certain that what you’re saving will be enough? Have you considered your distribution plan? What about taxes? What about inflation? And are you sure your money will be properly invested? There may be other, better options for you and it may prove worthwhile to look into them. Reason #6: “I don’t have enough money to get started” This excuse seems marginal at first glance, but there is some truth behind it. You need to have money to save or invest money. However, unless your bills are exactly equal to or greater than your net income, you DO have enough to get started. Starting small is better than not starting at all, and if you plan well, you’ll eventually have more to work with. Reason #5: “My finances are a mess” This is all the more reason to seek out an advisor who can help you sort through and understand your assets. Perhaps you have a 401(k) from a former employer that has not been rolled over, a couple of savings accounts, a trust from a deceased relative, some stocks that your parents bought in your name when you were younger … a circumstance like this can be confusing, but leaving it as it is won’t improve the situation. Consider speaking with an advisor who can look at your complet e financial picture, help you to understand it, and help you to develop a plan to make your “financial mess” work for you.

Reason #4: “The Government will take care of me” The bottom line is this … there’s a chance Social Security may not be available when you retire, and even presuming it is, it may not be enough to provide your ideal retirement income. If you’re planning to retire on Social Security alone, we would advise you to create a back-up plan at the very least. Reason #3: “Between my savings and my 401(k), I’ll be fine” Saving for retirement without an income distribution plan can be a mistake. How will you use that money once you have it? And while you may think you’ll have everything you’re going to need, have you considered inflation? Taxes? And furthermore, some people are living past 90. Will your assets last that long? If you outlive your income, what then? It’s a good idea to look ahead and plan lifelong income.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/ SIPC This was prepared by Peter Montoya, Inc., not the named Representative or Broker/Dealer, and should not be construed as investment advice. Neither the named Representative or Broker/Dealer give tax or legal advice. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. Please consult your Financial Advisor for further information.

Reason #2: “I don’t want to think about it” Many people procrastinate simply because the thought of discussing financial matters (or growing old) is unappealing. We can certainly understand that. But consider this … if you bite the bullet now and put a firm plan in motion, you may not have to think about it again for quite some time. Reason #1: “I don’t know how” If you knew everything there was to know about retirement planning, you’d probably be a financial advisor yourself. While it is possible to do everything on your own, that generally involves a great deal of research and a huge time commitment. If you’re putting off retirement planning because you don’t know how, consider speaking to a professional who does. These are just some of the reasons why people don’t plan for retirement … but these are reasons, and not excuses. If you have retirement goals you want to reach, we would recommend you speak to a qualified advisor and set up an action plan. The sooner the better. ADVERTISEMENT

BTW CHRONICLES By: Joyia Sandoval

The staff at HIS likes to have fun. We enjoy hitting the streets and finding those hidden gems to share with all of you through our posts, tweets and tumbles. Here are some of our favorites from the last production period for this issue. Follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop on what hot and happening now.

Every time I walk into @TweeBoutique it’s like I strike Fashion gold. I swear, this place is full of treasures. #GetYourThriftOn

Why can’t happy hour last all day? Oh wait, it does. Thank you @DailyGrill for pouring the drinks when we need it the most. #SundayFunday

Who doesn’t love studded cut-off shorts? But who wants to splurge? Definitely not me. There’s only one obvious answer, shop @Illogic. #LocalFashion

Seriously. How long have I lived in Fresno and haven’t visited this place? . Who knew Shaw Avenue had so much to offer? #TheGrassIsGreenerInFresno

Just because I live in Fresno doesn’t mean I can’t rock those luxurious designers. And hey, I can get them for cheap! Better get your behinds to CoCo’s Consignment. Like yesterday. #FashionistaOnABudget Who has time for a quiet night in? @Fulton55 has something going on seven days a week. So don’t complain about having nothing to do. #ConcertJunkie

It never fails. Every time they greet me in loud volume I almost have a heart attack. I guess they’re right; their sushi is to die for. Especially the Max’s Roll. #Wassabi


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Let’s be real, the best music isn’t heard on the radio these days. It’s simple, find it on @MyIndieNation. They know their tunes, trust me. #AndTheBeatGoesOn

I can never find my way to the gym, but I somehow make it to @BlueMoonYoga. Bikram yoga, don’t knock it until you try it. #Namaste

Retail therapy makes me happy. Especially when it’s done at @TheLaundryRoom. Their threads make anyone’s wardrobe killer. #CaliforniaStyle

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. @StellaLagunaBeach makes style oh, so easy. Stop making it hard on yourself and shop there. #TheDotSaleRocks Even if it’s March Madness, I can’t help but think about baseball season. Thirsty Thursdays with the @FresnoGrizzlies may just be the best thing about spring. #TakeMeOutToTheBallGame Thank you, @YardHouse for your extraordinary beer collection. You are officially a one-stop spot! Don’t forget to try the one that tastes like Fruity Pebbles ☺ #SoManyChoices Feeling adventurous? I suggest visiting @MetalPark for some indoor rock climbing. All of the fun…minus the hassle of Fresno’s bipolar weather. #WhoNeedsRealMountains Oh @EurekaBurger, why must you serve the best steak salad? Ever. Pair it with an IPA and I’m in heaven. Salad and beer, diet of a champion. #EatGoodDrinkGood

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. Do I need to say more? The entire menu is tasty! But watch out, their lunch-hour lines are out the door, literally. #EarlyBirdGetsTheBurrito

A tasteful beer and a history lesson from John. I get two for the price of one at @ TheBodyInTheBogPub. #BeerConnoisseur

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Fairytales brought to life By: Ciara Norton

The passing down of fairytales and whimsical stories to new generations allows imaginations to soar, creativity to flourish and dreams to be pursued. But, not all fairytales are as innocent as we might like to believe. While the impression on those who have heard, watched or read about fairytales is long-lasting, the truth about them will prove to last even longer. As children, fairytales obviously played a large role in most of our lives. The morals behind the simple stories encouraged us to believe in ourselves as well as others. They taught us to be brave and gave us the mindset that we could do anything we wanted; life had no boundaries. For these ideas, we owe much thanks to Walt Disney. Without Disney characters, games, music and movies, many of these

themes that have traveled with us to adulthood would not exist. Characteristics such as honesty, integrity and a good work ethic are just some of the morals promoted in Disney movies. On the other hand, discrimination, hatred, revenge and violence are some of the traits that were included in the original versions, but Disney left out. Even though all things pertaining to Disney and fantasy stories gave us hope as children, they also taught us life lessons. One important lesson was not to lie, and as it turns out that is exactly what Disney did. Always a classic, Cinderella is the story of a young woman who deserves better. She works hard and always does what is right. Even with two horrible step-sisters and

one awful step-mother, Cinderella doesn’t succumb to their evil ways. When Cinderella loses her glass slipper, Prince Charming searches for her and when he finally finds her they get married and live happily ever after. The moral of the story: always be the bigger person, trying to put others down won’t get you anywhere in life. Even though the Disney classic sounds simple and innocent enough, the truth behind the fairytale that has been passed down for generations isn’t as angelic. Originating from the 1st century BC, the real story of Cinderella is not too far off from the Disney version, minus a few gruesome scenes. Cinderella, originally called Rhodopis, was just as innocent in the original fairytale as Disney portrayed her. However, her two stepsisters were not.

The classic Cinderella tells the story of two sinister stepsisters who actually cut off parts of their feet in the hopes of making them fit into Cinderella’s glass slipper and tricking the prince. Once the prince discovers that the wicked step-sisters were trying to deceive him, he has two pigeons peck out their eyes. The happy ending does come into play in the classic, but only for Cinderella and her prince. The two step-sisters spend the rest of their lives as blind beggars. While Disney didn’t change the Cinderella fairytale to drastically, the same cannot be said for the story of Sleeping Beauty. In Disney’s version, Sleeping Beauty is put to sleep because of a prophecy and wakes up when she is kissed by her true love. Disney did some major changes

to make this story so innocent, and it’s a good thing they did because the original is disturbing. In the original fairytale, while Sleeping Beauty is asleep, she is raped by her father. She gives birth while still asleep and only awakes when her child sucks off the piece of flax on her finger that was keeping her asleep. The Little Mermaid, a favorite of many, isn’t as upsetting as Sleeping Beauty, but it still isn’t quite was Disney made it out to be. Contrary to the Disney version, The Little Mermaid doesn’t get to marry her prince and live happily ever after. She actually gets the exact opposite. After The Little Mermaid’s true love marries another woman, The Little Mermaid commits suicide because she is so miserable and in the end turns into sea foam. The Jungle Book is no different from any other fairytale that has been twisted and churned into something almost completely new. In the Disney version Mowgli is a young boy who is befriended and raised by talking predators. When he meets the girl of his dreams in a nearby village he falls in love and goes to live with her. Big surprise: they live happily ever after. In the original, written 28

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by Rudyard Kipling, Mowgli is still befriended by the jungle animals but when he decided to re-join society, things aren’t as peachy. Sent back into the wilderness as an outcast, Mowgli reunites with his talking animal friends and together they destroy the village that wouldn’t accept him. Mowgli, with the help of an elephant and a pack of wolves storm into the village and destroy everyone and everything in sight. Revenge, violence and heartbreak are three things that Disney definitely didn’t want to include in children’s stories so it’s no wonder that this story of death and payback was altered to fit today’s societal standards. Hercules seems to have all the Disney ingredients for the perfect fairytale: it’s got a big strong hunk hero, a skinny delicate female and a deranged bad guy with a head full of blue flame. Well, as it turns out, the original Hercules had all the same ingredients. And, believe it or not, in the original the hero and the heroin actually did live happily ever after. Unfortunately, Hercules gets sick of his wife and children one day and decides to murder them all. Disney didn’t do too badly of a job on this

one. Not much was changed; they just left out the actual ending. The fairytale of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is no exception to the alterations. Originally written by Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the story of a mentally disturbed hunchback who stalks a woman from his tower. Unlike in the Disney story, Esmeralda is not attracted to Quasimodo in any way and she makes this clear to him. Esmeralda is raped by another man who is attracted to her and Quasimodo saves her by stabbing the man. This is usually where Disney would come in and say because Quasimodo saved her life, they lived happily ever after. But that’s not how the original happened. Quasimodo actually blamed Esmeralda for the murder and because of this she was hung in the public square. These stories, and many others, don’t have the classic happily ever after endings, but then again, neither does life. But, the point of fairytales is to find that escape where everyday life problems can’t bother you. Watching these fairytales as children, playing with the dolls and action

figures and even singing the fairytale songs all have an impact on our lives. Constantly watching Disney movies are great for children’s imaginations and creativity, but they can also encourage them to believe falsities of the world. In every Disney fairytale, there is a hero and a heroin. While many people may think that fairytales only give young girls false ideals of the world, they also have large impacts on young boys. Disney movies favor one type of male body, which is the body of Hercules. These movies encourage young boys that they need to be strong, masculine, brave and dominant. But, Disney also portrays other types of men.The sidekicks and sometimes even the bad guys are short, overweight and many are also portrayed as drunks. Disney’s re-creation of disturbing fairytales isn’t completely bad. While the stories often give children false ideas and beliefs, they can also inspire them. Disney movies and fairytales give children the hope to do great things in their lifetime, a solid moral. Dennis Gillet, an avid Disney memorabilia collector, admires the hopeful future that Disney movies give to children.

“When I was in junior high school and my parents first took me to Disneyland, it was the beginning of something that I still carry with me today,” Gillet said. “Going to Disneyland and watching the movies at home just had a really big impact on me.” Disneyland isn’t just for children. It’s for entire families to come and join together in a wholesome environment where violence is non-existent. Basically, Disneyland is fairytales

that have come to life and fulfill the visual fantasies we had as children. No wonder it’s referred to as “the happiest place on earth.” Gillet, 48, has been to Disneyland around 40 times and he plans to continue going as often as he can because he believes that Disneyland brings out the innocence in everyone. “My interest in Disney started with the things I bought at Disneyland when I went with my family,” Gillet said. “I

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just really liked Mickey Mouse and the other characters and when I actually started collecting I was in high school.” Gillet believes that since Disneyland isn’t just for children, neither are the movies and ideals that they portray. “When I was younger I thought it was designed for kids but after years of collecting and researching I’ve learned that it was built for families and not just kids,” Gillet said. Gillet collects items such as Disney neckties, baseball hats, books, figurines and photographs. He also currently has over 200 Disney record albums. “I’ve always loved fairytales and Disney just happened to put a really good twist on the bad ones,” Gillet said. “I think that the fairytales are a good foundation for kids and they can inspire them to achieve anything they want.”


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Gillet said that as a child he watched Disney movies practically every day. Like many other children then and now, fairytales provided that escape where no other life issue could interfere. “It was just the story line: a magical and violence free story, that interested me as a kid,” Gillet said. “One of Walt’s biggest things was that he didn’t want children to see violence. Even though Disney may have changed the original fairytales, I think that the ideals they give to children are more important.” With technology so advanced, children can watch or read fairytales anywhere and anytime they want. But, it wasn’t always this way. Before fairytales were ever watched or read they were told through verbal communication by something as simple as story time or even enacted through a play. Fairytales aren’t just a thing of the past; they still exist today. Stories can be communicated in a number

of different ways and here in Fresno, thanks to Dr. Joe Logan who served as the president of North Fresno Rotary Club from 1954-1955, they are not only being told or written about, but they are also being lived. Fairytale fans don’t have to go all the way to Disneyland for their dreams to come true. Fresno Rotary Storyland and Playland Family Amusement Park, located at 890 W Belmont Avenue in Fresno offers fun and affordable outings for children and adults who still hold on to their fairytales. The park has much to offer for all ages. Storyland is a walk-through area of the park that includes nursery rhymes such as Goldilocks & The Three Bears, Hansel & Gretel, Humpty Dumpty and The Three Little Pigs. Playland is the more handson side of the park. With a total of 13 rides for all ages, including an express train, ladybugs, a bungee trampoline and the Shipwreck Cove boat ride, imaginations are free to roam and dreams are free to be explored.

When it opened in 1962, Fresno Storyland immediately captured the interest of children throughout the Central Valley. When parents took their children to Fresno Storyland, they became hooked as well. While fantasies are important at the amusement park, officials involved also believe in giving back to the Fresno community. Donations to the City of Fresno to purchase the land for Woodward Park, Logan Park, The Fresno Chaffee Zoo and the former Fresno Metropolitan Museum are just a few of the ways that Fresno Rotary Storyland and Playland have tried to stir up fantasies and imaginations. Even though it marked its 50 year anniversary in 2012, Fresno Rotary Storyland has held on to the same values throughout all the years of change. Not only promoting imaginative experiences, the Fresno Rotary Storyland and Playland also promote literacy and good manners in young children. Even though you can act out your childhood dreams here in Fresno, the fairytales and creative ideas behind the fun and entertainment still had to come from somewhere; and from someone. From the 1300’s up to 1800’s, little is actually known about the truth and accuracy of fairytales because they were never recorded. The Brothers Grimm were the first collectors to try and preserve the actuality of the tale as well as the way in which it was told. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, German academics, linguists and cultural researches compiled their first collection of fairytales in 1812 called Children’s and Household Tales. Two of the best-known folktale story tellers, The Brothers Grimm are most famous today for their popularized stories such as Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Snow White. As it turns out, The Brothers Grimm did the same thing as Walt Disney. To ensure more popularity, they also rewrote their stories to have a happier ending. The more acceptable endings in turn earned more profit and fame for The Brothers Grimm just like they did for Walt Disney.

Even though The Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney are from two completely different time periods, they all knew one thing: how to make a good fairytale and make it last. They all had imaginations and they used it to turn sinister stories into amusing and dreamy tales of what life could be like. No matter how much or how little the fairytales were altered, who lied to make them better or where they originated from, the fact remains that we downright enjoy them. They no longer serve only as beacons of hope for children, but for adults as well. In adulthood, we reflect back on the things we learned as children; fairytale morals included. The only difference is that now as an adult, the distinction between fantasy and reality can sometimes be deciphered.

TO YOUR HEALTH Gym Tales By: Dina Juve

At some point in your life, you’ve fantasized about becoming Prince Charming. Come on, admit it! Tall, handsome, a full head of hair, castle to live in, a beautiful princess by your side, sword fights and all the money you could ever desire with servants to attend to your every need, but you can’t be Prince Charming without gorgeous, defined muscles! There is no such thing as an overweight Prince Charming. That would totally ruin the fantasy!

- Sprint for as fast as you can for 10 mins. - Cool down for 5 mins.

With all of the bad food choices available and not having enough time to workout in our society, our men are becoming big, fat toads and there are less and less Prince Charmings out there. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you sort through the gym fairytales and myths about dieting, so you could achieve a defined body just like Prince Charming and be Fresno’s knight in shining armor.

If you’re trying get leaner, do cardio exercises first. If you’re trying to build muscle, do weightlifting first.

Gym Fairytales… “You have to live at the gym to have a great body!” Quality over quantity! Who has two hours to spend at the gym? Get in there, push yourself hard and get out! Consistency and focus will get you faster and quicker results than two hours of slow and steady workouts. I’m sure it’s tempting to make the gym a place to catch up with your buddies and check out the hottest chicks on the treadmill, but don’t do it. Make your gym time all about you. Concentrate on your fitness goals and the body you want to have. Try this: 6 Days a Week Workout Cardio: Repeat 6x a week - Warm up on the treadmill for 5 mins. 32

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Weights: Repeat 2x a week. Workout 1-2 body parts until exhaustion. Put your full attention into the muscle you’re working out. Monday & Thursday- shoulders & arms Tuesday & Friday - chest & back Wednesday & Saturday - legs & abs

Try this: 3-4 Days a Week Workout Take a class that hits all major muscles and is a challenging cardiovascular workout like kettlebells, TRX, rope training, kickboxing, boxing or any other physical activity that makes you sweat hard and breath heavy.

Calories count! I will continue to repeat myself because there is no way around it. Losing weight is a simple formula. You need to burn more calories than you what you actually consume. Experts generally recommend creating a deficit of 500 calories per day through a combination of eating fewer calories and increasing physical activity. Over the course of a week, this should yield a loss of about 1-2 pounds of fat (WebMD answers). Unfortunately, there isn’t a “fit in a bottle” supplement you can take. It requires focus, hard work, consistency and discipline. You must pass on food that will derail your weight loss goals, continue to exercise and push your body further than you think it can go. Try this: Sign-up for a food journal or calorie tracking application online or on your cell phone.

Even making small changes to your daily calorie intake can add up. Most people don’t realize how many calories they are actually consuming. I get immediate results with clients when I have them start using a calorie tracking system. It should be easy and not require a lot of time. My favorite is LiveStrong.com and they even offer a free app for your cell phone. To BEST achieve the body of Prince Charming… you must workout hard, decrease your calorie intake and never follow the gym fairytales and diet myths. If you follow these simple workouts and tips, you will be rocking a six-pack of shining armor, be strong enough to slay a dragon and have princesses falling at your feet. * *Always check with your doctor before starting any

exercise or diet program. If you are not achieving the results you desire, consult with a professional that can help you achieve your goals safely and fast.

Dina Juve is the owner of Kettlebells of Fresno and has 10 years experience in nutrition and fitness. Juve is a RKC certified Russian kettlebell instructor, Kettlebell Institute kettlebell certified trainer, battling ropes certified coach and TRX suspension trainer. She also assists in RKC certification and has completed the Z-Health Essentials of Elite Performance course. Juve’s kettlebell & TRX kettlebell combo classes are offered at her private studio. All classes are designed to burn 900 calories in 45 mins (Study by WebMD). For more information, visit her website at www. kettlebellsoffresno.com.

Myths about dieting… “I can eat anything I want if I’m working out!”

Working Out As a Couple By: Caleb Iness

This past Valentine’s Day, many couples spent February 14th together in restaurants, movie theaters and the bedroom. These are common places for couples to spend their time. One of the less common places couples seem to frequent is the gym. Before you shake your head at the idea of working out with your significant other, take some time to consider the benefits. If you have a busy schedule, which includes almost everyone, this is killing two birds with one stone. You get your exercising done and you get to spend time with the one you love. You can also motivate and push each other on those days you don’t seem to be motivated to attend the gym or when you are lazy once you get there. If you both really start getting into exercising, it will be one more thing you two have in common and a hobby you can both enjoy and talk about. You also will always have a spotter with you so you can reduce the risk of injury when lifting heavy weights. Unfortunately, along with all these positives that come with working out together some negatives can also arise. The majority of couples will be heterosexual so there will be differences in performance between the sexes and what exercises people enjoy doing. Most men prefer lifting weights and avoid cardio and most women prefer cardio and avoid weights. The last thing I want to see is a fight breakout because one member of the couple wants to do weights and one wants to do cardio. Hopefully I can show you some pointers so you can have a productive day at the gym with your partner.

sure to communicate. Make sure you’re on the same page as to what time you’re working out so both parties can adequately prepare for exercise by eating and hydrating. Like I mentioned earlier, women tend to like cardio and men tend to like weights. No worries, both parties will get their way in my plan. Couples should always start with weights. I won’t go into all the positive effects of lifting because that’s a whole separate article but just know it’s very important for increasing metabolism and bone density, which is great for men and women. Weights should be done before cardio because it’s very difficult to have an intense weight lifting session after you’re tired from cardio. Don’t worry ladies; you’re not going to get disgustingly buff if you lift weights. I know so many of you are afraid of that. Most of the large people you see that are very muscular in the gym train very hard to look that way, eat enormous amounts of food, and have higher testosterone levels than you. Guys, when you’re doing the weights with your girl, make sure she is using proper technique. There’s nothing that will stop a beginner from lifting weights faster than an injury. Make sure she’s doing weights

she can handle but she’s still struggling. Unless the woman you bring to the gym is your grandma, she should be using more than the 3-pound dumbbells. Ladies, make sure you’re spotting your man. Chances are he’ll probably try to lift as heavy a weight as he can to look manly and impress you. That’s great but make sure he doesn’t get crushed to death on the bench press. So after you’ve both done weights, it’s time for cardio. Cardio can include a wide variety of things from walking outside to running at full speed on the treadmill. If you use a cardio machine, I recommend you use ones that are right next to each other. It always seems that if you leave a space in-between the machines, some creepy old guy will get on the treadmill right next to your girl, even though the other ones are open, then stare at her and possibly try to hit on her. Along with going to the gym together, it can also be very convenient and productive for you two to also eat together. If you live with the person you’re starting to go to the gym with, you

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can both go shopping together and pick out the healthy foods you will both eat, and let’s face it, misery loves company. So if you’re dreading eating those green vegetables, it’s always nice to eat them with a partner who hates it just as much as you do. Just remember when you’re eating to adjust quantity and size for the bigger and smaller person. For example, a solidly built 200lb man should be eating much larger portions than a lean 120lb woman. You should also keep your public displays to a minimum in the gym, unless you don’t care that people will give you dirty looks for making out on the abdominal machine. Hopefully you and your partner can both get fit together while having fun in the process and strengthening your relationship. Caleb Iness I.S.S.A Certified Fitness Trainer Trainer at Fort Washington Fitness Email: calebiness@sbcglobal.net Phones: 559-367-6386


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Legendary Fresno State Basketball Coach Boyd Grant was recently in Fresno, and visited the program he coached from 1977 to 1986. Grant’s teams went to three NCAA Tournaments and won the NIT once in his nine seasons.

didn’t get some of those shirts so I could pass them around to my family… it just seemed like Fresno turned red. We’d go out on the road in a bus and all these cars that would pass us and they’d have red all over…

Guy Haberman: What stands out when you think about your nine years in Fresno, when you think about basketball?

GH: If you could do a self-examination, why were you so successful here?

Boyd Grant: I think the first six or seven years I was there I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. The reason I felt that is that I had such good people and such a good staff. I never could have had the success in Fresno without having good players with good attitudes. Also I didn’t have any problems I don’t think for the first seven or eight years I was in Fresno; and of course I had a great staff. Ron Adams, who’s with the Bulls, was absolutely one of the great defensive coaches that I’ve ever known. Frank Carbajal got us off to a good start and was a tremendous coach and great teacher; of course Jim Thrash was an excellent recruiter. Plus the Red Wave, they played a great part because we beat the University of California Berkley at our place and from that time on we had a full house every night. GH: Do you remember when you first heard Selland Arena referred to as “Grant’s Tomb?” BG: I don’t remember the exact time it happened but I do remember one time I walked in there and all these people had on (shirts that said) “Grant’s Grave Diggers” – I’ve always been sorry that I

BG: Well I would say that we went in with a philosophy, and all the coaches I had believed in it. We believed in practicing at the tempo we were going to play at, we always took the fast break if we had the opportunity but the big thing was the defense. I had coaches sometimes, that if they’d never played us before, they would come up to me afterwardsand say ‘is there any way you could tell me what you were doing? Because I went in at halftime and I didn’t know what to tell my players because I didn’t know what you were doing.’ For about four or five years before people could get the film on us you could always tell that they were really struggling (with the pressure man-to-man and match-up zone), they really didn’t know exactly what we were doing. Don Haskins told me one time ‘Boyd, what you are doing is new in the game and it’s taking people a little while to adjust…’ he thought that there for a period we kind of changed the game… I got a lot of credit for it but I was not the one that was the inventor of the matchup zone. I always give him (Ron Adams) the credit, and he deserves the credit, and he was the one that did it. GH: The year before you came to Fresno State the program won seven games, you

won 21 in your first season – what do you remember about being a first year head coach, what can you impart to a first year coach like Rodney Terry? BD: Well it kind of scared me, I picked up a magazine as I was on a plane coming to Fresno and it had 105 teams and we were rated 105! But, I was happy to bring in a player named Art Williams and (some people) credit Williams with being the guy that changed the program. I think the thing that happened is we had such cooperation from the kids. We asked them if they would practice every morning at 5:30 and we wouldn’t do anything but defensive drills. We would teach them the total fundamentals of a man-to-man defense and they were willing to do this and also have an afternoon practice, they paid a tremendous price. I loved all my kids the same, I really did, and I appreciated every one of the teams I coached because with out them I wouldn’t have had a job. But, this was a team that started the Red Wave. They wanted to win because they had lost 17 of 18 games at the end of the (previous) season. I’ll tell you in February I was tired, I said to them one day I said ‘maybe we better not come in in the mornings and to a man’ every one of them said ‘Coach, we’re winning let’s don’t quit coming in’ and so we didn’t take one day off of practicing in the morning and that changed the program. GH: Were you able to keep up the 5:30 AM practices in the following years? BD: No. No, no… and then the NCAA changed things too because of academics and so we didn’t, but I think that the teams that I coached told the kids we were recruiting if you 36

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come here your going to have to play defense and I think that it was the start of people feeling like if they came to Fresno they were going to have to be a good defensive team. Of course it isn’t the most exciting way to play but I was always so proud of the fans… I would go to the booster’s club I’d tell them, we’re great on defense but we’re still trying to figure out who’s coaching the offense! Grant finished his coaching career at his alma mater, Colorado State, but finished the conversation with this: “When Jim Sweeney won the Freedom Bowl (over USC in 1992) we were watching in Twin Falls and my wife got up and was dancing around that room like you wouldn’t believe. She wasn’t sick yet with cancer, and I said ‘what are you doing? I’m not the coach of the Bulldogs, or the football team.’ And she said ‘I don’t care I’m a Bulldog all the way.’ And that’s the truth.”


Ruth Chris Steakhouse (559) 490-0358 7844 N. Blackstone Ave. Fresno CA

“This restaurant is more then just dining, it is an establishment...”

From their humble beginnings on Broad Street in New Orleans, to their current position as the world’s largest fine dining company, Ruth Chris Steakhouse has become a brand synonymous with refined taste, exceptional service and top notch cuisine. Celebrating 45 years of sizzle, this national award winning chain inspires its guests to relax, unwind and be pampered as the chefs satisfy their patrons every whim. This restaurant is more then just dining, it is an establishment where memories are made and celebrations are held. Pristine white linens line the tables where stemware is placed with precision at every setting. Overstuffed chairs, plush booths and marble floors grace the restaurant. Dimly lit, this sophisticated setting allows for an atmosphere of intimacy. The massive u-shaped marble topped bar greets guests for happy hour everyday of the week starting promptly at 4p.m.


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Known for their steaks, each one is seared to perfection at 1800 degrees and topped with fresh butter making them sizzle, a signature sound to these premier establishments. While you are there why not try one of there wines. Ruth Chris offers a vast selection of over 100 wines. With a wide array to choose from, you are guaranteed to find the perfect beverage to quench anyone’s pallet. When you decide to dine at Ruth Chris Steakhouse you opt into more than just fine dining cuisine, you opt into an experience which is simply unparallel to any other establishment in the Valley. So come in, sit down and prepare to be pampered.

PROFILES Richard’s

(559) 266-4077 1609 E. Belmont Ave. Fresno, CA Richard Stockle opened Richard’s Prime Rib & Seafood in downtown Fresno in the summer of 1969. Richard’s quickly became a Fresno hotspot known for its juicy steaks and fresh seafood. Soft lighting and tasteful nude artwork decorate the restaurant. There are many popular menu items like ‘The Something Good’, a New York steak wrapped in a flour tortilla with melted cheese. Another favorite is ‘The Something Special’, an open-faced New York steak sandwich. Also popular is ‘The Beef Eater’, which is deli-thin, sliced prime rib served as a French dip. Richard’s is a true family-run restaurant and even though it has undergone numerous changes over the years some things remain constant: great food, a wonderful atmosphere and a staff that welcomes its guests as if they were family.

Sushi ‘n’ Pop (559) 435-1690 1788 E. Barstow Avenue, Fresno, CA

Sushi ‘n’ Pop is where everyone goes to get the most authentic Japanese fusion cuisine, which is prepared with the freshest ingredients daily. The new menu offers a wide array of tasty treats to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. Try their refreshing seaweed salad or the newest style of sashimi, just to mention a few of the mouth watering selections at Sushi ‘n’ Pop. Stop in and join the friendly staff for happy hour every Monday through Saturday starting at 4:30 p.m. So why not make it fun, make it fast, make it Sushi ‘n’ Pop!


(559) 222-5823 639 E. Shaw Ave. Fresno CA Indulge yourself with the finest USDA Prime steak –aged to perfection, hand-cut daily and cooked to your specifications—as well as fresh seafood, innovative side dishes and decadent desserts. Fleming’s also offers 100 wines by the glass, a unique Wine Flight tasting program and a world-class list of reserve wines to complement your dining experience. Visit us online: www.flemingssteakhouse.com

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BLAIR’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK By: Blair Elizabeth Smittcamp

Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince, and a lovely common girl, or a Princess and a common boy, which ever you prefer. They meet unexpectedly and fall madly in love. The prince goes against the royal expectations and marries this common girl he’s fallen so madly in love with. They marry and live happily ever after… Now, once upon a twentieth century, a woman meets a man at a bar during happy hour. He’ll buy her a drink, with the possibility of exchanging phone numbers. They become friends on Facebook and start their technological romance. Between the texts, tweets and Facebook statuses their relationship moves to the next level. And they live FBO ever after, because your relationship isn’t official, until its Facebook Official. Is this seriously what it’s come down to? Where has the romance gone? When did we get to the point where an I Love You text is ok? I understand that our communication is evolving and I understand that texting, emailing and messaging is the new and faster way to communicate, but is it so much to ask for a face to face conversation?

is not dead. I recently reconnected with an old friend from high school and we decided to go out on a date to catch up, old school style. He came to my house to pick me up and arrived at my door step with a bouquet of wild flowers. He won me over right then and there because I’m a sucker for flowers, but that’s obviously beside the point. Not only did he open my car door on the way to dinner, he also opened my door when we got to the restaurant and every other time I got in or out of the car. At dinner when he asked questions about what I was doing and things in my life, he wasn’t just asking questions to make conversation, he genuinely wanted to know what was going on. I found out later that he listened to every word I said and remembered all of the little details that I had mentioned.

Dinner was followed with more conversations, ice cream and a little bit of spontaneity. Let me add that this wasn’t just a onetime occasion that he did all of this, even though I like to consider him a 2.5 second Prince Charming, none the less, after this particular date we went out a few more times and every date or outing we went on was just as great as the first date. To me this just reinforced the fact that men can are capable of chivalry. Both men and women have the ability to find their prince or their princess, they might not always be covered with diamonds and silk or be the wealthiest of wealthy, but to someone somewhere you are or will be someone’s royalty.

I don’t mean to, nor do I want to get up on a soap box and talk about how men need to do this and women need to do that. I just think it’s a two way street in any relationship and that chivalry is not dead. Women need to be appreciative of the time given and the thought of it all and men need to remember to take the time for the little things. Like I’ve told you all before, I have been dubbed as the ‘Hopeless Romantic’ and quite frankly, I’m not ashamed of it. I do have one; more recent example of a date I went on that proves that chivalry VOL. 9 ISS. 2


HIS & HERS RELATIONSHIP The Truth about Relationships By: DeLaine Nikaido

require TLC and effort. It takes time, attention, communication and caring to keep relationships running smoothly. Myth #2: There’s no arguing in great relationships.

We all have thoughts about what an ideal relationship is supposed to be like. But does the perfect pairing really exist? Or are ideal relationships similar to the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot – unconfirmed, obscure myths? If you think you’re relationship doesn’t stack up, read on to find out whether you’re using the right measuring stick. As it turns out, some common thoughts about relationships are just plain wrong. HIS separates romance fiction from the facts.

Relationship Myths

It’s rare if not downright impossible for two people to think alike on all issues. Disagreements happen. Occasional arguing is fine as long as it isn’t physical or abusive. The key is to fight fairly - minus insults and without gunny sacking (i.e. bringing up everything your partner does or has done throughout your relationship that bothers you). Some differences will be settled. In other cases, the two of you may just have to agree to disagree or perhaps you can find a meeting ground somewhere in the middle.

Myth #1: Great relationships happen naturally. The idea that relationships don’t involve work is hogwash. You wouldn’t drive your car indefinitely without changing the oil, rotating the tires and giving it a tune-up, would you? You could but to what end? Routine maintenance will prolong the life of your vehicle and save you from costly breakdowns in the future. Not that your relationship is the same as an inanimate automobile, the point here is that relationships

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The responsibilities and pressures of everyday life such as work, kids and bills also can rob couples of the time and energy to keep the sparks flying.

Couples who share the housework have more sex than men and women in marriages where wives do all of the chores.

It’s important to take time out for one another. Date nights, romantic getaways, and spontaneity among other efforts are ways to help keep things interesting.

Before you put this magazine down and grab a vacuum, keep this in mind. At a dinner meeting recently, I sat next to a woman who said she and her husband have been married for 42 years. “Happily married,” she added proudly. After congratulating her, I asked what their secret was. “I didn’t marry him for his looks, his education level or his money,” she said. “I married him for him. I love him.”

Myth #5: Sex isn’t important when you have a solid marriage.

Myth #3: Jealousy in a relationship is equivalent to caring. Jealousy has more to do with a lack of confidence than caring. Constant suspicion and over possessiveness are harmful to relationships. If there is jealousy in your relationship, think about why. Are you doing something to fuel the fire? Is distrust truly warranted? Talk to each other to find out what’s making your wife or girlfriend unsure of your feelings for her and take steps to make her feel more secure. If her jealousy persists, it’s likely she needs to work on her own confidence and that’s not something you can fix for her. Myth #4: Passion never fades in a great relationship. All relationships are exciting in the beginning. It’s a scientific fact. Various studies show that certain hormone levels increase during the first stages of a relationship, which give people those warm, fuzzy feelings. Sooner or later, hormones level off and the “honeymoon phase” subsides.


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While sex shouldn’t be the foundation for a relationship, it is an essential element. Sex helps couples build closeness and intimacy by allowing them to connect on both physical and emotional levels. Married couples who have satisfying sex lives are generally happier than those who don’t. Physical contact such as kissing, hugging and holding hands also are important ways to express affection and connect with your partner. Bonding on other levels is critical, but the importance of sex shouldn’t be diminished. On the subject of sex and marriage, here are two other surprising facts: It isn’t true that married couples have less sex than singles. According to a Durex survey, married couples have sex 98 times a year while singles have sex 48 times per year.

Over the course of the meal, she talked about the ups and downs they’ve had over the years. Their respect, support and commitment to one another was evident in everything she said. What’s the key to a successful relationship? The fact is - it’s a choice, a decision each person makes to accept the other as he or she is. It’s a commitment to work together to overcome hardships and its ongoing efforts to make each other feel secure and appreciated.

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ILLogic Fashion With an Edge By: Ciara Norton

When Amber Gaskin moved to Los Angeles in 2010 she carried two-hundred dollars in one pocket and determination everywhere else. Moving from the Bay Area, Gaskin took her creativity and passion for clothing with her to LA. Shortly after her arrival, she decided to turn her one-of-a-kind style and passion for clothing into something more than just a hobby. “I literally spent my whole pay-checks on clothes,” Gaskin said. “Then one day I realized it would be smarter to go to school to make clothes than to spend all of my money on them.” Gaskin, 21, enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising. While studying fashion design, she not only found her perfect fit, but also someone to share it with: Brian Peregrina, a California State University, Fresno business major. With Gaskin’s knowledge of fashion, Photoshop and web design and Peregrina’s management, financial and entrepreneurship skills, the fit couldn’t be better.

Now, after launching their clothing line, Illogic, in January 2012, Gaskin and Peregrina, 26, are turning their dreams into plans. Illogic all began when Gaskin sold a pair of customized denim shorts for $65. The shocking part: they only cost her $5 to make. Peregrina noticed the opportunity for success and since then he and Gaskin have been achieving just that. Previously the purchasing and operations manager at Central Distributing, a home appliance and fixture store in Fresno, Peregrina cashed out his 401K and decided that his career would head down a different path. “I just decided that it was time for a change,” Peregrina said. That change is Illogic. For now, Gaskin and Peregrina are focusing on customized denim shorts that Gaskin creates with all of her own materials.

Inspired by 80s music and film, Gaskin described Illogic as feminine with an edge. “I’ve always liked really loud clothing,” Gaskin said. While the loud, custom and detailed denim shorts have been a hit, Peregrina and Gaskin are feeling the pressure of satisfied customers to create other apparel items. “People keep asking her to make more,” Peregrina said. Many Illogic fans want Gaskin to produce items such as leggings, tops and jewelry. All of which Peregrina said will be coming soon. Since going viral on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Lookbook in January 2012, Illogic now has nearly 2,000 Facebook followers. Even though more people follow Illogic every day, Peregrina and Gaskin both said that the hardest part so far has been exposure.

“Marketing is the biggest elephant in the room,” Peregrina said. “Getting people to know the name is hard, but we’re working on it.” Although Illogic is exclusively sold online, Peregrina and Gaskin are looking into a few boutiques. Fresno locals shouldn’t wait for Illogic to hit the stores. Peregrina and Gaskin are planning to move to LA once Peregrina graduates in May 2012. However, whether they are in Fresno or LA, Peregrina and Gaskin are shaking things up in the fashion realm, and they don’t plan to stop. “We’ve married business and fashion together and it’s working really well,” Peregrina said. “We want to go to LA and head this full time as best as we can.”

STYLE GUIDE Fairytale Fashion By: Viola Malone

Make big, beautiful, bold statements this Spring by following simple steps to live your fairytale fashionably.


In a season defined by simplicity and natural beauty, hair is taking on a look of relaxation and beams with ease. Whether you are a diva, a fashionista, or a sporty trend-lazy chick, this is definitely your time to shine. The shower or fresh from the pool look of wet hair, wavy blown locks, elegant braids, loose twists and knots, sleek ponytails, and messy up-dos are in. These simple and easy styles can add that much more oomph to your look and show off a more beautiful and natural look to a glowing face. These simple styles scream flawless sophistication with a bit of chic edginess. It just might be the most effortless look of the season. Glistening hair with a look of dampness at the root shines a glamorous glow of innocence when matched with a simple bold statement of a dramatic eye or lip. To get the look after washing hair, lightly wring and lubricate with argan oil (Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum at Sephora) or mousse to achieve a glossy look at the root or all over. If daring add a center part to your liking. If you are a fashion queen who doesn’t like to play it safe, add a splash of color which will make your day, try fly color streaks or a full blue mane like Katy Perry. Colorful streaks and dyes are today’s norm. Whether in an up-do or a sleek spiral, your hair can make an attention getting statement or be an intriguing shocker.


Simple beauty can be bold and demand the most attention. Cute thin brows are out, dark, bold brows are back and taking over! A strong brow can easily be managed and made possible for those whose brows aren’t naturally quite there. To make your brows pop on a bronzed 62

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face use black pencil or brow powder to fill them in. If you are trying to achieve this look via pencil, be sure to use light, feathery, hair-like strokes, as not to over do it and have an end product that looks native. Use a brow bone highlight –a cream concealer 1 to 2 shades lighter than actual skin tone or a sheer shadowto really make your arches stand out. To add on to the eye area use light mascara for defined lashes.

A daring and dramatic eye would defiantly set off your look. Starry eyes as seen in Rodarte’s fashion are certainly in season. In fact smokey eyes have yet to leave vogue. If you are a wild child and not afraid to take colorful risks then pastel eyeliners is a perfect match for your vibrant persona. To get sun kissed beach bronzed skin, mix a touch of liquid luminizer in your foundation for an all over glow or dust a deep shade of powder bronzer (try

MAC Bronzing Drops or Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer in Bali Brown) along the perimeter of the face and the hollows of the cheeks. Looks seen on the Grammy’s red carpet by Corinne Bailey Rae who dawned a rich red lip on vibrant skin, and Carrie Underwood who shimmered a fresh, clean natural looking sun kissed skin


Pointy stiletto or almond tipped nails are pretty much a big deal since Rihanna stylishly flaunted them last season. Flared duck-billed nails may also be in, but natural gelled nails are booming. Gel manicures are becoming more and more popular than traditional manicures, lasting up to three weeks without any chipping. Bright bold and shimmery nails with intricate rhinestone designs are definitely style set-offs of the season. Tangerine, blues, sophisticated pastels, reversed French mani’s, racing stripes, duo tones, metallics, freehand ombre, punk rocky pretty glittery mixes, and futuristic Lucite are all must haves. At Lacoste, nail designer Yuko Tsuchihashi in “Golden Fish Scale,” a silver, black, and gold sticker design, wore Minx Professional for Lisa Logan. Minx, worn by music divas Rihanna and Beyonce, invented nail coverings that display intricate patterns and metallic definition without the hassle of applying numerous color coats or nail-shop wait lines. The coverings can last anywhere from four to eight days and are easily applied and changeable.

5 Fairy Tale Fashion Trends: This Season’s MUST 5. Tangerine and corals are the it oranges and colors of 2012 4. Bold brows and eccentric eyelashes 3. Pastel, natural, glittery, modern neon and metallic colors on nails, lips and eyes. 2. Furs fierce! Be it a jacket or hooded vest in daring colors furs are a hit this season. 1. A bulky mix of bangles and cocktail rings set off a fresh manicure set of any style.

How To’s of 2012 Dramatic Eye in 3 1. Shadow Prime your lids and lower lash line with an eye primer/base. MAC has Prep & Prime Eye for $17.00 Then apply concealer under the lower lash line. With an eyeliner pencil, (MAC’s Technakohl Liner in Graphblack

$15.00) apply a generous amount of kohl on the waterline and on the upper lash line to the shape of your like (wing out or straight). Next and one of the most important parts- apply kohl to your entire lid. Start from the center outward and upward to cover all areas. Be sure to use same shape as previous set liner and use as set boundary line. With a separate brush, apply carbon shadow on top of you base. Soften the out edges by gently sweeping brushes back and forth at edge line. Follow by using a highlighter color directly beneath your brow onto your brow-bone on the inner section. Continue coloring (as shadow or a shade dark) until it connects with black edge. Again, gently sweep brush to soften hard edges. Finally blend until there is a semi-gray area in-between carbon shadow and highlight.

Designers like Tracy Reese partnered with Sally Hansen to create the beautiful coral hue “Temptation” that was featured in Reese’s spring 2012 fashion show during New York Fashion Week. The color is also a part of a limited-edition collection manufactured by Hansen. Although coral and tangerine are the wow factor, mints and greens are fashionably forward. “Peridot” by Chanel is a must have gold metallic polish with flakes of green. Must have shades this season: Any bold blot from OPI’s Bright collection like Atomic Orange or Light my Sapphire will make big color statements of fab fingers and fun toes. Any of these colors are a must have color shock to your personal style. VOL. 9 ISS. 2


*For starry eye or shimmery look: use a blending brush to apply a shimmery silver, black, or midnight blue. Simply apply a small amount onto and gently blend to your liking. ** Blending blues and purples to black give’s off starry eyes in tribute to Van Gough’s Starry Night. 2. Brow Find the color that best fits your hair color. Use that shade in pencil or brow powder to fill them in. If you are trying to achieve this look via pencil, be sure to use light, feathery, hair-like strokes. Use a brow bone highlight to really make your arches stand out. 3. Lashes Simply curl and apply your favorite mascara!

For Fashion Fairies If you do not want to be left in past seasons, be sure that your wardrobe includes bold blocks of color this spring. Color blocks are definitely “fetch” and


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happening. Mixing and matching modern hues brings flare to whatever you wear, and if you are already a bright ray of sunshine, keep the colors to three at the most.

statements with his spiked-block heels that are to die for. Heels and shoes with glitter are sprinkling dust on the fashion world. Toms has an array of glittery slippers.

Patterns are pretty much a big deal. You would definitely want to be in anything tribal, be it clothing or jewels. Futuristic prints and fantasy patterns are chic as seen during Fashion Week 2012. On nights you’d need to be dolled-up, body con dresses and stockings are certainly a must! For a more exaggerated garb, high slit dresses like Rihanna’s green number at the Brit Awards offers a tease of sexiness. Mesh and sheer material are a fine touch to any look. To set off any style of outfit, be it comfy casual or chic and made-up, furs are fierce! There are a number of fur-licious styles from jackets to hooded vests in a variety of colors.

Sometimes accessories can make or break your outfit. To go along with the nonhassle and natural look classic jewelry and accessories are a simple must have. Remember those cute little elastic chokers that we all used to buy from ice-cream trucks in the last 90’s? Well they have aged too and are back bigger and better. Since glitz and glam are in, chokers have been reborn in different hues, crystals and geodes. Jewelry for this season are not only vintage finds contemporary art, but also natural. The tribal look, yes I’ve said it again, is IN! House of Harlow has many must have pieces like the Station Chevron earrings and the Chevron Five Station necklace (can be found at hoh1960.com). Cuffs are back and bold in different metals and textures. Larger than life cocktail rings are finger candy. Crosses have been seen everywhere in every shape, style, size, and fashion. No rules apply. Although floral print isn’t has huge as it was before, it is a must when accessorizing. You have to be draped in jewels from head to toe, literally. Hairpieces from tiaras and crowns to brooches and barrettes are a must. Make sure they sparkle!

Most girls, and boys too, are shoe-addicts. This season the sleek, slim, and sexy look are taking a break and making way for the chunky, bold block styles. Wedges and combat boots set off any outfit anyway you play it. Block heels are booting out thin stilettos. Jeffrey Campbell has been etched in our hearts with his almost six inch block heels in every color palette imaginable from dreamy and elegant to punk and edgy. Campbell has made daring