It’s my birthday!!!

My birthday had just passed and I celebrated it over the weekend. A huge thank you to all of my friends and family for all the amazing birthday wishes – I had such a great day.

Honestly though – birthdays are tricky for me and I haven’t really celebrated them properly in years. I’ve always been “too busy” or some other life event got in the way – like one year we had just come back from honeymoon and had zero money, then my wife fell pregnant for another one and we decided not to do anything.

One year with my family we went to a Mexican restaurant that was literally CRAWLING with cockroaches!

But this year, I felt amazing. Not just because of presents, massage and the date night (we saw the new Vacation movie – funny!). But because I’ve come so far in giving myself permission to be happy.

It’s actually got nothing to do with presents or expensive “stuff”.

The truth is that even now, I have to remind myself that I’m allowed to enjoy myself. I’m allowed to enjoy the fruits of my success.

As you know, I have been going on a makeover this year, both external and internal. From a young age, many of us have been told to accept what we’re given. To be grateful no matter what. And that guilt is a GOOD thing because it keeps us “humble”.

And don’t get me started on the media and the messages they tell us we’re allowed to have.

I am trying to tell myself these things:

You’re allowed to have an enjoyable life.
You’re allowed to have time off and to feel good.
You’re allowed to have everything on your dream board.

I’m making the commitment to redefine what luxury and happiness means for me and all of us. No more cockroach birthdays.

Everything is possible for us. We have to step up and be the role models we want to see in the world.

So – let’s agree. No more holding ourselves back for anything. No more hiding. No more delaying happiness until we’re “richer” or “more deserving”. I just bought a new house this year and I cannot be happier with the choice I made.

As you know, I’ve been on a weight loss journey this year. I have lost a considerable amount of fat off my body, and everyone says I look great, but there are some things I am still self conscious about. I have a little bit of flab on the side of my chest that just won’t seem to go away, so I looked up some of my options and yes, I am considering plastic surgery. According to the specialists at Gynecomastia Surgery Toronto, this issue affects a great number of men and the procedure is quite safe. I’ve just got to start saving some pennies to pay the price for the surgery.

Thanks for helping me celebrate another year around this planet. I hope you all are doing well also!

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Women go so far to look “Perfect”

Men are so easy, we wake up, shave, shower, put on deodorant and get dressed.

Women go the extra mile and then some just to achieve their everyday look. All this fuss with their skin, hair, lashes, and who knows what else!

Not only that, but there are so many strange contraptions that women buy to achieve this so called image of “perfection” that they’ve made up in their heads.

Recently my long time girlfriend received a package in the mail. When she opened it, I had no idea what the heck it was! Take a look:


What would you guess this is? We aren’t expecting any children (at least I don’t think so), so this couldn’t have been children’s toys.

I had to ask her what these things were. Turns out, they are a tool that helps to give lips more volume. This device is called Candylipz. Read more about it on this blog.

This isn’t the first time my girlfriend has come home with strange looking items. I took a look around the internet to see what else I could find that is strange to us men. Turns out there are many things! Check these out:


paul-joe-pony-cat-lipstickCat shaped lipstick

bootie babe nail polishBootie shaped nail polish

eyelashcurlerAn eyelash curler. This thing scares the crap out of me!

Women really spend so much time perfecting themselves everyday. They don’t realize that at the end of the day, the man that loves them doesn’t really care how much her lashes are curled or how pouty her lips are :D

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Tips I’ve Learned on Buying a New Home

Sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve been so caught up with life!!!!

I am well on my way with my weight loss journey, and I am now in the process of purchasing a new home! I thought it’d be a good idea to write about some things I’ve learned in my process.
Buying a home can be a nerve-wracking experience. This is not the time to be unprepared, or to leave things to chance. You need as much good advice as possible during this process. Read, and follow, the advice in this article so you can have a pain-free experience when purchasing real estate.

When looking to purchase a home, do not hire an appraiser who was recommended to you by your agent. Due to a conflict of interest, the appraiser may not be the best person for the job. Instead, find someone with several years of experience and who is state-licensed.

To find the perfect home, you should establish a list of features that you will be looking for. This can include the size, the number of rooms or the location. Knowing what you want should help you go through a large number of ads quickly and select the homes that correspond to your needs.

Do not skip getting an independent inspection before buying your home. We all want to think that every one involved in the process is going to be completely honest, but you don’t want to risk your future on it. A house may look beautiful on the outside, but without an inspection you don’t know what may pop up shortly after you sign on the dotted line.

To avoid committing to more than you can handle, it is advisable to have an appraiser take a look at any properties you intend to purchase, especially fixer-uppers or foreclosed homes. This can save you from purchasing a house that has non-visible damage, such as a problematic foundation or a HVAC system that requires replacing.

When looking to purchase your next home, check out a few Open Houses. Open Houses can provide you with a great opportunity to see what is available in a neighborhood, view different floor plans, meet real estate agents, and get decorating or upgrading ideas. Open House listings are readily available in the local Sunday paper.

One important tip when it comes to real estate is to be sure to investigate the school district that the home falls within if you have kids or plan on having them. This is important because the quality of school districts may vary greatly from town to town. This may not seem important if you do not have kids yet, but will be extremely important to your peace of mind and your child’s education.

Make sure to assess whether the house you are interested in buying is located on a quiet street or a road that is much more busy. If the house is located on a road that has a lot of noise then that could potentially affect the property value of the house.

Do not focus on the decor of a house too much when you are looking at a potential home to purchase. Things like paint colors are minor and can be changed after you buy the property, so do not let something like that stop you from making a purchase.

When starting out with a real estate agent, set expectations on communications from the beginning. You and your agent should have a realistic idea of how often you’ll be talking with each other, in order to facilitate your relationship. Make sure you both know the kind of communication method you’d like to use, as well.

Even if you do not have children that go to school it is still an excellent idea to buy property that is located in an area that has a good school district. This is because it will make your property more attractive to future potential buyers who have or want children.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they purchase a home is failing to do their homework on the surrounding neighborhood. Research the school district, taxes, location of sex offenders, and crime rates. Gathering this information may be time-consuming, but it can help you to avoid nasty surprises. You might also consider attending a community meeting, which can give you additional insight into local people, places, and issues.

When getting ready to purchase a home, you must gather all the information you need if you are to have a successful experience. This is not a good time to leave things to fate or hope for the best. Then, studiously apply the advice you have just read and you can confidently deal in real estate.

Good luck, I hope this helps someone!

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Happy New Year and My Resolutions

Hi Everyone!

As you know, it is the new year, and everyone is trucking along with their new years resolutions. One of the most popular ones that everyone aims to do within a new year is to lose weight.

I used to be a little stick when I was younger, full of energy and I could eat as much as I wanted and still be a scrawny little guy. College hit, and I gained the dreaded “Freshman 15”, and, well, it’s all been downhill from there. I do truly believe that as you get older, your metabolism takes a hit and you no longer can eat all of the funions that you want anymore, and you gain weight in places you didn’t really know that you could.

I am hoping onto the bandwagon and am aiming to lose about 30 lbs this year. I have hired a personal trainer at the gym to help me out for a bit, as I’ve never really step foot into a gym and don’t really know what I need to do or how to use the machines. So far, the trainer is kicking my butt about once a week, and I follow up every week to see how far I’ve gone along.

My personal trainer has also given me a meal plan, which I admit, I am not following to a T, but am taking into consideration the suggestions for snacks and meal ideas. I am trying to implement more vegetables into my everyday eating, which hasn’t been so bad.

I was at my local GNC store and was asking for suggestions for a product that could help boost my weight loss process. There are many options, thermogenics, saffron extract, CLA, green coffee bean extract. So many options! I will have to do some research online before I decide on something.

Happy new year to everyone, hope you all achieve everything you want this year. Will get to my regular blog topics soon.

-Long live cars

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My First Post!

Drag RacingMy first post! Woohoo! Welcome to my personal blog page!  I have always wanted a place online to talk about my love for drag racing and pretty much everything else.

What is with the name?  Well, the Orangeburg Drag Strip has always been my favourite place to visit ever since I was a little kid.  My Dad used to take me there, just so I can see the cars go up and down the track.  It always felt like home to me.  Since I wanted to make this blog feel like home, I decided to name it after my fav childhood spot.  And the LLC at the end? It stands for Long Live Cars. According to my parents, it was my favorite thing to say as a kid.  Weird? Yes I know haha!

I grew up in South Carolina just an hour away from Neeses, where the drag strip is located.  The track now is completely different from how it was YEARS back when I used to go with my father.  They tore up the whole track and and built a new racing surface to accommodate different types of racing such as bike racing and grudge racing.  If you could see the changes from how it was before, to how it is now, you will see the drastic change.

Sorry for babbling on, check back in a few for new updates and posts.

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