Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul

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Dave Nase, Terri Contaxis and her son Michael, Paul Rallo, Alex Maziola, Mike Walter, Jen Cunningham, Marcello Pedalino and Jake Jacobsen

It’s not often that you get a 60 degree sunny day at the end of November.  Today, mother nature was on our side for the Navesink River Challenge, a scenic 9.3 mile run in Ocean County, NJ.

The course was uncharacteristically hilly for the Jersey Shore.  I’m glad that I’ve been doing resistance training, core circuits, and swimming at the gym…otherwise, it wouldn’t have been pretty.

A shout out to Mike, who used today’s race as a springboard to get back on track to doing ’50 in 50 by 50.’ (50 marathons in 50 states by 50 years old)  He’s currently at 14 and recovering from an Achilles’ heel surgery.   Run, Forrest, Run! Special mention also goes out to my friend, Jake, who has transformed his body over the past year by using the P90X system. He looks like a Navy SealHoorah Master Chief!

This Is Sparta!!

This Is Sparta!!

Speaking of great movies, I probably got the coolest race tag number that was available, 300. The Spirit of the Spartan warriors was with me the whole time.

In addition to sunshine, fresh air and great company, the highlight of the day for me came at the end of the race.  Just past the typical bagels, bananas and other ho-hum post-race culinary swag: rows of steaming cups adorned the table.  It was chicken noodle soup! Even if it wasn’t as good as mom’s, it was the best chicken noodle soup I’ve ever had after running  almost ten miles on a brisk Sunday morning.   Yummy.

Life is good.  🙂

Pitbull Performs and Heats Up the House of Blues

Pitbull rocks the house

Pitbull brings el fuego into the house and wow's everyone

Two of the best parts of being in the entertainment industry are access to exclusive parties  and exposure to the hottest celebrities on the planet.

I was in Atlantic City last week for the DJ Times Magazine International Convention.  In addition to the thirty hours of business education and performance training that took place during the day, the show producers provided nightly activities so the attendees could celebrate a well-earned break from the classroom.

Promo Only, the company who provides most of the music to the  DJ industry, chose the House of Blues to host their annual customer appreciation party.  With artists like Pitbull, C&C Music Factory, Deborah Cox, Naughty By Nature, Kim Sozzi and Anna Grace performing, this was not your grandfather’s customer appreciation party.

RayMar, Jake Jacobsen, Randie Rae, ADJA Pres. Dr. Drax, & Marcello

RayMar, Jake Jacobsen, Randi Rae, ADJA Pres. Dr. Drax, & Marcello

It was amazing, especially Pitbull’s twenty minute set. He was accompanied by his band,  a drummer, percussionist, keyboard player and DJ.  The place went nuts when he came on and didn’t stop until he finished.  You could tell that Pitbull has been on a world tour by his tight musical arrangements, physical stamina and powerful delivery.

Because of the intimate crowd, VIP seating and access to the artists backstage was granted to a fortunate few… yours truly included.

Deborah Coz takes the party to the next level

Deborah Cox takes the party to the next level

Special thanks to Jim and the Promo Only team for their hospitality and continued support.

Other highlights of the week included judging the DJ of the Year competition, presenting Distinguished Service awards to the President, Jake Jacobsen, and Vice President, Randi Rae, of the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network and organizing pre-seminar workouts every morning for attendees who were interested in improving their over-all health and wellness.

The first group of runners ran 5 miles on the boardwalk and then came back to meet up with the  walking group.  Starting off each day with a little fresh air, sunshine and networking  made for a more productive and positive experience.

The W.K.I.P (We Keep It Positive) morning fitness crew

The W.K.I.P (We Keep It Positive) morning crew. Entrepreneurs from Boston, Idaho, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and NJ.

My good friend, fellow NJDJN member & professional blogger, Steve Cie,  shared his photos for this entry.  Thanks Steve! I was too busy dancing to get the Pitbull shots.  🙂

Life is good!

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