My New Girlfriend! Gasp!

As I was packing the garage to move a couple months ago, I found a list of goals from 1998.  One of my goals was to have a Frisbee dog.  All three of the dogs we've had since then have been rescues, with their built in issues.  They've been awesome, and we've loved them to death, but I haven't been able to turn any of them into frisbee dogs.   Speaking of death, we lost one (Toni) last year and another (Riley) this year.  Toni lived to nearly 16, and Riley to 14.  Nothing can replace them.  My daughter Kalin was crying, missing Toni, just yesterday.  : (

Jonesie - my wife's dog -is our most recent rescue and  we're working hard with him to help him get over the insecurity and aggression issues he came with.  He's in obedience classes right now, and he's come a long way.

I'll be 50 next year.  Mid life crisis time, right?  A little anxious, and in need of something exciting, something new, something different.  OK, I'd really like a 2013 BMW M5, but that like $100 grand.  I'd love a 6 month hiatus to Italy, but that's not practical just yet.

So what to do... Well, I've been obsessing about Border Collies for some time now.  And it was time.  I ultimately found my dream dog - a purebred female Border Collie with high toy drive - from Heather Hutchings of Power House Border Collies.

My new baby's name is Saphira Marie.  Saphira after the dragon in the Eragon book series (not the movie, the movie sucked) and Marie is my daughter Kalin's middle name.

She is literally the most beautiful dog I've ever seen.  Sure, I'm slightly biased, since I'm in love and all, but if you can find a better looking dog, send me a picture!  And she is freaking perfect - fun, playful, affectionate, afraid of nothing - human or animal, and has an off switch so she can be mellow.

She goes with me everywhere I can take her, and some places I can't.  She's eaten at lots of restaurants - they just give her a pass since she's so freaking adorable.

Oh, and she's already great at fetching a Frisbee!

Here are some pics my awesome photographer wife Leila took of us tonight:

True Love

Yes, her eyes really are that blue.

Vocal warm ups

Portable Voice Over Studio - VO on the Road

Every once in awhile, I'm able to escape.  I mean, full on escape.  Just leave town, alone.  At this stage of my life, a solo 7 hour road trip is really a lot of fun.

I recently took such a trip from my home in California to meet up with my brothers, one of my sons and my nephew for a guy vacation.  We met in St. George, Utah for some amazing mountain biking.

Along with my mountain bike, luggage and a crate for my new Border Collie to be picked up on the rebound, I also brought my portable voice over studio.  My travel studio consists of an iPad, Twisted Wave, and an Apogee Mic.

But come on, its vacation, do I really want to WORK on vacation?  Well, sort of.  I actually love doing voice over.  And while I don't go out of my way to audition on vacation, if I client needs something right away, I want to be able to provide it...

Sure enough, after I left the house, a client emailed and needed a script read.  So I drove up I 15 and found an offramp to nowhere.  I pulled down a dirt road, where the only noise I could hear came from the shrieking cactus.  I whipped out my studio, put a towel over my head, recorded, edited and sent.

If you're serious about voice over, a portable rig isn't a bad idea.