Barker Ranch, Death Valley, CA

In the winter of 1968, a small band of hippie misfits began moving supplies from their compound on the outskirts of Los Angeles to a desolate ranch deep in the heart of Death Valley at the direction of their maniacal leader, an ex-con who’d become convinced of an imminent race war between blacks and whites, and that he and his followers’ only chance of survival was to locate and hide out in a bottomless pit in the middle of the desert and await the end of the war.

They had all manners of survivalist gear: dune, buggies they’d converted from…


November 3, 1992, senior year of high school in an upscale suburban community east of Seattle. I’m class president, writing for the school paper, plenty of friends, life is good.

It’s election day; we’ll find out later that night that the former Democratic Governor of Arkansas, a guy they’re calling “Slick Willy”, will assume the presidency after beating contenders George H.W. Bush and H. Ross Perot in a landslide victory.

Election day back in the 90’s, in the state of Washington at least, meant showing up at a public facility to cast your vote — usually a school, library or…


A lot has changed in the Evergreen City, but not everything.

Image courtesy of Olga

In the summer of 1988, my family moved from Los Angeles to the Seattle area to start a new business. As a twelve year old kid I knew very little about the city except that it was home to the Sonics, Seahawks and Mariners (sports trading cards were a big deal back then.)

We settled in comfortably and when I wasn’t figuring out how to adjust to life as an adolescent about to start the eighth grade in a new community, I started to explore my surroundings. The first thing I noticed, coming from the dry geography of Southern California…


How I’m breaking out of my comfort zone to embrace this philosophy

I’ve been using LinkedIn for a long time as a sales tool, and have always had mixed feeling about asking people I’m connected to for introductions for people they are connected to. On one hand, it’s a great way to get a warm introduction if they are willing to make one for you, but on the other, you kind of put people on the spot when you ask them to do this for you, and a lot of times, you won’t even hear back from them one way or the other. …


Shutting Down Our Profitable Startup

In 2010 I left my stable job as a Market Manager for a multi-billion dollar staffing company to start an online media company. While working in my full-time position, I figured out that small businesses were looking for an affordable way to showcase their products and services using video. With my background in film and television production, I knew I could meet the demand, and quickly demonstrated that businesses would pay upwards of (brace yourself) $300 for me to produce a professional video for them!

At 35 years of age, having worked for 6+ years for my father’s company and…


With the recent rash of documentary films, magazine one-offs and merchandising craze over the 50 year anniversary of the first Woodstock festival in 1969 comes renewed interest in the disaster that was Woodstock ‘99.

I won’t get into all of the details about it here, there are too many thoroughly research and reported articles and podcasts that do a deep dive far better than I could in this forum, for those seeking a more thorough examining of the spectacle. To make matters brief, I’ll say that the festival rivals only the infamous Fyre Festival in terms of the word “fail”…


Lessons learned from a strange encounter on a Seattle city bus

Shia LaBeouf, “Man Down” (Lionsgate Premier)

Earlier today I boarded a Sound Transit’s bus, route 554 , which originates in the city of Issaquah (about 25 miles east of Seattle), from Mercer Island to downtown Seattle. I stood in the middle aisle for most of the ride across I-90, the bridge that floats on the top of Lake Washington and connects commuters traveling from the Eastside to Seattle or reverse.

Around the time the bus arrived in the downtown Seattle corridor, a man in his 20’s wearing a City of Bellevue Parks and Recreation t-shirt approached me to strike up a conversation. …


When I first started playing golf on a regular basis a few years ago, one thing was very clear out of the gate, besides the obvious (the fact that I couldn’t hit a golf ball in the air to save my life) — I had an innate inability to control my temper anytime I got frustrated by a bad shot.

No different then how I acted off of the golf course anytime life threw something unexpected my way and I overreacted to it. And I’m glad to say that was the old me.

The new me doesn’t get pissed off…


Many adults regret not having spent more of their time with their young children.

If you are the parent of a young child or children trying to balance your career with your parental responsibilities, you are not alone. According to the 2018 Employment Characteristics of Families studies published by the US Department of Labor, at least one parent was employed in 90.8 percent of families with children. Among married-couple families with children, 97.4 percent had at least one employed parents, and 63.0 percent had both parents employed.

That’s a lot of parents working who would otherwise be spending time with their young children. And newsflash: they’ll never get that time back.

That’s a scary…


At the time of this writing, Donald Trump has 9 grandchildren, all under the age of 11. In two years, his oldest will be the same age as the 13-year old boy who was slammed to the ground this past weekend by a violent nationalist at a Montana rodeo because he didn’t remove his hat during the national anthem. Ironically, it was in Montana that President Trump, in 2018, praised a congressman for body-slamming a reporter, calling him a “tough cookie”.

Trump has not been shy about politicizing his position on the National Anthem; he’s taken to Twitter numerous times…

Scott A. Weiss

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