Redland Road Santa—–or Who Is That waving Man?

If you live on the far Northside of San Antonio and drive  through Redland Road off 281, you’ve probably seen him once or twice, or maybe everyday!
He is always walking, wearing headphones, a contagious smile and big waves for all the cars, buses and anyone traveling the road. I always see him and no matter what mood I’m in, he always makes me smile.

I was curious about him. Who is he, does he live close by, why does he wave at every passing car. What’s the story? I just had to stop and find out.

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His name is Brad. He lives close by, has worked as an engineer for Boeing for the past fifteen years, and has been walking for five years, everyday!

“In 2009, I weighed about 300+ pounds and I couldn’t play with my grand kids or walk even a short distance without being out of breathe,” said Brad.

I also had three knee replacements and my doctor told me I should not walk more than five minutes.
Brad decided enough was enough. He started walking little by little, everyday for the five minutes his doctor told him. Then ten, then fifteen, then more and more as he got stronger. He decided he would walk until he could walk no longer.

Anyone that drives through Redland Rd knows that there are no sidewalks, no really safe barriers from being hit. As a matter of fact, this is one reason Brad decided to start waving at everyone driving by.

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“I was standing in front of the farm watching the cows when I heard a car coming down the road. As I turned around, I notified it came off the road and into the grass area. If I had not moved out of the way, the lady driving would have hit me,” Brad recounts.
Turns out the driver was texting and was not paying attention. This prompted Brad to start waving at everyone he saw looking down texting in order to get them to pay attention and focus back on the road.

“It’s been five years, 120 pounds lost and walks about five miles, not five minutes and I wave at everyone!”
And this writer noticed everyone waves at him too. Brad has even been featured on a local television station and has a Facebook page about his waving. He also knows many of the drivers by name because they often stop by. Police cars turn their sirens on when driving by and wave back at him too. School buses with children honk and all the kids wave at him. I asked him what his best advise for people that wanted to change their lives was and he said, “Get out and Walk.”

Great Advise! His favorite quote is  “There is no such thing as a normal life, just life”

I wondered how many people that do not wave back, but he has changed their lives in some way, their moods, made them smile?

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Whose life will you change today?

Next time you drive by and see a man waving at you, wave back. It could change you forever.

 

 

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Beatles Forever

I was watching the tribute to the Beatles last night, The Beatles: The Night that changed America. I say it changed the world. Although I was only 6 years old, ok, now you know my age, I know every word to every song they were playing. So did the audience. Listening to all the songs brings back so many memories. My brother, Juan Jorge, yes, he has two of the Beatles names, John George, was in love with their music, and I grew up listening to it all! Not only on records, but my brother playing it on his guitar!

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The Beatles were a huge influence not only on my brother, but on countless of young men with musical talent. I believe they were and still remain one of the bands that had the largest influence on so much music as well as musicians that came after them.

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The music transcends all ages, times, and genders. I cannot think of many other musicians like the Beatles that have had such an impact on our music world, not to mention our lives. What other music band do you know that when you hear their music it makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you sing, dance, reminisce, and remember where you were, who you were with, danced with, cried for, wished for, celebrated, rocked to and always remember every word? I’m sure some music will always live in our hearts for many reasons, but how many bands like the Beatles will live in our souls?

There has been very few people, I believe, that these four have not touched their lives in one form or another. Our parents, our siblings, ourselves, our children, and probably our children’s children. That was music. You could actually understand the lyrics, they had meaning and they had stories. Sean Penn said it best last night, 100 years from now, this music will still be going strong.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!

Beatles Forever.

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Where were you when The Beatles changed America?

Some pictures taken from Ringo Starr’s new e-book: Photographs

Great Commercial Property

San Antonio is booming! Not only with people moving here but also building residential and commercial areas. San Antonio, for those of you who are not familiar with it, is the 7th largest city in the United States.  We deliver entertainment to the Twenty Million Tourists, yes 20 Million a year with such attractions as: The Spurs, Four Time NBA Champions; The Riverwalk, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World, Stock Show and Rodeo, one the largest in the Country! Some of the Best Golf Courses in the Nation, Six of the Fortune 500 Companies, The Fairmont Hotel who is in the Guiness World Records,

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and we must not forget…..The Alamo!

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Rich in history and culture, San Antonio also boasts of a great economy. I would like to contribute to that with the offering of this great Commercial property for Sale. A 3.3 Acre parcel located on the Northwest Side of San Antonio off 1604 Frontage Rd and Bandera Rd. It is great for a Hotel, Restaurant, Bar, Shopping Center, etc. This side of San Antonio, like all sides I should say, is growing in leaps and bounds.

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What a great place to live, study, Oh yes, I forgot we have great Universities too, shop, work, and enjoy the weather!

Bring your offers to San Antonio and let’s make a deal on this property!

Happy Buying and as always,

Keep The Faith!

NEW BEGINNINGS!

I am so excited I can hardly contain myself! I remember a saying from a while back:

“Today is the beginning of the rest of your life”

Do you remember that? Well, I do and it’s not exactly that you were not living, however, at different times of our lives, I truly believe that we change course, we start something new that has been in the back of our minds for a while. Today is that day for me.

I finally enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition! Actually, I enrolled back in November and classes started about four weeks ago. I have been so busy studying and absorbing everything like a sponge that I had hardly time to sit and write. I could not contain my excitement anymore and wanted to share it with the world.

imageWhat is the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) you ask? Here is a link for you to read http://www.integrativenutrition.com/banner/what-is-integrative-nutrition.

But simply put, it is the leader of Holistic Nutrition Education and has been for the past 22 years!

How did I arrive at this decision at this time in my life? Anyone who knows me knows that I eat healthy and try to stay away from harmful things in our everyday lives. But especially since five years ago when I had a throat cancer scare. I started my research into what really causes cancer, how do we get it, what can kill it or cure it. My research led to many eye-opening realities but the first change I did was to give up eating red meat. I will be sharing my journey with readers throughout this year of adventure and posting more things I have learned in the past and now learning through a more disciplined venue. If you would like more information about IIN , I have a banner on my blog for you to research.

Stay healthy and watch out for recipes and more info I am excited to share with you.

What is your passion?

Always Keep The Faith…