Today I’m in Kansas City, Missouri USA. Right about in the middle of the United States. I was thinking of how much fun it has been to be traveling with Pat, my wife and Maggie my dog. We’ve been visiting family all along the way and at this point, we have about 7,000 road miles under our belt. I can’t believe the joy and comfort we’ve experienced seeing all the friends and family along this road.
I telling you, if you ever have the chance to take a month or so, no matter where you are in the World and think that you would like to connect and re-connect with those amazing Spirits you have gathered over the years, don’t hesitate. Make it so. You will never regret it. The rewards will fill your heart and soul.
So as Bro. Dan put into words and music, “Time Keeps on Ticking’.” So get out there and do a bit of visiting. Shoot pics. Share them with me on Instagram. Just use the hash tag: #cellgrasplife. We love to see what you guys are firing off on your cell phones. I love your snapshots all the way to your post production artwork. So send away and let me share your posts. on CellGraspLife on Instagram.
iPhone Photo Tip: If you are using an iPhone, don’t forget that when you are on your home screen all you have to do, to bring up your camera, is to swipe your home screen to the left. Poof! Your camera comes right up. You are now ready to shoot that shot. Post it to your Instagram account and tag: #cellgrasplife.
Now it’s time to change the strings on my ukulele. It’s time. I mean, sure, it’s still going to sound like a ukulele, but it will be a cleaner ukulele sound.
If you play a guitar or ukulele, be sure and visit my next post. I have a way to use a shaker egg to give you that nice percussion sound as you strum. You’ll love it. I’ll post that in a few days.
Tomorrow, off to Roseville, Minnesota USA. The Road Trip continues. See you soon.
Have an amazing week this week. Be sure and follow me as I travel. It’s not lonely out here, that’s for sure, but I have a lot to introduce you to as I go. Sign up today. Don’t get left behind.
I’m also going to implement Periscope to hook up with you in real time now and then. I’ll put a schedule together when I figure all that out.
Please pick up the trash and recycle what you can. Thanks in advance – Mother Nature.
Light & Magic…
Well it looks like today is Tuesday. Hmmm, go figure. I’m on the road right now and it seems the days blend together, but I’m strapped to my calendar. I guess that’s what I call my morning stretch, or maybe a conundrum.
As you can see in the above photo, a comfy sunset. We were cruising off the coast of Fort Myers Beach, FL. Panacea’s aft deck is the perfect place to hang for that moment when the sun sinks into the sea.
Life is chock full of what I like to call, “Blink of the eye” moments. That one fraction of a second where the brain captures a snapshot. I think this where mobile photography was started.
Cameras started out as quite large bulky pieces of equipment. Today we have the luxury of having a great camera integrated with our phones, so it’s easy to whip it out and snap that moment in time.
For the most part, they are pretty good cameras for what they are designed for. A good lens, easy to use, just enough manual control to get the shot you want. All pluses in my book.
I was just in Spain recently and my camera phone came in pretty handy. As you can see, it can take a photo that shows the family or friends or a landscape you don’t want to forget, or you can take a moment that you want to take your time with and set it up for the right exposer, background and content to be able to take it into some crazy inexpensive app and do your post production work to make it sellable.
This is the first step in the process of taking mobile photos. That thing in your brain that says, “I want this moment to last for ever in pixels.” When you see that view, take the time to actually blinkyoureyes, like the shutter of a camera. If you still want it, take that phone out and snap the shot quickly or set it up for a future project.
I snap several shots, a second or two apart, so that I don’t get home and say, “Dang, they blinked or the sunset was blurred.
The most important part of this process is, when you take the shot, don’t stop and share it at that moment, unless you absolutely have to. Don’t look at what you shot. Trust that you did what you could and then drop that phone back in your pocket and enjoy the moment “Live and In Person.” That way, you will be able to live the story, that you will be telling, when you share it. If you don’t do that really important part, I promise you, you will loose the magic of what you just captured.
Of course, if you are setting up this shot for post production where you want to maybe print it or make it a feature somewhere, it’s okay to take your time and bust out the tri-pod, fill lights and get the best you can get.
In any case, enjoy this amazing Tuesday. Today I’m in Red Bluff, CA. Tomorrow 110 degrees here. I think it’s time to head to some altitude or something. The spray bottle is loaded and the journey continues.
Visit CellGrasp.net for a free CellGrasp. I need some reviews of the thing. Also if you are on Instagram, tag your pics, vids and selfies with #cellgrasplife. I love seeing what you are doing with your mobile photography.
Always remember, drop me your questions and comments, on this page. See you here.
Sailing the Universe…
Capt. Paul – MasterGrasper
My blogging skills suck. I get started and then I forget I’m blogging and concentrate on Twitter. Then Instagram. Oops, I forgot to keep track of the family on Facebook and Snap Chat. That’s okay, I’l get to them right after I update my three websites, read some marketing strategy manuals and downloads.
Oh yea, I have a sailing business. So let me get the boat cleaned, varnished and maintained so I can do charters on the Gulf of Mexico. Perfect. Now I can concentrate on traveling and sharing the CellGrasp Gospel worldwide.
Of course, that takes me away from the sewing machine which is producing the CellGrasps to begin with. Let me not forget to take the orders from the emails, sort, pack and ship.
It kills me that I wake up at my computer at 3:00 a.m. with a page of “xccxccccccccccccccccccccccccc’s” on my screen while I was writing my 2018 Magic Lecture Notes called, “Magic Keepers, We Are.” But hey, it’s 3:00 a.m. a great time to shoot out some tweets on a couple of accounts I have.
No worries, It’s summertime. I’ll shut the boat business down and take a four month road trip to see family, friends, while introducing CellGrasps as Pat keeps the Garlic Shows going at 5 major Renaissance Festivals.
But after the grandkids go to bed and I’m up late at night while on the road, It’s easy to build some graphics for Instagram and Twitter, I’ll clean out my bulging in-box then…
Oh wait, It’s been months since I put up a Blog post. How did that slip my mind?
Such is the life of a Sailor, Magician, Creator and musician. I love my life.
So let me gather up some of the little note books I have laying around, organize some notes and start helping you get better pics, vids and selfies from your cell phone.
I promise by Monday morning, you will have a fresh blog with some cool things you can do to capture better pics, vids and selfies.
I’ve been taking a poll and surveys about putting in a new color. I was thinking of just putting out Pat’s favorite, the Tie-Die CellGrasp, but I wanted to see what the public had to say about that.
So far from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook information, the Tie-Die seems to be a favorite. It will be a little softer band from the Original Black CellGrasp. It’s funny, the first time people put in on their fingers, the say, “Wow, that’s a tight fit. Do I have the right size?”
Well, that’s the whole reason you want a CellGrasp to begin with. they are meant to keep that phone on your hand and give you security as well as keeping the phone steady for getting better pics, vids and selfies. If it wasn’t tight, it would not be doing it’s job.
Also remember when you get your new CellGrasp, there is a slight break in period. It will stretch to fit your phone, and in a few days, it will start to relax and fit your hand and phone use style. It begins to fit like a comfy t-shirt and a relaxed pair of underwear or soft socks. You will become at ease and the relationship will become bonding.
Sure, you don’t have to leave it on all the time. I do, but that’s because I’m always showing it off to folks that have cracked screens and bent corners on their phones from dropping. THAT is my main goal. I want to save your digital lifestyle.
So watch for the shipping dates in the store at CellGrasp.com. I’m thinking in late January. Right now I’m working on the pricing of the new elastic. It’s always something. I never gave all the little details much thought when I invented this little thing, but I’m learning.
Well off to bed. It’s late here in Florida and a couple of big days coming up. You guys kick back and enjoy the day. No matter what you do, make someone happy today. Give them a hand and don’t forget when you take a walk to take a bag with you to pick up some trash. You’ll see it, so go make a difference in your World.
Sure dry spells happen. So much has been going on this summer. It’s been crazy. Then when you plan to make changes and smooth things out, stuff happens. Hurricanes, un-expected travel, manufacturing glitches, social media changes, learning curves, etc., etc…
I have a magnet on my fridge that says, “We plan. God laughs.” So goes the saying. But as we dodge the storms of life, we learn our lessons, dust ourselves off and climb out of the ditch onto the road again and continue the journey.
We continue to love our life, support our causes and sew the little CellGrasps, ship ’em out and know we are helping people by saving their digital lifestyle, improving their pics, vids and selfies as well as making their general cell phone experience better and better.
So watch closely. Learn more about what we do. New videos are coming out shortly. I want to give you personal instruction for you and your CellGrasp. Cool moves, grips and shelves to use. That’s right, shelves. What a great enhancing feature.
Go to the website: http://www.CellGrasp.com check it out and while you are there, pick up the new version (#26) as well as sign up for CellGraspLife our little news letter that will keep you updated on specific ideas, deals, vids and pics.
I’ll continue to spread the CellGrasp Gospel wherever I go…
By connect, I mean it’s time for me to connect you with your cell phone. “Sure.” you say. “I hold my cell phone all the time.” Exactly. That’s what I’m talking about.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve really taken the time, here on the blog, to talk about my little patented invention, CellGrasp. In fact, I have friends that still don’t know that I’m still in business playing with the big dogs and trying to pee on the right trees as I leave my scent here and there. But I’m now drinking more water, eating a ton of fruit and getting ready to take all the urine and spray down the woods. I’m here and I’m going to let you know.
When I got the idea of CellGrasp, I was ignorant of the process of inventing and developing a product, I came up with something new. No one has seen one before. This is a real problem to marketers and the general public.
If I would have made CellGrasp so you just glue it to the back of your phone with glue, tape or a suction cup, the mainstream marketing people and the public would have just bought a ton of them.
But because I was a kook and decided to make CellGrasp a “continues loop”, one side being made of elastic and the other side an ultra clear, flexible touch-sensitive lens, that just slips on and off the cell phone you have, that makes me different and weird.
Although CellGrasp is superior in holding power and the holding power will not fail you so your phone will not drop, we are the outcasts. Other holding devices are popular, but will not stick for long on a case that is made of silicon, which over 60 percent of the cases out there are. In fact on my competitors packaging they say, “Does not work with silicon cases.”
So you go out and buy a $9.00 device to save your phone. Then because you have a cool case that has your sports team logo, you go get a case that is made of smooth plastic for $25.00 and you are now ready to go. Or, if you don’t want to buy a new case, just take your nice bling or sports case off of your phone, you know, the one you really like and glue the device to the back of your phone, naked. Hmmmm.
Now your cool case cannot be put back on because the device is glued to the back of your phone. And if it’s stuck on really good, it could be tuff to remove. In fact one of my competitors website states, “To remove the xxx from the back of your phone, heat up a butter knife and pry…” REALLY? Does that make any sense to you?
Is my frustration showing? I’ll calm down in a moment… I’m going to walk the dog. I’ll be back in a few minutes. Talk amongst yourselves for a few…
I’m back. That was a good idea.
So let me just take a moment to show you the anatomy of a CellGrasp.
So let’s make this a visual conversation. There it is. Up close and personal. It is a better mouse trap. There are things on the market that claim to hold your phone to your hand. You may have one. I do. I’ve bought a lot of my competitors products. Do you want to know why? Yea me to. They all have one major flaw. And if I had done my research before I invented CellGrasp, mine may have had that same flaw. They all need glue or sticky 3M tape to “mount” it to your phone. Now that it is on, it will stay on your phone ALL of the time, except the times it falls off. If you read the reviews, that happens.
I am so blessed and you guys are so lucky that I didn’t think it through and looked to see if there was anything out there first to take care of the problem. I was searching for wrist straps for cell phones. There wasn’t any. Cool off to work I go… Good and well, not so good. Now there’s an education process so PAY ATTENTION!
CellGrasp is different. It just slips on and off. That’s it. I made it simple when I created it. there were two things I wanted a very secure grip and to be able to be slipped on and off the equipment you have so you didn’t have to adjust your phone lifestyle and could use the equipment you all ready have. Your phone, your case. Keep your bling. No junk to remove. No heating up a butter knife, etc. Use it when you want, take it off when you don’t, in seconds. (I make two sizes: Small and large. They fit most phones with or without cases.)
Hold on! You say, “Continuous loop cool, but ultra clear, flexible, touch-sensitive lens? Really?” YES. Just look below. When the screen is off you see the lens strapped right across your screen. Now look what happens when you turn on the screen. MAGIC. Perfectly clear as well as touch-sensitive. Press down and when the lens touches your screen your icons act like they always act. You go where you want to go. ALL of your screen functions work just fine, with clarity.
Just look at the two photos below. They are un-retouched. It works just like that.
So there you have it. That’s the basics of CellGrasp. Yep, we’re the new kids on the block, there will always be one of those. But at this point in time, I have a much better mousetrap.
The Hand & Cell Phone Problem:
We drop our phones at the most inopportune times. We break and crack glass, we lose data, calendars, photos, contacts, screen functions or it hits water such as oceans, lakes and/or toilets.
The CellGrasp Solution:
Slips on and off in seconds. No waiting for glue to dry or tape to set for 24 hours. Use CellGrasp instantly.
Snug, comfy finger loops holds your phone to your hand. No gripping. Relax your hand and loosen that grip. CellGrasp has got you.
Tri-glide buckle for loop adjustments and custom grips.
Different finger grips for horizontal, vertical, walking, carrying, multi-tasking, adult hands, child hands, back hand etc.
Ultra clear, flexible, touch-sensitive lens maintains all screen functions.
Use it when you want, slip it off when you don’t. Simple!
Small footprint for slipping your phone in your pocket or purse while in use.
With two wine corks, you have a phone stand. Vertical or horizontal. Cool.
BONUS! Because of the comfy, secure, one handed grip, your photos will be clearer and your videos will be smoother. You will be concentrating on your picture content and not your weird “four finger tip grip.” (You know what I mean.) Selfies now rock since you only use one hand. It’s like your arm is a selfie stick. Much better selfies with groups or singles. The “Organic Selfie Stick.”
So there you have it. Click Here to watch a two minute video [VIDEO] of how to install your CellGrasp and some of the top grips to use.
CellGrasp is now ready to ship. Go to CellGrasp.com and order yours today. Two sizes fit most phones with or without cases.
Oh yea, if you are interested, here is the link to how the stand works. I call it the “Wine Stand.” I think you’ll like how it works. Simple and easy. Click Here to Watch.
I’m off and sailing tonight. Enjoy the evening and I’ll enjoy mine. I’ll post pictures at our Instagram site. Just search #cellgrasplife. Also share yours too: #cellgrasplife or @cellgrasplife.
Sure. I write like I talk. Some say that’s pretty strange, but it’s the way I write, I mean talk, well you catch my drift.
During my ramblings, I throw in a capital letter that I’ve been asked about now and then. I guess I should explain my use of the English language. It’s pretty easy if you think about it. I like some words and they have emotion, so they are treated as proper words.
When I write about Love, it is why the “L” is a capital because it’s special to me. The same as Earth, Planet or anything else that is “Proper” in context as to what I’m writing about.
I know, it’s not proper English, but it shows proper respect to words of emotion, words of Love and words that we the people of this amazing Planet connect with.
So when I talk and I emphasize a word with a capital, you’ll know that I’m just giving that word the proper respect that it deserves in the context of the writing. So that’s another suspected typo that you don’t have to worry about.
While I’m on it, I don’t spell very well and my phrasing is not so good either. I think I have a grasp of the words there, their and they’re, but even with that knowledge I may throw that in the mix because sometimes, not very often, but just sometimes, I don’t use them correctly. The cool thing is, that when you read it, you’ll be able to roll right by it if you don’t get hung up on the part that it’s the wrong there that I wrote their.
The spelling thing, as mentioned above has always been a problem. Yep, I’ve got the spell check thing going, but even then it will correct me with another spelling that could be changed to even a different word. Then it doesn’t make any sense at all, but if you stay in context, you will be able to figure out what I was trying to say, or get close anyway.
Which brings up proof reading… Yes, I proof read my stuff. “Sure,” you say, but it’s true. But in my mind, with the way I spell and conjugate and break the rules of the English language my, mind just over looks my mistakes and moves right down to the “post” button and that’s about all I can say about that.
So with all that said, I think you’ll feel better about all the so called mistakes that I will make in my blog posts. Sometimes it even makes me laugh too. The point is to get my point across in my own words, in my own style and I know that you will be able to read it and get the drift of what I’m talking about.
Anyway, I’m off to bed. Thinking of all of you and wishing you well. I sail tomorrow and will continue to share my thoughts now and then.
Best of luck to all of you and hold each other tight. Love each other and share it with all you meet. Support the arts and give extra special care to those less fortunate than yourself
Remember as John Lennon once said, “And in the end, the Love you take is equal to the Love you make.”
Posted on November 18, 2016 – Reposted December 20,2016 on the correct blog site. I’m a goof too…
(Time to catch up this blog. Sorry for the delay.)
No need to wake up early, but it seems that that’s not really an option. There is just something about laying in bed and feeling the vibration of the thrusters blasting out sea water and sand as you pull into dock.
Sure, I lay there for a bit saying, “Go back to sleep Pablo. We are spending the night here in Bermuda so there’s no hurry to get up and get rolling. Just roll over and go back to sleep.” But in a very dark room I can’t wait to peek out of the curtains and see what there is to see. It’s kind of like unwrapping a gift. You just can’t wait to see it. No matter what it is.
Once I peek outside, that’s it. I’m up. The light smacks me up the side of the head the colors of the light blue sea and the of the low island ready to explore. Time to call room service for coffee, cream and honey, slip on my robe and wait. The morning has begun and I’m in Bermuda for a bit over 24 hours I’m ready for it.
Pat and I have never been to Bermuda. We have plans. Get off the ship, explore the island a bit, find a beach, go to Hamilton, check out the Gosling Rum Distillery, find a place for dinner and then just go with the flow for the rest of our time here…
Aggressive agenda you say? Yep. You’re right. We got off the ship. We found Horseshoe Beach… Well, that’s about it. We found paradise, poked our toes in the sand and jumped in the crystal clear sea and that was it. Was it enough? For that day, that moment in history, that precious, intoxicating, blink of a life… Yes it was.
We are always flexible when we travel, which we do all the time for fun and business. It’s the only way for us to keep sane while we gather experiences. It’s fun. It’s also moments of frustration, and it’s feelings of victory over our feelings and limitations of our self inflicted schedule, it’s experiencing Peace in the moment and then enjoying the reflection of, “If we had not done that then we would not have gotten this.” We love that kind of stuff. So it was in Bermuda. More lessons and a major GREAT time with Pete and Iva.
So truly, it was a simple day in Bermuda. Once off the ship, we stopped by a store on the dock and saw a bottle of Hennessy White which is very hard to find. It’s not for us, but a special gift for a friend we know in Myrtle. Pat made a note of it and then we headed out to the transportation area to see if we could catch a cab to somewhere. Yep, it was easy.
We found a driver to take us the 45 minutes to Horseshoe Beach. A great place to start our day and adventure in Bermuda. It was a 10 passenger van and we waited until it was full. Once full, the driver headed out of the port area and we started our day.
It was a beautiful drive. We drove by old buildings, and some beautiful bays and anchorages as well as a mooring field that had my name all over it. Tucked away, comfy and peaceful. I was ready to move Panacea there in a flash. The driver helped with information along the way and soon we were pulling into the drop off area for the beach. After four days at sea, and many, many days in Europe, a white sandy beach was just the ticket for the four of us…
Horseshoe Beach is a very welcoming place to stop. It has everything, rental umbrellas and chairs, a snack bar, a bar and a guy named Paul that could play the heck out of the steel drums. It was just him with some tracks behind him, but we were in paradise.
There were so many great views that I had a very hard time figuring out what pics to take. CellGrasp came in VERY handy in all the shots. No sand, no water, no dropping, it was a secure day that’s for sure. Not to say, as always, that I didn’t see so many people being very careful not to drop their phones. Sometimes I wish I traveled with a bull horn and wore a vest with small ones on the right and large ones on the left and I’d yell out, “Start the line to the right.”
Sure, I want to sell my little CellGrasps, but my main goal is to solve the problem that cellphone users don’t even know they have until they drop their phone. Yep. It happens all the time. So it’s trying to sell seat belts before they made it a law to have them. Now there’s an idea, maybe I can make it a law that you have to have a CellGrasp to save your digital lifestyle, your camera, your contacts, your emails, your data… Yea, a law. This day and age, ANYTHING is possible.
So kicking back on the beach was great. We talked about leaving and going to Hamilton, the Gosling Factory, yada, yada, yada… Nope. It just didn’t happen. Sun, water, sand… It got the best of us, again. We stayed and stayed.
Until the time that we had to move on. Sure, we could have pushed it and headed to other places on the island, but we just weren’t into pushing it anywhere. We had officially slipped into “Island Time.” No complaints. It’s a great place to be and it seems to come so naturally for this hedonistic body of mine.
You know, I have to tell you the truth. After all the sea days and all the other days and all the days in general, we were ready to chill on a beach. It happens and when it does, nothing else matters. When conditions are this perfect with the perfect temperature and the perfect place and the perfect people to be with… All the elements were working. It wasn’t even an option to move on. You can see it on Patty’s face.
Well the day came to an end. It was time to head to the ship and move into the night festivities. We grabbed a cab and off we went for the 45 minute trip back to the port.
Once back, we stopped at a small shop to pick up a couple of things and then boarded the ship.
Not much else to report. It was a great evening. Once back in our cabin, hot showers, short naps and then out and about for the evening. Dinner at the steak house tonight. GREAT. It was one of Pat’s perks for becoming a Diamond sailor. Yep, she’s had 25 Carnival cruises and she gets a free dinner. Now that’s a perk huh! It was Amazing.
The steak house aboard was perfect. The food was impeccable. (I love spell check for that one.) Everything was done perfectly and the staff was top notch to say the least. Our dinner was on the house, but even if it wasn’t, the flat rate for dinner there is $35.00 a person. After experiencing it, that’s a steal.
Yes, yesterday, it was a freaky spooky night on the ship. Halloween, well it was actually October 30th but this was the official “ship” night to celebrate it. I was really shocked and amazed at how many people packed pretty elaborate costumes to wallow in the Spirit. It was very cool and crazy. I loved it.
As all the creepy freaks walked the hallways, restaurants and bars, there were a group of people that gave away tickets to the top 10 best costumes and at the end of the night, in the theater, there was a costume contest. Anything for a party on a ship.
The winner, you guessed it, was a family that dressed up as Carnival cruise ships. It was well deserved. They were a very cool family from kids, parents and grand parents. Wise choice audience…
After a great day with walking, beach, sightseeing, great dinner, ship wondering, it was time for kicking back in the cabin. I do like my cabin. It’s a place that has a great view, no matter where we are and a place to contemplate, meditate, and create. Home away from home. Zzzzzz.
It was nice sleeping at the dock. Pat didn’t sleep as well, she loves the feel of the ship rocking her to sleep. Me too, but I got a real nice sleep. We woke up a little later than normal and took our time getting coffee and breakfast. We left port about noon and we are off for a couple day cruise to New York, our final destination. So a sea day today and a sea day tomorrow and then we dock in New York about 4:30 a.m. Eastern.
I could get used to this cruising lifestyle. At least for a while. No phone, sketchy WiFi, all my needs taken care of, endless smiles from endless people. Well maybe not endless people…
I had a guru of mine tell me once that there are only 200 people in the world. Now that’s in interesting concept. I have noticed since then, and that was 40 years ago, I notice that I do run across the same people over and over again. I guess everyone else walking around in my life, that I don’t make a verbal contact with, are just peripheral entertainment because, I may not see them again. Maybe. I’m not sure, but I’m keeping that concept simmering on the back burner of my mind. It’s hard to tell what the truth is in this Universe, I guess it’s what WE choose and accept to call truth. Maybe that’s it.
It’s been interesting, I’ve collected some pretty cool pics of people shooting pics with their cell phones. The grips are very varied. Very original and very personal. The winner today is the “Four Finger Tip Grip.” I’ve seen people drop their phones and do some amazing catches too. When it’s just out of reach, they throw their body out just to cushion the fall. I love it. Maybe life is about sacrifice.
Soon, very soon, CellGrasp is going to be a common item that people use on a daily basis just to feel the security of being able to use their phone with the confidence and getting better pics and vids AND being able to concentrate on the pictures content and not the grip. Learn more and get yours today at CellGrasp.com.
CellGrasp is one of those items that your cell phone provider forgot to give you with your phone. Maybe they don’t want you to know about this. It is now saving thousands of dollars already by keeping people’s digital lifestyle safe. Get it?
Well tomorrow is Bermuda. I have never been there either. We’ve laid out a plan. We have a day and a night there. We are ready and excited to see what Bermuda will bring. I’m off and running.