Author Archives: Capt. Paul West

About Capt. Paul West

I love life. It's what I do best is live. So on these pages I will put what I do. I'll share the adventures of living. Yep, I'm an old guy that knows time keeps on tickin', but that's a cool thing to understand. Welcome aboard. Subscribe today. Join me and I'll take you places that you may not expect. In fact, I'm not even sure where I'm going so we'll discover the future together.

Yes. It Seems Like The Right Word.

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…

Capt. Paul
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Mobile Photography in the “Blink of an Eye”

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 blink your eyes, 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.

But for most mobile photography, I like the “Blink of and Eye” method.  It works for me.

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 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
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Cough. Shaking the Dust Off This Blog.

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.

See you Monday morning right in the ol’ inbox.


Capt. Paul – MasterGrasper

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It Looks Like the Tie-Die CellGrasp will be Available Mid January 2018

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 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.

Be sure and follow CellGrasp on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. It’s where releases and information flows out pretty fast. They are my “go to” platforms to get the word out fast on CellGrasp, Magic, Sailing and Ukulele’s.


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.


Capt. Paul – MasterGrasper


WOW! I Have Been Absent From Here. I’m Back!

Okay, I’ve been heading in a lot of different directions. Now it’s time to focus. So get ready.

Subscribe. You are going to want to keep up with a lot of new and different things happening here. I have so much going that I have to get it out on paper. Well sort of.

I’ve got a Sunset Sail on s/v Panacea tonight with five crazy ladies from Ohio, so I’m off and running, but when I return tonight, I’ll be continuing this blog post.

Thanks for checking in and I’ll see you later this evening. I have some questions for you.

Out the door…


Capt. Paul – MasterGrasper

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We’re Moving Forward – All the Time

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: 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…

Back in the saddle still and again.

Capt. Paul West

Summertime: Time to Connect!

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.

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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 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.

Follow us on twitter too @CellGrasp.

Bye for now. Thanks for the playtime.

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Capt. Paul

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