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Alan Thicke Boomerology 101 ‘BadaBing, BaDaBang, By Da Boomers!’

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 16, 2011


Alan Thicke

Actor; Humorist; Author of ‘How to Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You’



Posted: 11/16/11 11:53 AM ET

Previously on ‘Boomerology’…

‘A guy in my demo might still have a few things on his Bucket List that require a partner and some fragrant lotion.’

When it comes to sex — and doesn’t it always? — the only thought worse than not having any is that maybe your parents ARE! Mom-and-Dad-Love-Making (i.e. ‘Sweating with the Oldies’) is creepy for the same reason you wouldn’t have Herman Cain at your bachelorette party… not sexy and potentially dangerous.

It’s humbling to us seniors to acknowledge our declining physical appeal, often manifest in wilting muscularity and Chicken Little Facial Skin (as in ‘The Sky is Falling!).

Fellas, wanna see what ‘sex at 60’ looks like to your partner?

Lay a mirror flat on a desk, then look down into it. OM-frikkin’-G!

Is this what she sees? I could suffocate her with my face!

I was 50-ish when I met my wife and offered full disclosure.

‘I have about 3 muscles left so I hope they’re ones you like.’

Flattering, touched-up cover photo notwithstanding, the only time my ass looks good is when my wallet’s in my pocket.

(Sidebar: I married a younger woman because most women my age are dead. She’s younger than me but some mornings it feels like Stonehenge is younger than me, as are several emerging countries.

Belize and Namibia come to mind. When we were dating, Tanya’s mother called it ‘carbon dating.’ I get on fine with her now because we talk about our kids, one of whom happens to be my wife.)

But I digress… another annoying Boomer trait.

What if you’re SINGLE and 60? I know guys willing to re-write their wills and delete at least one child from a previous litigation in order to free up the disposable capital necessary to nurture the real or imagined affection of a legal concubine in these twilight years of colonoscopies and fluctuating 401Ks.

Maybe we’re entitled, after all. We were ‘deep’ for decades… socially conscious, caring… in love for all the right reasons.

Now it’s ‘me’ time. If I were single and 60, I might be ready for a woman as shallow as me and maybe that simply doesn’t exist.

I might want to be a Trophy Husband/Plaything, loved and used for my body. All indications are it’s too late for that.

So, how to meet like-minded companions? Wouldn’t it be great if you could be honest when you’re hitting on somebody? Well, you can’t; not if your life has been really ‘interesting’ like Charlie Sheen or Top-Tier NBA players.

It would be helpful if there were some lobster-style dating service where you walk in and pick your girl-or-boyfriend from a tank in the lobby. ‘Look at the claws on that!’

Some get lucky by re-connecting with long-lost acquaintances on Facebook through those soul-soothing Friend Requests. Really?

If I’d wanted to be your friend, I would have called you once in the last 40 years. I would have asked your mother about you. I would have sent a Christmas card or donated a kidney.

Taking it to the ‘next level’ (as postulated earlier in this column), it stands to reason that Online Dating was the first computer skill many Boomers learned.

Sadly, the internet hookup scene is chock full of liars of all ages. (Hey! Maybe that’s why they’re single.)

But good luck posting: “Sugar Daddy (OK, Sweet ‘n Low) seeking casual playdate with woman whose ex-husband is a billionaire and last boyfriend is an idiot…must have hot girlfriends to fix up with endless supply of loser buddies…”

She might be a Cyber-Fibber too, which is why someone ought to provide a service like Vetting before Wedding, ‘Where our CSI/STD inspectors will go into the field and talk to the exes; find out why they’d rather have an eye poked out with a hot stick than spend one more day in that hellhole of a relationship.’

A generation ago there was no tweeting, no sexting.

We had to make an impression the old-fashioned way: we had to lie and deceive in person.

Electronic Dating meant you had the battery-powered Pleasure Wand.

So now it’s onward and sideways.

‘Baby Boomer wants to be your Boomer, Baby! Pls include photo and don’t be surprised if mine looks a lot like George Clooney. …the Early Years.’

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Check Out Dr. Nakhla’s book on dailybeauty.com

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 16, 2011

New Rules for Great Skin

Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by NewBeauty Staff

Here at NewBeauty, we like to follow the rules. We never wear overly bold lipstick with a heavy smoky eye, and we floss every day, we swear! So when Orange County, CA, dermatologist Dr. Tony Nakhla released The Skin Commandments: 10 Rules to Healthy, Beautiful Skin ($16) at the end of summer, our inner good-girls were delighted.

The tone focuses on addressing inner beauty to achieve outer beauty, meaning (you guessed it) eating well and making smart lifestyle choices. For example, he leads off with Skin Commandment #1: Thou Shalt Not Tan, followed by Honor Thy Skin, Hydrate Holistically, Love Thy Laser and more.

Dr. Nakhla’s book is a fun, informative, easy read that gets right to the point and teaches readers how to achieve and maintain great skin. He completes the tutorial with suggestions for scientifically proven treatments and products. If you’re a rule follower, you too you’ll be hooked.


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Steven Wyer on KFWB- Money 101 with Bob McCormick

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 16, 2011

Steven Wyer, Violated Online Author


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How Working Dad Does It All!

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 16, 2011

Photo Courtesy of Devin RiceGrant Cardone with his wife, Elena Lyons, and their daughters, Sabrina, 2, and Scarlett, 2 months.






When not on the road for a book tour or other business dealings, Cardone explained, he typically starts his day at 5:30 a.m. A half-hour later, he gets his 2-year-old daughter, Sabrina, ready for their morning ritual – breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel – while his wife, Elena, takes care of their 2-month-old, Scarlett.

Cardone drops Sabrina off at a preschool in Hollywood before officially starting his work day at 9:15 a.m. He works nonstop so he can be back home by 4:30-5 p.m. to bond with Sabrina again before she’s put to bed at 6.

Then he spends a few hours with his wife before going back to work, usually on a book or some other project.

Though it may seem like Cardone has his day perfectly organized, he believes, “Time management is a bit of a myth.

“It takes time to manage time,” he said. 

Instead, he prefers “creating time,” which for him usually means utilizing the latest technology to multitask.

The author also prioritizes his time. He said he doesn’t watch the news – unless he’s making it – and only surrounds himself with people who are solution-oriented and demonstrate a “yes we can” attitude.

When it comes to juggling a career and family, Cardone advised, “Don’t try to go for balance. It isn’t working for most people. 

Instead,” he continued, “go for exceptional” – a topic he covers extensively in his new book, “The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure.” 

Cardone also stresses the importance of setting goals. He believes a lack of communication and goal-setting is to blame in the breakdown of many marriages. To avoid this, the entrepreneur said he and his wife sit down on a monthly basis “to discuss our goals to make sure we’re on the same page.”

For instance, whenever he’s scheduled to travel for an extended period, he and his wife go over the reasons why it’s important he does so (i.e. in order to provide his family with financial security).

Cardone also suggested couples set up individual and joint goals – and tweak them as need be.

The author concluded by saying the key to staying motivated and being successful is overcommitting yourself.

“When you make big promises, then you better show up,” he said, explaining, ” I fill up my calendar so much that there’s no time for me to be unmotivated.” 

 story featured in silive.com





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Legendary rock band KISS talks about KISS the band and KISS the brand with CNN

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 16, 2011

Watch the interview for those who missed it!

KISS: Inside rock’s best business!

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Paul Stanley and Lita Ford ‘Lick it Up’ for Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp — Video featured on AOL

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 16, 2011


In a small rehearsal on the fringes of North Hollywood, a band is working hard. Feeling their way several times through the Bo Diddley staple, ‘Road Runner,’ they’re finally getting comfortable with each other. Then the band’s leader decides to crack the whip.

She stops the band and issues a few orders. “You, come in harder after the first verse,” she tells one of the two drummers. “And you,” she tells the singer, “I want you to start singing up around here,” before hitting the note she wants him to tackle.

The singer has a suggestion after that. “Tonight, I’m thinking of ripping my jacket off and kind of throwing it at a certain point.” The boss thinks about it. “Okay,” she says. “Do that.”

Just another band rehearsal? Not really. The two drummers, two guitarists, bass player and vocalist, have just met a few days earlier. And the bandleader? The woman whose playing styles is as distinctive as her blonde hair and striking good looks: Lita Ford.


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Jeff Sulkin and Leo Damian, the design-build team from Calida Design Studio, are featured as experts in a story about high-end garages

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 16, 2011


Taken from Forbes:

Gallery: Homes With Amazing And Outrageous Garages

Jeff Sulkin and Leo Damian, the architect and builder duo behind Los Angeles, Calif.-based Calida Design Build, create and remodel homes in southern California and among their clients, top-notch car and motorcycle spaces are commonly sought after. Galleries fitted with climate controlled and/or hermetically sealed technologies are not uncommon features incorporated into these spaces. Given the hilly terrain of areas like the Los Angeles area, neither are vertical and subterranean garages, like the Calabasas home Britney Spears used to rent.

Sulkin and Damian say high-end garage projects can run anywhere from $250,000 to $1.5 million, depending on the owner’s tastes and budget.  “I’ve done a garage with a walk down pit under the car with seating, lighting, and a comfortable place to do maintenance,” says Damian. “Sometimes there’s a motorized turn table so you can park the car and rotate it to view it as a piece of art.”

To read the full story click here




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Willie Basse’s Mission

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 16, 2011

Metal rocker Willie Basse is on a heroic quest to directly benefit hungry Americans nationwide. Basse has just announced dates for his North American 2011/2012 Feed America-Now, Concerts to END Hunger tour to raise awareness, funds and food donations of which 100 percent will go directly to local food banks in each city on the tour.

“One in five children go to bed hungry every night and the face of America’s hungry is changing,” Basse said. “They are often hard-working, educated adults, children and seniors who just can’t make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.”

The idea for Feed America-Now, Concerts to END Hunger came to Basse after being on tour this year, talking to capable educated people who fell on hard times and need help.  He realized that, rather than watching people talk about what needs to be done, it was time to just get things done in a grassroots way, Americans helping fellow Americans. 

“There’s an everyday hero within all Americans and every single person has the power to make a difference, even in small ways by making a donation or volunteering at a local food bank,” Basse said.  “I had to step up with a solution to an epidemic that is out of control in our own backyard and that’s why I put this together.”

Basse, whose namesake band just completed a U.S. tour with Adler’s Appetite, featuring ex-Guns N’ Roses member Steven Adler, is routing his Feed America-Now, Concerts to END Hunger tour through select cities throughout November, December and January.  Click here for a video about the tour: http://www.youtube.com/williebasse

Basse is touring in support of Break Away, his new single featuring guest appearances by guitarist George Lynch (Lynch Mob/Dokken) and drummer James Kottak (Scorpions).  The song is available at http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/break-away/id392127794).

Basse is best known for his role as the bassist/frontman for the legendary metalheads Black Sheep who were mainstays on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip during the 80s metal explosion. The band, best known for their technical prowess and precision, has boasted members that include Slash (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), Paul Gilbert (Race X/Mr. Big), James Kottak (Scorpians), Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne/Lita Ford), Kurt James and Mitch Perry (Edgar Winter/Cher/MSG).

For more information and to donate, visit Willie Basse’s 501C3 Non-Profit Corp: www.feedamerica-now.org.  All donations, sponsorship and support is tax deductible and 100 percent of donations will go to food banks.

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Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 16, 2011

“For the Music Lover: At Hollywood, California’s Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, you’ll form a band, get pointers from Kiss’s Paul Stanley, and take the stage at the Gibson Showroom. Leather pants not included. From $6,000 (includes most meals, a recording session, and evening activities); Nov. 10–13.”

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On About.com: Interview With Lita Ford of Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp LA

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 16, 2011

The Soloist and Former Runaways Guitarist Talks About Band Camp in Los Angeles


In this interview, she shares some of the ins and outs of Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp and what it takes to be a successful rock artist.


Lita Ford is a rock legend. Beyond her solo career, she is known for being a pioneer hard rocking female band artist–as she was the guitarist of ’70s Los Angeles girl group The Runaways.

Now imagine Lita Ford giving you advice on your band and jamming with other artists like Paul Stanley of KISS in your rehearsal zone. Are you pinching yourself yet?

Such rock n’ roll daydreams are the real life activities at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp–a multi-city intensive hands-on workshop for budding rock bands featuring some of their favorite artists.



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