What’s happened since Jan 09!!!

The beginning of February prooved to be the most exciting, especially for Jeff (Flash) Gordon who had is 10 year anniversary of working at Z57. We are happy to announce his promotion to Director of Technology and feel so blessed for his accomplishments. These economic times are tough and thank god everyday that our hard work is paying off.

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Flash's Vegas Strip Helicopter Ride

Even more exciting was the announcment from the CEO of Z57, that once an employee hits 10 years at the company you get an all expense paid trip for 2 to Hawaii. Flash says to Mel, “PACK YOU

R BAGS BABY, WE ARE GOING TO MAUI!!!”

We leave April 30th.

March is proving to be a fun filled month of boys and girls weekends. Flash headed off to Arizona for MLB’s spring training with the boys. Mel enjoyed Glen Ivy Spa with her best friend in mud baths and much needed massages.

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Mel Loving Austin, TX with her SD Gals!!!

Flash was also treated to a 24 hour trip to Vegas by Z57, for the 3 employees who started in the first year the company was founded.  Trip included rooms at Hard Rock Hotel and a surprise helicopter ride up the strip.

Mel attended SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin, TX this past week. She was able to connect with family friends – the Morrows, who showed her what the ‘real’ Austin is. Then headed off for an intense 5 days of industry panels, networking and partying with the who’s who of the industry. Facebook, Google & Dell parties – oh my.

To see our latest pictures go here http://www.flickr.com/photos/flash716/sets/

Jan 2009: A great start to the year

Wow, it’s already 2009. Highlights this month:

0.1 WE ARE GOING TO THE WINTER OLYMPICS 2010 (Vancouver next Feb). Won 1 event of the original 4 we requested. Found a friend to house swap with and keeping an eye on men/women’s snowboarding halfpipe tickets.

1. Flash went to NYC on business. I was jealous, but back home ringing in some new clients and trying not to stress about the crazy ones. (I’m the VP for InternetMarketingInc.com and working on some amazing projects.)

2. My UCSD classes started this month. I’m getting a Sustainability Business Certificate. Very excited to see where this takes me.

3. I’m headed to Las Vegas on business for the International Builders Show. Can you say VIP and bottle service at Tao night club. Here I come clients.

4. Another outing with my 13 year lil Sis. We had beach day. I’m learning so much (about hip-hop and 13 year old likes and dislikes).

5. Volunteered through Women’s Global Network to mentor a budding 20 something female entrepreneur. So excited to assist her, as her new venture is geared toward green products.

6. Our company is a member of CleanTechSanDiego.org and I’m on the education and outreach committe. Major excitement in this space.

2009 – LET IT SHINE!

Holidays 2008: an epic year

Wow, my last blog post was Dec 10th. So much fun sIMG_2576tuff going on. Well, we did our favorite holiday trek once again, but this time it was a full 2 weeks. Mel was able to coerce Flash in taking more time off this year.

We were in San Jose Dec 19 – 24. What a great time. I love the fact that the kids outnumber the adults. And all the cousins are in the same age range. Young, fun, loud and crazy. Grandma Gordon hosted one amazing evening for the Gordon family.

This year’s ‘fun club’ friend progressive was epic to say the least. There was a 12 person line up of Irish Car Bombers. Full photo alblum here >>>

And of course we can’t forget Papa Smith and the other side of the family. We had an amazing feast at Bucca di Peppo.

We left San Jose Christmas Eve morning to head over Donner Summit. WE CHAINED UP!!! Yes, I’m a dork and actually loved chaining up. Plus I considered it a great ‘team building experience.’

See the Broman Holiday pics here >>>

WE WOKE UP CHRISTMAS MORNING TO SNOW. 5 inches in the valley. This brought tears to my eyes as I fled out the back door with Kaya at 8am. What a site. Kaya in the snow.

The Broman’s threw an amazing holiday for us. The highlight, Mom/Dad Broman’s gift to everyone – the mini marshmallow PVC pipe guns. Yes, you heard correctly. Laughing, laughing, ducking, more laughing and semi wet pants…

Flash and I went snowshoeing in Tahoe and hung with the family. We headed out to Mammoth Dec 29th.IMG_2513 by thegordons.

Well as many of you heard bits and pieces of the ‘Gordon Summit’ planning meeting. Fun stuff, tears, and let’s just say we love each other very much. (no we are not having kids ANYTIME soon.)

Tuesday was followed by a quick day of snowboarding for Flash, when he bailed. Dislocated his shoulder on the 3rd run. IT SUCKED, but in his defense it was pretty ‘radical tumble’. He was a trooper and decided to stay till Jan 2ns. Flash is THE most amazing husband. He looked at me after picking him up from the ER, “babe, it’s only 1pm, you should go back up to the mountain.” And that’s exactly what I did. I went snowboarding the next day too!

We managed to have an amazing week in Mammoth, but we’ll be back as Flash didn’t get to enjoy my Christmas gift to him – snowmobiling.You can see our Mammoth pics here >>>

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Love you all and can’t wait till next holiday season.

Micro Loan for Thereza Baraba

Details on where my micro loan went to. So exciting.

Entrepreneur: Thereza Baraba
Business: Coffee Berries

To Donate and sponsor a woman click here

Thereza Baraba lives in Bukoba, Tanzania, where she belongs to a women’s group called Amani. She is 58 years old and has six children living in different villages with their families. She sells boiled coffee berries. Thereza puts a small table in front of her house and sells the coffee berries. If she receives a sponsorship she will be able to boil more berries and hire someone to sell them around the village and at the village market.

Womens Global Connection

Womens Global Connection

Met my lil sister tonight

Got matched up with my ‘little’ tonight. Her name is Christiana, 13 years old, living in household with 5 siblings, dad, step mom and grandparents. Very quiet and shy at meeting, but hoping she’ll open up as we go along. She loves to text message – so that will be easy for me!

Sunday we’ll probably window shop at the mall and grab some lunch. Looking forward to this new journey and making a difference in this teenagers life.

Downtown San Diego Public Safety Announcement

I set out walking by myself to my favorite neighborhood bar on December 8th at 5:50pm to meet some friends. A few blocks away is when some jackass decided to profile me as his next victim. Now I know what you are all thinking – OMG is she ok. YES I’m ok and wasn’t hurt. But I’m on a mission to communicate to all my girlfriends and beyond about safety in downtown San Diego.

I was on 8th Ave between Island and Market. I had my Blackberry in one hand and wristlet snuggly around my left wrist. This is when my intuition kicked in and could feel somebody following me. He/She felt close and I was too scared to turn around. To my surprise a man came up behind me, with force, grabbing my upper left arm and then grabbing for my purse (he didn’t succeed). I turned around in a split second to see:

  • · A 6’3” thirty something black man standing over me
  • · He was largely built
  • · Knee length shorts
  • · Long white sleeve shirt
  • · Ball cap

I screamed bloody murder and cursing from the top of my lungs. He started to make his way through the parking lot toward 7th and Island. I quickly dialed 911 and began chasing after him describing him to the operator. I lost site of him. Now – at this point you are probably asking why in the world I ran after him?! Well I know my neighborhood and I know there are handfuls of half-way houses and shady hotels. I was hoping to see him jump inside somewhere.

The cops were there in 4 minutes tops. Gave them the description and asked if there had been increased reports on this type of activity. They nodded no, but didn’t seem very confident in the answer. I asked they give me a ride to my destination. I was greeted by friends and my husband. Less than 15 minutes later the cops called me to say they had somebody detained and asked if I could ID him. The worst part was we pulled near 11th and Park. This is where myself and all the neighbors walk their dogs. I could hear over the radio that I was 1 of 3 ladies he was after this evening. Somewhere and somehow 3 witnesses saw him victimize another woman and they chased after him. I told the officers it could be him, but several things were different. I think he might have changed. But other pieces fit the night.

I’ve contacted my neighbors, building community and posted alerts. The Downtown San Diego Partnership is alerting their safety staff and managers. I informed a professor friend of mine at Fashion Institute, who is new to the neighborhood, but has hundreds of beautiful ladies in this area for school.

We have law enforcement friend/neighbor in the building. So his support and recommendations help.

  • · Be aware, and keep your head up while walking.
  • · Stick to well lit streets. If you do have to walk to your car at night and dark areas, ask someone escort you. A friend, a patron or someone you trust.
  • · Don’t walk past Park Street alone after dark.
  • · Keep purses and handbags close and tight by your side.
  • · Carry pepper spray.
  • · AND never leave home without your cell phone, even to just walk the dog or check your mail.

So now I will build my confidence back up by spreading the word in hopes that another woman isn’t targeted. Let’s help one another and create a safer downtown. This isn’t the first incident I’ve heard about in the last 6 months. I won’t stand for this type of crime in my neighborhood.

Preparing for 3Day Breast Cancer Walk

This year I’m not a walker. After 2 years of aggressive training and fund raising – I’ve decided to contribute to the walk by volunteering on the CREW.

Flash and I are on the ‘Grab & Go A’ team. We have our camping bags packed, our 50′s outfits ready and are looking forward to our mandatory CREW training day tomorrow. 50′s outfits you ask – yes our crew team is dressing in a 50′s theme. Can’t wait to see the guys in poodle skirts. Flash will be dressed as Buddy Holly / 50′s Prom King. I’ll be a Pink Lady from our all time favorite move – GREASE.

In previous years Flash would come out to the cheering sections and support our walking teams. I can’t wait to share this entire 3 day experience with him.

Wait till he sees the camp of thousands of ladies!!! Darn – this means he doesn’t have to wait in line for a shower.

I’ll post an event recap and photos next week.

Most importantly, I dedicate this event to our beloved Uncle Ronny, Grandma Broman, Grandpa Gordon and Grandma Smith- all of whom we lost to cancer. We love you so much.

Why giving back is so important during economic down turns

Ever since I can remember my family and I have done what we can to volunteer or give back. That reminds me, I should nominate my mother for QUEEN VOLUNTEER. I can attribute my inspiration from her. Thanks mom.

Well, we’re really bumping it up these last couple months and will continue to do so in 2009 and beyond.

Past ‘giving backs’ include:

Flash and I will volunteer on the 3Day Breast Cancer Walk CREW next week. 4 amazing days of cheering on the walkers. Our crew team decided for a 50′s theme this year. Stay tuned for updates.  I’ve walked the previous 2 years. And raised close to $5000.

My latest interest and drive is with micro loans. If you don’t know what they are – read up here.

I’ve had the pleasure to recently become a member of the Women’s Global Network here in San Diego. gWave has recently donated to sponsor an entrepreneur woman in Bukoba, Tanzania.  Please stay tuned for details as we’ll be connected and obtain photos and the story of who we are helping. Pay back on micro loans is an astounding 98% and sometimes higher.

So why is this so important. Well, I’m tired of watching CNN, I’m tired of everyone else getting down due to the media. Well people, time to reach outside your bubble and look at the reality of the rest of the world. Or those even living in our own town. If you have a roof over your head and job – then suck it up. Gain some perspective and volunteer. Nows the time to reshape old habits and create new ones. If you have a little extra to spare, then share with someone who needs it more than you do. I promise, it WILL make you feel better.

More later…