Fleur by Hubert Keller reminds me of appreciation. Please let me start my saying, “If you can’t afford to pay for the lunch that you invited me to dine, you make me question how whether I am going to paid for my work. As the philosophers would remind us, “If you ask to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it.” The 2016 Elections arrived to the President Debate. Las Vegas was center in the political fight. All the debates between Republicans and fellow Republicans were on the Las Vegas Strip. Two Democratic candidates provided us with wise cracks so that we could vote for who we thought was the wittiest. All in Las Vegas central. Groups profiting off the battles ask me to help them win the war by providing text, writing content, magazine articles for their printed materials as well as press releases to promote their cause. I covered a Senate debate one week. The political organization met me. By weeks end, I had to cover a journalistic story at the famous Barrett Jackson Auto Auction inside Mandalay Bay. The group asked to meet with me. I said, “I am at Mandalay Bay.” We will come there. Would you like to meet for lunch? We will take you to lunch. They arrived late. I remember because the disappointment set in early. After all, I was at Mandalay Bay to work. They couldn’t respect that. Second, the four introduced themselves. Shook my hand. Met me. Lobbyists. Politicians. Attorneys. We turned from the sushi bar to the bakery, look towards the Spanish restaurants and steak houses, but stood next to the restaurant that we turned to called Fleur by Hubert Keller. I walked in. I had to eat and run back to cover the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction. The leader of the group walked in with me, turned quick to glance at the menu, with a look of shock, he asked, “Can we go somewhere else? Somewhere cheaper?” By that point, I had quickly decided this was going to be a free meal. I was never going to work with these people. They were as cheap as they were unorganized. So I followed them to a long line of pedestrians standing outside a wonderful all you can eat buffet. The buffet was tasty. My hunger was satisfied mainly because they served smoked salmon with capers in the seafood section. My taste buds were in the mood for smoked fish with salty pickled capers. But I ate, listened, agreed with what they asked of me, and told them I would get back to them a week later after I was done editing what I had written by Barrett Jackson. I missed my chance that afternoon of dining at Hubert Keller’s famous Fleur. I heard about Keller in the north over the Golden Gate Bridge towards the redwood forests away from San Francisco’s city skyline. I believe the restaurant is in the City of Healdsburg. By the next evening, I couldn’t get the rejection by Hubert Keller out of my psyche. By will, I returned the next night to Fleur so that I could eat in the best French restaurant on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Published by lasvegasportfolio
First in Internet Advertising and Digital Marketing - Highlights Charles Schwab International Electronic Brokerage: eSchwab CD Tutorial, eSchwab Campaign, Chinese and Spanish Financial Banner Ads Illustrator 7.0 Launch Kit - Adobe Systems: First rebate ad, first software for PC, Adobe Illustrator 7.0 launch kit with rebate ad, Adobe PageMill, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe PhotoDeluxe Digital Instruments / Veeco Metrolgoy: First Web Administrator, Nanoscope animation, atomic force tapping mode animation, First CD Technical Publication Military Resource and Information Network aka Maingate: First vertical portal for the military. NewzViewz: First live news stream using Channel Blast technology in Manhattan, New York City with Mark Lipsky, Vice President of Miramax I covered events with writing, video, and photography that changed the world as they happened from the first Persian Gulf War on January 17, 1991 as Operation Desert Storm began at 3 a.m. Baghdad time, while I was writing from Aswan, Egypt in the Middle East while still studying in college at San Francisco State University to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 at the corner of Chambers and Church Street in Manhattan. Accomplishments 1988 to 2001, Photojournalist, Publisher, Writing Instruction 1988-1992 Ambassador William Lane, Lane Publishing, Sunset Magazine, Menlo Park, California 1987 Interviewing Dr. Edward Barnet, Dean of the School of Travel Industry Management in Hawaii. Dr. Barnet studied with T.S. Eliot, 1948 Nobel Prize winner. 1991 Interviewing Kuwaitis in Egypt, Greece, and Germany during the Persian Gulf War. 1991 Egypt interviews along Nile River in Cairo, Luxor, all the way along the shores of Aswan Dam to Abu Simbel as Allied attacks began against Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, Iraq. 1992 Reporting from Belgrade on the War in Yugoslavia. Wrote about war zone for three weeks. 1993 January 1st; Reporting from the Bohemian capital of Prague at the city center where the split between Czechoslovakia into Czech and Slovakia began. Wrote and taught English from 1992 to 1994. 1998 Reporting with author and publishers in Israel, Palestine, Turkey and Greece. 2001 Reporting in New York City at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. Writing coverage from September to January 2002. 2004 Reporting on Mardi Gras in New Orleans French Quarter. 2005 Reporting in New Orleans in the French Quarter on Hurricane Katrina. I designed the first Internet ads with digital marketing before Adobe Illustrator was even created for Windows PC platform. This allowed me to work with the best Creative Directors and Advertising Agencies in San Francisco, California. Our team created the first Internet advertising in Silicon Valley on Sansome and Sacramento Street in the heart of San Francisco Bay Area. I lived on California Street which allowed me to take a cable car to work in the center of the Financial District. Las Vegas Portfolio Publishing Since 2006, Las Vegas Portfolio has published more than 400 books, magazines and audio books. Publish, write, and design books, magazines, DVDs, web, and social media for corporations and clients throughout Las Vegas, Nevada. Strategic communicator experienced in editing and writing for online and print audiences. Advise and council with corporations, gaming industries, publishers and gambling firms to cooperate in Marketing, Advertising and Publishing. Proficient at e-business via social media, Amazon.com, Smashwords, Booksurge and Google’s YouTube channels, Blogger, Sites. Design and develop publishing plans for Las Vegas publishers, books, magazines, press releases, promotions, online Marketing and social media including city events. Oversee all writing projects, creative and technical, including plans, book publications and blog postings. Specialization also includes Las Vegas financial transactions, technical expertise, tax incentives, and tourism. Developed and designed with Adobe Creative Suite softwares: Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and handled all the photography. View all posts by lasvegasportfolio