• Today, I ran into a burning building

    April 16, 2016 Jake DiMare

    What a crazy start to the day. Around 6:30 this morning I rushed into a burning building when I noticed an apartment fire in the building next to my own in Mariner’s Bay, Marina del Rey. It all started when I heard a series of soft explosions coming from outside my apartment. It sounded like…

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  • What a year in Los Angeles has taught me…

    July 25, 2015 Jake DiMare

    Today is the 1 year anniversary of the day my wife and I arrived in Los Angeles to start our new lives as Californians. As seems to be the custom, in a city as transitory in the lives of many of her millions of residents, I believe this officially makes us ‘old-timers’. As such, I thought I would take…

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  • Introducing the greatest* analysis of LA commuter traffic you've ever seen…

    July 7, 2014 Jake DiMare

    *Disclaimer: Results may vary. Greatness may rely heavily on whether or not you are a yuppie (like me).   Ever wonder how a data analyst and a strategist decide what neighborhoods in Los Angeles they should focus their apartment hunting efforts on? If you guessed ‘by conducting a detailed analysis of traffic patterns around typical commuter travel times’…You’d be…

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  • Going back to Cali…

    June 1, 2014 Jake DiMare

    It’s official: After almost 10 years of pushing projects for some of the world’s best, boutique, digital design and development shops, I’m taking a big, bold step. I’ve been retained by Agency Oasis to begin my career as a full time Digital Strategist in their new Los Angeles office, and I couldn’t be more excited!…

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  • Top this, 2014!

    December 31, 2013 Jake DiMare

    I’ve been contemplating a 2013 reflection post for a few days but then I feel embarrassed, which is really strange because I don’t have what most would consider to be a traditional relationship with self-awareness, shame, or regret. The problem is I’ve had a genuinely amazing year. Like, whoa…I didn’t think life could get this…

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  • Happy Mother's Day

    May 12, 2013 Jake DiMare

    Anywhere I’ve experienced success in my life can be directly attributed to the lessons my mother taught me: Show up no matter what. Do your best. Work hard. Don’t take no for an answer. Don’t make excuses. For those that never knew her…All I can say is I haven’t the words to describe the courage…

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  • The bacon consultant…

    January 28, 2013 Jake DiMare

    This past Sunday, while cooking a delicious brunch of fresh berries, pancakes, and bacon, Jackie became frustrated. “I’ve toasted it and fried it in the pan…But it won’t  get crispy.” She remarked, with considerable dismay. Jackie is her own toughest critic when it comes to cooking. I honestly can’t recall a meal she’s presented without…

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  • Remember me?

    November 29, 2012 Jake DiMare

    I looked up in the sky last night and noticed Jupiter, dancing with the moon and staring back down at me. For some reason at this same moment I heard a voice in my head, and it said: Remember when you wrote stuff? Yes Jupiter. I see you up there…And I do remember writing stuff.…

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  • The big day…

    January 3, 2012 Jake DiMare

    It’s real now. I mean, it was always real but Jackie and I have signed a contract with a venue, set a date and launched our own wedding blog. Game on! We’re getting married on November 10th, 2012 at the Hampshire House in Boston. I couldn’t be happier with the location…It’s a beautiful spot in Beacon…

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  • #OccupyTheHolidays #OccupyBlackFriday

    November 22, 2011 Jake DiMare

    This year for the holidays stick it to the man and consider buying only local products and services as gifts. Buying local supports the local economy, fights globalization, is better for the environment and will send a message to corporations who engage in exploitative labor practices overseas. The only power normal American citizens have left…

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