Out from the Ashes? 

It can be said that the Fisker Karma is and was one of the most beautifully designed cars that has hit the production line in the past few decades. Among the likes of anything Aston Martin produces. The curves, the lines, the overall product was a thing of beauty and passion. But plagued by trials, missed deadlines, production halts, production problems and a plethora of other game ending mishaps, the welcomed luxury hybrid that once had a bright future died before it was able to sprout it's legs. However, with someone's heart set on not letting the amazing dream of Henrik Fisker die with the mishaps that ensued in the business; a Chinese company procured the rights and have since revived the lost child under a new name the Karma Revero. While it has all the backing it finally needs is the car actually any good? 

 

Granted I think I would need to spend a lot more time in the vehicle to answer fully but having spent about a solid hour driving it thanks to the kind gentleman at Karma OC. What I thought might make the perfect new addition to the garage for my Real Estate mobile, I quickly started to second guess that thought. Let's get one thing straight this car is beautiful inside and out it was designed and built to the best standards of any car in the space. Because of what competition this cars faces; the car quickly unravels a few inherent problems. The car is built better than the past cars as they have had more time to get it right. The main problem I feel is that it is too little too late. Since 2011 when the Karma was first released the space has since gotten quite crowded with the likes of Tesla, jaguar, Audi and other manufacturers with their versions of hybrid and electric vehicles. 

 

The Drive

For me this was the most disheartening part but maybe I expect to much. I wanted it to drive like an SClass or a Rapide and give me the power of a Tesla. But that did not happen. What this car is laced with is an outdated four-cylinder two-liter turbo motor from GM that they no longer make so when that motor is done they will be on the hunt for a new heart. Coupled with two (2) electric motors and a 21 Kwh battery driving the rear wheels. Revero promises to have a 50 Mile range under electric only conditions before going to the two-liter motor and offering a measly 20mpg. Which in all honesty does not fare well with similar likes in this space including Chevy, Tesla and Nissan. Then there is the whole speed issue which is the biggest for me. Every other car in this space does the speed factor better than the Karma in it's top sport setting. As journalist Hannah Elliot, said so eloquently "The disparity here between price and speed doesn’t compute." I cannot agree more for a car that costs about $130k I think it should do a lot better in the overall performance category. This largest problem in my opinion with this car and the performance specs is this car is HEAVY, a few tics over 5k pounds with an underpowered motor that has no "testicular fortitude" its difficult to get any where in this car that makes it enjoyable. As the engine struggles to push 5k pounds off any line, drive way or downhill ramp the little power it has isn't linear. I just feel as if I am getting banged in the rears by a dump truck every few seconds. There is never really a spot at any speed where the car feels lively or comfortable. It appears more like a little newly trained puppy that fights hard to contain his excitement for a treat but cannot stay focused long enough to obtain the treat. 

 

Interior

Unlike other journaliststhe weird and oddly shaped interior is quite refreshing, different and is appointed nicely. However, the excitement of strapping in soon faded as I had to put my kid and her carseat in the back seat and that was quite the experience. Because of the extremely small and oddly shaped rear seat of the car putting a car seat in is close to impossible and if you have a rear facing car seat fuggetaboutit. After taking what seems like an eternity and a half to strap in the car seat my wife, my kid, the salesman all pile into this beautiful car and set off. The interior is great to look at but In my opinion does not function well and with every passing breath excitement fades and frustration ensues. The first is how cramped the interior is I feel as if the passengers are all sitting on top of each other in a strict 2 seater car; this is smaller than a 2+2... I think the Ferrari FF I drove felt way more generous in the space then this car and the Ferrari only had 2 doors. It is probably due to the over-sized transmission tunnel that divides the car like the Red Sea which annihilates all space for the passengers. The crystal ball gear selector that appears to have been lifted from Volvo, and a head unit that looks like an Alpine head unit from Fast and Furious; this car leaves a lot to be desired. The radio for a self-proclaimed audiophile is like nails to a chalk board I'd rather use my Apple air pods and those sound heinous as well. The trunk well that is nonexistent could not even get the umbrella stroller in there let alone real estate signs or a hand bag for that matter. 

 

At the end of the day I enjoy how the car looks on a brochure, parked inside the mall, in a review. But the second you grab the key and go for a spin you understand that noone knows what this car should be and no one knows the real purpose for this car. If I were to spend $130k on a car I am probably going straight to Tesla or Aston as a first choice. Can anyone out there answer me what is the point of this car? It is neither fast, nor comfortable, nor functional its just a car you get to take the wife to dinner I presume. 

 

I had such high hopes but we will not being seeing one in the Keyes' garage anytime soon. I was fighting for the car to be a winner but it just doesn't make any sense. Some one please help me out here. 

 

Keyes

 


 

National Burger Day 

Yes come to find out September 18 is the annual National Cheeseburger Day. Which if you're a cheeseburger fan there are plenty of deals so you can eat til your heart's content. As far as I can tell no one knows why it is National cheeseburger day but it is a thing now. The City of Pasadena takes it the most serious because from their history books the Cheeseburger originated in the heart of the city. All I know is there's some tasty deals today see below to find what suits your fancy. 

 

 

 

Wendy's takes it to a whole new level by giving you free food all month long. 

 

If you are near a Burger Theory, Run in as soon as possible they are giving away free burgers, No purchase necessary. The only problem is once they hit 10k that's it!

 

 

 

If you have a Halo Burger nearby, they are offering their Quarter Pound burger for $1.95 from 2-7pm limit 5/customer 

 

Get the App get 50% off any burger combo today 

 

 

 

Farm Burger is offering their delectable burgers for $5 about 50% for Burger day. 

 

 

Walk into Farmer Boys request their $1 burger deal today and walk out with a happy stomach. 

 


 

Well this one of the best deals from Red Robin on this list. Any Gourmet Cheeseburgers with bottomless steak fries cost a whopping $5, when you dine in and purchase any beverage.

 

Sonic Tuesdays which coincides with burger day. Happy happy Joy Joy. Half price Cheeseburgers from 5- Close. 

 

 

 

Find any of these deals good and tasty? Drop and line and let me know. 

 

David verses Goliath 

 

Now this blog is long over due, but after quite a few months of testing I think I can give honest feedback on a semi-clear winner. If you want to know all the specs,  go do a google search to get the rap sheet. Both phones are more than powerful to handle day to day tasks, launch a space shuttle, hack the world, and take more selfies than you can possibly dream. Now I will cover a few things that might help you make your decision on who reigns supreme. 


Probably the most important thing to many of us with things such as Instagram is the Camera. Dependent on your uses and preferences each camera is vastly different. The iPhone X is going to be more true to color, which means it works great in bright light but not so great in low light situations. The Note 8 is amazing in low light situations, and in my honest opinion a better overall camera for daily use although it slightly saturates and colors your photos which is not conducive to editing. However, portrait mode on the iPhone X is stunning and the Samsung cannot touch it, once again in certain and proper settings it will always prevail. Have a look below. One of iPhone's coolest features is its live camera mode. Which takes a series of shots before and after you depress the trigger. Providing really cool effects but also giving you the ability to edit it to ensure every one's eyes are open and or to get that perfect pose. The only downside to the Live Photos in my opinion is that you can't send it any where as a video except to other iPhone users. 

Samsung Pictured First

 

 

Portrait Mode on iPhone

Where the iPhone prevails in it's user interface is it's simplicity, however I feel it is far too simple. I do not feel it handles business well. The Note 8's ability to multitask handle business and organize is as good as it gets. I prefer the email app, calendar, to do list and the almighty pen over iPhone's over simplified interface where I can only use one app at a time, making it quite difficult to get as much done in a short amount of time. Swipe keyboard found on the Note is quite efficient in getting texts and emails sent off in record time. 

 

Battery life is very comparable despite the iPhone being a smaller battery with a full charge they last all day and well into the night with heavy use. 

The screens are also quite similar especially seeing as Samsung is the Manufacturer for Apple's crown jewel making the colors pop in all the right places. With the amazing screen comes eye fatigue so I'd highly recommend keeping on the blue light filters especially at night. The size of the note verses the iPhone is drastic when holding in use. What I like most about the iPhone X is the overall size. You have good screen real estate without the insane size of the Note making it easier to hold in hand, throw in a pocket or bag. 

 

Now, where the iPhone highly excels in my opinion is the Apple network. iMessage, the fun texting screens and how it seemlessly works with other Apple products. My favorite which I recently discovered is the ability to share WiFi passwords. If I am connected and my friends are in the same room and want to connect I can share the password without having them to type it in, same with my laptop, bring the phone close to the laptop and immediate connection can be made. Another great feature of the Apple network is airdrop giving you the ability to wirelessly share photos, music, and notes to nearby Apple devices. 

 

Face ID works well and I wish I could say the same for Samsung's biometric eye ball unlocking but it's just horrible and quite buggy. 

 

Siri Vs. Bixby? They both work quite well however, Bixby is much better at beat boxing than Siri. Don't believe me? Next time ask your device to beat box for you. Siri understands much better than Bixby does, but Bixby is quick to learn and at this point in time is on par with Siri. 

 

Now is there a clear winner?  That is difficult to say. They each do very different things very well, and comparison is hard as they are such different animals from companies who see mobile connectivity very different. The iPhone is a great phone that utilizes simplicity to excel for the masses however, for me it is far too simple to be effective for business. The Samsung is efficient and uses the multi-tasking and the pen to make a solid candidate for daily and business tasks. If I had to choose only one, the Samsung would be my choice for its overall greater camera capabilities large screen, and multi-tasking capabilites it makes for a formidable companion for the daily grind. 

Stepping with purpose 

What is better than a quality made product? A quality handmade product with a purpose. Oliberté is a unique handmade product that not only empowers it's wearer with a great handmade unique product; but furthermore teaching a man how to fish by providing skilled workers with jobs to take care of their families and encouraging free enterprise. Sourcing everything out of Africa, a land that is rich with natural resources and making it sustainable, by investing back into the culture, back into the land, and back into the people. 

 

Having never heard of Oliberté, I wasn't sure what to expect but their eclectic designs and good story drew me to them. I got my hands on the MOJOO x McNairy collab black horsehair boot. When I opened the box, the sweet smell of natural rubber and beautiful leather filled the room and what came out was in fact a beautiful well constructed shoe. 

I have been wearing the shoes for about two weeks, and I am far from disappointed. The craftsmanship will rival some of the worlds best and the comfortability cannot be matched. 

If you are looking for something sustainable, stylish, impeccable, and has a clear purpose look no further than Oliberté

 

 

A Bag to Carry your Dreams 

 

Personally I think any and everyone loves a good story. It always answers the most important of WHY. Gives that thing purpose, a vision, makes you apart of that story. So I always want to support and work with companies that give me that sense of why and inclusion. Will leathers is one of those companies. 

 

It all starts with a kid names Adler- Will Adler to be exact. What started as a necessity turned into a destiny Will Leather Goods has filled a void in the art of leather making using sustainability and giving back to the less fortunate. Bringing to the forefront amazingly and beautifully crafted products with a purpose a story and an art. No matter what you get from a zippo lighter cover to one of their amazing duffle bags when you open the box and see the products you are amazed from what you pull out and touch. 

 

Most of my friends and followers know I am a sucker for a good back pack. Being a professional musician turned Real Estate agent by day and daddy 24 hours a day; simply put I carry a lot of stuff depending on the day. Satchels are annoying, purses out of the question, briefcases also vexing and old - Backpacks to me just right. The perfect balance of form, function and usability. 

 

Being a back pack connoisseur [ if you will] I opted for for their Silas Backpack. To be honest, maybe I am jaded I never expect too much from any one company. But when that box hit my doorstep and I opened it to the delicious smell of fresh tanned leather and saw the beautiful cognac leather I almost shed a tear. Now in an attempt to not sound cheesy, Will Leather Goods understands a thing or two about making a great product, a great package and making the end user feel special when it comes out of the box. 

 

Minimalist in design and not over done it's the perfect bag for daily carry, travel adventures and definitely has become one of my top 3 bags that I carry regularly. With a sizable front pocket, generous main compartment and a padded laptop container that holds most laptops of today this is a perfect bag for school, work, play or jet setting adventures. The only negative is the laptop compartment does not hold my larger 15" laptop that I utilize for music. Other than that my air and iPad fit fine. I can continue to go on and on and on and tell you how great the company is but seeing is believing. Head over to Will Leather now and join the Adler Family. 

And if you hurry at the time of this writing you can get your very own bag for 50% off. 

 

 

 

 

Copy and Paste 

One of the joys of having a little one is the joy of being able to match and "twin". As fun as it is to match with the little it's difficult to find enough companies that support the desire to do just that and do it with quality. What happens when you are in the same predicament and you want it to change- you create it yourself. Enters Marlee Watch Co making high quality watches for the little ones and their parents also. With classic timeless designs perfect for a night out at Disney or just kicking around the park, these are perfect additions to daily wears for you and the kids. 

 

Marlee Watch Company

 

 

1UP! The Epic Bubby Lewis Experience  

Most people know who Robert Lewis is most affectionately known as Bubby whether you realize it or not. Playing and recording with some of the best in the industry this guy is a force to be reckoned with. In his music comes the whole galaxy... Literally...Influences from video games, gospel, comics, anime, there is a taste for everyone and everyone will enjoy their morsel. My favorite track is probably Fortress of Solitude as it is a musical journey all its own. Now  the negative to this album is it's too short. Granted it has 25 songs. However, the journey seems to go by too fast. So Bubby if you're reading chop chop on another album.  

 

Available at all streaming and purchasing outlets. Get your copy Now!

ROBERT BUBBY LEWIS

Key[e]s for Change 

Robert F. Kennedy said, “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”  I was always taught that one man can make a difference. One drop in the pond makes a ripple and one ripple can make a huge difference and when everyone does something you can create enough ripples to overlap and create change. As I have grown more as a person, I try to live with purpose to do little things to make a change in everyone's life and I love supporting companies that do the same. JoJo Rings has taken something seemingly insignificant and gave it purpose. JoJo Rings takes old discarded keys and transforms them into works of wearable items that give back to the community to make a change. From vintage car keys to old home keys; JoJo transforms these discarded items into beautiful unique pieces. Not only do they look good and are conversation starters, but they are doing a bit of good one key at a time. With philanthropy at the forefront, JoJo Rings chooses a new charity every month to partner with. With every ring sold they donate five dollars to the charity to make a change. The charity for the month of November is as follows:

Our November Partner is Teen Cancer America. Founded by legendary rockers Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend, Teen Cancer America (TCA) raises the awareness and financial resources needed to help hospitals across America create specialized services and build state-of-the-art, 'teen focused' units that concentrate on the clinical and psychosocial needs of teens and young adults with cancer. 

At a critical developmental stage in their life, TCA Cancer units deliver a venue where teen cancer patients can be medically treated with their peers. These units also include a TCA lounge where teens can escape from the harsh realities of cancer and interact with outside friends and family.

 

Learn more at https://www.teencanceramerica.org/

 

It has been said it is better to give then to receive... but it never hurts to do both. Check out JoJo Rings and get one for yourself. 

https://www.jojorings.com

 


Is the Briefcase Dead? 

With the advance in technology and people moving away from old way traditions it seems as though some things from the good old days are fading away. It is as if three-piece suits, cuff links, tie bars, a rolodex (remember those?), and most of all briefcases are part of the old world and seemingly fading from the face of the earth. But with all of our beloved devices how do we keep up with them in an organized fashion? Briefcases? too old world said the millennials. Backpacks? That's for the kids. How about your hands? With a cell phone, iPad, wallet and what other various things we carry that makes no sense. When there are so many world problems who is there to solve them? Well my good friend Joseph decided to take the old and make it new with The Breton Company. What happens when you take the functionality of a briefcase mix it with the functionality of a back pack and create it in a form all it's own? You get the the modern day briefcase. Now for those of you reading this that know me, know I am as bad as any woman when it comes to bags. I've gone through almost every brand on this planet scouring the earth for the best bag for every day carry as well as the perfect bag for travel. I have found 3 that I rotate between for different scenarios and the Breton bag is my every day business bag. Large enough to hold my 15" laptop, charger, 2 cell phones, black book, a few pens, phone chargers, a sweater, keys, iPad, and I think that's it. Comfortable on the back, even better in the hand. The construction is soft enough to stretch, rigid enough to hold it all together, and enough compartments to stay organized and make finding things expeditious.  In understated color ways that go with a dressed up or dressed down approach this bag is definitely one to add to your collection and make it apart of your every day life. The ultimate in form and function. See pics after the jump.

The Breton Company

 

 

 

 

Music Mondays  

What Happens when Snarky Puppy, Rachmaninoff, Robert Glasper, and some aliens from mars get into a lab and cook up a test tube baby? Out pops Anomalie hailing from the great city of Montreal. This dude is an utter mad man and I wish I could play like him. With sweet classical, jazzy, hard hitting beats and amazing lead lines every note this kid plays is utter perfection. Don't believe me? Check out one of my favorites on his soundcloud called Odyssée

 

 https://soundcloud.com/anomaliebeats/odyssee