Ocean & Beaches

Since I live in San Diego, CA in the United States and live about a mile from a beach, I have done a lot of photography there. The beaches here are a very big draw for not only people who live here but travelers too.

To view my galley of photos that I have done, please click on the graphic below.

Flowers

I do lots of different types of photography that I enjoy doing and one of them is taking photos of flowers. I think I got my love of flowers from my late mother. Every time she came to visit me in San Diego, California USA she would ask me to take her to Balboa Park so she can view the rose garden. Their rose garden blooms all year, so there is always something beautiful to look at. When ever I visit the park or the Zoo, which is right next door, I always have my cameras with me.

To view my flowers gallery, please click the image below.

Early Morning

I took this picture in the early morning in October 2018 when I visited my aunt and uncle in Maryland, USA.

Early Morning

Looking Back at the Trump Administration via Graphics

Now that Donald Trump is out of office, I thought I’d share the graphics I made about him in the past four years. One of these graphics was banned by Twitter and one by Zazzle.com. Enjoy!

Trump Teaches

Here is a series of graphics I created, since Trump is such a “stable genius”!

2020 Election

Here are graphics I made in response to all the craziness that happened during the 2020 election.

COVID-19

Here are graphics I did based on what happened in 2020 due to his terrible, deadly response to the COVID-19 world-wide pandemic. Just think how many Americans would still be alive if he wasn’t elected!

Trump Crimes

Here are graphics on just some of the awful, maybe criminal things did while Trump was in office.

Other Graphics

Here are the graphics I made that didn’t fall into one of the groups above.

Rockmputer

Early this year, after being inspired by a segment I saw on the TV show 60 minutes, I decided I should start creating artwork again. Since we are living through a pandemic, I had a lot of extra time on my hands and needed to come up with way to keep myself busy. I have been doing artwork since grade school and even won my very first award for a book I wrote. So I looked around my home trying to think of what I should do and noticed a lot of electronics I had stored to take to the electronic recycling. So I spend months taking apart the electronics so I could “re-purpose” them into artwork.

Then I came up with my first project for myself that incorporates all of my passions so the Rockmputer was born! I took an old cheap bass guitar that I purchased for recording songs since it no longer worked well and made that the base for the artwork. The electronics on top of it represents my passions… photography, music and technology.

Stay tuned for more artwork similar to this. If you have any comments or questions, please make them below.

Photos from My Travels to India

In the past three years, I have been lucky enough to travel to the country of India. In 2020, I was unable to travel there due to the pandemic. I really miss the country, the culture and all of the friends I have made due to speaking at a conferences. I have deep connections in India now and am glad I do. I just love the food there! The India food in America just isn’t the same.

Until I get to go back, these photos will have to do, so I hope you also enjoy them. Just click on the photo below.

https://mccarterphotography.smugmug.com/Photography/Travel/India/

From my travels, I also came up with a Gluten free, Dairy free and Nightshade free Chicken Curry recipe. Click here to read it.

If You Don’t Wear Your Mask and Practice Social Distancing When Going Out, Then I Hope You Get COVID-19!

Since Mar 19, 2020, my home state of California in America has been on some sort of sate wide lock-down. This was to limit the spread by restricting the movement of the population to try to avoid the state being hit hard by the pandemic, which we now are. Also, our Governor made it mandatory for everyone to wear a mask indoors and outdoors where social distancing can not be maintained.

I specifically live in an area called Del Mar, which is close to the beach which means it’s very expensive to live here. So when I started to take walks, go to the store, etc., I thought I would be pretty safe since I figured most of the people that live here are pretty smart. Boy was I wrong! EVERY TIME I go outside, I see people not wearing masks or improperly. I did also notice that mostly minorities, especially Asians, follow the mask-wearing mandate 100%. The biggest culprits are, I hate to say this, are white people.

I am really tired of being the “mask police“, EVERY TIME I GO OUTSIDE! Every time I go out I have to remind people or ask them where their masks are. Most ignore me, until today.

Dan Is An Asshole

When I was at the shopping mall down the street from me today, I was walking out of the hardware store, headed to the grocery store. After a few steps, a guy (let’s call him Dan) comes towards me, with a mask in his hand but not on his face. As he passed I said (as I moved to make more space between us):

You have a mask but refuse to wear it? Thanks for that.

It took him a few seconds to think about it he turned around and said:

Fuck you! I don’t need to wear a mask outside.

Before I continue, let’s review what the California state web site says.

To prevent infection, you must cover your nose and mouth when outside your home. So wearing a mask is now required statewide. Wearing a mask or cloth face covering can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of the virus into the air. It also reinforces physical distancing, and shows you care about the health of others.”

The rule in California is to do this at all times, not just when YOU feel like it.

I replied:

You do have to wear one when you are only walking a few feet from me.

He continued to yell at me, including obscenities. Before he was out of earshot I said:

You must be a Trump supporter!

Since we all know Trump is a mask denier. He said:

I didn’t vote for Trump, I am a liberal.

I told him that he is not acting like a liberal! I thought it was over, but he turned towards me, started walking my way, still yelling obscenities. At this point, I could see he was sizing me up, maybe to get into a fight. He walked right up to me, still without a mask on and said:

Instead of saying something in passing, why not have a conversation?

Okay, I’m not unreasonable. So I asked him why he isn’t wearing a mask. He said:

I don’t have to wear one outside since I’m not around people.

We are standing in the middle of the food court at this mall, with many people around and I said:

Yes, you do here since there are people around. And you walked very close to me without one.

Then he got very close to me, I thought maybe to start that fight (which would be silly with me due to my size). I told him to get away from me. Then he started yelling very loudly:

Then I hope you get on those people who are over there eating (pointing to the people in the foodcourt).

I told him I won’t since they are following the rules and are socially distant. He finally started walked away, still yelling obscenities. I looked at some of those people in the food court and they were shaking their heads (at Dan).

I Can’t Believe This is What We Have Come To

The best way to get out of this pandemic is the cheapest, by just wearing proper face masks that cost less than $1? Why is this so hard for so many Americans? I’ll be the first one to admit that I do not like wearing one at all, especially outside in the summer months. But unlike asshole Dan, I am smart enough to know that it will provide me some protection, but the biggest reason is not to spread it to others.

So, Dan, I hope you get COVID-19 and end up in a hospital on a ventilator. Let’s see what you say after that! Maybe that will change the mind of a mask denying asshole!

So if I didn’t like going out before today, now I really don’t want to ever again until California fully opens back up, whenever that will be. Maybe in 2021?

Travel Photography

One of the great things about being a conference speaker is that I get to travel around America and other countries. I love going, visiting, and learning about other cultures. I think it makes me a better American! I hope you will enjoy the photography I have done during my travels!

McCarter Photography - 2019

Click here to view my travel photography!

Companies to Avoid Due To Their Actions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

There are many “bad actors” out there trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic in America. Some large, very profitable businesses are requesting grants or loans meant for small businesses, the backbone of the economy.  Some of these companies have returned the money, but only after a backlash from the media and public. The mear fact that they asked for it should warrant you and I to not use their products or services, once we all go back to work and life goes back to a new normal.

I will update this as I hear of these companies. So check back often.

Restaurants

J. Alexander’s

J. Alexander’s Holdings owns this restaurant: Requested $15.1 million and has a market cap of $74 million. The CEO of this company made $1,460,890 in 2018! In 2018 they took in over $242 million in revenue.

Kura Sushi

This restaurant requested $6 million and has a market cap of $78 million. They have locations in California, Texas, Washington, Florida, Michigan, Washington D.C., Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, and New Jersey. In 2019, they had $36 million in cash assets with total assets of over $76 million!

Lyndhurst Grill

J. Alexander’s Holdings owns this restaurant: Requested $15.1 million and has a market cap of $74 million. The CEO of this company made $1,460,890 in 2018! In 2018 they took in over $242 million in revenue.

Merus Grill

J. Alexander’s Holdings owns this restaurant: Requested $15.1 million and has a market cap of $74 million. The CEO of this company made $1,460,890 in 2018! In 2018 they took in over $242 million in revenue.

Overland Park Grill

J. Alexander’s Holdings owns this restaurant: Requested $15.1 million and has a market cap of $74 million. The CEO of this company made $1,460,890 in 2018! In 2018 they took in over $242 million in revenue.

Pollo Tropical

This restaurant, owned by the Fiesta Restaurant Group requested $10 million and they have a market cap of $189 million.

Potbelly

The sandwich shop requested $10 million. They said they will return it. They have a market cap of $85 million!

Redlands Grill

J. Alexander’s Holdings owns this restaurant: Requested $15.1 million and has a market cap of $74 million. The CEO of this company made $1,460,890 in 2018! In 2018 they took in over $242 million in revenue.

Ruth Chris

1280px-ruths_chris_logo.svg_The steak restaurant, Ruth Chris requested $20 million. The owner of the Ruth’s Chris Steak House has said it will repay $20 million in federal loans after facing backlash for its access to the money, which was meant to aid small businesses. But the company has also enjoyed several years of profits. Last year, Ruth’s earned a profit of $42 million on revenue of $468 million. In turn, the company last year spent about $42 million on share repurchases and paying out dividends.

In 2018, Ruth’s Chris CEO and President Cheryl J. Henry’s total compensation package, including salary and stock awards, was more than $6,100,000. There are more than 150 Ruth’s Chris steakhouses in the US.

Shake Shack

This restaurant requested and received $10 million. They have reportedly returned it.

Stoney River

J. Alexander’s Holdings owns this restaurant: Requested $15.1 million and has a market cap of $74 million. The CEO of this company made $1,460,890 in 2018! In 2018 they took in over $242 million in revenue.

Taco Cabana

This restaurant, owned by the Fiesta Restaurant Group requested $10 million and they have a market cap of $189 million.

Sports

L.A. Lakers

los-angeles-lakers-logo-purple-trademark-kitchen-dining-tables-nba2000-lal-c3_1000The Los Angeles Lakers requested and received $4.6 million. They have reportedly returned it. The team is worth $4.4 billion! This is just bad sportsmanship!

Food Manufactures

Unfortunately, many of the companies that produce out food in America are forcing workers to work without proper testing and PPE!

JBS USA

JBS USA Holdings, Inc. is an American food processing company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of JBS S.A., a Brazilian company that is the world’s largest processor of fresh beef and pork, with more than $50 billion just in the United States in annual sales as of 2017.

JBS brands include 5 Star Beef, Aspen Ridge Natural Beef, Blue Ribbon Angus, Cedar River Farms, Chef’s Exclusive, Clear River Farms, G.F. Swift 1855 Brand, Liberty Bell, Moyer, Packerland, Showcase Premium Ground Beef Swift, Pilgrim’s Chicken, Swift Premium.

Smithfield

Smithfield Foods, Inc., is a meat-processing company based in Smithfield, Virginia, in the United States, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of WH Group of China. Founded in 1936 as the Smithfield Packing Company by Joseph W. Luter and his son, the company is the largest pig and pork producer in the world.

In 2016, Smithfield had sales of over $10 billion in just 9 months. So why can’t they take care of their workers?

Smithfield’s brands include Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, Farmland, Armour, Farmer John, Kretschmar, John Morrell, Cook’s, Gwaltney, Carando, Margherita, Curly’s and Healthy Ones.

Tyson

Tyson Foods, Inc. is an American multinational corporation based in Springdale, Arkansas, that operates in the food industry. The company is the world’s second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork after JBS S.A. and annually exports the largest percentage of beef out of the United States.

In the past 6 months, Tyson had sales of almost $22 billion dollars! So why can’t they take care of their workers?

Tyson’s brands include Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Hillshire, Ball Park, Raised & Rooted, aidells, State Fair, Nature Raised Farms, Sara Lee, Wright Brand, Bosco’s, Gallo Salame, Bonici, The Bruss Company, Chairman’s Reserve, ibp, Lady Aster, Mexican Original, Open Prairie Natural Meats, Star Ranch Angus, Wonderbar, AdvancePierre, Barber Foods, Big AZ, Fast Fixin, Hot ‘n’ Ready, Jamwich PB, Landshire, Russer, Steak Eze, Orginal Philly Cheesesteak Co, Bryan, True Chews, TopChews, Nudges, and Ruben.

Tyson Does Not Protect Employees

To make matters worse, Tyson management have been actively working hard to now protect their employees. Just sad and pathetic!

Other Companies

Here are more companies you might have never heard of to avoid.

  • Adamis Pharmaceuticals: Requested $3.2 million and has a market cap of $26 million. In one quarter in 2019, they had almost $6 million in sales.
  • Air T (holding company): Requested $8.2 million and has a market cap of $37 million. In 2018 they had $194 million in revenue!
  • Aquestive Therapeutics (pharmaceutical): Requested $4.8 million and they have a market cap of $122 million.
  • Broadwind Energy: Requested $9.5 million and have a market cap of $24 million. In 2019, they had sales of over $178 million!
  • Conformis (hip and knee replacements): Requested $4.7 million and they have a market cap of $47 million. Their revenue in 2019 was almost $77 million!
  • CPI Aerostructures (aircraft parts): Requested $4.8 million and they have a market cap of $35 million. In 2017 they had reported over $81 million in revenue. Also in 2017, they had over $124 million in total assets.
  • Crawford United: Requested $3.7 million and has a market cap of $36 million. Brands are AIRENTERPRISES, CAD ENTERPRISES, data genomix, Federal Hose and MPI. In 2019, they had sales of $21 million.
  • Digimarc (software): Requested $5 million and has a market cap of $192 million.
  • DMC Global (metalworking): Requested $6.7 million and has a market cap of $405 million.
  • Emmis Communications (American media conglomerate): Requested $4.8 million and has a market cap of $23 million. In 2019, they had revenue of over $114 million!
    They own radio stations in New York, Austin Texas, and Indianapolis Indiana.
  • ENGlobal (engineering services): Requested $4.9 million and they have a market cap of $24 million.  In the first quarter of 2020, they had sales of over $19 million!
  • Escalade (sporting equipment): Requested $5.6 million and they have a market cap of $104 million. They make the brands: Bear Archery, Trophy Ridge, Whisker Biscuit, Cajun Bowfishing, Karnage, Fletcher, Rocket, SIK, BearX, STIGA, Ping-Pong, Goalrilla, Goaliath, Silverback, Hoopstar, Goalsetter, Vuly, Woodplay, ChildLife, The STEP, USWeight, Lifeline, Kettleworx, Natural Fitness, PER4M, Atomic, American Legend, HJ Scott, Triumph Sports, Mizerak, Lucasi, PureX, Rage, Players, Cue&Case, Unicorn, Accudart, Arachnid, Nodor, Winmau, Zume Games, Pickleball Now, Onix, Viva Sol, Triumph Sports, Victory Tailgate, DURA
  • Flotek Industries (specialty chemicals): Requested $4.8 million and has a market cap of $52 million. Their revenue for 2018 was almost $178 million!
  • Frequency Electronics (satellite telecommunications): Requested $5 million and has a market cap of $86 million. In 2019, they had almost $47 million in working capital!
  • Legacy Housing (manufactured homes): Requested $6.5 million and has a market cap of $229 million. The website seems to be down or gone!
  • Lindblad Expeditions (cruise ships): Requested $6.6 million and has a market cap of $264 million.
  • MannKind (biopharmaceutical ): Requested $4.9 million and has a market cap of $273 million.
  • Misonix (medical equipment made in China): Requested $5.2 million and has a market cap of $198 million.
  • Natural Gas Services: Requested $4.6 million and they have a market cap of $65 million. In 2018 they had total assets of $305 million. In 2018, the CEO made a whopping $3,032,250!
  • New Age Beverages (natural beverages): Requested $6.9 million and they have a market cap of $137 million. The beverages they make are Xing, Volvic Water, Nestea, Bucha, WATERisLIVE, and ‘NHANCED.
  • OptiNose(pharmaceutical company): Requested $4.4 million and has a market cap of $180 million.
  • Quantum Corp. (storing and managing video content): Requested $10 million and has a market cap of $151 million.
  • PolarityTE (biotech): Requested $3.6 million and they have a market cap of $44 million. In 2018 they had an income of $673 million!
  • Prema-Fix Environmental (nuclear waste treatment): Requested $5.7 million and has a market cap of $74 million. In 2019 they had over $73 in revenue!
  • Protech Home Medical (medical equipment): Requested $6 million and has a market cap of $65 million. In just one quarter in 2019, they made over $21 million.
  • Ultralife (power solutions & communications systems): Requested $3.5 million and has a market cap of $99 million. They made $25.8 million in the first quarter of 2020!
  • U.S Auto Parts: Requested $4.1 million and has a market cap of $81 million. Brands include carparts.com and JCWhitney. Gross profit in 2019 was $84.2 million!
  • Veritone(an operating system for artificial intelligence): Requested $6.5 million and has a market cap of $101 million.
  • Wave Life Sciences (biotech): Requested $7.2 million and has a market cap of $286 million. Headquarters in Singapore.
  • ZAGG (consumer electronics): Requested $9.4 million and has a market cap of $101 million. Their brands are InvisibleShield, mophie, BRAVEN, IFROGZ, Gear4, and HALO.

Summary

What are your thoughts? Should there be others on this list? Please let me know by making a comment below.

Christmas Shopping in the Dark

For most of my life, I’ve avoided shopping for Christmas gifts in December. The biggest reason is that people focus on the gifts and not what Christmas is all about. They are pushy, mean, stressed out and more and it just kills my Christmas spirit.

Because of this, every year my goal is to have the gifts purchased by my birthday which is at the end of November. Even way, way back when I was in the U.S. Navy, I would take my birthday off and do all of my shopping for Christmas. After the Navy, I would take my birthday off of work and do the same. This way I could focus on the spirit of Christmas and avoid the shoppers in December that killed my spirit.

On this Christmas eve, I’m reminded of one Christmas eve when my kids were small (they are adults now). In those early years, my wife (now ex-wife) and I didn’t have a lot of money for gifts. Like most Americans, we lived paycheck to paycheck. When it was getting close to Christmas, my wife won $1,000 from a local radio station (complaining about me).

On that Christmas eve, she went to Toys-R-Us to get last-minute gifts for the kids. When she came home I was surprised because she had no bags with her. She told me that the power when out at the store, so she came home.

Since I don’t like shopping during Christmas, I jumped into action, grabbed my flashlight and dashed to Toys-R-Us! There was hardly anyone at the store, so I grabbed a shopping cart and grabbed all the gifs we wanted for the kids! Since the checkout didn’t rely on the internet back then, I was able to pay for the gifts and get home pretty quickly.

I spent all night wrapping the gifts and the kids had a pretty good Christmas! Thanks to 91X and my ex-wife for complaining about me on air!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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