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Blog Post by Cameron McKirdy

In this HD video, I show you how to get free food samples at any Safeway Grocery Store simply by asking.  First stop; The Bakery.  I scored a chocolate chip cookie, and a rich brownie with fudge frosting by using little effort.  Getting this freebie was child’s play, but the complementary grub isn’t available only for the kids, as you may have thought.  I use this method on most of my visits to large retailers.  The bakers told me they give out 10-15 trays of 45 count cookies daily.  So claim your grub, and don’t let free calories go uneaten.  Also of note, The Bakery is on my way from the back of the grocery store, where I check the half off sale items anyways. 

Free samples and bargains can be had, even at the most expensive Safeway in America, located in my hometown of Seaside, Oregon.  I do this wild stuff to offset the cost of my calorie intake, and for my own sick amusement.  I want to get the maximum out of any given situation, like I did in this social experiment.  The employees are typically really generous, and don’t mind my request.  
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A friend and I once got three types of no cost cookies for each person asking.  So we enjoyed a variety of desserts for free to enjoy while filling my cart.  Share your comments below on urban scavenging.Beef Sample at Safeway DeliIn this photo I show off my huge haul of three roast beef pieces after politely requesting to try some red meat at the deli counter.   This was enough flesh for a hearty sandwich, but I ate it in store, and even shared some with another shopper!  Push the limit, and ask to sample each and every appetizing food type behind the glass.  It’s the education you need to become a smarter shopper.

Click here for more information on how to get free stuff in life in another #SurvivalBros article.

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By Cameron McKirdy

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Check out Seattle Fire Dept.’s custom Medic One rescue bicycle created to help people overcome adversity during a survival type situation, or basic injury outdoors.  Like this cycling setup?  What else would you put on this bike frame to carry items?  Comment below.   Thanks to the Seattle Fire Department for taking the time to educate, and assist the gracious public.  The Fremont Solstice Fair is a spectacular event.  Mark your calendars for this celebration next year.  

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Seattle Fire Dept. Medic One Bike

Photo of Seattle Fire Dept’s Medic One Response Bicycle Loaded with Emergency Preparedness Gear

 

By Cameron McKirdy

One of my favorite activities do to for myself is taking a trip to an isolation chamber, or flotation tank in PDX.  The two spas Survival Bros have checked out are Float On, and Common Ground.  Both are open to the public, just call ahead before you try this form of alternative medicine.  There’s many benefits to floating, but in general it’s excellent for meditation, and relaxation.  Specifically, I use this type of therapy for an improvement in circulation, and to enhance creativity.

So how does it work?  Well, the video interview featuring Joe Rogan is a good place to start your journey.  But since I have experience, here’s how it went when I stopped by Common Ground at the Everett House Healing Center and Spa.  They are located at 5010 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211. First, I reserved a floating session by phone (503-238-1065), which cost $65 for 90 minutes.  If you call them, and ask for a promotion, you may be able to get a better rate.  There’s two tanks here.  Common Ground is a wellness co-operative, so consider becoming a member for more savings.  It’s a wonderful environment, bursting with plant life outside, and welcoming people all around.  The reception area is cozy.  Shop, explore other services, such as massage, or you can help yourself to a beverage like hot tea.  Check in for your float, then grab an over-sized towel and hit the showers and sauna.  Beware, locker room may be coed at times, so you may see some boobies.

After loosening up in the sauna, and breaking a sweat, I rinsed off again, and took off my bath towel.  I slipped into the dark tank, and got settled in.  Using earplugs is recommended, so one more bodily sense is cut off from The World.  That’s the idea.  You use an isolation chamber to go inside yourself, work through issues, and make discoveries.  A floating air pillow supports your head and neck.  Then you simply lay there in darkness, mostly submerged in salty water.  The Epsom solution is ideally the same temperature as your skin, at 93.5-95 degrees.  So as you relax, you begin to lose a sense of where your body ends, and where the The Universe begins.  It’s like being thrown back into the womb.  Finally, you’re alone with yourself again, and can process life better.

Follow the links provided to find out more benefits of flotation tanks.  You’ll begin to discover how it changes your brain.  If you try out an isolation tank, you may feel your mind bending.  According to Common Ground in Portland, OR this “stimulates left/right brain synchronization; shifts brain waves from Beta to lower frequency Alpha, Theta and even Delta; creates mental clarity, alertness; increases creativity, problem solving; heightens visualization; deepens meditation; expands awareness, intensifies acuteness of all the senses, accelerates learning.”  Sign yourself up.  If you try this, you won’t be disappointed.  It is not a waste of time.  It’s something new to most, and good for you on many levels.  Leave a comment if you have additional questions, and I will do my best to answer them.  I will explore this topic further, and blog more about floating soon.  Cheers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolation_tankfloat tank PDX

“You won’t be in pain, if you have peace at heart.” – Cameron McKirdy in an Isolation Tank

float on inside chamberIsolation Tank photos taken by http://instagram.com/rockman_rocks at Float On in Portland, OR

Marijuana is legal in WA State now!  So Survival Bros went to Longview, Washington to smoke some weed.  Blaze up a fatty joint with me, and celebrate Liberty in America NOW.  This is an exercise is personal freedom.  Come on Oregon!  Get with the program, and smoke some ganja.  SUBSCRIBE TO SURVIVAL BROS ON YOUTUBE IF YOU HAVE AN ACCOUNT!

This HD video was shot at The Freedom Market.  They have two locations.  One in Kelso, WA, and the other in downtown Longview.  http://www.FreedomMarket420.com

As an Oregon Resident, I went to this establishment, and scored bud without having to show identification.  I have grey hair.  However, you can’t smoke on location, which was a bummer.  So where is an Oregon Resident suppose to go to puff chronic?  I don’t know.  I don’t smoke in my vehicle.  You won’t catch me riding dirty.  And I wasn’t about to break the law, and take it back to OR.  So I did the natural thing, and got high outdoors.  It was the best.  Nothing beats being able to carry my medicine down the street in broad daylight.  So many recreational marijuana shops to visit, so much time.

joint conesOne Gram Joint Cones with 31 Flavors of Weed for Recreational Use

Deal with IT!

 

Shot by Cameron McKirdy

Survival Bros drives in dangerous road conditions through Champaign, Illinois.  It was 29 degrees.  First came an inch of snow, then freezing rain, followed by a hail storm.  The worthless rental car, a Kia Soul, was covered in an inch of ice, and struggled to stay on the slippery road!  There were accidents all over the place, but it looks like the worst winter weather is behind us now.  Stay tuned for additional HD videos.  Please enter your email on the top left side of the blog to follow all of our posts.  More intense stuff soon.  Thanks for visiting!  Get prepared.

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I’ve meet most of the famous people that have influenced my life in a positive way, and it’s not by accident.  For the first time ever, I’m divulging my tactics on how to meet celebrities, including artists, athletes, and other inspirational, culturally significant folks.  You may say, “hey Cam, what’s this got to do with SURVIVAL?”  Well, I believe meeting legends improves you as a person, and at the end of the day, all you can hope for is that you are better than the day before.

I think I got hooked on approaching stars in my childhood, when I stalked Portland Trail Blazer players after games with my dad.  They’d be gingerly strolling to their luxury cars, and I’d go in for the kill.  I offered them a basketball to sign with my Sharpie.  Any good autograph seeker knows to bring their own fresh permanent pen.  Nothing is worse that standing in front of your hero trying to bum a pen for a signature.  I caught up to Clyde “The Glide” Drexler, Terry Porter, Buck Williams, and the rest of the old school Blazers.  I remember weaseling close enough to the locker room entrance too, so that I could high five all the players as they ran out on the court.  After that, I didn’t wash my hand for a week.  My mom made me in the end.

I learned as a kid how to approach cool people.  First I would say something like, “Hey, I’m a big fan.  I just wanted to say hi, and ask for you autograph.”  They usually obliged, but I’ve had more than my fair share of epic snubs.  More on that in a second.  Basically, if you see a celebrity, be chill like them.  I offer up a compliment, but don’t go overboard.  Plus, I tell them something about myself, that they can relate to.  I find common ground.  For instance, when I went up to UFC star Chael Sonnen at an amateur MMA event, I shook his hand and told him I was also an Oregon Duck.  Then I mentioned being a ring announcer for mixed martial arts fights in Seaside, Oregon.  I told him maybe I would announce his name one day in the octagon.  I had his attention, and he was happy to pose for a picture, and sign an autograph for me.  I have more autographs than a memorabilia dealer.  Meeting athletes is easy.  Catch them before or after the event, and be polite.

I’ve been snubbed by stars too.  Jack Nickalus passed me by.  Arnold Palmer told me he had signed enough autographs that day.  But the biggest snub of all-time comes from the punk Greg Oden.  This Blazer washout walked by me on Burnside in Portland, while I was talking on my phone.  I hung up, and casually approached him while waiting for a crosswalk light to change.  We were the only ones on the block.  I said, “hey Greg, I’m a big fan (lie), and I just wanted to say hi and shake your hand.”  Greg Oden looked me up and down, and then looked away, not saying a word.  I backed up slowly proclaiming, “Greg Oden just snubbed me!”  Then I yelled for all of PDX to hear, “Greg Oden is too good for the world!!!”  The realest thing I’ve ever said.  I told that story on my radio show on the Oregon Coast.  I still plan to burn his basketball card on camera.  It will never be worth anything. 

Most celebs aren’t goons, so don’t be afraid to go up to them.  One of my favorite encounters was when I slept on the street in Los Angeles to have a chance as a contestant on The Price is Right.  I went during spring break right after I turned 18.  It took 14 hours of waiting in line before I stormed CBS Studios and sat front row, one seat over from Contestant’s Row.  I didn’t play any pricing games that day, but I did have a long conversation with Bob Barker himself.  He towered over me, high on the stage.  During a commercial break I had the courage to raise my hand and ask him a question, but not a stupid one.  I’m sure he’d been asked during every damn taping about when he is doing Happy Gilmore 2.  I could tell Bob was sick of that comment, so I buttered him up like hot corn on the cob.  He read my price tag name tag, “Yes Cameron.”  I said, “Bob, after all these years, how do you look so good, and stay so fit?”  Perfectly executed.  He rambled for 5 minutes about his days in the military, and training, and so on, then went back to the show.  However, to my surprise, when he was way across the stage during the next break he said, “anyways Cameron, back to your question.”  I still have that yellow price tag sticker with my name on it.

I could go on all day about the well-known people I’ve met.  Mainly, you just need to be on the lookout.  Get very familiar with the faces of people you appreciate.  Be ready to approach, and try to know their schedule.  When I worked at the mall running a kiosk, I had mini football helmets stocked, so I could throw up my back in whenever I feel like it sign, and get that autograph.  This was in Eugene, and athletes from Oregon and around the country shopped there.  I even had one foot by one foot sections of hardwood floor on standby for basketballers to sign.  I remember bothering U of O sensation Luke Jackson for an autograph when I finally hunted him down in Macy’s.  He said, “what do you just carry pieces of wood around?”  I said yes, but he scribbled on one anyway.  I met comedian Carlos Mencia in the mall too, and Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin’s family.  My picture with Bindi Irwin is classic.

This is getting long, but the point is that you can meet influential people too.  Have guts, be ready, and meet them with confidence.  Gifts don’t hurt either.  I once went to legendary Air Jordan shoe designer Tinker Hatfield’s pad with a house warming gift.  I crashed his party, but he invited me in anyways.  I gave him the best ceramic vase I’d ever made.  He put it on his mantle, and gave me a 45 minute tour.  Just goes to show you that if you appreciate others, they will appreciate you.  I can’t imagine the person I’d be if I hadn’t met the people that inspire me to go hard.  The World is yours.  Don’t let anybody bring you down.  Meeting famous people is your God given right.

Meeting Famous PeopleFrom top left: Cameron McKirdy with Haloti Ngata (NFL), Joey Chestnut (#1 Pro Eater), Aston Eaton (#1 athlete on Earth), Bindi Irwin (Freed Willy), Chael Sonnen (UFC), Badlands Booker (rapper, competitive eating champion), Joey Harrington (Oregon Duck QB), Erick Lindgren (#1 poker player in the world), Terrell Brandon (NBA All-star)

Mt. Hood Summer 2013

Survival Bros recently had the opportunity to tour The Fruit Loop near Mt. Hood. This abundant area is less than 1 hour from Portland. We checked out farms, orchards, vineyards, lavender fields, and even an alpaca ranch. It was a scrumptious trip. I stocked up on all sorts of goodies, and tried every free sample imaginable.

Mt. View Orchards Inc. The first spot we rolled up on was Mt. View Orchards Inc. My parents have been there before, and already knew they had some of the best prices on fresh fruit. We were in the market for a variety of apples, blueberries, and peaches specifically, since they are in season now and being celebrated. This fruit stand is located in Parkdale, with a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. The fruit looked even better, and I took the opportunity to use a fruit picker to snag the choicest peaches growing on huge, abundant trees. There were several types to try, including excellent tiny donut-shaped peaches. After picking a box full, we headed to the store there to pay and try all the samples. There was apple cider, dried pears with cinnamon-sugar, raw honey, fudge, and every kind of jam and peppered jelly you could imagine. Calorie restriction didn’t cross my mind. Before we bounced to the next farm, I examined and swooped up six ears of sweet corn for a buck.

Cameron McKirdy picks fruit

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Next stop was Draper Girls Country Farm. They offer U-pick and We-pick varieties of cherries, nectarines, pears, prunes, etc. However, Survival Bros and Co. were more interested in the goats and pigs. They are USDA approved, and so damn cute. We said hi to them, snapped pictures, tried their fruit samples, and rolled on. We got most of our fruit at the first stop. Draper Girls were pretty proud of their bounty, but it’s still cheaper than the grocery store. Fun place, and beautiful. They made me crave some fresh goat milk for sure. If you’re looking for a vacation, Draper Girls rents out the farm house year round.

Draper Girl's Fruit Stand

Draper Girls Country Farm

Draper Girl's Goat Farm

A short drive down the road was Cascade Alpacas and Foothills Yarn & Fiber. Can’t say I’d seen an alpaca before. These goofy creatures have a purpose though. They produce soft yarn for knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning. The yarn shop had a huge selection of equipment, and gifts. I liked the beanies and socks, but spent my money on feeding the alpacas instead. They were hungrier than me! So I fattened them up with alfalfa pellets. I did try to eat an alpaca, but the owner said no. That would be like eating a horse. Which way to the BBQ? The alpaca farm was worth the trip. We even got to see some babies. They sheer the young ones for yarn after just a few weeks.

Cascade Alpacas and Foothills

Cascade Alpacas Owner

After nearly biting into an alpaca, I needed to relax. The Hood River Lavender Farms were next. It features epic views of Mt. Adams, Hood, and the Hood River Valley. The small gift shop had Lavender Oil, lotions, and other products derived from the 70+ types of certified organic lavender grown there. We didn’t stay long, or even pick a bouquet, but it was interesting. They were also growing hops on the shop, which was cool.

Hood River Lavender Farms

About this time we got hungry and ate lunch in town at an authentic Mexican joint. Then Survival Bros went to the Apple Valley Country Store and Bakery. I regret not getting their BBQ. How about some cherry-wood smoked ribs? Instead I opted for marionberry pie with Tillamook vanilla ice cream. Here they had tons of free samples. Below is a photo of us putting apple butter on a cracker. I’d go back to this country store.

Apple Valley Country Store & Bakery

We made a quick stop at the Mt. Hood Winery. They had live music, and a big tasting room that wasn’t too crowded. I didn’t feel like spending $7 on a glass of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, or anything else. I had a taste, but I think it was just too hot out, and my belly had had enough. I was most impressed with the vintage James Bond movie posters in the men’s restroom. I almost busted the camera out for those, but decided against the bathroom photography. It’s a nice place. Finally we traveled to The Gorge White House, where they serve Mt. Hood wines, and some 25 other local bottles. This historic home sits on a century old working farm. My crew sipped their hard ciders. I enjoyed the mixed berry variety. In The Gorge White House we drank a “Heritage Pear Wine.” It was tasty, so I took a bottle home for $19. There was lots going on here, between a bridal shower, the store, a food cart, tasting rooms, and a massive flower garden to explore. You’ll want to visit this farm. All said and done, nothing beats the splendor of Oregon’s Hood River County Fruit Loop. It’s 35 miles of vast orchards, farms, fruit stands and kind people. I did all this in a day, but you could easily spend two full days leisurely strolling along this community. Visit www.hoodriverfruitloop.com for more info. Thanks for stopping by the Survival Bros blog.

The Gorge White House U-Pick fields

By Cameron McKirdy

I’m on vacation. Calories and money are of no concern to me. I’m getting after it, but this bed is really comfy. I’m staying with friends in Alton, IL.

I flew out of Portland. But not before I got molested by the TSA. Of course I opted out of the naked body scanners again, always will. Everyone else submitted and got radiated. My enhanced pat down took forever. The TSA didn’t know how to handle me. 10, maybe 15 minutes passed before I even got felt up. What a tease! The old officer slowly stroked my buttocks, in between my legs, and everywhere else. ‘Merica!

My flight was delayed, so I had Patrón. Boarding the plane sucked. I didn’t check in early with Southwest, so I had to sit at the back of the aircraft. It was a bumpy 4.5 hour ride. We had a rough landing too. I knew we were coming in hot, and sure enough we smashed down going way too fast.

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A $30 cab ride later to the Sax hotel, and this was my epic view. It’s a crappy pic, but you can make out the famous Chicago sign in the distance. My room was right above The House of Blues. I enjoyed room service; deep dish sausage pizza, a cookie platter, and beer. I lounged around in a robe, and watched Hoarders on TV. I also planned out the next day, checking maps, and business reviews.

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In the morning I stashed my Kelty Red Cloud backpack in a locker at Union Station. It used fingerprint identification as a key. It was $5 an hour to rent a big locker. Breakfast was a green smoothie and a shot of wheatgrass at Jamba Juice, and a fatty turkey sandwich and dark roast coffee at Panera Bread. After that, I was on a mission to see all I could. I went to the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears tower, but going to the top was pointless, because there was no visibility. A beautiful Alexander Calder sculpture moved fluidly in the lobby.

Later, I went to Navy Pier, but most of the attractions were closed. It was rainy and foggy. Next stop was the Contemporary Art Museum of Chicago. The main exhibit featured artists creating around the time of WW2. So the many of the works were intentionally damaged by the creators to express the ravages of war. Canvases were cut, ripped, burned, and pierced.

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After digesting Art at the museum, I mobbed to Millennium Park to check out “The Bean” sculpture. It’s massive. Viewing Chicago in the distorted reflection was wondrous. I want to make a giant abstract work of Art. My city sucks when it comes to embracing artists, and modifying the environment. Chicago has style. It has good eats and brews too. Before taking the train to Alton, I dined with fellow pro eater Patrick Bertoletti. We threw down grub at Tilted Kilt, and smashed local beers at Rudy’s.

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There’s nothing like waking up and going to a candy shop. My friends and I drove to Crown Candy in St. Louis, the King of malts. For 100 years they’ve challenged the public to drink 5 malts in one-half hour. I would have tried it, but there was a long line pouring out the door, and they don’t offer the food feat when they’re slammed. So I ordered a turkey bacon melt, and chocolate banana malt. I went with two girls, so naturally I ended up eating most of their food too.

After nearly blacking out from overdosing on calories, we ventured to the St. Louis City Museum. It’s a funhouse! You wouldn’t believe how extravagant it is. The place is a maze of caves, slides, and hidden passageways. Outside there’s a playground, that looks more like a death trap. It’s made of airplanes, fire trucks, and rebar. I nearly got stuck turning around in this suspended steel tunnel.

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Next stop was downtown STL. The City Garden was impressive. There’s lots of Art, including a huge screen you can see yourself on. And there were sculptures of bunnies, next to real wild bunnies. It got me in the mood. Love is in the Spring air. Next we prefunked at the Oyster Bar near Busch Stadium. I devoured alligator nuggets. Then we went to the Brewers and Cardinals game. They gave out free Stan Musial harmonicas remembering The Man. They are already selling for more than $50 online. Our seats were in the Bank of America suite. The bank sucks, but I had access to endless food, and all the beer and wine I wanted. The Cards won.

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My peeps just took me to Confluence Towers. This is began Lewis and Clark started their epic journey, and where the Missouri and Mississippi rivers converge. The view is vast, but the tour guide pointed out the landfill first. I paid $4 for the view. Next was an interpretive center at Camp River Dubois. This is where Lewis and Clark trained for their trek. My pictures include the Captain’s quarters, and a replica of the keelboat complete with gear they spent months stockpiling. It’s all fascinating. I got souvenirs, and a great book I’m reading called Undaunted Courage.

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Visiting the mounds at Cahokia in Illinois.

by Cameron McKirdy

Today was glorious. I hosted the 3rd annual Seaside Oregon Eating Championship at Broadway Park for charity. We had both an adult, and kid eating contest featuring Subway footlong sandwiches. History was made.

Broadway park is awesome. It’s changed a lot since I’ve lived in Seaside. We got a new baseball and football field, and a jungle gym for kids to exercise on. Plus, we have a dope skate park. There’s even a basketball court, bathrooms, and an under cover picnic area near the river. It’s the heart of this coastal community.

I love hosting the eating contest each year. I’m a pro eater, so it’s great to watch the local talent develop, and appreciate the sport. It’s a pleasure to host it for charity, and support the Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation Department. This year the kids winner was the first to eat a footlong. One kid was cheating and fake puking his sub in the trash. He ended up with a generous 2nd place title. The adults had to mow 2 footlongs! Hardcore. A local ringer won again this year. Next year I’m putting down the mic and taking the championship.

Eating healthy is essential. Chewing is good too. Even though I host eating contests, proper nutrition is always on my mind. Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated is key. Please don’t try competitive eating at home. You’ll end up bitting a finger off, or using pets for training food. The lesson here is to have fun, stay active, and eat all the good stuff you can. And support your local parks too! Peace.

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Here’s my video footage of the contest!  Funny stuff.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-_aTVaOLiQ