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MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (PRWEB) May 22, 2015

Coco Libre, the Official Coconut Water of Zappos.com Bay to Breakers, has set a RecordSetter.com World Record at the 104th running of the race. On Sunday, May 17, 2015, a Coco Libre coconut water ice luge served 315 people in one hour—one person about every 10 seconds.

“The Zappos.com Bay to Breakers race is so true to the heart of the Bay Area, so unique, whimsical and fun that we felt bringing an ice luge to the finish line only made sense,” said Jennifer Goodrum, Coco Libre Regional Marketing Manager. “And judging by the reaction from the runners, we may need a bigger one next year!”

More than 1,525 people lined up for Organic Coconut Water chilled by two 8-spout ice luges designed by Ice Illusions. In addition, Coco Libre gave away more than 18,000 bottles to Zappos.com Bay to Breakers enthusiasts.

“We were honored to partner with Coco Libre at our Finish Line Festival to help hydrate participants of the Zappos.com Bay to Breakers. We’re thrilled that they now have their very own world record,” said Ted Yeschin of Wasserman Media Group, organizers of the event.

The 104th Zappos.com Bay to Breakers drew nearly 50,000 participants, 70,000 Expo visitors and 250,000 spectators and generated buzz that trended worldwide on Twitter and earned a global Snapchat story.

About Zappos.com Bay to Breakers

San Francisco’s Zappos.com Bay to Breakers is the oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the world, a staple to the City by the Bay since May 1912. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience for 104 years, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay. For more information visit zapposbaytobreakers.com.

About RecordSetter.com

RecordSetter.com is the new home of world records, where everyone can be the world’s best at something. The company’s mission is to raise the bar of human achievement through world records. For more information, visit recordsetter.com or follow @RecordSetter.

About Coco Libre

Coco Libre’s flagship Organic Coconut Water is the nutritional foundation for a growing family of purposeful beverages. Coco Libre Protein was a finalist for Best New Product Line Extension at the World Beverage Innovation Awards 2014. Coco Libre beverages can be found in grocery, specialty and natural foods retailers in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more visit http://www.cocolibreorganic.com, Facebook.com/CocoLibre, twitter.com/CocoLibre and Instagram @CocoLibre. Liberate your thirst.™

Media contact: Celina Simms – celina(at)maverickbrands(dot)com, (650) 739-0555

Richmond, CA (PRWEB) May 20, 2015

Since 1983, tenor saxophonist, composer, and arranger Bob Mintzer has been delving into the big band format and its myriad stylistic possibilities, collecting five Grammy nominations and one Grammy win in the process. His newest recording, “Get Up!,” which is his 20th big band album to date, will be released by MCG Jazz on June 23.

Mintzer describes the nine tracks on the new CD as “clearly R&B influenced, but [they] then go to many other places along the way. Using these relatively simple tunes as a springboard for harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic exploration was a real adventure, one that I had been thinking about for a long time.”

Produced by MCG’s Marty Ashby and arranged by Mintzer, “Get Up!” features guitarist Ray Obiedo and bassist Will Lee, as well as Mintzer’s longtime colleagues in the Yellowjackets, pianist Russell Ferrante and drummer William Kennedy. Besides five originals by the leader, including the James Brown-inspired title track, the set is made up of Mintzer’s vibrant arrangements of the Wayne Shorter-penned Weather Report classic “Elegant People” and three of his favorite R&B tunes from the late 1960s: the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing,” Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You” (written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes), and Sly & the Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song.”

“I grew up listening to this music,” says Mintzer, whose radio dial was tuned to WNEW-FM when he was growing up in New Rochelle, New York. “There was less concern with classification and categorization back then. There was a kind of connection between what people like John Coltrane and Charles Lloyd were doing and what some of the rock guys were doing in terms of Indian and Eastern influences and stretching out on long vamps. For people like myself who like all different kinds of music, this was a great time for music and art.”

Ashby, who has worked with Mintzer on all five of his big band dates for MCG Jazz, sees Mintzer as having “created such an important body of work for large ensemble that it just cannot be overlooked. Few bands write mostly original music for large ensemble, and hardly any then have much of the music available in a published format for other bands and students to study and play. Because his range of writing for the band extends from Brazilian to funk to R&B to straight-ahead to fusion and everything in between, I think Bob stands alone as the preeminent composer/arranger for big band at this time. His passion for the idiom puts him at the top of the pyramid.”

Mintzer connected with Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in 2004. The Big Band debuted with “Live at MCG” and followed up with “Old School, New Lessons” (2006), both of which featured Kurt Elling, and “Swing Out” (2008). On the Grammy-nominated “For the Moment” (2012), the spotlight was on Brazilian music, with guitarist/composer Chico Pinheiro as special guest.

The lifelong New Yorker, who’s considered one of the tenor saxophonists to come out of the school of New York players in the 1970s (also including Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Dave Liebman, and Steve Grossman), and whose big band dates to 1983, when the Brecker brothers asked him to put together an ensemble for their club Seventh Avenue South, has been based in Los Angeles since 2008. He lives in the former house of composer Arnold Schoenberg (his first L.A. residence, 1934-1936), and is the recipient of the Buzz McCoy–endowed chair of jazz studies at the University of Southern California.

Mintzer continues to tour with the Yellowjackets (which he joined in 1990), does workshops all over the world, and serves as a guest conductor/soloist with college and pro bands. His upcoming dates with the Yellowjackets include: 5/27 Howard Theatre, Washington, DC; 5/28-29 Blue Note, NYC; 6/26 Rochester (NY) Jazz Festival; and a European tour 7/1-15. Mintzer will be appearing at the Hong Kong Jazz Festival 6/3-9 with big band and orchestra; touring Europe 6/15-20 with the Hammond Eggs trio; and serving on faculty at the Centrum Jazz Camp in Port Townsend, WA 7/20-25. Finally, Mintzer will be part of a Jaco Pastorius tribute, with Vince Mendoza, at the Hollywood Bowl 8/13 (also with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra) and the Monterey Jazz Festival 9/18.

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 20, 2015

Improved billings over year-end 2014 and an increased number of inquiries contributed to an optimistic economic outlook for U.S. interior design firms at the end of 1st quarter 2015. The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) registered 57.7 at the end of March, compared to 52.3 in December 2014. New project inquiries registered 58.8 at the end of the first quarter, rising two points over December.

Small firms lead improvement

Sole-practitioner firms posted a gain from 48 to 52.6 over the year’s first quarter, but small firms with two to nine employees reported the highest billings at 63.2.

Geographically, firms in the West experienced a turnaround, surging from 48.5 to 65 over the quarter. Although they experienced a slight decline, Midwest firms ended at 60.5; firms in the South increased to 57. The Northeast, however, continued its downtrend, falling from a billings score of 44 to 40.

Commercial sector still struggling

It was a positive first quarter for design firms specializing in single-family residential projects. That market sector ended the quarter with a two-point increase to 56, while firms specializing in multi-family projects dropped to 47.

In the commercial sectors, the office, hospitality, entertainment, and retail segments registered sub-50 IDBI scores. In the institutional sector, the healthcare and government markets experienced declines but maintained scores above 50. Education dipped to an index score of 33.

Forecast suggests stronger business conditions

Looking forward, the design industry’s six-month business conditions index of 73 suggests continued expansion for the interior design industry. When taken together, the ASID six-month interior design

business conditions index, the Conference Board’s expectations index, and the Dodge Momentum Index signal that the design and construction industries should achieve increased activity through at least early 2016.

“The ASID IDBI has had a strong uptick (above 50 score) for the last year and we anticipate that score to continue through the second quarter,” said Jack Kleinhenz, ASID economist. “Not only is this resulting in increased inquiries and billings for interior design practitioners, but also in new jobs. Since November 2014, new interior design jobs have been on the rise reinforcing the “good health” of the industry and its impact on the economy.”

For a complete copy of the ASID Q1 IDBI Report or to schedule interviews, contact Julie McCrary at jmccrary(at)whitegood(dot)com or 717.278.0515.

About the ASID Interior Design Billings Index

The IDBI is produced by ASID Research, under the leadership of ASID Vice President of Research and Knowledge Management David Krantz in partnership with Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., and Russ Smith, Ph.D., both of Kleinhenz & Associates. The index, which was begun in November 2010, is a diffusion index compiled from a monthly ASID survey of 300 geographically diverse firms that primarily offer interior design services or offer interior design services as part of architectural, engineering, and other related practices. Resulting perspectives on current and future business conditions for the interior design industry are helpful indicators of changes in the direction of economic activity. The ASID indices are centered on 50 percent (above 50 indicates expansion and below 50 contraction).

About ASID Research

ASID Research provides the design industry with regular data, studies, and reports offering insight and analysis on the state of the industry and practice. Established to educate the design industry on the status of its health and the impact of design on the way we work, live and play, ASID Research offers quantitative and qualitative knowledge of the industry. Our goal is to provide observations, vision, and compilations that inspire and inform. Outcomes include the monthly ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI), the ASID Industry Outlook report, third-party collaborations, and educational grants.

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

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Self publishing is not an easy road for book authors, but it has the great advantage of being an open road instead of a closed road. Self publishing is a toll road because you will have to pay to produce your own work. Whether self publishing leads an author to disappointment or satisfaction depends on the person and the works being produced.

Like most authors, I started self publishing with grandiose dreams of success. I still have those dreams but operate within modest realities. Since I began producing my writing in 2005, I have earned between $ 900 to $ 2,000 a year from sales. Although that is hardly going to finance champagne wishes or caviar dreams, it does indicate that my writing has value, and, over the long term, I will actually enjoy a return on investment. Because my novels and nonfiction are not dependent on current events, the content will not lose value. If I sustain my modest marketing efforts, I can expect to maintain my current sales, which will add up nicely over the years. Even at this lowly level, I enjoy the satisfaction of reaching readers and earning some supplemental income from my creative pursuits.

The satisfaction from being published is what most self publishers are looking for. They just want to be recognized even on a small scale. Self publishing allows blossoming writers to achieve a final product instead of a stack of paper in a closet or a computer file hunkered in the ultimate obscurity of a single hard drive. Achieving a final form is easier to accomplish for other artists. A musician can play his or her music and be heard, even if it is on a street corner or a small local stage. An artist can paint a picture and hang it on a wall for others to see. But a writer has to find a way to bundle his or her text into a form in which it can be distributed to potential readers. This form can be paper books or ebooks. Self publishing is essentially the finishing stage for writers who feel that their work is ready to be read.

Of course getting someone to actually read your self published book or ebook is the ultimate challenge. Readers have hundreds of thousands of books to choose from, and simply getting noticed is a great hurdle. Self published authors are typically out of the book distribution loop, except on very limited circumstances that rarely translate into substantial sales.

Because distribution channels are generally closed to me or only available if I give up a large percentage of the sale, I focus on selling through my websites. This is ideal for self published authors because affordable web hosting and ecommerce services are readily available, and the writer can enjoy true independence. Actually getting people to my website is a challenge, but it happens with the aids of continual promotion and advertising. I enjoy regular sales of my ebooks and books. I even enjoy providing customer service to my readers, who often appreciate the personal attention from the actual creator of the works they are reading. Through my website, I’ve reached people all over the world and I regularly get positive feedback from readers. None of this would have been possible if I had not pursued self publishing.

The greatest enjoyment I derive from self publishing is the fact that it gives me a public outlet for my creative endeavors. I can pursue my craft of writing and slowly gain a reputation as a writer. Because I have been writing novels for years, I originally pursued traditional routes to publishing in which I queried agents and publishers. As a fantasy writer, I had written a four-part epic, but I soon learned that this is a tremendously difficult concept to market. Although the majority of commercial fantasy is built around the series format, it does not mean that a publisher is the least bit interested in signing a four-book contract with an unknown author. No matter how cleverly I wrote a query letter, the business person reading it would have to see: “Hi, I’m nobody who has published nothing and would like you to publish four of my novels.” That is never going to happen. After numerous inevitable rejections, I at least had the spiteful vindication of knowing that no one rejected me based on my novels. I was rejected based on query letters. So, who needs the rejection squad? Self publishing to the rescue.

Admittedly self publishing is an imperfect solution for authors. I have to invest in myself and suffer the consequences of obscurity and limited channels of distribution. But at least I’m out there. People do read my novels. Maybe the day will come when I have significant sales and can enjoy greater financial rewards from my writing. I would certainly enjoy that too.

I do not hesitate to recommend self publishing to writers. My advice is to be realistic, understand the significant barriers to actual success, watch your budget because self publishing investments vary wildly, and tell yourself that you have every right to put your creations in the public arena.

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We all have our own stories. Have you ever heard yourself tell your personal story to someone else, almost as if you were talking about another person, like it was a script? You might have felt disconnected with the story (because you’ve told it so many times that even you’re bored with it). Or, you might tell it with a lot of emotion, feeling over and over again how you were abandoned as a child. Then it hurts again, right? Guess what…here’s a little tough love: It doesn’t have to.

I’m here to tell you that you can change your story. Absolutely. No matter what happened to you when you were younger, or during your divorce, or now that you feel lonely. You have a choice about how you’re going to look at it and what story you’re going to tell.

For a long time after my husband and I split up, I was a Victim. Capital V. I wore my scarlet V on my forehead, as a chip on my shoulder, and a weight on my back. “Look how I was hurt, abandoned, insulted, embarrassed…” the list went on and on, and I backed up my story with examples to anyone who would listen.


Then one day I heard myself telling my story to a dear friend who had listened to some version of it 100 times by now. I watched her eyes glaze over, probably screaming inside, “Get over it!” And I stopped. I was tired of hearing myself say it, let alone think it again. It was exhausting, painful and I was reliving the hurt over and over again. And each time it was reinforcing my belief that I was victimized.

So, I changed my story. I made a declaration to myself: no more playing the victim! I did not want to be the kind of role model for my daughters, who, without her husband, is angry and unable to cope. Who IS that person?? I didn’t want it to be me. So, I took responsibility for my own part in the breakup of our marriage (that was not easy for me – it meant letting go of the abandonment, taking responsibility and not having the same story playing, which had become oddly comforting.)

So how are you going to rewrite YOUR story? It’s the only way out of the pain and suffering. Here’s the crib sheet for changing your story:

Acknowledge your feelings – Burying them or using anger or lethargy to cover up the real feelings underneath only serves as a personal prison. Ask yourself: What am I really feeling? Honor it, know that it is a habitual response and then here’s an important step:
Surrender those feelings - I mean it. You don’t have to know how it’s going to change, just know it must, and you’ll figure it out as you go. Ask the Universe, Spirit, whatever you call your God to take it away. Ask for help. And then know it’s on its way in a form you will be on the lookout for. (There are ways to expedite this step that are too in depth to dive into here.)
Maintain self discipline – Catch yourself when you start to rehash your story, complain or blame. It’s a habit, and it takes time to change. Be gentle with yourself, but don’t stop until it feels more uncomfortable to tell the (old) story you’ve been telling, as opposed to the one you want to be living.
Write your new story – When you put pen to paper, your brain, soul and Spirit hear it differently and it’s stronger. Write how you would like your life to look. Be the author of the next part of your life. You’re in charge. Read it every day.
Fake it ’til you make it – Seriously. It works. Start saying positive things about your ex, your boss, or whomever “hurt” you. Start spinning a new tale of power, balance and strength – who you really are deep inside.
Send love to the person who “hurt” you most. AAAhhh. Do I hear a scream? Yes, this is quite difficult, but it helps and it works. If you can see the other person first, as part of this One we call our Universe – which means s/he is part of you, and secondly, as doing you a favor because you have something to learn in order to grow, it becomes easier.

If not now, when? Have courage to step into the unknown. I promise that you can wake up almost every morning doing the happy dance. Wanna dance?

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