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Joe's 50th Birthday Party - Voce Del Mar Special Event

San Diego, Justin Kanoya, with party host Felicia (right) and her sister, Allison (middle).

San Diego, Justin Kanoya, with party host Felicia (right) and her sister, Allison (middle).

I had the opportunity to celebrate with the friends and family of Joe Parker at his 50th birthday party. The event took place on March 12, 2016 at Voce Del Mar, located in La Jolla, California.

It was also a reunion of sorts, as one of Joe’s relatives (his sister in law) is a former co-worker of mine. Always great to see old friends.

Here’s a look at the setlist


  • Medsound - Come (Original Mix)
  • INDSA, Misharev - Satin Sunrise (MotiBo Remix)
  • Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This
  • Kool & The Gang - Fresh (12'' remix)
  • Wham! - Everything She Wants
  • Cameo - Word Up (Select Mix Remix)
  • Hall & Oates - Out Of Touch (Select Mix Remix)
  • Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You (Select Mix Remix)
  • Taylor Swift - Style
  • Omarion ft Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko - Post To Be (Dennis Blaze Remix)
  • Tori Kelly - Nobody Love (Select Mix Remix)
  • Earth Wind & Fire - Shining Star (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days (Edge Remix)
  • Geore Clinton - Atomic Dog


  • 50 Cent - In Da Club (Hidden Beach Recordings)
  • A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum (Hidden Beach Recordings)
  • Bryan Savage - Soul Temptation
  • Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling
  • Big Pun - Still Not A Playa
  • Grand Funk Railroad - Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Norman Brown - West Coast Coolin'
  • Eagles - One of These Nights
  • Echosmith - Cool Kids
  • Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark
  • Doobie Brothers - Black Water
  • Eagles - Take It Easy
  • Justin Timberlake - Senorita
  • Flo Rida - My House (Select Mix Remix)
  • Taylor Swift vs Lauryn Hill - Blank Space (DJ Skillz Throwback Blend)
  • Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
  • Snoop Dogg & Pharrell - Beautiful
  • Malo - Suavecito


  • Todd Rundgren - Bang the Drum All Day
  • Mariah Carey - Heartbreaker
  • Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • Joan Osborne - Heat Wave
  • Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
  • Silento - Watch Me
  • OMI - Hula Hoop
  • Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good (Select Mix Remix)
  • Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations (Select Mix Remix)
  • Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean? (Select Mix Remix)
  • One Direction - Where Do Broken Hearts Go (Select Mix Remix)
  • Usher - Yeah
  • Kriss Kross - Jump
  • Britney Spears - I'm A Slave 4 U
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live)
  • AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
  • Gap Band - You Dropped a Bomb On Me
  • Michael Jackson - P.Y.T.
  • Justin Bieber - Love Yourself (RENAIR Uptempo ReDrum Edit)  
  • Charli XCX - Break The Rules (Select Mix Remix)
  • Tupac - California Love (Original Version)
  • Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg, Kurup & Nate Dogg - The Next Episode
  • Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On (Mayeda Remix)
  • Miley Cyrus f. Jay-Z - We Can't Stop (DJ Scooter Twerk Remix - Clean)
  • Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A.
  • Major Lazer, DJ Snake, MO - Lean On (Select Mix Remix)
  • K.C. & the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
  • The Emotions - Best Of My Love
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • The Commodores - Lady (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Chaka Khan - I Feel For You (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Pat Benatar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Select Mix Remix)
  • Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy (Select Mix Remix)
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know (Select Mix Remix)
  • DJ Dan & WhiteNoize - Hey Ho  
  • Will Smith - Boom Shake The Room
  • Paperboy - Ditty
  • Kid 'n Play - Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody
  • Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa
  • TLC - Waterfalls
  • Toni Braxton - You Mean The World To Me (Select Mix Remix)
  • Walk The Moon - Shut Up & Dance (G Duppy Remix)
  • A-Ha - Take On Me (Kygo Remix)

Review of the Lululemon Surge Short w/Luxteme Liner

Lululemon is synonymous with quality athletic wear; primarily athletic wear for women. The athletic activity of choice … of course any proper downward dog doer is often seen wearing the “lulu” logo on their pant leg.

But Lululemon is expanding their product line … it’s not just for the ladies anymore, and it’s certainly not just for yoga either.

For the past couple of months I’ve been joining the Lululemon Run Club, which meets every Monday in and around La Jolla, CA. My association with the group has led me to some new running friends, new techniques and an appreciation for being able to run along the Pacific Ocean every Monday evening.

It has also hooked me up with some cool people at the Lululemon Girard Street store in La Jolla (just north of San Diego). With the expanding mens line, the store was seeking product testers for their new product. It made sense to take some of that product for a test spin during the during the 2014 La Jolla Half Marathon – which essentially ends just a few blocks from the stores door front. 

I decided to try out the 7-inch Surge Short with the Luxtreme Liner.

Working my way through the La Jolla Half Marathon .. oh the hills.

Working my way through the La Jolla Half Marathon .. oh the hills.

I generally do wear a compression base layer when I run in cold weather – races or training runs that are 55 degrees or less. I like the extra warmth they give me on my thighs and it does help keep me warmer overall. This type of base layer also helps reduce any inner thigh chafing. When I do wear compression layers, I of course also slip on a pair of running shorts over them.

The Surge Short combines both a compression layer and 7-inch short in one … pretty cool. The temperature for this years La Jolla Half was just right, and ordinarily I would not have worn a long base layer. But for testing purposes I went ahead and wore these.

The Luxtreme Liner was amazingly comfortable during my 13.1 miles. Remarkably, they stayed in place the entire time, not riding up even a tiny millimeter. This is important because having to constantly reach to pull down shorts wastes energy and time.

As for the shorts themselves I really did not notice them. In fact, it was almost as though I wasn’t wearing shorts at all. In a way, I had the sensation of running around in Spandex while sparing the people running behind me the actual vision of  me running in Spandex.

Lululemon Surge Shorts with Luxtreme Liner combines a compression base layer and running short into one happy family.

Lululemon Surge Shorts with Luxtreme Liner combines a compression base layer and running short into one happy family.

The shorts also did not bunch up in the crotch area, which is another issue I’ve had with other running shorts. It seems every couple of miles I find myself pulling my shorts down, and with the Lululemon model this was not the case.

As far as other features …. There is a zippered pocket on the left side in addition to a stuff pocket on the inside back part of the waistband. I appreciated the side pocket because it’s much easier to access on the side vs. the back. The pocket is fairly small. At most you could fit a few keys and some gels, blocks, jelly beans etc. Unless you have a real tiny mobile phone, it’s not getting in there.

One of the most interesting features is the waistband loop that is set on the right hip. For those that shed a shirt during a run, you’ve got a convenient place to hang that garment. 

Take off your shirt and tuck it in the specially-designed waistband loop.

Take off your shirt and tuck it in the specially-designed waistband loop.

Lululemon clothing does not come cheap. These bad boys retail for $74. But as they say, pay for quality and it will last. While I cannot speak for the longevity of these shorts, I can tell you they were probably the most comfortable duds I’ve ever taken on a run. I needed something to keep me comfortable during that arduous two hour and seven minutes of running, and these did just the trick.