This podcast chronicles how my roommate and I popped off to New York City to see the Walden Woods Benefit Concert at Madison Square Garden, during the mid-terms of our senior year of college. Thank you for lending me your eyes and ears.Read More
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Life Lessons Learned Lunching with an Original Gangster
Today we chronicle a memorable time in 1999, when I lunched with and befriended an Original Gangster. I’ve also attached the “official trailer” from Steve Anderson’s film, “South Central.” Steve passed away on May 1, 2015. May he rest in peace. Thank you for lending us your ears and eyes.Read More
Paradise Lost: Travel Hell and Cannes!
This podcast chronicles Hammad’s journey to the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Recorded at the Cannes Film Festival itself, the podcast features a guest appearance from Hammad’s sister Najla (aka Dolly). Thank you for lending me your ears and eyes. Here’s a picture of me on the […]Read More
Bucket List Checked on the Cannes Red Carpet!
Inspirational Bucket List moments at The Cannes Film Festival. I’ve also attached a video of the the best “red carpet” moments from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.Read More
Childhood Dreams & The Adult You
Today’s podcast discusses the importance of hanging on to some of your childhood dreams, regardless of outlandish they may seem. As always, we thank you for lending us your ears and eyes.Read More
How a UCLA Beanie in a Snowdrift Changed My Life’s Path
Here’s how finding a beanie at recess in kindergarten created my life’s path. Thank you kindly forfending me your ears and eyes.Read More
The Art of Visualization
Never give up on your wildest dreams, because they just may come true.Read More
Today’s podcast chronicles a time when Hammad got to know a terminally-ill boy who was sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As always, we thank you for lending us your ears and eyes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Dd62ENkZARead More
A Failed Date, A Final Four, and A Fantastic Road Trip.
Hear how a blind date at the Final Four led to a memorable road trip. Below is the concert we attended in Las Vegas on Friday, April 5, 2002. It was exactly 15 years ago today, the date of this podcast. Thank you for lending me your ears and eyes!Read More
Final Four Mania!
March Madness moments from Paris, France, en route to the Final Four. This is the very moment Kansas won the 2008 NCAA Basketball National Championship (look at the confetti in the background). Scoreboard! Here’s how Kansas won the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. This is the moment I should have […]Read More
Disabled Lawn Mowing
Overcoming lawn mowing with a disability turned a weekly dusk ’til dawn challenge into a lifelong lesson.Read More
“Disabled Swimming,” chronicles how being abnormal was normal…until it wasn’t.Read More
Playing Sports With a Disability
Today’s podcast is about how Hammad and Jonathan dealt with playing sports with their disabilities. Here are some inspirational videos about disabled persons playing sports. As always, thank you for lending us your ears and eyes!Read More
How I Became Disabled
This is the story of how I became disabled…. Here’s some fun disability stuff. Enjoy!Read More
How I Limped Into Meeting Richard Linklater….
Today’s episode chronicles how Hammad unexpectedly befriended Oscar-nominated writer/director Richard Linklater. Here are some of the most iconic film clips from Richard Linklater’s films. As always, we thank you for lending us your eyes and ears.Read More
Flashback Friday – Hammad’s “Love Connection” Tryout (yes, he did)…
This podcast chronicles how I tried out for “The Love Connection,” TV show. As always, I thank you for lending me your eyes and ears. Here’s a great video clip from “The Love Connection” TV series:Read More
Flashback Friday – Dating Scams – My First Internet Date!
On this Valentines Day, I wanted to share my first internet date, which occurred in March, 1997. Thank You for lending us your ears and eyes. Here’s a great “first date” scene from the film, “The Invention of Lying” (Jennifer Garner & Ricky Gervais).Read More
Flashback Friday – Remember the Titanic Northridge Earthquake of ’94.
Today’s podcast chronicles Hammad’s experience living through the 1994 Earthquake in Northridge, CA (Los Angeles). As always, we thank you for lending us your ears and eyes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfuFSHUeExcRead More
Flashback Friday – Embracing the Cold at Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota!
Today’s podcast chronicles Hammad’s frigid but fun trip to Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota. Here are some of our favorite moments from Super Bowl 52. As always, we thank you for lending us your ears and eyes!Read More
Flashback Friday – Attending the “Desert Trip” Festival Through Magic!
This podcast shares how an app called “Magic,” helped Hammad get access to one of the most amazing concerts he’s ever seen. Here are a few clips from the weekend. As always, I thank you for lending us your ears and eyes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPvlcXtr1GQRead More
Flashback Friday – Journey to Liverpool to Explore the Beginnings of The Beatles
Today we chronicle Hammad’s trip to Liverpool, England to explore the beginnings of the Beatles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LHtidTwjJ4Read More
Flashback Friday – “Firm” Concert Road Trip to Wichita!
“Road Trip to Wichita” explores the need for all of us to do something out-of-the-box every now and again. Here are videos from “The Firm,” as well as some audio from the specific concert we were at in Wichita, Kansas on March 2, 1985. I’d like to thank you once […]Read More
Flashback Friday – Spending New Years, 1992 with The Beach Boys!
Today’s story chronicles Hammad’s 1992 Las Vegas rendezvous with The Beach Boys, John Stamos, and a hearse…All fun. All true! Here are a few pictures from our trip. As always, we thank you for lending us your eyes and ears. Here’s Al Jardine with The Beach Boys, singing “Help Me Rhonda.” […]Read More
Flashback Friday – A Happy New Year with Nicky Katt and Adam Goldberg
Welcome to the last Flashback Friday of 2019! Today’s podcast looks back at Hammad’s most memorable New Year’s Eve – Yes it was even more magical than experiencing Y2K in Austin with 1 million people – and that rocked! As Always, we thank you for lending us your ears and […]Read More
Flashback Friday – Finding Balance this Holiday Season
Welcome to Flashback Friday – Holiday edition. With the craziness that the holiday season brings us, we thought we’d look back at how Hammad found balance (literally speaking). We hope you enjoy it and we thank you for lending us your ears and eyes!Read More
Flashback Friday – Life Lessons and Faded Dreams
Happy Flashback Friday. It’s Friday the 13th again, and since last time we shared something deeply positive, today we’ll take a look back at a deeply unfortunate life lesson. As always, we thank you for lending us your ears and eyes!Read More
Flashback Friday – The Scariest Day of My Life
Welcome to Flashback Fridays. Today we look back at the scariest day of Hammad;’s life, which triggered the end of his childhood innocence. As always, we thank you for lending us your ears and eyes!Read More
Flashback Friday – Hurdles!
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! We hope you enjoyed yesterday with your family and friends. Today we look back at Hammad’s hurdles – especially difficult for a short guy! We thank you for lending us your ears and eyes!Read More
Flashback Friday – How a Week in Guatemala Changed My Life
Happy Flashback Friday. Today we take a look back at one of the moments that changed Hammad’s life forever. We hope you enjoy it. As always, thank you for lending us your ears and eyes.Read More
Flashback Friday – My Olympic Moment
Happy Flashback Friday, everyone! Today’s memory is Hammad’s Olympic moment. Everyone has these moments in life, but Hammad’s actually occurred while attending the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Thank you for lending us your ears and eyes!Read More
Flashback Friday – Doctors Orders & Dr. Pepper!
Happy Flashback Friday. Here’s a quickie on why Hammad Loves Dr. Pepper so much! Thanks for lending us your ears and eyes!Read More