Posts Written On August 01, 2011

In the Biz: @BenPatt

Ben Patterson, Founder of

City you live in: Brooklyn

If there was a theme song in your life, it would be:
“This Must Be the Place” by the late, great Talking Heads.

What’s the best advice you can give to a fledgling writer?
Start writing. Now. Write every day. And read—magazines, blogs, novels. The more you read, the better your writing will become. And if you don’t love writing, consider finding a new day job.

What’s the key to being successful?
Woody Allen said it best: 50 percent of success is showing up. (Or is it 70 percent? 90 percent? I forget.) Whatever the percentage is, the other critical part is being prepared. When someone finally opens the door, answers your call, or reads your email, make sure you’re putting your best foot forward.

Quote that keeps you motivated:
Fake it ’till you make it! (I probably say it to myself each and every day.)


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6-Man Volleyball Tournament – Manhattan Beach, CA

One of the most legendary, most fun events of the summer happened over the weekend… 6-MAN! To be precise its actually called Charlie Saikley Volleyball Tournament but to most its just 6-Man. This tournament takes place at Manhattan Beach, CA in the middle of the summer every year featuring all men or all women teams of 6 (hence 6-Man). Teams line up outside MB City Hall for hours to be picked to play in the tourny. Each team dresses up in outfits and costumes to differentiate themselves from each other. Costumes are always a crowd pleaser. Teams play until the brackets are shrunken to the winning team.


Meanwhile thousands of people gather at Manhattan Beach, literally thousands. Streets are blocked. Police and security everywhere. If you’re ever in LA during 6-Man I definitely recommend going. There are booths doing promotions and giving merchandise and products away. Lots of parties and many more after parties going on.


xo, June 🙂