First thing I want to do is send a HUGE birthday shout-out to my bro Smokey! Smokey is hitting the Big 50!! I've known Smoke for decades, since my days in the bar business. Last year, he told me that he wanted to make some big changes to his life and his health before he hit 50. I introduced him to YRG and he really took it to heart. He's to YRG what Jared is to Subway sandwiches. Smokey has definitely met and exceeded the goal he set for himself for his 50th birthday, and I couldn't be prouder of him. Happy Birthday, Smokey!!
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY, SMOKEY!!!I want you guys to know that I appreciate the concerned emails that I have received about me going on my trip to Iraq... To put your minds to ease I honestly feel it's not my time so don’t worry yourself about it... Like most of you I think this war SUCKS but I believe in our troops... I have been lucky enough to have lived a world full of dreams because of these men and women and the ones that have come before them and any time I get the chance I want to give back so they know they are not forgotten... And I know I can make a difference to just about everyone I meet on this trip because I am not just going to be spending 10 seconds with each one of them as they move down the line taking pictures with the World Championship Title ...
DDP with the Troops in IraqThis time I am going to be able to spend some real quality time with the troops and share something that will help them out when times get really tough... YRG is a body and mind workout... It works your body because in a very short time you start to become more flexible ... you become stronger ... You not only feel a change in your body but it’s also helps to focus your mind... And it even teaches you to breathe like you did as child again which there are a shitload of benefits from... there are only two things we control in this world (think about it) the way we think... the way we react to a situation and the way we breathe... Imagine just for a moment that you are being shot at (by real bullets) from numerous directions ... You heart pumping a mile a minute... Scared shitless... What do you do to fight that awful feeling how do you gain control... Well for starter you breathe deep and slow... It calms you ... It gives you focus... Think of the last BIG verbal FIGHT you had... How were you breathing ... Short and fast right... Like I said earlier how you breathe will dictate how you think... When you breathe short and Quick you just react... you don’t think before you speak or react... we are all guilty... When you can control you breathing it will help you control you mind and when you are getting shoot at from all directions this can be very beneficial... Yes I guarantee you if you learn how to control the way you breathe it absolutely will help you with the way you think... I hope to see as many of our troops participate as possible in YRG with DDP... Yoga in a war zone what a concept... I will be leaving on August 25th and be back in LA around the 6th... It’s going to be a great trip!
I received an email from Gayle Jones (aka Aunt Precious) whose son I met on my last trip to Iraq that I want to share. Gayle, I hope that's ok.
From: Aunt Precious
Date: August 26, 2006 7:29:58 AM PDT
To: Dallas Page
Subject: Re: DDP off to Iraq
As you know, I am the mother of two soldiers. One, Sgt. Jake Brice was deployed to Iraq on during one of your earlier trips to the region. When you were there before, you made a HUGE impact on the soldiers you met. They were impressed that, unlike many other famous people, you did not make an appearance in Kuwait, do a virtual wave to the forward-deployed soldiers, and head back home thinking you really made a difference. No - instead you went from FOB to FOB (Forward Operations Base). You went where the ground troops were - where they were STILL engaging the enemy, dodging IEDs, RPGs and small arms fire. You were in the Sunni triangle, which is where all the stuff happens that we hear about on TV.
Many soldiers, my sons included, grew up watching you on WWF/WWE/WCW, and considered your presence to be a big BIG deal! You portrayed a tough guy in sports entertainment, but then you showed in a real tangible way that you ARE a tough guy, with a soft heart for our soldiers.
I will be praying for you during this next journey, and I am sure God has a ton of work left for you to do on this earth, so I look forward to seeing you back in St. Louis in January of '07. But in the meantime, I applaud and thank you for again putting yourself in harms way to raise the morale of our Soldiers and Marines stationed in Iraq.
I am glad I had the chance to meet you face to face to tell you how much your visit meant to my son and the other soldiers last time. Thanks for not making it a one-time shot. Thanks for not forgetting that other sons and daughters, moms and dads, are still serving, and dying for our right to be free!
God Bless you, DDP!
Gayle M. Jones
Army Mom of 2!
Gayle "Aunt Precious" Jones
On an other note I got to do the the Adam Carolla radio show last week... The entire crew were great ... I brought Angella for the Yogababe affect which worked like a dream... I have to say I was really blown away because Adam's whole crew was actually into it... I even got Tad or Fat Tad as they call him to start YRG... Tad is a really cool guy and I hope he can stick to the YRG program and he takes control so that he can “Owns his Life”... Tad would really inspire soooooo many people... I put his first start up pictures like Smokey did so you can see where is starting from... He’s supposed to start YRG next week I will keep you posted in the weeks to come... If you want to see the pictures clink here www.diamonddallaspage.com or if you would like to listen to the program go to my site and listen to the show www.diamonddallaspage.com... I think it is the best one I have done on YRG and had a really fun time so far... They actually like it so much the replayed it again later that week...
DDP with Adam CarollaAlso on the front page of my site is an other great story in New Jersey Monthly about YRG www.njmonthly.com/issues/june06/ddp.html as well as a story on 49er Tony Parrish's yoga workout routine that appeared on the cove of SI ... It is a very impressive article of the benefits of Yoga... Imagine if he was doing YRG... That would take him to the next planet... But I find it amusing how many athletes are coming out of the closet about doing any form of yoga...
What else I got a chance to see Los Lonely Boys this week again and I’ll tell you they just keep getting better and better ... It was a pleasant surprise to see my buddy John Schiender (JRS) and his beautiful wife Elly... The LLB were
fantastic I’ve got some great shots for them on this site www.diamondallaspage.com
Angella, John Schneider, DDP and John's beautiful wife EllyThese guys can do it all...
Los Lonely Boys live on stage in Los AngelesLast weekend I also went to the set of Collier & Co. the movie... They did a dangerous 120 jump across a creek... JRS asked me to come by for some moral support... The jump as it turned out was a success keep an eye out for Collier & Co. coming to theaters in 2007...
That’s all for now I am rushing to the airport as finish this email up... The pictures won’t be posted on the site for a couple of days but you can listen to the Carolla show and read the articles now... Till next time its been your pleasure... As well as mine.
Have a Great day!
Do YRG & Live Life @ 90%
D. Dallas Page
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Monday, August 7, 2006
At the finish of last weeks email I asked you to guess who would be the next celebrity to do the Diamond Cutter hands sign with me and I gave you the hint of " Bow Wow". That being said, did any of you figure it out before you saw Snoop Dog in the picture? Just curious...more on that later...
Snoop and DDP doing the Diamond CutterThe YRG DVDs are On Sale Now and are going out the door like hot cakes... I want to thank you all for your heart felt emails to the DVDs... All the hard work is obviously paying off...
Right now we are putting together another sister site to diamonddallaspage.com called YRGworkout.com which will have a ton of streaming video so that you can see pieces of the YRG Workout in action... you will also see some great testimonials and the story behind it. I will keep you posted...We have also just started our own MYSPACE.COM site... What a surprise huh? We are still under construction (thanks Morgen) Here's how you get there http://www.myspace.com/YRGworkout ... The reason we set this site up is for all the people who are a part of Team YRG and fornew people who are just getting on the YRG program and want to help each other out as you move along... In the coming weeks you will get to talk to some of the staples of YRG like Terri Lange and hopefully Smokey... Terri just emailed me and let me know that she will be up and running on the MySpace site this week... which is really great because now all you ladies who email about Terri will be able to get in direct contact with this incredibly inspirational individual.
If you want to read a great article that was done on me and YRG by Philip Nutman check this out... http://www.upagainstthewallmag.com/ISSUE01/DDP.html I think it is one of the best articles I have read about YRG and I love how the writer worked in one of Team YRG regulars Jim Mabes... Jim is quite a story... be watching for him on the http://www.myspace.com/YRGworkout site.
What else? The YRG World tour kickoff at Golds Gym in Venice was great... I'd like to thank everyone who came out to support YRG and all the new people who experienced it for the first time.
YRG at Golds Gym in Venice, CAWe didn't get many of the muscle heads trying YRG but many of them came by and checked it out... I'll get'em next time... remember...before you can really be flexible in the body you must become flexible in the mind... you may see a guy walking around with a camera in the Golds gym pictures. Thats Arthur Klien who came by to do some filming for his new movie called "Y-Yoga" which YRG and DDP are becoming a pretty big part of... Arthur, like my friends Kate and and Slick Nick from the movie Project Y, like that fact I am sort of the antithesis of yoga while at the same time YRG is still yoga based... Arthur is pretty much done filming everything for his film... he is just waiting for me to bring back footage of training our troops YRG in Iraq... that will be classic... Sergeant Hulka, get ready to go bro...
This Thursday August 10th, I'll be down The Jersey Shore at the Brielle Sports Club in Brielle NJ go to the site for directions (Official Site) be there if you can make it... I will be doing a beginners class at 5:30 pm and kick ass YRG class at 6:30 pm ... Angella and Iwill be at down the shore from Tuesday till Saturday. BTW, my sister Sally has finally moved her business out of her house and bought a building for her travel agency called The Travel Smiths if you ever need a travel agent I will guaran-Damn-tee ya there is not a better one on the planet...
After that, Ang and I are headed to one of my favorite cities on the planet... Chicago, Illinois for Angella's Grandad's 90th birthday then back to LA... On September 22rd, YRG with DDP and the Yoga-doc will be headed to Tampa and working our way down the west coast of Fla. and then head back up the east coast... I'll keep you posted on that.
It's funny because I had so much sh*t going on this last month that I totally forgot to tell you guys that I was headed down to San Diego to do Comic Con July 20th - 23rd... Last year at Comic Con we premiered "Devils Rejects"... this year I had 3 movies not actually premiering but had whats called panel discussions... it's where we show scenes from each the movies and then have a panel discussion afterwards ... Snoop Dogs "Hood of Horror" got the most hype obviously because well... because it's Snoop... it was a great panel lead by the creator the Hood of Horror and director my movie "Driftwood" Tim Sullivan... everyone did a great job... since Snoop was caught in heavy traffic coming down from LA... What a surprise huh? It was up to us to fill the void... on the panel was Pooch Hall who you heard me talk about just last week when we were at the "Hoods Of Horror" LA film festival screening... Pooch is going to be a HUGE star someday... he has a million dollar smile... great charisma and talent... As a matter of fact my boy Pooch has a new show starting up this fall called The Game... check it out...
Pooch Hall at Comic Con is the Game!Also there was buddy writer/producer Jonathan Q who gave me my part and named me Jersey... as well as the legend Ernie Hudson, my girl Lyn Shae, the sexy Brande Roderick and Daniella Alonso and rounding out the panel was producer Martin Shore who is such a class act (I also want to thank his lovely wife Robyn for taking the pictures you are looking at since my camera died right before I got there) this was a fun crew to be with on and off the set... go figure me wearing the new YRG t-shirt... What a surprise hun?
Brandy, Q, Tim, Lyn, Snoop, Ernie, DDP, Pooch and Daniella...There was over 4,500 people and you know that most of them came to see Snoop... and guess who's not going to make it... What a surprise hun?? Our PR girl Nicole saved the day by getting Snoop on the cell phone and actually did a call in on his cell phone and the people still loved it... when you don't have to be physically at your own panel discussion for you own movie that's got your name on it and you still leaving the people happy ... now that's being OVER... this cat or dog can't do nothing wrong I've never seen anything like it...
Q, Tim, Snoop, DDP and MartinAnyway as you can see above Snoop did finally make the PR portion which is the most important part for all of us concerned ... Snoop came as charismatic as ever... totally laid back and within moments the room was his... after he did the press run it's picture time and at some point Tim says I would like to get a picture of DDP and Snoop ... when I walked up to Snoop I stuck out my left hand and just asked Snoop to complete the Diamond Cutter sign with his right hand which he did graciously ... after we ran the through all the photographers ... Snoop said to me "Hey Diamond we miss one of the boys over there and Snoop suggested putting back up the Diamond Cutter sign again" and yes he called it the Diamond Cutter sign not the Roc sign... as we were taking pictures Snoop says to me... "You know Diamond... I like this Diamond Cutter sign... it's kinda Gangsterish ... I think I might have to steal it..."? which of course made me laugh out loud... I thought of things to say like well you better to get in line but I thought that would just be taking the low road and it was Classic just as it was... Like I said I just laughed my ass off... later I would realize maybe he was just seeing if I would sell it or not... you know get me on a rant about Jay-Z or something... funny thing was when Snoop was getting ready to leave I grabbed my girl Angella and asked him if would take an other picture with the 2 of us... of course Snoop loved Angella... what a surprise huh? Aas we were doing the double cross hands Diamond Cutters Snoop says "yeah we should be doing the Diamond Cutter sign since you invented it Diamond" At that point I was sure he was just ribbing me about stealing the sign... which even made it funnier to me... I really enjoyed meeting him... This was a Classic DDP moment...
Snoop DDP and AngellaThe panels for "Driftwood" and "Spilnter" went well but we only had about a third of the time we had for HoH but it's all good PR... or Saturday night Angella ,Jana and I watched our first screening of "Spinter" I was happy with it and considering that this flick only cost about $300,000.00 in post production it is absolutely amazing... my part got a little chopped down because of time and technical sh*t but I was just happy to be a part of the team... I learn something new on every flick I get... I want to thank Michael Olmas for the opportunity.
Dallas Page, Michael D. Olmos, Resmin Atis and Edward James OlmosAs for Driftwood, they are talking about a February release... I'm hoping it goes to MTV but it may go to Spike or The Science Fiction channel and then to the uncensored DVDs which should be killa... I will keep you posted...
Well thats all for this long ass email. Remember if you want to see all the pictures go to www.diamonddallaspage.com
As usual it's been your pleasure as well as mine...
Do YRG & Live Life @ 90%
D. Dallas Page