Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Just got back yesterday evening from a kick ass week in Costa Rica!

So much to say and so little time...

It's wierd but I am feeling more and more connected down there (almost like a local-even though I'm not, ofcourse). That feeling is helped by the fact that my Dad (Jim Chambers) built a stellar 3 bedroom 3 bathroom home with a private pool and all of the trimmings down there almost 3 years ago.

Maybe it's the warm, humid wind, maybe it's the haunting howls of a family of monkeys, maybe it's the mini dinosaur like iguanas that strech out as long as a skate board, maybe it's the sun rising at dawn while riding my bike with a surf board under one arm down a bumpy dirt road, maybe it's the off shore wind sprinkling the tips of the salty waves in my face just before dropping into a hero making 6 foot barrel, maybe it's the large gentle turtles laying their eggs at midnight while a lightning storm crackles in the distance showering shiny shimmers on the mysterious Pacific, maybe it's the friendly smiles and greetings and goodbyes of the Ticos politely and respectfully sharing their secret to life ..."PURA VIDA" ... maybe it's all of that and more all rolled in to one. I am starting to really learn who I am again down there, all over again.

So my wonderful wife approved that I should go down to Costa Rica this last week to clear my head, get some work done, get some relaxation, and get a one on one trip with my brother Jaime Chambers-now he is 29 years old, a KTLA reporter with his wonderful wife Julie and their 2 adorably perfect kids Annabelle (4) & Tommy (1). We left our wives our kids and our puppy dogs "Ruby" & "Sergant Roseberry" and headed off to Jim's Beach House...

I arrived first and was greeted promptly by our good friend and fellow property manager Max. "PURA (f-ing) VIDA!" Max is one of the most energetic, life of the party people I have ever met, he gets everyone pumped up and excited about the next adventures to come.

He drove me to the Palm Beach Estates and there at Lot # 95 we pulled up to my Dad's 2 story master piece house in Playa Grande. I was alone at the house the first night and it was pretty cool. It reminded me of the first month I traveled alone through numerous countries in Europe over 10 years ago. (wierd cool flash backs)

Monkeys, lizards, iguanas, HUGE crickets (some bigger than a grown man's hand) , crabs running around the dirt roads into their holes in the ground, turtles, skinny cows, horses, and oh yeah bulls!

I picked up my brother at the airport the next day and after a drive back to the house to a new cd mix, a quick unpack session, and a couple of showers we were ready for our first evening adventure... "Wanna go check out some bull riding?" Max says peeking his head through the front door of our house... "Let's do it." I said. and off we went.

We arrived at the bull riding event and there were about 1000 locals gathered around a 60 meter fenced in diameter circle. We climbed up on the 8 foot circular fence and sat on the top of it with happy onlookers locking our legs in to the second to the top round wooden rung of the ladder like fence. I had my handy bad ass black hand held wide angle lens video camera in my hand. I took it out of the green cushiony old sock that I used as it's carrying case. I thought it was pretty clever because the old sock made what I was holding look very unimportant.

Some brave locals (about 8 of them) jumped into the ring ready to tease the bull and show off their quickness infront of the crowd just before the bull was ready to go. The gates opened and here came the first rider! This bull was huge! This was the most masculine beast I had ever seen in all of it's glory, throwing off the poor rider in the first few seconds and proudly standing up bravely against the odds which were seemingly completely unfair (1000 to 1). After all of the people escaped quickly out side of the ring 2 horse riders came through the gate and with amazing skill roped the bull from opposite ends of the perimeter with awesome perfection on their first try each. They guided the bull back to it's quarters outside of the ring and everyone applauded.

The second round my brother saw me with the camera and decided to get some Costa Rica street cred. The second bull was off and he was in the ring with about 10 local ticos! (I totally got a shot of the bull and Jaime in the ring with my bad ass video camera) It was kinda sketchy with the camera because my feet were locked in over the inside of the 8 foot high circular arena fence but I had my hands working the zooms and my feet were the only thing helping me keep my balance! When the bull came around right near me I had to readjust and back off over the outside of the fence! Jaime kept his distance in the ring, got the rush he was looking for and then scurried quickly back out over the fence. It was a wild dangerous rush and nobody got hurt. PHEW! (pretty cool footage too... can't wait to check it out again with friends!)

We surfed a few great spots Playa Grande south, Playa Grande north, Avellanas North cove, and a couple spots in between. To our luck my friend Joe (surfer stud and owner of Witch's Rock Surf Camp) dropped me a text the day I arrived that said "The new swell should hit us in 24 to 48 hours!" stoked.

I felt healthy and ready for good surf. It was great. Jaime and I were 14 again. A little wiser now but our minds completely on the next wave and nothing else. With a pack of 30 surfers out, but plenty of waves to go around, I had a great first day. My brother actually said for the first time ever "You're the best surfer out here" (my brother never says stuff like that) Even though I knew I wasn't it still made me feel great (must be a brother thing) and I thought to myself "well, maybe top 3 out here at least?" there were a couple of ripper locals who new these spots really well. They would get so much speed and fly off the top of the waves with some sweet airs. Not pro enough to land these crazy acrobatics yet but having great style and pure enjoyment to boot. I am definitely an amatuer but solid enough to have a killer time at it. Towards the end of the day my brother Jaime got the wave he was hoping for on this trip, a good size IN N OUT barrell. He clenched his fists and closed his eyes in delight at the end of the wave, old enough now not needing to look around for acceptance at his greatness. He just celebrated deep inside and would be happy for the rest of the trip because of it. With a batch of at least 20 waves each under our belt we walked south to the house with a perfect sunset to our right. I also found my first perfectly white sand dollar with an incredible flower logo in the middle that I would take home later to give to my wife Kristen.

After arriving at a restaurant late it forced us to drive to Bula Bula's where I ran into one of my favorite singer songwriters who happened to be having dinner with his wife. I walked right up to him.

"Hi Jon, I'm a big fan my name's Willie Chambers." I don't know why I always introduce myself with my last name. (Not very San Diego- like)I think it's because I'm proud of my family or something. My grandfather Stan Chambers (over 60 years on KTLA as a reporter and a sweet star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has really made a good name for us. My Dad has added to the greatness with the way he lives too. Everybody loves him.

Anyways, Jon Foreman from the rock band Switchfoot was very normal and humble and nice. I met his wife as well briefly and My brother Jaime, Max and I seated ourselves at a table far enough away as to give them their privacy. There were only really about 8 people in the entire outdoor restaurant but there was enough room to sit far enough away. It was random and cool because I had a mix cd in my car with some of his old stuff on it: His catchy Pop Rock song "New Way To Be Human" & his magic ballad "Let That Be Enough" immediately got caught back in my head.

Jon and his wife Emily (I usually need to hear names at least 3 times but I'm 99% sure that's right) finished their dinner first and came over to ours to chat some more. We talked about music and San Diego and my Dad's beach house and it was really cool to meet him. It makes me realize again and again how the world is so small. (Flash back: I remember meeting Pierce Brosnan in Kauai-he was James Bond at the time-so cool and we met him in the perfect James Bond setting) Fame fascinates me. The fact that people can know other people for something that they do when they are complete strangers is just kind of cool. Anyways, I didn't really explain that very well but some of you get what I mean, I think. It's just cool.

After another great surf with Joe from Witch's Rock Surf Camp I got some cool pictures from a velcro wrist band water proof disposable camera. The crazy part was holding the camera in big surf to get the shot just before getting blasted by a wave. Knowing the wave is going to hit you in a split second but hanging in there in hopes of getting a great photo. It was pretty fun trying to be water camera guy for the first time. Hopefully the pics came out cool... should be developed soon...

Walking back from one of our last surfs on the trip we came across 2 researchers helping and studying the leather back turtles. It was perfect. We asked the researchers if we could film them for a news story and they agreed. Jaime asked me to grab the camera and we shot a KTLA news report right on Playa Grande beach near beach marker #25. They are editing it as I type tonight a few days after we actually shot it. I also got some cool footage of some baby turtles and a rare set of twin baby leather back turtles too! so cool. I saw a turtle in the water while surfing too. Turtles rock.

One night when Jaime and I went out to get some drinks at the bars in Tamarindo we freaked out. We had parked the car at Pasa Tiempo (which we found out was closed) then drove and parked at the Diria Hotel which was closed. Then walked to the center of Tamarindo and had drinks at Club Babylon and Bar 1. At the end of the night we walked back to Pasa Tiempo and our car was gone. For one minute we were thinking "Oh crap." We looked at each other trying to assess the situation. We parked right here. Now there is no car here. Oh crap. Simultaneously it came to us. We realized that we moved our car to the Diria. Sure enough the car was right there where we moved it.

The second to last morning Jaime walked down the path from our place to marker #25 to check the early morning surf and he ran into Jon from Switchfoot again. Jaime said he was reading something cool called "Niche" or something. Good inspiration for songwriting. Jaime gave him directions to our place and sure enough about a half an hour later Jon came over with a bottle of wine. So nice of him. Hopefully he'll cruise back sometime soon with Switchfoot and we can jam some guitars at the Playa Grande house. He hung out for a while we gave him a tour of the house and then he realized he was late for his plane! I could tell he grew up right near us because we all got along really well and had similar humor. It's cool when you run into people that you admire who have similar paths. I think I'm going to try to get to Bali next!

Well, I don't write this much ever but it was a worthy trip to blab about for a while so thanks for taking the time to read this and catch up with me! (Even though it probably seemed that I blabbed on forever I left out a lot)

Hope to hear from you all soon,
It's good to be back in sweet home Solana Beach...

posted by Willie @ 6:06 PM
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day weekend 2009 was a blast!

On the morning of Saturday, February 14th, 2009 Kristen and I packed our bags, borrowed a sweet dark blue convertible Mercedes, and headed to Las Vegas! Our drive up went faster than I thought... (it's always faster when you're having fun) Kristen looked great as usual, we forgot about real life, & we blasted the stereo and sped through the desert listening to some excellent Valentine's Day cd mixes made by yours truly... Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, Britney Spears, Bright Eyes, Nightmare of You, Blink-182, a bunch of 80's, Beatles, and a bunch more Pop Hits made it a great day for a care free drive... We had coffees and fruit and candy and everything you would want as far as good "munchies" on a road trip.

We drove by this one big black pick up truck that was pulled over by a cop. On the rear view windshield of the black truck in big red letters someone had written "HONK IF YOU'RE HORNY!" Kinda funny that this truck got pulled over because everyone who was driving by clearly read the sign and a ton of cars honked! (even when there were cops around!)

When we got to Vegas it was awesome to drive down the strip and see all of the awesome buildings and lights and crowds of people... we pulled into The Mirage Hotel and I went to get the keys to our room...

A great stroke of luck: "Mr. Chambers because the standard rooms have all sold out with your reservation we're required to upgrade you to The Penthouse Suite" !!! Stoked.

Kristen and I got special keys, winded through the awesome Mirage Hotel, and took this sneaky elevator that we had to activate with our key up to top floor of the building! This room was so cool! Stoked. I will always remember The Penthouse Suite #D-52 on the top floor. Unexpected upgrades are the coolest! Our Valentine's Day luck had come upon us. We opened to large doors to see our very spacious 8 room suite with a living room, full bar, dining area for 4, california king, jacuzzi tub, large walk in shower, bathroom with "badea" (I don't know how to spell that French toilet thingy) walk-in closet, remote control curtains and a remote control that activated a tv that came right out of the floor near the foot of our bed. We also had a sweet view of Treasure Island and the Trump Tower right out our window.

We brought our own Gold Margarita and Sky Vodka & Redbull with us so we could let the fun begin... we had a few drinks and got ready just in time to see The Beatles LOVE Circus De Soliel in the event room right at our hotel. The Beatles LOVE show was spectacular and I think Kristen was crying actual tears of joy... yes. I have done well. Stoked.

There was actually a random intermission during the show so I quickly got us beers and pop-corn and peanut M&Ms whle we watched the second half of the show. The Beatles music was so clear and the acrobats were simply amazing. They had these special speakers right in your seats for listening to Beatles better than you've ever heard their songs before! They also had these huge screens that showed old footage of John, Paul, George, & Ringo and told a cool story while the acrobats flew through the air. The highlight of the show for me was when they played "Something" in the way she moves... and there was one crazy yoga acrobat guy and 4 girl trapeze artists all flying through the air with all of these huge black and white spirals... It was just really cool so go see it with someone you love as soon as you can if you get a chance.

After the show we went to get a couple more drinks and eats at a place called The Stake (I had a rum and coke and Kristen had a dirty martini. We had a great salad and these really great lobster tacos with this really good sauce. Stoked. The waitresses were all pretty hot. Not as hot as my wife ofcourse but they were nice too. Kristen asked our waitress what she thought was the best dance club and she said Jet. She gave us this special invite pass that she said "try to use and they might let one of you in free"... Cool.

After The Stake we walked through all of the crazy lights and gambling areas to a dance club she recommended calle Jet. There was this line with well over 100 people so sneaky Willie put his luck to work again. We walked right to the VIP line because of this special pass thingy. With no wait at all we went right to the door. The guy said do you have tickets? I said we're staying in The Penthouse Suite #D-52... He said "Right this way sir..." We were in for FREE with no cover charge! Stoked. (Our accidental upgrade had helped us again!)

We got a couple more drinks at the bar at Club Jet and entered one of the biggest dance rooms I've ever seen. There were probably 5,000 people, 10 stripper poles, go-go dancers great music and great vibes all around. Everyone was stoked. We rocked the night away with all of the hit club songs and re-mixes (Glamorous by Fergie was one of my favorites) and ended up back at our Penthouse sweet in a ridiculously huge bubble bath back at our room... (prepare to fast forward to the next morning) FFWD

The next morning we woke up and I put on my white hotel slippers. Kristen and I then headed down for a nice relaxing morning jacuzzi. This place sure had a ton of waterfalls! After a tasty breakfast burrito and a couple more coffees we checked out and headed back in our convertible dark blue borrowed Mercedes, put on some good music and headed home. It was one of our better Valentine's Days for sure.

Thanks for checking in, (I'm off to Costa Rica on Tuesday for a week with my brother to do a report for KTLA, meet the band Switchfoot, and to surf & stay at the house (I know, I know, my life sucks right now) Check out the new video of this Playa Grande Costa Rica house right now at

Hope to talk to you all soon! (I've been using The Secret and it has been working!)

posted by Willie @ 11:29 PM
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Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Book Works next 2 The Pannikin (coffee shop) in Del Mar liked my new kid's book called "The Painted Zebra" & they want 2 help me sell it! you can read it 4 free @ click the star that says "writing". (takes 2 minutes to check out all of the illustrations and read through it by clicking through the pages straight from your computer!)

The Painted Zebra is a charming tale about a girl and her zebra who overcome obstacles and prove to themselves that with a lot of heart and some clever smarts, anything's possible...

Dedicated to the spirit and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

thx 4 all of your awesome comments!

You can now pick up a copy of "The Painted Zebra" at The Book Works in Del Mar or at: $14.95 (this is where I recommend buying it online!) $19.95 $17.95

New remastered version of our Windsor song Just Maybe at
Hope you enjoy!
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Monday, February 02, 2009

Hello all,

Just wanted to drop a line to say thanks to our good friends Amber & Rob Chambers for throwing a kick ass Super Bowl party! They just happen to have my last name too! Wierd. Us Chambers are everywhere. Watchout!

The house that we went to has a really long, really cool water-slide!

Even though the pool was chilly, and I mean chillly!!! The hot tub was a great back up spot after "taking the plunge" at the end of the slide!

After a sweet Super Bowl Foot Ball pool (I won $20 woot woot!) I talked the girls into hitting up the hot tub and finally talked Amber and Kristen into taking the water-slide plunge!

I super-man styled the slide head first on my last slide (I'm such a show off infront of bikini girls) and Amber (a very savy photographer) got a shot of me just before I hit the water... it was a pretty cool, funny shot. It was soooo cold! yet refreshing.
ahhh. and then you get that wierd tingly feeling going straight from the ice cold pool into the toasty hot tub...wierd! ahhhh!

Awesome super bowl game (even though my Chargers didn't win) *sigh* but at least they won on my birthday!!! That was a gr8 part too!!!

Check out a remastered track from my band Windsor called "Just Maybe" if you haven't yet... I think this is a pretty kick ass catchy radio-ish single. Whatcha think?!

Thanks for checking in... onto the next adventure... (If the stars align I think I might be going to Costa Rica Feb 15th) Meet me there in Playa Grande if you can make it! My brother and I will probably be there to greet you at the house and you can crash with us! check out :-)w
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