Tobias Entertainment Group

Marice Tobias


Point of View

Thoughts, Musings, Observations

  1. February 23, 2013

    A Blooming Story

    On my morning walks along the LA River, yes, there is one. Well sort of one. Here and there. Here, it’s half low tide and the other half concrete but the family of ducks that live in it don’t seem to mind. Nor do the egret and the crane. Squirrels abound along the banks. Lofty pines and pines are dense and make it look more like Northern California.

    Along the roadway atop the wash, as it is  also called, is a guardrail. Inside the guardrail are rows and rows of bushes. Mostly holly with some wild flowers dotting the path. But there is, for all the world, tucked inside the bushes, one lone rose vine. One. The seed must have blown over from a yard across the street or hitched a ride with a bird.

    About 10 days ago, I notice a brave little bud in that most unlikely setting.

    I thought of clipping it and then thought: “Its too soon. If I cut it now, it will never have a chance to achieve full bloom”. So, I left it and have watched it.

    It started to open and then faltered. That’s when I took the first picture and opted to let it alone.

    Yesterday I saw that the side where it had started to bloom was dark, dry and closing down the rest of the flower. I decided it had probably gone as far as it could, on its own.

    I brought it in and stripped away the old, dead petals, put it in water with a little sugar and lo and behold, its opening again! And, hidden underneath the old petals were moist, supple, pinkish petals that would never have seen the light of day had I not taken it in.

    It might not ever pose for ads in magazines and catalogues, but it’s having a longer run than it would have had that outer layer not been peeled away.


  2. February 11, 2013

    What I Learned From The Super Bowl – Part 2

    The Players’ job is to run with the ball.

    The Spectators’ job is cheer and jeer.

    The Skybox’s job is commentary and controversy.


    Spectators fan the Flames.

    The Skybox fuels the Flames.

    The Players run through the Flames.


    If they allow themselves to get blinded by the Smoke,

    someone else is now running with the ball.


  3. February 4, 2013

    What I Learned From The Super Bowl – Part 1

    Just for the record, I know less about football than I do quantum physics. I watch The Super Bowl and other major sporting events to see how the athletes do under the extreme pressure of “winner-take-all” challenges.

    It’s the kind of pressure talent have when they move to the level where the competition is ferocious and the stakes could not be higher.

    When you hit that level, all the noise has to  fall away and what matters is simply winning…consistently winning. Everything else is just filler.

    Both teams were amazing and it could have gone either way. To my untrained eye, it appeared that the game was not won but lost. The 49ers were favored to win.

    The Ravens came in knowing that but not acting like it.

    Too often talent will talk about opportunities with mock irony saying they pretty much know who will be chosen. They are mentally giving the job to someone else.

    If that’s the case, why bother?

    If you want to win, stop calling the game before it’s played and play to win, no matter what the odds say.