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Mr. Ben Neeme  Enjoying life. 🌴🌴Norcal. 🚙 Lifted WK2. 🏍️ FZ-07. 🎛️ SoundCloud: mr_neeme

Monterey California 2013.

Deep thoughts with Ben

For whatever reason, March Madness 2017 has compelled me to finally express the way I view sports. If you know me, you know I’m not much of a sports fanatic. You will not catch me watching ESPN for 9 hours straight, waking up super early to tailgate for a game, or knowing stats about who won whatever in xyz year.

Growing up in Metro Detroit, I went through the motions of playing most team sports from soccer, baseball, hockey (floor), lacrosse etc. That’s simply the protocol. However, I noticed I never got much out of it other than lessons like sportsmanship, being a team player, and making friends. My father was my little league coach as well which was great.

During that same time, I noticed I got a lot out of individual creative outlets such as skateboarding, snowboarding, photography and tinkering with anything with an engine. I was the kid with the massive Lego set making cheesy start-stop animations with Gumby (nerd.) In February 2016 Mel and I decided it was time for a change and we migrated West to Northern California. Over the course of the past year, I found myself more engaged in the activities and hobbies in which I am truly interested in; to name a handful: hiking, photography, riding my motorcycle, snowboarding, and just exploring in general. These were all of the things I dreamt about doing when living in Chicago.

Over the course of 2016, Mel and I have made a lot of new friends in North Bay and SF proper and I find it very refreshing, during this March Madness season, the main conversation point over food is often geared more towards culture, food, hobbies and professional career progression; embracing individualism.

Realistically, I think no other statement from mom has ever been truer than ‘just be yourself’ than now. I finally feel like I’m in a place that I can be myself and the whole population isn’t programmed to sit inside and watch TV. Get out there and follow your passions. Your mother would want you to.

Side note: go follow my cousin Andrew Neeme ( @yayandrew ) on Instagram and YouTube. He is doing some pretty big things on YouTube as he shows the world an inside look what it’s like to be a pro poker player.

Nice little cruise around Sausalito tonight. Which one of you goons was on an 2016 #armorgray #fz09 out there today wearing a hooded sweatshirt? Same dude also spotted in Novato. Anyone? Anyway, should have listened to my own advice given to @v4ryda today regarding long johns. I was freezing. Gotta swoop up some Oxford heated grips...#fz07

On nice weekend days I ride my motorcycle out to Inverness California and back as my go-to "spirited weekend ride." This shipwreck is at the turnaround point and I finally got off my bike to capture it. Pretty cool.

A couple weeks ago I took my FZ out to the Marin Headlands for a cruise and some glamour shots. While being a total dweeb off to the side of the road, this chick comes flying down the street on a longboard. For those who are unaware, the road becomes a one-way at the top but it is extremely steep and has many sections with gnarly turns. Pretty sure I got one upped that day.

SF. OK, I'm Instagram'd out for one night.

I have always been interested in design. That includes commercial and residential architecture. Having lived in Chicago for nearly nine years opened my eyes to a diverse collection of architectural styles. Now that I live in the Bay area, it's very cool to be exposed to yet another design palette. It's definitely a completely different feeling walking through San Francisco neighborhoods compared to those of Chicago or even NYC. The designs carried throughout these neighborhoods can be felt in the city's culture and laid back lifestyle. On the same note, I'm not always sure what my Instagram should consist of, so I try to keep it interesting. Oh, that's Mel in the picture. Hi Mel.

Fresh off the lot

Dear rain,
I honestly really appreciate all of your gifts this year but our reservoir is now at 112% of total capacity. Can you please chill. I'm trying to go take some new pictures. Thanks,
Ben

Happy Valentines day. Side note: I promise to chill out with the Bixby Bridge posts

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