In an interview with NPR Sergeant Derek Pacifico didn?t have any trouble listing common inaccuracies on TV cop shows. He pointed out that the officers never touch the crime scene, nor do the suspects often invoke the right to remain silent. The sergeant should know?as a 22-year vet of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, he?s worked on nearly 200 homicide investigations.
To help writers get their facts straight, Derek created Crime Writers Consultations. At his two-day Writers' Homicide School, adapted from curricula for actual homicide detectives, Derek covers everything from accurate interrogation techniques to authentic police dialogue. Derek also provides more individual assistance, consulting novelists and screenwriters over the phone to help them develop their fictions realistically. He even stops by TV and film sets to assist with particular scenes and to make sure the TV sheriffs' badge props are shiny enough.
Conrad Gallagher has many roles?television personality, restaurateur, and cookbook author, to name a few?but the same passion for cooking that he puts into each of these tasks garnered his restaurant a Michelin star when he was 24, making him the youngest starred chef at the time. He began his training in Ireland at the age of 12, when most other kids are too busy playing games or collecting seagull feathers. Conrad's persistent dedication paid off in the form of numerous awards and accomplishments, including preparing a St. Patrick's Day dinner for President Bill Clinton at the White House. These days, Conrad stretches his talents to other fields, such as menu planning and restaurant development. He also schools laymen in the kitchen with cooking lessons that focus on specific genres, including Italian, French, and seafood. Gift certificates are available for purchase.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Six Snowflakes designs and produces luxury shoes and handbags exclusively for their customers. Through a process called "customer-sourced shopping," Six Snowflakes designs shoes and handbags, and then asks customers to vote on the designs they would like to buy. Once popular styles are chosen, Six Snowflakes produces the limited edition items for their customers at a competitive price.
Six Snowflakes's items are designed with an eye for both style and comfort. Their shoes feature high-quality foot beds beneath the sock liner to alleviate pressure, and the handbags are produced for longevity and feature a variety of useful compartments.
Matchmakers Alessandra and Cristina Conti—sisters who share a total of 17 years of match-making experience—take the mystery out of developing meaningful relationships. They pair compatible bachelors and bachelorettes throughout the LA area, and can help eligible folks prime themselves for the dating scene with the help of celebrity stylists, body language experts, fitness trainers, and makeup artists. They also assist those who have found or lost love in one-on-one date, break-up, premarital, and couples coaching sessions.
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