The guides of Adventures Out West?currently celebrating its 40th year of tours?have created scenic jaunts through Colorado and Arizona that deposit participants directly into the most beautiful parts of the local geography. Whether taking a segway tour or a jeep tour with knowledgeable guides, soaring over snowcapped mountains from the basket of a hot-air balloon or ziplining over lush forested cliffs, patrons get a chance to interact firsthand with all of nature's local sights, sounds, and whoopee-cushion gags.
?We don?t exactly fit the norm. We are very hands on, and we really are like a big family.? That?s what Angela Fazio told Top Agent Magazine about her and her husband Chuck?s enterprise, Chandler Real Estate Training Center. And the veteran agent was speaking from her heart. Not only does the duo forgo typical boss privileges?such as private offices and the right to legally rename new employees ?Junior? and ?Sport??but the pair also takes the crew on team-building trips, such as a recent voyage to Mexico. The happy and relaxed workplace has helped the center?s tight-knit clan achieve high-profile realty success in Arizona, sharing the top spot on Phoenix Business Journal?s 2011 Top 10 Brokers list, as well as nabbing a top 50 ranking on Realtor magazine?s 2008 Top 100 list. Aside from selling properties and helming their team of achieved agents, the Fazios teach real-estate-license training courses, aiding wannabe realtors in grasping the concepts of buying, selling, and trading property for a slightly used Barbie dream house.
Flipping through the Fat Rabbit Tattoo portfolio, a range of tattooing styles bursts from the page—among them: both realistic and pin-up portraits, futuristic biomech schematics and old-school designs, Chinese characters, and tribal designs from Borneo and Marquesas. When translating each work of art to customers' living canvases, the team adds custom touches to previous designs or helps clients flesh out original tattoos on paper from even the vaguest inkling of an idea. Fat Rabbit also conducts piercings—always following safe procedures—such as studs and loops. Within the shop's gallery, guests can peruse the display for tattoo ideas or simply cart home an original signed, matted, and framed work to hang on their back instead.