International Arts Comes to NYC At The Armory Show

 

jacob-lawrence-armory-showThis is the time of the year where New York becomes the Arts and Culture capital that is has always touted to be.  The ARMORY SHOW, the pinnacle of gallery week in New York has really lifted the bar even higher this year.  The lounge areas are like being in a Museum. They are wonderful.  The global art world is represented here in all of it glory, wonder and awe.  I was very happy to see Jonathan Boos Gallery dedicate its whole exhibit on Jacob Lawrence!  Jacob Lawrence was one of artistic visionaries of our time. His art is based in Cubism and is influenced also by his living in Harlem, New York. His work jumps off the canvas! Such great colors and feeling.  There are many artist of color that are being featured in the show and I am very happy about it. Its all about culture and art is a part of our culture the same as music, theater, dance and I can add food. They flow into one another. That is why the Harlem Renaissance was so powerful. It included all and more of these art forms and from there some of greatest art and artist, writers, speakers of our time were created.  There are several more art things going on in the city this week including the Park Avenue Arts show, MODA has special events going and and all of the galleries in the city are having special open houses and events.

This leads me into saying, we really need to support our artists everyone. As in Egypt, Greece, Rome, China; every culture lead with its artists. Artist told the story of the time; we must not forget that.  I am a collector of art myself. There are many ways you can become an art collector. You dont have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars; you can purchase prints and many other things artist create to stay afloat. They can be affordable. Art is something that increases in value with time so it is an investment; so get going!

Go to art fairs;  I am not talking about flea markets!! You can find some good things there but I am talking about art fairs where artist are showing their work. This work is from their souls and it tells a story and documents a time that will be placed in the archives of time.

So please go out to the Armory show, it is going on until this Sunday. Its being held at Piers 92 and 94, that’s at 55th street in Manhattan. It includes Contemporary and Modern Art.  For more info and tickets go to http://www.thearmoryshow.com    This show is not to be missed. There are so many things to enjoy not only this week but throughout the year.  If not in New York City, go to your places of art in your city, they are there waiting for you.

Hope to see you this weekend.

Peggy D

UBC-TV Lands Deals with Roku and Amazon Prime; The State of Media and Tech

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Happy 2017 EVERYONE!  This will be a very interesting year indeed.  New regulations in media and business. It’s indeed the wild west.  2016 was a very unusual year but it was a groundbreaking year for my company UBC-TV.   Besides the heartbreaking losses of many icons and legends and the stressful election; I can say the year was good.   If anyone knows anything about me; I am committed to expressing creativity that is not in a box.  Too many companies do the same ole same ole and it has become boring to most people. What I saw in 2016 was a lean towards more diversity in story telling and the way stories are told.  Also more openness to getting new producers and talent into the mix.

I feel the world has kind of caught up with me in some ways. I have for years talked about multi-platforms before they became sexy.  Now we are in fact in a multi-platformed world. So exciting yet only at its beginning.  Time will tell what new companies emerge and what companies fold. It’s for sure that brands and  media companies who continue to do their business in a box will not survive the new world of the way things are evolving into. The customer is now the one who has the power to choose and companies are now being called out for things that in the past would not even register.  I attended many high level corporate gatherings last year where there were many white haired men and women from legacy companies in the room looking for answers on how to retain their market share and capture the elusive ‘millennial market’.  I am happy that they are getting it…. finally.  At CES they always say, ‘Innovate or Die’. This past CES hit records as now technology and the Internet of Things are catching on and consumers are now demanding choice and access to content, goods and services when and where they choose and on multiple platforms.  It’s a bit exhausting on some levels because there is so much choice; which I feel will shake out soon. Also depends upon how the FCC changes the rules with the new administration. Pai has been chosen to lead the FCC so the playing field will get drastically smaller which means less choice for some. I am sure we independents will find a way to overcome that. I am an advocate for a more open internet.  But that will be seen and it will not happen without a fierce fight; as with many other things.  What it has done is opened and leveled the field.  As cable channels now run to OTT and other platforms; it has opened up a great need for diversity of content and programming.

Finally the industry gets that the world and that this country is one that is diverse with tastes that run the gammit.   Consumers are no longer satisfied with the same old story, cast with the same old formulas where we see no people of color, no women in strong roles and no LGBTQ characters. Shows like ‘This is Us’ and ‘Modern Family’ have changed the landscape and companies like Netflix, Apple and Google has pushed the envelope into a new reality of which the old gate keepers now have to LET GO of the door and let others come in. Some are doing it willingly and others are still in the old control mode. Either way, the change is upon us and it is a good thing. Mobile phones are now our new offices and computers. So where do we go from here? As Ralph Kramden said in the ‘Honey Mooners’, to the MOON ALICE!!  LOL!

That being said; I am happy to announce that my company UBC-TV has landed deals with Roku and Amazon Prime!  We will deliver original content in various ways; on demand and via channels worldwide on multiple platforms that will include television.  The deals don’t end there. We are in talks with a other major content distributors that will be announced as the deals are completed.  I am very excited as this gives me the playing field to create some really great original programming and to cut deals with really great content providers that others are passing by.  Content is King and Queen. Period. It’s the life blood of any media company or network.  In the next few months you will see UBC-TV take its steps out into the spotlight. I have been working tirelessly to pull the things together that have to be done in order to make this sort of move.  It’s not as easy as it may seem; I am sure a lot of my colleagues agree with me. But its gives me great satisfaction to be able to create and distribute to audiences that are hungry to see themselves as the hero and the heroines; finally.  We plan on doing our soft launch this spring and marching onward and making announcements about our line-up.  Our website will offer a more engaging experience as we move forward with implementing new technology and experiences for our subscribers.  I have had a lot of time and experiences to shape and mold this vision. I have seen others fail and I have seen others succeed. Now it is time to move on to the next level for UBC-TV. I hope you all continue to follow us on our journey.  Please LIKE our Facebook and Twitter pages at UBCTVNETWORKS.  A lot of new show pages are beginning to appear there and you will find out first what’s going with us  on our Facebook pages before we make public media announcements.  Last words;  Stay with what you believe in. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You gotta be in it to win it!!

Stay tuned for more updates on UBC-TV and its programming line-up and events.  We have other major surprises in our hat!  We also plan on having  events where our supporters can come out and engage with us one on one!!

Stay Tuned!!

Peggy D

Legendary Astro Numerologist Lloyd Strayhorn Breaks Down 2017!

 

 

NUMBERS AND YOUI am always learning more and more about myself through numbers. Everything in the world and the universe is based upon numbers; that is why its so important for us to get our kids into math and the sciences at an early age.   Lloyd Strayhorn has done that and more. He embodies the mystical things in this world that most of us deny or continue to say do not exist. How many times have you had a feeling about something? That’s your intuition at work. Its the intangible thing that exist in our souls. Always trust it.

On that note, Lloyd is taking a look for each of the signs for 2017.  If you would like to connect with him please go to his site and buy his books and give him a call. He is AMAZING!!

His website is http://www.lloyd-strayhorn.com

In the meantime, here you go and have a great 2017!!

Peggy D

Numbers and You 2017 Predictions

2017 the year of the number 1

 

The year 2017, is the start of a brand-new 9 cycle for everyone, all over again.  Thus 2017, when adding the four numbers across (2+0+1+7 = 10; 1+0 = 1), adds to a 1 Universal Year. By definition, the word Universal means that each of us are likely to experience of the number 1. . .but to a greater of lesser degree.  Astrologically, the signs of Leo, Aquarius and Aries are likely to be this year’s favorite out of the group.  Numerically, those born on the 1st, 10th, especially, 19th or 28th of any month are likely to be this year’s favorite as well.

Astrologically, those under the signs of Capricorn, Taurus and Libra may find 2017 a bit more challenging, , ,all depending on their Personal Year cycle, a method of adding your month and date of birth, to the present year.  Numerically, those born on the 6th, 8th, 15th, 17th, 24th, and 26th may find 2017 a bit more challenging as well.

2017, being the year of the number 1, says just that!  The 2017 is the year to look out for number 1. . .that’s YOU. Me, Myself and I!   True, it sounds very selfish, but there’s another side to Me, Myself and I.  It doesn’t mean you don’t listen too, or respect the opinion of others. It does mean however; the final decision in the end is what’s in your best interest. Not theirs.  2017 suggest you bring out your pioneer spirit. Be original, daring, inventive, etc. Step out on faith if you have too. Carve a new or unique path for yourself that will affect the things you say and do, or don’t say and do, over this new 9-year-cycle.  Again, you also have your own Personal Year cycle in conjunction by adding your month and date of birth to the present year, 2017.  This adds further meaning of how the two cycles may mix in your special case for the year.  To learn more about your Personal Year cycle number, visit Lloyd-strayhorn.com

 

When does 2017 actually start?

 

In numerology and astrology there is what as it known as a cusping period.  It a time when one beings to feels to energy or shift in the scheme of things.  Take the period of day into night.   There is a period when the sun begins to rise into the day, when the sun begins to set and gradually moves into night.  So it is with the Universal Year according to Numerology and Astrology.  That is, around the period of late September into October, the energy of 2017 begins to come into play.  It’s like going to a movie to see the main attraction, but you see “trailers” first.  Like the example, by the time January of 2017 enters officially at 12:01am, the energy is in full affect and the cosmic show begins.

 

Aries

 

You’ll likely to find the cosmic winds of 2017 at your back, Aries. This makes this year easier to get what you want, faster and in a more productive way. The year suggest you break new ground for yourself, for no one as rule is more daring and adventurous as you.  Think of what you want out of this 9-year cycle.   But more importantly, think about what you don’t want over the next 9 years.   Ask yourself the question, for example, can you see yourself living where you are the next 9 years?  Can you see yourself with this particular person or relationship the next 9 years? Can you see yourself in the same career or occupation the next 9 years? Get it! In your case this year it’s like planting a garden of what you wish to grow now. That you want to bear fruit.  Be proactive. Not overbearing. Be persistent, but not a pain!   Remember, no matter where you go, it always begins with your sign, representing “Spring”, the start of life.

 

Taurus

 

You happen to be passing through a cycle of reflection and spiritual growth this year of 2017. It’s a cycle where you go with-in.  Taking a more, deeper introspective look at yourself.  You begin to question the motives why you do the things the way you do. It’s like soul-searching!  A period of self-discovery.  Because the cycle you’re in happens to be spiritual and insightful in nature, it’s important not to chase after those material and emotional things in life now. There’s another way to get them!   Being a Taurus, governing the 2nd house of possessions, it makes sense that these are the things you would normally go after.  First, practice the Law of Attraction. Like a magnet!  In other words, “visualize” what you want on the mental screen of your mind and don’t chase after them.  The power of magnetic attraction will then begin to pull things your way.  In essence “thoughts are things” for you this year.

 

Gemini

 

If matters of the heart and finance has been a concern, that will not be the case for 2017. In fact, just the opposite!   Firstly, the cosmic energy centers around the home, personal appearance and some form of health regiment.  It’s all about being that better person and taking yourself to the next level. Because the emphasis leans mostly towards the emotional side, relationships in all shapes, forms and fashion are likely to be affected or influenced.  Most of them may be for the better. But reality check, there may be those that aren’t. Get some kind of schooling or specialized study under your belt.  It doesn’t matter as long as its some type self-improvement program such as a course of some type, a workshop, seminar, on-line course, etc.  Those things that may have been denied you about two years ago, will come to you this year in some form of compensation, by way monies, recognition, awards or the like.   Remember, the key to your success this year is to be a person of your word, and handle any and all duties or responsibilities that come your way.

 

Cancer

 

Cancers, are you in for a treat this year for 2017. A hint of good luck, a hint of prosperity, a hint of the fun side of life are indicated in your stars this year. If nothing else, this is your year to be as creative, positive and productive as possible.   With the numerical influence of Jupiter aspecting your sign this year, it’s as if you can’t help but be successful if you tried. But that of course is up to you. On the other hand, if you fail to not take advantage of this years’ good fortune, the next around will be 2026 before you get this chance again. Feel me!   Work on making yourself a better person this year. Take advantage of any and all networking opportunities such as parties, events and the like that come your way. You’ll find that social engagements will be an element of success this year.   It might also interest you that games of chance is also in your favor. Not necessarily the games of chance at the casino, as so much as the games of chance in life.  If you play your cards right, and not overextend yourself you should do pretty well by the time this year is over.

 

Leo

 

Numerically speaking, Leo, you are the favorite out of all of the signs in the zodiac this year.  They don’t call you the King for nothing, right!  Because of this years’ cosmic fortune shining on you, this may creative a degree of envy or jealousy.  But it’s nothing you can’t handle.   Because the theme this year according to your sign, is about relationships, one way or the other and on all levels.   So don’t be surprise if one hand, a group asked you to join ranks with them.  Yet, another group may have a desire to go separate ways.   Patience and teamwork however, will be the key to your success for 2017. This is not the year to force things, but rather, allow your projects, plans and other things to develop “organically” on its own accord.   You actually laid the groundwork the year you just left, 2016.  It’s about have sitting tight a bit.   Along the way, it suggests that members of the opposite sex will be prove more to your advantage now than otherwise. The year may also bring about a change in diet as well as appearance.

 

Virgo

 

2017 was made just for you when it comes to the home and health this year. In addition, relationships and financial indicators are also in your stars.  When it comes to the home, it’s likely to go through a “feng-shui” process of rearranging things around. You may even move out of one home into another before year’s end. The color theme for the home this year should have a hint of blue, bringing peace and tranquility.  On the health side of the year, a medical check-up, that is, if you haven’t had one in a while, along with some kind of work-out or exercise program should prove beneficial and exhilarating.   Along the way, you also notice more attention and detail to your personal appearance.  Project an air of confidence to enhance your image before others.  It’ll do wonders!  Aside from home and health events, comes the subjects of relationships and finances, which will be explored in more detail later.

 

Libra

 

True to the symbol of your sign, Libra, “The Scale”, this year tips towards the more spiritual side of life rather than material or emotional.  Rather, it’s a year to make a checklist of what you’ve been doing over the last year or so.  And how are things going now at this point in time.   It’s a period of getting to know yourself better. Reasons why you’ve been doing what you do.  And why.  And what does this mean for the present as well your future.  It’s also likely to be a year of self-discovery and secrets revealed, more to the positive than the negative that takes life to another level. The key to unlock those emotional and material you may be after this year is rush towards it.  Instead, let the magnetizing energy bring what you want simply thinking about it.  And thoughts are things, this is your year to put it into action.  So think carefully.

 

Scorpio

 

If you have a hard-charging attitude this year for 2017, you’re just about right.  It’s almost like you can’t be outdone. But be careful.  There’s always someone who wants to take it down a peg or two. Being a fixed sign, in the start of a numerical 9 year cycle moving forward, and depending on the Personal Year cycle you’re in, this is your year to rock!  What your do over the course of this 365-day cycle sets the foundation of what comes of the years ahead.  It’s just that important.  As some point this year, there’s likely to be in the news in the pike-line of a promotion, advancement or a new career move. Originality and a stand-alone attitude helps get the right attention you need for 2017.  The more your focus like a lazar of light on what your goals and objective are, the more others are likely to be impressed with what you have to offer.  But the most important thing is what you feel your worth, and are you heading in the right direction as you move forward.

 

Sagittarius

 

Although no one enjoys life and entertainment better than your sign Sagittarius, 2017 suggest you may have to put these areas of life on pause for a moment.   It’s about getting serious this year!  Having your pieces in place. Laying the cornerstone to those important projects and plans you dreamed about, if work hard enough, may become a reality. It may not be easy at first, but it will be well worth it by year’s end.  You just have to give it your best. You may even have to take that extra step to get to where you need to be.  But you’ll be more than compensated on the other side in you hang in there.   Because of the unique cycle you happen to be passing through for this year, allow for any sudden, and or unexpected changes at last the last moment.  A way of offsetting this is by having a plan of action or options in place for just in case.  Take nothing or no one for granted this year. Be selective in who you give money too this year since everyone is not your friend.  And be mindful of needs having priorities over wants; and avoid being wasteful.  It’ll keep more money in your pocket.

 

Capricorn

 

No one has a bigger heart than you Capricorn and this is your year to show it. Of course no one ever thinks this way in the beginning, but it is a part of your cosmic DNA.  Over all the year of 2017 is about making your hopes and desires, finally a reality. It’s also a year to put things aside finally, once and for all, toxic and otherwise. The year will offer an opportunity to embark on long-distance trips and journeys.  Motivating and inspiring other to be at their best, has the boom-a-rang effect of bring out the best in you.  And it is in this way you show the bigness and kindness of your heart to others and humanity this year. As a word of counsel this year, avoid anyone or anything of a negative, conflicting or harmful nature, no matter how well intention they are.  Your goal this year is to take the high road and stay there.  Although earthy and pragmatic by nature, you horizons are likely to broaden this year. So if you yourself make a long distant trip or two, won’t prevent someone from afar coming your way.  All in all the year is likely to have its fulfillments.

 

Aquarius

 

If you’re the kind of stay at home Aquarius, you can forget that routine this year for 2017.   You’ll find for one reason or the other, you’ll find this to be an active, yourself on the go. Especially short trips of a couple of days or so.  More importantly, however, you’ve entered a cycle where important changes are about to take place.  It’s a matter of deciding in what direction your wish to go.  In almost all cases, the course you decide to take will be productive and beneficial…taking you to a better place.  And this is a year to stay especially alert to any and all opportunities that could potentially get your name and or career reputation out there before the pubic. Try not to be impatient or quick-tempered for this may work against you, especially during the 21 day retrograde periods during April 9th and August 12th.  You’re likely to find yourself pretty much energize and ready to go at a moment’s notice.  You’re likely to find an increase in different tastes, variety and experiences.  If you pick up on it, you may notice the opposite sex taking a greater interest in you.

 

Pisces

 

Where last year may have been a busy, career and creative driving year, 2017, compared to that, may be like slamming on the breaks.  It’s like waking up and asking yourself, what happened?  Where last year things were flowing along smoothly, the question this year may be why the sudden and unexpected change.  Numerically, your cycle this year suggest a different strategy.   A year where you have to begin to think outside the box, rather the tried and true approach.  And the things you do are not likely to be done without some form of energy, effort and expenditures on your part.  But if the question becomes, was the time, sweat, sacrifice and other hurdles worth the effort, the answers comes back as, yes.  Pace yourself this year and not get caught up in the rush of things.  You may have to start over again if you don’t heed the signs.

 

Copyright 2016 Lloyd Strayhorn

CES UNVEILED NEW YORK SHOWCASES THE NEXT NEW IN TECHNOLOGY

 

 

CES Unveiled

CES Unveiled

CES Unveiled gave us a peek of what is to come in the big show in January 2017. CES has been the show that has led the way in what’s hot in technology and what the big NEXT will be.  As we see technology is not only about our phone anymore. It has evolved and has become a part of our daily lives. We are now living a ‘connected life’ so to speak.  With all of this connectivity comes  great opportunities for new and emerging companies to disrupt and to take things to another level.

CES Unveiled happens to also be right before the holiday buying season and gives us all the excitement we need to get out there and get our electronic gadgets.

The show featured over 25 companies, many who have won CES Innovation Awards for 2017.  Some were Picobrew; a really great home brewing beer device that gives you several choices of beer to brew in under an hour or less. Bosch keeps innovating. Go Plug Bags were a great product- its the worlds first smart powerbank that charges anything. Bot Factory was a cool company and dont forget the VR camera company Sphericam.   The Internet of Things is growing as we consumers have less time and more to do.

If you are interested in attending the big show, its January 5th to the 8th in wonderful Las Vegas!!

More on CES and the tech world coming soon as there is lots of things going on. If you have any questions please email me or leave me a comment.

Peggy D

Why I Vote And So Should You!

 

 

YOUR VOTE COUNTS

YOUR VOTE COUNTS

I am voting on November 8th and so should  you.  You have to be involved in the process in order to make change.  This has been a very intense, violent and angry election. I am so shocked but part of me is not shocked. It’s a tale of two reactions.  I am shocked that so much hate still exists in this country; another part of me is not so shocked.  Maybe it’s just I hoped that humans would have evolved a bit more than what I am seeing.  This country definitely has many issues of race, sexuality, the glass ceiling and other things. We are a democratic country with a slave mentality.  It’s very bipolar.

There has to be a great healing in order to move forward. I feel it begins with communication and admission of the horrors that have been done.  It takes people embracing culture of others, building bridges instead of walls; giving everyone the opportunity to grow, expand and take advantage of opportunities to be the best they can be. Not just a select few or the very wealthy.  It also means taking a look at real history; not the select history that is chosen to be in the history books. There is a Living History in every one of us waiting to be told. There are many people of many races and cultures that helped this country to become what it is but few are even acknowledged.

The voting rights act has been amended and changed to look like something of a nightmare. Why do we have to continue to vote on extensions? It is unfair and totally biased for this to have to continue to be voted on.

Nevertheless, our ancestors died to give us the opportunity to cast our vote on how and who runs the country and its officials on all levels from City, State and Federal. We must remember that if we want to change how the police or any official treats us, we need to vote on all levels including Midterm Elections not just National Elections. Judges, Commissioners, District Attorneys all have to be elected. If we want to make changes we need to be aware of who is running and their backgrounds; do your research.  We have to stop pointing fingers and do the work that has to be done in order to make this world a better place.   We must practice what we say on Sunday in church or in our mediation or whatever your spiritual choices are. It begin with Love. Simple but not so it seems.

I know that this election is very important and I am in it to win it. To do my part in making choice and not just complaining about what is wrong.  I hope you are too. No matter who you vote for at least get out there and cast it. I am praying that the world can come together and stop this racism, hate, separation and dysfunction that I have seen grow over the past few years. This year I have seen it intensify.   I feel there are good people in this country who believe in coming together and not apart. I feel confident that we are a strong people and will get through this stressful time and get on a better track. The people who hate are full of fear and insecurity. They believe that hate rules and fear is the tool to use to get the results they want and need.  I believe in love and I believe that we shall overcome this time and move into a new era. On that note I am voting and you should too. Lets come together and make this world a better place for all.

Peggy

ON DEMAND SUMMIT DELIVERS WHATS NEXT IN CONTENT DELIVERY

ON DEMAND SUMMIT

ON DEMAND SUMMIT

 

The landscape is changing everyday it seems. The offerings of new content distributors have the majors in a tailspin. They now must innovate or become not relevant. The ON DEMAND SUMMIT did just that.  Michael Paull VP of Digital Video for Amazon discussed what Amazon is doing and what they have on the drawing board.

Amazon has done wonders in diversifying their content. They are expanding the lineup  to satisfy the current customer base and to bring in more subscribers.  The discussion was also centered around monetizing content and marketing. Mr. Paull is very excited and direct about what Amazon is doing with their content plays. They are a major player.

Stephen Meyer VP of Video Strategy for Comcast. Comcast has always been in the thick of convergence. The Xfinity brand is bringing TV Everywhere to all of their customers across all platforms. Its gives the customer the ability to see their content when and how they want to see it. Comcast is a major player on many levels but they love innovation and it keeps them on top.

Roku, Vubiquity, iDemand were among the many media companies in attendance at the summit. It was an eye opening experience for me and to be among so many decision makers was wonderful.  I got the words from the guys and gals who are the leaders in the way we will see content for the future. Of course I put my 2 and 3 cents in!

Everyone is now finally speaking with one another about how we can all work together in the future. This is the wild west and a new frontier and we all need to be involved in how we are going to work together. The consumer is now the big boss. The content creators, hardware makers, distributors and all the additional players have to work together now.

I feel this is a good thing. The gate keepers of old are having to rethink their plans and be more inclusive of culture, diversity of staff and allowing the stories that have not been told in the past be told now.

More on this to come as things take shape and roll out. We know now that AT&T wants to buy Time Warner. We shall see how that turns out. Let me know how you feel about the proposed merger.

Peggy D

ON DEMAND SUMMIT

New York City Television And Video Week Will Feature Virtual Reality Day!

 

 

New York TV Week

The complexity of the television industry is not one for the faint of heart. Today you have numerous companies that have become distributors and with streaming becoming the choice of viewers, the old way is ending and a new era is beginning. This could not be a better time for the New York City Television and Video Week to come into the market to help us make sense of all this convergence.

The show will kick off Monday October 17 with a new entry added called Virtual Reality 20/20 day. It will feature the top minds and leading companies that are entering into the space of VR and Augmented Reality.

The B&C Hall Of Fame Event will be held and the Waldrof  Astoria and will feature the top names in the business.

During the week will be the NEXT/TV Summit, Advanced Advertising and ending with the HISPANIC TELEVISION SUMMIT one of my favorite events. I remember attending the very first one of these and it has expanded and grown as the industry has.

If you are a serious professional in the industry you will need to be here.  For more information go to http://www.nyctvweek.com

Speak to you later because I will be there!!