As i was moving this chair i had in my shop since we opened, that my wife picked out from Re-Use in Kalihi i decided to take a photo in front of the shop before i loaded it up to take home. As much as im blown away how far we came, from a 300 watt college radio show, im not surprised that we are here. I envisioned a shop, always talked about if i had a shop, and even took notes as i visited other shops on my travels. Whats dope is when the opportunity came to open a shop, it didn’t surprise anyone we opened. The feeling was “it was about time”. Ask me if i was ready, nah. Did i have the money to open, nope. Did i wanna quit a dope job with my own office, unreal benefits, great coworkers, NO! So why did i do it? Why not…why not me? Since i was a kid i had to operate on “zero” conditions. No money, got a paper route in 3rd grade. Got my first full time job at fifteen and a half working at a hospital in the medical supplies department, i was the youngest employee they every hired. I worked every vacation, every summer, Christmas, Thanks Giving, New Years, & Birthdays…that was when i was a Junior in High School. When i went to college it was no different, we would go out an party or i dj’ed til 2am, then went to an After Hours or ate, got home at 5-6ish, took a shower and when to work at 7am. Didn’t take out one school loan, i worked, and applied for every grant and scholarship. Zero debt after graduating. What does it all mean? I worked my ass off to get here, am i better than the next man? Nah, but i stand on mine that fo’ sho. So as i sit in front of our first LIGHTSLEEPERS brick & mortar, am i amazed to be here the answer is Yes! but not surprised it was all planned back when i was slinging news paper at 9 years old on the streets of Kapahulu. God Bless & Don’t Sleep.