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*NEW FEATURE* Introducing CALIF's LA Tripping:

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 6:05 PM

We are starting a regular section on our website and Facebook page, we are calling, “CALIF’s LA Tripping” to feature people with disabilities among our Board, Staff, Consumers and people in the community who have very interesting things and activities, tidbits to share as an attempt to spice up our website and to reflect to the world both the small and big things we are involved in, the things that interest us and that capture our imagination.  If you have things to share that can entertain, uplift, inspire or just make others laugh and appreciate the disability experience more, let us know so we can feature you.  Thank you!                                                 -- The Editor

This month, also Black History Month, we are featuring George Layton, CALIF Volunteer and Consumer.  George is a Jack of all trades—a musician (he loves to play the guitar, a church pastor, an advocate, an athlete (he plays pool) a brother, an uncle, a friend to a lot of people.  He went LA Tripping in January at the annual convention of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).  Wikipedia describes the NAMM Show as the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products industry.[2] It is held every January in Anaheim, California, USA at the Anaheim Convention Center.  At the NAMM convention on the 27th of January, 2014, George ran into an old friend Joe Hardy, a most notable drummer who is an amputee on both legs.  Joe had his friends build him a complete drum set up he could operate with only his hands.  Click on the YouTube links and enjoy George’s photos from the NAMM Convention:

The 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA:

Joe Hardy on the Drums:


An interview with Joe Hardy:


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