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Michael “Fishbits” Hraba
Works at Hraba Hospitality Consulting
Attended University of Colorado, Boulder
Lives in Tiburon, Marin Headlands, California
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Northern Lights dump from tonight. Seriously can't risk losing these.. posting at 1am in the dark, just to be sure I don't error. =) I hate post editing, don't do it. I will delete blurry.
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Pump Up the Bass to Douse a Blaze: Mason Students' Invention Fights Fires: https://youtu.be/uPVQMZ4ikvM

+*****+Jim Welte+Mike Gano​
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3D Printed Shelby Cobra: https://youtu.be/HXvIMRklWiM
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This is going to phenomenal. We are all connected..... not sure that revolutionary concept will get through in time.

http://www.wired.com/2015/03/premiere-planetary-trailer/?mbid=social_gplus
Check out the premiere of the first trailer for the South by Southwest documentary <em>Planetary</em> right here.
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Can we, the science loving, rational American public petition to remove Cruz from the Science Committee?
For NASA, less time spent focused on Earth means less time gathering data on climate change and its impacts.
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In the U.S., because we don't have any clue how to write dates, it is Pi Day. 3/14. IE 3.14. So I will blow your mind, now go have pie.
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This was a fantastic 12 minute short. I would love to find the whole thing. Anyone know where I might find it?
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Thanks Michael. You can't find it anywhere yet, since it's still surfing festivals. It will probably go online sometime this year though.
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SlashGear: Cloud DX: First working tricorder prototype for XPrize revealed. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwwrrVnBI
If you hate getting poked and prodded for a medical exam, you're not alone. I've always been envious of the crew on Star Trek; they made it look so easy as Dr.
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Sometimes, you don't have the whole story.
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Rock me like a Purricane.
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I'm starting to think Putin was assassinated. Past tense news reading?

http://www.businessinsider.com/whats-happening-with-putin-and-russia-2015-3
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Bill... you are good people. I miss my guy.
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Hotelier
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  • Hraba Hospitality Consulting
    Owner, 2008 - present
    Hotel, F&B, Hospitality Consulting of all sorts
  • Waterford Hotels & Inns
    Project Manager, Communication, 2008 - present
    Hospitality Consulting and Management Services
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Tiburon, Marin Headlands, California
Previously
Carmel / Big Sur north to San Mateo, Bay Area, California - Carmel - Monterey Bay - Big Sur - Chicago - Los Angeles - Santa Monica - West LA - Marina - Inner Sunset - San Francisco - Boulder - California - Colorado - Sayulita -
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Hotelier, Grizzled Skeptic, Futurist, Essayist, Poet, Writer, and just this guy, you know?
Introduction

My name is Michael Hraba.  I like hotels.

I was born in Carmel, Monterey Bay, into the hotel industry.  My folks being hoteliers (which is actually another term for gypsy; credit to Stan Bromley), we quickly moved to another opportunity, with the Chicago Hyatt O’Hare property.  After that it was back to the Bay Area to work in hotels “under the table”, IE too young to be paid and too short to look over the tables… so I basically restocked peanuts in a hotel bar.  This took me to school studying communication, philosophy, skepticism, and critical thought.  Mostly it was an attempt to figure out how a 6′6″ chap such as myself could learn how not to scare people, whilst looming over them at the front desk at my night job in a hotel.

My official (and legal) hospitality path started in 1995 during university, where I started down a 16 year road of operations: endless days that ran into nights, split shifts, full weekends of work, sleeping under banquet tables, losing my fingerprints as an expediter, working triples (PM shift, Audit, then the AM shift).  For all intensive purposes, I have done every possible thing operationally in a hotel.  Then I started using my operational skills to help hotels during pre-opening.  I have worked on historic retrofits, green builds, national park projects, wine country projects, tech infrastructure, and more.  I now run my own business that does all of the above, with an additional focus on the impacting and ever changing world of social media.  I never much cared for the older style of marketing, and am quite interested in these powerful, and young, tools that are giving rise to a powerful new structure of media.

Hospitality, and the hotel industry, is in my blood.  I adore what we do, and hope I can spread some of the enthusiasm, knowledge, or just amiable good cheer your way.

I sometimes ramble a bit to, which is while I will curtail this bio.  =)

Current Project:

Inn at The Presidio

Last Openings:

Cavallo Point Lodge, San Francisco Bay Area (Sausalito)

Allison Inn & Spa, Portland Area (Springbrook, Newburg)

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I really try not to brag. I hate the name of this. It should be "what am I proud of".
Education
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
    Communication, 1994 - 1998
  • University of Oregon - Cascades campus, Cornell School of Hotel Administration Extension
    Hospitality Marketing
  • San Mateo High School
    1990 - 1994
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UncleFishbits, HHotelconsult, Son of Papa Tall Man, Fishbits, @unclefishbits, @hhotelconsult, DJ Fishbits, DJ Bathrobe
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Gloriously empty, which will change soon, on a Sunday brunch that they have just started. This is not a high end brunch experience, but a simple, concise menu with about a dozen various, mostly simple, brunch options... and a full bar and bottomless mimosa for about $10. So wonderful. I missed the game room, because we were so enjoying the kind staff / server / barkeep, the atmosphere, and the wondrous "I am eating brunch and not so crowded I rather die" experience that is so often the case. I am sure this will get busier soon, but a perfect spot for a quick grab and go to a sit down and chat with friends for 2 hours. I don't write reviews much anymore, but this was impressive enough to share. Well done!
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Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
A very small chain (read that: mom and pop that has systems and service in place), hip, contemporary, and DELICIOUS. It's a Japanese Bento vs Korean BBQ spot, and every single thing is delicious. The Wasabi shrimp are as near to Shrimp Tempura that they have, but delicious. The Gyoza are brutally fried but tasty. The Miso Ramen was A+. The Waekame salad was delicious (a big plus compared to jarred/canned/old seaweed). Edamame was cooked perfectly and tasty. The Ahi Poke was fresh, and you could taste the freshness of the fish rather than spices to cover old fish. The BBQ shrimp and Filet Mignon were SO YUMMY. San Mateo has a glut of dirty, low end Japanese places. Let alone Thai, Chinese, etc. For every 10 restaurants, there is 1 consistent, solid, always delicious spot.... and that is this one. You won't be upset. Apparently dinner reservations are impossible, but daytime happy hour lunches will kill the rest of your business day with tasty food and revelry.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
This place gets a CRAZY bad rap, but I assume it's because customers are normally a) rushed, b) confused, c) none too bright, d) don't understand the difficulty of creating any decent level of service in an obviously commodified industry.... But that's what Enterprise does all over, and this spot, downtown DC, does an especially good job considering the type of people that churn in and churn out of there. Specific props to the team of Sanjeev, Mariama, and Naquan. Seriously went out of their way, multiple times, to help, make things easier, offer options, etc. These were not robotic script people mindlessly trying to upsell... these are thinking, kind, friendly people that are trying to help you on your day. If the car isn't ready, if you didn't plan.... lay off and realize they are trying their best. Seriously well done guys. Wifey and I couldn't be happier. You've done great... take the rest of the day off.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Docks! They're trusty wood and aesthetically pleasant!
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
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Possibly the most important place in all of California, though Yosemite might be up there. No joke - 100's of years of multiple types of history, nature and every type of eco-system and microclimate you could imagine. If you like hiking, biking, arts, museums, fun, food, activities, etc - it's all here. If you like public art, whether modern or naturalist - it's all here. World class restaurants, lodging, trails - places to be calm, places to discover, places to explore. There is nothing in the world like the Presidio. Nothing. There is no place so rare that provides unending, varied, natural beauty to a profoundly cultured city. From Spain and Mexico to our military and our city's people, there is rarely a place where so many people are so deeply and proufoundly tied to their surroundings and topography - San Francisco is deeply rooted in what the Presidio meant to the community and formation of how SF actually exists. If you have read this far, and haven't spent much time in the Presidio - make a point of it. PM for ideas. The 1000's of acres can be daunting, but I know the inns and outs, and will make it easy for you.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Unbelievable. This guy cares *SO* much. Fantastic food. Reminds me of northern Mexico street tacos. Bravo! It was awesome to see him work. He has that "when there is time to lean, there is time to clean" pride in taking care of his restaurant, and not just serving the best food. The town is lucky to have him.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
For a decent meal, it's the only choice... look no further. What's great... you aren't paying more for bad food with a good view. You are paying for a stunning view, delicious food... and a good value to boot. We went too late for sunset, so it was pitch black, and we just had to lovingly stare into one another's eyes. What a shame. It's a delicious spot, not to miss when you are in town strolling through at lunch time, or for a romantic dinner.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago