I first met George in March of 2012, when I showed up to volunteer at the World Famous Caine’s arcade. You can learn more about Caine’s Arcade here. I believe this was right before he suffered his first heart attack. After that setback, George turned his life around.
George recalled the event, “Five years ago on a Friday night, I was getting ready for a 2-day event at Unique LA for Caine’s Arcade, I broke out in a cold sweat and I was rushed to the ER within minutes, That was my first heart attack, my doctor put me on a plant-based diet to prevent a second heart attack, eight months later after a 6-mile walk with my friend Angelina I had a second heart attack and I had bi-pass surgery.”
He continued, “After my first heart attack, I started walking at the Rose Bowl with my friend Angelina, after we mastered the loop with started hiking, I now belong to three different hiking groups and hike at least three times a week, I met the love of my life hiking to the Hollywood Sign. We both lead healthy lifestyles and share the love for hiking. I also like to cook and put on cooking classes to share what I have learned from my recovery teaching people how to pave the road to a longer life. After two heart attacks, I promote healthy eating and lifestyle change for everyone and at any age, it’s never too late to turn your life around. My life is much different now, I no longer smoke cigarettes or abuse alcohol and I’m finally getting divorced after 24 years, life feels so good now, I just met the women of my dreams and we have plans to get married.”
George continues to sell auto parts out of his shop in Boyle Heights and he just started making and selling handcrafted crosses. He said the thing he is most proud of in life is, “My three sons, George, Zachary and Caine.”
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Enjoy George’s answers to the bonus questions.
Do you have a nickname? How’d you get it?
My nickname was El Guapo, I have no idea why maybe because of the movie 3 amigos.
If you could afford any type of clothing, which fashion designer would you wear?
I love Tommy Bahama clothes but out of my price range.
Do you believe in God?
I don’t believe in God
Do you think there is life after death?
I don’t believe in any afterlife, but being a father of 3 boys, I can see me living in them long after I’m gone.
What is your horoscope sign? Do you feel it fits you?
I am a Cancer and it fits me perfect.
What do you think is the meaning of life?
I think we are just here like any other living being, the only difference is that we have managed to destroy the earth within the last 100 years and things are only getting worse.
What has been your favorite age so far?
My favorite age is now 56 years old, if I make it to 60 then 60 will be my favorite age.
If this was your last day on earth, what would you do?
I live my life like its my last day on earth, no regrets, when I had my first heart attack, I had no regrets, I was happy for my time on earth.
Do you think cancer will be cured in your lifetime?
I think cancer can be cured but treatment is more profitable.
What was the first concert you attended?
How much money do you think is enough?
You can never have enough money.
Do you think we can achieve world peace?
Take away religion and you have world peace.
How do you think we got here?
We are all here by pure chance, there is no master plan for us.
Do you recycle?
I don’t recycle.
Give money to the beggar on the street or tell them to “Get a job!” Which one are you?
I don’t hand out money.
Do you prefer to vacation with the locals or all-inclusive resort?
I like to explore on my own, I don’t like any resort type vacations.
How important is music in your life?
I don’t really listen to music.
What is your favorite City?
My favorite city is San Francisco
Is there a non-profit you would like everyone to know about?
There is no such thing as a non-profit, I would never promote any non-profit.
What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
I have no bucket list, everything I ever want to do, I did it.
What is one meal or food you could eat every day and not get tired of?
Veggie fajitas are my favorite food and I could eat it 3 times a day.
Three songs on your funeral playlist?
Motley Crue, Girls, Girls, Girls , Rick James Give it to me baby, Semisonic Closing time.