Friend of the Week: James Jones

James Jones


/jaymz/ /jOHnz/

1. Event Planner extraordinaire.

2. Owner of the two best dogs ever : Cholula & Tamale.

3. Professional Packer: She probably has more frequent flyer miles than you. 

4. Kombucha brewer, recipe tester, and DIY creative genius.

How do we know each other?

My friend from college, Emily, went to high school with Car. All three of us were signed up for Semester at Sea and Em told me she couldn’t wait for me to meet Carly because she just knew we would be good friends. She introduced us before the ship set sail in the Bahamas and she was right!

What's a day in the life of James Jones like? 

Really varies because my job puts me on the road quite often. It starts with cuddling my dogs, catching up on emails, and often a workout. If I’m in the East Bay, I work from home. If I’m in LA, I go into the office. If I’m on a scouting trip, I am checking out hotels, restaurants, and activities. Guess which one I like best?

Favorite Semester at Sea memory?

We had SO much fun on that trip, but my favorite memory was probably our last day on land in Japan. We were determined to spend every last cent we had and just ran wild looking for experiences and trinkets to memorialize our trip. It was so much fun that we were the last ones back to the ship. We ran along the dock getting the kids on deck to do the wave before we happily took our reprimand strolling aboard.

What's your greatest attribute?

I’m a really loyal friend. I pride myself on taking after my mom by trying to find ways to let my friends know how important they are to me and really listening when they need to talk.

Favorite thing about living in the East Bay/Northern California? 

Easy access to Lake Tahoe and Wine Country, two of my favorite spots on Earth.


one kind of food and drink for the rest of your life. go!

100% nachos and Chardonnay. Not together. But not necessarily apart.

What are you most afraid of?

I have Textophobia, which is ridiculous but real. It’s the fear of certain fabrics or textures. Go ahead and laugh, I would, too. I can’t touch certain things nor watch people touch them without feeling nauseous. A famous tale in my family is the time we got into a fuzzy-seated shuttle in Hawaii and my parents made my sister take off her cover-up for me to sit on. I couldn’t have the sliver of seat where my shorts ended touch my bare leg. My sister, of course, was furious.

Favorite part about being the Events Director for

My favorite part of my job is the opportunity to travel to amazing places. Most notably was getting to go inside a champagne yurt and then dogsledding in Park city.

What's something that most people don't know about you?

I love getting certifications in things I’m interested in. I spent two years studying animal behavior and dog training and have numerous certifications in Zumba. I don’t teach either of those things, just enjoy the learning process.

What's your signature style?

Most days I’m in a hoodie, I love being comfortable. Going out, I trend towards black and jewel tones, love a dramatic earring and a tall boot.


I was planning a trip to visit my sister who works on a national Park. She had requested I make bread for her. I had bought three sacks of flour and left them on the center of my dining room table. When I came home from work, Cholula greeted me at the door with a small amount of white powder on her black muzzle. When I went inside I found Tamale completely covered in flour and all three sacks had been emptied and spread throughout my home. It was the biggest mess of my life but also hilarious. Cholula was innocent.

Funniest moment with me that you can remember? 

I truly can’t pick just one. We are famous for our “random days”, where we meet up and see where the day takes us. From antiquing in Temecula to the most amazing people watching at Universal Studios to board games in a bar in New York, we always find unusual activities that lead to endless laughter.

First bucket list item that comes to mind?

Visit Alaska and see as many animals as possible.

Life Motto?

Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.

Follow James, Cholula, & tamale on all of their adventures at @dayoldnews.

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