Boston, Mass (The Blizzard)


So after Christmas we got this bug to head up to Boston. It's only a two and a half hour drive from where we are. Makes sense to any sensible person with a brain that has never been to Boston before. We learned Christmas night that there would be a blizzard headed our way, but being the men that we are we pushed on and said, "Fuck it!". When is the weather forecast ever right? When has anyone ever listened to their local weather man and thought that he/she might be giving pertinent information. Exactly, they never are for the most part.

The trip started off pretty well. We overslept by a couple of hours, but made short time of getting ready and headed out the door within 20 minutes of waking. The drive seemed to be unfolding quickly. We could see the snow flurries coming down, but it didn't look anything like a blizzard. Just the same flurries that I've seen 3 or 4 times in the last month. We decided to ride up the coast so that we could say that we had been through Rhode Island. We also passed some place where Mystic Pizza was filmed. I think that's a non-blackual fact. Have no clue about any of it.

As we approach Boston we start to see that there is one defining thing about this place...it's historical. We had already decided that we were going to walk "The Freedom Trail" on our own. They have it mapped out pretty well with a red line that runs through the city. Too bad we didn't come completely prepared for a 3 mile trek through flurries. Lucky for us the local H&M was able to supply all the accessories needed for a very affordable price. After acquiring what we need the tour was on. From one corner to the next we walked and walked. Never noticing that the snow was picking up more and more as we walked. By the time we finished the tour the snow was pouring from the sky and we looked liked walking sheets of snow. Somehow through all this we were able to procure a cab to get us back to the car, but that in itself was an adventure. Due to the weather there weren't many available and all the ones we waved down already had passengers in them. Thanks to my undeniable chocolate skin I was able to flag down a cabbie that was willing to help us get to our car. It was a slow in steady cab ride. Kind of expensive for the most part.

Pan forward about a hour or so and we are in the mist of a blizzard like no other I have ever seen. Pan forward 7 hours later we finally make it back to our town. Pan 30 minutes later we are able to find a street worth turning on. Thanks to following plow trucks. Pan forward to sitting in the house warm in my PJs and under a blanket I realize that weather forecast are there for a reason. Pan 7 years back when I was in this same place in the middle of a blizzard I would have never thought I would be in one again. Pan a week from now and I'll be back to grey skys and rain in Portland where I belong.
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The Day After

The day after Christmas I was able to reflect on a lot of things in life. Mostly just that the older I get the simpler I've become or maybe that Christmas just stresses me out. This year I decided that I wasn't going to celebrate Christmas or do as least possible for the holiday. I didn't do too many gifts. I didn't send out cards. I didn't. I didn't. I didn't.

I did however wake up late, eat Thai food for breakfast/lunch, procrastinate, take a very long shower and have a intimate dinner with some people that I will probably be good friends for a long time. This has definitely been one of those years where I've done without a lot and I've coped better than expected.

Here's to 2011 hopefully staying simple.

How was your Christmas?
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from NYC. I hope that all your wishes come true and that life it good to you!

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."  Norman Vincent Peale
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The Late Show with David Letterman Experience

Last weekend while we were wondering through the streets of NYC we happened to stumble upon the Ed Sullivan Theatre. For those of you who don't know what that means let me life that rock from on top of you. EST is where David Letterman is filmed. We just happened to come by as they were taking applicants for tickets to the show. We were in know way shape or form think that we would get them, but long story short we did, we went and we saw Dave and the rest of the crew.

Can I get a "hell yes"! We were able to score tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman and I attended the taping on Monday.

Let me fill you in on some of the process. Here's a round about story:

We applied for tickets at the front door of the Ed Sullivan Theatre on a whelm. They hold something like a lottery to get the tickets. There are three dates to pick from. I think we picked all three. Just wanted to make our chances of getting tickets that much better. They tape shows in the afternoon and evenings. I can honestly say from the moment we applied I was hoping for a call from someone from the show. It can come anytime, even the day of the taping. Our call came the day before the show. They ask you to confirm a date, and then they ask you a trivia question about the show. I guess Dave wants to make sure his audience is packed with "real" fans.

The day of the taping, we took the train in because it would be the best way to get there and not get stuck in traffic. After picking up the tickets, we got a chance to go to Crumbs, a nearby bakery and have a couple of treats while waiting for the taping to begin. Why not get a little sugar in the blood.

It took what seemed like forever, but the taping finally began! We got "very cheerful" instructions from a CBS staff member to get "pumped", to laugh hard, and to clap often... and to turn off our cell phones, of course! After the pep talk, we finally entered the studio. The theater looks a lot bigger on TV than it actually is. When inside, even the people in the last row or upstairs must have felt pretty close to the stage. We were in the fourth or fifth row on the floor! I could have touched Dave I was so close.

The house comic came on stage and explained a little what was going to happen, repeated the rules, and of course did a few jokes just to get the crowd going. Then the CBS Orchestra came out looking like rock stars from the 80s! Paul Shaffer eventually came on stage after the band performed a couple of songs. David Letterman finally appears on stage, everyone went crazy! He looked very loosened up, not wearing a jacket. Hell, who am I kidding...he looked like he had been hit by a train. TV is very good to Dave. For a second I thought it was an impostor. He did his usual banter and then went right into the show. The show was really worth all the trouble. They were filming the Christmas special to air on Thursday of this week. Amanda Peet was the guest. I have to say that she looks exactly the same as she does in the movies. Very funny and witty as well. A couple of the holiday usuals came on after her. Another comedian to knock the meatball off the Christmas tree and a singer.

All and all we had a lot of fun.
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Turn That Frown Upside Down

We all have crappy days. You know the kind I mean? Problem with clients (David), cranky co-workers (Mo), personal life stresses that send you in a downward spiral(and for some reason it always seems to be raining).
Since I'm having one of those slow to start days I thought I would just throw a few things out there to help you get going:

“TREAT” yourself. - Need I say more. Who doesn't like to?
Help Someone else out! - Always takes the focus off you and you get to help someone else int the process.
Find something else to do.
Tell yourself, “Well, at least I…” 
Exercise- This always helps me out. A nice long run always clears my mind and gets me back to a central place. If you can't run...walk.
Write it down. - Log your crappy day down. Maybe it will help you the next time.
Be grateful. Things could always be worse. There are others that might possibly be having a worse day than you.

Find your loving.
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Everything Taste Better Than Skinny Feels

That's just my opinion. This week I was out and about hanging with some friends when one of them spewed, "Nothing taste as good as skinny feels." He, yes I said he, probably needs to get out more often. I could go down the list of things that taste as good ...well.

I'm still not sure why he thought quoting Kate Moss was the thing to do while he scarfed down slices of pizza, buffalo wings and Miller Lite.

Well I have to be honest that part of me was in agreement with him, but the fat kid inside me that works his butt off to stay in shape was kicking his ass up and down the street. The skinny ones always disappointment when it comes to feeling sensitive to other weight or health problems. Just because your body doesn't show it on the outside...the inside could possible be in horrible shape.

I'm not sure where I was going with this post, but I'm going to eat now!
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New York, New York

I finally got to tour NYC and take in all that it has to offer. I'm not sure if I got to all the places that I wanted to, but my feet definitely screamed for agony at the end of a 12 hour day of walking and pushing my way through crowds of people.

The picture below contains a couple of key places in New York City. I'll see if I can name a few of the key places that I visited and tell you a little about them.

Grand Central Terminal: Looked exactly like they show in all the movies. Kind of made me feel like something magical was supposed to happen while I was. I will say there was a Gossip Girl moment when a girl delivered a letter marked TOP SECRET. Kind of cute and high school, but it was very entertaining.

Bryant Park: I think it used to be the place where fashion week was held. Now it's a place full of small shops that sell everything from coffee to jewelry. Very cheap buys and a nice way to find and eat some things that you wouldn't normally come in contact with.

Bad Boy Records: Do I need to say more. I was just hoping to get a glimpse of Diddy.

Ed Sullivan Theatre: Home to the Late Show with David Letterman. Just stumbled upon it by mistake. Lucky for me I actually won tickets to see the show on Monday.

Central Park: What a glorious piece of work. It was everything it was supposed to be and more. I wish it was Summer time so I could do some more exploring. It had carousels, food, running, soccer, carriages pulled by huge horse, art and tons of excellent people watching.

There are several others landmarks from New York in the pictures as you can see. I don't think I will ever be able to completely see everything I want to see in one visit to NYC, but I got an inspiring sight of what it has to offer.
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iPhone app: Electric Miles

Was suprised to find out that I am feature on my favorite website iPhone app. Always nice to see your mug posted somewhere. Enjoy your Friday folks.
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Imagination Optional

Yesterday's Note: I tried to run and failed miserably. I'm officially done for the year. Elliptical here I come. I will just have to work on my diet a little more.

This morning I woke to sounds of snow trucks and car alarms outside my window. I guess these are the sounds Winter on the East Coast.
I'm back in Starbucks this morning listening to recently downloaded music from iTunes. The sounds of Christmas music are in the air and the early morning crowd looks of disgust from being up this morning. As the different crowds pour in and out I have to wonder who they are and where they are off to. I guess this just might be me, but I've always been intrigued by people and imagining where they might be going in life. I wonder where the lady in the white denim jeans, rainbow belt and floral headband is headed to after reading USA Today. Or where the guy in the God awful track suit and greasy hair is headed. Maybe to snuff someone off. This is NYC. I can make a really good assumption where the well groomed guy wearing too much cologne and in dressed in a suit is headed. What's that you say? To work. I was thinking he was going to see his mistress. As much cologne he has on there is no way he's headed into the office. The cologne would cause everyone to have headaches within a few minutes of contact with him. It's just my imagination. Don't sue me just yet.

On another note I had some really intense dreams last night. I'm not sure what they mean, but I hope a few of them come true because they were quite interesting. Let's just say they involved cookies and camping. Two things that rarely go together, but trust me they did in my dream. Get your mind out of the gutter people. Think hearty thoughts. It's the holidays for Pete's sake.

The photo to your right was taken yesterday in the middle of the park after a really good burger and fries. I think I thought I was invincible because I am dressed like that and the snow is starting to come down. Lucky for me I was only outside for brief periods of time.

I can honestly say that I'm enjoying the East Coast way of living.
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Morning Glory

My good friends over at Wikipedia describe running as a means of terrestrial locomotion allowing a human or an animal to move rapidly on foot. It is simply defined in athletics terms as a gait in which at regular points during the running cycle both feet are off the ground. Sadly I have to say that I've been struggling with my running. It appears that everyone around me is able to do what used to come so natural to me. I've had an up and down year with my running. It started off with a bang, but somewhere in between I started getting shin splints and it's been all downhill. Almost 30 years without ever getting them and they've come on like no one's business. It's getting to the point that I struggle to even walk. Part of me wants to take the rest of the year off and start over at the beginning of the year and the other part of me knows that I have goals that need to be achieved.

Others have other outlets to help the with stress and creativity, both of mine or relieved during running. I'm able to do so much in that 30 to 45 minutes of pounding it out on the pavement. I can single handily create "world peace" when I'm in a pair of NIKE shoes running for no apparent reason, but to feel free. So with that said you can see where my head is at this moment. I have can't sleep, I can't formulate thoughts correctly and I damn sure can't burn enough calories doing anything else.

I'm sitting in Starbucks this morning mourning. I'm not sure what my decision will be for another hour when I'm supposed to take to the streets. What I do know is that I'm in NYC and the food is abundant and I want to be the recipient of all that I can have. The key all these enjoyments are running! Sometimes a man just needs more options in life.

NYC (Connecticut) Weekend

My first weekend on the East Coast is officially over. It's filled with a lot of mixed feelings for the most part. There have been some highs and some lows. The flights to get here were pretty seamless. My pickup in NYC was on time and smiling. My first dinner here was McDonald's...does it get any better than that. My first trip to NYC was full of choas, pushing, random people and being lost. And then came the food poison to make things just a tad bit more interesting. I can honestly say that it didn't happen to me, but it took my tour guide down for a day in a half. Don't think that it's worth mentioning the place where we ate because I actually turned out fine. All in and all I'm happy with the outcomes so far. NYC here's looking at you kid. I hope you have lots more in store for me.
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I'm Back

It's been along time since I decided to post anything on here. I guess I haven't been too inspired to put much on here. I'll be in a new place for a couple of weeks and I figure that I'll have plenty of time to blog during my downtime and I have alot of it. Blogging and working out are my two new best friends. So feel free to comeback and check out the new content update daily.
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