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Nas. His music represents more than dope lyrics over a classic beat.  It represents the period of my life where I became aware, self-awareness specifically. Repeatedly, I’d listen to track after track ’till I memorized the lyrics.  For me, there was existential power in Nas’ music and to see his journey in this documentary is a focus of mine this weekend.

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Yosemite National Park/Napa Valley – What a journey.

After a weekend of partying at the now infamous #HennyPalooza party, I realized that I never had a chance to post pictures from my recent excursion to Yosemite National Park and then to Napa Valley. Yosemite which you can see from the first gallery was nothing short of breathtaking (literally in some cases, 9,000 ft altitude will do that).  The sites were truly marvelous and the experience was memorable.  From the hikes to the people Yosemite is a must do.  We stayed in Yosemite Valley; it is where the treacherous 11 hour Half Dome trail is located and also where some of the best views of the park are as well. Check out the pics below.

After our journey through the mountainous, Sequoia tree filled wilderness we ventured onward to Napa Valley for some relaxation. We stayed in Calistoga at the Chateau de Vie, a simply charming, five star service, bed and breakfast. The owners Philip and Peter were a delight to be around and they wanted nothing less than to provide us with the best service they possible could, and they succeeded. THE FOOD WAS OUT OF SIGHT. *psychedelic voice. If you ever go, try the Tampanade. Overall, wine country was a very relaxing experience. I’m more of a green person, so to walk through vineyards, bike through the quaint downtown, and to enjoy the fruit of the towns labor was everything I needed. Calistoga specifically, to me, had a little more character than Napa. Nothing against Napa, but it seemed slightly too touristy for me. And yes, we were there six hours before the earthquake, so we made it out JUST in time! All the best to the valley in its recovery. A great experience indeed. Pictures below. DSC_0178

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A Weekend to Remember: #IntimateBBQ


Sometimes a small intimate gathering is all you need to remind you why life is worth living.

Robin Williams: Legendary

As I sit and watch “Dead Poets Society,” I find myself feeling meloncholy and nostalgic.  Throughout most of my childhood and even most of my adulthood, I’ve enjoyed this man’s creations and interpretations.  His artistic, uninhibited, and honest work served to enlighten and entertain.  From Aladdin to Hook to Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams contributed to countless hours of pure enjoyment and I am grateful.  Thank you and I wish you a restful peace. 

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N.C.A.A. Must allow Colleges to Pay Athletes…

“In a decision that could drastically reshape the world of college sports, a federal judge ruled on Friday that the N.C.A.A.’s decades-old rules barring payments to college athletes were in violation of antitrust laws.” — via N.Y. Times — This is big news right here.  For years student athletes were taken advantage of and profited from.  At least today there is a step in the right direction, assuming the N.C.A.A.’s inevitable appeal will not hold up.  For information click here: N.Y. Times 

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Do-Si-Do – A weekend in NoFo.

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Listen here, if you haven’t been out east to the North Folk of Long Island aka, “NoFo”, then you haven’t maximized your Long Island/New York experience. From beautiful landscapes complimented by pleasant personalities, a weekend here is a must do. We stayed at “SunnySide Up” in the “Over-easy room.” The service was exceptional, personal, and nothing short of five stars. Cheryl and her crew went from strangers to family in a matter of hours. She was abreast of all the happenings in the area. I mean, Siri and Yelp are cool, but everyone at Sunny Side Up made me quickly realize why human connection and personal service trumps any data driven solution. The itinerary included a trip to a few vineyards including the famous Pindar, a barnyard dance at the Hallockville Museum Farm, and golf (yes, I’ve started to golf.) Check out the pictures below and head on out east, there’s a whole new world that you need to see out there. #SomethingNew #It’sJustDifferent