14 Years Later – I Remember

1 World Trade Center Rainbow

You’ll hear it countless times today: “Never forget”. You’ll see flags. You’ll see Facebook and Twitter profiles updated. But have you really remembered since last year? Ask yourself… when was the last time you TRULY remembered the events of September 11th, 2001? Was it last year? I sincerely hope not. I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that I remember it often. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this story … Continue reading

13 Years Later I’ve Not Forgotten – Have You?

September 11th

I’m sitting down and continuing my “tradition” of putting some thoughts on virtual paper on this anniversary of September 11th. Another year has passed.  Another war has started. The vast majority of people have forgotten.  It’s sad, but it’s true. I’ve seen people go about their day today like it’s any other day.  I saw dreadfully few flags being flown this morning on my way to work.  I’ve received marketing emails “using” the events of … Continue reading

Beer Shots – Yuengling Lager – Clambake Big Bass Lake

Yuengling Lager On Big Bass Lake

Ran across this beauty the other day and just had to add it to the blog for Beer Shots.  I’m a HUGE fan of Yuengling Lager and during last year’s family clam bake it was my beer of choice. I’m happy to say that after some scheduling issues, we’ve got a date for this year’s get together in late June.  Can’t wait!

Should September 11th Be A National Holiday?

September 11th Flag - Morning

As I sit down to write this post, I honestly have no idea where I’m going with it.  I’ve got some thoughts in mind but they’re not fully formed.  I’ve talked in previous years about where we were on September 11th, 2001 so I won’t bother rehashing it here other to say that we were living in DC.  It’s been 11 years and while the buildings have been rebuilt and we’ve gone on with our … Continue reading

Family Clam Bake 2012

Clambake 2012 - Hamburgers & Hot Dogs

We recently had our yearly family clam bake which has been a tradition for the last 25-30 years or so.  No one can quite remember exactly when the tradition started but we’ve been doing it every year for a LONG time and it has evolved into something quite special.  It’s essentially the one time per year that I get to see that side of my family and I can honestly say that I look forward … Continue reading

Unplanned Brilliance

Thumbs Up

This past weekend we had our annual family clam bake at my cousin’s house in Pennsylvania.  I’m happy to report that unlike last year, the weather completely cooperated and we had an AWESOME day.  As per tradition, we had 20+ dozen clams, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn, potatoes, shrimp, home made ice cream and beer.  🙂 Early in the afternoon, I was hanging out on the porch talking with my cousin and G was poking around … Continue reading

Never Forget… Let’s Roll

Never Forget

I feel compelled to write something today – the 8th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  and the fourth plane in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  2,993 people died that day and millions more were affected. Amanda and I were living in Washington, D.C. and I remember it like it was yesterday.  The Internet came to a crawl because everyone was trying to figure … Continue reading

Rooting For The “Other” Team

Browns / Steelers Rivalry

I live in Cleveland, Ohio.  I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Anyone who knows anything about the NFL knows that one of the greatest rivalries in the sport is the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. They hate each other. Their fans hate each other. The two cities hate each other. That said, there are a few people living in Cleveland that like the Steelers and I happen to be one of them.  I’m a … Continue reading