Christmas Eve was a thing I looked forward to each year. We spent it with my pops. Since he passed, the night has changed in meaning for me, but the memories still linger like the smell of the zillion stogies we ripped through every year on the porch.
Playing Santa is no joke. The pressure is high. You need to convince the little kids that you're the REAL Big Guy, be cool for the older kids, don't scare the crap out of toddlers and be prepared for pent-up housewives who want to give Santa a quick ride. Kidding...maybe. It was fun though, for a variety of reasons.
The best part of the holidays is the time off with family and friends. The worst part of the holidays is when it's over. Taking down the decorations and going back to the grind is a big time bummer. Once the grind starts, time just rolls on like a boulder down a hill.
But, it finds a home at the end of the hill where we find ourselves back at the beginning.
Time, it's merciless I say.
Well, more like some random hotness floating around in my head at the moment.
- Played flag football yesterday for the first time in about eight years. I'm paying for it today.
- I have a good group of friends. It's a small group, but good guys all around.
- You can't discount the love of a good dog. #DaisyMartelli has been a great addition to our family, though she can be a pain in the ass sometimes.
- Having a close family is awesome. When we all get together, good time is had by all.
- I love my backyard and deck. It is my place to chill, hang and basically get lost in good music, scrumptious food, great company and good convos.
- Work occupies a lot of our time, but those moments in between with friends and family is really where the juice is.
- There's nothing better than a holiday Monday at home with the little lady and the kids. Quiet. Relaxing. Hanging out. Chatting. Doing a boat load of nuttin' is my reward.
Happy Labor Day.
Forget all that thankful stuff...this is what it's all about:
Christmas morning for dads is all about opening and putting together the toys that Santa brought the kiddies. Dads need an assortment of tools to get the toys out of there packages (which have to be made by Homeland Security).
As you can see from the picture, I have a tool that does it all. It has a screwdriver, knife and a claw like cutter that can bust through the metal clips, wires and whatever else Santa's Elves throws at us dads.
Thank GOODNESS for this tool!
Yesterday was the annual Point of Pines July 3rd block party. It's a time for my family and friends to gather on Revere Beach to celebrate the 4th (or the 3rd in this case). It's a massive block party with loads of food, friends, family and of course, fireworks.
The local authorities allow for the residents to set off fireworks on the beach, away from the crowds. It's quite the scene as there is about an hour plus of booms, bangs and colors.
Here's a quick volley from our location:
Happy 4th of July everyone! How are you celebrating?
Photographers tend to be picky with their equipment so trying to get them a job-related gift can be challenging. However, there are some good gems that the photographer in your life would appreciate if they found it under the Christmas tree this month.
Here are just a few that he or she will appreciate; will help him or her with their photography hobby (or job); and, not to mention, are pretty wallet friendly.
During the holiday season we spend a lot of time thinking about and helping others. This of course, also means that we're also buying gifts.
Buying that perfect gift for your loved one, family member or friend makes you feel good. The smiles on their faces is the return on investment.
There are times, however, that amidst all the holiday sales, it's very tempting to spoil yourself with a gift or two or three or four. As I thought about what I would get for myself, I asked some of the Twitter and Facebook friends.
Here is what's on their wish list when asked, "What's the one thing you'd like to buy yourself for Christmas, but don't dare to?":
- Apple products: iPad and Macbook Air
- Nikon D7000
- Audi A5
- Travel (Paris, trip back home to New England, etc.)
- Nissan Leaf
- XM Radio
From the list above, you can tell that most of my friends, colleagues, social media contacts, etc. are looking for the technology homerun, which is totally cool in my book.
I'd buy a supped-up iMac. What would you buy?
This weekend I had one of the best Fourth of July's ever.
We didn't do anything too crazy nor was what the family and I experienced out of the ordinary.
Our Fourth festivities always starts with the annual Point of Pines block party. PoP as we call it, is a little neighborhood in Revere, MA where my mother has a house that comes deeded with a portion of Revere Beach (a private section that she technically owns). The PoP block party is always on the third of July. As a result, we call it PoP03.