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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

be honest

Round the World:

The 33 most beautiful abandoned places in the world.

Climbing the Ladder:

Never forget another name again.

The most epic resignation letter ever.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Homemade caramel sauce – in your slow cooker! What the what?!?

Out and About:

For all you peeps who aren’t going phishing this weekend:

Friday Fun:

Frank Manzi will be playing Bentley’s Bistro in East Longmeadow 8pm to midnight. For those of you who don’t know Frank, be prepared for some amazing tunes. Bentley’s is the old Fusion restaurant.

For you kiddos out in the boondocks, John Cantalini will be tearing it up solo at Teresa’s in Ware starting at 7:30pm. Go for the food, stay for the music.

Looking to get your country on?? Truck Stop Troubadours will be rocking their Hillbilly Revival at Salvatore’s in Springfield.

Saturday Shenanigans:

The Kings will be rocking The Southwick Inn. Strap on your dancing shoes and boogie on down. Show starts at 10pm.

The Shamrock is kicking off Halloween a little early with DJ Supercold. Costume contest, drink specials, and your favorite old school tracks.

Giggles and Such:

45 singalongs to get you through your Friday.

it's a joke

mass

your mom

Have a great weekend!

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The Awkward Way to Start Your Day…

Last month I got to spend an amazing week down in Myrtle Beach, SC.

While there, I was reminded how very different the behavior of Americans can be based on their geographical background.

If you’ve never experienced it, Southern Hospitality is in fact a real thing.

southern hospitality

Walking down the street in Myrtle Beach, the majority of people you pass will make eye contact, smile, and say hello.

It takes a little getting used to at first.

There were times I purposefully avoided eye contact to avoid an interaction.

However, from what I could tell, this cue does not deter the Southern “Hey, how ya doin?” nor the subsequent conversation.

how ya doin

Which can be tedious and extremely annoying depending on how bad your Southerner is at picking up social cues.

Overall though, I really enjoy the friendly, outgoing manners down South.

Coming back to good ole Massachusetts was certainly an adjustment!

My office building has about 20 floors with various companies.

Meaning, when you get on the elevator, chances are it’s full of strangers.

eye contact

Strangers who all seem to find their shoes or their phone immensely interesting.

Some mornings I just want to start a sing along and see what happens.

sing along

When did ignoring the people around you become the polite thing to do??

I know you did not just get a super important email!!

Your screen is giant!

Everyone can see you’re on Facebook!

It’s okay to smile at your fellow man.

Shit, you can even say “Good Morning”.

good morning sunshine

I promise they won’t bite. At least I won’t 🙂

Are you one of those people in the elevator?

Or do you say “Hello” to whoever crosses your path??

Do you prefer the lack of interaction or do you wish people were more friendly?

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

luck

Dollars + Sense:

Get into a little feeder-bender? 6 ways to reduce your car insurance rates after an accident.

Looking for some financial freedom?? Try making these counter-cultural decisions.

Body Lovin’:

The science of napping.

Got a serious case of CRS? 7 tricks to help you remember anything.

Climbing the Ladder:

On the job hunt?? 8 ways to make a great first impression when you land that interview.

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

For all you Phans out there impatiently waiting for Fall Tour, check out 7 Below at The Main Pub in Manchester, CT. Show starts at 9pm. $7 at the door.

Looking for an evening of good eats and good tunes?? Check out John Cantalini at La Cucina in Hampden, MA. Music starts at 7:30pm.

Wormtown Music Festival at Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield, MA kicks off Friday night with sets by Turkuaz, Ryan Montbleau (featuring special guest Primate Fiasco), Rusted Root and many more! Festival runs Friday thru Sunday. Tickets are $120 at the gate.

Saturday Shenanigans:

Bangfield will be rocking their own brand of hip hop/rock/funk/reggae at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton.

Sunday Funday:

Feeling nostalgic for Jerry?? Then head down to Sonny’s Place in Somer, CT for the Lobsterz from Mars. Free outdoor show from 1pm – 5pm.

Giggles and Such:

china

have a sec

clean

Have a great weekend!

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May the Force be with You

I don’t like hearing “no”.

I know, I know, who does?!?

It’s not that I’ve never been told I couldn’t have what I want.

Trust me, that happens far more frequently than you’d think.

But, I was raised to believe, if you want something bad enough, you work your ass off to make it happen, and you don’t stop until you reach your goal.

good things

The trouble with that mindset is it doesn’t always work so well with people.

Most people, once they have their mind made up, are very hard to budge.

I’m not a closer.

I’d be terrible at sales.

I hear “no” and get so frustrated I don’t have another course of action.

I can’t see any solution to change that “no” to a “yes”.

Cajoling and pleading only work sometimes.

pretty please

And a pretty smile might open a few doors, but that’s about it.

I feel powerless when someone shuts me down.

Like I lost my ability to influence my world.

Like my choices are taken away.

It makes me wish for magical powers.

If only I could harness The Force!

use the force

I wouldn’t abuse my power.

The Jedi Mind Trick would only be employed during desperate situations.

Tragic stalemates where neither party can find a way out of the corners they’ve backed themselves into.

Maybe once or twice to see future lottery numbers or to mess with unassuming bystanders.

lotto ticket

How funny would it be to make someone’s table levitate and turn circles mid-meal at a restaurant??

That’s just good, clean fun!

Have you ever really changed someone’s mind?

Or did you just wear them down to the point where they’d agree to anything just to get you to shut up?

Do you think it’s even possible to change someone’s mind??

What magical power do you wish you had?!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

hemingway

Climbing the Ladder:

You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. How to tell is it’s time to move on.

Get Cultured:

11 untranslatable words from other countries. My favorite is waldeinsamkeit. Now if I could only figure out how to pronounce it!

Body Lovin’:

Spine and neck pain got you down? Try these 8 yoga poses to cure your cervical issues.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Your new favorite tuna sandwich.

Looking for Love:

Hot date with a new boo?? Here are 50 questions to ask to see if they’re the one for you.

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

It’s a beautiful night to watch a movie under the stars! Big is playing in Colt Park in Hartford. Show starts at 7pm.

Darik and The Funbags will be rocking out upstairs at Max Cap in Chicopee. $10 cover. 10pm start LA Looks will be kicking the party off at 9pm downstairs.

For all you deadheads The Dead Show is at Theodore’s tonight. Never a cover and the best bbq in town!

The Apple Jam starts tonight in Bondsville, MA. If you love good music and like your festivals to be on the smaller more intimate level this one’s for you! Only $40 at the gate.

Saturday Shenanigans:

The Marks Brothers will be at The Austrian Donau Club in New Britain.

The Alchemystics are teaming up with Satellite Rockers to blow the doors off Tammany Hall in Worcester. $10 at the door. Doors open at 9pm. Music starts at 10pm.

The Apple Jam continues Saturday with a killer line-up – The Kings, Mutherload, and South Catherine Street Jug Band will all be rocking out along with many more. When’s the last time you paid only $40 for a festie??

Giggles and Such:

feelings

in my grill

fucktard

Have a great weekend!

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Pay it Forward

“It’s in our interest to take care of others. Self-centredness is opposed to basic human nature. In our own interest as human beings we need to pay attention to our inner values. Sometimes people think compassion is only of help to others, while we get no benefit. This is a mistake. When you concern yourself with others, you naturally develop a sense of self-confidence. To help others takes courage and inner strength.” ~Dalia Lama

I feel as though I’ve been particularly self-centered lately.

Several events transpired to form a perfect shit-storm; effectively stressing me to the breaking point and putting me in quite the tailspin for the past few weeks.

shit storm

Said events aren’t exactly settled.

But I’m beginning to remember I have a plethora of absolutely wonderful things in my life to be grateful for.

Any one of which, is enough on their own, to elicit enormous amounts of gratitude.

be thankful

But I have a habit of focusing on the things I don’t have, rather than those I do. (I want everything, all at once, right now!)

Over the weekend, I was reminded, no matter what I think is going horribly wrong or is irreparably damaged in my life, I still have it pretty damn good.

I was the recipient of a thousand (not actual number but there were far, far, far too many to count) acts of kindness.

Acts of kindness that went above and beyond any threshold of friendship.

Acts of kindness I will probably never get the chance to repay (even if repayment would be accepted).

act of kindness

The words to express how very grateful I am escape me and I cannot fathom how to even begin to reciprocate the kindness I was shown.

So I’m going to do the only thing I can think of to show the Universe, I do indeed know how blessed I am, even if sometimes I forget.

For the month of September I will be paying it forward.

pay it forward

At least once a day, but every chance I get, I will perform an act of kindness.

They might be random acts of kindness.

They might even be for some of you.

Every day for thirty days I will try to make someone else remember, they too are blessed. That even though not every day is good, there is good in every day.

every day

Maybe, if I remind enough other people, I’ll remember it myself the next time that shit-storm comes blowing through.

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It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of…)

Quote of the Day:

optimist

Love + Sex:

Breaking up is hard to do.

Climbing the Ladder:

Not all “mistakes” are created equal.

Creative juices running low? Here are 4 articles and 6 TED talks to get your creativity flowing.

Body Lovin’:

Did you know baking soda can do almost anything??

For all you new mommas – the ultimate guide to organic formula.

Following Your Dreams:

Scratch that itch.

Out and About:

Thirsty Thursday:

Roomful of Blues will be rocking Stearns Square for Bike Night this week. Come soak up the end of summer. Music starts at 8pm.

If you love The Dead the Space Ballroom in Hampden, CT is the place to be. $12 at the door. Show starts at 9pm.

Friday Fun:

For my CT homies:

The Muppet Movie will be playing in Elizabeth Park in Hartford at 7pm.

Lucid will be at Stella Blues in New Haven. If you haven’t seen these guys yet you’re in for a treat! Lucid serves up a blend of funky, jazzy, reggae rock guaranteed to get you on your feet!

For my Western Mass peeps:

The John Cantalini Band will be rocking The Sky Box in Southwick.

Saturday Shenanigans:

Got the blues?? Rich Badowski Blues Band will be at The Waterfront in Holyoke.

Looking to get saved Saturday night? Reverend Dan and The Dirty Catechism CD Release Party is at The Elevens in Northampton, MA. Baptism starts at 8pm.

Feeling nostalgic for flannel and JNCO jeans?? Head out to the Southwick Inn to see your favorite 90’s cover band Gnome Sane.

Giggles and Such:

Drink to excess in Texas.

can't live without love

stupid

wine

Have a great week(end)!

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