I conquered Tough Mudder and lived to tell about it! Hoorah!

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Well, that was something out of the ordinary! When going away on vacation the majority of normal people out there do something relaxing and fun. You know, the normal stuff like laying on an island beach, going on a cruise, doing Vegas or Disney, maybe even jetsetting to Europe to see the world. Some even do the staycation thing or hang out visiting family. Nope, not me being the mildly disturbed individual that I am. For some idiotic reason I decided to train for months to start my vacation off with a Tough Mudder which is one of the more grueling events one can partake. They even make you sign a “Death Waiver” to be allowed to participate. Not only is it physically demanding but also mentally taxing especially when running it solo as I did. I targeted the July 12th Upstate NY event. For months leading up to this my nights and many mornings included jogging for miles, lifting weights, and basically living in a gym. Eating healthier. I can’t say that it was a total waste of time as it sure paid off! In fact, I had a blast at the Mudder and actually did pretty well. Other than some minor injuries, bruises, and scrapes I walked off that course feeling like a champ and exhilarated. It was an amazing feeling knowing that I succeeded doing something I set out as a personal goal, and overall not many people can claim to taking on the challenge of this event and conquering it. Definitely not a walk through the park.

I am now a proud member of Mudder Nation! Continue reading

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Let’s go to adult Camp in Brooklyn NYC for s’mores & booze!

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Photo credit – Camp

Let’s go camping!

I just love kitschy bars that have a theme to them. Camp in Brooklyn NYC is the epitome of what a fun campy bar should be. You really are partying in a log cabin! The walls, ceiling, bar, floors, along with a real working fireplace and mounted deer heads on the walls are all set up to make you believe you are out in the woods upstate somewhere in a hunting cabin! It’s a pretty neat spot!

As quoted from their website – “Camp brings Brooklyn urbanites a little taste of the country. Relive summer memories while making your own smores, escape from the cold by cozying up to our fireplace, bag a deer on Big Buck Hunter, and grab some friends for a classic board game competition. All while listening to hand-picked indie rock. Welcome to Camp.” Pretty much on-point as when we walked in I noticed people playing Connect Four and Jenga while sipping away on cocktails in front of a crackling fire in the fireplace.   Continue reading

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Give a suit. Change a life. Lend a hand. Men’s Wearhouse 2014 National Suit Drive.

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“True Blood” star, Joe Manganiello spotted entering Madison Avenue’s Men’s Wearhouse in NYC to donate a suit for the 7th annual National Suit Drive on June 25, 2014.

I’m all for helping out and supporting a good cause, and with our uncertain economy and employment hardships across the board it is always nice to see certain companies rise to the occasion with a helping hand. This July, Men’s Wearhouse is launching its seventh annual National Suit Drive and encouraging consumers to donate their gently-used professional attire to help individuals who are trying to enter or re-enter the workforce.

The 2014 National Suit Drive aims to collect 150,000 pieces of professional attire (men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, pants, belts and shoes) to distribute to over 180 partner nonprofits that prepare men and women to enter the workplace through job readiness programs and workforce assistance. In return, Men’s Wearhouse will provide a coupon for 50% off a future purchase to each participating donor. Pretty nice deal if you ask me!

While those reading this may have their own suit or their significant others’ suits they can donate, you can also help the cause without donating from your own closets. Men’s Wearhouse will make a monetary donation of $1 (up to $20,000) to their National Suit Drive cause for every new Twitter and Instagram follower and each time the hashtag #giveasuit is used.

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These libations are killing me softly at Dutch Kills in Queens, NY

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Photo credit – Dutch Kills

The best speakeasy in Queens! Came here with a bunch of friends not too long ago for the first time and realized it’s the kind of cozy, dark, and mellow place that can suck you in for hours and not have a clue as to what time it is before your stumble out. It’s not often that I venture out to Long Island City for a cocktail, but would happily go on another adventure to this little hideaway for another libation.

Love the classic hidden speakeasy vibe Dutch Kills has going on here. It’s in a desolate strip along Jackson Ave that can get kinda sketchy late at night. At least the subway stop is only a block away for quick access. You wouldn’t know it’s here at all except for a small nondescript white neon sign that says “bar” above the door. It’s in a small building surrounded by a few other businesses. Once you open the brown metal door you enter into a terrific hidden den of mixology. Continue reading

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I can’t hear you over the sound of my Freedom this July 4th!

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Happy Independence Day everyone! The 4th of July has so much meaning and relevance to so many of us. As a country we are free to make our own gluttonous decisions of what to eat and drink. What kind of job to do. Where we live. What we wear. I still can’t believe it only been 18 short years since Will Smith fought back the alien invasion and saved the human race from extinction! We have so much to be thankful for that the Fresh Prince was there to deliver us from utter annihilation. I’m still in awe that we were able to rebuild the White House so quickly. Normally, our idiot politicians on Capitol Hill can’t decide on anything other than voting on raises for themselves and what extended vacations they are taking. Good thing we have Freedom fighters like Captain Steven Hillar on hand! Continue reading

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It’s simple! Beer and bacon cheeseburger at Corner Bistro.

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Sometimes you just want to enjoy the simple things in life. No muss, no fuss.

A good bacon cheeseburger.

Crispy tasty fries.

A cold pint of beer.

Corner Bistro in Long Island City, Queens NYC is one of those spots that can be described as basic and understated, yet cozy and inviting. Sparsely decorated with just a few beer signs on the walls, tin ceiling, small chalkboard listing the beers on tap, and a few large flat screens showing the daily sports events. Nice bar that seats around a dozen around it, and a separate dining area with some tables and chairs. Friendly no-nonsense bartender and great service. Not your normal definition of a burger joint but more like a bar that serves up some delicious burgers in a clean and simple environment. Continue reading

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Time for some “adult fun” in NYC? Head to Rick’s Cabaret!

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Photo credit – Rick’s Cabaret

Looking to have some adult entertainment in a relaxing “no-pressure” environment? Head on over to Rick’s Cabaret in NYC. Do it! Now! Don’t forget to bring those dollar bills! 

Of course, being the “manly man” that I am I have to admit to frequenting a strip club for some adult fun on occasion. Whether it be with the guys for a night out, or with a recent bachelor party I was in, a classy joint like Rick’s is always a pleasure to spend some time at. I know that strip clubs are not for everyone, with some women and those more puritanical in nature finding them offensive, but for guys and gals like me it sure is a whole lotta fun! It’s one of those places to go, spend some, cash, and let your hair down. After long day at work, or after a stressful week, some like to hit up these establishments for some innocent enjoyment and let some steam off. I find nothing wrong with it. If you do, then just go somewhere else. No harm, no foul. Continue reading

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Flying the crazy skies and losing my mind ever so slowly.

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I happen to fly occasionally on biz trips and it never amazes me what I observe on these planes and in airports. It seems as if many people, or sub-humans as it were, refuse to adhere to the rules of common courtesy. Life if hard enough as it is but when travelling the unfriendly skies it can get downright excruciating! There are always a select few that just get me in the gonads with a swift kick. Many times it’s the idiot seated next to me or close by that I can’t escape. I just don’t get why some people can’t just chill out for a few hours while travelling to our destinations while trapped in a metal tube that resembles a Tylenol pill with wings at 30,000 feet. Once again I jetted to Vegas last week for biz and had to deal with the normal set of humanoids on my flight. Oh joy! Let us take roll call!

1)  The Line Smuggler. Yeah, the nimrod who feels as if they are too good to wait on the line for general boarding and tries to sneak in on the priority lane. When told they can’t board yet they sneakily just move over two feet and cut to the front of the line of all those already waiting. I really hope you choke on a mini-bag of peanuts you schmuck. Continue reading

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