It is amazing the extremes most of us go through here to live in NYC. The annoying crowds. The smells of rotting trash in the summer. Sweltering subway platforms. Our arrogant Mayor acting as Big Brother. Large soda anyone? The ridiculous cost of living and high rental prices. Oh, and I can’t forget all those little critters that seem to show up more often during the hot humid weather season. What the heck was that thing? A cat or a rat? Holy shat it’s a cockroach! Seriously, these nasty things are everywhere and will never, ever, go away. Plus, they seem to be getting bigger as if they were exposed to radiation in a 1950’s cheesy sci-fi flick. As I am observing this thing cross my path along the sidewalk I think “Hey Mayoro Bloombito – why don’t you outlaw all these creepy crawlers too while you are at it. Banish them to New Jersey or some other strange land!” (sorry Jersey-ites)
Then, I started to think about all the things us New Yorkers actually stop to observe. Some might be universal. We just have to stop and look. Here are a few that come to mind. Continue reading The Crazy Things We Stop To Stare At In NYC!
As those of you who follow my blog know I had been training to get back in shape to run in the Warrior Dash that occurred this past weekend in New Jersey. Well, I have to say that it was an absolute blast! It was probably the most fun I have had in a long time. Physically demanding, mentally taxing, and I totally loved it! By the time I was crossing the finish line I was banged up, tired, cut, scraped, and bruised. Yet, the feeling of victorious accomplishment had me fully exhilarated. Call me crazy but I wanted to do it again!
The Warrior Dash was everything I hoped it would be. I had read about these mud runs and they have become the hot new thing for those with an adventurous athletic fervor, and taste for something different from the typical fitness regimen. Talk about taking it to the next level! Even though I have been going to the gym for years, lifting weights and jogging the treadmill, I knew I had to prepare with more intensity to get ready for this. I added in actual running outside (and I usually hate running), along with a more advanced weight training plan and proper nutrition over the eight weeks leading up to the dash. Plus, it had been many years since I actually competed in an actual athletic event. I looked at the Warrior Dash as a way to coax my mind and my body back into the athletic arena, and get back into fit shape. I didn’t want to embarrass myself out there! Continue reading My first Warrior Dash – Mud, Sweat, Fun, and Beer!
Not too long ago I was able to experience my first pro soccer game, and even though I have never been a big fan, I was surprised at how much fun I had at the new Red Bull Arena. Who knew that I would enjoy watching sweaty men run around playing with balls?
Even though a few years old now the 25,000 seat arena itself is still shiny and new. Walking around you almost expect to suddenly breathe in that brand new car smell. Bathrooms are large and very clean. Concessions are everywhere. Also, there are many beer stands that feature “beers of the world” and other domestic brews. Why spend $9 on a Coors or Bud when you can get a Stiegl Lager, Stella, Red Stripe, Blue Moon, Landshark, Becks, Heineken, and Newcastle among others. Food is the basic hamburger, hot dog, chicken finger variety with a few stands around for tacos, nachos, and other specialty foods. French fries are quite tasty though and seasoned. Since soccer is such an international game you would think they would offer a bit more worldly delicacies than the standard stadium dreck fare, right? Continue reading Sweaty men playing with balls? Red Bull Arena in NJ!
I love cheesy. Always have, and the cheesier the better. There are an abundance of cheesy things to do in NYC but there is one that is just a bus ride away into the mystical land of New Jersey.
Not too long ago we actually did the most cheesy thing you can do in the tri-state area. Ridiculous amounts of beer, grog, giant souvenir glasses filled with frozen rum and vodka drinks, goofy flags, screaming for kill shots, eating with our fingers, falcons, the king and his court, jousting, sword fights, booing the bad guys, cheering the good guys, knights in fake battles to the death.
Yes kids, we went to Medieval Times!!!
Continue reading Cheesy Fun in Mystical New Jersey!