Thanks to my wedding photographer/friend/the man John Arcara, I was able to edit my own wedding video as a Christmas gift for my new wife. Pretty happy with how it came out. Showing it to her on Christmas and seeing her reaction made all the trouble and time it took 100% worth it.
Tom Verni is a voice that needs to be heard. Guy is crazy smart and offers many different perspectives on a ton of social issues. My buddy Scott Brennan and I got to interview him for way longer than anticipated, pretty much serving as his prep for CNN later that evening.
Did anyone else seem a little extra tired this morning? Not like, I needed more sleep tired; like emotionally exhausted. Like a toll had been taken on you mentally that was just too much to bare anymore. This is the American psyche today, November 8, 2016. It’s finally here, and soon to be over. Election Day. This election has essentially been 18 months long. A year and a half. Two pregnancies. Three hockey seasons. All leading up to today.
Pretty surreal moment Friday night talking to a longtime hero of mine on the phone. For fans of Thrice, or just music/drums in general, Riley Breckenridge is a damn cool dude. Can’t thank Scott Brennan and his podcast enough for allowing me to be a part of this episode. LISTEN UP.
I dunno bout you…but I’m feelin 32! My birthday has always been one of my favorite days of the year, along with the start of the NHL season, new South Park episodes, and the first snowfall. 32 is a weird age… older people tell you you’re still young, but then you see or talk to actual young people and you realize you’re definitely NOT. As we get older, the things we want for our birthdays change so much; at 21 I wanted to go to the bar and take shots of Kamikazes and SoCo/lime. Since those close to me knew my birthday was coming up, I’ve been asked the question what I wanted for it, and for the first time in my life my list doesn’t include material things like a new snowboard or golf clubs. I thought about this for a while. Here is a list of things I want for my birthday at 32:
Join me as I pick the brain of John Holl, editor of All About Beer magazine. Recorded at Departed Soles Brewery in Jersey City, NJ on August 25, 2016.
Recorded at Plank Pizza Parlor in Saddle Brook, NJ on May 26, 2016 at the the going away party for Dave Czapka, who was my guest.
Poison the Well is, always has been, and always will be one of my favorite bands. I distinctly remember buying their EP ‘Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder’ as a freshman in high school, telling my friends about it while walking the halls of said high school, and eagerly awaiting their newest album ‘The Opposite of December’ to come out1. Then, when it did finally come out, everything changed. Like, everything.
Listening: Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin
One of my Lit professors in college, Dr. Peter Scheckner famously said “a word is a tool” and the difficult but fun part of writing (and effective communication in general) is finding the right tool for the job, of which there always is one. There are times, however, when you just can’t remember where you put your tool belt. These times are rare for me.1 This past Saturday, the eve of my 30th birthday, was the definition of one of those moments.