On Friday, October 7, 2016, I will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of my mom screaming as loud as humanly possible at 10:45am. “The Big Three Oh,” “The Dirty Thirty,” the “no longer a twenty-something-know-it-all” happens that day.
I officially cannot take it anymore. Dare I say, “I can’t even.” Dayton pisses me off. I can’t stand this city and what it has to offer anymore. I feel as though I am the proverbial volcano ready to blow at any moment!
I wake up on a daily basis with new ideas popping into me head all the time. Usually most of these ideas come to mind when I am in the shower halfway through either Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” or Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”. Don’t judge.
I used to think that the playground was a place where the epic battle of childhood skinned knees, burnt bottoms from the silver coated metallic mirror slide, and Tucker the Milk Money Bandit (man Tucker was a jerk) thrived and survived. I was wrong.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere”?
I feel like I am usually the one saying this phrase to co-workers and friends, being that red devil on their shoulder, whispering sweet temptations such as “Coronarita," “Jager Bombs," and “Fiiiiiiiiiiiiireball."
Let me be perfectly honest, I’m a bargain shopper. Yeah, I hate spending money so sue me. Well… don’t do that.
I love what I get from spending money, but I hate doing it. With that said, dating can sometimes be hard. It is hard in the sense that I have to use the Jaws of Life to open my wallet to extract that silver-coated credit card to pay for a fabulous evening. That is why I have put together this simple guide to help you and your significant other make some memories without breaking your bank. (SIDE NOTE: To my girlfriend Heidi… expect to be whisked away on our next few dates to these destinations.)
If you are anything like me, you live and die by the microphone. That’s right, I’m talking about karaoke — the poor man’s American Idol.
Karaoke gives you all the feels that you need in life. For example, the unmistakable soft warm glow feeling you get from the television screen full of scrolling words to the song that you know by heart. The feeling of your pulse pounding due to the roar of the crowd when you start spitting outrageous amounts of hot fire. Karaoke has the feels. That’s why this is my 7-7-7 (7 days, 7 locations, 7 songs) Dayton Region Karaoke Guide that you need to know. I will have locations and addresses at the end of the blog.
If you have been living under a rock, traveling to the moon, or simply not born yet, there has been a little game called Pokémon Go that has been engulfing the country for the past month. People have been getting exercise, making new friends, and visiting new parts of their city that they did not even know even existed.
The year is 2015, the setting is Fifth Street within the Oregon District, the color is… Blue? Wait, what? Why blue?
Well, if you were fortunate enough to be one of the 125 people to take part in the First Annual Boas and Bow ties Pub Crawl, you would know that Blue is the color for all T1Ds (Type 1 Diabetes).
Daytonians are thirsty. When I say thirsty, I mean they are THIRSTY! How can they quench said thirst? By playing Pokémon Go (PoGo), of course.
What can you do in ten months? Read a book or two? Start an intense workout routine? Train for a marathon? How about learn and become aware of your community? That is what I had the opportunity of doing for the past ten months by being a part of the Leadership Dayton Program.
Dayton is rich. Not sure if you knew that or not, but we are extremely well off when it comes to the arts. With venues ranging from the Schuster Center, The Victoria Theatre, as well as the Loft Theatre, the Dayton Area is extremely blessed.
You think that it would be easy to give back to the community, but in some instances it can be challenging. We all have ideas and passions, and as I mentioned in earlier posts that passion is key. The first organization I want to talk about is an organization called Dayton Inspires.
Over the past seven weeks, I have been giving a few “Pro Tips” with each blog I was writing. I have used these tips to help me get involved with the community and with the organizations and causes that mean the most to me.
Alright, I have a morning breakfast briefing at 7:00 am, followed by a brainstorming session to see what next year’s event should look like, lunch with the folks from the local not for profit, then a recap of our 5k that quickly carries into an internal meeting at 3:00 pm at work to catch up on the items that I missed out on in the morning. Development council meeting at 5:30 pm and then dinner with my networking group and then a night cap with an old friend of mine.
What’s on tap for tomorrow… *panting vigorously and about to pass out due to exhaustion*
A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to attend my good friend’s (fraternity brother Alec Goecke) wedding up in Troy, That State up North. The first thing that needs to be said is that, “I don’t give a Damn for the whole state of Michigan, cause I’m from O-HI-O.”
“It’s good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I’m getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over.”
That quote is from Tony Soprano from the HBO series, “The Sopranos.” I am a big “Sopranos” fan. Going through old seasons for the third time now. I always catch something new when I re-watch them. This time I have been picking up on more and more quotes from Tony.
I want to ask you a question. It is a simple question, but it can be answered in many different ways. You can answer it however you feel is correct, whether it is a short or long answer, a bulleted list, or even a series of pictures.
What is your passion?
Now before you answer...
This question has been around for a long time. You might have heard it before from a friend or a family member, or if you have taken any leadership courses you might have heard this along the way as well. “How do you eat an elephant?” The most common answer is “One bite at a time.” The question asks the listener how he/she would conquer a large and time consuming task. In essence, boil it down to its basics: to eat something you have to take a bite. Hence, “one bite at a time.”
I came across a pretty powerful quote the other day that has really resonated with me The quote is from Martin Luther King Jr. and he said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Every time I read this, a new perspective comes into my mind.