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Ramblings from a Boston Boy stuck in New York

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When Is A Sloppy Joe Not A Sloppy Joe?

American Spaghetti and Meatballs

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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I grew up in a fairly traditional Italian household.  You know the drill – pasta at least three nights a week, church on Sunday morning, no meat on Friday during Lent, and a mother who was both skilled in filling your belly and being able to guilt trip you into doing anything she wanted you to do.  All of our family activities involved some kind of Italian food – lasagna, meatballs and sausage, stuffed shells, etc.  I was never really exposed to foods from other cultures – our family friends were mostly Italian or so Americanized that their menus had lost any major ethnic influence.

You can imagine, then, how my world opened up when I met and started dating a Jewish girl from Long Island Read more of this post

The Week In Rewind | 5-Dec-2010

A Danish Christmas tree illuminated with burni...

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This week culminated with the re-introduction of the Christmas season to our house. For the first time, we decorated the outside of our house with Christmas lights. But not before Mrs. BD and I had a little disagreement over whether we should have white or colored lights on the house. We also bought our Christmas tree.

My annual contribution to the New Jersey economy when I purchased my Mountain Creek Triple Play Card. In all honesty though, it’s the perfect deal for me. Now that the twins are here (and aren’t capable of snowboarding, yet), three days at a local hill for the price of one and a half is a great deal.

I joined, an invitation-only website that connects premium outdoor and sport brands with dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and professionals. Exclusive arrangements with their partner brands allow members access to pricing as low as 70% below retail on apparel, footwear and equipment from an elite group of premium manufacturers.  If anyone is interested in a membership, shoot me an email.

Sam over at has some great stuff for sale up on his site.  Head on over and take a look.  Oh, and by the way, I stole this week-end wrap-up idea from Sam.  Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, right?

Other than that, it was business as usual for me this week.  Work is hectic as usual and family life has been what you can imagine it is when you have twin 1.5 year old daughters, two full-size dogs, and a wife who works full-time!  Next week is a another week that I’m sure will be full of adventure.  Stay tuned.

* Let’s see if this weekly idea, unlike Just Think About It, sticks around for a while…

Blak Sheep Gnarly State Park Stik Used and Reviewed

My friend Doug has a small, but up-and-coming, snowboard company call Blak Sheep Snowboards based out of New Jersey.  Below is the review that gave him on his 155cm Blak Sheep Gnarly State Park Stik: Read more of this post