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A True C’s Fan

Boston CelticsFrom: Rye man ends journey to New York, wins Celtics tickets

Before you claim total C’s fandom, you have to walk a mile (or 218) in these guys shoes!

Five days and 218 miles later, Rye resident Tyler McGill made it to New York City after what had been a weeklong journey for what is currently the most sought-after sports tickets in the nation.

Rye man walking to NYC for Celtics tickets
Having made a bet with friends to walk from TD Garden in Boston to New York City for a ticket to each Celtics home game in the NBA finals, the 27-year-old’s quest for floor seats on the parquet floor concluded late Sunday night at the doorsteps of his pal’s Manhattan apartment.

8th Annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

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The Eighth Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party takes place in Madison Square Park June 12-13, 2010, from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The weekend-long event takes place every June and brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a hundred thousand barbecue enthusiasts. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Madison Square Park, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party attracts people from near and far to sustain and celebrate America’s authentic culinary and musical traditions.

Admission to the event is free. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the event – from great live music to engaging seminars and cooking demonstrations – without ever dropping a dollar. The country’s best barbecue is available from top pitmasters for only $8 per plate.

Proceeds from the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party support the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for the beauty, ongoing maintenance, and programming of this historic park.

The Novice Smoker will be in attendance – taking pictures and testing all the food – for quality control reasons, of course 🙂 If you’re in the area, come on down for some good music and great food. And, the best part is that it all goes towards a great cause.

Riviera : Broken Sounds from Chicago, IL

Riviera : Broken Sounds from Chicago, IL

It’s funny the things you run into on the net.  The other day, I was digging through my CD collection and came across a CD that I had burned for me a few years ago.  It was my old college roommate’s first studio effort with his band – Sugar Maple Voodoo.  The CD was titled Jibe.  Anyway, I went and ‘googled’ them on the web and found this page – MixedWire: News.  It had all of SMV’s first album studio stuff as well as their long-lost, never fully publicized studio album on it.  Interesting.  Anyway, long story short, I found my old roommate through Friendster and got to talk to him.  Come to find out, he’s out in Chicago, he’s married, and he’s playing with this band Riviera.  I bought their new CD At The End Of The American Century… on iTunes.  It was a $10 investment in his future.  How could I not…  Not bad stuff.  You can hear the Wilco influence, but there’s also flairs of everything from Tom Petty to The Grateful Dead to the Stones.  Interesting stuff.  If you like the alt-country/rock type music, then you’d probably like it.

And, to top it off, they are coming to NYC next month – September 16th to be specific.  I might try to see him.  I think it’d be a good time.

Regardless, be sure to check out the site and listen to the band.  You never know, you might just like it.

The Forced Vacation Begins

So, I’m being forced to take some time off over this next week. I can’t say I’m very happy about it, but if it’s going to help our bottom line – especially given our stock price activity as of late (hint: It’s been going down faster than I can bomb an icy East Coast slope) – then I’m game for it. The weekend has started out pretty good so far. I went to Creek with Brent and snowboarded for a half day. Pretty good day – I hit up some nice table tops and even nailed the rails (note: a few of the rails and hits nailed me back).

Tomorrow I am dropping off my cousin and the city and will (finally) have my house back. She was a great guest – very quiet, fairly clean, and generally conscious of her surroundings – but I (and my wife) just felt like guests in our own home at times. The problem with tomorrow is that it’s supposed to be snowing here, so driving in to the city is going to be oh-so-fun. At least we’ll get her in there, drop her off, come back and relax on a snowy day (I’ll have to venture out at some point to go to the gym). After that, this week will b e pretty mellow. I’m going snowboarding with my (old?) boss on Wednesday – that’s the plan right now anyways. Then, the wife and I are probably going to head up to CT to go to either Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun for the day. Depending on the rate we get, we’ll probably stay the night. Then, I’ll be snowboarding next weekend. It’ll be a nice spend some time with the wife – I’m pissed that I’m being forced to waste my vacation time, but what am I going to do.