Grand Canyon Photography Trip

The Grand Canyon - Pipe Creek Vista

A few years ago my father and I started talking about taking a long trip somewhere to take photos instead of our day trips whenever I’d go home to New Jersey, or when my parents visited us in Texas. And for a few years, it was just talk. It was something we decided to do, but we never actually made the decision on where or when to go. A little later, we decided where to go – but not when. Earlier

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Media Bites – February 2019

media bites July 2019

This month was decent for TV, but very lacking for new music which is usually my favorite part of these posts. Here’s my wrap up of some of the movies, television shows, music, and other media that I’ve consumed and thought was worth sharing for the month of February 2019. Movies The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – There was no way that this sequel could ever live up to the first movie and trying to recapture that would

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Why I Marched

Women's March on Austin

Like most Americans, I’ve been distraught since the election last year. For the second time in my life, the majority of votes were not heard, and the minority candidate won. I know I needed to do something. To be more involved, I just wasn’t sure how. When I heard about the Women’s March on Washington I thought that maybe Ali and I could be a part of it, but the logistics were difficult. When they started expanding the march to other cities with

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Trump

Man. What an absolutely shitty couple of weeks it’s been. Donald Trump winning the election was nothing short of a punch in the gut. I’ve been able to sum up some of my emotions about the election in the following gifs. Trump is going to be an absolute train wreck for this country. White supremacists and the KKK are applauding this victory and even planning parades. He’s even appointing racists and white nationalists to top positions in his White House and cabinet. The biggest

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Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here

When Zach Braff first announced his Kickstarter campaign to fund his new film, Wish I Was Here, I think I donated within the first hour or two. I’m a big fan of Scrubs, and Garden State is one of my favorite movies. It was a no brainer to be a part of this campaign and movie. After a year of excitement building up with the help of emails and updates from the set, Ali and I drove up to Austin

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Bruce Springsteen Concert Recap

(Photo courtesy of Jo Lopez and BruceSpringsteen.net) Wow. Just wow. That was an amazing show. Definitely one of, if not the best, concerts I’ve ever been to. We had great seats, eleven rows behind the pit. You can kind of see how far back I was here. The arrow is the general area I was in (in the dark area). The band played for over three hours, playing the classics with a handful of newer songs and a bunch of great

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen in Cincinnati, 2014

By the time your reading this I’ll either be on my way to or rocking out to Bruce Springsteen in concert. I’m from Jersey, our love of the Boss is engrained in us. Springsteen’s music is a history lesson. A peak back into the not too distant past. Springsteen is a little older than my parents are, and listening to him sing about his experience growing up is a like looking back at the time when my parent’s grew up. His songs told

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The Kid’s Table

I was home in New Jersey for this past Christmas, and a big part of Christmas in our family is celebrating with my extended family on my mother’s side. It became known as “St. Andre Christmas”. My grandmother had four children, and seven grandchildren. In the beginning it was relatively easy for all 16 or so of us to fit in the house and around two tables for dinner. Yes, the adult table, and the kid’s table. The kid’s table

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Dealing With Email

If you’re anything like me you probably get a lot of email, both work and personal. How do you manage your inbox? DO you manage your inbox? I can’t stand a messy inbox (Ali’s inbox drives me insane). A cluttered inbox is bad for many reasons. The biggest one is that it makes you feel overwhelmed because you have so much to do or answer. But that’s the thing. How much of your email is actionable or requires a response?

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Reflecting at Ground Zero Eleven Years Later

Last week I was home for a family wedding, and my Dad said he wanted to go into the city (a rare sentence from him) to go to B&H Photo. He also wanted to go to the 9/11 Memorial. I was hesitant at first, but agreed. It’s something that everyone should experience. And it truly was an experience. I’ve seen photos of the park and Memorial. I follow the World Trade Center Progress Twitter account. I thought I knew what

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