One of my goals that I made for 2013 was accomplishing a half marathon (13.1 miles) at the end of May. While I’ve been training for this for a month now, the last time I ran a race was 10 years ago back in high school track. Just the thought alone of completing 13 miles seems impossible after such a long time, but I’m determined to complete it. With temperatures being mild lately, I decided to take my workout outside to get my body used to the different weather conditions that take place in WNY. Buffalo has some great running paths, one of my favorites is Delaware Park. The streets of Elmwood Village, Clarence Bike Path, and Stiglmeier Park have some great trails to name a few. If you want to stick to the inside, UB North’s Campus has a nice indoor track inside their Alumni Arena, so does ECC’s Burt Flickinger Center and Buffalo State College. While this may physically be one of the hardest things I have done to date, I find a certain excitement and determination through the whole process. It makes it a little easier knowing I’m doing this with one of my best friends too.
Whether you’ve ever been to a concert there or not, The Mohawk Place was and will remain in our hearts to be a Buffalo Landmark in downtown Buffalo. Bringing in a variety of bands and people from all over the world throughout the last 20 something years. This venue created memories and instilled a little Rock N’ Roll in all of us. This past weekend they closed there doors one last time, going out with a bang – celebrating a kick ass farewell weekend.
While we will always have the memories, it just won’t be the same. In the words of the staff “Well now, everything dies, baby, that’s a fact, but maybe everything that dies someday comes back…”
The Buffalo Bandits opened their season Saturday night to the Minnesota Swarm at the First Niagara Center, winning 13-12. With a crowd of 15,000 in attendance, you can bet the game was intense, the atmosphere fun, invigorating, and full of life. Bandits games are always a good time in my opinion. Tickets are affordable, the team is good, and the fans are diehards. You won’t have a problem being entertained. If you haven’t been to a lacrosse game, try and check one out this season. You won’t be disappointed.
To see the Buffalo Bandits full 2013 schedule go to www.bandits.com
Buffalo is known for its cold temperatures and lake effect snow, but between last year and this years winter season, we have had mildly warm temps and not a lot of the white stuff. Today alone temperatures are in the mid 50’s and look like there staying that way for the rest of the weekend. While its great weather for taking down the leftover Christmas decorations or going for a nice run or walk, you can bet those skiers and snowboarders in WNY are not liking this weather at all. Hey, I don’t blame them. I grew up in Buffalo and expect snow during the winter months, not this 50 degree weather. I hope Mother Nature is listening and brings back that white stuff…at least for the next few weeks.
A majority of people from Buffalo, I’d like to say, are some type of sports fan- whether it be football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, or basketball. With the Buffalo Bills not having a great season, you can bet when the announcement was made earlier this week that hockey was back, us fans in Buffalo were estatic! Finally, something to look forward to during the rest of this winter season. But really, if you think about it, its more than us just watching or attending the games that we should be happy about. Having the season back brings life back into downtown Buffalo. Local bars, restaurants, and hotels felt the burden from not having the full hockey season. Now that both parties have negotiated, lets look forward to hearing RJ (Rick Jeanneret) call the games, and cheer on our Buffalo Sabres. Go Sabres!
The Buffalo Sabres Organization is opening training camp up to the public next Monday (1/14/13) down at the First Niagara Center.
Individual game tickets go on sale next Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10 a.m.
For more information on the Buffalo Sabres you can go to Sabres.com
Over this past weekend, my friend Lacey took some photos of me for my blog. While I can say with confidence, I could never, ever, be a model, it was fun to take some pictures for a few hours. Take a look at a few of my favorite shots below.
On the stairs of City Hall
Buffalo “All-America City” Strike a pose on Main St.
All photos you see here were taken courtesy of my amazing friend and amazing photographer Lacey J.
I’m sure all of us have someone out there that has inspired us or encouraged us at some point in our lives to pursue a dream or goal of ours. As I was meeting with my mentor this afternoon for a cup of coffee, I started to think back to where I am in my career and where it all had started. My mentor after all is the one who helped me jump start my career, helped me get my foot in the door to many places and taught me so much on how to be creative and implement successful events. Though we don’t get to see each other all the time, every time I do meet with her, she always seems to provide me with insight as to where I can take my career, offers me advice and guidance and lifts my spirits when I’m feeling down. Even if she doesn’t plan on doing it, she does. She’s an inspiration to me whether she knows it or not. After our meeting, it got me to thinking that all of us have the opportunity to inspire someone in our lives to follow their dreams. All of us should try it, I believe the reward will be fulfilling.