November 23, 2011

Thankful for close bonds. . .

Tomorrow we celebrate an American tradition, Thanksgiving. It’s a time to reflect and look back at what we are thankful for and we surround ourselves with family and friends and are grateful for all that we’ve got.

I’m thankful for many things in my life and looking back a year ago to last Thanksgiving with my family, especially the fun time I had with my nephew, Vance. He loved the holidays and especially spending them with his family. It made me look back at his last month of tweets on twitter and I could feel his love. I thought I’d share some of the ones I tagged as favorites.

Vance and I got to hang out a few times following the busy holidays and our busy lives and talked through our phones and online as you’ll see. We were always in touch with each other and I’m grateful for the part social media played in our lives and in some ways it brought us closer. I share this with you.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Lenny XO
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Vance lived for this, @BritneySpears following him.
He did everything he could to get @LadyGaGa to follow him.





















Hanging with Vance - watching the Patriots Playoffs, Jan 16, 2011.
He made me sit there and interrupt the game to watch Bad Girls Club.






That night Vance tweeted a lot after
drinking a bottle of wine. . . 









Sharing his music with me, he'd pass music via AOL IM 
and make me talk to him thru the voice chat on it. 
I look back and cherish those late nights











His love for @LadyGaga #obsessed













Little did I know this would be Vance's last tweet to me.
The Katy Perry tickets arrived at my house the day of his funeral.

Rest in peace my friend - Miss you always & forever.
Happy Thanksgiving, Love
UL XO



Last Thanksgiving ~ such a great day.


November 2, 2011

Once THE place for brand names and saving money; Boston's Iconic Filene's Basement to Close

When Bostonians think back to places to shop in Boston, first and foremost off our lips would be "Filene's Basement." An iconic shopping destination not only for Boston, but for thousands of tourists who visited the city, the flagship store in Boston's Downtown Crossing was always on the map of visitors.

I can't recall how many times I would be in Boston, that someone would ask, "how do you get to Filene's Basement?" Tough Economic times and a city that struggles to revitalize its former historic shopping mecca, Downtown Crossing, Filene's Basement will see it's 100 plus year history come to a close at the end of this year's holiday shopping season.

I know with big-box retailers that have moved into many metropolitan areas across the country, Boston has lost its hey day of great shopping retailers, the likes of which included Jordan Marsh, Filene's and now our beloved discounter, Filene's Basement.

As a person who loves to shop, it's a sad day indeed, to hear the news of an historic Boston shopping destination coming to an end. Read today's article that appeared in the Boston Globe/Boston.com.

Sea turtle rescued on Martha’s Vineyard after weekend snowstorm

Superheroes & Villains; what does that have to do with sea turtles in Massachusetts? Read this article from today's Boston Globe/Metro Desk.

August 27, 2011

Carnival 2011, Provincetown - A Summer Vacation

Still coming down from the high of vacation during Carnival 2011 in PTown last week, I thought I’d share some of the photos my crappy cell phone camera took during the fun of it all.

I didn’t catch it all, but my friends and I had a great time enjoying beach, sun, boating and so much fun! Including, getting my second tattoo in as many years; a tribute to my friend and nephew, Vance.

Just click on any of the images in this post to launch the gallery. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking most of them. Enjoy the last 4 weeks of your summer!

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July 23, 2011

Pat Benatar Concert ~ House of Blues, Boston

Concert: July 9, 2011

This is a few weeks late, I realize, as I am about to embark on a meet & greet with another performer, Rihanna, Jul 24, 2011 at the Boston Garden. Enjoy this and if given the chance when Pat Benatar returns or comes to your town, GO see her.



Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo are ageless wonders. The only thing that gives their age away is that the duo may have a few more wrinkles than they did in the 80s, and Giraldo's hair is completely silver gray. But, he still has a lot of it.

If you closed your eyes you would think you were back-in-time with these rockers; and they won't let time and change-in-music take rock away from them. Nor do we want rock to go away when we listened to their songs that carried us into adulthood. Benatar, now 58, has been partnered on stage with Giraldo for 33 years and married to him this year for 30.

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I've seen Pat Benatar in all sorts of settings and I would say this was the most intimate, having selected Boston's House of Blues. I've attended her concerts when they first started touring in the early 80s when they filled the likes of the old Boston Garden, 14K seats. Now we're looking at a couple of thousand at the small venue, House of Blues.

Benatar has definitely grown more comfortable with her audiences, from when she would yelp out “Thank you!” after each song, while the lights closed to blackness. Now in her latter days, you can’t shut her up. She talks to the crowd, showing her appreciation to fans that has waned over the years. During one of her talks with the small crowd, Benatar invites feedback on her Facebook fan page on fine tuning her concert set list. She lets her fans know her set list will change as she tours based on that feedback, so “come back as it will be different next time,” she gushes.

Before one song, Benatar & Giraldo ask us to take out our cell phones to hold up and put them in a lit/active state while waving it in the air (to add affect to the song); the duo also invites us to take pictures. What stars would do that today? They even encouraged us to come to New York to catch their next concert the following day.

I can’t remember the last time I paid a small concert price ~ So worth it! I recommend seeing Pat Benatar any time she swings through town. Go. Enjoy. Leave Happy. I did!


Here is the set list played at the House of Blues/Boston:
  • All Fired Up
  • Shadows of the Night
  • Invincible
  • Somebody's Baby
  • Promises in the Dark
  • Sex as a Weapon
  • You Better Run
  • We Belong
  • Hell Is for Children
  • Hit Me with Your Best Shot
  • Love Is a Battlefield

Encore:
  • Let's Stay Together
  • Precious Time
  • Heartbreaker
Pat Benatar on iTunes.



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July 10, 2011

Tasty Burger, Boston

I could go a year and not eat a burger; shy away from red meat, which I have over the past couple of years. It's not that I don't like it, I try to minimize my red meat intake in place of chicken or things with more protein. But I still eat red meats.

My recent trip to Tasty Burger in Boston's Fenway seems to be a growing trend in what is changing my eating habits. It's also pushing me to the gym much more, to keep up with the grease and fat intake. It seems burger joints are popping up all over the city. Even in the burbs with the invasion of Five Guys Burgers and Fries. The only thing Boston is missing is an In & Out Burger from the west coast. It'll only be a matter of time as the burger wars heat up.

Successful? I'd have to say they are because these burger palaces aren't going anywhere. I haven't seen any close, but I'm not the burger expert, nor am I keeping pulse of the burger bonanza that seems to be happening. These burger stops are a step up from your McDonald's and Burger Kings. The pricier places are the gourmet burgers or 5 Napkin Burger which you will find in Copley, Prudential Center.

Why am I writing about them? Well, even tho these burger stops are not top of mind, their marketing and social talk amongst friends and my every day travels leave me no choice but to want to stop in and check them out. So my recent stop is Tasty Burger in which I wrote a brief review on Yelp* - Check it out!

If you like burgers, it's worth the stop ~ Enjoy!

Lenny
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July 7, 2011

Bank of America plans to cut more jobs in Mass.

Bank of America support in Massachusetts is waning.

On the jobs front, Bank of America's employment support here in the bay state is shrinking, but a company spokesman states charitable support is up. Taking food from one mouth to feed another, to me, isn't really growing your support in this region, correct me if you think I'm wrong.

From today's Boston Globe: Statewide, the bank employs 7,000, more than other retail banks in Massachusetts. That’s down from 9,000 in 2007. Company spokesman T.J. Crawford states "Our commitment to Massachusetts is stronger than ever and that is backed up by our local lending and charitable giving." Hmm. . . yet you're laying off people? Good job, T.J.!

Here's the Boston Globe's full article. I may have to re-think where I put my money and what bank to borrow from. I'd be happy to hear your thoughts, comments.

Enjoy the rest of your week!
Lenny

July 1, 2011

Katy Perry, California Gurls

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Katy Perry, California Gurls: Click on the link to scroll thru the Katy Perry album on Flickr.

Katy Perry rolled into Boston on June 18 and it was a fun night for all. All of us teenage girls, their protective moms and ahem, gay men.

In all of the many years of concert going, have I never experienced anyone make so many outfit changes. Katy takes that award hands-down. I'd estimate she changed outfits close to 50 times. . . no lie. Her latest hit, "T.G.I.F." while running around stage, she changed at least 10 times; easy, with pull-off dresses/costumes.

Her concert kicked off with "Teenage Dreams" and ended with her tour and album title, "California Gurls." And just like the video - foam/whipped cream was shot all over the audience along with a rainbow of glitter & confetti. As she she pranced off stage to end the night, she turned and looked at the audience and giggled at us in the midst of being rained upon.

The one thing that stood out most is her piercing blue eyes. You've seen them in pictures and on TV; they were glowing blue on stage, too. She is young, beautiful and very talented. She did not lip sync and her voice is only getting better and stronger. Katy stayed true to herself, her songs and fans. She is living her California dream.

Enjoy the pics - it was tough snapping them with a crappy cell/phone camera as Katy darted back & forth. . . but a fun night for all!

Cheers,
Lenny


Via Flickr:
Boston, Massachusetts, June 18, 2011