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Boldly Saving Some Tail

Another fantastic weekend in the books, what started out as a stormy wash out of a Saturday turned into a perfect evening. We shared some delectable plates at the new hot spot in Five Points named Hawkers Asian Street Fare.  They have been busy since they opened their doors so we did not mind the relatively short 15-20 minute wait for a table.  It was a new experience though as there were half a dozen empty tables but come to find out those were for the people who were responding to the wait list that sent them text messages that their table was ready. Hawkers is a blend of Malaysian, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Singapore street fair that are small plates intended for sharing.   You have to ask for a fork as they expect you to eat with either your hands or chopsticks, neither of which am I prone to use. After dinner we traveled only a few blocks away to the highlight of the evening which was being held at Bold City Brewery.  Being that we had never been to Bold City, we were not sure what to expect and therefore were not disappointed.

What Harm Was There in Haring’s Ghost

Is it really art?  Is it really a crime? .. you decide I walk around my local neighborhood regularly to get out of the office and get some fresh air from the cubicle that I spend many of my days.  On these walks throughout the historical district of my city there are many things cultural items that one can take in within a few city blocks. Like most cities and towns in the country there are landmarks that signify events or people in history that make the city what it is today. Whether it is an old abandoned school that they won’t tear down, yet won’t sell to repurpose it either.  Or the eagles that stand guard over the park keeping a watchful eye on the vagrants that are dressed in business suits that scurry around on their lunch breaks. There is a little bit of history and nostalgia on almost every street corner that make this part of town what it is. You have the old movie theatre next door to the infamous tattoo parlor that share space along the street with numerous other small businesses fighting for their piece of the American dream. There is the park with the duck pond that they want to make into a dog park that has a playground for the kids to play. There is the occasional graffiti that can be found in this city as well where neighborhoods have been claimed and turf lines drawn. All of this is part of living in any town in […]

Deciding to Follow and Became a Rhett’Neck

A night of worship has proven to be more of a blessing than every anticipated. As a music aficionado I am particular as to the concerts that I choose to attend and usually will try to get VIP, early access seats when possible as I don’t enjoy long lines and they tend to make the event more memorable. So was the case this weekend as I had procured VIP meet and greet early access tickets to see The Rhett Walker Band in concert.  I had tickets for both myself and my wife and we had planned to attend.  Apparently there were some different decisions being made as my bride fell ill and was unable to attend.  Out of the kindness of her heart and against the resistance of mine she convinced me to attend the show on my own. “I won’t be caged to the status quo. I’m not afraid to stand and say what people won’t.”… Click To Tweet I am one of those married men that do not have many other male friends and I do not usually go anywhere social without my wife in tow, I mean by my side. However this evening I decided to go anyway, and figured I would just give away her ticket to someone and bless them in kind.  After calling everyone I thought might enjoy a  night out I ended up going to the show by myself with two tickets in hand. The evening started out as any normal show, I arrived at the Murray Hill […]