Roots

Appreciation of our culture and lineage is quite important to our family. In that vein, we do what we can to expose our children to our roots. This goal in mind we recently visited South America. Our daughter has had the pleasure of visiting previously, however for the boys this was a new experience. Luckily it seems as if they don’t really care where they are and will make themselves at home regardless.

Adjustments conquered, we decided to venture to a coastal town called Santa Marta. There we had the pleasure of beautiful accommodations and a trip to a secluded beach, where we had the best fish plate of our stay.

Similar experiences were instilled in my wife and I throughout our formative years. Having the chance to interact with extended family we don’t get many opportunities to see creates memories that will last a lifetime and help to shape our children’s perceptions and opinions of the world.

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Training

Approximately a year ago, for several complicated reasons, cycling became part of my exercise routine. As a kid I remember being in separable from my bike and thought it befitting a try. Less than a year and not one, but two bikes, later it seems this was a long time in the making.
Seeking more than a commute or a weekend ride in the park, I registered for my first “century.” For those  unfamiliar with cycling terminology this means a 100 mile ride. However, this seemed too self-fulfilling, to make it more meaningful I found “bike to the beach,” a 100 mile ride from NYC to the Hamptons to raise money for autism research. Upon some friends hearing about my endeavor I was asked to partake in a second ride, raising money for juvenile diabetes “ride to Montauk,” however, this ride is 150 miles!
So I train. In comparison to what those afflicted with these conditions have to endure daily, this ride is cake, so I’m happy to do it.
If you care to assist me in fund-raising please feel free to click below for:

bike to the beach

And

ride to Montauk.

My trusty Fuji is pictured below while recently on vacation in South Carolina. Training doesn’t take a vacation.

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Start of a New Season

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Spring marks the beginning of a new season in more ways than one. Baseball Season is here! For those of you that don’t know baseball is one of my biggest passions. I watch and listen to as many games as I possibly can fit into my crazy schedule. One of the rites of passion we have adopted in our family is a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York. My wife and I have been making this pilgrimage since we were dating and are now happy to continue it with our children. Recently, I have heard peoples opinion of this trip to be considered “corny”, but my wife and I have always loved it. This year my daughter was old enough to participate in the scavenger hunt and was laser focused on completing it. She did and was provided a nice prize at the end of our tour. I highly recommend it for all families, not only for the museum and all of the history housed therein, but also for the awesome little town which revolves around baseball. Take a drive you’ll enjoy it.

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SD Baby

While not the most exotic of destinations to many, visiting California has been one of my bucket list items for several years. San Diego specifically held my interest and when we were looking for a place to get away to recently I took the opportunity to cross it off my list. I became interested in SD by some friends which I have since lost touch with, but never lost sight of the impression they made on me with their stories of SD and Cali in general.

Of course as family vacations go we had to do the typical tourist things and visit SeaWorld and The San Diego Zoo, which were great. However, we stayed on Coronado to be away from downtown, which was a great choice! I highly recommend staying on the island as it was awesome and I wouldn’t mind going back just to hangout there. Beautiful little shops, cafes, and restaurants lined the streets. If it wasn’t that most places close around 9pm it would be fantastic. However, when you have Navy Seals running around I guess you need to shut it down early to avoid too much partying.

The stereotype about Californians is true, they are laid back and take it easy. Which is a complete opposite of what we are used to here in NYC. It was nice to slow down a little and the time change helped in that respect as well. We found ourselves “sleeping in” and waking up at 7am PST which was really 10am EST.

Despite some timeliness issues in arriving for our flights we had a wonderful time and thankfully the weather held up which was unexpected. I think we may visit again in the near future, hopefully for a bit longer.