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Atlanta BeltLine

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Over the past weekend, I was on vacation to get together with family in Atlanta.  One of my favorite places I visited was the Atlanta BeltLine.  The Atlanta BeltLine is a 22-mile loop that was based on railroad corridors that used to border Atlanta.  It is currently one of the largest and wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs that is currently underway here in the United States.

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I started the path from one of many parking lots nearby.  The Atlanta BeltLine was a long, windy snakelike pathway that visitors could travel through.  While the attraction was established for hiking trails, there are many new and developing residential properties all around.  Some were old while some were rejuvenated for a more modern appearance.  There is so much to discover within this exciting pathway.

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Besides residential units, there was amazing art pieces to discover.  People utilized certain materials (spray paint, wires) to craft their masterpieces for everyone to see.  Colorful graffiti was painted all along the walls, with street artists marking their territory.  It was the perfect kind of outdoor entertainment to enjoy.

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But the entertainment didn’t stop there – restaurants and shops surround the trail as well.  There was even a microbrewery called New Realm Brewery that featured a rooftop bar on the premises.  You can get your craft beer while roaming through this popular attraction.

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One first major stop was the Ponce City Market.  Ponce City Market was a major shopping mall on the BeltLine.  Visitors stop by here for shopping, dining, and even check out artwork from some local artists.  You can even grab a beer, wine, or even a cocktail while browsing through the area.  The Ponce City Market was definitely a major highlight of the Atlanta BeltLine.

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The Atlanta BeltLine was my favorite attraction this past weekend.  I was excited to see what this snakelike path would lead me to, only to be led into an area full of entertainment.  There were many people conducting business near the path (heck, I even met a woman who is writing over hundreds of poems about the BeltLine!).  It was quite a long walk, but definitely worth the cardio activity.

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Anyone heading into Atlanta should definitely check out The Atlanta BeltLine during their visit.  It’s a popular snakelike path that features all sorts of indoor (and outdoor) activities.  You definitely don’t want to miss out on all of the fun happening along the path.

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While I do miss being in Atlanta, I won’t forget the amount of joy I felt walking through The Atlanta BeltLine.  I will definitely be sure to return to this entertainment pathway soon.


MakeSandcastlesNotWar – Two Years Later

Ladies and gentlemen… today is a VERY special day.  No, it is not about PI day nor will it be six days until Spring (but THAT’S exciting too!).  Today is… wait for it while you hold my beer…
THE TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MAKESANDCASTLESNOTWAR!            `Image result for Surprise crowd gif

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I…just…WOW.  Two years.  It already has been TWO years full of PR nightmares, TV criss-crosses, business WINS, Netflix/TV binge-watching reviews, philosophical journeys and many other crazy shenanigans.  We’ve dived into some intriguing ideas as well as some of the most twisted PR stories that would affect audiences for years to come.  While some businesses crossed the line, others formulated a unique product or service to offer.

Just think that we have covered a span of these topics in just TWO YEARS.  My mind is still boggling even as I type this two-year anniversary post.  After being away on vacation for a few days this past weekend, it’s finally time to celebrate this special day.

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So last year we dived back into the first blog post topic about Jonathan Blow’s The Witness.  Ironically enough, it was a blizzard outside (like the one that is currently happening now!) and it was the perfect day to celebrate.  It was already a year since MakeSandcastlesNotWar was created, so we entered the time warp (*Swoosh*) to see how it all started.  This was a fantastic voyage of nostalgia about a dreamy puzzle adventure game.

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But for today’s anniversary, things are about to get weird…and I mean, REALLY WEIRD.  This will be a post like no other.  Today isn’t just an ordinary nostalgic post looking back in time.  We are in the midst of a…BLOGCEPTION.

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We’ve finally done it folks – a blogception has occurred on MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  There has been some strange topics popping up here and there, but this is where things will get really bizarre.

It’s about time I explain – a blogception is when a blog post is written up about a previous blog post relating to a post that was written before.  The blogception consists of only one post, BUT it becomes tethered to other similar posts from history.  There are two or more subjects happening at once, but yet they still become connected to construct a concrete story.  With all of these subjects floating around at once, your mind can’t fully grasp around the mere fact that it actually WORKS.

Hold on folks, because things are about to start…NOW.


March 14th, 2017 – it was the day we were exploring a post about the first video game topic about The Witness.  There was so much to celebrate that day – more followers, increasing number of views, many widespread topics stemming from major categories, and even other surprises that were in stores.  I had to kick off the celebration by introducing the story of how this blog came to be.


After studying PR in Salem State University, I was enthusiastic to continue my blog work.  I truly enjoyed the writing work I completed, so I took it upon myself to build this magnificent creation that would become MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  This sandcastle would become filled with various content – reviews, criss-crosses, PR nightmares, philosophical journeys, field trips.  Every new topic was a new adventure into another world.  Even when diving back into a familiar subject, there was always a new gem waiting to be discovered.


And if you’re wondering…YES, there were still more topics to discuss from The Witness.  Months (even YEARS) after playing The Witness, I found so many aspects I enjoyed about it.  From the challenging gameplay to the philosophical wisdom from the audio logs, The Witness offered so much as a puzzle adventure video game.  It was these strings of posts that would lead up to the blogception that we have discovered today.

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Here we are folks – a year later after traveling back into time to discuss the first post the year before.  It’s truly a mesmerizing and glory idea to behold.  This blogception has truly given a sense of how far things have come.  What was once a small experiment on writing about some of my favorite things has blossomed into a fully-grown entertainment PR blog.  Two years later and I still gain the satisfaction of writing about more incredible ideas.

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What makes this even better is that the adventures still continue.  We still have SO much to discover in this thriving and chaotic world of entertainment PR.  There’s always another philosophical journey to write about or some TV criss-cross waiting to be found.  Who knows, there may be another flourishing business that starts sinking due to a PR nightmare.

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Times have truly changed since creating this blog post; what hasn’t changed is the initial ambition for discovering new and exciting ideas.  Whether we go forward or backward, we’re always connected one way or another.

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Writing this blog has truly been a blessing.  It has been a crazy journey since launching onto the WordPress platform.  Two years later and I still enjoy writing posts each day.

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Two years later…and the journey still continues.  What new adventures awaits us?  Who will we discover in the next TV criss-cross? Where will the next PR nightmare happen?

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For now, we can just remember this one thing… Make Sandcastles, Not War.

Andew Cunanan – Satan’s Sugar Baby

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Season two of American Crime Story has been interesting so far.  The second season takes viewers into the events leading up to Gianni Versace’s tragic death in Florida after being shot by Andrew Cunanan.  Throughout the series, we look back at many highlights from Gianni Versace including the time he publicly came out to the world with his lover Antonio.  It’s an intriguing story that introduces each event leading to the string of murders within each episode.

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While Versace is the main victim of the series, Andrew Cunanan is also the main character being discussed as well.  Cunanan was just another serial killer in America until he shot Gianni Versace on the steps of his home.

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So who was Andrew Cunanan?  What was his whole backstory about?  Why did he become such an interesting figure to follow back in the 90s?

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Andrew Cunanan was born on August 31st, 1969 in National City, California to Modesto “Pete” Cunanan and Mary Anne Schillaci.  He was incredibly gifted in school, testing with an I.Q. of 147 at The Bishop’s School in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego.  Cunanan was remembered as being bright and very talkative.  As smart as he was, he developed a reputation for being a creative liar when he was a teenager.  He would regularly tell these fantastic tales about his personal life as well as his family.

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Cunanan was 19 when is mother learned that he was gay.  After a heated argument, he threw her mother against the wall and dislocated her shoulder.  Reports of his behavior indicated that he may have suffered from antisocial personality disorder, a personality disorder characterized by his lack of empathy for other people.

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Even as he got older, he continued spreading these imaginative tales about himself to the men he met.  He would inform men like David Madson that he works in Mexico building sets pieces for the movie Titanic and that he has a condo in San Francisco.  None of those were true, for he got his earnings from wealthy middle-aged gay men.  Cunanan never worked any jobs after college, being that he received hefty allowances from his ‘lovers’.  If Satan was a gay sugar daddy, his sugar baby would be Andrew Cunanan.

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After receiving his allowance, Andrew spent his money on lavish gifts for his lovers.  He would spoil them with opulent items that cost a fortune.  Even with all of the gratuitous presents, many of his friends refused to be around him.

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He started his string of killings on April 27th, 1997 with Jeffrey Trail being his first victim.  A few days later, he killed off his lover David Madson.  Cunanan headed over to Chicago to take out Lee Miglin.  Miglin was a successful real estate developer in Chicago who became a business tycoon over the years.  After Miglin’s murder, Cunanan was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.

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Five days later, Cunanan headed to New Jersey to kill 45-year-old caretaker William Reese.  He found William in Pennsville, New Jersey and stole his red pick-up truck after shooting him to death.  It was then that he moved on to Gianni Versace months later.

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It was on July 15th that Andrew Cunanan shot Gianni Versace in his own home.  This would be the beginning of the end for Cunanan from here.

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This series focuses on Gianni Versace, but we’re also learning more about Andrew Cunanan’s story in the process.  Cunanan led a string of twisted and disturbing games he played among his victims.  He was using drugs throughout the process, even selling some to his friends.

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In the end, Cunanan never really loved any of the men he was with.  They were just simply pawns in his own sick and twisted agenda.  He spurred up his lies and tried to impress them with his expensive gifts.

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That’s all for today’s disturbing tale about Andrew Cunanan.  Who knows what sinister moves he pulls next in the newest episode of American Crime Story.


Denver Opens The Coffee JOINT!


Last Monday was quite a busy day for me.  One major highlight was checking out The Summit Lounge, Worcester’s premiere social cannabis club nestled in water street.  The Summit Lounge is the first and only cannabis club of its kind here in Massachusetts.  While business is just starting to pick up, The Summit Lounge still sets the bar high for what lies ahead in the cannabis community.  It seems as though the cannabis community is starting to pick up here in the east coast.

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Meanwhile in the west coast (WEST COAST=BEST COAST), the cannabis community continues to flourish even further.  Veteran 4/20 legal states like Washington State haven proven that the cannabis community will thrive well in the ever-changing social landscape.  Other than Washington State, Colorado has certainly been reaping the benefits since Amendment 64 passed back in 2012.  Denver residents voted for legal cannabis clubs just four years later.  And now…the city of Denver will be getting its first ever cannabis club!

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Just last week, Denver approved its first cannabis club within the city.  Denver-based coffee shop The Coffee Joint will open up cannabis use for the public.  You can find The Coffee Joint at 1130 North Yuma Center of the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

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All guests must pay a $5 fee to enter the club.  There is NO smoking cannabis allowed on the premises, but you are allowed to vaporize cannabis or consume cannabis edibles.  While the club won’t be open for cannabis use for at least another week, you can still check out the various accessories featured.

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This is a big political PR win not only for the city of Denver, but also for the state of Colorado as well.  Denver voted to start legal cannabis clubs back in 2016 and business owners have jumped through multiple hoops just to get their business going.  Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational cannabis use back in 2012, setting the stage for what would be a whole new industry sweeping the nation.  The Centennial state continues to make ground-breaking history to this day with the first ever legal cannabis club in Denver.

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With The Coffee Joint allowing cannabis consumption very soon, Denver is setting the bar high for other populous cities on the west coast.  This PR miracle is echoing throughout other big cities like San Francisco or Las Vegas.  Recreational cannabis use is legal all across the west coast, which means that cities are working harder than ever on revitalizing their brand.  More increasing publicity means more audiences will flock towards those cities (whether they are relocating or simply visiting).

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Denver is showcasing a glimpse into a 4/20 future where more cannabis clubs will be opening in the biggest cities of all time.  This will pressure other major cities to go to pot (LITERALLY!) to rake in potential audiences.  Cities like Dallas, Philadelphia, New York City, Atlanta, Boston, and many others will establish these new businesses as part of this branding strategy.

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Cities continue to move like clockwork every year.  Something becomes trendy one day and then soon becomes a thing of the past the next. It’s always a challenging feat to keep up with the rat race happening in a majority of these cities (take Boston, for example!), so the desire for trending business practices become more critical than ever.

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We have FOUR months until recreational dispensaries are open in the state of Massachusetts.  Cities like Denver or Los Angeles are already paving the way for the new 4/20 community in this 21st century.  Its PR miracles like this that prove that cannabis has a place in our American society, especially as a form of entertainment.

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For now, let’s all praise The Coffee Joint for showcasing a unique business practice that allows for recreational cannabis use with other people.


MakeSandcastlesNotWar Visits The Summit Lounge

Business proposals for legal cannabis clubs have already been drawing up here in Massachusetts.  With cannabis legalization in full swing and dispensaries soon to be opening, the need for public consumption becomes critical.  Massachusetts citizens are able to consume cannabis legally, yet you cannot consume in public.  The city of Worcester figured out the so-called ‘water water everywhere and not a drop to drink’ scenario by opening up the first ever cannabis social club called The Summit Lounge.





The Summit Lounge, located on 116 Water Street, is a non-profit private social club where members can openly consume cannabis.  Members can consume their cannabis by using their collection of papers, pipes, bongs, lighters, and other accessories; they provide the accessories, but they run on a BYOC (Bring Your Own Cannabis) policy.  You can also consume cigarettes, cigars, and even hookah on the premise as well.  It’s a unique social club providing a 4/20-friendly atmosphere.  Anyone who is looking to be a member of The Summit Lounge can join for just $50 a month.




Other than cannabis accessories, The Summit Lounge offers a wide range of activities.  You can curl up with a joint and a good book or play some Xbox One with your friends.  If video games aren’t your thing, there’s also a stack of board games to choose from.  This is the kind of 4/20-themed entertainment where you get to consume cannabis, play some games, and possibly make a friend or two afterwards.

I wanted to learn more about how this exciting new service came to be.  Earlier I spoke with Kyle Moon, the general Manager for The Summit Lounge.


Kyle informed me that he got the idea from his brother Jake.  Jake Moon was a medical patient in MA who went to Colorado to check out the cannabis scene.  He noticed that there was no safe place for any legal social consumption, so he pitched the idea to operate a legal social club back in Massachusetts.  They worked with a lawyer to figure out the legality issues of running a cannabis social club.


As far as audience demographics, Kyle mentioned that the average age group that enter the club is 25-40.  It is mostly middle-aged men and women (30-40) who are married and have kids.  They are concerned about smelling like cannabis in front of their children, so they head over to The Summit Lounge to consume with other like-minded adults.  The concept was only limited to medicinal patients at first, but later it opened up for everyone.


Some events that they hold (or plan to hold in the near future) include paint night, glass blowing, social networking, and even classes like teaching members how to roll a blunt.  There are even members that pop by to consume cannabis while getting some work done.  This was set as a social environment where people could come together and consume cannabis.


Surprisingly enough, Kyle’s business doesn’t really have any big competition around Worcester.  The Summit Lounge is still so new that people don’t know what it is yet.  Even with cannabis legalization set in full swing, the cannabis industry still proves to be an evolving landscape.


Even still, Kyle definitely sees more cannabis lounges happening in the future.  With all of the advocacy for legal social consumption, the need for places like The Summit Lounge are more important than ever.  He mentioned that Boston would be a perfect location for a cannabis club because of the wide demographic of young professionals in the city.  This type of establishment would work for any big city as well.


For those looking to open up their own cannabis social clubs, Kyle Moon’s one advice would be to always follow up.  It is important to stay connected with everyone in this evolving landscape.  You will be hit with plenty of pitfalls and you have to find a way to work through everything.

And with that, The Summit Lounge proves to be a worthy social cannabis club that works for the thriving city of Worcester.  Special thanks to Kyle Moon for taking the time to discuss the first ever social cannabis lounge in the state of Massachusetts!  Here’s to hoping more social cannabis clubs open up in the near future.


Be sure to check out The Summit Lounge at 116 Water Street Worcester, MA.  Happy smoking!