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Phish at Phenway


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Besides being the home field for the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park also hosts many musicians coming into the city.  Zac Brown, Pearl Jam, Billie Joel, and even Jimmy Buffet are a few of many notorious bands that rocked Fenway Park.  It just goes to show that they sing more than just ‘Sweet Caroline’ in Kenmore Square (#InsideBostonJoke).

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Whether it be a music act or another baseball game, one thing’s for certain – Fenway Park makes for one of the most entertaining venues here in Boston.  Fenway Park branches out in its entertaining avenues by hosting more than just sports games.  All types audience roam around Yawkey Way to grab their food, beers, and other accessories before the big game (or show!).  This summer, audiences will be grooving to the infamous VT jam band known as… Phish.

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That’s right folks – Phish is returning to Fenway Park.  Phish will be returning with some all new jams in Boston for their Summer 2019 tour.  It’ll be a true Boston highlight known as ‘Phish at Phenway’ (#PhishPhanPun).  You can see Phish at Fenway Park on July 5th and 6th.  Tickets go out starting February 1st.

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Phish hails from the quaint town of Burlington, Vermont (a.k.a. my old college stomping ground!).  Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell formed the band back in the 1980s, making fantastic music as a jam band.  They attract many fans, known as ‘Phish Phans’, all across the nation.  Coincidentally, Phish Phans are similar to the ‘Dead Heads’ that followed the Grateful Dead.  They still play many sold-out shows, filling every seat around the stage.

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Some of their earlier albums include Junta, Lawn Boy, A Picture of Nectar, Rift, Hoist, Billy Breathes, The Story of the Ghost, and even Farmhouse.  Not only do they have lots of studio albums (15 to be exact), but they have a TREMENDOUS number of live albums from their past shows.  Phish Phans can choose from a variety of shows they played over the past 30 decades or so.  It’s those live albums that make Phish even better.

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I’m honestly so pumped that Phish is playing in Boston this summer!  Phish was one of my favorite bands in college and I have been looking to see them live at some point in the future.  Their music gets really creative throughout each track, with some spanning more than ten minutes.  So amazing that Phish his hitting up one of the most iconic spots of Boston.

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Be sure to grab your tickets to see Phish at Phenway this summer!

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2018 Year in Perspective


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Here we are on the LAST day ever of 2018.  2019 is quickly approaching, bringing in a whole new year of adventures.  We may traverse back to familiar places or even discover new destinations we haven’t even reached yet.  So many noteworthy events happened on this very blog here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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We kicked off the year with the recreational cannabis countdown in the wake of recreational dispensaries becoming legalized in July.  It actually wasn’t until NOVEMBER that the shops actually opened.  Then again, it’s better late than never.  In the meantime, Vermont passed a law to make cannabis legal this year.  Over time, famous figures like Bill Nye the Science Guy and the so-called ‘weed moms’ started to branch out into the ever-growing cannabis industry as well.

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While consuming such cannabis products on the side, we got to look at the bizarre, trippy anime series Devilman Crybaby as well as a teaser for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (which was also discussed numerous times!).  But it wouldn’t be a cannabis kickoff without HBO’s High Maintenance.

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But in the midst of viewing TV series, we went deep into the rabbit hole with some philosophy on products.  Speaking of products, I’m still dreaming of sleeping in the Harambed every now and then.

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PR nightmares, miracles, and other bizarre tales made their way every now and then.  Hollywood is in the midst of their biggest scandal yet, which sparked lots of bad publicity among the area.  Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Hart were some of many that are caught within their own PR nightmares.

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And yet, there were still other great TV series and movies to watch.  Every now and then, we had some exciting video game titles that were out this year.  Some of the great games include PUBG, Kingdom Hearts III, and Fortnite.

            In retrospect, all forms of media played their parts over the year.  During the slow summer season, I found some of the most magnificent novels to read.  Even as I create this blog now, I am finishing up another mind-blowing book (which you will find out about in 2019!).

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Like the past few years on MakeSandcastlesNotWar, it wouldn’t be Halloween without American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story: Apocalypse was quite an eruptive chapter this season, bringing together both old and new characters from the AHS universe.  The season was SO good that each episode had to be discussed every week.  Here’s to hoping the next chapter becomes even better.

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With that, MakeSandcastlesNotWar looks forward to what 2019 brings to the world.  Whether it’s a random TV Criss-Cross or another horrendous PR nightmare, any topic can be featured for the week.  During the weekend, there will sure to be even more quotes up to ponder about.  The journey to 2019 is sure to begin.  All that and so much more is sure to come in the new year.

See you all in 2019.

Cooking at Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Boss Kitchen


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A lot of times, people purchase cooking products or services for Christmas gift ideas.  Whether it’s a new set of pans or that Omaha Steaks gift package, you can’t go wrong with anything that has to do with food.  This is the season of giving, which does include food and drinks as well (and yes, alcohol is INDEED included in this category).

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With cannabis becoming more legal around America, 4/20-themed gifts have become hotter than ever.  Various flowers, edibles, tinctures, and other cannabis products are being put into stockings this year.  Why go for the Omaha Steaks deal when you can send someone a pot brownie or peanut butter that is full of both THC and CBD.  The possibilities are endless when cannabis is added to the mix.

In some cases, it doesn’t always have the food product themselves.  Many people still purchase cookbooks (which are STILL a thing these days!) to learn how to cook certain meals.  In fact, there is one special cookbook that was created by one of the original rappers Snoop Doggy Dog.

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Snoop Dogg recently released his own cookbook titled From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen.  Snoop’s cookbook shares over fifty of his own recipes.  From ‘Billionaire’s Bacon’ to ‘OG Chicken and Waffles’, Snoop’s cookbook features something for all types of chefs.  Fo’ shizzle my nizzle, ya’ll!

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While many of these recipes seem to satisfy those stoner-friendly munchies, you won’t find any 4/20 treats in here.  From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen will help train chefs to cook like the OG stoner himself Snoop Doggy Dog.

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            This is the perfect stocking stuffer for both cooks and hip-hop enthusiasts alike.  Snoop Dog’s cookbook showcases his culinary experiences to satisfies those munchies.  From mac n cheese to party snacks, every kind food is featured in this cookbook.

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Even if your cooking friend or family member isn’t the biggest fan of hip-hop, they’ll certainly enjoy Snoop Dogg’s take on traditional meals.  If you’re poking around the bookstore or shifting through gift ideas on Amazon, definitely add Snoop Dogg’s From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen onto your list.

MA Recreational Shops PR Miracle – Two Weeks Later


Good afternoon.  At this point, you’re probably wondering what surprise I have in stores for today.  There has been very little discussion about cannabis this week.  That is why I saved the best news for last.

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Last Friday was a vivid discussion of the various PR miracles surrounding both the medical and recreational aspects of the cannabis industry.  Now that recreational dispensaries have been open for more than a week, a whole new competition entered the game here in Massachusetts.  In just one day alone, two dispensaries earned a combined total of over $440,000.  Almost half a million dollars was made in just that one day.

Weeks later, the real question was asked – how much has been made in just one week?

Well folks, the answer was QUITE shocking to see.  Even I was taken aback by the ending the results.  The final results after just one week of sales?

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Get ready for it — $2.2 million.  More than two million dollars was earned in just ONE week alone.

Just… WOW.  The number speaks for itself.  Both recreational dispensaries truly outdid themselves here in Massachusetts.  Over two million dollars…from both dispensaries combined… in just ONE week.

Remember that NONE of these dispensaries have hit Boston yet.  These two dispensaries are mere miles away from the city, yet they are already raking in millions of dollars in sales.

I knew that both dispensaries would make over a million in less than week; but this final figure is truly AMAZING.

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It’s the PR miracle just keeps on giving even days later.  Massachusetts opened up its first recreational shops, making over $440,000 in that one day alone.  A week later and they have already made over two million dollars.  Recreational cannabis has already been making waves within the past two weeks.

That was just two weeks of PR buzz.  Just wait until 2019 when the REAL publicity starts hitting the media.  Next year will be very interesting for both the recreational and medical industry.

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Pay close attention to these final figures – its just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come here in Massachusetts.  Two years since Question 4 passed and we are finally seeing some drastic results.

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And with that, recreational cannabis shops have truly done wonders here in Massachusetts.  If there’s anything to take away from today, it is this —  Recreational cannabis is the PR miracle that just keeps on giving.