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Summer 2018 Goals


It has been an interesting couple of days here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Pride Month started earlier, recreational cannabis shops are opening in less than a month, and summer is coming up real soon.  Summer is usually a more relaxed season and business runs a bit slower than usual; this scenario goes for the PR industry as well.

Being that there aren’t as much entertainment releases during this season, I figured I take things a different direction.  Earlier I composed list of goals I want to complete for this summer.  These are not important life-changing goals that could drastically alter my life; but rather, just fun activities or events I plan to complete for this summer.

Here are my summer goals for this year:

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Read 5-10 Books

To be honest, I have not been reading as much books as I used to.  With the weather getting nicer, now is the time to sit outside and read some books.  I received a bunch of books last Christmas from my family.  This past weekend I finished reading California by Edan Lepucki, which was a real interesting read.

My goal is around 5-10 by the end of the summer, but I will probably add on to that list as time goes on.

Hiking Trips to New Mountains

Hiking trips around Bailey’s Hill are always fun, but its time I extend my trips elsewhere.  There are lots of other hiking trails I have yet to discover around the Boston area.  Even in the busy streets of Boston, there are still nearby trails to hike around.  Hopefully I will find some great trails that are not too far from me.

Rooftop Bar Events

Yesterday I played around with the idea of rooftop events in Boston (which you can read about here).  Rooftop bars make for great events to enjoy drinks on a nice summer day.  Whenever I am in Boston, I will be sure to hit up some good rooftop spots.  I have already spent enough time drinking my craft beers inside the bars and now it’s time to enjoy a cold one out on a rooftop or patio area.

Biking Around Beaches (Nahant, Winthrop, Revere, etc)

Other than hiking trails, I enjoy riding my bike outside as well.  I took my bike out last year a few times in Point of Pines.  It was an exhilarating exercise to do around Revere Beach.  Some other areas I want to ride around are Nahant Beach, Winthrop Beach, Swampscott, and even parts of Boston.  Definitely looking to stay active all while enjoying the great outdoors.

Attend Concerts

A few years ago, I attended some good shows around Boston.  I got to check out the Boston Calling Festival and even saw Gregory Alan Isakov live.  This year I plan to be on the hunt for some good bands coming into the area.  Anything within the jam band/classic rock scene would be great.

Go Camping

Camping is always a fun summer activity.  I went camping a few times with the family and enjoyed getting away from town for a while.  Hopefully I will go camping with some close friends of mine during their break from work.  This could be a great way to take a break and reconnect with nature.

Vacation Trip to Burlington, VT

Burlington, VT was the home of Champlain College, my first college I went to after graduating high school.  This was such an amazing city to be in with so many awesome places in downtown.  I would walk for miles around the city and never get bored of what Burlington had to offer.  During this summer, I definitely want to head back to my old college town for a bit to explore B-Town again (#BrokeInBurlington).

Take Trips to NH and Maine

Besides Burlington, I definitely want to take some quick trips up to New Hampshire and Maine as well.  New Hampshire and Maine are more than an hour away from me, but it’s a great drive to get away from the city.  The city may be fun, but I will carve out some time to explore the countryside.

Summer Blockbusters

Those summer blockbusters are perfect for the rainy days.  There are a lot of great movies coming out this summer that I will have to check out this year.  If the weather isn’t perfect, then its time to check out some summer blockbuster films.  And for the record, I WILL create a post about some of the movies I checked out this summer.

Swimming in the Ocean

One last healthy activity for the summer – swimming.  The ocean will be warming up near the beach, which will be perfect to swim in.  Swimming in the pool is one thing, but swimming in the ocean is even better.  There’s nothing like feeling the waves of cold water splashing over you on a hot summer day.

That is all for the summer goals of 2018.  There may be new goals added if something else comes up.  Either way, this summer is looking to be brighter than ever each and every day!

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The Handmaids Tale Comes to Boston


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Boston has become a popular city to filming TV series and movies for quite some time.  Movies such as The Town, Ted 2, Fever Pitch, and American Hustle were all filmed in and around the city.  Actors like Mark Wahlberg helped bring the Hollywood magic over to New England.

Years later and Boston is still a popular destination for filming.  Other than movies, tv series have been filming in Boston as well.  Just recently, it was used for filming season two of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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             The Handmaid’s Tale is derived from the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood and stars Elizabeth Moss (Peggy Olson in Mad Men) as June Offred, a woman who was captured while trying to escape to Canada with her husband Luke and daughter Hannah.  Offred is trapped in the dystopian future where fertility rates dropped due to environmental pollution and sexually transmitted diseases.  She is one of many women known as ‘Handmaids’ who are forced into sexual and child-bearing servitude.  These women are not allowed to handle money, work, own property, or even read.

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Season two of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale featured various iconic spots in Boston.  The season premiere takes the characters right into Fenway Park.  As seen from the picture, the group of handmaids are thrust into the center of the ballpark’s weeding lawn.  All of the stadium lights are bright enough to illuminate the Green Monster; you can even see the lighting shining upon a long row of nooses as well.

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The next iconic location is in episode two where June Offred in the safe house, which is the former headquarters of The Boston Globe on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester (FUN FACT: the former office was also used to film Spotlight).  June roams around the offices of the deserted building, watching Friends and creates a memorial out of cubicle decorations.  Some of the decorations included candles, assorted postcards, a Red Sox hat, and even a Boston Globe mug.  Besides the former office of The Boston Globe, the second episode also showed the Logan Airport mobbed with ICE agents and passengers looking to flee the country.

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This is a great way of promoting Boston.  Filming a series like The Handmaid’s Tale is a unique marketing tactic to showcase some of Boston’s greatest landmarks.  While the Red Sox weren’t playing on the field, Fenway Park was still used in an interesting (and chilling) way.  The creepy photos have been drawing up a strong reaction all across social media.  Either way, its just drumming up more awareness of places like Fenway Park and the former office of The Boston Globe.

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Hollywood continues to head out to New England for filming.  Whether it is a movie or TV series, Boston continues to be used as the setting for the story.  While New York City was always popular for many productions, Boston continues to grow strong in the entertainment industry as well.

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TV series like The Handmaid’s Tale prove that Boston makes for a perfect city setting.  Its amazing how a little Hollywood magic can transform Fenway Park into such a chilling image.  If The Handmaid’s Tale can pull off something like that, who knows what other ideas can come out of Boston.

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In the meantime, be sure to check out The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.  Be sure to look out for Fenway Park and Boston Logan Airport!

Real Wellness = Touchdown by Williams


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CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) has been hitting hard for many recent players of the NFL.  Most players are set up for a long, disturbing, and even DANGEROUS path during their retirement.  Their brains have been heavily beaten in from the copious amounts of blows taken during their season.  All of those beatings to the head can cause aggression, depression, paranoia, dementia, and even suicide.

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With prohibition slowly decreasing among the country, the talk for medical cannabis use among the NFL is becoming much more widespread.  Many former players are speaking out for more research being done on tackling this controversial disease.  Players like Eugene Monroe and Todd Herremans are openly discussing their cannabis use to the public after retiring from the NFL.  While some players are consuming for their own personal reasons, others are looking to make a major touchdown in the cannabis industry.  One such notorious player is former running back Ricky Williams.

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Ricky Williams has been notoriously known for his cannabis use while playing for the NFL.  Even when he failed multiple drug tests during his career, he was still a major medical cannabis advocate.  After retiring from football, he punted his interests over to launching his own line of cannabis products called Real Wellness.

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Real Wellness is a line of vape cartridges, salves and tonics that contain both cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC).  Williams developed the products with Outco., a medical cannabis dispensary/consulting firm in Southern California.  His products feature herbal extracts that will enhance the experience even more. Prices for each product range from $35-$70.

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Williams is in the process of receiving his Ph.D. in Chinese medicine, where he will utilize that knowledge for his products.  He is looking to blend cannabis with other herbs as a way of offering alternative treatments.

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This right here is an amazing PR miracle from the sports industry.  With CTE on the rise lately, many players are searching for a better path after retiring from the NFL.  Not only does cannabis do a better job with combating this heartbreaking disease, but the industry itself is providing a new exit strategy for players who retire (or plan to retire soon!).  NFL players don’t have to subject to the doom and gloom that they face after years of professional football.

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Legal cannabis is proving to be a major game changer for many players.  The NFL is currently conservative in their stance against players using cannabis (both for recreational or medicinal purposes), but that ‘Reefer Madness’ propaganda could soon all be up in smoke in the future.  As more and more players go to pot (LITERALLY!), the barriers of prohibition will continue to break down.

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Who knows what other NFL players will be making their own touchdown in the cannabis industry.  Maybe Gronkowski could be the next spokesperson for a cannabis brand or Tom Brady could be hurling his own game-changing products off the field (Brady IS the GOAT, fyi!).  Whoever it may be, we are sure to hear about yet another PR miracle in the fight against CTE.

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For now, let’s celebrate Ricky William’s latest touchdown in the industry with his release of Real Wellness products.  If you are in southern California, be sure to pick up one of his salves or vape cartridges during your next trip to the medicinal dispensary.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4/20-Friendly Entertaining Activities!


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As legal cannabis continues to sweep the nation, there is a growing demand for combining cannabis with entertaining activities.  Many trending activities are utilizing cannabis as a means to draw in more audiences for their business.  Yoga studios are allowing for open consumption before the class starts and cafes are being built to create a friendly social atmosphere for their guests.  Whatever the service may be, companies are jumping in on the 4/20 bandwagon in order to drive their businesses further.

Besides the typical yoga studio or paint night event, what other activities could benefit from open cannabis use?

Well here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, I’ve compiled some interesting ideas on certain activities that would go hand-in-hand with open cannabis consumption.  Here are some fun and entertaining activities that would make for a successful business practice:

Bowling

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Bowling is a casual and fun sport that anyone can get into.  The simple game of knocking pins down by rolling balls each frame is the perfect activity for your family and friends.  Consuming some cannabis during your bowling session will make the game much more fun.  Even if you are landing gutter balls each frame, you will be too busy having fun to even care about your low score.  Guests should definitely have the freedom to smoke a BOWL before going up to BOWL.

          Video Arcades

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It’s no secret that cannabis makes some people better at video games, so why not put that idea to the test with video arcades.  There’s nothing more fun that going to a room full of arcade games.  You may (or may not) be better at Galaga after consuming cannabis, but you will be surrounded by other 4/20 gamers nearby.  Open cannabis consumption would definitely work at an arcade place.

          Mini-Golf

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If you want to enjoy a much shorter game of golf, than mini-golf is definitely the better alternative.  Pitter and putter your way through 18 holes full of crazy obstacles.  Whether it be the windmill or the loop-de-loop, you can always have fun playing a round of mini-golf.  Cannabis consumption would make for an even more relaxing game of mini golf, especially if it is held outdoors.

          Escape Room

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Escape room is the hottest activity that is spreading all across the nation.  Many rooms feature themes such as escaping a prison or a Harry Potter-esque dungeon.  These escape rooms can be tricky, so a bowl of cannabis could give you that creative boost to solve the puzzle.  Even if you don’t end up ‘escaping the room’ before the time limit, you and your group will still have a blast.  The escape room is definitely another fun activity that would go great with some cannabis.

          Laser Tag

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Our final activity on the count down is laser tag.  Laser tag – a full half-hour of running around shooting people with laser guns in order to rack up as much points as they can.  This may seem like more for kids, but adults can definitely get in on this action as well.  Consuming some cannabis won’t make you the next American laser tag soldier, but it will make the competition that much more entertaining.  Better yet, the whole experience will feel like something out of a video game!

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And with that, five fun-filled activities that would benefit from open cannabis consumption.  Your audience will certainly have a much more entertaining experience by adding cannabis to the mix.  Whether you are knocking those pins down or trying to escape that room with your group, it certainly won’t hurt to consume some cannabis during these activities.

If any business is looking to provide an entertaining activity for their audiences, they should consider allowing for open cannabis consumption as well.