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Summer 2018 List Update #2


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While we’re still in the midst of summer, I figured that it’s time to check back on the summer list.  I created this list back in June to put together some fun goals to complete.  Some were simple while others required a bit of adventure here and there.

Here is the newest update to my summer 2018 goal list:

Read 5-10 Books

Since June, I have read a total of FIVE books.  I hit the minimum quota near the end of July after finishing Just the Funny Parts… And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club by Nell Scovell.  Right now, I am reading an intriguing philosophical book from a well-known psychologist in Canada (which you will learn about soon enough!).  With five books already under belt, there’s no telling what novel I will be checking out next.  Earlier I ordered a few new books to read, so more literature reviews are yet to come!

Hiking Trips to New Mountains

Even on these hot summer days in July/August, I managed to get some more hiking in here and there.  Mostly I have been trekking around Bailey’s Hill as well as some trips to Lodge Park.  I have been busy the past few weeks, but there are still plenty of warm days to come.  Now is the last month for me to find more hiking trails to check out before Fall begins.

Rooftop Bar Events

During my trips around Boston, I have been enjoying more of my beers on the patio than the rooftop.  Even just tasting samples outside on a market (in this case, it was the SoWa market in Boston) works well.  Hopefully there will be more outdoor events during the beginning of September, especially on a rooftop!

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

Two and a half months later and I still take my bike outside almost every week.  Bike riding is a great activity to get some exercise and enjoy the amazing weather.  Riding around Nahant is amazing, especially when you trek around the whole island.  While I haven’t ridden around Winthrop and Revere yet, Nahant still works just as good.

Attend Concerts

The only concert I have attended so far was seeing Joe Jackson in NH.  Joe Jackson was an incredible musician that played a combination of rock, jazz, pop, classical, and other genres.  He played an amazing show that was definitely one for the books.

Go Camping

Camping may be something I will have to plan next year.  I truly enjoyed going camping in the past, so that will be a future goal in mind.

 

Vacation Trip to Burlington, VT

Burlington is still an idea lingering around in mind.  Again, it would be great to head back to my college town.

Take Trips to NH and Maine

That Joe Jackson concert I went to took place in New Hampshire, so that’s one of my trips to the Granite State.  I plan to take another trip this week to check out a new arcade bar in Dover (and that post will come soon!).

Summer Blockbusters

Other than The Incredibles 2, I have not caught any other summer blockbusters.  It’s cheaper to stay in and find blockbuster films on Netflix anyways.  I have passed by the movie theatre before and nothing really looks promising of the sort.

Swimming in O cean

Besides swimming in the ocean, I have also been swimming in pools as well.  Nothing’s better than swimming in a pool during a hot day.  It’s the perfect way to cool off when it is too hot or when there are too many people on the beach.

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7-11’s Too COOL for School Event


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Last week was REAL hot here in Massachusetts.  I’ve had to deal with temperatures soaring over 90 degrees within a 4 day span.  It was so hot that I barely moved around outside.  In fact, I was so lazy that I took an Uber from Brighton/Allston to Central Square just because I didn’t want to melt in the scorching sun (I even gave the driver 5 stars just for having air conditioning!).

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All personal stories aside, that heat wave proves that summer is still here for the next month or so.  There are a few weeks left until the school year starts and it will continue to be hot these next few weeks.  With temperatures still soaring high these days, its always important to keep yourselves cool.  7-11 will help you just that with their latest promotion.

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7-11 is offering two slurpees for the price of one as part of their ‘Two Cool for School’ deal.  Customers can buy one slurpee and receive another one absolutely free.  Unlike the ‘7-Eleven Day’, customers are not limited to a small cup and the deal goes for all sizes.  The promotion will go through until Sunday August 19th.

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This is an interesting marketing promotion 7-11 has to offer for its customers.  While it doesn’t serve for a catastrophic problem, it is still a fun way for people to get together to share slurpees during the summer.  It will still be hot out this month and this promotion will help cool people down during the heat waves.

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I love this kind of marketing concept.  Who doesn’t love a cool slurpee from 7-11 on a hot day?  It’s definitely something I could use last week during the midst of the heat wave here in Massachusetts.  7-11’s promotion will definitely fare well with Massachusetts (even though it won’t be as hot this week).

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If you’re looking to cool off this week, head on over to a 7-11 near you to get two slurpees for the price of one.  Bring a friend or family member to share a relieving slurpee with.  This is one COOL promotion you certainly don’t want to miss.

Summer 2018 Goals Update #1


Happy Hump Day folks!  It has been a little over a month since I created my summer list.  Being that summer is here, I wanted to jot down some goals I wanted to complete these next few months.  This summer list will go until the last day of summer (September 21st).

Let’s recap my goals and give some updates so far:

Read 5-10 Books

I have read four books since June.  What I have finished so far include California, Angels In America (both parts I and II), and The Haunting of Hill House.  Right now I am at the beginning of my fourth book (which I will get into the near future).  From the looks of it, I am more than half-way towards my goal.  Who knows, there is always a chance to add more titles to the mix!

Hiking Trips to New Mountains

As of right now, I have not planned any hiking trips.  It has been very hot most of the weeks and it doesn’t make for great hiking weather.  Most of the hiking I have been doing has been around Bailey’s Hill.  Once the weather cooperates (and I pencil in a good chunk of time), I will explore some new hiking trails around my area.

Rooftop Bar Events

While being in Boston, I have been attending events on the patio rather than the rooftops.  I am still hoping to find events right on a rooftop bar.  Whether it be a networking event or a casual get-together with friends, I definitely have to hit up the rooftop sometime soon.

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

Since the summer started, I have been taking my bike out almost every week.  I have been riding around trails in Nahant; in fact, I even discovered this incredible biking trail to go through (which I will go into more details soon).  Winthrop and Revere are a few areas that have good bike path.  While Boston may be busy, Memorial Drive looks promising.

Attend Concerts

To be honest, I have not been attending much concerts lately.  Not that I don’t have the time or money for it, but I haven’t found any good shows yet.  Not a lot of shows are exciting around Boston.  Hopefully I will run into some event featuring one of my favorite bands playing.

Go Camping

Camping is still an idea in mind.  Just have to pick a great week and some friendly companions to join me.  Nothing like chilling with nature in the great outdoors!

Vacation Trip to Burlington, VT

Burlington is still one of few places I would like to visit this summer.  Heading back to my college town would be quite a blast.

Take Trips to NH and Maine

Being that trips to New Hampshire and Maine could be done in a day, I should be able to squeeze in some time to head up there.  They are not that far from me, even though I am closer to Boston.

Summer Blockbusters

One summer blockbuster I enjoyed so far was The Incredibles 2The Incredibles 2 was a fantastic sequel from The Incredibles and I enjoyed every minute of it.  The summer blockbusters look promising so far.

Swimming in Ocean

Lastly, I have been doing some swimming this summer as well.  I have been swimming in Nahant and Revere Beach as well as in swimming pools.  Swimming has been such a great way to cool off during those hot days.  There’s more hot weather coming our way, so those are the best times to go swimming.

That’s all for this month’s update on the summer goals list for 2018.  I’ll be back next month with another update.  Until then… Happy Summer!

Summer Reading #2 – The Haunting of Hill House


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Welcome back readers!  Good to be back to writing after my short holiday break.  My 4th of July week was full of fireworks, food, and some outstanding American made pre-rolled joints.  This was a perfect week to kick back from writing for a bit to celebrate this amazing country.

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Now that I’m back to my regular writing schedule, I figure its time to take a look at another title for summer reading this year.  Last time I took a look at Angels in America, an epic play about the symbolic, yet horrific look at the AIDS crisis and the gay men enduring personal hardships during the 1980s.  Our next title takes us away from the hustle and bustle of 1980s New York City and into an abandoned house on a hill.  Four people arrive at this tattered and dark house to search for evidence of supernatural occurring.  This novel is called The Haunting of Hill House.

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The Haunting of Hill House is a gothic horror novel written by Shirley Jackson.  It was published in 1959 and is considered one of the best literary ghost stories of the 20th century.  Most of the events take place in Hill House, an eighty-year old mansion built between many hills.  Hill House was built by Hugh Crain, who passed away years ago.

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Four main characters stay in the Hill House for the weekend – Dr. John Montague, Eleanor Vance, Theodora, and Luke Sanderson.  Dr. John Montague is an investigator of the supernatural who invites the guest into the Hill House.  Eleanor is the shy young woman who resented living as a recluse caring for her demanding mother.  Theodora is a bohemian, flamboyant artist.  Luke Sanderson is the young heir of Hill House, acting as the host for the others.

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A few minor characters come in later during the novel.  Mr. and Ms. Dudley act as caretakers of Hill House, yet they refuse to stay in the house during the night.  Ms. Montague, Dr. John Montague’s wife, enters the house for the weekend with Arthur Parker to help investigate the house.

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Many creepy and eerie occurrences happen over the duration of the novel.  One such disturbing aspect is the way the house was constructed.  Hill House was constructed with a few unique modifications that caused the characters to lose their balance every so often.

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This was definitely a creepy novel to read.  Each character had their own quirks, which made this horror story even more exciting.  They each came with their own agenda, only to be disturbed by the haunting each night.

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If you’re looking for a creepy Gothic horror story to read this summer, definitely check out The Haunting of Hill House.  It is filled with supernatural haunting, kooky characters, and one strange house on the hill.

Final Thoughts Before July 1st


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As we enter the last Friday of June, we quickly realize that July is approaching.  Summer has been the key phrase in many of the past post these days.  Another month of summer means more outdoor event happening all across cities.  This the time for more leisure, taking time away from the work week to enjoy the outdoors.

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But if anything, July marks one special thing – recreational cannabis dispensaries opening in the state of Massachusetts.  Even in the dog days of summer, this will be one mystery that will be played out over the next few months.

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What will this recreational market look like? Will there be a shift within the marketing curve happening in the near future?  If so, could this lead towards the favor of the cannabis industry?

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Who knows how this industry will play out.  It will be interesting to see what a regulated recreational cannabis system will look like in the near future.  Many kinks will have to be worked out, yet all of those kinks go towards creating a more beneficial industry.

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If there is ever something for PR pros to keep watch of this summer (and beyond), it’s the recreational cannabis industry.  This is the year where you will see a lot of buzz going to pot (LITERALLY!).  Whether the publicity be good or bad, one thing’s for certain – cannabis is definitely the talk of the town around Massachusetts these days.

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Happy Friday folks and don’t forget to hold onto your seats.  It’s about to get a LOT more interesting in July.