Walking Tour : Wescott, Syracuse

Wescott is an awesome neighborhood located not too far from the Syracuse University Campus.  

Home too many students, professors, alumni, and all ranges of income levels : it is quite the melting pot of culture. 

Home of the best Mexican Restaurant. 

Alto Cinco.  Stop in an have a real margarita.  

Fillmore Glen: South Rim Trail

Liam is becoming quite the little hiker.  Traveling almost three miles  yesterday by himself.  

Some highlights included him dragging a 6 foot stick for over a mile  ( no exaggeration).  Then stopping to examine every accorn.  “Scrat corns” he would say.  In reference to the Ice Age movies where the saber toothed squirrel is always on the hunt for acorns.   And his excitement over the newts or salamanders ( I couldn’t tell) near the end of the trail. 

“More wizards, daddy?”

Walking Tour of Downtown Albany, NY

I know that I’m supposed to be balancing out my travel but it was actually business that brought me to the state capital on Tuesday morning.  

This was actually a first for me.  I have been to the suburbs or Albany many times but never the downtown area.  With 90 minutes to kill before my meeting, I was like a kid in a candy store.  Total stimulation.  

I know there is much more to see but here are a few pics.  

After my stroll it was back to the Albany Pump Station for my meeting.  The pump station is a forth generation brewery and Restaurant built inside an abandoned water pumping station by the Hudson River. 

Slyvan Beach Amusement Park

Slyvan Beach Amusement Park was always one of those happy childhood memories that never quite felt the same as an adult.  The park has relatively stayed the same over the last 25 years  with the same old ,ruin down buildings needing a much overdue coat a paint.  

So why did I take the boys there this past Sunday?  Because my mother was dying to see them and she too has fond memories of the summer tourist town.  

The kiddie rides are actually a steal at $14.95 for an unlimited bracelet.  Liam rotated between the same few rides for almost two hours.  

Lucas is now big enough to go on the bigger rides…but not alone. 

So there I am riding the haunted house ride, and then the tilt a whirl which made me want to vomit.   I’m never more aware of my age as when I go on  these rides.  I used to be able to go all day non stop.  But now,  Flip me around a few times and I’m ready to hurl.  

I did get Lucas to go on the first rollercoaster I was ever went on.  He might have been scared but by the end he was smiling as we shared a special bonding moment.  

In the end.  The place might not be exciting to adults but can still provide a great day to the kiddies.  

Tipperary Hill – 6 AM

The roads are never more peaceful than on a Sunday morning

On the west side of Syracuse you will find the  Irish Community of Tipp Hill.  

Home of one of the most unique  Syracuse landmarks : The upside down traffic light.  

The story goes that the local Irish residents were upset that their Irish green was depicted below British Red.  So they would throw stones at the traffic light until local officials flipped it upside down. 

The area is also known for its popular pub scene and religios architecture.  

Coleman’s Irish Pub is pictured below with it’s double phone booths in front.  One for us. One for leprechauns.  

All in all.  It was a relaxing stroll on a beautiful morning.  


Breaking Bad Habits : Eating a proper breakfast

Being a natural morning person, you would think that I would take the time to eat a nutritional breakfast.  

The reality is that the time between rolling out of bed and the time I disarm the codes at work is only about thirty minutes which includes a ten minute commute.  

I only have enough time to get dressed and get out the door.  Then I’m thrown into my morning ritual and it doesn’t hit me until about two hours later that I’m starving.  

By then the grill is going and well as the ovens.  Breakfast usually consists of pizza, pasta, or sandwich…I know, gross.  

So to break this habit that surely keeps me from dropping a couple pant sizes, I stopped by the local store and grabbed a dozen eggs and a bunch of bananas.

As soon as I got to work at 6AM I would crack a few open, grab a saute pan and scramble.  Then throw in whatever left -overs there were at the restaurant.  Maybe some spinach or broccoli.  Or if I was lucky there would be some ham.  

I love scrambled eggs and because they are so cheap, I can cut down my food cost while cutting down my weight at the same time.  I also found that I stay full longer when i’m not eating garbage.  

Web MD had the following to say about eating a healthy breakfast

“Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you:

  • A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
  • Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom.
  • More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity.”

Put them to Work

Kids can be very enthusiastic about helping their parents at a young age.  

I think it’s important to encourage this as it will slowly grow out of them if you don’t reinforce their behavior.  


Always give them praise and an occasional reward.  

Another “Inexpensive Silencer”…ice cream