Walking Tour: Geneva

One of the best routes to drive in upstate NY is Rt. 20.  It runs from Buffalo to Albany and at certain points is intertwined with Rt. 5.  

So many interesting stops that I hope to cover at a later point.  On this day,  my car pointed west and on ended up in the lovely, Geneva.  

Located on the shore of Seneca Lake.  Check that Finger Lake off the list. 


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. 

Americana Village : Hamilton, NY

I’m going to take you back to the late 1800s.  Where there was one blacksmith, one school, one general store, and one school house.  

Tucked down a side street in the little town of Hamilton is a restored 19th century village.  

The property is owned by a nearby conference center and is often the site of many wedding photos.  

You can read a recent syracuse.com article on this hidden gem right here

June Recap

June is winding down as we reach the half way point to the Happiness Project.

I want to do a mid year review, probably tomorrow, but first let’s take a look at June’s successes and opportunities.

Take a Real Vacation

My trip along the east coast was well documented earlier in the month.  Making stops in Rehoboth Beach. Ocean City, Virginia Beach, and finally Richmond Virginia for the Tough Mudder.

It was a great time despite the shitty weather for the first half of the trip.

My favorite parts where taking Liam in the ocean for the first time and my morning runs along the boardwalk.

Cut People Slack

Friend doesn’t return your text in a timely manner?  Employee showing up late because they are having a tough time at home?  Guest misread the coupon and didn’t meet the purchase requirement?

Cut them some slack.  But we weary of those trying to take advantage of you.

Get Life Insurance

Kind of a big nagging task.  I signed my first personal life insurance policy that goes along with the policy that my work provides.   I sleep better knowing my family would be taking care of if anything happened.

Say Hello,  Use Good Manners

For someone who has to be reminded of proper social behavior constantly from his wife, this one took alit of practice.  But after alot of mental rehearsal I can be seen saying “good morning,” to runners and walkers in the morning and when I pull up to the coffee drive through and the girl says “hi, how are you” I don’t respond “fine…”.


Ask for help / Use Resources

Used my corporate contacts to purchase some new equipment for the restaurant as well as place some help wanted ads to grab some new employees. 
Find an area of refuge

I set up my office to where I can escape for a few minutes while the kids terrorize each other.

Nice warm nights I sit out on the deck.

And in the mornings I take long jogs.

Take time for mini-adventures / Day Trips

Looking through my blog the last couple months, there hasn’t been many days that I haven’t gone somewhere to explore.   But I tried to take the extra time to do a little mini-adventuring such as my trip to Otisco Lake and Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca.

 Wear the “dream” mask

I have been wearing the Lucid Dream Mask for most of the month and while I have not yet acheived Lucid dreaming, my dream recall as well as the details of those dreams have increases significantly.  Gonna keep trying.



Finger Lake Circuit : Otisco Lake

Time to take a mini-adventure south of the city to the first of the Finger Lakes that I am going to visit this summer; Otisco Lake

If you aren’t from the New York, the Finger Lakes are a series of long, thin lakes ,that on a map, look like the fingers of a hand.    The area is known for its vineyards and scenic beauty.  

I have actually never been to this lake so it was exciting to head somewhere new.  

It’s a spectacularly calm and relaxing place.  The picture here is of the “causeway”. Where you can fish and swim, if you don’t get caught.  ūüėā. 

Liam was pooped from the ride so I just let him sleep in my arms while I took it all in.  I had forgotten how wonderful and majestic these places can be.  

 He woke up eventually

Not much here in terms of hiking.  Baltimore Woods is nearby, hope to check that out another day. 

Such a isolated little lake.  And that’s a good thing.  I counted one pizza place, one gas station/ convenience store, one Restaurant.  Everything else was lake houses and farms.  Some old and abandoned.  Reminded me of Jeepers Creepers or Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  

Road Trip to Delaware


Tied up as many loose ends as I could this morning, then packed Patti, Maddex and Liam in the car and pointed the car south for Delaware.  Reheboth Beach to be more specific.

Why Delaware? ¬†1. ¬†It’s on the way to our final destination in Virginia. ¬†2. It’s awesome. 3. ¬†I have fond memories of this area. (always a catch isn’t there?)

It was the last vacation I ever took with my immediate family.   It was the summer of 06 and I was in a very isolated point in my life.  I had just withdrew from College and lost my finance in the same day that past February.

I entered a state of seclusion where I hid from the outside world.  Only emerging  work in restaurants, which was about 80 hours a week.  I had a couple of close friends that refused to let me become a total hermit.

However, my mom besieged me to take a week off to drive her, my grandmother, and younger brother down to see my Aunt in Delaware.

The trip was very therapeutic. ¬†I spent the week thinking about how there was so much more out there. ¬†That I was barely living a “half life”. ¬†When I returned I enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program and began piecing my life together.

Surviving¬†the car ride is¬†the hard part. ¬†Getting down route 81 and then horrifying ¬†476 when you get to Philadelphia and traffic turns into a slow crawl for a good hour. ¬†You’re in the homestretch once your cross into Delaware’s RT 1S.

We made it to our destination about 430PM.  Let the vacation begin.




I know I’m Lame…but I miss Quiznos.¬†

NYC Day 2


Last article about NYC, I promise.

Day 2 started with a short ferry ride from Port Imperial in Jersey to 39th St. Manhattan. ¬† ¬†Quick stroll from 12th to 7th Avenue to catch the Subway to Brooklyn to try “the bagel that broke the internet” at the Bagel Store, yes that’s the name.

That’s a rainbow bagel with Funfetti Cream Cheese.


WTF?  CPR is available upon request?

Outside of a movie theater near Williams-burg bridge.  Notice the color changes to avoid copyright infringement.

Crossed into Manhattan and checked out the Jekyll and Hyde Club in the Village.    Full of creepy/funny animatronics as well as live entertainment.

Behold the smallest piece of private property in the city, ¬†“The Hess Triangle”

Quick nap on the lawn in Central Park

Guggenheim museum

Lexington Candy Shoppe

sitting on stones has never been so comfy

Anyone recognize this hotel entrance? ¬†Only 90s kids. ¬†It’s the Plaza Hotel from Home Alone 2

Ran out of time so we did some shopping in Rockefeller Center and Time’s Square

St. Patrick’s Cathedral



Farewell my friend.  Until next year.