Walking Around With a Camera: Photos from Clinton, New York

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Zach Lewis Photography

For my second edition of “Walking Around With a Camera,” I took some photos of a place that is near and dear to my heart—Clinton, New York. I have spent twenty years in this little village, and I continue to find so many different things I have not seen before. The photos you see are from a different perspective—things you might not see as you drive through Clinton. 

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Utica, New York: A Day of Fun, A Story of Hope

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Utica, NY!!! Truly a lot of love.

The Urban Phoenix

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So often we think of vacations as far away places where we spend lots of money for 3-7 days of relaxation, activities and bliss.  Vacations are seen as things we reach for but experience so rarely, especially in today’s work world.

I’ve found a very different truth.  I’ve found that one can experience the benefits of a vacation without spending much money at all.  I’ve found that while it’s good to get out of your town for a bit, you don’t have to go far to feel like you’re getting away and having a good time.  And finally, I’ve found that in many cases, you can do this in one day.  Yep, that’s right… any given Saturday, you too can experience a cheap day away… one that will leave you feeling refreshed and feeling good about yourself before you dive back into the work week!

For example, did you know…

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ROAD tRiPPiN

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I love driving and road trips are extremely relaxing to me. With people or by myself, I am usually very content riding along in the car for extended periods of time. My standard Jetta and I have a great time zipping across the states. There are a few essentials to my road trip that make it relaxing and fun. Remember that you have to pace your intake of fluids in the car.

1. Diet Coke

2. FIJI/VOSS Half Liter Bottles

3. Fresh cut berries and mangos

4. Bowls on bowls (on bowls) [don’t try unless you are super woman like me]

5. Kombucha

I always always myself to stop and have a little fast food. It’s a such a awful treat but it also helps to give you enough carbs to soak up the booze for your late night drinking purposes. Which is usually what I am driving directly into. Never forget to grab napkins though, especially if you are as addicted to condiments on everything like I am.

Tunes are essential to great car rides. Here are some of my recent tunes. Enjoy.

ESSENTIAL MIXES and MUSIC

AC SLATER on DIPLO & FIRENDS

OLIVER HELDENS SUMMER EDITION

[DOCTOR P] – SCROOBIUS PIP

Boston Part II

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Ah, my weekend in Boston. Man do I not want to be working right now. This weekend was too good to want to come back to work. But here I am, listening to the Russians report Database issues and programming Risk Assessments… How exhilarating.

Boston was amazing.

Alcohol Picks for the Weekend:

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Sam Adams Boston Brick Red: A unique and special beer, only native to Boston, home of the brewery. It has many hints of caramel and is an ale. Was great for the tastebuds.

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Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin:  A small distillery labels batch and brew number with a pen. Such a unique, made with love gin. This gin is high quality and very potent. The botanicals in the gin are marvelous and it is really strong, 90 Proof. Beware. It will sneak up on you… (especially when drinking it from a granite spout).

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Kendall-Jackson, Vintner’s Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc: A light and delicious wine. Very good for summer. Very light. The bottle on the picture below was also a Sauv. Blanc…. Not entirely sure if I remember it….. OOPS.

DRINKING in STYLE:

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Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I like to drink with style. For example, out of this rock…. It’s a slab of real heavy granite, with a hole for the top of the bottle to go in. Using PHYSICS, you can know that the air pressure keeps the bottle from draining out all the way (over the top) and only into the spout.

Rule Number 1: DO NOT put Champagne or any carbonated alcohols in the stone. IT WILL FIGHT BACK.

Boston is such a beautiful city. The architecture, bricks, Espalande… amazing. There were so many little shops and restaurants, it was so amazing.

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Dartmouth Ave., Boston, MA – The Brick and Wrought Iron is Stunning

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The Espalande at Night

The newest restaurant I discovered is called Sweet Green. The freshest and best salads you could ever imagine. The minute you walk in, it smells like Basil. You can choose so many options and everything is super fresh. DELICIOUS!!! There is also one in Ardmore, PA, which I will be visiting most likely tonight, because Philly is just that good too.

http://sweetgreen.com

We went to a lot of bars and walked all over the downtown areas. The streets and buildings are amazing. I wish I could speak more about some of the bars… but again, I don’t really remember. But they were serving some of the STRONGEST gin and tonics I have ever had.

A great weekend, a great town and a great many things I was able to experience!! I will end on this message: don’t forget to smoke your J’s, run your miles and look your finest all week. Fabulousness goes alooooong way! 😉 1405228005040

Boston

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This weekend I am going to Boston to visit my extremely intelligent, funny and handsome best friend. He is the brother I have never had. I’m extremely excited because its been some time since we could see each other being in two different cities. He’s always been my rock. Extremely rational and tell it like it is. It will be very good for me to get out of my town because working for a Pharmaceutical Company has really proven to be STRESSFUL. I’m working 70 hour weeks because my boss loves me and my work ethic. He loves that I am a crazy nerd, but lets be real…. I am still a baby, and Project Managing two projects is extremely difficult especially when people don’t want to take me seriously. You may be older and been in the industry for years, but there is a reason I am in charge, because I’m really smart and can bring a lot to the table. I have already far exceeded all expectations so I am not asking for a lot; trust my skills.

AMTRAK is awful. Business class is the way to go. Do you seriously want to sit next to someone or hours in pain over smell or sickness or let’s face it… That baby crying near you will drive you insane. Yes you’re paying more money but if you are like me, travel needs to be stress free not stressful. It is a vacation not a hate-my-life-cation. Anyway this is my bored on the train with no internet post. Check back for details of my weekend.

PS: THE THEME OF THE WEEKEND IS GIN. As always. UHDUH!!