My story is typical. I was born a poor, Black child. I survived the mean streets of the Buffalo suburbs and four straight losses in the Super Bowl, grew into a mature adult and pillar of the community, and made my parents proud. OK, well, part of that is true. I was indeed raised in the Buffalo 'burbs...North Tonawanda, to be exact. The rest? Well, can't a guy dream?
Here's some highlights. I was a big baby. Like, 20 lbs. Maybe a few less. Mom always reminds me of the pain. The guilt ensures she gets great birthday presents. I have a brother two years older, and he used to make my life a living Hell, like any good brother should. That stopped when I turned 12, and was bigger than him. I spent most of my formative years annoying my elders. That includes parents, teachers, and the police. If I wasn't in after-school detention, I was being questioned for the latest neighborhood "incident". Looking back, it a was all pretty harmless. Well, maybe not the thing we did to our Spanish Teacher. But that's a story for another time. Sports helped keep me out of any serious trouble. Get suspended...and you were kicked off the team. So that only happened once. Maybe twice. With hopes and dreams, and a suitcase filled with Molson Canadian Lager, I headed off to college. Less than a year later, and a plea agreement with a reduced sentence (like I said...never convicted), my college experience wasn't exactly going as planned. But, with threats of bodily harm from Mom solidly in my back pocket, I managed to graduate from Gannon University in Erie, PA, and looked forward to a lucrative career in broadcasting. Soooooooo...I've bounced around from station to station in such vacation hot spots as Clearfield, PA, Joplin, MO, Evansville, IN, and Fayetteville, NC. In February of 1999, I took the job that I have now (more or less).
I never did find that pot of gold, but I've had a lot of fun along the way. And moving here was the best thing that ever happened to me. I met my beautiful wife, Stacy, while watching a Bills game at what used to be Damon's on Tunnel Road, and we were married in September of 2001. I lost my wedding ring in a bizarre chicken wing incident (true story), so I really have no proof. But I think she'll vouch for me. We don't have any children, but we do have cats...lots and lots of cats. I'd love to tell you exactly how many, but I lost track. Seriously, I started counting them the other night, but had to stop after I'd used all my fingers and toes. I was plum out of digits.
So that's my story. Of course, some of the sordid details have been left out due to pending legal action. But, Judge...I swear I had no idea that pig was your pet!
Speeding down a mountain on a bike is difficult enough. Doing it while being hunted by a Peregrine Falcon, makes things much more exciting.
In a battle of man vs. bird, downhill mountain bike legend, Gee Atherton, is hunted by the fastest bird in the world, a peregrine falcon. Set in the epic landscape of Antur Stiniog, North Wales, Gee is tested in the ultimate experiment.
How do you feel about your co-workers? Friend or foe? I actually like most of the people I work with, and have been known to voluntarily socialize with them.
But perhaps you don't feel the same way. Maybe one or more has really ticked you off and it's time for revenge. OK, I'm here to help.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best ways to annoy your co-workers:
Eight not enough? There's seven more suggestions, HERE.
Asheville is a lot of things, but a place to get a summer sun tan? I don't see it. Beaches are better than mountains for that.
Yet, according to suntan.com, Asheville lands in their Top 10 Best Summer Weather Cities. Here's what they said:
With all the options to base our Top Ten on for "Best Weather Cities", outdoor activities are a must and are to be factored in. Constant sunny weather and drier climates do offer more opportunities for sun tanning and other outdoor activities without too much of a chance for rain but, that isn't the only criteria (in our opinion) for overall outdoor fun. So the standard for SUNTAN.com’s Top Ten “Best Weather Cities” in the U.S.A. will include cities with moderate weather of all kinds and outdoor fun in the sun activities there. It would be very hard to choose the "number one" city due to all differences of personal favorite weather types; therefore, these are not in any particular order.
Here are some of the best cities to tan the day away…
Nestled 2,134 feet up in the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains just east of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is peaceful Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville's humid subtropical climate is quite similar to the rest of the southeastern U.S., but the higher altitude gives Asheville an edge with slightly cooler temperatures. Average highs peak out around 85 degrees in July to mid-summer. The cooler temperatures also produce less humidity, making outdoor entertainment more enjoyable here. Rainy days average about 122 total days a year and drop a total of 37 inches of precipitation annually. With these types of moderate winters, frozen rain occurs often, however, the average 13.3 inches of actual snowfall is sporadic, usually light and only lasting a couple days. This ideal mountainous area averages only 11.9 snowy days - just enough beautiful snow-covered winter mornings.
Now let’s talk outdoor playgrounds and outdoor activities for everyone. The Great Smoky Mountains offer unlimited opportunity for all types of fun under the sun: from mountain hiking, white river rafting and kayaking, to camping or even horseback riding. You can take a scenic drive along the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway and visit the plethora of historical sites, roadside tourist stops and family restaurants. Our vote is Chimney Rock State Park, a short (beautiful!) drive from Asheville. From 1,200ft high above the valley floor is the great pillar of ancient stone that is known as Chimney Rock. The view here is amazing and visitors can see 75+ miles across stunning Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville definitely makes the list with a healthy number (243) of mostly sunny days a year, mild winters, pleasant summers and endless things to do under the sun.
San Diego, California
Do you ever feel like a mosquito magnet? New research has shown that 20% of us, or 1 in 5 people, are more attractive to mosquitoes than the rest of the population. Popular myths will tell you it's your hair color, blood sugar levels, or perfume that attracts the annoying insects, but that's just not true.
The exact science of why some people get bitten more than others is still something of a mystery, but researchers have narrowed down some characteristics that contribute to becoming a mosquito buffet:
If you are one of the 20% who gets eaten alive at every summer BBQ, there isn't much you can do besides using an EPA approved repellent or covering up.