The Gentrification Conundrum

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As we get older and older and people become more and more volitile the idea of gentrification (gen – tri – fa – kay – shen).  Gentrification becomes more and more of a possibility in many cities across the United States as the millennials (mill – in – e – als) continue to graduate and enter the work force. The need to house them becomes more of a problem because unlike most groups, they aren’t looking to buy houses, they are looking to stay in the midst of downtown where the entertainment is going down.

Ironically most cities have lost the thrill of the downtown environment. Many cities abandoned that philosophy as strip malls and shopping malls emerged in the late 80’s early 90’s to accomodate Generation X. Unfortunately for many, of the patrons of that era, their offspring don’t entail the same visions and prefer more of a classic lifestyle of public entertainment than simplicity and private indulgement. Continue reading

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The 10 Best NBA Players In The Post Jordan Era

1. LeBron James
The King is arguably one of the three greatest players to ever play the game. We’ve never seen a man of his size and stature do what he does at a rate that he does it. He’s been able to escape injury most of his career and he is physically unexplainable. Standing 6’8” and weighing about 260 pounds he runs like a gazelle and can jump like a kangaroo. Once he added post play to his resume and brought a title to “The Land” it was impossible to keep him off this list at the top spot.

2. Tim Duncan
Revered by many as the most fundamental basketball player ever, Tim Duncan is holding down the second spot on this list. Duncan has proven himself to be the most complete big man to ever play the game. He’s nearly automatic from 16 feet on in. As many would say there are only three things in life you can count on: Death, Taxes, and Tim Duncan’s bank shot. Continue reading

2018 Best Fried Chicken Places I’ve Visited.

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To know me is to know that I know fried chicken. I’ve probably eaten at over 1000 establishments in my lifetime that serve fried chicken. I’ve eaten fried chicken in 47 of the 50 states and I am not one to leave a chicken challenge on the table as I will go to multiple places in a city if there is an argument about who’s fried chicken is the best.

Fried chicken is an art form. To get it right, requires balance and careful attention to detail. One would think that it had to be fried pretty to be good but I’ve learned that looks are only a part of the equation.

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Being Yourself In A World That Wants You To Be Someone Else

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It’s been a minute since I’ve written anything for the blog. Time commitments, and a daughter that requires a lot more of my time has changed the game a little but I’m back on it and I’m going to try and post a few days a week again.

Today I want to rant. The state of America is so opinionated. You know when you have an opinion and another person has an opinion, y’all are basically just two people with opinions… which is cool. It only becomes a problem when people start to believe an opinion is fact when it is not.

The reality is that most of us are not discussing science or research, we’re usually just giving out opinions. No matter how ridiculous you believe another person’s opinion is, it doesn’t mean that your opinion is better… it’s just your opinion. Continue reading

Break Time….

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Have you ever pushed yourself too much in an area of your life to the point that it wasn’t as fun as it used too be? I go through phases where I want to dial back who I am in many areas. What causes us to want to trade out things we love to do from time to time? Maybe it’s the Gemini in me but I’m becoming less and less infatuated with social interaction. There are times when talking on the phone seem like a chore. I’ve never really been a very social person but there are times when you feel like you should have interaction with people who you don’t see very often.  Continue reading

Runner With Disability Breaks Utah State Record


Champions never let obstacles get in the way of greatness. They find a way to overcome them and continue to flourish. Hunter Woodhall of Syracuse (Utah) was born with a congenital birth defect called fibular hemimelia, a condition where all or part of the fibula is missing. Doctors didn’t believe he’d ever learn to walk. Now he’s the state record holder in the 400 meter dash.

On April 29, Woodhall defied the odds, like he’s done his entire life, and set the Utah state record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.56 seconds, the 10th fastest time in the country this season, according to athletic.net.

The Blatant Disrespect of Emmitt Smith

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A few days ago there was a post that featured 4 of the best runners in my lifetime and it said that if you had to choose any one of them to cut in their prime who would it be? The choices were Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and Bo Jackson. Immediately without thought when I saw it I let Emmitt go. As I stared at the picture more and more, I started to ask myself why? Why Emmitt?

Everyone attributes Emmitt’s success to his offensive line. Upon further review, I decided that maybe before making a rushed decision based on what I remember, maybe I should go watch a little film. I can honestly say that I was in middle and high school when Bo was relevant and I was in elementary school when Walter Payton was relevant. Continue reading