Is This App the Next Big Thing in Mobile Travel?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you live in New York, Boston, D.C. or even Philly, you’ve probably noticed the increase in curb side buses like Megabus and Boltbus that are traveling around your city. Its true that they are growing. Well it looks like this new app startup, seeking funding through Indiegogo, is trying to create a mobile app to search these and other buses.

If you do a search for long distance buses you’ll see a lot of options, but its true that there is no one site to search and compare them all side-by-side like Kayak does for plane tickets. I have a feeling this is a major gap in the travel market. Just living in New York its hard to go a day, let a lone a full week, without seeing a long distance bus, or hearing about someone taking one. I guess if you’re trying to get into the mobile and travel space, this is a big hit.

We’ll see how everything works out with funding and the logistics of getting an app like this made and to the market, but hey, anythings possibile right? I could see it as a way to check last minute get aways for games or concerts, or just to visit a friend. Lots of room for growth I guess.

Cool idea or just some dude looking to way 30 large. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

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The Brandy Library – 10+ Whiskeys on a Monday Night

I know I drink too much. I believe I’ve mentioned it before. But one way I justify it, is by learning a lot about what I’m drinking and how to order, so that I can enjoy my drinks for more than just the fact that get me drunk.

Now, anyone who knows what I’m talking about knows that there is a limitless number of drinks out there to try and understand, so it’s usually better to acquire a taste for a select few types of beer, winers, or liquors and stick to those. For example, my favorite type of beer is an IPA and my favorite type of wine is a Malbec. Now, my favorite type of liquor on the other hand, is still TBD. But one thing for certain is that I love a good scotch.

Generally I keep some Glenfiddich around, as its a good scotch at a good price, and goes well on its own or with a wide range of foods. I know a little bit about scotch but I was invited to go to The Brandy Library in Tribeca on Monday night for a scotch tasting (It was really a whiskey tasting but I’ll explain in a minute).

The Brandy Library has over 1,500 unique bottles of liquors, mostly of some kind of whiskey or brandy. But they also have tequila and few other spirits. There was a group of three of us and we had a personal guide who introduced us to all sorts of different types of whiskeys and scotches and gave a very detailed history of the spirit and how each unique bottle was made.

We started with a corn whiskey from Japan of all places. I had no idea that was even a thing, but apparently Japan makes some very high end whiskeys, but only a few are sold in the US due to tariff and tax restrictions. This Japanese whiskey went down very easy. Almost too easy because we had a new drink in about 10 minutes.

The night continued on like that with whiskeys from Japan, the US, France, and of course scotches from Scotland. And in reference to my note early, a scotch is only a scotch if it comes from Scotland. So, that means that every scotch is a whiskey, but not every whiskey is a scotch.

My favorite drink was an Isle of Jura Single Malt Whiskey. It tasted like a bon fire! It was like nothing else I’ve ever had. Our guide told us to take a very small sip and coat the inside of your mouth with the whiskey, then breath out through your nose, to get the full flavor. That was great at the beginning of the night, but damn near a disaster by the end!

Luckily for us there was some small finger foods and water brought out at various points so we could at least pretend like we weren’t getting as drunk as we really were.

We ended the night with a rare bottle from I believe France (I was a little tipsy at this point). It was 140 proof and from our guide’s private collection (I guess he liked us). It was hard to put down, but none the less all three of us finished our drinks. Then we took a few pictures, were told not to use the flash, and then stumbled our way into cabs.

All-in-all it was a pretty amazing experience and something I would recommend to anyone who enjoys whiskey, scotch, or just drinking in general.

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NJ to Allow Sports Betting in AC, Even Though that’s Illegal

(Washington Post) - ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — New Jersey will defy a federal ban and let people bet on the outcomes of football, basketball and other games this fall, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday.

Speaking at a news conference highlighting efforts to reinvigorate Atlantic City, Christie said the regulations his administration will issue next week make no attempt to overturn a 1992 federal law that limits sports betting to four states.

“We intend to go forward,” the Republican governor said. “If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us. We want to work with the casinos and horse racing industry to get it implemented.

“Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it? Yes,” the governor said. “But I have every confidence we’re going to be successful.”

Well ain’t that something? I love it. I know NJ had been talking about making this happen for awhile, as part of a larger push to rejuvenate AC, but I didn’t think anything would come of it this soon. It makes sense though. It’s kinda crazy that the largest casino town outside of Vegas doesn’t allow sports betting.I was in Vegas for March Madness this year and the sports rooms in every casino were packed to the brim. Sometimes you had to stand in line for 30 mins to place a bet. And they put odds on everything! It’s amazing. Plus my online betting site that I used for the NBA and NFL is getting super sketch, so having something easier and legal down the road in AC sounds like a great alternative to me.

They’ll be slapped with fines, and this will go up to the federal level at some point, maybe even supreme court, but NJ will win it. It’s a federal ban on sports betting, but since they’ve already made an exception for others, there is no reason they won’t make one for AC. The precedent has been set and AC will use that to their advantage. By just letting casinos start making sports bets, NJ is essentially saying “We don’t want to wait around for all the legal paperwork that could take years. Let’s do this now.” And when it comes to fighting laws in court, you can only fight something once it’s been enforced. Which means that NJ can’t fight the law banning sports betting if no one has been ticketed. But if a casino gets a ticket or fine from the gov for allowing it, then they can bring the gov to court to fight it.
Bold move NJ. I like it!

 

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Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Time – Awesome Burger Time!

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and I can’t freaking wait! A weekend of BBQ, drinking, fire pits, swimming, etc. etc. This year my friend is having people up to his lake house in New Hampshire, so I’m more than excited to get up there, do some boating, and just get away for a few days.

We’ll be doing lots of BBQing, with ribs, burgers, dogs, whatever we have. I love grilling burgers, and wanted to share a simple, yet amazing burger recipe I have. I call it the Pepper-Cheddar Burger. So you can likely guess whats In it. If not, here you go:

  • Ground beef 80/20 (fattier beef is better for grilling)
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • White onion
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Worcestershire sauce

How to Make:

Chop the peppers and onions up into tiny pieces. Put the ground beef into a mixing bowl. Splash a little bit of Worcestershire sauce on the beef. Throw in the peppers, onions, and cheese. Mix by hand until everything is evenly mixed. Then make burgers patties! Grab about a handful of beef and round out into a nice sized patty.

Then put on the grill! You can added more cheese on top of it too. I really like blue cheese. It goes great with the cheddar in the burger, but what else you want is up to you. The burger will have a great taste, and have little kick.

Pair with beer. Any beer. And Enjoy! Happy holiday weekend!

 

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Vince Young on the Bills. . .Not So Happy

So Vince Young signed with the Buffalo Bills (the team I live for) to be pretty much be the #1 backup. I’m not sure that was a great move though. The Bills have been making some amazing off season moves, signing pretty much the entire offense from last year. And getting Mario Williams, drafting Stephon Gilmore, and getting a healthy Marcell Dareus has amazing potential for the defense.

But I think Young is a cancer. There’s no doubt that he once had amazing talent and potential, but those days are gone. When college stars turn pro, they either start off amazing (rare) and stay that way, grow into the position, or they just can’t handle the pros and only last a couple of years. The problem with Young, was that he was a first round pick so everyone is trying to finally make something of him, and he has this feeling that he’s way better than he really is. That’s not a healthy combination.

I’m just not thrilled about the idea of having a guy who is not going to ever be more than well-known backup, walking around the locker room acting like he’s the starting QB and affecting some of the young guys. Hopefully I’m wrong, and hopefully he’s matured a little and won’t disappear overnight with a pistol, but I’m hesitant. I guess we’ll just see how it goes.

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Classic Manhattan Recipe – Perfect for Mad Men

If you’re like me, you’re a huge fan of  Mad Men. The fact that I work in an ad agency in New York is a big part of it, but it’s also just an awesome show (although I am currently 3 weeks behind. Not good).

When I’m watching, I like to have a drink. Partly because they are constantly drinking in the show, and partly because I drink too much already. A good glass of Scotch works well, but if you feel like taking the time to make a drink, a Manhattan does the trick! So here’s a simple recipe:

  • 1.5 Parts Bourbon
  • 1 Part Dry Vermouth
  • 2 splashes of bitters
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries and a spoonful of cherry juice

Mix well with ice, serve on the rocks.

Need the bitters? Yeah, that can take some time. Bitters are nonalcoholic (although some with alcohol do exist, these are not the norm), therefore most liquor stores do NOT sell them. But most big grocery stores will. The corner store might not though. So your bourbon and vermouth can be bought at one location, and the cherries and bitters at another.

So don’t get frustrated if you can’t find everything at once, and don’t give up and say “fuck it, I’m just not gonna use bitters.” You’re cheating yourself and you know it! If you’re going to make this drink, do it right!

 

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Wine of the Week . . .haha Riiiiiight

Ok, so maybe wine of the week was a little ambitious. I admit I’ve been busy, and a little lazy, and after spilling coffee on my laptop, my “e” key no longer works. So I need to blog from work or my iPad until I get it fixed, or a new computer.

Anyway, I did try another wine that I did like, and being that I just mailed a check to the tax man today (no refund this year) I feel like having a drink. And since my wallet is a little lighter today than it was yesterday, I figured I’d talk about a wine that was good, and won’t break the bank.

Aroa is from Navarra and is a good blended wine. Cost about $14 and was great just to sip or goes well with a red sauce pasta dish. Not the heaviest wine I’ve had, but when I got it that wasn’t what I was looking for. I would give a good medium body wine with a good, but not overwhelming flavor. But what do I know? I’m still learning this stuff.

Anyway, if you want a good bottle for the weekend and you just took a hit on taxes like me, give this a try. Or if you’re really broke, Two Buck Chuck is always a quick fix.

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Dollar Shave Club – Amazing Video & Idea!


So this dude Mike had the great idea of starting a company where you can get razors for $1 a month. Way less than $18+ on a pack of Gillette razors. He also made this viral video to promote it. Apparently it did so well that the website can’t handle all the traffic.

The reason I’m posting this is because its an amazing video, and one of the best ideas ever! Seriously, I’m signing up as soon as the website starts working! Any way I can save a little extra cash is a good investment right now. And running out of razors is one of the worst things in the world. Going out and dropping nearly 20 bucks just to shave for the next few weeks, blooooooooows!!! So hopefully the site will be working soon and I can sign up. For now, here’s the video at least.

PS. Using Kennedy as the music in the end is awesome! If you’ve never heard them before, great band. “I know karate, I know jiujitsu, I drive like a gangsta when I’m coming to see you!!”

 

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Ferrari Announces the F12 Berlinetta, Their Fastest Street Car Yet

(CNNFerrari announces its fastest car ever — Ferrari will unveil its fastest street car ever at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

The Ferrari F12berlinetta is intended to replace the 599, which is currently the automaker’s top-of-the-line production car. The 599 has a starting price of about $310,000. Pricing for the F12berlinetta has not yet been announced.

The new car will be powered by a 730-horsepower, 6.3-liter V12 engine. It will be capable of going from zero to 60 miles an hour in about three seconds — the fastest zero-to-60 time for any Ferrari — with a top speed of 211 miles per hour. . .

So Ferrari has announced this super fast, street legal roadster, which got me thinking. If I had this car, where would I drive it? Living in NYC, I’ve made do without a car for almost two years now, but driving is one my favorite things in the world to do.

One of my favorite driving trips was going from New York City to Rochester, NY (my hometown) to see my parents. I still had my 2002 Honda Accord and it was early fall. I took 17 which winds through the mountains. It was a bright day, no clouds in the sky, and the trees were turning colors. If I saw one car in either direction, in a 10 minute span, it was a lot. The roads were empty. I pushed that 4-cylinder engine past the triple digital mark more times then I should’ve (really once is a lot), and took both lanes on the turns. I saw the whole trip through my Ray-Bans and blasted music the whole way and smiled ear to ear the whole time. Turned a six and half drive into four. Had to lie to my parents about what time I left the city.

The point is, if I had this dream machine, would I take that same drive? I think I would. I would have to fill up a lot more if I’m only getting 17 miles a gallon, but assuming the same conditions, empty roads, clear skys, fall colors, I would love nothing more than to open the throttle and just go!

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Super Bowl Recap

I’m not sure I need to say much. I got both of my bets, the Giants to win, and the
Giants win parlayed with the under. I almost picked the over. That would’ve been a big mistake.

I’m taking out the majority of the cash now and putting it away, but I did save a little to play with. I’ve been doing well with basketball lately so I’m gonna see if I can’t build up my cash even more before my trip to Vegas in March. Right now I’ve got money on the Bulls to cover the spread at -9.5. As I write this they are up 25. So I feel pretty good about that.

Can’t wait to get my cash and I really can’t wait until March madness, then the next NFL season. Watching the Patriots lose was bitter sweet. On one hand I hate the Pats and won a lot of money. On the other hand, football is now over. This upsets me.

I guess until then I’ll have to bet on basketball, drink, and smoke cigars. And we got some horse races coming up. So I guess I’ll manage!

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