Uncle E in PHX

The even cooler part about kicking it EPMD in Chi was that E-Double was a few days from coming to Phoenix. He got in late Thursday and we just took it easy. Friday was the turn up. Got Jay-Z’s 4:44 tickets – day of – off of the Gametime app (if you don’t know..) for $27. Had a brief b-day party for Nick, walked Roosevelt Row’s First Friday Art Walk, and ended up @Suns for Jay.

Saturday was slow moving – at first at least. Went up waay north to my boss’s house in Troon North – a truly beautiful setting. Took the road a bit further north to Cave Creek and took part in a mini-pig race. When in Rome, I guess. 
Saturday night caught ASU’s Sun Devils lose to USC. Great to see future (hopeful) Jet QB Darnold! Spent Sunday riding bikes and playing a game called Cashly (sp?) – it was a mixture of a treasure hunt and Pokemon Go. Enjoyable, yet strange.

Big shout to Uncle E for coming out west to spend some time. #MCWest


Homecoming 3.0 – Chi 4ever

And of course the weather (at least on Friday and Saturday) was perfect. Drew me back in like a bad ex. Such an amazingly fast, creative, supportive, and entertaining place. From the art to the food to the friends to the ping pong and Hamm’s at Happy Village.

Landed around 3pm from PHX, took an expensive Uber right to dinner at West Loop’s Monteverde – Wes, Lexi, and their beautiful daughter Lainey and I split everything on the menu. Make sure to get the squid and the spicy pasta. 
Left dinner for SoHo house – had a few on the roof before walking over to Parlor (again on the roof – I can’t stress the nice weather enough). Tough to see a Yankee loss, but at this point they were still on top 3-2 in the series. Met up with the usual suspects – Joel, Cecil, Amar. Stayed a few more at Fox Bar and finally at, of course, The California Clipper.

Saturday – hit the normal walk down Division/Milwaukee, with the entire city out at Big Star. Shopped, danced, walked, ate, etc. Homie Wayne caught up and the plan was to watch a Yankee win to advance to the World Series. Part of that came true.

Everytime I go back I don’t want to leave. I, again, can see myself being there forever. Few more years.

Top Managers!

I did NOT write this article,  but I would. Great to see my current and past employers on here – Ziprecruiter and Groupon, respectively – and it’s well deserved. Few recent shots of my awesome management team – Zip Zip!

Manager Outing at TopGolf – I am trash

100% Manager Dinner @ Stockyards Halloween at the office – raffled of $4k of electronics after a month long contest, in a banana suit 


Up North Camping

“It’ll get cold at night,” they said. Camping on the Mogollon Rim might have been one of the more majestic AZ sights I’ve encountered, but boy was I not prepared for the massive drop in temperature overnight.

Just about 2 hours north(ish) from Phoenix, Nick and I went camping, western style, at a rugged-road-only path on the edge of earth. High of 88, low of 28. Legit couldn’t collect firewood fast enough. I have a new found respect for chainsaws. When safe and smart, great fun shooting. Tested both the AR and the AK, with the AR being my favorite. Drove to the Tonto Natural Bridge, $10 to check out in Pine, AZ. Worth it all. A quick hike into the mouth of the wonder. A tougher than expected scramble, remote lakes and odd water drips from a crystalized ceiling was really neat.