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Hugs, Kisses & Warm Meals

This past Wednesday night, my family’s shore house in Ocean City, NJ, burnt down. The house was built 50 years ago when my Grandfather purchased the land and, since then, it’s been a place for four generations of family members to come together. While a bigger and better house will rise from its ashes, having it taken away from us in such a horrific and involuntary way is shocking and upsetting.

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Nintendo Switch Launches March 3 at $299.99

nintendoswitch_hardware_box_01_finalYesterday, Nintendo issued the press release below following the January 12 press conference about its new console: Nintendo Switch. Also included below are videos about this exciting new system and the video games slated for release in the coming months.

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Journey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

15626576_10154357521614107_3083341465376598448_oCongratulations Journey! Today it was announced that the iconic rock band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. As a fan of the band and a friend of Neal Schon’s, I couldn’t be happier or more proud of them. In their heyday, Journey created fantastic music that the critics tore apart, despite the undying support of the fans. And the fans’ unwavering dedication to this classic rock band is what led to Journey being the top choice in the recent fan poll conducted by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for who should be inducted in 2017. This is a testament to the staying power of Journey’s music and its ability to resonate with millions of people worldwide.

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Our New Kitten: Penny

first-photo-with-pennyOn Friday, November 25, Stephanie and I adopted a kitten and named her Penny. This was an impulse adoption. I had planned on bringing Stephanie to Morris Animal Refuge on her birthday, December 16, but we were walking by and she asked if we could go in to look at the kittens so I figured, why not?

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Nintendo Switches It Up With New Console

20-nintendo-switchLast week Nintendo announced its next console: Nintendo Switch. This device will serve as both a home console and a mobile device, so people can game on-the-go with ease. If you haven’t watched the video preview below, do so. This device, which is being released in March, looks amazing. In related news, Nintendo announced today that they will give a presentation on January 12 to provide more details about the new system, including pricing and the games available at launch.

Meeting Bruce Springsteen

img_8334Three weeks ago I attended my first Bruce Springsteen concert. Today I met “The Boss.” Well, to be accurate, I did see Bruce perform with The E Street Band when they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame two years ago. I was there with my cousin, mainly to see KISS and Hall & Oates be inducted, but seeing Bruce rock out, along with several other rock icons, made for an entertaining evening full of music. Nevertheless, the Bruce Springsteen concert I attended three weeks ago was my first time seeing a full-length performance by New Jersey’s favorite son, and it was awesome. It was also the longest U.S. concert he’s ever performed. But enough of that. Let me tell you about Bruce’s event at the Free Library of Philadelphia promoting his new autobiography: Born to Run.

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Nintendo News: Yo-Kai Watch 2 Launches in the U.S. on Sept. 30

13244198_1083128281759162_8659345976694995830_oI recently got into the Nintendo franchise Yo-Kai Watch, which has a terrific free app in the iOS App Store called Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble, as well as great game for the Nintendo 3DS. Today, Nintendo announced that the sequel to the 3DS game is hitting the U.S. on September 30. Below is the full press release from Nintendo:

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Philly Pays Tribute To Prince

IMG_7041It’s been nearly a month since Prince passed away. Like many of his fans, over the past several weeks I’ve been listening to Prince’s music non-stop, reading magazines and books about his remarkable career and celebrating his unparalleled musical journey.

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Nintendo News: Updates on Mobile, NX and The Legend of Zelda

2000px-Nintendo_red_logoThis morning Nintendo released the following announcement:

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Ace Frehley Recovers From Health Scare After Wilkes-Barre Show

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Ace Frehley with the medical staff of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

On Friday night I drove out to Wilkes-Barre to see Ace Frehley perform and meet him after the show. My friend and I had planned on going to Ace’s show in New Hope the weekend prior but it was cancelled last-minute because Ace was feeling under the weather. With the recent release of his new album, Ace has been pushing himself hard to make appearances, perform shows and handle a myriad of media opportunities. This hectic schedule took its toll on Ace and he was rushed to the hospital following his performance in Wilkes-Barre. While Ace’s meet and greet after the Wilkes-Barre show was understandably cancelled as a result of this health scare, I’m happy to report that “Space Ace” has been released from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and is back home in Southern California recuperating.

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