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The Death Of Robin Williams

Robin Williams died last night of an apparent suicide and today I'm reading social media posts like, "couldn't billions of dollars make him happy" and "he was so successful and he had a wife and kids". Obviously those people don't know the difference between regular, old run-of-the-mill sadness and depression, but I do. Read more...

Happy, Harry, & Hippos

A listener told me she'd never thought to visit Orlando because she doesn't like to ride rides, so I'm dedicating this blog to her and anyone else who thinks Orlando is just theme parks and fun for the kids.  Translation:  That's CRAZY thinking!

 

Sure the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney is a great ride for the entire family (because it's a pretty tame roller coaster with Happy and the other Dwarfs making appearances inside the mine).  And YES, going to Universal Orlando to experience the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is completely EPIC for anyone who's loved the Harry Potter books and movies.  Yet if that's not your bag, you could go on a safari at Animal Kingdom to see some Hippos up close and in person.  (Not to mention tons of other animals I'd never even heard of before!)  Or there's always Sea World Orlando to feed the Sea Lions, visit the penguins in Antarctica, and watch an amazing Dolphin show.

 

Even more off the beaten path, Wild Florida is a short drive away from Orlando and offers airboat rides and an animal park where many rescued critters live out their lives fat and happy.  It's a family owned and operated business and fun for people of all ages.

 

Did I mention the shopping Orlando has to offer?  To put it mildly, Ramona would stroke out trying to decide whether to start at the quaint boutiques of Winter Park, the Orlando Premium Outlets, or at Fashion Square Mall.  

 

And if you're a foodie you need to book a trip to Orlando because the area is rich with fine dining and James Beard nominees at area restaurants.  Speaking of, I enjoyed the best Italian meal I'd ever had in my life at Vivo's at Universal's City Walk.  Keep in mind, I went to Italy in the Fall and had a lot to compare my Squid Ink Pasta with.  Vivo's was CRAZY good!  Eddie V's on restaurant row offers great steaks and seafood and the food at The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria is so delicious a lot of guests eat every single meal at the resort.  From Zeta sushi to Bull and Bear for steaks, there are 13 restaurants at Bonnet Creek that will not disappoint.  

 

Bottom line, Orlando is a dream vacation waiting to happen and the folks at Visit Orlando want to help you experience the trip of a lifetime.  Go to VisitOrlando.com/September to find out about their Magical Deal Month and all the money you can save if you book your trip in September….up to 50%!

 

Thanks to Paul, Jessica, Rachel and the entire Visit Orlando gang for the great time.  My buddy Suzanne from The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek for the great digs and AMAZING meals!  Also to Tina, Lauren, and Julie from Clear Results Marketing and Thomas and Brian from Silver Lake Audio for allowing me to do my job while having a great time with fun people.  I can't wait to come back next year!  (Odds are I'll be back sooner that that.  Orlando ROCKS!)

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Operation Orlando 3

If you choose to accept this mission, here's a look at the fun you can have at starting at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek... Read more...

Random Thoughts During A Road Trip

I recently made a road trip home to Ohio to the tune of 16 hours in a car, BY MYSELF.  The following are random thoughts that came to me while I was driving. Read more...

Is It Doughnut Or Donut?

I LOVE my job!  I get to play fun music and meet great people and when I'm sent out of studio to "work" I get to do the neatest stuff.  I host parties, introduce musicians on stage, emcee fashion shows, play beach games with listeners in Hilton Head, etc.  But one of the most fun things I've ever gotten to do was eat donuts to help raise money for the Special Olympics! Read more...

Liming In St. Lucia

I learned a new term while in St. Lucia and plan on doing it regularly now that I'm back home in Charlotte.  LIMING.  It means "to chill", but the pre-requisite to Liming is an adult beverage in your hand otherwise you'll just be slacking-  not liming.   And you know me, I'm all about succeeding when I put my mind to something!  Speaking of, my new friends at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort seemed to have mastered the art of making their guests seem completely spoiled yet right at home.  Beyond the wonderful employees who are genuinely happy to see you, to the ridiculous 5 star service, to the yummy all-you-can-drink adult beverages, the food at Sandals Grande St. Lucian is fabulous!  Read more...

My Christmas Letter

I decided to write a Christmas Letter this year! I hope you like it... Click on the image below to read the full letter. Read more...

A Dream Place For Families

I've been getting lots of calls and emails ever since I got back from Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, so I thought it was high time I fill everyone in on what an amazing place it is!  If you have children that vary in age this is the ideal place for you to vacation. Camp Sesame is an awesome place for the little ones to stay and play all day- which frees up mom and dad so they can have private time (hubba hubba).  Then there's the Xbox Lounge, Teen Trench Town for pool and ping-pong (no adults allowed please), Club Liquid for the older kids, a Waterpark with a swim up smoothie bar, and so much more you really have to go and see it to believe it.  I simply can't imagine any child of any age going to Beaches Turks & Caicos and uttering the words "I'm bored".  It would never happen! Read more...

What I learned in Italy

Who knew that spending 9 days in Italy eating, drinking and being merry could be so educational!  First of all, I was shocked to see how Italians eat considering none of them are obese.  They wake up in the morning and eat pastry with their coffee.  For lunch they enjoy a Panini or a Pizza (and I mean an entire 10" pizza!), dinner is a multi-course affair that involves bread, meat, pasta, lots of wine, dessert, and after dinner drinks- yet no one in Italy is obese!  It's got to be because of the fresh, homemade food with no preservatives.... either that, or their low stress lives. Read more...

I'm A Terrible Test Taker!

I took an MRI test on Friday and failed miserably.  Seriously.  If they handed out grades for that sort of thing I would have scored an F.  But it wasn't my fault, I was jinxed! Read more...