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Greetings blog buddies! It’s the weekend. I hope you are all kicking it off right and it will be relaxing, productive or just one big party. I’m not sure what’s in store for my weekend yet but it’s early on a Saturday morning and only time will tell where I will go and what I will do.
What I do know is that I love the Big Apple and coffee. For years I would visit my friend Janet in New York and we would take on everything the city has to offer from the Broadway shows to all sorts of dining and of course the night life. We would endure hot stinky summer days, blustery cold winter nights or the perfect NYC fall day. We were unstoppable and it was fantastic. Even though I never officially lived in the city, I feel like it is a second home to me. Since moving to LA, I haven’t gone as often as I would like but I still wait for the day that I will live a bi-coastal life.
There was one thing that was always consistant about my stays and that was the Bialetti coffee maker. I drink coffee like it’s water and have been ever since I was in middle school. Most mornings, Janet would wake up before me and surprise me with a freshly made latte. It was a special treat every time I visited. On my last visit, I decided to make my own latte. Keep in mind, even though I love coffee especially lattes, I am by no means a barista but on this one day I decided I would try.
Below is the video of my whole experience. If you’re not familiar with the Bialetti coffee maker, it’s basically a two part stove-top operation. It is fairly simple you add water, milk, coffee, heat on the stove and viola! you have a latte at the perfect temperature, for me (130 degrees. Here is a link to that post My Latte Is Too Hot).
I have to say overall it is easy to use and the clean up is a snap — that is key. I don’t like to do dishes. Just ask my roommate, when looking for our first place together, one of my two requirements in a place was a dishwasher. This coffee maker is simple to clean — rinse + wash + rinse = done.
I don’t have the Bialetti coffee maker at my home because it was always a special part of my NYC stays. You might wonder why I refer to most of this in the past tense. This story does not end sad rather my Janet now lives on the west coast by me! I am thinking about when to make my next trip back especially since fall is my favorite season. I hope my other friend Cyd has her couch ready because I may be knocking on it real soon!
Here’s the video. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
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Hello Blog Buddies! This summer I was busy working on a new game show for the Disney Channel called “Win, Lose or Draw.” It begins airing in January but do you know what is airing now? In addition to working with Disney, I partnered with my roommate to create a brand new web series! It’s called “Joe’s 3some.” Here are links to the show:
Overview Video: You Went To The Airport Like That?
Newest Episode: How Far Would You Go?
“Like” Us on Facebook: Facebook.com/joes3some
So what is this show all about? It is a web based talk show that dives into outrageous and racy topics in a question-and-answer model with the primary goal of bringing a frank discussion about relationships, sexuality, and life issues to the table. I host the show and ask the questions. The topics revolve around sex, love, pop culture, and humor. The panel is a rotating group of animated and verbose men and women who must truthfully answer my questions. You can find out more about our cast on our website www.joes3some.com
This show will give the viewers the skinny on everything fierce you’ve always wanted to know. I am so proud of this show and hope you have a moment to check it out. There will be a new episode every week. To not miss an episode click here to subscribe.
I’m back to blogging and vlogging!! Yes, there will be a new “Not Your Average Joe” Vlog in the next few days. Click here to see some of my adventures. I also hope you’ll follow me on this blog. Phsew … I know that’s a lot but I love connecting with all you!!
Love you for reading! Vi Snakkes x/joe
A friend of mine had a fun twist on hosting a wine party to where you could win wine. Here’s how it works: You bring two bottles of the same wine. One is part of the wine tasting and the other becomes the prize . Everyone at the party is a judge. If you win, you get to take home all the wine. My friend had two winners – one for white and one for red.
Upon arriving to the party, one of the bottles of wine is covered so you don’t know what it is. There were little notebooks for you to keep track of your choices. I chose to bring a medium priced bottle of Barefoot Summer Red. I thought it was the perfect choice because Barefoot wins many contests and we were kicking off the summer.
I ended up coming in second but if I was going to lose, I’m glad it was to a fellow Chippewa. Yes, that’s right. There was another Central Michigan Alumni who also majored in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts. Living in California, you don’t necessarily run into others who are CMU Alumni. It was fun to catch up on CMU and Mt. Pleasant.
As for driving, I didn’t. I wanted to enjoy the wine and not have to worry. Since I didn’t have a DD and LA lacks public transportation, I chose Uber. It’s a car service app that I use anytime I know I’ll have more than one drink. The cost isn’t much more than a cab and it is the most convient way to get around LA without driving. I love it.
I hope you have a fantastic week. I’ve also kicked off my Daily’ish volg. Check it out here “Not Your Average Joe”
In honor of seeing a fellow Chippewa, I will sign off a tad different. Hope you have a great week!
CMU Later and Mt. Pleasant Dreams.
Happy Monday everyone! According to my SnapChats today it appeared many people had the case of the Mondays. I have to say that I didn’t because I started a new gig today and I’m looking forward to it. More to come on what I’m doing in the upcoming weeks.
“Do Lord Remember Me” is a play I recently saw at the Chromolume Theatre on the Westside of Los Angeles. The play takes into account what it was like to be a slave during a very sad time in our country’s history. It does this by telling stories of what happened to slaves and the emotions they underwent. These stories come from the interviews President Roosevelt asked the Federal Writers Project to conduct with the last generation of Americans born into slavery.
The play is simply done — no fancy sets or even a large stage — but rather an intimate theatre where the actors and lighting really convey the story. I can’t imagine it being done any other way. There were parts of the stories where you were laughing and there were other times you had chills down your spine.
It is still hard for me to believe that we auctioned people off and called them slaves. The stories from this play remind us that justice will prevail and to always have hope. Slaves worked hard with no regards but stayed united and freedom finally came.
Hope is important in everyone’s life. Everyone has a struggle – some worse than others – but hope and faith are key to get you through a difficult time. These are the stories that should be told and remembered until the end of time. The take away from this play is to keep the faith – stand strong and be proud of who you are.
I hope you get a chance to see this play. Here is a link for more information “Do Lord Remember Me.”
On another note, I’m debating whether or not to do a juice cleanse. Here is the my YouTube video with my conundrum: “Not Your Average Joe” Let me know your thoughts.
Even if you have the case of the Mondays today, I hope the week changes and it becomes a fantastic week.
I’ll be back again next Monday!
I kicked off the weekend by attending a taping for “Real Time with Bill Mahr.” I know I don’t have to tell you that it is a very liberal show and yet there was one conservative in the audience. He happened to sit in our row. The show is actually taped in the same studio as “The Price is Right.” They black out the background and it creates a very different feel as opposed to being at “The Price is Right.” It’s more intimate and it feels very nighttime. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video where my roomie and I tell you what it was like to go “The Price is Right.”
The special guest was Zachary Quinto to promote “Star Trek into Darkness.” It was fun to see him because because I had just watched him on “Watch What Happens Live.” There was also writer Charles Cooke as the opposing view panelist. I’m still trying to process some of the things he said. His comments were pretty off the wall.
I was thinking about what tips to offer. Basically, it is like sitting in the audience for other shows. You arrive a couple hours ahead of the taping and wait in line. The most useful tip would be to leave your cell phone in your car. Security collects it when you check in and by leaving it in your car you don’t have wait in line at the end of the taping.
It’s another entertaining show to attend even if you’re a conservative. It seemed like the one in our audience enjoyed himself. If you get a chance to attend, remember seating is first come first serve. There are better seats than others so you won’t want to be too late.
Hopefully you were able to wish your moms and grandmas a Happy Mother’s Day. I FaceTimed with mine and had a pizza delivered while I was “visiting”. I love technology especially when you live thousands of miles away.
How was your weekend? Wishing you a wonderful week and I’ll be back again on Monday with another post. Stay connected with me on social media and check out my website www.itsnotyouraveragejoe.com I’m going to update with more things soon. Let me know if there is anything you’d like to see.
While I was in Vegas, I went to see ‘LaReve – The Dream’ at the Wynn Hotel and Casino. The show is done in an aquatic theatre-in-the-round. Yes, that means there is no floor!
While watching this show you’ll see everything from magic acts to synchronized swimming and acrobatics. It’s beyond amazing what these performers can do. The strength and coordination it takes to do these acts is incredible and I commend everyone in the show for doing a stellar job. This picture below doesn’t give it justice but I was truly amazed when I saw the acrobatic performers moving around high in the sky on the picnic tables. There were also dives from high in the sky that took my breathe away.
It all comes together beautifully but not necessarily as a storyline and that could be because it is a dream. When does a dream really make sense completely? There was a romantic storyline in the beginning and in the end but the in between was a bit chaotic – in a good way. I say this because it was visually incredible and I was in awe the entire time.
If you crave a storyline when you see a show, I’m not sure you’ll love this show. If you like to be amazed by incredible performances and seeing a show that is aquatic, then this is a must see. I really enjoyed it and would go again.
Tips: The theatre temperature is warm – understandably so … who wants to be in cold water? Since the theatre is in the round, there doesn’t seem to be a bad seat. There will be a lot going on at times, I say embrace it and take it all in.
Hope last week was fab. I spent my weekend on the beach for my roomies’ Beach Birthday Bash. There were probably about fifty people at one time. We were all playing games such as bocce ball, corn hole and ladder ball. My midwest roots came in handy for corn hole.
Getting my daily YouTube Vlog together. Okay, it’s daily’ish but it’ll be fun. It’ll start soon. Until then, there is a new episode every Tuesday. Here’s a link to my channel: Joseph Lecz – YouTube Show