Tour of Boston: Hotel Indigo- BOKX

It’s that time again! Another new spot to share: This spot is not actually in Boston; it’s in Newton(399 Grove St, Newton, Ctr). But, close enough! I used to grab dinner and drinks here a few years ago from time to time but this Summer I’ve really gone quite a bit, had a gig there on July 4th and thought it’d be a good place to share with all of you!

It’s the Hotel Indigo. They have a restaurant/lounge called Bokx 109 and the Bokx pool. These places are really what I’d like to tell ya about! The food is good and there are a lot of options! It can be a little pricey and the kitchen is closed from 4-5pm (random!?), but the food and drinks are good enough where it’s not really a negative for me. The service is OUTSTANDING and friendly. Shout out to Elliot (fave bartender), Kim (fave server) and Jay (General Manager.) Jay was polite and seemed to work alongside his staff, which I respect. 100% KJ #CoSigned

When you’re outdoors, which I highly recommend doing there, it has a vacation-like atmosphere.   You don’t feel like you’re near Boston or in New England at all. The water is always perfect and refreshing; surrounded by super comfy chairs LOL!

It’s exclusive: not a lot of people know about it (until now!) But, like any place there are some elements that aren’t the best. The area is pretty small and can be tight.. it can be hard to come by chairs and to have enough space if you’re with a lot of friends. There’s an expensive price of admission out there ($20-25).. Personally, I think they should have a package situation that includes admission, chairs and maybe a drink or appetizer. BUT, all of that being said it really is fun and I love being there {as you can see 😉 }

 

I’d love to hear about any recommendations you have!

The Stuff Legends are Made Of..

Last week I came across this article posted on the New York Times website (cited below) about an interview with one of my all-time heroes and my favorite athlete of all time: Michael Jordan.  It revolved around a question in response to claims from Kobe Bryant that the 2012 USA Squad could beat the 1992 Dream Team. The question, “Was the 1992 Dream Team better than the 2012 USA Squad?” We all know what I would answer to that LOL!! But, reading how Jordan handled that conversation was unreal. He displayed a lot of the qualities I love most about him; his humor, his intelligence, his passion for the game and his (earned) confidence.

He used facts to drop some serious knowledge on the situation in the following excerpt from the article, “I heard Kobe say we were not athletic,” said a smiling Jordan as he sat in a golf cart puffing on his cigar while waiting to tee off. “But we were smart. He said we were too old, but I was 29 and in the prime of my career. Pip (Scottie Pippen) was 26 or 27, (Charles) Barkley was 29, Patrick (Ewing) was 29 and Chris Mullin was 29. Almost everybody was still in their twenties.” “  

The end is where the best quote from the article is, solidifying Michael Jordan’s status as #LEGEND No questions asked. “..I’d like to think that we had 11 Hall of Famers on that team and whenever they get 11 Hall of Famers you call and ask me who had the better Dream Team. Remember now, they learned from us. We didn’t learn from them.” (I just got chills)

There’s where the lesson to take away from the entire article, and what I wanted to point out here, truly lies. There should be a humble respect and acknowledgment for the lessons learned and the examples shown. Dedication and discipline to and in the game led Jordan and the Dream Team to the successes they had. Talent was without a doubt part of that, but as we can see from the arguments Jordan makes, it’s not the only thing.

Take the gifts and passions you have, apply hard work, stay motivated and you will find respectable, genuine and honorable success. #MakeMoves!

The entire article was a fun read, I strongly suggest you check it out and let me know your thoughts!

The Associated Press. “Jordan- 1992 Dream Team Better Than 2012 USA Squad.” www.NYTimes.com. 2012. July 12, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/07/12/sports/ap-oly-bko-jordan-dream-team.html?_r=3&ref=sports

 

Keep It Real..

Why do we do what we do? Does anyone really know? I know I have no idea but I’ll tell you what I do know: When I see something I want, I go for it and I have a natural drive to want more than what is necessary. Some view that as wrong while others salute me for it. I won’t make excuses for who I am, but, allow me to shed some light on the topic.

I do what I do for both selfish reasons and for comfort. I believe that knowledge allows for the ability to create things, have ideas, keep up with trends, etc; while talent usually dictates how well you might do at a particular job/career/hobby. Drive is the other motivating factor which will usually play a very important role in your success. You see we all are going to hit speed bumps in life. That’s LIFE. But sheer will and determination coupled with knowledge and talent (a natural or practiced skill) almost always will equal success. I know that success comes in different shapes and sizes. I respect that, I just want to be able to provide to others as well as myself, and I never bought into the “this or that” mentality (meaning you can have this Kupah or that Kupah.) My thought is, and always will be, “Why can’t I have them Both?” That mentality has worked for me so far, so why change it now? 

I want to share my knowledge and experiences with young adults and help them reach their goals as I am reaching mine. I want to see people feel better about themselves and I want each person to demand excellence for themselves and to never settle. I have lost friends because of my attitude and I will lose more in the future I’m sure, but a wise man once told me, “Say what you mean and mean what you say because those that Matter Dont Mind and those who Mind, Dont Matter”…..

I challenge all of you to wake up each day with intolerance to being lazy and sad. To smile with the purpose of infecting those around you with it and in turn make you smile even bigger. Tomorrow is a new day but it doesn’t have to be the same new day. It can always be a different one. I always try to teach and preach the importance of your choices. I choose to be happy, smile and be positive in my behavior. That’s why others around me smile etc. I’m incredibly thankful for my mentality and hope to continue learning and growing as a person so that I may keep helping others while finding my own way.

I changed what could have been written for me, and I believe anyone has that power. You must commit to a new way of thinking; That is the first step to what I have found to be happiness. 

How do you make yourself happy? I would love to hear how some of you do it! Let’s share ideas and spread the wealth of knowledge!

#MakeMoves and #KeepItKlassy

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