That Rust Belt Grit

This won’t take long. I don’t have a whole lot to say. This is just a preface.

I just attended a breakfast where we talked about legacy. What kind of legacy do you want to leave? How will you leave your legacy?

While my legacy has still to be determined, I am very proud of the legacies before me.

Both my grandfathers are and were engineers; one by education, and one by determination. One of my grandmothers worked when it wasn’t popular for moms to work; she did what had to be done. The other married a single dad and adopted his two young girls, who became amazing women. (They also had a few more kids together, which is the part I’m really glad about!)

My parents have coupon-clipped and penny-pinched, before all those couponing TV shows and books came out and made it the fashionable thing to do. They learned how to build houses so we could have a nice place to live. And they keep learning. Every several months, my mom will tell me about the latest idea she’s had for a new business or venture. Some of my favorite memories of my dad are when we would sit in his office or in a coffee shop, and we would dream and plan and think up adventures.

I’m so proud of my family.

What we have wasn’t given to us. It was earned. We’ve worked for what we have.

With that said, read this article: Why our Tech Startup is Based in Akron, Ohio

And since I know you most likely won’t actually click on that link, here’s one of the many gems from it:

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglas

A funny thing happens when everyone is forced to struggle and overcome challenges. They come out the other side stronger and better for it. The Akron of my youth gave rise to the multiple Grammy winning Black Keys, one of the hardest working bands in the business, and to Lebron James, arguably the best basketball player playing the game today, if not ever. Lebron says what everyone from Akron already knows, “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”

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What’s With Everyone Moving Offices to San Fran?

[Warning: there is a heck a lot of TechCrunch citing in this post. I didn’t mean to do that, they just talk about the things I think about. Explains their popularity.]

Everyone seems to be talking about different angles of this. I’ve had this post on my Drafts list for a few weeks, and in my head for even longer. I’m glad life has been too crazy for me to blog, because a few more voices have popped up in the meantime.

Levo League, a recent NYC-based startup to empower working women, recently started up a new office out that way. They got $7 million in funding, and immediately moved to one of the  most expensive places in the country to hire talent.

That news actually made me sad, because Continue reading

Hiking Akron: Buckeye Trail & Tow Path, Boston to Peninsula

Welp. Instead of doing the ~5 mile loop we did the ~7 mile loop. Oops!

It had it’s moments, though. 5+ miles in, we stopped by the train stop (for the tow path) in Peninsula and grabbed a couple of Snickers ice cream bars.

Totally worth it.

If you’re like me and trying to find scenic hikes in Ohio, or just the Akron area, the Cuyahoga Valley’s version of scenic is not the Shenandoah’s version of scenic. But I am learning to like it.

Aside from the lookout point over a highway and being able to hear traffic most of the time, the woods are really pretty! There’s some cool history too, as the tow path follows the old canals in the part we hiked (and maybe the whole way too, haven’t looked into it.)

Buckeye Trail, Boston to Peninsula, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Doesn’t it make you feel like a hobbit?

There’s a decent amount of actual upwards too, with lots of roots fashioned into stairs, which I really want to figure out a way to make a part of my house one day.

All in all, I would actually recommend this hike, and I definitely didn’t think I would say that going into it! Make sure you bring plenty of water and some snacks.

Tow Path, Peninsula to Boston, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This used to be the “turnaround spot” for the canals. Now it’s all marshlands! You can’t see it in the picture, but there is water over where those shadows are; it’s all marshlands now.

Tow Path, Peninsula to Boston, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Marshlands!

Tow Path, Peninsula to Boston, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cool bridges on the tow path! Architecture is amazing.

Tow Path, Peninsula to Boston, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

More cool architecture. I remember a door-tunnel like this in an art museum, which makes me appreciate architecture even more.

What’s Happening in Akron This Weekend: August 15th-17th, 2014

When I moved to Akron, I quickly realized that most things view Akron as a suburb of Cleveland. On Yelp!, I set my location as Akron, and I now get the weekly emails telling me about the greatest places to eat in Cleveland.

Sweet.

To help the rest of humanity who doesn’t want to drive 35-45 miles every time they want to try a new hot dog cart, I am going to attempt to list most of what’s happening actually in Akron.

My feeling is, if I don’t live next to cow fields and have bear sightings in my yard, I’m not driving 35 miles to go out on the weekends.

Kapeesh?

Oh, and they’ll be mostly the free or almost-free variety, because I has no monniez. Continue reading

Discovering Akron: The Blue Door

I thankfully visited The Blue Door a mere couple of weeks before I decided to go wheat-free as part of an elimination diet-thing.

If you want savory, you will adore this place.

First, I want to applaud and brag on The Blue Door for using so many local ingredients and suppliers! (You can find that info here.)

Second, I want to assure you all the local and fresh ingredients pay off in the best way.

When BW and I stepped inside, there were a few people in front of us in the line. Continue reading