I've come to the conclusion that life can be stripped down to the simple process of trying to balance three things: home, love and work. Through trial and error, I've noticed that when you spend more time on one aspect, the others begin to suffer. So, lately I've been spending a lot of time working on arranging the trio in a fashion that (I hope) will secure the most beneficial future for myself.
The process of balancing has led to two majorly dramatic lifestyle changes within the recent months. One, which falls under the work category, is that I earned this job at The Post-Journal. And, as a direct result, I had to move to Jamestown in order to reduce the cost of commuting, which falls under the home category. Thus, those two aspects of my life have received the greatest amount of attention. If my theory were correct, that would result in issues with the category of love. However, I think I may have gotten the hang of the balancing process, and fortunately I've managed to keep things cool in all three categories.
My new apartment is in a beautiful building right in the heart of downtown Jamestown, and I'm on the top floor, so I've got a gorgeous view of the city. My job is going quite well too considering that I've had the opportunity to interview rock gods like Meat Loaf, legendary folk singer and activist Peter Yarrow, blues royalty Devon Allman and Cyril Neville, and a stand-up mom named Tammy Pescatelli. I've done some extensive coverage on Chautauqua Lake Idol, wrapped up the career of a prominent Jamestown music school teacher by the name of Nina Karbacka and even interviewed a sky-diving grandma.
However, a monkey wrench will soon be thrown into the gears. My editor Scott Shelters is taking a weeklong vacation and I'll have to step up to the plate. Hopefully I can manage a home run, or at least a line drive, but I definitely don't want to strike out. In any case, it will be a good opportunity to put what I've learned to test.
So, here I am, the boy from southern California, 27-years-old, my student loans from St. Bonaventure are paid off, living and working in downtown Jamestown, and life seems pretty good. But, then again, if life were a series of climbs and plateaus in hopes of reaching a high peak, then I've still got a long way to go.
Rock Legends Join Forces For Show In Erie: Rock Legends Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top will join forces for one show at Jerry Uht Park in Erie, Pa. on Sunday, Sept. 9. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Lynyrd Skynyrd hits include: "Red White & Blue," "Gimme Back My Bullets," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Freebird," "Saturday Night Special," "What's Your Name," "Gimme Three Steps," and more.
Since storming out of Houston in 1969, ZZ Top - Billy F. Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill - has been going full speed, playing their own unique style of rock'n'roll with various shades of the blues for fans around the world ever since.
A whole new generation discovered ZZ Top during the1980s with the release of the multi-platinum "Eliminator" and "Afterburner" albums, and a string of hit singles, and now-classic videos, that included "Gimme All Your Lovin," "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," and "Rough Boy."
Tickets for the Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top show are $58.75 for reserved seating and general admission. Tickets are now on sale and are available at the French Street Warner Theatre Box Office. For more information call 814-452-4857 or visit ErieEvents.com.
Classic Story Time For Children: As part of its "Bringing The Arts to The People" mission, the Bemus Bay Pops will present "The Arts With Kids." The classic story time for children summer program is for ages 3 through 8 and is presented on the Floating Stage.
On Thursdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., stories will be brought to life with images, movement and music. Feature stories for the 2012 summer season include "The Adventures of Eshe The Ethiopian Elephant" written by Nancy Hahn. The books feature a colorful, lovable cast of animal characters and sing-along songs. All the animal characters are critically endangered species. For more information visit bemusbaypops.com/kids_home.html
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Royal Southern Brotherhood: 5 p.m., Willow Creek Winery, 2627 Chapin Road in Silver Creek.
Blue Grass Jam: 7 to 10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play.
The Town Pants: 6 to 8 p.m., Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Brian Hanna: 6 to 8 p.m., The Brick Walk Cafe at Chautauqua Institution.
Warren Sischo & Day Old Soup Band: 6 to 9 p.m., Hadley House Restaurant in Stow.
Cindy Love Haight: 7 to 10 p.m., The Patio in Mayville.
Ken Hardley and the Henways: 8 to 11 p.m., Bellini Lounge at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville.
Rick McGee and the Roadhouse Rockers: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Murdock's, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
Kris Meekins: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Webb's on the Deck in Mayville.
The Saloonatics: T 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., The Lakeview in Mayville.
Crippled Fingers: noon to 1 p.m., Jamestown Farmer's Market.
Pie Eating Contest with DJ Ash: 2:30 p.m., Murdock's, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
The Bogarts: 5 to 7 p.m., The Cooler Cafe in Sherman.
Old Dawg Bluegrass: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Summer Concert Series in Randolph.
Red Letter Blues Band: 7 p.m., part of Busti Hamlet Development Group's "Concerts at the Gazebo." The event is free and open to the public.
Planet Fred: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
DJ Platinum: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Murdock's is located at 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
The Spellcasters: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Wildwood Grill and Saloon in Salamanca.
The Bogarts: 9:45 to 11 p.m., Heron Night Lights in Sherman.
The Bluegrass Disciples: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.,Webb's on the Deck in Mayville.
Matt Homan & The Bluegrass Disciples: 5 to 8 p.m., Hadley House Restaurant in Stow.
Crippled Fingers: 5 to 8 p.m., Vikings on the Lake, Route 430, Maple Springs.