Thursday, January 30, 2014

Binghamton - Where Everyone Knows Your Name

One of the amazing things about Binghamton is that everyone seems to know everyone else. Some may find this creepy; I find it one of the more endearing qualities of our community.

How often have you entered a local bar, restaurant, store or community gathering place to be greeted with a "Norm!!!" like hello before the door has had a chance to close behind you?  Then, there is always the one pair of friends who can be found in the same seats each and every night - one telling one-liners and the other trying to prove how much useless knowledge one human can store in their head.  Oh, I could go on, believe me.  I have been there and done that many a night while watching Cheers re-runs.  

That is not the point of this post.  This is not meant to call out Binghamtonians by name. No, I am writing this to find out if and where have you experienced the "Cheers effect" in Binghamton. I would love to hear about your experiences.  

All you need to do is comment directly on this post or on our Facebook page with the name of establishment and why it makes you think of Cheers. As hard as it may be, please do not start rattling off names of people who remind you of certain characters.  We will let that be our little secret.

Now, cue the theme song......

Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy Martin Luther King Day, Binghamton!

One thing that Binghamton does not lack is diversity.  Diversity in its residents, businesses and its neighborhoods. Unfortunately, we still have a way to go to achieve full tolerance of among all in this diverse city that we call home.

No one place is perfect; even the Garden of Eden had its flaws.  Rather than harping on the negatives; let's all work together to promote the positives and offer concrete and useful suggestions on how to fix what is lacking.  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.  My challenge to all of you is that we all come together in our own ways, big or small, to serve our Binghamton neighbors and collective community.
While I strive to do my small part with my daily blog and Facebook posts, I know I can do so much more.  I hope you will join me.