Well, since taking Personal Branding in the MBA program at UNR I have come to realize even more than I had previously how important it is to maintain a personal brand as well as a substantial online presence. I am still active on Twitter although it is primarily just funny things that I retweet. I also keep my LinkedIn profile up-to-date. Since the class though I have neglected possibly the most important part of maintaining a brand online which is having your own website/blog. I have decided that I am going to maintain my domain and blog. I pretty much going to disregard the vague theme of a blog I had before and pretty much post whatever I feel like. I figured it is better than nothing and gives me an excuse to continue paying for my domain justinboucher.com
I leave you with this:
This morning a few friends and I were calling each other back and forth trying to figure out what we wanted to do for breakfast. I decided to jump on Foursquare and see if I could find some place new to try. I ended up stumbling on Sparks Coffee Shop. The pictures and tips on Foursquare showed Sparks Coffee Shop to be a full service breakfast and lunch restaurant as opposed to just being a coffee shop.
My friends all came over to my house were we got in one care and drove down to Sparks Coffee Shop. We pulled up to the restaurant which looks like a bland red house far removed from any other business on Oddie and El Rancho. We walked into the restaurant and were promptly seated in a booth. As I looked around I was surprised at the amount of decor especially compared to the outside of the restaurant. It was pretty clear by the decorations that Sparks Coffee Shop is owner by a mexican family.
As I looked through the menu I noticed that Sparks Coffee Shop has a pretty extensive menu for both breakfast and lunch. While they offered a number of Mexican dishes like Huevos Rancheros, the menu was very “American” with omelets, hamburgers, etc… The first thing that caught my eye and what I ended up ordering was the crab cake benedict with a side of fruit.
All the plates that came out looked delicious and were in large portions. My crab cake benedict was very tasty. The crab cakes themselves tasted like good crab meat and the hollandaise complimented them well. The fruit was fresh and juicy.
The bottom line
Despite the name, Sparks Coffee Shop is much more than a coffee shop. I think they may have some issues their branding. They have great food, great service, and reasonable prices. I recommend giving it a try. What are some of your favorite breakfast spots in Sparks?
Rancho San Rafael is a large park located near the University of Nevada on the corner of North Sierra and North McCarran. On Saturday before the Silver and Blue game I took my dogs to the huge dog park they have at Rancho San Rafael to enjoy the warm weather.
As usual we parked in the dirt parking lot on the North end of the park. This provides the easiest entrance to the park. As I took off the leashes Lily proceeded to her usual routine of hanging with all the other people and dogs besides Louis and I.
The only thing Louis cares about is playing fetch. I bring a tennis racquet and hit a tennis ball for Louis to fetch. I have learned to get the odd colored balls from Pets Mart otherwise Louis and I end up losing balls in the grass.
As I followed Lily around the park hitting the tennis ball for Louis, Lily decided to run into the muddy pond on the North West end of the park. As I went to get Lily out (She is hard of hearing so I usually have to physically get her) Louis decided to jump in and take a little swim. Now that both dogs were wet we ended up hanging out at the park a while longer so they could dry off a bit.
Rancho San Rafael is by far my favorite dog park in Reno. It is quite large which is great for playing fetch with Louis. It is a popular park so Lily always has other dogs and people to meet. The park is also well kept with plenty of grass. An issue I have ran into at other parks is if the park is not well kept it ends up becoming dirt and rocks which cut Louis’s feet up.
One thing to be aware of at Rancho San Rafael is that it is not well fenced in. Especially on the West side of the park, dogs can easily get through the fence and run out if you are not paying attention.
The bottom line
Rancho San Rafael is one of the greatest dog parks in Reno. I highly recommend any dog owner bring their dogs especially now that the weather is warming up. What is your favorite dog park around Reno?
On Sunday went to the Earth Day festival at Idlewild park. I read in a blog post about Earth Day that this year they were allowing dogs and that they would even have a doggy daycare.
So I loaded up Luis and Lily in the car and headed down. You couldn’t have asked for a better day to be outside. Parking by Idlewild was no easy task. I ended up driving past the park on Idlewild, turned left on Hunterlake and finally turned right a few blocks up Hunterlake and parked.
After I parked I took the dogs out and walked them through the congested sidewalks until I finally met up with a group of my friends. We walked into the festival through the parking lot by the skatepark. In the parking lot was a couple of art cars probably ready to go to Burning Man later this year. One car was a space saucer and the other was a more conventional NASA space ship. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to snap any pictures while holding the dogs.
This year they had a large variety of booths including a number of food vendors, artists, and of-course people offering plenty of environmentally friendly information. We didn’t end up eating at the festival, but the Gourmelt truck was there and I have yet to try one of their sandwiches.
On the both the West side and the East side of the festival they had stages set up with various bands playing through out the day. On the north side of the festival was a row of various green cars including a Tesla.
For those that wanted to take hippie to another level they had the Sound Portal. The Sound Portal is a dome that is surrounded by gongs. People are invited to sit inside of this dome as two free spirited individuals walk around the dome with mallets gentle striking the gongs.
One of the last booths we found was the doggy daycare. The doggy daycare was sponsored by a local veterinarian. I was slightly disappointed with doggy daycare which ended up just being a bunch of cages that people could lock their dogs in while they walked around the festival.
The bottom line
I enjoy going to Earth Day every year. I always have fun walking around and I can’t help but learn a thing or two. What did you do for Earth Day?
Earlier today a friend and I went to the Nevada Wolf Pack Silver and Blue game. We only got to the game about 15 minutes before it started so we weren’t able to check out the tail gate chili cook off before the game. The game was far from packed, but their was a good turn out. The majority of people were sitting on the west side seats.
The blue team seemed to have the starting offense of for Nevada with Cody Fijado at quarterback. The silver team seemed to have the starting defense.
I was glad to see both teams continuing to play with The Pistol offense. The Pistol was developed by former head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack Chris Ault in 2005. Now The Pistol offensive formation is used by former Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers as well as other NFL teams.
Overall I was thought both teams looked good. I was happy that the blue team did not blow out the silver team. If you watched the Nevada Wolf Pack play last year you may have noticed that their offense was great, but the defense could have used some work.
Between the first and second quarter they had a foot ball catching contest where At half time they brought out all of the contestants for the chili cook-off and announced the winner. The winning team received a Nevada Wolf Pack pot and ladle. Before the game Brian Polian did a poll of fans to see which song they would play between the third and fourth quarter. The winner ended up being “Jump Around” by House of Pain.
During the game they had a kids play area under the South end zone bleachers. After the game the players stayed, signed autographs, and took pictures with the fans.
The bottom line
Whether you are a die hard pack fan or just looking to take the family out for a Saturday afternoon the Nevada Wolf Pack Silver and Blue game is a great free way to spend an afternoon. How do you think the Wolf Pack is going to do this year?