Transitioning into a Cryptocurrency world

Crypto currency and BitcoinA lot has been happening over the past 6 months with Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies in the market.  I had heard about Crypto Currency at the end of 2016 and wish I had jumped on back then.

Well, about 2-12 months ago, I decided to take the plunge and invest what I could afford to lose in 4 different Crypto’s.

What I didn’t realize is the learning curve on how to buy, sell and withdraw Crypto Currency on all the different exchanges.

I started with Bitcoin (BTC) and then bought Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (Lite).  Next I bought Ripple (XRP).  I got the Bitcoin at $4K, The Ethereum at $300, The Litecoin at $60 and my Ripple at $.20.  Dollar for dollar, I’ve made the most on Ripple as its up past $3.00 now.

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How to make the best bacon from Pork Belly

It’s all about the Bacon – How to make the best bacon

Pork belly for bacon

These are my actual cuts prior to putting the cure rub on them

So it’s been a while since my last post. Honestly, a lot has shifted since I started this blog almost 7 years ago.  Today, I am most passionate about food.  I’m a total Foodie and always have been.  Lately, I’ve been playing with Pork Belly, trying to perfect making bacon.  Before I hop into the How to’s for you to be able to make it yourself, let me give you a little background of my journey with food.

To give you a little background.  I was working in restaurants at 15, got my B.A. in hotel restaurant management and went to the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley, Ca. To study there you have to already have a degree and they don’t offer degrees, they offer continuing education units.  You work under Master Chefs. Today, there are only 67 CMC’s (Certified Master Chefs) and only 11 CMPC’s in the nation.

Yep, its hard as hell and  The CMC level is the highest and most demanding level of achievement of all ACF certification levels, granted only after the candidate has passed an intensive 8-day test of culinary skills and knowledge.

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The Year For a Fresh Start

So it’s been a while since my last post.  So much has happened just in the past month.  We have spent the past 6 months building our dream home which we were finally able to move into on December 29, 2016.  Since moving in, I’ve gotten some of the best sleep that I’ve had in over a decade. This is a year of fresh starts.

We could not be happier with the outcome.  Being the foodie that I am, I have a kitchen worthy of the Chef that I am and have dished up some incredible meals thus far and look forward to doing a lot of entertaining over the coming years.josh boxer house

Along with the new house, we also have a new president.  I couldn’t be happier with Trump being elected.  While some may disagree with me, our country needed someone with a business background.  After all, we have one of the largest budgets in the world to manage and who better to do that than someone who runs successful corporations.

Well, that’s all for political statements.  As a whole,  our family is in a really nice place in life and are truly blessed.

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Lesson’s in Fatherhood – Volume 1

Boxer Family Georgia

The Boxer’s

A Lesson in Fatherhood

When I think back almost 17 years when my wife Pamela and I were blessed with our first daughter, Hannah Elizabeth, it seems like only yesterday.  We were newly married and I had just started my career in Hotels after being out of college for a few years and life was exciting.

At the time, I was, for all purposes, very immature and honestly, didn’t know anything about being a father, let alone a being a husband.  I took a lot of things for granted.

Then came Kaylee Batel, our second daughter.  In their younger years I thought I had all the time in the world to spend with them and chose to do other things with friends and spending my time and money on everything else other than my family.  Yes, it was selfish and that is who I was at that time.

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Giorgios Family Kitchen Restaurant Cumming – Honest Review

Georgios Italian food Cumming

Worst Italian Food in Cumming Georgia

Review of Georgio’s Family Kitchen.

Before I go into my review of Georgios Italian Restaurant here in Cumming, Georgia, let me give you a little background here.

I have been a foodie all my life. From a young age, living in Maalaea Bay on Maui, I used to go down to our beach and harvest shrimp, eel and other delicious fish right out of my back yard.  At 10, I was cooking  my own food.

Years later, I received my Bachelors degree in Hotel/Restaurant management, have went to the CIA in Greystone, California and worked along side and was taught by Master Chefs, and have 20 years in the industry.

We moved to Cumming back in 2002 and being new, we wanted to try out all of the restaurants in the area.  Georgios Italian Restaurant was one of them.

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A Man’s Responsibility – The Journey to from boy to man

mans responsibilityAs the years have passed by rather quickly, especially the past 20 years, I have reflected on the different stages of life I’ve been through and where I am today.

Prior to getting married to my wife Pamela and having our 2 girls, Hannah and Kaylee, I had just finished a 10 year marathon.

From leaving Hawaii at the end of my 10th grade year in HS to be placed in another school in NY to finish HS and then off to college, that process was from 1988 through 1996.

I had graduated, started working in Hotels and got into management.  Shortly after I met my wife, had our first daughter in 2000 and moved from NY to Georgia back in 2001.

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The Fatherhood Series – How being a father has changed me.

Honestly, being a father was the furthest thing on my mind when we found out we were going to have our first daughter Hannah.

I was pretty much starting my career in the hotel industry, a few years out of college, 6 months into a relationship with my wife Pamela and quite honestly, I was a little crazy.

I partied 3 to 5 nights a week, worked as a bartender part time at Jillians in Albany and as a Food and Beverage Director at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport.

Having a child was the last thing on my mind when it happened.  I have to tell you though, I was excited.  I loved Pamela and decided it would be best to marry her, so I did.  The day Hannah came into the world was the most exciting day of my life.  Being that I grew up without my father, I vowed that I would NEVER leave my kids no matter what.

Before she was 1, we moved from Clifton Park, NY to Alpharetta, Ga.  We lived in an apartment for a year and then moved into our first home in Cumming, Ga. back in 2002 which we still reside in.

During the first ten years of my daughters life, I struggled with addiction of both drugs and alcohol.  While I was home, I really wasn’t present.  I was always pre-occupied with work, partying, etc. I found myself very distant from my wife and daughter.  In 2003, we had our second daughter Kaylee.

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The Full Life of Joshua Keef Boxer

A Full Life

I’ve lived more in the 43 years that I have been on this earth then most will ever live in a lifetime. I’ve been wanting to write this memoir for years now and have finally slowed down enough to take a deep breath and get my journey down in writing.  My hope is to leave this to the future generations of my family so that they will know where I came from, who I am and what I am really passionate about.

I thought about how to put this all together as so much has happened in the past 4 decades that I can hardly keep track of it all so I figured cronological order would be best.

In the beginning

I was born in 1972 at Albert Einstein hospital in the Bronx, NY. alongside my twin brother, Dylan Sean Boxer. My parents are Ellen Sue Boxer, formerly Ellen Sue Jacobs and now Mirayam Licht. My father was Lawrence (Larry Hugh Boxer). I’ll get into the family geneology later and layout as much family as I can remember. My mom’s parents were Ann Jacobs and Max (Meyer) Jacobs. My dads parents were Jesse Boxer and Barbara Boxer.

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How mobile technology has changed our lives.

I was born in 1972, Graduated from college in 1995 and didn’t get my first cell phone until 1997, which by the way was 3 years before my first daughter was born.  I remember the bag phones that cost 5 grand and came with $1000/m bills. I remember phone’s in cars that looked like what house phones used to look like.   That was back in the 1980’s.

Bag Phone 1980

1980’s bag phone. 20lbs

Today I live with 3 women; My wife Pamela and two daughters Hannah (15) and Kaylee (12). Technology has taken over our lives.  My wife easily spends a good 6-8 hours of the day on her now Samsung 6, and Samsung Tablet.  Hannah sucks up most of the family’s data, using over 8 GIGS a month of data and right behind her we have Kaylee with 6.8 GIGS.   I love my Iphone 6, its awesome, however, I honestly would rather not have to have a cell phone.

I remember when there was a pay phone on every corner and if you needed to make a call, you drop a quarter in and take care of your business.  Life was slower back then, way slower. Today, we live in the fast lane. With access to information like we have, anything is possible for the masses. You could literally get a self taught education for nothing if you spent the time to watch all the videos available on the web today.

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Wakesurfing – Josh Boxer at Lake Lanier Islands (Wake Surf Lake Lanier)

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