This past weekend I attended my fourth wedding of the year. Weddings are joyous events for family and guests, and everyone wants to be able to capture the joy of the moment, but camera phones and iPads are not the way to capture the enjoyment of weddings. One thing that was prevalent in all of the weddings I attended was the excessive use of mobile phones for photo and video taking. I know it is convenient to be able to snap a photo with your phone to save a memory, but I felt as though these devices get in the way of guests actually enjoying the wedding. Plenty of time and planning is put into making sure a wedding is perfect and enjoyable, especially for the guests, and one of the many provisions made to ensure that enjoyment is the use of professional photographers. Personal devices take away from the moment and they can even have an effect on the photographers doing their jobs. Perhaps it is just a sign of the times, but people don’t seem to understand the importance of a memory anymore. I know I have been a culprit of this “snap a photo” behavior, but once I realized how much I was missing, I decided to personally take advantage of all that is in front of me. Whenever I attend an event or visit a location, I understand that I may only get one chance to appreciate this sight, so I like to gather as much of the view as I can. Photos are nice, and it is always great to have a lasting documentation of an occasion, but for moments that only come around once in a lifetime, it is important to make sure you take the time to absorb the experience. Enjoying life is about more than just taking pictures of locations and events, whenever you find yourself in a unique experience, it is important to actually be present to fully enjoy the moment.
There is an event going on today in New York City that mixes sports with bacon in an amazing display. Today is the Beer and Bacon classic, it is an event that travels to different baseball stadiums throughout the country boasting some of the finest bacon delicacies the mind can imagine, as well as an impressive variety of craft beers from small local breweries. I attended the event last year and immediately decided to return after tasting the bacon wrapped elk burger. The Beer and Bacon classic is a perfect time to get a chance to roam around a baseball stadium and grab some delicious eats, while playing games and chatting with friends. This year’s event has expanded to the upper decks so there will be much more to see, and more interesting bacon based snacks to try. This event is amazing for anyone who enjoys bacon and doesn’t mind sampling a few exotic beers and treats, but needless to say, this is not much of an event for a vegan, almost every meal available involves some sort of meat product with a bacon twist added. This year I am most excited to try out the bacon accented snacks, last year there was a bacon and ice cream shake that was quite tasty and interesting. There are millions of delicious treats that can be created with the addition of bacon, I am going to make sure I pace myself correctly and try out all of the event’s fantastic meals.