The Free Ride Blog
If you know me, you knew the answer to this question. “Where is Brian Mo’s favorite place to vacation”….. Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge!….. A Cabin in the Middle of the woods…. Hot Tub…. Good food…. Mini Golf…. Dollywood…. Enough things to do and the ability to do nothing at all, ya know, unplug!
After this past week, that answer has changed! I will still go back to Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge, but this cruise blew that out of the water! (pun intended)
We took the Carnival Pride out of Baltimore. Neil MacMillian was our Cruise Director and there were so many things to do!
From my favorites, karaoke, shows and trivia, to a bunch of Bingo, a night club, spa, casino and more! They even had stuff for teenagers to do, including at scavenger hunt in which they had to find someone to smash an ice cream cone in their face…. So you know I had to oblige!
The Fun Squad! Shout Outs to Bendy Blake, Red, Frantastic and Steph!…. They host all of the events on board and kept everyone very entertained!
Of course I was at most of the karaoke shows, to the point where people would stop me on the ship and say “Hey, aren’t you the karaoke guy!”
They had all kinds of contests! Like the hairy chest contests, HASBRO the Game Show, a CLUE murder mystery, Lip Sync Battle and Gender Showdown! (Guess who was the men’s team captain!)
They had a “Groovin for St Jude” party on one of the decks!…. You know I got my T-shirt to help out the kids!
The shows were great too! Playlist Productions does a great job! My 2 favs were 88 Keys, a piano based show and 80’s pop!
There were comedy shows from 4 different comedians…. John Mulrooney and Reno Collier the 1st half of the cruise and Brian Bradley and Tim Cavanaugh the 2nd half. All of the comedy shows had a Family Show and then an 18+ show later on in the night and they were all really funny!
There was a shopping area with a gift shop, jewelry store, candy store and more. Plus, an art gallery too!
All of this and I’m just now getting to the part where we stopped an some of the most beautiful places in the world!
Half Moon Cay (My new favorite place on earth)
I found a video someone posted on YouTube a few years ago of our exact room.
So if you’re thinking about going on a cruise…. Don’t think…. Just book it!
Kudos to the Caps!
Well, it had to happen eventually right!
April 27th 1994. I was just about to finish my 10th Grade Year at Langley High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. Bill Clinton was the President, gas was $1.09 a gallon and Faith Hill’s “Piece of my Heart” was the #1 Country Song in the USA! That was the last time the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs!
The Caps had won 1 series and lost 9 all time…. The last 1 was in 1994…. Until now!
I make it no secret that I love my hometahn dearly! I also realize I’m in “enemy territory” being a Penguins fan in Caps-land!
I had a chance this year to go to a Caps game that didn’t involved the Penguins and boy was I impressed! The fans, the atmosphere, the knowledge of the game! This is a fanbase that deserves it!
Good Luck to the Caps as they move forward in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!
WOW! AMAZING! BEAUTIFUL! PERSPECTIVE! INSPIRING! Those are just some of the words I can use to describe this past weekend as I joined over 30 members of Team WFRE for our trip to Nashville and the St Jude Rock N Roll Marathon (I “walked” the 5k.)
The trip began Thursday night as our friends at On The Town Limousines took us to BWI for our Southwest flight. When we arrived, we checked into our rooms at the Omni Resorts Nashville (which is a GREAT hotel) and got some rest as we prepared for the next few days!
Friday, we snagged some breakfast at “Kitchen Notes” at the Omni then checked in for the race at Music City Center and saw some great vendors at the Expo.
Afterwards, we spent some time with members of Team WFRE exploring Nashville and all that Broadway has to offer, we checked out Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, The Stage, and Honky Tonk Central before heading back to the hotel to get ready for the “Pasta Dinner & Songwriters Party” and our annual Team WFRE Team Photo! (See above)
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) April 27, 2018
We loaded up on carbs for the race with a wonderful dinner as ALSAC CEO Rick Shadyac addressed the room. We watched a video in which St Jude patient Austin announced a pick for the Denver Broncos in the NFL Draft the night before.
Mr Shadyac thanked everyone involved and made special mention of Team WFRE and in the 7 years the team has been together, Team WFRE has raised nearly $1,000,000. This year’s total was $140,000 and Congrats to Chris Kennedy, the Top Team WFRE Fundraiser this year with nearly $15,000!
As for the Songwriters portion of the Pasta Party, if you’ve never seen a songwriters session, you need to get to one!
This year it was Chuck Wicks (Stealing Cinderella,) Tom Douglas (The House That Built Me, Meanwhile Back At Mama’s, Southern Voice,) Marc Beeson (When She Cries, She’s Got A Way With Words, We Are Tonight) and Dennis Matkosky (You’ll Think of Me, Red Light and Maniac…. Yes, THAT Maniac!) It’s always cool to hear some of the “behind the scenes” things of how songs were written.
After dinner, it was back to the Omni for some shut eye as we needed to be at the Start Line at 6:45am!
At 6:45, the Star Spangled Banner is played…. And we’re off!
58 minutes and 32 seconds later, I crossed the finish line!!!!
After the 5k, a group of us who finished the 5k went back up to the Woodland Street Bridge to cheer on the racers and the rest of Team WFRE!…. Cowbells in hand of course!
As we’re walking to the bridge, I look over and who do I see?
Yup! Dierks Bentley, his wife Cassidy and their children. Cassidy ran in the Half-Marathon and Dierks was on Dad duty!
We cheered on the rest of the Team WFRE members and other racers and then it was back to Nissan Stadium to spend some time with the Team.
After a midday nap, it was off to FGL House (GREAT STEAK!) Thanx to Michael, the manager, for helping us accommodate 30 people on one of their busiest days!
Then it was off to Ascend Amphitheater to see the Hunter Hayes concert. Erin Kinsey opened the show…. Remember her name!
Hunter was on point as always, played a mix of his hits and some new music he’ll be putting out soon.
Sunday, it was off to John Rich’s house! Every year, John hosts a brunch for the top fundraisers at his home in Nashville and invites some of his friends to perform. This year joining John Rich was Raelynn, Michael Ray and Drake White.
We would LOVE for you to join us next year and every year after! Join Team WFRE here!
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh….HUGE sports fan! Penguins, Pirates, Steelers and West Virginia Mountaineers! Love me some country music!…. You’ll see me out and about singing and/or hosting karaoke shows!
Born and raised in Frederick…..Frederick High Grad! I love all music! I have my own Jazz group (THE DAVE CONRAD TRIO) I Love hanging out with my friends at the Redneck Yacht Club cooking all day,swimming and cutting up! My daughter Emily is now a Shepherd University Graduate…I am so proud of her…she is everything in the world to me! I also ride a RED VESPA! When i can, I hop on it and get lost in the mountains! and with 91 plus miles per gallon this is how i roll every chance i get.