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My Top 10 Lists of 2011:

Top 5 Social Sites I joined

5) circleme.com
4) connect.me
3) kred.ly
2) last.fm
1) about.me

Top 3 Social Scoring Sites I joined

3) PeerIndex
2) Klout
1) Empire Avenue

Top 10 Artists & Songs I played on last.fm

10) Downtown Harvest : Killer Queen Bee
9) Dispatch : The General
8) Incubus : Are You In
7) Red Hot Chili Peppers : Look Around
6) Cake : Comfort Eagle
5) Sublime : Doin’ Time
4) Coldplay : Paradise
3) The Doors : The Changeling
2) O.A.R. : Gotta Live
1) State Radio : Democracy In Kind

Top 10 New Album Releases (Release Date)

10) Iron & Wine : Kiss Each Other Clean (Jan. 25)
9) The Black Keys : El Camino (Dec. 2)
8) Foo Fighters : Wasting Light (Apr. 8)
7) Three Legged Fox : Always Anyway (Aug. 16)
6) 311 : Universal Pulse (Jul. 19)
5) Cake : Showroom of Compassion (Jan. 11)
4) Incubus : If Not Now, When? (Jul. 12)
3) Coldplay : Mylo Xyloto (Oct. 21)
2) Red Hot Chili Peppers : I’m With You (Aug. 26)
1) O.A.R. : King (Aug. 2)

Top 10 Public Life Experiences

10) December 31: Walking around downtown with friends.
9) August 16: Unveiling of Harry Kalas Statue at CBP.
8) July 4: Philadelphia Independence Day Parade.
7) June 17: Philly ComicCon (met artist Dawn Griffin)
6) September 5: Meeting Vance Worley at a signing.
5) August 5-14: Musikfest 2011, Bethlehem, PA.
4) March 23-25: 4 days at Phillies Spring Training w/ Dad.
3) January 6-18: driving from Philly to LA & back again.
2) February 27: celebrating my Grandmom’s 80th birthday.
1) July 14: the birth of my nephew, Andrew Michael.

Top 3 Live Shows Attended

3) Medewski, Martin & Wood @ Electric Factory
2) Incubus @ Susquehanna Bank Center
1) State Radio (both nights) @ Union Transfer

Top 3 Movies I Saw In Theatres

3) X-MEN : First Class
2) The Adjustment Bureau
1) The Hangover Part II

Top 3 Movies On My “Need To See” List

3) The Tree of Life
2) Moneyball
1) The Rum Diary

Top 5 Most Meaningful Twitter Replies & the tweet that was retweeted 50+ times.

5) Replied to by Jackie
4) Replied to by Christine
3) Replied to by Rachel
2) Replied to by Erika
1) Retweeted 50+ times for a PSA-style tweet about the “AAA Tipsy Tow Program”.

Top 3 Lessons Learned

3) It can be just as easy to collect dollar bills on a daily basis as it is pennies.
2) Learning from others miscues is just as important as learning from our own.
1) Friendship & Understanding can exist anywhere, not just in person.

Thank you for reading. Wishing you a happy, healthy & prosperous 2012! Cheers!! 8D

_Billy Wichterman_

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Ocean City Sunrise

The best sunrise photo I ever took. (2007 Sony Ericsson Walkman Phone)

As a kid growing up in the 80s, I spent every single summer “down the shore” with my family. I don’t remember being 7 months old, but there are pictures of me at that age (and every year following) on the beaches of Ocean City, New Jersey. Some of my closest friends will find this post amusing because I will have mentioned New Jersey in the title of a blog post before I ever mentioned Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Abington Township or Roslyn, PA … the native lands upon which I was raised. But I digress…

I think my earliest memories in Ocean City come from making sandcastles by the shoreline; before I knew the high tide would wash them away in a few short hours. I recall riding my bike on the boardwalk in the mornings to get Brown’s Donuts. Among my bike experiences, I ended up breaking off a training wheel in my Aunt and Uncle’s driveway and had to learn the hard way how to ride a two wheeler. Not just ANY two wheeler, either. It was a Knight Rider bike! Complete with a dashboard that resembled the dash in KIT. I loved that bike.

Back to the sandcastles. We made basic sandcastles by filling buckets with sand that wasn’t too wet or too dry, but a good mix. We had to dig down in the sand a bit to find that perfect blend. When we did, we would build a little town of castles. The “we” I am referring to are my cousins, who were all older than me. We have a bunch of fun stories I could share here about our days “down the shore” but before I get carried away with tales of mini-golf, frisbee & horseshoes, I’d like to talk about one thing that I’ve enjoyed every time I visited OCNJ.

Mack & Manco Pizza 9th & Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ

MMMMmmmm…. Mack & Manco’s Pizza!! I don’t know their special secret for sure, but my guess is the South Jersey salt air mixed with the dough and the sauce – both of which are made on site daily – has something to do with making their delicious pizza.

If you’ve ever been to Ocean City, New Jersey you’ve most likely driven around the circle at the foot of the 9th Street Bridge. You probably passed The Circle Liquor Store, affectionately referred to as “Church” by my family because OCNJ is a “dry town” meaning there are no bars or alcoholic beverages served or sold on the island. But that’s why The Circle Liquor Store is right there on the other side of the 9th Street Bridge. “Location, Location, Location” right? Well… all of this is in the midst of a change.

The circle no longer exists, the area is now a big intersection resembling a major metro downtown traffic pattern. The bridge I used to ride my bike over is no longer there – don’t worry, they’ve constructed a brand spanking new, much taller and wider bridge in its place. The Mack family and Manco family have respectfully decided to separate. As of January 1, 2012 the greatest pizza place on the island will be known as “Manco & Manco Pizza” – though the locals, and people like me who’ve enjoyed their pizza and friendly service our whole lives, will likely forever refer to it as “Mack & Manco’s”. The good news, the Manco family has stated they will continue to use the same ingredients and methods to make their pizza. Whew! Glad to hear that!

One thing is for sure, I will always have great memories of my childhood in Ocean City, NJ. It was the first beach I ever laid on, played on, walked on, jogged on and ran on. I recorded my first ever mini golf hole-in-one, enjoyed my first surrey ride and bought my first rock t-shirt on the OCNJ Boardwalk. We hung out on the front porch til 3 in the morning and the back deck through sunrise. Speaking of, I took some of my favorite sunrise photos on the beaches of OCNJ. Sometimes walking along the break, climbing a jetty and strumming guitar. That’s something that I’ll always have the ability to experience, too. No matter what more may change on my favorite vacation island, I know the shoreline will always be there, the waves will always crash along the shore and I’ll always be able to enjoy the sunrise on the beach.

Had some fun in the sand waiting for the sunrise back in the summer of 2009, back when I had less than 200 followers on Twitter. 8D

Thank you for reading.

_Billy Wichterman_