LongHorn Steakhouse

Yesterday Ashley and I ventured out into Cranberry. Even though I only grew up about 20 minutes from here I never was really up this way much. Most of my time was spent in North Hills so there is a lot that I do not know about up here. Also Cranberry is a very up in coming area so there is a lot of new places. You can tell by all of the new housing plans and business. Hell our complex where we live is less than 10 years old.

So we went out and were looking for a place to eat and we ended up at LongHorn Steakhouse. The reason we went there is for one I love steaks and two I’ve never heard of LongHorn Steakhouse, but apparently they are all over the east cost. The inside of the steakhouse has a western theme, like a lot of steakhouses. It was lunchtime so it was not that packed inside.

Looking at the menu there was a lot that I actually thought would be good. This does not happen often because I am usually very picky. Ashley I both started out with some french onion soup. The soup was ok, but I’ve had better other places. For Ashley’s main course she had the chicken fingers (which she gets almost everywhere we go). For my main course I had the bacon wrapped filet, which is a 9 oz. filet wrapped in peppered bacon. It was good, cooked perfectly as well. I also got a baked potato with my filet.

Overall the food was good, but nothing to rave about. I would have to go there again and try something else to really get a good feel to how the food is. The atmosphere was good and it sort of made me forget we were in PA. Anyone know any other places in Cranberry that are worth checking out?

Timeshare…How about a DreamShare

We all know what a timeshare is, but how about a DreamShare. Gotham Dream Cars is calling their new timeshare membership program DreamShare. Gotham Dream Cars is a car rental company, but not you’re typical rental company. They only rent what they call “exotic” cars. Unlike other exotic car rental companies they only offer what they call exotic. These are not Vipers or even Mercedes, they are Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, and Aston Martin’s. Their fleet of cars include…

Aston Martin Vanquish
Bentley Continental GT
Bentley Continental GTC
Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Corvette Z06
Ferrari F430
Ferrari 360 Spider
Ford GT
Lamborghini Murciélago
Lamborghini Gallardo
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

With this exclusive line of cars they offer the largest “ultra-exotic” club fleet in the country. The DreamShare program was created for frequent drivers to have access to their entire fleet at discounted rates. The program is based on blocks points. These points are exchanged for use of their vehicles at any time, in any city. Before I continue you may be thinking what’s the point to renting a car like that, or why not just buy one. Well for one most of these cars are extremely expensive and it’s not like you are going to be driving this type of car everyday. These types of cars are made for special occasions. Also when you have this type of car they take a lot to maintain and need to be stored properly. So for all of these reasons it is just easier to rent.

There are 3 different membership levels…

Platinum – Designed for recreational drivers who desire the benefits of discounted vehicle access and our white-glove DreamShare service. The cost to join as a Platinum member is $9,000 and includes points that can be exchanged for up to 20 days of driving.

Titanium – Receive a greater discount for more driving time. The cost to join as a Titanium member is $18,000 and includes points that can be exchanged for up to 45 driving days.

Elite – Our highest level offering. You receive the most points at the lowest per-point cost available to any customer. The cost to join as an Elite member is $27,000 and includes points that can be exchanged for up to 90 driving days.

Besides just being able to rent vehicles Gotham Dream Cars offer a 10,000 sqft. clubhouse, which is only 10 minutes from Manhattan. In the clubhouse you can exercise with the on-site fitness equipment, take a shower, do some laundry, play a game of pool or ping-pong, watch TV or DVDs on the 50” High Definition Plasma set, or pick up a controller and play the latest XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, or PlayStation 3 games!

New Advertiser on ThinkComputers

ThinkComputers has just picked up a new advertiser, Cableorganizer.com. They bought the 468X60 top placement for April and May. Cableorganizer offers a ton of different products to help you organize your cables! From home to business solutions they have it all. And not just simple things like wire loom and sleeving they have data center racks, wire ducts, and cable tray systems. If you need any type of cable organization, whether it be at your house or business I would check out CableOrganizer. I might get some sleeving so my cats stop eating my wires!

Also if anyone is interested in advertising on ThinkComputers we still have 728X90, 160X600, and 125X125 ad placements available. Shoot me an e-mail if you are interested.

Stay Motivated!

When you are running your own business it is very hard to stay motivated. I think the main reason for this is because there is no one telling you what to do and you’re on your own schedule. Because of this you can become very lazy and not get as much done. I have experienced this quite a few times. I get very lazy and don’t feel like doing work then I realize that I’m not making as much money and I’m like oh crap. It becomes apparent to me that sometimes my only motivation is having enough money to pay my bills and maintain my lifestyle. This is no way to be because you can become so lazy that doing the basic functions of your work become too much for you. There are quite a few ways I stay motivated.

Setting Goals – I try to set daily, weekly, and monthly goals. The daily goals are more like lists of things that I want to get done that day. The list keeps me on track and also reminds me of what I need to get done. Weekly goals are like a list but have a number value like, “Have 5 reviews posted on ThinkComputers” or something to that effect. My monthly goals are somewhat the same as my weekly goals, but they also contain things that can take up to a month to complete.

Working Towards Something – This is another great way to stay motivated. Do you want that brand new car, video game, laptop, etc? What better way to stay motivated than working towards the goal of getting what you want. Of course your goal could be to be to have financial freedom, but that is more like a lifetime goal. Working towards small things like a new cell phone, laptop, etc should help you stay motivated.

Wanting to better your business – When ThinkComputers started I never imagined it would be what it is today, but I am always trying to make it better. Some things to “better the business” for ThinkComputers would be to try and make it more respected in the industry, get more sponsors, and put out quality reviews. If you care about your business and continually strive to make it better it will succeed.

Not getting discouraged easily – Some websites that I have started have failed and some are struggling, but I always try to stay positive, because I do have successful websites that are keeping me from working the 9-5 job. When something goes wrong I try to stay positive and work through the problems rather than giving up.

Being “Hungry” – Well if you are anything like me there are things that you imagine having, that nice car, luxury boat, etc. In reality many of us may not get these things, but it is always good to stay “hungry” to have such things. Being “hungry” basically means you want more than what you currently are making. Believe me I’m HUNGRY!

Hopefully this information is helpful to all the website owners out there and can help them get through some tough times. Being motivated has really helped me out a lot in my endeavors.

Best Home Workstation Contest

I was browsing Shawn’s Blog today and I noticed he had a picture of his home workstation setup. The reason for that is Gary Lee is hosting a best home workstation contest. I’ve seen some extremely nice setups so hopefully some people will like my setup. I was never really proud of my setup before, but since Ashley and I both work from home we need a home office. Well now that we have moved into our new townhouse we have a brand new office. Here is our setup…

As you can see it is very nice and actually organized. My system is on the right and Ashley’s is on the left. Here is some info on my machine: ASUS P5N-E SLI Motherboard, Sapphire X1900 XT Video Card, Intel Core 2 Duo E6400, Crucial 10th Anniversary 2GB PC2-5300 Memory, 2x 320GB SATA hard drives, Benq DVD +- R lightscribe burner, Thermaltake Soprano DX Case, Dell 2005FPW 20.1-inch widescreen LCD, Saitek Eclipse II keyboard, Logitech MX revolution mouse, and the Altec Lansing FX5051 5.1 speaker system. Ashley’s system: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-TR 680i SLI Motherboard, Intel Core 2 Duo E6400, XFX 7600GT Video Card, OCZ 2GB PC2-6400 Special Ops Memory, 320GB SATA drive, Lite-On Lightscribe DVD burner, Thermaltake Soprano White case, ACER 26-inch widescreen monitor, Saitek Eclipse II keyboard, Logitech MX310 mouse, and the Logitech Z-10 speakers.

As you can see our systems are very much alike. Ashley also has a Macbook and I have a Dell XPS M1210 laptop (not pictured). We have matching Ikea desks that when placed together create what you see in the above photo. In the center of the desks we have our printer/copier/scanner and wireless router. I think this office really kicks the old one’s ass. And hey we have a big window to look out of and spy on people!