Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix 2012

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is something that I have always wanted to check out. I am not all that into cars, but being able to see all of the older cars and the race was something I was not going to miss this year, especially since I live so close to Schenley Park where the event is held. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a weekend of races through the winding roads of Schenley Park. If you can guess by the name of the event it is all vintage cars racing, which is something you do not see everyday! You can check out the video below to see some of the action!

The races are teamed with a very large car show where you can see some of the newest cars to some of the oldest in the country! It really was a great event and if you live in Pittsburgh you definitely need to check out this event, even if you are not into cars! I took quite a few photos, it was actually a great chance to shoot with my D-SLR as I haven’t shot with it that much lately. You can check out all of the photos below! (use the navigation below to scroll through all 113 photos!)

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50 Finest Casino for a Cure Event

A couple of weeks ago I attended the 50 Finest Casino for a Cure Event. This event was held by Steve Persing, Andrea Bosco and Sarah Demarco. The event was a charity / fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. The 3 people mentioned above are part of this years 50 Finest. Each year the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation selects 50 of the most eligible men and women for their activity in the community and success in their careers. 50 Finest events are held throughout the year to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Steve is a good friend of mine so naturally I would come out and support him at this event. The event was held at the ‘Smart House’ in Mt. Washington, which has to be one of the coolest houses anywhere in Pittsburgh. It is extremely modern and has a unique design, something you don’t find in Pittsburgh. The best part of the house is the view, you can see all of Pittsburgh from the backyard or any of the balconies.

The entire back-side of the house is glass, which makes for a pretty cool atmosphere. If you want to see more photos of the event make sure you check out WPXI’s photo gallery of the event.

The event was setup like a casino so you were able to gamble. I played mostly blackjack, our dealer was actually pretty funny, which made for a good time. You could not win real money, but the money you did win went towards tickets for the grab bags that they had downstairs. The party was also sponsored by Clique Vodka and I.C. Light so there were plenty of drinks to go around.

Check out the video below to see what the event was all about. Remember you can always donate directly to Steve, by checking out this link!

First Sunset at Schenley Park

It seems I’ve been at Schenely Park a lot already this summer. I go running there at least twice a week and I have been spending a lot of time at The Porch. I mean I guess it makes sense since I do live within walking distance of Schenley Park. Since I have moved here last August I have yet to go up and watch a sunset at the Schenley Park Oval.

The Oval is a section of the park that looks over the entire city of Pittsburgh. Many people go up there each night to watch the sun set. Normally I go running in the afternoon so I don’t really make it back out for the sunset’s, but the other day I decided to go running right before it got dark so I could see the sunset.

As you can see I may not have picked the best night to go up there. It was a bit cloudy, but it was still pretty cool to see. I plan on going up there again before the end of summer and I will be taking a real camera too, not my iPhone!

Is there a cool place to watch the sun set in your city? Let me know in the comments!

Add Features and Start New Projects for Motivation

When you do the same thing over and over again it can get old and you can become very bored and unmotivated. This has happened to me multiple times with ThinkComputers. I spend my days either making unboxing videos, taking product photos or writing reviews. This is not bad at all, but doing it day after day can get to anyone. That is why I try and start a new project or add features to ThinkComputers to stay motivated and upbeat.

Starting a New Project
Nothing gets me more excited than starting a new project. It is taking that idea you had and turning it in to something real. If it is a website I get excited about the name, the design, the content and how I am going to market it. It sort of gives your mind a break from the normal and gets you thinking about other things. New projects that I have started include this blog and I Hate My Roommate. You want to keep in mind that new projects don’t replace your current workload, they motivate you to get it done so you can work on the new project.

Adding Features
Some people may not have the freedom to start a new company or website. Why not make your current company or website better? This not only is going to get you motivated, but I’m sure your users will appreciate it. There are so many things you can add to a website to make it better. For ThinkComputers some of the new features that we have added lately are our Weekly E-mail Newsletter and our Forums. Getting these things setup kept my mind off my daily tasks and I was really excited to get them launched.

If you are feeling unmotivated or just one day is dragging into the other why not try this. Let me know if it has helped you out!

The Drake Concert

A few weeks ago I had the chance to go to the Drake concert. I actually had not planned on going to the concert, but I ended up winning tickets in a contest. I had two free tickets so why not right? After talking to a few people my 2 good friends Kimiko and Krissy actually were taking a bus to the concert, so I decided to go with them. The concert was at 1st Niagara Pavilion, which is about 30 minutes from Pittsburgh.

Taking a bus is a great idea because you don’t have to worry about driving and you can bring everything for a great tailgate party in the bus. We brought food and alcohol with us and had a pretty good tailgate. Since this was such a big concert I ran into so many people that I knew.

After a while we decided to go into the actual concert. We got in right towards the end of Waka Flaka Flame’s set so we were able to see J. Cole and Drake. We all had lawn seats, which I really liked actually. You could really relax and it was not a hassle to go get drinks or food. Anyways here are some videos I took at the concert.

I had a great time at the concert and if you ever have a chance to see Drake live I would highly suggest it.