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.

5 Things That Have Changed in the Past 5 Years!

The other night I went through and read a lot of my blog posts from back in 2005-2009. If you didn’t know I’ve been blogging since 2005! That is one thing that is great about blogging, you can go back and see what you were up to, it’s like a journal. Looking back on these posts it’s funny to see my opinion on things and how different they are from now. So I decided to pick 5 things that I’ve blogged about that have changed in the past 5 years.

I own an iPhone – Back in 2007 I made a post about why the iPhone was not for me. 5 years later and 3 iPhone’s later it is my go-to phone and I couldn’t imagine using any other phone out there. I think the whole app craze really sealed the deal for me, and the fact that I could be productive on the phone. Here are my first impressions of my first iPhone.

I love living and going into the cityThis post really makes me laugh. For the longest time I lived in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, it was nice, but quite boring. Now I actually live in the city and love going into the city. In the post I talked about having to park in the parking garage and how I prefer suburbs much better. Now it is the complete opposite. I could not image living in the suburbs and I love going out in the city!

I enjoy salads with dressing – For the longest time I would not eat salads with dressing. I mentioned this in my 8 fun facts post and the 5 things you don’t know about me post. I don’t know what it was, but I never did it. In the past 2 years I have really gained an appreciation for salad dressing. I guess my favorite would have to be Italian.

I’ve connected and met a lot of Pittsburgh bloggers and tech companies – In a 2007 post I said that Pittsburgh is not really a tech city and there were not that many Pittsburgh bloggers. Well after going to events like PodCamp and hanging out at StartUpTown I now know many Pittsburgh bloggers and tech companies. It is great to meet people who live in the same area as you and have the same interests!

I love tea! – Incredibly in 2008 during getting my 2nd Pho ever I tried tea for the first time….ever! Sine then I’ve really go into tea. If you come to my house I probably have 6-7 different types of loose tea and I always try new types of tea when I have the chance.

So those are 5 things that have changed for me in the past 5 years. Have you been blogging for a while? What has changed for you since you started blogging?