Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Vacation

Christmas vacation was a nice break from work.  I got to see a lot of people that I don't normally get to see.

After work on Wednesday, I went to Ohio for Bowmaster's party since Shawn was home for Christmas.  We had a pretty good time and had quite a random night after we left the bar to say the least.

Christmas Eve, I got back home and make the eggnog for later that night for Sylvia's house.  I love homemade eggnog...nothing like what you buy in a carton.  After that was made, I headed over to Frick Park where the big hill is over by the big blue slide.  There I went sled riding with Anne, Christian, and Mary.  It was pretty fun, I haven't done that is such a long time.  The hill was a sheet of ice because of everyone riding on it all week long, and the sleds they had were perfectly smooth on the bottom.  We flew down that hill like crazy.  The hill was so slippery that you could basically "ski" down the hill with just your shoes.  I did a little bit, but not on purpose!  This one woman was trying to stop herself and finally fell over 1/2 way down the hill, then only thing was, she fell into her sled and took off the rest of the way down.  I came home took a shower and went to Sylvia and Keith's for a good dinner.  We didn't quite have seven fishes this year, but it was still really good and a lot of food.

Christmas day was nice.  We had opened presents and had dinner with Meem, Pap, and Bill.  After that we went to Danny and Donna's for the annual Christmas family get together.  I got to see Maria for the first time since her wedding, and her two kids.  They were both a lot of fun.

The day after Christmas was spent shopping with the fam in Greensburg...probably the worst place ever to shop.  I tried to convince them to go to North Hills or at least Monroeville, but it was a no go.  That night Denny had a bunch of people over for the Meineke Car Car Bowl were Pitt beat UNC!  Saw a lot of people that night that I haven't seen in years.

Yesterday I had lunch with Sara at Boulevard bistro in Oakmost.  It was pretty good and was nice to see Sara.  She is another one I haven't seen since her wedding!  After that, I had a bunch of crap to do, gym (much needed,) groceries, and laundry.

This week is going to be so boring at work.  Most people are not here and I have absolutely nothing on my calendar all week!  I hate working the week between Christmas and New Years.

Still looking for a cheep ticket to Las Vegas for New Years Eve...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Presents Under the Tree...Check


I'm so glad that I got all of my Christmas shopping done early this year!  And since it hasn't stopped snowing since last night, I got all of them wrapped and bagged today.  This is great, I am not going near any of the malls until January!

First Big Snow


Today is the Pittsburgh region's first big snow.  It already ruined Meg and I's plans to have breakfast at the Doorstop this morning in Dormont.  I've been wanting to try that place since I saw it on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network.  Maybe it will be nicer tomorrow and we can try again.  I hate snow and winter.  I wish I could just move to Florida and forget about it.

Happy Hanukkah from Squirrel Hill


This is a funny site around Hanukkah every year in Squirrel Hill.  There are huge menorahs strapped to the top of people's car (most of which are mini vans.)  These actually light up and individually on each bulb depending on which day of Hanukkah it is.  Sorry the picture is so bad, but it was really dark when I took it.  It's not just one or two car that do this either, you can see this display all over the neighborhood.  I would be afraid the thing would fall off while I was driving.  Maybe I should strap a Christmas tree on top of my car so I can somewhat fit in!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

GNC Ross Park



I wrote about the new GNC in Ross Park Mall a few months ago and I still think this is one of the best GNCs around.  I always used to think if GNC of an overpriced store with people who will not leave you alone.  This is not the case at all in Ross Park.

I was there last night shopping for Christmas presents, browsed around the store for about 15 minutes and not once did someone come up to me and try to push products on me.  In other stores, the sales guy will run over to you as soon as you go in the store and won't leave you alone even if you tell them you don't need help.  It's usually some body builder wannabe dude that thinks he knows everything.  They'll be like "You should use this [insert name of product here] bro, it's only [insert some really high price here,] that's a really good deal!"  That was one of the biggest reasons I never went in that store, you could never browse on your own.  Also, never call me "bro!"

I think last night was the third or fourth time I was there and the experience is still great.  The store itself is pretty cool too.  It is much bigger than most GNCs and I don't know if I'm imagining things or not but I feel like the prices there are better too.  This store definitely gives Vitamin World and Vitamin Shoppe a run for their money.

Check it out next time you are at Ross Park.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rivers

Big winnings!

Do You Believe?

I know I slammed Macy*s the other day saying that the windows they put up at Christmas are not as good as Kaufmann's were, but today they did something that I though was pretty cool.  As I was walking down the street and passing by the corner or 5th and Smithfield, I was handed a newspaper by these people dressed up like late 19th century newspaper boys (and girls) and the handed me a copy of "The New York Sun."  Actually, it was a marketing handout which reprinted the "YES, VIRGINIA THERE IS A SANTA CLAUSE" article:

The cool thing was, Macy*s was sponsoring a "National Believe Day."  The article titled "Today is Believe Day: give someone a reason to Believe and you might receive a bonus!" reads as follows:

This holiday, demonstrate that you believe in what the season's all about by lending a helping hand to someone you don't know.  If one of our Believe street teams catches you in the act, you could receive a $25 Believe Bonus from Macy's as your reward for doing a good deed.

I thought this was a cool way to tie into their "Believe" marketing campaign this year.  Although the newspaper I received had a huge advertisement in it for a Macy*s sponsored CBS special tonight and I am sure Macy*s in only doing this to make money, I still think it's a cool thing to do at Christmas time to encourage the Christmas spirit.  In case you are not familiar with the Virginia New York Sun story, here is the article from the paper printed in 1897 from Wikipedia.

Nice story, cool marketing campaign, okay windows (do a better job next year ;-) )

Merry Christmas and Do YOU believe?  I do.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

General Update

Everything is going well for the most part with me these days.  Looks like 2009 is almost over, and it will be a start of a new decade soon...crazy!

I have to get my Christmas shopping started soon.  I hate waiting until the last minute and have to go shopping when everything is packed.  At least this year, I know what I'm getting for the two people who always give me the most trouble (finding a gift that is) (Meem and Pap.)  I have some ideas from my mom, but not much for my dad or my brother.

Work's been good, and I think the team is adjusting just find to having a boss that lives in the Netherlands.  I thought it was going to be a little difficult at first, but it is not bad at all.  Should be an interesting 2010.

I'm still going to Gold's most days during my lunch break, but for some reason when the weather is cold, I have less motivation once I am in the gym and don't push myself as hard as I should.  This is one area where I really miss having a workout buddy.  When I went with Shawn last year we would always try to outdo each other which made for pretty good workouts.

Speaking of Shawn, I'm going to try to go to Las Vegas for New Years this year, but right now flights are $500-$600!  That is ridiculous for Vegas!  I am going to wait until the last minute and hope for a cheep flight.  If not, I'll be ringing in the New Year in the Burgh and visiting Vegas later in the moth when it is much cheeper.  I'm hoping for New Years though...

It finally got cold in Pittsburgh.  It was nice that it took so long this year to get there.  I had to pull out the winter coats this week though so that kinda sucked.  It sounds like I may even have to get the scarves and gloves out before the end of the week :-(

My kickball team decided to for a dinner club for the winter since we can't play in the cold.  I'm looking forward to trying some new places and getting to know the kickball people a little better.

That's about it for now.  What's new in your life?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Macy*s Windows

Here is a quick video of Macy*s Downtown Pittsburgh's Christmas windows.  There were people arround so I could not spend too much time on each window.



Can't see the video?  Try clicking here:
http://nickf84.blogspot.com/2009/12/macys-windows.html

Friday, December 4, 2009

Smoking Sucks

People should not be allowed to smoke in a bus stop. Especially of
there were non-smokers there before them!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Zwarte Piet



Today I learned about the Dutch Santa Claus named Sinterklaas and his black petes that follow him around called "Zwarte Piet."  Could you imagine if Santa had these guys in the US?

The iPhone STD

Funny quote that Jason found online:

 

@jayblackcomedy–If the iPhone is the world’s sexiest woman, AT&T is the STD you kinda know she has, but that you’re too horny to think clearly about.

The City Game

P-I-T-T Let's go Pitt!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Decorations

Today I decided to buy my Christmas tree and finish putting up the decorations.  This is probably the worst picture you can get from the outside but here it is anyway:


Looks pretty similar to other years except that the tree is a little shorter.  It is only about six foot.  Usually I have one around 7 or 7.5 feet.  O well, it doesn't look terrible.

I also got my Treasures for Children (like Toys for Tots) presents today.  The 2 year old girl got a baby doll and the 5 year old boy got a build a truck thing.  Should be nice gifts for the kids.  Although I never get to see them open the presents, I feel like these are the most important gifts I buy every year.  I had some great Christmases growing up and although the gifts are small, I really hope that they can bring a smile to a child and parent's face on Christmas morning.
Over the years, I really started to like giving presents more than receiving.  Seriously.  I spend so much (too much) time trying to find the perfect gift that really shows I care instead of just buying something like a gift card.  Sometimes I am successful, sometime I am not, but I feel like it is worth it when I do finally find that perfect gift.  This reminds me...I should start shopping for the people I know soon!  As for me, I never really know what to ask for anymore.  I really have everything that I need.  I still like surprises and don't really like to tell people exactly what to get me.  There is something special about someone buying you something that you love that they picked out just for you.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on Christmas gifts, and if anyone is wandering, you can get me a new iMac for Christmas this year!  That is one gift that would be awesome to get.  ;-)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Wooden Escalators

The wooden escalators at Macys Downtown Pittsburgh. I wish they still worked. I remember riding these in Kaufmanns.

The Bat Phone

Antoon's has a Bat Phone!

Bullshit Charge

I hate it when places like Fuddruckers place hidden charges on your
meal. The girl asked me if I wanted cheese I said okay. She never told
me there was an extra charge. That is bullshit. If someone asks you if
you want something that you did not order, they should have to specify
there is an extra charge. I did not find out until I looked at my
check. Not cool Fuddruckers. You fail in customer service!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Deer Park

Deer Park cost $3.50 at Sheraton Station Square? WTF? They need to
have Figi if they are going to charge that shit!

Aiello's

Best pizza in Squirrel Hill.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (even though it is now Black Friday.) This year for Thanksgiving I told my mom I would help her since she is the only person that cooks for holidays. I made the stuffing, the cornbread, and the pie.

The stuffing was a sausage cornbread stuffing from Anne Burrell on the Food Network.  This was my favorite thing that I made I think:


The cornbread was a cheddar dill cornbread from Ina Garten.  This was also pretty good:



Finally I made a pumpkin banana pie from Tyler Florence and was a little disappointed with it because it was a little too bananay and the meringue shrunk.  It was still decent though.

I was glad Aunt Tama, Uncle Vince, Matt, DJ, and Amanda came home too.  It was a nice Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Not cool..."



True story about Priority Club Rewards hotel points program (Holiday Inn's loyalty program.)

I stayed at the Holiday Inn in Leeds/Bradford when I was in the UK a couple weeks ago.  I forgot to sign up for the membership program before I went so I decided to sign up after the fact when I got home.  (I did this before with other airlines/hotels with no problem.)

After I signed up for Rewards Club and turned in my stay, I got the following response:
Priority Club credit can only be issued if your enrollment date is during or prior to your stay. Our records show that your account was opened on 18 November 2009. As the stay in question was prior to this date, we are unfortunately unable to award credit to your account.
To which I replied:
not cool...
The very next day, I got another email from them stating:
As a courtesy, we have made a one-time exception to the retroactive credit rule and have issued points for the stay in question. The adjustment should be available for immediate viewing in your online account
How crazy is that?  All I had to say was "not cool..." (which was literally all I wrote in the email) and I got credit for my stay.   Goes to show you that corporate policy can be broken without even trying very hard.  It also shows that Holiday Inn is sensitive about being called un-cool, when I called them out on it, they immediately reversed their decision ;-)

Either way, thanks Holiday Inn!  :-)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Be careful of naNo Vapor

Today before I went to the gym, I tried naNo Vapor which is a pre-workout drink mix from MuscleTech.  I got a free sample sized bag from when GNC had their grand opening at Ross Park Mall.  USE THIS PRODUCT WITH CAUTION!!

The bag said that you could take between 1 and 3 serving and since the sample size bag was three servings, I just took the three servings.  Now maybe this is where I went wrong but man...  First of all the product tasted a little intense which, whatever, I expected it to.  It took me a while to drink the whole 12 ounces.  I then started to walk to my car and I could feel the stuff churning around in my stomach.

As I was driving to the gym, I started to get really hot...when I parked and got out of my car, I noticed my elbows were really sensitive when they rubbed against my hoodie, it almost felt like they were burnt or cut.

When I got into the gym and took my hoodie off, I noticed my skin was turning bright red everywhere, but mostly around my joints especially my elbows.  Here is what it looked like:


This stuff was supposed to make me really want to work out, but when I got there, I did not feel like it at all.  I was hot, my skin felt weird, and I just over all did not feel like lifting.  I started with shoulders and felt a little better part way through, but did not feel like continuing to do legs too.

I came home and decided that I will do legs tomorrow, WITHOUT taking any kind of pre-workout drink!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PPG Birstall and the UK

Wednesday night, we flew into Leeds, England and took a cab to our hotel that was listed as being in a "rural area."  (When we woke up, there were cows right next door!)  When Jason, Jeroen, and I got there, the others were already in their rooms, so we decided to have a few beers ourselves and call it a night.

Thursday we headed to the PPG Birstall plant where Chuck Bunch (PPG CEO) gave his CEO webcast the week before.  The place is really big!  We took a cab from the hotel and it dropped us off at the main building but we had to walk a mile (just about) to where we had our meetings.  The first day, my team did not do much but listen during the meetings, our presentation was the next day.  We did go on a plant tour that was two hours long and had to wear steel toe boots for it, it was very long but it was cool to see some of the things that PPG actually does.  The Birstall cafeteria has nothing on Uithoorn...gross!
That night we went to a pretty good pub and had traditional English pub food (this is not at all like American bar food, the food was really good and not just things like hamburgers and wings.)
After that a small group of us went into Leeds for the night for drinking and dancing.  The first place we went was a salsa bar since LaNita thought it looked good.  It was okay but none of us wanted to try to salsa since some of the people were pretty good.  We stayed there for a little while and then the group split up, some went back, I and others went to a club.  The club was pretty fun but it is crazy to see such young kids there.  We left around 3 AM...

Friday we were back at work bright and early...thank God our hotel had an espresso machine at the breakfast bar.  We gave our presentation, and I had my first fish and chips in England for lunch.  Finally we took an hour long cab ride to Manchester where we stayed for the night.  I was smashed in between Jeramy and Wouter.  None of us are small guys and I had to sit with my arms together the whole ride, my back and shoulders were killing me when we got there.  After some much needed rest, we found another English pub to eat at.  I did not feel like going out again because of all the flying we had to do the next day so I called it a night.

The next day I had to fly from Manchester to Heathrow, Heathrow to D.C., and finally, D.C. to Pittsburgh...long day!

I miss Europe already!  Can't wait for my next trip.

Monday, November 16, 2009

PPG Uithoorn and Amsterdam

The first part of my trip to Europe was in the Netherlands.  We got to Schiphol airport around 7 AM and from there we took a cab straight to the office in Uithoorn (a suburb of Amsterdam.)  From there we worked a full day at the office.  The people there all were pretty cool and everyone in IT was pretty young (or at least the ones I met.)  The best part about the office was they have free espresso all day long!!  Of course I took advantage of that a lot.  We worked a full day and Jeroen, my new manager, drove Jason and I to our hotel.  The hotel was not that great but we were only staying there for one night.  We were not going to meet for dinner until 6 so I took a little walk and did not find much and it started to rain so I headed back to the hotel and took a 20 minute nap.  Kavin and Erik picked Jason and I up for dinner and we ate at an old train station.  We had this chicken that was awesome!  It was my favorite meal of the trip by far!  After that Kavin and I went into Amsterdam.  We did not have much time since it was about 8 when we got there and had to work the next day, but I did get to see some of the city on the bus and we walked around the Red Light District.  I was surprised that they had so many casinos, but when you think about it, it makes sense that they do.  There were plenty of hot girls in the windows but there were also some old and some fat ones.  It was kinda sad to see the old men that were going in to have sex with these young girls.  We stopped by a coffee shop before we caught a bus back to the hotel. Apparently they do not heat their busses!  When I got back, I passed out, I was awake for about 35 hours!!

The next day I had another full day of work then Jason and I headed to the airport with Jeroen to go to the UK for the second part of our trip.  Some how American Express Business Travel messed up and got Jason and I first class and our manager was in coach!  The dinner and the free beer was good though :-)

More on the UK in my next post.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Swaffelen

New Dutch word I learned last night: swaffelen.  I learned this word during my business trip in the UK and apparently it was voted the Dutch word of the year last year.  It was funny to watch everyone's face as they were reading the definition form Urban Dictionary on an iPhone being passed around the table.  Check it out for yourself: swaffelen

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pigeon

Saw this at a pub in Manchester, UK and thought of Pitt Girl. (check
out the first starter)

First Class!


Somehow, American Express Business Travel booked Jason and I in "Select Class" on our KLM flight from Amsterdam to Leeds, UK.  Since the plane was small, the seats were not any different since it was a smaller plane, but the service was great.  I had two Heinekens both in Red Bull style 250ml cans.  They even poured it in a real glass.  Also, even though the flight was less than one hour, I got a great meal.  It was Sesame crusted tilapia and falafel skewer offered with choriatiki, and Spanish "Chorro" complemented by Swiss cream.  Good stuff, not sure how we got first class, but it was nice after being crushed in economy on the way to Europe.

Clubbin' in the UK

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Heineken

A Red Bull shaped can of Heineken on my "Select Class" KLM flight from
Amsterdam to Leeds.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pitt Ticket Office


The Pitt Ticket Office pisses me off.  Pitt is always catering to their rich old alumni.  I called the ticket office to see if they had tickets to the last Pitt-Duquesne game at the Civic Arena, and they did.  I told them that I would stop by to by them because I did not what to pay the $15 charge for the "convenience" of buying them over the phone or online.  First of all, that is a bullshit charge but that is not the reason for this post.  I get to the ticket office and say I want to buy two tickets to that game.  The girl asks me "Are you a student?" I say no, then she asks, "Are you a basketball season ticket holder?" I say no, Then she asks me if I am a member of some other thing, I say no, finally she asks, "Are you a football season ticket holder?"  I said no.  Then she said o, I'm sorry, you are going to have to go to Duquesne to buy your tickets.  I was like WTF!!??  She said we only get so many tickets and we need to make sure there is enough for all of our season ticket holders (AKA, rich old people.)  I said well I called and told the person on the phone that I was going to come in and I made a special trip here.  The girl was like, who did you talk to?  I had no idea.  Then she asked me, "Are you an alumni?  Finally a question I could say yes to!!  I said yes.  Then she said well, let me go ask if I can sell them to you.  I was pissed at this point because I figured they were just going to give me some BS answer about not being able to buy them.  Luckily when she came back she ended up selling them to me.  It should not be that hard for a fan to buy a ticket to watch a game whenever they are willing to pay money for tickets that are available.  This kind of shit pisses me off and Pitt is notorious for doing shit like this.  Stop catering to these stupid old people, I am just as much of a Pitt fan than them.  WTF Pitt?

JAX

Meditation room at Jacksonville Airport.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

iSchool Networking Dinner


Tonight I was invited by Pitt with some other alumni to have dinner with some undergrads in the School of Information Sciences at Pitt (apparently they are now calling it the iSchool.)  Bob Perkoski my old teacher and chair of the undergraduate program along with the director of constituent relations was also there.  We met for dinner at Joe Mamas in Oakland.  I used to hate this place, but the pesto gnocchi I had were pretty good.  Some of the other people there were working for companies like Google, Del Monte, and Universal SmartComp.  The idea was just to have the alums talk to the undergrads about working and let the undergrads ask questions.  I also found out some things about the program like how well some people are doing and the vast amounts of different kinds of jobs people are getting with a BSIS degree.  Apparently one of our grads is now an insanely famous singer in Japan!  His name is Jero.  Interesting... Overall, I had a good time and was glad that I got asked to participate in this.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Are you Jewish?

Yesterday I was walking down Murray when some kid said to me, "Excuse me sir, are you Jewish?"  I said no, and he said "oh, okay, have a nice day."  WTF?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hello Sunshine

The only good thing about going back to standard time. it's light when I leave for work again!

Halloween

Halloween was cool this year, I was a pirate and went out with Erin, Kelsey, and Bobby Friday and Saturday.  Here is a picture of our group:



Friday I took a 1/2 day from work to rest up.  Everyone came over here arround 6:30 to quickly pre-game before going to the Gateway clipper.  We were going for the 96.1 Kiss Sean Kingston concert.  It was the perfect night to be on the boat.  It was not too cold at all.  We started out up on the roof and took in some of the beautiful city views that I still do not get tired of.  After the ride was half way over, Sean still had not preformed!  We decided to go inside and dance for a little bit, finally Sean came out, did two songs, took a long ass break where they played no music, came back on and only did two more songs!!  WTF?  It was cool though because we still had a good time.
After that, we headed to Mad Mex where I had a pumpkin margarita and a burito.  Then as we were coming back to my place, there was a party going on at the apartment building next door that we got invited to.  Me and Bobby were having a good time, but Erin and Kelsey felt "weird" becasue they didn't know anyone, so we didn't stay long.  It was a good thing because I definatly had enough to drink...

Saturday we had a very late start.  We got to Southside somewhere between 12:30 and 1:00.  Town Tavern was charging $10 to get in (you got to be kidding me) and Tiki Lounge just closed (WTF)  Instead we sent to Smokin' Joe's.  We only got to drink two beers becasue for some reason they did not say open the extra hour for daylight savings time ending.  O well, probably better that way anyway.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ignorant Bus Riders


People on the bus never cease to amaze me.  They show no respect for other people and have the attitude that "as long as I'm comfortable than who cares about anyone else."  I ride the 67H which is not too crowded compared to the 61 and 71 lines but sometimes people do have to stand and a lot of the time they have to stand unnecessarily.  There is this one guy on our bus who will literally take up two (sometimes three!) seats in the back row of the bus.  He is there every morning and afternoon.  He sits there with his legs spread wide and will not budge if someone tries to sit.  People have to crawl over him if they want to sit in the corner.  I've seen him sit there in his two seats letting other people (including women) stand, all while having an "I don't give a shit look on his face."  The guy is big but he is by no means so large that he has to take two seats, he does this because it is more comfortable for him to take two seats.  The guy even extends his legs out so that the people sitting on the sideways seats in the back have to awkwardly move there legs around him to accommodate his relaxed position.

Another thing that really bothers me is when people have a shopping bag or purse that they think is entitled to its own seat on the bus.  I do not have a problem with people doing this when there are a lot of seats, but when people are walking down the aisle looking for a seat, put your damn bag in your lap and let them sit down.  A similar tactic is when someone sits on the outside seat when no one is sitting in the window seat.  Again, not cool, move your ass over and let someone else sit down.  Who knows, you might actually get to have an interesting conversation with someone.  At the very least,  you are allowing someone to have a more comfortable ride.

The previous people would never make it on a 61 or 71.  Someone would just tell them to move their ass the hell out of the way!

Finally, I hate the people that wait until the bus gets to their stop, then decide they need to ask the person in the aisle seat to move because this is their stop.  Come on, you know when your stop is coming up, have the curtsy to get up a few blocks before so the whole bus is not waiting for you.  Then, the best part is, these people get up to the front, and only then do they start looking for their fair or pass.  They slowly open their purse or dig through their pockets to try and figure out where the money/pass is.  People, you've been sitting on the bus doing nothing, the least you can do is have your fair ready by the time you move to the front of the bus, don't hold the people back that have their pass in hand and are ready to get off the bus.

Finally, I hate the people who feel like thy have to scream into their cell phones in order to have the person on the other end hear them.  I don't mind people talking on the phone on the bus but one thing I can't understand is why people just can't understand that the person they are talking to on the phone will be able to hear them just fine if they talk in their normal voice?

These are my top issues with people riding the bus, what are yours?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Guy or Girl?

I don't know, you tell me. Saw this person across the street while I
was waiting for the bus.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wrong Shoes!!

I forgot my gym shoes today. I still worked out despite some strange
looks and comments. Dedication.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Lamp

Where I saw all my movies when I was little. They are in the process
of bringing it back to life.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Haunted Mine

Last night the YPO took a trip to The Haunted Mine at Tour-Ed Mine in Tarentum.  We had a small but good turn out.  It was a good thing that I decided to leave early because that place was not easy to find.  First I typed the address into my GPS and it told me I was there at the middle of some random intersection.  Then I searched for "mine" in the GPS, it found it but pointed me to some dark road that went down into the woods with a No Outlet sign.  Did not look like the kinda place I wanted to go.  So I was sitting on the side of the road cursing myself for not writing down the directions when I saw the name of the road where I needed to be.  I drove there and ended up passing the place!  I turned arround and finally made it there.

Once there w walked through a haunted house that led us down into a mine.  We put on hard hats and rode the mine car down.  We then walked through the mine.  It was dark as hell down there and we could not see anything.  It pretty good over all and not a bad price at $10.

After the mine we went to Primanti's for a drink but then someone in the group decided he need to go to Wal*Mart to get something for his Halloween costume.  We all joined him.  Katie rode with me and Jason decided he needed to jump out of the car he was in at a red light to take a picture of us.  Haha?


We got to Wal*Mart and found the keg tub he needed and went to Shadyside for final drinks from there.  Even though everyone was slamming me for everyone in IT getting to have smart phones it was a fun night.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Forfeit?


Last night was a great night for kickball.  I got to the field thinking I was going to be late because of all the traffic on the Boulevard but I ended up being one of the first people there.  As game time approached most of our players were there but the yellow team only had four players.  They new that three others were going to show up but that was still not enough for them to play.  We asked then to play a scrimmage since they had to forfeit but they would not.  We decided to just play a fun game against ourselves since we had enough people there and did not want to waste such a good night for kickball.  It was fun although everyone was not playing up to par since we had beer in the filed with us while trying to catch the ball :-)  We then headed to Red Beard's for beer and wings after.  It was a good night.