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The two sport parent

April 27th, 2014 No comments

2 Sport Teaspoon
Growing up I played baseball and that was it. I dabbled in basketball but honestly I hated the sport and to this day really don’t care for it. My parents insisted I play it though since my older brother was a CYO all star and they hoped some of it rubbed off on me to relive the glory. I asked to give hockey a shot but since no one else in my family knew anything about the sport it was shot down quick (ironically I played in college). I wanted to play football and try wrestling but mom was worried I would get hurt which is something she still worries about when I leave the house to this day.

My kids won’t have that experience. OK, maybe if they want to try something really stupid that our insurance won’t cover but that’s it.

So far we haven’t said no to any sport that Teaspoon has wanted to try. We’ve done basketball, soccer (I even coached that) and now we have the 1-2 punch of dekhockey and t-ball.  Not just two sports but two in the same day! When we signed up we thought that t-ball would be during the week but things change and now he’s a two sport athlete in the same day. He does have a 3-4 hour window in between but it’s still exhausting. Not for him, FOR ME!

Yesterday kicked off opening day of t-ball with a parade through our borough, a memory I cherished as a kid. While most kids were running around like typical 5yr old knuckleheads, there was my boy marching at the front of the pack. He was taking it very serious which made me smile and I know my dad was also from above.

An important thing every parent needs to discuss is how and what their child(ren) will be involved in. I’m all for letting my boys try anything they want because I don’t want them to miss out on a chance to try something they may end up loving. I am realistic though and won’t push any sport on them if they’re not interested but if you start a season though, you finish it. I also realize that sports schedules can be insane and once my youngest starts playing that my weekends will be filled with running all over SWPA with an occasional wave to my wife as we pass each other on the road.

We’re not limiting this to sports either. If they want to try an instrument (daddy was a drummer) or an art I’m all for it. It comes down to time management which is something I can thank several of my previous employers helping me master. I used to manage multiple high profile corporate web, social and IT projects at once with great success. Now it’s the kids school, sports and social schedules along with drinks, meals and potty breaks.

I’ve got this stay at home dad thing down.

Wait, has anyone seen my phone?

TEASPOON!!!

Categories: Fatherhood, hockey

They let anyone into this thing – why you need to make your events social

April 11th, 2013 No comments

Jackson Frozen Four

I’ll be busy the next 3 days in social media geek out mode covering the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. While some still think you can say “oh just go do something social” is an acceptable way to handle major events, I’ve been secretly planning my coverage for awhile in the darkness of my basement office.

Social media deserves respect from the old school marketing folks and should be accepted as a critical part to any campaign. It’s much more than snapping a couple photos and blasting out a few sales pitches. This is about creating an experience for the customers and this is what I enjoy most.

Like my joy of brewing beer, I love creating for people. Feedback is critical for me to make a better product and experience not just for myself but everyone else. Since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to make whatever I do an enjoyable experience for others and with social media I have the ultimate chance to do so.

I’ve gone over my headaches of trying to go mobile when covering events as the social media guy for an organization so this morning I’m trying to make my backpack load as light as possible. The current work area on my coffee table is a mess of 2 laptops, multiple cameras/videocameras, ipad, adapters, battery chargers and scattered papers with events notes. This is where the IT guy in me has no problem with it because I have tech surrounding me and while it may be a mess, it’s an organized one.

The fun part of this will be making content live as fast as possible. I’ve been fine tuning the workflow so that before the end of any event we will have content already posted, titled and tagged. Overkill? Some may say so and you need to pick & choose when you do it so you don’t burn out a limited staff, but you would be amazed at how fast people are already looking for content. I saw this with the RMU vs UK upset and that’s when I finally had my business case to move forward with my vision.

The next 3 days will be interesting as I’m honestly at the mercy of finding wifi that won’t die when I batch upload hi-res photos and some HD video but that’s part of the fun when working with technology and limited budget. I have a vision for the ideal digital communications plan (team members/process/and more) which I think businesses should implement into their workflow.

Want to know what it is? Let’s meet up for a craft beer and i’ll tell ya :)

Categories: hockey, Social Media

When you score 7 it’s a chili goal. When you score 10 it’s a…

April 19th, 2012 No comments

Pittsburgh may be down 3-1 in the 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to Philadelphia but one thing is for sure, they put a humiliating beating on the Flyers on their ice last night.

Odds aren’t in their favor to win the series because overcoming 3-0 in best of 7 is almost impossible. That’s what most people would say about scoring 10 in Philly during the playoffs.

Pens win 10-3.

Game 5 in Pittsburgh tomorrow night.

DO IT!

Categories: hockey, Penguins, Pittsburgh

2011 – Did that really happen?

December 29th, 2011 No comments

One thing that I’m bad at is remembering the year. I kept thinking it was 2010 for some reason and have no idea why 2012 doesn’t seem far fetched. Maybe I have a thing against years with odd numbers? This past year was eventful personally but when it came to blogging it was kinda meh. Either way here’s a quick recap so my kids don’t have to sift through archives.

January 2011
Year started off great with the Winter Classic (even though Pens lost) and spending the first 2 weeks home with my new baby. I also decided that I would attempt to go a full year without drinking a Bud/Miller/Coors product. Not to be some elite prick but to see for myself how tough it would be. With the amount of picnics we attended and moments of weakness for going cheap I’m proud to say I’ve made it a full year and some days.

February 2011
Kept the busy pace with a quick trip to Baltimore to pick up the first of what would be many awards for a website I made. Even thought it was winter I was falling in love with the city. I will be going back soon. I also hit my mid 30′s while only suffering a minor “oh shit, I’m getting old” moment and Teaspoon got his first haircut while hitting the terrible 2.

March 2011
2 things happened, we got sick and I ate a lot of fish.

April 2011
My mom wanted to know why I didn’t invent Facebook, the internet or cure cancer. I had some views on the sale of Iron City which turned out to piss off a bunch of yinzers and Pittsburgh purists. Eh, it happens.

May 2011
Should I Drink That turned 5 years old on the 5th and we had a whirlwind bash in Boardman, Ohio as we took over the Big Tap In after party. We cracked open a 101 oz bottle of Double Arrogant Bastard that we have been sitting on for 4-5 years. It came with a padlock. Nuff said. I figured out how you can take a trip with Megabus to Erie (or Pittsburgh from there) and have a very low cost time. I celebrated national Craft Beer Week and if you haven’t heard me talk about it yet, am on the planning group for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week coming in 2012. This month also was record breaking numbers as we raised money for March of Dimes which helps preemies such as my boys.

June 2011
After many years of hard work I graduated cum laude from college. It was incredibly stressful when I threw work and the family into the mix but the support was fantastic! I’ll probably have my student loan bills paid off when Teaspoon is starting school.

The captain has returned! Welcome back Sidney Crosby

November 21st, 2011 No comments

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returns to the NHL tonight for the first time in almost a year since suffering a concussion this past January.

Tonight the magic returns and I’ll enjoy every minute of it.

Shortly after the announcement tickets went from around $100 to $400 online. suckers…

Categories: hockey, Penguins