Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween
October 31, 2008

 For those of you who didn’t want to go to the trouble and mess of carving a pumpkin… here’s something your kids may enjoy.

  Click here for a website that lets you design your own jack-o-lantern. 

  Enjoy! Be safe tonight!

Stargazing Party
October 30, 2008

  I am putting these photos on here just to make fun of my brother, David.

  Remember how I showed you David looking through a telescope he and I bought my mom for Christmas?  David is fascinated by the stars and has dragged us out to check out the night sky. 

  During our recent trip to Seonda…. the kids and I got to go to a stargazing party.

Here are two photos from it. Ally was disappointed this “party” did not include snacks. : ) 

 Now….  David:  *this* is a telescope!  

      We had to climb a ladder to get to the eyepiece. Here is Ally climbing her way up. 

        

    We got a chance to see an exploding star, part of the constellation Scorpio, the moon, and the coolest part was seeing the planet Jupiter and three of its moons! 

   Here is David last Christmas…. from my “stargazing with a geek” post last year. : ) 

      OK… two more things to add before I’m done here…. 

  First, hello to Justin who wrote in from Germany! He is there on business for five years and likes to read thepittsburghchannel to keep up with what’s going on in his hometown. He was nice enough to take the time to say hello and I appreciate it!

    Also, I got a note from a blog reader about that cool gadget from Amazon called “Kindle.”

 It’s that device where you can download books into a light-weight handheld device. She loves to read like I do and she wanted to know if it was any good. My mom tried to buy me one for Christmas last year but they were sold out. You can download thousands of books and even newspapers and magazines and carry them all in one small place. If any of you have one or have heard if it’s easy to read… please pass along your suggestions and I’ll post them here.   

  Here are the promises from the Kindle website:

Product Overview

  • Revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper.
  • Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing.
  • Wireless connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed.
  • Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.
  • More than 190,000 books available, including more than 105 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers.
  • New York Times® Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
  • Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.
  • Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
  • More than 1000 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.
  • Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces.
  • Holds over 200 titles.
  • Long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours.
  • Unlike WiFi, Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones—so you never have to locate a hotspot.
  • No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.
  • Includes free wireless access to the planet’s most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—Wikipedia.org.
  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.
  • Included in the box: Kindle wireless reader, Book cover, Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable

Designer Clothes Event
October 29, 2008

  I’m going to check out this event.  It’s a friend of a friend and she’s organizing a consignment sale with designer clothes for women. 

  Sounds good to me!

  It’s Nov. 12-14, 15, & 16  at Mt Nebo Pt. Shopping Center. call 412-266-6210 for more information. Proceeds benefit Animal Friends. 

 Poor Little Rich Girl’s Fall Consignment Event

… a chic and sophisticated women’s clothing event!  

Mt. Nebo Pointe
Shopping Center
Nov 12-14  11am-7pm
Nov 15   10am-5pm
Nov 16     12pm-5pm
 
Shoppers and consignors can register to win $100 Nordstroms Gift Certificate  
Nov consignment event


 
 

Why Shop the Event?

Find couture items from St. John, Diane von Furstenberg and Guy Laroche. Brands like Talbots, J.Jll, Banana Republic an INC.  Sizes from juniors to plus and styles from casual to evening.  Many items new with tags! Accessories too!    

Weekend vendors will include Arbonne, Energy Swing Windows, Pampered Chef, Sabika and Silpada.  Makes for great Christmas gifts! 

 

Fabulous finds at amazing prices!  Something for everyone!  

 

 

 

 

 

   

Poor Little Rich Girl Production’s  

 Prom-tique

 

 

Coming this February

What to do with those wonderfully beautiful and expensive prom gowns?  Consider consignment.  Earn 60% of the selling price of gently worn prom gowns and accessories.  What a great way to earn some extra cash once off to college!  Call 412-266-6210 to consign or check outhttp://www.poorlittlerichgirlproductions.com

 

 

   

Animal Friends
Think Outside the Cage!

Our charity partner for the consignment event is Animal Friends.  A Chinese Auction with amazing items will 100% benefit Animal Friends. Shoppers are also encouraged to bring a donation of dog or cat food to the event.  Thank you in advance for your support!  www.thinkoutsidethecage.com

 

 

 
     
 
       

We look forward to providing you with fun and stylish fashion events throughout the year.  Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to find affordable clothing while still feeling fabulous and luxurious!  We are all really just poor little rich girls at heart! 

Sincerely, 

Deann Gauntner
Poor Little Rich Girl Productions
412-266-6210

Steelers Game
October 28, 2008

 This guy sat in front of me at the Steelers-Giants game. 

 He was all alone in a sea of black and gold jerseys … and it was tempting to feel sorry for him despite his constant standing and clapping and pointing to Heaven when something good happened for his team. But by the end of the game I decided he was, indeed, just an annoying Giants fan after all. 

     We met up with some friends before the game. Here’s Ziggy, Shari and Lauren.

      Here we are with my brother, Derek. They all made fun of me for not wearing my Steelers gear. 

     Meet Terry. He reads this blog.

 

 When Derek and I walked to our seats… Terry said… “Hi Michelle, this must be your brother Derek… I’ve been following Derek on your blog” ; ) 

    Thanks for reading Terry! Terry says he reads thepittsburghchannel.com when he’s on the road to keep up with Pittsburgh news and told me what a great website we have. I’ve talked about Chris here before… our website wonder.  I promised Terry I’d pass along his compliment to Chris. 

 

     I snapped this picture before kickoff. It’s my friend Mona Colicchie with Race for the Cure accepting a big check for the Susan G Komen foundation. I’m so proud of Mona and thought she did a great job out there on the field in front of everyone. 

   That wraps up my Steelers game adventure.. I won’t talk about the actual game : (  

   Some other things to wrap up..  I finished that book I was reading The Winter of our Discontent. It’s fabulous and I highly recommend it. 

    And how about this:   Someone was nice enough to pass along my request to The Clarks band…

   So take that Mike Clark! 

   Sure enough I got an autographed CD in my mailbox at the station.

   The band’s thoughtful manager, John Williams, heard about my blog request and had the guys autograph a CD for me .. and I am very appreciative.

   The Clarks rock! 

 

 

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Pgh
October 27, 2008

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was in Penn Hills all last week working to build a brand new home for a well-deserving family of seven. 

Frank Slaughter works to help inmates turn their lives around and prepare for their release. He also uses rap music to educate and motivate. Frank got in trouble as a teenager for fighting and served time in the Allegheny County Jail himself. But Frank turned his life around and now helps others do the same. His wife Tracy also donates her time to the community and is considering the “mom” in her neighborhood… helping children in many different ways. The Slaughters had only a two bedroom home with many problems. The four girls slept in the same room and there was a curtain dividing part of it off and the 10 year old boy slept on the other side of it. There was also a lot of problems with the roof, ceilings, and electrical work in the house. 

I was on the scene for the “big reveal”… and it’s a lot more involved than it looks on tv. 

Friday at 2:00 the Slaughter family was going to see their new home for the first time. The family of seven had just spent a week in Disney World. Since I was reporting and interviewing I didn’t have a lot of time to snap a lot of pictures… but here goes:

  First, here’s a shot of the show’s star Ty Pennington opening the second story window and screaming “I’ve got the keys, let’s go.” 

     And he did it again….  (See another star designer, Paige, in that cute pink ski jacket in the front yard)

    And he did it, yet again.

   That’s Hollywood…. everything was shot over and over just to make sure they got it.

  Here’s something else to show you. We had our satellite truck parked in the neighbor’s driveway and the producers of the show didn’t want to take a chance of our truck getting in their shot. So they climbed on top of our truck and covered it with camouflage netting.

 

  If you watch the show on Sunday nights you’ll recognize this guy.

 

   

   Paul DiMeo is the carpenter with the attitude and he went to Point Park College (now University). I had a great time talking to him. He told me he was looking forward to showing the crew around Pittsburgh and he wanted to check out how everything here has changed since the last time he’s visited.  He is best known, I think, for his creative work on children’s bedrooms. 

   For this family, he made the little boy’s bed out of steel. Paul talked to me about his idea and said since we’re the Steel City… it would be perfect. 

   So as i checked back.. sure enough… Paul designed a cool bed. But there was a huge problem in the end. It wouldn’t fit through the front door!!!! 

  YIKES.

   So Paul had the builder take out that second story window you see Ty hanging out of on the top picture…. and they hoisted the giant bed of steel up through that window and into the little boy’s room.

   Paul was so very nice and warm and he and all of the designers really do work very hard to get everything together.. it’s not just for show.

   OK … back to the big reveal now…  

    Everything was running a little late… so rather than the big moment being at 2:00… The family didn’t pull up until 3:40 (which is tough when my story airs in the 5:00 news).

   Then Ty welcomed then out of their limo and talked to them for a moment. 

  Tears flowed. 

   And then we all screamed ‘MOVE THAT BUS!’. 

   Nothing. 

   The bus didn’t even start up. 

   The cameras want all possible angles of that special moment… so we screamed it again.. and again… and again… and finally…. the bus pulled away and the wonderful Slaughter family saw, for the first time, their new home. 

   It gave me chills. 

   I had waited from earlier that morning… all day… and was getting tired from standing.. and chilled from the weather…. and anxious that I wasn’t going to get my story done in time for the newscast since the timeline was pushed back …. but all of those feelings went away when I saw the family’s reaction to their new gift. 

  What a rewarding show it must be to work on. 

   After the family went inside…. I ran to our camo-covered satellite truck and started looking through our seven video tapes to start on my story.  My photographer and friend, Art asked if he could borrow my camera for a second.

   After I was done writing my story… and left it in Art’s hands to edit…. I looked through my camera’s photos to see what he’d raced out to get….  

  Right.

  The beautiful and talented Paige. 

  Of course, I can’t blame him one bit.

Our Grand Canyon Trip
October 23, 2008

     I know we’re not the first family that has vacationed to the Grand Canyon… so I’ll try not to bore you with my amateur photos… but here are a few.

         It really is amazing and uplifting and made me feel so insignificant at the same time. 

 

   We actually stayed at a place farther south in Sedona (I”ll put up some photos of that, too including our stargazing and Apache Indian blessing) and we took a Pink Jeep tour up to the Grand Canyon. That was nice for a number of reasons:

– I didn’t have a drive there

-I didn’t have to drive back 

-We stopped for the best coffee I’ve ever had at the Late For The Train coffee shop in Flagstaff

– We learned cool facts along the way 

-We stopped by the Navajo Indian reservation

-I would never have been able to find the best lookout spots by myself.

     Here is a picture of the donkey I rode to the bottom of the Canyon….. OK… not really…. I can’t imagine ever doing that. Ever! But I did take a picture of the brave little guy for you anyway. By the way he’s looking at me doesn’t it seem that he knows I’m too chicken for that adventure?

 

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Fireworks Party / R:BASE Technology
October 21, 2008

     This was our view while we were waiting to celebrate the city’s 250th birthday.

     A wonderful, wonderful hostess invited a lot of us from channel four to join her and her husband at their home for the amazing show. 

      The guy on the left is Chris. He’s in charge of our website http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com.

      Oh… remember I put a photo of him at the Pirates game up here… so you’ve already met him. He’s great and smart and fun and anytime I have a problem with this blog he knows just what to do! 

       OK. Here are a bunch of my cool coworkers. See the guy in the back… the second from the left? That’s Joe.

       The last time I put him on this blog he developed a small fan club. So I promised to “put more Joe into the blog”.  I’ll have to soon post a feature called “Just Joe.”  

          Hey, remember Ellen Gamble? She’s doing great and, obviously, looks great, too.

          She’s here with Trish…. one of the nicest and smartest producers around! 

      More of my coworkers… including the beautiful and fun Kelly Frey. 

        You know these girls… Becky Emmers and Melanie Taylor.  You should tune in and listen to Melanie on B94 if you haven’t already. She’s on in the morning.  Isn’t she great? 

  Here is our wonderful 5:00 news producer Tom.

    And my friend, Art took this picture of my brother Derek and me…. he said was taking this to send to our mother… so we should act like we get along ; )  We tried. Although I decided to post the one in which Derek is making a weird face … he he he he 

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   There’s another event I want to tell you about…. and say a special thank you to these two wonderful people.

    Razzak and Donna Memon own R:BASE Technologies, Inc. They are so giving of their time and money when it comes to Project Bundle Up. I was honored to speak at Razzak’s international developers conference this weekend at the Omni William Penn. 

      They came up with a cool way to raise money for Project Bundle Up during their conference. 

      During a session if a cell phone went off… that person owed a certain amount to the Project Bundle Up kitty. If a laptop was heard booting up… money in the kitty. If anyone talked politics during the conference… money handed over. 

     During the 10 years of the conference Razzak and his group has raised more than $55,000 for Project Bundle Up.  During my speech I dared everyone to turn on their phones… and then double dared them to call each other. BINGO! Razzak’s own phone went off!  As I left Sunday night, the conference had brought in $4285 this year alone with the fun rules and a silent auction.  

      Razzak has been involved with Bundle Up for more than 22 years and his company R:Base Technologies for the last 10 years. Developers from around the world attend and it was a pleasure to meet them. Thanks for all the donations! 

 

 

Meeting Arnold Palmer
October 19, 2008

    Please forgive me. I haven’t had a free moment to blog and so much has been happening! 

    First, I’ll tell you how my blog helped my dad meet Arnold Palmer. For those of you who’ve been reading this from the beginning you may remember how I emceed a polo match in Ligioner which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There was a silent auction and one of the items was a chance to have a portrait of you and Arnold Palmer together.  Well, I started bidding on it as a Christmas gift for my father.  I thought I had won the bid but when I went up to the mic to announce that the tables were closed….. a man swooped in behind me and outbid me at the very last second! grrrrrr. 

    So I gave him a hard time and I exposed his deviousness on this blog. ; )

    I may have even suggested Mr. Palmer make a sour face to ruin the picture stolen away from me. ; )  (I was just kidding… sort of)

    About a year later the thief’s wonderful and angelic sister, Michelle Gardner wrote me about a book recommendation I gave out on this blog called Loving Frank (wonderful book based on the true story of Frank Lloyd Wright). She wrote in to tell me how much she enjoyed it and at the end added that it was her brother that robbed me of the chance for my father to meet Arnold but she was a member of his country club and had the contacts to work out a time for my father to meet Arnie after all. ; ) 

      Wouldn’t you know it… it all worked out… and it was amazing.

     We went to Mr Palmer’s office and he showed us all around.

     I was in awe of this man, all he had done, and how humble and down to earth he is.  I am equally impressed at how nice he is as I am all that he’s accomplished. 

    Here he is giving us a tour.

      (Isn’t my dad darling?)

       I asked Mr Palmer how many times he’d gotten a hole in one. He said 19 …..and then told me a cool story. He said once NBC crews had heard that he’d gotten a hole in one the day before at a particular hole. The next day camera crews were waiting at that very hole and he walked up and asked what they were doing waiting on him there. They said “We’ve come to get you on video making another hole in one right here.” Everyone laughed…. but wouldn’t you know it….. he actually got another hole in one and they got it on tape. WOW. He chuckled as he remembered that moment and showed us the shadowbox of a cup with two golf balls hanging on his wall. 

    You can see it here… it’s the second shadowbox from the left.

     Here’s his dog. He made me guess his name. The only clue he gave me was that it had something to do with golf.  Turns out, it’s Mulligan. Cute!

 

Dad is a fantastic golfer himself and has won a  lot of his local golf tournaments (yes, I am bragging because it’s my blog and I’m so proud of him and because he never tells us when he wins we have to hear it from someone else).

      Anyway, for as long as I can remember Dad has been a Palmer fan. For those of you as old as I am…. you remember when there were only a few channels on television?And families only had one tv?  Well, when I was a little girl the only time Dad controlled the tv was during the news and on the weekends when golf was on.  When I was remembering this with Mr Palmer…. I tried to pretend like I wouldn’t have rather been watching cartoons ; ) . 

   Here’s a cool desk someone made him with coins of various events commemorating things he’s won embedded into the top. 

    Here’s something else. Mr Palmer collects putters and has a workshop and he works on them himself. I wish I’d known this before I went to meet him because my cousin, Lisa’s husband Wayne…(you saw him putting out the fireworks fire in my parents’ yard?) …  his company designs a lot of different things and produces them and they’ve just patented a brand new style of putter and I should have brought one to add to Arnie’s collection! Who knew?  

    And that’s the story of how this little blog gave my dad the chance to meet Arnold Palmer. 

    Thanks so much to Michelle Gardner and to all of Arnold Palmer’s wonderful people in his office. They were awesome and I loved every second of it! 

    Now, I have a lot more to share….. I have those pictures from our Channel 4 party during the Pittsburgh 250 Fireworks celebration…. I have my trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon to show you….  and a few thoughts about covering Michelle Obama in Oakland last week…. and I just took my brother, Derek, to his first hockey game…. and I’m almost done reading a book which was given to me as a birthday present The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck which is amazing!  I highly recommend it.

     I have a lot of catching up to do.. and promise to get it all here in the next couple of days.

NAMI Walk
October 14, 2008

  I’m back from my vacation and I have a lot of catching up to do! 

  First, let me say thank you to NAMI for a wonderful event at the SouthSide Works. We raised a lot of money with a walk for mental illness and dispelled a lots of myths. 

  Here I am with one of the organizers, Darcey Garda who does a great job getting everything together. We had about 2,000 people join us to make a difference for those people and families who need a little help.

       One in four people will be impacted with some sort of mental illness and it’s important to know there is help and recovery is possible. Everything from depression to things more serious ….. know that you’re not alone and help is available. Click here if you’d like more information on how to get help for yourself or a loved one. 

     I have a lot more to talk about…. but I’m swamped getting organized at work right now…. so I’ll be back soon to tell you about my dad meeting Arnold Palmer and my trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon and more.

 


Mike Clark and The Clarks Fundraiser
October 5, 2008

    See Mike Clark in the middle there? Know why he’s smiling so much?

He helped with an event at the South Hills Country Club that raised a lot of cash for the Susan G.Komen Race for the Cure to fight breast cancer. 

Here’s the group presenting the check to the wonderful Kathy Purcell the executive director of the Pittsburgh office…  for $47,416.20. 

Awesome job! 

 Mike told me all about how cool this event was. I’m going next year!!! It was at the South Hills Country Club. The women’s golf association there held a golf event, luncheon and raffle… and also a Concert for the Cure featuring The Clarks. 

I love The Clarks! If you’ve never heard this wonderful local band click here. 

When Zach was about two years old he’d dance around our house to their song Saturday. I’m so jealous Mike got to go and meet them!!!! I’m just now thinking since Mike’s last name is Clark… he should have a spot with the band. Mike can sing pretty well. (I’ve actually been to karaoke with him… and as we stood up to sing.. people took out their cell phone cameras and starting videoing us. UGH. I was so terrible but Mike can sing…. if anyone out there has the video of us singing please send it to me. I think we sang something from the movie Grease.) 

The Komen Foundation told the fundraising organizers that this is one of the top 10 amounts in the country and top three in the state for a non-foundation sponsored event. 

Thanks to Julie Beck who did a great job with the fundraiser and sent me this great picture…. please put me down for a ticket to next year’s event. Mike said it was so much fun!!! and since he keeps rubbing it in… I’m going to force him into getting me an autographed CD of The Clarks. I want it to say something like “To Michelle: You are more fun than Mike Clark. Sorry we missed you, Your Friends, The Clarks.” ; )

Seriously, what a wonderful event.. I’m very impressed and thankful.

If you need more information about breast cancer click here.