Life in Pittsburgh during the G20 Summit

Sep 24
Troopers in Lawrenceville

Troopers in Lawrenceville

What a strange day! This may be a tad ignorant, but I really don’t know what the G20 is truly all about. I’ve only caught bits and pieces from other people – needless to say, it’s a big event. The office is just a few blocks from the convention center where the meetings are being held, and there are more cops, S.W.A.T. teams, and state troopers marching the streets than a small army.

Driving around, we’ve been behind vehicles tagged “diplomat” more than once, hit a few road blocks, and she had the unfortunate event of protesters banging on the car down Penn Avenue. I’ve caught rumors of tear gas being used, our office building was on lock down towards the end of the day, and on the way home the radio said President Obama was making an appearance in Oakland, just around the area we were staying for the last 2 months!

So, WTF is going on?! Ha… something good better come out of this ( aside of the awesome food Lockerz provided today to keep it’s employees safe during lunch ). We had to drive through Wilkensburg to get home, and that’s just no treat – cab driver once told us that Wilkensburg doesn’t get city funding, so it’s falling apart… crack whores calling out to their suga daddies – no lie. Though, given my ignorance to the world changing event downtown, perhaps I’m no better, ha.

Attached is a picture Drew Zhrodague‘s mom took on her way for coffee.

Chris Page Joins New Venture – Lockerz LLC

Jul 22
Night shot of Pittsburgh, PA - our new home city!

Night shot of Pittsburgh, PA - our new home city!

I’ve been quite busy lately!  Amber and I decided to leave Morgantown, WV to pursue better opportunities wherever we may fall.  We bunked up with family for a few weeks… a grueling thing with a 2 month old.  Thankfully, it didn’t take too long to stumble upon the next big thing!  Spending so much time increasing my online presence has paid off – as I received a call a few weeks ago from Lockerz CTO, Peter Meulbroek.

Peter and I exchanged a few phone calls – I could tell there was something “right” about the vibe I gained.  Three weeks later I drove into Pittsburgh for a lengthy yet fun and relaxing 5 stage interview – their idea is spectacular and the team was very talented and cool with a work hard and play harder mentality, perfect.  I realized “I’m going to make this happen”.  Thankfully the team at Lockerz shared that realization, and I’m very proud to announce that as of July 27th 2009, I will begin my first day as a ground floor Lockerz technical team member!

This proves it… I’m a startup junkie!

Things are moving very quickly, with only a week to relocate, and it reminds me of one of Amber’s favorite sayings:  “Good things take time, Great things happen all at once.” – this seems to hold true for me, a man of extremes to say the least!

Everybody involved in the process made it feel absolutely “right”.  I’m super psyched about the challenging workload ahead, and Amber and I both have never been so happy with the direction life is taking us!

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