Thursday, March 21, 2013

The American Cancer Society Bikeathon - Why I Ride

This is a retread from a post I wrote in Pick's Place 1.0 last year, slightly updated.

Two weeks in a row last May, two colleagues of mine lost parents to cancer, both in their early sixties. 

hate watching people I care about suffer the loss of loved ones to this disease. Through my lifetime, I have seen too many friends, relatives, colleagues suffer and die, too young, from cancer.

It's a horrible thing to watch someone go through this - the initial diagnosis, the aggressive treatments, cautious optimism, remissions sometimes, wishful thinking, desperate attempts to extend the patient's life, then the realization that, in spite of everything, they are now in an end-of-life situation, a life ending too soon. Seeing the anguish on a person's face as they are telling me their story kills me, being unable to do or say anything to help. 

The good news is, a cancer diagnosis is not necessarily the death sentence it used to be, but we have a long way to go. 

For this reason, every year I get on my bicycle and ride 66 miles 90 degree heat in the Philadelphia Bike-a-thon to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. I have fundraising my goal is $1,000. I have a way to go, but I know I can count on my friends and family to help me fight this disease so no family has to go through the anguish of losing their mothers, fathers, and other loved ones to cancer.  

The ride is Sunday, July 14, 2013. If you'd like to help out, you can click on THIS LINK to get to my fundraising page.

Thank you to all who have contributed so far.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Inside The Editor's Studio

Big news - my makeshift video editor's studio is fully equipped and ready to roll!

  • 8mm projector
  • MacBook Pro with iMovie
  • Ion VHS to Digital Converter
  • VHS Player
  • The Director II: A device that captures film so it can be recorded with a camera. 
  • Camera

I have a treasure trove of old 8mm movies and VHS videos to work with. Stay tuned to The jeffpickens YouTube channel for the latest and greatest videos!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Who Wants To Go To Cuba?

Wanna go to Cuba, legally?
Or do you know anyone who would?

A friend of mine works for Explorica, and they just got their license to do Cuba.  So they are putting together a group. There is a minimum number of people needed, so if you are interested, they would want to hear from you within about ten days. 
When: July 6-13
Price: $3,500 approx.

I wish I could go but I can't afford it, but if YOU can, please consider it!

CLICK HERE for more information. Pictures and words below:

Again, HERE IS THE LINK for details!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Welcome to Pick's Place 2.0

Since I cannot for some reason link my regular mail account to the original Pick's Place, and is forcing me to continue using my Comcast email as my log-in, I have decided to launch Pick's Place 2.0, which will be linked to my Gmail.

The original Pick's Place will always be there, but from this point forward this page will be the Official Picks's Place blog.

 - Jeff