Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Minutes in a Minute

LIGHT SPEED! POC Minutes in a minute. Here we go!

-Banff this weekend at 7 pm Saturday and Sunday Byham Theater. If you have tickets we will email you and tell you which days, where to meet, etc. Let us know ASAP if you can't make it so you won't be blacklisted.

-Trail maintenance 9-11 am Saturday. We will 8:30 meet at the Union. Walk over (20 min walk) from there. It's with Friends of the Waterfront. HELP PEOPLE! Wear POC shirt. Sign up here.

NEXT WEEKEND April 11-12
-Thursday the 9th is weeding, mulching, and pruning 5-7 pm in Oakland. Make Oakland pretty. Details to come. Wear POC shirt. This will be with Tree Pittsburgh. Sign up here! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WjOAJM6WtgooT8UYCi3fDmdTk8DDw-vQvxNJIcEq5kQ/edit?usp=sharing

-Here are the Ohiopyle signups again . We will have climbing, bouldering, hiking and rafting. (YEA) Sign up here. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10kiiiVgfle9KXDJKpxt8muZ9M_N36Dad3EbSUo0g3xw/edit?usp=sharing

-We have a trail bike ride trip going out 9am - 1pm on Sunday the 12th. Go ghostride it!

-Yoga with Dom and Rita, c'mon over Thurs 7 at the Climbing Wall.

-FREE FOOD?!?! We can get it. Be at the next meeting to EAT IT (maybe)

-The Skydiving place was called this week and said they won't be doing jumping this weekend as of now. This is the last weekend that we could have gone, so skydiving will not be happening ☹
Refund policies for the vouchers are on livingsocial's website, or you can go on your own. Sorry folks!

-We have sweet pictures from the New River gorge, check it out on our Facebook Page!

That's it, see you in a minute. Sign up for stuff, don't miss out on the fun!
Konor Martinoid

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

aPOCalypse (Because I can)

Howdy ho everybody. Welcome back to your favorite Tuesday night sitcom. POC Minutes of THIS VERY MINUTE! If it takes you more than a minute to read, well, your down the creek without a paddle. (it has happened before, to our very own Chris Yang)

Now that the weather is sunny (like the tella-tubby baby) we've been taking awesome trips.

West Virginia, Mountain Mama, Seneca Rock, was pretty dope. We had great weather, and were able to conquer the rock like many before us.

This weekend:
We too have two trips to great places (Wohoo, all forms of too, two, to in one sentence) First is the New River Gorge Trip. So if you want to trip, skip flip up some rock face. That's the trip for you. Hiking will also be going out. So getter done!

Due to some circumstances, Dolly sods is cancelled. Amy will let you know what is happening with that. We are between rescheduling or just going to the New River Gorge.

The driver and car lists go out tomorrow for both Dolly Sods and the New River Gorge.

Next weekend:
Sunday April 5th BANFFyclaus is coming to town! Make sure that if you signed up for this, be at our meeting spot at the correct time, which will be announced. UHH not here……. We don't quite have that worked out yet.. But NEXT week's minutes. So be on top of that.

There is still tons of room on the trail cleanup. So help us (like Tom Hanks created Wilson) and clean up some trails with us! We have no trips going out this weekend, so there are no excuses. Sign up here. Cleaning up makes you feel good.

This happens to be Easter Sunday. So make sure that if you signed up but can no longer make it. Email Dom at dnm32@pitt.edu. If you don't you will be blacklisted. So let us know.

In a few weekends:
April 11th and 12th is the Ohiopyle trip. So if you like breaking bits of Ohio into pieces to put into a pyle (I don't know what the deal with the spelling is.) We will have bouldering, hiking, rafting, and climbing. So make sure you put down what you want to do. Signups are here.

The same weekend will be the Venture Outdoors biking trip (but don't trip on your bike.) Venture Outdoors will provide bikes for us to bike around the city on Sunday April 12th. So if this sounds like fun to you, sign up right, no left. Here…ish.

Yoga with Dom and Rita. It's happening again this Thursday at 7pm at the wall. The floor is real squishy.

Sushi Tuesday was gigitty good. I told the employees I was having trouble getting people to show up. So they are now offering. Wait for it FREE HIGH FIVES aww yeeeaaa. So be there and get some fives and stuff.

That's all for this week. Enjoy the weather and fill us in on your adventures. That's kinda what we like to talk about.
Konnor Martinipants

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Lion, The Witch and the Minutes

You walk out into a lush space of greenery and flowers. Birds are chirping and there are flowers of crazy colors. You have no idea what is happening. Last thing you can remember, you were hiding in a big wardrobe, kind of like a combination of R. Kelly in trapped in the closet and those weird kids in Narnia. A strange short ginger man runs by you dressed in green. You're just confused and try to ignore it. But then he mentions cereal and marshmallows and you realize that there is nothing you want more at this very minute. You haven't seen green grass in what seems like ages. You have a quick thought of what is going on. But no, it can't be. But then again, it is certainly possible. SPRING HAS FINALLY COME!!!

Welcome back from Spring Break Everyone! I hope that you all had some wild adventures to tell stories about for years to come. Since spring is finally showing it's cute (yet deceiving) leprechaun-ey face with dimples in just the right spot (you know what I mean) WE HAVE TONS OF TRIPS GOING ON!!!

We know that you've been waiting for it. We know that you have been dreaming of this day since you laid your eye's on Dom's cheese-curl like locks and Rita's squirrely moves. The ancient one's have invented yoga for the purpose of these two individuals teaching it. This Thursday at 7 pm at the rock wall is the first ever YOGA WITH DOM AND RITA!! This will be happening every Thursday at 7 from now until the end of the semester. So go on up, learn the ways of Zen. Expel the icky energy. Capture voluptuous energy, AND BREATH FIRE! (fire not gaurenteed). Oh well, breathing fire sounds dangerous. That cannot be good for your lungs anyway.

This weekend March 21st is the trip for the brave. The crazy. Those who dare to climb the steep wall of Seneca Rock. If you are on this trip, you should have received an email with ALL of the dirty details (scandalous). So get Amped, because the weather is looking nice and toasty (relative of course). Rumor has it that there is a pot of gold at the top of the rock. Maybe even cereal (Ummmmm cereal). Do you pick the marshmallows out or eat them all mixed up? Just watch out and don't be too loud. You might wake Smaug up, and he would burn down the whole town of Seneca (which, to be honest, isn't much).

Narnia can be a sweet place to frolic. So if you signed up to frolic in this Narnia-esk weather, the Venture Outdoors Hike is happening this weekend. You should have received the email with all of the top secret plans already. You can pretend your in Narnia, Fight off that White Witch (because screw winter. WE WANT SPRING!!). You might even meet a super cool talking lion. You can befriend it, call it Simba, then sing crazy songs with the two greatest wingmen of all time. Tamone and Pumba. ANYWAY, if you didn't sign up and want to go hiking, email Dom at dnm32@pitt.edu. There is still room, and the weather is going to be SO warm this weekend. Just let Dom know ASAP because the list is due tomorrow March 18th if you want to be a part of this sweet trip. Sign ups are here. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Q9a3g8h1cxSnwNJdoc6NSBROqMwEseD5mx3m_eUG0nU/edit?usp=sharing

Next Weekend March 28th we may have hit the luck of the Irish (I hope that it doesn't end up like Dodgeball). We have three trips, you heard it, THREE trips.
We have a backpacking trip going to THE Dolly Sods with Amy. This is a pretty in-tents (haha get it) backpacking trip. Be aware that this is a more advanced backpacking trip. Make sure you have proper shoes to hike in lots of mud for many miles. Also, if you have a backpacking pack, that would be ideal. Dolly Sods is like the llama's pajamas of West Virginia Backpacking. (Just don't let the llama spit on you). The sites include candy mountain, the great chocolate river, the baby sun from telly tubbies and much more. The signup sheet is right here. So get on it.

Also happening the weekend of March 28th is the New River Gorge Trip. This includes scenic views of the Lincoln log bridge. This spot is a super cool one with some of the best climbing in the area. So if you want to climb or hike. This is the trip for you. Feel the power of getting to the top of a big wall. Scream a yeti yell. Don't pull up on the rocks; pull the rocks down to you. The signup sheet is right here. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14sXRYqsbTk3AhgMFYE7UlwKWWaOi6ljPozgDO8MN0Kk/edit?usp=sharing

The third thing happening March 28th is Geocaching with Venture Outdoors. If you don't know what Geocaching is, it's a lot like treasure hunting. BUT WITH A GPS. It's tons of fun, you get to explore in the woods and find cool stuff. There's even a PRIZE for a group that can find the most booty (I mean treasure guys, c'mon, my eye's are up here). Signups are right here. This sign up sheet is due tomorrow, so get on it ASAP!

Do you like hiking on trails? Well, don't you know that they don't maintain themselves? No, there isn't a maintenance fairy either that flies around. On Saturday, April 4th you can help maintain the trails. So go down and help out. Breathe some fresh air, and make the trails super fun to hike for everyone. You can sign up right here. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oHrKGxzYGrJg4VtChW5NUuJ4Ls_0PCZqI4JiCjoCwjc/edit?usp=sharing

Today we had a special guest speaking. Our fellow outdoors enthusiast Dan is trying to start a fly fishing club. Whether you have tons of experience fly fishing, or none at all, contact Dan at dfz2@pitt.edu if you are interested in joining. You guys can go check out different fishing sites together and have some fun.

It's been a long process, but the University of Thriftsburgh Thrift store is opening its doors for everybody TOMORROW. It is the grand opening, and they have some sweet used clothes. Thrift stores are awesome. You can clean out your closet and get some cheap clothes. EVERYONE WINS. So go check them out. They are in the O'Hara Student Center to the right when you walk in.

Finally, Sushi Tuesday was sweet (like candy) but it would be even sweeter if we got more people in on it. So if you want to enjoy some sushi. Meet me at Sushi Fuku at 8:15 every Tuesday. You won't regret it.

Also we were contacted about an employment opportunity. Read on if you are interested in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Employment opportunity:
Theodore Roosevelt Nature & History Association (TRNHA) located in Medora, ND is a nonprofit cooperating association that supports Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Knife River Indian Villages NHS, and Upper Souris NWR. This summer we will be hiring 2 seasonal employees who will work and live alongside Park Rangers assisting TRNHA in raising funds to support and promote the parks we serve.

Each year the association hires a Painted Canyon Clerk, who works alongside Park Rangers running a National Park Bookstore and assisting with informal interpretation. If you are interested in some day becoming a Park Ranger this is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door, as two of our last four clerks have went on to be Park Rangers at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
For the first time this year TRNHA will be hiring an inventory specialist who will work alongside our year round staff and Park Rangers to insure the bookstore shelves remain stocked. This person will also have an opportunity to assist with informal interpretation and special events within the park.
We are looking for some who is independent, passionate, and motivated to assist in our efforts to raise funds and promote Theodore Roosevelt National Park. If you are interested in learning more you can visit: www.trnha.org/employment.html or contact Tracy Larsen (701)623-4884 or tlarsen@trnha.org.
Thank you and have a great day!

That's all for this fantastical land of the POC Narnia. Have a good week. Get excited about the good weather, good trips, good people. All hail the lion king dude (who they didn't even name Simba)
Adios Amigos,
Your Seeker eerie
Connor the Martian (I'm gonna come around with my spaceship)

The POC Zone: Time, Space and Minutes

You're traveling through a dark tunnel.  You're in some somewhere between time and space, a new dimension entirely.  You feel the sensation of falling. But no your floating.  It's dark but bright simultaneously.  Pasta is everywhere.  It's covering your face.  But no it's a layer of lasagna.  The giant noodle forces you down into a dark abysse.  It is now clear.  You are in... The POC ZONE! (Enter dramatic sound effects).

Welcome welcome to this weeks minutes.  (Tictoctictoc) it's almost spring break (praise to Mufasa) and I hope your all going on excellent adventures (through Time, with Keanu Reeves?) it is now officially March which means it SHOULD be getting warm.  (Haha, except its Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh forgot how to warm up).  But that means thT we are gonna have (wait for it) tips... No, clips.... Ahh not that either, zits.... Ah drat c'mon.  TRIPS! That's the one.  Woooo we are gonna have real material trips.

We had a super rollin' speaker tonight.  Our very own Hannah was talking about the movement Cash money.  They are trying to raise minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour.  There are gonna be rally's on April 15th.  It's gonna be sweet!

Are you sad because all of your dope Spring Break trips fell through??? Well it's ok, because Venture outdoors is having geocaching on Saturday the 14th.  It involves, like the Earth, and catching stuff, and finding Geodudes all over the place, punching mountains out of the way.  Well, maybe not, but you can sign up and FIND OUT!  Sign ups are right here.

Hikehikehikehikehikehikehike.  Lets go on a hike!!!  Venture outdoors is offering yet another hike on March 21st.  Hopefully we will be out of this odd wintery wonderland zone and we can actually find some springlike weather.  So far, time and space have really messed up and given us cold weather.

Have you ever looked at a jack-knife rock and thought to yourself "I NEED to climb it!!!"  Well I have the trip for you, (and I don't mean tripping over your shoelaces).  We are going to Seneca Rock, WV on the weekend of March 21st.  But… It's gonna come faster the the flash. WOOOSH right after spring break.  So there is not much time for workshops (which you need).  So if you have the workshops done already, you're good to go.  But if you reaallllly want to climb that BIGOLDROCK or just have questions.   Email Matt or Grant, ask questions, go on dates, set up times to learn the art of multi-pitch climbing, TAKE THEM TO DINNER FIRST. Geez, that escalated quickly.  Their emails are on this sign up sheet.  So do it up (outdoors of course.  If you signed up at the meeting, make sure you go in and add the extra fields so we can gechur info!

The Dominator and Reader Rita have to reschedule yoga up at the wall.  They will be on Thursday evenings up at the wall.  Starting February 19th.  (right after Spring Break).  Be get real flexible.  Learn to lick the back of your neck (I've seen it happen).

AND EVEN FURTHER IN THE FUTURE!! (unless you have a Tardis, a Dolorian, a Magic School bus.  A crazy scar on your forehead.  Or a bunny named jack you'll just have to wait.  We got some sweet trips coming up now that it'll actually be kind of warm .  On the Weekend of March 27 we have 2, yes 2 trips.  The fated New river gorge trip.  Site of the longest arch bridge and some great climbing.  It's kinda old news to us.  But it was probably new to someone once.

Also that weekend there will be backpacking to the legendary Dolly Sods.  Said to be some of the most of the most beautiful landscapes around.  (I don't think there are many dollys to hold.  I guess you could bring one if it means that much to you).

And Ohiopyle is on the Weekend of April 10th.  Contrary to This guy's first impressive (for real though) it is not in Ohio, but is in fact East of Pittsburgh.  ( bizarre, I know, this really is the POC zone.)  But it is always boatloads  (Haha, cause, whitewater) of fun.  So yea, DO IT!!!

We realized (tonight) that BAMFF, Sunday April 5th falls on Easter Sunday.  So make sure that if you can't make that, or anything that you signed up for let us know so we can give those spots to other members.  OR YOU WILL GO ON THE BLACKLIST (dadada) so do that please.  We don't want to use the great power that comes with great responsibility that is the BLACK LIST.

That's abooot it boyzz and Girlzzz
Stay Classy you gooofballs.
Here is the dramatic noise I wuz talkin bout
I kinda, well like ya (like a nervouse teenage boy at a middleschool dance)
The nervous teenager of a Sack tap Library
Conn (or) M(art) (in) the POC zone for life