Two Local Entrepreneurs (Me) Launch

The informational website offers party-goers a one-stop shop for checking out all Raleigh has to offer for New Year’s Eve

(Raleigh) – Lisa Jeffries, owner of Raleighwood Media Group + Raleighwood Event Group and Evan Roberts, owner of local search marketing company, Search Sage have announced a joint venture aimed at bringing local party-goers an informational web guide to all that the Capital City and its surrounding areashave to offer this New Year’s Eve.

The site,, goes above and beyond the traditional online event listing site to offer visitors a chance to narrow down their search by certain preferences like location, cover charge price ranges, dinner offerings, live music performances, and more. For each listing, contact information is provided for the host venue so that those who find their perfect New Year’s Eve fit can also make the next step in establishing contact, and if necessary, reservations or ticket purchases for the evening ahead of time. They can also share their favorites with their own contacts and social networks and check out maps for each destination
“Like a lot of great ideas, this one started during a conversation in a bar”, jokes Jeffries. “I was sitting at the new Isaac Hunter’s Oak City Tavern<
(http://www.HuntersOakCity.comwith one of the owners, Zack, and we were trying to figure out what everyone was doing for New Year’s. We both remembered being invited to parties here and there on facebook, but since that medium is becoming increasingly crowded; we hadn’t paid much attention to the details for each. That’s when I started keeping a list as to who (as in venues) were doing what.”

“It was when I had this conversation two more times – once with Evan (he asked for a recommendation for somewhere nice he could treat his girlfriend to on New Year’s Eve) and once with friends from out of town (who wanted to have a plan made before their arrival in Raleigh on the 31st) – that I knew there was a significant need for something like this. Something individuals and venue-owners alike could add to and benefit from. Before I knew it, Evan and I had this whole project online and we were ready to share it with everyone”, adds Jeffries.

“I’ve been frustrated with other local websites for some time, but trying to find New Year’s Eve information specifically was nearly impossible,” says Roberts. It reinforced the idea for me that Raleigh needed a website that was user-friendly enough to be helpful to people who are aren’t interested in combing twenty different websites to find what they’re looking for. is just the tipping point, so I’m really excited for what we’ll be able to do after this!

In addition to listings for New Year’s Eve events, restaurants, bars, service providers, and the like can also place premium relevant advertisements on the site for as little as $10.00 a day. “We wanted to offer local businesses a really affordable way to add some extra impact to their New Year’s Eve marketing, on top of a basic listing. So many of them are locally-owned and add a lot of the economic prosperity of our area, it’s hard not to want to add a little something extra for them… but at a price that doesn’t require a year’s worth of investment”, notes Jeffries.

For more information, visit http://www.RaleighNYE.comor email

About started as a joint venture between Lisa Jeffries, owner of Raleighwood Media Group + Raleighwood Event Group, and Evan Roberts, owner of Search Sage. In a casual conversation one day about the vast array of options that Raleigh has to offer for New Year’s Eve, we quickly realized there was not a “one-stop shop” for that information… or at least one where you could pick and choose your destination based on your preferences. So we set out to create – the place for all of your Raleigh New Year’s Eve details! Visit to check out all that our great area has to offer this December 31st!

Twitter Comes to Life

Went to a local gathering of marketing/web people that was put together by some twitter people and called it the #Pittweetup It was a pretty good time, made some good contacts and ate some damn good food.  One of my new Tweeps, Chris, has one of the coolest business cards ever. No design, only text but its on a thick piece of recycled paper which I think is awesome b/c I hate killing trees.

Anyway looking forward to the next ‘Tweetup’, let me know if you want to come on out.

U2 in Raleigh 2009, Carter Finley Stadium

This was easily one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.  What an amazing evening. I’ve added the set list below the video.

Set List

Get On Your Boots
Mysterious Ways
Beautiful Day / C Moon (snippet)
No Line On The Horizon
In A Little While
New Year’s Day
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Stand By Me (snippet)
Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
The Unforgettable Fire, Mofo (snippet)
City Of Blinding Lights
I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight / Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Again) (snippet)
Sunday Bloody Sunday / Rock The Casbah (snippet) / People Get Ready (snippet)
Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
One / Amazing Grace (snippet)
Where The Streets Have No Name
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender

The Smartest Things Ever Said About “Doing it Yourself”

Only those who have patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skills to do difficult things easily. -Friedrick Schiller

The rules are simple. Take your work, but never yourself, seriously.  Pour in the love and whatever skill you have, and it will come out. – Chuck Jones

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams – Les Brown

To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself; First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask? – Jim Rohn

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient -Aristotle

Moving from iPhone first Gen to iPhone 3Gs

I’m putting this up for anyone who may have bought an iPhone 3G S and is waiting for it to be activated.  I had pre-ordered mine and it arrived on June 19th as promised but it was not active.  I went through the process of restoring setting it all up and waiting as many sites reported the iPhone 3Gs may take up to 2 days for activation.  I carried around both phones and patiently waited for the new iPhone to activate with no luck. 

After a day my patience wore thin and decided to pop out both SIM cards on my iPhone first gen and the new iPhone 3Gs and to my surprise they we exactly the same other than the long # associated with it.  So I switched the SIMs and magically my iPhone 3G S started working, 3G service and all.  I’m assuming eventually the old SIM will stop working and I’ll have to switch them back but for now, my new 3Gs is working and I didn’t have to wait for the activation.

Hopefully this helps someone.

The Hangover Movie Quotes

Probably the best movie I’ve seen in a long time, its hilarious. Here are some of the best quotes that i can remember or have gotten TXT’d to me by my ridiculous friends….

Sid : “Remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Except for herpes. That shit’ll come back with you.”

Stu: “Am I missing a tooth?”

Phil: “Whose baby is that?”
Alan: “Check its collar or something.”

Stu: “We’re not going to leave a baby in the room. There’s a fucking tiger in the bathroom.”

Stu: “She is wearing my grandmother’s Holocaust ring.”
Alan: “I didn’t know they gave out rings at the Holocaust.”

Tracy: “We’re getting married in five hours.”
Phil: “Yeah … that’s not gonna happen.”

Stu: “Why can’t we remember a godd*** thing from last night?”
Phil: “Because we obviously had a great f***ing time.”

Stu: “Everyone says Mike Tyson is such a badass, but I think he’s kind of a sweetheart.”
Alan: “I think he’s mean.”

Dr. Valsh: “It’s on the corner of ‘get a map’ and ‘fuck off.'”

Alan: “Next week’s no good for me. The Jonas Brothers are in town.”

Alan: “Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon.”

Alan: Rainman took over a casino and he was a ra Tard

Doctor: Rufees. Commonly known as the date rape drug.
Alan: What…what are you saying I was ..raped last night?
Doctor: Actually, …I don’t think so.

Alan: “counting cards isn’t illegal, it’s just frowned upon.. like masturbating on an airplane” Ever since 9/11 they’ve been so skeptical. Thanks alot bin laden

Doug is probably dead, face down in a ditch and getting butt f***ed by a meth addict

Male Officer to Alan: “Not you, fat Jesus.”

Allen: I’m sure you get this a lot, but is this really Ceasar’s Palace?
Hotel Clerk: What do you mean?
Allen: Did Ceasar really live here?
Hotel Clerk: No
Allen: Didn’t think so

Phil: Paging Dr. Faggot

Mr. Chow: tootaloo motha f***asssss

Alan: I shouldn’t be here. I’m not supposed to be within 200 feet of a school. Or a Chuckie Cheese.

Alan: How’s my hair? Does it look like phils?

Alan: “we should call them rapies”

Just a pack of wolves roaming in the desert looking for strippers and cocaine.

Phil: Put on some pants. I find it weird that I have to ask you twice.

Phil: What’s the baby’s name?
Phil:I thought he looked like a Carlos too

Alan: Carlos, not at the Table!

After the chinese guy jumps out of the trunk, attacks them and runs away..
Stu: “Who was that?!”
Phil: “Why was he so MEAN?!!”

stu: but he didn’t cum in her. she hates semen.

Alan: Does this place have good beeper reception?

Allen: “I don’t think I could handle losing someone close again…It was so hard on me losing my grandfather”
Phil: “oh really? when did he die?”
Allen: “World War II

Alan: Are you guys ready to let the dogs out?

Stu’s Wife: I just wish your friends were a mature as you.
Stu: They are, they just don’t understand some things.
Phil: Dr. Faggot, paging Dr. Faggot.
Stu’s Wife: I think you should go now, Dr. Faggot.

Stu: You can’t leave a baby in the car, it’s too hot.
Phil: It’ll be okay, I cracked a window

Doug: She told me that we probably shouldn’t let him gamble or drink too much. (in reference to alan)
Phil: What is he a f***ing gremlin? Does he come with instructions?

Asian bodyguard to Phil: “You kept calling him you’re lucky charm” (talking about Mr. Chow)

Alan: Hey watch it pervert!
Doug: Alan calm down hes just trying to fit you.
Alan: He got really close to my shaft.

alan: i would love to be able to breastfeed.

Phil: he is not a real doctor, if someone has a heart attack you should still call 9-1-1

Surfer Dude Soundtrack

I’m not gonna lie, I kinda like this movie. No idea why but I do know that i like the music and since there is no official soundtrack I’m using this post as my notepad for the song listings, so I can get them at a later date. Or if anyone has any of them that they would like to send to me, feel free. thx

  1. Star-Spangled Banner – Preformed by: Matthew McCanaughey and Blake Neely
  2. Xavier Rudd – Mother
  3. Xavier Rudd – Come Let Go
  4. Xavier Rudd – Fuk It
  5. Daniel Heath – Chasing the Dream
  6. Daniel Heath – Thump it
  7. Potent – To Far Away
  8. Potent – Run and Play
  9. Psideralica – This is my Life
  10. Bermudez Triangle – Este Amor (Carnival Version)
  11. Deep Sonic – The High
  12. Nekal B. – No Pants Requried
  13. Nekal B. – Too Tired to Quit
  14. Dirty Heads – Hip Hop Misfits
  15. Mishka – Coastline Journey
  16. Mishka – 3rd Eye Vission
  17. Higore – Virgin Lust

How to Visit the Igazu Falls Tips

Ok , so I have all these posts about South America written and in drafts but because of laziness and being busy I haven’t had the time to dedicate to them to post them.  But a friend of mine is making the trip to Igazu Falls and asked for some advice so I’m putting this one up.  For those looking for my Igazu pictures you can find them all here

View from the Upper Trail sunrise

View from the Upper Trail sunrise

Since I’ve already gushed about how much I love the Igazu Falls so I’ll try to refrain from too much fawning over the most amazing site I’ve ever seen and stick to the best way to enjoy the falls.

Here are my suggestions:

  • Take the 2nd bus from central bus terminal to the park, while you could take the first one the park is not open by the time you arrive so you’ll be standing at the gate waiting, might as well sleep in a little bit longer.
  • We skipped the overloaded train and walked the “Verde Trail” which takes you to the same place as the first train station but without the masses.  Be sure to pick up a free map of the falls from the entrance.
  • Now here is the key: Most of the crowd stays on the train and goes directly to the Garganta Del Diablo which is definitely amazing but if you skip the Devil’s Throat and walk to the upper trail from the first train station, you’ll be greeted by some of the most amazing panaoramic views you’ll ever see without hardly seeing a person.  I believe Scott and I saw 4 other people the whole time we walked the upper trail.  Not only that, but it is the perfect light for photographs if you’re into that thing like I am.
  • After a few hours on the upper trails, get on the train to the Garganta del Diablo (or walk the 2km trail) and check out the waterfall that everyone talks about.  It’s amazing and if you are lucky enough to dodge the Asian tour groups you’ll be able to get a good picture or two.  It’s pretty easy to stay ahead of them if you walk with a quicker pace.
  • Take the train back to the main station (where the Verde Trail lets out) and head on down to the lower trail.  From here you’ll be able to take the boat over to island and after a quick dip in the river, hit the 200 plus stairs up for some more amazing and even more up close views of the falls.
  • After that, you should be close to worn out and able to catch the last bus back to town which I think was around 4pm.
  • A few more quick tips.  Bring lunch and have a picnic overlooking the falls, you won’t regret it.
  • Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
  • Bring WATER, it was hot as hell while we were there.
  • Plan on getting wet, especially at the Devil’s Throat and the Lower Trail.
  • If you have the time go to the restaurant named Color and order the Lomo in pepper sauce, it was one of the best meals I’ve ever tasted, too bad Scott ordered it!  Around 10pm it picks up and we were even lucky enough to have Los de Igazu playing some amazing live music for us.
  • Another surprisingly good meal was the chicken tenders from the bus station restaurant, they were actually some of the best I’ve ever had.  We liked them so much we went back a few times and the guy behind the counter would laugh as we’d order them again.
  • We stayed at the Marco Polo Inn room #1 it was a nice and friendly place with a good location near the bus terminal but we heard the Hostel Inn was a really good place to stay.  The location was well out of town but they arranged cheap transportation for the quick ride into town and also had a lot of cool sounding activities.
  • If you are flying in.  Book your minibus return trip to the airport in advance, it will be a good deal cheaper than a cab and its impossible to get the minibus if you don’t book before hand.
  • Also, we found out late that for the 5 days surrounding the Full Moon you can visit the Falls at night which should provide some amazing views and night photography.

Hope this is semi helpful for anyone planning on visiting Puerto Igazu and the Igazu Falls.

Have a great time Annie!