My First “Viral” Tweet & Breaking News Craziness!

So, June 1st 2015 will always be a fun day for me to look back upon.  That was the day I helped break the news that Tiger Woods had arrived at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor to play a practice round at Chambers Bay before the upcoming 2015 US Open.

A friend sent me a text late Sunday night telling me Tiger had arrived.  I asked for proof and was sent a picture of his plane.  I quickly Google Image searched his plane and it matched up.  I asked for permission to share and proceeded to write up a short tweet sharing the news onto the "Twittersphere".  One thing I didn't know is apparently nobody else had done the same thing.  Local news media got hold of it and sent it out to their followers.  Soon after, national newswires had it and my tweet was showing up everywhere as the reference point for Tiger's arrival.  It was on the local news, national golf websites, and even the USA Today sports page. 

Needless to say, it was pretty fun seeing how many hits it was getting on Twitter.  Another fun thing was how many people I know saw it listed somewhere.  Old friends contacted me to say hello and over 200 people clicked onto my website directly from social media.  All this because I simply sent out a picture of a plane. Must have been a slow news day. 

If you're coming to the Tacoma/University Place/Chambers Bay area for the US Open and need a place to stay, please take a look at Chambersbayhousing.com for great options available.

Here are some links showing all the random places my tweet showed up yesterday. 

 

 

 

KING 5 NEWS

SEATTLE PI

GOLF CHANNEL

USA TODAY

FOX SPORTS

MY FAVORITE LINK

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 3:23 pm
Steve Sloboda | Category: Chambers Bay, Memories, Recognition, Shameless Self Promotion, University Place, US Open Golf, Videos | Tagged , , , , , ,

New 3-D Home Walkthrough Technology is Pretty Sweet!

In the world of real estate marketing, new technology seems to come out every week and frankly, it can get a little overwhelming.  I tend to let the fads show themselves before jumping 100% on board.  However, in the case of this new 3D walkthrough technology, I'm all over it from the start.

You can tour a property like you're walking through it similar to Google Street View.  Take a look at downstairs then upstairs, and then take a look upstairs again.  Take a look at the floorplan….Then take a look like it's a dollhouse.  All those options are there for the viewer. 

It really is a remarkable tool that could change the way pictures are used for real estate listings.  Take a look at my latest version here.  Walk through the house and let me know what you think.  I love to talk about the latest and greatest technology tools.

 

 

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm
Steve Sloboda | Category: Real Estate News, Technology, Videos | Tagged , , , , , ,

Check Out Michael Jordan’s Mansion For Sale at Auction

Michael Jordan's house outside Chicago is up for auction later this month and you just have to see this video tour!  There aren't many things I would change about this place.  It's spectacular in every sense of the word.  Does anybody out there have an extra twenty or so million dollars to blow?  If so, I'll happily set you up with the auctioneers.  If you get the place, I promise to visit often.  It's OK, the place is huge.  You won't even know I'm there.

Take a look….What do you think?

 

 

 

For more information, Here's a link to the home's website:  Air Jordan's House

 

Are you a Pierce County luxury homeowner?  If not, would you like to be?  If you're thinking about buying or selling we should talk.  My team and I have ability to replicate and expand upon some of the innovative marketing techniques used for homes like this Jordan estate.  I've participated in almost half the sales over $1M in University Place since 2011.  With the US Open at Chambers Bay on the way, University Place is on the verge of major exposure and high desirability.  I'm ready and willing to help you make the most of the high end real estate market here in the Tacoma, Gig Harbor, University Place, and Steilacoom areas.

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 9:18 am
Steve Sloboda | Category: Basketball, Chambers Bay, Funky Houses, Memories, Real Estate News, Shameless Self Promotion, Suggestions, University Place, US Open Golf, Videos | Tagged , , , , , ,

Tacoma Man Plays “Taps” Nightly…

I stumbled across this story today and felt it necessary to share.  People like this make the world around them better.  It amazes me how 24 notes on a trumpet can stir about so much emotion.

Take a look:

http://goo.gl/CMnqW

Have a great day!

 

SS

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm
Steve Sloboda | Category: Memories, Randomness, Recognition, Videos | Tagged , , , , , ,

Jon Kitna Does Things Right

In 1997 I started working in ticket sales for the Seattle Seahawks.  It was my dream job (at the time) and everything about it was pretty much awesome.  One of the coolest coincidences was the Seahawks acquisition of Jon Kitna from Tacoma's Lincoln High School.  Jon had starred at baseball and football at Lincoln then went on to a great career at Central Washington University.  If not for a chance meeting with Coach Dennis Erickson, whose son was also a student at CWU, that would have been the end of it and Jon would have gone on to a teaching career with some football coaching on the side.

That wasn't the end of it though.  Coach "E" saw Jon play and decided he needed a "shot" at the NFL.  He had an NFL body and the mind of a mathematician.  That combination is rare, so a chance he got.  First the practice squad, then the NFL Europe where he ripped it up for the Barcelona Dragons.  From there, Jon made the active Seahawks roster and actually started quite a few games while battling Hall of Famer (and Husky Legend) Warren Moon for playing time.

One of my favorite things about working for the Seahawks was the fun interaction I experienced with Jon.  I was sales guy and he was a practice squad player turned NFL starter….That didn't matter though.  We were both kids from Tacoma walking through NFL halls and absolutely loving it.  There were more than a few times when we talked about the old neighborhood and how cool it was to represent our home town together.  Jon knew that he could have been making ticket sales calls like the other former college athletes that were in my department.  He was living the dream…And I was happy to be witnessing it first hand.

Then came Mike Holmgren and the fit for Jon wasn't right.  Jon signed with Cincinnati and went on to play with Detroit and Dallas….15 years in the NFL!  While playing pro football Jon never lost sight of his first dream….Teaching math and coaching high school football.  Last year, when his career finally came to end, Jon immediately jumped into the "dream" career he always wanted.  A month into his "retirement" Jon started teaching and coaching at his alma mater, Lincoln High School.

It really is a story worthy of front page news.  He doesn't have to be there.  He doesn't need to be there.  He's chosen to be there with intent to make a true difference.  It's great when pro athletes make appearances at schools and hospitals to lift spirits and sign autographs.  What Jon is doing at Lincoln is amazing, inspiring, and absolutely fantastic.  It's more than an appearance, it's immersion in the community.  To him, it's what seems right.

There have been nice articles written locally but this national one I've linked below really tells the story well.  There is a lot more to be written about Jon's journey but the start is something pretty legendary already.  Coach Kitna is doing things right.  Stay tuned…

http://goo.gl/tA7UC

 

 

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 10:36 am
Steve Sloboda | Category: Football, Memories, Recognition, Schools, Videos | Tagged , , , , ,

Take a Break…For Goodness Sake-

Are the longest breaks you take these days stopping for red lights and standing in line at the grocery store?  Sometimes I feel like mine are.  Why are we so bad at taking breaks, even when one would improve our energy level and our concentration?

Here are some ideas on how to take better ones. I like the “thumb and pinkie brain break.”  What is your favorite?

Have a great day!  Please let me know if you need anything.

Speaking of Breaks.  Here’s a great way to spend four minutes….And put a hop to your step for the rest the day.

 

http://youtu.be/p6_H7eTQi9w
Posted on April 6, 2012 at 9:20 am
Steve Sloboda | Category: Memories, Randomness, Uncategorized, Videos | Tagged , ,

Dumpster or Deluxe One-Room Home? You Decide.

Would you live in a dumpster?  This one has hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances.  No joke!

Here are some other unusual homes.  Don’t miss the one in Pullman made from used car parts.  Rumor has it the President of WSU is interested.  He said it would be an upgrade from campus…Kidding, of course.  (Go Dawgs)

 

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm
Steve Sloboda | Category: Funky Houses, Randomness, Real Estate News, Videos | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Proud to be a member of the Arenasolution.org Advisory Committee.

Recently I was approached to join the advisory committee for the ArenaSolution.org group working “behind the scenes” to support a regional effort to bring a world class arena facility, premium concerts, and new professional sports teams (NBA/NHL) to the Puget Sound area.

By assembling a large and diverse coalition willing to publicly state support of these efforts, ArenaSolution.org is demonstrating to political and private business leaders the public’s overwhelming desire to find an arena solution.   This solution must be responsible to the taxpayers and spur economic growth, while bringing a strong sense of pride to the community.

Please let me know if you’d like to join the effort to build a new facility, bring the NBA back, and possibly land an NHL team.  For a list of people already involved please click this link for an info sheet.
(I’m on page 7)  http://goo.gl/3fqFl

Take a look at the Arenasolution.org website here:  http://www.arenasolution.org

Lastly, if you haven’t seen it, please set aside a couple hours and watch this well produced documentary about the events that led to the Sonics departure. 

SS

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm
Steve Sloboda | Category: Basketball, Memories, Videos | Tagged , , , ,

Check Out the Husky Stadium Farewell 360 Fan Picture!

So, this is pretty much the coolest picture ever.  You can pan all the way around Husky Stadium just before kickoff of the last game before the remodel.

The GigaPixel FanCam image consists of more than 20 billion pixels, allowing you to zoom in and explore every corner of Husky Stadium. If you were there, be sure to tag yourself in the FanCam to prove it! If not, you can still tag anything
cool you find.

Enjoy the Husky Stadium Farewell Game FanCam, and share it with your friends!

Here’s the fan and stadium tribute video that was played on the big screen.  It was very well done.  I have so many great memories in that Stadium.  Excited for the new and will fondly remember the old!  Go Dawgs!

 

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm
Steve Sloboda | Category: Football, Memories, Schools, Videos | Tagged , , , , , , ,

November is Movember…A Month Long Celebration of the Mustache.

Movember is a month-long celebration of the mustache.  It was started to highlight men’s health issues – specifically prostate and testicular cancer.  During the month of November, participants grow a mustache and raise funds for charities like the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. 

Here are the official rules.  Let me know if you spot any participants and have a great Movember!

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 9:42 am
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