Andrew – PureCoaster

Andrew is a ‘die-hard coaster enthusiast‘, hockey fan, and student of architecture; these are his good things.

Good things to read.

The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha.  The ultimate pick-me-up book, with a seemingly endless stream of the little things in life that just make you smile.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  My family can not recommend this book to enough people. It tells the story of a young boy named Milo and how one day a mysterious, (phantom,) tollbooth appears in his room, and with his little toy car he drives through into a “weird world beyond.” It’s full of clever humor, and is the kind of book you’ll pass on through your family.

The Imagineering Workout by The Disney Imagineers This is the book I refer to when I feel my creative juices need to get flowing. It provides exercises and encouragement to bring out the Imagineer in you, (for those of you who don’t know, these are the people at Disney who design their theme park rides.) That’s right, the people who designed your favourite ride at Disneyland have a book, and it’s full of creative tips you can apply to your everyday life.

Good things to watch.

The Italian Job (2003). This is my favourite movie, hands down. It’s an action and heist film, but it’s all real, with no CGI, and the characters actually have depth and emotion, asides from other action movies where it’s all about the fights, explosions, and car chases.

Discovery Channel . Sorry you Netflix and Hulu subscribers, the only place to get all of your science, behind the scenes, and explosions in one place only comes with cable. I personally love Mythbusters, as it combines the science of testing, with almost constant explosions. Additionally, there are shows that showcase mechanical and natural wonders, and it’s probably the most educational, yet incredibly entertaining tv channel.

Good things to use.

Whiteboard (any whiteboard).  Whether it’s to stay organized, brainstorm ideas, or just doodle, a nice big whiteboard was one of the best investments I ever made, because it’s like this little explanation of me at an instant. Plus, do yourself a favor and buy the really nice pack of 6 colors to get really creative.

Twilight .  I don’t think I’m the only one who has the guilty pleasure of using their phone or tablet before bed, and yes studies have shown that it’s bad for mental health and sleep patterns, however this Android app, (sorry iPhone users,) slowly dims the screen and slightly alters the color composition as to not strain your eyes. I’ve used it and found that it works to some degree, as staring at a screen for an hour before bed in bad no matter what, but for a safe 20-30 minutes this app will work it’s magic and give you a good nights sleep.

Sense of Thrill/Excitement.   We all know that everyday life can get a little boring at times, and every once and a while we all need some re-invigoration. Sure, the beach or an all-inclusive is relaxing and care-free, but I’d much rather be screaming and feeling that adrenaline. I personally recommend checking out amusement parks like Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain, with 16 and 18 roller coasters apiece, or parks with a general theme like the Busch parks in Williamsburg and Tampa, or the critically acclaimed Universal Orlando Resort, (this is the resort that’s giving Disney a run for their money, I highly recommend it!)

Connect with Andrew on Twitter, @PureCoaster.

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