Bruins and Celtics

Flyers vs. BruinsThe Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres in the first round in 6 games and have advanced to play the Philadelphia Flyers (a rematch of the new years day game at Fenway). This series should be very close and very physical and has already proven to be as the bruins have won the first two games of the series in Boston and now go on the road to Philly for two games and back to Boston if necessary. I am loving the Bruins play as of late, they are looking more physical and aren't sacrificing the defense when doing so. The best part is, they are finally scoring goals! In the regulars season they averaged 2.4 goals per game, so far in the 2010 Playoffs they average 3.1. It is definitely exciting especially after the return of Marc Savard whose overtime goal in game 1 of the 2nd round won the game for the B's. It will be interesting if they and Pittsburgh advance and we see a reunion of Matt Cooke and Savard. Cooke was the one who took the cheap shot on Savard that put him out for the season until now.

Marc Savard Video

NHL Playoffs Link

KGThe Celtics also made it thorough their first round against the Miami heat winning their series in 5 games. They now face their rivals the Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2010 NBA MVP Lebron James. This is a tough series no doubt for the aging Celtics. They are enormous underdogs and are picked by the majority of ESPN Analysts to lose in 6 games. The key to success for the Celtics is to not turn the ball over and to not foul as much as they have been. They have been great the first 3 quarters this playoffs but as we saw last night when they led by 21 with 9:00 left in the 4th quarter and then at 5:40 in the 4th their lead was only 10. They came back to win significantly and now share a 1-1 series with the Cavs as they head to Boston for two games. This split was huge because the Celtics are better on the road then at home this season so to get the split was nice.

NBA Playoffs link

Town of Plymouth

Since we are all students here at Plymouth I thought it would be cool to have everyone write about what they love to do here in Plymouth or surrounding towns. We are right in the heart of New Hampshire and have access to all the fun places in a relatively short distance. There are so many things to do and I don't think everyone is really aware of all the places to have fun at.

I have created a list of several hobbies of mine

Tuckerman's Ravine

1. Skiing/Tuckerman's Ravine

2. North Conway or Tilton

3. The Falls

4. Golfing

North Conway, NH

5. Wiffle Ball/Softball

6. Polish Horseshoes

7. Grilling

Common Man Inn

8. Common Man Restaurants/Spa/Inn

9. Hiking/Biking

10. Kayaking/Fishing

Polish Horsheshoes

These are all things i love to do here in Plymouth or places to visit that aren't to far away and have a lot to offer. I am interested to see what others have to say about their favorite things in Plymouth.

Favorite Ski Resorts

I am an avid skier and although i prefer skiing out west at Mammoth, Vail and Breckenridge when i can. But I have a hard time deciding on the best mountain to ski at here in New England. I decide to ask the rest of you what your favorite mountains are and why?

Personally My favorite in New Hampshire would have to be Bretton Woods and Sunapee. I work as a ski instructor at a small place called McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, NH and whenever parents of my students ask for good resorts I tell them Sunapee and Bretton Woods. Not so much for kids but as far as the best places in NH these would have to be my choices.

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Bretton Woods is my favorite because first of all because of the scenery. Easily the most picturesque mountain in New Hampshire. It is located in the heart of the White Mountains right across from the beautiful Mount Washington Hotel. Bretton woods is two mountains in one and includes a huge glade area for tree skiers. The mountain is so large and the lifts so efficient that you never really notice lines. Especially when you head to the west mountain. Bretton is a terrific mountain especially with the scenery and the small but fun town of North Conway, NH.

Bretton Woods

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Sunapee is a mountain that most people wouldn't think about as one of their favorite mountains but the more time i spend here, the more i like it. It isn't as large as the well known mountains but it is def worth your time. Sunapee is like the hidden jewel of the ski resorts in NH. There is plenty to do, glades, intermediate, expert trails and a park, Sunapee has it all. It is located in the western part of the state and no matter how busy it gets you really dont notice it because of the setup of the mountain.

Mount Sunapee

I encourage you allto post about your favorite resorts so that I can see what mountain i may be missing out on. Maybe you feel the same way about these mountains as i do or maybe not. Leave you comments and explain which are your favorites and why.

Verizon Data Charges are BS

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So I have Verizon wireless as my carrier and my EnV touch cell phone is up for an upgrade. So the other day i go into Best Buy (I have best buy's insurance on my Verizon phone because best buy insurance is better) and I start looking at phones that i may like. I like the HTC droid eris and the Motorola droid. Then i see this sign that says "requires data package of 29.99 or higher! I ask the person working and he says ya that the newthing Verizon is doing. They put all their phones into three classes; 3G Smart phones, 3G Multimedia and Feature Phones. phones in the 3G Smartphone category require a $29.99 monthly charge in addition to what you already pay for your plan, 3G multimedia phones require an additional $9.99 charge and feature phones done require an additional charge. The charge allows you to surf the web basically for free with the $29.99 charge, the $9.99  charge gets you a limited amount of data usage.

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These charges are mandatory for the first 3 months and after that you have   to cancel the charges and not have to pay them. Personally my bill is 50 a month so if I want the HTC droid eris it will end up costing me $80 per month for as long as i want the access. that's an extra $360 dollars per year...even if i only use it for the 3 months that's an extra 90 bucks, that's almost two normal payments for me...i think this is ridiculous and should be eliminated. Verizon is great but this is stupid. 30 a month isn't cheap, hell, 10 a month isn't cheap. Makes me never want to get a new phone, anybody have any comments to this? or suggestions?

Verizon Wireless Link

Bottle or Can?

This is a questions that really gets me thinking as a college student...bottle or can? When i buy beer i personally but bottles because i think the taste is better and i just feel better having a bottle in my hand as opposed to a can. I figured this would make a good post because I am sure I could get a lot of responses back, because as college students, most of us have had a drink or two before.

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Pros:

more sophisticated: everyone knows you look more sophisticated drinking beer from a botttle as oposed to a can

better tasting: beer tastes better out of a bottle

design: if its an amber (brown) colored bottle, the bottle allows less light into the beer which keeps the taste of the beer in the bottle and doesn't dilute it

labels: if your a collector, the labels on glass bottles are pretty cool as well as the caps.

Cons:

cost: most of the time bottles are more expensive than cans

size: take up more room and are less convenient

This is what I came up with,  if you want to add pros and cons or switch some from what I have please leave your input so we can spark some conversation....I found some interesting facts on beer when researching..beer id the third most consumed beverage after water and tea and dates back to 3500 B.C.!

according to wiki answers, the top 5 purchased beers in the U.S. are

1. Budweiser
2. Bud light
3. Miller Draft
4. Miller lite
5. Coors

Plymouth State Professional Sales Program

Sales...what is it? Used car dealer, door to door salesman, Jehovah's Witness people, cell phone kiosks in the mall? This is what most people think of when they think of sales. I have to admit i was one of these people before last semester when I took Professional Selling Skills I with Professor Robert Nadeau. At first I took it because I needed some business electives and I thought i t might be fun. I have never been so into a class, everything about sales made me excited. I loved the atmosphere of sales courses mostly because of how we learned. We learned from an experienced Professor (Bob was with Liberty Mutual as a senior executive for 25 years) and he uses all of his experiences and shortcuts to help us become prepared for life after school. We also have the opportunity to meet with representatives of high end companies such as: ADP, EMC, HP, Enterprise, Xerox, Liberty Mutual just to name a few. Every week or so we have reps from companies such as these who come in and speak to us as a class and provide us with the information on how to become successful. Several student sincluding myself have even received job offers or internship offers from these companies.

Myself, Professor Nadeau and Cris Roce

The skills you learn go way farther than learning how to be good at sales, this course teaches you how to be a professional. We work on resume building, interview skills, learnign the steps of the sales process, learnign hwo to sell and learnign how to be a confident sale sperson. We also have the opportunity to attend the worlds lrgest sales competition, the NCSC (National Collegiate Sales Competition) in Atlanta, GA hosted by Kennesaw State University. Each student submits a sales video of thesm selling a product. The professors then select 10 finalists and the finalists vidoes are sent to the reps from the companies that speak to us in class and they pick the 2 who represent Plymouth State in Atlanta (I was one of the 2 selected for this year). Each school with a sales program sends 2 students to this competition. Out of 4, 358 universities in the United States, under 60 have a llaes program. And among those 60, only 2 have a sales program in New England, UCONN and Plymouth. That alone is something to be proud of being a Plymouth student.

Sales is a career that the majority of college student send up in and you mine as well train for it while in school so you can be more successfull after. I received 6 internship offers from attending the NCSC andthe other student who went with me who was a senior received a job offer making over 65,000 a year his first year. The opportunities are mind boggling and I encourage anyone looking for a sense of direction to take the course. even if it is just to fill an elective, you could end up like i did and loving it.

I encourage you all to speak with Professor Nadeau even if its just to chat, his door is always open to new students and tell him I sent you and I am sure he will be excited to meet you as I have helped him advertise this program.

Professor Bob Nadeau- ranadeau@plymouth.edu

iPad

iPad Top & Bottom

By now I am sure everyone is aware of the newest craze as far as technology goes. It's the Apple iPad. The Apple iPad is basically a laptop, iPod, Kindle, HDTV all rolled into one. Leave it to Apple to always create the newest and best thing out there. And knowing their products and the reputation of them as well as the popularity, this thing should be pretty successful.

The iPad can watch movies and TV, can have pictures on it, can go online as well as view e-mail. The iPad has a "ultra-light" design weighing just 1.5 pounds. It has a 10" touchscreen and is only 1/2 thick. It has a 10 hour battery life and it is wireless.

You can purchase things like docks for the iPad, wireless keyboards etc. iPad is also compatible with all of the Apple features, such as: iTunes, Safari, You Tube, iBooks, Apple App Store, Map features, iWork just to

name a few!

iPad Photos

Basically this new Apple product can do it all and has everything to make it a popular tool. The Apple iPad is available in 16, 32 or 64 GB and ranges in price from $499.99 to $699.99 for standard Wi-Fi iPads or $629.99 to $829.99 for the Wi-Fi + 3G network.

If I can come up with the money this may be something I invest in just because of all of the capabilities it has.

For more information on the Apple iPad please visit http://www.apple.com/ipad/

Plymouth State Parking

PSU ParkingI love Plymouth State, but I HATE!!! everything that has to do with parking. Whether its parking meters, parking lots, no parking, parking for visitors only, no parking between 8:00 and 3:00, meter people, police etc. all of this has and effect on the parking situation at Plymouth State. I love the ideas of parking permits for certain lots (but only the lots in front of dorms, Langdon Woods, Pemi, Student Apps.) but lots like Grafton, Hyde after classes are done, the one across from Hyde and behind the HUB. I think that all of these lots should be "free parking" not free in the sense that it doesn't cost anything because if they wanted to they could put meters up, but don't restrict the lots for permits. I mean, during the day its fine because I understand teachers need spots as well as students who commute, but how about the student who lives in Fox Park and wants the dining hall for lunch, he/she takes their car and cant find parking because everything is either 15 minutes only or reserved for certain permits. It is a bit ridiculous.

My other issue is with the meters. Meters are great (not really, they suck) but can we have a uniformed set of meters? Some are quarters only others take nickels dimes and quarters. I can't even count how many times I have been driving to class find a parking spot and then realize that I have dimes and nickles but now quarters. I mean if I'm going to park next to Hyde (between Hyde and center lodge) where the meters are before class and I have an hour and fifteen minute class, why should I have two put in 2 quarters giving me two hours of parking time when I am only going to need 1 hr 15 min? Wouldn't it be better if all the meters took quarters, dimes and nickles? Then i could put in a quarter and a dime, giving me 1 hr and 24 min. I mean it may sound like I'm taking this too far but it definitely helps.

And if a student has a parking permit and is parked in a lot that may be for certain permits only and there are 50+ empty spots, look the other way. I mean college students are poor enough, we cant afford these $20, $30, $50 dollar tickets. Same goes for down at the PE center, they ticket people down there now as well. Ridiculous.

Anyone with me?

If so maybe we can write some letters or print these posts and send them to the University/Police/Chamber of Commerce and get the meters replaced or allow them to take all types of change, that is an easy fix and it's a step in the right direction. I can't even imagine how much money, the town or police or whoever gets the money, makes off of tickets...I know they have gotten a lot of money from me. Make me feel like I'm not alone with this one.

Opening Day 2010

Opening Week 2010

Opening Week 2010

Opening day for Major League Baseball was held Sunday, April 4th at 8:00 pm in Boston's Fenway Park. This made for a very exciting Opening day because the Boston Red Sox were taking on the 2009 World Series Champion New York Yankees. The game started off with a surprise even before the game officially started. It all started when Pedro Martinez came out of the Green Monster wearing a Red Sox jersey and threw out the first pitch of the 2010 season. There was a surprisingly warm welcome for Pedro even though Pedro left that team not on the best of terms. This game was extremely exciting and went back and forth and just like a true Sox vs. Yanks match-up, exciting till the end. The Red Sox prevailed coming away with the 9 to 7 win.

Opening Day for the rest of Major League Baseball came on Monday, April 5th (except for the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles which came on Tuesday, April 6th). It was an exciting opening day as well. President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch in the Washington Nationals home opener vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. President Obama came out in his Nationals jacket and pulled out a Chicago White Sox hat before he threw the first pitch (die hard White Sox fan, and from Chicago). In this game, Roy Halladay after making the switch from the American league to the National League, won his first game, allowing 1 run over 7 innings in a 11 to 1 win. The other exciting game was the Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs. This was the heavily anticipated first at bat for 20 year old Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves and he did not disappoint. In His first at bat, Heyward took the pitch from Carlos Zambrano 476 feet to right field for hist first Major League hit in his first Major League at bat, a 3 run Home Run (becoming only the 105th player in MLB history to do so).

Watch Jason Heyward's Home Run Below

Jayson Heyward Home Run

He also recorded the fastest swing of the day according to ESPN at 114.5 mph. Heyward finished the game going 2 for 5 with 4 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Heyward said the highlight of the day fro him was being able to catch the first pitch from baseball legend Hank Aaron.

There was even a play that happened on Opening Day that many are calling the play of the year and there has only been one game played! This play took place in the Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians game. Chicago pitcher Mark Buehrle took a line drive off the foot which deflected towards the first base line, Buehrle pursued the ball and caught up with it, then flipped ball backwards between his legs to first baseman Paul Konerko who caught it bare-handed for the out.

Watch The Video Of Mark Buehrle's Play

Mark Buehrle Play Of The Year

Needless to say this year will be an exciting one for MLB and there should be plenty more spectacular plays and stories to come!

Hertz Car Rental

Over Spring Break I spent time in St. Petersburg, Florida and since I was going to be there for a week I wanted to rent a car. As most of you know most car rental places either don't rent cars to people under the age of 25 or if they do there is a hefty fee that goes along with it. I am writing to you all about Hertz Car Rental  . I was searching all over for Car Rental places and the prices were okay until I had to check the box that said "age: 19-24" this immediately changed the price from around $275.00 a week to almost $400.00!

I understand the price increase as most companies look at people our age as a liability but with these prices there was no way I was going to rent. However, i found a loophole. While browsing car Rental companies I came across Hertz and I decided to have my mom rent the car in her name and she put me on the account as a second driver. Apparently at Hertz there is a small charge to add a driver and age doesn't matter. needless to say I had the car for myself all week and my mom never drove it and I was able to keep the price down.

So if any of you plan on renting a car at some point before you are the age of 25, i encourage you to try the same and have a parent or someone over the age of 25 rent the car and just add yourself on as a second driver.

Also, if there is a car you really want but it is too expensive, try haggling, car sales people are suckers just to make a couple extra bucks. I started off renting a 2010 Toyota Camry for $286.00 for the week. When i got there I asked if they had anything a little nicer and the lady showed my mom  a 2010 Infiniti G37. She asked her how much and she said $450.00 for the week. She said she loved the car but that was way too expensive, she proceeded to say well "how about $386.00, 100.00 more than the Camry for the week". My mom said I appreciated the offer but I would just stick with the Camry although the Infiniti was a beautiful car. She then said, "well I'm not supposed to do this but how about $326.00", My mom replied with "Deal!".

In case any of you are wondering why I went with the 2010 G37 over the 2010 Camry, I have attached pictures of both to see which you prefer.

2010 Toyota Camry

2010 Toyota Camry

2010 Infiniti G37

2010 Infiniti G37