I 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 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!
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 Infiniti G37