September 2011 Archives
Foliage, the true sign of New England’s favorite season, Fall! People from all over the country visit New England during this time of year just to see the foliage. It’s definitely an enjoyable time of the year for all. But today’s topic may not be so enjoyable for all.
You might not be old enough to remember, but from 2007 to 2008 the Writers Guild of America went on strike. Your parent’s will most likely refer to it as simply, “The writers’ strike.” Over 12,000 writers went on strike lasting from November 2007 till February 2008. The goal of the strike was to rectify the monetary compensation the writers earned in comparison to the profits of the larger studios. To put it bluntly, it all comes down to money and the writers wanted more of it. I have to agree with them though because no matter how good the actors and actresses are in the show, if the show is boring, people won’t watch it. It’s the writers that are the heart and soul of the show, giving it its purpose. However the lack of new shows that year was extremely frustrating for me, the viewer.
The point of my story is, I almost had to have my own little writers strike. I wasn’t looking for more compensation from the University, I was just looking for…compensation period. Imagine if I decided to go on a 14 week strike. What would you, the readers, do without me!? Sure there are other blogs out there, but none like this. What else can you read week after week that leaves you both satisfied, but still wanting more?
"Show me the money!"
The University and I are on good terms, I received my compensation and there will be no strike. So you can all let out a sigh of relief.
The pen is mightier!
I’m trying to be a more active member of the UML community this year. So, some of my cronies and I decided to participate in the White Water Rafting trip offered by the Asylum last weekend. We ventured up to West Forks, Maine where the Kennebec River runs 135 miles from the Atlantic. Now on a normal day you will paddle through class 2, 3, 4 and 5 rapids with waves ranging from 4 to 6 feet high (Meh).
"You're going to need a bigger boat."
Four times a year the Power Company tests the turbines of Harris Station. The flood gates of the damn are opened and water flow is wide open to 8000 cfs (cubic feet per second).
This is nothing like the lazy river at Water Country!
Now waves are 8-12 feet high! With Rapids called Big Mama and Maytag (a.k.a washing machine), you can pretty much guarantee you’re going to get wet and tossed around. Oh and I jumped out of the boat and floated down some class 2 rapids, like a boss!
Not to give away the ending, but since your reading this blog it’s apparent I survived my Maiden Voyage.
Now you might be saying, “Hey Jared, are you really that involved in the UML community? That was one event for one day of the whole year.”
Well reader, I haven’t finished my post yet!
I also joined Engineering Student Council to provide the organization with some Plastic Engineering insight and representation. I’m also a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Oh and I write this blog, bringing you happiness and joy on a weekly basis.
Moral of the story is, try to become more involved here at UML. It may sound cliché, lame and cheesy, but it really is a great way to meet new people, learn more and try new things. The Xbox/PS3 isn’t going anywhere!
Farewell and adieu to you all!
Guess who’s back, back again, Jared’s back, tell a friend.
Guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who's back...
You didn’t think I’d go quietly into the night? You didn’t think I would vanish without a fight? I’m going to live on! I’m going to survive! Today we celebrate my comeback!
Not even a mere week after declaring free agency UML offered me a new contract for the 2011-2012 academic season. I knew they wouldn’t let me go to another team, I got my big break here at UML and I’m going to finish my career here and retire as a Riverhawk! This shouldn’t come as a shock to any of you though. I mean, what does any notable author do when they write a piece that is #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 9 straight weeks, they write another one!
Cue The Jefferson’s theme song.
I made it back from Burlington, VT in one piece, and within two shakes of a lamb’s tail I was moving into Lowell. I would have to say it was probably the easiest move of my college career; I didn’t unpack a single thing, just left everything in my car and drove over to Lowell the morning after I moved home.
A few days of R&R (interpret that however you like) and back to school we go!
“Hi and welcome to _______. My name is professor_______. Please take a few minutes to read over the syllabus and feel free to ask any questions…Any questions?...Alright, well have a good day.”
(Bird noise) love syllabus week.
3 days of wearing only white and back to school we go…for real this time though. With everyone’s pockets feeling a little lighter after shelling out the big bucks for college text books and school supplies people tend to take on a more serious persona this week (or don’t they? Refer to my blog Making Moves for more on what I mean by this).
And let us not forget that I am a senior! Let the good times roll!
Tune in next week and every week (until they tell me to stop) for more!