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Closing Comments…


My last semester of college definitely flew by much faster than I wanted.  I had a lot of fun in my internship at East Carolina University, and I really think I learned a lot that will help me down the road.  At the very least, I made some great connections and references, which is what I set out to do.  Being back up in Greenville, NC with my fiance and some of my best friends has really made me happy, and I’m where I wanted to be at this point in my life.

However, as odd as it sounds, I do miss tiny good old Statesboro.  When you grow up somewhere and spend your whole life exploring its ins and outs, you grow a little attached to it.  Greenville has alwasy been my second home, but my family, my friends, and a big piece of my heart are still in the Boro.

The best thing about this semester to me is that I succeeded at another location all by myself.  After two years as play-by-play for GSU softball, I became the “Voice” of ECU softball, and in doing so, worked with a great athletic department staff, and met some great coaches and players.  I also got to call my first softball games against nationally ranked Top 25 teams, which was really cool.  Along with my first ranked games, I made the first road trips of my career to Raleigh and Chapel Hill to play NC State and UNC respectively.  I was also the face of the ECU athletics website, hosting several weekly videos that I produced.  I absolutely loved my internship, and being in town with my fiance has made me nothing by excited about the future.

The downside of this semester has been the work load I experienced.  While my internship was my priority, and always came first, it was not a paid position.  To pay the bills, I worked at my future father-in-law’s auto repair shop.  It’s good work, and it pays well, but it’s exhausting, and it’s hard to split time between making money and not making money.

To my first job out of college, which is hopefully in the making as we speak, I will take a much stronger work ethic, and an even more impressive amount of experience for someone my age.  I’ve worked hard to sharpen my broadcasting skills, and to expand my list of connections, so we’ll see how they’ll pay off.  I also kind of have the feeling that I’ve been living in the “real world” for the last few months, so I’m hoping that carries over, and there’s not a huge wave of stress (although it’s bound to happen).

Been real folks!  Enjoyed this class, and I’ve enjoyed this semester.  Hopefully I’ll see you all down the road in the professional world.

Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease

MLB comments

Although I’m not as big of a fan of MLB as I used to be, I still enjoy going to games, and the family friendly atomosphere that surrounds them.  To me, this is the reason why they’re successful in drawing fans into coming to games.  Growing up in Braves county, I always loved going to turner field for free hat days, statue giveaways, and to see the games they play on the jumbo tron.  In fact, one of my favorite memories from high school was getting to be the participant in the game where they hide the ball under the caps, they switch them all up, and I had to guess which one it is.

Obviously, the Braves seem to do a good job of enticing fans, as there’s not a person I know who would not like to go to one of their games.  I would model my PR strategy closely to what they and I’m sure a lot of teams do.  If a team is winning and playing well, it shouldn’t be too hard to get fans to come, so I would not worry as much about advertising as I would making sure the rewards in the ballpark are good.  Free hats, little statues or action figures, my t-shirts designed like jerseys (with the players’ names on the back), and some food specials are my favorite ideas.  Another idea my cousin and I came up with is that each week a hand full of playes should sign a large amount of baseballs, then during the games, when a fan catches a foul ball, a ballpark staff person will go collect that ball from them, and exchange it for an autographed ball.  Make sense? I think it’d be the coolest thing in the world.  And each week or series or whatever, different players will be on the baseballs.

Sure, life’s always easier if your team’s winning, but when they’re not, things are tougher.  I think this is where advertising needs to be a bigger role.  People would already be hesitant to leave their house to go to games, so you need to bring the fun and the incentives to them.  It’d be important to have things like free hats, autographed items, and food specials at the stadium, but it’d be even more important to spread this information.  It should be on tv, the radio, billboards downtown, everywhere!

4/20 comments…

My first destination of choioce would easily be Europe.  With it’s rich history, blend of cultures, and wide range of comforts, there are several places on the continent that I would love to see and visit.  I’d probably like to work my way around in a circular route.

I’d probably start in the United Kingdom.  I’d like to see all the sites and sounds of London and explore its history.  Then, I would move north to Cheshire County, and then on to Scotland.  These last two locations are the homes of my ancestors, and I’ve always wanted to explore my family roots.  Ireland would be a good way to end things so that I could learn to drink like an Irishman before my trip under the English Channel through the Chunnel.   Like everyone else, Paris is definitely a point o finterest for me.  I’d love to see the historical sites, eat at it’s famous cafes, and get a taste of real wine country in the French countryside.  I’d then hop on a train for Germany to see their famous castles and beer halls.  I’d like to top off that trip with a relaxing day in the Munich Beer Gardens.  From Germany, I’d probably go straight to St. Petersburg in Russia.  I’ve always had an interest in the historical value of this ancient city, and I think it has a lot ot offer.  From there, I’d probably skip over most of the Balkans to fly to Istanble in Turkey.  When talking about a mixing pot and culture clash, this is the place I think of.  It’s where Europe meets Asia, and is one of the most important cities in history.  I think a cruise from there to Greece and Italy would then be appropriate.  This is primarily for the food.  Greek and Italian cuisine is my all time favorite, and one of my favorite relaxation meals is wine with cheese, bread, and olive oil, so these places would be perfect.  I’d then probably wrap everything up by heading to Spain to stay at a nice Mediterranean resort or something before flying out.

Of course, this is all only if I had unlimited time and money, but there is a more practical approach.  If I just happen to lose interest in my life here in the U.S., I’d take all the money I have to my name, and just strand myself in Europe.  I’d just go train to train from town to town, staying in hostels and maybe finding a job here and there.  Well, maybe this isn’t as practical, but it might be fun.

Wow.  Honestly, I would have trouble convincing someone from a past generation about the advent of social media because I often wish that we still lived in such an age.  I sometimes feel that life was better when businesses and customers weren’t entirely on the same level.  There was more trust (even if the businesses weren’t entirely truthful) and local businesses were stronger because they did not always have to compete with big corporate business teams designed to attract customers.

That all being said, I do think it would be possible because of the fact that people from past generations were still people, and like us, they were always looking to advance.  Companies and businesses still went for the newer, bigger, better ways of getting money, like they do today, and social media would be the latest innovation for them to use.  If not soley for advertising purposes, social media could be introduced as a way to observe customers, and study their demands, therefore making supply much easier and faster.

Not to sound mean, but I think showing them statistics and data from today’s markets would also help convince them because they would just see the big dollar signs at the end.  They wouldn’t fully understand the information, but they would hear me say, “profit” and think, “boy howdy! This new fangled social medier thingy makes money.  I don’t get it, but if it works, I want it!”  Of course, this would make them not so different from us minus the technology gap.

4/6/2012 Comments

Oddly enough, I was just talking with one of my friends about this.  We ended up getting on Netflix, and pulling up an entire season of Hey Arnold to watch.  It really took me back and made me miss being a kid.

As for my favorite show that I would bring back, that’s a tough one.  I mean Hey Arnold, Doug, All That, Dexter’s Laboratory, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, Dragonball Z…there are simply too many to choose just one.  But if I absolutely had to say one, or at least one genre, I would pick the Looney Toons.  When compared to the rest of those shows, the Looney Tunes are the only ones who have remained constant.  They never lost their touch, were always funny, and still keep me in stitches if I’m able to find them on today.  This is why they’ve lasted through generations.  My parents grew up watching them, and still laugh at their brand of comedy today. 

The Looney Toons also weren’t limited to just one set cast either.  There were multiple characters that were funny.  Some, like Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd, lasted longer and were more popular than others.  Others might have only had a handful of episodes, but their performances were just as funny.  I truly miss the Looney Toons, and although they’re slowly making a comeback, I wish they’d come back to full strength.