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For Sale: A Guide to Buying Your First House

Posted in 258 School Work on December 17, 2009 by dtopp18

For those looking to buy a first house, there is a lot to consider.  Where do I buy?  How much do I spend?  How will I afford this?  With the struggles the economy has been through, now may be a better time then ever to buy that first home.  Click here to see a video with a buyer’s guide to finding that first house.


Tips For First Time Homebuyers

Posted in 258 School Work on December 17, 2009 by dtopp18

Now may be the best time to buy a home for first time buyers. (Photo by: David Topp)

The economy has been tough on everyone, but for first time homebuyers it may be a blessing in disguise.  Financial experts say it’s a sounds investment as long as you don’t pay more than the house is worth or get a mortgage that is too big for you to pay.

Real estate agents are reaching out to first time homebuyers more than ever.  Listen to Alyssia Essig, a Real Estate Agent with Prudential Carruthers Real Estate in Baltimore, as she has a couple of tips for those first time buyers.

The Ups and Downs of Towson Soccer

Posted in 258 School Work, Towson Soccer on December 11, 2009 by dtopp18

A common simile in sports is to compare the events of an athletic season to that of a roller coaster.  Success and failure, up follows down, more success and more failure.  It’s a formula that most teams can relate too.  For this year’s Towson University mens soccer team, it was no different.

Pre-season match results had fans excited following a 3-1 start to the season.  A disappointing 1-0 loss to local rival UMBC, was the start of a four-game losing streak

At this point in the season it was a matter of, “Becoming Towson,” junior defender and co-captain, Scott Horta said.

Horta along fellow co-captain, sophomore goalkeeper John Steele took time to discuss their early season feelings and how they would prepare for the season ahead.

The Tigers then found some success with a 2-1 road win over a very talented George Mason University team, followed by a 2-1 win at home over, then no.20, Old Dominion University.

But what goes up must come down, and that the Tigers did as they would then lose their next two road matches. 

The results that followed only solidified the roller coaster description of the season.  A win at home versus the University of Delaware preceded a loss at Virginia Commonwealth.

With its playoff hopes on the line, the Tigers would face Hofstra University at home.  On a rain-soaked field, Towson fell to the Pride, 1-0, thus ending any chance of a playoff appearance this season.

The Tigers would then split the remaining matches on the schedule, winning at home against Georgia State and losing to James Madison on the road in the season finale.

With no playoff berth to speak of, the Tigers can hang their collective hat on the expectations of next season

In the meantime, players will continue to train for the anticipated following season.  Here are a few training tips and exercises for soccer players looking to improve their fitness level during the off-season.


Enjoying Life: Happy and Healthy

Posted in 258 School Work on November 24, 2009 by dtopp18

Happiness can be found in a variety of different ways: socially, relationally, monetarily or religiously, just to name a few.  Former Towson University student, Ryan Cook has found happiness through his health and the health of others.  Cook, a personal trainer at Premier Fitness & Weight Management Center in Annapolis, Md., has found good health to be the key not only his happiness but those around him as well.

Return of the Suggestion Box

Posted in 258 School Work on November 23, 2009 by dtopp18

I know the holiday is right around the corner, but it’s kind of a sad day around here.  With the semester winding down, ever-so quickly, this looks like the last time we’ll get to use the suggestion box.

We (my 258 class) have one final story to be written and then a short post putting everything together.  The idea is to have a wrap-up to the semester long beat.  My was the Towson mens soccer team for those of you just joining us.  And incase you missed it, soccer is over.  So I can’t say I have an exciting playoff story for you, as this year’s team did not qualify for the playoffs.

For now the idea is I would like to talk to coach Frank Olszewski and a returning player or two.  I’m sure you’re wondering who said player(s) is, well if I knew I’d tell you.  So for now let’s call it my element of surprise for this story.

As always your suggestions to this story are welcome.

Welcome to the (slide)Show

Posted in 258 School Work on November 18, 2009 by dtopp18

Next week I have slide show due.  After some digging, some searching and a few declines to my slideshow invitation, I have come to a decision.  I’m going to give you a little insight into the world of a personal trainer.  I have worked at a health club for a few years now, I’ve even become certified to train people during that time. 

I’ll be working with a friend of mine, one of the trainers who has been at the club longer than I have.  His name is Ryan Cook, he’s a very knowledgable person and is nice enough to help me out here.  Surprisingly enough, Ryan is also former Towson University student. 

It’s Tigers helping Tigers…okay, I just made that up, but it sounded good, right?

Keep an eye out of the next few days and I’ll have a slide show, giving a little more understanding as to what personal training is like.  And for those of you who are wondering, it’s not just of bunch of fitness magazine cover model wanna bees…although I’ve run into a few of them in my time as well.

Which SportsCenter do you watch?

Posted in 258 School Work on November 12, 2009 by dtopp18

Okay, so my title may be a bit misleading, but it was still fun when I thought of it.

For this assignment I had to watch TV.  Really?, you ask?  This may be the most fun assignment I’ve had all year.  Or maybe just the easiest. 

The task was to watch a television show and discuss any of the editing techniques seen that we have talked about in class.  It may have better to watch a less polished show, that way I could see what is done well and what still needs work.  I say, why not watch the best?  Rehashing what is found in well edited video…well, it’s all there when you talk about ESPN video. 

-Highlight the best footage     Check

-Tell a story in a compelling way     Check

-Natural sound     Check

-Variety of shots     Check

I don’t have a replay of today’s show.  Sadly, they don’t offer replays of the shows.  But what they do have are replays of the commercials or certain segments of the show.  To get the point across I do have two SportsCenter commercials.  I think you will see what I’m talking about, when I say it’s all there.  Okay, maybe it’s not all there, but they do make some funny commercials…