This class has been a very enjoyable and fun class. I decided to take this class because I needed a one credit class that would be relatively easy to fulfill. This class also sparked my interest because it did not last for the entire semester and it sounded like an interesting class that would only be around for this semester since the bike race was a once in a lifetime opportunity to have here in Richmond, Virginia. It was never a bad thing that the tuition was discounted for these courses either.
I am a criminal justice and homeland security major, so a class like this is not the usual type of classes I am a part of. I have not really had any previous experiences working with media and covering events, so I thoroughly enjoyed getting to learn about it and getting to practice some of it myself. It was really neat to read other people’s work in this class and learn from them too, especially those who were interning for the Richmond Times Dispatch.
What I found the most interesting was actually being able to be a part of the bike race and experience this opportunity. It is awesome that our college could be such a big part of this event and helped it run so successfully. Seeing how it brought the community together and how many people traveled here for this event was neat. When I watched the news and looked at media through the duration of this event, I also enjoyed seeing a lot of positivity and hearing about what was taking place during this event and how I could get involved. News and media is normally negative, so having this positivity right here where we lived was great to experience.
The only thing I was not a huge fan of was figuring out the whole RamPages site. I am used to the traditional format of Blackboard and would much rather prefer using that. Once the layout of the class website was changed, it was a little easier to understand and navigate through, but I have never used this before prior to this semester. I also enjoyed learning how to use new media outlets throughout this class that I had never looked at or used before.
Main and 5th. Pace car following the racer going down the hill. Shimano was a big sponsor of the entire event. In the front, you can also see the lead motorcycle.
Biker representing Mexico during the men’s individual time trials. Located at Main and 5th.
Some spectators and a volunteer watching the races. The volunteers were able to stand on the roads and helped people cross the streets and answer questions about information anyone needed. Everyone else had to remain behind the gates that closed the streets off. The weather was pretty rainy this day and it was a workday so there were not a lot of people around,
Thai Racer during the individual men’s time trials located on Main and 5th. You can see the media in the background.
Another Thai racer coming down Main and 5th during the men’s individual time trials. Being followed by the media crew and the chaser vehicles.
Irish racer coming down the hill on Main and 3rd during the woman’s individual time trials. She had great form. Looks like a very expensive bike. You can also see spectators watching the races.
A Norwegian racer coming down the corner of Main and 3rd during the women’s individual time trials. A spectator told me that there was an accident that had just happened around the bend right before I had gotten there.
Start/Finish Line on Broad Street. Beautiful location for the races to take place.
Sign inside the Fan Fest at the Greater Richmond Convention Sign. This sign was affiliated with the Virginia is for Lovers exhibit.
Had the opportunity to interview Keith Perrin from Mechanicsville, Virginia this weekend while downtown at the bike races. He is 44 years old and is an Electrician. He started following bike races in 2005 because of Lance Armstrong’s movement. This week was the first week of races that he has ever attended. His favorite rider is Alberto Contador. The furthest that he traveled was to watch a race was downtown Richmond from Mechanicsville where he stayed 6 hours watching the race intently. The other sports that he follows include traditional sports such as tennis, football and basketball. His wife and 4 kids think he is crazy that he watches cycling on television and that he went downtown all by himself to watch the races throughout this past week. He believes that Richmond did a fantastic job in putting on this event this week and is very sad that it is over but has a lot of great pictures to remember it by.
Couldn’t get the fire engine out due to snow. Had to pile equipment and personnel into a 4 wheel drive brush truck. Picture was taken in 2010 on the return trip to the firehouse.
My wife and God-daughter excited to ride the tractor to pick out pumpkins at the pumpkin patch. She wanted all the pumpkins in the field and made me carry as many as I could on the way back to get the discounted price! They love hanging out together. Taken in October 2014.
God daughter helping me water my Mothers plants while they were in Key West. She thought it would be funny to soak me rather than the plants. She loves spending time in her nightgowns more than any other type of clothing. Taken in August 2014.
On the range with work testing out new suppressors for all different weapons. Shooting Benelli M2 with SilencerCo Salvo. I will use this suppressor from now on hunting waterfoul. In this picture, I am patterning this gun. Taken in May 2015.
Getting one of my diving certifications through a class taken at VCU. Water temperature that day was 34 degrees. Made for a lovely day. From February 2013.
Working on my dump truck with a co-worker. Who knew a 1972 Ford F600 could look so good? Taken July 2015.
Spending time with my wife the week before we started school and my final semester at VCU. She is in nursing school so we don’t always have a lot of time together. Also that evening we enjoyed some of the corn that is seen in the background in the field behind her house. Taken in August 2015.
Working on the farm building a shooting range. Dog days of summer, but that tractor had the coldest air-conditioning of any tractor I have ever used. Clearing out brush and getting ready to grade the soil to build a more permanent range. From July 2014.
Clematis’ first bloom of the season. I do landscaping/nursery/farming work and have thousands of plants planted everywhere. This was taken at a customers house that absolutely loved this plant. From May 2015.
This is one of my most fondest memories from when I was in Key West with my best friend. We caught many different species of fish and a couple of citations on our kayaks. Cannot wait to go back. Took the kayaks out everyday and to this day, this is still the home screen on my phone. Taken in July 2012.
Hello everyone. My name is James and I am a Criminal Justice Major with a minor in Homeland Security. I will be graduating in December after a long 6 years. Outside of school I am big into fly fishing for anything that swims. I also am big into shooting rifles long range. I also own my own business doing landscape design and construction. I signed up this course to fill a one credit gap to graduate. I do have a few bikes and used to race off road. I use Facebook and Twitter throughout high school and college. I also hope for the best for everyone!