Wednesday, August 3, 2016

2011 Valentine's Day Hotel Packages in and Around Richmond, Virginia

Area hotels in and around Richmond, Va. have geared up for 2011 Valentine’s Day with special packages and discounts. If you are traveling to Richmond with your sweetheart, make the most of these special Valentine’s Day packages for an unforgettable romantic getaway.

Valentine’s Day 2011 Hotel Package at The Jefferson

Centrally located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Va., the Jefferson will woo couples with its exquisite interiors, friendly service and elegant décor. Since 1895, the Jefferson Hotel remains as one of the popular destinations for many discerning travelers.

For Valentine’s Day 2011, the Jefferson is offering a special Valentine’s Day rate. Valid for February 13th and 14th, couples can get a Superior Room for $169 and a Deluxe Room for $189. However, for an extra-special Valentine’s Day celebration, opt for the “Romance Package” that includes sparkling wine and strawberries upon arrival, a box of chocolate truffles at turndown, room service, full American breakfast, breakfast gratuities, valet parking and a complimentary 4:00pm checkout for. For prices and additional details contact: (804) 788-8000.

Valentine’s Day 2011 Hotel Package at The Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa

Virginia’s newest upscale hotel, The Hilton offers an unforgettable traveling experience to its guests. Along with elegant guestrooms, couples have access to Shula’s American Steak house inspired by the 1972 Undefeated Miami Dolphins NFL season and the Aura Spa that offers luxurious body treatments in an aesthetic and peaceful ambiance.

For Valentine’s Day 2011, treat your special someone to one of the following romantic hotel packages at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa. Opt for the “Sweetheart’s package” that features a deluxe guestroom with champagne and chocolate truffles. Other romantic hotel package options for Valentine’s Day 2011 include the “Lover’s Bliss” that comes with champagne, chocolate truffles and $100 spa credit, or the “Forever Yours” deluxe guestroom package with champagne, chocolate truffles and a romantic dinner at Shula’s America’s Steak House. For information and prices, call (804) 364-3600.

Valentine’s Day 2011 Hotel Package at Wedmore Place

Winner of the 2009 Golden Service Crown award by the Excelsior Business Club of Europe, Wedmore Place is a country hotel located on the grounds of Williamsburg Winery. Couples will fall in love with the European-inspired rooms featuring rustic furnishings, antiques, rich Spanish tiles, walnut parquet and wood-burning fireplaces. In addition to the rooms, Wedmore Place has three elegant and beautiful suites featuring king size beds, separate sitting rooms with wood burning fireplaces, antiques and artwork.

For a complete Valentine’s Day 2011 experience book the Romance Package at Wedmore Place that includes two nights in a Classic room, a welcome bottle of imported French sparkling wine, an hour of couples relaxation Aromatherapy massage, a 3-course dinner for two in Café Provençal along with a premium bottle of Williamsburg Winery Wine and a European-style continental breakfast for two. For price and other details, contact 866-933-6673.

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2011 Unbiased College Football Rankings, Week 02

The 2011 week 03 unbiased college football rankings following week 02. Follow how the UNBSD rankings have changed after the final 2010 rankings from ESPN . If you get the method, then you get the madness. This eliminates the biases by only using results on the field (that’s why they play the games).

1 Auburn 2-0
2 Stanford 2-0
3 Ohio St 2-0
4 Wisconsin 2-0
5 Oklahoma 1-0 DNP
6 Boise St 1-0 DNP
7 LSU 2-0 DII
8 Oklahoma St 2-0
9 Alabama 2-0
10 Arkansas 2-0
11 Michigan St 2-0
12 Virginia Tech 2-0
13 Nebraska 2-0
14 Florida St 2-0 DII
15 UCF 2-0
16 Texas A&M 1-0 DNP
17 South Carolina 2-0
18 Florida 2-0
19 Maryland 1-0 DNP
20 West Virginia 2-0
21 San Diego St 2-0 DII
22 Washington 2-0
Other teams still undefeated: 32

Some teams did not play in week 2 and others played some practice games against the FCS(DII) teams. A team should be playing FBS (DI) teams each week and taking a week off just means someone else should take your place until you do play.

Again, Auburn finds a way to win. Maybe they can run the table again?!? Nothing like being the 2004 version of yourself kept out of the big game. Auburn already beat Oregon at the end of last year, is undefeated, but is below the Ducks in the coaches pageant poll. There are 32 other undefeated teams left in the FBS and so it’s really too early to put in a full top 25–who would you rank 23, 24, 25 and could you do it without bias? I bet not.

Oregon looks to be the early favorite to have a loss that doesn’t affect their rankings. Looks like you can lose your bowl game to start the season (Cowboys Stadium vs LSU) and still have a shot at the BCS. The Ducks knocked out Nevada this week and will get a practice game in with a FCS team before playing Arizona.

In the coaches poll, not sure how TCU gets ahead of Baylor when Baylor has already beat the Horned Frogs but I guess the coaches are focused more on what’s happening to the Big 12 off the field than on the field.

As we saw tonight, Mississippi State will have a short stint in the coaches poll but they wouldn’t have been ranked anyways without bias.

Check out Week 2 to see how the rankings should have started without bias.

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2012 ACM Awards Predictions: 'New Artist of the Year'

At the 2012 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards, which are going to take place on April 1, three new male vocalists are nominated for the coveted “Top New Artist” ACM award. This year’s category, is fan-voted, where the fans will choose their favorite artist to take home the trophy.

Brantley Gilbert’s “Halfway to Heaven” CD, which was re-released in a deluxe edition via Big Machine Records, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Charts, and his single “Country Must Be Country Wide” reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts; moreover, he was a part of Willie Nelson’s “Country Throwdown” tour last year, along with Craig Campbell, Lee Brice and Randy Houser.

Hunter Hayes was also a forced to be reckoned with this past year. He was one of the seven male artists that were opening up for country-pop global phenom Taylor Swift, and his self-titled CD, which was released on October 11, 2011, debuted in the Top 10 Billboard Country Album Charts. His lead-off single “Storm Warming” and its spellbinding video were well-received by fans and listeners alike, thus becoming his first Top 15 hit, and finally his duet with Victoria Justice entitled “Almost Paradise” made the soundtrack for the remake of the motion picture “Footloose.”

Blessed with a voice reminiscent to Josh Turner’s, Scotty McCreery won Season 10 of “American Idol” last year, and signed a deal with Mercury Nashville, where his debut album “Clear as Day” debuted at the top of both the Billboard Country Charts and Billboard 200 all-genre charts, making it one of the best-selling debuts by an Idol alum. Scotty has the most Twitter followers than his fellow nominees, which enhances his chances for a win substantially and in addition his two singles “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls” has both been certified gold.

In summation, It would be great for either Hunter or Brantley to win the “ACM Top New Artist” award, since both are extremely talented musicians who have had an amazing year, however, Scotty’s popularity derived from winning the tenth season of “American Idol” is hard to be overlooked and he may reign triumphant on ACM night.

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2012 Campaign Photography

Maggie Hassan, the former majority leader of the New Hampshire State Senate and a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, held an ice cream social at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester on Thursday, August 9th. She was introduced to approximately 100 supporters by Chris Pappas, himself a candidate for the state’s Executive Council. The same room hosted an appearance by Caroline Kennedy, who was campaigning for Barack Obama, a the end of June. Hassan was endorsed by former President Bill Clinton at a Nashua rally in July.

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2012-2013 NBA Season Preview - Southwest Division

The Southwest Division in the Western Conference is the best overall division in the conference. They can easily have 4 teams challenging for playoff spots as they do every season. The weakest link is the New Orleans Hornets, but they could surprise many people this season as well. The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks are the cream of the crop with the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets making strides for serious contention.

The Spurs have a balance of both youth and experienced vets, while the Mavericks and Rockets have made major roster moves in the off-season. It’s going to be an exciting season in this division and I expect some noise.

1. San Antonio Spurs

I think it’s safe to say that the Spurs own the regular season in this division. You always think they are too old and just can’t hang anymore, but they continue to surprise everyone. They have the original “Big 3” of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginoboli and have the championships to prove how good they are. The emergence of Kawhi Leonard, Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter along with the additions of Boris Diaw and Stephen Jackson last season makes them a scary team to face.

PG – Tony Parker/Patty Mills/Cory Joseph

SG – Manu Ginoboli/Gary Neal/Danny Green/Nando De Colo

SF – Kawhi Leonard/Stephen Jackson

PF – Tim Duncan/DeJuan Blair/Matt Bonner

C – Boris Diaw/Tiago Splitter

2. Dallas Mavericks

I love the moves the Mavericks made in the off-season and expect them to make a run at another NBA championship behind Dirk Nowitzki. Everyone looked at the losses of Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and Brendan Haywood as bad things, but adding O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand and an in shape Eddy Curry equals danger for the NBA. As long as Dirk can stay healthy, they have a chance to win another title.

PG – Darren Collison/Rodrigue Beaubois/Jared Cunningham

SG – O.J. Mayo/Dahntay Jones/Dominique Jones

SF – Shawn Marion/Vince Carter/Jae Crowder

PF – Dirk Nowitzki/Elton Brand/Brandon Wright

C – Chris Kaman/Eddy Curry/Bernard James

3. Houston Rockets

The Rockets have made the most moves as any team in the off-season and I think they are much better. I honestly hate that they lost both Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic, as well as Luis Scola who is one of my favorites. The recent move acquiring James Harden, Cole Aldrich and Daequan Cook was a solid one in my opinion. Did I forget to mention Jeremy Lin is bringing Linsanity (back) to Houston.

PG – Jeremy Lin/Toney Douglas/Scott Machado

SG – James Harden/Daequan Cook

SF – Chandler Parsons/Carlos Delfino/Royce White

PF – Patrick Patterson/Donatas Motiejunas/Terrence Jones/Marcus Morris

C – Omer Asik/Cole Aldrich/Greg Smith

4. Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies didn’t do anything to their team in the off-season aside from adding Jerryd Bayless and Wayne Ellington to replace O.J. Mayo. I don’t think they made the team any better and they lost one of their main scoring threats in Mayo. Rudy Gay just isn’t a franchise player IMO and Zach Randolph needs more help scoring the ball. I honestly don’t see them getting back to the playoffs this season, because too many other teams got better.

PG – Mike Conley/Jerryd Bayless/Tony Wroten

SG – Tony Allen/Wayne Ellington/Josh Selby

SF – Rudy Gay/Quincy Pondexter

PF – Zach Randolph/Marreese Speights/Darrell Arthur

C – Marc Gasol/Hamed Haddadi

5. New Orleans Hornets

The Hornets are putting together a really good team, but isn’t ready to make a run yet this season. A healthy Eric Gordon is dangerous and the rookies Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers show great potential. The additions of Ryan Anderson, Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick will help up front as well. I can see this team making some noise and challenging for a playoff spot, but will fall short.

PG – Greivis Vasquez/Austin Rivers/Brian Roberts

SG – Eric Gordon/Xavier Henry/Roger Mason Jr.

SF – Al-Farouq Aminu/Hakim Warrick/Darius Miller

PF – Ryan Anderson/Jason Smith/Lance Thomas

C – Anthony Davis/Robin Lopez

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2012: Beam Me Up; I Am Ready

A few weeks ago, I was a guest a dinner party that was supposed to be celebrating a “50th”birthday of a friend of mine. The dinner was wonderful, and for the most part, the company was animated and refreshing. Everyone was relaxed and having a good time, until one of the guests decided to take on the role of “party annihilator”.

I don’t even know how it started, but I think someone made a joke about the economy. Well, this one joke caused this one guy to go into this freaky rant about the upcoming end of the world, which as we all know (unless you don’t have a TV in your home), is coming on December 21, 2012.

Let me just say this, if 2012 is the end of the world and so many people believe this to be, why is anyone still worried about the financial crisis? Hell, if it is the end of the world, everyone go out and charge up a storm because no one is going to be around to give a hoot if you pay anything back or if you have an 800 or 300 credit score.

Personally, if December 21, 2012 is the end, I plan on going out on my front porch and breathing deeply. I do not have that “let me re-create the world survivor instinct”. Truthfully, I probably don’t have those powerful ovaries needed to re-populate the world anymore, so my stock value in the whole rebuilding the planet scenario is minimal at best. I also do not possess the survivor skills that one might need in this doomsday environment. I am not even a good camper. I failed that badge in the Girl Scouts. I cannot imagine how bad I would be at digging through obliterated cities looking for morsels of food and clean water. I am not a pampered princess, but I do need some basic necessities to live: food, water, soft toilet paper, an internet connection and caffeine.

If these necessities are not going to be available, I might as well run into the explosion or tornado or earthquake or whatever is coming and kiss this life goodbye. I am hoping that God is as merciful as I have been taught and He says, “Come on in, you’ve made it to heaven!” If that is the case, then beam me up because heaven has got to be a lot better than chewing open cans of beans or cat food and dining on this fare after the disaster.

I have a very naïve theory on 2012. I think that the Mayan priests and scholars just stopped keeping track. Maybe they got bored of working out the calendars for so many centuries ahead. Maybe, they decided to take a coffee break or vacation and never went back to finishing them, or maybe one priest said to the other,

“We went through most of 2012. That’s enough. Who is even going to remember us by then? I am sure they will have a more sophisticated method of timekeeping by the time that date rolls around. They can finish the calendar themselves. Let’s go get a drink instead.”

Who knows what will be? The thing is we waste so much time worrying about stuff that might never become a factor in our lives. Our job on this planet, now, is to take care of each other and make our present lives better so that our children’s lives will be better and so on. Maybe the end of the world is around the corner or maybe there isn’t an end.

We cannot control what happens in 2012 or tomorrow. We are guaranteed today, so find your joy, live your life, love your neighbor and pray. The rest is out of our hands.

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