Starting a Business – Beach Way Bicycle

Beach Way Bicycle

Having come from one of the most regimented and overseen jobs available, I’ve decided at least for a while, that I wanted to avoid the bad boss experience. This in mind I realized the only way this was possible was to work for my father building houses, at least my boss is a blood relative or to start a business, I went with the latter. Its nothing too complicated, but within my horizons, a simple bike rental. Starting a business had been a nagging thought in my mind ever since I got back from D.C. and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. The idea of a rental business was solidly in my head for whatever reason and started with dune buggies, then it turned to electric bikes, then to surfing equipment, and finally to the classic bicycle. Here on Nantucket we have 4 established bike rental businesses and if I were to open a generic store it might find adequate demand given the booming tourist industry but it wouldn’t be anything special. Knowing this I started to think about the costs associated with a bike rental business, employee wages, personal expenses and a few others. I figured that I could start with just myself as an employee so check, I’m a junior in highschool so bills and personal expenses are at a least another check, that’s two overhead saving characteristic with my business, off to a good start.

The real ground breaker came when I was visiting my girlfriend and her family of entrepreneurs. Talking to her father, a successful public relations business owner, about the idea of giving hotel customers a discounted price to further entice hotels to partner with my rental service. I would cut the remaining overhead costs and they would get a competitive edge on their competitors with a cheap bike rental service. And with my almost 0% overhead I can pass on the saving to the customer and undercut local bike rental competition. From here, in a frenzy I purchased business cards, transaction devices, decals and contacted some of the many hotels here on island to pleasant and excited responses.

At this point in development I am awaiting the specifics with a few local hotels and number of bikes to buy, and will be opening up shop soon after school is out, if all continues the course. If you’d like to visit my website I would much appreciate feedback!

http://beachwaybicycle.webs.com/

 

Finished My Time as a Senate Page

Today is January 25th, the first day back from the program. During my pageship I was instructed to stop blogging and the possibility of my excusal from the program was an ever present sword of Damocles. However, I have my diploma in hand and am able to write about whatever I so choose once again! 

Would I recommend the program? 

Absolutely, but to get through it in its entirety you have to genuinely want to better yourself and build character, waking up at 5 every weekday gets tiresome if you don’t look at it like character building exercise. In addition to this an interest in politics helps when working 40-60 hours a week in the senate. I always found time moving quicker sitting in the chamber when a Senator was speaking, but I know of others who found it excruciating and they had a much harder time. And of course strong academics are a must as the schooling is taught by no nonsense professeurs who have had a long and accomplished career in their respective field’s.

There are a lot of benefits like connections, having a foot in the door of the Capitol, and college appreciation but the strongest benefit is self improvement. With so much stress, bad bosses, and new problems to face, the pages bond together and support one another in the end making life long friends and a stronger version of yourself. 

Things I personally learned during the program?

That talking too and shaking everyone’s hand s incredibly important, playing into the whole connections bit. This coupled with being goofy, just having a good time and bending a few rules with friends really makes things easier and keeps you from getting a big head.

First Day Of School! (and last)

Todays the first and last day of school for the school I will not be attending, which saddens me. Currently I’m sitting in the writing center with nothing to do except the very best activity, blogging of course.

As my subscribers I hope know by now, I will be attending the Senate Page school for the first semester, but because we live in a beautifully bureaucratic society earlier today I had many papers to fill out with teachers and of course goodbyes to say at my “normal” school – Nokomis Regional High. 

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My Writing Center “Office” I’m writing this from (Its a slow day on the first day of school)

I sit here now after my papers have been filled out and my goodbyes have all been said, in the last period of the day and I am reflecting. Reflecting on all of the great classes I will be missing. Greatness being caused by a formidable combo of great students AND great teachers. Nonetheless I am incredibly excited to be experiencing Washington and am sure the classes will be top notch. Its always hard to make big changes like this in life I have found, even at the tender age of 16, but always seem to work out.

 

Maine’s 2014 Gubernatorial Race

As a 16-year-old in the state of Maine I cannot vote for another two years but there is no age limit on opinions.
So far there are two declared candidates for the job. The first is the residing Paul LePage whose career as governor has been tainted by his blunt wording and stout opposition to anything less than conservative. Second is the Millinocket resident and federal House Representative Mike Michaud.
While both are technically qualified for the job, only one really stands as a leader who is truly invested in Maine’s past and in-the-making history. That would be Mr. Michaud.

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Veazie Dam Removal 2013

Let me tell you a story that illustrates my stance a little better. It all started this summer with my group project leader at Trio Upward Bound. He told us about the removal of the Veazie dam which aside from its historical impact, was perfect for us as we were designing a modern (Eco-friendly) dam. As soon as I arrived at the event I was immediately hit with a sense of the warm Maine community. Everyone was talking and making connections when the facilitator of the event came and ushered the crowd’s attention to the stage.

After enjoying a Native American drum circle performing traditional music, various speakers fulfill their title and talk about the event, it’s importance and the countless hours that went into the project. What really struck me here was Mike Michaud was the only powerful Maine politician who gave a speech, not from within a letter one of his staff read on stage, but in person. Now I’m not saying the other politicians are lazy or un-dedicated but Mr. Michaud really exemplified his love for everything Maine, by making time in his complex and demanding schedule for the event.
Take away – Michaud 2014!

If You’re Into Economics

Shown to me by my high school history teacher, Econ Talk has fast become my favorite podcast and has taught me more than any high school Economics 101 or political class would have, had they been offered at my school. It’s great for students and adults alike that want to learn more about economics and/or politics.

The podcast is set up almost like 60 minutes, with Russ Roberts (the host) having a conversation ranging anywhere from India’s economic past to the American Constitution to GDP’s effect on national happiness, with a professional who usually has just recently written a piece of literature in the subject area. They take you on a journey into the subject, highlighting key components to the problem, and above all making a complex economic idea into something understandable to people not as learned in economics.

One of my favorites I would definitely check out is “Kling on the Three Languages of Politics”. It outlines the thinking behind Liberalism, Conservatism and Libertarianism in a light that really opens your eyes. It makes you understand the thinking behind the other guys process.

You can listen without a cost at http://www.econtalk.org or if you have an iPod or iPhone download it with the podcast app.

The Great College Search

Its 10:30 pm on a Friday night and I’ve found myself traversing the inter-webs for colleges again and need to write about it. What I’ve found from my latest outing in college searching is that my fears of the huge impact the SAT scores have on college acceptance, is definitely affirmed. This has just been brought to my attention now because it is the key component CAPPEX uses for its college acceptance chance meter. CAPPEX is a great (and widely respected) site for any student as it lets you dump in all of your academic information and it shoots out your relevant scholarships and chances for college acceptance in any college of your choosing.

Now as a rising Junior I haven’t taken the SAT’s yet so this puts tremendous pressure on myself and students that have come to the same conclusion. This single test that has a score that can fluctuate on the amount of sleep you could accomplish the night before, determines which college you have the opportunity to attend, intern affecting the outcome of your life. So if there are any College Admission staffers out there, please hold true to the holistic style of admission colleges promise they have.

 

Elon Musk’s “Hyperloop” – LA to San Francisco in 30 Minutes!

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Artists rendition of the “Hyperloop” deemed accurate by Musk himself

This deserves to be blogged about by every blog, no matter its norm. Elon Musk and his insane ambition has designed a train like device that can transport people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes, dubbed the “Hyperloop”. The distance between these cities is 381.4 miles and at 30 minutes, this device will be travelling at around 700+ mph! Not only is this 10 times faster than travel by car, it is significantly cheaper than similar transportation projects put on by the state of California. If implemented it would be cheaper, safer, better for the environment, faster, less disruptive and way cooler to other modes of transportation.

The official announcement has just happened in the past 5 minutes, as of 4:58 pm Eastern Time. Here’s the picture of the Hyperloop in design, by Elon Musk. Link to the document with specifics – http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/hyperloop_alpha-20130812.pdfImage

Best Summer Program For Students

To send a son or daughter away for any amount of time can be difficult for parents, and likewise for the kids if they are prone to homesickness, but if its possible it is 100% worth it. I spent six weeks after school was out at Trio Upward Bound Math Science in the University of Maine, and I feel better not only as a student scholar but as a human being.

A normal day would start out with us waking up anywhere from 5 (for the crazies that went jogging or swimming in the morning) to 7, showering then eating breakfast. From here we would leave our building on campus around 8, and either attend our 3 classes which we had a hand in signing up for, OR work on our group project. The group project’s focus changed annually and is always for the betterment of society, this past year it was sustainability and with this my group designed a dam that would generate electricity while allowing the passage of fish. After the first half of the day we would have lunch at Hilltop, the fantastic universities buffet cafeteria. Once we had gotten our fill we would go on to attend a community meeting at 12:40 and talk about the remainder of the day, give pats to each other for nice doings (sappy yet necessary), and talk about other miscellaneous things.

With the first part of the day down it starts to get really interesting. Right after lunch we go to our individual project mentor and work on our six-week long project/paper/baby, the indy project was the staple to life at Upward Bound Math Science and garnered the greatest feeling of accomplishment after the program. For my project I chose an economics mentor who helped me write a 14 page beast on Maine’s Economy, showed me the ropes of economics programs and theories, and helped calm my sometimes pugnacious nature. The mentors are more than just textbooks, they are really invested in your success and give you loads of advice for college. For the rest of they day, after indy projects you had an amalgam of dinner, free time and…. Workshops! Workshops were loved by all and hated by none, they included going to the universities Rec center, among other staff hosted activities, but the Rec center was really the heavy hitter. I don’t know if you’ve been the UMO’s Rec center but its fun, and not just your everyday I’ll go for a jog and lift some weights fun, its volleyball in a whirlpool, hitting up the upstairs suspended-in-air track, challenging strangers to tennis death matches fun. There were simply too many things to do at the Rec center.

Back to academia, after all is said and done and the projects are completed, we showcase our indy projects at the STEM Symposium. Here we give one on one presentations to judges, who the do as their name suggests and give us scores based on the poster’s appearance and presentation skills. Afterwards there is an awards ceremony for best poster, best presentation and best overall (highly coveted by us students).

With the program nearing an end the benefits of attending truly became apparent. First we were able to socialize with high-caliber students for six weeks, forcing growth in collegiate social skills. Then we got to create a bona-fide scientific paper and poster with our individual project which you just know colleges are going to love. Coupled with the indy project was the group project, it gave similar benefits to the indy but demanded group cohesion, growing our group working skills exponentially. Finally we all just became better people. Somewhere along the way it happened, be it from the college atmosphere, living with 35 other teenagers or the community service we did at the local farm, it definitely happened.

And for the cost of all of this… We were granted $500!

Maine’s Changing Job Market and Economic Predictors

My individual project talked about in this post. It used a couple economic programs like Excel and Eviews to look at Maine’s composition by employment sector and economic indicators I.E how lobster prices, home values, energy prices, potato production, tourism employment affect Maine’s economy.