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Life Update

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

This is the much awaited for life update of Michael D. Therrien. After graduating from Champlain College, I:

-Was interviewed and hired at Bond Auto Parts. I’ve been working here since May 21, 2009 and love it. It can be stressful at times, usually long hours, a LOT of driving recently. My boss is currently 28 and is also a Champlain College alumni. The entire IT department is made up four people at this point, managing the networking, servers, and workstations in 38 stores, 2 office buildings and 1 warehouse. The company is really great to work for, employing close to 400 people throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

-Started two online summer classes to get my 120 credits, finishing my requirements for my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Networking and Information Security. One class (Database Management) was easy but interesting, and the other (Seminar in Contemporary World Issues) was neither easy but still interesting, learning LOTS about Palestine (my assigned “country”). I passed both class and will receive my diploma in “6-8 weeks”

-Bought a new car. After looking for a good replacement car for someone else, my 1998 Plymouth Neon decided to overheat for the second time. Luckily I caught it before any damage was done, so I was able to sell it. (The car “died” on me the day my thesis was due, so I was freaking out.) The weekend after finals were over, my dad was going to Boston on a business trip so I met him down there and spent the weekend. One day I hung out with Kelley Gauthier and Derek Desmond in Boston and the next day I was on a car hunt. I checked out Boch Toyota in Norwood, Mass and was offered a good deal on an fully-upgraded top-end model of the car that I wanted. The following week I found out that I got the job with Bond Auto Parts, so the following weekend I drove down and spent five hours filling out paperwork for the 2009 Toyota Corolla XRS, which is basically a Camry with a Corolla body. The car is a 5-speed manual and has built-in Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, and a sunroof. Registration in VT was interesting, but I got the license plate “MIKE T” so that was cool.

-Had a lot of fun with my friends in both New Hampshire and Vermont…we unfortunately didn’t get to go skydiving this summer, but maybe soon! (Hopefully the weather will be nicer next summer) 🙂

-“Vacationed” in Andover, Maine during Labor Day weekend with the family and Susan, Norman, and Allison, and a few of their friends.

So that’s my life up until the current day. Questions anyone?


Recent Life

Friday, May 15th, 2009

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, and there is a reason behind this. Senior year at Champlain College was rough. What ever happened to “Senior-itis”? My last semester of college was the most difficult, frustrating semester that I’ve ever gone through. The reason for this is that I decided to take 7 courses to avoid having to go for another semester. This past semester I took the following courses:
NET-450: Senior Thesis Project
NET-490: Internship
NET-415: Special Topics: Wireless Networking
NET-335: Routers
NET-330: Network Design
SOC-295: Community Service
WRT-231: Technical Writing

As mentioned, I worked extremely hard on these courses and pulled off a 3.95GPA!

My thesis was a 32-page paper and project on Cloud Computing and Virtualization. I’ll have to put it up here at some point. Without going into too much detail, I researched the new-ish technology and how it can be implemented to save time and money.

For my internship, I joined Eternity Web Development as a Web Programmer Intern. While there, I did over 120 hours of work with both non-profit and for-profit organizations.

For Community Service, I worked with Ron Court and the Booker T Washington Society and completed 40 hours of 100% donated web programming work.

During the last week of classes, I went on a family vacation to Orlando, FL. On the way there, I drove a total of 12 hours (exactly half of the drive there), and we stayed a night in Daytona Beach, FL. I got a bad sunburn on the beach there, as it was a bit windy and didn’t seem like sunburn weather. We also visited my great-aunt and uncle while there. After finishing the trip to Orlando, FL, we spent the next week visiting Discovery Cove, SeaWorld, and Fun Spot.
At Discovery Cove, we went snorkeling in two “pools”, one was a warm lazy-river type of pool and one was a really cold, saltwater pool with tons of exotic fish and manta rays. Both were really interesting, especially if you like accidentally swallowing mouthfuls of fresh or salt water! My sister, Andrea, and her boyfriend, Matt, went for the “dolphin experience” where they got to swim with (and pet) a dolphin. It was cool, but didn’t seem like it was worth the extra $100!

At SeaWorld, we enjoyed the animals and the amusements including the Blue Horizons show. It was well over 100 degrees the day we went, so this adventure ended early…

At Fun Spot, my sister, Kyra, Matt, and I drove go-karts for almost 3 hours, along with a funky roulette-type ride and bumper water boats that we all got soaked from. (However it still felt good at midnight because it was so hot…)

Sadly, I flew home Friday morning at 6AM to present my thesis, and my family got to spend the day with my Aunt Louise, who I haven’t seen in a couple of years! All I have to say about the flight is NEVER under any circumstance have a layover at JFK airport at 8AM. It took longer to get off the runway than it took to fly from there to Burlington. Live & Learn! The presentation of my thesis went well though, as did finals to end the semester on a good note.

Senior Week, provided by Champlain College, was very fun and entertaining:

  • Saturday, May 2nd, we adventured to Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA, for an all-day extravaganza (much like after high-school graduation…hmmm).
  • Monday, May 4th, we went bowling at Spare Time in Colchester, VT.
  • Tuesday, May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), we had dinner from MOE’s in Burlington followed by good times downtown.
  • Thursday, May 7th, we had commencement rehearsal at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, followed by a rainy, musical walk down Main Street and Church Street for the “Last Hurrah” Lake Champlain Cruise, where there was music, lots of people, and tarot card readings. Interesting people! Yet another speech from Dave Finney (P. Finn) proves that the college wants us to donate money.
  • Friday, May 8th, we had a “Gratitude Reception” in the Bader parking lot with family, friends, and classmates, and yummy meat and cheese kabobs. Again, followed by a P. Finn speech and finished off by Kat Maund, the event proved to be one last gathering with everybody’s family and friends.
  • Saturday, May 9th, the most glorious day in my life, I graduated from Champlain College. Sure, I have four more credits to get out of the way, but whatever! (I’ll just finish those online this summer, no biggie!) My Mom, Dad, Andrea, Kyra, Fini, and Katie were there to watch me walk. THANKS FOR COMING! WISH I HAD TICKETS FOR EVERYONE!!! After graduation we went to the reception at the school, then off to tour the Magic Hat Artifactory, then out to dinner at the Windjammer with Lyndsey Eckler and Ben Actis.

You may be wondering, now that school is wrapped up, what am I doing? That answer would be, Nothing. Not technically “Nothing”, but I have no “job” and have only been looking for a place to live after my current lease is up. I’ve also been spending a lot of time finishing up projects that I’ve been working on for some time. (VCCCSAR, BTWSociety, CampusBooksale, My Personal Website, Wellesley High Class of ’59 site, and many others.) I’ve spent some time at home, where I got a new cat:

Isn't she cute?

She sleeps a LOT, and LOVES attention, but has a horrible attention span and gets very feisty quickly. The vet said she’s about 4-5 months old and has gotten her first set of shots.

That’s really it up until now! I’ll be more attentive and let you know when other things come up! Come to think of it, I really don’t know who “you” is, so hopefully somebody reads this…sorry it’s so long!!!

Don’t sweat the small things…

Thursday, May 8th, 2008


So as many people may know (or my last blog may show), my first school year at Champlain College just finished. On Friday I helped many of my friends pack up and get ready to leave on Saturday, and on Saturday I said goodbye to them and packed up some of my stuff to bring home that I won’t be using this summer, as I’ll be living in a dorm room and won’t need my kitchen ware or bathroom accessories.

So I drove home and realized that the hard drive on my laptop decides to die, but I decide not to think about it until Sunday. On Sunday I got the oil on my car changed, the tires rotated, and I visited NCIA for a bit. I then came back home and decided to start writing a blog griping and complaining about the hard drive when I got a phone call from my little sister’s friend’s mom. She asked if my dad was home, and I told her I wasn’t sure where they were. She then asked me if he knew what happened. I had no idea what happened, and had no clue if my dad “knew what happened.”

She then told me that my little sisters best friend, as well as our 12-year old neighbor, Brian Wu, was struck and killed by a car while roller blading. Not mentioning any names, a 16-year old driver was dared to get airborne by going as fast as they could up a hill with a blind corner at the top on Promenade Street. The driver lost control of the vehicle, due to travelling at a speed of 50-60 mph and hit, taking the life of, Brian.

brian wu.jpg

God bless all family members and friends of Brian. Brian was a good kid and will be sorely missed by many MANY people. I will always remember the meaning of a poem that was written and read at the funeral of one of my cousins who also died young, as a teenager…saying that everything happens for a reason and that God didn’t want this boy to die, but that he needed such a great person to go on to bigger and better things as an angel in Heaven. (Of course the poem was much better, but unfortunately I don’t remember the exact words, only the meaning…)

Besides empathizing with the family and friends of Brian, this opened up my eyes, realizing that everything we once knew and loved could be gone in the blink of an eye. Don’t sweat the small things in life. What happened to my hard drive was a disappointment… what happened to Brian was a tragedy. Nobody should ever have to go through what his family did.

UPDATE: The boy who hit Brian has been sentenced to one year in jail.

End of school year. Deserves a blog.

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

So it’s the end of the semester here at Champlain College. Having completed one final prior to this week (Current Topics in Computing) and one today (Basic Telephony / Switching Systems), I have 3 left to study for. Basically two of them should be rather difficult (Macroeconomics and Philosophy) and the last should be OK (Windows Server 2003). Here’s a breakdown of my classes:

Current Topics in Computing, Paul Novak – It was a pretty sweet class. Doing nothing but presentations on recent computer topics was really cool, but hard to come up with original topics. I definitely learned a lot in the class from the presentations delivered by both my classmates and I. I expect to get a rather decent high-80’s, low-90’s in the class.

Basic Telephony / Switching Systems, Jim Hoag – The class was cool, but a lot of my problems seemed to require attention during the normal class period times, so I missed a few classes, and was asked if i was still attending school and because of this I expect a low to mid-80’s in the class.

Macroeconomics, Linda Rizvi – This class was fun, I tend to like economics, and it was challenging despite my initial opinion of the class. I got along great with the teacher because I helped her for hours on her new Mac. Pending taking the final tomorrow morning, I believe I should get a mid-80’s to low-90’s in the class.

Windows Server 2003, Sue Fritz – This class was definitely fun. I learned a lot about server-side of the Windows operating system. I learned how to effectively implement domain controllers and how to get a real network built with users and something besides DHCP to run on a Windows gateway (*chuckles*). We had a group project in which I got assigned to create a domain controller with DNS to run on it. That was a joke. Three clicks later, I was done. I do expect to get a low to mid-90’s though.

Philosophy, Alphonso Capone – I had absolutely no fun. The problem didn’t lie with the teacher, but merely that I don’t like or understand philosophical texts, and frankly have no interest in it whatsoever. I’m probably going to get a mid-60’s in the class.

So those have been my classes for the past four months, and except for a few mishaps, everything has been going decent. I haven’t really said to much about it, but I’m going to be living in Burlington this summer, so that should be pretty sweet. To all my friends: COME AND VISIT! I’m going to be working at the Computer Helpdesk throughout the summer and will be living in Pearl Hall, which will be my first experience with true dorm-style living. Can’t tell yet if I’ll like it or hate it, but I’ll find out in a few weeks!

Now for a few notes on Web Hosting and

1. Web Hosting is going great. I haven’t had too many problems (or progress) lately, however over the summer I will be having an “official” launch of the myCP portal, which is and has been amazingly simple to design, with a high level of security built right in. 🙂 So if there has ever been a better time to get your site hosted with me, it is RIGHT NOW…no joke, the myCP portal will soon do nearly everything a corporate web hosting company provides, at many many many dollars cheaper. Don’t mean to be advertising, but I wish I had this opportunity when I first started out.

2. has gotten ridiculously large recently. Because of a new feature in our my.champlain portal called “paige” I have gotten the word out to many many new people and have doubled the amount of books. If you haven’t checked it out, you should because you may find a good deal on a book. I’ve already found a book I need for next year, so hopefully it’ll help you as well.

3. Hopefully I’ll be able to speak to Student Government during the summer or next year about CampusBooksale. I’ve been told to do so by multiple people, but I don’t feel comfortable putting it out there yet, as it still needs much improvement before it launches. I just haven’t had the time recently, but this summer should be better for that.

Well anyway, this blog is getting large so I’ll stop, but thanks for reading!

Birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, meeting Luis Guzman…a day to remember.

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

So yesterday, March 17th, I’m awakened by the faint sound of the phone in my apartment. The phone stops ringing so I don’t get up. Then about 10 or 15 minutes later I hear a light knock on the door. Thinking it’s the RA because EVERYONE rings the doorbell but the RA I put on a shirt and pair of pants and head to the door. Looking out the peephole I see my father standing there…nice surprise!

So they begin cleaning my apartment, we agree to going out to eat, and I go take a shower. I then decided we’d go to Hooters on Route 2 and Billy, Nicole, Allie, and Eric would join us. So it’s St. Patrick’s Day…at Hooters. This is a great experience if you’ve never done it before, it was…interesting…to say the least. We order, and I’m told that I will be dancing on a stool and waitresses will sing because it’s my birthday, which I didn’t really understand…I thought it’d be the other way around.

Anyway, I start looking around and see this guy that I recognized. Not quite sure who it was I rejoined the conversations at the table, but kept looking at the guy, and knew I’d seen him in a movie before. Turns out, he is the guy I was thinking of, Luis Guzman, and I remember the movie I’d seen him in which was Anger Management. My mom asks the waitress about him, and she’s like, “Lets go talk to him.” I didn’t want to bother him, but the waitress dragged me over to him, and I started talking, and Billy takes a few pictures.

Shaking hands.

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Basically it was a cool Birthday and St. Patrick’s Day. The only thing that sucked was that Keenan, his girlfriend, Adam Rich, and another kid were supposed to come up and visit, but the weather decided to suck so they didn’t make it.

Out here in Burlington

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

So I’m going into my third week here at Champlain. It’s pretty good out here in Burlington, VT. The city is a nice place. Church Street is basically where everything is that you’d be interested in. The street itself is untravelled by vehicles, as it’s chained off. There are lots of shops, restaurants, and a really nice mall that reminds me of the underground mall in Montreal. I have no pictures right now, but I think I’m going to take some by the end of the week.

The housing that I got is off-campus, called Spinner Place. It’s more of a pain to live here, but there are perks as well. I lucked out in the room assignment because I got the handicapped room, so it is about twice the size of the other rooms in the apartment. I do have pictures of those here. The three other guys in the apartment are cool. On the day everyone was coming, I was here first, then Justin, then Tom, then JJ.
We have a full kitchen (stove/oven, microwave, fridge, sink, dishwasher) so it is nice to be able to make food that we actually want and like. I have been to the Dining Hall at Champlain and it has surprisingly good food. I could see that it would start to get old though because they have some of the same foods every single day for every meal (yes, pizza, for breakfast).

So far we’ve stuck with typical college food except for when Tom and I made AMAZING “Four Cheese Cayenne Chicken Pasta” or pancakes and french toast. Once we get more food, we’ll make more cool stuff, so if you’re interested in DONATING food to these four poor college boys looking to make a decent meal, let me know!
Anyway, getting back to Spinner…there is a nice view looking out at the river and mill (nothing like Berlin’s mill) from the windows of Spinner. It’s really nice to have my own room if I want to conceal myself or do homework in peace without being bothered.

To sum it up, college is awesome, but it would be so much better if there wasn’t homework or classes!!! Send me an email or call me or something! It’s nice to hear from people. I hope everyone is enjoying their time in school (HS or College). Thanks for reading.

Cars = Problems

Monday, June 12th, 2006

So today I was up in Berlin with Keenan for a bit. He went to visit a friends, so I took his car for a drive. It was fun because it’s a standard and those are always fun. So I’m driving around for like 15 minutes, and as I’m driving down a side road, BOOM, it sounds like a big rock hit the underside of the car. I was uh-oh. I knew I didn’t do anything wrong, so I was like damn…wrong place, wrong time? But I turned it off, turned it back on, and drove back to get Keenan. On the way home, he heard the car making a pulsing noise. I didn’t exactly know what he was talking about, it sounded normal to me, because my car makes a similar sound.

So later on in the day he tells me that he decided to take it to a shop to get it looked at, and on the way, smoke started pouring out of it, and they couldn’t get it into either first or second gear. So basically I feel bad because it seems like it was my fault, even though I didn’t really do anything.

So even later on, we’re at Mr. Pizza and Keenan decides to drive my car. The damn car wouldn’t get out of first gear. Somethings wrong with this picture. His car breaks when I’m driving it, my car breaks when he’s driving it. It just doesn’t make sense. I have to get that look at, as well as inspected and registered by the end of the month. This sucks.

So basically, I don’t know how I’m getting to work tomorrow, and when/if my car makes it to the shop, I won’t be able to afford anything that has to happen to the car, as I’m also told that I may need a brake job. Stupid brakes, who needs those?

Well anyway, I’m off to bed, don’t forget to check out my eBay auction before it ends at like 10AM tomorrow morning!


Mac Mini on eBay…

Monday, June 12th, 2006

I felt like letting people know that the Mac Mini is now on eBay. I offered it around, and it didn’t seem like anyone had interest in a desktop Mac. There is only like 16 hours left, but it is past the reserve price, so anything goes from here on out.

If you are interested in it, and you are in the area, I would be willing to arrange for pickup/dropoff if you win the auction, please just let me know ASAP after the bidding is done. Thanks for looking!


Saturday, June 10th, 2006

So about a month ago, Keenan asked me if I was going to be able to go to his graduation and the chem-free. I asked for it off from work, but was unable to get the time off. So Keenan after about 2 weeks of not believing me, realized I couldn’t go, so he was pretty much mad at me. (I’m Sorry!)
About a week ago, Keenan says “Chem-free starts at 10.” I’m thinking…’Why couldn’t I go?’…turns out I worked from 5-9 on Friday night and I had to be back in for a 9-5 on Saturday. He then said that we’d get back around 5AM. I told him I’d go and just be really tired at work. So it all turned out to be OK, except I didn’t get to go to graduation…and…Class Day…nobody told me about it. gosh. I could have gone to that! But anyways…

About the night: So after work I rush to get Kelley at her dads house, then head to my house to change. I couldn’t wear what I was, as the later activities prohibited the clothes I had on. Then we went to Dunkins’ to pick up a bit of coffee before so we could stay up for another 8 hours. We saw Britta, Kam, their Daddy, and Jason, so Kelley talked to them and I got the coffee. I had a good laugh with Paula in Dunkins’ about a girl that went down a waterslide nude the year that she was a chaperon at chem-free. I thought that was funny. So after that crazy fun stuff in Dunkins’ I walked outside and immediately got assaulted by Kam. That was unpleasant!

SOOO…we go to the Hatchery, pick up Cag, Keenan, and Adam and go to the school. There was good food…chicken parmesian, stuffed shells, sausage and onions (which I didn’t eat), and salad. Kelley wasn’t hungry but she grabbed a plate anyways and Keenan and I were supposed to share it, but neither of us touched it. Oh well. I got bubbles blown in my eyes, shook some hands, said congratulations a billion times, and only the people with bags could get on the bus. That was annoying. Again, oh well. So the ride there, Kelley was like…falling asleep…and Nicole took something I said wrong. I felt bad. So we get to the Big Adventure Center and everyone plays lazer tag. Yay. That was fun. I guess I shot Kelley 3 times. hehe. oops! She was red, I was blue, what can I say…there was also green people. So…I got 10th, and Kelley threw away my score card. Oh well.

We then went climbing a few times in the climbing wall. That was exciting. Then some arcade games. Then everyone left for the movie. Then I went and bowled, and played pool with Mandy (Keenan and Cag’s older sister – chaperone). I then went back and Kelley and I did some climbing. Just after that was done, we chilled out in the climbing wall area until we were instructed to get back on the buses. Kelley and I got on the quiet bus, but it wasn’t quiet for long. We drove to the movie theatre where the Omen was playing. I debated going to see it, but was relieved to hear that it sucked and that I decided not to go see it. Hahaha. Sweet deal!
Pretty much, that was Chem-Free for the graduated Class of ’06. The bus ride home was cool except for screaming people, and people screaming at the screaming people to stop screaming (…ineffective? maybe.)

College Bound

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006
So I finally stepped into the real game of being college-bound. This past year, I attended the Technical College in Berlin. I decided they didn’t have enough courses for what I wanted, so I looked around. I found what I was looking for. Champlain College in Burlington, VT has a superb Networking Program.
I applied late because I wanted to have the two semester grades for Champlain from the Tech. Today, June 3rd, I got a big package in the mail with an acceptance letter inside. Jeesh…the one and only college I apply to takes me. So basically…I was pretty happy this morning when it came in. (And the fact that more of my clothes came in) Then I started looking at the financial part of it, and realized that it’s not that bad monetarily-wise…however, college is college. It still costs your lower right torso for books, and your grandmother for a semester of schooling.
So I guess like…7 people know now. And they’re all happy. Keenan is supposedly going to be like 10 minutes from me. But I don’t know about that…highly doubt it. But if he is…I’m staying in a suite off-campus, which is shared by Champlain and UVM students. That’ll be awesome! I just hope there’s no “rivalry� because it’s really immature and I hate unnecessary stupidity because of things like that. Like the whole Berlin-Gorham rivalry…that was a joke…
But I don’t think I’ll know anyone there, so that will blow in a sense. Except the people that I met on the tour I took there. I think I’ll be coming home every weekend for a long time though…and I don’t want to worry about that right now. Just happy I got in!