December 15, 2018

Meet the Pups

I’ve often mentioned my dogs in my YouTube videos and in my Twitter feed, but I don’t think that I’ve gone into much detail about them. We have two dogs, Alicia and Tuukka. Alicia is defiantly a Black Lab, but I severely doubt that Tuukka is a Lab. I am guessing that he is more […]

December 14, 2018

What Is Your Favorite Christmas Movie?

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Only 11 days until Christmas.  Decorations are up, everyone is heading to the Malls to get their last minute shopping done and crossing off who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.  After the hustle and bustle of all of the rushing around most of us like to settle […]

December 13, 2018

Rebuilt Blog

Hi everyone. Been a while since I posted anything here on my markplante.com blog page, so here I go. As you can see I’ve been re-designing the website using WordPress. Took me a little while to get this done because there was a learning curve, word press isn’t what I normally build websites with. So […]

October 2, 2018

iPhone/IOS Charging Issues

 Since the latest IOS update for my iPhone 7+, I get this message when trying to charge the device while it is in sleep mode.  Once I unlock the phone, it still will not charge.  To get the phone to charge, I have to unplug the charger and re-insert it while the phone is unlocked. […]

August 16, 2018

It’s Been a While.

It has been so long since I had posted to my Blog, I don’t even know where to begin. I have been learning the finer details to become a better photographer and trying to develop my hobby into something could possibly bring in some income.  As of right now, it is still a hobby, an […]

January 9, 2018

Affiliate Marketing for Video?

I have been running a, for-the-most-part, daily vlog on YouTube for over three years now

November 10, 2017

Unbelievable Day In Providence

Today was definitely an interesting, if not strange, day here in Rhode Island. I want to start by explaining that Rhode Island is generally a quiet state.  By saying that I mean that not much really happens here.  We do have an occasional political scandal or a major storm becomes a disruption, but generally it […]

November 3, 2017

Power’s Back On

Wow, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted to my blog. Sorry, things have been crazy around here with all of the girl’s sports practices games and social events, Leigh and I haven’t had a chance to catch our breath. We had a pretty strong storm go through Rhode Island and Southern New England on […]

October 3, 2017

A Sad Day…

This has been an extremely sad day for our country and for the City of Las Vegas, Nevada.  On Sunday, October 1, 2017 during the Route 91 Country Music Festival a gunman open fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel across the street from the outdoor venue. The gunman unleashed a barrage […]

July 24, 2017

It Doesn’t Get Much Prettier Than This

Well… It’s been a while since I have posted a blog here. Between work and family, it has been incredibly busy and I have procrastinated writing a post, my bad. I have started a quest to shed the extra pounds that I have been carrying for these many years. I have started out losing at […]

May 10, 2017

Vacation, Day 1: Magic Kingdom

Our Disney World Traditions The first day of our Disney World Vacation in Florida started on a very warm April, Florida Morning with temperatures in the upper 70’s, it was going to be a warm one. We start every Disney Vacation the same way.  On the first day, we try to get out of the […]

March 29, 2017

Dee Snider – Acoustic “We’re Not Gonna Take It” for Childhood Cancer

I normally do not post other people’s videos on my Blog, but this was such an emotional and strong video, I had to.  

March 15, 2017

Where is Spring?

Today is March 15th which means that we should be starting to plant flowers, reseeding our lawns and getting ready for the warmer weather. right?  Not this year, as of the time that I am writing this blog post (1:49PM) it is a balmy 29° outside and there is over a foot of snow on […]

March 8, 2017

Train Derailment in Providence

Here’s a new wrinkle into my dreadful morning commute into Providence, RI… A train derailment! Yup, you read it right. A train carrying 30,000 gallons of highly combustable ethanol jumped the tracks this morning (3/8/17) at 1:30am. The tanker car, which was one of approximately 60 cars that were on route to Worcester, MA, jumped […]

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February 27, 2017

Channeling My Inner Bob Ross

A few weeks ago, my daughter and I started watching and enjoying the old “Joy of Painting” show on PBS starring Bob Ross.  My daughter Jessica was so amazed on how with a swoosh of his palette knife he could transform a blob of colors into a beautiful painting. I had done some painting in […]

February 15, 2017

Mother Nature Has PMS

I knew that we couldn’t get through the whole Winter Season without Mother Nature PMS’ing.  Three snowstorms have hit the Southern New England area this past weekend leaving a total of 21″ of snow on the ground. So far this Winter, we had been lulled into a false sense of security with relatively mild temperatures […]

February 9, 2017

Snow Day!!!

Heavy snow in New England has cancelled everything from businesses, government to schools.  16-20″ of snow has been forecasted for the area with 30-40mph winds.  There are reports of ThunderSnow in SouthEastern Connecticut with snowfall rates of over 2″ per hour. This storm is expected to rapidly intensify off of the Southern New England coast […]

February 3, 2017

NFL Championship Game Isn’t SUPER

It’s finally here.  After two weeks of relentless media thoughts, theories and speculation.  The NFL Championship game is on Sunday.  Notice how we didn’t use the “official” name of the game.  Why?  Because it is copy written and the NFL which owns the copy-write has threatened legal action against anyone who uses the name without […]

December 28, 2016

Disney Bound

After six months of research, planning, price comparisons and frustrations we have finally booked our 2017 Disneyworld Vacation.  Each year, for Christmas we have a big gift that is for the entire family.  This year it is Disney. We will be flying JetBlue from Providence (Warwick, if you are from Rhode Island) to Orlando and […]

December 27, 2016

Christmas is Over…

It’s over…  I can’t believe it.  It seems as though it was only yesterday that we were getting the Turkey for Thanksgiving. It can’t be true… I need more time, there are more presents that I have to get… It seems as though the Christmas Season is getting shorter and shorter each year.  When I […]

December 12, 2016

It’s Christmas time again

Well it’s two weeks before Christmas, and I still have no idea what the hell I am getting everyone. I go through this every year and always run out two or three days before Christmas to get everyone’s gifts. I usually do pretty good, I think so anyway. You never know really what to get […]

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December 9, 2016

Podcast Episode 9: YouTube Vloggers

Today’s Podcast is about some of the more popular YouTube Vloggers.

December 6, 2016

 Bowling Night

It’s beenOne of my favorite sports to play since I was small. I am on a mixed money league at Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket,RI.  This is my seventh year in the league.

November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

November 2, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 WORLD CHAMPIONS CHICAGO CUBS!!!

October 6, 2016

Planning a Family Vacation

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to my blog.  Sorry, since the girls and my wife have gone back to school, it has been nucking futts at my house. Between Soccer, Volleyball, school meetings, staff meetings and occasional doctor visits, I think that I’ve been able to sit in front of the […]

August 18, 2016

Lucky Man

On my way home from work last night, I stopped at Dunkin to pick up K-cups for the house. When I reached into my pocket my debit card was not there. I know that I used it at Burger King in the morning and I remembered putting it back in my pocket. I hadn’t gone […]

July 14, 2016

Staying Positive

Shootings, Terrorist Attacks, failing economy… Negativity is all around us today and it is damaging our health and our lives. I have always considered myself a positive person throughout my life.  I have always looked for the good in everyone and in any situation and there usually was one.  I have noticed that lately I […]

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June 5, 2016

Podcast Episode 8: Dealing with Dealerships

We’ve all been there at least once in our lives…  Having to purchase a new car.  Today’s podcast offers some hints, tricks and suggestions that could make your experience that much less painful.

June 2, 2016

When Buying a Vehicle, Stay Alert and Do Your Research…

If you’ve been following this blog, my podcast or even my daily vlog over the past several weeks, you know that I have been looking for a new truck.  I did not NEED a new truck, but my 2012 Chevy Colorado was going to need some maintenance repairs (breaks and tires) as it was approaching […]

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May 23, 2016

Podcast Episode 7: Fallen Police Officers

This week’s podcast is about the tragic loss of two New England Police Officers, looking for a new truck and the RED HOT Boston Red Sox and Jackie Bradley Jr. Visit my blog at www.markplante.com Watch my vlog at https://www.youtube.com/user/markplante Follow my Twitter at https://twitter.com/MarktPlante

May 17, 2016

Dishonest Dealership

Imagine that, a dishonest car dealership…  Say it ain’t so! On Saturday, my wife and I decided that it was time for me to start looking for a new truck.  I currently drive a 2012 Chevy Colorado with almost 60,000 miles that is in excellent condition.  I know, most are saying that if it is […]

MPV Podcast

May 14, 2016

Podcast Episode 6: Who is responsible?

In this episode we discuss the lack of personal responsibility in society today, Mark is looking for a new truck and the Red Hot Boston Red Sox!!!

MPV Podcast

May 5, 2016

Podcast Episode 5: Does the NFLPA have a leg to stand on?

This week we discuss the Presidential Election, how Rapper 50cent is a complete asshole and if Tom Brady is screwed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement that the NFLPA signed with the NFL.

PS4 Remote Play

April 27, 2016

PS4 Remote Play… Wicked Awesome

I don’t consider myself a hardcore gamer by any stretch of the imagination.  I prefer playing sports based games as a means to wind down after a long day or as a way to kill some time. I have a “man cave” in which I use as a retreat from the estrogen-laden house that I […]

April 18, 2016

I Refuse to Let Her Grow Up

How did this happen?  Just yesterday I was hearing “Daddy, do you want to play Legos with me”.  Today, Ashleigh is signing up for her High School classes… I won’t allow it!  No way!  My baby girl is not allowed to grow up and go to High School, I am not going to let her. […]

April 18, 2016

A Day at the Beach

Leigh and I spent the day at a couple of Rhode Island beaches to celebrate our 16th anniversary.

April 4, 2016

Do we Spoil Our Dogs?

I’ve been told in the past that I spoil our dogs, I’ve also some people that think that I am too hard on the dogs and expect too much from them. I  think that I treat the dogs the way that they should be treated.  I do believe that they are members of the family and […]

April 4, 2016

This is April, Right?

It is April isn’t it?  My calendar says that it is Spring.  We woke this morning to 6″ of heavy wet snow here (only 1″ was predicted.).  The Weathermen are also predicting another 3-5″ of snow for Monday morning (4/4/16).  I know that I really shouldn’t complain after the mild Winter that we had this […]

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April 4, 2016

MPV Podcast #4

This week we discuss the debacle that is Rhode Island Government, how I am disgusted with the Presidential Race and the upcoming Opening Day of Major League Baseball.

March 29, 2016

Early Spring is Tough in New England

Mother Nature can play some cruel tricks on those of us that live in New England.  In the past thirty days we have had just about any weather type that you could think of, rain, wind, snow, sleet, hail, severe thunderstorms, freezing rain and an 80° day.  and that is all within the past 30 […]

March 21, 2016

Spring Snowstorm

Just as everyone is getting their yards ready for Spring.  Just as the Easter holiday is coming upon us.  Mother Nature has to let us know one last time that we got off easy this past Winter. Winter Storm Warnings were issued for Southeastern New England on Sunday, March 20th for Sunday evening and Monday […]

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March 18, 2016

Podcast Episode 3: Will Youth Sports Survive?

Will the softening of American youth ruin the competitiveness of youth sports?

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March 10, 2016

MPV Podcast #2

This week we discuss the Presidential Elections and some Red Sox Baseball

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March 3, 2016

Welcome to MPV’s Podcast #1

Welcome to my first podcast.  Press play and let me know what you think.

February 14, 2016

Cold Weekend

Boy, was it a cold weekend here in the Northeast this weekend.  There were temperatures that hit low temperatures that we have not hit since the 1950’s.  Providence, RI reached -9°F on Sunday morning.  Temperatures are only suppose to reach 0°F on Monday morning. The good news is that temperatures are suppose to rebound as a coastal […]

February 1, 2016

Doctor’ Appointment 

I finally broke down and made an appointment to see my doctor. I have now had this cold with cough since the first week of January. I have already done 10 days of antibiotics and there has been little change. Yesterday I started having trouble with my blood glucose levels. They were at 198 in […]

January 26, 2016

Icy Morning Commute

146 from Lincoln north was an ice skating rink this morning… Many Accidents. Watch for them in my upcoming vlog https://t.co/PPnc9tIh6n — Mark Plante (@MarktPlante) January 26, 2016

January 19, 2016

Leigh was right

I can’t believe that I am actually writing this, but, yes, Leigh was right. I have had a pretty bad cold for the past 2 weeks and it had settled into my chest and a pretty bad cough.  She kept on telling me to go see the doctor, which I hate doing.  After about a […]

December 15, 2015

Head in the Cloud…

I have always considered myself to be somewhat of a TechnoGeek.  I have even started a website and YouTube channel called TechnoGeek (www.technogeek.video).  So when the opportunity came that I could own my own Personal Cloud Server and not have to pay $9.95/month to someone else, I jumped at it. Several years ago, I had […]

December 11, 2015

Weird Weather

Hi Everyone!  With the Holiday Season in full swing and the month of December ⅓ of the way done, we are having some weird weather here in the Northeastern United States.  Normally, December marks the beginning of Winter in New England.  Snow, wind and very cold temperatures are the norm.  This year has been quite […]

December 3, 2015

Flu Shot…

It’s been a while since I have posted anything in the Blog, sorry about that. With the holiday season upon us it has been nuts. I went for my annual checkup this week and it was actually good news, my glucose levels and A1C levels are all OK, but cholesterol is a little high, can’t […]

November 16, 2015

A quick post

It’s been a while since I posted anything here, so I thought I would get you up-to-date. We’re it’s been a while since I posted anything here, so I thought I would get you up-to-date. We’re getting into the winter months here but you wouldn’t know it by the temperatures. Normally at this time of […]

October 20, 2015

It’s Getting Cold

Autumn in New England is like no other place in the world. This is the only place where you have to scrape the ice off of your windshield in the morning, drive to work with the heat on in your car and then on the way home, have to have the air conditioner on… Temperatures […]

September 26, 2015

Tuukka’s in a lot of Trouble

It’s been a while since I’ve updated what is going on. With September starting to wrap up and we are getting the leaves changing going into October, Summer is officially over.  Leigh and the girls have now been in school for a month and Jessica is doing very well in Middle School.  Leigh has quite […]

September 8, 2015

Being an Adult is Expensive

I wish my parents had told me how expensive it was to be an adult. I had learned at an early age that life is not free…  Unfortunately, I hadn’t realized how un-free it was.

July 27, 2015

How Much???

I’ve been on YouTube posting a video on and off since 2006.  I started to become more frequent with starting a “daily vlog” in August of 2014.  I do the videos more for fun and for a chronicle of my life. I am starting to use social media to spread the word of my vlog […]

July 20, 2015

A New Level of Geekdom

  As long as I can remember, I’ve been a Geek, more specifically, a Techno-Geek.  I have always loved anything technology-based.  I needed to figure out how it works, how it can benefit and how can I use this in my life.  This is one of the reasons that I am a Web Designer.  To […]

July 1, 2015

My Wishlist

For those of you know me, I proudly categorize  myself as a Technogeek.  I love technology.  Anything new and cutting edge, I am interested. On Father’s Day, Leigh and the girls got me a quadcopter with a camera on it.  I had been looking at them, and had wanted one so I was very happy […]

June 30, 2015

Nike Air Monarch IV Sneakers are Junk!!!

Whatever you do, do not purchase Nike “Air Monarch” sneakers.  These sneakers are the biggest pieces of garbage that I have ever owned.  I purchased the pair that I currently have back in February, 2015.  I wear sneakers every day and having diabetes, I have to be very careful of the shoes that I wear. […]

June 26, 2015

The Dog Ate My Camera

I know, all of you teachers out there are just shaking your heads…  But it is true. I woke up to find out that Tuukka took the camera off of the kitchen table at 5:34am (I know this because the camera snapped a picture) and proceeded to chew through the metal lens of the camera, […]

June 2, 2015

Batting Cages at Sweet Caroline’s

Ashleigh taking some hacks at Sweet Caroline’s Batting Cages.

Storm Clouds over Mark's House

June 2, 2015

It’s Raining, there must be a Party at Mark’s House…

Let’s see, Hamburgers… check Hot Dogs… check buns… check condiments… check drinks… check What is it that I seem to be forgetting?  Oh yeah, that’s right…  Umbrellas, ponchos and anything else that is going to keep my guests warm and dry. You may be thinking, what the hell is he talking about?  I’ll tell you… […]

May 28, 2015

Waiting for some Lightning Storms

On average, the end of May and through the month of June here in Rhode Island is the strongest chance of strong to severe thunderstorms throughout the year.  This has not been the case over the past couple of years though. We usually get 1-2 “Severe” storms and then about 6-12 strong storms in the area.  But the past […]

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May 13, 2015

Finally…

Well, the long Winter is finally behind us and we are starting to see some beautiful weather.  The birds are singing and my allergies are telling me that the flowers, grass and trees are in bloom. I love this time of year.  I love to be able to work out in the yard without being […]

April 20, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

If you live in New England you will understand the title of this post.  Not since cavemen hunted for Saber-Tooth Tiger has there been a worse Winter on record than we went through this year.  The City of Boston recorded over 100″ of snow this year…  I know Buffalo, you guys got that in three […]

April 20, 2015

Following a New Vlog… DLV

I’ve been following this vlog for DLV for a couple of weeks now. Very funny and very interesting. Keep up the good work @WeTheDan

Blizzard of 2015

January 28, 2015

We made it through the Blizzard of 2015

After 31″ of snow, four hours of shoveling and numerous cups of hot chocolate, I think that I can safely say that we made it through the Blizzard of 2015 fine.  We sustained no damage to any of our property and did not loose power at all during the storm. As of 11:00am on Wed. […]

January 12, 2015

Here’s our surprise

Well, I’ve been teasing it for a while on my YouTube blog that we have a surprise coming up. Well here it is. We are going to Disney! We have a trip all planned, we have our attractions picked. And reservations have been set. We will be recording the blog directly from Disney World in […]

December 23, 2014

Santa’s Getting Ready

As Santa Claus is warming up his sleigh, Leigh and I are finishing up on the last minute Christmas touches.  After our last meeting with Santa, I think that he knows that the girls have been very good this year both at school and at home. We are looking forward to a quiet Christmas day […]

December 19, 2014

T’was the weekend before Christmas

Well here it is the weekend before Christmas. The girls are at church tonight, practicing for the epiphany pageant. Leigh is up at Smithfield Commons finishing up any last-minute shopping. The girls are so excited for the holiday coming up. Jessica can barely contain herself. Our holiday schedule is pretty full we will be making […]

December 15, 2014

Checking in

Hi everyone, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog. Things are getting real busy around the house with Christmas coming up. We’ve got just about everything done, just a few last minute gifts to pick up. Christmas is a pretty big thing around here. The girls get real excited for […]

December 11, 2014

An early Christmas present

Oh we got things off to an early start this year. Space delete both Leigh and myself and visited Santa tonight and we were able to get Ashleigh her early Christmas present. She was so happy when she received her present she started crying and that made us very happy she got something that she […]

December 9, 2014

Little Girl put Gaston in his place.

November 19, 2014

Dr. Appointment

November 5, 2014

Minion Movie…

October 17, 2014

Disney Dreaming

Every year at this time I start getting the itch.  I know that the temperatures are going to be dropping and I know that a ton of that white garbage is on the way.  So I start to think about warmer climates.  I start gearing towards our February vacation. I am always asked, “Where are […]

September 24, 2014

Alicia – Summer Fun

Alicia is our three year-old Black Lab mix. She is the sweetest thing that you would ever want to meet.  Very smart and always there to cheer you up when you’ve had a bad day. Alicia also has some quirks about her.  She is a Black Lab, but terrified of water, except for the lawn […]

September 22, 2014

This is a Twitter Test

August 18, 2014

We need a new roof (8.17.14)

Finally went up on the ladder to clean out my gutters, only to find out that my roof is in horrible condition!!!

August 3, 2014

We Catch a Ballgame (8.2.14)

[embedplusvideo height=”380″ width=”720″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1kgo5jm” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/a-Ha1h3578s?fs=1&vq=hd720″ vars=”ytid=a-Ha1h3578s&width=720&height=380&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep8368″ /] We head to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI to see the PawSox play the Columbus Clippers.  McCoy Stadium is a great place to see a game.  Visit www.pawsox.com for more information

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