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I met Rudolph!!

Posted: February 12, 2012 in Learning

Hey guys and gals! Ooch here . . .

Quick story – I was at a school in Needham recently and was doing my SuperPOWER (anti-bullying) show when something pretty funny happened.
So in this show I tell a story about a recurring nightmare I used to have about a bully who kept making my life miserable. Instead of using the kid’s actual name I use the name “Rudolph” because I figure no one will be named Rudolph, right?? WRONG!! In this show someone WAS named Rudolph and to make matters worse . . . it was a teacher!

Waa-waa-waa-waaaaaaaa . . . .

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Coming Soon!

Posted: December 25, 2011 in Learning

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Hey guys! In November 2009 I got the opportunity to travel to the UK to film some commercials for Yomega.

It was my first time actually staying in England and I had an amazing time. I blogged the whole time I was there so I could share my adventures with my family. Now that more and more people are seeing my blog I thought it would be fun to share my UK adventures with you!

If you’d like to check out my London blog click here – Ooch’s Big London Adventure. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to get to the following day, etc.

I’ve also uploaded some of the 10 second commercials we shot in Manchester for Yomega. You can access them at any time by clicking on the “Ooch’s Commercials” section at the top of the page!

And finally, I got to be featured on the BBC. To see that video click on the “Ooch’s Videos” section at the top of the page. It will be the first video you see.

Enjoy!


Hey guys! I’ve got some great news – I’ve got a brand new show called Secrets to Being Social. It’s all about discovering new skills that relate to being out and around other people. Let’s face it, you’re already a superstar . . . why not be a “SOCIAL SUPERSTAR”?! Don’t worry, it’s still got all the Ooching and “Awwww yeahs” you’ve come to know and love over the years as well as a healthy dose of comedy, music, dance and yo-yos. If you’re looking for something new and exciting, freshly grown from the zany brain of Ooch himself (me . . . writing in third person . . . yikes), please share it with someone who can get me to your school or event! Awwww yeah!!! Here’s a link to more info on the show – Oochworld.com

Yo-Yo Contest Alert!!!

Posted: March 13, 2011 in Learning

Hey guys!

I just wanted to let you know that in a couple of weeks I’m gonna be in the beautiful town of Northampton, MA taking part in one of my favorite events of the year – “The Z-Games” Northeast Regional Yo-Yo Contest!

I mention this contest because it’s the PERFECT yo-yo event check out if you’re curious about the sport of yo-yoing. The Z-Games offers a great inside look at what yo-yoing is all about.

It’s a full day of yo-yo events ranging from beginner contests to advanced yo-yo freestyles to music. Some of the best players in the country come to this event to compete for the regional title and hang with friends.

I also happen to feel that it’s the ultimate “first” yo-yo contest to take part in because lots of newcomers participate. Not only that but the event is built so that ANY yo-yo enthusiast can compete. AND I stress that if you can already do a few tricks, ENTER the contest. You won’t find a more friendly group of judges or people. This contest is built with the beginner and intermediate player in mind. Don’t get me wrong, they’re are some AMAZINGLY TALENTED players there but there’s a category for every skill level.

Oh, and did I mention that I’m the host?? Awwww yeah!!!!! Ill be MCing all day and I’ve got lots of fun things up my sleeve for ya! So come and share a day of yo-yo fun with me and lots of my yo-yo friends.

Details:
Sunday April 3rd 2011
JFK Middle School
100 Bridge Road
Florence, Massachusetts 01062

The event starts in the morning. For exact times and the schedule check out the A2Z website – A2Z Science and Learning Store


Hey guys, Ooch here!

What’s your favorite shape? I ask this because I think I might have a new favorite shape. Actually, I never really thought much about shapes until a few minutes ago and the reason why I even began thinking about shapes was because I have a new favorite activity . . . More about that in a few!

If someone were to guess what my favorite shape was, most people would probably say a circle or sphere . . .

This makes sense because yo-yos are such a large part of my life. Circles are round therefore Ooch must love circles. It makes sense! I DO love circles. So many things I like are circular! One person even guessed that I’d like a circle because my favorite color is orange! Why? Oranges are round. Clever.

So yeah, I love circles but I’ve recently discovered the joy of squares! Ladies and gents I can now solve a Rubik’s Cube!!!

It’s so funny because I never thought I’d EVER be able to solve the cube. I was under the assumption that I’d have to figure it out. Boy was I wrong!

So I was on a plane headed to Dallas for a toy show and I found myself sitting next to a guy with a wooden Rubik’s cube. As it turns out he was a rep for the company that makes the Rubik’s cube. I asked him if he could solve the cube and he told me that everyone who works for Rubik’s needs to be able to solve it. I immediately that I’d NEVER be able to work for that company! I’m not smart enough. Then he told me something that changed my life. He said that I could learn how to solve it from a DVD. “Really”, he said. “Solving a cube is a matter of memorizing a series of algorithms.” Algorithms? Sounds complicated. He told me that an algorithm is really a combination you memorize based on patterns found on the cube. “There are about 7 steps to solving the cube,” he said. 7 steps? That didn’t sound too bad. So he agreed to send me a cube with the DVD and when it came in the mail I went straight to work!!

It wasn’t quite as easy as I hoped but vastly easier than I originally thought it’d be. When I first was learning I had to take it very slow. One step at a time. I learned one combination and practiced that over and over and over . . .
I practiced it until I could do it without thinking about it. From there I went to step 2, practiced over and over and over . . . and so on . . .

It took me about a week (practicing a little bit each day) to get it solved for the first time. And let me tell you, the feeling I got from getting those colors matched up on all sides was PURE JOY!!! I felt so good about myself that I wanted to learn how to do it faster and faster. I began carrying the cube everywhere. I now had another trick to put into my bag, so to speak. From there on, no matter where I was, if there was a Rubik’s cube in my midst I could conquer it!!

The best part of discovering the Rubik’s cube was the discovery that I could do something I never imagined possible. My limited knowledge of the cube had me assuming that I needed a certain IQ or skill in geometry or math to be able to do it. When I found out that I could learn how to do it (and did) my perspective on life changed. I now find myself thinking about all the other things previously I assumed were impossible and wonder if I REALLY CAN achieve them! Hmm, I’ve always wanted to learn how to fly a helicopter . . .

What’s also cool is that I’ve taught other people how to solve the cube. It feels so awesome to share my knowledge with people who, like me, never thought they could do it. Seeing others accomplish something new and knowing that I helped gets me pumped!

So now I have two favorite shapes – circles and squares!

Do you have a sweet skill that you can share with others? If so, I’d love to know!

If you want to learn how to solve the Rubik’s cube, CLICK HERE.


Hey Guys,
Ooch here! I’m back in the states.
Here is a great video introducing segments from my positive spin presentation at one of the schools, in 2010.
This program empowers every student to turn negative situations into positive ones through the use of two simple words – “Spin it”. The performance addresses issues that are important to elementary and middle schoolers and affect them on a daily basis. Ooch discusses and offers the students tips and tricks relating to such issues as popularity, making and keeping friends, earning respect of teachers and peers, becoming comfortable in your own skin, bullying and dealing with failure.