ountry’s no. 8
The way those airlines are
upcharging for everything, it’s
more important than ever to
pack light. By weighing it before
you go, you can make sure your
luggage isn’t heavy enough to
warrant another surcharge. Sure,
you could pick up your bag,
stand on the bathroom scale
and then subtract your weight to
figure out how much your bag
weighs, but that’s just complex—
plus, if you’re anything like us,
your bathroom scale probably
hasn’t been calibrated in years
and may be o by as much as
Take your packing precision
further with this handheld, digital
luggage scale by Balanzza.
Attach it to your bag’s handle,
lift it up and it will display how
much the bag weighs. It’s even
small enough to pack so you
can weigh your bag again after
you’ve filled it with souvenirs.
Just be sure to account for the
10 ounces the scale weighs.
Teamwork Is Everything
Some self-proclaimed “forever single”
people can’t imagine waking up next to
the same person every day for the rest of
their lives. Shannon Desrosiers, 27, not
only wakes up next to the same person
every day, she also goes to work with him.
That’s because she and her husband,
Matt, 29, are co-head coaches of Clarkson University’s women’s hockey team.
So, which came first: the job or the
marriage? The marriage. Shannon and
Matt met as students at St. Lawrence
University in Canton, N. Y., where they
both played hockey. They went on to be
assistant coaches at Clarkson and married in July 2006. When former head
coach Rick Seeley left in April 2008, the
couple was hired to lead the team.
“It was nice they had faith in us,” says
Shannon, as if there’s nothing out of the
ordinary about it. When further probed,
the loyal coach says, “Well, our motto at
Clarkson is ‘defy convention,’ so I guess
we’re doing just that.”
The team and the rest of the sta are
OK with it, too. “We haven’t really had
any negative reactions,” Shannon says.
“Of course, there are always jokes about
it, but we keep things very professional.
“I think we complement each other
really well. He probably yells [at the
team] more. But I yell at him more,” she
says with a laugh.
Hopefully all that yelling will pay o .
The team was ranked No. 8 in the country
last year. “We’re very excited about this
year’s potential. We’re a young team,
with nine freshmen,” Shannon says. “But
our goal is to stay in the top 10.”
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