What did I receive for Christmas? (my first Vlog)

by Rich DeMatteo on December 25, 2009 · 22 comments

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My 2009 Christmas Gifts (plus a special achievement) from Rich DeMatteo on Vimeo.

Well, as promised I said I would throw up my first Video Blog on COTJ.  On Christmas Eve I announced what I wanted for Christmas this year so watch the video to see if I got everything on my list.  Along with showing some of my gifts, I was happy to receive my official PHR certification in the mail yesterday, so I happily show that off to you!

It’s been amazing to get to know all of you online in 2009, but in 2010 I look forward to meeting everyone IRL.

What did you receive during the holidays this year?

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22 comments
Ashlie
Ashlie

CONGRATS RICHIE! Knew you could do it!!! Can't wait to celebrate with you soon =)

Royce
Royce

Sweet vlog - is that your gift to us, the readers? Also in response to Jenny I didn't realize that was a guy thing to rock the holiday scruff, but yes we all do it. I did not know you are into LOST, but let's please re-convene once the new season begins to discuss, mmkay? In fact I'll host some discussions on FIWK if you would like to participate. Keep up the great writing in 2010 Rich!

Cheila Esquilin
Cheila Esquilin

Loved your first Vblog. You looked good and not nervous at all. Don't worry, I wont call you "Richard" hehe, ;) Didn't know you were a LOST and Office fan. LOST is my favorite. I remember I watched the whole season 1 and 2 in a weekend, back to back, non stop! Looking forward for this coming season as well. Glad yo got what you wanted. It seems Santa was good to all of us this Christmas. Keep on the great job. Looking forward what are you up to this up coming new years with COTJ. So glad we connected and Congrats AGAIN on the certificate. Have a wonderful New Years. - Cheila

Jenny Blake
Jenny Blake

Loved the first video! Great job :D All I can say is, you are such a guy! That is the classic guy Christmas stash - your family did well :D HUGE congrats on getting your masters - that's amazing. It's been great getting to know you this year - I hope you enjoy the rest of your holidays! Benny Jake

Dawn Lennon
Dawn Lennon

Terrific video! You are as genuine on screen as you are in print! Congrats on the PHR. I'm a SHRM member (not a PHR holder...too hard...spent 10 years in HR management doing hard labor instead) and a regular presenter at the SHRM LV annual conference. Everyone should know that the PHR test is, exactly what you say, a b buster! That's a great achievement but in time it will pale in terms of what you will make happen going forward. So all the best in 2010...and be careful of all that Axe...heard it can be dangerous!

Matt Cheuvront
Matt Cheuvront

Awesome job man - I was expecting you to trip, fall, knock the computer over - you know, totally vlogging virginity chaos. No such luck - sweet gifts. I'm a Gilette Fusion man myself - and I, well, my fiance, got the entire Sopranos series, which, don't hate me, I've NEVER seen an episode of the Sopranos - so It's going to be awesome to finally knock that one off the bucket list. Fiance got me a Garmin to go along with my "travel one place new every month in 2010" resolution - I will finally be able to go new places without staring down at my Google Map app on the cell phone. So yeah, great Christmas overall - Santa was good to me. Looks like he was to you as well - and congrats on the PHR my friend - I know you will be doing some great things in the coming year. Cheers!

Lindsey
Lindsey

Great first vlog!! You're going to get contacted by sponsors in no time after those axe and gillette plugs! Glad you had a nice Christmas :)

Sam Karol
Sam Karol

Are you sure this is your first video post? It was great! You even got up and switched chairs without tripping, kudos!! Seriously though, congrats on the PHR! Glad to see that all your hard work has officially paid off :)

Elisa
Elisa

First video post was great. Give it another 3-4 and you'll be singing and dancing at the end of one too. :) Glad you got your chair and again congrats on the PHR. It's amazing how humble and calm you are able to stay thru that, I'd be jumping around in my brand new computer chair with glee! Glad you've cracked into the world that is video blogging, it's definitely a fun place to be.

Grace Boyle
Grace Boyle

1. It's not awkward and 2. A good blogging friend told me on my first video blog post that you can actually click through on vimeo and choose different 'cover' face shots (there are about 6 options) so if you don't like this awkward one, you can click through to other awkward ones :) Merry happy Christmas!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Thanks, Ashlie. Glad you guys moved back to PA. I can finally spend some quality time with my god son!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Royce, what's up brotha? (desmond reference) We need to rock this LOST chat once the season starts. I'll help out and contribute and be chatty as much as possible. E-mail me and we can talk about how to work it out...

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Cheila - We should definitely talk about LOST at some point. This last season can only make or break the show. Thanks for the congrats and your comment!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Yo Benny - Thanks for noticing I'm quite a guy and thanks for the congrats. Looking forward to hopefully meeting you in 2010 and enjoy the rest of 2009

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Dawn - thanks so much. Glad I looked real, but I did forget to smile a bit. I think I was just showing off my dry humor. The PHR was very tough, and it is very debatable as to how important it is to HR pro's, but I was forced to take/pass so I'm glad it is over. Hopefully we can meet up in the new year since I know you live somewhere in PA!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Thanks Matt! Dude - you need to let me know how you like Sopranos. I didn't get into Sopranos till the show was winding down. Tony Soprano is one of the most interesting characters on Television ever. I think you'll enjoy. The Garmin will be incredibly important when you drive to the #ECTU (east coast tweet up). Thanks for the message and look forward to hanging out sometime in '10.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Yo Lindsey - hope you made it back to Philly OK. Let me know how everything went! Thanks for stopping by to check out the video!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Thanks, Sam! I'm surprised I didn't trip. The switching of chairs was def a make or break moment!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Thank you, Elisa! The PHR has really been a pain in my side for a while now, and I'm just completely thrilled to have passed the test and finished grad school! Maybe in a few months I'll sing, dance, and juggle in videos... Time will tell!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Grace - Big Matt Chevy set me straight. The picture originally chosen by Vimeo was really, really awkward. I'm OK with the thumbnail I chose now :o) Thanks for stopping by and merry christmas to you as well!

Dawn Lennon
Dawn Lennon

So you can save the smile for next time! Droll is also charming! Yes, the PHR is debatable. For some HR jobs like comp and benefits, the legal stuff, I suspect it's a hiring advantage. I know some places that give candidates with it a leg up. For me I was in mgmt dev and trng and more corp strategic stuff when the cert. wasn't really out there. I think the colleges with HR majors really push it. But, hey, a credential is always a beautiful thing...the more the merrier. You've built a great platform for yourself that positions you for lots of directions. Investing in yourself is always smart. I have a good friend in Berwyn...near you, right? When I'm in the area I'll let you know! How's that? Did you win the blog contest? You should! Stay well, Dawn

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Smile next time - check! Yep, Berwyn is pretty close, I went to college in that area (Cabrini College). Make sure to e-mail me when you are in the area. I didn't win the blog contest but came close! Thanks for the votes, meant a lot. Talk to you soon!