Dogs need a place to sleep too

Mans best friend has always been the dog. Today, Americans spend billions of dollars to make sure their pets are healthy and happy. Studies have shown that dogs that are more rested are less irritable, and more willing to play. So it would make sense that making them sleep in a wooden shed, may not be as beneficial to the health and well being of your most valued pet. Besides,you don’t see too many hamsters sleeping on gravel.

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Missing the Price Tags on Store Items

Does anyone remember the old days of shopping in the grocery store? Well in 1988, I was a bag-boy for a grocery store. I had a lot of good memories from those bagging days. It was really my first job and I really did like it. All of my friends were broke and I always had money. When you earn tips as a living, you never seem to be without money.

Back during those days, we had a price tag on every item in the store. When a customer went to pay, we would unload their carts for them. We would find the price tag on each item and turned it toward the cashier, so they could easily see the price and ring the item up. Today’s grocery stores don’t offer that type of service and there are no price tags either. The cashiers just use a barcode scanner to total up the customer’s purchase. The prices (if your lucky) are located on the shelf, where you picked the item up. It’s not always easy to see which prices are for which products. Especially when you have a lot of small items on the shelf. Even after I see the price which is closest, I still try to read the product information, to make sure it matches. Often the closest price on the shelf, is not the price for the item you wish to buy.

We may have worked a little harder in the old days. Maybe we didn’t do things as smart as they do today, but we did give good service. You really can’t find that in too many places today. If you still shop at a grocery store, which has a bag boy that unloads your shopping buggy and then bags up your groceries, then you’re one of the lucky shoppers out there today. Not only do they unload and bag, but they also carry the groceries to your car. After they load the car up, is when most customers will give them a tip. Too bad we don’t see this quality service here today. As for the price tags on every item in the store, due to modern technology, those days will never return again. Even the local yard sales have gotten lazy and don’t price every item they offer either!

Smokey Night Adventure

Well me and two buddies took off for the mountains last night along with one of their mama’s. We arrived in Cherokee, North Carolina around 10PM on Tuesday Night and made our way to the casino. All three of them got started before I did on throwing money in the machines. I took a little extra time trying to find a machine I felt good with.

After about 30 minutes I found a machine, but it didn’t want to take my money. I didn’t have my comp card in the machine, and unless you put it in, then it doesn’t allow you to put in any money. A nice lady beside my machine gave me some assistance to helping me. Now this was the very first time I had been in the casino at Cherokee, North Carolina. Once I was able to get my 5 dollar bill in the machine, I have the machine one touch to the “bet max” button. It was 25 cents a credit and the max bet was 3, so when I hit the button it was a 75 cent bet. On my very first bet the machine started making some noises and my credits begin to go up. I didn’t know how much I had won, but it kept going up until I had $250 bucks. So it was a nice way to start off the night. Later on, I would end up winning on that same machine a cool $1,250 more on a single spin. So I had a good night in the mountains of North Carolina. Now I had left the house and took $130 with me up to the mountains. I haven’t counted the exact number up yet, but I brung back at least 1 thousand dollars! So it was definitely a fun night out with the boys, that made me money instead of costing me money.

Don't Be Scared of the Sugar

I know cereals are full of sugar these days and some of us like the jump start we get from that sugar. Keeping your kids away from all that sugar can be a good thing. However, cereal still has a lot of important nutritional qualities that we can get and the grains are really important. Don’t let the high content of sugar get in your way of some badly needed nutrients. We do need to watch our sugar intake and the less is still the best, we just might be sacrificing grains, if we leave cereal alone. We lack grains in our diets as a society and most people never get the required daily amount of grains in the food they normally eat. Cereal can provide us with this and just 1 bowl of the stuff, each day can make a big difference on our health. If you are deciding on the sugar .vs. the grains you get in your favorite cereals, please let the grains win! Maybe you can find a cereal that is low in sugar, but get the grains first and worry about taking sugar out of your diet later.

Now Frosted Flakes is my favorite cereal and adding a spoonful of sugar to it; makes it just that much better. I don’t add the extra sugar anymore and I let Kelloggs control my sugar intake from their cereal. It still might be too much for some people to eat; so trying to find another brand may be necessary. They are tons of different cereals to choose from and look for one that has honey in it as well. Honey is a great medicine for our bodies and we all could use a little more honey in our diets!

Medical ID Jewelry

I’m not sure who came up with the idea to have personal information on pieces of jewelry, but it’s a good idea! I know some people like to have their young children tagged with some type of information like an address or phone number, just in case they ever got separated from their parents. This is a good method to insure your child could get back home as soon as possible. Adults have a different approach and they can use jewelry ID for medical reasons.

There is no telling how many lives have been saved due to medical jewelry. You can really store some very important information on a piece of jewelry which could quickly explain your situation to a stranger. An asthma attack or someone suffering from a seizure might not have the abilities to communicate with a stranger. Medical ID jewelry could quickly let someone know your condition and would be able to convey your situation to a 911 operator or someone on the scene with medical knowledge. I also think these medical ID tags can be used for a lot more things. If you are very allergic to something and coming into contact with a certain drug or food could be life threatening; you could benefit from an ID tag. You might be in an automobile accident and if you were unable to speak to the paramedics arriving at the scene, they might give you something that could do more harm than the injuries you sustained in the accident. They are trained to look for these sorts of things and even certain symbols on these pieces of medical jewelry stand out to anyone that might not be medically trained. So consider a medical ID bracelet or tag to wear on a necklace, if you have any medical conditions that you suffer from.

Having A Yard Sale

Having a yard sale is a great way to make room in your home and making a little money while you do it. Now I have friends that have a lot of yard sales and they tell me that getting one or two big items and sitting out in the yard, is the best way to draw customers in. It doesn’t matter if you don’t sell the big item or not, it’s just the thing that will get people to stop in and look at what you have to sell. Now the baby stuff is always popular at the yard sales, and you can easily sell toys, baby high chairs, baby play pens, or baby clothes. Don’t forget the entertainment things, all your radios, stereos, VCR and DVD players, and any movies you might have on VHS tapes or DVD; sell real well at the yard sales. Just remember at the end of the day the main goal is to get rid of this stuff and try to talk one of your customers in to taking everything you have left. Give them 1 price for the rest of your things you have left and make them an offer they can’t refuse!

Say Cheese!

Do you like getting your picture too? Yeah, me either! It is a lot better now then what it use to be. Remember when we would take our pictures and have them sent off? It would take at least 2 weeks to get our pictures back to see what they looked like. That was until Polaroid made that camera that worked like a printer and would shoot the pictures out instantly. You would just have to wait a couple of minutes for the picture to fully develop with their technology they had.

Now it’s 2007 and when can take all the pictures we want and see them instantly on our computers. If you have one of the digital cameras that can be easily found these days.

Now for shooting live video, I have a digital camcorder. I go to my nephew’s baseball and football games and record him with it. I also have 2 twin nephews that are about 2 1/2 years old and I can fill up tape after tape with some of the stuff the twins give me. They are never boring and are always into something. I use a Panasonic camcorder and it’s the 2nd one our household has ever owned. We did have one of those earlier ones where you put the VCR tape in them, and they were real big and bulky. So the camcorders and digital cameras have made taking pictures and capturing our memories a lot better than what it use to be.

Cow Tipping

It’s just like the title states. It’s about tipping over cows. If you have never heard of this, then you probably live in a city somewhere. People in the country are well aware of cow tipping. It’s similar to snipe hunting. If you never hunted for snipe, then I will have to take you some time. However, cow tipping is really easy to learn how to do. There’s just some key things you need to remember.

It’s not a daytime thing. You must do this at night, when the cows are sleeping. Most importantly, it’s cow tipping, and not bull tipping. Please be sure you know where the bull is, and don’t get near him in no way. He can spoil the whole night for you. A fun night of cow tipping with friends, can lead to the local hospital emergency room if you find the bull. So by all means stay away from the bull!

It doesn’t take a bunch of people to actually tip the cow over. It’s just more fun with a bunch of people. You have to be quiet though, cause a cow that is not sleeping, is not easily tipped over. Once you have sucessfully got to a cow that is sleeping, then just put both of your hands on the cow. Anywhere from the middle to the back will do. Only one person needs to put their hands on the cow. Now once you got your hands on the cow, then give it a good shove. The cow will tip right over. It’s now important to start running, cause other cows will hear the commotion and will come to see what’s going on. Especially the cow they call a bull. You don’t want to get stampeded, cause cows are very large animals that can hurt you.

So the next time your looking for a bit of fun. Look into cow tipping, and see if this looks like a thing for you. My friend from New York can’t believe things like this go on. She says the only thing they tip in New York is the cab drivers!

Satellite Falling To Earth

Have you heard about this one? A USA spy satellite is not functioning properly and we have lost control of it from the ground. The satellite does contain sensitive information and might pose a slight risk to us on the ground. The U.S. Military has been given the order by the President to try and shoot down the falling satellite.

It appears the Navy will take the lead in this operation and some where in the waters a Navy ship will try to send up a rocket or missle to destroy the spy satellite. If successful this should help secure the information on board and will help break up the satellite into smaller pieces, which will pose less of a threat for us on the ground. It’s not sure where the satellite might land as of right now, but it should make contact with the Earth in early March.

Our atmosphere should protect us from this and if we can break the satellite into smaller pieces, most of them would just burn up during their reentry into our atmosphere. It’s an interesting story and the satellite was just launched into space in the 2006 year. I’m sure it cost a lot of pretty pennies to get that satellite into place and this will be good money going down the drain. Hopefully we can identify the problem with the rocket boosters that were equipped on this satellite and make them better for the next satellites we might send to orbit. Apparently these rocket boosters need to be working properly, so we can have control of the satellite from the ground. So just keep an eye out on this story and make sure we are successful in destroying this runaway satellite. It might be wise to try and stay indoors when this satellite does reach the ground in early March.

National League MVP 2007

Who should win the National League MVP for Major League Baseball in 2007? They are a lot of good canidates out there and choosing just one will be tough. It’s not like that in the American League; as most people think Alex Rodriguez will run away with it. So it leaves people wondering who might get the top honors in the National League? The top canidates would have to be Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers, Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies, Matt Holiday of the Colorado Rockies, Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies, Miguel Cabrera of the Florida Marlins, or Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins.

Now one of those players will win the National League MVP in 2007, but which one? I have mixed feelings on who should win it and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I would expect this to be a very close race and whoever does win it, will not win it by much. If I had to list my canidates in order, this is the way I would do it.

I think Ryan Howard is the best player in 2007 and he gets my vote for the MVP. He helped the Phillies knock off the Mets late in the year and he had RBI’s in his last 6 games of the season. His stats are as good as anybody in baseball and he was injured for a portion of the season. If Ryan Howard would have played in 162 games, then he would have Alex Rodriguez type numbers and maybe even better? I have to list him as my top dog for the National League MVP.

Now Matt Holiday has had a great season like all the other canidates have. He has led the National League in batting average this year and I think that stat speaks volumes when you’re talking about the MVP award. He led the Rockies through impossible odds to get to the post season and he is beside Ryan Howard in my book. If you factor in that 163 rd game of the year (which it is a regular season game) I think that might have made the difference. He came up big in that thrilling game against the Padres and Matt Holiday winning the National League MVP award for 2007 might just be your best canidate!

I think the picture gets a little more cloudy when you go from them two names down to the next guy on the list. I would rank Prince Fielder as the 3rd best canidate for this year’s MVP award in the National League. The guy is young and almost led his team to the post season in 2007. Don’t worry Brewer fans, your team is young and only getting better. Keep your manager and you guys will see the post season in 2008.

The Phillies didn’t only have Ryan Howard, but they had Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley too. That is why the Phillies is in the post season. I can’t remember the last time you had 3 deserving canidates from one team to battle for the MVP award. I think this will hurt all 3 of them and the votes will get split up among them in the Philly area. So votes that could be going to Ryan Howard, might get stolen by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. I think this makes Matt Holiday the likely choice to win the award this year. I do put Jimmy Rollins 4th on my list behind Ryan Howard, Matt Holiday, and Prince Fielder.

1. Ryan Howard

2. Matt Holiday

3. Prince Fielder

4. Jimmy Rollins

5. Hanley Ramirez

6. Chase Utley

7. Albert Pujols

8. Miguel Cabrera

9. Jose Reyes

10. Barry Bonds

That is the way the top 10 should breakdown in this year’s race for the National League MVP. I think Ryan Howard will have trouble winning the award; since Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins will be stealing votes from him. So don’t be surprised to see Matt Holiday as your 2007 National League MVP.


Chicago Cubs .vs. Cleveland Indians


Milwaukee Brewers .vs. Cleveland Indians


Atlanta Braves .vs. New York Yankees


Milwaukee Brewers .vs. Boston Red Sox

That’s the way I see the next few World Series going for Major League Baseball.

Bad Weather for the Southeast

The weather hasn’t been too bad at my house. Some badly needed rain is falling in our area but the strong winds, lightning, thunder and tornados have missed us so far. The unstable air mass is just now getting to us, so maybe we have not seen the worse of these storms that have crippled some of the Southern States. I hope everyone in the path of this unstable air mass that has hot air colliding with cool air, will take cover. Stay at home and keep an eye on the news by tv or radio.

Many have died from these storms and they are still counting the death toll. So it’s unusual February weather here in the South, but factor in global warming and we are probably entering our tornado season for the year. It’s strange to see these storms so early in the year, but times are changing and bad weather will start to occur more and more over these normal winter months. Please stay safe with these storms and for the next couple of months keep your eyes closely on the weather for those in the Midwest and in the Southeast.

Baseball Cards

I am a big time baseball card collector. I have tons of them, and other sports cards too. I have basketball, hockey, football, and even some Nascar cards. Now I look at my baseball cards as investments. If you are not familar with the sports card industry. Then you probably aren’t aware of how many peope today are buying baseball cards for investments. It can be compared to school pictures for your kids, to give you an idea on what cards will be worth a lot of money, and which ones are not. Let’s take 2 students that are in the first grade. Now their 1st grade picture would be considered their rookie card in the sporting card world. If one student becomes a very successful lawyer and makes a lot of money one day. Then that student’s 1st grade picture or rookie card would be worth a lot of money. If the 2nd student, was to drop out of high school and work as a fast food worker. Then the 2nd student wouldn’t have a valuable 1st grade picture. The first student would have many school pictures that would be worth money. Their 5th grade picture,  would be worth a little something. However, the further you go back and the older the picture is, would make it more valuable. Now if you manage to get a preschool picture of that student, then look out! It will be more valuable than the 1st grade picture.

So that’s an idea of how the baseball cards work in value. If a major league baseball player does well in his career. Then his rookie card will command some type of value. If you have seen Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees this year, then you would probably like to have 1 or 2 of his rookie cards. Also, if Barry Bonds breaks the all time home run record. Then his rookie cards, and all cards with him on it, will take a jump. Barry looks like he is going to be the new home run champ. So now is the time to look for a few of his baseball cards.