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Back pain is something that most people deal with at some point in their lives. For minor problems, rest for a few days may be enough to feel good again. Unfortunately, many people have back problems that will not improve without treatment; these problems can cause chronic back pain. Chronic pain is classified as pain that lasts over a long period of time. If you suffer from back problems, you will likely agree that two things must be treated: the back problem itself and the resulting pain. Physicians who specialize in pain management can help you diagnose your disease and manage the pain. They have many diagnostic tools including, but not limited to: x-ray, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), bone scan, ultrasound, discography, electrodiagnostics, and thermography. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • 4 Holiday Health Tips

    The holidays are a very fun time of year. They are frequently filled with lots of temptations in the form of excessive amounts of food and drink. It is fine to partake and indulge, but the New Year will be easier if you don’t overindulge. Here are a few holiday health tips for this wonderful time of year. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • As consumers, many people see a product on the shelf of a local retailer, they do not think much beyond the product itself, its packaging, and the price. However there is a whole side to merchandise which many do not think about. The production, transportation, negotiation of raw materials, and logistical implications of a product are huge—even for the most basic merchandise. One of the largest fields in production is the occupation of supply chain management. Supply chain management—referred to some in the field as SCM—is the coordination of flow, movement and storage of goods and materials. From the point of origin to the shelf at the store, this industry manages every step of production. As you can imagine, there is an incredible array of considerations to be made concerning product production. This is why this is one of the largest industries world wide. Growing at incredible rates each and every year. Read the rest of this entry »

    Today content marketing importance is higher than ever. Consumers are becoming increasingly bombarded by advertising online, over their airwaves, and in their printed pages- and they are becoming increasingly good at ignoring it. So how is a modern company supposed to sell anything in a market that is sick of sales pitches? Read the rest of this entry »

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  • There are many dangers of drinking and driving. You are probably very familiar with some of these dangers simply by watching the evening news. Televised stories tell of accidents involving pedestrians, other vehicles, houses, and even storefronts. These types of accidents can have drastic effects on the lives of all involved, yet there are still those who drink and drive. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • On Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, the Tennessee Volunteers will play in a game that could make or break their season. Head Coach Butch Jones and his team will face the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Vols are currently ranked 6th in the SEC East division and the Commodores are ranked in 4th place. If the Vols lose this game, they will be unsuccessful at making a bowl game for the third season in a row. A terrible statistic for fans of Tennessee Vols Football, and yet as bad as that loss may be, losing to the Commodores might sting a little more. Last season, Vanderbilt won against their Tennessee rivals with a 41-18 victory. If the Volunteers lose this year, it will be a back-to-back loss against Vanderbilt and that has not happened since Calvin Coolidge was president. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • If you are a college football enthusiast, chances are you understand why Ohio State draws such a large crowd of supporters. First, the university draws some of the brightest and best people in the world to enroll as a student body, it employs a talented and dedicated faculty, and it offers highly competitive college sports programs.  It is also among the largest universities in the nation. As far as college sports goes, it does not get any better than getting Ohio State football tickets and watching a game in person. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Caring for your Vizsla Puppy

    A Vizsla puppy is a beautiful dog with high energy, lots of loyalty and extreme intelligence. They make great companions to people who prefer an active lifestyle and they are usually a very gently pup. If you have recently brought home one or more vizsals puppies then you have probably already realized how easy it is to train them, but here are a few additional tips just in case: Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Individuals being convicted with a “driving under the influence” offense, face a long and often confusing process, even before they are found innocent or guilty. There are few readily available resources for those who are charged with a DUI offense, making DUI lawyers a valuable asset to have on one’s side. In states like Colorado the consequences of a DUI charge start just seven days after the charge, at which point the driver’s license is suspended for a period of thirty days.

    Alleged DUI offenders have the option of contesting this suspension with the Colorado Department of Revenue; one must do this within seven days after receiving the DUI charge in order to be eligible for the reinstatement of driving privileges. This is the first of many areas where a DUI lawyer can help a client get the best possible results.

    Depending on the circumstances, a DUI conviction typically involves the loss of driving privileges for up to two years, 8-12 points added to a license, up to a year in jail, mandatory alcohol education or treatment, up to $1,500 in fines, and much more. Experienced DUI lawyers guide their clients through all steps of the process, as well as working for a dismissal or not guilty verdict whenever possible. Tackling this stressful life event on one’s own is an uphill climb; having professional representation can make all the difference.

    If you have been charged with a DUI, you want the most qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable DUI attorney to handle your case. The team at Criminal Law Denver can help you achieve the best possible result in your case. To learn more about our firm, please contact us, or visit CriminalLawDenver.com today.

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  • Final Touches on the Home Office

    While constructing a home office is fun to do; it’s also a treat when everything is finally over and done with. You know, that first time you can sit back and enjoy it. Those last few things you put in your office, is where that “rewarding feel” comes from. Like adding your name to the office with one of those desk name plates that sit right on the front edge of the desk. It will be the first thing folks see, if they come-in and have a seat in your new home office. And speaking of seats, how much seating space should one have in their home office?

    I see one nice swivel chair behind the desk with a standard chair on the other side of the desk. You can choose to put 1 or 2 standard chairs in front of the desk. This is where the visitors, business contacts, or friends can come in for a quick seat.

    If you plan to put a nice television in your home office, then you might want to consider a couch too. Not a real big couch, but something comfy and off to the side. A couch you can pull out or move to the center of the room, where you and a few friends could see the TV screen better. I would choose a two cushion couch, with a small recliner in the corner. The maximum seating a home office should have is one couch, one recliner, 2 standard chairs, and your own personal office chair that turns around on a swivel. If you have the space to add another chair, recliner, or even a couch, then that is great. Some office spaces might allow room for another couch, but for me, I would prefer to have the open space. Perhaps you could use the space for exercising or putting a golf ball around in the office. Overall, designing home offices can be really fun and they don’t cost much to do either! Please be sure to let me know your planning designs, if you choose to tackle a new home office in 2013.

    Uptons Headed to the Peach State Braves Baseball Team in 2013

    The Tampa Bay Devil Rays could not reach an agreement with their speedy outfielder this baseball off-season. Since he was an un-restricted free agent, this allowed him the ability to sign with any other MLB Team out there. The outfielder in question, is B.J. Upton. A long time player for the D-Rays out of Florida. He didn’t need a big map to see where his new home would be. In fact, if he left Tampa Bay and just headed North on I – 75 out of Florida, he would arrive at his new team’s stadium that is just about 6 hours north of the Tampa Bay, Florida area. Look on the right hand side of the road in Atlanta and there B.J. would see his new baseball stadium Turner Field.

    After signing B.J. Upton in the early portion of the off-season, it didn’t look like the Braves had any other big news to announce this off-season. After their former centerfielder Michael Bourn has trouble finding a new team, there was some speculation if the Braves should try to go after him. Since no teams were really going after Bourn, maybe he could be had for a bargain?

    While Michael Bourn was having his struggles finding a new team, the Arizona Diamondbacks was rumored to be offering their young superstar Justin Upton in trade offers. There were a couple of deals involving Justin that were real close to happening. In fact, one trade was actually made with the Seattle Mariners; which would have sent Justin north (just like his brother BJ heading north) to the American League Seattle Mariners. However, Justin Upton had a trade clause that allowed him to veto trades and he vetoed the deal and left the Diamondback’s front office scratching their heads again.

    It must be hard trying to make a professional baseball trade and finally getting it approved by the other team’s general manager; only to see it canceled out by the player you’re trying to remove from your ball club. Give the Diamondbacks credit, they didn’t give up. They kept plucking away and finally struck up a deal with the team that would seem the least likely to provide a new home for Justin Upton.

    It was those Braves again! They didn’t have their fill on just one Upton in the clubhouse, so they signed up the little brother too. Justin didn’t veto this trade and now he seems excited, that he will get a chance to play with his older brother BJ Upton in Atlanta.

    The Braves did have to give up fan favorite Martin Prado in the deal and they also sent a really good young pitcher in Delgado to the Arizona D-Backs team. I am a huge fan of Delgado and he has proven his self at every level of baseball. The top pitching prospect in the Braves Organization was no match for Delgado. The Braves have one pitcher who is suppose to be really special in the next few years and so far, Delgado has out-pitched him every step of the way. So the Arizona fans will really like Delgado on their pitching staff; while Martin Prado provides a solid bat in their everyday line up.

    On the Braves side of things, they just landed the fastest, most athletic outfield that we have ever seen in Major League Baseball. There is no weak spots to hit to. It would appear for now, the Braves will move Justin to the left field corner, so they can keep Jason Heyward in his normal right field spot; while letting B.J. anchor down the center position in the outfield. You can look around the Majors and see some 2 star outfield defensive players, but finding 3 and three quality ones like the Braves have right now, is just impossible. The Atlanta Braves clearly have the best defensive outfield in the National and American Leagues both; if their 3 main guys stay healthy and they can run Justin, BJ, and Jason out there every single day.

    B.J. Upton, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton

    Braves fans are probably excited about the possibilities they have with their batting line-ups too. What we have been able to tell so far, through the interviews and managerial projections, we think the Atlanta Braves batting order will look something like this on paper for the 2013 MLB Season.

    1. Andrelton Simmons SS

    2. Jason Heyward RF

    3. Justin Upton LF

    4. Freddie Freeman 1B

    5. B.J. Upton CF

    6. Brian McCann C

    7. Dan Uggla 2B

    8. Juan Francisco / Chris Johnson 3B (came from Arizona in Justin Upton Trade)

    9. Pitcher

    What do you think Braves fans?

    A nice line up for sure! Maybe a few too many strikeouts in that line up, but one that can win games late. A 2 or 3 run lead is not safe, when the Braves can get any base runner on and know the guy who is due up next in the batting order has the power to knock it out of the park. The whole line-up has home run power and that has to be draining on the opposing pitchers, who have to face this line up 3 or more times per game. It will not be easy trying to find an out in this line-up.

    Chipper Jones is no longer around and this is the first season the Braves will begin without their hall of fame third baseman in a very long time. What really made the Justin Upton trade so good for the Braves team, was the fact they were getting another bat that could play the 3rd base position. The Braves will have 2 guys trying to get that 3rd base position and both players have homerun power. Juan Francisco could have the biggest bat on the team. His homeruns will travel the longest distance on the team. Chris Johnson may have a little better glove and his bat is pretty good too. Look for a platoon situation at third base for now.

     

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  • Students Enjoying Their School Work

    Students at School

    The alarm clock sounds off and its time for school! Another day of leaving the comforts of home and heading to the classrooms of educational hope. If students find their self in a bad environment, they will naturally be more concerned about their surroundings; than what a teacher is saying or what they might be reading from a text book. We want and need our children comfortable in schools, if we hope to get our daily lessons across to them. When schools have the budget to buy new student desks for school and chairs, they need to find ones that are comfortable. Not to the point we have sleeping pupils in the classroom, but ones that make comfort an after thought. If students are working in a clean, comfy environment, then learning becomes the main objective. No student should be thinking of a way to make their chairs sit better or be looking for a way to adjust their desktops up or down.

    I think we can all agree that comfortable students that are happy in their surroundings, will develop better learning skills; than those who have to complain for comforts. School is hard enough without the unnecessary distractions.  No doubt a school desk that wobbles is disturbing. A classroom that is too cold or too hot, will make learning more difficult. It is up to each teacher, administrator, and parent, to give our kids every educational tool possible, which will help them succeed in school each day.

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  • I notice each time someone wins a lot of money in the lottery, they always choose the “cash option“. Where they get paid all their money in one lump sum, but lose more money by choosing this option. If they would select the “yearly payments”, it would take 26 years to get all of your money, but the lottery offices would be paying you more money. Obviously if you win millions and millions from the lottery, you’re going to choose a few investments, right? If so, why not go with the lottery office investment?

    The lottery office investment (as I call it) is real simple. You just choose the 26 year plan, so your other dollars are working like an investment and really better, because this is guaranteed earnings! No investment is 100 percent safe. You can lose money. You won’t lose the first cent, if you let the lottery folks pay you in 26 years, instead of the 1 lump sum payment.

    Now for those who win like 10 or 25 million dollars. I can understand it better, why you would want the 1 time payment. You wouldn’t get too much in that first payment and each year, it would be “modest” earnings in a way, compared to someone who won 200 million and took the yearly payments. If you win 75 million or more from the lottery, you really should think seriously about taking the 26 annual installments as opposed to the one time payment option. You would be earning a great return on your money and this would be a safe, guaranteed return by taking the yearly payouts.

    If you take the 1 lump sum payment and invest it, chances are you are going to lose some money and in some cases, it might just stay even, where you don’t earn any interest or very little. You get a nice return, by just taking the money in annual payments. For those lottery winners who get 200, 300, or 400 million; you’re throwing MILLIONS, yes millions away, if you take the 1 lump sum payment. Get all you can, and don’t be too hasty in accepting the one time payment option. Earning a check each year, for 26 years, that pays 1 million and 235 thousand per year isn’t that bad. This is still plenty of money for you, your family, your friends, and for you to pay off debts and get to buy a few luxury toys and items. And just when you run out of money and have spent that last penny in that first year. It will then be time to collect your 2nd check, for another 1, 235,000 payment! Now how great is that? Soon you will be having money in your pocket and see the checks piling up on each other and then you can look for other investments then. Don’t follow the crowds, take the payments and in the long run, you will be glad you did. Plus doing it this way, you can tell your greedy family and friends that you ran out of money! You can’t really do that, when you take that one time payment of 28 and a half million dollars.

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  • In recent years, I see a lot of the real estate markets focusing in on North and South Carolina. I saw that HGTV is having their 2013 Dream Home Giveaway on an island in South Carolina this year. I think that area is beautiful and right next door, you have Sunset beach nc real estate which is just as attractive. If I get lucky and win the contest in February, I will pack up and make the move to South Carolina. If my luck fails (which I expect) then my sights are geared more toward the beaches of North Carolina or the mountains in North Georgia.

    I currently live about 40 miles north of Atlanta, in the Peach state of Georgia. I know all the laws and the way this state does their taxes, so I have those reasons for staying in my home state. However, I am ready for a change and North Carolina offers that. I don’t want to move too far away from home, so staying in the South is important to me. I think NC real estate property is great, due to the short drive you have to the Atlantic Ocean. The mountains are just as close and it’s no problem going to a mountain cabin for a weekend getaway. As long as I have a lot of restaurants near me, I think any of these 3 states would be great, for me to spend the next part of my life in.

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  • Google Surfing Team

    Google Rookies Lend a Big Hand to the Google Surfing Team

     

    No one could have seen what was about to come. It was just a typical weekend in December. It was the 2nd weekend of this month, so nothing new there. It just seemed like another Saturday, it really did!!!

    My oh my, how it was all about to change and no one, I mean NO ONE seen it coming. Admin didn’t see it, the other teams in Trafficera didn’t see it, and even my eyes, with the inside view, didn’t even see it…

    Oh, where do I begin? Maybe with that first sign that we all had, but none of us really put too much thought into it. Yes, it was that FIRST SIGN, that is where I will begin this amazing story….

    Early Saturday Morning, it was 3:08am Server Time and the SkyRockets had just won a race. The Google Team would finish 3rd in that same race and it was our 2nd third place finish in a row. The next race up was a 60 clock race. I wasn’t online at this time, but apparently we had a pretty good crew on or at least at some point in this small race, they would make their selves visible.

    My entry into this story came at Clock 59. I came in and the Google Team had 59 Clocks out of a 60 Clock Race. I quickly went to the clock race score, to see if another team was with us and luckily there wasn’t one. The next team down (2nd place team) had 45 clocks. So we had a 14 clock lead and with my 2nd or 3rd click, it was me that found number 60 :)

    The exact time we won this race, was at 6:05 am Server Time (still early Saturday Morning). The celebration was short-lived, cause the next race up was the BIG ONE and it would be the race that would take us all weekend to work for.

    The BIG NEW RACE came out at 800 Clocks and right away, the focus quickly went to the SUPER CLOCK; where there was a lot of zero’s over there. 6 of them to be exact! Yep, the super clock would read: 1,000,000 time credits (exactly just like that).

    Here is where the story gets a little tricky and a bit fishy. Not sure what was going on, but once this big race came out, we all started finding clocks. Not just here and there, but quite frequently. There was enough clocks coming out and from different surfers, that I went ahead and decided to put 1 and 1 together and figured this was going to be a Clock Rain!!!

    After all, very unusual to see 1 million on the super clock and a 800 clock race on a weekend day. This info and everyone finding clocks so fast, had to meant it was raining, right?

    So without little hesitation, I scoot my keyboard close to my chest, clear my throat, and begin to yell at the top of my lungs:

    IT’S RAINING CLOCKS!!!

    HURRY, IT’S RAINING CLOCKS….1 MILLION ON SUPER CLOCK, COME ON SURFERS, SURF FAST, IT’S RAINING CLOCKS!!!

    GO GO GO TEAM….

    RAINING CLOCKS, RAINING CLOCKS….

    YES, I KNOW ITS THE WEEKEND, BUT ITS RAINING CLOCKS!!!

    LOOK AT ALL THE CLOCKS! ITS RAINING CLOCKS!!!

    You get the picture, right?

    Call it faith?
    Call it destiny?
    Call it luck?
    Or just call it a few choice names or just plain BS, but the score don’t lie.

    With me scrolling the chat, yelling “RAIN” and the other Google Surfers surfing as fast as their clickers could go, we was building up a nice little lead, as we kept our number 1 Ranking from last race to this BIG Race.

    So if you can just picture for a moment now…it is still early Saturday morning. In the other 38,000+ team rooms, you just have a couple of surfers surfing, a brand new race that has just started, and since it is 800 clocks, they are all getting comfy, to what looks like a long day.

    While in the Google Room, you have 8 surfers clicking their fingers to the bone and me still yelling “RAINING CLOCKS!!!….RAIN!!!! SURF FAST….FASTER TEAM FASTER!!! WE ARE LEADING TEAM, GO GO GO….ITS RAINING CLOCKS!!!!”

    Was I happy? No doubt!!!

    What could have been better? Our team was winning, with a nice group of surfers online, and this surprise from Admin, to give us this Weekend Rain. Life was good and what possibly could go wrong now??

    Well……

    So I jumped the gun just a little? It was just a wee little mistake, that could have happen to anyone, right? After being frantic and loud for 1 hour, a few things started to come into focus a bit better. Ok, it wasn’t a “few” things, just one little “thing”.

    It was early Saturday.
    It was a Big 800 Clock Race.
    And there was really 1 million credits on the super clock.

    What wasn’t so, was the little thing about the rain. Yep, the thing I had been screaming over and over, turned out to NOT be true. The darn clocks was just as slow as ever.

    I will never know why we all found clocks so fast that morning. Those that were surfing with me, thought it had to be true too. Apparently, we just all hit a run of clocks at the same time and since we were all fast surfing, it made the clocks look even faster, than what they really were.

    So now I find myself in BIG trouble. Got 1/3 of the team all pumped up for a short 4 hour race in the rain for 20,000 credits each. Now we are facing a 24+ hour race, and our lead at this time was still very modest. Maybe 10 or 20 clock lead.

    But where there’s a WILL, there’s a WAY! And this is the part of the story that I could have never seen in a million zillion years.

    As the morning kept creeping along, a few things were beginning to take shape. The Google Team had a few new surfers on the team and they wasn’t running away yet. Our core surfers and the ones I count on each day to help us win races and be competitive, wasn’t really around. Maybe 1 or 2 here and there, but never staying for very long.

    A few key folks were starting to emerge and their clicks and the clocks they were finding, was going up on our side of the scoreboard. Each one of them was doing it pretty fast too.

    It didn’t take too much longer in the race and we started to see a team pulling away from the others. Was it the SkyRockets? What about New Beginning? Nope and Nope! Actually it was us!!!

    The Google Team, without their normal cast of stars, were being led in a very big race, by the new guys on the team. It was the….

    GOOGLE ROOKIES

    This new crew of surfers came in like any other surfers we have had here before. As most of you know, I send out a lot of new invites every week. And we get a lot of new surfers coming in every week. I always hope that each new surfer we get, becomes the next Paul Kinder or someone that will stick around a few months with us.

    It’s hard to keep up with the other top teams here, so our guidelines do have to be strict. We need surfers who will wake up daily and come online daily, to check on the team and to help out in the clock races as much as possible. Not many make the grade and we end up doing a lot of adding and subtracting here.

    Ever so often, we do get lucky and find that diamond in the rough. However, we never find a group of them at one time and I think we have managed to do that this time.

    What my eyes have seen over the last 36 hours or so, is a group of very dedicated surfers. These Google Rookies are already showing loyalty, strength, the desire to succeed, and that rare and unique ability to NEVER QUIT; even when the odds are stacked up against you.

    This Google Rookie Class is made up of the following people and our teammates:

    *EarnForLife – is showing up daily and is willing to stick around and finish the job when needed. Very Important Clocks in the 800 Race.

    *Berlison – Wow, what a surfer. No doubt a key in the big 800 race and was finding clocks in the daytime and nighttime too. Made a commitment on Sunday, to stay til the end of the race.

    Handy49 – Not happy with the amount of clocks they are finding, but they never quit. Very steady surfer, flexible, and is as good as any of the other Google Rookies.

    Szanto425 – Going with a honorable mention here. The newest of the rookie class and just showed up on Saturday, so still a few questions remain. However, if Saturday was any indication to the heart of this surfer, then we got us a good one. Not sure where we would be without her and she surfed all day Saturday. If she can just give us a fourth of her production thru out the weekdays; on a daily basis; then she will have a spot here for a very long time!

    That is the super-star side of the rookie class and we might have 1 or 2 more on the team, that join this crew soon. Hopefully we will find more surfers out there, that have the Mad SKILLzzzz; like this group has right now!

    Oh BTW….

    I guess a few of you are still wondering about that BIG 800 Clock Race and how it came out? Well we lost and finished 5th place…no credits ;((( Sorry, we will get’em next time!

    Yeah right Dish….ha ha ha

    OK…OK…OK…

    The real story of the 800 Clock Race goes like this….

    1 001 Google Ranked Us 800 50
    2 A New Beginning 687 25
    3 1st SkyRockets 608 15
    4 Friends 489 10
    5 01 Traffic Attitude 458 0

    *Google won by 113 clocks.

    **23 Members on the Team at the end of race and each Google Member got paid: 7,750 Credits Each

    The sad part of this story is we could have did so much better. Our biggest lead in the race, was over 200 clocks. Yes! We had a 200+ clock lead in this 800 clock race!!

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