Simple things are worth blogging about
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!
Do you want to visit an arena where you can enjoy almost anything and everything under the sun? If so, then visit the Webster Bank Arena. This arena is owned by the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut and is one of the most well known arenas on the east coast of the United States. Webster Bank Arena was built in 1999 and opened two years later and it is the home of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. This arena is located at 600 Main Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut and from 2001 until 2011 the arena was called the Arena at Harbor Yard.
It seems like every day there is always something happening at this multipurpose arena. most events that take place at the Webster Bank Arena include concerts performed by some of the hottest chart topping artists of today. Some of the artists that have performed and will be performing at this arena include Carrie Underwood, Wiz Khalifa, Keith Sweat and Neil Young. There are also a lot of sporting events, such as basketball, hockey and WWE Wrestling, which take place at this arena. Other events include political rallies, the circus and comedy shows. This venue has a maximum capacity of over 10,000; but sometimes the capacity can change depending on which event is being hosted there. The arena also has a variety of amenities. A couple of those amenities include an All Access Club and special seating.
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Baseball is America’s past time, right? If you live in the South, you would find that a little hard to believe. Especially on the weekends and Friday nights, when sport fans all over gather for some football fun. In the last couple of decades, we have seen major improvements in college football stadiums and their weight rooms. I’m talking about millions of dollars, will go into these upgrades, for a Division I college football program. In my state, we have seen that with our major colleges and also in the states that border my hometown state. When the upper levels expand, you know its just a matter of time, until it trickles down to the high school football programs.
All over the country, we are seeing high school football stadiums upgrading on top of upgrades. Some of the bigger schools and elite high school athletics are making their football fields nicer, than some of the college stadiums we see. In some cases, we are seeing real nice press boxes being installed for the media, coaching staffs, and special visitors. While most high schools provide these special boxes for their team and the visiting team, they are becoming more luxurious than we have seen in the past. Obviously it isn’t too expensive for high schools to upgrade their press boxes, since we are seeing the smaller schools installing them too. For those builders and construction workers, that build football fields, they are using much nicer materials these days; than the supplies they were using just ten and twenty years ago.
Football is no doubt a growing sport and is here to stay. It’s just fascinating to see our local high schools, finding the extra funds, to spend on uniforms, safety equipment, and exercise devices. Some schools are building the stands bigger and providing more seats for the fans. When you provide more seats, you have more people paying at the gate, which means more money for the football program. A winning high school football team or a high school that has a special player, playing for them with college potential, will get the big crowds. It’s important for these schools to have the extra seating, when this does happen to their high school program. So don’t be surprised, if the next high school football game you attend, the stadium looks more suited for a big college team, than a high school boys football team.
Have you seen the new pizza yet? A TV commercial for the popular chain restaurant Pizza Hut, is showing off a new style of garlic pizza. Consumers can pay 9 bucks and get 9 small pizzas attached to each other, in a tic-tac-toe style or shape and add 1 topping of their choosing.
Has anyone ordered or got a chance to taste this new Pizza Hut pizza? If so, please reply back and give me some feedback. Let me know what you thought about the taste and if its better than the other pizzas on the menu. I would like to know:
1. Taste – Good or Bad?
2. Price – Worth $9?
3. Prediction – Will Garlic Pizza See the Summer of 2013?
4. Topping – Which 1 Topping Did You Get?
For those out there who haven’t tried it yet, do you plan on it soon? Will you make a special trip or go out of your way to get your first taste of this new garlic pizza? Or will you just wait and let it find its way to you? I also wonder how the other pizza chains will react to this new shape and spice, that Pizza Hut is now using in their restaurants. If it stays popular and people like it, I’m sure the other guys like Louisville, Kentucky’s Papa Johns and Michigan based Dominos will find a way to put garlic in their pepperoni pizzas.
The GoPro HD Hero 2 is one of the most popular cameras on the market among those who are hard core photography enthusiasts, athletes, and sports filmmakers. This fact may just have something to do with its ability to perform like a fine tuned instrument while being able to handle even the roughest of conditions out there without a hitch.
You will find that the GoPro HD Hero 2 comes with a variety of different features to help you get the perfect pictures each and every time. The GOPro HD Hero 2 can be mounted to your gear (a helmet or bike rack, etc.) for live action coverage, and it can go with you underwater to capture those rare moments for you to share with the world above.
The Camera Features
The GoPro HD Hero 2 can capture up to 10 pictures a second, allowing you to create full blown take-by-takes as they happen. The powerful 11 megapixel camera will capture the minutest of details so that you can ensure that the true essence of each scene comes to life within each picture.
The Video Capabilities
Along with the impressive picture taking capabilities of the GoPro HD Hero 2, you can rely on the ability to create professional videos with the 170 degree wide angle and high definition. You can capture literally hours of videos with the right SD card, which does not come with the camera.
The Long List of Accessories
There are quite a few accessories that can be purchased separately for the GoPro HD Hero 2, but some cool accessories do come with the camera when you make the initial purchase. A waterproof case, rechargeable battery, USB cable, helmet strap, and three- way pivot arm will all come in handy when you get to know your new camera.
The 2012 MLB trade deadline has been one filled with drama going all the way up until the 4 PM Eastern ending. The Los Angeles Dodgers did not discontinue trade talks after acquiring Hanley Ramirez and today also acquired the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino who has tormented Dodger fans the past 5 seasons. Ironically, the Dodgers originally drafted Victorino in 1999 in the sixth round of the MLB Draft however he spent his entire LA career in their minor league system until 2003. After a series of failures that bounced him to the Padres then back to LA and then to the Phillies, Victorino was once again offered to the Dodgers in 2005 however they declined and Shane was kept put in Philadelphia. He eventually settled in the city of brotherly love and has since gone on to win 3 Gold Glove Awards and a World Series title.
Victorino is a career .277 hitter with 186 stolen bases and is one of the best defensive outfielders of the past decade. In the 2012 season he is currently batting .261 and has 9 home runs with 40 RBI’s and 24 steals. It is still unclear what position he will be playing but the Dodgers now have potentially the best outfield in all of baseball with Victorino playing alongside Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. This was the exact boost the Dodgers needed as they have one of the most powerful line-ups in the entire MLB with the latter going along with Hanley Ramirez. Furthermore, Ramirez and Victorino are two of the quickest players in baseball and will be constant threats to opposing defenses once on base. With LA recently tying the Giants for the lead in the tightly contested NL West division this last stretch of the season should prove to be exciting for all fans of baseball.
The Cincinnati Bengals success in the 2011-2012 season can be directly attributed to their draft selections made in the 2011 NFL Draft. With the 4th overall pick they selected Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and with the 35th overall pick they chose TCU’s quarterback Andy Dalton. Although many draft experts theorized this duo would eventually be one of the more dominant tandems in the NFL, nobody truly thought it would occur in only their first season together; no one that is, besides the Bengals. Though Cincinnati lost its former duo of Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco, they seemed to improve by drafting these two studs who were among the leaders in their specific offensive categories amongst all rookies last season. The 2011-2012 Bengals finished 2-4 in the very difficult AFC North however they did attain an overall record of 9-7, which was good enough to secure the sixth and final spot in the AFC playoffs. They met fellow up and coming team, the Houston Texans, in the first round and were defeated 31-10. However, the Bengals showed an immense amount of promise and potential in only their first season with new players at key positions.
Another vital contributor to the Bengals’ success last season was the play of their defense. The Cincinnati defense finished 10th in the NFL in opponents rushing yards allowed per game (104.7) and 9th in opponents passing yards allowed (211.6). This consistency helped to re-invigorate the entire fan base as well as the offense. Their defensive front was one of the most imposing in football totaling 45 sacks last season while their secondary had 10 interceptions with 73 total pass deflections.
As previously stated, the Bengals success last season was largely predicated around their two offensive stars who put up phenomenal numbers in their respective rookie campaigns. Though both players had great individual college careers, Dalton was the bigger surprise of the two mostly due to the fact that he came from a college football program “not in a power conference” at TCU. Dalton threw for 3,398 yards last season with an 80.4 QB rating and 20 touchdowns but most importantly controlled the pace of the Bengals offense and, often times, the entire game. While A.J. Green, who was projected to be one of the elite players among the 2011 Draft class, lived up to and exceeded expectations by catching 65 passes for 1,057 yards and 7 touchdowns while averaging over 10 yards per catch. The 6 foot 4 Green showed the entire league that with his size and speed he is virtually unguardable and should be one of the elite receivers for years to come in the NFL.
Ultimately, the Bengals have established a dynamic core of great young players along with an experienced coaching staff that will make them AFC contenders for a long time, especially after tasting playoff defeat together.
This is not some generic, arbitrary blog content. Not for this specific topic. In fact, this writer has been greatly affected by the red string bracelet in a manner so profound that I feel as though not sharing this specific anecdote would be robbing the item of its power. Let me just preface this article by confirming that neither myself or any individual in my immediate family is religious nor have we ever been (and that being said we have no objection to organized religion or faith). In January of 2010 my father became very sick, so sick in fact that the paramedics had to get him from my house and transport him to the hospital in order to perform life-saving surgery. Only upon reflection after the event did we find out that my father was 5 minutes away from death that very day and if those medical professionals had not acted in the precise efficient manner, which they did, he would not be with us today.
Fortunately my father made it through the operation, however he was in a coma and would stay in that vegetated state for over 6 weeks. I can vividly recall going in to see him everyday after I had gone to school but before I was going to basketball practice. There is no image burned deeper into my cerebellum then that of my father being kept alive my machines and to say the least it was a humbling and maturation experience. One day while occupying his bedside (as she did for those entire 6 weeks) my mother received a call from a relative of ours currently in Israel. My mother broke the news to her and what my Aunt did next will affect my family and I for the rest of our live(s). She purchased a red string bracelet with the Star of David on it and had it blessed in every way possible while being in Israel. Upon returning to the United States my Aunt visited us in the hospital and put the bracelet on his wrist.
Though I never gave up hope on my sick father, sometimes it took every ounce of resolve I had left to convince myself everything would be ok. But after 5 weeks of this you can only imagine the skepticism that started to seep into my life; however the very next day after my father was given his new jewelry the doctor had very good news for my mother and I. He was waking up, by some miracle my father was going to survive.
Now, I do not attribute his survival to one facet but instead I feel as though several individuals and enigmas helped to ultimately return him to his family. What I do know is that the very same red string bracelet is still occupying my father’s wrist and it will constantly serve as a reminder to our family how precious life really is.
In spite of a fall from dominance by Tiger Woods, golf continues to be a very popular sport worldwide. This is most apparent in August, when tens of thousands of fans flock to Augusta, Georgia to catch one of golf’s grand slam events. Hoping to see the greatness of Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and others in action, they come to see today’s best golfers chase legends like Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer for a chance to wear the famous green jacket. This year’s event will be held on August 2-4, 2012, and fans will want to move quickly to get Masters tickets for a chance to see the world’s finest in action.
Joining the US Open Championship, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship to form the four Majors, this is probably the best known of the group. First held in 1934, it is played at Augusta National Golf Club, and Masters tickets are extremely difficult to get. Woods holds the record for the lowest score (18 under par in 1997) and also for the largest margin of victory. (12 strokes, also in 1997) Nicklaus holds the record for winning the famous green jacket six times, while Woods is tied with legendary golfer Arnold Palmer at four wins, good enough for second all-time.
Last year’s winner, CharlSchwartzel of South Africa, posted a solid 274, which left him at 14 under par and winning by two strokes on the 7,435 yard, par-72 course. Whether Woods returns to form, or Mickelson, McIlroy or another challenger arises, this is truly one of the most incredible sporting events in the world. Come August 2, 2012, all eyes will be on Augusta National as the world’s greatest golfers converge, and fans rush to get Masters tickets for a chance to see who will win the prized green jacket.
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Though we offer a variety of different relocation services, PrecisionInc. specializes in Expert Office Moving, commercial relocation, home moving services as well as complete order fulfillment. Size is irrelevant as we serve the smallest of businesses that involve moving few desks all the way to moving huge businesses from town to town. As well, we specialize in moving delicate and important items including safes, security systems, files and many more. As a Warehousing & Distribution company we provide 3PL and Commercial as well as Residential moves we offer the most competitive rates among our peers and guarantee we are right for the job no matter what it is. Ultimately, the entire process of your move will be done professionally and with the utmost care to ensure a cohesive relationship between both us and the client.
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Fire Sprinkler Systems exist in a myriad of forms and mains purpose is to provide active fire protection typically with water. These systems usually flow from a water supply and, upon being set off or activated, expel water in an attempt to eliminate an existing flame or fire hazard. Though traditionally only used in large buildings or facilities, fire sprinkler systems exist in several homes and more concise spacers as they have become cost-effective. In fact, in 1990 the United States Congress passed PL-101-391 which requires all hotels or meeting facilities to have sprinklers installed in their facilities and is now referred to as the “Hotel and Motel Safety Act of 1990”.
A heat glass bubble or some other material that is sensitive to thick smoke that in turn triggers a pip cap that alerts the system to spray the water typically encloses each sprinkler. The intention of the system is to suppress the fire with water as well as spraying that water at a high pressure in an attempt to eliminate the hazard in the quickest way possible. This is highly advantageous to homes as the less the flame burns the less damage will be done to valuable objects in the house. Fraker Fire has the most effective and price friendly in Sprinkler Systems as your safety is the most important component of our relationships.
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When it comes to renting a home or an apartment, single parents may find difficulties from time to time in coming up with payments and may need assistance from time to time. What is great is that even single parents with low incomes can find rental assistance throughout the United States in one form or another. What follows are three great rental programs that may be able to suit your needs as a single parent.
First and foremost, any single parent should first consider the federal government’s Housing of Urban Development Rental Voucher Program, also known as section 8. If you are in need of assistance whether it be a little or a lot, chances are section 8 could be the ticket for you. The rental voucher program has been in place for decades and has helped millions of single parents to get through difficult times with paying rent, and it will continue to well into the future. Two ways to look into this program further is to go to the department’s main website, or contact an agency within your particular state to inquire more about section 8.
For those who are in the military or their immediate families, there is a special program in place to help with rental assistance, known as the Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing Program. This program can provide a significant amount of rental assistance to those within the military circle, and is certainly something to check into if you are a part of it.
Last but not least, there is another program set up for a specific part of the population, known as USDA Rural Development. This rental assistance program was designed specifically for those living in rural areas along with other such factors, and can really provide a benefit to those who need it the most. So as you can see, there are certainly many rental assistance programs out there at both the federal and state levels, and all it takes is a few minutes of research to get the help you need when it comes to the rent.
For more information on income rental assistance, visit www.SPAOA.org today! SPAOA is a for profit organization comprised of information, resources, offers from third party affiliates and benefits for single mothers and fathers across the United States. At times we all need a little help!
Air travel is fairly common over the summer, as business commuters are joined in the skies by families heading out for vacation. More and more people seem to be traveling by air, so many people know the basic rules to follow when taking a trip on an airplane. However, there are those who have never traveled by air before that will be using the airports for the first time this summer. The luggage people take with them on flights is very important to them, and most people want to keep track of it. There are several hints that may be helpful to those who are less experienced with air travel, and these tips should make traveling a more pleasant and less stressful occasion.
1) Carry-On Size is Important: Many travelers prefer to use only carry-on luggage in order to avoid waiting to check bags in, and in many cases carry-on offers people more than enough room to pack whatever they need. But more and more people are attempting to push the size limits of their carry-on luggage, and this can cause a number of problems. Airlines that closely monitor the size of carry-on luggage before passengers get on the plane will not hesitate to check in carry-on bags that are deemed too large, and bags can be lost if they are checked in this manner. However, some airlines do not closely check the sizes of the bags passengers carry on to the plane, and when this happens carry-on luggage that is too big will often not fit in the overhead bins. This can slow down the seating process, and this often aggravates others on the flight as well. It is best to avoid conflicts with other travelers, and having properly sized bags can help this process along.
2) Proper Luggage Identification is Crucial: Most people who have used air travel before know that it is important to have your bags properly marked with personal identification and information. Many people have had their luggage misplaced or mishandled by the airline companies, and those who have experienced this are more likely to be more careful with their bags in the future. It is especially important to have properly identified luggage on the outbound flight, as it can be very frustrating for people not to have their own clothes and belongings when they are away from home. Another thing to consider is that many people buy the same brand and make of luggage, and this can be confusing when picking up luggage at baggage claim. People have walked away with the wrong bags before, especially when they are in a hurry as many travelers are, and this can add unnecessary hassle and stress to a trip. It can be helpful to have large, unique luggage tags to make identifying them easier. Another way to differentiate luggage from others is to attach a colored ribbon to it, making it easier to spot and separating the luggage from similar luggage in baggage claim.
Because the job market has been so unsteady, income restricted apartments have become a necessity for many people with financial problems. This form of housing has become crucial for many who have experienced devastating pay cuts or loss of their primary employment.
Thanks to subsidies from the US government, this program allows many families who are struggling to retain their independence, even on a smaller salary. This form of subsidized housing is available for people who make below a certain salary to rent for far less than a comparable, non-subsidized unit. Commonly known as “section 8 housing,” these units represent an upgrade for the people who live there. Many times, they are located in areas that are much more affluent than similarly-priced locations in the city.
The global economic crisis has shaken a number of families to the core. It has disrupted their lives in a number of ways. For those hardest hit by the recession, credit crises and jobs losses that have occurred over the past five years, income restricted apartments offer an excellent way that the US government can help citizens to sustain a normal standard of living as they try to recover financially. For the millions who have seen their jobs and fortunes disappear, this is one bright spot on the road to recovery.
For many of the families that have been hardest hit by devastating financial problems during the recession of the past few years, assistance from the government has allowed people to maintain a higher level of living as they look forward to rebuilding lives affected by tough times. For people in these circumstances, rental assistance allows them to find an affordable place to live until their wages begin to rise. For people in such a predicament, income restricted apartments are a perfect alternative as they start on the road to recovering their former standard of living.
For more information on income restricted apartments, visit www.SPAOA.org today! SPAOA is a for profit organization comprised of information, resources, offers from third party affiliates and benefits for single mothers and fathers across the United States. At times we all need a little help!
Replacing a roof is one of those things that no one likes to do. It can be expensive, and if not done correctly then you might have to do it again in the near future. It is however, something that every homeowner should plan for. Now though, there is rubber roofing, which can make replacing your roof a thing of the past. If your roof leaks you are faced with repairs even bigger than just replacing the roof. Your carpet, walls, furniture, everything you owned can be ruined. Usually one would use asphalt shingles to repair their roof, but they only last 15-20 years before they need to be replaced. They can also be plenty of work to keep up.
A great alternative to this is rubber roofing. It is versatile in that although it can come in sheets that role across the roof, it also is made into shingles that look just like asphalt shingles. They also come in several different colors and designs.
Another nice thing about this option is that it is made out of recycled materials so not only are you fixing your roof for life, you are helping to improve your life by helping the environment. This type of housing dome is made out of sawdust, slate dust, and of course old recycled tires. Another advantage, the latex based shingles are less expensive than asphalt shingles and as stated before, they last much longer and are not subject to temperature changes, cracking and replacing.
Replacing a roof is not fun, but sometimes it has to be done, and if you are building a new home, it is a necessity. If you are in need of a new roof, for whatever reason, consider using rubber for your roofing needs. Fireproof, stylish and priced just right, you can’t ask for more.
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