May 28, 2012
When’s the last time you remember looking the way you did when you left the service? It’s hard to readjust to the normal life when you’re used to that 4 am call every morning, time to get up and work out. When it’s back to the regular life, everyone gets up at 7. That extra 3 hours in bed, without hitting the gym will put a real hurting on you, and your physical health.
If you’re like most of us out there, you don’t like the way you look in the mirror today. You NEED to get back in the gym and start lifting. You need to start eating right again. You need to run a few miles a week at the least. But it’s hard.
Often times, supplements are a good way to get back in the mood. When you see these sitting there every morning when you get up, you get pumped. You get that feeling moving through your veins again. You know it’s time to hit the gym. Then, and only then, will you get back on your game and find that body you miss seeing.
April 18, 2012
Have you ever ventured out into the great wide open, taming the sea with 2500 other people?
Cruise ships are a great way to have a party – but often people don’t realize how relaxing they can be also. Even the best party ships usually have a spa section, a beauty parlor, a cigar bar, or a number of other lounges where you can sit back, relax, and maybe catch a lite show.
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But cruises are mostly known for the party. Think about it, a full bar in 75% of the rooms on board, top notch, duty free alcohol, swimming pools, surrounded by the ocean, and beachy music playing all day long. Who wouldn’t feel like partying?
Whether you’re a party animal, or a take-it-easy kinda vacationer, no doubt one thing you will enjoy on any cruise is the food. They will wine and dine you till your heart is content with an amazing cuisine founded from all parts of the world. Whether you hit the formal dining room, or grab a cheeseburger by the pool, the service is excellent and the food is to die for.
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Another great aspect of going on a cruise doesn’t even happen on the ship, but rather when you’re docked. The land excursions give you some really great options to get off the ship and enjoy the destination. Putting together the best tours and most interesting site-seeing journeys, excursions are an excellent addition to any cruise. After all, why go to the Bahamas if you’re not going to get off the boat and actually see the Bahamas?
For those of you that have trouble finding their sea legs, there are other great ways to enjoy a tropical vacation. Hit one of the Florida beaches, for instance. They’re always aswim with the latest and greatest deals. If you book through a travel agent, they’ll have all sorts of ideas for you to try while you’re away.
So whether you’re a cruise fanatic, or a day-at-the-beacher, a nice sunny drive down to Florida makes a great vacation.
March 17, 2012
For those of you that have been through the headache of coming home from vacation to a house full of water, I salute you.
This weekend, we had just spent the whole day in the car. It was a long trip down to Miami Florida to look at a car we wound up not even buying. A long, expensive, wasted trip. Talk about a pain in the neck already…..
So as we pull up in the driveway at about half-past midnight, I’m dreaming of walking in, kicking off my shoes, grabbing a beer, and heading straight to bed. What more could a guy ask for after a 600-mile drive?
As I’m walking up to the door, I hear the faint sound of running water. The first thing through my head is “that sounds like a broken pipe.” But I knew it wasn’t nearly cold enough for the pipes under the house to freeze, so I blew it off. Then I open the door, and next thing I know I have water running out the door straight onto my shoes and down the steps. As I look up, there’s a good 3-4 inches of water standing in my kitchen. WHAT. THE. HELL.
As it turns out, the hot water line running to our kitchen sink had rusted enough to crack, and the pressure kicked it off the threads, leaving water free to shoot out, straight into the bottom of my laminate counter-tops. If you know anything about laminate counter-tops, you know they’re usually built with a fiber-board base – which soaked up a lot of that shooting water and swelled to about half their size. Of course, that wasn’t nearly the only problem. The water had filled my base cabinets, soaking and ruining everything inside.
It had seeped into the base of the cabinets, and completely filled the hollow base behind the toe-kicks.
It had soaked through the unsealed cracks in our linoleum floor, ruining the OSB subfloors all through the kitchen.
It had run all through my living room, down the wall to my bedroom, soaked through the wall to the study on the other side. All of these rooms are carpeted – so more ruined floors and subfloors.
The water level had risen so much that it reach electric plugs for the refrigerator, the surge protector for our living room entertainment center (including our 52″ plasma), Blu-Ray player, surround sound, and the X-Box.
It had soaked the bottom of the sheetrock walls it reached so much that they were falling off the bottom nails.
The subfloor under the fridge had started giving away and sagging down on the joists.
The bottom of the outside doors from my kitchen had swelled.
The baseboards in all three rooms were doubled in size.
The stench throughout the house was enough to knock you down as soon as you walked in the garage.
And that’s just what I could tell.
Thankfully, my insurance company had a 24-hour hotline number to call. They had a professional crew at my house within the hour, and the house was livable by the next day. But that didn’t mean it was fixed.
The check they tried to give me was only half of the lowest estimates I was receiving. I needed professional help. So I called a public adjuster that my friend had used in the past.
We’re still working the claim. I hope it goes well, but only time will tell. I’ll be sure to post and let you know how it turns out.
December 9, 2011
Dog tags are an identifying mark of our military patrons, there’s no doubt about that. But in recent years, dog tags have become quite popular among civilians as well. Often marking a sense of duty to their country, many people are having military dog tags made with their information, and wearing them just as if they were in the military themselves.
These types of dog tags can easily be ordered online, and make a great accessory to anyone wanting to buff up their appearance. They’re also a great way to track medical information and your identity, just in case the worst should ever happen.
If you’re interested in ordering dog tags for yourself, your friends, or even for an upcoming event, be sure to take a look at the many vendors there are online. You’re sure to find great deals at a fraction of the cost.
December 2, 2011
Blackberry owners adore the adaptability and mobility that their cell phone brings to their business and personal lives but like all advanced technology devices, Blackberries have their issues and problems. With new models coming out into the market frequently, many bugs or issues have over the time weeded out, but there are still several common technical problems that Blackberry users seem to experience till date. Here are some of the most common problems and their solutions to help you solve your Blackberry model’s issues without having to lose your valuable time and money.
- Your Blackberry does not send or receive email messages
This problem usually occurs due to the lack of GPRS service. GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) allows your device to access data. If you are having problems with the GPRS then you will not be able to send or receive email messages. To solve this issue, first you should carry out a soft reset by pressing ALT + CAP + DELETE keys. If that doesn’t work, perform a hard reset. After having done both resets, check your wireless antenna signal strength for GPRS signals. If you are able to make phone calls and access the Web, then your GSM service is still available. Now try sending yourself an email. If that doesn’t work, call your Blackberry provider for further assistance. It happens that a service could be delayed due to billing problems or busy networks.
- Your Blackberry screen seems to be frozen
This problem is common among computer-related devices. It is annoying that sometimes quite strangely something happens and you suddenly can’t scroll up or down or click on anything while using your Blackberry. What does one do then? Well, there are actually two ways to fix this issue. You can either perform a soft reset (ALT + CAP + DELETE) on your cell phone or perform a hard reset if that doesn’t work. This is done by finding the RESET button at the back of your cell phone. Sometimes, you will find this button near the bottom, under the battery cover. Press the RESET button using a pin or paper clip and your Blackberry will start working again. No matter which method you try, rest assured that you will not lose any data.
- Your Blackberry’s backlight or screen delay problems
Several people with Blackberries face their device’s backlight problems. These issues run from being unable to see the backlight at all to the screen delay flashing off too soon. To solve these issues, you need to go into your Options or Preferences and select Screen/Keyboard, depending on which model you have. From there you can adjust the backlight settings to your preferences. Make sure to set the Backlight Timeout to your preferred time setting if you think your phone screen delays flashing off. By setting the backlight timeout you will be able to extend the screen delay and stop it from coming on too soon. This usually works if you have an inconsistent or weak backlight. However if this does not work, you can solve the issue by installing the BBLight freeware program which can help to make your backlight settings more accessible.
- Your Blackberry won’t synchronize accurately
Isn’t it annoying when you see messages you’ve already read still in your inbox after deleting them. This is the fourth most common problem that Blackberry users face at times and there are a number of causes as to why it happens. This issue could be caused by one of the following:
- Microsoft outlook might be configured to empty the Deleted Items folder
You need to make sure that Microsoft Outlook is not configured to empty the Deleted Items folder every time Microsoft Outlook is closed, by completing the following steps:
- In Microsoft Outlook, under the Tools menu, select Options.
- Click the Other tab.
- Make sure that the check box beside Empty the Deleted Items folder upon exiting is not selected, and then click OK.
- The Delete On might be set to Handheld
If the Delete On option on your Blackberry smart phone is set to Handheld, then change the Delete On option to Mailbox & Handheld
- Reconcile email checkbox not selected
If the Reconcile email checkbox is not selected then select the Reconcile Email check box option by completing the following steps:
- On the computer, open Blackberry® Desktop Manager and double-click the Intellisync® icon.
- Make sure that the Reconcile messages check box is selected.
- Click Close.
Important: If the Reconcile Email check box is already selected, clear the check box. Close and re-open the BlackBerry Desktop Manager. Select the Reconcile messages check box again
- FolderManagement registry value gets corrupted
You need to delete the FolderManagement registry value by following these steps:
- On the computer, close the Blackberry Desktop Manager.
- Open the Registry Editor.
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\Synchronize.
- In the right pane, click the FolderManagement registry value and press Delete.
- In the Confirm Value Delete dialog box, click Yes.
- Open the Blackberry Desktop Manager and verify that the synchronization settings are correct.
- Synchronize the personal information management (PIM) applications
Warning: Modifying the computer registry can cause substantial damage to the Windows® operating system. Therefore you need to document and back up the existing registry entries prior to implementing any changes.
- Email messages deleted with Delete Prior option from your Blackberry
You can solve this problem by completing one of the following:
- Delete email messages individually on the Blackberry smart phone
- Delete email messages from the Microsoft Outlook inbox after using the Delete Prior option
Now that we have covered most common Blackberry problems and their solutions, you will now be able to enjoy your Smart phone better and without any unwanted interrupted delays due to its technology!
March 3, 2011
Have you ever wondered how those boxes they ship computers in are so perfectly crafted to fit that individual machine?
Me neither. But now that I’ve brought it up, it comes to mind that everything inside that box has its own little place. There are slots inside the foam where the instructions are kept. There is a little indentation on the side that holds the driver discs in place. There’s even just barely enough room to fit that perfectly sized box containing your new keyboard on top of everything else and almost not be able to close the box.
With all of the items they put in these things, you start to wonder how they size it so perfectly that they couldn’t possibly make a box out of less material. It just simply wouldn’t fit.
But these boxes don’t come just from trial and error, or wrapping a flimsy piece of cardboard around everything and making a mold. No, these corrugated boxes are specifically designed to fit the products they contain. But how would one go about designing boxes?
Believe it or not, it actually takes skilled engineers to piece together a perfectly crafted shipping container, that neatly and safely holds everything in place – making sure nothing gets damaged along the way. There are software packages available that help these engineers do their job more efficiently, yet without a specialized knowledge in corrugated container craftsmanship – that perfect box for your new Dell just wouldn’t be so perfect.
Next time you order anything – pay attention to how it’s shipped – and be thankful that someone took the time to craft the box so meticulously – otherwise, you’d have just wasted your money on broken electronics.
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February 23, 2011
Propane buffers provide a way for you to make your floor shine once again, without having to drag around all the cords that come with an electric machine. For the most part, they are much easier to transport, and require less effort to use than those standard electric buffers/burnishers.
Bringing a floor back to its original shiny look is a hard job. It takes time, effort, and the right kinds of machinery. When you’re evaluating what kinds of equipment you wish to use for buffing, it is very wise to consider the weight of the machine, its durability, the maximum output, and a number of other factors. It is often hard to come to the right decision without having seen the buffer in action, so it would also be wise to visit some of the trade shows that the industry offers.
If you don’t have the budget or the time to attend one of these shows (they get rather pricey when you figure in your hotel, airfare, and other accomodations), then contact the manufacturer. They may have a distributor or even other willing contractors that are in your local area. You can then reference these people to get a better idea of the performance of the machine you are about to invest in.
If you don’t do your homework, it is very easy to get burned. There are quite a number of sub-par floor propane buffers on the market today. Be sure that you do your homework, and purchase wisely.
Doing just that can save you all sorts of headache down the road.
February 2, 2011
One of the easiest ways to give your kitchen a new, modern, updated look is to have new countertops installed. Take a look at your big box stores (Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.) and you will certainly find an astronomical number of options available in their kitchen sections. However, one thing most people don’t think about as a countertop surface is polished concrete.
Polished concrete has been used for many years in warehouses, garages, retail stores, restaurants, and many other applications, but until recently, it’s use has been restricted to the floor, being on the ground. In the past couple of years, however, contractors have begun experimenting more and more with using it as a countertop option. It takes a lot of work, much preparation, and sometimes a great deal of patience, but the end result is certainly pleasing to the eyes.
The first step is to design the countertop. Seeing as how these will be custom poured, fitted, stained, and shined, you have many options. Don’t think that your countertops are going to look like a shinier version of your sidewalk, though. You can add all sorts of elements, such as actually mixing in pieces of metal, rock, or other substances. These will show through on the outside, and can look very modern. You also have a wide range of colors and concrete dyes to choose from. The plain, grey/white color that we see all around us is not the only color concrete comes in. You also have choices in the shape of your countertop. Rounded edges, circular protrusions, bevel, and corners – you get to decide.
Once you have your designs drawn up, the contractor will then custom fit a mold to the specifications you provide. These molds will most likely stay with the countertop until it is ready to be mounted on your cabinets. While it is important to have the shape as accurate as possible, there is some room for modification once the mold comes off.
The next step is to mix the concrete. This can vary depending on the type of concrete used, the desired color and texture, and any foreign objects that you wish to have within your counters.
After the concrete sets, it is time to stain it. This process also varies depending on the method of staining, the brand of dye, and other factors as well. Your concrete professional should be able to answer any questions you have.
Now comes the polishing stage. This will require special concrete polishing equipment that the contractor may have to rent (if they don’t own the equipment themselves – concrete grinders are somewhat expensive). The equipment used will grind the concrete down to an extremely fine grit (much like sandpaper smooths wood). Then a coating is applied and buffed into the concrete to create a high-gloss finish.
Your countertops are now ready to install. Installation depends upon the overall design of both your new counters and the base that will support them. Remember, concrete is much heavier than standard countertops, so it might require some extra support.
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