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There are only so many electric companies in Dallas to choose from and I’m about at my wits end with paying out the wazoo for electricity. The problem is that my husband has decided in the past year to take up growing orchids, HUNDREDS of orchids, so now we’ve got all these massive fluorescent lights on in our garage 24 hours a day. I think our neighbors assume it’s something more sinister but nope, it’s just a double-insulated garage with orchids coming out every seam. I don’t know when Jim decided he was going to be a botanist but at the end of the day I’ve learned over the 20 years we’ve been married it’s best if you just let him do what he wants. He’s going to do it anyway and things are a lot more pleasant around here without me screaming at him all the time. But you know, this thing is really get expensive between all the lights and the expensive fertilizers he’s buying (because, of course, everything has to be all-organic in Jim’s world) and all the time he’s putting into this that he’s not working. I love my husband, I really do, but sometimes his hobbies get a bit…obsessive? I don’t know if he’s planning on one day opening a nursery or something but until the time comes when we can start making money off these flowers I think I’m going to have to reign him in a bit. He does seem to be really good at it and I would be totally supportive of him opening an online store or even selling his product to growers around here but he’s got to take that next step otherwise we’re going to have to chill out a little with all the money we’re spending. We’re not exactly made of money, Jim! He knows this – he’s the one who said I should quit my job to raise our kids.
While growing up, I use to love watching cartoons. I would sit close by the television every Saturday morning, to watch my favorite cartoons. Kids today don’t really know about Saturday morning cartoons. This is because there is about a dozen cartoon channels on television today and they show animated shows all day long. So a kid in the 21st century can turn on the tube and watch a cartoon anytime of the day or any day of the week. Back when I was a kid, we only had the cartoons on Saturday mornings to watch. It made cartoons more special, since you did have only one day a week to watch them.
Now many of the cartoons from the past and the ones they make today are about animals. Most of us know the legendary animal cartoons like Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Tom & Jerry, and Daffy Duck. I could actually name a lot more animal cartoons from the past, because it seems like most of them are. Now I’m not sure if Sponge Bob Square Pants or the Smurfs would be an animal cartoon, but they are certainly “animal-like” cartoons.
It would be tough for me to name my favorite animal cartoon of all time. I have so many favorite cartoons I use to enjoy watching, this is a tough topic for me. Do you have a favorite animal cartoon? I know the mouse has always been popular in cartoons. Just off the top of my head, I can name several mouse cartoons, like Mickey Mouse, Mighty Mouse, Speedy Gonzalez, and of course Jerry, the mouse that was always running from Tom the cat. Perhaps the mouse could give the dogs and cats a run for their money, in the most used animal in cartoons. I would assume the dog is number 1, followed by the cat. The mouse cartoons could very well rank 3rd on the list, as the most common animal character. I was just curious to see if others could clearly name 1 or 2 of their favorite animal cartoons of all time, or if it’s just a tough question to answer.
In our quest to find and try new medium in which to increase our exposure and fine tune our writing, we came across Digital Journal. They have a similar feel to Diig, where users can rate each others posts, and then post their own stories. Where they are different is that they actually share the revenue generated with their users. So as you post and comment you gain more points toward having a bigger share in the revenue pot. They even show you what the current money pot is on the front page see here. So as the trend seems to be growing to attract more Consumer generated media, you will see more sites like this. Stay tuned for more updates.
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7 Running Regulations To Learn By Heart
Everything in life involves dealing with so many regulations, even when running. Despite runners strictly adhering to the rules and regulations that come with this strenuous, yet enjoyable and fulfilling activity, everything will still zero in on doing your own thing.
1. Do What Suits You
Running is supposed to be a sport or activity characterized by freedom. You see, there are no hard-knock rules in running. You may simply stride off when you run, overrunning all your co-runners; or simply take things slow setting your own space and pace; or better yet a combination of both by doing stops at certain point of the road. Bottom line is, a runner can do his own thing when running.
2. Focus On Targeting A Place
Running can be so exhausting, yes. But if there is one thing to keep you running despite the exhaustion and thirst; or the muscle cramps and leg pains, it is the achievements that you might reap in running. Almost all fun runs or marathon races have crowded starting lines so you can just imagine the competition and that gives you an idea of how you will more or less fare in the event. The important thing is to aim for a place. That way, you will not only excel in this sport you chose, but you will develop a sense of being goal-driven as well.
3. Distractions While Running
Sometimes, what runners do is chat to push them into finishing the run. Getting a good exercise is already enough for them, so they just chat their last few laps back into the finish line with their time ran extremely far from the ideal. This can sometimes be distracting to other runners.
Among other things that could distract a runner are somebody else’s dangling keys, very loud music from their I-pods and the beeps of a heart monitor device. If you do not want any of these noise, then just simply overrun them and lead the run.
4. No Pets While Running
Pets are meant to be walked, they are not meant to be running companions especially when it is a race or a fun run event. It is in fact discouraged by event organizers to bring along your dogs to races, because chances are if they are not leashed properly, they would block the way of the other runners and might even give them a trip or two.
5. Take Extra Cautions
Yes, there are several aid stations located on both sides of the road; however, it would be best to have an extra ounce of prevention to avoid possible accidents and injuries while running. It does not help that just because there are aid stations around, you are free to inflict injury on yourself as you run. Be careful at all times.
6. No Room For Whining
Sometimes there are runners who, in extreme exhaustion, will whine while running towards the finish line. Isn’t it just irritating to hear them? They whine about how this running is tearing his knees; or how after the event, he will shift to biking instead, and several other whines. Please, be a runner not a whiner.
7. Just Run All The Way To The Finish Line
While to many, headphones and loud chatting are truly annoying, to others they are nothing. There are some people who do not even care if someone talks so loudly and then overruns her. Competition is not just their cup of tea. For them, running is about finishing off with what you began, and not necessarily the first one to finish. Whatever holds true to you, just slip away to the finish line as fast as you can!
Proper Athletic Running Techniques
Jogging and sprinting are considered as forms of athletic running. This type of running can burn up to 50 percent more calories per mile than walking, making it a very effective means of exercise. A lot of young people consider running a very refreshing form of exercise. But in athletic running, you must be aware of the proper ways to do it for your enjoyment and satisfaction and to prevent hurting yourself.
However, athletic running requires that you should move with the correct posture. Wrongly done, athletic running can cause sore knees, shin splints, pulled muscles, twisted ankles or stress fractures.
To avoid these injuries, you have to follow good athletic running techniques. These techniques also enable you to run safely and comfortably. Some of the newest Under Armour running shoes are now built to help provide support for various running styles.
First, locate your center of mass. This is usually your torso. Leaning slightly forward places your body on the front side of your foot.
This action prevents you from heel’s landing, thus taking advantage of the reflexive action of your foot. Furthermore, leaning forward will be easy for your body to prevent landing badly when you stop suddenly.
For athletic running, you should also have a good posture. This means you should not slouch. By having a good upright posture, your spine will support your entire upper torso effectively while your lower limbs move.
Experienced runners run at 90 strides or 180 steps in one minute. This is the recommended speed , translated as energy expenditure while running. You should strive to reach this pace. When you go at a lower stride, it can cause energy to be released in movements other than resisting air friction.
In athletic running, people think that the legs should move like a pendulum. Your leg swings in front, utilizing muscular strength to regulate the swing and to bring it backward. Then you use muscular power again to cease the backward movement of the leg to accelerate forward. This is actually inefficient.
Therefore, in athletic running, a circular motion of the legs that is centered on your torso is more efficient. Your foot motion forms an imaginary circle, capturing the most of the kinetic energy. The way how a Kenyan runner runs is the best example of using circular motion of the legs. The high lift of his heel is achieved by the angular momentum of his feet without using a lot of muscle power.
By having a good posture, a slight forward lean and a circular movement of your legs, you are now ready for the athletic running!
In the world of online business the goal is getting visitors to your site, but more importantly the right visitors. Take the social network sites like MySpace and Facebook for example. They built the site that would attract young college age kids to share and create their own space online. Originally MySpace was developed for unknown bands to create a presence and share their music with new fans. Their content was constantly changing and the customers were driving that change. While these sites were largely grown through word of mouth, most online businesses will need the correct Search Engine Optimization techniques to help you get noticed in the search engines. You need to develop loyal customers that find value in your offerings, and then will come back and tell their friends.
Have you ever been writing a letter or long letter and gotten the writers cramp. There are many types of pens from ballpoint to gel pens. Most are a personal preference based on your writing style. I tend to prefer the gel pens as they are easy to write with and require less pressure when writing letters or taking notes. Plus I think that gel pens cover some of my bad penmanship. I have been told that I should have been a Dr. for the way that I write. I guess this is why I love the PC and my blogs as I can write and not be criticized for my handwriting.
Many of us taken on the challenge of Ready to assemble (RTA) furniture. While most usually come with easy to follow instructions some furniture, especially those at Ikea will only offer pictures. Which for some may be helpful, but having text does help. It is usually pretty easy to assemble and gives you the look you want for less. Studio RTA furniture offers everything from entertainment stands to computer desks.
Once you have your website all set up and ready to go; then you’re ready to show it to the world. In order to have this step completed you will need a good hosting service online. If you have set up a business website and plan to earn money online with it; you will want to make sure you selected a good domain name for your business. A domain name that relates to the service or product is very important and it will make it easier for people to find your website. A domain name that relates to your business will help with your search engine rankings too.
If the website is all done and you got the domain name you’re comfortable with and it’s available, you will just need a hosting company. There are a lot of companies that offer web hosting online. Finding which company to go with can be difficult sometimes and you want your first choice to be your last choice. Taking a little time to see all the services each one provides wil be important and also seeing the companies that have the cheapest rates. WebHostingGrating.com does the homework for you and you can check the top web hosting companies online today. They have an easy to read list of the top 10 out there and it’s really simple for anyone to understand. If you already had a hosting company in the past and you’re looking to make a switch, they can help those people too. You can see which companies they like the best and they do cover the most popular ones too. You have heard the names of most of the ones on their top 10 and now you can see how they do against their competition. Taking a little time now to select a good hosting company will pay off in the long run. I hope your new website is a big success and it provides you with all the results you expected!
America is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Everyone dreams to visit it at least once in their lifetime. America is home for many sports and games. Besides golfing, gambling and skiing, snowboarding is another way to have great fun. Snowboarding is very easy and very soon you are able to carve and there the fun begins. Snowboarding is simpler than skiing and doesn’t require too much equipment to carry around. There are many places in America where snowboarding can be enjoyed. Fill up your ESTA US Visa Application and plan your winter vacation to America to enjoy the famous winter sport Snowboarding.
Mammoth Mountain in California has been welcoming snowboarders onto its slope from many years. Mammoth with an elevation of 11,053 feet and 3,100 foot vertical drop is a great resort for Boarders. The Mountain is served with 28 lifts numbered in the order they were built. These lifts help in uplifting skiers and snowboarders.
Whistler-Blackcomb is the best ski and snowboarding resort in North America. Whistler and Blackcomb are separate mountains. Generally there is 100-inch-plus snowpack throughout the winter. It has an approximately 5280 feet vertical drop. There are plenty of mid-mountain lifts to keep you safe and free from foul weather till you ski back to the village.
Snowbird is another fabulous place for snowboarding with 500-inches of annual snowfall. Snowboarders can whisk up 11,000 feet in about eight minutes. It is less than 30 miles away from Salt Lake City. It has a base elevation of 7,760 feet. Snowbird offers about 882 rooms to stay and 15 restaurants serving various different types of food. Snowbird Terrain Park is located in the lower part of Big Emma.
Park City Mountain Resort is a premier snow resort. It is located about 35 miles east of Salt Lake City. There are three terrain parks offering something for everyone. The Ridge terrain park gives kids and adults a chance to experience new tricks. The average snowfall in Park city is about 360 inches. It is about 3,100 feet high. People of all ages can have fun here.
Jackson is a high peaked mountain resort. Because of its low base elevation the season is shorter, but it gets around 32 feet of downy snow each season. There are 10 ski lifts which can uplift about 12,000 snowboarders or skiers per hour.
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Written by Robert Hall a Tech writer with a travel obsession – catch me @travelplex