18 Feb 2011
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03 Mar 2013
I have lived in the same lake house for about 20 years now and I have seen my share of piers as a result. The ones I have used over the years have typically been made out of wood and have not lasted as long as I would have liked them to. There have been many days that I have had to spend working on the pier instead of enjoying the water with my friends and family. I have recently heard a lot about galvanized steel as an alternative material for wood piers.
I didn’t really give it much thought however until my neighbor had one installed. I began to notice that he was out in the water much more often than I was because he didn’t have to spend hours upon hours of time working on his pier any longer. This began to make me think that perhaps I should look a little bit more into the idea of having a WickCraft galvanized steel pier installed at my own lake house.
I began to look online for a bit of information on WickCraft Walkways and why they are so much better than wooden piers. First of all I noticed that Pier Systems From WickCraft are supposed to have a life span of 100 years if it is not submerged in the water. It was a crazy idea to me that I would never again have to spend time working on my pier but could begin to actually enjoy the lake I had lived on for so many years.
Next I found out that the price of the galvanized steel piers was not all that expensive given the amount of time they are supposed to last. I also noticed that the weather would not take its toll on the steel like it does on the wooden decks and piers. I begin to think that maybe I needed to have a galvanized steel pier installed at my place like the ones at http://wickcraft.com/Accessories.aspx. It didn’t take me but about an hour of online research to read the information at http://wickcraft.com/Walkways_PublicProjects.aspx and decide that that is just what I was going to do. I couldn’t believe it when I found out that my new pier could easily be installed in just about an hour and no longer than one day!
I bet you can guess that the next day I had off of work I was outside alongside my neighbors enjoying the water I had once so longingly looked at from my worn out pier. Never again will I spend a Saturday working on my pier and watching others enjoy the water and have a good time. Let the good times roll, we have a new galvanized steel pier!
25 Jan 2013
It’s December already, which means that Christmas is right around the corner. I think that I am actually prepared this year. Last week, I did the last of my shopping, which was a much larger task this year. The difference between this year and last is that we are going to Kansas to celebrate with my husband’s family. It may not seem like this would be something new for me, but it will actually be first time meeting them.
Now all we have to do is make sure to pack everything for our trip to Kansas. I don’t even know where in Kansas we are going, but it will be a long car ride for sure. The one thing that may be better about this trip than the trips we make to my parents house is that we are boarding the animals instead of bringing them with us. A trip with just one kid instead of a kid and two dogs should be a little less stressful.
I am also looking forward to finding out more about where my husband grew up. I have been to Kansas before, but that was before I met my husband. I don’t imagine the towns to be much different from each other, but I can’t wait to see his parent’s house and his childhood room. I am really hoping that they have lots of pictures of when he was little because it is hard to imagine him as a little kid. I am really excited about the trip to Kansas and can’t wait to get there.
23 Jul 2012
First off, it should be noted that I have never stepped foot inside of a casino, nor have I had any desire to ever do so. It may be more of a woman thing to be against gambling or just part of my faith, but I can think of much better things to be doing when on vacation or just with my vacation money in general. I think more men would probably tend to be relaxed and want to try going to a casino to see if they could win something. Or maybe it is that is more likely to pay the bills in the household that sees how much money comes in and goes out. Either way, gambling is not for me.
I first think that I could not bear the fact of losing my hard earned money, even if it were just $5 that I stuck into a machine. I work hard to make money and the thought of putting it into a slot machine or betting with it makes me feel like I am willing to just give it away. I would rather stick the five-dollar bill into my daughter’s piggy bank or put it towards a good cause. If I have extra money left over to use for something that I can enjoy, I would rather put it towards a vacation or new clothes or accessories that my family or I may need.
It is not that I am a fan of not making money, but I would prefer it to not be in a casino and at my workplace where I am guaranteed if I work that I will make money and not risk losing it. I am not saying that people that gamble are any less of a person than I am, and maybe it makes me somewhat greedy because I like to hang on to my money, but I just cannot bring myself to do it. If you can make a decent amount of money in a casino continually, then more power to you! I wish I were able to have that kind of luck and could make more money outside of work by playing games without being too scared of losing it all.
The fact that some people will get so wound up in trying to get an extra dollar that they spend every dollar they have scares me and I don’t ever want to be a victim of that. I feel like if I walked in a casino and earned one dollar or more than what I put in, then I would be ready to stop because I think that when people get greedy about the amount that they will win is when they lose it all.
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28 Jun 2012
In Kansas news there have been several instances of fires getting out due to dry and windy conditions. This year has been a terrible year for fires and destruction from those fires. In North West Kansas there are several wildfires that are ongoing, which firefighters have not been able to put out.
One fire was caused by a vehicle that caught on fire which then spread over to a nearby wheat field. The field added instant fuel to the fire and the flames overtook the area very quickly. In the area of Oberlin there is one fire that is burning six miles west and another that is ten miles southeast of the town. Since the fire has been feeding on dry wheat and wheat stubble it has been hard to man and make sure that the fire is under control. Many homes have had to be evacuated and there is one report of a firefighter who suffered from collapsing at the scene of one of the fires. At last count the wildfire burning in this area has spread into the state of Nebraska.
These fires in this part of the United States are a constant reminder of how careful we need to be. Kansas has put out many warnings on the dangers of using any sort of fire with the dry conditions and have told people not to even burn campfires. Some of the fires in the area have been attributed to fires that got away such as campfires and bonfires. If you live in the Kansas area make sure that you do not light any fires and if you are near an area that is near a wildfire be sure to keep up to date about any evacuation orders.
11 Apr 2012
How often have you been in a crowded place, trying to hear what someone else is talking to you about, and then been distracted by a loud person on their cell phone? Or maybe you have been in a quiet place such as a library or church and been disturbed by someone’s cell phone ringing or playing a loud, disruptive song? Perhaps you have been in a dark movie theatre watching the newest film and been distracted by the bright light and click-click-click sound as someone is texting on their cell phone. Regardless of the circumstances, there are a few rules of cell phone etiquette that everyone needs to follow.
1 – Turn off your phone ringer when in a public place where loud noises are not acceptable. You can always choose to put it on vibrate so you won’t miss important class or messages.
2 – Do not conduct lengthy conversations in the middle of public locations such as restaurants, riding in a crowded subway car, or while crammed into a bus.
3 – Do not use your cell phone to text continuously during a movie or play. This disturbs other people and makes it hard for them to focus on the movie.
4 – Do not talk loudly when making calls. If you are around others, use a regular speaking voice and don’t yell or draw attention to yourself.
5 – Choose appropriate ringtones and notification sounds to be used when in public. Do not choose vulgar songs or phrases.
By making these few rules part of your regular cell phone use behavior, you will be much more likely to not offend those around you and to make sure that things stay peaceful.
11 Jan 2012
Online bingo has recently come to the attention of many people. By the way the memberships on the online bingo websites is growing, it looks like no deposit bingo sites will be around to stay. One of the things you are going to notice when it comes to new bingo sites 2012 is that you have lots of different options when it comes to games. In addition to online bingo jackpot games, you can also choose to play free games and UK bingo bonus rounds.
The reason why people chose to play online bingo jackpot games is pretty obvious. There is the potential to make some really good money playing these types of games. The online bingo jackpot games are usually a little on the small sides, with only a couple of people playing, and the purses are very impressive. The bingo bonus rounds are also easy to understand. Like the jackpot games, they have a generous first place prize. Unlike the jackpot games, they attract a huge group of followers. Both the jackpot games and the bingo bonus rounds are very competitive.
What is harder to fathom is why the free and low stakes UK bingo games are so wildly popular. The truth is that there are number of reasons. Internet users, especially the ones who love games, have learned to be very cautious. They constantly worry about their safety while they are online. They want to know that the website they are using is trustworthy before they hand over their credit card numbers. The free bingo games provide you with an opportunity to not only check out the websites game quality without making any type of commitment, but also to talk to other members and find out what they like and dislike about the website.
According to bingo reviews, online bingo isn’t like any other type of bingo you have ever played before. It is fast, really fast. It takes a little while to adjust to the speed of the game. The free games provide you with an opportunity to do just that. Since you haven’t spent any money entering the game, you can focus on honing your skills instead of worrying about how much money you have spent.
The free games are really friendly. The players watch out for one another. You are going to find that the people you are playing against are full of advice. You will quickly make friends with them and look forward to playing them. The free Big Brother bingo games allow you to enjoy all the perks of online bingo without the stress.
21 Nov 2011
I’ve been a long haul trucker ever since I graduated from high school. I like the freedom of the road. True, I do have to answer to some people, I’m not completely on my own, and I spend a lot of time worrying about weather conditions and deadlines, but for the most part I enjoy a pretty independent lifestyle.
Things did get dicey for a little while when I started to work for a different company. I made a lot more money at the new place, but they were pretty strict when it came to their trucks. The one really firm rule they had was absolutely no smoking while in the cab of their truck. They weren’t even all that happy about me smelling like cigarette smoke before I got into the cab.
I don’t think I’ve ever had more trouble following the rules before in my life. I hadn’t even realized how much I smoked until I was no longer able to. It turns out that smoking was one of the things that helped break up the tedium of driving from coastline to coastline. After just two trips I was seriously starting to think about going back to my old job. The decrease in pay was starting to seem reasonable.
Before making yet another job change, I decided to try one more thing. I purchased an electronic cigarette starter kit.
The reason I decided to go to the electronic cigs and see if they were something I could get used to using was because the vapor they produced was supposed to be free of odor, which meant I could use them while driving. It took me two different tries to find a brand with a vapor that tasted like my regular cigarettes. Now I can’t believe how much electronic cigs have improved my life.
The first thing, I noticed was money. I have more off it. Electronic cigs are lots cheaper than the real thing. I no longer have to worry about when I’m going to empty my ash tray, and if I’m going to set someone’s trash can on fire when I do. The electronic cigarettes are completely free of mess.
I’m starting to suspect that I drive better now that I’m using electronic cigs. Mostly because I am no longer fumbling with a lighter, a cigarette, and a steering wheel all at the same time. When I’m bored, all I have to do is start puffing, I don’t even have to think about an on/off switch. I can’t get over how much easier my life is now that I’m using e-cigs. If you are new to e-cig technology, check out these links to learn more.
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20 Nov 2011
Millions of people in the world have Asthma. It can be a small, non-concerning asthma or a very sickening and even deadly asthma. Asthma is a reaction in the lungs that comes with certain things in the air. Things like pollen, dust, foods, smoke, etc can be those harmful things. Some Asthma sufferers also smoke cigarettes, which can lead to major medical problems. Nicotine, chemicals, toxins, and even poisons are put right into the lungs and create an immediate alarm to the body that things are not okay. The smoke that is being breathed out also continues the attack and makes it much worse.
Many smoking asthma sufferers are finding new ways to ease their attacks. The Electric Cigarette is becoming popular among this group of people. According to E cigarette reviews, the e-cig is a smoke free alternative that is tobacco free and has only a small amount of nicotine. Some of them even have no nicotine at all, depending on which of the e cigarette starter kits you choose. E-cigarettes also have no toxins, chemicals, and poisons that many traditional cigarettes have. These are the things that make an Asthma attack so bad. Without the smoke, sufferers are finding much success with new cigarettes. They are feeling better and have a sense of relief that they are doing something healthier for themselves.
Asthma is caused by the lungs being inflamed by these things in the air but also can be hereditary. Many asthma sufferers have asthma not from things in the air but are born with it. They have to take special precautions when it comes to smoking. They can have attacks they may cause major sicknesses like pneumonia or even death because of the lack of air getting to their lungs. The many electronic cigarette brands not only help people who have asthma and choose to smoke but also those who have asthma but choose not to smoke. The people with asthma and do not smoke still have to breathe in the air of those who do smoke regular cigarettes, which lead to attacks. E-cigarettes are also helping those people to not have to breathe in smoke and create a cleaner air quality for them.
Many asthma sufferers can do many things to help their lungs become stronger and healthier. Electronic Cigarettes is one way to make this happen. They create healthier breathing and healthier air around for others to breathe. Asthma can be scary and frustrating to live with and have to deal with on a daily basis. Having something like Electronic Cigarettes on the market to give a little bit of help is incredible. Many people want to feel good and healthy and that is what these e-cigarettes provide. Electronic cigarettes are a wise choice for smokers with asthma. They can feel better and healthier and creates better air for those around them. To learn more about how electronic cigarettes can benefit asthma sufferers, check out these electronic cigarette affiliate programs.
01 Jun 2011
I must start out by saying that I had no idea it took this long to get to China. Okay, obviously I realized how far away it was from my home in Kansas, but on an airplane with no leg room, terrible food, and nowhere to take a cigarette break, it seems a lot longer.
I made it though and so far it’s been pretty fun. The weirdest thing happened at the airport though. I get off the plane and I’m trying to figure out where to go to get my luggage and this guy with some strange display of what looks like different sized pens keeps going up to everyone that passes by and saying “E-cig! E-cig!” It just sounded like Chinese to me.
I tried to do what everyone else was doing and just look ahead and keep walking, pretending I didn’t even notice him. It was working great, but I couldn’t help but notice when he took one of the things I thought were pens, stuck in his mouth, and smoked it like a cigarette- complete with smoke! Well, it wasn’t really smoke but it looked like it. Clearly I had to see what this guy was all about, and I’m actually really glad I did.
It turns out the things I thought were pens were actually electronic cigarettes or ‘e-cigarettes’ for short, which is why he was shouting it like a madman when I got off the plane. You guys have to look these things up because they are truly amazing. It looks (once you get up close), feels, and tastes just like a real cigarette but without any of the toxic crap we all hear about that’s in real cigarettes. We all know I’m a chain smoker of the worst kind (college has that affect) and I have not had a single cigarette since I bought the Premium E Cigarettes.
I know you are all thinking I must have drank the water here, but I’m serious when I tell you that this thing may actually end my smoking for good. Like I said, it’s just like smoking a real cigarette but it doesn’t have tobacco, you don’t have to light it, it emits an odorless vapor, and you can smoke it anywhere because there’s no concern about second hand smoke if there is no smoke!
It still has nicotine in it so you’re satisfied just like you would be after smoking a real cigarette, but it’s much safer for you and everyone that has to be around you. For the first time I can smoke and not worry about having gum and air freshener in my bag at all times, and non-smokers aren’t giving me dirty looks as they walk by.
I looked around and found out that these are not only in China- they have them back home in Kansas too, which means I can really stick with it this time and try to give up the real things for good. You know what’s really cool? You can actually get different flavors to smoke with the White Cloud cigarettes. I’m hooked on bubblegum at the moment but I’m definitely going to get some of everything from the guy at the airport when I leave to come home because I read on e cigarettes reviews that they are cheaper over here. Seriously, don’t knock it before you try it! Do some surfing online and read the e smoke reviews. I’m not the only one who is in love with this great little alternative to traditional cigarettes!
15 May 2011
You owe it to yourself to find a good doctor. The problem that most of us run into is that the idea of choosing a good doctor often sounds like it should be a great deal easier than it turns out to be. Most of us do not have any problem finding a doctor who is well qualified to look over our health. The sheer amount of time that they spend in medical school takes care of that. The problem that most of us face is finding a doctor who is actually going to listen to us, and not just allow themselves to be pushed around by the insurance companies. Another issue that many of us face is finding a doctor who we are comfortable with.
One of the things that will have a great deal to do with which doctor you are going to use is your insurance. There are certain doctors that insurance companies will allow you to see, and other who are not included on your plan. Before you book an appointment, make sure that the cost is going to be covered by you current health insurance plan. If you have a preexisting condition, such as migraines or diabetes, you should make sure that the doctor is accustomed to these problems. This does not mean that they have to be a specialist, just that they have a great deal of experience with your medical condition and will be able to offer you an expert and informed opinion.
The first thing you want to look for when choosing a general practioner is their reputation. Before making an appointment, you should talk to your friends and family and find out any of them have used the doctor that you are currently considering. Their attitude will give you a good idea of what to expect from the doctor’s bedside manner.
Do not be afraid to ask questions. A great deal of your medical questions can be answered with a little bit of online research. You can use what you have learned to double check what your doctor has told you, you can also use this research to find out about tests and medical procedures that you want to ask your doctor about. There is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion. If you do not agree with your doctor or you think that someone with a more specialized practice could better care for a specific medical condition that you are dealing with, you should not hesitate to make an appointment with them.