If you’re itching to go on a long hitch hike trip across the US but don’t know where to start, what to expect and what to prepare, here’s an account of my own coast to coast adventure in the US to give you an idea!
A little background…
I did this hitchhike when my outdoor adventure hobby was still quite new, so I was understandably nervous. My hike began on a lonely stretch of road in Oregon, as I resolved to go from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic. My primary form of transport would be hitching it with random strangers, getting to hear their interesting tales as I moved cross country – and I might share a couple with you one day too!
Previously, I’d gone on a road trip to the Canadian Rockies and on another one to the Grand Canyon, but those had involved the use of my own SUV. This time I wanted to experience what it’s like to be stranded with minimal resources! Check out this video for tips on hitching a ride and packing.
What was my route?
I didn’t have a clue. The only objective was to go from West Coast to East Coast. Since it was the summer, I mostly stuck with the northern States but I did take a detour through the cotton fields of West Virginia to experience the famous Southern hospitality! Sometimes it was back roads while at others long expanses of highway, and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Where would I spend my nights?
As I’ve already I said, I travelled light so I would be able to set up camp at the nearest suitable spot. I carried my trusty portable camping mattress with me so I could do some camping in the woodland or stay in campgrounds along the way. It took me a while to get used to the night time chirping of the crickets, but the view of the Milky Way was ample compensation.
Before I started this hitchhike, it took me some time to find the perfect mobile sleeping solution – my first camping mattress was too clunky to carry around over longer hikes, so I changed it in favor of an ultra-light model. Unfortunately, the new one turned out to be to flimsy to handle the excesses of extended travel. It took me some research, in which I had considerable help from Sleepjudge.com, but I was finally able to find the perfect one for me – this became my trusty air mattress for may hikes to come as well.
I also bunked in cheap motels from time to time to brush up on my hygiene and connect to the world over WiFi. Over the course of my travel, I met kind people willing to let travelers share their homes and show them around. Some of the people I met were pretty keen on hearing about my ongoing adventure, and I quite enjoyed astounding them as I painted mental images for them of the sceneries I’d witnessed in the great outdoors.
But isn’t hitchhiking illegal?
Not absolutely, no. Of course it is illegal to ask for free rides on major highways since it puts drivers at risks, but you can pretty much do it without breaking any laws in most states at the ramp entrance to a highway. In any case, I did get a couple of warnings and a small fine, but I was never inside a jail. Take my advice and do your homework beforehand.
How did it end?
I concluded my hitchhike at New York City, an apt conclusion in my opinion, since if there is one city that has stories to tell, it is NYC with its diverse populace and rich background. You may think differently, but as the cliché goes, it is the journey and not the ending that matters. Happy trails!
In the world today, there are more and more cases of crime because of the rise of technology. A lot of people would ask how these works of technology changed the system of the world and there is one answer that could shock a lot of people. Technology can influence a person’s mind either to do good or bad. There are plenty of incidents that had happened in the past where technology influenced the criminal act of the person guilty.
The Story About Michael
Michael is a working student in one of the schools in Anniston. He is the 6th child of unemployed parents and he had no choice left but to strive all his way to go to school. He works at night as one of staff members of a computer shop in Anniston. His job is to monitor the number of customers that get inside the computer shop and use their computers. He is also responsible for getting the payment of their customers once they are done using the computers.
Michael’s Routine At Night
During his hours on duty, the customers are usually going to the computer shop to play online games such as Counter Strike, Diablo and War craft. Most of these games are available in the shop where Michael is working. Most of their customers are addicted to online games and they spend most of their hours in the computer shop to play with groups. They do battle games where every group plays to win. This is the regular routine of Michael at work.
One night, Michael got inside the computer shop to start his shift at 8pm. He was confused because he can’t seem to find the staff member that he should replace at that time. He heard loud noises and shouting. He was terrified and has he checked one of the cubicles, there was one guy holding a gun and pointed the gun to him. The guy was known to be a regular computer gamer in the shop. He usually wins in the battle, but at that time, he was the loser. He got emotional from losing the game, so he got his gun and pointed the gun to all his opponents, but they got the chance to run as fast as they could. Michael was left there with the gun pointed at him by one guy. He was shocked, but he tried to run. As he was about to run, the guy shot him twice in his arms. After he was shot, the guy run away.
How it Ended
Michael survived from the incident and was helped by once concerned criminal attorney who knew nothing about him. The lawyer just saw him from the location where the crime happened and swore to Michael that he will help him survive and live the life he deserves.
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Success Story In The Field Of Botox Thanks To A Great Hosted PBX Provider
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All things have come to a revolution, thanks to science and technology and man’s desire to improve everyday living. Beauty and cosmetics has taken part in this revolution, providing the continuous innovations in healthcare and beauty for those who understand and believe in the value of a beautiful physical state. The greatest revolution there is in the field of beauty is plastic surgery. However, there are less expensive and less controversial means to achieve a prettier face, one of which is through the use of botox.
This type of facial treatment is a choice one could make over derma fillers. Although both are achieved through injections and are simpler and greater methods than plastic surgery, botox is preferred by more people because not only is it used to get rid of those wrinkles that make you look old, it also helps in stopping excessive sweating, usually experienced in the underarms, palms and foreheads.
Because this is a booming industry, a friend of mine decided to to invest in it. With her hard work, dedication, and desire to always provide quality service, she made it as one of the most sought after botox clinics in our hometown.
She placed quality first before any other factor, that is why she made sure she had the best products, best doctors, best employees, and, not to be missed out, the best Hosted PBX provider.
Why is the last one important? As I have mentioned, this is an era of technology, and no technology can move forward without the Internet. And as it goes, there is also quality factors in choosing a provider, that is why my friend got the best – AT&T hosted PBX system. The name of this tech giant speaks for itself. I do not have to elaborate on why it’s one of the best, right?
Whereas, if I mentioned the provider Comptel, perhaps, then I might need some explaining (just visit www.comptel.com for that). That’s because quality makes a name for itself, just like AT&T and just like my friend and her clinic.
Success comes to you when you plan it carefully, and you offer it in great quality.
Tom Holloway turned his e-cig on, but instead of just getting nicotine from his e-liquid. The device he was using exploded right in his mouth, leaving him with very bad second degree burns and with that knocking his two from teeth clear off.
While visiting a friend in Niceville, FL, he told me about Tom and introduced me to him. I got to talk to him about his ordeal and it prompted me to investigate. I came across some excellent info regarding ecigs and their popularity.
If e-cig companies can somehow correct these types of issues and investors can somehow get past these incidents, they’ll find that e-cig sales has been exploding since 2010. Euromonitor shows that the sales value of ecig worldwide for 2014 at 3.5 billion. Wells Fargo estimates that will go pass 12 billion by 2018 and Bloomberg projects ecig sales will pass analog cigarettes by 2049.
The popularity of ecig devices can be credited to the younger generation. According to a CDC ( Centers for Disease Control ) report, schools all over the country are seeing more and more ecig usage, and teachers are having issues creating policies to fight against their use. With very little regulation on advertising and sales, e-cig is marketed as a safer and healthier alternative to analog cigarettes that comes in many different flavors like strawberry, caramel and chocolate.
As the efforts to regulate ecig increases, it’s most likely that a stricter regulation is coming. The stricter regulation will eventually force many current electronic cigarette companies to go out of business, because of their lack of resources to follow their rules. This will leave the market wide open to bigger companies like Big Tobacco. The following companies below will have the cash follow to drive their e-cig revenue up. So it might be a good time to start buying stocks from them now.
Phillip Morris International ( PM ) on Nov 20th announced they are going to enter in the e-cig market in the second half of 2015. The company has already increased its dividends 107% and repurchased 28% of the companies outstanding shares since splitting up from Altria in 2007. Phillip Morris will strive to be aggressive in their return of capital to their shareholders during the last quarter of 2015. As their stock has a 4.3 dividend yield.
British American Tobacco ( BTI ) also trades under ( ADR’s) American Depository Receipts, launched its own line of e-cig called Vype e-cigarette, which are currently available online and will be expanding into retail outlets very soon. They will repurchase 1.9 billion of their own shares in 2014. British American also have a 43% stake in ( RAI ) Reynolds American which is valued at 11.8 billion dollars. They also have launched their own e-cig called VUSE in Colorado and they’ll be expanding across the US. The Current Dividend yield of BTI is 2.8%
It is too late to do more research into these companies stock as the electronic cigarette industry is still pretty young.
No one can ever understand the difficulty and the pain that someone with hearing impairment is feeling. Only people with the same handicap have the right to say they understand. For people blessed enough not to feel this pain, what we could do is just sympathize.
I have a friend who lives with his son in Anniston. His son, Jeff, suffers from deaf impairment. However, Jeff hates it when people show sympathy for him. He tells his dad, using telecommunication devices, that he is nobody different from other people, not different enough for them to empathize too much. He can walk, eat, and most importantly, he can communicate. This is the most unbearable factor for other people with impairment, the inability to communicate. They lack a sense that could help them express their sentiments better. However, Jeff thinks that because of the availability of telecommunication devices, this is no longer a barrier between the impaired and normal people. In essence, he would like to believe that nobody is impaired, just special, and that everyone should treat him as their equal, regardless of his deafness.
He proved that he can be just as easy to understand as anybody else, one day, when he had to contact an Anniston Plumbing Company to fix the plumbing system of their house, because leaks are already causing water damage in lots of different areas in their home. His dad was away for a conference by that time when there was a malfunction in the water pipeline. Not wanting to disturb his dad, coupled with his desire to prove that he is just as capable as anybody else, he took it upon himself to have the problem fixed.
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That was how he came to contact CMAC Plumbing. He found the company’s online website and sent an online request for an emergency plumbing and water damage problem. He received an online confirmation for his request and after a few hours, a team from the company was outside his house. He did not need to hear the doorbell because he felt movement from the porch. He went to them bringing with him an Ipad with written instructions on where the problem was.
The crew members from the plumbing company were very polite, as was expected from a company of professionals and experts. They made sure that they were able to communicate with Jeff properly and explained to him what they will do to solve the problems in the plumbing system.
When they were done, Jeff expressed his gratitude very clearly. He used his Ipad to type in his thank you and his amazement at the end product of the team. He was very impressed and he said that he will contact the crew again should troubles arise again.
Jeff handled the situation perfectly. He was also very pleased with himself for he has proved that he is no different than other people. So what if he can’t hear? The important thing is he is understood. Living the difficult life of a deaf person is eased up because of the invention of telecommunication, so people should stop thinking that the deaf community is as incapable as they used to be.
A friend of mine has just been recently diagnosed of cancer. When I heard the news, I was really shocked because back in the days when we were spending more time together, she was very healthy and very athletic. I never expected her to have to fight cancer because she was very fit.
The event really made me wonder just what could actually cause the body to be susceptible to cancer cells.
Some studies show that cancer has the possibility to be hereditary. It is not the cancer cells itself that are passed on but the broken DNA or weak DNA that cancer cells are able to target. Meaning, since DNA is passed from generation to generation, a DNA that has been susceptible to cancer cells before, can also be passed on and still be susceptible to cancer. Knowing this, it’s a good thing that our family tree does not involve significant number of cancer patients.
Another cause for cancer is the abuse of the body. This happens through unhealthy eating, excessive drinking, and engaging into cigarette smoking. When cancer is acquired this way, chances of healing are very minimal because even the owner of the body has actually helped the cancer cells to thrive in the body.
Another possibility for welcoming cancer into the body is when your environment is dirty and full of unhealthy elements. Examples of which are mold-heavy environments. Molds may not appear dangerous but they are like habitats of dirt and germs, making them a very good place for viruses to thrive in and reproduce. Because of this, molds should be taken seriously and immediate action against them should be done. They may not directly cause cancer, but they will cause illnesses and diseases and in those moments that the body is experiencing a lot of trouble and is in a lot of pain and sickness, cancer cells will have their opportunity to penetrate the body and make their way through the entire system and not for long, they will overpower the body.
My friend had to learn this the hard way and even though she has already been diagnosed of cancer, she does not want to risk her children falling into the same fate so she immediately contacted a mold remediation company in NJ. This team has been very effective in eradicating all mold problems for all their other clients and so they were also able to deliver such quality service to my friend as well. They were very thorough with their removal of the molds from the entire house of my friend and they also injected chemicals that ensured my friend that the molds will never be bothering them in the future.
Cancer is a very difficult thing to accept. It is also a very difficult disease to get out of. People who got it had very little chance of ever having them out of the body for good. That is why it is one of the scariest diseases one could possibly have. People should take every precaution necessary to avoid ever having to deal with cancer.
A successful business is a good story to tell. But the story of the man behind a business’ success is more than a good story, it is inspiring. And more often than not, the most successful businessmen are the ones who avoid too much attention and media, not wanting to bring to hype their success in the hopes of still being able to experience a normal life. An example of this man with of low profile but of great success is a man named Matty Skeene.
The success story started with his birth in Minnesota and his growth to adulthood in Alabama. His father was a popcorn vendor while his mother was a homemaker. His college degree, he got from Minnesota State University and his doctorate from the same university as well. He is currently married to his second wife, Marsha Skeene. His previous marriage was with a woman named Jane who he divorced in 1994. Now he is happily married with two children and a granddaughter.
In his early years, he joined a company that was in the homebuilding business. This Homebuilding Company founded in 1957 had its headquarters, up to the present, at Alabama. It is the one of the many home builder companies that got the chance to be traded in the New York Stock Exchange. In this company, Matty found the growth and potential he needed to rise and climb higher in the corporate ladder, until finally, he became CEO of the said company.
He gave the company the dedication and hard work that it needed in order for it to become a successful business. A lot of people dream of reaching the position that he has today, yet more often than not, people do not put into action their dreams. The sad part is, when other people get to where they want, jealousy gets the better of them and try to pull the successful down.
This was also the case for Matty but he never gave those people what they wanted. Instead, he used them to be his inspiration to make sure he never fails. People who wish for your failure should not be given that satisfaction because they will only become more hateful of the world they live in. Instead, they should be given help.
Matty’s life is nowhere near easy, especially because a business depends of him so much. However, because of his loving family, the care and dedication of his employees, and the support of the people who gave him the CEO position, Matty is more than happy to continue serving them until the time for him to step down comes. He is more than happy that things are still working out for the greater good of the people who support him.
Here is a story about a young woman, worthy of recognition for her anonymous, selfless and heart-warming acts of kindness for people she does not know.
Her name is Lina Davidson and she was in her final year in college when they were given a final project for their Sociology class to study an organization of their choosing. While choosing for an organization to study on, she came across a dengue outbreak situation in a rural place in Africa. She was greatly moved and worried for the affected people, especially for the old people and the children. As she continue to search for updates on the case, she found out that Red Cross is going to the place for a medical mission, as well as to provide donations of blood for those affected by the disease.
After reading through all the information she needed, she sought out for the organization and said she would like to go on the trip and help out with the mission. The timing was perfect because it will be during her writing break for her final papers. Beyond getting authentic data for her paper, she will also be helping people. Even when she does not know these people, it felt like it would be very wrong if she did not make any efforts to help them personally. She feels that she found out about their situation for a reason, and that reason was to help, even in the littlest of ways.
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While she was there, she found out that the reason for the outbreak was an unmanned site near the area that has been hosting mosquitoes because of the stagnant waters caught up in the nooks and cranny of the place.
Together with the local folks who were fortunate not to get the disease, she helped in cleaning out the area and they all made sure that no place can cause stagnant waters, as this is the primary place for dengue mosquitoes to multiple.
The whole week, Lina forgot about her final paper and just focused on helping others. She was so caught up in the moment, so happy with what she braved to do – leave the comforts of her home and help people she could just easily ignore if she wanted to.
The mission saved a lot of lives and Lina felt so happy that she was part of such a heroic mission. When they were all getting ready to go back to Alabama, a member of the organization, together with one of the children that they were able to save from the hands of death, came up to her and gave her a CD.
In it is a documentary showing how Lina worked very hard to help the people. The people from the charity knew that she was supposedly in the mission for a paper but she has been neglecting that due to her focus on the work. That is why they gave her a copy of the documentary as a substitute for her paper.
Lina was really moved. Who would have thought that in a short span of time, she has met people who were willing to take great heights to help her, as much as she took the risk to help them.
Her story shows us all that we should be brave enough to get out there and help because small acts of bravery can go a long way, and could even save lives.