The other day my real good friend Dave stopped by just to talk. It has been awhile since we last have spoke so it was nice to see my old friend. We have known each other for many years. Dave was born and raised in Texas. He has a huge family still out in the Dallas area. He went to college there then after he graduated he joined the military. He served in the army for 20 years. He is a retired major. So you can imagine that he has many stories from his military past. Also in the army he was a MP. After the military life, he became a drug abuse counselor. So you can tell that Dave is a very successful person. He also is married and has two boys. His oldest son became a police officer and the other one became a teacher/coach.
Well, Dave has his own condo near the beach. It is where he and his family always goes for their vacations. He also has given us a great deal on the condo in the past. It is a beautiful place to visit. He was telling me about the water damage that happened. It happened when a hurricane past through the beach town one August. He was telling me that he needed to find a mold removal company fast. He just did not know what direction to take. He knew that he had to act fast because he did not want everything in the condo to be ruined. So he found a water damage company near his condo.
He was really happy with the company that did his mold remediation services. He said that the work that they did for him was the best he had ever seen. The owner of webpal Jon Madrigal was really nice, good looking, and super funny. He said that they were always going to be the ones he calls for mold or water damage work for him. He was real worried about all of his belongings there to be ruined. People do not ever want any of their values to get destroyed. Whenever you have any kind of mold damage it can happen very easily. Dave was very lucky compared to most people around him, though. He was able to salvage all of his valuables.
A lot of the stories reported in the media about charities managing to raise large sums of money in donations are very uplifting and even when you only have a few Dollars to spare this can make a difference in numbers.
But there are many people, especially young families that are struggling at the best of times with their own finances, so making cash donations is often quite a big thing to ask. However, I firmly believe that even families with little or no spare cash can make a huge difference in the lives of poor families and in this post I want to highlight some ideas I have come across in some of my local charity work.
Give Away Stuff You No Longer Need
Every parent will know how many different things you need to buy from the moment a baby arrives. Each step of the way there are new expenses and they quickly mount up to large sums of money. Clothes alone are constantly outgrown and toys quickly become looked at as something outdated.
For a struggling family this is a constant uphill battle to keep babies, toddler and older children properly clothed and cared for. One thing I did as my kids were growing older was to reach out to local charities and churches that were collecting to help poor families.
For example, as my kids outgrew the double stroller for toddler and baby that had served us so well for so long, we donated it to a local charity and they found it a new deserving home.
We did the same with things like a baby monitor and sterilizer which had just been gathering dust in our garage. All these kind of things are must have, but do cost quite a bit of money. For us they no longer served a purpose and since we didn’t know anyone that needed them we simply decided to give them away.
The same can be done with baby and children’s clothes. I think we were holding on to them for sentimental reasons. But when we saw how many bags of clothes we had actually accumulated it was evidently clear that some other families would greatly benefit from them.
Find A Local Charity
At first we thought this might be the more difficult task but it was pleasantly easy. Every state and county keeps an index of registered charities and in most cases the names give a very good indication of what they do. Pick up the phone and call a few of them to see what they do, who they work with and whether they have a need for the stuff you no longer need.
This took me 10 minutes of time and I then simply loaded up the car and met one of the volunteers. When they saw how much stuff I was bringing their eyes lit up and they invited me to meet some of the recipients who were volunteering their time. It really was a great experience to know firsthand that all our donations were well received and put to great use.
I have been a smoker for over 24 years. My dad has smoked ever since he was just 15, and his dad smoked since god knows when, right before he passed because of smoking related issues. My dad is headed down the exact same path, with massive circulatory issues and brain aneurism problems in no part due to his smoking for over 45 years.
It’s time for me to stop smoking!
I have tried everything under the sun, and the most successful thing was Chantix, which to my surprise worked pretty well for a good while. I was able to stop smoking for a few months at a time, and then stressful things would happened which would raise my stress level causing me to go back to what I’m always used to, and that’s smoking.
Many people know that smoking is really bad for you as well as very expensive, and with the harsh laws, its very inconvenient for a smoker to smoke nowadays.
I’m not here to tell people what to do or lecture you about how bad smoking is and how you should quit. That is a decision you will have to decide on your won.
What I am here for is to share with you my personal experiences with vaporizers, or sometimes also called e-cig. E-cig can be a bit misleading because you are inhaling vapor and not smoke like most would think. In fact, the only thing an e-cig and a real cigarette have in common is the inhale and the nicotine itself. Other then those two things, e-cigs are totally different.
The type of e-cig that helped me the most, and the one I’ll be talking about here is the refillable ones, and not the disposable ones, because most disposables are not good and very bad to start with.
A good rule of thumb when choosing your first e-cig is, if it’s shaped like a normal cigarette, its probably not a good idea to buy it. None of those types of c-cig wil give you the same throat hit, as a normal cigarette would. I first made the mistake of buying an e-cig from your local drug store. The ones that tries to look like an analog one
My advice when you are choosing an e-juice to start with, do some research first and read reviews on what are one of the best to start with. My taste buds are different then yours so its best to vist your local vape shop so you can test them first before buying them. One thing to know is that, most e-juices are usually clear, but you’ll see some that do have some coloring. For me personally I would stay away from those, because artificial coloring are used to get that color. So I tend to stay away from those, but again that’s my preference.
How you decide to quit is really up to you. Some people start by using an e-cig combined with analog cigarettes at first, and slowly stop using the analogs. Some say going cold turkey right into e-cigs are the way to go. Which ever path, quitting is your main goal!
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.