Question: What is first and foremost in the minds of Americans these days… okay besides the lousy economy? Answer: It’s security. People are having a hard time feeling secure at their job, in their car, at the store and even in their own homes. What’s the answer? Guard dogs? Bodyguards? High tech security systems? If you want to make sure that your family feels safe and that your belongings are protected your first line of defense depends largely on who your door builders were and the kinds of materials and workmanship that went into your doors.
What’s in Your Garage?
People keep all types of things in their garages. Lawn mowers, yard equipment, sporting gear, tools, overflow from the attic or basement, and of course our precious automobiles. You’ve seen the way some of these people tuck their cars in at night. They do that whole ‘snug as a bug in a rug thing’ with more care and patience than they use on their kids. Not that I haven’t kissed my Harley goodnight… but it’s a classic Harley after all. And if you’re the mom or dad that takes all the softball/soccer equipment at the end of practice and hauls it home in the minivan you are going to want to make sure that all of that equipment is safe and sound between games and practices. It certainly wouldn’t do to show up empty-handed at the next practice because you didn’t have a secure garage door. And of course nothing is 100% safe and secure but you can at least do everything in your power to make sure that your belongings and your family are protected. Homeowners and renters insurance by the way, is a good idea to.
Where Is the Ideal Storage Space?
People store all sorts of things in their attics but attics can get crazy hot in the summer and stupid cold in the winter. And who needs that? Basements on the other hand are frequently damp and sometimes even flood. Both can have problems with spiders, other assorted insects, vermin and other unwelcome little creatures. If your garage is protected against the elements and wildlife and additionally protected against other unwelcome intruders more on the human level your belongings, equipment and your beloved auto will be safer and more guarded from harm and/or from being stolen. This is not to say that a high tech security system is out of the question of course. And though the first good line of defense is a solidly built and installed door that simply means that a security system will give added comfort and protection. Many security systems these days even come with a way to monitor them from your phone and/or computer. Plus, if you’ve got cameras, you can spy on the teenagers when you’re not home.
You’ve got to love modern technology.
Taking a vacation is not as easy as it used to be. With the economy in not so great shape, everyone is more frequently forced to make solid choices, as to where they want to spend their valued days off. For those who have the singular thought of getting to their vacation destination, flying is the fastest outside a Star Trek transporter room. But, since we don’t have transporter technology yet, we have to settle on planes, trains and automobiles.
Many are beginning to rediscover that it is not so much the destination of where you are going, but the journey. When better roads and highways were being built, in the early 20th century more and more people hit the roads to travel, with an adventurous spirit across America. “Motor Hotels” or motels were then born, to accommodate the road travelers. The historic Route 66 is a testament to the days, when road travelers were abundant along the highways and byways of America.
Head To The Kentucky Derby!
With everything Kentucky has to offer, travel during the 2013 Kentucky Derby is even more exciting. Not only is the “Run for the Roses” a two week long festival, the actual races have been called the “Most Exiting Two Minutes In Sports” as well as the “Fastest Two Minutes In Sports”. And rightfully so. Although in 1973 Secretariat broke the 1964 record held by Northern Dancer with a time of 1 minute 59 2/5 seconds. Secretariat’s record has now stood unbroken, for 40 years!
When you have finally arrived at the Derby, you have choices of where to enjoy the fun! Although viewing the actual races is not optimum, get your place on the infield, where it is a non-stop party. Or if your budget allows, join the rich and famous in “Millionaire’s Row.” For the more risk taking patrons, lay down your bets and find out the current Derby betting odds and choose your winner.
Other Things To See
Besides the races at the Kentucky Derby, concerts and special appearances, by the likes of Kim Kardashian and the Dali Lama. I wonder if they are coming to the event together? And, don’t forget what Kentucky REALLY has to offer…….WHISKEY! Louisville abounds, with whiskey tours. Whiskey tours are a great way to learn about the history and craftsmanship, that has gone into making this fine spirited beverage. Tours also offer the opportunity to sample the best distilled bourbon in the world! Cheers!
Ebay has given merchants a great outlet to sell their products, while providing consumers the power to name their prices. It has opened a new marketplace where buyers and sellers can come together to make deals, that both sides are happy with. If you are an aspiring business owner, this is a great place to start showing your wares off to the world. When it comes to selling bespoke (or custom) clothing, however, things get a bit more complicated, but with a bit of organization, there is no reason that you cannot make the money you are looking for by selling on Ebay.
Ebay is an online auction that came online during the dot com bubble, in the mid-nineties. What started out as a simple idea, that was easy to implement has now become a multi-billion dollar company. The premise is simple – sellers can post items that they would like to sell for a specified period of time, and buyers are able to make bids on the item. The buyer with the highest bid, at the end of the auction, wins the item. However, as time has gone one, Ebay has also become a great place for sellers to set a price, and instead of buyers fighting to win, a buyer can simply buy the item at the set price, taking the stress away from the auction.
When you are selling items on Ebay, you are likely to receive many questions from potential buyers, even other sellers, and if you are unable to respond quickly, the buyer may just move onto the next listing. If you are selling clothing, constant communication becomes even more essential, as measurements may go back and forth a few times, before you are able to prepare the article that the buyer wants. There are various software products out there that can act as an Ebay seller tool by helping you manage your emails, giving you the opportunity to respond to your buyers in a much quicker manner. As you receive the questions or concerns, you will need to make a chart outlining specific information for specific customers, in order to keep things straight.
Ebay is a great resource to sell your items. Millions of people have joined this revolutionary marketplace and it is generally one of the first stops that buyers make. As such, staying organized can take your bespoke clothing making outlet to a full-fledged career.
The stars of the Kentucky Derby are the horses. These beautiful, powerful creatures train most of their lives to get to the big race and now that it is their time, supporting them is just as important as supporting your favorite quarterback.
Choosing Which Horse to Support
If you are just becoming a fan of the sport or even if you are a seasoned fanatic, knowing the contenders ahead of time can help prepare you for whom to root for. You can find a list of Kentucky Derby contenders on many websites or even the official Kentucky Derby site. Choosing your horse will be based on several different factors, depending on your reason for going to the race. Perhaps you want to see the underdog win. Maybe you want to make sure that you are betting on a horse that is more likely to win. Some even pick their horses simply because they like the name. However you choose, backing a horse in the race will make it an even more exciting event.
The Kentucky Derby is a classy event and going shirtless and painting your favorite horse’s number on your stomach just won’t fly here. Showing your support can be as simple as placing a bet on your horse and cheering for them as they race. For those that want to show off their support, perhaps a lapel pin featuring your favorite horse will work. Maybe pinning a piece of paper to your lapel which contains only the number of the horse you are backing is more your style.
How you show your support is up to you, but just as your favorite quarterback draws his inspiration from the crowd cheering his name, your horse needs your support in order to accomplish all they can. Showing support doesn’t mean you must go to extreme and gaudy lengths. Rather, it is simply letting your horse know that you believe in them. Considering your horse may wind up making you quite a bit of money if the right bet was placed, you definitely want him to believe in himself!
Years ago, advertising agencies really had to spend some time getting their clients’ message across to the broadest audience possible. While some of the old ways still work, such as billboards, television, and radio, businesses these days are turning more and more to social media to bring in new customers. If you are a business owner that has been a bit stubborn about making the online switch, it may be time to reconsider your stance and think about taking your business online so you can see just how much more money you could be bringing into you shop.
There are plenty of advantages to taking your business online and, honestly, very few disadvantages. By taking your business online, you are opening yourself up to a whole new audience that you may have never even considered. Everyone is online these days so the businesses that don’t have websites truly are missing a market that millions of others have already tapped into. We live in a society that seems to prefer ordering products online over heading to a physical location. The convenience of online shopping and generally lower prices really have made the online marketplace a mall where anyone can get anything that they desire. Considering millions of people visit this mall on a daily basis, why wouldn’t you want your store to be part of it?
If you have been avoiding going online simply because you aren’t very computer literate, you can put your fears to the side. There are plenty of PR firms out there that can help you not only build your page, but also advertise it in the best way to bring you the most business possible. Some of the best PR firms may even be willing to do it on some sort of conditional basis, where they don’t get paid unless your company makes money from their services. The best place to find out which PR firms could work for you is the internet, where you will find plenty to choose from.
We use the internet to get information on pretty much anything. If your business is not online, you aren’t making all of the profit that you should be. By opening your business up to the internet, you are allowing a worldwide audience the opportunity to experience what you have to offer. Considering the benefits of an online site, what are you waiting for?
Minnesota may not have a ton of championship winning sports teams, but there is no lack of enthusiasm, from their fan base. The state of Minnesota has four pro sports teams. The NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL are all represented. There are also a number of college teams, including the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota. This means that there is year-round action for sports fans in Minnesota. If you own a local business, displaying your support for the local teams is a great way to show your customers that you are part of the community. If you are a sports fan, aside from painting your face Viking purple, a banner honoring your favorite team is the ultimate show of your loyalty for the home team.
Tailgating is not for the Meek
Tailgate parties are the best of times for sports fans. If you are not familiar with the practice of tailgating, it is basically a block party on steroids. The Minnesota Vikings have a serious tailgating legion of loyal fans. Tailgating starts early in the morning on gameday, usually around 7AM, by game time, the crowd is all riled up and ready to root for the home team. The Metrodome parking lot is a busy and joyous place on game day, when the Vikings are in town. Food is a big part of tailgating; someone is preparing almost anything you can imagine during this pregame ritual. There are all sorts of banners and flags on display. From elaborate designer signs, to quirky homemade posters, you are likely so see just about anything. If you are looking for something special, a custom flag displaying your love for the home team would be a big hit and the envy of every tailgater who sees it.
Show Your Support for Your Local Youth League
A good way a business owner can build goodwill in their community is to really, “think local.” Advertising Flag Poles, flags and banners that show support for the local high school sports teams is a fantastic way to show team spirit. Another great idea is to sponsor a local Little League, Pop Warner or other youth sports league team. A large banner displayed prominently at sporting events, with the name of the team and your logo or business name is a great advertising idea. Be sure to feature the team name prominently, your logo or name should not overshadow the team on the banner. The key here is to keep the focus on the team, use their colors if possible. Your name should be visible, but should not take center stage. You can also put a supportive message on your banner. Something like, “Let’s Go Tigers” or “Go Eagles, You’re No. 1” are great rally cheers for a local youth team.
Whether you choose a custom banner to show your support for the home team, for business reasons or just because you are a loyal fan, you will most definitely stand out with this unique way to display team pride.
With all of the highly qualified jockeys and Preakness horses running this year, it’s hard to pick who will come in first. Some people look at the odds, others look at the trainers. Other individuals go by who the owners are, while still others pick their horses by the jockeys that will be riding them. Then there will be those possibly crazy lucky individuals that close their eyes and simply point to a horse on the 2013 Preakness Stakes horse list... And they will win. Those sons of… never mind.
The Odds on Your Horse Today May Not Be the Odds Tomorrow
In order to stay abreast of all the changing weather and track conditions, physical fitness of your horse, actual horses in the race, and of course those ever-changing odds many serious horse racing aficionados depend on alerts from apps on their mobile phone. As with most any sport these days and the technology involved in smart phones and computers, almost anyone is able to get these kinds of updates as well as past histories, developments in the sport itself and much more. Oddsmakers do all they can to determine the odds, well in advance of the running, but due to the fact that they’re only human, even though they use a software program with which to do this, if more (or less) people bet than what they had predicted the odds are going to change. This is in fact why some people wait until the last minute to make their bets… to take advantage of those last second changes in the live Preakness betting odds.
How Much Do the Odds Really Have To Do with It?
The odds aren’t so much determinant of who will win the race, who will place or who will show. The true purpose for odds is to determine how much you will win by placing a bet on those horses to win, place or show. Betting on a long shot has worked on numerous occasions, for many people. Of course it’s not a foolproof method, but then again what kind of gambling is foolproof? You might be able to count cards in blackjack, you might be able to hide and switch chips in roulette. You might even be able to manufacture a counterfeit coin, to use in coin operated slot machines.
But, unless you’ve got a crystal ball or some serious extrasensory perception or some other psychic capability – good luck determining the final outcome of the Preakness or any other race. Que’ sera, sera.
If more people knew how to budget, including those in government, less people would be in debt. Though debt is one of the necessary evils we face every day, it doesn’t have to be exorbitant. Many of us in Minnesota simply can’t figure out how to budget our money. Making the budget of course is only half the job, because you have to stick to the budget once it’s figured out.
Having a Budget Doesn’t Mean That Emergencies Don’t Pop Up
Surely you’re familiar with Murphy’s Law – If something can go wrong it will. That’s when it helps to know where and how to research and apply for bad credit installment loans online. Maybe it’s just a matter of coming up a little short this month, on your bills. Maybe there was a medical bill that came in unexpectedly. Possibly your kids needed more school supplies than you thought they would. Possibly the pet you love and cherish needed to visit the vet, again. Whatever the reason, we all need a little help now and then. That’s when knowing how to get your hands on some quick and easy money comes in handy. The good thing about these types of loans is that even if you’re not one of those people that has stellar credit, you can still get the money you need. What’s even better is that by paying off that quick loan you will be one step further to repairing your credit score.
Living Affordably in Minnesota Means More Than Just a Budget
Possibly you saw extreme couponing shows when they were on TV and all the rage. They may have seemed a little over the top, but the thing is that coupons can make a huge difference in your grocery bill. Online shopping is another way to get coupons that aren’t offered to everyone, only online shoppers. Shopping online also makes you privy to certain online specials and sales. Coupling coupons with these sales or discounts saves even more money. Consider it a challenge. Make it a game. Your kids can even get in on coupon cutting and saving. It’s a great way to teach them how to save and budget their money, so that when their time comes along they will be familiar with it. Next time they want something, tell them to find it on sale – make them find the cheapest price.
There are more tips online to saving money, so don’t hesitate to do a little digging. You might even consider putting together a couponing club, that meets once a week, and making it into a luncheon.
Moving is always more involved, and takes a lot longer than we anticipate. When you are planning a big move, you should allow two months to plan out everything, especially if you are packing an entire house. If you are hiring movers, you will need to give them notice. Certain times of the year are really busy for movers and it is difficult to book a move, during their busy season, so the earlier you secure a reservation the better.
If the movers are packing you out, you have far less to do. However, the cost is greatly reduced ,if you opt to pack yourself. Besides, there are certain items, that you may want to pack for yourself. Fragile items, keepsakes and other special belongings are some things that it may be better to handle on your own. However, if you are like most people, you will be packing all of your own items prior to moving. Some of the things you can start doing early on are:
- Gathering boxes and packing materials
- Organizing collections of things (magazines, crafting or scrapbook supplies, media) and storing them in bins or totes
- Packing those items you seldom use
- Purge your closets, donate or sell unwanted items
- For distance moves, plan meals to use up all of your food supplies
- Plan ahead and seek professional advice for packing and moving difficult items such as aquariums or plants
Packing and Storing Odds and Ends
If you are a home hobbyist of any kind, you probably have a lot of supplies. When you plan your move, you need to find good storage options, for all of those supplies ,so that they arrive safe and sound, at your new destination. One idea is to organize scrapbook supplies and other crafting items into plastic bins, with locking lids. Label them accordingly and put them in a bigger container, for the move. Another idea is to get a fully transportable device, for you crafting supplies. There are a number of storage solutions for crafters. The Original Scrapbox which is mentioned on http://www.worthydigest.com/the-original-scrapbox-scrapbooking-storage has removable storage bins included in the cabinet. You can use these bins, for transporting your supplies and then return them to the cabinet, after your move. If you have been looking for a storage solution, the Scrapbox might be a good investment prior to your move.
Moving is a lot of work, but if you plan ahead by organizing and packing what you can, you may avoid a moving headache.
A charitable way to spend a portion of a personal loan is to help support a Minnesota Sports Team. Most teams in Minnesota haven’t been very good, in recent times. Even worse, many of the professional teams are becoming are too hard for the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolis to afford, as of late. A study conducted by Business Journal shows that the city takes a $40 billion deficit, from hosting the four professional teams, for the region. The $40 billion deficit was the ninth worst, among 85 different metropolis areas tested in the study.
Supporting Minnesota teams is especially important these days as the Vikings may be considering the viability of taking the football team to Los Angeles, in the near future. The study conducted by Business Journal weighed each regions personal income, against how many professional sports teams were in the town. The Twin Cities ranked lower than Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cleveland, in the study. This is especially troubling as Detroit has four teams and high unemployment, as well. The study concluded that the average city needs $15 billion to host an MLS team, $35 billion each for NFL, NBA and NHL and $85 billion to host an MLB team.
Looking Towards the Future
It’s clearly evident that it takes serious capital for a city in Minnesota to host a pro-team. The total personal income for the Twin Cities is approximately $154 billion. There are certainly regions worse off than Minnesota, but these sports teams in the area still need fans support. Showing support for the Vikings can help keep them here or may serve as an opportunity to enjoy them, before they ship off to a new destination. Management and Vikings ownership continue to reassure the media and fans that the football team doesn’t plan to go anywhere, despite the rumors.
The deciding factor will most likely surround the construction of a new stadium, in the area. Vikings ownership has displayed confidence concerning the proposed construction despite the Twin Cities financial hardships. Taking the family out to the games and tailgating is a great way to show your support, for your favorite teams.