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Discreet Portable Handheld Vaporizers Now Fits In Your Pocket

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While I have been vaping for some time now, I have not looked at the portable vaporizers until recently.  Don’t get me wrong – I would have loved to have a portable version, but there were some considerations that historically made portable vaporizers unattractive.

Early portable vaporizers depended on an external heat source to heat them up.  In most cases, you would need to use a flame to heat them up, so carrying around a lighter was a must.  While this did make them portable, they were not very convenient as the intensity of your heat would fluctuate and sometimes cause your tobacco or other dry herbs to burn.

In the early 2000s, we began to see models that used a battery as the means to generate the heat required for the vaporizer.  While this made heating your tobacco or dry herbs easier, the batteries of the day were large and expensive, making them heavy and expensive.

Throughout the mid to late 2000s, battery technology improved and the size of portable vaporizers decreased.  For the first time, there were models that would actually fit in your pocket, though the price did make them out of reach for most people.

Thankfully times have changed, and there are portable models like the atmos vaporizer that can fit in your pocket for a reasonable price.  Now people who enjoy vaping can do so wherever they go discreetly and conveniently.

Written by Dan Mann

January 27th, 2015 at 1:48 pm

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Leaving the Repairs of my Flooded House to Professionals

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There is nothing worse than coming home to a flooded home, but that is exactly what happened to us after we returned from our travels during the Christmas holidays.  We usually shut off the water to our home, but I guess I must have forgot, and our house flooded.  We discovered later that the problem had to do with a plugged toilet running continuously, which must be because of the kids.  But whatever the reason why it was flooded, it didn’t matter – our house needed some serious repairs and all of our possessions were ruined.

We had seen the above commercial online a few times that spoke about a restoration company in Monroe Michigan.  They specialized in dealing with homes like ours that had flooded and we contacted them to see if they wanted to do the work.  They came out to look, gave us an estimation of the cost of repairs, and we had them start right away.

While our home was undergoing repairs, we were staying in a hotel.  The kids thought it was a little vacation, and I am thankful that they saw it that way instead of how it really was: a disaster.

There will still be a little while before the work on our house is completed, and I am looking forward to getting back in our home.  I just hope that something like this never happens to our family ever again.

Written by Dan Mann

January 27th, 2015 at 6:12 am

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I’m Going to be an EMT

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When it comes to career choices, I’ve really struggled to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  There are just so many opportunities for someone my age, and the biggest thing that is on my side is time: if I choose something that doesn’t work out for me, then I have time to try something else.  So, I’ve decided to take a step out of my comfort zone of working at the supermarket, and I’ve enrolled in some EMT (Paramedic) Training in Alabama.

Why EMT training?

I’ve spent most of my life trying to help others, and I was looking for a career path that would give me that opportunity as well as being a job that will always in demand.  I didn’t want to waste money on an education only to find out that I was going to be obsolete at some point.

But I will be honest with you – I’m a little afraid of hitting the books and going back to school.  I never really cared for school in general, but I suppose it is just a means to an end, so if I can suck it up for the length of the course, I will really not have to worry about attending school ever again.

I’m starting my studies in a few weeks – wish me luck!

Written by Jake Solomon

January 26th, 2015 at 6:40 am

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Best Sports Headphones on the Market: Sonxtronic XDR-8000

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There are many target markets for headphones including DJs, kids, and casual users.  But one of the most competitive markets would have to be sports headphones.  The requirements for someone who is active while listening to music are different than the average user who is sitting down and are mostly stationary.  For an athlete listening to music, they need their headphones to be light, able to cope with the amount of sweat they most certainly will be covered in, and be able to stay in place no matter what action the wearer is doing.

Over the years, we have had the opportunity to try a number of sports headphones.  In most cases, they all had some flaws that made them difficult to recommend.  Some examples of problems would include poor sound quality, excessive weight or the inability to stay on ones head.

But I am happy to say that we have finally found a pair of sports headphones that deliver on everything athletes have been wanting for years.

The Sonxtronic XDR-8000 sound better than the competing products from Sony and Sennheiser, at a more reasonable price.  They are lighter than the previous leader in the market, the Sony MDR-W08.  They are the most comfortable pair of sports headphones that I have had the opportunity to try, and provide great value at a price under $30.

So what are you waiting for?  Get your pair of Sonxtronic XDR-8000 here.

Written by Dan Mann

January 25th, 2015 at 9:36 pm

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How to Watch TV Online

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One of the things that I have wondered for a long time was if it was easy to watch television online.  I mean, with all of the technology and connectivity that the internet provides, you would think that it would be easy to do, right?

Well, about a week ago, I decided to try and see how easy it was to watch TV online.  I knew there were a lot of options out there for how you can do it, and I decided to explore some of them.

The first thing that came to mind was watching television shows on Youtube.  I headed over there to see what was available, and honestly, the selection was spotty at best.  Sure, if it was a popular show, you could buy them to watch, but if you were looking for something more obscure, you were out of luck.

Amazon was the second place that I stopped, and they were very similar to what was offered over at Youtube.  I did appreciate that they seemed to have a better selection, but it still wasn’t quite what I was looking for.

My final stop was at GetFutureTV.com, and their offering was the best of the bunch.  All you did was install their software on your computer and you could easily find just about every television show and movie ever made.  You could watch it right on your computer, or hook it up to a television to watch it right in your living room.

It was definitely the way to go.

So, if you are looking for an easy way to watch TV online, head on over to http://getfuturetv.com

Written by Marc Norris

January 23rd, 2015 at 11:19 am

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Selling Our Home Fast

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It has been a few months now since we knew we were going to move, and I’ll be honest with you – we didn’t do to much about it.  We have a home that needs to be sold, and I really should have taken some time to get things lined up with a realtor, but for whatever reason, I was just too lazy.

We are leaving in just a couple of weeks, and there is not enough time to go through the traditional channel of listing our house with a realtor, having people walk through and eventually someone making an offer on our home.

Before we can buy a new home in the town that we are moving to, we need to sell this one.  I really don’t want to go back to renting, and we needed to sell the house now.

So, I looked up how to sell a house fast in SF, and I found a list of companies that would buy your home from you if you needed to get rid of it.  I contacted the first one on the list, Aperture Real Estate, and they will be coming to look at our home first thing next week.

Hopefully we can close the deal on Monday and then we can start looking at new houses – I hate to move and not have a place to sleep for the night.

Written by Dan Mann

January 22nd, 2015 at 1:44 pm

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Getting Ready for the Sales Meeting

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One of the big goals in our company this year is to exceed our sales targets this year.  I suppose that is the same in many organizations, but the truth of the matter is that it seems that my fellow employees and I do just what we need to scrape by.

Unfortunately for us, it has meant the loss of about three hundred jobs over the course of the past two years.  The thought of losing your job really makes the work environment toxic, and productivity suffers.

But if we want to stop the layoffs, we need to make some sweeping changes.  Now that management has a clearer picture of how the company is faring with the use of Balanced Scorecard software in our organization, we have a real shot to increase productivity, efficiency and revenues and turn things around.

So, I have been working for the better part of the week on a presentation for today’s sales meeting to pitch a product that I created.  I am going to our own data from the balanced scorecard software to create slides of where we have been and where our sales will be able to go if we develop and market my product.

If we didn’t have the software, I really would have had to wing it, and I don’t think the presentation would go so well.  But, like I learned in the Boy Scouts, I am going to the meeting prepared.

Wish me luck!

Written by Dan Mann

January 20th, 2015 at 10:29 pm

Using Banner Advertising for Our Business

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Running a self-storage facility is a relatively easy business to handle for me.  Provided we have the clients that are paying their monthly rent, it is a really easy second income.  But recently, we have had a number of units end up vacant, so we have been looking for ways to find some new business.

Our self-storage facility is located along a busy freeway, so we decided that we should try some banner advertising as we would reach all of the motorists traveling by our facility on a daily basis.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t come up with the idea on my own, instead I was inspired by the following sign:

Banner Printing by JAYSPrinting.ie

We asked the owners of this business who they had design and print their banner, because it was easier than trying to find printing services in Ireland on our own.  We learned that they used JAYS Printing, a company that we had used in the past to print business cards and flyers for our business.

I had no idea that they did banners as well.

We’ve hired them to design a banner that we can put on the side of our storage units that will face the highway.  We are putting on a special to try and entice new clients and I am hoping that we can have our storage facility full again within the week.

I’m sure this banner advertising will work well for our business.

Written by Dan Mann

January 13th, 2015 at 1:43 pm

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Buying Designer Earrings for my Mother

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Every year after the Christmas season is over, it is time to think about getting my mother a present for her birthday.  She was born on January 21, and I need to make sure that I get her something.

But what do you get someone that has just about everything?

I figure the one thing that she could always use more of is jewelry.  So for the past five years, I have bought her a pair of designer earrings from Fortrove.com for her birthday.  I certainly struggle trying to find a pair that she likes, but as long as I make sure to shop for them early, I usually end up finding some that will appeal to her.  At least I know that she will use them and they are something that she loves.

This year’s party will be a big one and most of the extended family will be attending it.  She is turning a few years older than thirty nine (I can’t share her real age), and all of her dearest friends will be coming.

We’ve rented a hall for the event as well as a professional caterer.  There will also be a dance after we are done eating.

It will be quite the event.

Written by Marc Norris

January 9th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

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Building a New Garage

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For a number of years, I have stared out the kitchen window looking at the backyard and imagining a garage.  But there were always other things that we needed to use our money on.

So, I had to wait.

And wait I did – it has been ten years since we moved into this house, and I still look outside.

But my dream is finally going to become a reality.

We’ve been saving for the past year so that we could afford to build the garage in the backyard.  It was my wife’s idea – I guess she had been paying attention to me for all these years.

I have a couple of my buddies lined up to help me put the garage kit we have bought up, but none of us are skilled roofers.  So, we have found one of the roofing contractors in Brownstown Michigan that was willing to work with us on our little project.

Now that we have everything in place, we are going to put the garage up over the weekend, and the roofers will be coming early in the week to do the roof.

It is hard to believe that in a few days, the one thing that I have dreamed about for ten years is finally going to come true.

I just can’t stop smiling.

Written by Marc Norris

January 8th, 2015 at 2:20 pm

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