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4 Bucket List Items That Are Easy To Check Off

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Bucket lists are becoming more and more prevalent these days. There are websites devoted to storing them and thousands of published articles about what to include on your list. Bucket lists even have their own acronym: YOLO, or you only live once. If you have a bucket list a mile long and want to check a few things off, here are a few seemingly crazy items that are fairly easy to accomplish. 1. Run a Marathon: Are you a die-hard couch potato looking to get fit enough to run a marathon? Does it seem impossible? While it does require you to get up off that couch, learning to run is not impossible. In fact, there is a free program developed by a runner just for you called Couch to 5K, or C25K for short. In just 8 short weeks, it takes you from sedentary to running a 5K. There are additional programs that can boost you up to those 26 miles, but a 5K has you moving in the right direction.  2. Learn to Skydive: Jumping out of an airplane and enjoying the view while plummeting to earth is on many bucket lists. In the past, the only way to cross it off was to join the military. However, there are skydiving classes popping up all over the country where you can learn the skills needed to not only survive, but enjoy the jump. 3. Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square: Each year, millions of people watch the infamous ball drop in Times Square from the comfort of their own living room. They may mumble something about how it would be fun to see live, but they never act on that thought. If this one is on your bucket list, it’s easy to fulfill. Call and make a hotel reservation. Period. Once again, the only thing required for success is action. You have to plan ahead; don’t expect to get a hotel reservation in mid-December for New Year’s Eve. In fact, call on January 2nd and then save your pennies the rest of the year for some spending money while you are there.  4. Crash a Wedding: While no one here is recommending you do this, many people think the idea of crashing someone else’s wedding would be a fun, bucket list item. The only real required skill is guts. Dress up, head to an area hotel known for their beautiful banquet center, and crash away. You could rent the movie, Wedding Crashers, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson if you want to pick up a few tips.  If you have other items on your personal list, try breaking them down into manageable tasks so you can cross them off. YOLO,...

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Hot Mix By The Humpbacks: Why Ancient Whale Songs Have Scientists Hooked

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If humans could hear with the naked ear all of the racket and singing going on under the surface of the sea, they would be amazed. Whales, dolphins and seals are some of the ocean creatures that use other-worldly vocalizations, calls, moans and clicks to communicate and find food. Ocean researchers and marine biologists have recently taken a strong interest in the science of whale sounds. All along Earth’s coastlines, whale calls and songs are being studied for several important reasons: Elusive whales can be counted Whale populations are always on the move finding places to eat and mate, and whales are constantly being monitored around the world using tags, visual census-taking and sonar tools. These monitoring efforts make it easier for countries and agencies to set harvesting limits and make ocean-friendly policies. Experts use the data to pinpoint where whales migrate, feed and raise their calves in order to better protect sensitive areas. Over the years, researchers have learned to distinguish the various cries and songs of specific whale species. By setting hydrophones (microphones that pick up underwater sounds) in busy undersea areas, scientists can now hear the cries of certain types of whales that are very difficult to see. Recently in Monterey Bay, California, a hydrophone picked up the call of the shy and rarely seen beaked whale. The beaked whale’s song is as timid as its creator, since the notes can’t be picked up by the human ear even with the hydrophone’s help. However, all sounds recorded by the submerged microphone are turned into graphs called spectograms, and with these visual records, biologists are able to discover the presence of whales they might otherwise miss. Noise pollution can be tamed Scientists also want to understand how human activity impacts whales’ ability to communicate. Researchers don’t really understand all of the meanings behind whale songs, but they do suspect that interference from outboard motors, boat propellers and industrial noise pollution can disorient whales and cause them more stress. Some biologists speculate that over time, whales may raise the pitch of their songs in order to compensate for increased auditory stimuli in our oceans. Since some whales live hundreds of years, researchers can study the songs of individual whales over many years to determine if this is true. By comparing whale sound patterns in areas where there is little human noise to sounds from areas with a lot of human activity, researchers may be able to discover how to best help whales deal with excess racket in the underwater environment. This will hopefully lead to happier and healthier whale populations. If you want to hear a live performance of whale music and chatter, join a whale watching tour that has an on-board hydrophone. Many whale sightseeing boats have such devices and will place them in the water when the watercraft is close to a pod of whales, so you can hear the whales “talk” to one another. There are also personal hydrophone devices you can purchase that include earphones, a rubber-sealed hydrophone “disc,” and a long cable. You simply drop the hydrophone off the side of the boat or pier and adjust the controls to listen to undersea sounds. Contact a company like Orca Enterprises LLC for more information....

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How You And Your Gunsmith Can Keep Your Family Safe From Accidental Shootings

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There’s nothing wrong with owning guns and raising children, as long as you’re safe with them. Unfortunately, it’s possible for children to get a hold of guns and accidentally shoot somebody. However, if you’re willing to work with your local gunsmith, you can teach your children to respect guns and to keep their hands off. This is a vital way to keep your family safe from these dangers. Accidental Shootings By Children Are Up One of the saddest statistics to emerge in 2016 is the number of people that have been shot by toddlers. As of May 3, 2016, 23 people were reported as being shot by toddlers. This is up from 18 people at the same time last year. The worst cases were probably those in which the children accidentally shot themselves, though a two-year old in Wisconsin accidentally shot his mother. Incidents like this always have many people clamoring for tighter gun control laws. Without getting into the political or sociological implications of these laws, it’s clear that parents need to treat their guns with respect and teach their children the same level of respect. Gunsmith Tips On Keeping Kids Away From Guns Online gunsmiths and gun experts understand gun safety and how to keep your children from getting their hands on guns. Here are a few of their suggestions: Avoid hiding guns, as this can turn it into a game of hide and seek. Instead, put them in a gun cabinet and keep the cabinet locked at all times. Never keep pistols and other self-defense weapons out in the open, such as located under your pillow while you sleep at night. Sit down and talk to your children in an open and honest way about the dangers of guns. Simply flatly demanding that they never touch guns will only inspire curiosity. Most children will understand these rules. Always store your guns unloaded. This fact might seem obvious, but accidental shootings by children usually occur when the child is handling a loaded gun. You might also want to talk to a gunsmith in your area and see if they can’t install some kind of safety device on your gun, such as a trigger lock. Contact a company like Lock’s Philadelphia Gun Exchange for more specific info. Teaching Children To Respect Guns If your children are still fascinated by your guns, it’s worth taking them to a gunsmith and having them give a short discussion on gun safety and the dangers of mishandling guns. Your child will be engaged by the trip to the shop and will be likely to listen to what the gunsmith has to say. This is especially true if they are willing to discuss the ways that guns can hurt people. However, the buck ultimately stops with you. Teach your children how to properly behave around guns, including stopping when they see a gun, avoiding touching it, and running away to find an adult. Teach it to them using phrases like “Stop! Don’t touch! Find an adult!” as children often respond well to these memory devices. By following this advice, you can keep your guns out of your children’s hand, teach them how to respect the power of a gun, and prepare them for a lifetime of safe gun handling when they get...

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Three Eco-Friendly Boat Cleaning Tips

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As an environmentally conscious boat owner, you may be understandably concerned about the effect your hobby is having on the environment. You want to participate in nature and continue to enjoy it for decades, not destroy it. And how you clean your boat can make a difference in what type of influence you are on the marine ecosystems you frequent. One of the big things that can have a negative effect on your favorite waterways is developing bad boat cleaning habits. Combating any tendency toward negative cleaning habits can be a big step in the right direction. Here are three practical tips that you can incorporate into your boating habits to ensure that you are as Earth-friendly as possible. 1. Wash early and often First of all, the frequency and timing of your boat cleaning can have an enormous impact. If you don’t wash your boat often and correctly, you could unknowingly carry invasive species that will invade the next body of water your boat encounters. For this reason, it’s recommended that you wash your boat thoroughly with water after each excursion. You also need to empty out any water that you may have in containers on board and wash the buckets out, because these can also carry aquatic life. 2. Maximize elbow grease When washing your boat, it’s occasionally necessary to use a cleaning product to remove grime. When you do use cleaning products, be sure to use gentle ones designed to clean boats without harming nearby marine habitats. However, you can reduce how often you need to use cleaner by washing the boat as thoroughly as possible with elbow grease and water. Instead of doing the bare minimum just to remove any species of aquatic life that may be hitching a ride, you can take the opportunity to scrub the boat until it shines. This will both keep your boat looking great every day and will prevent the buildup of grime, reducing the need to use cleaning products. 3. Be mindful of runoff One of the reasons it’s important to do your boat cleaning right after an excursion rather than right before the next outing is so you can allow the boat to dry in the sun (ideally for several days), further reducing the chances of stowaways. Another reason is if you clean the boat near the next waterway, runoff could allow the hitchhikers you’re washing off to safely reach the new body of water and contaminate it. So when you wash your boat, be careful of where the runoff is going. And when you do decide to use cleaning products, try to make sure the boat is far away from any bodies of water to reduce the chances of chemical pollution in the aquatic ecosystem. These three actionable tips will help you plan your boat cleaning habits in order to maximize their eco-friendliness. Remember, you should also incorporate other eco-friendly habits into your routine, such as keeping everything on your deck secured so that trash won’t blow away and litter the area but instead can be packed out and disposed of in a trash can. Contact a trusted boating company, like Boater’s Landing or a similar location, for more tips and...

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Three Safety Tips To Remember When You’re Dealing With Fireworks

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Whether it’s a national holiday, get-together with family and friends or simply a backyard barbecue that you want to make more memorable, adding fireworks to the mix instantly increases the event’s fun factor. Small or large, fireworks are captivating to watch for the young and old alike. As you focus on making your event fun, it’s also important to be cognizant of keeping everyone safe. Fireworks aren’t without their risks — more than 17,000 fires began as a result of fireworks accidents in 2011 and, the same year, nearly 10,000 people were injured in fireworks accidents. To increase your likelihood of safety, your first step is to buy your fireworks from a licensed and reputable retailer. Here are three other tips you need to keep in mind. Safety Equipment Before you even think of starting the fireworks show, it’s vitally important that you have all the necessary safety gear with you. As far as your attire is concerned, it’s important to ensure that your clothing covers your skin and that it isn’t loose and baggy. It’s also advisable to wear gloves and eye protection. If you have long hair, tie it up. You should also keep several buckets of water and a hose nearby, as well as buckets of sand or dirt that can be used to cover dud fireworks until they’re safe to handle. Environment It’s important to never use fireworks when it’s windy. Even if the conditions are calm when you begin the fireworks show, remain vigilant about noticing the strength of the wind and stop lighting your fireworks if the wind picks up. You should also carefully survey the area that you’ll be using to ensure there are no overhanging trees. It’s ideal to light your fireworks on flat ground; trying to do so on uneven terrain can be dangerous as an individual firework could topple over and fly in an unexpected direction as it launches. Sparklers Many people hand out sparklers to those watching the fireworks show, but doing so can be risky. Although popular among kids, sparklers can potentially cause eye injuries and minor burns to the skin. The main concern with sparklers is that because the children will be looking skyward during the show, they won’t be focusing on the sparklers in their hands, which can result in burns. It’s best to skip the sparklers and focus on putting on a top-quality — and safe — show with the fireworks. To learn more, contact a company like Fireworks...

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5 Classes That Can Support Your Tumbling Aspirations

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you want to excel in tumbling, then you have probably already found an appropriate tumbling class to enroll in. However, there are several other disciplines that can give you important skills that will help you excel in your tumbling classes. If you are already involved in tumbling, consider these five other activities to help boost your tumbling skills.  Ballet  All dance classes can help improve your balance, self-awareness, and strength. However, ballet in particular is known for improving posture, coordination, and alignment, all of which are critical aspects of tumbling.  Yoga  Yoga can build strength and flexibility while helping you learn to complete slow, controlled movements. For the most benefits, enroll in a slow-paced yoga class as opposed to the cardio-yoga classes that are becoming popular. This can help give you control over your tumbling as opposed to relying on your strength and momentum to get you through an exercise.  Aerobics  Tumbling requires a high amount of cardiovascular fitness. Unfortunately, during class, you may concentrate on short bursts of energy as opposed to maintaining a sustained level of aerobic effort. Adding one or two aerobic classes into your weekly schedule can increase your endurance and make your short bursts of energy more powerful and effective.  Martial Arts Martial arts teach you discipline and self-awareness, both of which are important to tumbling. While you may be on a tumbling team, it is mostly a personal activity and your development will depend heavily on your personal commitment to success. Martial arts can teach you self-dependence and the discipline that you will need to keep practicing on your own and succeed in tumbling.  Swimming or Rock Climbing Swimming is a great aerobic activity that increases your strength and endurance. Being in the water will also increase your awareness of your physical position and give you experience making minute physical adjustments to change your course of travel in various positions. Flip kicks can also help you maintain balance and awareness while flipping.  If you are not comfortable in the water, rock climbing can give you similar benefits to swimming because it challenges you to reach new positions and increases your awareness of your balance and body mechanics.  Enrolling in more tumbling classes each week is one way to increase your tumbling skills. However, by concentrating on rounding out your skills by enrolling in a few supplemental activities you stand a better chance of avoiding plateaus and continuing to progress during each tumbling...

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The Right Hunting Ammunition And Caliber Combo Is A Must When Hunting Black Bear

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

For a great many outdoors enthusiasts, hunting black bear is best enjoyed at a distance. Bears are very large, aggressive, and dangerous. Shooting one with a rifle from 100 yards away reduces the serious risks presented by an enraged bear that does not immediately drop. Then, there is the horror of another life-threatening situation. A bear may find you before you find it. Extra cautions should be taken to deal with the nightmare scenario of being taken by surprise by the bear. At a minimum, carrying a reliable backup pistol and appropriate ammunition is a must. Using the Right Rifle/Handgun Combination With bear, only high-caliber weapons and very hot (high pressure) ammunition are reliable. A rifle with a .300 level caliber would be a good choice. The .44 Magnum is an excellent revolver caliber. Obviously, a .308 rifle and a .44 Magnum pistol use different ammunition. In an emergency situation, this could create problems. Bears attack by swiping with their paws and a rifle may be knocked out of your arms if the creature surprises you. Without the rifle, relying on the revolver is the only chance of survival. However, shooting the revolver does not mean vital targets are hit. Some rounds might outright miss. Reloading the revolver is necessary to finish off the slowed-down bear. In such a high-stress scenario, grabbing a .308 round instead of a .44 takes away vital seconds. One way to avoid this scenario is to use the same caliber in the rifle and the revolver. Having a rifle that fires .44 caliber rounds means you only need to carry a single caliber that fits both weapons.  Same Round, Different Pressure and Power Not all .44 caliber ammunition is the same weight or packs the same amount of power. A 300 grain bullet with packed with a massively high pressure load may present far too much recoil in a revolver, but would be fine as a rifle selection. The shoulder stock on the rifle makes shooting the 300 grain bullet easier. Loading the revolver with a slightly lighter and more controllable round remains an option. Yet, if reloading the revolver becomes necessary, the 300 grain bullet will fit in the revolver. Just be sure the selected revolver is one rated to not suffer damage when firing high pressure loads. So, if the heavy, high pressure round is grabbed by mistake, the revolver can still be loaded and fired reliably. Practice with the High Pressure Round Clearly, you do not want the first time you fire a very hot round in the revolver to be after selecting the round by accident when faced by charging a bear. Fire off a few high pressure rounds in a revolver just to get used to the feel and recoil. Doing so contributes to improving accuracy. To learn more about the right guns and ammunition for bear hunting, talk to a gun retailer, such as Miller’s Gun Center...

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Fishing Charter Experience

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

One of the most thrilling things you can do during a trip to Cabo San Lucas is to take a trip on a Cabo fishing charter. If you’ve never gone on a charter fishing expedition, there are a few things you should know before you climb aboard. Here are some helpful hints to get the most out of your adventure. Choose The Right Shoes To stay safe and prevent slipping on a wet deck, be sure to wear a pair of shoes that provide traction. Rubber-soles with grips, such as those found on deck shoes, are the best choice. Remember that the boat may be very wet, so be prepared to part ways with your shoes in the event that they become soaked with seawater. Bring A Personal Emergency Kit Even if you’ve been on a boat before, you might not know how you’ll react on the choppy waters you’ll encounter on a charter fishing boat. Be sure to pack medication for motion sickness and over-the-counter pain relievers in the event you develop a headache. You’ll also need sunblock to prevent sunburn and sunburn relief lotion in the event you develop a sunburn. Remember that sunlight reflects on water, making it easier for you to get burnt even with sunblock.  Pack A Cooler Some charter boat companies offer light snacks and beverages, but many do not. Pack a small cooler or insulated bag with bottled water and a few snacks so you can stay hydrated and stave off hunger during a long trip. In some cases, inclement weather could extend your time at sea, and you don’t want to be without food and water until you return safely to shore. Don’t Forget Your Camera Cabo San Lucas is the perfect spot for fishing. You may get to see sharks, tuna and mackerel. Depending on how far out your boat takes you, it’s possible you may encounter whales as well. Be sure to have your camera with you so you can take pictures and capture video of these majestic creatures. You’ll also be able to bring back proof of your big catch to share with friends and family. Consider investing in a water-proof camera so you don’t damage your smartphone or traditional digital camera. If you get the chance to visit Cabo San Lucas, be sure to take some time to enjoy a fishing charter trip. Whether you are an experienced angler or you’ve never fished before, you’ll have a great time as long as you are prepared when you board the...

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2 Tips For Choosing The Most Appropriate Inflatable For Your Child’s Birthday Party

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As a parent, there is no doubt that a large inflatable jumping house or castle has an important and popular role at birthday parties, but their safe and fun use is also an immense responsibility. Whether your child is turning 2 or 10, a birthday party is often more memorable and enjoyable when a bouncy house or castle is present. Fortunately, there are three easy tips that can make your child’s birthday party the best party for everyone involved. Verify Whose Responsibility Delivery, Setup and Pickup Is It is important to consider the weight and size of any inflatable. Unless you have extensive experience or knowledge of larger inflatables, it is usually a better idea to choose a company that will take responsibility for each aspect of getting it to your home or party location, setting it up and then removing it from your home at the agreed upon time. Otherwise, you will have a significant amount of risk, including the very real possibilities of: Injury to one or more of your guests Damage to the inflatable Damage to your home or property Even if you get a lower quote for doing some of the work, inflatables should not be a do-it-yourself project for amateurs. It is also a good idea to allow a few extra minutes at the time of delivery so that you can become familiar with the specific details of your temporary inflatable unit. Consider The Size Of Your Youngest And Oldest Guests It is easy to assume that if the birthday party is for a group of eight year old children, that you should choose an inflatable for that age group. However, that could easily be a mistake since the unit will usually be rated for a maximum number of users at any given time, as opposed to individual guests. If you have an enthusiastic cousin or one of your guests is big for their age, you should consider them all before choosing a unit. In addition, always be sure that you are able to keep track of the number and approximate weight of everyone using the inflatable, so that you can be sure that everyone is as safe as possible. In conclusion, renting an inflatable allows you with the opportunity to make your child’s birthday party a fun and memorable experience for everyone. By making the most appropriate choice of rental units and planning ahead, you will make it memorable and safe.  ...

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Safety Tips For Boating Beginners

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are new to boating, you want to make sure you learn about boating safety. While this article will provide you with boating safety tips in general, it will also cover issues you need to know about if you plan on boating in an outboard boat. Read the information below before you go out on the boat: Have enough life jackets Even if everyone in the boat won’t be wearing a life jacket (which they should), you still need to have one life jacket on board for every passenger in the boat. Make sure the jackets are the right size for your passengers. Children and anyone who’s not an excellent swimmer should wear their life jackets at all times while in the boat. Watch the weather Always check the weather forecast before you head out. Also, pay attention to changes in the weather while you are on the boat. Storms can move in fast, so you want to head for shore any time you notice dark clouds rolling in or the wind suddenly picks up. Have another driver on board Make sure there is another person on the boat who knows how to drive it well enough to get it to shore in case there is an emergency with the driver. Make your whereabouts known You want to make a list of everyone that’s going on the boat with you and include their name, address and phone number. Write down the boat information and your travel plans, as well as the types of communication you will have on the boat. Leave this information with someone who will not be going on the boat with you and let them know the latest you would expect to be back to shore. When you get to shore, call them and let them know. Don’t run the boat into shallow water You want to cut the motor when you are approaching shallow water. This is especially true when you are in an outboard boat. This is a boat where the motor and propeller are situated outside the boat. When you come to shallow water in an outboard, turn the motor off and lift the motor up to avoid having the prop damaged. Don’t let swimmers in the water with the motor running In an outboard boat, the propeller is submerged and spinning at a fast rate of speed. This makes for a dangerous situation for swimmers. You always want to cut the motor and make sure the prop has come to a stop before swimmers enter the water. By following these tips, you can feel better prepared for your boat outing. Always make sure everyone on board has been well-versed in where the life jackets are stored and make sure everyone is wearing sun screen. For more information about outboard motor boats, contact a professional like All Seasons Honda & Peninsula...

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3 Tips To Clean Your Boat Lift Canopy

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You probably already know that it’s important to protect your boat lift from the elements. Luckily, all you need is a boat lift canopy to keep it safe. If you want to count on your canopy to protect your boat lift, however, you obviously have to keep it in good shape as well. Fortunately, properly caring for your boat lift canopy is easy, and it mostly only includes keeping it clean. Follow these tips, and this part of maintenance should be a breeze. 1. Use the Right Cleanser First of all, you should be careful about the type of cleanser that you use to clean your boat lift cover. Bleach and harsh cleansers can cause your vinyl canopy to break down over time, so you should only use a gentle cleanser. You can purchase a vinyl cleanser to do the job, but a cheaper and better option is to mix up a nice solution of gentle soap and water. In fact, you can even use dish soap and water, which you can combine in a bucket. Then, you can use a soft-bristled brush and the soapy mixture to clean away any mildew, mold, salt water and other debris from your vinyl canopy. 2. Let it Dry Make sure that you do not store or use your boat lift canopy until it has dried completely. The best course of action is to hang it up, such as on a clothesline, to allow it to air dry in the sun. 3. Add a Vinyl Protectant Each time that you clean your boat lift canopy, you should apply a vinyl protectant. This is because your cover is exposed to the elements on a daily basis, between the salt water, the rain, the sunlight and more, which can all cause damage over time. You can purchase a vinyl protectant from most shops that sell boat lift canopies, and you can carefully apply this protectant with a paper towel or a clean, soft rag. Make sure that you only apply the protectant after your cover has dried completely after cleaning, and do not use it until the protectant has dried as well. You probably count on your boat lift canopy to help keep your boat lift safe. Luckily, keeping it clean and protected will help it do its job. Follow these steps a few time each year, and you should be able to keep your boat lift canopy in its best possible...

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