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3 Reasons Why Whitewater Rafting Can Be Done By Anyone

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are look into going on a rafting trip, but aren’t sure if it is something that you are going to be capable of, you will be happy to know that almost anyone can go on a rafting trip thanks to a variety of choices and modifications. This article will discuss 3 reasons why whitewater rafting can be modified to meet the needs of almost anyone.  There Are Different River Choices When it comes to choosing what type of river you would like to raft, you are going to have a variety of options. There are rivers that are more mild for beginners, a bit more quick moving and difficult for those who are intermediate, and rivers that are quite long and tough for those that are advanced. When you are looking for potential locations to take your rafting trip, this is something that many rafting trip companies have located right on their website or in their brochure, making it easy to for you to find the best river rafting trip to meet your needs.  You Can Go on Guided Tours  If you aren’t comfortable or able to raft a river on your own, then you can go on a guided tour. When you go on a guided tour, you can either have the guides in your raft with you or you can have them in their own raft leading your raft. It is wise to have them in the raft with you if you aren’t able to steer the raft on your own, such as if you are elderly, or if you have several younger children in the raft. It is wise to have the guide lead your raft in their own raft if you are unfamiliar with the river and fear that you may get stuck or lost when rafting.  You Choose the Length of Your Trip You also can choose how long or short your would like your rafting trip to be. If you are really hardcore and experienced when it comes to rafting, you have the option of going on a rafting excursion that will allow you to raft several different rivers over the course of a few days. You will likely be staying in cabins or tents at night, and will need to be athletic and have a high endurance level in order to raft for several days in a row. On the other hand, if you want to do something that is short and simple, you can instead go on a day rafting trip that is more suited for those we aren’t super athletic or used to the world or river rafting.  To get started or learn more about your options, contact services like Andy and...

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Self-Defense Products That Women Can Wear With Discretion

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you’re a woman who spends a considerable amount of time alone in the city — and perhaps in areas that are less than desirable — it’s important to be able to defend yourself if you’re accosted. Self-defense products such as pepper spray and a collapsing baton are useful to carry, but you’ll typically need to carry such items inside your purse or pocket, where you may not be able to reach them in time if you’re attacked. A simple solution is to choose self-defense products that you can wear on your person, which allows you to strike out at an assailant quickly enough to cause him to flee. Here are some useful ideas for these products. Self-Defense Gloves During the fall and winter, women will often wear gloves when they’re outside, so it’s worthwhile to change your designer gloves for a pair of self-defense gloves to help protect yourself. These gloves are built in various styles. Some have weights distributed around the knuckles, allowing you to deliver a devastating strike with much more power than a conventional punch, while others actually have plastic caps over the knuckles for the same purpose. The former style will blend in nicely, while the latter type is best to wear under a pair of larger gloves or mittens if you want to use discretion. Shoelace Inserts If you’re going to be wearing lace-up shoes or boots, attaching a set of shoelace inserts to each piece of footwear is ideal. These self-defense items typically consist of hard plastic spikes that sit in the middle of your laces. They’ll allow you to kick at an assailant and inflict significant damage. While people might technically look down and notice these products, the average person isn’t inspecting your shoes, which will allow you to wear them with relative discretion — and, if you’re out at night, the shadows will render these useful items virtually invisible. Jewelry Many self-defense companies produce jewelry for women to wear to feel more confident when they’re out alone. These items, which include spiked rings and bracelets, can often look fashionable, meaning that no one will suspect that you’re wearing them to defend yourself if you’re ever attacked. Additionally, things such as bracelets are worn beneath your sleeves, which means that no one will notice them. If you’re attacked, you can quickly swing your arms at the assailant’s face and scratch him hard enough for you to make your...

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Love Water Skiing But Not Great At It? 3 Reasons You Should Try Wakeboarding

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nothing can be more disheartening than finally getting out on the water to try water skiing, but then realizing that while the time you spend upright on those skis gliding on the water is so much fun, you unfortunately spend more time falling and strapping those water skis back on than you do enjoying the feeling of being on top of the water. However, just because you found out that water skiing wasn’t for you doesn’t mean that there aren’t similar water sports that you may be good or even amazing at. Wakeboarding is a great option that can be just as fun, if not more fun than water skiing, and here are three reasons why you may find it easier and more enjoyable than you found water skiing! 1. The Body Muscles Engaged by Each Sport Differ Even though you may not be a great water skier, you may end up finding wakeboarding easy if your difficulty skiing was due to lack of strength in the specific muscles used to stay upright on water skis. Many people who experience difficulty staying upright on water skis lack strength in the specific muscles most engaged during the sport, which are the core, thigh, and back muscles. When wakeboarding, virtually all of the muscles of your body are engaged in keeping your body up on that board. While this may make it sound like it would make the sport harder if you lacked strength in the specific muscles used to keep you upright on skis, it actually means the exact opposite. When all of your muscles are working as a team to keep you on that board, your stronger muscle groups can compensate for the weaker ones to keep you up on that board having fun. 2. When You Do Fall, You Can Get Back Up Much Faster Nothing can suck the fun out of water skiing like having to stop and put your skis back on after a fall over and over again. The bindings on the water skis of a beginner or anyone prone to falling frequently are kept loose intentionally to prevent injuries during a fall. However, wakeboards are always bound tightly to prevent injuries. This means that after those inevitable first few falls when learning the sport (follow these tips to prevent injuries during a fall), you don’t have to take a lengthy break to reattach that wakeboard, which means you can get right back up on the water much more quickly. 3. High-Quality Wakeboards Can Be Extremely Affordable One important part of being the best you can at any water sport is having the right equipment that is perfect for your body. However, you may have never had the luxury of being able to use water skis that were the right length, width, and style for your unique body due to their high purchase prices that left you having to rent skis and simply having to make do with any skis they had available in your size. However, wakeboards can be much more affordable than water skis. That means you may be able to afford to buy your own board, even if you couldn’t afford a pair of water skis, and choose one that is the perfect style and size for your body to give you a much-needed edge on the...

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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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