Due to current economic conditions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off…
I saw this posted at the end of an email I received today. I know it was meant to be funny, and I did laugh when I first read it. Then I couldn’t get the impact of the statement out of my head. It kept repeating like a song that gets stuck in your head.
I want to believe the glass is half full. As a person trying to live in the real world and on the internet, the very thought that there is no longer any light at the end of the tunnel is devastating.
Fortunately I surround myself with fantastic people who always believe in a better tomorrow. Small business entrepreneurs, they come from all walks of life and they all believe in the light.
One guy buys distressed homes in the nicer blue-collar parts in town, doing most of the contractor type work himself he fixes them up. A new coat of paint, kitchen floor and clean the carpet so he can make them available for rent at affordable rates. Investing his future in the housing market in these economic conditions is a very risky and long-term investment. But he believes the light at the end of the tunnel is on.
Another couple of business owners started their own niche bar and club, party style, tour business. They work to bring paying customers to not only the larger clubs in Las Vegas, but the smaller locals style mom and pop bars around town.
They lead by example. Not only do they have fun making money while having a rolling party, but they are actively bringing the stimulus through the doors the local businesses need.
And another guy, no longer working at a local Vegas club decided to build an online business he could pass to his son after his college graduation. I’m assuming that he’s going to need a good hearty income to pay off his college loans.
He chose the niche market of sports clothing. He’s not trying to run Nike out of business or take jobs away from Big-5 Sporting or even Wal-Mart. But he does believe that even in these economic times, if you have a dream your willing to combine it with hard work there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
By surrounding myself with people who still believe in a brighter future. The people who will never except that economic conditions are so bad its time to turn the light off.
I can change that song in my head, change it to a song I learned as a child.
And with the current economic conditions, it’s needed more today than ever.
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…
Mountaineering is a popular pastime for the very adventurous and healthy. Climbing and scaling mountains incrusted with snow and ice for days at a time is an extremely difficult task and those who attempt it must be in excellent health and condition. There have been many “famous” mountaineers over the years and some have made quite a name for themselves such as Sir Edmund Hillary a mountaineer from New Zealand. Hillary’s most famous climb was the ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. According to records, the first bona fide climber of tall mountains was someone who was named Ötzi the Iceman, whose mummified body was found in the Alps at an elevation of around 3000 metres and thought to have been there for at least 5300 years! His discovery has been the subject of much study and research since it was found in 1991.
Mountaineering is a sport for some and profession for others
Many consider mountain climbing a sport or challenging hobby while some take it very seriously and have even made a profession out of scaling tall mountains. They rise to the challenge to prove something to themselves or gain recognition, fame, and fortune. Sponsorship makes financial gain possible for those who work hard to maintain the strength and health it takes for this rigorous task. Rock, ice, snow, and extreme weather conditions make for a risky yet rewarding lifestyle for those who take up the challenge. Women have also become adventurous and prominent as a result of their mountaineering skills. Annabelle Bond, who was born in 1969, is one of four British women to have climbed Mount Everest (2004). She went on to become the fastest woman to scale that famous mountain.
Climbing is an addictive pastime that reaps big rewards
Edward Whymper (another Londoner) was the first explorer and climber to ascend the Matterhorn back in 1865. His claim to fame on that particular climb may have been that he survived! Four members of the group he was with perished during the ascent.
Aron Lee Ralston, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA in 1975 made himself renowned by having to cut his own arm off in order to be freed after falling and being stuck between rocks for five days, seven hours. His perilous climb is depicted in a movie titled 127 Hours.
Major William Bill Tilman is another well known English explorer and mountaineer noted for his climbing in the Himalayans as well as sailing voyages.
Matthias Zurbriggen, born in Geneva in 1856 climbed the Alps extensively as a mountain guide and alpinist. He climbed the Aconcagua which is the highest peak of the Americas. He has a New Zealand mountain peak named after him, the Zurbriggen Ridge.
Reccardo Cassin, born in Italy in 1909 made over 2500 ascents and considered one of the leading mountaineers of his time.
George Mallory, noted Englishman and mountaineer became obsessed with the conquest of Mount Everest back in the 1920’s and upon his death his explanation of why he did it “Because it is there” caused him to become famous throughout the world.
Maurice Herzog, a Frenchman, was the first man to scale a peak over 8000 metres (8091m above sea level). He lost his gloves and nearly his life after developing painful frostbite on the fingers of both hands as well as some toes. He and his fellow climbers did make it down successfully however.
The above climbers and many others risk their lives but continue on, thriving on the challenge.
Have you taken the time to look at your teeth when you smile? Are you like most people, and don’t tend to notice anything is wrong until someone points it out to you? Even though it may a close friend or loved one that happens to make you notice that your teeth are not all that white or straight, don’t get upset because of their observation. Instead of running to the store and purchasing whitening strips and other devices that claim to give you the instant improvement you are searching for, visit your local cosmetic dentist instead.
There is no need for you to feel embarrassed or anxious about this visit. A cosmetic dentist handles cases like yours every day. When you go into their office and tell them why you are not happy with your smile, try to be as descriptive as possible. The more information you can provide them, the better they will be able to devise an appropriate plan of treatment. Keep in mind that depending on your personal complaints and hopes for your teeth, there may be several options for you to take advantage of.
A cosmetic dentist is a highly trained and skilled professional who is able to look at the goal you have in mind and show you how they can provide you with what works best for you to achieve similar results. Before any work is agreed upon or done, they will show you a computerized progression of what needs to be done to your teeth and gums. In some cases, you may need several months’ worth of work. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have some sort of expectation for timeliness, but you should be aware that this process is not an instantaneous one.
Your cosmetic dentist wants to give you every reason in the world to smile. In order for them to do that, they have to be able to see and understand why you feel shy about doing so. It doesn’t matter if it is staining, broken or missing teeth, gaps, or other conditions that compromise the integrity of your smile– if you are not happy with the smile you were born with, this professional can make some modifications to change your feelings. As with any type of medical or dental procedure, before you start having any work done, you should take some time to learn about the risks that are associated with the type of procedure you are getting. This can help your cosmetic dentist choose a plan of treatment that will deliver the results you want without jeopardizing your health in the process.
How To Properly Remove Paint Transfers From Your Automobile
It’s been staring you in the face now for weeks. Taunting you every time you walk past your car. Those unsightly red marks on your nice white bumper that just showed up one day when you went to the grocery store. No matter how hard you scrub when you wash your car they never seem to go away! Those red marks are referred to as paint transfers and by following these steps you can finally say, “Good Bye!”, to those unsightly blemishes.
Things You Will Need:
- Water Hose
- Water Hose Nozzle
- 5 Gallon Bucket
- Automotive Washing Soap
- Automotive Washing Brush
- Water Blade
- Drying Towels
- Automotive Clay Bar
- Automotive Clay Bar Lubricant
- Automotive Cutting Compound
- Automotive Cutting Compound Pads
- Automotive Detailing Polish
- Polish Pads
- Automotive Wax (A High Grade Acrylic Sealer Wax is Recommended)
- Automotive Wax Pads
- Microfiber Towels
STEP #1: Place enough automotive car wash soap to cover the bottom of your 5 gallon bucket and fill with water using your water hose and water hose nozzle.
STEP #2: Rinse your entire vehicle using the high pressure position on your water nozzle to rinse free any loose dirt from your vehicle.
STEP #3: Using your automotive wash brush and soap to clean your entire vehicle.
STEP #4: Rinse the vehicle clean of automotive soap.
STEP #5: Using your water blade, make long continuous strokes from top to bottom to remove water from the vehicle.
STEP #6: After the majority of the water from your vehicle has been removed with your water blade, use your drying towel to completely dry the exterior of your vehicle, paying close attention to seems and joints where water collects. NOTE: not completely drying your vehicle to hinder the following processes.
STEP #7: After your vehicle has been completely dried, spray the Automotive Clay Bar lubricant generously over the paint transfer area. Immediately after apply the lubricant gently take the automotive detailing clay and gently, using a back and forth motion paying close attention not to apply any undue pressure, rub the clay onto the paint. The automotive detailing clay removes any foreign particles that may have bonded to your paint. These particles can cause scratches and swirl marks during the compounding, polishing and waxing process if not removed. After you have completed the clay bar process use your microfiber to wipe the excess lubricant from the area.
STEP #8: Apply a small amount of automotive cutting compound to your compound pad and place onto the paint transfer area. Gently cover the entire paint transfer area with the cutting compound. After you have covered the paint transfer with cutting compound begin to make quick, circular motion with the cutting pad applying a generous amount of pressure. After the cutting compound has become semi translucent, buff off with your microfiber towel. NOTE: This process may need to be repeated if the paint transfer is still present.
STEP #9: Once the paint transfer has been removed apply a small amount of automotive detailing polish to your polish pad and with tight, circular motions apply to the compounded area until you can longer see the polish. Once you can longer see the polish buff the area with your microfiber towel.
STEP #10: After the automotive detail polish has been buffed clean, apply your wax to your wax pad and in tight, circular motions apply wax to the compounded and polished area. Once the wax has been applied and has turned to a white haze, buff the area with your microfiber pad until all the excess wax has been buffed clear.
NOTE: Generally during a professional detail the entire vehicle will have the automotive detail clay process applied to the vehicle as well as the waxing process.
One of the most proficient Porsche models on the racetrack is the 911 GT3. It is designed specifically after the GT3 RSR race cars that Porsche uses in motorsports worldwide and is built to handle fast corners with ease. But the downfall of the 911 GT3 was that it wasn’t exactly a straight-line performance car, until the German car tuning specialists at 9ff transformed it with the GTrubo 1200. The new upgrade program gives the naturally-aspirated engine a powerful twin-turbocharger upgrade to go along with a modified chassis, new Porsche wheels, and a special exhaust.
The standard engine that comes in the 911 GT3 is a naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter that was designed after the racing engines used in the 911 GT3 RSRs sold by the German automaker. The high-revving flat-six cylinder engines were given a complete makeover thanks to 9ff with a new twin-turbocharger system that drastically increases output. The engine was bored out to 3.9 liters of displacement, reinforced with new steel pistons and rods, given upgraded camshafts and a new crankshaft, and fed with a new carbon fiber air box that fits onto a refinished intake manifold. A new exhaust system with sport catalytic converters, downpipes, mufflers, and quad tips helps to reduce backpressure and ensure that the turbochargers spool up quicker. After an ECU tune, the engine sends 1,200 horsepower at 8,100 RPM and 848 lb-ft. of torque at 5,800 RPM to each of the rear custom Porsche wheels. This blistering power output allows for the 9ff GTurbo 1200 to reach 62 mph in just 3.3 seconds, 124 mph in 7.1 seconds, and a top speed of 250 mph.
The power increase also necessitated that the chassis be upgraded. The transmission, driveshafts, and differential were all replaced with stronger units to handle 1,200 horsepower. The standard Porsche wheels were removed and new forged rims were installed with a center-locking mechanism similar to those used in race cars. In addition, new carbon ceramic brakes used in more powerful Porsche models were retrofitted to the 9ff GTurbo and a special Bilstein suspension was installed to allow for variable height, bound, and rebound settings. The finishing touch is a set of Continental Vmax tires fitted to the Porsche wheels that can handle the 200+ mph top speeds.
The cockpit of the new 9ff GTurbo 1200 features a more sport-oriented atmosphere. The two front seats were removed and replaced with special bucket seats that hold passengers in place better and are outfitted with alcantara. The dashboard, door panels, and center arm rest were each trimmed in a mix of leather and alcantara.
The new 9ff GTurbo upgrade conversion that includes the twin-turbocharged engine rebuild, new suspension, custom Porsche wheels, and unique interior design is currently available worldwide.