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Swimming Pools

One reason I wouldn’t want to have an outdoor swimming pool is all the attention and maintenance that is involved with the darned things. Right now my neighbor is pricing electric motors for his pool that he is considering closing it down early this year, most likely next weekend. All of the public swimming pools close right after Labor Day, while folks with ones in their yards have the luxury of holding out for as long as they want to, some as late as December! So it’s sad to know that there won’t be anymore pool parties or late afternoon or night time dips that they have so generously consented for us utilize and take advantage of. It’s such a nice change of pace to have nice neighbors, having bad neighbors can just suck you dry.

Soar with Better Television Viewing

Soar with Better Television Viewing

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As a parent, are you finding yourself trying to endlessly come up with ways to entertain your child or children?

If the answer to that question is yes, there are a number of options available to you, one of which is a better television viewing experience.

Face it; some parents just literally throw their children in front of the television, hoping that it somehow magically entertains their little ones for hours at a time. Unfortunately, the reality all too often is that kids will soon become disinterested in whatever the tube is showing them.

With that in mind, how can you provide a better television viewing experience for your little one or ones, keeping them happy and you sane?

Satellite Packages Deliver Results

As more Americans are discovering, satellite television is oftentimes the better option to select versus its cable alternatives.

According to a 2013 Nielsen report, more than 90 percent of households’ nationwide pay for their television needs. Given that fact, does it make sense to opt for a satellite provider and get more for what you pay for?

Satellite TV offers its viewers myriad of viewing options, including the latest in top hit shows, movies, sports, educational and history programming and much more.

As a parent, just throwing your children in front of the television to occupy their time should never be your top goal. The best result is when you get your children to watch television where they not only enjoy it, but also learn something in the process. Heck, better yet, sit down and watch it with them whenever possible.

With the right satellite provider coming into your living room, you and your children can enjoy a plethora of programming that is educational and family-friendly.

While many kids will find cartoons to their liking, there are also educational programming options via satellite television that can help them learn and grow right before your eyes.

You can find shows that educate kids on how to grow as individuals, how to get along with other children their age, and how to work together in a family unit.

Click on the Right Satellite Provider

In order to find the best satellite television provider for your family, do some research.

Ask family and friends which company they went with. Visit the websites of the different providers to see what programming they offer, pricing information, and get a feel for their customer service approach.

Parents can also turn to social media, viewing comments from other viewers on sites like Facebook and Twitter. If viewers are complaining or complimenting a specific satellite provider, that is good knowledge for you to have.

Being a parent in 2014 encompasses a number of responsibilities.

Finding the right home viewing entertainment for your children may not be your top responsibility, but it certainly does not hurt when you click on the right satellite provider.

Notes of progress

When my father was still alive, he was a professional musician. He spent many nights entertaining other people, performing at weddings, parties, bar mitzvahs, stage shows. He had come from a very long line of musicians, as far back as anyone could remember, music was their life’s work. He took great pride in the fact that he could play several instruments very well. Me, I could barely read sheet music and wasn’t very good at playing any instrument that my parents wanted me to learn. I’ve always felt that if the music teachers would teach the students how to play the popular music of the times, instead of the music from decades long past, more young people would be interested and motivated to learn to play an instrument. But who wants to learn how to play “Greensleeves” on the guitar when all of the “in” kids are performing beat box and the Harlem Shake?

Whenever I go to a convention or seminar of some kind where the producers felt the need to bring out some musical entertainment, I’m always interested to see the band members actually playing their instruments. Instead, one person sits at a keyboard that has a music recording software computer program loaded into it and they just pick out a previously recorded play-list. Sure, the music is good, but I’m just not as inspired to applaud in between songs. I wonder if my father would have embraced this technology, or if he would have hated it.


Recently I was watching a morning news program for a few minutes and they were talking about healthy food. The expert of the day was telling the audience that the 100 calorie snack packs were not good for you… I don’t remember what the reason was because I immediately started remembering how a couple of months ago on the same show there was a different food expert who was raving about the 100 calorie snack packs. I don’t know if they are good or bad, I’m no expert, but I don’t make a habit of buying a lot and eating a lot of them.

Love Those Free Promotional Products at Trade Shows

My daughter’s best friends mother, Cheryl, and I spent the day today at a trade show that her husband asked her to attend since he was pretty much on his own. He has opened his own mail and packaging store and is trying so very hard to make a success of it and is trying so very hard to drum up business. So this trade show was a big deal for him, but to be the only one manning the booth is extremely difficult, so I was more than happy to go with Cheryl to see if we could be of any help to him and he was very happy to see us walk up to his spot to take over so that he could make a run for the men’s room.

He had set up his booth right nicely. He had a good amount of promotional goodies to entice people to come into the booth, with all of the give-a-ways sporting his company name, address, phone number and web site, which is a great way to advertise these days. People love freebies and if you can find the right ones to use they can really make a difference in the long run in getting your name and number out. There are so many promotional products out there these days. I always look for decent promotional pens, since I am always in need of a good pen and you can never have too many of them on hand. I really liked the pens that he had today, they are good quality and feel good in your hand. Believe it or not the pen feeling good can make a big difference.

We had so much time on our hands while standing there most of the day that I really got to know him better and I learned so much about the mail and packaging business so not only was it fun but interesting and educational as well. I came back with a large bag full of promotional give-a-ways from all of the other booths that were set up there today as well. All and all it was a good day for all concerned but I’m pretty tuckered out for the evening.