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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fortifying your bones

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      Sunday, September 16, 2012

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          Sunday, September 2, 2012

          Fantastic deals at an affordable price

            It was turning out to be a rough month as I was not able to stretch the weekly check from one payday to the next. Looking over my shoulder and out the window, I see Jim pull into his drive in his Porsche and started to empty out the car of all the items he had purchased. The empty driveway soon filled up with numerous boxes of various boxes. As the last box was pulled out, Jim closed the car door, wiped the sweat off his forehead and hollered for the kids. The screen door slammed open and a young boy barreled out looking very unhappy, ran straight for the hollering man, knocked him down. Sitting on the mans chest, the kid glared down at his father and grumbled “What do you want pops? Did ya bring me the fantastic items shown on the site you visit almost everyday?” “Get off my chest you little brat and help me take the stuff inside before both of us freeze our butts off”. Replied the father whose face had turned beet red in a matter of seconds. The clear, bright winter sky soon turned cloudy as the black clouds started to boom with thunder and lightening started to flash. Sensing danger, the kid hurriedly got off his father chest and started to drag the boxes inside one by one. Getting tired of watching the weekly ritual, I finished my lunch, got off the table and put the dishes in the dishwasher. I had always wondered how Jim managed to live such a good life until he told me about the fantastic deals he got on reviews. switching the computer on, I logged into the net and started to check out the fantastic deals offered. Read more...

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                      Sunday, August 19, 2012

                      Sunset Superman

                        I looked in the mirror and realized that many years have passed and I felt more alone with each passing year. What was once whole now lies forgotten in the corner left to waste away till the end. A broken shell is all that remains behind yet the fires burn bright inside. I wheel myself to the window which faces the road. The curtains are drawn, yet the morning sun was already burning away the morning mist as it gently found its way into the room. 

                        Drawing the window curtains aside, I saw that the city life was in full swing as the yellow school bus was picking up kids. A city bus wound its way through the streets and finally to the intersection near my house. The people who were in a rush to reach office hurriedly boarded the bus. The streets quickly became empty as it rounded the corner and disappeared into the horizon. The few people who were seen on the sidewalks were rushing through the open spaces either trying to reach home after disembarking from the city bus or trying to clean out their driveway of the debris thrown by the wild winds before the sun reaches its peak and they turned into crispy taters.

                        It was one of the hottest summers which we had in the decade. Even from inside the cold room, one could feel the hot blistering winds whenever it used to barrel down towards the plains from the western desert as it find its way through the trees and shakes them till all the leaves on them had fallen down. The strong hot winds used to shake the house so hard that it felt like it might crumble any moment. Building a little courage, I managed to open up the window to see what’s happening outside. Looking out the open window, I saw a clear summer morning and a sun just peeking over the horizon. The dust and debris covered city casting magical brown light upon the land. The street and homes wore a deserted look even though it was very early in the morning.

                        It seemed like one of those never ending journeys. The road called life had been long and hard. Looking back over my shoulder, all I can see is a dusty winding road broken every so often by an oasis. The hard journey has taken its toll on me as I tried to carry the burden which seems too much for it. I felt like I was another one of those mules which people sometimes run across in some nameless town whose inner fire had died while navigating this parched land. I was waiting for the one last gasp of breath before toppling off to the other side.

                        A knock in the door brought me out of the thoughts I was in. Yellow light spilled into the room as John peeked in to tell me that the breakfast was ready and asked if I was coming down or not. I told him to head on downstairs and I’ll be there in a bit.

                        Looking out the window one last time before I left, I saw the town had become quite deserted. After what seemed like a lifetime, I finally made my way downstairs. The constant chatter of others at the table could not keep my mind from feeling a little uneasiness I was feeling.

                        I am an old man now and many countless years have flown by, yet the bygone age was so different from the one I lived now. Time and age which might have dulled my memory yet I remember some events like it was yesterday. Some events remain buried for what seems like many long years, yet flood the mind when something happens to release the memory. While I sit here in the bench under a maple tree of the old people’s home, I will write down my story of how certain events changed the course of my life.

                        It was a cold winter night many years back. The winter chill seemed to seep into my bones no matter how hard I tried to keep warm. I guess it had been snowing since early morning. It had started with a light flurry and by the night rolled around, it had turned into a medium strength blizzard. The icy cold winds from the north were already rocking the city and hardly anyone was venturing outside. The streets and the shops wore a deserted look and most of the shops were closed even though shops usually stayed open late every evening to cater to the after office rush.

                        I was pacing back and forth across the window waiting for the taxi to pick me up at six o’ clock pick up. The taxi finally arrived though very late, yet I was glad to see it arrive and didn’t bother to chew the driver out for making me wait in the freezing weather as it was my own choice to stand there in the first place. I checked my bags once more before I zipped them a final time and told the driver to put them in the trunk of the car. The remaining stuff was either in the taxis trunk or inside the moving truck. The storm damaged house was beyond repair and I had finally decided to sell it off to some house development company awhile back. Age had taken its toll and now I cannot even lift light bags without some effort.

                        It took some time to double check the house to make sure that everything was shut off, windows closed, utility companies informed and the post office to route the mail to our new house. Locking the door for the final time seemed the hardest thing to do yet it felt like an old chapter had been closed. It was tiring and stressful, yet I felt relieved leaving this old house and its surroundings had just too many memories. The moving truck finally left for the new destination and our car followed not very far behind.

                        Closing the door behind me, I walked briskly towards the waiting cab. Looking back, the warm yellow glow of the house beckoned me to come back yet I felt the urge to go and I turned around before I changed my mind. The constant chatter of the taxi driver kept my mind away from the sadness of leaving the house in which generation upon generations of my family had lived. The man who introduced himself as Tim talked just about everything under the sun and I really seemed to enjoy the monologue which consisted of how awful the teams were, the food joints, who bashed whom last night at the bar and how his wife always gave him an ear full for coming home late. Pretty soon, the suffocating cluttered feeling turned into a comfortable one and I must have dozed off and woke up much later at my new destination.

                        It’s the last house on the street and a huge park is located next to it. It is one of those old fashioned neighborhoods and the house is as old as the town itself. A cobblestone road runs next to the waterway which runs through the middle of the town and it winds its way in front of the house and finally off into the distance. The town always seemed to wear a deserted except for the drop outs from the high school that used to frequent the Pops Soda and Chips store. They always seemed to be in the midst of a pool game or a game of cards and at other times they used to race down the main street in their souped up cars every so often before quieting down once more. The trucks that used to stop at the gas and food joint broke the monotony of the town even though it was for a short while. The blaring horns and revving of the engines could be heard a mile away and people eagerly waited for them to stop at the town with food, gossip and the extra income it brought the town. Gossip was exchanged before they began their journey once more.

                        As always, I used to run up to the truck stops to see if there was any new job for me. The sweaty, tired drivers and their mechanical beasts always made me nervous yet I marveled at their beauty. The drivers seemed to know no fear and always stood their ground no matter how big and unruly the town crowd. I had moved to a strange new town and I really missed my family.  Each week I used to return back to my room head hung low, feet dragging and empty handed. Money was hard enough to earn and I really hated the missed opportunities. Despair grew in me with each passing week and I felt alone even in a crowded room.

                        It was a Wednesday when the sound of a long haul truck woke me up. Pretty soon the truck wound its way under my window. A few words were exchanged with the mechanics in the garage and Jack got off and headed off to the saloon. The truck was separated from the trailer and led off to the garage. It wasn’t the regular company truck which had a warehouse here and everyone wondered what drew him to this town where these guys were a rare find. I was eager to know more as anything new would help in driving away the maddening dullness of this town. As soon as I entered the saloon, the smell of the food made my mouth water and the stomach grumbled demanding its share. A smoked filled dimly lit room greeted me and I could hardly see the crowd inside.

                        After looking around a bit, I spotted Jim in one corner waiting for his food and drinks. His hat was lying on the table in front of him as he wiped the sweat of his forehead. The deep tan and wrinkled skin on a large built man seemed to tell its own tale it seemed. He seemed to be in deep thought and I hesitated to speak as I neared him. Gathering my wits, I said “Good to see ya here my friend. So, how goes things in your end of the woods?””Alls well as can be” He said. Looking past him, I saw that he had come alone. All I could see was a dense forest cover across the street and the street was empty except for him and his truck. After a moment of silence, I asked “What brings you to these parts my friend?” I asked as an afterthought. I told him that I was pleasantly surprised to see him as I had not seen anyone of my friends for many long years I ordered my drink, plate full of the daily special and started my hunt for a seat near Jim to plant my weary body on. 

                        I had known Jim since childhood, yet he was always the type that kept to himself and mingled only when he wanted to. Today was one of those days which reminded me of my childhood days when the fireside talks and camping trips used to last from dawn to dusk. Time flew by as the food was finished, drinks ordered and drained to the last drops and the food joint emptied out till there was no soul in sight yet it seemed like we had not caught up on our lost lives. 

                        I had come here to forget my past and I had never expected anyone I knew to wander down this long forgotten road which had drawn me like a street light draws a moth many long years back. Time had moved on as I lost myself in one nameless town after another until I finally found some peace here from my troubled past. It seemed like everyone had forgotten about me as I grew up and went my own way, made new friends along the way. Coffee was offered and gladly taken as we exchanged stories of our travels around the country once more. Curiosity got the better of me and I had to ask how I was located even though I tried my best not to leave any trace behind. I was told how I was asked about in every bar, highway stops and any other places that served travelers. He met a dead end at every place until a few people mentioned that they had seen me around these parts. Like a blood hound, he finally tracked me down to this place and it unlocked those memories that I thought I would never experience again.

                        The old clock hanging on the wall down in the hallway boomed as the hand struck ten. It startled me out of the deep thought I was in and I only realized this by the fact that the juke box had stopped playing the same old songs I had heard for the last many years and the lights were shut off except for the place where we were sitting. Looking out the window, I saw that there it was partly cloudy sky; a full moon seemed to look down at the land as if looking for something. The star lit night made me wonder what my future holds.

                        “You still awake?” I asked. Shaking his head he replied in the positive. I walked around the place to stretch my legs and find my way back home before I fell asleep here. Looking out the door, I saw that the street lights showed empty streets and the town seemed deserted except for the few drunks who weaved through the roads and the stray dogs that were busy chasing a few cars that passed through the town main intersection. The sounds of long haul trucks were heard humming by one the interstate highway and the sound of a blaring truck horn as it went flying past like a tornado woke me out of the half sleep daze I was in. The moon was rising higher and higher and sleep was overtaking me. Looking over my shoulder and saying that I’ll him in the morning, I somehow managed to make it to my house and I fell asleep as soon as I hit the sack.

                        It had been a long night and it felt good to be awake. Looking out, I see that it is going to be another cloudy day. As I got out of the bed I ran my hand across my face and thought of getting a shave and a bath before heading down to a hearty breakfast for both of us. I needed some food to fill my empty stomach but that will have to wait a bit. As the day progressed further, I noticed that the sky cleared up a bit. In this lonely stretch of land, in some areas nothing could be seen for miles upon miles except for an endless stretch of trees. The town activity was in full swing and I could hear the sounds of people in the street as they went about their daily activities. The sun still seemed to glare at the land through the clouds and at other times through the tops of houses as it made its journey through the sky.

                        It was hard to imagine that it had only been one week. I only realized it when Jim’s truck rolled out of the garage after a complete overhaul and a paint job. The beast looked mighty fine and it hummed like a brand new truck. After fixing up the trailer Jim finally asked me on a lazy afternoon if I could lend a hand in his trucking business instead of doing odd jobs in the small nameless town. After spending a little more time in the town, Jim told me that he had to go since he had realized during the stay at my place that he had to wrap up some pending business. I asked him several time what he meant, yet he kept mum.

                        One fine day, he took his leave and I was saddened by his departure. Before he left, he give me a set of keys and told me to open the garage if I am willing to take up his offer. Life slowly yet surely resumed it normal course as I went to my regular routine to see what bounty the day would bring in and heading down to the town to spend my earnings to buy provisions. Life seemed a little emptier, yet it was expected and I got used to the solitary life once more.

                        Time rolled on as months upon months flew by. Summer turned into autumn and the seasons repeated themselves till I lost track of time. I had all but forgotten about Jims visit and the keys he had given until one lazy spring afternoon when I was cleaning out the attic. As I emptied the cardboard box out onto the floor, I saw a sight which not only startled me but took my breath away. After a few moments, my hands reached out and picked up the key chain which contained half a dozen keys.

                        Running down the stairs and almost breaking my legs a few times, I finally reached the abandoned garage located next to the old house. It took a few tries to find the right key to open the lock and it took some effort to open the rusty lock. The door creaked open as a startled bird flew out making me gasp out loud and fall backwards. Looking inside, I saw cobwebs everywhere and a thick layer of dust covering everything. I started to cough as a thin layer of dust started to float as I started to walk across the floor. In the distance I saw a dust covered truck coupled to a trailer. Walking across the garage, I saw tools neatly stacked on the tool shelves, the spare parts stacked on the shelf next to it and the floor bare. Everything was covered with a thick layer of dust. The garage was dimly lit except for a few pools of sunlight that seemed to flicker every so often. I eventually found my way to the truck. Wiping the dust off the windshield so that I could peek inside, I saw a folded sheet of paper stuck under the wiper. Opening the paper, I saw that it was a note from Jim addressed to me.

                        “Dear Tom,


                                  If you ever read this note, then it means that you have changed your mind and decided to chart out a new destiny for yourself. It must have been a hard decision as it takes awhile for a person at times to make course correction in their life when they are set in their ways. I am glad that you have decided to start a new life and accept the responsibilities that it offers. New adventures await you at every turn and new sights to see at every bend. I really don’t know where I’ll be or even if I’ll be around when you finally decide to head out to reclaim you destiny. Yet, I’ll be back to meet you one last time when the time is right.

                        I had found this abandoned truck and the trailer it in a rundown condition in company warehouse. I got thinking that I’ll never need it and yet at the same time not wanting the company to sell it off either. It took many long years to get it in a brand new condition. I’ve fixed it up for you and here the keys are hanging in the ignition. The coffee pot should still be in the corner, though it might be a tad dusty by now. So go ahead and grab some coffee before hitting the road.

                        With best regards,


                        I sat there a little stunned and it took me a few moments to come back to my senses. I looked around wondering if Jim was still here and all I saw was an empty room. The emptiness weighed down on me and it made me realize how much I missed the guy. I had no idea where I’ll find him or where to look for him. It took me a moment to find a bucket, a sponge, a water tap, some soap, water pipe and a towel. It took awhile to clear the line of the rusty brackish water. Finally the truck was clean and shining like new.

                        Time had stood still in this place and I only realized that it had flown by the fact that it was totally dark outside the only window and cold was creeping back into the room. Somewhere out in the town, a watchman blew his whistle and the town clock down in the city hall boomed and the hand had struck twelve. It startled me out of the deep thought I was in. The tobacco in my own pipe had burned to ashes and I got up to leave as it was late.

                        As I walked off, I turned around a final time to look back and wondered what other mysteries this place held. My mind was in turmoil as it seemed to be stuck in a loop. The note made me think of the bygone era of what I had lost and what I had found. The journey back to my home seemed longer than the start. The empty dark streets devoid of all life sent shivers down my spine.  My house was dark and only the hallway light was on. I let myself in and went straight to the kitchen to see if there were any leftover. A bowl of rice and some beans was all that I could find and I finished both off in no time. Dishes were cleaned and put away. The sun would be up soon and it was time to hit the bed. I found my way to a room upstairs and took a long shower to wash off all the dust off me. The weariness fell off me and I felt refreshed. I sat awhile by the window and smoked the remaining part of my cigar. The sounds of long haul trucks were heard somewhere in the distance. Sleep was overtaking me and I fell asleep as soon as I hit the sack.

                        It had been a long night filled with dreams of trucks and strange new towns and it felt good to be awake. Looking out, I see that it is going to be a cloudy day. As I got out of the bed I ran my hand across my face and thought of getting a shave and a bath before heading down to a hearty breakfast before planning out the rest of the day. I needed some food to fill my empty stomach but that will have to wait a bit till I got ready. As the day progressed further, I noticed that the sky cleared up a bit. In this lonely stretch of land, in some areas nothing could be seen for miles upon miles except for an endless stretch of trees. The town activity was in full swing and I could hear the sounds of people in the street as they went about their daily activities. The sun still seemed to glare at the land through the clouds and at other times through the tops of houses as it made its journey through the sky. As the day progressed, I realized that deep inside I really wanted to be behind the steering wheel of a semi once more. My body was tired yet my mind wanted to go on the road and reclaim my past.

                        Time flew by and days turned into weeks as my rig ate miles upon miles of road. Yet, I never found Jim in any of my travels. It seemed like he had disappeared from the face of the earth. One day, the dispatcher called to tell me that it was rumored that Jim who was always fascinated by foreign lands had joined the shipping trade as it was more lucrative and no one ever saw him again. The heart grew heavy, yet I knew that I had let go of the past and move on with my life. Promising never to forget the helping hand he had offered, I started up the rig and headed around the bend.

                        After travelling what seemed many long hours, my weary legs seemed to give out yet I drove on as the distant town lights grew brighter with each passing mile. The wind ruffled my hair and I pressed the horn to let out a long blaring sound as I passed by dozens of cars. The early morning sun sped its way through the horizon as I followed its path through one town after another. Looking over to the side, I saw long haul trucks humming along the highway and blaring their horns as they passed me by. Time flew by as day turned into night and once more in day.

                        The jingle of an ice cream truck me woke me out of the daze I was in. The house, truck and everything else is all gone yet the nonstop writing had filled up the notepad. I learned a lot in my journey through the wilderness and the towns. It made me strong on the inside while helping me make quick decisions on the move.  The emptiness never got filled even with the passage of time though at times I felt like there was no one else to walk besides me and the one who lent his support was gone. Those days will never come back and the only things which I can hold on to are the memories which had kept me going till now.

                        Looking upwards, I saw that it was late afternoon already and the activity in the park just down the street was in full swing. Alot of kids always used to come to the park to play baseball, football or any other sports activity which caught their fancy. Sometimes families used to come to the park for a picnic. You could always tell when a picnic was going on because the delicious food smells used to come our way at times. Usually I used to go up to the park and join a game in progress if they were willing to let an old man like me in or if they were short of a few guys. If I was feeling too lazy, I used to just sit on the sidelines and watch. Sometimes, if a few of my buddies from the old age house were there, I enjoyed my trip to the park even more. My buddies and I either used to just sit under the shade of the huge Maple tree, munch on snacks and just talk, play our own game or join a game in progress.

                        Looking down the street, I saw the city life was in full swing. A city bus slowly wound its way through the streets once more and turned left at the intersection to head off to the town’s main center. People were in a rush to reach their destination and they either hurriedly chased the bus like mad dogs or waited for the next one. I really didn’t know how long I was lost in thought, yet a feeling of dread started to bother me. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t pin point the reason why nor shake this feeling off. There was something out there and I could feel it in my bones. Not eaten anything since the early lunch, I wanted to stop off at the deli located just down the street before going back to my room. As I got off the bench and into the black top road, I saw a sight which startled me to the extent that I gasped out loud. It seemed like a ghost from my past had returned to haunt me once more. Jim was driving his truck leisurely towards me. As the truck pulled up, I heard it purring and humming just like a brand new machine. “I’ve been waiting just around the bend for you and would you like to go for another ride.” was all he said as he handed me some coffee from the thermos and a sandwich he had in the cabin. It seemed like he hadn’t aged a single day since the last time we parted many decades ago.

                        I knew what he wanted and I got up effortlessly without a word. Getting into the cab, we went silent for awhile. My breath quickened and heart started to beat faster as I realized that deep inside I really wanted to go once more on a journey that never ends. The truck ate up the miles as quickly as the swift winds above as we tried to make up lost time. The radio blared out same old songs as the radio jockey moaned and groaned about the same old stuff as the night before. Looking over to the side, I saw long haul trucks humming along the highway and blaring their horns as they passed us by. Time flew by as day turned into night and once more in day. The road was my new home and I felt alive as I searched for new adventures every day.

                        Time flew by as the afternoon turned into evening and finally into night. John went through all the room to make sure all were asleep in their rooms. All were asleep except for one room which was empty. Yet, no matter how hard he tried he could not find Tom anywhere and no one remembered where he had gone off to. Giving up his search, he turned off the room light, closed the door and went to his room hoping that Tom will be back by morning. A siren was heard way down yonder and he guessed someone needed help.

                        A new day dawned as the sun slowly made its way across the sky. The city life was in full swing as the yellow school bus was picking up kids and people were in a rush to reach office. Numerous city buses wound their way through the city roads. The few people seen on the sidewalks were rushing through the open spaces either trying to reach home after disembarking from one of the city buses or trying to find out where the paper boy had thrown the newspaper.  On a park bench in front of the old people home, a crowd had gathered in front of a bench where an old man who was sprawled like he was fast asleep. A lone policeman making his rounds notices the large gathering and makes way through the crowd to see what the matter was. Something looks odd about the posture, yet he tries to wake up the sleeping man up so that the he can shoo him away. An old weather beaten diary falls out of the old man hand as he rolls off the bench and onto the grass. The paramedics soon arrive and declare that this old man died many hours back, possibly in the late afternoon. As the paramedics wheel away the body into the ambulance, the detective who handled these cases flipped through the diary as he walked up to the retirement home for old folks to see if they could either identify the body, offer a few clues or maybe shed some light on who Tom was.


                          Friday, August 17, 2012

                          Vegetable Pakora by Manjula, Indian Vegetarian Cooking


                              Monday, June 4, 2012

                              The solar eclipse

                                Looking out the window, I see the sun that never set glaring at the land below and the towns activity is in full swing. No matter where I looked, all I could see were empty streets and the town seemed deserted except for the few drunks sprawled under lamp posts and the stray dogs that were busy chasing a few cars that passed through the town main intersection. Taking a deep breath, I started to close the heavy curtains to shut out the burning light and wisps of smoke started to rise from my skin. I started to curse out loud and thought about doing something about that cursed yellow object. Wandering down the dimly lit hallway, I made my way to the far end where the lab was located. Tripping over a pile of coiled wire, I fell face down onto the hallway. Getting up, I felt pain shoot thru my head and grabbed my nose only to realize that I had bloodied my nose. A loud explosion was heard and smoke started to pour out of the room. A bean stalk thin man wearing divers goggles and hair standing on ends stepped out, flipped me out and yelled “Why oh why did you have to short circuit my equipment? Now go away before you mess up something else.” Feeling a little sorry and guilty at the same time, I looked around mournfully wondering why I had even come wandering down this hallway when professor Smith was busy with finding a solution on how to reduce the strength of the sun so that the creatures of the night can safely walk out. So far, he was only able to get half the equipment to work and the other half simply refused to light up like a Christmas tree. The service tech guys came, did some fiddling with the dials, gave a bill with a smirk and told us that they’ll come back once more. This process was repeated three times yet no solution and they were more than happy to tell us that they’ll be coming back tomorrow once more as another bill was handed to the professor. My eyes wandered down the hallway where the wires finally ended and the bank of wall sockets started. All plugs were plugged into the sockets except one and one was partially pulled out. I guess it was due to me. With what seemed like the weight of the world on my shoulder, I wanted to find a solution to the problem I had caused. Walking up to the wall, I pushed the loose plug back in and inserted the plug lying on the floor into the socket. I heard instruments hiss, crackle and pop. I felt the house shake as the huge dish on the roof started to move and align itself towards the sun. A loud excited voice was heard wanting me to come quick and lend a hand. Stepping into a dark room, all I saw was bright lights flashing, dials and needles flashing all types of numbers. Opening the blinds just a wee bit, I saw the sun go dark. As I move from the window to the hallway, I felt the darkness solidify around me and intrude into my mind once more as if sensing the deep, dark thoughts I was floating in. The images which I thought long gone returned with a vengeance as the blood rushed thru my veins and the intense hunger seemed to grow once more. Something seemed to growl, snap and nip at my heels as if it wanted to go on the hunt once more, yet quickly receded as if it was done toying with me for the moment. As I stretch out my hand, the mist solidified and rested its head in my extended palm. As I started to rub it, it started to purr and I saw its diamond like eyes glint with malicious glee as it read my mind. Read more...

                                  Tuesday, May 8, 2012

                                  Barreling down the lanes of memory

                                    Kae’s challenge: What do you love the most about where you live? This week's challenge is to tell us about where you live by setting the beginning of a story there. You must have at least two characters, and you must make your street, or community, or town come alive for us. The sudden back and forth swaying startled me away from some nameless dream I was caught in. Pulling open the heavy curtains, I tilt my hat back and wiping the day old sweat off my brow, I looked down into the valley and see a dust cloud swirling crazily and throwing debris all over. The sun was just peeking over the horizon and the passing landscape outside the train window was covered in a fine mist and the sun bathed it in an orange light which slowly turned into yellow. Feeling a little bored, I stood up and started to wander down the aisle to break the monotony. I eventually found myself in the kitchen box where the cook and his assistant were doing the dishes and getting ready for a new day. I found my way to the small cubicle which they called the restroom and took a moment which seemed like an eternity to wash off all the dust, grime and sweat off me. The weariness fell off me and I felt refreshed. Even at this age, my ever constant and faithful companion has stayed by my side. As I move from the sleeper section window to the hallway, I see Vanitas reflection on the mirror and the image holds me in a hypnotic trance for a moment. The ‘old woman’ as I fondly call her looks up by chance and sees me staring at her. The comb stops midway on her scalp and she lets out a sharp laughter and wonders out loud what’s on my silly mind. Taking a deep breath, I turn back around and walk back down the passage where I had come from. A loud curse and then a cough from one of the kitchen guys who was taking orders for breakfast brought me out of the thoughts I was in. and asked if we were coming down or not. I told him to head on over and we’ll be there in a bit. After what seemed like a lifetime, we finally made our way to the dining room to have our fill before getting off the train and see if I could locate the town which I grew up in and loved the most without failing this time. The constant chatter of others at the table could not keep my mind from feeling a little uneasiness I was feeling. Heading down the aisle to drive away the boredom, I noticed that it was late in the afternoon and the train was dead empty. The train came to a full halt and looking out the window I saw a few porters were seen idling away their time in the far end of the platform playing a card game and stray dogs chased the rest till all disappeared around the bend. Looking upwards as we stepped out of my compartment, I noticed that the sky was starting to cloud up and a torrential downpour might happen anytime. The winds from the north were already rocking the city and hardly anyone was venturing outside. Looking intently into my cellphone, I hunted up the radio taxi number and asked for one to pick us up right away. The old woman gave me an inquiring look and I replied “Hold your horses woman. The taxi man is coming over for us. Be still for a few minutes will you.” Vanita glared at me like I was some foul man whom she indented to do serious harm. I started to pace back and forth across the platform waiting for the taxi to pick us up. A taxi finally arrived and I checked our bags once more before I zipped them a final time and told the driver to put them in the trunk of the car. Time moved slowly as I saw one familiar landmark after another and I suddenly realized that I had reached my old home which we had sold long back. At one time, what seemed like another life I lived in a city called Solon. It used to be a really fantastic city where everything moved at a snails pace. Hardly anything happened there. No major crime and the population seemed just right. Over the past decade or so, time has flown by yet I still remember my old city like it was just yesterday. Our last house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the city and it overlooked a park which was located just a little distance from our house. We lived in a quiet neighborhood. Not much ever happened there. Spring and summer months were real nice since we had a huge park located near by and alot of kids used to come to the park to play baseball, football or any other sports activity which caught their fancy. Sometimes families used to come to the park for a picnic. One could always tell when a picnic was going on because the delicious food smells used to come our way at times. Usually I used to go up to the park and join a game in progress if they were willing to let me in or if they were short of a few guys. If I was feeling too lazy, I used to just sit on the sidelines and watch. Sometimes, if a few of my buddies were there, I enjoyed my trip to the park more. My buddies and I either used to just sit under the shade of the Maple tree... munch on snacks and just talk, play our own game or join a game in progress. We lived in this house for many years until we finally sold it one day. Time moved on....we grew up and went our own ways, made new friends along the way and changed alot of house and cities with the passage of time. But this park still holds a special place for me. The house had a splendid view of the park and I am sure that the new owners must be enjoying it as much as I did when I was younger. Sometimes when I look back, the park always pops up in my mind and brings back some fond memories and I am reminded of how much carefree fun I had when I was younger. It was as if Vanita had read my mind when she turned to face me and said “One should enjoy each moment every day, because you will never have another chance to change it. Dark stormy clouds will always come into your life, but try not to be weighed down by it. The brighter moments in your life will always dispel these dark moments.” I replied a bit sadly “At times when I am walking or driving past a park and some activity is happening in the park, it takes me back in time to the bygone era. These days will never come back yet I am a firm believer that one should enjoy each moment every day, since you will never have another chance to change it. Time has flown by and the park is gone, yet it still is as prominent to me as it was to me when I was a child.” Taking a final look, we made our way through the town and finally decided to head back home. Read more...

                                      What are surgical instruments

                                        A surgicalinstruments are a specially designed tools or devices for performing specific actions of carrying out desired effects during a or operation or to provide access for viewing it. Over time, many different kinds of surgicalinstruments and tools have been invented. Some surgical instruments are designed for general use in surgery, while others are designed for a specific procedure or surgery. Accordingly, the nomenclature of surgicalinstruments follows certain patterns, such as a description of the action it performs or a compound scientific name related to the kind of surgery. One of the most common use of a surgical instruments is an ultrasonic cleaner which is a cleaning device that uses ultrasound and an appropriate cleaning solvent (sometimes ordinary tap water) to clean delicate items. The ultrasound can be used with only water but use of a solvent appropriate for the item to be cleaned and the soiling enhances the effect. This cleaning method normally lasts between three and six minutes Many different types of objects, including lenses, jewelry and other optical parts, watches, dental, surgical instruments industrial parts and electronic equipment are cleaned by this method. These types of surgical instruments comes with the technology equipped to clean at a high frequency sound waves (ultrasonic: above the range of human hearing) to agitate an aqueous or organic medium (cleaning chemistry) that in turn acts on contaminants adhering to substrates like metals, plastics, glass, rubber and ceramics. Contaminants can be dust, dirt, oil, pigments, grease, polishing compounds, flux agents, fingerprints, soot wax and mold release agents, biological soil like blood, and so on. Numerous gas bubbles are formed and expand in the liquid during the expansion phase. This is a low-pressure phase that in essence "cold boils" the water. The water vapor in the bubble condenses rapidly creating a vacuum-filled 'cavity'. In the compression phase, the great amount of pressure exerted on the newly expanded bubble leads to a sudden implosion of the bubble. The liquid molecules collide releasing a vast amount of impact energy that rapidly increases the local temperature producing a high-energy liquid stream that collides with the surface of the object being cleaned. This collision agitates contaminants adhering to the surface, effectively and efficiently dislodging them at micron levels. Read more...

                                          Thursday, May 3, 2012

                                          Purchasing karl storz equipment at affordable price to save lives

                                            The body is a complex system. If someone falls ill, there are two ways to inquire about the illness which is plaguing the person. The two methods are invasive and non invasive. Invasive method does not always give the complete picture, yet the non invasive method gives a more complete idea on what is wrong with the patient without the hassles of surgery. Such a method requires expensive medical equipment which might be out of reach of many. What shall the affected party do? Well, they can always look into medical tools like: used mri equipment, used cath lab or a used c-arm. CT scanner which helps to visualize detailed internal structures. This type of machine uses radiation for either a full or a partial scan. This causes the nuclei to produce a rotating image detectable by the scanner-and this information is recorded to construct an image of the scanned area of the body. Low dose radiation field gradients cause nuclei at different locations to rotate at different speeds. 3-D spatial information can be obtained by providing gradients in each direction. used cath lab is an examination room in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the catheterization procedure. A karl storz catheter is inserted into a large artery, and various wires and devices can be inserted through the body via the catheter which is inside the artery. The artery most used is the femoral artery. However, the femoral artery is associated with local complication in up to 3% of patients and hence, more interventional physicians are moving towards the radial (wrist) artery, as an alternative site. Disadvantages of the radial artery include small vessel caliber and a different "learning curve" for physicians used to the femoral (groin) access. Most catheterization laboratories are "single plane" facilities, those that have a single X-ray generator source and an image intensifier. Older cath labs used cine film to record the information obtained, but since 2000, most new facilities are digital. The latest digital cath labs are biplane (have two X-ray sources) and digital, flat panel labs. Biplane laboratories achieve two separate planes of view with the same injection and thus save time and limit contrast dye, limiting kidney damage in susceptible patients. A karl storz gamma camera, also called a scintillation camera or Anger camera, is a device used to image gamma radiation emitting radioisotopes, a technique known as scintigraphy. The applications of scintigraphy include early drug development, nuclear medical imaging and to view and analyze images of the human body or the distribution of medically injected, inhaled, or ingested radionuclide emitting gamma rays. A gamma camera consists of one or more flat crystal planes (or detectors) optically coupled to an array of photomultiplier tubes, the assembly is known as a "head", mounted on a gantry. The gantry is connected to a computer system that both controls the operation of the camera as well as acquisition and storage of acquired images. The best current camera system designs are by karl storz which can differentiate two separate point sources of gamma photons located a minimum of 1.8 cm apart, at 5 cm away from the camera face. Spatial resolution decreases rapidly at increasing distances from the camera face. This limits the spatial accuracy of the computer image: it is a fuzzy image made up of many dots of detected but not precisely located scintillation. This is a major limitation for heart muscle imaging systems; the thickest normal heart muscle in the left ventricle is about 1.2 cm and most of the left ventricle muscle is about 0.8 cm, always moving and much of it beyond 5 cm from the collimator face. To help compensate, better imaging systems limit scintillation counting to a portion of the heart contraction cycle, called gating, however this further limits system sensitivity.


                                              Monday, April 16, 2012

                                              Struggle within

                                                Clock ticks backwards
                                                Memories flood the mind
                                                Emotions colors the world
                                                A raging river called life

                                                Blistering winds rage inside
                                                Haunting demons weigh me down
                                                Bitter memories from which I hide
                                                Pool of hate in which I drown

                                                Bitter moments linger
                                                No escape from haunting past
                                                Heavy burden weighs me down
                                                Genie in the drawer preaches hate

                                                  Friday, April 13, 2012

                                                  The phone call

                                                    Black clouds rolled from one end of the sky to the other. Thunder rolled across the sky and a raging storm was brewing yet it was less than the one in my mind. Ever so gently, I put the phone down back in its cradle and looked up the stairs. Mary Jane was still whispering sweet nothings to someone called Jim. A drop of rage started to boil the sea as bitter moments pulsate through veins. The clock starts to tick backward. Resentment hardens the soul. Anger colors my world. Slipping the ring off my finger and placing it on the counter top, I yank the drawer open. Looking over my shoulder, I see Mary Jane walking down the stairs. Reaching into the deep drawer, I start to get up. Read more...

                                                      Wednesday, April 11, 2012

                                                      The allergy attack - Kyrielle format

                                                        Write a form of rhyming poetry known as the kyrielle format. A kyrielle is written in quatrains (a stanza consisting of 4 lines). Each quatrain must have a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the poem consists of only eight syllables - see example link below. There is no limit to the amount of stanzas. 

                                                         The allergy attack Pollen greets me as I step out 
                                                        Sneezing my brains out tears in eye 
                                                        Tormenting beasts chases me 
                                                        Who left the figging door open 

                                                         Huffing puffing I run inside 
                                                        Allergies make life living hell 
                                                        Nature conspiring against me 
                                                        Who left the figging door open 

                                                         Eyes swollen red nose stuffed and clogged 
                                                        Tissues depleted what the f*ck 
                                                        Someone is going to pay for this 
                                                        Who left the figging door open 

                                                         Now sneezing boogers all over 
                                                        Making mess is what I do best
                                                         Looking like beast from bowels of hell 
                                                        Who left the figging door open

                                                          Sunday, April 8, 2012

                                                          Throwing knives paradise

                                                            A sword is a bladed weapon of more than 50cm (20in) in overall length used primarily for cutting or thrusting. All have a blade and a handle, known as the hilt. Blades may be straight, curved, single-edged, double-edged or just pointed. Hilts vary considerably in style and length, and may include protective guards for the hand. Detailed design depends on the historical epoch or the geographical region under consideration. The use of a sword is known as swordsmanship or fencing. Basic principles have remained fairly constant through the centuries, but the actual techniques vary among cultures and periods as a result of the differences in blade design and purpose. The sword is said to be the emblem of military honor and should incite the bearer to a just and generous pursuit of honor and virtue. It is symbolic of liberty and strength. In the Middle Ages, the sword was often used as a symbol of the word of God.

                                                            One type of swords are samurai sword. In the strictest sense the term katana in Japanese is applied to any kind of single-edged sword, of any origin, and does not necessarily refer to a Japanese sword. "Katana" was originally used as a general term for a single-edged sword having a "Sori" or curvature of the blade. While the "Sugata" or form can take many shapes, including double edged that are 2 shaku (606 mm / 24 in) and longer. The katana evolved as a more sleek and compact alternative to the Tachi. The popularity of this type of samurai swords growth in popularity is believed to have been due to the changing nature of close-combat warfare. The quicker draw of the sword was well suited to combat where victory depended heavily on fast response times. The katana further facilitated this by being worn thrust through a belt-like sash (obi) with the bladed edge facing upwards. Ideally, samurai could draw the sword and strike down the enemy in a single motion. Previously, the curved Tachi had been worn with the edge of the blade facing down and suspended from a belt.

                                                            There are many sword collectors out there who are actively seeking a sword for sale which they can add to their collection. There are many online shops which cater to this crowd and offer excellent quality products. So go ahead and start your search for the perfect sword collection and it might lead to an online site which explains all types of uses it can be put to in an easy to understand manner.

                                                            A knife (plural knives) is a cutting tool with an exposed cutting edge hand-held or otherwise, with or without a handle. Many cultures have their unique version of the knife. Due to its role as humankind's first tool, certain cultures have attached spiritual and religious significance to the knife. Most modern-day knives follow either a fixed-blade or a folding construction style, with blade patterns and styles as varied as their makers and countries of origin. One example of this is throwing knife which is designed and weighted for throwing. Throwing knives are used by many cultures around the world, and as such different tactics for throwing them have been developed, as have different shapes and forms of throwing knife. A wielder must be well versed in the various properties of his or her specific knives, such as their center of gravity and the spin of the weapon as it flies. Some Throwing knives wielders are highly trained in many types of knives, and may be able to throw any sharp pointed objects. Read more...

                                                              Saturday, March 31, 2012


                                                                Haiku Poem (5-7-5)

                                                                Footsteps echo loud

                                                                Memories flooding the mind

                                                                Anticipation

                                                                  Tuesday, March 27, 2012

                                                                  Fleeting memories

                                                                    Haiku Poem (5-7-5)

                                                                    Barren rooms greets eye
                                                                    Echoing halls memories
                                                                    Home once now house

                                                                      Thursday, March 22, 2012

                                                                      Enhance your visibility with led interior lights

                                                                        A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor light source. The led interior lights are used as indicator lamps in many devices and are increasingly used for other lighting. Introduced as a practical electronic component in 1962, early LEDs emitted low-intensity red light, but modern versions are available across the visible, ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, with very high brightness.

                                                                        When a light-emitting diode is switched on, electrons are able to recombine with electron holes within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence and the color of the light (corresponding to the energy of the photon) is determined by the energy gap of the semiconductor. LEDs are often small in area (less than 1 mm2), and integrated optical components may be used to shape its radiation pattern.

                                                                        Light-emitting diodes are used in applications as diverse as aviation lighting, automotive lighting, advertising, general lighting, traffic lights, led interior lights, led car lights and car interior lights. LEDs have allowed new text, video displays, and sensors to be developed, while their high switching rates are also useful in advanced communications technology. Infrared LEDs are also used in the remote control units of many commercial products including televisions, DVD players, and other domestic appliances.

                                                                        Miniature single-die LEDs used as indicators, and they come in various sizes from 2 mm to 8 mm through-hole or surface mount packages. They usually do not use a separate heat sink. Typical current ratings ranges from around 1 mA to above 20 mA. The small size sets a natural upper boundary on power consumption due to heat caused by the high current density and need for a heat sink.

                                                                        Common package shapes include round, with a domed or flat top, rectangular with a flat top (as used in bar-graph displays), and triangular or square with a flat top. The encapsulation may also be clear or tinted to improve contrast and viewing angle.
                                                                        Medium-power LEDs are often through-hole-mounted and used when an output of a few lumen is needed. They sometimes have the diode mounted to four leads (two cathode leads, two anode leads) for better heat conduction and carry an integrated lens. An example of this is the Superflux package, from Philips Lumileds. These LEDs are most commonly used in light panels, emergency lighting, and automotive tail-lights. Due to the larger amount of metal in the LED, they are able to handle higher currents (around 100 mA). The higher current allows for the higher light output required for tail-lights and emergency lighting.

                                                                        High-power LEDs (HPLED) can be driven at currents from hundreds of mA to more than an ampere, compared with the tens of mA for other LEDs. Some can emit over a thousand lumens. Since overheating is destructive, the HPLEDs must be mounted on a heat sink to allow for heat dissipation. If the heat from a HPLED is not removed, the device will fail in seconds. One HPLED can often replace an incandescent bulb in a flashlight or be set in an array to form a powerful LED Lamp. Read more...

                                                                          Optimizing the services of Voip Service Providers

                                                                            Voip Service Providers refers to the communication protocols, technologies, methodologies, and transmission techniques involved in the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over internet protocol (IP) networks, such as the internet. Other terms commonly associated with VoIP are IP telephony, Internet telephony, voice over broadband (VoBB), broadband telephony, and broadband phone. Internet telephony refers to communications services —voice, fax, SMS and/or voice-messaging applications— that are transported via the Internet, rather than the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

                                                                            The steps involved in originating a VoIP telephone call are signaling and media channel setup, digitization of the analog voice signal, encoding, packetization, and transmission as internet protocol (IP) packets over a packet switched network. On the receiving side, similar steps (usually in the reverse order) such as reception of the IP packets, decoding of the packets and digital-to-analog conversion reproduce the original voice stream. Even though IP Telephony and VoIP are terms that are used interchangeably, they are actually different; IP telephony has to do with digital telephony systems that use IP protocols for voice communication, while VoIP is actually a subset of IP Telephony. VoIP is a technology used by IP telephony as a means of transporting phone calls.

                                                                            It is becoming increasingly common for telecommunications providers to use VoIP telephony over dedicated and public IP networks to connect switching centres and to interconnect with other telephony network providers; this is often referred to as "IP Backhaul”. Because of the bandwidth efficiency and low costs that VoIP technology can provide, businesses are migrating from traditional copper-wire telephone systems to VoIP systems to reduce their monthly phone costs. In 2008, 80% of all new PBX lines installed internationally were VoIP. VoIP Phone Service solutions aimed at businesses have evolved into "unified communications" services that treat all communications—phone calls, faxes, voice mail, e-mail, Web conferences and more—as discrete units that can all be delivered via any means and to any handset, including cellphones. Two kinds of competitors are competing in this space: one set is focused on VoIP for medium to large enterprises, while another is targeting the small-to-medium business (SMB) market.

                                                                            VoIP allows both voice and data communications to be run over a single network, which can significantly reduce infrastructure costs. The prices of extensions on VoIP are lower than for PBX and key systems. VoIP switches may run on commodity hardware, such as PCs or Linux systems. Rather than closed architectures, these devices rely on standard interfaces. The voip providers provide devices have simple, intuitive user interfaces, so users can often make simple system configuration changes. Dual-mode phones enable users to continue their conversations as they move between an outside cellular service and an internal WI-FI network, so that it is no longer necessary to carry both a desktop phone and a cellphone. Maintenance becomes simpler as there are fewer devices to oversee Read more...

                                                                              Optimizing the use of clear plastic bags

                                                                                A plastic bag, polybag, or pouch is a type of packaging made of thin, flexible, plastic film, non woven fabric or plastic textile. Plastic bags are used for containing and transporting goods such as foods, produce, powders, ice, magazines, comic books, chemicals and waste. Most plastic bags are heat sealed together. Some are bonded with adhesives or are stitched. Several design options and features are available. Some bags have gussets to allow a higher volume of contents. Some have the ability to stand up on a shelf or a refrigerator. Some have easy-opening or reclose able options. Handles are cut into or added onto some. Plastic bags usually use less material than comparable boxes, cartons, or jars, thus are often considered as "reduced or minimized packaging".

                                                                                Bags are also made with carrying handles, hanging holes, tape attachments, security features, etc. Some bags have provisions for easy and controlled opening. Reclosable features, including press-to-seal zipper strips such as Ziploc, are common for kitchen bags. Some bags are sealed and can only be opened by destroying the packaging, providing some tamper evident capability. Boil-in-bags are often used for sealed frozen foods, sometimes complete entres. The bags are usually tough heat-sealed nylon or polyester to withstand the temperatures of boiling water. Some bags are porous or perforated to allow the hot water to contact the food: rice, noodles, etc.

                                                                                The clear plastic bags provide endless possibilities when it comes their usage. They are made of polyethylene and they replace the old style paper bags. These plastic bags are used not only at home, but also in all types of industries, such as dry cleaning, shipping, manufacturing, hotels, hardware, agriculture, pet food, poultry, footwear, and even for various household applications. They are pretty much everywhere, no matter where you look. When picking up a product which is wrapped up in such a clear plastic bags packaging, one knows exactly what they are buying.

                                                                                Sometimes purchasing plastic bags wholesale is the only option when it comes to meeting ones needs. In such a case, contacting a manufactures or supplier of plastic bags is advisable. Most companies can supply quality bags at reasonable prices at your doorstep and within a reasonable amount of time. So, go ahead and plan out your major excursions wisely and you will never run out of packing material. Read more...

                                                                                  Tuesday, March 20, 2012

                                                                                  Using a glass display case to improve business

                                                                                    A glass display case is a cabinet with one or often more transparent with either glass, plastic sides and/or top, used to display objects for viewing, for example in an exhibition, museum, house, retail business or a restaurant. Often labels are included with the displayed objects, providing information. In a museum, the objects are normally part of the museum's collection. In retail, the objects are normally being offered for sale.
                                                                                    A display case may be freestanding on the floor or may be smaller and mounted on the wall. Display cases are typically made by specialist companies and often to order. Display cases are often designed with security in mind and are normally lockable. They also are made in variety of styles and materials as available at a store fixture supplier.

                                                                                    On the other hand, clothing racks which are sometimes called clotheshorse or clothes horse, drying horse, winterdyke, clothes maiden, drying rack, Frostick, or airer, refers to a frame upon which clothes are hung after washing to enable them to dry. The frame is usually made of wood, metal or plastic. There are many types of drying racks, including large, stationary outdoor racks, smaller, folding portable racks, and wall-mounted drying racks. A drying rack is similar in usage and function to a clothes line and in lieu to a clothes dryer.

                                                                                    If you are operating in a boutique or any garment store as a merchandiser, you cannot ignore garment racks. This is because they have the deepest impact on the look of store. The way you have placed the garment racks is directly related to the number of your buyers. For displaying your newest fashion clothes, these racks are an important factor for store. Their only function is not to store clothing in the back rooms of stores. With these racks, you can display your new designs really conveniently. Apart from these classic makes use of, you can use them in methods a lot more than you ever imagined. A strange fact in this regard is the urgency to acquire. When you hang garments on these racks, a customer thinks that it is a new arrival and he is lucky enough to show up the really exact same day. They make haste to acquire it as they think it might not be about for a long. It is important for a merchandiser to know all these points. Without having these racks your boutique business is not going to be anyplace close to success. They have grow to be necessary. This owes considerably to the positive aspects they render. Having such clothing racks around your business makes your life significantly easier and has a direct impact on sales. Read more...

                                                                                      Using timberland boots to spice up your life

                                                                                        The big day was drawing near and I was totally lost on what kind of footwear I should wear to the wedding of my best friend. I opened up the closet where I kept various kind of footwear, looked upon rows upon rows of shoes, sandals, etc and decided to close the door and look elsewhere. Flipping though a magazine, I discovered that my favorite childhood shoes Carhartt and Dickies were even more stylish than before and I decided to visit their store located near my home. Getting into my beat up car, I barely made it to the store where it took it last gasp and died on me. As the steam from the radiator started to spew out, I slammed the driver side open and rushed into the store to see what I can purchase to make myself the most talked about person at the wedding function. The salesman was taken aback by my eagerness. I had to grab his arm and drag him along the aisles so that he could explain the benefits of each shoe brand and which one would suit me the best. One shoe after was tried and a huge pile of footwear soon appeared next to my chair. Yet, I was not satisfied with any of the items shown to me. The salesman grew exhausted, threw up his hand and uttered “I give up” and ran down the street screaming like the mad. With no option available, I started to roam along the isle like a kid lost in a candy store. My eyes grew wider and wider as I saw a pair of footwear which fascinated me so much that I was totally hypnotized by them. The famed timberland boots which have inspired so many people to do so many things were sitting on a display in front of me. I knew I had to have them. Looking at my wristwatch, I realized that I was running late. Taking my shoes off, I quickly put them on and ran out of the store as the cashier chased me demanding payment. Huffing and puffing, I made it to the wedding venue with the cashier in tow still demanding his pound of flesh. Grudgingly, I made the payment and pushed him out of the door just to see a see media people looking at my boots and asking if I was some famous person. So, go ahead and invest in these fine shoes and get the best, most comfortable feeling you ever had. Read more...

                                                                                          Carlson Labs herbal remedies

                                                                                            I have been searching the internet for an alternative to the vitamins and minerals which are freely available over the counter. I hardly had any luck until I ran across calcium supplements which are formulated and supplied by Carlson Labs, a company that supplies nutritional supplements around the world.

                                                                                            These supplements include a complete line of dietary and nutritional supplements which includes awesome supplements that fortify the body immune system against invading bacteria and viruses. Whether they are stocking natural vitamins, minerals, probiotics, herbal concentrates or any other nutritional supplement, retailers can rest assured they are receiving Jarrow’s promise of purity, value, and potency. As part Carlson Labs supplements dedication to the nutritional supplement industry they are active in decisions that affect the nutritional industry, this includes monitoring governmental regulatory affairs and the right to access dietary supplements.

                                                                                            These supplements include a complete line of dietary and nutritional supplements. Whether they are stocking zinc supplements or any other nutritional supplement, retailers can rest assured they are receiving a promise of purity, value, and potency. As part of their dedication to the nutritional supplement industry they are active in decisions that affect the nutritional industry, this includes monitoring governmental regulatory affairs and the right to access dietary supplements.

                                                                                            Their mission in formulation is ‘to promote optimal health using Biotics Research with high quality, effective, affordable, cutting edge formulations which are based on sound scientific research data’. Somewhere along my search sessions, I discovered a really fantastic which is an herbal preparation touted for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be purchased from health food stores and Internet retailers. The herbs contained in the supplement may protect from cancer because of their anti-inflammatory effects. It is also sold as a supplement that supports healthy joints and heart function and slows aging thereby giving you a younger look naurally. Read more...

                                                                                              View from the window

                                                                                                Groggily I woke up from the deep sleep whose tentacles refused to let go. My arm crept out from under the bed sheet and groped from the alarm which blared out some song as the faceless voice moaned about the changing weather patterns and sudden storm which might hit the town in the night. Missing the snooze button, I stuck my head out and looked at the world through my bleary eyes. Not liking the world view, I hid back under the sheet and hoped that it would get better the next time I stuck my head out. The constant chatter of the radio jockey started to push the bone deep sleep ever so slowly away.

                                                                                                Getting out of the bed, I wandered around as if in a daze trying to shake the cobweb called sleep from my mind. Nursing my only constant companion these days, I lifted the coffee mug and took a long sip. Looking out the window, I see a vast forest that seems to stretch for miles upon miles. The sheer beauty and utter quietness takes a person to a different world. The activity in the small trading town some distance away is in full swing and I can hear the dim voices of men in the street. As my gaze drifted to the wide body of water in the bay, I see a ship had pulled in sometime back. Huge wooden barrels, grains and other stuff were being unloaded and some crates being uploaded. It is a huge ship that brings all types of items to this God forsaken island in the middle of nowhere. It seemed like it had dropped anchor at dawn and will probably leave soon on another journey back to the mainland. I guess I will be heading down there sometime late in the afternoon to see what new activity was happening and see what kind of haul I’ll get this time. Read more...

                                                                                                  Thursday, March 15, 2012

                                                                                                  Get those blue sapphire engagement rings to impress your partner

                                                                                                    The big day for which you have been waiting for is almost here. Yes, it is almost your wedding day and you still have not decided on what you will wear or who to invite. It is difficult to find what you are looking for at the last moment and a generous amount of help is needed at times like this. One of my friends was in such a situation and I volunteered to help out with wedding ideas as I owed him a lot of favors and this seemed like a good time to repay one off. It is always good to start off this big event with some professional help as the people who work in this area might have new ideas to make things exciting. So, I logged onto the net and I was desperately searching the net for blue sapphire engagement rings as to differentiate it from others. Each and every wedding should be as different from others or else no one will remember it. During the search, I discovered ceylon sapphire which can be used to really impress your guests as well the lucky couple who are getting married.

                                                                                                    Yet, I was looking for sapphire engagement ring might not seem an important to a layman initially. A proper one will make a great impact on the wedding day. No one will be able to forget it and they will constantly ask you where you got all these fantastic items which make a memorable event even more worth remembering. From demure elegance to a sensual one, today's wedding gifts offers a wide variety of options. Choose the correct items depending on the couple personality that are classy yet priced just right to make the right impact on one and all. The right set of stones for your wedding day is worth the trouble are worth the extra trouble a person goes through as it has to come from the heart, and everyone is sure to be touched by your thoughtfulness and generosity. On an ending note, try to remember that whatever you wear or the theme you choose, it should make you feel beautiful and not uncomfortable. So, go ahead and try out something new and be a little adventurous. After all, it’s all about having fun also. Read more...

                                                                                                      Using fluorescent light fixtures to solve all your needs

                                                                                                        The fluorescent light fixtures or fluorescent tubes are a gas discharge lamp that uses electricity to excite mercury vapor. The excited mercury atoms produce short-wave ultraviolet light that then causes a phosphor to fluoresce producing visible light. A fluorescent lamp converts electrical power into useful light more efficiently than an incandescent lamp. Lower energy cost typically offsets the higher initial cost of the lamp. The lamp fixture is more costly because it requires a ballast to regulate the current through the lamp. While larger fluorescent lamps have been mostly used in commercial or institutional buildings, the compact fluorescent lamp is now available in the same popular sizes as incandescent and is used as an energy-saving alternative in homes.

                                                                                                        Fluorescent lamp tubes are typically straight and range in length from about 100 millimeters (3.9 in) for miniature lamps, to 2.43 meters (8.0 ft) for high-output lamps. Some lamps have the tube bent into a circle, used for table lamps or other places where a more compact light source is desired. Larger U-shaped lamps are used to provide the same amount of light in a more compact area, and are used for special architectural purposes.

                                                                                                        Light-emitting phosphors are applied as a paint-like coating to the inside of the tube. The organic solvents are allowed to evaporate, then the tube is heated to nearly the melting point of glass to drive off remaining organic compounds and fuse the coating to the lamp tube. Careful control of the grain size of the suspended phosphors is necessary; large grains, 35 micrometers or larger, lead to weak grainy coatings, whereas too many small particles 1 or 2 micrometers or smaller leads to poor light maintenance and efficiency. Most phosphors perform best with a particle size around 10 micrometers. The coating must be thick enough to capture all the ultraviolet light produced by the mercury arc, but not so thick that the phosphor coating absorbs too much visible light. The first phosphors were synthetic versions of naturally occurring fluorescent minerals, with small amounts of metals added as activators. Later other compounds were discovered, allowing differing colors of lamps to be made.
                                                                                                        The full spectrum light bulbs covers the electromagnetic spectrum from infrared to near ultraviolet or all wavelengths that are useful to plant or animal life; in particular sunlight is considered full spectrum, even though the solar spectral distribution reaching Earth changes with time of day, latitude, and atmospheric conditions. "Full-spectrum" is not a technical term when applied to an electrical light bulb but rather a marketing term implying that the product emulates natural light. In recent years, full-spectrum lighting has been used in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder through the use of "light boxes" that mimic natural sunlight which may not be available in some areas during the winter months. Light is an environmental stimulus for regulating circadian cycle. Lightbox therapy, otherwise known as phototherapy is a recognized modality for depression (such as SAD). It is also the primary treatment for circadian rhythm sleep disorder. Depending on the quality of the light, it is estimated that 10,000 lux is needed for effective treatment. Not all light boxes are the same, and some produce only blue or green light.

                                                                                                        cfl light bulbs is a fluorescent lamp designed to replace an incandescent lamp some types fit into light fixture formerly used for incandescent lamps. The lamps use a tube which is curved or folded to fit into the space of an incandescent bulb, and a compact electronic ballast in the base of the lamp. Compared to general-service incandescent lamps giving the same amount of visible light, CFLs use less power (one fifth to one third) and have a longer rated life (eight to fifteen times). In most countries, a CFL has a higher purchase price than an incandescent lamp, but can save over five times its purchase price in electricity costs over the lamp's lifetime. There are two types of CFLs: integrated and non-integrated lamps. Integrated lamps combine the tube and ballast in a single unit. These lamps allow consumers to replace incandescent lamps easily with CFLs. Integrated CFLs work well in many standard incandescent light fixtures, reducing the cost of converting to fluorescent 3 way lamps bulbs and dimmable models with standard bases are available.
                                                                                                        Non-integrated CFLs have the ballast permanently installed in the luminaire, and only the lamp bulb is usually changed at its end of life. Since the ballasts are placed in the light fixture they are larger and last longer compared to the integrated ones, and they don't need to be replaced when the bulb reaches its end-of-life. Non-integrated CFL housings can be both more expensive and sophisticated. They have two types of tubes: a bi-pin tube designed for conventional ballast, and a quad-pin tube designed for an electronic ballast or a conventional ballast with an external starter. A bi-pin tube contains an integrated starter which obviates the need for external heating pins but causes incompatibility with electronic ballasts. Read more...

                                                                                                          Tuesday, March 13, 2012

                                                                                                          Hunting for the ultimate cheap car insurance

                                                                                                            My buddy has finally got his own car finally. With his own set of wheels, he feels like he has gained his independence and free to fulfill his unfulfilled dreams as quickly as possible. These days he seems to be zooming around town and really enjoying himself these days. After the initial euphoria, he asked me if I wanted to take the car out for a spin. I realized that the first thing which I will need is a cheapest auto insurance so that I am adequately insured in case something unavoidable does happen. Shopping for cheap auto insurance can be such a headache at time. At other times, getting out of the house and doing the actual premium comparisons itself is really tedious and really time consuming. On the other hand, a really good insurance portal provides convenience and ease never heard of before. It is a real time saver and provides never heard convenience heard before. It is so easy to hunt around for the best rates right from home. I discovered an excellent site which is very user friendly and gives the shoppers a gets your vehicle the best protection for a short duration of time and does not leave your wallet any lighter. They have an excellent policy of making sure that your safety is their number one concern and they have experts who never compromise the quality of their work.

                                                                                                            Most of these kind of businesses and should take full care of these kind of needs as they have the solutions available for us so that we can make better and more informed choices. The company we chose can save us a lot of money if the right options are taken in the initial stages so that the damage done so far to it can be undone more quickly before it’s too late. Various options can be used by people so that their overall liability is reduced at reasonable cost.

                                                                                                            cheap car insurance is an option used by clients to mitigate any risks which they might encounter during the course of driving through chaotic city roads. Being a defensive driver is extremely important and yet we should not forget o take proper protection so that our assets as well as other people lives is fully protected from any unforeseen events. In case something does go wrong, there will be someone out there who will be able to lend us a helping hand till the situation is corrected. Read more...