Jerry & Jamal Having Fun at the Construction Site

It had been a funny day with so much going on that it was just totally hilarious. I could hardly believe how much was taking place, and I laughed my guts out all throughout the day and when driving home from the construction site where I have been working very hard every day on a major project of building a mansion for some banker with a foreign accent that had more money than he knew what do with.

Jerry had a cousin from Jamaica visiting, whom he told me was from a remote village in Jamaica and did not see much of modern society until he came down out of the village. Now he had flown on a plane for the first time in his life and had told Jerry and I over lunch at the construction site that he had loved every minute of his flight and thought he had a chance of falling in love with the stewardess and setting up a good life for himself at her place once they married.

Jerry and I gave each other a startled gaze at each other, knowing full well that an American stewardess was not going to just pick up with some guy from Jamaica the first time he boarded her flight. Jerry and I both chuckled and we both realized that the cousin Jamal was none the wiser about our chuckling, not realising what we were chuckling about; because Jamal himself was a jovial guy who was always bursting out in gleeful laugher himself in general.

Jerry and I decided to have some fun with Jamal and acted liked this thing with the stewardess was serious after we almost died of laugher as we began to choke on our coffee that we were having with our sandwiches that we had picked up at the deli across the way.

So I said, “Jamal, so things are really serious with you and that stewardess. Well, how is she going to contact you to keep up the relationship or how are you going to contact her?”

Then Jerry asked, “Yeah, Cousin of mine, did she give you her address and her phone number or something; or did she ask for yours?”

Jamal beamed with a smile and explained, “She would not give me her phone number or address, probably because she did not want the public to hear it. She said she was very busy, but promised to look up my information in their computer system.”

“Oh, I see!” Jerry laughed, but lightly because he wanted to keep teasing with Jamal this way, since it was

so funny that Jamal took it in good stride but was really still not realising they were teasing him and that they were sure that the relationship would never fly.

Things turned to the fact of Jamal being enamored by the mansion that Jerry and I were building. Just before that Jerry had whispered, “Not all people from Jamaica are as unique and as simple as my cousin Jamal.” We chuckled again, not to be mean to Jamal, but in a good natured sort of way because Jamal really was a pleasant guy to be around.

I answered Jamal and said, “The house is for a banker with a foreign accent.”

Jamal said, “Oh, a banker with a foreign accident? What kind of accident? I feel bad for the guy.”

Jamal had thought I had said accident instead of accent. He was so funny and not even trying to be, which made the situation all the more funny. So I took time to explain I had said accent. But he still did not get what I was saying, since his English was pretty good, but not perfect. I just smiled and we moved on to him talking about his new stewardess girlfriend again.

I asked him, “What if you do not like the house where she is living and can’t stand to live there?”

He beamed with pride and said, “Then I will just have to build her a nice big house like this one.”

Obviously Jamal had no idea how much the house actually cost to build and that he would likely never have that kind of money to build such a mansion, but I gave to him my new power drill that was only a few weeks old and said, “Well, Jamal, congratulations on your new romance and here is a new power drill to help you with building that new house for the girl you have fallen in love with today. For information about this power drill go to http://www.drillsanddrivers.com/dewalt-dc970k-2/.”

Jamal’s eyes shone with pride as he said, “Thanks. This is a very nice tool.”


Socialize Your Parrot

How to Successful Socialize Your Parrot

Just as we humans do, parrots can sometimes suffer from social anxiety. Even for a socially well-adjusted bird, they may experience some nervousness in new situations. To prevent problem behaviors, discomfort, and stress to your bird, it is important to go through some steps in appropriately socializing him. There are several situations that you should be aware of when socializing your parrot. These situations and special circumstance include:

  • children
  • outsiders
  • you, the owner
  • household pets
  • other birds

Introduction to Children

Children can be loud and energetic, which can frighten your parrot. This stresses him unduly, and may even lead him to acting out in fear and biting or scratching. Socializing him to children involves teaching the children as much as teaching him. Caution children to make smooth, quiet movements toward him and to keep their voices down. Never let them play with your bird without your supervision. This will protect both the child and your bird.

Introduction to Outsiders 

Some birds are very sociable by nature and enjoy interacting with outsiders. They will talk to your friends very quickly. Others are more cautions, and many even have a type of social anxiety. You should strive to make them feel comfortable with outsiders, but don’t unduly stress him. Have a friend who is very tolerant and understands birds to be the first to try to befriend him. Only expose your bird for short periods, letting him recoup in between friend attempts.

Once he accepts one outsider, you can introduce him to others, one at a time. Never let anyone tease him, or get loud and aggressive toward him. Teach them how quietly approaching him if they do not already understand nervous birds. 

Developing a Relationship with You, the Owner 

When you first begin your attempt at building a relationship with your bird, remember that you are a stranger to him. You know you have wanted him and love him, but he does not have a clue about who you are. Begin by being very quiet around him, feeding and caring for him gently until he begins to trust you and then to see you as his caretaker and someone he can trust. 

Interaction with Other Pets 

If you have another pet, such as a cat or dog, it is crucial to introduce your bird to him or her. Never, ever, leave them unattended with your bird when he is outside his cage. It is even wise to remain in close proximity when they are in the room even with him in the cage. They may try to jump up or climb up to investigate and hurt your dear bird.

Relating to Other Birds 

If you have other birds in the home, or will be taking your bird around other birds, such as at shows, it is important to get him acclimated to being around other birds. It is best to do this by starting him out with just one other bird. Choose a quiet, non-aggressive bird for his first introduction. Be sure the bird is not one that is intimidated and non-assertive. You don’t want your bird to learn to be a bully. At the same time, you don’t want him bullied.  Watch carefully as they interact with each other.

Once he is accustomed to a single bird at a time, introduce him to being around a couple of birds at one time. Gradual introduce additional birds until he is comfortable with however many birds he might have to tolerate.

If you don’t plan to have him around several birds at one time, you won’t need to do the last step. However, it is important that he tolerate other birds for such things as vacations, vets visits, and visits from friends who have a bird. 

Social Teaching 

Socialization is merely a matter of teaching. In the wild, his parents teach the young parrot, as he stays with the mother for a prolonged period. He gets instruction in taking care of himself, so has a confidence that gives him social prowess. For the young bird hatched and raised in a hatchery, he does not get this teaching. It is up to the humans in his life to give him that teaching.

  • Shared Responsibilities – Both the breeder and the owner are responsible for training the young bird. Training should begin upon hatching and continue throughout the young bird’s early years.
  • Learning Survival Skills – In the wild, the bird learns how to hunt for food, how to manipulate food for survival, such as cracking nuts, etc. The ability to care for itself gives the bird confidence in its ability and helps it develop socially as a viable part of the flock. In captivity, the owner must fulfill that role.
  • Potential for Behavior Problems – Any lack of teaching can cause the bird to develop behavior problems. The owner needs to be aware of this potential and address them as necessary.

I’d like to thank Pets Sensation for their contribution, read more about them here: www.petssensation.com!


Table Saw Features with a little note on Miter Saws

A table saw can do three things basically, it can perform crosscutting (cut to length) ripping (cut to width) and bevel cutting (at an angle, like miters).

Checking out the features of any appliance, tool or gadget can help you make the all-important purchasing decision.

By knowing what is available you can sort out what features are going to be helpful and useful to you.

If you are very unsure and would like some honest reviews then take a look at The Sharp Cut, they will give you direction.

The features of a table saw include the blades, the weight, the height plus many other adjustable features.

The blades are the most fundamental feature.

Most table saws will come with a general-purpose blade.  Some will come with a combination blade which is better.  Look for a saw that comes with the blades you need.  Buying extra specialist blades can add to the price.

Anti-kickback pawls

Kickback problems are amongst the most prevalent of all problems with woodworking.  Look out for anti-kickback pawls, two-sharp toothed arms that prevent the workpiece from moving backwards causing injury to you and damage to your work.

Splitter (another anti-kickback device)

A splitter or riving knife is a vertical metal piece which goes directly behind the blade and prevents the blade from binding, it another type of kickback device.

There are many reasons why kickback can occur, a splitter should be mounted on the motor assembly so it rises and falls along with the saw blade preventing the cutting width from closing up.

Rip fence

A rip fence controls the width of the rip and must lock parallel to the saw blade at each setting.  Check for one that can be adjusted and grabs onto the rides on the front and back rails.

Table size and extension

Bigger is better when it comes to sizing your table, with optional right sided extension and rear bar.  With the side extension it is easier to work central to your workpiece and the rear bar makes exiting easier.

Collapsible stands are space saving but not as sturdy as wooden bench.

The right height

About 36” is about right for the worktop with wide spaced legs. This is for anyone of average height, for anyone taller you will need a way of adjusting the worktop height.

The weight

Whilst heavier saws are more stable they are also less portable.

On/off switch

Look for specific safety features, front mounted and easy to switch off without having to look it for it.

Elevation wheel

The elevation wheel sets the blade cutting height and depth of the cut, so look out for a good adjustable elevation wheel.

Blade tilt handle

You will need to be able to set the angles very precisely at 45 degrees or 90 degrees. A blade tilt handle angles the blade away from the rip fence.

 

Miter gauge

A miter gauge is for square and mitered crosscuts, it needs to fit snugly and move freely in the table slots, also needs to be calibrated for between 30 and 90 degree angles.

Stop blocks

Stop blocks are very useful for any project that requires precision crosscutting.

Blade guard

A blade guard is essential for your protection; it must always be used to prevent any injury from the moving blade. One that rises up parallel to the table will stay on top of the workpiece.

Instant breaking

An instant breaking feature for additional safety is available on some table saws.

Exhaust duct

You may find one that fits into a wet and dry vac or some will fit a trash can to catch the sawdust, some cabinet models will have built in collection.

Miter saws

Miter saws cannot be used for ripping timber but for making precise 90 degree cuts it is perfect. Miter saws are very stable with built-in blade guards which makes them very safe, they are much smaller and more compact than table saws.

Type of saw

A table saw is a great tool to have, it can be folded away when not in use and tucked out of the way.

If you know you are going to be crosscutting and ripping as well as mitering then you know you definitely need a table saw.

If you just want to do a bit of beveling you can easily get away with a smaller miter saw.

 


The Perfect Way to Spend Your Summer Days: How I Get Through Those Heat Waves!

Summer DaysSummer is a time to enjoy, especially if you live somewhere that only becomes warm whenever that season rolls around. When you live in places like Texas or California, you’re not really surprised when it’s hot outside. If you live in Canada or anywhere else that doesn’t get to be warm the entire year around, it’s a blessing in disguise. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with all of the extra time I have during the summer months as well, because I’m currently a student. I’m going to school to become a teacher, so even when I get into my career, there’s going to be free time during the hot months.

I don’t think about the summer as being an escape, since I’m somewhat fond of the winter. I used to ski as a child, so that’s probably why I prefer the snow over a hot and sunny day – many people wouldn’t agree with me in that case! You’d probably take Cuba over Alaska any day of the month, where as I might have a tough time doing that. You may think I’m crazy now, but when you look at how I spend all of my time away from work, you probably won’t question my methods. Don’t judge somebody until you’ve seen where they come from, and that’s the case here as well! Without summer, many people wouldn’t get a much needed break from winter, so there’s a lot to be thankful for. If you want some tips on how to go about using your time during the months of heat, check the rest of this article out.

Wash Your Home!

Wash Your Home!I’m a simple man, and if there’s one thing I enjoy, it’s a clean house. I rent a house with two other students myself, but it’s still our duty to keep things as clean as we can. I have a tendency to start spraying the outside of our house with a hose, so much so that one of my buddies went out and bought us a pressure washer (I now owe all of my house washing gifts to Wash Wisely – thanks for that!). It works way better than a hose, and it can get off the dirt that’s really stuck on the outside panels of your house. The outside of your home can say a lot more about the inside than you give it credit for, people might think you own way too many cats if you’re not keeping stuff in check.

Wash Your Car!

As you can tell, cleaning stuff is almost my number one priority. If you don’t live a clean life, are you really living life at all? Well, probably, but it’s a dirty one at best! I’m not a germophobe or anything, I just take pride in my car (as well as my home). I have a 2010 Dodge Charger that’s completely paid off, and I managed to pay it all off by my own means. I didn’t need help from my parents, so it’s almost like washing my pride – wouldn’t you do the exact same thing? I’m sure there are some readers out there that polish trophies on a consistent basis, so I’m not too worried!

Wash Your Dog!

If you have a dog, giving them a bath can be one of the most bonding experiences you’ll ever go through. I have a pit bull myself, and he’s one of the nicest dogs you’ll ever meet. He loves people, and he loves being pet just as much as any other dog around. If he’s not busy trying to get some love, he’ll nudge you until you’ve given him the attention he craves (and deserves, of course). When I give him a bath he doesn’t even squirm around, he actually enjoys it quite a bit – so it makes thing a lot easier on me. I don’t have to worry about holding him down the entire time!

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There you have it, a few ways on how you can go about spending your summer days. Are they practical? Probably not, but like I said, I work a lot and don’t really have time to live an exciting life.


How to Choose the Best Hair Straightener

Hair is one of the most noticeable features in a woman. I would know, I take care of my hair as if it was a holy relic, but I love to have fun with it as well. I have had my fair share of experience with flat irons, or hair straighteners, I wish I had someone ease me into the wide variety of models and brands. Apparently they differ on a large margin, and why shouldn’t they, hair is naturally a “thing” that nobody seems to know what to do with it. One day it is perfectly gorgeous and you’re cute, the next day, you’re a goblin with witchy hair. I digress. What this world needs is a fair, yet concise, guide to choosing the best flat iron for any hair and to do that, we have to know how the device works.

The Science

71MyvuO8BoL._SL1500_Without going into a whole scientific seminar about how hair reacts to temperature or moisture, the basic idea is this: Hair can be “shaped” when heat is applied to it by weakening or breaking the hydrogen bonds that hold hair together in its natural state. This same idea is true for when hair is wet and it’s naturally straight, roll it up in curlers, let it dry, and voila, beautiful curls.

What flat irons do is practically the same thing, when the heat of any iron is applied you’re restructuring your hair shape until moisture reconstitutes it to its natural shape again. And this is why women are forever natural enemies to humidity. Now you’re probably wondering, how does a hair straightener damage hair? Well, even if you didn’t wonder that, I’ll briefly explain it.

Over time, any heat, even prolonged exposure to sunlight, creates cracks in the protective layers of your hair which makes it extremely easy for heat and chemicals—like hair dyes, to penetrate your hair straight to the cuticles and cortex which results in damaged-looking hair and negatively charged frizzy nightmare.

The Irons

Tourmaline flat ironsThere are three types of flat iron, with a tentatively fourth: ceramics, titanium, tourmaline, and an elusive mix. Each one has their own unique benefit depending on the necessity and the type of hair. I personally am a Titanium user; my hair is thick and coarse when the weather decides to betray me. Choosing the best one is purely trial and error, but I will try to narrow down what might best suit each hair shape and type.

1. Ceramics

Ceramic-Hair-StraightenersCeramics are the most economical and widely used of these hair straighteners, they work just as amazing as any high end flat iron, the only down side is that they’re notoriously heavy and if you’re not careful can easily break. Most brands of ceramics have an “ionic tech” which is just a fancy term of saying, the flat iron generates negative ions that will neutralize and seal positive ions setting camp in your hair cuticles, hence, fortifying beautifully sleek and straight hair. This type of iron is best used for hair that is straight, fine, or wavy/curly.

2. Titanium

Hair StraightenerAh, the titanium plated flat iron. This is my favorite and most precious arsenal to my hair beautification. Unlike ceramic flat irons, titanium is a little more on the expensive side, not unreasonable, but also well worth the price if you ask me. Titanium is the best material to flatten hair and give a luscious sheen to curly hair. My hair is thick, like a wolf, but once I apply this baby, it’s literally smooth and gorgeous without actually applying too much heat or risk damaging my hair. This iron is perfect for type 4 hair (“coily” coarse hair) and thick straight hair. Also, they weigh a lot less than ceramic flat irons.

3. Tourmaline

hair_straightenerTourmaline flat irons are more on the mid-range of expensive irons, but they are marvelously pieces of ingenuity. As the name suggests, tourmaline is a crystal that is crushed into a fine powder and applied to the iron’s plates. The crystal boron silicate mineral in tourmaline helps smooth out the hair cuticle and amazingly prevents further heat damage. This flat iron is great for hair that is tightly coiled but is very fine. The beauty of tourmaline irons is that you only have to pass over each section of your hair once. Once and you’re done. That is an incredibly good benefit because it lessens the risk of further damaging your hair.

I’m aware I mentioned a “fourth” type of iron, don’t worry I’m not trying to trick you into reading my long guide. The reason I am not confidently adding it to the list is because the elusive fourth type of flat iron is a very rare breed. It’s called wet to dry flat iron. Usually it exists within the previous three flat irons already mentioned.

I’ll be honest, I’m not a complete fan for this iron, but it does deserve being mentioned of existing. And when I say “rare breed”? I mean, rare breed. Not many flat irons actually have this feature where you can style your hair while it is damp or wet. It sounds completely contradicting. Applying a heated source to a wet surface, but it is possible.

However, be warned that wet to dry irons do have a tendency to cause immense damage in the long run, so always read the indications very carefully before trying to use this type of straightener for the first time. For a better in depth look about hair straighteners I highly recommend Hair Straightener Studio, which is a compendium of all things flat iron. Brands, Models, style guide, hair guide and more.


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Finding Affordable plus Size Clothing for All Seasons

Many plus size women always complain about getting affordable plus size clothing. They grumble that finding a dress that suits them is not always straightforward and requires some exerted effort. Most of the dresses available in the market are either outdated or are not in touch with the latest fashion. Many also complain of their dresses being more pricey compared to other women. Due to this they are unable to keep up with a sense of fashion or adorn the designer outfits they would like. Well, finding a good dress it doesn’t always have to be an uphill task. What such women can do is simply follow the guide below:

Know Your Size

plus Size ClothingOne of the biggest mistakes many plus size women make when looking for outfits is not knowing their exact size. Some women will choose their dress based on sizes of other garments bought earlier. However, this leads to making the wrong choice considering the fact that she may have lost or gained a few pounds. Others will simply measure themselves at home improperly or using unreliable techniques. To avoid making costly mistakes that may lead to purchasing a larger or smaller dress, it’s necessary to have the right size. This may be achieved by relying on a knowledgeable person to undertake the measurement.

Go For Reputable Brands

curvygirlstyle_mrkate_comp2Searching for cheap plus size outfit isn’t any different from the normal process of buying dresses for petite or average women. The consumer is always after quality and reliability and desires the dress to last for the longest time possible. She also wants a dress that is aesthetically appealing and will make her look stylish and elegant for any occasion. Furthermore, affordable plus size clothing should also be pocket-friendly priced and also come with amazing discounts. The best way of enjoying these and other benefits is focusing on well-known brands. Such brands will have been in the market for a long time and are well-known and appreciated by many people.

Read Reviews

Size ClothingIn this competitive world, marketers and distributors will say almost anything to get you to buy a plus size dress. Some will even exaggerate some features while others will fail to disclose some crucial facts. So, how does a potential buyer find the right information? The best way is reading reviews about the dresses that will be posted by women who have owned or purchased outfits from the brand. They will talk about the elegance, durability, reliability, and affordability of the outfit. A good dress will be backed by overwhelming and positive comments while a low quality dress will receive negative reviews. It is recommended to rely on reputable review sites that focus on dresses for plus size women.

As a plus size woman finding the right garment should not be a difficult task. Locating the right dress is easily achieved by following the above guideline which talks about knowing your exact size, interacting with well-known brands, and reading reviews on different kinds and brands of dresses. A consumer will find affordable plus size clothing that are suitable for different seasons.


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How to Choose the Best Immersion Blender

There is no argument to the fact that everyone is always looking for the best immersion blender. A gadget that guarantees the user of quality and even consistency be it tomato puree, gravy, cream, sauce or any other. However, knowing what to expect from a good product is one thing and actually finding the right product is another. Finding the right immersion or hand blender has never been straightforward as there are many things to consider when making the decision. The most important are as follows:

Versatility

kenwood-hb-series-triblade-hand-blenderThe right type of immersion or hand blender should be highly versatile as this makes it suitable for a range of applications. A good type is viewed as a multitasking accessory since it can be used in several situations that include whipping creams, creating tangy sauces, enriching the gravy, making smooth puddings, creating quality smoothies and more. This is accomplished by using a design and motor that creates the right vortex or whirlpool action. The blades pull in the food and pass it through the gaps in the cage creating a smooth consistency.

Puree Quality

Immersion BlenderThe quality of the soup, gravy, sauce or cream is judged by its appearance. Does is flow smoothly or it looks wishy-washy? Is the consistency even throughout or are some sections appearing thin or curdled? A good immersion blender ensures the quality of pureeing is top notch by employing different techniques. First, it has a powerful motor that offers consistent performance throughout. Secondly, the blades inside the cage where food passes have the right gaps thus minimize food sticking.

Quality of Blender

Best Immersion Blender

An immersion blender is a simple gadget that improves the appearance and consistency of soups, creams, sauces and other food items. The tool will be immersed into cold and hot liquids regularly and will be used on different kinds of food. Over time, the stick blender may become worn out due to regular use. The best immersion blender is made from quality material such as stainless steel which is durable, hygienic, and less-prone to rust. Plastic usually tends to warp because of use in very hot sauces and also doesn’t last very long.

User-friendliness & Convenience


When selecting a stick blender it helps to go for devices are light and portable. You shouldn’t feel as if you are carrying something heavy. The operating buttons should be located in an easy to reach area where the user doesn’t have to strain when turning it on, off, or varying the speed. The right accessory is made from materials that are easy to clean for instance stainless steel and plastic. For better cleaning, top brands especially those for domestic use are detachable.

The above issues are among the most important when searching for the right immersion or stick blender. It should be suitable for a range of applications such as sauces, creams, gravies, pastes and more. The quality of the final product should be smooth and consistent and shouldn’t have any lumps or bubbles. Ease of use also plays a vital role as the user should use minimal effort to create a good sauce, cream, paste or any other. The best immersion blender is easy on the hand and comfortable.