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Avoid Vlolent Crime

Monday, June 22, 2015

How To Avoid Violent Crime

Incidence of personal violence has dropped to its lowest levels in decades, but you should still know how to protect yourself.  According to the National Crime Prevention Council, there are several strategies to stay safe.  Here are the most useful tips organized around four common life situations:

In your car:

  Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up in stop-and-go traffic and at stoplights.

  Leave space between you and the car ahead when stopped so you can escape the line of traffic if necessary.

Walking around:

  Don’t look like a victim.  Criminals often decide on victims based on body language.  Make direct eye contact with people around you, keep your head up, and your phone in your pocket or purse. 

  If you think someone is following you, cross the street.  If a person is following you, quickly go into an open store or restaurant.  Don’t be afraid to yell for help.

When exercising:

  Don’t walk or jog alone early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.

  If you do exercise alone, let a “safe buddy” know where you’re going, and to alert authorities if you don’t check back in at a pre-appointed time.

At night:

  Of course you should park in a well-lit area close to exits, but also have your key out and ready as you approach your car door or house.

  Carry a bright flashlight, pepper spray, or a personal alarm/whistle.  Websites like www.womenonguard.com and www.tbotech.com sell these types of inexpensive devices to help you stay safe. 

If someone tries to rob you, give up your property and not your life.  If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police.  Try to give a detailed description of the attacker to help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.

Life with Music

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Change Your Life With Music

                Music is an important part of life for many people, but did you know it can affect everything from eating to productivity?  Choose your playlist wisely – you don’t want to accidentally listen to “sleeptime” music when you’re completing a big project for work!  The tempo, or beats per minute (BPM) of music can affect your heart rate and brain waves. Find the BPM of songs you like at https://songbpm.com.  Here are the best types to listen to if you are –

  • Eating – Happy songs without lyrics in a slower tempo, according to a study by psychologists, will help you eat at a slower pace and actually take fewer bites per minute, to help you digest and prevent overeating (BPM varies – try around 60).
  • Relaxing – Classical, not jazz or electronic, tends to affect your brain waves to help you relax and slow down, and can even lower blood pressure.  Try listening to music by the composer Vivaldi  (about 90 BPM).  Look for music that relaxes you, then check the BPM.  That’s the number that works best for you.
  • Improving performance – Whether you’re working out or cleaning the house, play your favorite music.  Studies say your favorite music makes you happier, can boost distance/time of workout (or cleaning time), and make the task more enjoyable (try songs over 100 BPM).
  • Waking up/staying awake – Not surprisingly, faster songs can help you wake up or stay awake.  Very fast songs are great for staying awake during long car rides. Think techno or swing jazz (150 BPM and higher is perfect).
  • Saving a life – “Stayin’ Alive” by the BeeGees is a song almost everyone knows, and it’s the perfect tempo for correct CPR compressions!  If you’re ever called upon to perform this life-saving procedure, just sing this song to yourself and time compressions to the rhythm (120 BPM).

Carpet Cleaning

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

4 Clever Carpet Cleaning Tips

                Whether you have a full house of carpet or a few rugs scattered over sleek wood floors – cleaning carpets is always a pain.  Try these cleaning tips the carpet cleaner pros won’t always tell you:

  1. Pet hair problems?  The trick is to dampen the carpet first.  Spray the carpet with a spray bottle full of water, then sweep all of the hair away in one direction.

  1. Rug fringe dingy?  Take a dry scrub brush and brush away from the rug.  Then, vacuum up.

  1. Stains?  Start with seltzer water to loosen dirt.  Blot with a clean towel.  If the stain is still there, try a dab of shaving cream.  Work into the stain, let dry, then rinse with cool water.  Not budging?  After testing on an inconspicuous spot first, try 3% hydrogen peroxide to lift out a tough stain.

  1. Odors?  Dry-clean and freshen carpet by sprinkling baking soda and cinnamon or lavender and letting sit overnight.  Vacuum up in the morning.

Make Money

Friday, June 05, 2015

Your Junk Could Be Worth $$

Ever wonder if your garage or attic might have a treasure you didn’t realize you had?  Here are a few surprise objects you should check the values for before you toss them:

Old electronic game consoles and games:  The ones from the ‘70s and ‘80s are collectible. Consoles can range from $100 to almost $4,000!  Check RarityGuide.com for values for these items.

Rock band posters:  Rare posters from big rock bands from the ‘50s and ‘60s can be worth a lot of money, but even old posters from unknown bands can be worth something if the art is well-done. PosterCentral.com is a good place to start checking.

Empty boxes from collectibles:  It’s well-known that items still in their boxes are worth more, but what if you just have the box?  The iconic blue vintage boxes from Tiffany & Co. can be worth something, and boxes from toys like train sets or Star Wars have been sold for around $100.  Check Ebay.com to see if you can price your prize.


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