Nauseated by the Smell of Exhaust

This is one of those things that falls under the “is it just me?” line of thinking. I am seriously nauseated by the smell of exhaust. I don’t want to sound like a pansy here, I really can be around a car just fine and sitting in traffic in my convertible doesn’t make me green in the face, but when there is a build up of exhaust for whatever reason, I really start to get sick to my stomach.

I do come by this weakness honestly…weak stomachs run in my family. I love roller coasters, but I often try various remedies to get keep motion sickness at bay. I used to not have a chance at them, but now I typically go ahead and take on the ride, then spend the next hour paying for it. Oh well, the price of fun.

Exhaust though has one of those unique ways of just turning my stomach into knots and bringing on that extra saliva in the mouth preparatory of an upcoming expulsion of the previous meal. Not all exhaust is equal either; diesel wins the contest hands down for having the most nauseating effect. I have never been a fan of diesel trucks for this reason (among others), though current trucks have gotten much better.
I think of this because the other day the construction of a new building directly next to my office has an excavator idling his backhoe right next to our back door during his break. Yep, for the 15 minutes, he sat there, the exhaust density mushroomed into a cloud I walked right into without realizing what I was getting into as I left the office. I wanted to walk over, open his door and turn off his machine for him. All waste and environmental considerations aside, idling that machine right next to an occupied office building were far less than considerate. Our air conditioning units were all of 20 feet away from his chosen spot of relaxation. Thanks a lot, buddy.

So, with my genetic weakness, you will rarely see me letting a car idle in the garage or find me standing near a vehicle running for any period of time if I can avoid it. Not only do I not need that in my lungs, I really don’t need to feel like I am going to lose my lunch either.

I hate to think of the buildup of all that exhaust in our atmosphere, but that is for another day.

Gardening Rant – Weeds

This last week we, my wife and I, have been putting in a fair amount of time in the yard. She more than I, but I have put in whatever time I can. Because my wife is more of the enthusiast when it comes to the lawn and garden, I am simply providing grunt work support. I move the dirt, pull weeds, dig holes, edge, etc. I am happy with my delegated place in this situation.

As I was bent over, sweating as I diligently waged my battle against the mass of weeds that infest our flower beds, I thought of the type of weeds I was dealing with. There are many of course, but they fall into two groups, taproots, and fibrous roots. I can’t decide which is worse.

Gardening Rant – Weeds

Weeds with tap roots are much like an iceberg, what you see above ground may represent as little as 10% of the overall plant. You pull at the top of the thing and it will just break off to preserve the plant as a whole. Like a good little trooper, that above ground bit will sacrifice itself for the greater “good.” I have learned to use a shovel to dig up the ground around a big taproot weed to loosen the dirt, making retrieval much easier and complete, though a little time-consuming.

I’d take the taproot variety over fibrous roots any day. With taproots, they may be a lot of work, but at least I feel like I have a little victory each time I pull out one of those big suckers. The fibrous roots there is simply no winning. You can pull and pick all you want, but there is going to be some of that mass network of the plant still in there. I use the shovel to try and pull it up, only to get a mass of dirt that only represents a small portion of the nemesis. Unless out of sheer dumb luck you happen to catch the sucker before it sends out its minions of roots, you will end up picking at the plant forever unless you resort to some deadly poisons. Not something you want to do next do that savory fruit tree you just planted though.Gardening Rant – Weeds

If you even dabble in a flower bed some, you know what I am talking about here. Weeds stink; no two ways about it. Complaining about it makes me feel a little better, but I know they will be there again to fight another day no matter what I say. I’ll just keep chipping away at them, and hopefully, keep them at bay.

Fortune Minerals completes Revenue Silver Mine acquisition

Fortune Minerals announced Wednesday that it had completed the purchase of the Revenue Silver mine in southwest Colorado from Silver Star Resources, Star Mine Operations and Revenue-Virginius Mines.

The company said it has received $25 million from a US$35 million production pre-pay facility from Lascaux Resource Capital Fund 1 with a second tranche of US$10 million expected to close on October 16, 2014.Fortune Minerals

The Revenue Silver Mine (RSM) is an operating high-grade, underground silver mine with a 400 tpd mill and concentrator. The mine is located in the Sneffels silver mining district, where there are numerous past producers.

“Fortune is pleased to report that a number of capital improvements are underway at the RSM to improve safety and realize efficiencies at the mine to meet production objectives,” said the company in a news release.

“This includes drilling a 460-metre deep/2.45 metre diameter raise bore from the surface to improve mine ventilation and provide a secondary escape way for emergency egress at the back of the mine. This raise will also be used as an ore pass to access high-grade mineralized material contained in surface stockpiles located at the top of the mountain, which will be used as incremental mill feed during the ramp up to full production,” the company said.

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Although two miners died and several others were overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning at the mine on Nov. 17, 2013, when the mine was operated by Star Mine Operations, the silver mine was placed on notice by MSHA for numerous significant and substantial safety violations from Aug. 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014.

Fortune Minerals says it has now put a new safety plan in place.

A review of MSHA orders and citations has resulted in significant efforts to improve ventilation throughout the mine, improve safety reporting and visibility across the site, and change the mine safety culture to “be respectful and responsive to MSHA to effectively address issues and repeat offenses.”

The company has also changed its safety leadership and added additional resources to the safety team, said Investor Relations Manager Troy Nazarewicz. The company has also implemented safety cards, safety meetings, safety statistics collection, incident reporting, and accident investigation among other improvements.

Let’s Keep Our Eye On The Ball This Memorial Day

Full disclosure: I work for a marketing communications agency.

Ok, not exactly breaking news but I wanted to preface my post by saying I get it… I get the fact that advertisers and companies are in business to make money, to move product.

I get the fact that every month of the year offers a veritable plethora (is there any other kind of plethora?) of holidays and special occasions all waiting to be used as part of a sales campaign.

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Believe me, I have written my fair share of ad copy for sales based around a holiday theme. And I am surely not saying to do away with holiday-themed marketing and advertising because, well… it works.

Starting with New Year’s Day right through to Christmas and many points in between, there is no shortage of holiday-themed sales opportunities.

And Memorial Day is no different…

From sales on barbecue grills to great deals on weekend getaways we’ve all seen and heard plenty of Memorial Day themed ads in a variety of mediums.

But I would like to just remind everyone that while you’re eating your 3rd hamburger or downing your favorite cold beverage – all while enjoying a day off from work –

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you take a moment, just a moment, to stop and remember the enormous sacrifice the men and women of our armed forces have made, continue to make and will make in the future.

I have been very fortunate to know and work with some members of our military and my own father – may he rest in peace, served in WWII under George Patton.

So this weekend and on Memorial Day specifically, have a great time with your friends and family. Relax, you work hard, you deserve the break. And go buy that new grill you always wanted, there’s sure to be some great deals out there!

Just stop for the briefest of seconds and think about all the men and women who gave their live and risk their lives every single day just we can continue to live in freedom.

Car Rental Services Are The Latest Trends

If you are looking to book a vehicle for your daily commute then there is nothing better than a car rental service like If you think that car rental services are not safe and the drivers are not trained well then you are wrong. One of the best things about car rental services is the training that they provide to their drivers as well as the condition of the vehicles that are on hire. If you want the best services that are on offer then you need to contact the best car rental services after doing thorough research. Once you have completed your research you can even check the services that were offered in the past and how the customers have reacted to it.

Availing car rental services is very easy these days. Most car rental services have their own website or even their own app. All you need to do is go to the website and select the services that you need. You can opt for return services or you can opt for a one way service. You can even pick the vehicle that you want and you can specify the date and time that you want it at. Once you have done everything you will receive a message and an email confirming your booking. Depending on the service that you’ve chosen you may be asked to pay in advance or you may be asked to pay the driver when the services have been availed.

Paying for the services is also very convenient. There are a number of payment options that you get and you will be able to choose any of the options depending on what you are convenient with. Even when you are booking the car rental service for someone else you can choose to prepay it and ensure that the passenger does not have to pay for the service. This way you can have one of your family members picked up and dropped or even arrange for your children to go to school and come back safely. The reason this can be done is because the drivers with car rental services are very dependable and are well trained. You can be rest assured that your family members will be safe and there will be no problems on the ride.

If you are trying to use car rental services for the very first time you can even speak to the customer service rep and get assistance with regards to how to book the vehicle and what to look out for. You can even speak to people that have used the services in the past and see how their experience has been. Once you are sure about the services, you can avail of it with just a click of a button. The convenience and the affordability of car rental services is what make these services so tempting. You will even get to ride along in comfort without having to worry about travelling in a cramped train or even a bus.

So Much For TV Advertising Being Dead – Whitey Bulger Is Caught Thanks To TV!

Just ten days ago I wrote This Just In… Television Advertising Is Not Dead. As if we needed more proof that it is in fact not dead but alive and quite well comes news that a TV ad led directly to the apprehension of the FBI’s Most Wanted Wanted criminal

After that bin Laden guy was taken down, someone had to take his place atop the FBI’s Most Wanted List and that person was James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, Jr., former Boston mob boss who had been on the run for the past sixteen years. He was caught in Santa Monica along with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig.So Much For TV Advertising Being Dead - Whitey Bulger Is Caught Thanks To TV!

And how did the FBI finally get their man… how did they finally get the elusive Whitey Bulger?

One word: Television.

Just days after launching a TV campaign aimed at catching him, the FBI received a tip from someone who had seen this PSA, which urged people to be on the lookout for Catherine Greig:

So Much For TV Advertising Being Dead - Whitey Bulger Is Caught Thanks To TV!

The PSA was running in 14 cities across the US, appearing on such shows as The View, Live with Regis & Kelly and Ellen.

So, you see boys and girls, television advertising is not going anywhere because television is not going anywhere because people still watch television!

Click here for more on the capture of Whitey Bulger.


Holland is a special world. From a small country, it fanned out in all continents through the sailors, famous merchants, explorers, European famed artists, craftsmen.

Even today, the Netherlands has a special charm, with unique customs, unexpected landscapes and all you want to visit.NETHERLANDS

Much of the country is below the sea level. The lowest point is located at minus 6.7 meters. The highest point has 323 meters and is called “mountain”.

The most common means of locomotion in the Netherlands is the bicycle. Throughout the country there are 16 million bicycles and in Amsterdam their number exceeds the number of inhabitants.

The Dutch are the healthiest citizens in Europe. However, many of them don’t eat cooked dishes daily, limiting themselves to sandwiches with cheese or prepackaged products.


Any Dutch knows at least two languages. Most of them speak, aside from their native language, English. Depending on the region, they also use French or German.

The Dutch law allows any citizen to grow five cannabis bushes, but only for personal use.

It is known that the Netherlands is the country of flowers. A bouquet of 50 tulips costs 5 Euros. In the Netherlands the prostitution is legal and subjected to taxation as any other profession.

The Dutch are among the tallest people in the world, the average height being of 182 cm. There are cases when people have more than two meters.


In the Netherlands there are no less than 1,000 museums, a large number compared to the population of 16 million inhabitants. Naturally, the main visitors are the foreigners who are always visiting them.

The Netherlands is one of the largest brewer producers in the world. Here are the famous brands Heineken, Grolsch and Amstel. However, the Dutch prefer the beer in Germany, Czech Republic and Belgium.

Netherlands is the only country in Europe where there is still a large number of traditional windmills: over 1,180.

Fun Family Vacation & Small Budget

Summer is fast approaching and many of us are thinking about family summer vacation.

The economy is not getting any better and most of us “regular” folks are not thinking where will we go on vacation, but can we afford family vacation?

Luckily, due to the bad economy there is lots of vacation deals available. This might be the perfect time to have a fun family vacation on a budget.

Most of the travel agencies and online companies are offering last minute family budget vacations for a reasonable price.

Fun Family Vacation & Small Budget If you are flexible and ready to go within few days you can score fantastic travel deals.

If you are not flexible and you need to plan your family vacation few weeks or months in advance there are ways that you can have a vacation on a budget as well. It will take some research and comparing, but it can be done. You too can plan and enjoy cheap vacations with kids.

Here are some family vacation tips that can help:

  • Decide on your destination first – you might want to consider places that are off-season like Mexico, Puerto Rico, Arizona, Florida, Las Vegas (July-August). Check out sites like TravelZoo, Selloff-vacations, Red Tag Vacation (Canada) or Priceline for the best deals on family budget vacations.
  • Decide if you will be driving or flying – if you are flying sign up for, or – they will send you emails with the best deals almost daily.
  • After you chose your destination purchase an Entertainment Book for the area you will be visiting. At this time of the year the books are half price and it can save you hundreds of dollars in dining and attractions.
  • Purchase your amusement parks or excursion tickets online before you go. This can save you money (average up to 20%) and time waiting in lines.
  • Take your time and collect all the coupons available to you online. Just type into Google search your destination + coupons and see what is available.
  • Make an itinerary for your vacation and incorporate all the coupons and savings you have available. This way you will see how much you are saving. You won’t have to waste family vacation time looking at coupons and deciding where to eat and what to do. I involve my children in the making of the itinerary to make sure that everybody gets equal say on what to do. This also gets them excited about our family vacation on a budget.

Fun Family Vacation & Small BudgetIf you do your homework right and spend some time searching you can find lots of cheap vacations with kids this summer.

Sometimes you don’t have to travel far for fun summer vacation. Sometimes the best and the cheapest vacation destinations are right around the corner…..Camping or renting a cabin in a woods is a perfect option for Fun Family Vacation On a Budget.

Beach House Decorating Tips

A beach house is a calming respite from everyday hassles and concerns, so you should decorate it to reflect the natural surroundings by using comfortable furniture, breezy fabrics and a soft color palette. You can also enhance your beach house by mixing crisp white with bold splashes of color, such as turquoise and coral. Bring elements of the beach indoors by setting out seashells and using natural materials such as stones, pebbles and rough-hewn wood.Beach House Decorating Ideas 1

Natural Elements and Colors

Celebrate the beach by decorating with sand- and sea-inspired tones. Hang cream or tan drapes and add a pop of color to a neutral couch by using pillows in shades of bright turquoise and coral. Lay stone tile in your bathroom and line the tub with starfish and elegant bowls of seashells. Buy wrought-iron water fixtures for your sink and bathtub to complete the natural look. For a beachy kitchen, enhance a wall with sea-colored glass tile and hang natural bamboo shades on the windows.

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Sophisticated Nautical Style

Decorate your beach house with a classy nautical theme. Buy a navy blue and cream striped couch made of a relaxed cotton fabric, use an antique chest as a coffee table and display vintage sailboat replicas. Hang wrought-iron lanterns to cast a soft glow across the room. Set out blue Adirondack chairs and tables featuring blue-and-white-striped canvas umbrellas on the porch.

Beach House Decorating Ideas 1Nantucket-Inspired Décor

Update your beach house with a romantic Nantucket-style theme. Hang delicate white eyelet curtains in the windows to catch the ocean breezes and paint the walls a soft butter-yellow color or a light pink hue. Choose a vintage floral-print quilt for your bedroom and use a white wicker headboard, dresser and nightstand set. Enhance your bathroom with a white claw-foot tub and splurge on fluffy floral towels and a matching shower curtain. To bring a touch of nature into the room set out vintage glass vases filled with fresh-cut roses.


A plethora of names comes to mind when saying Japan. Manga and anime, kimonos, geishas, Buddhist temples, the stock market, technology, the old samurai, the ancient art of kabuki, pachinko, sushi, cherry blossoms, karaoke or J-pop only scratch the surface of Japanese culture. With a wide range of attractions, every street corner, landscape or building seem to wear a special meaning. Festivals are an explosion of colors and traditions and an unforgettable experience for tourists.JAPAN

Kiyomizudera, Rokuon-ji (Golden Pavilion), the Great Buddha of Takamura and Todai-ji provide a great start if you want to learn more about Buddhism. Himeji-jo, Meiji Jingu or Tokyo’s Imperial Palace will help you find about more about its history. Temples and museums abound in Japan, so take your pick. The action in Memoirs of a Geisha takes place in Gion, a hanamachi (geisha district). The Tokyo Tower is an orange and white construction strikingly resembling to the Eiffel Tower. Mount Fuji offers breathtaking landscapes. However, it is more known due to Hokusai’s prints. The most known picture is one with great waves crashing at the shore and Mount Fuji, painted in blue, barely distinguishable in the background. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park reminds visitors of the atomic bombings.


Japanese people are indirect communicators, so they’ll express their discontentment subtly, through non-verbal communication. You should bow to your seniors and learn a few things about etiquette. Always ask for a gift to be wrapped. The way one presents itself is extremely important. There are many curious things about Japanese society. For once, sex is a taboo, but the sex industry is blooming, with ‘soap-land’ areas and a developed adult entertainment industry. Gyaru, Lolita and Visual Kei subcultures are famous worldwide. Many misconceptions about Japanese people circle around — such as the strict working environment, the tireless workers, submissive women, insects and whales as food, perfecting the art of imitation –, but these are just ignorant stereotypes.