Saturday, July 17, 2010

Beat the Heat

Summer is back with a record-breaking vengeance, and you want to keep your cool without breaking the bank -- or causing a blackout. Don't worry: air-conditioning isn't the only answer! Whether you do or don’t have A/C or are trying to save energy and money, these 15 tips help keep you from overheating.

15. Drink lots of water
14. Avoid caffeine and alcohol (they promote dehydration)
13. Keep the lights off
12. Keep the curtains shut during the day
11. Go swimming
10. Eat popsicles and other cool foods like fruit
9. Have late night BBQ
8. Wear light colour and light weight clothing
7. Use the clothesline instead of the dryer
6. Exercise before the sun rises or after it sets
5. Spend more time in your basement (hot air rises!)
4. Put a bucket of ice in front of your fan
3. Splash your face with cold water
2. Put a cool pack on your neck
1. Go on a field trip to The Running Stitch …the A/C is on!!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Food for Thought...

Obituary printed in the London Times: Interesting and sadly rather true.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
  •  Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
  •  Why the early bird gets the worm;
  •  Life isn't always fair;
  •  and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

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