When to Use a French Drain

For many homeowners, businesses, and builders, issues with property flooding can be a serious problem. French drains have been used as a water drainage system since 1859. This is a trench lined with rock or gravel that redirects groundwater and surface water away from an area. The pipes of this drain are normally made from PVC. A French drain can have perforated hollow pipes along the bottom which rapidly expels the water that leaches through the upper rock or gravel. Filtration fabric is placed on top of the pipe to keep debris from blocking the holes. An installed drain has a slope to help with drainage. The drainage process works on the law of gravity. That is, water is carried from a high elevation to a lower elevation.

French drains are primarily used to prevent ground and surface water from seeping into building foundations, however, are many reasons why people will install one to redirect surface and ground water. These drains are often used to remove excess water from low areas, or extremely wet areas of the property. This type of area is often located in the back of a home, at the foot of a slope, and in places where too much run-off is directed to a property area.

A French drain is used for drainage in gardening. For a garden, this drain redirects ground water run-off to a garden irrigation system. As well, this drain is often used to protect the foundation of a home or other structure such as a storage building or garage. It will to keep excess ground or surface water from flooding the structure.

These have been used to drain water away from a septic tank and it has been used as a back up for a retaining wall by providing ground water pressure relief. As well, it is often placed along property lines between two adjoining lots. The drain will carry the water from the higher area to a lower area as it flows through the pipe.

By installing a drain, you have the ability to select where the water will flow. Compared to other drainage systems, French drains are quite inexpensive. They are also quite easy to install. To make sure you install it properly, it may be a wise to hire a professional, particularly if you are not sure if you have the knowledge to properly perform the installation.

When you install a French drain, it will collect the groundwater and redirect the water to a lower area of land of your choosing. The most effective French drain design is a design that permits the water to flow freely from the trench to the surface of the property area. A French drain is a very affordable and easy method of diverting groundwater and surface water from an area that can flood and cause damage to property. If you are having problems with water excess and flooding, a French drain may be the solution for you.

How to Get Women to Like You – Using Super Powerful Body Language

Listen up – if you do not use body language in any way to get women then you are missing out. The biggest misconception that guys have is that they will need to be smooth talkers to get women to like them. Total nonsense! Up to 93% of all communications is done via non-verbal communications. This explains why the best way to get women to be hired to you is to use body language! Read on to discover the killer body language tactics to get women to like you …

How To Get Women To Like You – Using Super Powerful Body Language

Technique # 1: "Tone of Voice". This is the easiest thing to do in order to be attractive to women. Guys who speak with a high pitch are perceived to be wimpy. You must speak in a low baritone – and slowly. This conveys heaps of confidence, and gives out masculine signals.

In case you are wondering – 'voice' is also considered as part of your body, especially in dating and seducing women.

Technique # 2: "Lean Back". The worst way you can come across is to look super needy and desperate. Therefore, you must lean back and act as if you are just slightly interested in her. Give her the impression that you are going to leave anytime, and she will need to work at it if she wants you to stay.

Once you know of these two powerful body language techniques, then you can supercharge your seduction powers by using hypnosis techniques. One such technique, called fractionation, is known to be able to make women fall in love super quickly – often in 15 minutes or less. Super powerful stuff!

3 Simple And Effective Methods To Improve Your Strength

There are various good reasons why someone would want to improve their strength. Probably anyone who might really benefit from beginning to improve their strength may need to do further research into it. It could possibly provide you with the results you’ve been trying to get for some time, but for different reasons could never achieve.

There are many possible workouts, diets, and methods to improve your strength. It’s just a matter of figuring out which one’s right for you.

Improve Your Strength In Days

There is no “one size fits all” solution. Several methods exist to deliberately produce specific results. Some are for functional strength for athletic sports. Other methods are strictly for inside the gym. Each method has its good points and its restrictions or not-so-good points.

Consequently, it’s always best to survey the field initially and have an understanding for this. Understanding the merits and drawbacks of each workout routine will help you to choose wisely amongst them. However, the methods in this article have produced excellent results for many gym goers and athletes.

Here then will be a brief survey of three of your most common methods to improve your strength:

1) The 6×6 Technique

If you’re an avid weightlifter, you may have heard of this already. A variation of Reg Park’s 5×5 workout routine, the 6×6 technique basically keeps the same principles but adds both a set and a rep to your workout. Now I know you’re probably thinking that you may not have time for another set, but the 6×6 is designed to use slightly lighter weight and execute lifts at a higher intensity.

Contrary to what your mind may tell you, slightly reducing your weight to add another rep or a set will not hamper any strength gains. As a matter of fact, you may see that it actually helps you have better form in your workouts, increasing the effectiveness of the movements.

2) Eat Plenty of Fats

Sure, protein is critical in muscle repair and recovery. But many people underestimate the importance of carbs and fat. Especially the latter. Usually, when people are trying to gain strength, they’re also trying to add muscle without fat. As a result, people frequently skip out on good fats while focusing on carbs and protein.

This is unwise since fats provide both your brain and body the ability to tap into fuel during a vigorous workout. As an athlete, your body needs fats not only for the extra calories they provide but also for nutritional purposes. You need fats to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

3) Tighten Your Core During Every Workout

Certainly, this may raise some eyebrows, but let me further explain. Your core is the centerpiece of your body. The muscles in your core serve as the bridge connection between the muscles of your upper body and the muscles of your lower body. What this means is a strong core increases the effectiveness of the muscles throughout your body.

Tightening your core during your workouts not only increase the durability and strength of your muscles and thus increasing your overall strength, it also helps to better protect your spine from awkward movements.

These Methods Are Not Only Effective, But They’re Simple

Needless to say, there are additional methods to improving your strength too, however, these shown above are generally used and are highly effective. All of them can be used, and work nicely. All three of these methods are currently being employed and are generally producing the gains on the machines that weightlifters, bodybuilders, and athletes are looking for.

Choose the method or blend of methods that best suits your requirements and begin to improve your strength!

7 Massage Marketing Tips

The following are 7 ways to grow and improve your therapy business. Some of these methods are extremely simple but can give you powerful results.

1. Send a thank-you postcard or email to your customer. People love thank yous and you will get more repeat visits and referrals.

2. After the session ask your client if they would like to book another session. This is a simple and effective way to boost your sales.

3. Offer gift-certificates – You could do a 'buy 1 get 50% off'. Even though you will make slightly less per session, some people will give certificates to their friends and they may become long-term customers. Also, not everyone will redeem their certificates.

4. Tell your customers that you are wanting to get more clients and if they refer 3 people to you, you will give them a free session.

5. Have a quality looking website that gives information about your service and has nice-looking pictures so that your potential clients will feel more comfortable about coming to see you. Put your website url on your business cards, brochures, gift-certificates, bumper sticker on your car, your signs, anywhere you can!

6. Keep a database of your best customers and send them a birthday card on their birthdays and a holiday card for Christmas. You may want to offer a coupon for a discount inside the card.

7. Give away a freebie to your customers that has your name and website address on it. Some great freebies are: fridge magnets, coffee cups, water bottles, stickers, key chains, reusable grocery bags.

By following these 7 tips you can dramatically increase your business. Remember that it's all about building quality relationships, show people that you care. It's important to go 'the extra mile', you'll separate yourself from your competition and people will notice. Start implementing one or more of these marketing techniques today and watch your business grow.

From A Wildcat BBS To A Marriage Of Joomla and WordPress

I got my first computer in 1982 – an IBM PC 8088 (no dash-2), 64k of SOLDERED system memory, 2 full height floppy drives, a green screen with no graphics, and an 80cps Epson printer, with Graftrax…woo hoo!

I was guilted into starting my first BBS (bulletin board system) by my son, who had started his own, known as Druid’s Keep…a dos-based role playing game board. Mine had to be bigger of course, and ultimately sported 3 gigabytes of files, multiple CD drives, including CD-changers, all on a 3-node Lantastic network, running Wildcat Multiuser BBS. Wow

Fast forward a few years, and I needed software to go into the dialup ISP business. I prowled around, did not like the cost of what I saw (never mind the technical savvy required) and settled on Worldgroup, the newly named successor to The Major BBS, which had a powerful plugin available called Major TCP/IP, making it Internet dial-in-enabled, incoming telnet, ftp-able, etc. In addition, it supported Radius, so I could plug in my beloved Livingston portmasters…the year was 1995.

A few years (and several business changes and IT providers) later, I began testing out a new form of community software known as ecobuilder (e community builder)…unfortunately written in cold fusion. Running on Microsoft NT servers with SQL7, and requiring the cold fusion server, it never really took off. So I poked around and joined a merry band of miscreants who had shown the inventor of php-nuke the door and branched – into Postnuke, a CMS that, along with phpnuke, was largely responsible for the widespread acceptance and depth of features evident in the modern CMS’ we enjoy today. If you would like to see what some of the original cast of characters from Postnuke are doing these days, check out – Xaraya – it is not for the CMS newcomer, but what a powerhouse.

I have now moved on from Postnuke, and, contrary to half-hearted attempts over a year ago with the platform, am happy to report that the relatively young open-source fork project of Joomla – a breakaway from an older CMS known as Mambo, has a developer community literally on drugs, churning out high-value components, add-ons and themes, SEF (search engine friendly) URLs, and most important of all: MARKETING CAPABILITIES!

When choosing a platform on which to blog, I kept going back and forth between the towering open source giant in the industry: WordPress and the increasingly robust, though more complex true CMS – Joomla, before determining that it did not make any sense to pick between the two when I could use BOTH! Since then, I am finding all sorts of platforms doing the same thing – sticking with their old tried and true, and simply adding their WordPress blog to their Internet presence. The best of both worlds.

Need A Rain Umbrella? What You Need To Know Before Your Next Purchase

In the good old days, if you needed an umbrella, you would wind up with a long stick umbrella. And it would be black. But in recent years there have been several recent innovations and amazing feats of engineering applied to the age old rain umbrella.

Perhaps the most dramatic option for an umbrella is the method of opening. Manual umbrellas are opened and closed by sliding the ring up and down the shaft, at the whim of the user. There have been, for several years now, automatic umbrellas which would pop open at the push of a button, located on the handle. These spring-loaded umbrellas are really handy and can usually open faster than a traditional manual umbrella. Even more recently some ingenious engineers have discovered how to manufacture umbrellas which automatically open and close. These are the ultimate in convenience. A word of caution, being complex mechanical machines, automated umbrellas occasionally will break and become either stuck open or stuck closed. If you wish to take advantage of an automatic umbrella, I recommend getting a higher quality umbrella with a lifetime warranty.

The next amazing innovation for the modern umbrella is the double canopy. This design features overlapping slits in the canopy, the theory being that wind can flow through these slits rather than being captured by the canopy and forcing the umbrella to invert. (Inverting is usually the best sign that you need a new umbrella.) There are many different variations to the double canopy, but in essence they all work the same, and can mitigate damage to this valuable accessory. Most umbrellas with double canopies have been found to withstand winds up to 50 mph (80 kph.) Indeed, if your double canopy umbrella becomes inverted, it’s time to seek immediate shelter and get indoors!

Another option to consider is whether to get a traditional stick umbrella or a folding umbrella. Folding umbrellas are also marketed as compact or ultra compact. The shaft of these umbrellas telescopes out when opened and can provide adequate coverage for individuals, while collapsing down to less than a foot in length for convenient carrying. Traditional stick umbrellas, though certainly bulkier, are also going to be more durable.

The material used for the canopy for an umbrella is worth mentioning. Most umbrellas are manufactured from nylon because of its durability as well as being freely available and cost effective. Pongee (pronounced “Ponj”) is a type of silk cloth. It is rare to find umbrellas made exclusively from Pongee, but you are likely to find Poly-Pongee. This polyester and silk combination is more widely used, and due to the silk content is a little more costly. The advantage to poly-pongee is that it is a lighter weight fabric. You will also find some select umbrellas made from a polyester canopy. Each of these fabrics have been found to provide superior protection from both the sun and rain. Of note for custom imprinting, nylon tends to hold and reflect imprints better. If you are considering putting a logo on an umbrella, it would be best to do so using a nylon canopy.

Do you like to golf in the rain? Umbrella manufacturers often produce purpose built golf umbrellas which are characterized by a larger than average size canopy (typically with 62 or 68 inch arcs,) a longer that usual traditional stick shaft, and finally a straight handle. Golf umbrellas also come in a very large variety as far as colors and patterns. Golf umbrellas have become popular among not just golf clients as they also work well for families.

Another large umbrella to consider are the Doorman Umbrellas, which are purpose built for commercial use by hotels and apartments. Doorman umbrellas are similar to golf umbrellas with the two exceptions that they usually feature a traditional J shaped handle, and come in a limited number of color options. Doorman umbrellas are also well engineered for durability and make a perfect umbrella for families as well.

For the commuter or business worker there are several travel umbrellas. These are compact folding umbrellas which include a convenient carry case or other pouch. Some even incorporate loops and straps so that the umbrella can be carried on ones back like a backpack.

Under the moniker of fashion umbrellas there are several models of umbrellas which are meant to make a personal statement or even match for coordinated apparel. There are few fast rules for fashion umbrellas, and you will find a wide range as far as quality and durability is concerned. When selecting a fashion umbrella (as opposed to a “fad” umbrella) consider using a reputable umbrella company who will endorse their products with a warranty.

In recent years, your options have really expanded as far as purchasing an umbrella.

Before you put money down, it is important to consider your lifestyle and your individual use for an umbrella. Once you understand what features you require in an umbrella, it then becomes a simple exercise in finding the umbrella which best suits you. If you have some trouble finding that perfect umbrella, consulting with umbrella experts like those found at UmbrellasAndBeyond.com can save you time and money in your hunt for appropriate rain protection.

Coaching in Sports

Coaching Diversity in Sports

Sports is the pinnacle entertainment around the world and especially in America but an issue that has been ongoing for quite some time now is how small the diversity is among coaches on teams. Most of the pro sports teams and collegiate level sports coaches’ demographics is middle age white Anglo-Saxon men. In 4 major sports leagues the percentage of minority coaches is at most all together about 20 percent which is a very small number. In the NFL, MLB, and college football minority head coaches represent about 3-10 percent while the NBA has the biggest representation which is about 12-40 percent which is a gradual big difference. This is taken to account all minorities specifically black but other minorities like women, Latinos, and other races percentage representations are even smaller than that. In the society that we live in today where barriers are breaking literally every day this number is appalling. In recent years’ sports commissioners have tried to diversify their coaching in their leagues we have more minorities being hired but they are basically replacing the ones that are getting fired.

Some recent success has been the NBA hiring the first ever full time assistant coach for an NBA team the San Antonio Spurs Becky Hammon has been a trailblazer and climbing up the NBA ladder. Even in football women are becoming a more familiar face to see on the sidelines not as coaches but as trainers, strength and conditioning type roles so some progress is being made but a lot of work still needs to be done. I think the root of the issue with sports not being so diverse is that the people in power of these sports leagues and teams are old school men raised up in the 40’s and 50’s who are wealthy owners that just have not got with the times of the new age. These men are set in their ways and until new blood comes in they will stay stuck in their ways and little progress will be made.

Some ideas to move sports leagues into being more diverse is maybe giving a quota that their needs to be this percentage of minority coaches in leagues or the whole league gets fined. This idea forces leagues to recruit and seek minority coaches and in a lot of times minority coaches are highly qualified more qualified than the majority coaches but are never given the chance. There is so many different ideas we could try to fix this issue just by giving those deserving and qualified members a chance to prove themselves as coaches. Also, with more diverse coaches comes different styles of play and ideas for those coaches to influence their teams making competition more exciting to watch and attract more people that maybe sports don’t attract, just because they have a woman coaching a male team or a Black or Latino coaching a team like BYU or Yale. The more spectators and higher TV ratings the more money that the teams and their owners are making and that’s really all the wealthy old owners care about in the end is making money.

In the end a solution and progress needs to happen soon with the recent current events that are going on in society today sports are one the last sources of entertainment that has been around the longest that needs to conform and start making these changes for the better because they will not hurt in the long run sports has stood the test of time.

Introduction to Caterpillar

The first moving machines that could be considered Tractors were steam driven machines developed in the 1870’s. It was from these steam driven machines that the farm tractors of today developed.

Two men who independently worked on steam driven machines were Benjamin Hold and Daniel Best around the 1890’s. They were both successful. In 1904 Daniel Holt was successful at his first steam driven track type tractor, which was further developed into a gas driven track type tractor in 1906. Daniel Best and Benjamin Holt combined talents and Caterpillar Tractor Co. was launched in 1925. This merger was successful and Caterpillar Tractor Co. was supplying diesel powered tractors in 1931, from its assembly line in Illinois, USA.

Today, Caterpillar or Cat as it is known is today the world largest supplier of construction, mining equipment, diesel engines, gas engines, and gas turbines. Both Caterpillar and Cat are registered trademarks of the said company.

Caterpillar has expanded its services, and today its services includes Caterpillar Logistics Services, which ensured timely delivery of quality CaterpillarĀ® parts to most parts of the globe. Cat Financial caters for financing of equipment purchases for eligible companies and individuals. Cat Reman (abbreviation for re manufactured) restores salvage machines to OEM specifications, or salvaged parts to OEM specifications for resale purposes. Cat Reman is backed by the Caterpillar original equipment warranty of two(2) years unlimited use warranty on new or Cat reman parts. For companies or individuals which/who prefers to rent equipment rather than buy, Caterpillar’s “The Rental Store” is available. Machines can be rented on a contract basis. Sometimes this rental agreement includes that Cat provides an operator. In most cases, the maintenance of the machines is not the responsibility of the renter. This agreement allows the renter/company to focus on production or construction, while machine maintenance is Caterpillar’s responsibility.

Recent acquisitions and mergers has established Caterpillar as one of the world’s largest leaders in construction machines, marine engines, generating sets and gas turbines.

F.G Wilson was acquired in 1999. Emerson Electric, the owner of the F.G Wilson Generating Sets Company was joined with Caterpillar, thus expanding the line of products offered.

Mak Marine, the world largest manufacturer of large diesel marine engines in Germany, was acquired and is now named Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG, with its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany.

The British renown engine company named after its owner Frank Perkins (born in Peterborough, England in 1889), Perkins engines are reliably used for many applications, including ag equipment from Massey Ferguson, industrial applications, power units, in generator sets, marine applications, and in the popular Caterpillar backhoe 416 series. These are fondly referred to as “Perkipillar” engines by some machine shops and engineers. Perkins is now owned by Caterpillar.

Even though many may see this company as an engine and machine company, Progress RailĀ®, now a subsidiary of Caterpillar company, is a major supplier of rail products and services within the USA, Canada and Mexico.

And finally, Solar Turbines, the manufacturer of industrial gas turbines for power generation, compression and pumping systems, was acquired in 1981, making it a wholly owned subsidiary.

How To Get A Girl Wet So That She Orgasms Again And Again And Even Wets The Bed

Many men need some help in learning how to get a girl wet leading to wet orgasms. One of the biggest mistakes men make in lovemaking is starting intercourse before a woman is really juicy and desiring penetration. A girl should be very wet before you even think of intercourse.

Many guys tend to fumble when trying to get a girl aroused. Many women are very sensitive and can feel it inside when you are trying too hard and in your head. This is a turn off for most women.

They want to feel your strong maleness rather than a little boy that does not know what he is doing. They want a man that leads them in sex, rather than a boy that asks permission to try something new.

So we can see that you need reliable methods to get a girl wet from foreplay. You want to be able to learn some arousal techniques that are going to have her begging to be penetrated. You want her to tell you that you are her best lover ever. You want her to desire and to even crave you.

Sexual Anticipation Key

The key is anticipation. For most women, sex starts well before jumping into bed. So, during the day, you can send her a sexy text message to start her thinking of you during the day. If you get a sexy response, you can increase the dirty element in your text message.

If you are out together, some discrete touching can be a real turn on. For some women, being sexual in a semi public place can be very arousing. This can lead to actual making love in a place that is private but there is a chance you could be discovered. Be very careful about following this advice as in some countries this is a crime!

How To Tease In Foreplay

To get a girl wet in a matter of minutes, the best way is to build anticipation. Teasing is one of the best ways to build arousal. The more she desires to have sex with you and the more you resist and tease her, the more aroused she will become.

So you can kiss her and then pull away before she wants you to stop. If you do this a few times she will get very turned on. This also shows her that you are in control and not needy.

Holding her hair as you kiss her and gently pulling can be another way to drive her wild. Most men do not realise that the neck is a very sensitive and highly erotic place to kiss. This is because nerves that connect to the vulva actually run down the neck.

Another thing I love to do is to push my lover against the wall. Again you are taking control, being strong and masculine. Most women love to feel this and it allows them to surrender more.

Do Not Rush

The next key to get a woman dripping wet is to take your time. Most guys tend to rush. Girls hate this and can dump you if you always rush in sex.

Leaning how to finger a woman is another way for you to learn not to rush. Learn where the clitoris and the g spot is located on your lover. By stimulating the clitoris and the g spot with your fingers is one of the best ways to drive your lover totally wild and orgasmic. The great advantage of this method is that you will not ejaculate too soon.

When she has had 3 or more orgasms she will love it when you come into her as she will be so wet inside. Even if you come too soon she will be satisfied.

Dirty Talking Guide

What is the Significance of Art

Art is such a simple term but it is difficult to define. To a child, art is drawing and coloring. For celebrities, art is acting and entertaining. For designers, art is trend and fashion. The definition of art can be very objective.

Different sectors have their own definition of art. They have various standards too. For a mother, the drawings of her children are works of art. For museums, art is the genuine creation of a significant artist in the past.

Just like its definition, its significance also varies. There are various forms of art today, and each is important to the artist involved. A good example is a musician. Music is a good example of art. That is why singers are called artists. For a songwriter, each song has a story that he wants the people to hear. For most writers, this is very personal.

For various artists, art is way of expressing themselves. You may have seen an abstract oil painting, although you cannot recognize the patterns and strokes of the artists, it is very important for the painter. For him, it represents his emotion and his character. It can symbolize his anger and frustration. However, it can also represent his love and compassion. Anyone who sees it can also use it to represent how they feel. Strokes and colors can evoke certain emotions from other people. This is why most people want to buy pieces of artwork.

For others, it represents their dreams. The television today has produced several competitions that opened the doors for various dreamers. There are dancers across the country who lined up to audition because all their life they wanted to dance in front of an audience who appreciates what they can do. Many have gone to school to enhance their skills so that they can be among the best dancers in the world.

Like music, dancing is a form of art that can evoke various feelings. Aside from love, dances can also evoke sensuality, excitement, fun, passion, anger, and happiness. Art here is more than entertainment and talent. It is more of touching people lives through their moves and choreography.

Today, art also symbolizes comfort. You can see art in many beautiful and comfortable homes. Interior designers are also artists in many ways. They match things to provide a wonderful space for their client. Seeing the overwhelming reactions of their clients gives them satisfaction. To them, that is the most rewarding feeling.

Art has also transcended in foods. Many cooks and chefs have proven this. Some maybe predictable but others are like the abstract oil painting. You do not care what is in there as long as you like the taste. For them, being able to feed and satisfy their customers is all that matters.

Art is very significant in today’s generation. Since it has taken various forms, it has earned the respect of almost all the artists. Musicians respect their instruments. Painters respect their brushes, paints, and canvass. And, chefs respect their ingredients and utensils.

Art is significant because of the sense of fulfillment an artist feels every time he finishes a masterpiece.

A Perfect Guide to Buying the Quintessential Bar Stools and Chairs

Over a decade, the design and utility of bar stools and chairs have evolved from simple style to a more elaborate and elegant style. They are not necessarily placed inside the bars, in fact, this small, utilitarian piece of furniture can be located inside the kitchen island too! I mean, isn’t this harsh on the person, working in the kitchen for prolonged duration, to not even get a chair to sit?

Along with adding a lot to the comfort factor, bar stools and chairs, nowadays, add a lot to your decor as well. With the increasing influence of the western culture, almost every household has a mini bar. So, if your home too, has a corner allotted for a mini bar, then you need to buy some stunning bar stools and add some glamour. But before turning your thoughts into action, you need to consider the variety available in the market. Take a look at the following types of bar stools and chairs available, that you must take into account, to buy the most well-suited ones:

  1. Pedestal Design: This design looks very modern and futuristic. If you have the bar table or the kitchen island made of the shiny dark finish, then the addition of these chairs will not let you get your eyes off your bar area. These, resting on a single leg, are generally metallic, and can be adjusted according to the height of the individual.
  2. Four-Legged: A four-legged, upholstered stool looks very stylish and is a very durable thing that you can buy. Although the height of the stool can not be changed, this turns out to be the most comfort rendering, if it has armrests too. Being a wooden piece of furniture, it is available in various finishes and colors!
  3. With or Without the backrest: A backless stool with cushioned seat, can be comfortable. But this should not be something that you should opt for if you intend to sit on that chair for long hours. Because without the backrest, you may get some serious back pains! So, go for a design with the backrest for additional ease and comfort. Now there are various kinds of backrests available, like long backrest bar stools, or a stool with a short backrest. There might also be an option for various other patterns of the backrests, which you can choose according to your style!
  4. With or without arms: What better than a stool having a backrest to recline on and armrests to rest your arms on! So, if you wish to get a wooden bar chair, then you must ensure that the armrests are wide enough to rest your arms comfortably on them, without hurting your arms.

Along with considering these options, you can also add to the convenience by checking for the some additional goodness like, adjustable height, adjustable swivel capability and fold-ability.

Cooking with a Wood Fired Barbecue

Long before the advent of charcoal briquettes and propane people were cooking their meals over wood fueled fires. From the days of cave-men to less than one hundred years ago wood was the fuel of choice when it came to cooking. In this modern age we are constantly looking for a faster, cleaner and easier way to do everything, including preparing our meals. This has led to the development of larger accessory laden gas fueled grills lining the isles of home improvement stores and showing up in our backyards.

But for the barbeque purists out there nothing tastes quite the same as preparing their favorite barbeque dish over a wood fired grill.

Why is this? What could possibly work better then the latest and greatest in barbecue technology?

Depending on the type of wood used the "Grill-Master" (that guy who hovers over the grill creating barbecue master pieces) can create flavors in the meat, poultry or fish that just can not have over a more modern gas fueled grill. This flavor can further be adjusted just by the amount of wood used, how hot the fire is, and how much smoke the meat is allowed to marinate in.

There are several types of wood fired barbeques on the market today. They are sometimes referred to as smoker grills.

The offset firebox is the one most of us are used to seeing. These come in all sizes, from small family sized units to large trailer born monsters capable of feeding several hundred people. The distinguishing character of the offset firebox is, well the offset firebox. Set off to the side and slowly below the main cooking chamber is the firebox. This separates the food from direct heat and allows for a nice slow cooking temperature.

The bullet style smoker is not actually a smoker but more than what is called a cold smoker or water smoker. They use a pan of water between the heat source and the meat, thereby blocking any direct heat that would cause any overcooking. In a sense they are not really considered a barbecue because of the way they work.

The main chamber cooker is the third type of wood fired barbeque. These are barrel shaped and allow the fire to be built off to one side with the meat offset from the wood allowing for an indirect cooking method. You do need to be careful with how large of a fire gets built because there is no physical separation between the heat source and the meat. The fire need to be kept small and tended in a timely manner through the cooking process.

Of course all this is a moot point if you do not select the right type of wood. For a wood fired barbecue nothing works better than a fruit bearing hardwood such as oak, hickory, pecan, maple apple and of course from Texas mesquite. Do not use softwoods or the wood from evergreens or conifers. Aside from burning at a lower temperature they are loaded with sap which will leave a bad taste on anything you cook.

Cooking meat over a wood fire has been something humans have been doing for thousands of years. With the newer and more modern wood barbecue smokers on the market today it is possible for just about anyone to enjoy real wood fired barbecue.

A Review Of The Landice L7 Treadmill

The L7 Series Treadmill is its most popular home treadmill. It comes in three models; the Pro Sports Trainer, Cardio Trainer and Executive Trainer. When you review each of the Landice L7 Series treadmills there is one model that is clearly the best buy out of the three.

Landice makes the L7, L8 and L9 Series of treadmills. Although the L7 is the cheapest it’s still an expensive piece of exercise equipment. The 3 home edition models of the L7 Series range from $3,600 to $4,700.

All of the units use the same motor, frame, treadbelt and so on, with the only real difference being in the treadmill’s console. You get the same ultra solid steel frame that supports a maximum user weight of 400 pounds. The motor is probably the best in the industry; an American made beast that is 3 hp continuous duty. The steel rollers are 14-pounds and are 2-1/2″ in diameter. You get a 4-ply treadbelt that is 20″ x 58″ with 15% electric grade elevation. You also get a speed range of 0.5 to 12 mph even when carrying the maximum weight of 400 lbs.

But which of these models represent value for money?

The Landice L7 Series Cardio Trainer Treadmill

The selling point of the Cardio Trainer is that it comes with a contact heart rate crossbar and transmitter strap, which is used in conjunction with any of the 4 Heart Rate Control (HRC) programs provided. The first two standard heart rate control programs maximize workout time by instructing the treadmill to automatically change speed and inclination in order to maintain the targeted heart rate for the duration of the program. There are also two user HRC programs that allow you to create separate custom HRC programs. Each HRC program is broken down into 20 programmable segments for more variety in your heart rate controlled workouts.

While monitoring your rate in conjunction with a treadmills speed might be nice for some, the price of the Cardio Trainer is $400 more than the ProSports Trainer. You have to ask whether the extra 400 bucks is worth it. Probably not, and besides, other treadmills that offer this system, like the Smooth 9.25 treadmill, are cheaper and offer better value for money.

The Landice L7 Series Executive Trainer Treadmill

The control panel of the Executive Trainer is quite awesome. You get numerous alternative displays. You can select the Virtual Situation Indicator (VSI), the Road Display, the Training Calendar, the Track Display and – well, the list goes on. The Executive Trainer is the most expensive of the 3 models, so you’ll be paying around $4,700, which is more than $1,100 more than the ProSport model.

But you have to seriously ask if getting a very fancy console is worth the extra money. Quite frankly, you’re paying a lot of money for what amounts to ‘execute toys’.

The Landice L7 Series ProSport Trainer Treadmill

All this brings us to the cheapest model. You don’t get the fancy cardio-system or the fancy console but what you do get is a great piece of kit that can satisfy the most demanding of athletes. This model is the best in the range and is good value for money. Very few other brands of treadmills can match it in terms of build quality, performance and price. If you’re going to buy a L7 this is the one to go for.

The L7 is an excellent machine with very few equals in the industry. Many reviews of the Landice L7 treadmill, on the web and in trade magazines, back this up. By all means buy the model which suits you best, but of the three, the ProSport 7 Series treadmill epitomizes what makes a great treadmill.

Wallowing in Painful Feelings Is Not the Same Thing As Feeling Them

I received a letter from someone who told me she had successfully used brain-switching exercises for getting out of depression over the years, but that the recent death of her mother caused a return of the panic symptoms she used to experience. She related that she passed out while having tea with a friend and was so fearful it would happen again that she feared she was starting to create a cycle of fear that might lead her back into her old depression.

“Is it possible,” she asked, “to deal with grief by using the same distraction techniques of brain-switching that I use for depression or is it better to face the anxiety head on.”

I responded that the best thing to do with grief is to mourn your loss. You hurt when you lose what you love. It is a normal part of the experience of every human being. Whenever the mourning presents itself in the form of painful feeling, simply accept the pain as part of the ceremony of loss. It will not harm you. After all, we are not our feelings. They are something we have. We shouldn’t allow them to “have” us.. Fainting or getting a panic attack is a way of refusing to feel the pain of loss and allowing your emotions to be in control of you.

The pain is caused by a surge of adrenalin in the body when the fight or flight response is triggered in response to stressful thoughts. But adrenalin can only affect certain of our organs and only in certain ways. Therefore this pain is not unlimited, nor is it all-powerful. This chemically-caused pain has limitations beyond which it cannot continue.

Most of the problem with allowing painful emotion to finish is your fear that the initial pain you experience will get worse. This fear that the pain will increase causes you to produce more adrenalin which causes the pain to continue beyond where it would if you were to just accept it at the beginning. If you can relax your body into the pain, it will reach a completion, diminish and fade away.

If you have been fearful of feeling the pain of loss, the first time you undertake to accept it, you may require a few minutes to get the hang of it. One exercise is to have a conversation with the pain. Every time it comes down upon you, you can say.

Have I had this feeling before? Yes or no. If yes, is there anything hidden in this feeling that I haven’t felt before? Yes or No

If yes, feel around for any hidden and repressed part of the fearful pain. Just go with it, no need to do anything about it. Allow the complete painful feeling to express itself and spread out into the neurons of your body. Like an exercise stretch. Sometimes you can get so good at this acceptance of painful feeling that it is almost like loving it. Immediate acceptance of pain keeps it from escalating into panic. Panic attacks are caused by the fear of pain, and the refusal to feel it. It is not grief over loss that causes panic attacks.

The important thing to remember is that wallowing in fearful feelings is not the same thing as simply accepting and feeling them. Wallowing is continuing to be resistant to feeling them but engaging in ongoing thoughts about how you don’t like them. And continuing, over and over, to think about how you don’t like it. And can’t stand it anymore. And can’t somebody do something to help you? And, oh no! Not again! And why can’t I have some relief. Why can’t I be happy. And so on. Every time wallowing begins, you can have a conversation with the it just like the conversation you have with the painful feelings themselves.

Is there any new idea or data that you can add to this wallowing that will change anything? Yes or no. Or make it better. Yes or no. Is continuing to wallow in this pain making me a better person? Yes or no. Is it making me a more connected person or a more disconnected one? Is it making my heart more closed. Or open-hearted? Is wallowing in this fearful pain making me a bright shining light of healing love to share with those around me? Or not.

Whenever wallowing comes, have the conversation, or just simply allow the pain to spread out and stretch itself to completion in your neurons. Open your hands to it.

Relax your shoulders to it Bow your head, or get down on your knees if you want to, in humble acceptance of your humanity. You are never alone in your loving surrender to your humanity.

The conversation you have with either the pain itself, or the wallowing in pain, soon becomes a kind of distracting device for the mind. Remember: the mind always follows the direction of its most current dominant thought. At first, the pain or the wallowing is the dominant thought. Your dominant thought is always instructions to the brain (your obedient servant) to put you in touch with everything associated with that thought. If the dominant thought is pain or wallowing in pain, the brain will put you in touch with every single negative thing in your memory banks.

As you continue to use the conversation exercise, then the conversation itself becomes the dominant thought. After doing the “conversation” for a couple of weeks, the feelings don’t seem to persist. The dominant thought will change to being open, connected, accepting and will be instructions to your brain to put you in touch with all the positive things in your memory bank. Here’s the formula: pain + the conversation = okayness. Kind of like oil on troubled waters = tranquil waters.

For myself, I find if I am hit by a sudden surge to the depths of despair, either method actually works–distraction with simple nonsense brainswitching mantras and then beginning to do simple daily chores and thinking about what I am doing and not how I am feeling; or complete acceptance and allowing the pain and anxiety to finish itself. But grief over loss is a little different. Mourning the loss of a loved one, in a way, is a beautiful expression of our shared humanity. But when it escalates into mere chemical imbalance, then we must “treat” it, not wallow in it.

My Husband’s Constant Criticism Of Me Is Negatively Affecting My Marriage: Tips That Might Help

I sometimes hear from wives who feel constantly criticized and berated by their husbands. Many tell me that this behavior is nearly constant and shows no signs of letting up. One wife recently told me, in part: “my husband is constantly criticizing me. He complains about my weight, my appearance, my intelligence, my parenting, my family, how I handle my job, my sexual skills, and a slew of other things. Sometimes, he does this in a very passive aggressive way. He won’t come out and call me stupid, lazy, or inadequate but he sure does imply it. He hardly ever compliments me or has anything nice to say where I’m concerned. I’m so tired of this. It’s really affecting my marriage because I almost can’t stand to be around him anymore and I always feel defensive because I always feel attacked. I never want to have sex with him as the result of this. And then of course, then he’s critical of our sex life. What can I do?”

I will share some of the tips and suggestions that I gave to this wife in the following article.

Don’t Let The Criticism Go Without A Response. Don’t Ignore It, But Acknowledge It In A Thoughtful Way: The wife had taken to ignoring her husband’s remarks or saying something just as cutting right back. The reason was that no matter what she did or did, the criticism never stopped. Because of this, she had just sort of given up and harbored resentment.

But, if you don’t confront this issue, the criticism is only going to continue. And the wife admitted that ignoring her husband often made him more angry and even more critical. He wasn’t getting the response he wanted so he felt the need to ramp up his attempts to get a rise out of her.

I suggested that the next time the husband began his critical comments, the wife might calmly say something thing like: “Listen, we need to talk about something. When you talk to me with this tone, it really hurts me. It makes me feel badly about myself and it makes me feel defensive and badly toward you. This doesn’t do anything to help us or to improve what you are complaining about at the time. Can we talk about why you’re attacking me this way? If there’s something that you’re not happy about, then I’m certainly willing to discuss it with you, but I can’t sit here and allow you to talk to me that way. I can’t let this continue to happen. I’ll always be willing to have a conversation about how we both might be happier in our marriage, but I can’t tolerate the personal attacks. I’m going to cool off for a while, but after we’ve both calmed down, let’s talk about this. I think we will both get a better response if we focus on the positive rather than the negative.”

In my opinion and experience, trying to call him on the criticism in a constructive way is better than ignoring it and allowing it to continue. Nothing gets resolved this way and the resentment and anger build. It’s always better to attempt to change something for the positive than to remain silent while continuing to be unhappy or hurt. Now, if the criticism gives rise to physical harm, then that is an entirely different story.

Try To Determine The REAL Source Of His Criticism. Why Is He Using Negative Comments To Get Your Attention?: Please understand that by my asking you this question, in no way am I implying that any of this is your fault. It most certainly isn’t. But it can be to your benefit to dig a little deeper here. Because often, his nasty comments aren’t directly reflective of what he’s criticizing you about. In other words, sometimes the comments don’t have ANYTHING to do with you at all.

Sometimes, he keeps repeating the same words, comments, and behaviors because he is still trying to get some reaction or change that he has been able to accomplish in any other way. Other times, his words have more to do with his own insecurities and unhappiness than they have to do with you. It’s also possible that he has seen his family relate to one another in a similar way and he’s acting on the examples that he has seen. Finally, many men react to stress by lashing out at the people closest to them. I’m not saying it’s right, but it’s common.

Whatever the reason, if you can see past his words and figure out what he is really trying to accomplish, you can sometimes change or even break the cycle. For example, some men in this situation will tell me that the only way they know to get a rise out of their wife and get her attention is to say something that stops her in her tracks. In his mind, he’s trying to get her to pay attention to him but he doesn’t know how, so he will resort to whatever he knows works. This isn’t an excuse for his behavior but this is sometimes part of his thought process.

That’s why it can really help to determine why he feels the need to resort the negative to get a reaction. That way, you can attempt to change things so that the comments are no longer necessary. This doesn’t mean you have to cater to him when he’s being a jerk, but digging a little deeper will sometimes mean you won’t have to deal with this anymore.

If You Can, Try To Eventually Use This As An Opening To Improved Communication Rather Than As A Catalyst For The Deterioration Of Your Marriage: I was concerned for this wife because it was clear that she was really at the end of her rope. She was ready to check out of the marriage because she was tired of constantly dealing with nasty attacks on her character. I hope that before she gave up, she would at least try to address this very directly with her husband, try to see what was behind his behavior, and then try to rebuild their communication style into something that was much more healthy.

Because responding to his negativity in kind was only going to make things worse and make them feel further alienated from one another which was likely to make the communications worse. By no means do I think that anyone should stay in a hurtful marriage, but I have seen many situations such as this one turn around with a little care, a little digging, and improved communication.