The Ultimate Hole-in-One – A Poem

I’ve heard it asked before

“Do you think God plays golf?”

And I’ve come to the conclusion

That God created golf

To show us how life is meant to be lived

Just like golf,

Life can be challenging

We don’t start out knowing what to do

And life for the Christian

Can be even more challenging

Both require patience

Both require persistence

Both require practice

Both require passion

Faith, confidence and training are all needed

The desire to keep playing

And keep getting better

Brings the golfer back again and again

Golf and life both bring you to your knees

Reminding you the importance of humility

Mentoring and training

Keep you fresh in the game

Constantly learning and growing

Improving with knowledge and practice

Honing skills and perfecting abilities

In golf, the proper stance is needed

Without it, toss aside everything you think

You know, and start again

Your stance dictates where each shot will go

Ultimately determining success

In life, your stance is equally important

You must assume a stance to succeed

Take a stance for God and your beliefs,

For how you will live your life,

For what kind of legacy you will leave behind.

The game of golf,

Like the game of life,

Needs no other players,

No refs, no umpires

The challenge is within yourself

Your stance, your swing, your grip

It’s all in your control

It’s all about the choices you make,

How willing you are to grow

And accept that you will always be growing

Keep your eye on the ball,

Keep your eye on Jesus.

We all have miss hits,

We come up short,

Sometimes it takes a couple extra shots to get where God wants us

We have to pay the penalty for those extra shots

But we never have to leave the game

There are no strike-outs, no fouls

God will never throw us off the greens

Even when we get angry and throw our clubs

In golf, just like in the Christian’s life,

There are no winners and losers.

It’s all about being the best we can be

And doing the best you can

Each time you’re up to put

We’re meant to pick up our clubs,

Head to the greens

And just keep hitting balls

Until God calls us home

The ultimate Hole-in-One

Buyers Guide to Using MR16 Track Lighting

A lighting track system requires unobtrusive fixtures and diminutive bulbs to deliver discreet lighting for which it is desirable. The newer alternative to incandescent reflector light bulbs, halogen MR16 track lighting is compact in size and saves energy but not at the cost of illumination. The MR16, a halogen light bulb integrated with a pressed glass reflector, is a standard type of halogen multifaceted reflector light, along with MR11 and MR8, that provides excellent directional lighting.

MR16 halogen lamps save energy for over 60 percent more than incandescent. Low to medium-intensity, they are ideal for non-dichroic recessed ceiling lights, retail display lighting, landscape lighting and especially track lights. Theatrical or ambient, MR16 track lighting provides task or accent illumination such as tapered spotlighting or spread-out flood lighting.

Choose from an array of decorative finishes like satin or polished nickel, white cord or glass, antique bronze or brass, chrome or steel on monorail, 2 circuit rail or freejack track systems. Glass shields include little pleat, cargo solid, mission, flute, blossom, ribbed and handblown cased Murano on fixed, swivel, transitional adjustable, swing arm or other movable fixtures.

MR16 track lighting has low voltage 12V or 24V, low wattage from 50 to 75 watts, and stays cooler longer than incandescent. Tracks can be rigid, pendulum, joint sectional or flexible, which can be curved to S shapes, spirals, waves and more, and then re-bent later on. Buy pre-assembled or do-it-yourself kits, with track components, accessories and optical controls also sold individually, like track heads, connectors, cords, lamp sockets and lighting fixtures.

Lighting, the Affordable Decorating Alternative

If you’re thinking about redecorating your place but are on a somewhat tight budget, consider flirting with the idea of playing with lighting. Affordable and versatile, lighting is a key element in living; without it we wouldn’t be able to see where we’re going! On a serious note, as much of a necessity as lighting is to everyday living, lighting can also be used as a decorating accent.

Take for instance, outdoor lighting. Usually porch lights and lamp posts are what people first think of when it comes to this sort of lighting and overlook the decorative possibilities. Landscape lighting such as ground level canister lights and mini ground torch lanterns are a subtle way to enhance the appearance of your front or back yard. Classier looking than your average glow-in-the-dark lawn gnome, these outdoor lights create a lit pathway and don’t disrupt the look of your home during daylight hours.

Planning to recreate a fresh look inside your home? Wall lamps, picture lights and other assortment of wall mounted lighting are perfect for accenting rooms and highlighting family portraits and artwork. A personal favorite of mine are the adjustable canister-styled spot lights; small in size and easy to install, these lights are bright enough to show off my photography collection and most even come with a dimmer switch – perfect for mood lighting.

Speaking of mood lighting, table and floor lamps make for excellent background lighting. Traditional styled table lamps that feature silk shades and gold leafing accents evoke a romantic ambience, while contemporary styled floor lamps that feature a floor length glass diffuser transform any cocktail party a socialite setting. Now that you’re ready to use lighting to your decorative advantage, remember that you should always consider energy cost, wattage, whether it’s easy to install, and of course, the mood you wish to evoke.

Leadership – 5 Barriers to Measuring Performance Effectively

As a leader you are judged on the results that you deliver. Being able to judge how successful you have been individually and collectively as an organisation depends on you being able to effectively measure performance. So what barriers are typically encountered that get in the way of measuring performance effectively?

Barrier 1: Splendid isolation

Have you ever worked in an organisation where a huge amount of time is spent planning and the measurement of results is almost an afterthought? Too often organisations see measuring performance as being something distinct from planning. As a result measures are developed in what I call splendid isolation.

Solution: If you want to measure effectively , develop measures as part of your business planning process.

Barrier 2: Not focussed on results

You know that leaders are measured on results. Yet in truth, leaders often fall into the trap of focusing on measuring activities such as undertaking an employee survey rather than results that they want, for example, determine employees' assessment of leadership in the business.

Solution: Check that your measures are actually focusing on results rather than activities

Barrier 3: Lack of clarity

Sometimes there is just a lack of clarity about how something is measured, what it is measuring, and the results that are arising or the reasons for the results.

Solution: In designing measurement systems, make sure there is clarity about the measures and what they are seeking to provide objective evidence on.

Barrier 4: No involvement

If something is imposed on you how do you feel – resentful, uncooperative, dumped on or something else? Chances are that you will not be highly motivated.

Solution: If you want people to buy into measurement, get them involved in designing, developing and implementing the measures.

Barrier 5: Overload

There are two key issues here. The first is just having too many measures and the second is spending time and energies on things that do not matter.

Solution: Make sure that you have a small number of measures that are critical to the current and future success of the organisation rather than a long list.

Bottom Line – Measurement is powerful tool for a leader, if you make sure that it focuses on what matters.

The Why and What of a Gun Safe Dehumidifier

A frequent question asked of the Gun Safe Reviewer is along the lines of "What do I need a dehumidifier for?" This post will hopefully answer those questions, and also address the different types of humidifiers. I'll follow this post up as well and tie up any loose ends.

The Purpose of a Gun Safe Dehumidifier

The dehumidifier's purpose is to make sure no condensation forms inside the gun safe-and, more importantly, on your weapons. Condensation is a gun's mortal enemy! It causes metal to rust and can leave your safe with a nasty, moldy stench that you can not get rid of. Depending on where your safe is located and what your climate is like, condensation can form inside a safe due to the change in temperature or in areas of high humidity, not to mention how it can get in there after a day of hunting in rainy or snowy weather.

Types of Dehumidifiers

Basically, there are two types of gun safe dehumidifiers. One type is electric and the other is a desiccant.

The desiccant dehumidifier is really your only choice if your safe is not near an electrical outlet (other than stringing electrical cords around). A desiccant is basically a sponge that acts like a magnet for water. Like a sponge that needs to be wrung out, the desiccant also needs to be wrung out (or dried out) after it's full. This can be anywhere from two to six months, depending on the brand and climate inside the safe. Desiccants can be dried out in your oven to be re-used over and over again.

The electric dehumidifier is the most popular dehumidifier. The electric dehumidifier is also called the "Golden Rod" and it heats up to around 140 degrees. Its purpose is to keep the temperature high enough so that any water in the safe evaporates, thus preventing condensation. Most of these types are an 18 "rod that can be mounted to the floor or wall of your safe. These units are easily installed. The cord on these units are removable so you can string it through your safe and plug it in. Some electric dehumidifiers have a flexible body that can be bent and contoured to better fit your safe and fit in corners. It's a good choice for tight spaces.

Personally, I like to use both, by keeping a desiccant in case the power goes out.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any advice on gun safe dehumidifiers.

Wallpaper Borders Do the Trick

Wallpaper borders are the design element many interior designers and do-it-yourselfers use to take plain vanilla walls over the top. Almost infinitely varied in style and easy to apply, wallpaper borders are not to be overlooked on the decorators pallet of wall covering options.

For the uninformed, wallpaper borders are narrow strips of decorative wallpaper that are applied to create a “border” around a room. Most often at the top of the wall near or against the ceiling though an application mid-wall can work to nice effect also.

The main difference between wallpaper and wallpaper borders is the size of the rolls and the intent of the application. Wallpaper is around 21 inches wide and applied vertically in side by side panels to completely cover the targeted wall. Wallpaper borders are 6 to 9 inches wide, applied horizontally, and meant to accent a wall instead of completely cover.

Visually, wallpaper borders allow you to introduce colors and patterns in a way that can have a big impact even though the application only covers a small percentage of the wall space. You also have the opportunity to work with bolder colors than you would consider for a base paint color. Bold or primary colors can anchor a design that goes on to use softer tones for a pleasing but not at all boring effect.

Themes and patterns are a particular strength for wallpaper borders. It’s a safe bet that no matter what you’re going for, there’s a border to meet your needs. From pet lovers to star gazers to extreme athletes, with a little effort searching, anyone should be able to find what they need. When you find it, no matter how distinctive the design, you won’t have to worry about a border taking the room too far. For instance, if you’re designing with a racing or sports fan in mind, a narrow border across the top of the wall can hit the spot where a full wallpaper application would probably give the room a childish look.

Functionally, dealing with these narrow strips of wallpaper can be a fairly simple one person project. You can choose either self adhesive or moisture activated rolls. Each works very well on paint, drywall, or another wallpaper. Also, because the rolls are narrow and roll on horizontally, there’s no concern with pattern matching.

Wallpaper borders can really do the trick when you’re after a design element that gets high marks on versatility, ease of use, and impact on a room. Consider one for your next project.

California Cheap Car Insurance Quote – For Under-25's

A (California) cheap car insurance quote is not something that most under-25's see. However, any under-25 who sticks with certain proven tips will enjoy cheap car insurance whether they live in California or not. Here are things that will make it happen …

1. Raising your deductible. If you elect to pay a high deductible, you will have a more affordable premium. But be aware that you would bound to provide that amount first before any insurer does anything if you ever file a claim.

2. Insurance companies have unique driving classes that are meant to make you a better driver.You must have heard of defensive driving. Take courses in defensive driving. More than making you drive better, it will help you get cheaper insurance.

3. Make sure you get a car that has safety gadgets. Let your insurer know you have these in your car. Since they will keep you and your car safer they are regarded as better risks by insurers. Those cars will attract discounts.

4. Settle for a cheaper car if you really want (California) cheap car insurance quote. Avoid sports cars and cars that fall into the "expensive to insure" category. You can buy a comparable car that is less expensive to insure. But as a rule of thumb: Big cars, expensive cars, sports cars and vehicles with a bad record of theft are much more expensive to insure. Sports cars are also very expensive to insure.

5. Students who make impressive grades are rewarded by insurers with reduced car insurance premiums.

6. You can be on your parents' car insurance policy. Howbeit, for this to work you must reside with your parents and have the car registered in their name. If prefer living on your own then prepare to pay higher premiums.

7. Bring down your mileage as much as possible. The more you drive the greater your risk to the car insurance provider. There's no way you'll have cheap car insurance quotes for California if you use your car a lot.

8. Your credit history exhibits a lot about you. Because you pay your bills when due most insurance companies will reckon that you are a dependable person and, consequently, a lower risk.

9. You can get savings of over $ 1,000 on your insurance policy by requesting for insurance quotes from insurance quotes sites. Requesting quotes from a minimum of three quotes sites increase the chances that you would get more savings. This is because insurers not represented by one site would be represented by another.

And because your chances of getting a (California) cheap car insurance quote is related to the range of quotes you get, the more insurance companies you obtain quotes from, the higher your chances. This gives you a broader basis for doing better comparisons thereby increasing your chances of realizing more savings.

How Candle Wax Has Evolved Over the Ages

The history of candle making wax dates back at least 3,000 years. What people referred to as a candle prior to that was usually grease in a non-combustible container with straw thrown in to act as the wick. The Romans are credited with making candles by pouring the tallow over a wick material, resembling modern candles.

The first candles that were made were from tallow, a wax made from animal fat. The kind of animal did not matter. Most people used the fat from whatever animal they were slaughtering at the time. Tallow made functional candles, but they smelled bad and smoked a lot.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, whale oil became a popular source of candle wax for those living near the oceans. It produced about as good a product as the animal fat.

In the middle ages, Europeans hit on the idea of ​​using beeswax to make candles. This was not very successful at the time because it was so hard to get enough wax to make them. Beeswax candles are still made today, but they are expensive because it is still difficult to harvest the wax. Beeswax is preferred by many candle makers because it is naturally aromatic and has wonderful burn characteristics.

American colonial women are said to have discovered that bayberries produced a sweet smelling wax while the berries were steeped. This led to the first candles produced with bayberry wax. Although the candles were much better than the animal fat ones used by the masses, it was difficult to produce a lot of candles because it took so many berries to yield a very small amount of wax.

Bayberry candles became synonymous with early Christmas gifts and good will. They are still made today, unlike the tallow candles. Bayberry candles, like beeswax candles, are naturally aromatic. They also are tinted green because of the characteristics of the berries. Candle makers today replicate colonial candles using bayberry, and these are very popular at craft shows.

The greatest majority of candles produced are made with paraffin wax. Although paraffin has been given a lot of bad press in recent years, it still is the worldwide choice of commercial candle makers. It is made from oil by-products, and it emits some toxins as it is burned. Paraffin wax is available in different melting points, each one normally used to produce a specific candle type.

An increasingly popular choice for candle makers is soy wax. It is made from the plentiful soybean, and it is inexpensive to buy. It is too soft to use in pillar candles, but does fine in containers. It is safer than paraffin because it does not produce toxins as it burns. Soy wax is also sold mixed with other waxes to raise its melting point, making it acceptable to use in pillar candles.

There are four primary candle waxes that are used at the present time: soy, bayberry, beeswax, and paraffin. Whichever candle making wax you choose from this list will produce a well functioning candle.

Basement Remodeling – Ceiling Options

You have arrived at another critical planning point in your remodel. The walls have been laid out, plumbing done and electrical systems ran. Now you need to decide on what you will choose to do with your ceiling.When it comes to ceilings in basements there are really only two possibilities. The first of which would be dry-walling it like the remainder of your home (presumably). The second option is installing a drop ceiling.
Let us take a look at both options.

Option number one and in no particular order will be dry walling your ceiling. Many homeowners choose this option out of aesthetic purposes. The flow of your home is carried along into your basement this way and it creates a traditional feel. Dry walling does have downfalls though including sometimes prohibitive costs and lack of access to plumbing, electrical, and air ducting in your home. If anything were to go wrong with a bathroom or kitchen water or sewer line in the future you would have to tear out your new ceiling to repair them. For this reason it is recommended to use a drop ceiling in most basement remodels.

Drop ceilings have had a stigma for many years. Many people feel that they belong in offices and mobile homes. Modern manufacturers have come a long way in style and design choices in recent years and I would implore you to take a look at them. Many options are available from colors to mirrored even clear panels for anything from a traditional to a contemporary look. Drop panels also allow access to any existing plumbing and electrical systems as well as the ability to be changed out easily if they become damaged. Modern drop ceiling panels even offer substantial sound deadening qualities.

When deciding between the two take a look at your existing structure. You will need to keep a minimum of seven and one half feet from the floor (after you install your subfloor) and need to stay below air ducts and sewer lines. Dry walled ceilings in basements will generally need a structure built under your floor and plumbing to attach to thereby further using space. Drop ceilings hang from wires suspended from your joists and further supported by brackets along the wall. While many of you will need to have a drywall ceiling professionally installed most homeowners can install there own drop ceilings with time and patience.

Now that we have discussed some of the options in basement ceilings I hope you will find it easier to make a choice. Next in my articles on basement remodeling we will discuss your ceiling light installations and start on flooring.

Best Flooring For Bars

WHAT TO THINK ABOUT

The floor around a bar usually ends up getting wet, having items dropped on it, high traffic from bar stool feet, and increased stain causing situations.

What all this means is that you are going to need a sturdy floor that can take all that abuse and still provide you with a nice looking, long lasting floor that you can enjoy for years to come.

OTHER MILD CONSIDERATIONS

The floor isn’t the only concern. Here is a few tid bits that could help adjust your thoughts before you install a floor in your bar.

  • do I have good lighting?
  • do I have good access away from mainstream action in my home or business?
  • is there good water exits and plumbing areas?
  • will the ambiance be set right for the area I am installing the bar?
  • will the traffic to the bar cause problems to surrounding conditions?

THE ONLY REAL OPTION

Porcelain or Marble tile is a material that will allow incredible abuse. It proves to be the best flooring for bars. It has high resistance to scratches. It will also entertain many different types of spills so you don’t result in a stain. Plus the durability compared to ceramic tile is much higher in the situation where a bowl or glass is dropped on the ground.

These materials will completely resist water without any kind of leaking through the cracks or movement in the floor like laminate or wood will give you.

Tile is also easy to install and with all the options you have to find the best flooring for bars at multiple online websites leaves you with tons of design options.

Anyone can find the right color or size they need to give their room or bar a energetic or laid back feel without having to go through a lot of trouble.

You won’t be subject to just woods or laminates that all generally look the same. Tile will allow you to get more artistic and creative with your bar so that it won’t be the same as every else’s on the block. This will definitely help in terms of branding.

So to finalize the best flooring for bars is easily said PORCELAIN or MARBLE tile. Be sure to get a good sealer and grout to finish your install. You will also want to find a good adhesive that way you won’t have shifty tiles that could deny you of a solid set floor.

How to Enlarge the Penis Without Pills Or Pumps – A Guide to Getting a Larger Penis

Do you want to know how to enlarge the penis without pills or pumps? There are actually ways you can get a bigger manhood without using these methods. However, these techniques must be done the right way in order to be effective.

One of the least expensive ways to enlarge is to do exercises. One exercise that has been proven to be effective is the Arabian Jelq.

In the 1970s, Dr. Brian Richards performed a study analyzing the Jelq. Of his study group, 70% of the men experienced a increase in size of 1 1/2 to 2 inches, and 1 inch in circumference. However, the Jelq has to be done in the right way in order to work.

To do the Jelq, begin by warming up the area by placing a warm compress over the genitals. This increases blood flow, which will help your results. Next, work the penis into a semi-erect state. It needs to not get fully erect, or you will not get good results. If you start to get a full erection, stop and wait for it to go down.

Taking the first finger and thumb, encircle the base of the penis. Using constant pressure, push blood from the base to the tip in a slow, controlled motion. Then, repeat for about 15 to 30 minutes. Cool down with a warm compress over the area.

You need to repeat this exercise for several weeks to see results. Of course, you do get results faster with the addition of penis pills, as those increase the blood flow to the area. But you can still see a decent improvement with the exercise alone.

Discover The Nutrients That Can Give You Optimum Natural Immune Power Guaranteed

Would you agree that poor nutrition leads to poor immunity?

If so, keep reading…

Well, in a separate piece I wrote about How To Unlocking Your Natural Immune Power.

… And Nutrition, was the first secret mentioned as a means to unlocking your body’s natural immune power.

In this article, I’ll be giving an in-depth look at what KIND of nutrients are critical for boosting your immune power the natural way…

In fact, there are 7 essential vitamins & minerals to optimizing your natural immune power that provide the essentials to supporting, nurturing, & building your body’s strengthen.

Such essentials can be found in certain foods & even in certain dietary supplements we eat. For example:

Selenium. A potent antioxidant, that plays a key role in protecting your natural immune power against free radical damage.

– Some food sources that contain this mineral are whole grains, nuts, seeds, broccoli, & fish.

Vitamin A. Known as the anti-infective vitamin, as it enhances germ-fighting cell activity, which attack & destroy infected cells.

– Food sources include dark green leafy vegetables, bell peppers, butternut squash, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, & sweet potatoes.

Vitamin B. Also supports germ-fighting cell activity & can be found in foods such as fish, poultry, lean meats, whole grains, leafy greens, bananas, prunes, peanuts, walnuts, & chickpeas.

Vitamin C. Another antioxidant that protects immune cells from free radical damage & is vital to producing white blood cells.

– Everyday food sources include oranges, grape fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, kiwi, rutabagas, strawberries, sweet potatoes, & tomatoes.

Vitamin D. Maintains strong bones & prevents osteoporosis to help thymus glands generate sufficient immune strengthen.

– Top food choices are organic eggs, butter, & milk (even almond milk).

Vitamin E. An antioxidant that sacrifices its own electrons to cell damaging free radicals to neutralize them while raising levels of interferon & interleukin produced by natural immune power to fight infections.

– Food sources are wheat germ, molasses, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and yes- almond milk too.

Zinc. Plays a critical role in maintaining natural immune power with its ability to lessen severity & duration of colds.

– Such power is found in fish, shellfish, skinless poultry, lean cuts of lamb and beef.

Did you know that the USDA recommends we eat 7-13 servings of fruits & vegetables a day to stay healthy?

Is anyone doing that?

Now, between balancing family, work, & a host of other distractions of 21st century life… How can anyone?

Well…

Nutritional supplements containing any of the essential minerals & vitamins mentioned above that are derived from organically ground whole plants can support, nurture, & build your body’s natural immune power.

In doing so, will help your body to correct some immune deficiencies.

Tournament – PokerStars Verses Full Tilt

I've played a lot of tournaments at both sites and have had relative success at both, at least as far as cashing goes. Pros will tell you that if you can cash in 15% of the tournaments you play in than you're doing pretty well. When I do get to play, my stats at both sites have me cashing 20-27% of the time. Even when you do cash though, there has to be some bigger ones in there, some deep runs to pay for the ones you did not cash. In live tournaments it's even more important because you have expenses to pay for as well. For those that tour the various circuits playing tournaments they have to try and make enough that cover their hotel, travel, food, and any extra-curricular activities they may partake in while not playing.

Online, it can be just as important. You still want to be able to make up for your non cashes of course. If you're doing it for a living, then yes you want to be able to pay your rent / mortgage, bills, food, etc. I like playing tournaments online when I can. Lately it's been much harder to do with my busy work schedule and I do not play them when I have my son. I find that between the two sites I play tournaments on, PokerStars is slightly better than Full Tilt. Full Tilt is better in some categories as well and below are some of the things I like:

1) Number of Available Tournaments – This one easily belongs to PokerStars. They are not the biggest tournament site online for nothing. There are literally hundreds of tournaments at every level starting every few minutes and you can play a bunch at a time if you're adept at multi-tabling. At Full Tilt, if you can only afford to play at a certain level you may have to wait for a bit. There is more variety in all those tournaments you can sign up for at Stars too. More turbos, rebuys, 1 rebuy 1 addon, hyper-turbos, deep stack tournies, super stacked tournies … its goes on and on.

2) "Guarantee" tournaments – I like playing these ones and at Stars there are a LOT of them. Basically, a guarantee tournament is one where they list how big the prize pool is and no matter how many entrants there are, that number is the minimum that will be paid out. If there's a $ 10K Guarantee for a $ 10 + 1 (the "plus one" is the extra a site takes for themselves. The $ 10 goes into the prize pool) buy in tournament and only 100 people register? Then that $ 10K will be divided amongst those that cash. If more people than the minimum required to make a $ 10K prize pool register, then the prize pool goes up. So, if 2000 people register for that same tournament than the prize pool will be $ 20K. If it's not a guarantee tournament, they may require a minimum amount of people to be registered to run the tourney. I definitely prefer the guarantees

3) Structure – This one is actually pretty close now. It used to be that the structures on PokerStars were far superior. Full Tilt now seems to have tweaked there's a bit. Generally you start with 1500 in tournament chips and the blinds start at 10/20 with the rounds going 10 minutes. Tilt used to start you at 15/30 but they've dropped down to 10/20 as well which is a good thing. The lower the blinds are in relation to your starting stack, the more play you get and usually the longer you play the more the skilled player has an advantage. Skilled players always have the advantage of the non-skilled players in the long run. I may take a pot or two off Phil Ivey but in the long run he's going to kick my ass. lol The structures change depending on how big the buy in is too though.

For example, at PokerStars you buy in to a $ 10 + 1 tourney and the structures are as I've listed above. Antes start to kick in on the 7th level which is 50/100 and the blinds go up every ten minutes. In a bigger buy in tournament or in a lot of the guarantee tournaments they run, they may start you with 2000 or even 3000 in chips while keeping the blinds starting at 10/20. In their famous Sunday Million tournament the blinds start at 25/50 but you get 10K in tournament chips! And the blinds go up every 15 minutes instead of 10. Five minutes in the online world is huge. With not having to worry about shuffling and chips being pushed to players, you get to play so many more hands. I've played this one 3 times and cashed twice. I'd love to be able to play it every weekend, plus a lot of their other bigger tournaments they have on weekends. One day. 😉

4) Time Clock – This one, for me, belongs to Stars as well and it's the same for their ring games. PokerStars just gives you more time to make a decision while sometimes it seems like Tilt is trying to rush you to get more hands in. When you're deep in a tournament and you're being put to the test for your tournament life, you should have more than 30 seconds to make that decision. I know the time banks build up the deeper you get into a tournament but even in the beginning levels you sometimes need time to think, run the hand over in your mind, etc. If you're rushed into the wrong decision it could influence the rest of your tournament. Now you're either incredibly shortstacked cuz you made a call you should not have or you have less cuz you folded when you should have called and won a big pot. That is not fair. PokerStars gives you 90 seconds right from the beginning. Not on every decision though. If you use 30 seconds on one, you're down to 60 seconds next time the clock starts on you. But, if you do not use the clock for awhile, time gets added back on.

5) Quality of Player – I think this one is Stars also. It probably has to do with the fact that with there being so many more tournaments to play, it's easier for people to hone their games here. Full Tilt seems to be the place where the better cash game players are, probably driven by the nosebleed games and big names that are playing them at any given time. If you do not offer a lot of tournaments than you're going to go to the place where they ARE being offered. Pretty simple really. Now, this could make it tougher to go deep because there are so many more tournament savvy players but I find that it's also sometimes easier to play them. Fancy plays are lost on the lesser skilled player (another post for another time) but more skilled players understand that what you're trying to do, may not in fact be a bluff and that you do actually have the goods and fold. On the flip side, a more skilled player may be better able to sniff out that play, call you and take your chips. That's what makes it such a great game, that competitiveness and one upsmanship vs. your opponents.

6) Payouts – Here's where I think Full Tilt is better. They generally pay out to the top 10% of the field. If 1000 people are in the tournament, than 100 people are getting paid. Stars, for whatever reason, pays out to more people. Using the same example, Stars might pay out 150 or even 200 people. I'm guessing it's to get more people to play them because you have a better chance of making your money back. I disagree with that mentality. I think those that get paid should be earning it a bit more. Sometimes you'll see that even though you're getting paid, it might only be slightly more than what you paid to get in. Let's say they pay out the top 175 out of 1000 people and using the $ 10 + 1 buy in.

The next pay level might not be for another 30 people, meaning anyone who finishes from 175th-145th will get paid the same and that amount might be $ 11.75. The next pay level pays another 24 people (144th-120th) and the total is $ 11.76! It's true, and I've seen so many like this. I mean, what's the point? You've played this long to profit .75? (Do not forget about the $ 1 rake) I say keep it at 10% and use $ 1.75 / 1.76 that you're paying out to pay those that got that much deeper and they earn a little more. Now when you finish 100th they'd probably pay you more like $ 15 for the 100th-85th place finishers for example. I'd rather take that chance and win that little bit more for that bigger percentage pay out. I know it does not sound like much because I'm using lower limits for my examples, but in relation to the buy ins it's actually a fair bit.

So, there you have it. Both sites have their pros and cons but overall PokerStars is the clear winner here

A Guide to Commercial Awnings

Businesses are continuously looking for ways to spruce up their building’s appearance. In addition to wanting to look great, businesses are also frequently looking for cost-effective ways to advertise. Commercial awnings are a great way to get both functional savings and advertising from a single product.

One of the most commonly cited reasons for having commercial awnings is for advertising. Businesses can have awnings specially designed with their company name and logo on them. This type of commercial awning is an excellent tool in attracting attention to the business. You certainly have taken notice of a building with commercial awnings; they tend to stand out from those without awnings.

Commercial awnings also help to reduce a business’ utility costs. A commercial awning can provide shelter from the harsh summer sun, and is a very effective tool in reducing energy waste. Keeping the windows and doorways cool and shady is essential when striving to be more energy efficient. Some experts say that commercial awnings can reduce solar heat gain up to 70% in some cases; this leads to a great savings on energy bills.

Commercial awnings can be a great investment for any business. You are not only going to save on cooling costs in the summer, but you will also gain an excellent advertising tool. Commercial awnings add beauty, style and elegance to a business and make the business a more attractive place to visit. Awnings might seem like a considerable investment but in the long run, they will provide savings on utility bills. Additionally, using them as an advertising avenue can lead to more business.

Handicap Stencils Make Pavement Marking Simple

An Overview of Handicapped Parking

By now, you must be familiar with the international symbol of accessibility. Conceived in 1969 as an entry in a competition whose purpose it was to generate interest in the collective plight of disabled persons, the symbol is now found everywhere, from the surfaces of doors to the pavement of parking lots. It is the icon of a wheelchair with a circle on top to denote the head of a man. Placed alongside the common “man” and “woman” icons that you see before public restrooms, it looks like some kind of strange third alien creature. Even if you saw it as nothing more than a person in a wheelchair, the fact that it is supposed to stand for handicapped individuals in general is curious, considering that only about 10 percent of such persons in the United States needs to use a wheelchair. Still, it is the most common representation, and all we seem to have, for now.

The stencil for the handicapped symbol is in precisely this shape, and it is typically painted in the special parking slots that are reserved for the disabled, which slots you find in practically any parking lot that you encounter. These handicapped parking spaces are mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires a certain minimum number of parking slots be allocated to cater to disabled persons. This number starts at one for parking lots of 25 spaces or less, and gradually increases as the total amount of available parking space grows. There is also a set number of spaces that must be modified for the use of vans with elevators for wheelchairs. In all instances, handicapped parking spaces should be provided with access lanes to the building that is being serviced by the parking lot, and are wider than normal parking spaces to accommodate wheelchair users. The access lanes are themselves painted in stripes so that they are not mistaken as parking spaces by passing drivers who think they’ve gotten very lucky in their search for a slot.

The problem with the international symbol of accessibility, the fact that it misrepresents disability as a whole by equating it with wheelchair use, is a concern that is gradually being resolved by the efforts of the handicapped community and able-bodied persons sympathetic to their cause. An easy alternative is to simply use the word “HANDICAP” instead, so that all persons with a handicap of some sort, whether physical or mental, are covered by the special parking privilege. The word can readily be prepared on available letter stencils, and painted in lieu of the wheelchair icon. Another icon that is slowly gaining ground is the use of an “A” in the center of a box, with the “A” standing for Accessibility or Access. It is hoped that these less discriminatory options will eventually be rotated into greater circulation, and the wheelchair icon slowly phased out. In the meantime, however, the wheelchair icon’s popularity keeps it a staple in the average parking lot, and as an indicator of a statutory mandate, should be duly respected.