Coaching Outside Linebackers

The hardest position on the field for most defenses is the Outside Linebacker. In a typical 8-man Front, such as the 3-5-3 or 4-2-5 defenses, these players have dual responsibilities.

Responsibility

The Outside Linebacker is primarily responsible for containing the run, forcing the ball carrier to turn back inside on edge runs. He can also force the ball carrier to bubble and work laterally to the sideline, allowing pursuit to get there to help.

The second responsibility for the OLB is to cover the flats on the pass. Typically, 8-man fronts are going to be running Cover 3 as the base coverage.

Most defensive coordinators use a mixture of Zone and Man coverages. The OLB will normally be locked on the #2 Receiver to his side in Cover 1 or Cover 0, a slot or Tight End. When a player is locked up in man coverage, he cannot be considered a part of the run defense.

Alignment

The Outside Linebacker’s alignment will depend on your defense and his abilities. Typically, he will be somewhere in the range of 3-5 yards outside of the End Man on the Line of Scrimmage (EMOLS) and 2-5 yards off the Line of Scrimmage (LOS).

If there is a #2 receiver, the OLB commonly uses an apex alignment, 5 yards off the ball and halfway between the EMOLS and the slot. Depending on the team and the ability of the slot, you may choose to align him closer to the slot to deter the pass or tighter to the EMOLS to help on the running game.

Keys and Reaction

The OLB’s primary key is the EMOLS, a Tackle or Tight End, for a High-Hat, Low Hat read. High Hat, meaning the OT’s helmet pops up as in a pass set, tells him the play is pass, and he should open up to the flats (but this will be dictated by coverage call). On a low hat read, when the OT fires out with a flat back, he is assuming run. The OLB should be thinking run unless he gets a definite high hat pass read.

You can help the OLB get his reads by studying the film of the EMOLS he will be reading. Different teams employ different techniques for pass and run blocking.

After getting a low hat read, the OLB checks his secondary key – the running back. He needs to attack the run appropriately by reading the run block and backfield action:

EMOLS hard down block inside, RB to you: Attack the line of scrimmage to replace where the EMOLS left. Expect a kick-out block from a RB or pulling guard. Take it on with your inside arm, keeping the outside arm and leg free and the shoulders square to the line. Constrict the running lane inside and be ready to make the tackle of the Ball Carrier bounces outside.

EMOLS drive blocks the Defensive End, RB to you: Shuffle up and in, but do not close all the way to the line of scrimmage. Maintain outside leverage until the RB declares inside, then fold in to make the tackle. If he bounces outside, box the play.

EMOLS Reaches to you, RB fast flow outside to you: Attack to the line of scrimmage but keep your width. If you have a #2 receiver, decide whether you can beat him to the point of attack or need to defeat his block. If you have to defeat his block, go through him, driving him back and work to his outside to contain the play.

EMOLS Zone or Reach away from you, Backfield flow away: Keep your depth, fold inside to stack the Defensive End. Check for Counter, Reverse, Bootleg action and be ready to work back. Do not pass the Defensive End until the ball declares away from you.

The Play Action Pass can put a lot of stress on your backers. If the OLB reads run, he should attack because he is a run first player. But once he realizes pass, usually by the secondary key action, he should bust it to get back out to his pass coverage area. Never give up on a play!

Coaching the Outside Linebackers

The individual techniques needed for the OLBs are similar to any defensive player. They need to be able to read their key and react, defeat a block, make a tackle, pass drop and cause turnovers. All of these skills should be worked in a collection of 5 Every Day Drills, if time allows. Add in other drills to work your weaknesses.

Group work is crucial to the Outside Linebacker understanding his role. He will work with the Safeties, Corners, Defensive Ends and Inside Linebackers. Set up group drills each week that allow him to see his role in the defense with each of these groups. Make sure the group drills are relevant to the opponent you will face that week.

Understand that Offensive Coordinators will be picking on your Outside Linebacker. They are the player who is most easily put in conflict. Offensive schemes will try to frustrate him, and get him guessing.

Your Outside Linebackers will make mistakes! Train them to trust their keys, play physical, and run to the football at all times to have the best OLB play possible.

Finished Intarsia Woodwork – How Much Can I Sell It For?

How much can I sell my intarsia woodwork for? This is the question I get asked all the time. So I know that at least some of you out there are considering trying to sell your work.

So how much are they worth?

Early Days – A Typical Scenario

You’ve started on a new and exciting woodworking skill called Intarsia. You can’t get enough of it. Your family and friends are really impressed with the stuff you are making. So every new piece easily finds a home.

You are happy to give your finished pieces to your close family and friends. But then friends of friends start wanting pieces. It occurs to you that while you certainly enjoy making them there are costs involved other than your time. And even though you don’t feel you need to be paid for your time it would be nice to get some sort of return for your labours.

Mid Intarsia Crisis

Well maybe not a crisis but now you do start to think it might be good to sell a few intarsia pieces to recoup costs. And how much easier is it to get the boss to agree to a new machine in your workshop if you are showing a return. “Well dearest heart, I’ve made a few bob already and with that money I can buy a brand new – insert your preference here – so I can make my intarsia even more efficiently and then I’ll easily be able to get around to making that new coffee table you’ve always wanted and so richly deserve.” Woffle wofle woffle.

The Big Question – “How much are they worth?

“How long is a piece of string?

The golden rule. “They are worth whatever customers will pay for them”

Which doesn’t actually tell you anything. So let’s look at a couple of pricing scenarios.

The Academic Approach

A Masters degree in Business will tell you to do something like this. First calculate your total cost of production.

Material Costs

* Timber including any waste – $ Very little

* Plywood backing – $ A tiny amount

* Hangers from a framing shop – a few cents

Consumables

* Sandpaper – $ more than you’d first imagine but still not much

* Glue – a few more cents

* Varnish or oil finish – $ a few dollars

Overheads

* Workshop rent – it might be your garage but somebody some time had to pay for it.

* Telephone

* Electricity

* Broom for sweeping up

* yadda yadda yadda

Marketing

* Cost of stall at local flea market/car boot sale

* Traveling cost to get there

* Your time sitting behind the stall all day

Profit

* The cream on the top that you deserve over and above your wages for running your own business. And now the big one.

Labour

* Your local mechanic charges $50 (or $60 or $70) per hour to fix your car. And it’s probably the first year apprentice that’s done the work anyway. It’s taken you 84 hours to make your masterpiece (you’ve carefully noted the hours) and it looks fabulous. You’re not greedy so maybe $20 per hour is okay. That makes $1680 plus the $50 for all the materials etc. $1700+. Probably not going to get that at the local flea market.

Okay, let’s be less ambitious and work for $5 per hour, I don’t actually need anything, this is just a hobby. And I’m sure I must have got those hours wrong, lets pretend it was only 40 hours work. So $200 plus a bit extra for materials, let’s call it $220 all up. Now that sounds more reasonable.So not-with-standing the business degree, what we’ve actually done is made a guess at the price. Surely there’s a better way. You’re right, there is.

An aside Sitting all day in the hot sun at a local flea market hoping a punter with $220 in their pocket will happen by is okay occasionally but not a regular, reliable income stream. Oh, you say, but if you take your work to a local gallery they want 40%, or 50% or more for themselves. And all they have to do is hang it on their wall, I had to do all the hard yakka to make it. Highway robbery. But if you go the gallery route you don’t have to hang around all day, every day looking for customers. They do that. That’s what you pay them for. And they have to spend the money to make their gallery look good, not you. We always tried to make quality woodwork so we could interest the best galleries in the land. Way to go. Happy to pay their cut as long as they keep them trucking over.

The Two Month Rule

I take my finished woodwork to the local craft gallery and talk to the owner. After some discussion we came to an agreed starting price and his percentage. Listen to the owner. If they are any good they know their market. Your beautiful intarsia gets hung on the wall. Hopefully the first thing the customer sees when they first walk into the gallery.

* If the work sells in less than two months it is too cheap.

* If it takes much longer than two months to sell it is too expensive.

* And you guessed it, if it sells in about two months the price is just right.

The first time I did this I took along 2 frog intarsia on Thursday. They both sold that weekend. Priced too cheaply but I knew there was a market.

Okay, so now you know the price you can sell them for. But maybe you are still only going to be earning $5 per hour based on the time it took you to make that first one.

So what have you gained?The knowledge that you can’t expect your customers to pay for your inefficiency.

So what can you do about it. There are lots of ways to streamline your production. You will make your 20th frog a lot more quickly than the first one. As you get more experienced you will come up with all sorts of short cuts. But that’s another article.

Painting Business – 13 Point Checklist of Essential Tools Most Needed to Start a Painting Business

If you are considering starting a commercial or residential painting business you will only need some basic low-cost tools to start with. You can buy other tools as more jobs come along and with your down payments. Here is a list of the most essential painting business tools needed to get you started.

1.) Quality Cage Frame – Also known as a paint roller. Wooster and Purdy both have strong, commercial-use cage frames sold at most professional paint stores.

2.) Extension Pole – Get yourself a good medium-size fiberglass extension pole for rolling out walls and ceilings.

3.) Wall-Sander – I always sand walls and ceilings before I roll them out. It cleans up cobwebs and anything else that needs to be knocked down to make the walls and ceilings smooth.

4.) Roller Bucket – I use Wooster’s roller bucket. It is tall, square and has a lid. It is made out of durable plastic and balances a lot better than a paint tray and washes out easy. It’s a must have.

5.) Cut-in Bucket – I like to put some paint in a small plastic bucket for cutting in. There are small 1-gallon buckets of drywall compound that when empty make a great cut-bucket plus they have a lid. They will last for years.

6.) Step Ladder – A regular wooden 5-foot step ladder works perfect for most homes. If I need a 6-foot ladder I have an aluminum one for that. Most of the time all I need is my 5-footer and I am only 5’6″ so there you go.

7.) 16′ Extension Ladder – Great for stairwells or ranch-style exterior jobs. I use my 16-foot extension ladder more than any other size. I also have 20′ and a 24′ extension ladders, but i couldn’t get by without my little 16-footer.8.) Drop Cloths – I like using the runner type the most. They are inexpensive, light to carry and can be moved around the room easily. I also have 9 x 12’s on hand.

9.) Fluorescent Light – Interior painting without a fluorescent light is nearly impossible, especially on a cloudy day. Fluorescent light is a nice white light that is great for painting and shows up the colors in their true form.

10.) Tool Bucket – An empty 5-gallon bucket makes a great tool bucket. I keep my pliers, a hammer, razor-blade knives, a caulk gun, etc., in my tool bucket.

11.) Small Fan – I bought a $30 blower type fan made by Stanley Tools from Walmart. It dries out walls and ceilings quickly so you can get back to work cutting in and moving around the room without it being wet.

12.) Drywall compound – I hate Spackle. It flashes under paint jobs. I use the Sheetrock brand of 90-minute quick-dry drywall compound found at Lowes or other hardware stores for around $11 a bag. It will last me all year long. It is the powder formula and is easy to mix up right on the job with water and a small cut bucket. This way you don’t have to carry a heavy 5-gallon pale around with you that can also freeze during the wintertime and can get lots of chunks in it over time.

13.) Caulk Gun – I use painters caulk all the time to fill small gaps between woodwork, trim and walls. Most paint stores have it on hand. I use the 35-year interior/exterior type.

So there you have it. If you are considering starting your own painting business and want to know how much it will cost to get started this list will help you. I would guess off hand that everything on the list totals around $300. If you already have a step ladder and even a small extension ladder, this will cut the start up cost down considerably.

Advantages of Defragging Your Hard Drive

If you want your computer to keep functioning at its best, you should defrag its hard drive once in a while. Hard drives usually have spinning platters that contain data. Each time your computer inputs data to your hard drive, it creates blocks which are sequentially ordered from one side of the platter to the other.

When your files are split into different blocks, fragmentation occurs. Your hard drive has a hard time reading these files because it has to go to different areas on your platter. To fix this issue, you need to defrag your hard drive. One of the main advantages of defragging your hard drive is that these separate blocks are put together in a sequential order.

When you defrag your hard drive, your drive head no longer has to go to different areas on your platter just to read one file. This improves the performance of your computer. Yet another advantage of defragmentation is that it can make your computer run faster. If your computer is faster, you will be able to run programs and applications more easily and quickly.

Then again, it may take some time before you can complete your disk defragmenting process. If you have a screen saver or any other similar features, you may have a hard time defragmenting your computer. Applications like this can cause your defragmenter to stop and restart. So if you do not want to experience any hassle, you should just defrag your hard drive overnight.

To know more about disk defragmentation, here are some pointers:

* If your drive has at least ten percent fragmentation, you need to defragment it. This is especially true if your computer is old.

* If you already have an “SSD” or solid-state drive on your computer, there is no more need to defragment it. Unlike ordinary hard drives, solid-state drives do not store data with the use of a spinning platter. They also do not go to different areas of the hard drive to read files. Hence, defragmenting your computer will have no effect if you use an SSD. Then again, you should take note that solid-state drives also need to be maintained.

* If you have a non-SSD on your computer, disk defragmentation is still necessary.

* If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can also rest assured that your hard drives are automatically defragmented on a specific schedule. If you want to ensure that everything is going well, you can go to your Start menu and type in “defrag.” Then, open your Disk Defragmenter to see if it is running smoothly. You should be able to see when you last performed defragmentation. Also, you should be able to find out if your drives have fragmentation.

* If you are using Windows 8 and you see your solid-state drives in the defragmenter interface, this does not automatically mean that your SSDs are being defragmented. It only means that other drives related to your SSDs are being defragmented.

* If you are using Windows XP, you need to manually defragment your drives. To do so, you have to go to your Start menu and click Run. Type in “dfrg.msc” and hit Enter. Your Disk Defragmenter will open up and you will be able to defragment your drives one by one. Ideally, you should run a “defrag” once or twice a week; but you can also use your Task Scheduler to run a defrag on a certain schedule.

* If you use a solid-state drive on your Windows XP, see to it that you upgrade as soon as possible. Windows XP does not have built-in tools that can maintain your SSD, so you should upgrade to a higher operating system, such as Windows 7.

* If you are using Mac, you also do not have to worry about defragmenting files manually. Your operating system can automatically defragment small files. Then again, if you have lots of large files, you should probably run a defrag once in a while in order to prevent your Mac from slowing down.

* The built-in Disk Defragmenter of Windows is already enough to take care of your files. However, if you wish to find out which of your files are fragmented, you may get third-party defragmenting tools. These tools are also useful if you want to shrink a drive or defragment your system files.

Likewise, you can set this up to automatically run at a preset timeframe. For instance, you can choose to run a defrag once every couple of weeks. Just go to your Disk Defragmenter window and tweak the Configure Schedule.

Paint Bull Review

Paint Bull is a ground-up, low-cost franchise specializing in the automotive appearance industry and has been in operation since 1989. These folks have thought of everything! Have a look at the features of this franchise.

First of all, they’ll give you 2 weeks hands-on instruction. The first week would be at their training facility in Detroit (Motor City) MI. This is the only training center in the entire country specifically designed for the Automotive Appearance Repair Industry. The second week, you will train in the field on a real route with one of their own technicians. You’ll see the business first hand. Paint Bull operates their own fleet of trucks (the largest fleet of mobile repair vehicles in Michigan,) so they test every process in the field before it is passed to you. Next, a field sales rep flies to your location and helps you contact car dealers and other auto businesses that can feed your new beast. Support is great. They have a fully-stocked warehouse with every tool you will need to execute beautification on the entire auto world and, of course, they have an 800 number. Paint Bull has qualified as a Champion Distributor with Dupont/Standox Corporation which allows them to have direct access to all the benefits of the world’s largest paint manufacturer, and that includes their technical expertise. PB will even teach you how to set up your business tax structure for dealing with Uncle Sam. This business will have great tax advantages!

There are three different franchise packages.

  1. The Platinum Package is designed for the individual with sales and business experience within the Automotive Repair Industry who has the contacts but just needs the equipment and training to put a business together.
  2. With the Small Business Package, you can offer customers a premium paint polishing service, touch-up paint damage on chips, nicks and scratches, restore headlights to shiny new condition, and repair bulls-eyes and stars in windshields.
  3. The most popular program for starting a new business, the Field Training Package, has been designed for the person with little or no prior business experience in the automotive restoration industry. The Field Training Package is a Turn Key Program focused on providing a complete Mobile Paint Repair Business.

All in all, a great low-cost package with no experience required. In general, a one-truck operation grosses about $100,000 a year and carries a price tag of $5,000 – $30,000. Paint Bull may prove to be a good buy. If you’re looking for something less expensive with a potentially larger income and requiring no experience, have a look below.

Honda Generator EB3800, For an Unfailing Power Stream

Honda generator EB3800 is one of Honda’s industrial generator models that is designed for construction use and is also ideal as a backup power supply at home.

The EB3800 model has a 4-stoke engine that yields unparalleled fuel efficiency. It operates incredibly quiet and practically smoke-free. There will be no hassle in mixing oil and gas, for this machine runs in regular gasoline. Honda generator EB3800 also has a hanger kit, which is used for lifting the unit with cranes to facilitate easier transport. Moreover, it has a two-wheel kit, which also permits trouble-free transport of the machine for commercial or home use. It is also equipped with an automatic voltage regulator that ensures a reliable and steady flow of power.

Other features of this brand of generator include electric ignition, circuit breakers, fuel meter, and automatic idle mode. In addition, it comes with an enduring one piece, welded frame along shatterproof standing legs. Also, it has a 120/240V switch for the preferred voltage output.

Honda is one of the most renowned makers of generators, having a complete line of models for consumer to commercial needs. Honda generators are also marked among the worlds quietest. Those designed for residential use yields an average of 64-68 decibels, and those specially designed to be noise-free only crop noise levels as low as 49 decibels, nearly just as the level of noise in private offices.

In a world where all is uncertain, it is wise to get your own generator now. Nothing is more annoying than an interrupted power supply, may it be at home or at office. And to be sure it’s a good deal, get one from Honda.

What Can a Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer Do For You?

Have you been suffering from complications due to a vaginal procedure that has used vaginal mesh? There are lawyers that can help you. If you have been injured or damaged because of something that is not your fault it is always a good idea to look into a lawyer for their expertise on the subject.

A lawyer should be well rounded and experienced enough with many different types of cases. In this case, you should find a lawyer that is experienced with vaginal mesh problems. This way they have the skills and the knowledge of how to win your case for you effortlessly. If they have gone through it multiple times, then they know what works and what does not work in the court room to bring justice to your case.

These types of lawyers have literally seen everything having to do with vaginal mesh problems if this is their most common area of ​​practice. Things like bleeding, mesh erosion, pain, infection, bladder problems and more have all come up because of surgery gone wrong.

Did you know that there is actually no benefit of having a pelvic organ repaired repair surgery done through the vagina as opposed to the abdomen? Did you know that it is also a better idea to use stitches rather than surgical mesh especially internally? Lawyers will teach you the things that you and your doctors should have taught about before undergoing surgery at all. You should have been taught all the risks and other possible outcomes before they start intestine intercept risky procedures on you.

There have been over 1500 cases of complications due to using vaginal mesh during one of these surgeries since the mesh has been distributed by manufacturers in 2008. The manufacturers were supposed to give all of the facts and warnings before giving them to the doctors to use blindly on patients. All of this information will be included in your case and you will be given back what has been taken from you.

Your bills will be paid, your pain and suffering will be compensated for and also your lack of ability to work and whatever other problems you may have encountered will be brought to justice. An attorney will not let anything get past them and you will not have to deal with the consequences; they will. With their knowledge, connections and power, your case will be brought to justice and your days of suffering will be over. With the experience, skill and knowledge that a lawyer has spent many years developing, you will be able to win.

Tornado Survival Skills

For their size, tornadoes are nature’s most violent storm born force. Every year tornadoes leave death and destruction in their wake. Natures fury is a part of life, and for all who perish in these storms, many more survive. Below you will find facts and tips that can help increase your chances for survival.

Tornado Facts

A tornado can leave damage paths in excess 50 miles long and one mile wide. Tornadoes can have winds that reach up to 300 miles an hour. A tornado can strike quickly, with little or no warning. Most tornadoes have a forward speed of 30-70 miles an hour. A tornado can appear nearly transparent until they pick up dust and debris. The largest percentage of tornadoes occur between 3 pm. and 9 pm. Most tornadoes move in a Southwest to Northeast direction. Tornadoes that form over water are called Waterspouts. Flying debris, it is the leading cause of death during a tornado.

What do the watches and warnings mean?

Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible, keep alert.

Tornado Warning: Tornado(es) have been reported or seen on radar.

Before a Tornado

Be alert to changing weather conditions. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or the news for updated reports and advisories. Be prepared to take shelter if needed. Look for these tornado danger signs: Dark, or green skies, Hail. Dark low-lying clouds, and cloud rotation. A loud roaring sound similar to a freight train.

During a Tornado

Take shelter immediately! If you’re in a home, building, or other structure take shelter in a safe room, basement, and storm shelter on the lowest level. If a shelter is not available then take refuge on the lowest level of an interior room away from windows and doors. Find a closet if possible in the center of the structure. Protect your head and neck. If your in a vehicle or mobile home get out quickly and find suitable shelter; never try to outrun a tornado. If you’re Outdoors, then move indoors if possible. If an indoor shelter is not possible, then lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Do not get under an overpass or bridge unless it is your only alternative. There was a tornado video years back that showed people taking shelter under an overpass: they survived. Many people assumed this was a safe location because of this video. The fact is that the winds can accelerate substantially under an overpass. Overpasses also offer very little protection from flying debris. Many people have been killed taking shelter under overpasses and bridges since the release of this video.

Tornado Shelters

Your decision to build a storm shelter could one day save your life, and the lives of your friends and family. There are many shelters available depending on the area you live, and the money you have to spend. Pre-built shelters can be very costly so you should choose one that can be used for other purposes like a safe room, fallout shelter, food storage, or an additional living space. There are a few companies that have started marketing portable storm shelter; there is even a portable tornado shelter that can be carried with you!

Time is of the Essence in Nevada Purchase Agreements

Most state courts, including the Nevada Supreme Court, recognize and enforce the integrity of “time is of the essence clauses.” The Nevada Supreme Court recognizes that at common law a tender of money, which a party is bound to pay at a certain time and place, must be made on the day fixed for payment, and not thereafter, and that relief against forfeiture will not be granted where time of performance is made essential by the express terms of the contract, stating, “[a] court of equity has no more right than a court of law to dispense with an express stipulation of the parties in regard to time in contracts of this nature.” In one case the Nevada Supreme Court did rescue the defaulting purchaser from the harsh forfeiture of foreclosure of the “installment purchase agreement” whereby, the installment purchaser (the equitable owner) was in default of a mere $63.75 in tax payments and interest, and the seller had attempted to foreclose the equitable interest of the purchaser, pursuant to a harsh and inequitable forfeiture clause. Many times the court will rescue the defaulting purchaser, as it has done in many “equitable conversion” type cases that arise under installment purchase agreements, to avoid harsh, unjust forfeitures.

“Equitable conversion” cases are those where the purchaser is purchasing property on an installment “contract for deed.” In such cases, even though the deed and “legal title” may not be delivered until all payments have been made, the “equitable title” is held by the purchaser in the interim. In one often cited contract for deed purchase, the Nevada Supreme Court rescued the purchaser from total forfeiture of the property, allowing the purchaser a reasonable time to cure, in spite of a time is of the essence clause, because the default was minor in comparison to the substantial forfeiture that would have occurred if the court had not rescued the buyer in equity. In Slobe, the installment purchaser was granted a reasonable time to cure an $8,320.28 default in light of the substantial $90,000 investment into the motel in dispute. The courts have been willing to rescue purchasers from harsh forfeitures when they have taken legal, peaceful possession, and enhanced the property, and/or made substantial payments thereon. However, in non-equitable conversion cases, the courts have not been so willing to rescue, and will require strict compliance with the “time is of the essence” provision. The Nevada Supreme Court has held that, [t]he rule is well established that in order for a purchaser to successfully sue a vendor for damages for breach of a contract for the sale of land, the purchaser must show that he has performed all conditions precedent or concurrent, or that such performance has been excused.

Even surrounding states’ appellate court decisions hold identically with Nevada case law, that a seller of real property, pursuant to a real estate purchase agreement, is justified in canceling the escrow if the purchaser has failed to perform a material part of the contract which is a condition concurrent or precedent to the seller’s obligations to perform. In one instance the purchaser of real property tendered his performance three hours beyond the specified time for performance. The appellate court ruled that the purchaser was in breach and not entitled to specific performance, because the “time is of the essence” clause and plain language contained in that purchase agreement caused the contract to expire precisely three hours prior to tendered performance.

It has been held that if neither party tenders performance by the date set for closure under a contract that provides time is of the essence, the duties of both parties are discharged by passage of that date.

Where the escrow agreement specifies a definite time for performance, performance must be made within the time limit of the agreement, and the escrow agent is without power to deliver a deed thereafter. It is well settled that performance must be made within the time limit of the escrow agreement.

The Nevada Supreme Court recently held that, “this court will not rewrite the parties’ contract and will require strict compliance with the ‘time is of the essence’ provision.

Thus, Realtors, lawyers, and purchasers beware: the “time is of the essence” clause is still alive and well in Nevada and surrounding states. Most courts will rely on this clause and longstanding precedents to deny any relief to a late purchaser, based upon the sound legal principle that a purchase agreement expires by its own terms and will not be rewritten or extended by the court. The exception to the rule is applied to prevent a harsh, inequitable forfeiture where a defaulting installment-contract purchaser is rescued from a harsh forfeiture which would not be justified by a relatively minor breach which could be cured within a reasonable time. In such cases the laws of equity will intervene to promote fairness and to avoid the harsh, inequitable forfeitures that would otherwise result through a strict application of “time is of the essence” clauses. In such cases the courts have favored an action for damages over a full forfeiture of a substantial equitable interest.

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Keeping Your Comfort Room Clean and Fragrant

The toilet seat is one of the most frequented seats at home. It is also the haven of millions of good and bad bacteria that can easily come in contact to our skin. With this in mind, we must keep it clean and free from bad odor. You need the right character in constantly keeping the room in good condition.

The following are some tips for a comfort room that rocks:

1. Cleaning the comfort room should be done everyday. Ideal cleaning time is early in the morning before anybody takes a shower.

2. You can keep it fragrant by putting an air freshener. Good house plants can do the trick for you if you don’t want to have commercial air fresheners. Put two or three house plants by the window and make sure you water them a little every afternoon.

3. Have a rack or case for your cleaning materials. Toilet cleaner liquids, toilet brush and soaps must have their own container. Put it beside the toilet bowl.

4. Your shampoos, bath soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, shaving cream and stuff must be located by the mirror. You can put them in a container too.

5. Have a pail and dipper by the faucet. Using a pail and dipper to store water for your bath helps in conserving your water. Letting the shower pour water carelessly while you take your bath consume more amount of water.

6. Put a plastic mat by the inside door of the comfort room and a dry rug by the outside. The mats will drain your wet slippers so that you won’t be walking around wetting the floor.

7. Have a container for your dry laundry. Have a hanging line for your wet laundry. When the clothes are dry already, you can put them along with the dry ones.

Understanding Stanislavski Through Acting Exercises

Stanislavski’s acting technique has inspired all the major acting methods developed in America in the twentieth century, yet a lot of beginning actors still find it difficult to understand. For a quick look at the basics of the “Stanislavski system”, below are four of Stanislavski’s acting principles, each illustrated by a simple acting exercise.

1) Using your imagination to create real emotions on stage

Stanislavski encouraged his students to use the magic if to believe in the circumstances of the play. Actors use their imagination to answer questions like:

“What if what happens in the scene was really happening to me?”

“Where do I come from?”

“What do I want?”

“Where am I going?”

“What will I do when I get there?”

A simple exercise you can do anywhere to develop your imagination is to simply observe people surrounding you as you go about your daily life (for example, in the subway or at the coffee shop). Then, invent details about their lives and use your observations to make up a biography for each person. The next step is to write the biography of a character you’re playing.

2) Action versus Emotion

Stanislavsky encouraged his students to concentrate on actions rather than emotions. In every scene, the actor has an objective (a goal of what he wants to accomplish) and faces a series of obstacles. To reach his goal, the actor breaks the scene down into beats, with each beat being an active verb, something the character does to try to reach his objective. Here are a few examples of active verbs that can be actions in scenes:

To help

To hurt

To praise

To demean

To leave

To keep

To convince

A simple exercise to get used to this way of working is to get a piece of paper and continue this list, adding as many active verbs as you can think of.

3) Relaxation and Concentration

Actors who study Stanislavski’s acting method learn to relax their muscles. The goal is to not use any extra muscles than the ones needed to perform a particular action on stage. They also work on concentration so they can reach a state of solitude in public and not feel tense when performing on stage. In this acting technique, relaxation and concentration go hand in hand.

Here’s a simple Stanislavski concentration exercise to get started…

Close your eyes and concentrate on every sound you hear, from the loudest to the most quiet: a door slamming in the distance, a ruffle of the leaves in the trees outside, the hum of the air conditioner, etc. Try to focus solely on sounds, excluding everything else from your mind. The next step is to open your eyes and try to retain the same amount of focus.

4) Using the senses

Stanislavsky students practiced using their senses to create a sense of reality on stage. For example, if their character just walked indoors and it was snowing outside, they may work on an exercise to remember what being outdoors in the snow feels like so they can have a strong sense of where they’re coming from.

Here’s a quick example of how you would approach that type of exercise…

Close your eyes and imagine you are outdoors in the snow, then ask yourself the following five questions:

What do you see? Is the snow pristine? Muddy? Is it sparkling in the sun? Is it more of a dark cloudy day?

What do you smell? How cold is the air as it enters your nostrils and goes down to your lungs?

What do you hear? Is it more quiet than usual?

What do you feel? How does the snow feel as it falls on your face? Is it sticky? Powdery? Wet? Are your toes cold?

What do you taste? Imagine that a snowflake falls on your lips. How does it taste?

Is your throat dry from the cold?

Of course, there’s a lot more to Stanislavski than these four acting principles. Among other things, Stanislavski developed several exercises to help actors build a character “from the outside in” through physicality and voice. These techniques are described in his book, Building a Character, the second in a trilogy of must-read acting books by this great actor and director.

5 Most Popular Types of Industrial Equipment

There are many forms of industrial equipment used in the workplace. Industrial equipment is usually large and made of materials such as steel and titanium for optimal strength. These machines are often needed to lift and move materials which may possibly weigh thousands of pounds.

A piece of industrial equipment which is not in working order should never be used for any reason. All equipment is inspected at the beginning of everyday to ensure they are in the best condition for workers.

By now, there are a million pieces of industrial equipment racing through your head but the question is, which ones are the most popular and most crucial to the industrial field? Below you will find five types of industrial equipment which are known to be the masters of all machines in the industrial workplace:

1. Bulldozers – Bulldozers are massive machines which are used mostly in the construction and mining industries. Bulldozers have the ability to lift and move vast amounts of dirt and other debris from one place to another. Bulldozers can operate in many conditions including snow, hail and rain. These pieces of equipment are generally used to dig up the ground and provide room for building houses or other types of buildings.

2. Cranes – Cranes are generally used to transport hard, heavy items from one place to another. The arm of the crane is used to swing the object from one place to another and the arm can be adjusted according to how far the materials need to go. Unlike bulldozers, cranes have the ability to transport objects over uneven levels of ground.

3. Excavators – Excavators are engineering vehicles which consist of backhoes and cabs. They are mainly used in the digging of trenches, foundations and holes. They can also be used to destroy objects which are no longer needed for any reason and in which case need to be compressed and condensed.

4. Fork Lifts – Forklifts are warehouse vehicles which are used to lift, hoist and transport extremely heavy items from one place to another. Forklifts are known to be indispensable pieces of equipment in many industrial workplaces.

5. Compressors – Most of the pieces of equipment listed above are used for construction purposes, however compressors are generally used in more of a factory-type setting. Compressors are used to provide high pressures of air or other forms of gases. These devices can be regulated in order to maintain the desired amount of pressure in the tank.

There are many other forms of industrial equipment. Each piece of equipment is designed to perform a specific task which contributes to the overall success in this field of work. Without these forms of equipment many industrial areas would not exist.

The Trendy Pergola: A Brief History

In 2002, an old pergola on Pioneer Square, Seattle was accidentally obliterated by a truck driver. Almost a hundred years old, its death wrenched the hearts of its citizens and the kind city folk of Seattle restored it to be a stronger force to reckon with. But where did the pergola come from? What brought about this lattice-roofed tunnel of pillars?

The pergola’s roots are found deeply set in Egypt and China. Both ancient civilizations had devised ways of providing shade during the hot months. While the Egyptians had made them angular and long, the Chinese had made them curved and round. The former made them from shady trees that bore fruits like figs and grapes. The latter designed them for houses and temples.

With the conquest of Egypt, grapes and vine training systems were introduced to the Romans. Its usefulness against the sun did not go unnoticed as well. Tree boughs that were entwined together became a popular addition to the mansions of the Roman aristocracy. The Renaissance period and the works of Leon Battista Aberti brought the pergola back into the limelight with the creation of shady garden tunnels made entirely of trees and interlaced branches, with white roses blooming within.

When the Roman Empire fell, the pergola was brought to the background but not forgotten. During King Charles the VIII’s raid of Italy in the 1400’s, the pergola became one of the many art forms plundered. Soon, French mansions became fashionable with these shade-endowing structures.

Two hundred years later, the pergola began to take on newer forms. Stone structures and the predominant masonry of the time started to serve as its pillars. Lattice structures were evolving and began to grow more intricate and sturdy. A century later, its artificial form was rejected by the naturalists and the pergola once again faded into the shadows.

By the time the 19th century arrived, the pergola was starting to become trendy again thanks to two Britons: Sir Edwin Lutyens, their greatest architect, and Gertrude Jekyll, a garden designer. Their gardening and housing gigs brought the pergola back to life with the soft garden tones mixing with the classic rail-like structures.

Soon the garden architecture of the pergola was brought over to the Americas by the first migrants. They continued to evolve and become more practical as new innovations made them into the form that we see them in now: a pergola with a touch of European aristocracy and ancient Egyptian/Chinese roots. And they continue to become more popular in different landscaping and home improvement circles.

Rhode Island Divorce – The Confusing DR-6 Financial Form

If you’re in a Rhode Island Divorce proceeding you’ll be introduced to a form known as the DR-6. This form requires you to provide a variety of financial information. It must be filed in any new divorce proceeding in the Rhode Island Family Courts and most people find it to be one of the more annoying tasks of their divorce.

The DR-6 Form that you MUST file at the time of your Rhode Island Divorce Complaint filing is your Statement of Assets and Financial Obligations. It is usually a single page with front and back that must be completed. The front side of the form contains your assets and income and the back side of the form contains your expenses and your debt. Typically it has been understood that you only put your specific information on this form.

For instance, on the front side of the form, for income you would put your income if you are employed or any income that you receive personally. You would not put down your combined income with your spouse. In a Rhode Island Divorce is it important that the family court judge has a picture of what your income is in the marriage and what assets you have or that you claim an interest in now that your marriage has broken down. This assists the court by giving information that the judge may consider pertinent in making an equitable distribution of the marital estate between you and your husband.

The top portion of the first side of the DR-6 Financial Form / Statement of Assets and Liabilities is typically covered by simply transferring the information from a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly paycheck into the various boxes that match up between the form and your paycheck.

The remainder of the front side of the DR-6 financial form seeks information about health and life insurances, bank accounts and assets such as a the value of your home or other real estate, tangible property, retirement accounts (i.e. 401k, 403b, IRA’s, Pensions) and motor vehicles.

Other than the income portion of the front side of the DR-6 the remainder of the form seeks information that may overlap. For instance, if you have a joint bank account with your spouse you would put this account down and how much is in the account because you both “own” that bank account as an asset. However, it would be wise to note on the form that it is a “joint” bank account. If you are approximating the value of anything, you may wish to put the notation “approx.” beside the number or “best approx.” for your best approximation as to what you believe the value may be.

The reverse side of this necessary form in your Rhode Island Divorce form is the expenses and expenditures information. This provides the information of your current financial picture. In otherwords, specifically what you are currently paying.

The back of the DR-6 form is frequently misunderstood with good reason. Many people fill out multiple columns since there are columns for weekly, bi-weekly and monthly on the form. This happens even though the form indicates that you should select only one column. One column should be selected and everything calculated based upon that single column. Thus, you should calculate everything down to monthly, weekly or bi-weekly . . . whichever works best for you.

The bottom of the form gives a final calculation box the indicates the minimum amount of monies you need to meet your obligations. This is what often confuses clients because it seems to tell them that they should put in everything that they might be responsible for, OR everything that has their name on it as an obligation, OR even a portion of everything they claim to have an interest in that has a payment on it. The fear is that the judge will order the client to pay additional things that they haven’t factored in to their DR-6 form and it will leave the client without monies to pay them.

Rhode Island divorces are hard enough without you having to stress over a confusing form. This form is intended to be updated throughout the divorce process as often as necessary to keep the court up to date regarding the changing financial circumstances of each party. It has been used by Rhode Island family court judges to help make suggestions regarding the equitable distribution of assets as well as a reasonable apportionment of debt between the parties. It is also used to determine income for purposes of child support. The form may also be very useful in determining whether the income and debt obligations between the parties support a possible determination by the court that there should be a deferred sale of the marital home if there are minor children of the parties and the income and assets of the parties is sufficient to sustain the home with the parties residing separately.

The DR-6 form can, and often is, confusing. It is not something that clients truly need to stress over. Just take the time to indicate your current financial picture, give your best approximations where exact figures are not possible and/or the information is not available and make sure you notify your attorney and update the form if your financial picture changes.

Backward Roll 101 – How to Teach a Backward Roll

One gymnastics skill that every gymnast will have to learn at one point or another is a backwards roll. Many people wouldn’t think of this skill as very important, but believe me, it is! A backward roll is the foundation of many different skills such as: backward-roll to pike, backward-roll to pushup, back extension roll, back tuck, double backs, etc. Make sure you learn and practice your backward roll the correct way. Correct technique in each and every gymnastics skill is very vital because these beginning skills are the base to so many important and required upper gymnastics level skills. Here is the step by step instructions on doing a correct backwards roll, hope this helps!

  1. Squat down with your legs and feet together.
  2. Bend your arms and place your hands right next to your ears with your palms facing the ceiling and your fingers facing backwards.
  3. Tuck your chin to your chest
  4. Round your back like a cat
  5. Lean backwards and roll
  6. Once your hands meet the ground make your arms straight and push off the floor.
  7. Land on your feet in either a pike or a squat (do not land on your knees)

Many times gymnastics coaches use an incline gymnastics mat or wedge mat as a teaching aid for rolls. It gives the gymnasts a little more momentum.

When spotting a gymnast on this gymnastics skill you want to lift their hips so they don’t hurt their neck.

Before you introduce the backward roll to your gymnast you should try starting them out with a gymnastics drill. For this drill you should start just like normal but once you roll you should squash your hands against the floor and then re-roll forward. This is kinda like a candle stick but with bent knees and arms. Each time your gymnast tries this drill encourage them to push off their hands more and more.

Mistakes in a Backward Roll

The most common mistakes gymnasts make is arching and throwing their head and shoulders backward. When doing a backward-roll you must round your back like a kitty cat.

The second most common mistake I see gymnasts make is not pushing off their hands. If they do not push off their hands they usually hurt their neck and never make it over. Usually they go back and fall over to the side.

I really this helps you and your beginning gymnast!

Remember, drills can be a great help when learning new skills!