Bartender Tools – The Essential Tools That Should Be Behind Every Bar

A lot of times when people open a new bar or are throwing a big party, they always seem to forget something. It’s usually one of the “bartender tools” that are necessary but are also easily forgettable. The “bartenders tools” are very important, some are optional and you can live without, but in my experience when you forget lemons is when people want lemondrops or tequila shots. When you don’t have lime wedges, everybody orders Margaritas or Mojitos. So in the Holiday Spirit for the party season. I have put together a little checklist of “bartender tools” that you might need.

This is basically for those of you who wish to start their own home bar from scratch, are having a party, or just wish to practice at home. All of these tools will be supplied for you otherwise. These are just the bare minimums to get by on, you of course will want to add stuff as your creativity, knowledge, and experience progress.

AT THE BAR: This is where most of you “bartender tools” will be kept for easy access. A set of mixing tins an ice scoop, a bar spoon, a muddler,a glass rimmer, straws, and napkins. A fruit caddy with lime wedges, lemon wheels, maraschino cherries, orange slices, green olives, cocktail onions, and celery sticks. You might also need sugar packets, salt, pepper, celery salt, hot sauce, worcestershire sauce, and whipped cream. The more complex of a drink menu you have, the more garnishments you will need. I’ve seen everything from pop-rocks to jalapenos.

BEHIND THE BAR: To cover your mixers that you will need for the average crowd you will need: Orange juice (OJ), Pineapple juice (PJ), Cranberry juice(CJ),Grapefruit Juice (GJ), Tomato juice, ½ & 1/2 or cream, Sour-mix, Grenadine, Rose’s Lime Juice, Coke, Lemon- Lime Soda(7), Club Soda, Tonic Water, Ginger Ale, Strawberry Daiquiri mix, Peach daiquiri mix, Pina Colada Mix, and Margarita Mix.

THE WELL: Your “well” is your speed rail right behind your bar where you keep your most requested liquors. They are usually the cheapest off-brand of these liquors. These are the commonly used liquors for HAPPY HOUR specials known as well drinks. Every bartender sets up their well and speed rail differently but I go with what I have been taught as the traditional well set-up. From left to right I follow the old acronym: “Virgin Girls Run With Big Studs To Town.” Which reminds me: Vodka, Gin, Rum, Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch, Tequila, Triple- Sec. This set up is especially handy for making Long Islands and Margaritas. You’ll see what I mean once you are standing back there.

THE BAR: The liquors you choose to carry are all up to you. I suggest visiting a local corporate restaurant and building your inventory off of their set-up.

What to serve? That’s up to you. If you run or own an establishment then you need to be able to cover pretty much any drink imaginable. But for a private party, I suggest going over a drink menu (there are FREE ones on-line) and finding 40-50 drinks that you can make with less than 10 different liquors.

How to Make Him Mine Forever! Here is What it Truly Takes to Make a Man Devoted to You Forever

This is something every woman thinks about, especially if she is in a relationship with her dream guy. Today with the high percentage of failed relationships women fear being dumped or left by their man. These relationship tips will give you the secrets of how you can make him commit and love you and you alone.

Don’t change too much

If you have to change then change for the better. Don’t let your personality, style and character take a downward plunge. This is sure to disillusion your man who loved you for whom you are. Always make sure you keep his interest by being exciting, challenging and beautiful.

Make sacrifices

A good and steady relationship rests on a solid foundation of “give and take”. If your man knows that you are ready to sacrifice for him, he will feel touched and overwhelmed by your love. Prove that you are going to do your part, and he will also respond accordingly and want to be with you.

Accept him

If you are ready to take him as he is with all his flaws, then he is bound to know how lucky he is and be yours forever. No one is perfect and it is up to you to let him see that you are ready to make and accept changes. Don’t nag and be free with your compliments.

Be faithful

One way of making your man love you and want to be with you forever is showing him that you are faithful. Infidelity is one of the biggest reasons for breakups. Prove that you have eyes for him alone and he will do the same.

Use words

Actions and words have immense power in proving your love for your man. Men do need to be appreciated and loved. The right word and action at the right time will make him go weak in the knees and he will be like putty in your hands. Genuine expressions of love can cement your relationship forever.

Don’t have skeletons in your closet

Keeping secrets from your man is a sure way of losing him. Be truthful and honest. The moment he thinks you are hiding things from him he will begin to pull away. If on the other hand you come clean with him – he will respect and adore you more.

Don’t push for commitment right away

Give your man the time he needs to make up his mind about you. All you have to do is make yourself indispensable and irreplaceable. Make him depend on you and at the same time show him that you are independent and confident of yourself.

Fencing Parries Classified – The Classical French Foil Parries

The basic parries of the French school of the foil evolved from smallsword play in the 1700s with certain elements that clearly come from rapier play in the late 1500s and early 1600s, and even longsword technique of the 1400s. By the late 1800s the set of parries used in classical fencing were well established, parries that continue in use today in modern fencing.

The parry system of the classical period from the 1870s through the 1930s is distinguished by several elements. First, parries were developed to cover and protect lines, generally accepted as high and low lines horizontally separated and inside and outside lines vertically separated. The area of these lines varied with the foil target area, which was not firmly established to a single standard until the elimination of the waist length target for women’s foil in the 1950s. That also meant that the way in which the parries were executed, especially for the low line parries, also varied to some degree throughout the period.

Second, parries were defined by how the hand was held. The conventional view is that parries were either pronated (the weapon held with the knuckles of the hand uppermost) or supinated (held with the knuckles on the bottom of the hand and the palm of the hand and tips of the fingers uppermost). This is not completely true. The pronated parries were certainly held with the knuckles uppermost. However, as early as the 1870s the supinated parry was also held in the modern thumb upward and fingers to the inside line position, termed a middle position. As a practical matter the thumb upward position is physically stronger, reduces stress on the arm, and is more tolerant of errors in point control than is a pure supinated position.

By the late 1880s two standard parry systems were in use – one pronated and the other supinated or middle position. Each achieved the same basic goal, complete coverage of the four lines (high inside, high outside, low outside, and low inside. Depending on the fencing master and the date, either both systems were taught, one or the other system was dominant, or some mix of the two systems was preferred.

The supinated or middle position system included the following parries:

… Sixth – to protect the high outside line.

… Eighth – to protect the low outside line.

… Seventh – to protect the low inside line.

… Fourth – to protect the high inside line.

The pronated system included the following parries:

… First – to protect the high inside line with some capability to protect the low inside line.

… Second – to protect the low outside line.

… Third – to protect the high outside line.

… Fifth – to protect the low inside line with some capability to protect the high inside line.

The classical fencer who wishes to take a traditional approach to learning classical technique might well start by learning the pronated system first. Pronated parries were very important to the earlier smallsword play, were in common use in the early to middle 1800s, and continued in general use throughout the classical period. Perhaps the easier system to master for the person exploring classical fencing is the middle position system of 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th. Under any conditions, the purely supinated system is the least easy to master and should probably be the last explored.

Rules and Regulation of Fencing

One of the most elegant sports in the history is the art of fencing which was originated in Greece and Egypt during 1200 BC. As time passes by, this sport has undergone some changes which made it easier to understand. Thus these chances have enhance the fun involves in this sport on various part of the globe. In the United States, the modern rules of fencing have contributed a vital role on increasing the popularity of fencing. The rules may slight differ depending on the weapons to use, but the basics remains the same.

Game Play

In the start of the game, the fencers involved will have to stand on their respective guar lines while facing each other. The word fence is used as a signal for the referee to commence the game. The game continues until the given time is over or if the referee signals halt and stops the game. The referee will stop the give if one of the players is seriously injured. Moreover, the game will also stop, if one of the players hits the other one rather than touching and if one of the players is disarmed.

Duration

The duration of this sport depends on the method of the battle or game. In preliminary rounds, the duration is 5 touches or 4 minutes. Direct elimination has 9 minutes of fencing duration. For example 3 minute each for 3 rounds. This distinction has 1 minute break every game. The game stops if either of the players gains 15 touches. In team events, each game continues for 4 minutes in disregard with the number of touches gained.

Scoring

A player scores points when he manages to touch his weapon into his opponent’s body. The case of scoring depends on the kind of weapon used. When using epee, you can score points if you are able to touch any parts of your opponent’s body using the sword. In saber, you are only allowed to touch the tip of your sword in the upper torso. While in the foil, a score can only be valid if you are able to touch your opponent’s trunk which is located above the groin and below the collar.

Fouls

The fencer commits foul if he uses the unarmed hand to defend or attack. He also commits foul when he leaves the battle area or the piste while avoiding the touch. In fencing you should obey the orders of referee to avoid a foul. First fouls means a warning while the second foul scores as a point for your opponent.

Why Rent a Luxury Vacation Home Rental Versus a Hotel?

In this article, we aim to provide an educational means to understanding how to save a considerable amount of money when traveling with a family or large group. In the case study below, we’ll show how Ultimate Luxury Rentals vacation homes in Tucson, AZ have saved the vacationers coming to the area time, money, privacy, and a “home away from home” feel.

First off, you may be wondering, what is a luxury home rental? Well, we will get to that later in the article. Let’s start with some of the reasons people are now renting these vacation homes as opposed to

Many vacationers choose to rent a vacation homes for a variety of reasons. Economics is one of the primary reasons. A vacation home can replace 2-4 hotel rooms at a fraction of the cost. Vacationers can eat their meals at home or even cook up their favorite meals on the barbecue. Our average vacation rental customer saves over $2000 in a 1 week stay. Privacy is another major consideration when choosing a vacation rental home over a hotel or resort. Many vacation homes include enclosed back yards with private heated pools and spas. Guest can enjoy their gathering of friends and family without interruption. Amenities are probably the main reason vacationers continue to rent vacation homes year after year. Many vacation rentals offer amenities that are superior to many upscale hotels and resorts. Pillow top mattresses with sateen sheets, plasma TVs, free wireless Internet, pool or game tables, fully stocked gourmet kitchens, private heated pools and spas and some of the most spectacular city and mountain views in town.

In addition to the home itself, the destination you choose has its own attractions and amenities. Continuing with our case study of luxury homes in Tucson, Arizona, here is a little history of the Old Pueblo and some of the history that attracts people to this particular destination.

With its mixed cultural heritage and international population, Tucson’s traditions span centuries of habitation from prehistoric Indian cultures to recent immigrants from all over the world. Today Tucson has become a destination for many visitors particularly those looking to rent a vacation home in Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

True to its Old West beginnings, Tucson’s first inhabitants roamed the area hunting mammoth and bison between 12,500 and 6,000 B.C. Following them were the Cochise , who built pit houses and used stone tools, and the Hohokam, who began farming the valley in 300 A.D.

In 1692, Spanish missionaries arrived in the valley to find the Indian village S-tukson (“black base”). In 1775, the Spanish built an outpost, the Presidio of San Augustin.

By 1804, some 1,000 people lived in the adobe village – mostly Spanish, Mexicans, and Native Americans who made their living raising crops and livestock. After the Mexican Revolution of 1821, Tucson became part of Mexico.

Looking for a southern rail route, the U.S. negotiated the Gadsden Purchase with Mexico in 1854 and Arizona became a U.S. territory. In 1867, Tucson became the territorial capital for the 10-year period, which accelerated civic progress.

In 1885 , The territorial legislature approved $25,000 to build the University of Arizona. The city continued to grow rapidly, reaching 7,000. Around the turn of the century, Tucson began attracting thousands of tuberculosis victims seeking a cure in its dry climate. In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to enter the union.

Fueled by Industries and tourism, the population of Tucson grew rapidly – at one point welcoming 1,000 newcomers each month. By 2000, the population had reached 800,000.

Vacation rental homes in Tucson, Arizona offer a wide range of choices to visitors from all over the world. Many different neighborhoods comprise the city and offer vacationers a large selection of accommodations and activities.

The Tucson Mountains are located approximately 8 miles west of Interstate 10. The proximity to Interstate 10 makes day trips to Phoenix, Tubac, and Nogales Mexico very convenient. Some of the most desirable luxury vacation rental homes in Tucson Arizona are located in this area. These vacation homes boast some of the best city and mountain views in the state. Most of the luxury vacation rentals are located on acre plus lots with private pools and spa and offer an experience that is one with nature. Vacation rental customers may have the pleasure of seeing many of the desert’s wildlife such as the javalina, coyote, bobcat and a wide variety of birds such as hawk, dove, quail, and the state’s official bird, the road runner . Vacation rental guests will also have a wide variety of attractions such as the Sonoran Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios, Wildlife Museum, Gates Pass, and the Saguaro National Park West. The west side of town appeals to the business traveler as well. Many of the Ultimate Luxury Rentals vacation rentals are located less than 10 minutes from the Tucson convention center. These homes’ locations put you in the heart of the most beautiful desert in the world, the Sonoran Desert. During the first 2 weeks in February, The TCC is home to the Tucson gem and mineral show the largest gem and mineral show in the world. Parents of University of Arizona students choose west side vacation homes because they are very convenient for visiting their child during the holidays or celebrating a graduation.

The Catalina Foothills is the largest mountain range in the valley and a well sought after area of town for visitors looking to rent a vacation home in Tucson AZ. Several upscale resorts and spas have made the Catalina’s their home. The Catalina foothills area has a wide variety of restaurants as well as upscale shopping at La Encanta and St Phillips Plaza. For those looking for hiking and site seeing, the Catalina area offers the Sabino Canyon Recreational Park. For vacation visitors looking to escape the summer heat (temperatures average 20 degrees lower than the city), you can take a 25 mile drive up to the top of Mt Lemmon. The Tucson vacation rentals located in this area consist of a large selection of luxury vacation rental condominiums and single family vacation homes on ½ acre lots with excellent mountain and city views.

Oro Valley has been one on the most rapidly growing areas in Tucson. Many of the vacation rental homes and condominiums are new construction and offer very upscale accommodations. There are many fine restaurants to choose from as well as some of the best golf resorts in town. The is only disadvantage to renting a vacation home in Oro Valley is the traffic. Traveling to and from Oro Valley at the wrong time of day can be quite a chore. Travel times to other areas of town such as the Tucson mountains and the east side can take up to 45 minutes or longer.

As you can see for this particular destination, there is an entourage of amenities, attractions, scenery, and history. In order to make the most of your trip, it would obviously be to your benefit to have extra funds. Luxury vacation rentals are a win-win option for your trip. Aside from your destination, they are certainly something to look into. Obviously you’ll want to find the best deal with the most credible provider of luxury rentals.

Still curious what is a luxury rental? Ultimate Luxury Rentals is a starting point for you. With over 7 years in the luxury home rental business, they have continued to provide the highest quality of homes and services to customers worldwide. Visit them at Ultimateluxuryrentals.com and get a first hand look at homes in Tucson, AZ, Taos, NM, and Costa Rica!

Tattoos in Gold or Platinum – Shine Up Your Skin With the Newest Treat

Would it not be cool to have your tattoos done in gold, silver, platinum or other metals as a unique jewel on your skin? A company in Japan might be starting a new trend.

For the skeptics who would immediate think that this would be some kind of health hazard to inject metal into the skin where it could easily enter the blood stream–you are right. There are no tattoos in the classical sense of the word which includes coloring with gold or other metals.

If you have a design that needs to look metallic, a good tattoo artist would instead use other colors to make it look metallic without directly using gold or silver ink. Such colors would, indeed, be toxic for the body and not something you would want to have lodging inside your skin.

The kind of tattoos are something else. These are not injected into the surface of the skin. Instead they consist of gold or platinum foil applied to the surface of the skin with a new technique developed by a Japanese company which I will present later in this article.

Technique

They consist of 99.99% pure gold or platinum which is applied to the skin in various artistic and aesthetic patters along with other elements such as colored stones and glitter powder. Thus they will not constitute any allergic reaction. Of course, if you are amongst the minority who would have any allergic reaction to normal jewelry made of gold or platinum, you should abstain from this “treatment” also.

Contrary to ordinary tattoos they do not last forever. The estimate is around 2-5 days. I imagine one would have to abstain from a nice Turkish bath in the period of wearing this unique and, no doubt, costly form of jewelry. They can be removed quite easily. Since they are applied to the very surface of the skin they will basically wear off along with the skin cells you are shedding.

A new trend in the making?

The 2016 Real Estate Forecast for Los Angeles

If you want to find a basket to live in, you’ll likely have more luck than finding a house in Los Angeles that meets your price. Prices in LA are skyrocketing – and are doomed to do so for the near future with relief nary in sight. Sure, if you’re a millionaire and want to invest, you’re in luck. Residential houses and commercial property are popping up all the time. But if you have a history of low credit rating, bankruptcy, or foreclosures and are looking to borrow conventional loans, you’re in trouble. Price tags are spinning out of control and few can afford them. Even traditionally cheaper locations in LA, such as San Fernando Valley, see rents climbing to record highs with prices in the Vally, for instance, witnessing a 7.4 percent increase!

As regards real estate prices in Los Angeles for the coming year: The most recent market report by Marcus & Millichap says that this year’s asking rents citywide were up 7.8 percent to an average of $1,873 per month and the company reports that 2016 will be no better with rents climbing to 4.8 percent overall.

And if you want to know how much median homes in Los Angeles cost? Here’s the shocker: The price of an LA single-family house has jumped 5.2 percent this year in contrast to median incomes that hover around 2.9 percent. Marcus & Millichap half-jokingly state that Los Angeles seems to want its residents to rent homes rather than own them. So it seems! Few Los Angelesians are going to own their own homes giving these gloomy statistics.

Unsurprisingly, apartments are the new market for real estate agents prowling the streets of Los Angeles. Real estate firm Douglas Elliman’s latest market reports show that apartment vacancy rates have fallen to 2.7 percent, even in hot development neighborhoods like Downtown LA, while more than 5,200 new rentals have come online in LA, and 2,700 of those were in the Downtown district. There are now more than 15,000 units under construction through 2017 and Marcus & Millichap say that every section of town will receive more than 1,000 units in 2016.

Here’s a breakdown of Los Angeles area by area so you can see how the real estate field lies.

1. San Fernando Valley

  • Rents are up an average of 7.4 percent.
  • Average asking rent price in the Northeast Valley is up 15.1 percent, coming in at $1,438 per month. Other areas in the Valley experienced smaller increases in average rents: the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena area saw a 6.8 percent increase, to $2,016 per month, and the Sherman Oaks/North Hollywood/Encino markets experienced a 9.5 percent increase to $1,503 per month.
  • In the last 12 months, only about 980 new rental units were added to Valley’s stock, down from 2,250 the year before. 2016 should see an increase in new apartments though, as 3,100 are expected to be added to the market next year.

2. Central Los Angeles (Downtown, Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire

  • Rents in Central LA were up 6.2 percent on average over the past year
  • Downtown rents were up only 5.3 percent to an average of $2,158 per month. 2,800 new rental units were built in Central LA during the last year
  • Vacancy rates in Downtown came in at 3.7 percent compared to Hollywood’s 2.6 percent. As a result Downtown offered concessions on more than 10 percent of units to entice renters to sign a lease.

3. Westside Los Angeles

  • Rents were up 6.8 percent in the last quarter averaging $2,750 per month.
  • Average rents in Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey climbed above $3,000 for the first time ever, up 6.0 percent to hit $3,132 per month.
  • Only 460 new apartments were built on the Westside during the past year, with nearly half of those being built in and around Santa Monica
  • 2016 will see the completion of more than 1,000 new rental units in the area, with more than 700 of them built in Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey.

4. South Bay of Los Angeles

  • Rents along LA’s southern coast increased to 8.8 percent.
  • Beach rents increased 8.7 percent to an average of $1,620 per month.
  • 950 new units were added to the rental market during the past year
  • More than 820 of those rentals qualified as affordable housing.

The bottom line is this…

The Los Angeles housing market is hitting record levels of craziness with ever-rising housing – and rental – prices discouraging people from buying. The number of sales stays flat as prices rise. This doesn’t mean that agents have a rough time and are doomed to poverty. On the contrary, if you are a real estate agent in LA, you may want on focus on apartments and on rentals since these seem to be in demand.

Sellers, also, have a booming-for-sale market where everything is busting record high from condos and single-family houses to sales closed. Otherwise, you may want to focus on persuading people to live in baskets…

The Two Types of Gymnastics Foam Pits: Loose Foam Vs Resi-Pit

Gymnastics safety-pits are a very important training tool. Every gymnastics academy should have at least one foam pit. Gymnastics pits are extremely necessary for optional gymnastics skills and levels. There are two types of gymnastics foam pits, loose foam pits and resi-pits.

A loose foam pit is built into the ground. It is usually 6-8 feet deep. The walls are covered by polyethylene foam that is usually glued to the concrete. The foam that covers the covers the concrete must be over an inch thick to decrease the chance of injuries. The bottom of a pit is lined with thick crash mats or a trampoline bed. Pits with a trampoline bed in it is known as a bungee-pit. A bungee-pit is usually placed a few feet above the pit floor. This allows it room to give without hitting the concrete. If you have a bungee-pit it is still a good idea to have a gymnastics mat in the very bottom in case any bungees snap or someone bottoms out. Once the loose foam-pit is correctly constructed it is filled with foam blocks. Foam blocks are made out of polyurethane and are nonflammable. They come in two different sizes, 6 and 8 inch.

The second type of gymnastics safety-pit is known as a resi-pit. A resi-pit is a pit that is made out of thick polyurethane mats that are covered by polyester vinyl that is extremely heavy duty. The resi-pit is about 32 inches in thickness. The bottom of the resi-pit is made out of denser foam and gets softer as it goes up; this eliminates gymnast from bottoming out. A resi-pit can be used for in-ground or above-ground gymnastics training.

Most gymnastics academies use both types. A loose foam pit is usually used first when introducing a new skill. After the gymnast masters the new skill in the loose foam she will move on to the resi-pit.

Both types of gymnastics safety-pits are a very important part of any gymnastics academy; make sure you know which is best to use in each situation.

Bloons the Original – Interesting Levels – 8, 13, 23 and 30

Level 8 (Holy Moley)

14 balloons are required to complete the level. Another first, here we have a “wall” with three brown colored bricks. Your first dart needs to take out one of those; just hitting one with the dart will destroy it. Now all you have to do is fire the other dart through the hole in the wall and it should strike a pin bloon and pop all of the others. A fairly easy level to fully complete.

Level 13 (Reservoir)

25 balloons required to complete the level. This level will test your skills at correctly judging both power and angle to make accurate arcs. Ideally with the first dart, have it enter through the furthest hole in the wall to hit the pin bloons. If that is proving too hard you can have it enter through the second hole from the right which is wider and take out many of the bloons through that one. The two hardest shots are the first, to hit the pin bloons, and the one required to get through the first hole to clear the vertical group closest to the monkey. A score in the 90% range is common on this level.

Level 23 (Ouchie)

35 balloons required to complete the level. Possibly the hardest level we have encountered so far. We also encounter, for the first time, “mine bloons”, along with the old favorite, ice bloons. You will see a row of mine bloons at the top, and a row of ice bloons on the third row down. The arc you achieve is the most important thing. It is practically impossible to shoot the dart and miss all the mines and all the ice bloons. However, if you get the arc just right, you can get away with popping some mines, and/or ice ones but you need to have enough force to hit the pin ones. You have a rubber wall to the right and a solid wall to the left. By aiming correctly you can send the dart through the top couple of layers, deflect it off the rubber wall directly into the pin bloons. A 70% score, or thereabouts, is about normal for this level.

Level 30 (Ice Bounce)

28 balloons required to complete the level. After the brief respite of an easy level we return to a more complex one. There are two ways to accomplish this. On the first shot try to hit the top ice bloon, also getting as many as possible of the ones below that one. Make sure there is at least one of the frozen bloons to use to bounce off with the next shot, or just go ahead and reset the level. Bounce off the frozen bloon and into the pack of bombs which will explode all those. The alternate method which is sometimes preferred is to shoot as hard as possible at the left side of the lower rubber wall and the vibration will set off the bomb bloons ands destroy all those to the left of the rubber wall. On the subsequent shot you can take out as many of the remaining bloons as possible while avoiding the ice ones. Aim for a score around 90% and you will complete the level.

Choosing Boots for Different Styles of Legs – Five Skills to Help You

It is the hottest seasons to wear boots both in autumn and winter. Almost every girl likes to wear boots, yet do you know how to choose boots according to your leg style? Would you like to wear boots to show your own style? Have you ever heard of five styles of legs: style of O, style of X, turnip style leg, elephant leg and style of short leg? If you want to show a beautiful and slim figure to others, knowing something about your leg style become top important. Here are 5 interpretations of the leg styles for your reference:

1. O style leg

It is also called bow leg, which, medically speaking, is a deformity marked by medical angulation of the leg in relation to the thigh, an outward bowing of the legs, giving the appearance of a bow. Simply speaking, the legs look like a letter x. It’s better to choose knee high boots, which can even divert people’s attention when there are some outstanding patterns on the boots. It will be much better if the heel is a little bit higher. However, it is not quite proper to choose the boots with pompon outward and to choose the tight thigh boots, both of which will make people look like a ball. Ankle boot are not fit for the bow legs in particular, which will totally reveal your shortcomings.

2. X style leg

It means the legs look like the letter x. When people stand up, their knees can gather together while the feet can not. As for such kind of people, the boot with upside down will also be the best choice. However, you could choose the boot with outstanding decorations outwards, which is a difference from the choice of O style boot. The taboo to the x style legs is the tight boot close to skin.

3. Turnip style leg

The name can show you a vivid picture of the leg style that the ankle is very thin while the calf is very thick, forming an image out of proportion totally. It will be better to choose medium boot, which can greatly cover one’s shortcoming, showing people a image of slim legs. Both knee-high boot and hip boot are a good choice for such kind of people. What’s more, you could even choose a celebrity dress from an online shop to match the boot, making yourself like a celebrity. What’s more, you will be the focus when you go to the any party. Pay attention your clothes and shoes, and you will find you will be more confident.

4. Elephant leg

It is a nickname for the thick leg. In order to perfect the shortcoming that thick leg happen to bring to you, you could choose the boot with the design of crease. The sense of three-dimension can cover the most imperfection of the thick legs. What’s more, people with elephant leg could also choose some boots with broad welt, but do not be too exaggerate. In addition to, it is improper to choose the boot with short pattern and slim heels. If your legs are especially thick, do pay much attention to the boot length. Make sure to avoid the boot that exposes your thick part of your legs.

5. Short legs

It will be very obvious to know this kind of legs. As for such kind of people, it will be no better that to choose tight boot with high heels. Do not choose the thick heel boot with too many decorations. It will be better to choose the same color of the shoes and your dress, making a harmonious for the body as a whole. If you want to wear a short skirt, it will be better to wear a knee-high boot, making you look slim and slender.

Gadgets Used To Unblock A Storm Water Drain

Blocked drains can lead to property damage and can affect our daily lives. A factor that needs to be considered is condensation or moisture buildup around the exterior of your sewer line and storm water pipes. When less water is available, it can draw in sapling roots. Another factor to consider is the pipe’s poor physical condition. Overtime, pipes with poor physical conditions can cave in and cause the blockage. Improper disposal of diapers or plastic bags can affect the blockage of your drains. Incorrect usage of do-it-yourself supplies also cause pipe blockage. Although the substance has lubricating qualities, if disposed of improperly, cooking oil, fats and other house hold product can congest the pipe line.

Common examples that can cause blockage inside the pipeline are tree plant roots. Feedback to the penetrable exterior of a pipe can cause loss of customers and can affect business products due to it’s durability and efficiency. It is best to hire a professional plumber to unblock a storm water drain and pipes. Depending on the extent of the pipe or sewer damage, a professional plumber has different tools and gadgets that he can use. To unblock a storm water drain, a plumber uses a plumbing electric eel and or a high pressure water jetter (blaster).

A plumbing electric eel is a device where it has a spinning cutter that can chew through the blockage. The eel cable is fed into the line until the blade reaches the cause of the blockage. On the other hand, a high pressure water jetter blasts away the blockage to unblock storm water drains and pipes. With its nozzle inserted to a blocked sewer or pipes, it then blasts water and flushes away the elements that causes the blockage and allowing free flowing water to pass through.

It could be tiresome to check the drain and pipe system regularly, thus we often catch ourselves with the need to unblock a storm water drain when heavy downpour occurs. It might be tedious but, it is less costly if we apply preventive measures to avoid blockage. Pipe blockage gradually starts if we do not take care of our pipes. Exercising proper disposal of products can help maintain the integrity of our pipes. But when the time comes and you need help to unblock storm water drains and pipes, calling a reliable plumbing service is the best solution to your problem.

Is Vinegar Safe for Septic Tanks?

For every homeowner, maintaining a septic system that includes the septic tank is a very important task that will ensure the system stays running efficiently for many years. A home’s septic tank is dependent on natural bacteria and enzymes to break down and digest waste and keep everything flowing through the system. Without the bacteria additives and enzymes, waste would build up in the tank and eventually create a blockage. The result can be septic system back up in the plumbing system which can spill in the basement and even the drain field. This would result in a very costly repair bill. In order to keep the bacterial from being killed, it is important not to put chemicals in the plumbing system that can kill the bacteria. One item that people use and pour into the plumbing system is vinegar.

Vinegar is made from the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. People use vinegar for a variety of tasks such as a cleaner, anti-mould agent, mild disinfectant, and as bleach. Vinegar has been shown to be an eco-friendly cleaner. As well, vinegar does not kill the bacteria in the septic tank so it is a safe product that can be poured in the drain lines. It is a safe, non-toxic way to maintain your septic system. For instance, pouring a ¼ cup of vinegar mixed with 2 tbsp of baking will help prevent slow flowing drains.

Because it is acidic, vinegar is an excellent cleaning agent and can be used to clean sinks, toilets, and showers. It is effective and getting rid of hard water stains. It will also eliminate any foul odours in the drains. As well, it is useful for getting rid of mineral deposits. The thicker the build up of minerals and lime scale deposits, the longer you will have to let the vinegar sit. For difficult to clean spots, you may have to let the vinegar sit overnight. After letting the vinegar sit in drains, it is important to run the hot water through the drain system to clear out the remaining vinegar and sediment. Vinegar can even be used to clean washing machines and their drain hoses. People will clean their washing machines by putting a couple of cups of vinegar in a normal water cycle without any clothes in the machine. As well, people will clean their shower curtains with vinegar to get rid of mould and mildew.

Many harsh chemical cleaners can harm a septic system and some can kill the bacteria additives and enzymes in the septic tank. Using vinegar is one way to avoid using harsh chemicals and the bacteria will not be killed so you do not have to worry about damaging your septic system. Because vinegar is a pungent acid, you should wear protective gloves, especially if you have any scratches. As well, make sure you do not splash any vinegar in eyes. Most experts recommend using vinegar in septic system maintenance because it will not ruin the septic system.

3 Drills That Make Batting Cage Work More Productive

Batting cage batting practice is a great way to improve batting skill, bat speed and batter confidence. This article discusses three Hitting Drills That Make Batting Cage Work More Productive. The three drills are the MOVE UP, COUNT ADJUSTMENT and LINE DRIVE CONTEST. These drills are great ways to get maximum benefits from your batting cage workouts. The three drills are:

Move Up Batting Drill

Purpose: Used to improve bat speed, visual concentration, and batter confidence.

Description: The MOVE-UP hitting drill: The batter learns to see and hit the ball quicker out of the machine or batters hand. Before the drill begins, 4 spots are marked on the floor, in measured distances of 40, 35, 30, and 25 feet. The machine or pitcher should maintain a safe medium speed velocity during this drill. The accuracy of your pitching machine must be checked and rechecked during the drill for safety purposes. The spots are the locations at which the batter will take a certain number of swings. The batter hits 4 balls at each spot and then move closer to the machine or pitcher at the next spot.

Procedure: The batter hits 4 to 6 balls at each spot, then moves to the next spot closer to the machine or pitcher. The machine or pitcher should not deliver the next pitcher until the batter assumes a proper stance, triggers or loads to the proper launch position, and has visual focus on the pitcher or machine. The batter starts the drill at 40 feet and hits at all spots until he has hit 4 to 6 balls at each spot, ending with ball hit at the closest spot to the pitcher, 25 feet. Distances can be shortened or made longer to meet the needs of your players.

Coaching Points: Sometimes you may have the player hit two balls at each spots moving toward the machine and then hit two balls at each spot moving away from the machine, until two balls are hit at each location or distance. This process makes the batter adjust to varying changes in pitch speed. This drill is great for teaching batters to stay-back and let the ball in.

Count Adjustment Drill

Purpose: The drill is great for teaching young hitters to make adjustments in their approach at the plate based on the current count. Batters learn to be properly aggressive for the following counts or situations 0-0, 2-0, 0-2, 3-1, runner at 3rd with 1 or less outs, and hit-in-run.

Procedure: In a normal cage hitting, the players would be hitting every pitch in the correct and proper direction based on the pitch location. To change the approach, a coach calls a count such as 2-0. For the next two pitches, the batter will be properly aggressive as he would with that count in a game. Of course in this situation, the batter is looking for a pitch in that perfect spot. If the ball is at that anticipated location, the batter attacks, the ball. If the ball is not in that spot the batter will hold off the pitch and adjust to the new count of 2-1 or 3-0. If the coach calls, Runner at 3rd, the batter is looking for a pitch up to drive deep enough for a score or tag and score. The batter will try to lift the ball and drive a deep fly ball to the outfield. If the coach calls for a Hit-and-Run swing, the batter will execute a hit-and-run approach at the plate and hit the ball in a direction that would be behind the runner.

Line Drive Contest Drill

After a session of batting cage workouts, it is good to end the day with a competitive and fun line-drive hitting contest. An assistant coach will do the pitching. The coach is protected by a L-screen. The player should only swing at great pitches. The contest is to see which player hits the most line-drives in a row. A line-drive is a ball that hits the side walls, back wall, or pitchers L-Screen hard and directly off the batters bat. The hit ball can not touch the top of the cage in front of the pitching protective L-Screen. As long as the batter hits line-drives with each swing, the batter adds one to his score for each line-drive hit. This drill is a good method of teaching batters to perform and hit under pressure.

Pros and Cons of Owning a Log Home

For many people, their vision of a dream home is a log cabin tucked away in the woods, or a luxurious log home overlooking a lake, where they can cuddle up next to a roaring fire in an open fireplace. Whether it’s a little cabin or a mansion, many people dream of owning a log home!

However, many people are surprised to learn that there are also special consideration to being a log home owner. Pests, settling/shrinking and unfamiliar maintenance requirements are a few of the items that can be intimidating for buyers at first.

Like any home, there will always be maintenance & upkeep to be done, so don’t let that discourage you. Here’s a list of pros and cons associated with owning a log home. You may want to factor these into your decision of whether owning a log home is right for you.

Advantages of owning a Log Home or Cabin

Energy efficient – Due to timber’s thermal mass, which accounts for the wood’s ability to store and release heat throughout the day and night, log homes are great at conserving energy, and maintaining temperatures. This means your home can be kept cool in the summer and warm in the winter without you having to rely so heavily on air conditioning units and central heating. They are generally regarded as being anywhere from 2.5% to over 20% more energy efficient, if built and caulked properly, as compared to an identical wood-frame home.

Log homes fit into the “green” lifestyle – If being environmentally conscious is important to you, going with log will be a good fit. Builders today tend to use logs from sustainable forests, to ensure that they are not depleting forests that are already in trouble. Combined with the energy efficiency referenced above, this means that they are very “green”.

Traditional charm with modern conveniences – many people love log cabins because they bring to mind a simpler way of life. In today’s homes, you can keep that traditional charm while also adding the modern conveniences many of us don’t want to live without – beautiful modern kitchens with all the important appliances, central heat & air, open floor plans with vaulted ceilings, even integrated technology. These offer comfort and convenience in the rustic setting you’ve dreamed of, bringing you the best of both worlds.

Solid, secure homes that are beautiful, cozy and quiet. Log walls are natural sound insulators too, giving you a well-built home with an unmatched feeling of security.

Possible Disadvantages of owning a Log Cabin or Home

Maintenance & Upkeep – this is an area that can surprise new owners. Log homes have unique maintenance requirements as compared to traditional stick-built homes. Note, though, that doesn’t mean that maintaining one is “more difficult”. It’s just different. The logs may require regular caulking/chinking to ensure that water & air stay out. Staining or sanding may be needed as well. Since the logs may expand and contract as the temperature changes, settling can occur. However, some issues caused by this can be addressed during the construction process, so if you’re building, make sure you hire a reputable and experienced builder. If you’re buying a pre-built home, be sure to involve a qualified inspector that has a good knowledge of log homes.

Pests can be a problem – bugs (most commonly carpenter bees and termites) may want to make the logs their homes and/or feed on the wood. These can be effectively managed with regular care and attention.

Insurance may be more challenging to get – don’t assume that your regular carrier will insure your log home. Most big-name insurance companies do provide coverage. Be sure to do your research and find a reputable company that offers log home insurance. Also, because many are located in rural areas that are further from fire departments & hydrants, you may see higher fire insurance rates.

Be careful with kits – if you’re building new, a log home kit may seem convenient. However, since not all kits are created equally, they may also present challenges. Kits are designed to fit perfectly together like a puzzle for a pre-designed plan. This leaves little room for creative changes you may want along the way. Some provide only the logs and timber, while others may include items such as interior walls. Some companies keep the costs down by using inferior materials. If you decide to use a kit, make sure that you know exactly what the kit includes, check reviews & ratings on the company you’ll be buying from, and be sure the design is what you want.

It can be hard to sell a log home – though some people think that they are harder to sell than stick built homes, we’ve found that good maintenance of the home, combined with specialty marketing tools and knowledge can make the sales process quicker and easier

In the end, as long as you’re aware of the needed care for your log cabin, we believe the advantages outweigh the disadvantages!

Hammock Hanging Inside Without Using the Walls

As the popularity of indoor hammocks for sleeping, for relaxing, and for décor purposes soar, you may find yourself in the position of wanting to hang a hammock indoors, but not having adequately supportive construction, or not having permission to mar the walls or ceilings.  Apartments in particular frequently have restrictions for such use. So how does one proceed?

The first, and perhaps the easiest solution, is to use a hammock stand.  Since the Mexican, Central American, and South American style hammocks that are most appropriate for indoor use don’t fit well in the standard hammock stand you will need to use a stand such as the Vario Stand, which is adjustable in length and height, and can accommodate these hammocks. 

  • The pros of using a stand include no construction and easy portability.  The cons include having a large object taking up floor space.

The second solution would apply in a situation where the structure does not lend itself to hanging the hammock where you want it; but where there is no prohibition against attaching construction to the walls and ceilings. We used this method in one of our hammock shops where the walls were a little iffy.

  • First you will need structural lumber such as two 4x4s which are long enough to span from ceiling to floor.
  • Then you will use angle braces to attach the 4x4s to the ceiling joists and flooring. If you can, you might countersink some long wood screws into the wall studs.
  • This is the basic method.  You may have to adapt to your specific situation.
  • The pros of this method include the possibility of a sturdy support just where you want it in a situation that might otherwise not work out.
  • The cons, of course, are that it is a bit of work, and you have marred the ceiling and floor.  This is a method to use for long term installation.

The third solution is for use when you desire a sturdy installation but cannot attach to the room structure or mar any of the surfaces. 

  • The process here is to use a pair of Ellis screw jacks to compress two 4x4s between floor and ceiling. 
  • You will want to protect the floor and ceiling by using sections of 2×6 or 2×8 lumber to distribute the load.
  • Screw the bases of the jacks into the 2x8s.  
  • You will then span the cross room distance with two 2x4s strapped together at intervals.  These will need to be attached to the tops of the verticals using screws and straight straps.
  • The jacks are rated to 6,000 pounds at the 7 foot extension, and the 4×4 verticals are rated to 2,000 pounds, while the spanning 2x4s [doubled] are rated to 800 pounds. 
  • The pros of this installation include having a very sturdy arrangement which can be easily removed if necessary, leaving no trace behind.
  • The cons may involve problems with the WAF (wife acceptance factor), if applicable.

So, with a little bit of work and a lot of love you can hang ’em high, and lay low.  Happy Hanging!