Jim’s WebLetter for 4/4/09

Hi-ya friends and neighbors! We had a nice weekend in Disney with a visit to Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s League of Nations. With the special deal for Floridians, it’s still a good value. While there, we saw Paul Revere and the Raiders onstage. I captured a few minutes of their antics between the songs that made ’em famous … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skm_gx_DfXM.

So this week, while working on the Web, I found several things I think you’d be interested in. Among them, places to register for free to win cool prizes, ideas to improve the performance of an old computer, a “watch” Website for the stimulus our government has handed out, working out in the yard, and something for the Blackberry owner. This and more with this week’s JWL.

Here are a couple of places I am registering online daily because the prizes are what I would live to have …
First, win an incredible getaway to the Galápagos Islands with Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek. If you like watching the program, you have an advantage, but it’s not necessary. Read the rules and register. http://www.jeopardy.com/mini_sites/galapagos/register.php
Next, Southern Living Magazine is again offering a home of your dreams. This time, however, you can select from one of four homes in four different locations. Visit the site and register. http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/idea-houses/choose-your-home-giveaway-00400000034352/
Both are free and you don’t have to register every day in order to win … just be the lucky one who they select at the end of the promotion. Good luck to all of us!

OK, so the economy has caused many of us to cut back on expenses, but your computer needs help. This week, I came across an article from Kim Komando in USA Today in which she explains some things you can do for an ailing or slow running PC. In her CyberSpeak article she gives tips and tricks to bringing the performance level up in the “old box” from adding memory to upgrading software. It’s worth bookmarking. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/kimkomando/2009-04-02-old-pc_N.htm

As you may be feeling your wallet tighten up, for the government … the spending has just begun. If you’ve ever wondered exactly how that $787 billion in stimulus dollars will be spent, visit the Stimulus Watch Web site. It has a comprehensive list of federal, state and city projects. You can see the ones under discussion right now, or if you’re more concerned about the expensive ones, there’s a tab for that too. There are also lists of the most and least critical of all the projects. Each page shows what jobs will be created and where. There’s also a running tally of the votes taken on each project. With Stimulus Watch, you can be a watchdog over how your money is being spent … and after seeing some of the projects being proposed, the next thing is remembering who voted for some of these “earmarks” when it’s time for re-election. (Oh, that’s right, President Obama said there were NO earmarks in this stimulus package!) http://stimuluswatch.org/

This warmer weather is causing me to get stimulated into doing something out in the yard. The Toro company, maker of yard grooming products, has a website devoted to lawn care broken down by region and state. See the tip of the month, read about the latest trends in yard care, and get expert advice in building a lawn. http://yardcare.com/ By the way, the word for lawn enhancement this year … Knock Out Roses (ok, that’s three words). Here’s how to take care of the plant that is known for easy maintenance and beautiful results … http://www.ehow.com/how_2125155_care-knock-out-roses.html

Lastly, Research In Motion has finally launched its long-awaited BlackBerry App World mobile storefront. IPhone has had one for what seems like day two after the first Apple phone was sold, so now it’s chief competitor is stepping up. While I prefer not to spend additional money for applications for my computers, I may make exceptions to my Storm. One good thing is the fact that some of the apps are freebies, but like most, the one’s that come with a price are the better quality, higher quality programs. Of couse, you’ll also need a PayPal account to purchase and download the pay-for apps. That’s free, if you don’t already have one. Folks can access the store by clicking on the App World icon on their BlackBerrys. You’ll have to download it first at mobile.blackberry.com or www.blackberry.com/appworld, then select from the listing.

<===HuMoR===>
As the family gathered for a big dinner together, the youngest son announced that he had just signed up at an army recruiter’s office.
There were audible gasps around the table, then some laughter, as his older brothers shared their disbelief that he could handle this new situation. “Oh, come on, quit joking,” snickered one. “You didn’t really do that, did you?”
“You would never get through basic training,” scoffed another.
The new recruit looked to his mother for help, but she was just gazing at him. When she finally spoke, she simply asked, “Do you really plan to make your own bed every morning?”
(Thanks, Conrad)
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About four or five years ago I was standing in a ticket line at LAX, and a fellow in a line parallel to mine had a golf bag slung over his shoulder. Since the line was long and airline ticketing is a slow process at best, we struck up a conversation. He brightened when I admired his golf bag, and he proudly stated that he was on the PGA Tour. Then he turned to me and asked the question all golfers ask: “Do you play?”
I shook my head, “I used to, but I quit because I wasn’t very good. I shot consistently in the lower seventies.”
There was a long, low in-take of breath, then “The lower seventies?”
“Yes,” I admitted.
“Consistently?” he queried admiringly.
“Every hole,” I confessed.
(Thanks, Patrick)
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A couple just started their Lamaze class and they were given an activity requiring the husband to wear a bag of sand – to give him an idea of what it feels like to be pregnant. The husband stood up and shrugged saying, “This doesn’t feel so bad.”
The instructor then dropped a pen and asked the husband to pick it up.
“You want me to pick up the pen as if I were pregnant, the way my wife would do it?” the husband asked.
“Exactly,” replied the instructor.
To the delight of the other husbands, he turned to his wife and said, “Honey, would you pick up that pen for me?”
(Thanks, Sarah)
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At the clothing store where I work, I make it a point of pride to give customers my unvarnished opinion. One day, when a man emerged from the fitting room, I took one look at him and shook my head. “No, no,” I said. “Those jeans look terrible on you. I’ll go get you another pair.”
As I walked away, I heard him mumble, “I was trying on the shirt.”
(Thanks, Sarah H.)
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There ya go, friends. Have a great weekend and until next … may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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