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High School Dance Do’s and Don’ts

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The 2010 senior class is gearing up for the last dance of their high school career, the prom. Students and teachers alike spend quite a bit of time arranging this dance; everything needs to be perfect, right down to the colored streamers, music, fruit punch and other decorations. Do you find yourself getting nervous as the date draws closer? Are you worried something may go wrong? Well, let us look into some do’s and don’ts of the ever-famous senior prom.

Prom 2010 Do’s

When taking photos at prom, offer to pay for these if your date paid to purchase the prom tickets.

Be sure to choose a dress that fits correctly. No one wants to be uncomfortable during this night, it is the time to relax and have fun.

Make sure you shave your legs before attending the prom. Having smooth silky legs is important to looking your best. Enter the prom with confidence knowing you look amazing.

Visit a hair salon and have a professional style your hair a few hours before prom. Attending the dance with messy hair will draw away from the beauty of your dress you are wearing for the evening.

Do have fun and enjoy yourself. After all, you deserve to be at the prom. You survived four years of high school and now this prom is the last dance of your high school day, let loose and dance yourself right out of your heels!

Prom 2010 Don’ts

Do not forget your date’s boutonniere, and be sure you have both agreed on the color, as you do not want to show up not matching.

Do not allow drama to mess up your big night. Put all disagreements and arguments aside for the night. Remember, this is the time to celebrate, not fight.

Do not constantly nag your date for compliments. Give him some time, he is certain to notice all the time and effort you put in to look great for him and prom.

Do not forget to place a napkin in your lap when you sit at the table to eat.

Do not reapply your make-up on the dance floor or table. Politely excuse yourself, make your way to the restroom, and make your touchups it in private.

Do not forget to thank your date for attending the prom with you at the end of the night. This lets him know you appreciated his company and you had a good time.

Following these few do’s and don’ts for your 2010 prom can make a difference. Whether you follow all these steps or just a few, the main idea is to have the best night of your life. Celebrating the end of high school is a great achievement, have fun!


Prepare Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, November 1st, 2010

It’s that time of year again–time to gather with friends and family, turn on some football, put away the bathroom scale and eat like you haven’t since … well … last Thanksgiving. This year, take a chance on preparing the meal yourself. It’s time to tackle hosting a holiday event. After all, cooking can be fun, rewarding and tasty.

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  1. Thanksgiving dinners require a lot of planning in advance and at least a couple of trips to the supermarket. Following is a useful itinerary when planning your Thanksgiving feast:

    As soon as you decide to host a dinner, make up a guest list and invite your guests. Don’t invite more people than you can afford to feed. Invite people via phone calls, so you can get an instant yes or no.

    Do your shopping one week before. If you wait until the last couple of days, all the decent-sized turkeys will be gone and you’ll have to settle for a small one or fool your guests with a giant chicken. Buy all the ingredients for your recipes, and put the turkey in the coldest part of your freezer.

    Make sure you have all the necessary cooking equipment. In addition to the usual assortment of pots and pans, locate a cheese grater, a strainer, an electric mixer and various sized mixing bowls and baking dishes.

    Three days before Thanksgiving, do a massive cleaning job on your fridge–you’re going to need the room. Also, take the turkey out of the freezer and move it into the refrigerator, so it can properly defrost.

    One day before, prepare all your side dishes and pies. Unless you have more than one oven, you might not have the room to bake any thing with the turkey at the same time. This also gives you more time to schmooze with your guests. Get dinner rolls, salad, drinks, ice, napkins and table decorations.

    On Thanksgiving day, prepare the rest of the food (especially the turkey) about five hours before you plan to eat, set the table and serve the meal.


Pumpkin Carving Injuries

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Be Careful!

Local health officials said carving jack-o’-lanterns is the No. 1 cause of serious Halloween-related injuries nationwide among children between 10 and 14 years old.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O’Leary said Oklahoma City area paramedics typically take about a dozen children each year to local hospitals with traumatic injuries related to Halloween activities. Sharp knives that stick into the sides of pumpkins are a leading culprit.

Dr. Ryan Brown, an emergency room physician at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, said he recommends the use of electronic lights instead of candles inside jack-o’-lanterns as well.

“That pumpkin can get very hot (with an open flame),” Brown said. “It can be just like getting hot wax on your finger with that liquid inside the pumpkin.”

One alternative could be skipping the jack-o’-lanterns altogether. Glenda Mosby, an Oklahoma City mother of three, said it only took one year of pumpkin carving before her family switched to pumpkin painting — though not necessarily because of danger.

“I made my kids pull all the nasty stuff out of … the pumpkins,” she said. “They didn’t enjoy that.”

O’Leary and Brown said costumes are another major source of injuries during the Halloween season. Masks can reduce visibility, longer pieces can cause children to trip, some materials may be flammable and ill-fitting costumes could cause friction burns or cut off circulation.

“And parents are limiting the amount of time children have to trick-or-treat, so the children feel like they have to get as much candy as they can before they have to come home,” O’Leary said. “They’re at a fever pitch, running around in clothes they aren’t used to in the dark.”

Brown said preparation is key to avoiding Halloween safety problems.

O’Leary and Brown said costumes are another major source of injuries during the Halloween season. Masks can reduce visibility, longer pieces can cause children to trip, some materials may be flammable and ill-fitting costumes could cause friction burns or cut off circulation.

“And parents are limiting the amount of time children have to trick-or-treat, so the children feel like they have to get as much candy as they can before they have to come home,” O’Leary said. “They’re at a fever pitch, running around in clothes they aren’t used to in the dark.”

Brown said preparation is key to avoiding Halloween safety problems.

“If you’ll just do a dress-rehearsal before the actual event, you may save yourself a couple hundred dollars from an ER visit,” he said.


Halloween in Seattle

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Halloween in Seattle! Pumpkin Patches & More


There’s no time like October for pumpkin pickin’ and harvest happenins’.  From corn mazes and pumpkin patches to hayrides and petting zoos, we’ve got the goods on 15 great spots to have some good old fashioned farm fun. All are within an hour’s drive of greater Seattle; just make sure you call ahead as some farms have limited weekday activity and some require reservations.  Then bundle up the littles in dirt-friendly duds and don’t forget a camera. After all, what kind of parent are you if you don’t have the requisite kiddo-with-pumpkin pic for the scrapbook?

Remlinger Farms Pumpkin Patch
Catch a ride on the steam train, check out the 4H barnyard, explore the haymaze and toddler play area and, of course, pick some pumpkins on this self-guided tour. (Reservations required.)
32610 NE 32nd St., Carnation, Thursdays 10 a.m. (gates close two hours after last reservation), Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (gates close at 3 p.m.).

Fall City Farms Pumpkin Patch
Meet goats Wally, Bing, Harry and Poppy, scour the pumpkin patch and navigate the haymaze.  Don’t forget to bring a bag to fill with fresh, u-pick veggies.
3636 Neal Rd., Fall City, Mon.  noon to 6 p.m., Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mosby Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Add up a fantastic corn maze, a “Gi-normous” pumpkin patch, and tractor-pulled hayrides, and the result is a super fun day. Added attraction: an on-site photographer who will snap your perfect pumpkin photo.
12754 SE Green Valley Rd., Auburn . Daily 10 a.m. to dusk.

Dr. Maze’s Farm Pumpkin Patch
Formerly known as South 47 Farms, this spot’s got farm animals, wagon rides and a pumpkin patch with so many varieties, you won’t know where to begin. Want extra fun? Check out Friday and Saturday night Flashlight Maze nights.
15410 NE 124th St., Redmond, Open Wed., Thurs., Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri-Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Two Brothers Pumpkin Patch at Gamehaven Greenery
This family-owned pumpkin patch has been open for 25 years and includes a petting zoo, cornstalks, hay maze and both u-pick and pre-picked pumpkins.
7110 310th Ave. NE, Carnation, Open daily from dawn to dusk.

Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm
It’s not just about the pumpkins at this farm, which has a Trike Track (kids ride John Deere tricycles!), playground, cowtrain and pony rides. There’s also an onsite photographer.
10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish, Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Stocker Farms Pumpkin Patch
In addition to a 10-acre pumpkin patch, this farm features a weekend Pumpkin Festival Field with hayrides, pumpkin launching, troutfishing, food and crafts booths.
10622 Airport Way, Snohomish. Market open daily; Festival Field open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Craven Farm Pumpkin Patch
With a 20-acre pumpkin patch, 15-acre corn maze, hayrides, storytelling, scarecrow making, a petting zoo and a donut and espresso bar, this farm covers all the bases.
13817 Short School Road, Snohomish. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. till dark.

Fairbank Pumpkin Farm
This weekend-only pumpkin patch has a side attraction: kids get to feed pumpkin to the resident pigs.
15308 52nd Ave. W., Edmonds., Sat-Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Farm at Swan’s Trail Pumpkin Patch
Check out the 12-acre corn maze (in the shape of Washington State), plus enjoy a hay jump, pig show, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, story trails and petting farm.
7301 Rivershore Road, Snohomish. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Biringer Farm Pumpkin Patch
There’s loads to do at this pumpkin patch: slides, a goat climb, hay barn, Deadwood Ranch Theatre, trolley ride, pony rides, face paint and a “Boo Barn”.
4625 40th Place N.E., Everett. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carleton Farm Pumpkin Patch
Explore the twists and turns of the Time Machine corn maze, check out the farm animals and slip down the tube slide. Oh, and don’t forget to pick some pumpkins.
830 Sunnyside Blvd. S.E., Everett. Open daily, 9 a.m. to dusk.

Trinity Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch
Known for its U-cut tree farm, Trinity has expanded this year with a pumpkin patch, train rides, tractor-pulled hayrides and bounce houses. 

14237 228th Avenue Se, Issaquah. Fri to Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oxbow Center Pumpkin Patch
This 20-acre farm bordering a critical salmon habitat will be offering a weekend produce stand as well as a pumpkin patch and fun activities for the kiddos.
Details: 10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd. NE, Carnation, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

PS – Looking for more Halloween Fun? Check out our round-up of best places around Seattle for Halloween Trick or Treating!

I found all this great info from a site called red tricycle..Here is a link to them


Drinking and Driving Do’s and Don’ts 3

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Drinking and Driving Do’s and Don’ts
Chapter 3

So we all know life can just not go as planned some times. You are a conscientious  responsible person. You believe you have played by “life’s rules”, and yet you did not receive the expected out come. Now you find yourself in the back of a police car and on your way to jail. Here again there do’s and don’ts. However these do’s and don’ts are really in a category all there own. Unlike the previous ones, where by not adhering to them may cause a small inconvenience such as losing your car and job, not adhering to these may actually have physical implications (loss of teeth, etc.) so once again…


Do – Tell the officer that you would really much rather sit in front. Sitting in back just seems so pretentious. And really, you hate receiving any type of special treatment.

Do – Smile when they take your picture. It’s just like when you look at those old photos’s of grandma and she just looks so darn unhappy. Your not paying through the nose here for a professional photographer here, it’s free. Might as well give a big ol’ toothy grin.

Do – Ask if they wouldn’t mind periodically checking for messages on your phone. Let them know that you receive automatic updates from the liquor store when beer goes on sale. And you’d be appreciative if they would keep an eye on that for you. (there might even be a six pack in it for them!)

Do – Also, with a real sweet face, ask if it isn’t too much trouble, would they mind finding a charger and plugging in your phone (Can’t get those updates if the phones dead!)

Do – Introduce yourself to everyone once you have been put into a cell. A nice warm firm handshake will set everyone at ease. It tells them “Hey I might be someone you’d like to get to know better.” You can’t have too any friends!


Don’t – Give the officer driving tips while on your way to the station. It’s kind of a macho thing with them. Personally, I think it’s just the typical “A” personality type that goes for these kinds of jobs. They just don’t take direction well from others.

Don’t – Ask the officer to turn on his lights and siren for you. We want to be sure that this is only used for real emergencies. The public wouldn’t take them seriously if they were used for our entertainment.


Don’t – Ask the officer if he would mind putting your extra beer in the fridge when you get to the station. You’ve already asked him about your phone, let’s not over do it!

Don’t – Once you’re in jail, don’t just tell your Social Security number to your cellmate who is going to help you with your taxes. He’ll never remember it. Ask an officer for a piece of paper and write it down.

Don’t – Try to pass the time by starting a sing along. Some of your associates may not be able to carry a tune and spoil it for everyone. If you write poetry you might ask if they you like to hear some.

Don’t – Try to pass the time playing games that require paper and pencil like Hangman, you won’t have writing implements. Make it something simple and fun like, Duck, Duck, Goose! Musical chairs, easy stuff like that works great. And who couldn’t use the exercise!

Don’t – Talk about your love life in jail, no point stirring up natural desires. And for goodness sake DON’T BEND OVER TO PICK UP THE THE SOAP IN THE SHOWER!


Prom Night

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

IF the title, “THS Investi gates: Prom Nightmares,” has you thinking “big fat, hot prom mess” with overweight girls bulging out of their too-tight prom dresses and boys in horrifyingly tasteless tuxedos, pimp hats and red shoes – may I suggest you find your kicks on the Internet.

Tonight’s episode of “THS” is not fun, and it’s not silly.

It’s the deadly business of kids who have been killed and maimed on prom night – and it ain’t pretty. But it is important.

In case you’ve been off ice road trucking in Alaska and missed it, the average American prom has morphed from a dress-up school dance to an out-of-control blow-out complete with its own industry that vies with Sweet 16 parties and bar mitzvahs as events so expensive parents take out second mortgages just to survive it.

Aside from the excess (some kids spend “between $30,000 and $40,000” on their prom “necessities,” the show says), the great American prom is increasingly becoming a deadly affair.

“Prom Nightmares” visits the families who lost kids in car accidents, who have committed suicide on prom night, died from bad drugs and even the story of one girl who fell four stories off a hotel balcony after an alcohol-induced blackout (and survived).

It is terrifying.

For starters, there’s the story of Jillian Sabet, a girl who was elected both prom queen and class president on the day of the prom – and who was killed on her way to the dance when the car she was traveling in flipped over. No drugs – but no seatbelts, either.

Cathy Isford died on prom night after doing Ecstasy. Thirty-seven other kids took Ecstasy that night, but only Cathy got sick and died from it.

Chris Davidson, a triple-threat athlete on the eve of being honored for his role in starting a lacrosse team in his school, hung himself with his belt in his after-prom hotel room. And his heartbroken father is still trying to figure it out.

One bit of advice: if you are planning on attending the prom or have kids who are going to one, please make them watch this show. It will scare them so straight, they’ll stay home and rent a movie instead.


Bus Driver Caught Playing Video Games While Driving Route

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

An Oahu Transit bus driver was caught playing a Playstation Portable on his route. Reports fail to include which game he was playing- Grand Theft Auto, perhaps?

“The images are grainy. Denita Waltz used her cell phone to snap motion picture clips of a city bus driver.

“The whole experience was terrifying,” she said.

Waltz said the driver of the Number 54 that goes between lower Pearl City and downtown wasn’t just driving his route, he was playing a video game.

‘He was continuously playing his video game on the bus. Continuously,’ she said. ‘At times he was driving, playing with it. At times he was sitting there playing with it.'”


Bus Driver Impersonator

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I would sure be be bummed if someone stole my party bus and drove around picking people up. Here is a story out of Chicago that happened a few days ago….


There was something not quite right about the CTA bus that pulled into the agency’s 103rd Street garage last week.

It hit another bus as it entered, and when a CTA worker went to confront the driver, who was wearing a bus driver’s uniform, the man took off on foot, according to video from the bus’ security cameras.

Turns out, the driver was not a CTA employee. Authorities believe he stole a uniform from an acquaintance last month and used it to pass himself off as a bus driver. He is now the subject of a search by the CTA and Chicago police.

The driver knew what he was doing, CTA President Richard Rodriguez said Thursday.

Video shows that he was able to log in and start the bus. He used the bus between about 8 p.m. and midnight Sept. 9. The bus traveled between the garage and 95th Street, according to the GPS on the bus, Rodriguez said.

The man, whose identity has not been released by police, even picked up passengers and stopped the vehicle a few times.

“This person was in uniform, so the person looked like a legitimate CTA employee. So every indication, anyone off the street would have said that this was an employee,” Rodriguez said.

The CTA employee whose uniform was stolen is cooperating with police and is not considered to be involved in the theft. CTA officials are now re-evaluating check-in procedures.


The Jet Bus

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I dont know what to incredably awesome!

The yellow American-style school bus has been fitted with a jet engine from a Phantom fighter plane, allowing it to reach up to 367mph.

Mr Stender’s creation, which he has dubbed ‘The School Time Jet-Powered School Bus’, also fires out 80 foot flames from the back creating massive clouds of smoke.

Mr Stender, 43, said: “I built the bus for two reasons. The first is to entertain people because, come on, it’s a jet bus.

“The second, is to keep kids off drugs. Jets are hot, drugs are not.

“The entire vehicle was custom built by myself. There’s no way the original bus could have withstood the speeds that I take it to.

“We do a lot of displays at schools and we are trying to show them there’s more to life than sitting in front of computers.

Mr Stender, whose mechanical skills are entirely self taught, said he has a passion for making things go fast.

He said: “I bought it just as an old school bus, but I have to say only about five percent are original parts.

“Actually a lot of it is hand-crafted and the types of metals used would be more at home on an aircraft.

“There’s still some bus left on it, a little bit on the front. And of course the door handle and the door are all original.

“I grew up on a farm and to tell you the truth I always wanted to learn things myself and didn’t like school much.

“I guess this is my revenge for all those days riding on the slow journey to school, now it goes at my kind of pace.”