6 REALLY COOL THINGS: The King of your Castle!!!

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6 REALLY COOL THINGS: The King of your Castle!!!

By: Tom Levine

If you want to be a millionaire, if you want to be smart with your money, if you want to get ahead in life, build security, establish equity, and retire in confidence, then you must, simply MUST become the King of your Castle!

You need to buy your first home if you haven't taken this important step yet. If you have bought your first home already, then read on. I know you already are nodding your head in full agreement, but let's briefly review some of the really cool things that happens when you own your own home:

Thing 1 : All interest paid on your mortgage is a tax write-off at the end of the year.

Thing 2: You are building equity, and FAST!

Thing 3: No more landlords, No more thin walls!

Thing 4, the tax break, gives you breathing room financially.

Thing 5, Equity. Huge deal here.

Thing 6: The King of your Castle!

Thing 1 : All interest paid on your mortgage is a tax write-off at the end of the year.

That's HUGE. If you pay $1000 a month on your mortgage, the vast majority of this is interest.

You're write-off at the end of the year, will be around $12,000 as a scheduled deduction on your 1040 to the tax-man. See the massive benefit this has, come April 15th?

Watch your savings account thrive, or go on an awesome vacation to Jamaica, or buy a new car, or invest in a mutual fund. We're talking thousands of dollars here, for most Americans, in realized tax savings!

If this isn't enough to get you salivating, then I don't even think a bag of money falling from the sky will elicit any kind of reaction from you. Come on! Thousands of dollars in tax savings! That IS, in fact, a big, bag of money! Huge, huge, huge.

Thing 2: You are building equity, and FAST!

Last year, mid-2003 to mid-2004, the average American home appreciated around 9.) 5%. Think that's good? In 74 housing markets, the appreciation was in the double-digits.

Generally, a low appreciation is considered to be around 4%. So, with that kind of amazing track-record, you need to sit down with your trusty calculator and start getting your hands around the reality that this could be YOU!

There's nothing that prevents you from buying your home. All objections can be overcome, and all obstacles can be reckoned with.

First, though, get to the point where you fully understand the power of leverage, as many homeowners have come to realize, with owning your own home.

Thing 3: No more landlords, No more thin walls!

No more neighbors behind sheetrock, no more carports, no more smelly garbage bins, no more gross washer/dryers, no more rude, late-night out of control parties, no more leaky faucets ignored, no more intrusive and neglected bugs and vermin! That was your old life. This is your new life.

This is your home. You own it. You run it. You are the master of your domain!

You maintain it, improve it, and take pride in it.

It is the American dream, of course, to own a piece of land that you can call your own. I know you feel it in your bones. I know, that you know, that this is true.

So, how does owning your own home, get you to be a millionaire? Well, that's incredibly simple:

Thing 4, the tax break, gives you breathing room financially.

Your tax return can be substantial, and this means more money in your pocket, less stress in your bank account.

This will give you a little more freedom, should you choose to act wisely with your money, and fit comfortably into a piece of property that might be slightly more than you thought you could afford.

In addition, often times, the breathing room from the tax savings, is just enough to get you out of survival-mode. It happens to many of us. We start thinking about saving, rather than spending, and we start thinking about the future, rather than just getting through today.

Thing 5, Equity. Huge deal here.

You have to understand that the money you are already spending on rent, can be re-routed towards a home mortage.

So, if you spend $1,000 a month on rent, and then restructure your lifestyle so that you own a home, and spend $1,000 a month on a piece of property worth, let's say, $250,000, for example, and that piece of property appreciates 10% a year...How long will it take you to become a millionaire?

Get your trusty calculator out and learn how to crunch this number, because you are much closer then you realize. I come up with $1,263,617.) 57 in 17 years. Now, that's over One Million Dollars Equity in 17 years, just by re-routing the rent money that you already spend! It is effortless.

It requires no additional activity on your part. Just keep going to work, bringing home your income, and paying your mortgage. In 17 years, you will be a millionaire.

Furthermore, there are variables in this equation that can make this happen even sooner. For example, you could live in a metropolitan area with a much higher appreciation rate.

Last year, our homes in the Sacramento area appreciated at 15.) 5%. Now, there's no reason you couldn't live here, or maybe you already live in a high appreciation metropolitan area. Maybe you don't want to. You don't have to.

The point is, that if you wanted to speed up this process of getting to a million dollars through the passive investment of your residential home equity...You could....

Or, like I said, you don't have to. Just buy a home, and you'll get there in 17 years or less.

Thing 6, the King of your Castle:

Now, thing 6 doesn't necessarily award you a faster route to a million dollars, but what it does do is ensure that you have peace of mind, happiness, and balance in your life.

With the joy of home ownership comes it's own reward, and that will ensure that you won't just want to get up and bail out on your investment because you're miserable.

You won't be miserable if you buy the home of your dreams, and if you live in a place you love, the place you call yours, the place that is steadily growing equity, and tax benefits, and wealth.

This is the place where you are in total control of your life. This is the place where you are the king of your castle.

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Aaron 06.06.2010. 03:26

What are some good children's books for a 4-6 year old? I would prefer some options with pictures. We have a couple of the How Does a Dinosour....?
and we have the book, the title escapes me right now about the two rabbits and the they show each other how much they love each other and we have Dr. Seuss. Some i would love to get if there is such a thing is a book about knights. the boys love hearing about soldiers and kings with with swords. Nothing too cutsey/ girly but would love some books that little boys would just love.

Aaron

Admin 06.06.2010. 03:26

it really depends on the development of the boys. Also do they want to read or look at cool artwork??

My 6 yr old love Harry Potter, partly because 2 of his older brothers do also and 1 is a HP expert. So he has gotten into it and its a book we read together, and its helping his reading skills a lot. Also I have the books on cd so that they can listen to them instead of reading them, like on car trips and that has helped also.

The Magic School bus is a good book series. My son likes it also. He loves the book Where the Wild Things Are. Alexander, the terrible bad day is a book he likes also. As well as Curious george. When ever we head into the big city, we always stop at the Barnes and Noble and the boys and I look at books and mags. Normally we each get a book or if not we find several we want and then do an Amazon or half.com order and get us all some books.

As far as knights, here are a few suggestions my boys have liked:

Knight and the dragon
Bravest KnightMaking of a knight
Genuine and Moste Authenic Guide: Knight
Castle: Mideveil days and knights


As they get older they might also like the Star Wars Young Jedi series. Several of my boys really enjoy them as well.

Hope this helps. Have a good one.

One thing we done since I started doing fostercare many years ago, is at night after they all are changed we have some quiet time and then I put each to bed. Often I will read to or with him and then tuck him in (not my 16 yr old but the rest I still tuck in). It helps to get them to sleep, and keeps the bond we have. But it helps them unwind a bit too. And the normal routine also helps them as well as cuts down any complaints about their diapers for bed or wanting to stay up later, needing a drink of water, and all the other excuses I have heard over the years when they want to try to stay up later but know its bed time. I have done this for many many years, and have found it works wonders.

Also reading with your kids, helps keep them into reading. Even if its juse some reading time, where you read your book, and they read thiers, but also set some time when you can all read together or you can read with them one to one. Its a great bond that will keep the family closer as they grow up.

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Just Me 14.05.2007. 13:48

What are some must see's and do's in Vegas? I'm 21, and going out next month with my (very fun) mom. We're staying at the MGM. We went out last year but I didn't feel like I got to see very much in the time we were there, so this year I'm really planning everything out that I want to see and do. I want your tips of things to do and any advice of things I should avoid. Best advice gets 10 points!! Thanks!!

Just Me

Admin 14.05.2007. 13:48

Since you like to plan, these are great sites to check out. They have hundreds of things to do.

http://www.vegas.com/attractions
http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/activities.cfm

For info on just about anything/everything LV including shows, buffets, restaurants, night clubs, etc
http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com "VEGAS INFO"

My favorites
Fountains of Bellagio - Specifically, from Mon Ami Gabi's outdoor cafe at Paris, across the street from Bellagio. After 7pm the fountain show is every 15 minutes. Reservations required, call 1-702-944-4224 request to sit outside.

Top of the World Restaurant at the Stratosphere Tower - at sunset, the food is ordinary but the view from 800+ feet in the air is spectacular, as the lights of the strip come to life. 1-702-380-7711 the restaurant rotates 360 degrees once each hour.

Fremont Street Experience - shows are on the hour each hour after dark, until Midnight. >While you're downtown check out the Antiques, Artifacts and Artwork at Main Street Station - They have restored rail cars, a section of the Berlin Wall, stained glass & chandeliers from all over the world, the Bronze doors & Facade from the Royal bank of Kuwait. MSS actually has the best moderate price steakhouse in all of LV and it was built around the fireplace and sideboard niche from Preswick Castle, and on & on they have too many to list, but they do have a brochure which shows the location & tells a little about each object.

Mystic Falls at Sam's Town - is a really cool little indoor park.
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Top of the Eiffel Tower
Masquerade Show in the Sky - Rio
The Carnival Court next to Harrah's
Volcano/White Tigers - Mirage
Lion Habitat - MGM

Shopping
Forum Shops at Caesars Palace >check out the Atlantis & Festival fountains while you are there, there is an aquarium at the Atlantis fountain.
Miracle Mile - Planet Hollywood
Grand Canal Shoppes - Venetian
Fashion Show Mall
The Forum Shops are far and away the best, I hate shopping and even I can hang out in there for a few hours.

IMHO the best shows are
Mystere at Treasure Island(Ti)
Section 203 has the best seats but 202 & 204 are not bad. for tickets 1-800-392-1999

Ka at MGM
Section 202 has the best seats for this show
1-866-774-7117 >both of these show sell tickets 120 days in advance, so if you want great seats I would call as soon as possible

There are some very good shows in LV at a very reasonable price.
Mac King - Harrah's - The tickets are only around $20 in the first place, but often times they hand out 2-4-1 coupons at the booth located in the Carnival Court next to Harrah's(just before show time is best) Harrah's has in the past given away 2 free tickets to the Mac King show if you sign up for their "Total Rewards" slot club >NO you don't have to play a nickel, just sign up. I can't guarantee this one but it does not hurt to ask.

Dirk Arthur - Xtreme Magic - Tropicana - $29 - but you can usually find 2-4-1 coupons for this show in the free LV magazines in your room or hotel gift shop.

Larry G. Jones - The Man of 1002 Voices - Fitzgeralds $22-$30 IMHO he's just as good as Danny Gans($100)

If you're interested in doing some gambling, specifically low limit tables and video poker. Let me know which game(s) you're interested in. I can tell you where to find the best places to play.

If I can be of any help at all feel free to e-mail me through YA. I know a little about the shows, buffets, restaurants, transportation, gambling, hotels, sightseeing, etc.

We go to LV 2-3 times a year for 2 weeks or more at a time and have for over 20 years. Next trip June 6th - July 5th(30 days)

~Jack~

P.S. - Try to keep your (very fun) Mom under control :-)
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Aaron 18.07.2010. 12:07

i would like to have Roger Sanchez Top 100 Club Classics List? there is a few names i missed and i would like to have the full list. can you post it ?

Aaron

Admin 18.07.2010. 12:07

Disc 1

1. Bob Sinclar Featuring Steve Edwards - World Hold On (Children Of The Sky)
2. Roger Sanchez - Another Chance
3. David Guetta Vs. The Egg - Love Don't Let Me Go
4. Martin Solveig - Everybody
5. DJ Sammy - Sunlight (Radio Edit)
6. Uniting Nations - You & Me
7. Hi_Tack - Let's Dance
8. Boogie Pimps - The Music In Me (Radio Edit)
9. Jakatta Featuring Seal - My Vision
10. Cabin Crew - Star To Fall (Uniting Nations Club Mix)
11. Deepest Blue - Give It Away (Club Mix)
12. Danzel - Pump It Up (Radio Edit)
13. Angel City Featuring Lara McAllen - Love me Right
14. Tom Novy & Lima - Take It (Closing Time) (Radio Edit)
15. Hoxton Whores - Friday Saturday Love
16. Armand Van Helden - Witch Doktor
17. Paul Johnson - She Got Me On (Radio Edit)
18. Hatiras - Spaced Invader
19. Weekend Players - 21st Century
20. Mr Oizo - Flat Beat

Disc 2

1. Jean Jaque Smoothie - 2 People (Original Radio Mix)
2. Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400
3. ATB - 9pm (Till I Come)
4. Jessy - Look At Me Now
5. Steve Mac Vs. Mosquito - - Lovin' You More (That Big Track) Ft. Steve Smith
6. Soul Central Featuring Kathy Brown - Strings Of Life (Stronger On My Own) (Radio Edit)
7. Ian Van Dahl - Castles In The Sky (Radio Edit)
8. Bomfunk MCs - Free Styler (Radio Edit)
9. Dance Nation - Move Your Love (Radio Edit)
10. Fish Go Deep & Tracey K - The Cure & The Cause
11. Mason - Quarter
12. Kings Of Tomorrow - Finally
13. Starchaser - Love Will Set You Free (Jambe Myth) (Radio Edit)
14. Sunkids Featuring Chance - Rise Up
15. Supafly - Moving To Fast (Radio Edit)
16. Lost Witness - Happiness Happening
17. Les Rythmes Digitales - Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat) (Radio Edit)
18. Sneaker Pimps - Spin Spin Sugar (Armands Dark Garage Mix)
19. Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
20. Jack Rokka Vs Betty Boo - Take Off

Disc 3

1. Wink - Higher State Of Consciousness
2. Shamen - Move Any Mountain (Beat Edit)
3. Baby D - (Everybody's Got To Learn Sometimes) I Need Your Loving
4. Snap Vs. Plaything - Do You See The Light
5. Da Hool - Meet Her At The Love Parade
6. Robert Miles - Children (Radio Edit)
7. The Grid - Swamp Thing
8. Cola Boy - 7 Ways To Love
9. Bomb The Bass - Beat Dis
10. De'Lacy - That Look (Hani's Club Look Radio Edit)
11. Sleazesisters with Vicki Shephard - Let It Whip Up
12. Alex Party - Read My Lips
13. Rozalla - Are You Ready To Fly?
14. Urban Cookie Collective - The Key, The Secret
15. Soulsearcher - Can't Get Enough
16. Powerhouse Featuring Duane Harden - What You Need
17. Tmpo - Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
18. Agnelli & Nelson - Everyday
19. Loleatta Holloway - Love Sensation 06 (Hi_Tack Burnin' Up Radio Mix)
20. Phats & Small - Feel Good

Disc 4

1. Chicane - Saltwater
2. David Morales - How Would U Feel (Radio Edit)
3. Joey Negro - Make A Move On Me (Club Mix/Dub Mix)
4. Paffendorf - Be Cool
5. Chanel - My Life (Haji & Emanuel Vocal Mix)
6. Axwell - Feel The Vibe (Till The Morning After) (Radio Edit)
7. Ken Doh - Nakasaki (I Need A Lover Tonight)
8. Afro Medusa - Pasilda
9. A.T.F.C. Presents Onephatdeeva - In And Out Of My Life
10. Mish Mash - Speechless (Radio Edit)
11. Paris Avenue Featuring Robin One - I Want You (Radio Edit)
12. Lost Witness - Red Sun Rising
13. DSK - What Would We Do
14. Lazard - Living On Video
15. Sunscreem - Pressure Us (Radio Edit)
16. The B15 Project Featuring - Girls Like Us Crissy D & Lady G -
17. De Souza Featuring Shena - Guilty (Radio Edit)
18. Yves LaRock - Rise Up (Radio Edit)
19. DJ Jose - Steppin To The Beat (Radio Edit)
20. Norman Bass - How U Like Bass (Radio Edit)

Disc 5

1. Bob Sinclar - I Feel For You
2. Alibi Vs. Rockefella - Sexual Healing (Freemasons Radio Edit)
3. Tomcraft - Brainwashed (Call You)4 Paul Gardner & Hugh Gunnell
4. Static Revenger - Happy People (Radio Edit)
5. Stellar Project Featuring Brandi Emma - Get Up Stand Up (Radio Edit)
6. Blockster - Grooveline (Radio Edit)
7. Switch - A Bit Patchy (Radio Edit)
8. So Solid Crew - Oh No (Sentimental Things)
9. Turbofunk - Gotta Move (Radio Edit)
10. Tyken Featuring Awa - Every Word (Vocal Club Mix)

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Aaron 28.11.2010. 23:24

Best Wii Games for a 14 year old girl? I really want another Wii game for Christmas, but I don't know what games are good? The games I already have are:

1. Super Mario Galaxy

2. Animal Crossing

3. Super Smash Brothers Brawl

4. Wii Sports Resort

5. Mario Party 8

6. Wii Fit

I love Disney, role playing games (I used to love Harvest Moon) and just any games. Thanks!

Aaron

Admin 28.11.2010. 23:24

Okay, get ready for a rant. I have a few for you...

1. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
This one holds a pretty special place in my heart, without getting overly sentimental, because it was the video game that really dragged me into the video game universe awhile ago.
It has a rather dark plotline (no spoilers!), but Nintendo is rather sterile when it comes to romance and kissing and whatnot.
In any case, it's very intuitive/easy-to-play. The main protagonist, Link, is amazing, and if you like fantasy then this is probably the game for you. It's probably one of Nintendo's more serious titles.
It does suck you in, however, and it's very difficult at some parts. It's very puzzle-oriented, as well as equipped with an active-time-battle system, and does NOT take you to a different screen for battles.
It also, of course, has some hysterical moments.
Basically, you are given the power of the Triforce (an ancient relic in the Zelda games), and must save the kingdom of Hyrule (basically set in medieval times) from the evil king of darkness (Ganon), who is using another species as a puppet to control the land by washing it in "Twilight," or eternal darkness. You have many weapons along the way, as well as a super cool sword (multiple, actually), and your journey eventually leads you to his castle.
BUT. I'm getting ahead of myself, and I wouldn't want to spoil it for you.
Now, if you don't mind older games with blocky graphics (none of this stupid Black Ops realistic stuff for US, oh no!), then my very favorite game in the whole universe (though I said TP will always be mah babeh) is...

2. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
YES. Just YES. That game is so much of a win I can't even BEGIN to say how much of a win that game is because it is a FREAKING WIN. (played on Gamecube and N64 if you want to get it on Wii)
As I said, it's older and has less clear graphics, but they are SO EASY to get used to and I even found myself commenting on how epic the graphics were. Honestly, you don't even notice it because the game itself is art. The visual is stunning, and sooo easy to imagine partly BECAUSE the image isn't crystal clear.
This is slightly lighter in theme than Twilight Princess, if only because the entire concept of TP is darkness and shadow and Twilight taking over the land. Ocarina of Time, however, is more music-oriented, and has perhaps the BEST soundtrack I have ever heard.
Now, instead of trying to vanquish the darkness, you must save Princess Zelda from Ganondorf using the power of the Master Sword and Ocarina of Time you are given, the masters of time. You have the ability to turn back the clock, and turn it forward, with both your sword and your ocarina. Nothing is left out when going from this time to that one, and the ability to go from happy, fairy-tale Hyrule to decrepit, angry, dying Hyrule was mind-blowing. (But I'm using too many adjectives. Sorry, I do love the game)
Now, OoT is about 30-40 hours longer than TP overall, and is rather like a dark-ish fairy tale.
Ocarina of Time, also, because it's so much lighter, has many more quirky characters and ROFL moments than TP.
Oh, and Navi. You might have heard of her, but she is the bane of many gamers' existence. We wake up with nightmares of "HEY! LISTEN!" in our ears many a night...
Of course, she DOES grow on you. <3
One more thing that I forgot to mention:
Twilight Princess is the unofficial sequel to Ocarina of Time. I actually played TP first, so it won't hurt you if you do, but it's SO MUCH more fun to play TP after OoT and say, "Heyyy! I REMEMBER THAT!" Because, technically, that's how the games were made to go. Plus, I replay Twilight Princess after beating Ocarina of Time and see how Hyrule has changed... <3
Okay, so a brief recap of my two favorite games, and I can't give you any more because I'm running out of space...

~Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Dark, mysterious, and not as funny and lighthearted as it's predecessor. Very fantasy-ish and a little hard to figure out at some points, as well as a thrilling storyline that sucks you in almost immediately. Very good graphics for an RPG this amazing.

~Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Lighter, more happy than TP. Many quirky and hysterical moments, as well as an engaging plotline with MANY MORE sidequests than TP. But trust me--it's worth it to do them all.
There are also more races/species and different ways to play the game, and as a result a much longer storyline than TP.
Less clear graphics, but not in any way like Final Fantasy VII or something. I love the game, sure, but the pixels were the only things that were crystal clear on that thing.


If you play either of these games, be prepared to fall in love, be it with the game or the character.

Okay. I know I ramble on and on, but my point is Zelda is just about as epic as you get.
Not to mention there's a new one coming out... <33333

Thanks!

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me 26.03.2010. 21:30

Where are some cool places to go on the west coast(California)? Me and my dad are gonna be super board so we wanna go somewhere. Weve gone to Santa Barbara, San Diego, LA, Morro Bay,uuuuuuuuuuummm I think thats it? Well so just make some suggestions and say what there is to do there that is fun(:

And if youve ever gone to mexico, like Tiajuana, please tell me what its like. Since I know I will never make it to San Juan, thats basicly all the Mexico I'll ever get......

me

Admin 26.03.2010. 21:30

Yosemite is one of the most unique places on earth. It's one of those places you must see before you die.
http://www.nps.gov/Yose/index.htm

If you want stunning vistas, Yosemite is the place. Glacier Point is breathtaking.
http://www.yosemitefun.com/glacier_point.htm

If you want to see big trees, there are groves of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite (they are the largest trees on earth, bigger then the redwoods)
http://jrabold.net/yosemite/intro4seq.htm

After you visit the Yosemite valley and Glacier Point, if you have the time, drive across the park on CA 120. It takes you to the east entrance to Lee Vining near Mono Lake. The lake is in a caldera of an extinct volcano. CA 120 crosses Tioga Pass, the highest vehicle pass in CA. You climb thousands of feet on a mountain road and reach the Alpine meadows of Yosemite.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=mono+lake&sll=37.88786,-119.281311&sspn=1.604034,1.790771&gl=us&ie=UTF8&ll=37.956109,-119.215393&spn=0.774205,0.895386&z
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South Lake Tahoe is beautiful
http://www.bluelaketahoe.com/

The Sunday brunch at Harrah's Forest Buffet is one of the best I've every been to. It's on the top floor and has a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and lake.
http://www.harrahslaketahoe.com/casinos/harrahs-lake-tahoe/restaurants-dining/forest-buffet-detail.html

The Vikingsholm Home & Castle is an interesting tour.
http://www.vikingsholm.com/tours.html

Visit Ehrman Mansion
http://www.tahoecountry.com/oldtimetahoe/ehrman.html

Hike to Eagle Falls
http://www.tripwiser.com/trip_thing_to_do-Eagle_Falls_Hike_South_Lake_Tahoe_California_USA?itiNodeId=8ad198040d86fd44010d87b2a5d87727&eType=activity&tripEleTabName=details&fromSearch=true

Heavenly has a gondola ride.
http://www.skiheavenly.com/lake-tahoe/lake-tahoe.aspx

Take a riverboat cruise and dinner on the lake
http://www.zephyrcove.com/cruises/index.cfm

Sutter's Mill is day trip down U.S. 50. It's also a nice drive along the American River. It passes through Strawberry CA. which has a lodge that was a stagecoach stop.
http://www.coloma.com/
http://www.strawberrylodge.com/

Virginia City is an interesting day trip. Made famous by the TV show Bonanza, it was the center of the Comstock Lode, the biggest silver strike in history. They have an old steam locomotive mining railroad you can ride and you can tour the actual mines. The city looks like it did in the late 1800's, complete with wooden sidewalks, saloons, gambling halls, and boot hill.
http://www.virginiacity-nv.org/info.aspx
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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is spectacular.
http://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm

There are many trails that connect the Sequoia groves.
http://www.sequoia.national-park.com/hike.htm

Besides the Sequoias, there is a rare marble cave in the park (most caverns are limestone). Crystal Cave is accessed by a picturesque half-mile trail that leads to the Merced river valley.
http://www.sequoiahistory.org/cave/cave.htm

Moro Rock is a great hike. You climb nearly 400 stone steps to the top of the barren rock (6,725-foot elevation)
http://kevingong.com/Hiking/MoroRock.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moro_Rock

Enter the park from the south, CA Route 198. It doesn't allow RV's or trailers so there is less traffic. It's a mountain road that climbs thousands of feet, has great hairpin turns and the views are spectacular.
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=merced+map&ie=UTF8&split=0&gl=us&ei=CGyMSt3lMIiksgPG5oi4CQ&ll=36.486453,-118.875504&spn=0.422878,0.447693&z=11

There is lodging at Three Rivers, CA and it is close to the entrance.
http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=navclient&rlz=1T4HPIA_enUS314US314&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=three+rivers+ca+lodging&fb=1&split=1&gl=us&view=text&ei=9m2MStz2LIWQsgP137S1CQ&sa=X&oi=local_group&ct=more-results&resnum=1

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Kevin Chisholm 17.06.2007. 12:49

I am drving across America for my honeymoon. What will make this trip a special memory and not a nightmare? My Fiancee (soon to be my wife) and I will drive Across the US starting July 16th from New York City for one month. We are renting a car from Hertz for the whole trip.

What suggestions can you make (things to do, see, OR even things to AVOID, places to stay... ANYTHING) that could really make the difference between our honeymoon being a money-pit / nightmare or the most special time of our lives.

Details so far are: Possibly stop in Chicago for a day to visit frineds. Arrive in San Fransisco on July 20th for a long weekend with a friend, a few days in Las Vegas with a relative, several days in New Mexico with a good friend, have to drop the car off in New York City on Aug. 16th. That's it, the rest is totally up in the air. Maybe your suggestion(s) will make this something really special for us or at least help us to avoid any costly mistakes. Thanks for any suggestions you may have... anything will be helpful. This is the only honeymoon I plan to have!

Thanks! - Kevin
Aslo, I'll add that the whole thing was my Fiancee's idea. She is European and relally wants to see American. So, it it's helpful, the whole "Driving in the car" thing is non-negotiable. That's what she wants. So hopfully any suggestions you may have will not be "Why not do something differnet.." and more like "on your way, stop in XXX city, it's very scenic...." or "Remember that rental insurance policies usually don't cover XYZ.." Everything I mentioned in the question is set in stone, so it's more about knowing that this is what we are doing, what suggestions do you have that would make it better or things we might not have thought of that could be a problem. Thanks!

Kevin Chisholm

Admin 17.06.2007. 12:49

Kevin 212 ,
I need to know a couple of things before I write one of my long [though accurate ]travelogues
* What do you guys want to see ? Scenery ? , Native Cultures ? , Historical Places ? What ?
* How would you and your fiance feel if I sent you guys down some spectacular long distance, high speed, middle -of -nowhere two lane roads ?
How upscale do the accommodations need to be ?
Does spending a night sleeping out on the desert w/ sleeping bags only seem OK or really dumb ?
Back in 3 hrs
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I'm back
Here's what I know: All cars become smaller after a month of living in and out of them. Rent the biggest car you can get that offers unlimited mileage.
You can rent from Hertz what would be my personal vehicle of choice- A Mercury Grand Marquis - from their King Of Prussia PA location for 1463.99 per month w/unlimited mileage . My Town Car w/ the same 4.6 L V-8 gets 26-29 mpg at highway speeds. The Mercs are superb long distance sustained high speed machines.
It's about 110 miles to Kof P
NJTPKE to exit 6 >PaTPKE I-276W >to Kof P simple , fast and possibly worth it .
Time to go West
Leave NYC as early as you can to beat traffic
I usuallly can make Chicago in 14-16 hrs depending on weather .
Get gas as you leave Indiana ' cus it's cheaper than gas in IL
Use the Skyway heading into Chitown ' cus the first view of the lake is worth the toll
If you leave Chicago on the 18th your goal should be Denver - which is about 1000 miles -15 hrs. A little road secret is that if you pull up short of any city ,motel prices will drop significantly
Ideally your goal should be Golden CO
The 19th is your fun day ,Golden Co to Carson City NV/South Lake Tahoe via Ely NV & US 50 aka the loneliest road in America.
The 20th
Carson City to SFO via Yosemite NP
Mapquest enter:
Lee Vining CA, Chinese Camp CA, SFO or wherever your actual destination is in the bay area
Make sure you see Lake Tahoe bc it is stunning .
To be continued....
It's Wednesday and I'm back
I'm gonna try to get you from SFO to Albuquerque using only 100 miles interstate highway.
Something I forget to tell you earlier, when you get to Yosemite buy the $80.00 annual National Park Pass .I think the break even point is 3-4 National Parks visited in a year
I'm gonna try to get you from San Francisco to Visalia CA in one scenic but otherwise
relaxing day.
FYI If I CAPITALIZE the name of a town I want you to use it as a way point on mapquest
OK
SFO>SANTA CRUZ> MONTEREY
Monterey /Carmel is a really cool place to be and many spend all day exploring it
MONTEREY>MORRO BAY This is it ,The Pacific Coast Highway of legend. allow 4-5 hrs
Get gas before you leave Monterey bc gas on the PCH is expensive
IF you're so inclined you are can tour the legendary Hearst Castle at San Simeon.
IF you like American Castles it's worth a look
MORRO BAY to VISALIA
Get a room in the area But don't go to Fresno
Next day takes you thru the Sequoia NP
PINEHURST> WELDON>LONEPINE
>STOVEPIPE WELLS in Death Valley NP
There is one hotel at Stovepipe Wells Village make sure that you reserve a room
Next day get up at sunrise and drive to Vegas via 190 E to Death valley and then follow 178 to Badwater then exit the park via Shone > Pahrump >LAS.
Because Death Valley resembles another planet it's one of my favorite places on earth TBC

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kmart27 02.07.2012. 13:55

Pros and cons of Living in England? I'm recently thinking of moving to England to try something different. I'm just not quite sure of the pros and cons.

kmart27

Admin 02.07.2012. 13:55

Pros:
1) The National Health Service (NHS) means that everyone pays for everyone's healthcare through tax (though you can go private if you choose).
2) Brittish weather is rarely too hot, but not freezing cold, and rarely (basically never) has extreme weather phenomena like hurricanes, tornadoes etc etc). I personally thing Britisher weather is just right.
3) England is far from any tectonic plate boundaries, active volcanoes or anything that likes to ruin your day, basically we don't get many natural disasters localized flooding is about the worst you will get.
4) we have a monarchy, that means like france we have old castles and palaces, but unlike france, we have people living in them! people who own them! its a living part of history.
5) England is steeped in history, we have done just about everything, from being poor peasants ruled by foreign kings to ruling most of the world
6) We have a great deal of social security measures, so if you ever find your self unable to work for whatever reason, its not the end of your life.
7) Accents, we have them by the barrel load, some are "cute" some are hilarious, some are unintelligible

Cons
1)Well I consider the cons a con, and by the cons i mean the conservative government (At this time the ruling government is a coalition between the conservative party an the liberal democrats, but everyone really knows that the lib dems are the junior partner). the conservatives (also known as the Tories for historical reasons) like to reduce social security measures and reduce taxes on the rich.
2) The weather, its often rainy, often gray, and more inclined to be too cold than too hot (but i prefer it that way, its easier to warm up than cool down)
3) Teeth, Americans always say we have awful teeth, blame the NHS subsidized dentistry!
4) If you get healthcare on the NHS, expect longer waiting times for surgery
5) If you want treatment with a drug not approved by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Exelence (NICE), then your chances of having it paid for on the NHS vary depending on where you live. NICE often get into controversy by not approving drugs dont prolong life long enough to be "cost effective". of course you could always go private.
6) The UK is currently going through some pretty fast budget cuts and economic uncertainty right now, so the public sector keeps getting pay freezes, and the private sector isn't hiring, so jobs are hard to come by, but thats the story in the US and the EU right now, so if you want a healthy economy go to India or china
7) some say the UK has a "benefit culture", where people think the state should provide for them, not the other way round.

Other things to note:
1) The UK government likes to promote a "multicultural society". whether this is a good thing is a thing up for debate, many feel (including me) that it is causing communities to segregate them selves and preserve their foreign culture, instead of including them selves and shaping the national culture as other communities have.
2) The UK establishment is very into the secular state thing, basically people providing any kind of non-religious service to the public are encouraged to hide any sort of reference to their religious standpoint "as not to offend others". many (including my self) feel this that this secularism is beginning to encroach on peoples right to live life according to their faith, and is often applied unequally between different religions.
3) UK culture is often unsympathetic to those who say "I worked hard to earn all this money" to justify their considerable wealth, I consider it a plus, you might not. the result is high taxation on the rich.
4) The UK is a relatively liberal country when compared with others like the US, whether this is a plus is up to you.

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Arianna 22.02.2013. 03:54

Are there any good animes that i can watch anymore? I Have been obsessed with anime for the past couple months and i've kinda run out of animes to watch. I want one that has romance but not all about romance. Love triangles are the best! ( DO NOT SUGGEST; NARUTO, DRAGON BALL Z-KAI, OR FULL METAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD!!!) I have watched;

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T.V. shows

Princess Resurrection
Maid Sama
Peach Girl
Kamichma Karin
Seikon no Qwasar
Sekion no Qwasar II
Fruits Baskets
Romeo X Juliet
The Wallflower
Earl and Fariy
Murder Princess
XXXHolic
Ouran High school host club
Code Geass
Code Geass R2
Special A
The world god only knows
Death Note
Hellsing
Shugo Chara
Phi Brain
Hanasakeru Seishonen
La Corda d'Oro
Blue Exorcist
Greates First Love
Hayate no Gotoku
Hell girl
Eden of the East
Spice and Wolf
Angel Beats!
Lovely Complex
Say "I Love You"
Sword Art Online
Kore Wa Zombie
Princess Lover
My little monster
Skip Beat!
Inu X Bouku Secret Service
07 ghost
Girls Bravo!
Demon King Daimao
Dance in the vampire bund
Vampire knight
Vampire Knight Guilty
Sacred Blacksmith
Elfen Lied
High school of the dead
Black Blood Brothers
Clanned
Clanned: After Story
Karin
The Familiar of Zero (all seasons)
From me to You
DN Angel
Baka and Test
Princess Tutu
Loveless
Junjo Romantica
A Dark Rabbit has 7 Lives
Speed Grapher
Soul Eater
Rosario+Vampire
Inuyasha
HunterXHunter
DGrey man
Blood+
Karin Revolution
Avatar The last air bender
The legends of Korra
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Movies ( I don't want any suggestions for movies! Only T.V. show animes Please!)

Howl's moving Castle
Ponyo
Eden of the East
Spirited Away
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There are some other ones but i can't remember. PLZ HELP ME!! Plz list them with the description too! Thx. (I don't want any dragon ball Z Kai or stupid things). Also, please no repeats for what I already have listed. Thanks so much ( Yes I have been on Netflix and crunchy roll and anime network)

Arianna

Admin 22.02.2013. 03:54

Watch out for spoilers

*(Before)-Unseen
*(After)-Great Anime (More stars the better)
#- Not 12 24min episodes

Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na -Crescent Love***************

#Sword Art Online**************(Of the 2 endings, the one at ep.14 is the best)

Gift Eternal Rainbow***************

Hagure Y?sha No Estetica*************** (Kinda like Zero No Tsukaima, but more manly. Obvious relationship with a "Your'e place is with me," and a really nice kiss. Season 1 ends with him and her, two girl students [VP of Student Council] and one best friend who seems evil, teleporting to Azaraad to find out why the people of Disdania knew where Akatsuki and Myuu were so quickly. Definitly watch future seasons, only one season that aired in the end of the summer to the fall in 2012)

Campione!(The main character is Kusanagi Godou and he kills a God in the first episode, so this gives him the title of Campione. The god he defeats actually holds the abilities of ten different beings and Godou has power over all of them. This is a really obvious harem, but it is understood and seen who the main girl is. She is probably my favorite anime girl because she falls under the whole hot girl from nobility, but she is also foreign [Italian]. She seems like a girl who would be a tsundere type, but she is not in the least bit. She constantly tells Kusanagi that she loves him and in the second to last episode he actually ets how serious she is and has been abot her feelings. I believe that he is seen giving her his heart when he says that he will save her if she promises to be by his side till the end of time. This anime is also reminds me of Princess Lover! as well as Fortune Arterial, except for the fact that there is a more solid pick.)

Onegai Teacher***************

#Naruto
#Naruto Shippuuden
(I can't possibly forget this)

#Kaich? wa Maid-sama********(Good anime about the really cool and sly Usui who finds out in the 1st episode that the student council president, Misaki (Misa-chan) Ayuzawa, who hates how rude men in her school, is actually a working in a maid cafe as a waitress. He toys with her and in episode 6 kisses her and says he likes her. It is great, but it was unnecessarily 26 episodes long There are other really great episodes, romance wise. The summaries say he finds out her secret and the has her become his personal maid, but that is just a joke of his. The ending is a nice solid one, so watch in the future.)

#Zero No Tsukaima*********(4 Seasons Long developing romance, but the main characters get married in the end so it was good. Decent amount of fighting and great plot. I'd watch once i've forgotten the intricit details more.)

#Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu*********(Really nice anime that focuses a lot on their romance. It's about the most popular and incredibly wealthy girl in high school, and probably Japan, and the fact that she loves anime and manga, to the point of being an Otaku. She tries so hard to hide this fact, but soon the main male, Yuuto, finds out about it. He keeps it a secret and is pretty ordinary about it. The first season is more romance, while the second is a bit more ecchi [this does not mean that the romance is no longer there, in fact the 2nd season has one of its best episodes]. I still have to find the 4 OVA's but they're still being released. {date is 12/19})

Oda Nobuna No Yabo*********(this is the one where the kid who plays a lot of shoujo games somehow gets sent back in time to aid Oda Nobuna in reuniting Japan. His history knowledge plays a big role in it and other than a few mistakes, and believing that all the characters were men, not hot women like they are, in his past, he does end up aiding them in their battles a lot. There is a strong tsundere lead, and she has a good relationship with the male lead from the near beginning. This came out in 2012 and has good potential for 2nd season, so try to remember and find it.)

H2O: Footprints in the Sand*********(Has a lot of drama and it also throws in some weird twists towards the end of the series. The main character is Takuma Hirose and he is blind. He goes to a village in order to heal from his unknown condition and it seems as though a spirit called Otoha healed him. The main girl is Kohinata Hayami and she is beaten mercilessly her entire life for what her family used to do to the village. She is nonchalant about it and as time goes on, comes to open up to Hirose. It really reminds me of the drama in Myself;Yourself and it makes me want to see Myself;Yourself again.)

Dakara Boku Wa H Ga Dekinai********* (Was a good one. He makes a contract with Lisara, who is a shinigami, to help find her special specimen and she will save his life which is supposed to end in 3 months. Great ending, he regects childhood friend and when he is brought back from brink of death Lisara says that she loves him. Has same Ero-ness from Highschool DxD, but actually shows to nudity, the

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jenn_147 31.05.2011. 15:12

question for who has been to Disney? so im going to Disney for the first time, and i would like to know which parks you liked the most. I am 16 and i would like to know which are the best parks for my age because im staying there for only 3 days. please help !
and I dont like seeing the live characters and taking pictures with them. I like more action and things that are interesting to look at :) please help, please

jenn_147

Admin 31.05.2011. 15:12

Every park has something for everyone so I'll give a little info for each one:


Magic Kingdom-- best for "classic Disney" that whole magical feel
classic rides: Splash Mt., Big Thunder Mt., Space Mt., Pirates of the Carribean, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise (hysterically funny), etc.
Has lots of parades & fireworks & the castle of course.
If you are a lover of the classic Disney stuff (movies, old Disney shows & songs) this is it


EPCOT-- very unique; international/futuristic feel

1st part of Epcot is all futuristic (future world show case). Has Test Track (fast/car), Spaceship Earth ("travel" through history), Mission to Mars (very realistic space ride simulation).

2nd part is world showcase, which you go around to different countries-- France, England, Mexico, Norway, etc.; each has something very interesting or authentic (shows, shops, demonstrations, artists, performances, rides, etc) unique to that country. My fave is the "Beatles" band that plays (check schedule they only play 5 days per week) and Malestrom (the Viking boat ride through Norway).
If you go to Epcot get the Kim Possible phone, it sends you on an interactive "mission" through the world showcase so special secret things keep popping up-- it's cute.
Great night time pyrotechnic show-- Illuminations

Hollywood Studios-- best for movie lovers
lots of great live action shows-- stunt shows, Indiana Jones, etc.
Beauty & the Beast live Broadway-style musical show
3 of the best rides at Disney: Tower of Terror, Aerosmith Rock & Rollercoaster & Toy Story Mania
Lots of street performances and such; lots of fun movie-theme rides & attractions, like an animation class where you draw a character, or Star Tours ride (Star Wars).
I love the Great Movie ride where you drive through the history of film.
Awesome night pyrotechnic show-- Fantasmic (get there early for seating and check schedule; it's not every night)


Animal Kingdom-- best for animal lovers
Lots of live animals; it's like a zoo and a theme park in one-- the tigers are amazing.
there are animals scattered all over and there is a great amazing safari ride you get right up close to them. Always see something cool to see with the animals.
Very 3rd world design, makes you feel like you're back packing through Asia & Indonesia & Africa,
A couple of very good Broadway-like shows: Lion King & Finding Nemo
Two really great rides: Kali River Rapids (water rafting-- you will get wet) and Expedition Everest-- possibly one of the coolest roller coasters ever in the world.
No fireworks shows (animals would probably panic) but there is a daily parade but there is plenty to do without it.

Some parks might be done 2 in one day if you have a park hopper option; AK closes fairly early usually, so we have gone to AK 1st thing in the morning and then to MK around 3 till night when it's open late.

Also Epcot & HS are smallest parks so you can go to one early and the other later (Epcot is always open to around 9 I'm pretty sure, HS can close some days at 6 and some days at 10/11 so check schedule.

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elviii.jb<3 10.12.2010. 01:48

Things to do before graduation? 1. Get (a specific classmate) drunk.
2. Have a party on a boat.
3. Gingerbread cookie making party.
4. Food fight.
5. Have a pool party with large containers for drinks.
6. Wear crazy clothes for a normal dress down day
7. Dress up and go eat at burger king.
8. Change all the backgrounds in the computer lab to a picture of the class of 2012
9. Slip and slide in a big hill in a classmate's neighborhood.
10. Pull a senior prank
11. Paint-balloon fight.
12. Pillow fight with actual feather pillows that break.
13. Dress up to go watch a movie (ex. Harry potter, dress up harry pottery)
14. Eat in every restaurant in a part of town at least once.
15. Make a cardboard vehicle and buy something at a drive-thru.
16. Figure out what you want to do with your life (or at least for the next four years).
17. Take a photo a day during senior year.
18. Dancing in the rain a day that its raining in school.
19. Toga party.
20. Do one of the Japanese pranks.
21. Karaoke.
22. Learn to dance salsa/merengue all together.
23. Go straight to eat breakfast after a night out.
24, Take a picture of everyone together.
25. Party with M**** (a really cool teacher).
26. Go skinny-dipping.
27. Go on a road trip.
28. Learn to drive.
29. Have a bonfire (marshmellows, smores, etc.)
30. Poker night.
31. Play a full game of monopoly from start to finish.
32. Camp out on the beach.
33. Go to a concert all together.
34. Play blind chicken (this game we used to play when we were small).
35. Build a huge sand castle
36. Learn how to blow smoke rings.
37. Stay up to watch the sun rise.
38. Go to a thrift store and try on things and make funny outfits (or find pretty things).
39. Fill up a pool with bubbles and have a huge foam thing.
40. Play never have I ever.
41. Go to a fair.
42. Take photobooth pictures.
43. Play the game on gossip girl (manhunt or whatever it was called)

elviii.jb<3

Admin 10.12.2010. 01:48

And so just what is your question? A solicitation for more suggestions? Here's mine: fill up a bedroom with latex balloons. It could be a surprise prank for one of your friends (needs permission from their parent(s) for clandestine operations) or for your own enjoyment.

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