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  • America's Favorite Cocktail.

    Posted by Randy Allen


    Is this your favorite cocktail?  

    Friday, tequila enthusiasts across the U.S. celebrated National Margarita Day.

    And a mixologist claims that the margarita is the most popular cocktail in the country.

    The president of Avon Tequila says the margarita has the ability to transport drinkers to a different mindset and locale - on a beach, worry free, Jimmy Buffet style.




  • Great gift

    Posted by Randy Allen


    What a great gift!

    For 32 years a Pittsburgh man has been charging $5 for a shoe shine at his station inside a local Children’s hospital.

    When he found that patrons were generous with their tips, he decided to start saving them to give back to the children in need at the hospital where he worked.

    Now, decades later, he has donated over $200,000 to the children’s hospital - over a third of his lifetime salary.

    His philanthropy was public, leaving some of his visitors to leave him rather large tips - one doctor even giving $50 at Christmas.

  • Chocolate toothpaste.

    Posted by Randy Allen


    It's here!  Chocolate toothpaste!

    It's a new toothpaste called "Theodent", and it's made of a substance proven in clinical trials to strengthen teeth and regenerate enamel. 

    A doctor  (Tetsuo Nakamoto) found "Theobromine" in chocolate in the early 80s. Since then, he worked to get a patent and put that substance into a toothpaste.

    One expert explains:  "Theodent is a fluoride free toothpaste. Rennou... the active ingredient, works better to re-mineralize the surface of human teeth."

    Clinical trials show the positive effects of Rennou on a tooth.

    The substance is safe for children to swallow because it is a derivative of chocolate and is all natural.

  • Cereal recall

    Posted by Randy Allen


    Does you family eat this for breakfast?

    Three different sizes of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal has been recalled over the possible presence of glass fragments.

    11.2 ounce package 

    22.4 ounce twin pack 

    37 ounce package

    Kellogg’s says only the three sizes of packaging listed above are included in the recall.

  • Really expensive drink!

    Posted by Randy Allen

    For this much money, it better taste great!

    A Washington State man has ordered the world's most expensive Starbucks drink.

    His record breaking ordered is known as the "Quadriginoctuple Frap" and it set him back $47.30.

    The drink contained 48 shots of espresso in a mocha Frappuccino, including extras like soy mocha drizzle, protein powder, caramel brulee topping, strawberries, bananas, caramel drizzle, frappuccino chips and vanilla bean.

    The man didn't actually pay for the drink. Since it was his birthday, Starbucks gave the caffeine-overloaded drink to him for free.


  • Not all thieves are stupid.

    Posted by Randy Allen

    Not all thieves are stupid.  Don't make these mistakes!


    > 1. A friend of a friend left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the  information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should not leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener.

    This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

    > 2. GPS.
    > A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

    > Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it... Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know
    > where you live if your GPS were stolen.


    > I never thought of this.......

    > This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

    > Moral of the lesson:

    > a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc....

    > b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

    > c. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going
    places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.


    > * I never thought about the above!

    > As of now, I no longer have 'home' listed on my cell phone.


  • True romance.

    Posted by Randy Allen

    The fastest way to a mans heart is his what?

    A woman in Washington State helped find the right match for her deceased brother's donated heart, then fell in love with the transplant recipient!

    When the woman's brother died in 2005, his family decided to donate his organs to help others in need. Along with her mother, they started working to find the right match for his heart.

    Across the country in Minnesota, a 17-year-old boy had been diagnosed with a genetic disorder that caused his organs to become enlarged and weakened. Without a heart transplant, he wouldn’t survive. The woman and her mom found him and chose him to get the heart.

    After surgery, the man's plan was to write a letter to his donor's family, hoping they could meet. So he and his mother went to see them and that's when he first met his eventual love.

    He continued to visit the family over the next four years. The two became close, and during that time, became an official couple.

    After graduating last year, he moved to Seattle to be with her and they spent their first Valentine's Day together this year.



  • She won what?

    Posted by Randy Allen


    You think she won what?

    Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb sent a "congrats" (tweet) to Danica Patrick after she won the pole for the Daytona 500 on Sunday-- but he was a week ahead of himself.

    Danica didn't win the race.   The Daytona 500 is this Sunday (2/24).

    McNabb tweeted:   "Congrats to the Illinois native Danica Patrick on her win today. The first female to win in a big race with this magnitude. Big win"

  • Favorite Fast Foods

    Posted by Randy Allen

    Favorite fast foods.

    'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast 
    food when you were growing up?'
    'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.
    'All the food was slow.'
    'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'
    'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained!
    'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, 

    we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't 
    like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until 
    I did like it.'

    By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was 
    going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the 
    part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. 
    But here are some other things I would have told him about 
    my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :
    Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore 
    Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of 
    the country or had a credit card. In their later years they 
    had something called a revolving charge card. The card was 
    good only at Sears & Robuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. 
    Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

    My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly 
    because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed 
    probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).
    We didn't have a television in our house until I was 10. It was, of course, 
    black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

    I was 15 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had..

    I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
    All newspapers were delivered by boys and girls delivered newspapers ,too-- my brother delivered a newspaper, 7 days a week. It cost 5 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
    Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

    If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren . Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

    Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
    MEMORIES from a friend :
    My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.
    How many do you remember?
    Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
    Ignition switches on the dashboard.
    Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
    Real ice boxes.
    Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards. 
    Soldering (hair curling rods too) irons you heat on a gas burner.
    Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.. 

    Older Than Dirt Quiz :
    Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.
    Ratings at the bottom.
    1 Blackjack chewing gum
    2.Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water 
    3. Candy cigarettes
    4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles 
    5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes 
    6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers 

    7 Party lines on the telephone
    8 Newsreels before the movie 
    9. P.F. Flyers
    10. Butch wax 
    11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [ if you were fortunate ]) 
    12. Peashooters 
    13. Howdy Doody 

    14. 45 RPM records 
    15. S & H green stamps 
    16. Hi-fi's

    17. Metal ice trays with lever 
    18. Mimeograph paper
    19. Blue flashbulb
    20. Packard's
    21. Roller skate keys
    22. Cork popguns 
    23. Drive-ins
    24. Studebakers
    25. Wash tub wringers 

    If you remembered 0-5, You're still young
    If you remembered 6-10, You're getting older
    If you remembered 11-15, Don't tell your age,
    If you remembered 16-25, You' re older than dirt!

    I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

    Don't forget to pass this along!!
    Especially to all your really OLD friends....

  • A life changing invention.

    Posted by Randy Allen

    A truly life saving invention or just another dumb idea?

    For about $45 dollars, you can use your iPad hands free while doing your business on the toilet.

    The Ipad bendable stand mounts the tablet above a roll of toilet paper on an extendable arm that can be moved to any viewing angle.

    The creators claim that the stand 'provides a convenient way enjoy apps, eBooks, videos and web browsing at home.



  • Sturgeon Recipe?

    Posted by Randy Allen

    This is what you're looking for on Bago and Poygan!

    Good luck to all and please be safe!

    This 55 inch male was speared on Poygan on Saturday morning by Mandy Hartlaben.

    Anyone have any delicious sturgeon recipes you wan to share?

  • The Flower Code

    Posted by Randy Allen

    Sending flowers for Valentine's Day?  Remember this!@


    Thinking of buying flowers for the significant other this Valentine’s Day? Be sure you know your “flower code” - the ruling that Victorians made to come up with a secret language for what different flowers mean.

    Roses? Be sure you know one thing - color matters. Yellow roses mean “let’s just be friends”.

    Pink, yellow and red tulips are actually more romantic meanings to send to your loved one than roses.

    Orchids take it up another notch - some have meanings that should come with an “R” rating.