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Life Of A Poor Person

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Life as a struggling family trying to live in the real world. This is how most life really is when you live in the world today. Life when I was growing up was hard not just for me and my family. I remember my earliest memories are of hard times with my farther working so many hours that my father was hardly ever home. My father had a delivery service for a general food store when I was a child. I remember one year it snowed twenty four inches of snow my father had to walk through all this snow in nearly twenty below temperature to just get the little bit of food our family could afford to eat.

Life was always a struggle growing up my father made about one hundred dollars a week we live in a three room apartment four the six of us. I remember we were so sick all the time when we were young that my father had to work as much as he could just to try pay all the medical bills that were constantly coming due. I remember Christmas would come around and there was so little money that my family hardly ever had a real Christmas. I remember one year it was around Christmas time my parents had put aside about one hundred dollars to shop for our Christmas then my older brother knocked a pot of boiling hot coffee water over his stomach. There went our Christmas, the hospital bills ate that money up and more. I remember the painful look on my fathers face when he had to tell his children that there would be no Christmas this year.

I remember my family did not have ten new out fits for all four of us kids to where to school. My father did paid one hundred and twenty dollars a year to send us to Catholic school. I remember I was about seven years old coming home from school one to see my poor mother wearing a pair of men`s shoes just so her children had clothes to wear to school. I remember time when my mother actually had to make spaghetti sandwiches for us kids to take to school. Times were so hard for my family when I was growing up that we could not afford to stay in this apartment any more. I remember we packed all our belongings up and my father bought this tent where we all went camping for more then a year.

My family and I spent the summer and half the winter in this camp ground. there was six of us living with this big collie in one army tent. We were stuffed in this tent like luggage all trying to sleep. I remember we lived on pork and beans for months to eat. I remember we were so poor us kids had to run around the camp ground in women`s pants half the time because there was so little money. I remember the terrible smell that use to come from the out houses when I went to the bathroom. I remember we would go days without being able to take a shower. That tent smelled really bad at times with all of my family in one tent. I remember the fun times me and my brothers had playing football with other kids at the camp ground.

I remember it was late October when my parents decided that me and my mother along with my youngest brother would take the bus up to my mothers parents in Canada for a four or five months. I remember that we were eating potted meat on the bus just trying make the more then three day and night ride from Chicago to Vancouver Canada to my grand parents. I was so sick from riding on that bus for three straight days and nights. I remember when we arrived at the bus station my cousin was there waiting with a cab to take us to my grandparents apartment. I remember my brother and I ate and slept for almost two days straight. I sure was glad to get out of that tent and into a clean bed. I remember it was the first time I had a bed and room where there was nobody in the same area.

I remember this was the first time in about six months since I had clean clothes and food to eat that was not peanut butter or pork and beans. My grandparents were not rich or even middle class but they are the best grandparents a young kid could ever ask for. My mother was always going without something so that her children could have better. My grandparents made sure that my brother and I had some new clothes and good food the time that we were there.

I remember it was about four months before my father had found a place for all of us to live so we had to take the bus back to Chicago. My father had rented a hotel room at this hotel for thirty five dollars a week.I remember my older brother telling me how that had slept on bakery baskets for the whole time we were gone in the freezing cold truck.I remember finding out that my father had to put our collie to sleep because our dog had become to wild while staying at the camp ground. I remember she was so bad that if we rolled over on her tail while we were sleeping our dog would bite us so my father had to have her put away. I felt so lost for the longest time this dog was part of our family.

I remember when I first went into room a how small it was for all six of my family to live. I remember the four years how my mother and father worked so hard just make sure that us kids had one meal a day to eat before going to bed at night. I ate so many potato chips for lunch because chips were a nickel and pop was dime. I went to school at Emerson school for my sixth through eighth grade. I remember working with my father after school delivering groceries I was thirteen years old going to school and working with my father after school til around midnight just to help keep money coming in for my family to eat. I remember all the early years there was no holidays for us we had gotten so used to not having money to afford to spend money on holidays that we almost never thought about holidays. For me and my family holidays were just another normal day. I remember we were so poor that me and my family never went to a doctor or dentist from the time I was seven until my father became sick when I was nineteen years old.

My father had a bad heart and bad lungs from years of smoking that he could not work any more. I remember the first job I ever had out side of part time work doing odd jobs was at the very same hotel where we were living as a desk clerk. I remember this job paid two dollars and sixty five cents and hour. I was able to afford my own clothes and food for the first time in my life. I was so proud to have this job I was really making money of my own so I did not have to depend on my parents for food or clothes. I had to work my sixty hours a week and take care of my father at the same time. I remember the first time I ever bought new clothes and shoes I was so proud that I had worked to have so new clothes for the first time in my life. I ate so much while working the next four years that I was finally nick named the cow by my family because I was so fat from eating food that my family usually never afford. This was how I became over weight for years ahead.

I remember as the years went by My father and mother were living in the house that my older brother had bought to rent as apartments but then the hotel where we were managing was sold and we were both out of jobs so we all moved into the apartment upstairs where once again I had to live off my fathers social security. I remember by know my father was constantly on oxygen all the time in those days. My father was getting sicker by the year. I remember the for several years that followed times were so hard just trying to survive as a family . Then my older brother got a job managing another hotel in the city so my brothers and my mother went to help out. I was at the house trying to help my father out because he could hardly breath by then.

I finally had a my first job working construction when my oldest brother started contracting from a real estate company. I spent the next five years learning every trade that I could in the construction business. I was making more money then I ever thought I could because I was working one hundred hours a week. My love life could never get going because I was always working. I could never commit to having a another person in my life . This was not because I did not love the women that came and left my life. I was so in love with this one girl but I was always working so this woman called me a machine. I simply let this woman walk out of my life. I remember what it is like to struggle to live as a kid. I remember the seeing the pain in my fathers face when there was no holidays for us as children.I remember the look if my mother having to wear men`s shoes so that her children could have some clothes to wear to school.

I remember the loss I felt when some woman would walk out of my life. I was so driven to have all the things that I could not have when I was young. I was so driven to make sure that I could eat or where any thing I wanted. I would work countless hours to have every thing that I wanted this is what happens when you grow up poor. I wanted to have more personally. I just did not want to have a family that would have to do without. I was so driven to have that even when I hurt myself on the job I would not even go to a doctor. I once almost cut three fingers of my left hand when a six foot level struck my left hand while it was laying across a metal floor plate. I put splints on the really bad cuts and went back to work. I once had a car crash into the back of my legs. My legs were swelling up like a football. I had the blood drained of my legs and never went back to the doctor. I have had countless injuries over the years yet I have never gone the the doctor. I remember my father working all day with third degree burns on his shoulders from boiling hot water. I remember once my father broke his shoulder when we were at the ball field then went to the doctor to have it set. The very next day my father took off the splint and went to work because he had a family to support. I can not even imagine the kind of pain he must have suffered through to go to work . I learned very young when you are poor you live with injuries that most people could not even bare.

These are some of the things that I learned being poor when I was growing up. I believe that no one should have to go through most thing that I have seen or lived. I learned to have to much drive to work and not enough to take the time to love and live. I do not go through one day where the pain from over working my joints do not hurt and swell from to much work that I have done.

I could write about the hard times that me and my family have gone through. I am not saying there was not a lot of good times and fun for me and my family.I am not writing this out of self pity. I am writing this article to inform people about what being poor is really like. I missed out on learning the good times of spending holidays with your family. I really am a self educated man on the cost of being born into a poor and struggling family. My family and I have stayed so close through all this and much more.

I hope that this article will help people to understand why I want a better way of life for all our people. I believe that if democracy is really going to work it has to be for all people no matter race religion or sexual preference. I believe that no child should have to go without the basic daily needs. I pray that this article will change the future for so many families that are going have to see their children go without. This is why I believe that our country must come together for all our people. I really do believe that people can put aside their differences to make life in our country fair for all people I believe that every child deserves a chance to have a fulfilling life.

As always I write with respect.



Source by Michael Carvell

Life as a struggling family trying to live in the real world. This is how most life really is when you live in the world today. Life when I was growing up was hard not just for me and my family. I remember my earliest memories are of hard times with my farther working so […]

Youth Football Is Under Attack, How to Defend Our Game

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Defending Our Game

If you haven’t been camping out under a rock for the last few months, you know our game is under attack. The game we love and devote so much time to in order that our sons and players can gain the life lessons most of us learned from the game, is being viciously assaulted on many fronts. Some are calling for an out right ban on youth football due to the concussion issue or not allowing kids to play until age 13. One of the major problems in today’s society is that perception is reality and that perception is shaped by those who are yelling the loudest and the most often.

In all fairness, there are football people who did offer up some kindling to get this firestorm started. The NFL and it’s “Bountygate” scandal didn’t do the game any favors. While the youth game isn’t the NFL, many soccer moms think that youth football is a microcosm of the NFL and what happens in little Johnny’s league is just a mini version of what happens in the NFL. We also had some youth coaches who didn’t understand how to teach safe blocking and tackling or how to recognize concussions. While those coaches are rare today, their legacy lives on. And like it or not, soccer moms make a lot of decisions on whether little Johnny is allowed to play youth football or not.

As most of you are well aware, Bountygate is the least of our worries. The concussion issue is what is dominating the airwaves these days. Concussion diagnosis and prevention has been a point of emphasis for the last 2-3 years. More fuel to that fire was added when Hall of Fame player Junior Seau died of an apparent suicide last week. Speculation was that his depression and subsequent suicide was caused by concussion issues. The Seau suicide was a tragedy, by all accounts Junior was a solid citizen. However there is no evidence that concussions played a role in his death or even that suicide rates are higher among NFL players than the general population. It should be noted that Samoans have one of, if not the highest suicide rate in the world and the US has a very high suicide rate compared to other developed nations.

Another interesting scientifically verified statistic is that former NFL players live much longer than the general population. Did you have any idea that was a verified truth? Many would have you believe that all these former NFL players break down and die prematurely in their 50’s. Well that isn’t the case at all, they are OUTLIVING the general population. A study was commissioned by the players union to study this very topic.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh), began it’s data collection in 1990 and released its findings in January, 2012. They studied 3,439 players who were in the N.F.L. for five seasons or more. They found a lower death rate among former N.F.L. players than among men in the general population – the institute had expected to find that 625 members of the group it studied would be dead based on estimates from the general population, but instead found that 334 of the retired players had died. Yes, those alive were almost DOUBLE the number compared to the general population. These numbers are amazing considering the number of 300 lb plus players and African-American players who are in the NFL, since these groups typically have much higher early mortality rates than the general population. So the next time someone spouts off that National Enquirer like “stat” that NFL players are all dying prematurely in their 50’s, please set them straight with the facts.

When it comes to youth football, again it’s an entirely different game. We don’t have 300 lb players who can run 4.8 40 yard dashes and who can bench press 225 lbs 35 times. Statistics say that 70% of youth players won’t play High School football, let alone be part of the 2-3% that go on to play College Football or be one of the 1 in 20,000- 30,000 to go on to play in the NFL. The NFL is the cream of the cream of the cream of the crop, genetic freaks who have honed their bodies into athletic machines capable of inflicting significant hits to one another. But the NFL players abilities have very little correlation to what the average 10 year old can do with his body and in turn to other players.

Mayo Clinic Study

In fact the Mayo Clinic did a study of 913 youth football players on 42 different teams age 9-13. Back in 1997 they found that “most injuries that occurred were mild and that youth football injuries were uncommon.” According to Mayo Clinic spokesman Michael J. Stuart M.D the findings showed that “the risk of injury in youth football does not appear greater than the risk associated with other recreational or competitive sports.” Most of the injuries were mild and the most common type was a contusion, which occurred in 33 players. Four injuries (fractures involving the ankle growth plate) were such that they prevented players from No player required hospitalization or surgery. Again scientific fact flies in the face of those who would want you to believe that you are somehow an irresponsible Neanderthal parent if you want your son to play youth football.

Most of us coach youth football because the game did something for us and we want to pass that same thing onto others. We want kids to experience being part of a team, teamwork, perseverance, selflessness, goal setting, commitment, hard work, making friends, being coachable, delayed gratification, humility, grace, overcoming obstacles, competition, having fun and much more. There are people out there who for whatever reason either don’t understand what youth football is about, had a bad experience from a “bad apple” program or coach or simply oppose kids learning and embracing some of those traditional character traits listed above. Don’t let the haters and naysayers dominate the “debate.” Know the facts and Share the data so people can make legitimate and honest decisions about their child’s involvement in youth football. An additional footnote, I’ve coached youth football for over 25 years and not a single one of my players have ever been diagnosed with a concussion from anything they did on the football field.



Source by Dave Cisar

Defending Our Game If you haven’t been camping out under a rock for the last few months, you know our game is under attack. The game we love and devote so much time to in order that our sons and players can gain the life lessons most of us learned from the game, is being […]

These 7 Golf Tips Will Boost Your Game To The Next Level

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The secret to breaking 80 may not be found only at the range.

Nor may it be found only in golf tips, golf books, or golf lessons.

The secret to breaking 80 may also be found in recent performance research.

This research does not tell you how to drive a ball, sink a putt, or hit hit iron. Nor does it tell you how to play a course.

Instead, it tells you how to learn a motor skill. Knowing how you learn a motor skill can help you squeeze the most out of practice. More important, it speeds learning.

And speeding up learning can boost your game to the next level quickly.

Below are 7 practice tips based on performance research. Build them into your practice routines and boost your game to new heights.

Tip 1: Set specific goals

Setting specific goals, like eating par or winning the club championship, speeds learning. It also increases skill retention.

For best results, choose moderately challenging and long-term goals. Coupling them with even low levels of practice can boost learning as much as 400 percent.

Tip 2: Choose the right swing thoughts

Swings thoughts are valuable tools. But you need to use the right thoughts. The key is to use external swing thoughts, not internal ones.

Savvy golfers, use swing thoughts that refer to the club, not the body-thoughts like "Lean the shaft forward at impact" and not "Get my hands ahead of the club at impact."

Tip 3: Learn from a pro

When you learn from a pro, you play like one. So take golf lessons from a pro whenever you can. Highly effective, it's the best way to learn and the best way to achieve consistency.

A pro can see your errors. You can. A pro also will not let you ingrain errors. She'll correct them and teach you how to do things right, speeding learning.

Tip 4: Practice like you play

If you leave your best swings at practice, it's because you're not practicing to transfer skills from the range to the course. Transfer practice encourages specificity of learning. The process is called practicing like you play.

In other words, instead of hitting 25 drivers in a row, hit driver, then 7-iron, then PW-just like you'd do during a round.

Or hit wedges from a grassy area, not off a mat. Try to create actual playing conditions when practicing.

Tip 5: Work on one change

When you practice working on several changes at the same time you short-circuit the brain-literally. Repeating a movement changes your brain, increasing its efficiency in processing information and controlling movement.

But that's only if you're working on one change at a time.

Also, use training aids. Why-because the brain can not tell when you're doing something right or wrong. Training aids teach you to perform the skill correctly, ingraining the fundamentals the right way.

Tip 6: Practice, practice, practice

There's no escaping it. You have to practice to improve. Research shows it takes 10,000 hours of work to ingrain a motor skill. It also shows that you need to do something for 10 years to master it.

So it you're serious about shrinking your golf handicap, practice. No one's ever learned to play golf well without practice.

Tip 7: Buy Videos

Forget verbal training aids. Instead, use a video or a photo. We learn faster using our eyes, not our ears. So find a golfer that's good at a skill, like chipping, and watch her perform it.

This process is called "modeling." Modeling gives you a "blueprint" to guide your motions. So if you want to improve, buy videos.



Source by Jack Moorehouse

The secret to breaking 80 may not be found only at the range. Nor may it be found only in golf tips, golf books, or golf lessons. The secret to breaking 80 may also be found in recent performance research. This research does not tell you how to drive a ball, sink a putt, or […]

Top 5 Types of Entertainment for Parties

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When choosing the most memorable entertainment for parties, first take a look at what kind of party or event it is. Depending on the event, such as weddings, there are wedding entertainment ideas and for corporate events, there are corporate event ideas.

To make it simpler, you can divide the types of entertainment into a group. Remember, entertainment for parties and events can be considered an amusing type of activity from very passive to very interactive. For instance, group classifications are: children, group, public, private or corporate. You want to find the right entertainment for the specific group you would like to entertain for the event.

Here are some examples:

Public Entertainment

When you walk through the park or subway station in any big city, you can probably see a large range of public entertainers amusing the city’s bystanders and passers-by for any amount of money. There are all sorts of public entertainers from Jazz musicians, a violin soloist to mimes. Public entertainers flock to bigger cities because there are a large number of concentrated people in an area to hopefully make some kind of wage. On the other hand, once you make your nominal donation, you can enjoy the gifts these talented public entertainers have to offer.

Corporate Entertainment

Corporate entertainment is aimed specifically at corporate events, award ceremonies and product launches, and is usually private and by invite only. Corporate events can run the gambit scale-wise, from very intimate to thousands of people. Forcorporate event ideas, think about including live speakers or even consider booking live music for corporate picnics and charity functions.

Adult Entertainment

Adult Entertainment is not only referring to the sex industry but can involve entertainment that adults might enjoy, like live concerts, sports, theater and even other activities that might be also appealing and appropriate for kids such aswedding entertainment ideas.

Live Entertainment

Live entertainment can be broad-including all ages and encompassing many varieties of entertainment. For example, music concerts, arena sports, musical theater, plays, live talk shows and seminars-practically any other activity that are aimed to bring large groups of people together and be amused. They can be for wedding entertainment ideas to corporate event ideas.

Child Entertainment

Entertaining kids is a fine balance between mental stimulation and physical activities. That’s why clowns, magicians and puppets are usually the most popular, coupled with games and races. They can be quite enjoyable for adults as well. Live music is also a hit at children’s parties for both young and old alike.

So when considering what kind of entertainment for parties or events, it is simply a matter of matching up the type of entertainment, with the type of audience or group to suit their tastes! Drawing people together with live music is almost always a sure hit! Book your live music today. Call an entertainment professional to help you choose what type of band or DJ you’d like to feature at your party or event!



Source by Antonio Maldona

When choosing the most memorable entertainment for parties, first take a look at what kind of party or event it is. Depending on the event, such as weddings, there are wedding entertainment ideas and for corporate events, there are corporate event ideas. To make it simpler, you can divide the types of entertainment into a […]

Miniclip (Free Online-Game)

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Consider this the next time you travel by bus, train or airplane, take work breaks that last 5 to 15 minutes, lunch breaks that last 30 minutes to 1 hour or more, that there is an online game that is a great morale booster and it Is called Miniclip. Fifty-seven million people can not be wrong, do not you agree? That's what Miniclip has a loyal following. Friends and family can have fun together and share experiences. Now, that's a good relationship builder, is not it? Teachers and students use the educational applications in school. Educators developing and shaping young minds through computer technology, are not they?

Miniclip has global reach and brand name recognition, windows, iPhones, mac, iPads, android mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. Miniclip runs free action games, sports games, games for girls, games for kids, flash games and more. Players can compile game statistics such as high scores, rankings on their own player pages and can receive rewards for playing games and we all want to be rewarded for our efforts, do not we? On the artistic side you can create your own games avatar with clothing and accessories to represent you and take into select Miniclip games. Is not it true, some of the best things in life are free? Then try this free online game you might like it. 57 million people to include me, do so why not you too. To be able to leave comments you have to first join blogspot.com. It is worth it.



Source by Charles Edward McClarty

Consider this the next time you travel by bus, train or airplane, take work breaks that last 5 to 15 minutes, lunch breaks that last 30 minutes to 1 hour or more, that there is an online game that is a great morale booster and it Is called Miniclip. Fifty-seven million people can not be […]

The Cashflow 101 Game – Winning Strategies

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A few ideas to help you win the Cashflow 101 game.

Let’s start off with the concept of raising money. You can’t do anything without it, so you need to leverage it as much as possible. You do this by buying as much shares as you possibly can, probably using most of your spare cash!

The $1 share buying card (the are in fact two of them) should be a gold mine as when you sell, you could get up to 40 times your money.

If you pick this card, you should borrow money from the bank (without going bankrupt) and just wait for you or somebody else to pick up the relevant sale card. This extra money should enable you to buy ‘Big Deals’ and you will very quickly be able to get out of the ‘Rat Race’. By then, you will have more money than you know what to do with!

Next, always buy property whenever you can with spare cash, even if the cashflow is poor or even negative. You may have an opportunity to sell the property at a profit if you or somebody else picks up a ‘Market’ card.

When buying Businesses or property, if they cost more to buy than you can afford, remember to factor in the increased Cashflow to see if it is worth doing. It may be worth just going round the Rat Race doing very little for a few goes to pay off your borrowed money from the bank to pay for that ‘Big Deal’.

The next point is a biggie, but I see people ignoring it all the time.

If you have lots of money, do something with it. Do not hold onto it. The least you can do is to pay off some of your debts. Remember that some are more worth paying off than others. Again this is true in real life.

At the moment, interest rates are poor and ‘slow’ money in the bank is in reality losing value with inflation, so make it work for you by doing something with it.

On the Fast Track, always go for the gambling options to raise your cashflow if you can pay for it.. Never miss any green square opportunity.

Summing up, I think that life is all about taking opportunities and so is the game of Cashflow. You must do something with every turn of a card, rather than just waiting for that big deal to turn up. Happy playing!



Source by Brett Gossage

A few ideas to help you win the Cashflow 101 game. Let’s start off with the concept of raising money. You can’t do anything without it, so you need to leverage it as much as possible. You do this by buying as much shares as you possibly can, probably using most of your spare cash! […]

Hello from Ottawa – Skating on the Rideau Canal – Officially the World’s Largest Skating Rink

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There is no denying it: Ottawa is known is one of the coldest capitals in the world (only as far as temperatures are concerned though). But does that mean you stay at home during the winter and mope? Absolutely not! Ottawa has turned a potential liability into a key asset and really shows us how to celebrate winter.

First there is Winterlude, Ottawa’s winter festival, which is being held this year from February 3 to 19, 2006. Winterlude is apparently attended by more than 650,000 winter revellers and encompasses a myriad of events: concerts, special events, culinary demonstrations, restaurant festivals and the list goes on. Skating on the Rideau Skateway, at almost 8 km the world’s largest icerink., was our main reason for coming to Ottawa. Indeed we had travelled to Ottawa about 3 years ago and due to warm weather Winterlude was a total washout for us that year (I guess the appropriate term for that event would be “Waterlude”).

But our earlier experience didn’t deter us, so this year Theresa and I decided to come back and pray for better weather so we would indeed be able to check out this phenomenal skating and entertainment venue for ourselves.

Incidentally, the Rideau Canal Skateway has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest naturally frozen ice rink. The skateway is 7.8 kilometers long and takes you from the Rideau Bridge all the way to Dow’s Lake.

We got going early just around 10 am on an absolutely perfect winter day, but even at that time, the skateway was packed, and the walkthrough over the frozen ice from Confederation Park to the skateway entrance on the other side of the river was chock full with people in a long lineup.

We laced up our skates and put our boots in our backbacks which would give us the flexibility to get off the ice at any time and continue our explorations on foot. Or if we got too tired, we could even hop on the “Sno-Bus” which connects Dow’s Lake with Confederation Park during the entire Winterlude Festival for the low fee of $2.50 (more information on the OC Transpo site) .

But, apparently we didn’t need a Sno-Bus, we skated our way down on this wonderful natural ice surface all the way to the lake and didn’t even need to rest. On this gorgeous day with crystal blue skies and perfect winter weather and amazingly no winds, skating on the Rideau was a phenomenal experience. We could indeed not have picked a better day to explore the Rideau Canal on skates.

At different intervals along the way there were a variety of rest areas, food concessions and special entertainment or information areas. Well represented of course is a famous Ottawa trademark: the Beavertails concession booths which sell freshly made warm pastry, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. The perfect snack and energy source on a cold winter’s day.

At the Via Rail Concord Station Rest Area an exhibit shed light on Ottawa’s railroad history. Apparently many years ago, trains would arrive in downtown Ottawa right next to the Rideau Canal. At Fifth Avenue, young sports fans were enjoying the Canadian Tire JUMPStart Activity Centre where they were jumping through the air on a trampoline system and putting their hockey skills to the test.

At Pig Island a special area with teepees was set up to get a taste of Aboriginal traditions, culture and cuisine. In addition the area featured a loggers’ exhibit, a snowshoe-making workshop and aboriginal songs and drumming.

Once arrived at Dow’s Lake I went on to explore the 26th Annual Bed Race, a fundraising event which proved to be an absolutely hilarious experience, for a good cause no less. The Bed Race is organized by the Ottawa Kiwanis Club and the proceeds, close to $50,000 will go towards the Children’s Read-A-Thon.

But I had more to cover, so I started skating back towards the downtown and by this time the skateway had filled up quite a bit. It seemed like young and old, the whole family was out. Parents were pulling their children on little sleds, or even pushing them in all-terrain baby carriages. Everybody was having a ton of fun.

On the way back one person struck my attention: a young lady on red skates with red gloves and a red scarf was skating down the canal, juggling, apparently just having a ball of a time. I approached her to find out a bit about her. She introduced herself as Sylvie, and shared with me that she is part of a juggling family and that juggling is in her blood. She said that juggling is her life, and although she doesn’t drive the fanciest car, she is happy because she gets to do what she loves.

After all this skating I got really hungry, so I took off my skates and simply headed up to the Rideau Centre, one of Ottawa’s biggest shopping centres. It is located right next to the Canal and was positively packed on this day. The Rideau Centre offered a welcome opportunity to warm up and catch a nice lunch in its food court.

Obviously I love outdoor activities as well as urban exploring, and skating on the Rideau Canal through downtown Ottawa combines both activities perfectly. I got a brief taste of this special winter activity, and one thing is for sure: I’ll be back!!!



Source by Susanne Pacher

There is no denying it: Ottawa is known is one of the coldest capitals in the world (only as far as temperatures are concerned though). But does that mean you stay at home during the winter and mope? Absolutely not! Ottawa has turned a potential liability into a key asset and really shows us how […]

PC Games – Wizardry

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Unless you've been around for a while, you've most likely forgotten this PC game series. And what a series it was. Spanning an eight eight editions, this was one of the most ground breaking games ever made. Sir-Tech software came up with a real winner when they created the first Wizardry adventure game. At the time it was just a big gamble. Nobody could foresee what was about to come of it.

The game itself was created by Andrew Greenberg and Robert Woodhead. The first in the series was entitled "Proving Grounds Of The Mad Overlord". The story itself was interesting enough to have been made into a movie, even if the graphics of this early PC game were rough by today's standards. In short, the game involved the search for an amulet that has been missing for five years. Your characters are to vent into the maze of the game to find it. Simple enough, until you run into all the obstacles thrown your way.

"Knight Of The Diamonds" was the second in the series. In this game it is a staff that was stolen. Without the staff the city is defenseless. So once again, your warriors are called on to begin their search for the stolen staff. The graphics in this game were slightly better than the first one.

The next one in the series was "Legacy of Llylgamyn" In this edition, it's been a generation since the staff was recovered. But now there is a mystical orb called the Orb Of Earithin that you are after. In order to get it, you have to defeat the mighty dragon named L'Kbreth. Not an easy feat by any means.

The Wizardry series kept rolling along with the fourth installation called "The Return Of Werdna". In this edition, it is five years since the mystical amulet was captured. But the amulet has not disclosed any of its secrets. Just when it seemed something would have revealed the amulet is stolen once again. It's off to retrieve it once more.

In Wizardry V, called "Heart of the Maelstrom", ages have passed in the kingdom. The heroes are long dead and buried. The story of this edition is way too complex to get into detail here. Ultimately, the new adventurers have to find G'bli Gedook, the guardian of the orb. Afterwards they have to battle The Sorn and whatever is thrown at them. This entry in the series was by far the best to date.

Wizardry VI, "Bane Of The Cosmic Forge", pretty much picked up where five left off. The kingdom has fallen. In this edition the adventurers have to find an artifact called The Cosmic Forge, which is a magical pen of great power. No one knows what happened to the king who originally discovered it or the pen itself. The search through the castle begins.

"Crusaders Of The Dark Savant" was the seventh entry in the series. The Cosmic Forge is gone. In this edition the heroes are searching for The Astral Dominae, an artifact that dates back to the prior millennium. This was the most complex in the entire series to this point and also graphically the most elaborate.

The last of the series was simply titled Wizardry 8. Sadly, this was a pale followup to Savant and the series itself died while going out with a whimper.

The Wizardry series, however, was one of the greatest experiences PC game players had in the reliably short history of PC games.

There may never be another like it.



Source by Michael Russell

Unless you've been around for a while, you've most likely forgotten this PC game series. And what a series it was. Spanning an eight eight editions, this was one of the most ground breaking games ever made. Sir-Tech software came up with a real winner when they created the first Wizardry adventure game. At the […]

Youth Football Is Under Attack, How to Defend Our Game

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Defending Our Game

If you have not been camping out under a rock for the last few months, you know our game is under attack. The game we love and devote so much time to in order that our sons and players can gain the life lessons most of us learned from the game, being being viciously assaulted on many fronts. Some are calling for an out right ban on youth football due to the concussion issue or not allowing kids to play until age 13. One of the major problems in today's society is that perception is reality and that perception is shaped by those who are yelling the Loudest and the most often.

In all fairness, there are football people who did offer up some kindling to get this firestorm started. The NFL and it's "Bountygate" scandal did not do the game any favors. While the youth game is not the NFL, many soccer moms think that youth football is a microcosm of the NFL and what happens in little Johnny's league is just a mini version of what happens in the NFL. We also had some youth coaches who did not understand how to teach safe blocking and tackling or how to recognize concussions. While those coaches are rare today, their legacy lives on. And like it or not, soccer moms make a lot of decisions on whether little Johnny is allowed to play youth football or not.

As most of you are well aware, Bountygate is the least of our worries. The concussion issue is what is dominating the airwaves these days. Concussion diagnosis and prevention has been a point of emphasis for the last 2-3 years. More fuel to that fire was added when Hall of Fame player Junior Seau died of an apprehensive suicide last week. Speculation was that his depression and subsequent suicide was caused by concussion issues. The Seau lawsuit was a tragedy, by all accounts Junior was a solid citizen. However there is no evidence that discussions played a role in his death or even that suicide rates are higher among NFL players than the general population. It should be noted that Samoans have one of, if not the highest rate rate in the world and the US has a very high rate rate compared to other developed nations.

Another interesting scientifically verified statistic is that former NFL players live much longer than the general population. Did you have any idea that was a verified truth? Many would have you believe that all these former NFL players break down and die prematurely in their 50's. Well that is not the case at all, they are OUTLIVING the general population. A study was commissioned by the players union to study this very topic.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh), began it's data collection in 1990 and released its findings in January, 2012. They studied 3,439 players who were in the NFL for five seasons or more. They found a lower death rate among former NFL players than among men in the general population – the institute had expected to find that 625 members of the group it studied would be dead based on estimates from the general population, but instead found that 334 of the Retired players had died. Yes, those alive were almost DOUBLE the number compared to the general population. These numbers are amazing considering the number of 300 lb plus players and African-American players who are in the NFL, since these groups typically have much higher early mortality rates than the general population. So the next time someone spouts off that National Inquirer like "stat" that NFL players are all dying prematurally in their 50's, please set them straight with the facts.

When it comes to youth football, again it's an entirely different game. We do not have 300 lb players who can run 4.8 40 yard dashes and who can bench press 225 lbs 35 times. Statistics say that 70% of youth players will not play High School football, let alone be part of the 2-3% that go on to college Football or be one of the 1 in 20,000- 30,000 to go on to play in the NFL. The NFL is the cream of the cream of the cream of the crop, genetic freaks who have honed their bodies into athletic machines capable of inflating significant hits to one another. But the NFL players abilities have very little correlation to what the average 10 year old can do with his body and in turn to other players.

Mayo Clinic Study

In fact the Mayo Clinic did a study of 913 youth football players on 42 different teams age 9-13. Back in 1997 they found that "most injuries that occurred were mild and that youth football injuries were uncommon." According to Mayo Clinic spokesman Michael J. Stuart MD the findings shown that "the risk of injury in youth football does not appear greater than the risk associated with other recreational or competitive sports." Most of the injuries were mild and the most common type was a contusion, which occurred in 33 players. Four injuries (fractures involving the ankle growth plate) were such that they pretended players from No player required hospitalization or surgery. Again scientific fact flies in the face of those who would want you to believe that you are somehow an irresponsible Neanderthal parent if you want your son to play youth football.

Most of us coach youth football because the game did something for us and we want to pass that same thing onto others. We want kids to experience being part of a team, teamwork, perseverance, selflessness, goal setting, commitment, hard work, making friends, being coachable, delayed gratification, humility, grace, overcoming obstacles, competition, having fun and much more. There are people out there who for whatever reason neither do not understand what youth football is about, had a bad experience from a "bad apple" program or coach or simply oppose kids learning and embracing some of those traditional character traits listed above. Do not let the haters and naysayers dominate the "debate." Know the facts and share the data so people can make legitimate and honest decisions about their child's involvement in youth football. An additional footnote, I've coached youth football for over 25 years and not a single one of my players have ever been diagnosed with a conversation from anything they did on the football field.



Source by Dave Cisar

Defending Our Game If you have not been camping out under a rock for the last few months, you know our game is under attack. The game we love and devote so much time to in order that our sons and players can gain the life lessons most of us learned from the game, being […]

14 Free Things To Do In Branson Missouri (And Still Have Fun!)

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In beautiful Branson, Missouri, there are plenty of things to see and do. Even better, there are plenty of FREE things to do in Branson that are fun and interesting for the whole family Branson’s great variety of outdoor fun, unique attractions and interesting history make it the perfect place to discover a great vacation! The FREE activities in Branson make it an even better place to visit, no matter what time of year it is!

The rolling Ozark Mountains make Branson a beautiful, scenic outdoor wonderland Therefore, there are several ways to have fun in Branson that involve the great outdoors Branson’s three gorgeous lakes provide great opportunities for recreation, both exciting and leisurely

  1. Table Rock Lake Dam: This massive engineering structure was completed in 1958 and created Table Rock Lake. Crowds gather to watch the powerful structure hold back the waters of the White River.
  2. Table Rock Lake: The waters of this outdoor wonderland have become a haven for visitors nationwide Take advantage of water activities such as boating, fishing, water-skiing, swimming, scuba diving, hiking and camping
  3. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery: One of Branson’s most popular tourist sites, the fish hatchery is located below Table Rock Dam The center has several beautiful aquariums showcasing Missouri’s native fish Families love to walk through the fish hatchery and learn more about the world around them Self-guided and conducted tours are available.

  4. Moonshine Beach: Moonshine Beach is a great place to relax with the family. The sandy beach located on Table Rock Lake allows families to swim, sun and enjoy beautiful views.

  5. Table Rock State Park: Located on the shores of Table Rock Lake, the park is ideal water activities and is outfitted with a marina, boat rentals, campsites and picnic areas.

  6. Lake Taneycomo: This downtown Branson lake is a fishing enthusiasts dream! Other activities in and around this like include boating, hiking, scuba diving, and picnicking

    Other FREE outdoor activities in Branson Missouri include incredible scenic views, hiking, camping and wonderful exploration opportunities.

  7. Henning State Forest: This 1,534 acre-park offers spectacular views, nature trails and nature studies There is a naturalist on hand to answer questions and a beautiful scenic lookout area that provides an incredible view of the countryside
  8. Lakeside Wilderness Area: Lakeside provides a great trail that leads to the shores of Lake Taneycomo. A surprising remote area that reveals the gem that is Branson’s beautiful outdoors

    There are more free things to do in Branson Mo too!

  9. Stone Hill Winery: Experience a sparkling tour of wine making on this free tour, which ends with some fine wine tasting Kids receive grape juice.
  10. College of the Ozarks: This picturesque campus is complete with lovely landscaping, fountains and walking paths Visitors will also want to experience the Keeter Center Restaurant, the free tours at Edwards Mill and the Ralph Foster Museum, which houses the area’s best collection of Ozarks history. (Slight fee for museum admission.)

  11. Shopping in Branson: Branson is a great place to shop and it doesn’t cost a thing to look! Explore the many outlet malls and the new addition to the Branson scene, Branson Landing.

  12. Branson Landing: The Landing has a beautiful boardwalk visitors can stroll while enjoying scenic views and the Lake Taneycomo

  13. Historic Downtown Branson: A small-town, charming glimpse into historic Branson This popular area is filled with shops, restaurants and quaint stores filled with treasures

  14. Free Sunday Shows in Branson: Several Branson theaters open their doors Sunday morning for gospel singing and praising

A vacation in Branson Missouri is an experience of a lifetime. Visit today and discover some of Branson’s most enjoyable activities are free, fun and unforgettable!



Source by Ashley Dickey

In beautiful Branson, Missouri, there are plenty of things to see and do. Even better, there are plenty of FREE things to do in Branson that are fun and interesting for the whole family Branson’s great variety of outdoor fun, unique attractions and interesting history make it the perfect place to discover a great vacation! […]