Friday, December 14, 2007

A New You in the New Year in 5 Easy Steps

A New You in the New Year in 5 Easy Steps
By: Mike Marinaro

Every year about this time people make ridiculous New Year's resolutions that they never end up sticking to. Don't be one of those people. Here are some resolutions that are easy to obtain and will make you feel good about yourself!

1. Every day do something just for you
We all get busy doing whatever it is that we do on a daily basis and more often than not we have very little time for ourselves. So this year make sure that you set aside a little bit of time each and every day, just for you! It can be something as simple as taking a walk, working in your garden, reading a book, writing in your journal, or drinking a cup of your favorite tea. Just make sure it is something out of your ordinary routine…something that you do just for you to make yourself feel good!

2. Learn something new each month
Change is a good thing! It is too easy to fall into the same old boring routine and before you know it you find yourself in a big rut! Set a goal to learn something new each month this year. It could be a foreign language, or maybe taking a class in pottery or a dance lesson, maybe learning to play the guitar. By doing new things you will feel much better about yourself.

3. Pat yourself on the back
You deserve it…if no else tells you what a great job you have done; then give yourself a big pat on the back! Your accomplishments are important so make sure you recognize them and treat yourself to something nice when you reach a goal or achieve something you have been trying to do for a long time.

4. Stay healthy in the New Year
Fitness is important, and it will make you feel better if you are healthy. Make a little time each week to exercise and try to eat healthier in the New Year. There are thousands of different diets out there and they all suck! If you are anything like me it's very difficult to stick to a regimented diet and exercise program; however, I have found that just by recognizing that I need to eat healthier and exercise regularly, it helps. Here are a few tips: •Be aware of what you eat and how much you eat •Avoid the fast food joints •Cut out the late night snacks •Park far away from the store not real close…the walk will do you good •If you are watching TV, do a few sit-ups or crunches instead of just sitting there eating popcorn

5. Set goals that are obtainable
Goal setting is important, but make sure you set goals that are obtainable. Instead of saying that you are going to lose twenty pounds this year; how about just saying that you will work on eating healthier and exercising more so you can lose some weight. Keep track of your progress and reward yourself for sticking to your exercise schedule and eating plan. Before you know you will have lost a few pounds! It's much easier and a whole lot less frustrating to set goals that you can actually reach! Good luck with your resolutions and Happy New Year!

Please leave your comments about New Year's Resolutions and tell us what you plan to do.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Marion Jones Stripped of Her Gold!

The International Olympic Committee officially stripped Marion Jones of her five Olympic medals and wiped her name from the record books. She was the first female track and field athlete to win five medals at a single Olympics. Now that accomplishment has been erased!

Jones had previously denied using performance-enhancing drugs; however, in October she admitted to using steroids before the Sydney Olympics. The IOC also banned Jones from the Beijing Olympics next year. They don't want her to attend in any capacity...not as an athelete or a coach. The IOC may also ban her from future
games as well.

Jones' problems aren't over with yet. The United States Olympic Committee has asked her to repay more than 100,000 dollars in prize and bonus money she had received. All of this bad news for Marion Jones, but good news for the war against doping. It shows that the rules will be strickly enforced and the cheats will be exposed.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dancing with the Stars

Dancing With The Stars

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Another season of Dancing with the Stars has ended. I must admit that I have become addicted to this show. I love to dance and always have liked to watch ballroom dancing by professionals.

My favorites this season were Marie Osmond and Jane Seymor...let's hear it for the older women! They both did an amazing job. I think Jane is so elegant when she dances, I was sad when she left the show. And Marie is very entertaining.

In my opinion HELIO CASTRONEVES and his partner JULIANNE HOUGH deserved the win. Helio just has so much personality, you've just got to love him; and for someone that never danced before he sure picked it up quickly!

Please leave your comments and let us know if you agree with the choice for winner or if you wanted some else to take home the trophy.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Oprah On YouTube

Oprah On YouTube

Now you can check out Oprah on YouTube. The 53-year-old Winfrey has been hosting her own show for 22 years and says she is excited about this new venture. There will be behind-the-scenes video footage from her T.V. show and interviews with people who have become famous through YouTube. She said there will also be videos sent in by her viewers posted to her new channel on YouTube.

Winfrey's television show is alreaded watched by 30 million viewers each week in the United States alone, imagine how many people will be checking out the YouTube channel!

Oprah is already the highest-paid celebrity on T.V., I'm sure her new YouTube channel will add to her fame and fortune. I looked at her welcome video on you tube and it has had 224,925 hits so far!

Here's the link to her YouTube site:
Way to go Oprah!

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Dr. Watson Opens Mouth and Inserts Foot!

AFP PhotoDr. Watson Opens Mouth and Inserts Foot!

James Watson may be one of the world's top scientists but he is losing friends fast after making comments about black people being less intelligent than whites!

Dr. Watson is best known for his pioneering work with DNA and he won the Nobel Prize in 1962. While in Britain he made the comment heard around the world which caused this storm of controversy. Watson made an apology for his comments, but it's too little too late! The damage has already been done. He was suspended from his job at The Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory in New York and has canceled his book tour in the UK.

The 79 year old scientist says that his words were twisted to mislead readers about his position. He told a British weekly newspaper he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours -- whereas all the testing says not really."

The rest of the scientific community was quick to state that there is no scientific proof to back up what Dr. Watson said. His peers are saying that he has done significant damage to the reputation of the entire scientific community!

What do you think about Dr. Watson's remarks? Please leave a comment.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Take the Nerd Test

Take the Nerd Test

I am nerdier than 96% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!I found this Nerd Test on my friend Peter Porcupine's blog. Check it out when you get a few minutes and take the Nerd Test. See where you rank -- it's pretty cool! I took the test and ended up with a Nerd Score of 96. You know you want to find out what your Nerd Score go ahead and take the test.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Is Next Season's 24 in Jeopardy?

Is Next Season's 24 in Jeopardy?

Kiefer Sutherland might end up in jail for a year because this was not his first
DUI arrest! It seems that he has also violated his probation from the last
offense; therefore, Kiefer could find himself with a mandatory jail sentence of
anywhere from 5-days up to a year!

I'm sure the writers of 24 are hard at work trying to come up with a 24 season
without Jack Bauer.

  • Will the producers kill Jack off? Then what would happen
    to the series?

  • Is it possible to have a whole season of 24 with no Jack Bauer?

I have been addicted to 24 ever since season one and I can't wait to see how the next season will play out. Since there is already a very long list of celebrities who have gotten away with DUI and much worse, with just a slap on the wrist and little or no jail time, this may all be a moot point! I guess we will find out in January 2008.

Please leave your comments.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

OJ - In the News Again, What do you think?

OJ - In the News Again, What do you think?

The infamous OJ Simpson is once again all over the news.

In my humble opinion they should lock him up and throw away the key...

What do you think?

  • Is he just looking for another 15 minutes of fame?
  • Did he take too many hits when he was playing football?
  • Was he set up?
  • Did he do it?
  • Will he get off again because he is a celebrity?

Leave a comment and tell me what you think about the latest OJ situtation.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Blogrush-Great New Tool

I just found a GREAT NEW TOOL to drive more traffic to your blog, it's called BlogRush...check it out!

This is a great blog syndication network, make sure you sign up today!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Does Barry Bonds Deserve the Home Run King Title?

Does Barry Bonds Deserve the Home Run King Title?

Ya'll have seen the news...Barry Bonds hit homerun #756 which makes him the HOME RUN KING! He has broken Hank Aaron's record -- WAY TO GO BARRY!

You can see video here: Home Run #756

But wait just a minute now...

I want to know if you think Barry should be the homerun king. What about all the controversy and allegations about steroid usage? Have we forgotten about that? If he was using steroids then does he still deserve to hold the title or should he be disqualified?

Is America just going to look the other way and ignore the fact that rules were broken here if Barry was using the drugs? Are we saying it's okay to cheat and use steroids to build your body up in sports?

I give Barry his "props", he is a great ball player, but I can't just sit back and watch without saying something about the drug issue!

What do you think? Please leave your comments.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Making Money on the Internet

OKAY...I have been blogging for a couple of years and have had websites on the Internet even longer, I am making a little money from both. I am curious to know who is making a living on the Internet and how?

Here are some of the ways I am earning money:

  • Google Adsense

  • Affiliate Programs

  • E-Mail Newsletters

  • Website Design

  • Selling adspace on my websites and in my newsletters

Now mind you, none of the above methods have made me enough money where I can quit my day job; however, I do get checks just about every month from these sources, and every little bit helps!

I will go into more details about each of these methods of Internet income in future posts.

Please leave a comment and share your ideas.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Blown Away by BB King!

Blown Away by BB King

Last night I had the opportunity to see the one and only BB King perform...what an awesome show! I was blown away by the King of the Blues!
The man is 81 years old, and a diabetic but he played his heart out for a packed house for two hours non-stop! He had to sit in a chair to play but that didn't slow him down...he rocked the house!

Ever since I first picked up a guitar 45 years ago it has been my dream to see BB King play. I am so grateful to my wonderful wife Christine, who made all of this possible by getting me the tickets for father's day.

What an inspiration BB King is. Not only because he is a great guitar player, but also because he is 81 and a diabetic. I too am a diabetic and sometimes it really slows me down. However, after seeing what BB could do last night I will think twice about complaining that I don't feel up to doing something because of my diabetes!

The show started out with his band playing a couple of numbers with a horn section a bass guitar, drummer and keyboard. Then they brought out the man himself. BB brought the crowd to its feet as he took the stage and strapped on "Lucille"!

He then proceeded to sing and play like only BB King can do and kept us entertained for two hours. Every now and then he would tell a story between songs, some people didn't like all the talking, but I could listen to him ramble on all night long as long as he played a few licks in between stories!

If you haven't seen BB King perform yet...make sure you catch his show next time he's in town!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Did you miss me?

Did You Miss Me?

It's been quite some time since I posted on this blog...sorry, I've been very busy with website design and have not had time for blogging. I will try to get back into this blog soon. I miss all my friends at Blog Explosion.

Tonight is the 2-hour season finale of my favorite TV show, 24! Can't wait to see the last show of the season, but I don't know what I will do since my 2nd favorite show, Lost, is also ending this week! Those are the only two shows I really care about watching.

If you are a 24 or a Lost fan, please leave your comments here.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Wild Hogs - A Must See Movie

Wild Hogs is the funniest movie I have seen in a long time! This is a great slapstick comedy starring John Travolta, William H Macy, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, Ray Liotta, and Marisa Tomei.

The story is about four middle-aged friends who decide to take a break from their boring lives in suburbia and get away from their stressful jobs and family responsibilities for a little while. They get out their motorcycles and head cross country for an adventure on the open road!

The movie gets off to a slow start trying to introduce the families of the main characters. Once you get past that and the road trip begins you just won't stop laughing!

Travolta, Macy, Allen and Lawrence may seem like an odd foursome; however, they do a great job together and are totally believable as best buddies!

This movie is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content and some violence.

For all you "Easy Rider" fans out there, Peter Fonda makes a cameo appearance towards the end of the movie.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

# 13 for Bill Gates

Bill Gates 1978 at Microsoft WOW...The richest man in the world again...13 years in a row for Bill Gates! According to Forbes' list of billionaires! Gates' net worth is estimated at $56 billion! Here's Bill at Microsoft in 1978 - who knew this kid would grow up to be the #1 billionaire in the world? Way to go Bill, not too bad for a college drop out!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Jack's Back!!!

The best show on TV will be back this Sunday. 24 The new season premieres on Sunday and Monday January 14-15! I can't wait for the show to start again.

Have you seen the trailer yet? Click Here to see preview.

I started watching 24 a couple of years ago and have been hooked ever since. I started in season 4 so I missed a few seasons. However, I received the DVDs for season 1 as a Christmas present. While I was watching season 1 my wife saw the show for the first time and now she is also hooked!

A friend of mine has season 2 and 3 on DVD, so I will be able to catch up on everything I missed.

If you are a 24 addict, please leave a comment.