Stop Needling Me!

Sometimes it’s possible to accomplish something important by doing nothing at all. Well, actually, I did do something. I resisted. I think that counts. Here’s my story.

Many of my friends have been getting pierced and tattooed for years. It’s huge. Every neighborhood has at least one bodypiercing/bodyart place. Seems like they outnumber taverns these days. Naturally, they want me in on it.

“C’mon Mike,” they say. “It’s fun! It’s addictive! What? Are you afraid of needles? The pain feels good! And when it’s over, you have something to show for it!”

I find myself looking less and less like my friends because I’m not a human signboard for little animals, death, and calligraphic text. To compound the situation, I don’t pick up the light in every room, reflecting off little pieces of metal everywhere. (And I do mean everywhere!) But I have a secret to share. I’ll get to that shortly.

While they’ve been spending their paychecks on this hoopla, I’ve been quietly satisfied with myself, exactly as I am. I’m not suggesting my friends do it out of insecurity. Some do, obviously, but many got started because their parents told them not to. I’m no momma’s boy, but I’d like to know what kind of a reason is that?

People are not packrats. OK, that’s not true. I am a packrat. I keep way too much stuff. But that’s not really what I mean. I’m talking about the fact that packrats are known to trade an item in their pack for ever-shinier objects. I do it too, but the one that kicks me is how my friends trade fifty dollar bills for yet another shiny piece of metal, or yet another patch of scribbled skin.

Now, before anyone thinks I’m complaining, let me point out that I believe in freedom to choose, and if that makes them happy, I’m not going to stop them. What? Like they’d listen to me? I’m the prude with no tattoo, remember? How would I know what it’s like?

From my point of view, I don’t need to find out. I don’t think it’s necessary to be a slave to the idea of trying everything once. Some things I don’t feel the need to try.

Lately, some of my friends have found that their obsession is working against them. I’m still single with no kids, but many of my friends are either married or are single parents. And that’s where the difficulty comes in.

Some of my friends have kids that are between six and nine years old. About that age, kids start noticing their parents a little more as people. They look at them differently than they did when they were infants. Mostly, because kids grow up incredibly fast today. Much faster than when we were kids, so they notice things quicker too. Lately what they’ve been noticing is mom and dad’s tattoos and piercings.

A woman at work told me just last week that she has no idea how to convince her nine-year-old daughter why she won’t take her to the parlor and get her tongue pierced, “just like mommy.”

So here’s my secret. I have resisted tattoos and piercing because I believe in being a natural person. I think the metal and the ink only serve to detract from the outer beauty of my friends and it does nothing to enhance their inner person. So I see no reason to use my body for someone’s canvas.

Friends can be so myopic. They don’t want to see their kids all boogered up because they see their kids as beautiful exactly as they are, but they hold themselves to a double standard. They continue to encourage me to get some bodyart and I continue to resist.

Why am I such a holdout? Do I really fear the needle? No, of course not. I’m the one who used to play with clothing pins and sewing needles, pushing them through the tops of my knuckles like a juvenile Freddy Krueger. I also used to do the infamous sewing-needle-shoved-through-the-flexed-arm trick. The difference is, it was just play to me, and I wasn’t trying to make a fashion statement.

I simply have a philosophy that says a person needs to stick to their values and not give in to peer pressure. Piercing and tattoos have led my friends to nothing but empty pocketbooks and hard questions from their kids.

Maybe I’ll go to work one day with needles through all my fingers like I did in school. That’ll show ’em!



GMC Sierra, Twin of the Chevrolet Silverado

The GMC Sierra is one of the latest full size pick up trucks that General Motors offers to the public and to the automobile market. In fact, this vehicle has rolled its way to become the second best selling vehicle in the United States as per this year, 2006. It may be confusing for some people, however, the GMC Sierra has a counterpart in the Chevrolet line up of pick up trucks. The GMC Sierra is rebadged under Chevrolet as the Chevrolet Silverado.

Since 1999, the GMC Sierra has already been rolling its way on the highways and on the streets and roads. When it was introduced to the automotive world, it actually filled the spot and niche left vacant by the Chevrolet C/K and the GMC C/K. This vehicle actually rides on the FR/4 WD GMT 800/880 platform. It has been said that this vehicle’s competition include the Ford F Series, the Nissan Titan, the Toyota Tundra, and the Dodge Ram. If you do have some $16,715 to $36,045, then you possibly can own the GMC Sierra. The price is worth everything for this vehicle gives its owners comfort and also extreme functionality. In fact, this GMC Sierra can actually tow up to 10,400 pounds.

People who have been able to take a seat inside the GMC Sierra’s cabin and interior have been able to feel the distinct power and yet the easy comfort that the GMC Sierra has. For its seats, owners are given the choice of material to be used and these are either leather, cloth or vinyl. The color choices for the material are Dark Pewter, and Neutral, although for leather seats, there is an additional option which is Pewter. As per the exterior’s color, the color choices are Stealth Gray Metallic with Silver Birch Metallic accent, Summit White with Steel Gray Metallic or Silver Birch Metallic accent, Fire Red with Silver Birch Metallic accent, Steel Gray Metallic with Silver Birch Metallic accent, Silver Birch Metallic with Steel Gray Metallic accent, Sand Beige Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic with Silver Birch Metallic accent, Onyx Black with Silver Birch Metallic accent, Sport Red Metallic with Silver Birch Metallic, and Polo Green Metallic with Steel Gray Metallic or Silver Birch Metallic accent.


Dick Cheney Enrolls At Dale Carnegie; Updates Curriculum

Vice President Cheney, upon his return from a visit to former Soviet Bloc nations, during which he criticized Russian President Putin in unusually direct, if correct, terms, found himself suffering from shortness of breath. Hesitant about consulting a doctor immediately, he performed a self-diagnosis and realized that his condition was due primarily to putting his foot in his mouth with alarming frequency.

Knowing the tenuous disposition of his cardiovascular system, he determined to remedy his verbal dereliction and signed up for a course at Dale Carnegie, where he expected to learn How To Win Friends And Influence People.

At his first class, however, he found himself unable to listen calmly to his lecturer and began to dispute with him. Taken aback, the professor explained that his statements were not based on his own beliefs but consisted entirely of the time-honored teachings of Dale Carnegie.

The Vice President was not assuaged, and announced, “You’re just not living in the real world. Let me show you how it really is.”

With that, he ambled to the blackboard and began to revise the statements the teacher had written there. Fortunately, a member of our staff, who always accompanies the Vice President when he thinks a story may be in the making, had accompanied him.

Here are selections from his notes on Mr. Cheney’s revisions of Carnegie’s teachings. For ease of comparison, we present the original Carnegie categories and principles, immediately followed by the Cheney update.

1. Fundamental Techniques in Handling People

Carnegie: Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.

Cheney: Easy fix. Just erase the word “Don’t.”

Carnegie: Give honest and sincere appreciation.

Cheney: Another easy fix. Let’s add back the word “Don’t.”

2. Ways To Make People Like You

Carnegie: Smile.

Cheney: Honest people hardly ever smile; hypocrites do.

Carnegie: Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

Cheney: What other person? I’m the most important person in the room, even when I’m talking to the President.

3. Win People To Your Way Of Thinking

Carnegie: Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, “You’re wrong.”

Cheney: Why? Since I’m the Vice President, the other person is always wrong.

Carnegie: Begin in a friendly way.

Cheney: Again, why – when you’re about to tell the person something that’s not friendly?

Carnegie: Get the other person saying “yes, yes,” immediately.

Cheney: Here we agree.

Carnegie: Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.

Cheney: What for, if he’s wrong to begin with?

Carnegie: Throw down a challenge.

Cheney: Now we’re talking.

4. Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment

Carnegie: Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.

Cheney: Mind if I just erase the first syllable of the last word?

Carnegie: Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.

Cheney: If I made mistakes, I wouldn’t be the Vice President.

Carnegie: Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.

Cheney: OK, that’s why I’m here. Tell me how. Then maybe I can relax.

The teacher, gasping from his own shortness of breath, uttered, “I have no idea.”

“Then, if you don’t mind, I’ll excuse myself. As a Vice Presidential courtesy, I won’t charge for the updates.”


Do Your Car’s Carpets Need Cleaning?

You may not notice it but the carpets in your car’s interior seem to be one of the dirtiest parts of your vehicle. Just imagine how many pairs of feet trudge on it everyday. Just count how many times they did become the location of food bits and food wrappers. Also keep in mind how many times did these carpets become the target of spilled drinks.
It is not surprising if you would find your carpet all dirty. Dirty is not quite an issue. The difficult thing to attend to would be if your car’s carpets have become stained because of everything that has come in contact with it. If you consider this to be quite a difficult task, remember that the more you keep the task of cleaning them aside, the more difficult it would be to take the stains out. All it takes are a couple of easy steps to clean your carpets and make them stain-free.  You should first remove the floor mat of your vehicle. Sometimes, stains also dwell here. Blot and scrape away any residue of whatever is staining your carpet. You can use a hard plastic spatula or plastic knife to remove any residue still left hanging on the carpet and on the floor mat.
The rule of the thumb is to try the most gentle of all solutions first in cleaning these mats and carpets. If you can do away with warm water, then go ahead. However, if this does not do the trick, you can try using mild soap. Just let your solutions sit on the stain first for a couple of minutes to let the stain soften up and then wipe it away after.
Keep in mind though that there still are stains that are hard to remove. If after trying everything out and the stain still remains, it is not wrong to


The forehand drive is the opening of every offensive in tennis, and, as such, should be most carefully studied. There are certain rules of footwork that apply to all shots. To reach a ball that is a short distance away, advance the foot that is away from the shot and thus swing into position to hit. If a ball is too close to the body, retreat the foot closest to the shot and drop the weight back on it, thus, again, being in position for the stroke. When hurried, and it is not possible to change the foot position, throw the weight on the foot closest to the ball.

The receiver should always await the service facing the net, but once the serve is started on the way to court, the receiver should at once attain the position to receive it with the body at right angles to the net.

The forehand drive is made up of one continuous swing of the racquet that, for the purpose of analysis, may be divided into three parts:

1. The portion of the swing behind the body, which determines the speed of the stroke.

2. That portion immediately in front of the body which determines the direction and, in conjunction with weight shift from one foot to the other, the pace of the shot.

3. The portion beyond the body, comparable to the golfer’s “follow through,” determines spin, top or slice, imparted to the ball.

All drives should be topped. The slice shot is a totally different stroke.

To drive straight down the side-line, construct in theory a parallelogram with two sides made up of the side-line and your shoulders, and the two ends, the lines of your feet, which should, if extended, form the right angles with the side-lines. Meet the ball at a point about 4 to 4 1/2 feet from the body immediately in front of the belt buckle, and shift the weight from the back to the front foot at the MOMENT OF STRIKING THE BALL. The swing of the racquet should be flat and straight through. The racquet head should be on a line with the hand, or, if anything, slightly in advance; the whole arm and the racquet should turn slightly over the ball as it leaves the racquet face and the stroke continue to the limit of the swing, thus imparting top spin to the ball.

The hitting plane for all ground strokes should be between the knees and shoulders. The most favourable plane is on a line with the waist.

Never step away from the ball in driving cross court. always throw your weight in the shot.

The forehand drive from the left court is identically the same for the straight shot down your opponent’s forehand. For the cross drive to his backhand, you must conceive of a diagonal line from your backhand corner to his, and thus make your stroke with the footwork as if this imaginary line were the side-line. In other words, line up your body along your shot and make your regular drive. Do not try to “spoon” the ball over with a delayed wrist motion, as it tends to slide the ball off your racquet.

All drives should be made with a stiff, locked wrist. There is no wrist movement in a true drive. Top spin is imparted by the arm, not the wrist.

The backhand drive follows closely the principles of the forehand, except that the weight shifts a moment sooner, and the R or front foot should always be advanced a trifle closer to the side-line than the L so as to bring the body clear of the swing. The ball should be met in front of the right leg, instead of the belt buckle, as the great tendency in backhand shots is to slice them out of the side-line, and this will pull the ball cross court, obviating this error. The racquet head must be slightly in advance of the hand to aid in bringing the ball in the court. Do not strive for too much top spin on your backhand.

I strongly urge that no one should ever favour one department of his game, in defence of a weakness. Develop both forehand and backhand, and do not “run around” your backhand, particularly in return of service. To do so merely opens your court. If you should do so, strive to ace your returns, because a weak effort would only result in a kill by your opponent.

Do not develop one favourite shot and play nothing but that. If you have a fair cross-court drive, do not use it in practice, but strive to develop an equally fine straight shot.

Remember that the fast shot is the straight shot. The cross drive must be slow, for it has not the room owing to the increased angle and height of the net. Pass down the line with your drive, but open the court with your cross-court shot.

Drives should have depth. The average drive should hit behind the service-line. A fine drive should hit within 3 feet of the baseline. A cross-court drive should be shorter than a straight drive, so as to increase the possible angle. Do not always play one length drive, but learn to vary your distance according to your man. You should drive deep against a baseliner, but short against a net player, striving to drop them at his feet as, he comes in.

Never allow your opponent to play a shot he likes if you can possibly force him to one he dislikes.

Again I urge that you play your drive:

1. With the body sideways to the net.

2. The swing flat, with long follow through.

3. The weight shifting just as the ball is hit.


2019 Chevy Malibu Release Data Adn Price

You would possibly may already know that Chevrolet will be unveiled its new midst within the-sizing sedan under the Malibu name for the following set several years from now. And somehow we certainly have been planning on this new Chevrolet automotive whilst keeping performing its growth up-date from morning to weeks like the New Chevy Chevelle SS. This kind of 12 months, Chevrolet professionals are assessing from concept/prototype difference inside the new 2019 Chevrolet Malibu. Initially, we could observe there is a few development within the design. Even though it was secured by hide inside the spy overview, the increase could speedily see. Also, read additional info on the 2020 Chevy Malibu because of the Chevy traditional blog.


In front section of their body, it is possible to instantly start to be aware of the new headlights. It is an alternative headlight, and they also have released some improvement so that it appears to be additional athletic. I sense enthusiastic about discovering the most known grille. But mainly because it had been insured by african american hide, I are unable to discover whether or not it is the hottest front area grille or Chevrolet having said that utilizing the same grille as the new model of Chevrolet Malibu. Inside of the once more area of their body, the taillights seem just like the already present variation inside Chevrolet Malibu. Still, I found myself thinking that was a prudent option due to the fact I really like typically the taillights fashion – I solution you adore it way too.

The specific measurements its body is a bit more full as compared to the found version. It appears, way more, more robust and appearance excellent for a midst from the the-proportions sedan. They could take advantage of the new base in this specific new car. And it needs to be manufactured from brighter ingredients with a lot more carbon dioxide as compared with metal designed for the building blocks. The shape is on top of that finest because this auto is in reality a five-front door sedan which particular for day by day household use. So your even more significant, the auto, the comfier it might be. Excellent task, Chevy!


Some gossips stated that the newest 2019 Chevy Malibu Turbo could well be using the same engine as the forerunner. Then again, some also contended that this most current Malibu might possibly be with all the 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine that you may possibly even in the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. In the Cruze, this engine could bring in 136 horse power and 236 pound-foot of torque. As for its powertrains, Chevrolet could provide the 9-cost programmed with the new Chevrolet Malibu engine. And everybody realizes, it includes the electricity-powerful shifter that is ideal for an automated auto.


That’s all we would be able to mention, at this time, returning again to the coming up-date in particular relating to the 2019 Chevy Malibu Price and 2019 Chevy Malibu Release Date!

2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Design

As soon as we point out the truck, one of the first design you can remember to consider is Silverado. The exceptional pickup will more than likely yank a great deal. Though doing work instrument, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD will likely be sophisticated likewise. This variant will most likely be available in some cab layouts. The drivetrain, again, can be a diesel. Collaboration of Chevrolet and Duramax is productive, and also it carries on while in the 2019 year or so. The along with is distinctive taxi cabs of Silverado 2500HD, plus superb handling. Then again, the perfect towing capabilities is just not as beneficial as competitors offer. To give an example, Ford F-350 and Ram pickups are far superior in this region.

At long last, the 2019 Silverado 2500HD will never be the prettiest design or maybe the best. But, an assortment of spectacular specs, flexibleness, and superb maneuverability is which makes it precise.


You can buy 3 cab forms of 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, that promises options to consumers. For arduous clients, there are brands of the cabin and then your bed furniture to combine the best output. The particular minimum set during the truck is in Typical Cab. Nevertheless, it includes plenty of destination during the mattress. The normal box can be found in these three or more variants, in actual fact, this is the only selection for Maximize Cab. The Group Cab is known as a most huge, however it penalties your your bed skill. Short and Typical holder are two alternatives to this unique places.


The 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is the perfect pickup for towing. Duramax diesel engine cranks out 445 hp and 910 lb-feet of torque. That might be plenty of to your optimum towing likely of 18,100 excess fat. A lot more critical option is Silverado 3500HD, with 5,000 extra pounds much more power.

Having said that, the standard unit because of this distinct truck is actually a 6.-l Vortec V-8 engine. It truly is qualified to give 360 hp and 380 lb-toes of torque. As Duramax, this energy edition is mailing capability utilizing a 6-fee programmed transmission. The real difference are the model of the gearbox. Natural gas unit is using Hydra-Matic, while diesel furnishes its power to Allison transmission.


The 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD bills from $34,000. Yet, it really is a the value of the underlying version, when fees for other designs continue to be undiscovered. Shortly, every little thing is going to be significantly better, if ever the tight publicizes the release date and very last info. Leading trims could cost greater than $50,000. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD will appear at the start of 2019, but particular conditions will not be fixed, nonetheless. Some models could be brought out at a later point, to hold on to potential customers prepared. Identical is employing competition for the reason that Ford and Ram are modernizing their items to competition Chevy’s truck.

Fun Activities for Car Shows

If you are planning a car show or if you are planning on going to a car show you are probably wondering about some of the fun activities that are available there for entertainment. Of course, not everyone who goes to a car show enjoys the cars, so there are always plenty of other activities just in case so that it can be a fun event for the entire family.

Your first main activity that usually draws people is of course the cars themselves. It is usually a good idea to have at least a few categories that you can award prizes on, such as best overall car, and any other categories that you can think of. This is usually a great way to really have some fun for the people who own the cars at least. Plus many of the visitors to the car show tend to enjoy watching the award process.

There are often some other activities such as dancing and singing as well. Most car shows will offer some entertainment that can allow you something fun to do. While the music may not always be live there will usually be something that you can listen to and dance to. If you are more of a closet danger you can usually just sit and enjoy watching others dance as well.

Other fun activities can include face painting for the kids, and even contests for door prizes and raffles. The types of prizes that are offered tend to vary from each car show, but there are generally tons of prizes that are available. While most people thoroughly enjoy attending the car show, there are also some aspects that can allow you to really branch out their love of cars.

One of the best aspects is of course being able to look at all of the incredible cars. There are so many cars from different eras and of course there are plenty of cars that are great sources of inspiration for those who are interested in restoring their own car. There are some car clubs who organize car shows and car races at the same time. Deciding what your favorite part of the car show is can depend heavily upon your own personality.

If you are looking for a great weekend then going to a car show is a great idea. Finding something for everyone to enjoy is usually possible and you are almost guaranteed that you will have a fabulous weekend. Taking the entire family out to a car show is a lot of fun, and can be a great way to allow your family and children to learn to enjoy your love of cars. There are always plenty of car shows around that you can enjoy and see and with a bit of planning you may be able to squeeze in more than a single show in a week as well.

Look to car shows as a great family activity and you are sure to thoroughly enjoy the time you are able to spend with your family. Let the kids have their faces painted, sign up for the door prizes and even take the time to admire all of the gorgeous cars that are on display. You may even discover that aside from all of the incredible cars that are at the car shows, you may decide that you want to start working on a car of your very own. Going to a car show can be a great source of inspiration at times, and if you family enjoys the car shows with you, then it makes the perfect activity for an entire family to work on.

So enjoy your time at the car show and have plenty of fun sharing your experience with your family. You can even look around at the car show as a great way to become inspired if you are already working on a particular car since there is no reason at all that you cannot use some of the ideas that you gather at the car show for inspiration.

Using Articles With Autoresponders

It’s no secret that articles are hot right now. Articles are a great way to promote products you are selling, helping you build your business and reach a broader audience. Articles should be full of information, easy to read and understand, and provide readers helpful information towards their topic of interest. In most cases, articles will include a link to a website, which is designed to sell products or services that relate to the article.

Normally, articles are submitted to websites, article banks, directories, and sometimes used with ezines as well. There are many uses for articles, as they are one of the best ways to promote products and services online. Although you can find many different uses for articles, one of the best is with autoresponder. If you combine informational articles with an autoresponder, you’ll get results that you can be proud of. Autoresponders are very popular these days – although few think to use them in combination with articles.

You can do this by setting up each one of your articles with your autoresponder. You should ensure that each article has its own address, meaning that you’ll need to use an autoresponder that allows you to it. Once you have an autoresponder that allows you to do this, you should make a master list of every article you have, putting the address of the autoresponder beside of the article title. If you prefer, you can also add a description of the article to your master list.

If you have a lot of articles, keeping up with them can be a tedious task. Those who have a lot of products, normally have hundreds of thousands of articles. If you sell articles, you probably have more than you can count. All over the Internet, people are looking for articles. One great source we found for PLR articles is on the web. Articles contain information, information that can solve problems or describes products. Each and every day on the Internet, millions of people around the world search for information. This information that they search for, is normally in the form of articles.

If you were to advertise all of articles one by one, it would take you quite a bit of time. If you have hundreds to show, it can take you weeks – even months. Through the use of autoresponder, you can save a lot of time. Showing off one address with one article won’t take you long at all, as the autoresponder will do a majority of the work. All you have to do is put the link on your website, or add it to your preset messages when you send out emails. Autoresponders can really get your articles and information out there, all you have to do is give them a try.


Dodge Avenger redesign and release date, Design

It seems of this nature massive family automotive comes back again, reported by some assessments that we located on the net. New design could undoubtedly are available as 2018 Dodge Avenger. Because you might know, this version actually started in 1995. It actually was produced right until 2014. Through these nearly two many years, we saw two ages than it. The discontinuation arrived in 2015. This type was strongly connected with the Chrysler Sebring, and the two type ended up consolidated into Chrysler 200. Nonetheless, it looks such as this type from Chrysler will conclusion its generation before long. Accurate explanations are still unfamiliar. There are several records that say new 2018 Avenger comes as exchange. It ought to discuss lots of characteristics which include program, motors and so forth. Each of these details are nevertheless just rumours and you will bring them with large reserve.

2018 Dodge Avenger redesign

When we already mentioned, this product is not really in manufacturing for around couple of years. Having said that, you will discover gossips could possibly return, as 2018 Dodge Avenger. Particular info is nonetheless mysterious, but there are numerous estimates about new design. As outlined by some, new type will arrive thoroughly redesigned, with fresh look, base as well as other particulars. On the other side, some people matter that 2018 Avenger should come very much based on Chrysler 200, which may seem more inclined. According to these prophecies, new product will journey on the same platform, although with new overall look. It will eventually can come customized for the brand’s new design dialect, boasting exterior appearance similar to design identified as Dart, which may also be stopped in the near future. We anticipate lots of novelties in other component too, specially interior, the place 2018 Dodge Avenger really should have new design, a lot more huge cabin and a lot of technologies.

2018 Dodge Avenger engine

While particular data is also unidentified, we expect to have that 2018 Dodge Avenger will come with two acquainted engines from Chrysler, that can be found in many styles produced by organization. The first one is 2.4 liter Tigershark 4-tube unit, which is perfect for about 184 horse power and 175 pound-ft . of torque. Additional the initial one is 3.6 liter Pentastar V6, which originated up-graded just lately and from now on creates 295 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque. These engine ought to are available in match with new 9-velocity automatic transmission.

2018 Dodge Avenger release date

Once we mentioned previously, each one of these information regarding 2018 Dodge Avenger are nothing but rumours. You need to drive them with good amount of hold.