Updating Your Bar

Updating Your Bar

Bar, Local, Cong, Ireland, Irish Pub

Being a tiki bar owner now for over 5 years I’ve learned things that I wish could have done and things that I’d never do again. I would love to share with you my errors and Opossum Poop to my tiki bar.

First I would like to discuss a few things I learned building my own outside pub. The weather conditions in your area will determine how you construct your bar. Here are ideas you need to pay attention to if you are building an outside tiki bar.

Your Climate- if you reside in a place which has warm summers and cold winters, then you’ll encounter the same obstacles that I came against. Be sure that you use treated wood for any surface that comes in contact with the floor. If you do not follow this rule then your tiki bar will soon shrink and crack. That is why you have to use treated timber; it shrinks less and will last much longer. Anytime you have wood that is exposed to the weather you will need to pay close attention to the type of wood you use and proper treating of the timber after it’s installed.

Insects- I used white cedar logs to the construction of my roof construction because cedar is supposed to be less susceptible to insect damage. Okay, throw that out the window, I went along for three years without any insect problems until last year. I noticed wood dust and small chips lying on my bar . I thought it was coming out of thatch breaking or falling apart but to my surprise I’d carpenter bees! After inspecting my white cedar logs I found holes about 3/8 inch bored in a few of my logs. I knew I had to address this situation immediately and after doing some research I called an exterminator. A carpenter bee appears almost identical to a common bumble bee except no hair on abdomen and the men can’t sting. They love natural cedar! May sure you apply either wood preservative or a good Valspar varnish for your logs.

Bar Top- There are many different opinions about what to use for your bar . It’s suggested that you use marine plywood to the bar top, and for good reason. I used the next best thing that I thought, oak plywood. The oak plywood was fine for the first couple of years, applying about ten coats of marine varnish. This would be OK except the edges of the plywood are very tricky to seal. Once water started getting into wood I had nothing but problems! To solve my problem I applied glass tile into my tiki bar top using waterproof glue and grout. The marine plywood is extremely expensive but well worth the money.

You can figure on replacing your thatch palms at least every two decades. The only way that you can eliminate this problem is to buy high quality commercial synthetic thatch. I just re-thatched my bar with sealed thatch that will give you an extra two years of additional life.
Securing Your Bar- One thing I want to mention here, is anchoring your bar down is a must item. I’m fortunate enough that my bar is sitting on a concrete apron around my pool area. I used drop in concrete anchors to prevent my pub from blowing over in high winds.

Indulge a Little

Indulge a Little

Drinks, Alcohol, Event, Alcoholic Drinks

Here are some things that I was interested in when first learning about champagne:

Price range: Money seems very important when choosing bubbles to drink, I feel this isn’t necessarily the case. Drink what you enjoy, do not be dictated by price. In saying that, it’s believed that the more expensive the drop, the finer the bubble beads are which is an indication of higher quality champagne.

I’ve tried some extremely expensive champagnes rather than enjoyed them at all, while one of my favorites is under $50. Do you feel a enthusiast should try bubbles throughout the price range? I do.

Opening time: I believe champagne should not be open for over 24 hours. Using something such as a champagne saver will help keep the bubbles longer, if only for a few days. I suggest it is advisable to open a jar on a Friday night and spread it over the weekend. Or even better, have some girlfriends over on Saturday afternoon and open a few bottles for the evening.

The biggest problem you will have is heat, which will cause you to be dehydrated, giving you a headache. Avoid drinking in the spa, on the edge of the pool or on the vessel when in sunlight. Move yourself to a shady position, respect yourself and your bubbles enough to enjoy them.

When in the hot weather of the paradise we live in, I feel we could afford to go down a few degrees.

Is Champagne from France: Technically it’s. There are some rules to be followed to be considered: a secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottles to make carbonation, there are explicit vineyard practices, sourcing of the grapes and special pressing regimes. While this seems like a lot to worry about, you do not need to! Someone else does. They follow the customs to deliver to us the beauty of the product that just an enthusiast may like.

I challenge you to become an enthusiast in something and let us know what that is so that we may learn from you.

What is the best way to learn about champagne? Proceed to your local specialist and have a conversation, join a champagne tasting class or take home some bottles and enjoy them with friends or family. Cheers.

Wine in Rome

Wine in Rome

Red Wine, Glasses, Log Fire, Red, Wine

The Romans understood terroir and were very cautious about where they planted vines. It appears that there was an abundance of them in the Mediterranean area.

Roman wine production was heavily influenced by both the Etruscans and the early Greeks.

After harvesting the grapes, people would trample on them This might not have been hygienic, but it was the best way the Romans knew to press wine. Following the trampling, the wine was transported to be pressed in a torculum or wine media. The grape juice was strained to get rid of the grape skins and seeds.

The next stage in the manufacturing process was to move the liquid to the enormous jars or amphorae where it might ferment. Occasionally these vessels were buried in sand, soil, or water. Occasionally these juices were boiled prior to storing them in these vessels.

If the end result was to produce a high quality vintage wine, the wine would remain in the vessels for between 10 and 25 years.

However, wine was usually left for between 9 days and a few months. This was Roman plonk!

Pliny the Elder wrote about the Roman way of producing wine and growing vines in his job,’Historia Naturalis’ translated as Natural History. He wrote that Italian wine was the very best in the world, or at least in the known world.

However, the Romans and their compatriots cornered the wine market, disallowing other competitors from other countries outside of what is now called Italy. So other nations like France, Spain and Portugal weren’t allowed, formally, to produce wine.

According to Pliny, by the middle of the second century BC, wine was an important commodity. However, because the Roman Empire grew, the export value of wine could diminish, as grapes were cultivated in different parts of the empire, especially in what is now France and the Iberian peninsula.

The Romans drank wine at any time of night and day, but it was diluted with water as it had been more powerful than wines of today.

Wine production continued, but it fell out of favour before the Renaissance, when there was a revival of interest in classical culture.

Thus wine in the Roman Empire had its ups and downs, but fortunately, the art of wine-making survived.

Vacationing Done Right

Vacationing Done Right

Power, Copper-Rich Food, Oysters, Beef

Christopher Columbus was aware of the existing competition between the European kingdoms for trade routes to the East Indies and the spice trade. He believed he could reach the East Indies by sailing westward. He made several proposals to European monarchs and eventually the expedition was financed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.

Columbus found the New World. He sailed around the gorgeous islands of the Caribbean, convinced that he had found the East Indies. He claimed all of it to the Crown of Castile and called the people Indians. He began a chain of events which would impact the world’s history for the next 500 years and more.

Puerto Plata, the city on this gorgeous lush island where we had an unforgettable vacation was initially founded in April of 1493, and the settlement was known as La Isabella.

The Dominican Republic is an exotic isle of green foliage in the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The trade winds blow off the sultry warm air that carries the music of the magical Meringue and the odor of the uniquely divine and intriguing cuisine

It’s a favorite holiday Mecca which has grown exponentially in the past twenty years or so. Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic and the population at the time of our trip was over 5 million. We also visited a couple of villages close to Puerto Plata where we have met some of the kindest and most happy people.

Two days per week the hotel chef did a sea food cook outside on the shore. The shore was set up with plastic tables and chairs. Lobsters floated in an ice bucket next to the enormous grill. A second bucket was filled with countless bottles of beer covered with ice.

Puerto Plata’s real estate development was on steroids at this time and we planned to test it out in the morning before the BBQ. We met a real estate agent who had been marketing a large condominium development. We spent so much time with the representative that by the time we got to the hotel the lobster grilling was finished. I was so disappointed I could have cried.

Luckily for me, I had one more chance to have lunch in the grilling before we needed to depart. I made the most of the lunch. I was the first to book a table for the two of us.

I had been sitting on a seat, my feet dug in the hot sand, a plastic table in front of me covered with a paper tablecloth. The waiter served me a huge lobster, ready to eat, followed by a bowl of steaming hot butter flavoured with garlic and herbs.

I had been waiting for this… shells cracked, tossed all over the table, my hands and face covered with warm garlic butter… loving my food – it was awesome! I was like a mischievous child, happy to generate a big mess and enjoying myself!

It was great to be a child again if only for a short time. Try it. I suggest it!

This was the most sensuous meal I have ever had. Can’t you just see?

Columbus had a great dream and it came true for him in more ways than he ever wanted.

Hamburg Steaks

Hamburg Steaks

Burger, Fast Food, Hamburger, Unhealthy

The Hamburg steak as it was called in the 1800’s was served to the voyages from Germany to the USA. The meat patties were quickly cooked and served on two pieces of bread. To attract lots of the sailors and European visitors to their eating stands vendors. They would offer the Hamburg style steak on the menu.

With Hamburg steak firmly embedded the American culture in the late 1800’s claims of how it served in today’s standard is based on Congress girl Rosa DeLaurao.

This is a disputed fact. We’ll give you a few more names and places of the Hamburger in america.

Fletcher Davis of Athers Texas sold burgers in the cafe in the late 1800’s before taking them into the World’s Fair in 1904.

Frank and Charles Menches vendor at a county fair ran out of their sausage sandwiches and started using beef instead. It was recorded this happened in 1892 in the Summit County Fair in Akron Ohio.

In 1885 Charles Nagreen currently called hamburger Charlie who made sandwiches which were easy to eat while walking in the Seymour Fair that he was just 15 years old at the time.

Proof that Oscar Bilby in 1891 was the first to serve the Hamburger on a bun in Tulsa Oklahoma. In 1995 Governor Frank Keating proclaimed the first true hamburger on a bun was created and consumed in Tulsa Oklahoma.

With 40 billion served up in the United States alone has truly become America’s favorite sandwich. It might not have ever occurred because in 1906 Upton Sinclair’s Journalistic novel”The Jungle” detailed the unsavory parts of the meat packing industry in America. Ground beef became subject to much scrutiny because it was easy to add meat scraps, additives and fillers

In 1921 Billy Ingram and Walter Anderson of Kansas had the vision to open White Castle restaurant. It became the direct way for the fast food hamburger success. The White Castle restaurants gleamed with cleanliness bringing the hamburger reputation along with it.

The combinations that have come with the hamburger are endless with ideas being generated without end. Lots of you have your own favorite recipe for the beans of your choice.

So the next time you pull into your favorite fast food restaurant, fire up the grill or place one on the George Forman grill you’ll know a little of this development on the Hamburger.

That is some fantastic information about ground beef and how our food always has a little history behind it.

Best of Both Worlds

Best of Both Worlds

Meat, Steak, Grill, Barbecue, Beef, Meal

Do you want to enjoy the summer sun outside with the audience out in your garden as opposed to feeling lonely in your kitchen? Do you want to enjoy the night breeze and cook also? Are you planning a normal barbecue party? Grill smoker combo is the ideal option to enjoy; without missing the soul of the party.

This combo is the combination of both grill and smoker which lets you choose the type of flavor we need in an instance, said as the best alternative for last minute planners. These are the best options for people who do not have the luxury of money and space to enjoy another smoker and grill.

There are grill smoker combos heated via charcoal which is difficult to clean up but are cost-effective. Electrical grill smoker combos are less messy but expensive compared to charcoal heated ones.

The meat is smoked in a long and horizontal chamber that’s put alongside the heat source as opposed to above it. This design makes it easier for the griller to keep warmth without moving the food from the grill to add any fuel. The firebox placed in the combo feeds smoke into the chamber that gives the meat its taste, tenderness and crispy outer layer.

Using a combo is more complicated and needs practice. There are particular basic tips to create a good flavored crispy recipe. It is simple to become an expert in using it by following these ideas to perfection.

The majority of the combos have an inbuilt thermometer which might be inaccurate as it measures the grill as opposed to the cooking chamber temperature. So it is much better to use an extra thermometer to track the temperature in the cooking chamber and fuel is added conveniently. Coal is the ideal choice of fuel. Cold meat can give better taste than meat at room temperature as it can absorb more smoke. We can add moisture to the smoky meat once it seems dry. This will let the meat stay juicy and absorb more smoke. Cooking with them can take time and want the patience to find the tastiest, tender and succulent meat.

Grill smoker combos can be utilized in lower temperature and for longer periods. This slower and more cooking makes the food more tender, crispy and yummy. Rather than feeling packed in kitchen, enjoy the outside fresh air and cook the best smoky recipe you know to impress your guests.

Dubai Returning to an Economic Power

Dubai Returning to an Economic Power

Burj Khalifa, Emirates, Dubai, Uae

They should be, for in contention is among the world’s most beloved cities-the emirate of Dubai. The truth is the entire affair was conducted under an atmosphere of strict secrecy and security, with attendees requested to be tight lipped about the proceedings. They were assisted by executives from Deloitte and other auditors. What is going to happen now is that the request will be considered in the light of the presentation and the recouping of their assets and liabilities, undoubtedly redrawn to show their ability to remain solvent even after the debt has been repaid.

Meanwhile, the majority of the world already knows that the neighboring emirate of Abu Dhabi has contributed US$10 billion to Dubai World to help meet its current debt obligations on a US$4.1 billion Islamic Sukuk bond. What is amazing is that even this has not sent enough positive signs throughout the region. In the long run it just might have to pay back the debt or part of it in order to stop the negative sentiment that has echoed all through the world.

If that happens, another question is if Dubai will recover from its present crisis and will that recovery be for a short or a long term. Analysts are divided on the issue, but it’s apparent that Dubai’s Government will itself have to do something in this regard, rather than to wait for the discussion of market forces. It is known that market forces are driven by consumer and business sentiment, and if that belief remains negative or there’s uncertainty about future actions, markets are going to see a loss of value. By first announcing that it would support the entity and after withdrawing its support, it caused mass confusion and actually set in motion rumors that the emirate itself was in danger of defaulting due to overextending its plans from the boom period. Nothing could be farther from the truth as both Dubai World and the Government of Dubai are well equipped to deal with any financial emergency.

Having said that, in the short term the Government could help companies in getting credit to complete the outstanding projects. The current credit crunch means that new projects are facing funding problems in getting their projects off the ground. Everyone in the construction industry knows that there is a considerable lag between the booking and the completion of projects. Secondly, by minding the longer three year visa for workers, Dubai would signal it is ready to take on expatriate workers again to the completion of old projects and starting new ones. As things are Dubai accommodation sector is going downhill, with accommodation in Dubai becoming a buyer’s game. Except for Dubai marina flat, Dubai condos and Dubai villas- which has seen some consistency or even appreciation in value, in general Dubai flat rent, Dubai Apartments, and Villas in Dubai have depreciated in value during the last couple of months. A further dip in the market is likely by March-April 2010, after which the market is expected to recover by 2011. But it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen, and that’s the reason the Government should take steps to see that Dubai is back on track again- the earlier the better. There is too much at stake.

Modern Turkey

Modern Turkey

Flag, Fluctuation, Symbol, Country, Al

After some time reviewing the Honduran constitutional crisis, I have chosen to test another example of a state where the constitution has generated controversy: Turkey. Although I think Turkey has proven to be a success in bridging Islam and the West, I need to be clear that Turkey isn’t a country with no faults. Its refusal to accept responsibility for the Armenian genocide during World War 1 is deplorable. Also, Turkey’s suppression and attempted forced assimilation of its Kurdish citizens and their culture is inexcusable.

Notwithstanding these two issues, Turkey represents an Islamic country that’s a modern secular democracy, fully inclusive of woman’s political rights. Atatürk is the father of the nation and his legacy is still in full force today.

Turkey is integrated with the west being a member of such organization as NATO, the G20 and the OECD. The country is a parliamentary representative democracy with three branches of government such as, executive, legislative and independent judiciary. Turkey has good relations with the West, and is now also reaching out to other regions of the world. 1 interesting fact that differentiates this country from most of the Islamic world is its relationship with Israel. Turkey was the first Muslim country to recognize the State of Israel in 1949 and is considered one of Israel’s closest allies both militarily and strategically.

A major controversy surrounding the Turkish democracy is that the military’s involvement in government. The Turkish army has taken on the role of the guardian of secularism and the constitution. The nation’s present ruling party, the AKP, has been carefully treading towards a more Islamist stance. In response to the AKP’s politics, the army issued a statement in 2007 that made it clear it is still a power broker. The statement entailed the army is going to be a celebration in all discussions over secularism and warned they are prepared to carry out their responsibilities to protect the characteristics of the Republic. This suggestion was annulled by the constitutional court and resulted in the AKP getting a fine.

Although controversial, there are many who claim this deeply instituted secularism and modern approach has resulted in Turkey’s financial success, considered both a”developed” country and a regional power. This issue is divisive within the country, with many claiming that the present system of army enforced secularism is anti-democratic. If the country compromises on its secularism, could that be the first step towards a spiritual state? If so, is the current alternative not preferable to a model like the theocracy in Iran? At least under the current model democracy and personal freedom exist as long as religious based laws are not changed or instituted? On a relative basis, in spite of its issues, is the Turkish system not preferable to many others in the middle east? My hope is that these questions fuel constructive conversation around the search to improve coexistence among nations and religions of the world.

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall

Bernauer Straße

Two years earlier in West Berlin, then President Ronald Reagan said in a speech,”General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” More than two more years following this speech, the Berlin Wall would be no more.

On August 13, 1961 barbed wire fencing is constructed along with concrete barriers and the border between East and West Berlin is shut. The Berlin Wall finally became a 96-mile long barrier positioned around West Berlin. Two days later, the first recorded breach is attempted as 19-year-old border guard Conrad Schumann successfully escapes to West Germany. Gunter Litfin a young tailor’s apprentice is the first man to be shot and killed in an escape attempt on August 24, 1961. During the next years, over 10,000 people attempted escapes with about 5,000 of these succeeding.

In a speech presented at the Berlin Wall on June 26, 1962, President John F. Kennedy says,”There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what’s the best issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin.” In this exact same speech he declares,”Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner). Finally after months of protracted negotiations, both sides reach an agreement that allow West Berliners to visit relatives in east Berlin. Three decades later, negotiations for more accessibility between both sides of the town fail as East German officials order stricter control on the boundary and build extra sections to the wall.

In the seventies and eighties, many critical events occur which will ultimately bring an end to the Berlin Wall and Communism. In 1977, three teenagers are killed during a clash between protesters and East German authorities. Reform escalates throughout the seventies and culminate in an agreement between the Communist government and striking shipyard workers in Poland. The strike is directed by Lech Walesa who helps to bring about the formation of trade unions, finally resulting in the anti-Communist Solidarity movement.

In early 1989, the last remaining sections of the”Iron Curtain” are dismantled as Hungary disables their electrical alarm system, cuts through the barbed wire on the Hungarian-Austrian border, and eventually reopens the border with East Germany. Three weeks later, 13,000 East Germans escape to the West through Austria. East Germany’s leader, Erich Honecker is forced from office only 38 days later. On November 4, after weeks of demonstrations, one million people gather at a rally in East Berlin. Five days after the Berlin Wall came down.

On December 3, 1989, George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev conduct a shipboard summit at Malta. Afterward, at the press conference, Soviet spokesman Gennady Gerasimov says,”From Yalta to Malta, the cold war ended at 12:45 p.m. today.” In the next years, Communists in Prague step down, Hungary elects a non-Communist government, Germany unifies, Lech Walesa is elected president in Poland, and the Soviet Union dissolves. Due to the events and efforts of so many people dedicated to liberty, the Berlin Wall is no more and millions are now able to live free.

An Island Stuck in Time

An Island Stuck in Time

Cuba, Oldtimer, Old Car, Forest, Red

We can expect new President Obama to lift the absurd ban on Cuba, or at least make the attempt through Congress. He’ll certainly allow Americans to fly to that abused island and bring some relief from the oppressive communist regime. The island”celebrated” 50 years of Fidel’s take over without fanfare from the bulk of the population. Their political and economic conditions have remained fixed in time during that half century as if a gigantic time machine had remained stuck in 1959.

While nobody in Cuba dies of hunger and almost everybody can read and write (their literacy rate is among the highest in the world), one can readily ask”what for?” There’s absolutely not any freedom of any sort except to laud the virtues of this fantastic leader, or, as it’s called in another dictatorship, our Beloved Great Leader (North Korea). Cuba and North Korea are just two examples of massive brainwashing, although a great deal more so in China’s neighbor. Cuba has the”luck” of having the United States next door, and the superpower’s influence, in spite of the blockade, has been the difference among the population. Cubans still maintain some contact with the mainland, whether clandestinely or openly through American relatives.

While working in Mexico, I had the chance to talk to Cubans residing in that country; some had to return to the island, while some had migrated permanently. A surgeon told me that her monthly salary was the equivalent of $30, but she added that everyone received free education (considered one of the greatest the world), and that the food was heavily subsidized, as was leased (no private property permitted ), and health care. I could nevertheless perceive an undertone of profound dissatisfaction in their comments concerning the total absence of freedoms and choices. The surgeon spoke about the first time she entered a grocery store in Monterrey, Mexico; her eyes widened with shock. She had never seen so many products and so many options on the shelves.

Very few Cubans have their own landline phone (9%) and much less have a mobile phone (1%). Although many have televisions (70 percent ), who wants to listen to Fidel’s endless tirades (he loved to listen to himself when he was still in control) of up to 3 hours? Who wants to watch the official government’s propaganda machine?

China, the giant communist regime, had the wisdom to change its totalitarian dogmas to allow some token of capitalistic industry. Cuba is only starting to understand, under Fidel’s brother’s control, that people have an innate drive to have something. Raul Castro has even invited the Cuban people to voice their criticism of the government, a step that received very little response as people doubt seriously that the regime could really act upon the recommendations.

The lack of opportunities in Cuba is particularly hard on youth. The island has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Again, what’s the point of getting free education all the way to college if the government tells you what to study and if there are no outlets for your abilities? The word apathetic is the adjective most commonly heard when speaking of young Cubans. In spite of occasional desertions among athletic teams that travel to other countries, most young Cubans don’t need to abandon their island. What they want is more freedom to come and go as they please and to have the opportunity to voice their concerns.

President Obama has already expressed his desire to initiate discussions with the Cuban authorities. He must ignore the extreme faction of Cuban-Americans from Miami who want no contact with the Caribbean island. The ridiculous blockade should be eliminated for two major reasons: Cubans already get American products through third parties (European countries), and an open trade with Cuba are the best way to topple that odious dictatorship.

Madelyn Albriets Take on Fascism

Madelyn Albriets Take on Fascism

Capitalism, Fascism, Hate, Adolf Hitler

I’ve known about Fascism for quite a while. Fortunately, Albright answered all the questions for me including her warning about the consequences of Fascism for our future.

She described it as a form of authoritarian rule which includes total control by the leader of a country, appeal to ultranationalism, and electricity being based in the leader rather than lying with the taxpayers. She described Mussolini as taking huge amounts of money from banks and corporations while feigning concern about the working class. He put on a show for people, dispersed and marketed private products under his name, was a fantastic politician but had very little understanding of diplomacy, rejected input from his advisors and saw his own judgment as the only correct one. She also described Hitler as answering questions with lies meant to reassure the public, thinking and saying that being a Barbarian was honorable, eliminating civil servants he saw as not loyal, taking charge of the arts and journalism, using mass media (radio in those days) to catch attention of the masses and making persecution of those who could not defend themselves look like federal self defense.

Albright also discussed the nature and exploits of a variety of other Fascist leaning leaders including Chavez, Erdogan, Putin, and the Kim dynasty. Last but not least comes Trump who has showed the majority of the features and antics previously used by Mussolini and Hitler. He seems more comfortable with them than with our allies with whom he tends to pick fights.

Albright sees Fascists and Fascist leaning leaders as invoking”America (or any other nation ) Initial” as a method of justifying their inclination to do whatever they please. They feel entitled to do what they want for no legitimate reason or just make one up with no base. She sees their unpredictability as a character trait rather than as a way to accomplish anything productive.

How can they gain power? Fascist leaders appeal emotionally to people who feel disenfranchised from what they believe is owed them or those who feel fearful of the others, often cultural or political groups differing from theirs. Although this fervor is fanned by social media, it existed long before computers and spread through personal appearances and the use of more conventional media.

What can we do? We can learn to ask pointed questions of people who claim to be acting in our best interest. We also need to reconnect with one another, understand each other’s fears and sense of loss in addition to beginning to work together as individuals and society to address these concerns. Once we ask them the right questions, we can elect leaders who will act responsibly.

I highly recommend this book as a means to understand the real challenges that face us and to help us learn to listen to each other to find mutually acceptable ways of approaching our struggles.

Guinea pigs

Guinea pigs

Guinea Pig, Cavy, Cute, Pet, Rodent

When you envision a guinea pig, you probably envision the typical short-haired American guinea pig. But what about those with curly or straight long hair? Many people would probably just assume that their owners let them grow their hair out, but that is certainly not the case. There are actually several breeds of domesticated guinea pigs in the world. However, I’ll be going through the most popular ones now, which you may find at your local pet store.
The Abyssinian
Probably one of the most popular long-haired pig, the Abyssinian is a wonderful pet to have. This strain has swirls, which really make them perfect as a show pig. And yes, there are contests for guinea pigs.
But due to the nature of the Abyssinian’s hair, this sort of guinea pig is somewhat harder to look after. I would not recommend this for a child, unless someone more responsible is willing to undertake the responsibilities of dressing.
This is the most common strain of them all, at least in North America. Hence, the name”American.” However, the biggest reason why the American is the most popular one isn’t because it is extra cute or cuddly. It’s because it is the easiest one to look after, making them ideal for small children.
However, if you have loads of time to dedicate to a pet, I’d suggest something more infrequent, like the Abyssinian.
The Peruvian
This specific breed is similar to the Abyssinian. However, the one key difference is that it’s long straight hair rather than long curly hair. Of all of the various guinea pig strains, the Peruvian appears to have the longest hair. Combing the straight hair is recommended every day to prevent any tangles, which might cause discomfort to your pet.
The Silkie
Also Known as the Sheltie, The Silkie guinea pig is similar to the Peruvian. The main distinction is the hair around the area of the head. The Silkie has it’s head hair slicked back. The hair of the Silkie is also much softer than that of any other breeds, making them great for entertaining little kids.
But of course I wouldn’t suggest this for a child to look after. Make sure there’s a responsible person handling all of the grooming required to maintain a healthy Silkie.
The Teddy guinea pig actually looks like a stuffed animal, probably because of it is dense and short coat which you would see on a teddy bear. They don’t have hair as soft and smooth as the Silkie, but they make great pets for kids to care for.
A unique feature found in just the Teddy is the”upturned nose,” making them resemble a stuffed animal more.
Unlike other strains of long-lived pigs, the Texel has long curly hair all throughout the body. This means, curly hair is evident on their backs and their bellies, which make them popular for owners who want to show off their pet at competitions.
Once again, I would only suggest that for responsible adults, and especially owners that would like to showcase their guinea pig.
Perhaps the easiest to spot out, the White Crested includes a white spot on top of the head. It resembles a white crown, thus the name. Aside from the particular mark, this strain is extremely similar to the American. They’re essentially American guinea pigs with a hint of creativity.
The brief hair requires minimal grooming and make them a favorite choice among children.

What to feed your boa

What to feed your boa

Snake, Boa, Constrictor, Reptile, Python

Boa constrictors are nonpoisonous snakes endemic to Central and South America. They are extremely large, with males measuring 6 to 8 ft and females measuring 8 to 10 feed. In the wild their diet consists of amphibians, birds, lizards, small mammals and other snakes.
There are several factors to take into consideration when feeding boa constrictors in captivity.
The size of your boa will determine type and size of prey it can absorb. Young boas should eat infant or small young rats, or rabbits, while full-grown boas can consume large rats, small chickens and compact rabbits which are frozen particularly for the purpose of feeding wildlife in captivity. Make sure the size of the prey is not any bigger than the widest point of the boa’s midsection.
Never feed your boa live food as it may cause your snake to become aggressive. Also the prey may escape or harm your boa. Never feed your snake wild animals. Wild animals may carry bacteria or parasites. Only feed your snake prey which were raised in sterile surroundings and fed organic diets that guarantee your pet will not get contaminated with parasites or bacteria.
Prey animals are suspended when you get them. Make sure that the sufferer is thawed out and slightly warm (can use boiling water). Dangle the prey before the snake with tongs. Make sure you wash your hands after feeding your boa. To keep your boa from accidentally consuming substrate from its habitat, it is suggested that you move your boa into another container when feeding.
Young boas can be fed pinkies (baby mice) after weekly. Large boas (6 months old and older) can graduate into pre-killed adult mice, rats, chicks and eventually rabbits (1-2 times per month.) Remember don’t feed prey that is larger than the widest portion of the snake.
The size of the prey is obviously important, but the frequency of feeding is just as important. You need to present your boa enough time to properly digest each meal before attempting to feed it . Wait until 2-3 days after the snake defecate before offering another meal. This works out to a feeding program to every 7 to 12 days.
Proper feeding your boa constrictor is quite important. Only feed prey that is from a company who sells prey animals for reptiles in captivity. Remember, make sure not to feed prey that is too large for your snake as it might choke.

Is it a flea allergy?

Is it a flea allergy?

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For many pet owners, this is also the time when our cats and dogs can’t stop scratching! Before you go changing your pet’s diet or running out for expensive supplements, you need to think about when the irritation began. These summer months are a parasite’s paradise! The mid to late summer months are the height of flea season which can be an itchy scratchy nightmare for your cats and dogs with a flea allergy. Gremlin went through this, so I have been there! Here’s the way to tell if that’s what is going on.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Dogs
Flea allergy dermatitis is the most common allergy in dogs over a year old with symptoms flaring in mid to late summer. The allergy is not to the fleas themselves, but their spit. In other words, the itchy reaction can occur after only one bite and can persist long after the flea is gone.
If you see your dog scratching, licking, and chewing at the base of their tail, haunches, under their legs, groin, and belly, they may be suffering from a flea allergy. The chewing can cause dry scaly patches of skin and if left untreated can lead to open sores that are prone to infection. Some dogs may even have red bumps in the affected areas.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats
Just like dogs, many cats can be allergic to flea saliva. Cats have a similar scratching, licking, and chewing pattern as dogs and can develop a rash of small round bumps, called feline army dermatitis (due to the similarity to millet seeds) over their back, neck, and face.
Despite a Monthly Preventative
You may think your pet’s protected against fleas because of your strict monthly preventative schedule, but not every preventative is created equally. There are many preventatives both over the counter and prescription. Many over the counter approaches take days and some even need the fleas to bite before killing them and since this is an allergy to their saliva, this just will not do.
Injectable methods would be your best bet, but even there you’ll find that some are better than others.Some work quicker than others. For instance, based on Elanco, the manufacturers of Comfortis, Comfortis starts killing fleas within 30 minutes of government with an effective rate of 98-100% within four hours. Nexgard, the most popular preventative now, requires 24 hours to kill 100 percent of fleas.
Besides speed, you and your vet should consider how the preventative targets fleas. The active ingredient in Comfortis (and one of these in Trifexis, also an Elanco brand) is Spinosad. This medication attacks the nervous system of the flea. Nexgard uses the ingredient, afoxolaner, which over-stimulates the nervous system of fleas. Sentinel, a brand Gremlin knows and loves, uses lufenuron, which acts as a development inhibitor, killing fleas in the egg and larvae stage. Sentinel’s belief is that if there are no baby fleas growing up to be blood-sucking adult fleas, there won’t be a flea issue.
A Combination of Treatments
When you discuss treatment with your veterinarian, ask about a combination of treatments. In New Orleans, where the flea population is radically out of control, our vet (who I also worked for) advocated a Comfortis/Sentinel combo. This combination kills adult fleas on your dog and controls any creatures they pick up out and about. I highly recommend asking your vet about this as soon as you can if your dog is struggling this summer.
Treating Your Home
You aren’t done yet. You absolutely need to treat your house and yard if you’re going to have an influence on your own flea population.
For this, I urge Fleabusters. It’s much easier than you might think to use and not at all toxic to your loved ones. Fleabusters is a borate powder which doesn’t poison or attack anything. And it does so very efficiently.
The application process is pretty straightforward. It’s a very fine powder which you spread around your flooring and yard (especially damp and shady areas). You’ll need to use a broom or foxtail brush to spread it around your floors surfaces. You can vacuum and sweep normally because it has a static property that helps it cling to any surface. After using this powder, you will find more than your flea population diminishing! This stuff works on most household pests! We are big fans!
A Tricky Issue Many times there won’t be signs of fleas because of the preventative you are giving, in which case you might be given a special diet or supplement.
For example, once the itching and biting didn’t resolve itself following drugs and supplements it had been recommended to us that Gremlin start a radical and lifelong steroid program! If your cat or dog is over a year old and has been fine with their diet seemingly until today, then you need to bring up what you’ve read here!
Consider how few factors have changed on your dog’s life and make a point. If you do end up with a new diet or supplement that does not do the trick, consider another opinion.

Short Term Govt Shutdown

Short Term Govt Shutdown

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Nobody, truly, wins, as a result of any government shutdown. Nevertheless, we’ve witnessed, three of them, in the last calendar year, or so. If there is no true advantage, why does this continue to happen? Is it due to strong principles, being fought for? Could it be based on the requirement, for a specific policy or policies, or the belief, one is fighting, for what is needed and necessary? What ever happened to a willingness, to look for a compromise, or lodging, through win – win negotiations, with an effort to get around these wasteful, ineffective, inefficient, temper tantrums, and generating a meeting – of – the – minds, which truly serves the public’s best interests? With that in mind, this article will try to briefly examine, consider, review and talk about, why we are being manipulated by our elected officials, instead of being served and represented.

1) is that a matter of principle? Does anybody, actually, believe, this partial government shutdown, is a matter of principle? Why is the Southern Wall, so important to President Trump, he is willing to disable some of the government, cause hardships to government employees, and the public, especially during the holiday season, when so many people vacation, and use government parks and facilities? Doing this, has closed certain national parks, museums, facilities, rest rooms, and associated maintenance, yet this folly, has apparently, overlooked, serving the public. Since the great majority of security experts, state, this Wall is inefficient and ineffective, overly costly, and does not offer security, why is Mr. Trump, which makes such a major issue, over it? Could this be, about his campaign promise, as he says, to create this Wall, and, thus, fulfilling his core fans? But, even if that were the case, the Wall, he promised, was supposed to be compensated for, by Mexico, while this battle, is about taxpayer funding, for this symbol!

2) Policy: Beyond shutdowns have inconvenienced many, price much confusion, costs, and displeasures, and haven’t served the best interests of the country, or its own citizens! As a matter of policy, forcing a shutdown, has never made, much sense! Just like, when feuding countries, are speaking, they rarely fight wars, would not it make more sense, to find a meeting – of – the – minds, instead?

3) Politics: Haven’t you’ve sufficient, of, the same – old, same – old, politics, and politicians/ public officials, who are unwilling to seek a meeting – of – the – minds, for the common good? Before, shutdowns ended because politicians recognized, it was more beneficial, to finish them, but with the uncharacteristic, unpredictable behavior, of President Donald Trump, you might not understand, exactly what the future, will bring?

Wake – up, America, and demand legislation, which create punitive fines/ penalties, whenever they are unwilling to behave more responsibly, and allow any kind of shutdown. When public workers, government contractors, vacationers, etc, are punished, and no one benefits, because of the equivalent of a temper tantrum, then, proclaim, you’ve had enough!

Ways to cook potatoes

Ways to cook potatoes

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It is a favourite starch side dish to the cook of any family. However, you will eventually get bored of the same method so why not try something new and equally as delicious?

Potatoes are by far the tastiest when they are made into chips. Why? Not only do they receive a crispy addictive taste but they are the easiest to make and eat. This could be the preferred for the family.

Baked potatoes take a little longer to cook but are worth the wait. You can also decide on various cuts to the potatoes. Wedges are the best since the outside will be crispy and full of flavour when spices are added, and the inside will be soft and hot.

You can also drop a few potatoes into your stews, curries and broths. The starch is also quite useful if you accidentally place a bit too much salt to the sauce. Because potatoes are bland they soak up any extra salt that is not needed.

Have you ever tried to make Gnocchi? It’s a good thing they’re easy to make. Firstly, you have to boil potatoes in water until fully cooked and soft. As soon as you have this step finished you can roll little balls of the dough mix over a fork and there is your professional Gnocchi.

Mashed potato is a lovely side dish to have. The creamy goodness complements any major meal as it doesn’t have such a notable taste. After boiling and mashing them, you will need to put the mash into a pot and add milk, nutmeg and salt. You won’t ever believe how good it will taste.

Stuff them. You can place cheese, mushrooms, beans or anything you love inside a baked potato. It becomes an entire meal on its own because of all of the other proteins and minerals used to make the dish.

Before eating or cooking with potatoes you need to remember to wash them properly. Because they contain as much starch, it may drastically alter the flavour you intended for your dishes. Soak them in water once you peel them and it will remove any unwanted starch.

To prepare them for preparation you can spread cooking oil over the base of the pan or baking tray you will be using. This helps prevent burning and sticking and, ultimately, scrubbing those pans.

8 Secrets To Become…

8 Secrets To Become…

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1) Passionate Individuals Use a Great Deal Of Absolutes. Words such as these can drive you mad if you listen to them literally. They could derail a conversion very fast. Do not hear absolutes verbatim. If you do, you will end up debating facts rather than communicating. Don’t use them if you can help it.
Stop what you’re doing when someone is speaking to you. If you’re watching television, turn it off out of respect for the person who’s talking. This is a excellent way to demonstrate value to someone. Do it for children, your partner, your friends and your own parents. This provides a message that they are more important than what you are watching or doing. Can it without sighing or making an aggravated expression.
3) Look At The Man Who Is Talking. It tells the person who’s talking that you are listening and are engaged in the conversion. Eye contact shows that you are interested in what the individual has to say.
Lean slightly forward to further communicate interest. Uncross your arms to show openness to what they have to say as opposed to arms crossed that tends to be read as defensiveness.
Listening is an art form. A two ears and one mouth strategy helps you keep listening in your mind as a priority. It’s better to be a good listener than to be a fantastic speaker. Shy people may disagree that it is the truth.
6) You Don’t Have To Make Your Point Right Now. Don’t steal the dialogue by jumping in too quickly to make your own point. Be patient. Just listen. You’ll get your turn. You’ll have more information. You will have better understanding as well. If you’re angry, it may be a better idea to wait to make your point.
7) Don’t Retaliate. If the person says something you don’t like that you don’t have to react. A smart person doesn’t retaliate. They listen. Things said in angry, hurt or frustration can sometimes lead to permanent damage to the relationship between you and the other person.
8) Girls Are Upset For The Reason You Think. This one is for the men. Women don’t do it intentionally but they talk in a coded message. Everything you hear and what they say are often two distinct things. Men tend to hear that something needs to be fixed, what they do is never good enough, griping, nagging or complaining. He basically hears that he’s doing a bad job and he gets a zero for his effort. He believes”a zero” is absurd and unappreciative. He subsequently stops listening. It is important that a man doesn’t hold this common but false conclusion. This is the reason teenage sons can not hear their moms and I will always have a job for a marriage therapist.
Dog Walking Service?

Dog Walking Service?

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A dog walking service… Sounds like a preppy way to waste your money huh? Dog walking services are somewhat more common and are a helpful resource to any pet owner.
Busy Life
It does not have to be like that for your pooch. Dog walking services can help you manage your time and schedule effectively to make certain that your dog receives the attention it deserves. Your companion can have all the fun in the world as you are at work or at the grocery store. Allowing your pooch to exercise when you are not at home will ensure that he or she is calmer and quieter when you get back!
So not only will your dog have the ideal quantity of stimulation throughout the week, it will also be managed by a professional. That is a reassuring thought for you as an owner. Professional dog walkers know what they are doing. They will mold the walk to fit your best friend’s physical need and of course, capabilities. As your dog walker builds a relationship with your pooch, he or she’ll be able to give you guidance about the best way to make your dog’s life more pleasurable at home. Dog walkers are a walking, resourceful database about puppies! Not just that, by analyzing your dog’s behavior, the dog walker can modify the workout in order to best suit your dog. Tasks for your pooch will change from walking, going to the park to socialize with other dogs, and sometimes even swimmingpool. Your pet will also be more social as he or she has been handled by someone else outside the family.
Time Away From Your Dog
You love your dog and we understand that. But just like when you’re happy about summer break being over and the children going back to school, you get happy when you can have a few hours to yourself without the dog constantly wanting to play with you. Employing a dog walker will permit you to find some peace and quiet around your house. This is important to consider whether you have a younger and/or a more energetic dog. For those who have multiple puppy friends in your house, taking one from the pack may also allow your other pooches to get some peace and quiet.
In general, dog walking services are extremely convenient. Your pooch will also be in secure and knowledgeable hands, while you enjoy your me-time.
Your Old Bathroom Into a Master Bathroom

Your Old Bathroom Into a Master Bathroom

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TIPS FOR SELECTING AN EXPERIENCED AND RELIABLE BATHROOM REMODELING CONTRACTOR-
Half of the job is completed after you locate a reliable and trusted remodeling contractor. The process of remodeling the bathroom is quite complicated and challenging. You can follow the offered tips to create an effective decision.
It’s essential to do research on your part rather than depending solemnly on the designs which the contractor shows you. Visit nearby showrooms selling washroom supplies, checkout various showers, showers, tubs, its layout online and set your mind regarding what sort of technology that you want to get installed in your bathroom. After getting a general idea, get in touch with your contractor for getting an estimate of the cost.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE FINALISING THE CONTRACTOR-
Taking opinions from neighbors or peers does no harm, in actuality, you can take notes from their experiences and take precautions beforehand. Read the reviews online and you may contact the recent clients of the contractor and ask about their experience, quality of the services and work done by the contractor. These tips will help you in choosing a trustworthy contractor who will satisfy all your expectations. The fee for builders varies according to the job, place, time, and so on, so keeping in mind these factors, choose a qualified person for your renovation project.
SET YOUR BUDGET-
Remodeling the bathroom is a challenging task because of the many hidden costs and difficulty pops-up which you may never expect. So, it is important to set the budget beforehand that will cover the expense of such unexpected conditions. Choose the accessories depending on your budget, because the contractor fees, delivery charges, plumber or electrician charge is also involved in remodeling the bathroom. Don’t expect all your expenses will get covered in the contract, there are few hidden expenses for which you’ve got to pay individually from your pocket.
DO NOT FORGET TO ASK FOR INSURANCE OR BONDING-
This aspect is often overlooked, but it’s important to be on the safe side. A legitimate bathroom remodeling contractor will never hesitate to share such information with their clients. The proof can help you to check the credibility of the contracting company. Another important thing to keep in mind is to confirm the validity of the permit of the contracting company. Check they have certificates from authorized government institutions, like the National Kitchen and Bath Association, etc.. For this purpose, you may employ the services of these agencies. Remodeling of the bathroom is an expensive work, be certain to have it done by experienced and qualified employees.
GET IT IN WRITING FROM THE CONTRACTOR-
Before making the final deal, inspect the contract to make sure it is legal and clearly defines the project plan, complete budget, a change-order clause (if any problem arises during the working period), guarantee period, etc.. Getting all these things in writing will serve as a proof in the future if any conflict arises between the client and contractor.
These Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas

These Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas

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When life is a celebration!
One of the best memories from your youth is created on yours or your friend’s birthday celebration. Well, no one can take away these gorgeous memories out of you and nothing in this world can match the experience and happiness you shared on these birthday parties while you’re growing old. Do you wish to give your child the identical experience, the exact same joy you discovered in these little treasure hunt games? If so, then we would like to assist you with your kids at home.
Affordable birthday party ideas
As this party is for small kids who are 2 to 6 years old, you do not really need to buy something really expensive for just one-time use. Thus, in order to have a cheap party at your home here are some birthday party ideas for children.
The paper boat race: this cheap paper boat can be reached from some old newspapers and you can give it to every kind at the party and let them race in a little swimming pool.
Board games: there are so many board games available at the home and everybody loves to play together, it is going to keep the kids busy and happy.
Indoor birthday celebration ideas:
With the weather turning hot, you don’t want your children to get sick. So here are some indoor party ideas to add another suggestion for birthday celebration ideas at home.
A magic show: everybody loves magic, so to create the party interesting you are able to organize some magical show in your living room and the kids will enjoy some awesome magic tricks.
The water world: most of these children love to build and play with water and hence arranging a game involving making rain dance and boats and cars and all of the other possible stuff will make the party enjoyable.
Straightforward birthday party ideas for 2-years old kids:
We’re very well aware that most of the children do not really know what’s happening around them, all they know of are the colors and a few poems playing around. So, to have simple birthday party ideas for 2-year-old,
You must narrow down all your options.
Fancy dress
Filling colours into big shapes and characters
Balloon popping game at home.
When your child turns 6 in winters:
Health is the major element in winters you do not want to get cold from outside, but the pleasure must not stop so here are a few indoor birthday celebration ideas for 6-year-old children to prevent them from being assaulted with cold.
Child’s birthday celebration ideas at home can be appreciated by adults too, as seeing their children playing and laughing is an amazing sight to watch.
Truth and dare game
Drinking game
Video games
So here are a few of the celebration ideas in the home along with some simple birthday party ideas for adults. And have the motif based birthday cake for children and for adults.
Life-Changing Events

Life-Changing Events

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In basketball, a competitor should be able to deliver a fantastic show, whether it be using absolute talent, work ethic, or drive to be successful. This is a particularly daunting task considering the sheer fragility of a player’s mentality. Often times in the sports world today, a player’s mindset is so fragile that it could easily alter their playing style. Whether it completely deteriorates or slightly alters their ability, their careers, and lives, are forever changed by their experiences. Here are five former NBA stars and how their experiences changed their lives from that point on.
Kermit Washington
Although he struggled to stand above ordinary his first two seasons, he started to emerge during the subsequent two, setting career highs in points and rebounds during his fourth season. However, during his fifth season, an on-the-court episode would change his career and life forever. The Lakers had been involved in notable on-the-court physical entanglements during the first 1977-78 season, and Washington was known for his fierce devotion towards his teammates. It’s believed these instances caused Washington’s career-changing game, on December 9, 1977 against the Houston Rockets. When the Lakers missed a shot, Washington, called a strong rebounder, pursued the ball. Then things grew physical. Washington’s Lakers teammate and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar started fighting with the Rockets’ Kevin Kunnert (who grabbed the rebound Rather than Washington), and Washington remained away from the struggle till Abdul-Jabbar and Kunnert broke up the fight. He then started fighting Kunnert until Abdul-Jabbar caught Kunnert in a bid to break up the fight, only to have Kunnert struck by Washington. Then Kunnert’s teammate Rudy Tomjanovich came to the fight scene. Believing that Tomjanovich, who had a reputation as a peacekeeper who rarely fought, was trying to attack him, Washington punched Tomjanovich to the nose. As Tomjanovich fell into the wood and immediately bled, the arena fell silent. Although Tomjanovich was able to walk off the court, he subsequently was diagnosed with a broken skull, jaw, and nose. He also had bled internally and spinal disk herniation so severe that spinal fluid leaked into his mouth. Although Tomjanovich recovered, his playing style wasn’t the same, and by 1981, he’d retired after only twenty five years in the NBA. In terms of Washington, a label as the guy who nearly killed Rudy Tomjanovich would haunt him for the rest of his career. He was suspended for the ensuing 26 Lakers games, and the Lakers always received mail for fans that berated Washington. On December 27, he was traded to the Boston Celtics, only to be traded to the San Diego Clippers in 1978, and then to the Portland Trail Blazers in 1979. Feeling that he was readily welcomed by fans and teammates, Washington chose to return his attention to the game. In 1980 he was voted to the NBA All-Star Game. He was also voted into the first of two consecutive appearances on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He retired in 1982, but returned for a brief comeback in 1987 with the Golden State Warriors. His post-NBA life since his retirement has been embattled by the negative attention stemming from the 1977 fight.
Magic Johnson
“Magic” isn’t this legendary NBA player’s legal name. Not only was he a member of the five Lakers teams that won NBA Championships during the 1980s, but also left his mark as an individual player. Voted into the NBA All-Star match 10-plus occasions, while also labeled as NBA Most Valuable Player three times, he led the league is aids 4 seasons and led the league in steals 2 seasons. Furthermore, he was named NBA Finals MVP in three of the Lakers’ five victories. At this point,”Magic” was well-deserving of his title, as he was seemingly a man with superhuman powers who might dominate every time he stepped on to the courtroom. But in 1991, the year after he was named NBA MVP the third time, his life was forever altered. A medical examination proved that Johnson, who was in his twenties, had contracted Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a serious disorder which decelerates the immune system and makes the host susceptible to other diseases. Johnson decided to announce his intention to retire from the NBA to focus on his health, as he had contracted a serious disease that could have jeopardized his life. It remains unknown as to what is the obvious source of Johnson’s condition. Johnson’s final game before entering retirement was the 1992 NBA All-Star Game. Even though several players opposed his entry into the game, fearing the spread of his disease, Johnson played was crowned the game’s MVP, before he was mentally jaded by players on both sides because of his many successful years of service to the league. But very soon after, he was named a member of the historic 1992 Team USA Olympic Basketball team, which also featured Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, and others. Following their illustrious Olympic journey, Johnson went into retirement, supposedly for good. In 1994, he returned to the Lakers as an assistant coach. At last, in 1996, he returned as a participant to the Lakers, averaging a decent 14.3 points per game in 32 appearances before retiring a final time. Since retiring, Johnson started the Magic Johnson Foundation to provide for those battling HIV like him. As well, he’s received the highest honor of any basketball player: Induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. All in all, the life of”Magic” was forever changed after his HIV diagnosis. Just before his diagnosis, it didn’t seem like his career would end like how it did. However, Johnson made the decision to retire (the first time) to focus on his health while still in his prime. Even though he remains today in good health and great hope, both his career and his life decisions were shaken, even to the least bit, by his HIV diagnosis.
Michael Jordan
Nicknamed”Air Jordan” for his ability to jump and nearly fly, Michael Jordan is possibly the most decorated NBA figure of all-time. From the start of his career when he was the third overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, he showed promise and talent while spending his career with the Chicago Bulls, which was among the anonymous teams in the NBA before his arrival. During his first nine NBA seasons (1984-93) Jordan was an NBA All-Star eight times, including one crown as All-Star Game MVP. He was NBA Rookie of the Year in 1985. He was also NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1988. Additionally, he won the Bulls three division titles in 1991, 1992, and 1993, which were the exact years that the Bulls ascended to become NBA Champions. The Bulls, who had won only one division title in their 25 pre-Jordan seasons, were blessed to have him on their roster and dreamed of him being a longtime Bull. Unfortunately, everything changed for the scoring champion Jordan in 1993. His father, James Jordan, had been driving on a highway in North Carolina when he was attacked by two teenagers, who murdered James Jordan before evading the scene. For Michael Jordan, the news was shocking because his father had been very close to him. Shortly after hearing about the incident, Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA, to focus on other aspects more important than the game to him. He revealed that the death of his father started greater priorities to him than his function with the Bulls and the NBA. But immediately after retiring, he decided to become a professional baseball player, as his father had seen him as a promising baseball player for a child. But after a short and unspectacular career in baseball, Jordan decided to go back where he belonged: Basketball. Almost immediately after returning to the NBA, Jordan picked up where he left off with NBA superstardom. The Bulls ended up winning three more division titles in addition to NBA Championships in the years 1996, 1997, and 1998. He was named NBA MVP two more times, in 1996 and 1998. Jordan once again retired in 1998. He briefly returned to the NBA as a member of the Washington Wizards, from 2001 to 2003, before retiring for the last time. Now Jordan has pursued several business ventures, including being a owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. He’s been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and remains today among the most prolific basketball characters of all-time. However, his career and life were shaken, even to the smallest bit, by the death of his father. After his dad died,”Air Jordan” forever needed to take the thought in his mind that he will need to live the remainder of his life without his father. But he was able to maintain his love of the game as a top priority, and ascended to become possibly the most iconic basketball figure in our heads.
Dennis Rodman
Nicknamed”The Worm” for his agility on the court in addition to his utterly ferocious defensive play, Dennis Rodman found his niche in containing opposing players from scoring chances, thus highlighting himself as one among the best defensive players in NBA history. The Pistons at the time were nicknamed the”Bad Boys” at the time for their rough defensive play. Within a matter of years,”The Worm” was an icon to the Pistons. He was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. He was also an NBA All-Star in 1990 and 1992. He was additionally named to five NBA All-Defensive First Teams from 1989 to 1993. In 1992 and 1993, he led the league in rebounds. He also helped the Pistons to three branches names, including two seasons, in 1989 and 1990, where they ascended to become NBA Champions. With great physical skill and strong motive to keep opposing players with as few scoring chances as possible, it seemed like”The Worm” are a lifelong Bad Boy in Detroit. But, between 1992 and 1993, Rodman would experience a series of traumatic events that would change his personality and outlook on the NBA permanently. In 1992, Pistons head coach Chuck Daly resigned his position. This was difficult for Rodman as he had seen Daly as more than a trainer . The following year, Rodman’s spouse Annie Bakes divorced from him, which included further tension to Rodman. During this period Rodman pondered committing suicide. But then ultimately decided that he had been unhappy mainly because he had been exhibiting a shy personality that did not show his true colours, and wished to be happy exhibiting his true character. Ahead of the 1993-94 season, Rodman was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, where he started exhibiting his new personality. He frequently dyed his hair and shaved his head. In addition, he became notorious for frequently getting into scuffles with other people on the court. Rodman’s stint in San Antonio lasted just two decades. Though he was NBA rebounding leader both of those years, he failed to make it to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, as his time in San Antonio was characterized primarily by bizarre behavior. But his profession returned to the high point in 1995 when he was traded to the group which he had perhaps despised the most during his time as a Detroit Piston: The Chicago Bulls. The Bulls had, in the aftermath of 1990s, had pushed aside the power of Rodman and the remainder of the Detroit Pistons and won themselves their first three NBA titles. But their dynasty appeared to subdue following the 1993 retirement of habitual Bulls scoring star Michael Jordan. But 1995 was the year it came back, with Rodman playing the most iconic style he had since his days with the Pistons. Although he continued to exhibit obscene behavior on the court with his hair and struggles on the court, his role on their time was highlighted by his fourth, fifth, and sixth consecutive rebounding title and his feeding into the bulls their fourth, fifth, and sixth division title and their fourth, fifth, and sixth NBA Championship. After his sudden release in 1998, Rodman spent the 1999 and 2000 NBA season, respectively, with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. But after his NBA career, he landed in numerous altercations with the public due to his obscene behavior. He’s been arrested multiple times for suspected charges such as assault and driving under the influence of alcohol. He’s also checked into drug rehab after multiple drunken antics, including an instance where he entered rehabilitation after an erratic scuffle on the popular reality show The Celebrity Apprentice. However he was forever known for his stardom on the basketball court, and in 2011, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. All in all, his life was forever changed following the calendar year 1993. His life on the court as well as off the court was never the same. Although he was able to maintain his name as a powerful player, he no longer showed the humility and calmness that had been with him as a Detroit Piston. One can simply look at the year 1993 and say that it is the reason behind Dennis Rodman as we know him.
Latrell Sprewell
This is a good example of a player whose potential as a participant was unfortunately overshadowed permanently by a negative altercation that happened early in the career. The Milwaukee native had a school career that caught the attention of the Golden State Warriors front office in the early 1990s. Sprewell was voted into the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1993. But that was only the beginning of the party, as Sprewell would make back-to-back All-Star stints in 1994 and 1995, before coming back in 1997. Furthermore, in 1994 Sprewell was named a member of the All-NBA First Team and NBA All-Defensive Second Team after starting in all 82 regular-season games and posting career highs in rebounds per game and steals per game. But the love affair between Sprewell and the Warriors stopped abruptly, after an episode the Bay Area front office will never forget. In a December 1997 clinic, head coach P.J. Carlesimo allegedly criticized Sprewell’s departure, and allegedly received a threat from Sprewall in what seemed like a warning sign. When Carlesimo then approached Sprewell, Sprewell resorted to catching Carlesimo to a chokehold and threatening to kill him. Within ten seconds, multiple teammates had begun pulling them apart. Sprewell was subsequently criticized by Carlesimo once again, responding by punching Carlesimo’s face. The incident quickly spread throughout the NBA, becoming an object of uproar among officials, players, and fans. Within a matter of hours, Sprewell’s contract was terminated by the Warriors (along with what could have been 3 years and $23.7 million) and Sprewell was suspended by the NBA for the rest of the 1997-98 NBA season. While Sprewell’s reputation had obtained a permanent scar, he was able to slice his playing style back together, returning to the All-Star game in 2001 as a member of the New York Knicks. While his playing style appeared unscathed, his still aching reputation hit another low point, when he reportedly expressed public outrage toward a 3-year, $21 million contract offer to extend him beyond the last year of his Timberwolves contract. He claimed that the $21 million would be insufficient to feed his family in a statement that the NBA fanbase deemed as blatant. As a result, he would not be resigned after his final year at the Twin Cities turned out to be his final year in the NBA. Between 2007 and 2008 he would make headlines following a his $1.3 million land was repossessed and his two houses were foreclosed. Furthermore, he had been sued by the mother of his children for an estimated $200 million and has been barred from custody of his kids. He has also struggled with the negative reputation that has stemmed from his NBA woes. In 2010, he was rated as #8 on Bleacher Report’s post Hi Haters: The 15 Most Hated NBA Players of All Time.
“It requires a lifetime to construct a great reputation, but you can lose it in a moment”.
This popular quote has been extensively utilised in modern culture, meant to show that destroying something like a reputation isn’t a difficult thing to do, but building it isn’t any simpler. Just like that, NBA players take enormous responsibility. Any game is a minefield of emotion, and emotion with no responsibility can easily ruin a career and reputation. But occasionally, emotion is hard to control, as it’s as fast as thought itself. But bottom line, a game is like juggling balls. As soon as you take a moment while juggling even to have a sneeze, you may lose track of the balls. Even though you’re able to regain control, it’s much simpler to maintain control in the first place as a way to stop the flying juggling balls on your own command.