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Some people are really difficult to get gifts for. Everyone has a parent or a relative or finicky friend that’s just a pain in the derriere to procure a gift for. Whether it’s Uncle Bob or Rabbi Feldman, there’s always some person in our circle that mystifies us when it comes time to proffer a gift. Mobile apps can help. Here’s a list of people that can flummox you when it’s time to give them a gift. 1. Grandma’s home health nurse
2. The rabbi, priest or minister
3. School custodian or maid
4. The nanny or babysitter
5. Your ex’s new spouse Here are a few tips: 1. Focus on their hobbies. The rabbi, after all, is a Mets fan.
Your left-handed friend is sinister, that is if you lived in ancient Rome. August 13th was designated as Left-Handers Day, so show some love to the southpaw in the family. While only being 10% of the population, lefties have had a huge impact on human history. Famous lefties, a short list: Isaac Newton. Albert Einstein. Joan of Arc. Pablo Picasso. Michelangelo. Aristotle. Julia Roberts. Bill Gates. Tina Fey. Leonardo Da Vinci. Chaplin. Henry Ford. Paul McCartney. Beethoven. Jennifer Lawrence. Mark Twain. Babe Ruth. Julius Caesar. Harpo Marx. Jimi Hendrix. Marilyn Monroe. Friedrich Nietzsche. Paul Simon. Oprah Winfrey. Charlie Chaplin.Read Now »
Is your ebony feline the lady of the house? August 17th was Black Cat Appreciation Day. Inky-hued cats are often misunderstood and maligned and so this day in August is perfect for standing or purring in solidarity with our black cat fur babies. There are superstitions abound about our ebony felines, like being sidekicks to haggy witches. Here are few superstitions that still manage to follow black cats: A funeral procession meeting up with a black cat is believed to forecast the death of another family member. In 16th century Italy, people believed that if someone was sick he would die if a black cat lay on his bed.Read Now »
Goldfish are becoming a huge problem in Alberta, Canada. Canadian officials are carping about invasive carp that have endangered the native fish species. Ecologists blame the well-intentioned who are disposing of unwanted, living goldfish in Alberta’s waters. One goldfish they caught had burgeoned into the size of a dinner plate. The freakishly large goldfish are an invasive species thriving in poor water conditions and this piscine invasion is really pissing off Canadian officials. It is illegal to dump or transfer live fish from one body of water to another. Aquarium owners who no longer want their fish have some choices.Read Now »
Are you craving “work-life balance?” This evasive term is even more difficult to achieve than it is to define the concept. If you are adept enough to discover true work-life balance, then you will bathe in a lifestyle that features flexibility. Work-life balance offers employment that permits an individual to experience family and outside interests while still pursuing a career and financial stability. This state of nirvana continues to be a rare find in the American workplace. Many employers persist in subscribing to the old-fashioned notion that “more hours at work equates to more production on the job.Read Now »
Disneyland has long been considered the “happiest place on earth” and those of us who have been lucky enough to attend this mecca of childhood dreams understand this truth. Filled with high calorie fare, cartoon characters that come to life, even if they cannot speak, and the thrill of rollercoasters, Disneyland is the epitome of joy. But there is more to this park of amusement than meets the eye. Disneyland is an exceptionally well-run business that any organization could glean valuable information from.Read Now »
If you’ve ever had to make a last-minute travel arrangement, you know how hectic it can be, especially when you forget your toothbrush and your phone charger. Whether you’re a jet-setter or a homebody, it’s always good to prepare for those pesky times in life that you have to travel unexpectedly. Two things I’ve learned from traveling is to expect the unexpected and have a packing list prepared. You may have heard of Cortana, Window’s new virtual assistant. Cortana supports contextual awareness for airline flight scenarios and actually detects when you get an email about your flight.Read Now »
Cheapskates are not obnoxious or bad people. In fact, being frugal is trendy. And these lovers of getting a great deal can now rejoice in their methods of saving on the every popular “National Thrift Shop Day.” This unique holiday is always celebrated on August 17th. If you haven't recently paid a visit to your local thrift shop, grab your loose change and small bills and revel in the joy of a discovering great deals simply by visiting a thrift store near you. You'll be amazed at the treasures you'll find hidden among the racks and shelves within. You may never shop full retail again! But you must also be a savvy shopper.Read Now »
Nothing says Back to School Season like a brand new pair of shoes. Remember the magic of early elementary when a shiny set of sneakers could make you run faster, jump higher, and even find more favor with your teacher? Or how about those painfully awkward middle school years when having THE perfect pair determined whether you could hang with the “cool kids” or would be cast off into the “loser” crowd and may have even been essential to your very survival! And we won’t relive the pain and horror of showing up on the first day of high school to see YOUR shoes on someone less stylish than your chic self...Read Now »
If you’ve never stumbled across John Scherer’s food blog, Culinary Brodown, let me tell you, you’re in for a treat. He boasts shocking recipes (ramnut, anyone?) and couples them with his incredible sense of wit. Setting him aside from all the other blogs, he adopts a hilariously engaging “bro” façade, which rightfully secured him a spot as a finalist for Saveur Magazine’s, Best Writing Blog. We were able to chat with Josh to find out a little bit more about his blog and how he’s gotten here.Read Now »