UFC 143 Nick Diaz Vs. Carlos Condit

Most of the UFC’s fighters are respectful, even-tempered and professional. And I think that’s the way it should be. But every once in a while, it’s kind of refreshing to see a fighter who acts like, well, a fighter. Nick Diaz apparently grew up in a pretty tough neighborhood and learned to fight out of necessity, rather than as a way to compete or make money. He’ll be headlining Ultimate Fighting Championship 143 when he fights Carlos Condit.
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For some reason, the UFC has been slow to announce the entire card, so we’ll only look at a couple of bouts. Before we go further with Diaz vs Condit, let’s look at the the second most anticipated matchup, Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce.

Josh Koscheck has this “villain” image to him, which to be honest, I don’t get. He may have come off as a bit of a jerk on the original Ultimate Fighter, but that was a long time ago, and it was a reality TV show. He definitely doesn’t seem to be Mr. Nice Guy, but I don’t see why he apparently continues to be disliked by many. Regardless, he’s a good fighter.

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Mike Pierce is not exactly a big name, but he’s only lost to top level fighters while in the UFC. Unfortunately for him, his wins aren’t exactly against top level guys. And Koscheck is a top level guy. So using that simplistic logic, Koscheck should win. Koscheck does once in a while surprisingly get knocked out in a fight he’d be expected to – and probably otherwise would – win, and that’s the only way I see Pierce winning. But that’s unlikely, so I’m going with the obvious choice, Koscheck. I haven’t been able to find any betting lines in this one.

Back to the main event, Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit. Again, I like Diaz for his badassedness, but I also like him for his skills. It’s not hype when they talk about his cardio, he’s got a strange but effective punching style, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone with such impressive ground defense. He’s also the former StrikeForce champ. And he fought a bunch in the UFC years ago. The betting lines have him at around -150.

The problem is, he didn’t face very tough competition in StrikeForce. And his prior UFC record wasn’t that great. Nice win against BJ in his return, but BJ has rarely been impressive past the first round in welter weight fights. And I’m a BJ fan. At least I used to be. Diaz is a good fighter, but I think the hype might be a little excessive.

Carlos Condit’s streak might be shorter, but his wins are bigger. He had the WEC belt, which is more impressive than the Strikeforce one. I see Condit winning this one. And since the betting lines have him as the underdog at around +120, that’s a pretty easy bet.

As always, let’s hope for a great night of fights.

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Visit Temecula, Southern California’s Weekend Getaway

Temecula, California, also known as Temecula Valley Wine Country, is a beautiful unique city located outside Northern San Diego County and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles off the 15 Freeway. Temecula is nestled between beautiful scenic mountains and offers award winning wineries, hot air balloon rides, golf, hiking trails, lakes and a casino. It is the perfect weekend getaway.

Old Town

Old Town Temecula is a quaint and historic town built in the early 1800’s. It has over 640 antique dealers in addition to craft stores offering unique shopping. Every Saturday morning there is the popular Farmers Market from 8:00 am to 12:30 p.m. featuring local organic fruits, vegetables, and crafts.

Temecula

Temecula has the perfect climate for growing olives. Located in Old Town is a specialty olive oil store that accommodates an olive oil tasting room offering many unique blends of olive oils that will delight any palate. They also sell olive oil products such as soap, scrubs, lip balm, food, gift baskets and clothing. Temecula Olive Oil Company

Wineries

Temecula is Southern California’s Wine Country. There are over 30 Wineries to choose from, some offer wine tasting rooms and tours of the winery. Each winery is unique, and some are first class resorts featuring villas and spas, shopping and restaurants. A few specialize in group getaways and weddings, which have houses, condominiums and rooms for rent. You can drive to them yourself, or choose from many of the Winery Tours, including limousine and van rentals. Temecula Wineries

For a one of a kind experience, try a beautiful horseback riding tour through some of the wineries. Morning, afternoon and evening tours are available. Wine Country Trails by Horseback

Hot Air Ballooning

There are Hot Air Balloon adventures over the beautiful rolling hills of Wine Country lasting 60 to 75 minutes. They offer special occasion tours such as proposals, anniversaries and birthdays. In June, there is an annual Wine and Balloon Festival where hundreds of thousands gather to watch over 40 to 50 hot air balloons while listening to famous bands perform. Hot Air Ballooning

Gamming

Temecula has one of the largest Indian Casino’s in Southern California, Pechanga Resort amp; Casino. Besides gamming, it hosts a hotel, spa, restaurants, nightclubs, holds concerts and events with top entertainers. In addition, there is RV parking with overnight stays. Pechanga Resort amp; Casino

Lakes

Lake Skinner is great for camping, fishing and boating. Rentals are available including kayaks and 10 person pontoons. Although there is no body contact allowed on the lake there is a swimming pool nearby. They have beautiful hiking and nature trails and offer a camp store and caf©. Lake Skinner is host to the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival held in early June. Lake Skinner Vail Lake Resort is the largest private lake in Southern California surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest, Agua Tivia Wilderness and the BLM lands. It offers, camping, hiking, mountain biking, bass fishing, water slides, wakeboarding, beaches and swimming. On the weekends, they have a Saturday night Carne Asada grill that includes evening headline entertainment at their lakeside amphitheater. They offer many festivals such as the Temecula Wine and Food Festival held in April, in addition to special events throughout the year. Vail Lake Resort

For a special weekend of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Temecula is the perfect getaway. Temecula, California Official Website

The Disney Vault

I recently heard that Sleeping Beauty would be returning to the Disney Vault again soon. This makes me sad. I happen to love Sleeping Beauty and unfortunately hadn’t had the chance to pick up a copy during its short stint outside of the Vault. I can now only hope that she comes back out again before I have children so that I may acquire a copy for them before she is banished back inside the Vault for the rest of eternity.

I understand the theory of the Disney Vault. In fact, it’s an ingenious marketing tool. I probably could care less about Sleeping Beauty, and would have forgotten about her completely had she not been locked up in the Vault, kept from me, and then released for a short time only. This scared me. I knew if I didn’t purchase the DVD immediately there would be an indeterminable period of time where she would be unavailable and I would have no way of knowing when the Disney gods might give her back to me again.

I imagine that this same mindset plagues many Disney fans, and is the exact reason Disney continues to thrive off of movies made years ago. The bigwigs at Disney know exactly what they’re doing to us; there is an enormous sense of urgency to have these movies when they are released from the evil grip of the Vault. Good for them.

But it makes me wonder… what the hell goes on inside of the Disney Vault??? Yes, I believe it is a real brick and mortar place, and yes I believe there are thousands upon millions of Disney classics stacked to the ceiling. But I also believe there’s a little bit of magic going on inside of the Disney Vault. If I could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, it would NOT be Disney World… but to the Disney Vault. Its door is shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head for goodness sake!!

Here is a list of things that I firmly believe goes on inside of the Vault:

1. The Disney Princesses definitely live largely inside of the Vault when they’re not being pimped out to the public for a limited time only. Not only do they live inside, but they are good friends. They lunch together, gossip, drink cosmos and get mani/pedis in their spare time. Cinderella is clearly the Carrie Bradshaw of the group. They take turns talking trash on Snow White because she lives with seven small men, think Jasmine wears extensions, and Ariel has had a boob job. FYI…The Real Housewives of the Disney Vault would have made a much better show than the chicks from Atlanta.

2. The Princes play poker on Thursdays, bowl on Fridays, and golf on Saturdays. Yes, they have all of these things inside the Vault. No, they’re not as charming out of the public eye…especially after a couple of rounds.

3. Obviously Mickey Mouse is Mayor of the Disney Vault. The people generally love him but he’s up to his ears trying to stay out of the press by keeping Minnie out of the liquor cabinet.

4. It’s common knowledge that Jiminy Cricket and Tinkerbelle have an illegitimate love child.

5. There is a community swimming pool. There is also a problem… it’s made up of gold coins… and only Scrooge McDuck (Chairman of the Disney Vault Board) can swim in it.

6. There is a county jail as well. The Beast is the warden. There are individual cells for Captain Hook, Jafar, and Maleficent. Ursula is unfortunately in solitary confinement.

7. Belle runs the local library, and with the exception of seeking donations for fundraising events doesn’t make a habit of cavorting with the other Princesses.

8. The Fairy Godmother and Genie were finally married a year ago. They live happily at the edge of the vault in whatever creation they can think of and conjure up on any given day.

9. There is a town square… and you can bet there is an enormous statue of Walt Disney in the center of it. He’s like Kennedy to these people.

10. After trying a few times with no success, Donald and Daisy Duck deciding not to have children after all. Much to the community’s and juvenile court systems appreciation, they decided to legally adopt Huey, Dewey and Louie instead.

I know it’s farfetched but you have to agree that these lovely characters must be doing something when they’re banished inside of the Disney Vault for years at a time. Something to pass the time until Mickey announces at the monthy town hall meeting who will be the next to leave briefly and make Disney millions? Right?

The Approach to Effective and Permanent Weight Loss

According to American Sports Data Inc, one in three Americans are obese. The danger in being obese is an increased risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, to name a few. Thankfully, attaining effective weight loss is possible and easy. Just follow this easy weight loss guide to lose two to four pounds a week.

Exercise

Regardless of how much you eat, the secret to losing weight is increasing your physical activity. Start with small increases in activity. Take the stairs at the office instead of the elevator. You may not notice the difference immediately, but the increase in caloric consumption by your metabolic system is nearly tripled when you take the stairs instead of the lift. Do this five times a week, and in the long run, you will feel the difference.

After increasing your simple activity, move towards incorporating some additional exercise into your lifestyle. Once again, start slow. You can begin by taking walks around your neighborhood, or your local park. By adding about two 45 minute workouts into your week, you can increase your resting metabolism – which will increase your calories burnt even while you are not exercising. This increase is key to helping you attain visible weight loss results.

Finally, once you have gotten into the swing of exercising at least two times a week, you can increase the intensity of your workouts, increase the duration or frequency of your workouts, or try different activities to keep yourself active. You can graduate from walking to cycling, jogging, or any other intensive cardiovascular activity. For those of us who work in offices, stair climbing is a good option for a quick lunch hour workout. If you have the time, you can also try increasing the duration ad frequency of your workouts. Remember, the minimum duration of an effective weight loss workout is 45 minutes. The maximum you should go for is double of that; an hour and a half. Lastly, try out different activities to keep yourself active. Physical activities are not limited to jogging and swimming. Try water skiing or rock climbing, for example, to create some adventure in your weight loss exercise routine.

Controlling your food intake

By controlling, I do not mean reduce. To lose weight, you merely have to control your diet by eating “healthier” foods. When presented with a choice of meals, always opt for the healthier one. You may be surprised a how delicious some “healthy” food tastes. As a general guide, when in doubt, look for the “healthy” section in the menu. Many restaurants have begun to incorporate these healthy diet foods into their selection.

Try to maintain a balanced diet of staples (potatoes, bread, pasta etc), meat or fish and vegetables. The mistake that many dieters make is that they overindulge in one type of food group. The secret to losing weight and leading a healthy lifestyle is eating right. For example, if you have already ordered a burger, do not order fries because there is already a bun in the burger. Instead, ask for greens. In the same situation, why not get a Diet Coke instead of a Mountain Dew?

Track your progress

If the only weighing scale you use is the one in the gym, it is time to buy one for yourself. One way to check that you have achieved permanent weight loss is to track your weight over a period of a month. You should do this by weighing yourself once a week, and recording it in a logbook. Then, watch as your weight decreases over time. Do not be discouraged if you don’t seem to lose weight immediately. These dieting tips are designed to help you lose weight in the long run. It is not a fast diet that yields immediate, but temporary, results. Rather, it is a proven method of reducing weight permanently.

Additional Help

In addition to the above, it is a good idea to invest some money in a couple of slimming products. These products have varied effects, and most do not work for everybody. But on the off-chance that it might work for you, a $30 investment is not too much. Try some slimming pills, or if you are adverse to taking them, try slimming tea. The most ideal slimming product should be targeted at increasing your metabolic rate.

Here are a couple of good websites to help you find slimming pills and slimming teas:
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Sources

American Sports Data Inc., Obesity Statistics: Number of Obese Americans Increasing

Surprise Your Wife for Christmas: Top Three Gift Ideas for the Woman You Love!

Don’t you dare buy her household necessities! Every woman say’s that’s what she wants, simply because money is tight and it is what is needed, but she really does not want that new washing machine! Nor does she want the new wok or vacuum cleaner!
She wants to be romanced, she wants a gift that comes from your heart, not something that you just picked up at the local discount store. You really need to spend time choosing the right gift for her, after all, she spends her life taking care of you!

Top Three Gift Ideas for the Woman You Love:

# 1 ~ The Gift of Relaxation!

She’s tired, she needs some relaxation, and you know it! W  hat can you give her that will help her relax and show how much you care? Of Course she’d love a week end at the spa, but if that isn’t an affordable gift, give her a day at the spa right at home!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Candles – I would recommend going with a light scent, such as vanilla or lavender. Relaxing is the idea, so you don’t want to use a spicy candle that would only invigorate her senses! Set candles out around the bedroom and bathroom. Use maybe 6 in each room. You want the room to be light enough to see, but dim enough to become drowsy and relaxed.

Scented Massage Oil – The main reason people visit spas is for the massage! Give your wife a full body massage for at least thirty minutes, using lightly scented massage oils, her tight stressed out muscles are sure to thank you for it!

Scented Bath Bubbles – After her massage session is over, run a hot bath with scented bath bubbles and allow her the privacy to soak in it for at least thirty minutes.
Scented Lotion – Be sure to leave the lotion near the bath, so she can re hydrate her skin after soaking in the tub.

Chocolate – No spa would be complete without chocolate! Leave a dish next to the bath tub for her to nibble on while she soaks

# 2 ~ Jewelry!

Women love jewelry just as much as men love toys! There is no getting around it. Jewelry makes a women feel beautiful and if it comes from the right gift giver, it makes her feel loved. BUT and this is a BIG BUT! Don’t buy the women you love cheap jewelry! I’m not saying you have to spend a million bucks, but don’t buy it off the dollar rack at your local discount store!

Top favorites are:

Rings- Of Course, the die hard favorite of all women! Don’t forget “Diamonds are forever”

Necklaces – A birthstone, mother of pearl or diamond are sure to be a hit!!
Watches – Being on time is important, so help make sure she’s is stylishly on time all the time!

# 3 ~ Shopping

Most women with families simply don’t take the time to shop for themselves. They are always so busy making sure that Johnny has clean socks or Susie has a new dress for the spring dance and of course budgeting to make sure there is enough money to cover all that. Offer to watch the kids for an entire Saturday and allow her to go shopping for herself! Go Online and purchase gift cards from her favorite stores and then send her off to the mall! Or if she’s an online shopper, offer to take the kids out for the day and give her the house and computer to herself to set off on a shopping spree right from home!

The most important thing to remember is she will love the gift if it truly comes from your heart. Don’t send your secretary to the mall, go yourself!

Shaving Tips for Men

Shaving can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be painful. With proper tools and technique, you can take the chore out of daily shaving and transform the process into a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

To start with, you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time. Rushing through the job is not only going to put you at higher risk for razor burn and cuts, but you may miss a spot or two and end up looking worse than if you hadn’t shaved at all. If this means getting up 10 minutes earlier, so be it. You won’t miss those extra minutes of sleep and it will pay off with the comfort of a smooth face for the rest of the day.

Second, make sure you use a quality razor. I recommend Gillette Mach 3 or any other razor from the Gillette Mach series. These are excellent razors, and the only major problem with them is that people don’t replace the cartridges as often as they should. This is understandable, considering how expensive they are, but your face will suffer as a result. If cost is a concern, you can buy them in bulk on eBay for much less than the retail price. I have done this before, buying a two-year supply all at once. I replace the cartridge every two weeks and I shave every other day. I don’t pay attention to the blue strip signifying the “life” of the cartridge. If it feels rough, I throw it away.

As for shaving cream, you’ll need to choose one that is compatible with your skin. If a particular brand is not up to par, ditch it and try something else. Don’t feel the need to “finish off” something that is irritating your skin. How much did you spend on it, anyway? I get great results from plain old Colgate Shaving Cream, but others swear by the more expensive gels and soaps. I have not seen enough difference with these types of products to warrant the extra expense, but as they say, your miles may vary.

Always shave after you shower, when your skin is still warm and moist. If I haven’t shaved in a few days I will sometimes rub hair conditioner on my beard while in the shower, which is a great way of softening the hairs. Apply your shaving cream with a shaving brush as soon as you get out of the shower and let it sit on your face for at least a couple of minutes before you start shaving. A shaving brush is recommended because it will help raise and separate the hairs and create a thick lather of shaving cream. Wet the razor with hot water and start on an area that has a low concentration of hair (such as the lower neck). Move the razor with the grain (in the direction that the hair grows) in short strokes (no more than an inch at a time) and avoid going over the same spot twice. Rinse the razor frequently in hot water (after every 3 to 4 strokes). The more you rinse the razor, the less likely you are to get an uneven shave.

After going over a spot with the grain, you can shave against the grain for ultimate closeness. This is not recommended if you have extra sensitive skin or are prone to ingrown hairs. If you are prone to ingrown hairs, a product called Tend Skin is remarkable at preventing ingrown hairs and is definitely worth the money. African Americans and other men with curly facial hair are typically prone to ingrown hairs, and will benefit from Tend Skin.

Feel with your hands to make sure you haven’t missed a spot. You might want to also check with a side mirror to make sure your sideburns are even and level. Once you’re ready to rinse, start off with warm water. After all of the shaving cream is gone, rinse with cold water. This may be uncomfortable, but it helps tighten the skin and prevent infections. Afterwards, pat dry with a soft towel.

Depending on your skin type, you may want to use an aftershave moisturizer. Be sure to use one that does not irritate your skin, because your skin is at its most vulnerable after you shave. Do not use products containing alcohol, as they will dry your skin and prematurely age it. If you have any suspicion that your aftershave lotion is irritating your skin, discontinue use and either go a week without it or switch brands.

Follow these tips and you’re guaranteed to see an improvement in your appearance and a renewed joy in your morning shave.

Review of Bissel Healthy Home HEPA Vacuum Cleaner

My family recently went from a one dog household to a three dog household and were in desperate need for a better vacuum when we found theBissell Healthy Home HEPA Upright Vacuum. Our new Bissell vacuum has outperformed every other vacuum our family has tried or owned in the past, but like all vacuums, it does have its flaws. The suction and features are incredible and the reason why I recommend the Bissell Healthy Home, but the maneuverability and weight could be improved.

If you have several pets or are dealing with allergies, I would highly recommend the Bissel Healthy Home HEPA vacuum because of its almost unparalleled suction power. If, on the other hand, you are just looking for something to do light cleaning with and don’t have to worry about pets or allergens, there are several vacuums on the market that perform well and are slightly easier to handle.

One of the main reasons I think the Bissell vacuum is so great, has to do with its cleaning performance. After all, suction is the first thing you look at in a vacuum cleaner and with all the dogs I have running around, this is my main concern. According to the manufacturer, the vacuum has 12 amps of power, which was more or about the same as similar HEPA bagless models, but came at a competitive price. All that suction power translates into clean floors and carpets when you come through with this model, more so than other models that I tried.

On Berber carpet the Bissell Healthy Home is amazing, getting out dirt and pet hair that has been lodged in the pile for way too long. On the surface, there is no longer the noticeable presence of dog hair trapped in the loops of carpeting. The more obvious difference was apparent after I used the Bissell for several weeks and then steam cleaned all the carpets and rugs in my home. Generally, the water sucked back up during a regular steam cleaning was filled with dirt and dust to the point of being murky. After vacuuming on the same schedule I always have, the water sucked back into the steam cleaner was slightly discolored, but without the buildup of dirt and dust piling up at the bottom of the reservoir.

The parts of our home that are covered in hardwood or plush carpeting look even better, and are much easier to clean with the Healthy Home HEPA. In these sections of my home, a single pass through with the vacuum is enough to get the job done and the wide brush helps me get rooms done quicker. Because the cleaner is bagless, disposing of the dirt and hair picked up is quick and easy, I love not having to deal with bags. Other features and attachments include the crevice cleaner, dusting brush and Turbo Brush. All of these are invaluable, and the dusting brush especially, really make this machine a huge multitasking cleaner.

As for cons, the Bissell Healthy Home vacuum could be a little lighter, it is definitely not the easiest machine to move around. Overall maneuverability is a little disappointing, especially when it comes to hard to clean sections like stairs or awkward hallways. The extension wand and hose could also be made a little longer when you consider the effort it takes to pull the vacuum around.

Overall though, the performance and cost far outweighs any weight concerns. I am more than happy to wheel around the Bissell using a little more arm muscle than go back to the hair being left behind by other brands. Definitely a must for pet owners.

Prom Is Being Held Where?

Well, it is prom time again. Some have already happened and some are about to . I can remember the excitement building to that one special night. It hasn’t been that long ago, HONESTLY. The planning started a couple months in advance with a list of to-do’s.

Find a date. (check)

Start dieting. (check, well sort-of)

Start tanning. (check, yes I did to big no-no and went to tanning salons.)

Find the perfect dress. (check)

Find the perfect shoes. (check)

Find the perfect accessories. (check)

Schedule prom pictures. (check)

Order own corsage and boutonniere. (check, you just can’t let the guy mess up the corsage.)

Make hair appointment. (check)

Go to hair appointment. (check)

Well, I probably missed some things, but you get the idea. It has been… 15 years since my junior prom…gasp. This is part of prom. The planning or prep work. This next part is not what prom is supposed to be about. Read on!

What prompted me to this topic was an article in my local paper talking about prom activities at some of the local high schools. One of those schools my daughter will be attending in several years. She’s only two now. In the article it stated that one of the high schools was having their prom at the local memorial building. Fine. The other high school, the one my daughter will be attending some day, was having their prom at a casino 40 miles from the town the high school is in. Not fine, in my opinion. I know I sound old-fashioned and when I was in high school it probably would have sounded great. **PROM AT A CASINO 40 MILES FROM HOME.** Now that I am older, hopefully a little wiser and a mother this does not sound like a good idea.

There was no mention of whether or not a bus would be shipping them or not or if they could chose not to ride the bus. That might alter my opinion a little bit, but only a little. The driving bothered me quite a bit with all the excitement of prom – kids laughing, possibly drinking and careless. Going to a casino bothered me too. I’m sure parts of the casino were off limits, but to me opening the doors to a casino for prom is sending a bad message to teens. Everyone knows what happens in casinos. Gambling, drinking, smoking, etc. Not everybody who goes to a casino is reckless, but you hear enough about casinos that this does happen to some people. I just hope that in the years until my daughter reaches this age this school will have come up with a better place closer to home to hold prom. In the past it was held at the high school. What’s wrong with that?

My prom days, which I thought were fine at the time when I was 17 and 18 years old, were not any better. For my high school prom was held at the Days Inn Hotel. Looking back – A HOTEL! I never thought twice about it beforehand, but I do remember seeing kids go to rooms that had been rented to party in and do who knows what in. I remembered thinking would parents really rent hotel rooms for their kids or did the hotel allow high school kids to rent these rooms? Honestly, I was not one of them. We went to after prom at the local YMCA. My senior prom was the last one at that hotel. I heard it was due to fire hazards because of too many people in the banquet room and the front of the hotel was blocked because of a pa  rade line of prom guests for parents to view and take pictures of. I always wondered if there were other reasons for them to change locations from the hotel to the actual high school.

These are bad messages to be sending teens – proms at casinos 40 miles from home and at hotels. Why can’t a prom just be at the high school or a local building in town? Why does it need to be at a casino or hotel? What is the purpose of that? Prom is supposed to be about dancing, laughing and having fun with friends, not gambling, drinking or renting hotel rooms. Prom is a fun and happy time just before the end of schooldays and childhood when kids that have spent years together part ways to embark on a quest for their future. It does not need to involve casinos or hotels. Just leave it as a dance where teens can have fun planning for it beforehand and then enjoy the night of it with no pressures.

Product Review: Dirt Devil Kurv Hand Vacuum

The trouble with a traditional hand-held vacuum cleaner is that it is always packed away in a tangle of cords up in the back of the top shelf in your hall closet when you really need it. The famed international designer, Karim Rashid, has overcome this problem by designing a hand vacuum that looks like a curvaceous piece of fine sculpture. The Dirt Devil Kurv can be placed proudly among your fine pottery, candles, decorative centerpieces, and other display items. The shape of the Kurv evokes the minarets of exotic lands. The Kurv comes in several colors: champagne, choco-latte, sky blue and spice. The colors fit most home color palettes and allow the Kurv to blend right in until you make a mess.

Beneath the smooth plastic skin of Rashid’s fluid design, the Dirt Devil Kurv hides a practical 9.6 volt hand vacuum. The Kurv is about 16 inches tall and comes in two pieces. The bottom piece serves as a pedestal and charger for the vacuum in the top piece. When you spot some crumbs, dust, or dirt to be vacuumed, you draw the curve out of its pedestal as if you were pulling a sword from a scabbard or a stone. Then, you push a button at the tip of the handle to turn on the vacuum. Dirt is sucked in through a small 1-1/4 inch opening at the bottom of the vacuum. It works much like a hose attachment on a regular vacuum cleaner. The vacuum tip is rubberize to avoid marring furniture.

The Kurv delivers performance typically expected of a small hand vacuum. It’s great if you drop some crumbs or find a cobweb. However, I would not expect to effectively detail a car with it. The Kurv is designed to attack small spots of dirt rather than clean large areas. We have used it to vacuum up crumbs, popcorn, cobwebs, and a spider or two. For these quick tasks, the Dirt Devil Kurv has worked well. When you have cleaned up a significant amount of debris, you can simply twist apart the Kurv vacuum to reveal that the entire nose of the vacuum is actually a generously-sized dust bin. An easily removable cloth filter basket protects the motor.

There are only a few minor drawbacks to the Dirt Devil Kurv. First, the Dirt Devil Kurv is not a high-powered vacuum. It is good for small easily cleaned messes. Second, the Kurv does not have any brushes or any attachments. While this makes storage and use simple, it does limit the Kurv’s ability to beat particles out of carpet and other fabrics. Third, sometimes hard particles will get stuck in the dustbin and require some extra shaking to remove. Finally, the Kurv filter sometimes requires minor scraping by fingernail to get completely clean. Overall, these criticisms are minor nits compared to the convenience and utility provided by the Kurv.

With a retail price of about $50, the Kurv is a winner. In my opinion, the Dirt Devil Kurv provides an excellent value in an attractive and convenient package.

Poker Ruled a “Skill Game” in Denmark

A Danish court has ruled that poker is a skill game and not considered to be gambling. The court was asked to define the game of poker because of illegal gambling charges brought against the president of the Danish Poker.

Association, Frederick Hostrup.

Hostrup was accused of organizing illegal gambling events and he was also sued by Horesta, a hotel and restaurant organization. Hostrup defended himself by saying that he was not guilty because the game of poker is not gambling.

The prosecutors in the case disagreed with Hostrup and his lawyers’ position. The argued that while poker has elements of skill, it is merely played for monetary game and that it has the possibility of becoming addictive.

Under Danish law, a gambling game is defined as a game where the organizer is “attempting to achieve a commercial economic gain.”

The Danish court agreed with Hostrup in saying that the game is that of skill and not a game of gambling.

This decision fully legitimizes poker in Denmark, where between 200,000 and 300,000 people play every week and over 500,000 people play on a regular basis.

While this decision will mean nothing to the current affairs in the United States, it goes a long way to legitimize the game in Europe. While online poker will still have to fight on in the United States, one day the example that Europe is setting may rub off on the US.

BoDog’s Big Jackpot

The BoDog online casino has two internet slot machines that are ready to pay off big. The casino company has announced that two of their games, “Mid-Life Crisis” and “Shopping Spree,” are ready to pay out over $700,000.

These games both share in a progressive jackpot, making hitting the jackpot on either machine worth a whopping $771,661. You can play either or both of these games and be eligible to take home the big cash.

“Mid-Life Crisis” and “Shopping Spree” are part of the downloadable BoDog Casino. It is free of charge and offers free game, for no cash prizes of course, and real money wagering. You can download the casino and take a shot at the money, or play for fun without wagering a nickel.

Once the progressive jackpot is won, it will go back down to $25,000 on all the games that are linked to the progressive jackpot.

Good Luck!

Jenny McCarthy a BlackJack Dealer

Jenny McCarty has been signed to deal some hands at the all-new Playboy Club on the top floor of the Palms Casino Fantasy Tower.

This is a very fitting role for McCarthy as she is a former Playboy playmate. She is not taking the job lightly, however, as she has taken dealer classes that have taught her important things such as how to deal the game and how to deal fast.

This will make McCarthy the first-ever celebrity bunny dealer at the Playboy Club.

Anybody who pays the cover charge to get into the Playboy Club will have the opportunity to sit at McCarthy’s table. She will be dealing on Saturday, August 4th between 9pm and 12am.

McCarthy is best known for being in Playboy, but she also had a brief television show of her own, and she was a regular MTV personality in the early ’90s. McCarthy is also dating Jim Carey and she is a New York Times best-selling author.

information from the Palms website, BoDog.com and the official site of Denmark were was used in this article.