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Fletcher Gallien

I Learned My Lesson About Cutting My Hair Too Much and Got Help As Well

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After many years of not liking my hairstyle, I decided to get a drastic cut. I was unhappy with the way it looked right away. It made me unhappy every time I looked at myself in mirrors, windows as I passed by, etc. So, my stylist suggested that I try yet something else, which was to get a curly perm. I knew it would make my hair shorter, but I looked ridiculous. Desperate, I told him he had to help me fix it. He said that the best thing to do is to get curly weave extensions to make my hair longer.

After the first hair catastrophe, I made my stylist show me photos of what extensions would look like with hair that is as short as mine. I know what curly hair looks like just fine, however, I did not know anyone that had such a tight short perm like I had and whether adding hair would look good or not. Luckily, he had some other clients who had this same dilemma, and he had before and after photos. They looked fantastic. I made him promise me that he could make me look the same, and he promised. He even gave me a hug and said that he would help me out for free.

I was lucky in that he came over to my house that night after work to point out what exactly I should buy. We both sat down in front of my computer and visited a website that he knows very well. He said that their hair is human hair and fantastic quality. We went through many of the photos until we found something that looked like it matches mine perfectly. I ordered it, and then he told me to come back to his shop as soon as I received it. He was nice enough to keep his word, and he fixed me up and made me look good again on the same day that my weave arrived.

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Getting Back into the Things of Normal Living

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After my sister underwent chemo she lost a lot of weight and her hair. It took months for her hair to start growing back and for her to put some weight back on. She no longer looked gaunt like she did when the medication was at its peak. She is now in full remission. I know that there are joys in life that help us want to live life. My sister has always went out of her way to look good. When her hair did not grow back in full and thick, I bought her Brazilian hair bundles to have weaved in.

I was making her get back into the swing of living again. No more hospital stays, and no more sitting at home suffering from the pain, nausea and other side effects of the treatments. She was over that, but it was tough to break her out of the established routine. I got us tickets to a play she has been wanting to see, and I coaxed her to get the weave and to dress up for the evening.

I also convinced her to call a male nurse she met at the hospital. He really liked her. I could tell. She said he was just being nice because it was his job. I was right though. When she called, he asked her out right away. I suggested the play, and he was eager since he liked the theater as well. They already had a rapport and a lot of conversation under their belts from the time he cared for her in the hospital. Now he was going to see her all fixed up and looking great.

When he drove by to pick her up, his jaw hit the floor. He was amazed at how she looks now. We all went in his car. Me and my date and my sister and the nurse. We had a great time, and this broke her out of that shell. I don’t know if they will be together as time goes on, but I do know they are enjoying each other’s company right now.

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Fletcher Gallien

I Needed to Have the Sunday Ticket

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People seem to be pretty surprised when they find out that I like football because I am a girl. I’m not talking about cheering on the home team with friends either. I take it very seriously, which is why I was heartbroken when I had to move if I wanted to keep my job. I was being transferred as part of a promotion that I could not turn down, but that meant leaving my beloved Bengals behind. I wasn’t disappointed that I would miss their games, because I knew even before I moved that I was getting NFL Sunday Ticket before preseason started. I was disappointed because I would miss the games in person, though I only went once or twice a year.

This move turned out to be so good in a lot of ways though. It was definitely the right career move, but it turned out to be a good football move too. Even though I am a huge Bengals fan, I really like watching just about any of the teams play because I wanted to see how my fantasy football players were doing. I got the NFL Sunday Ticket through DIrecTV so I could watch them, but I was not counting on the benefit of being able to watch any NFL game at all, both in the preseason and the regular season.

This meant that if my Bengals were playing at 1pm, then I had my choice of several games to watch at 4pm. I usually did that anyway before I moved, but I had to watch whatever the local cable company was showing. With the Sunday Ticket, I am able to pick any game that I want to watch, and then see it in its entirety. I had no idea that this move would turn me into an even bigger football fan than what I already was!

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Fletcher Gallien

Managing Money is Tough and Emergencies Still Pop Up

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We had just worked a lot of overtime to pay our taxes and pay an escrow shortage on our mortgage. We are struggling and have zero in savings right now. We Have one credit card, but it has a very low limit on it. Our credit is not bad but it’s not stellar either. We stretched our budget as thin as possible. We literally got our checking account down to less than five dollars until our next paycheck. We had a full tank of gas in each car we commuted to work in, but quick cash was soon needed. My uncle had passed away suddenly, and my wife and I had to go to the funeral. The problem was that he lives back where my parents live about 700 miles away.

Getting a couple days off of work was not a problem, and we could stay with my mom and dad once we got there. However, we did not even have the gas money to make the trip. We needed quick cash to get there and back. The quick loan made it so we could buy gas for the trip and have a few dollars once we arrived. We never let on to anyone that it was a real struggle for us to be there. After all, my aunt and my mom who is a sister to my uncle who passed away were grieving.

We went and paid our respects. My mom was relieved to see my wife and I. We help her out a lot every time we visit. She loves my wife immensely. I never say a mother and daughter-in-law get along so well. Before we left, my mom handed my wife an envelope. It was enough to pay back the quick cash loan we got to make the trip. Mom knew we were fixing the escrow problem and working overtime to do it. She knew we were probably in a little financial bind but made the trip anyway. You have to hand it to moms. They just kind of know things.

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Fletcher Gallien

Why Pineapples Are So Effective Against Gout

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Gout is not fun at all. I don’t imagine that any disease is really fun, but gout is extremely painful. When my husband was diagnosed with it, he actually missed work several times because of the flareups. We knew that we had to do something because he was just in too much pain. I wanted to find out more information on gout than what our doctor had given to us, so I went online to see what I could find out. I was able to find a website that has a lot of information on gout, and I was surprised by some of the things that I had found out.

My husband enjoys pineapples, but that is one of those foods that we usually eat when we are out and it is on a buffet. We rarely had it in our home, and I saw where this was a huge mistake. Pineapples have a large amount of potassium in them, which is extremely helpful to someone with gout. This is because gout happens when uric acid builds up in the body. It usually makes a person legs or feet, or even hands and fingers, very sore, even to the touch.

The potassium that is found in pineapples actually converts the uric acid into something else, which is then processed by the kidneys. That means that it is being filtered through the kidneys as something safe rather than staying in his body as something that causes extreme pain. When I found this out, I went to the store the same day and bought three raw pineapples. Though any pineapple will do, it is best to have it raw to get all of the nutrients from it. He now eats several rings of fresh pineapple a day, and he is doing much better as a result!

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Fletcher Gallien

I Like to Watch Sports Programs

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My wife and kids love to watch just about anything on TV, but I am a bit more selective. I do watch a good bit of programming myself, but the majority of what I watch is sports and news. That is why when the wife and kids told me they wanted to get satellite TV, I had to check something out before agreeing to it. I wanted to make sure that I would be able to get sports with Direct TV. I already knew that I would be able to get news, as any TV provider has plenty of TV news channels.

However, I needed to make sure that I would still be able to watch hockey, baseball and football. I have favorite teams, mostly local ones, so I had to make sure I would be able to get sports channels as well as my local channels so I would be able to watch any local programming that had to do with one of the teams. I was happy to see that I would be able to get all of my sports programming that I had been watching up to this point, but the good news did not end there.

When I was looking online at the different packages, I saw that I would actually be able to get more channels than what I had been getting with the cable package we had. The best part of all, for me, was getting the NFL Sunday Ticket. The NFL does not allow every area to show whatever game they fancy. Because of the strict rules, I had to watch games I really wasn’t into because it was my only choice. Now, I am able to watch any NFL game that I want to see, and that feels like paradise to me. Oh, the wife and kids like their programming too!

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Fletcher Gallien

Feeling Safe in the Big City

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I was born and raised in a very small town. The population was less than 1,000 people, and there were only 59 kids who graduated with me in my high school class. Going from a town like that to Los Angeles can be a pretty scary move, but it was one that had to be done if I wanted to have my dream job. I was able to find a nice house for my wife and I, but I still was not used to living in the city. That is why I searched for ADT in Los Angeles within just a few weeks of living there.

I was not used to hearing sirens all of the time, nor was I used to seeing so much crime when I watched the evening news every night. I felt that I had chosen a good neighborhood to live in, but I knew that I was going to get as much protection as I could. When I was reading about ADT, I read some statistics that stated that people with security systems are no hit often like those without the systems. That actually makes perfect sense to me because a criminal is going to want the easiest hits, which is not a house with a state of the art security system.

I was able to get all the information I needed from their website, and the person I talked to on the phone when I ordered the installation was extremely helpful as well. A technician came out that same week and hooked up a security system for us. Every door and window is now protected, and we definitely feel a lot better knowing that we have this safety feature. I am getting more used to life in the city, and it is even starting to feel like home to me now.

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Fletcher Gallien

Why I Wanted to Switch

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When my Comcast cable service bill went up, I had to make a decision. I know that things go up in price all the time, so I was not upset over the price increase. I just knew that I had other options, so I decided to see if any of them would save me money. I first looked at my cable package to see if there was anything that I could drop. If I dropped my package to a lower tier though, I would end up losing channels that air some of my favorite programming.

I decided to look elsewhere at other options to see if it would be better to switch. That is why I started looking at Directv. The prices were actually comparable to my Comcast service, but the promotions were really good. If I switched, I would end up saving a nice chunk of change every month because I could lock in my prices for either one or two years. Since I don’t want to go without television service, I knew that the two year price lock was the best choice.

There were other things that factored into my decision too. I love watching movies, and I was able to get all of the premium movie channels for free for three months. That meant that I could watch HBO, Starz, Cinemax, Encore and Showtime as much as I wanted for free. Since I also got a DVR recorder, I was able to start recording movies from the first day. I have been watching them on a regular basis since switching, and I have never been happier with my television services as I am right now. I have 22 more months to go before I have to decide if I want to stay with them, but right now I have a feeling that I will!

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Fletcher Gallien

Turning Words into Revenue with SEO

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Search Engine Optimization can be described as an advertising framework intended to drive more potential clients to your site, and in this manner your business. I’ve been working with a New York SEO company for several months now and this is what I’ve learned. Your SEO objectives ought to be characterized by your business needs and the method distinguished. Case in point, on the off chance that you are a nearby store, you might simply require the fundamentals of SEO techniques to fabricate the obliged activity. Then again, in the event that you are a web exchanging organization, contributing additional time, cash and exertion into website streamlining may work marvels at expanding your business income.

It is essential that your SEO objectives are adjusted to your business objectives and are evaluated occasionally. It is similarly critical to comprehend that in spite of the fact that the introductory days of streamlining may be a colossal venture forward, SEO ought to be viewed as a continuous procedure. The normal result of a site design improvement activity is a superior page positioning. This decides on which page of the inquiry list your site connection shows up. The positioning in an internet searcher decides how rapidly your intended interest group finds your page, and specifically interprets into income for you.

Precisely how a web index does the positioning is not known, however we can make a couple of instructed speculations. The most essential variable is the vicinity and recovery of decisive words. Making utilization of the privilege catchphrases is imperative. In the above illustration “furniture showrooms in Mumbai”, “great quality sofas”, “parlor sets” could be samples of decisive words typically utilized by forthcoming purchasers to scan for a furniture store. Where these catchphrases are put in the page, the quantity of times it shows up and so forth would influence the page positioning. On the drawback, an excess of essential words (in the event that they are concealed or not utilized as a part of the right setting) could likewise hurt you – as it might be stamped as spam.

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Fletcher Gallien

DirecTV is the Better Deal

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When my cable company changed the channel line up, I got upset. While I could still watch my favorite show if I wanted to, it meant that I would have to subscribe to their most expensive package. I didn’t think that was fair that they put such a popular channel in the highest priced package, and I decided that I was not going to play their games. I looked at the channel information for DirecTV because I knew that they had some impressive prices for new customers. When I saw that the channel I wanted was in a mid level package, I contacted them to get more information.

They told me all of the perks that I would get for switching over to them. Not only would I get better prices, but the installation would also be free. When the rep started telling me about the Genie receiver, I knew that I was going to switch. I didn’t even know technology like that existed because my cable company had nothing like it with their equipment. I would also get free channels for the first few months, including the premium movie channels like HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax.

I had never had those before because I couldn’t afford them with my cable company. The price was similar with DirecTV if I wanted to keep them, but it was a better value because I would get up to ten channels in one package as opposed to just two with my cable company. There was not one thing that the rep told me that I did not like, and I started the process with that phone call to change my providers. When I called the cable company to let them know, they tried to convince me to stay, but their offers couldn’t begin to match what DirecTV was offering me.

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Fletcher Gallien

Looking at Getting a Aatellite System

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I have been more and more unhappy with my cable company for a long time and it is pretty much all about the bill they send me at the end of the month. I guess they could give me better internet service and I might like to have some better TV channels, but for the most part I just think they should be asking about half as much for their product as they are. I started looking at stuff like direct-satellite-tv.com services and of course the question is whether or not the deal they have on offer is as good as they make it look, after you dig down and see what it is you are really signing up for. They make a big deal about talking about the 20 dollar a month deal they have, but I am pretty sure that is what you call an introductory offer. It is just the price they give you to get you to sign on the dotted line.

The real question is what you are signing up for in the final analysis. How long does it last before they let you off of the hook and what do you end up paying after they stop giving you the sweet deal they dangled in front of you to get you to sign up. You have to figure out what it is. Of course it is easy to figure out that they are not going to have a great deal of trouble beating out Time Warner. Those guys think way more is owed them than they could reasonably expect. Of course where I live the local government gets a piece of the action, in return for giving them a monopoly that keeps other companies from offering me the same services for a better price.

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Our Son is Becoming a Better Photographer Using an Old Smartphone Camera

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I gave our young son my old smartphone a couple of months ago. He is on our account that has unlimited phone minutes and text messages. I thought he would be going nuts about the ability to play games, but he is actually using the camera to become a better photographer. Some of the best experience I have ever received when I started into photography was using equipment not quite up to the job to get the shot. When I saw some of the photos he was capturing with that older smartphone, I bought him a blue Selfie Stick to extend his capabilities.

The Selfie Stick is great for getting the camera into places and positions to grab some nice shots. We got the one with the Bluetooth shutter remote so he did not have to use voice activation or the self timer option. He just presses the button on the handle and the camera activates in still or video mode. I showed him how to use the blue Selfie Stick as a monopod for steadying his shots too. This is real important for video on a smartphone. You want smoothness and no jerky movements when you are shooting video with a cell phone.

He uses it all of the time. I’m telling you, with the HD resolution of that smartphone, you can’t tell he is not using a nice DSLR. The only way I could tell would be to look at the details in the file original. He really has a keen eye for capturing subjects at the best angle. The blue Selfie Stick I got him helps with that. He shoots smooth video scenes using it too. After I have seen what he can do with a smartphone camera and Selfie Stick, I know we are just going to have to get him a mid-level quality DSLR for Christmas.

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Fletcher Gallien

A Nice Place to Live

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When I first came across http://www.knoxvillepointe.com, I wasn’t entirely sure if this was the place I had been looking for. After recently moving to the area from Indiana, I was being more cautious than I typically find myself. I wanted to ensure that my experience here would be a good one for the duration of my stay. Since the company that I work for decided they needed a new guy to oversee the grand opening of their division here and thought that I would make the best of candidates despite my protests, I don’t want this to be any worse than it has to be. Yeah, that is probably a negative way of looking at things but it really is the truth! They chose me because of my lack of an immediate family. I was nearly insulted that they wanted a bachelor like myself just because it would make things easier for them but it’s hard to be angry when you’re being promised a raise.

It’s completely logical of them to choose me and since they are throwing more money at me, I’m willing to at least give in but that doesn’t mean I have to pick a place to live that is going to make me unhappy. That was my single stipulation for them; I get to choose my apartment. I’ve lived in some pretty terrible places in my time which is something I would rather avoid again. The KnoxvillePointe apartments certainly make the rest of the places that I have been seeing look terrible in comparison. With their prices being more than reasonable, cheaper than what I am paying now in a not so great end of town, I think I may have found what I’ve been looking for. It might be time to stop being so cautious and just sign the lease already!

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Fletcher Gallien

Thinking About Opening a Bar

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I am sort of thinking about opening a bar, down near the beach or near one of the beaches. It would be a way for me to move on from my current career to something a bit less formal. I was pricing it all out. Of course you would need to get a location, I would want to buy and not rent. Then you need to fix it up and promote the place. That would be a big thing, you would probably design some nice promotional products in brisbane, they have places here that do that sort of stuff and you would want to start out by getting the word out immediately. More than that you would need to get the first people through the door to walk out of the place and tell all of their friends that they had a great time. It is important to get off on the right foot.

You can get all the adverts in the world, all the social media marketing and radio spots, but that will not matter if people go to your place and say that it was not any fun. Getting the promotional products and you need to do that sort of stuff, when you are starting out you need to have a relatively large budget for marketing it would seem from my experience. Still at the end of the day you have to deliver what you promise the people who are spending their money. For example you see all the time where big studios spend enormous sums on a movie, not just to make it, but to promote it as well. Still they have to make a movie that people like and the most important thing is that the people who see it first tell their friend it was good.

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Changing Our Country One Internet at a Time

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I was recently surprised by the quality of the indiana dsl service that I had ordered during my brief stay in the area to work on a project for my company. I was dreading moving up there, even if it was only going to be for six months, as I expected to be staying in a state that was more backwards than West Virgina. I had been told some horror stories about the place before moving in that made me shake my head in amazement at just how backwards a state could be. Still, while it was not the most welcoming of states, I was at least happy with the quality of my web experience from one of their local DSL companies. Typically, I would not have even bothered with DSL but as of late I have begun to re-consider my stance regarding that method of service as I become increasingly frustrated with the quality of service that Big Three offer in their stead.

With Verizon doing everything that they can to make a mockery of Net Neutrality and everything that it stands for, Time Warner and Comcast are not far behind by offering up some of the worst customer service experiences imaginable. With constant loss of signal and connection from both companies, it makes you wonder what happened to the money that they had been given to upgrade their cable infrastructure and why we are not being given a tax credit every year for the money that they clearly have mishandled. I feel exploited more than I ever have before. These three companies are doing all that they can to exploit us because they have so much control over access to the web while also being cable providers. They should not have this much control over content in the United States!

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How can i get my computer to stoop checking C drive?

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  1. My C drive is always being checked when my computer is started. It’s a pain and since it never finds anything wrong, useless. How should i get it to stop this automatic checking?

    Answer by cholley_dooo
    download DFT follow the directions on the site, run an advanced test, the drive could have errors on it that windows can’t find.

    http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm

    it will test both the drive and controller

  2. WHAT IS A CLOSED C FLUTE, is it worth purchasing for a beginner?

    Answer by mamianka
    Most beginners flutes are closed-hole, C foot flutes. As the student progresses, they often wish to change over to open hole ( 2 keys in the LH, 3 in the RH have open holes in them) and a B foot – but often do not know why. Some students buy an open-hole flute- and then stick PLUGS into the open holes – forever! This does NOT convert this into a closed -hole flute (gee, it sure looks like one!). Open hole flutes have the tops of the keys set lower to the chimneys, for less travel time, and therefore, theoretically faster action (other factors included). A *B foot* is not there to play a low B – it is there to change the resonance, fingering possibilities, and often ease of many 3rd octave notes.

    Only buy a flute form a FLUTE house – like FluteWorld, J L Smith, Carolyn Nussbaum, Phil Unger, Jeff Weissman, etc. Do NOT buy form some big-box like Musicians Friend, Woodwind/Brasswind, etc. – a NEVER EVER off Amazon or eBay.

    So – the closed-hole C foot flute is fine – if you also follow my other advice.

  3. I am using Visual C# in vista and I would like to know how to access the serial port to control LED’s on a microcontroller. I would like something basic to get me started.

    Answer by mdigitale
    You’re going to need to write your own driver with something more powerful than C# — C and some assembly. Google “Microsoft DDK” or “Windows Driver Kit”. Once you have the driver, you can access it with C#, VB, VC++, etc.

    You can also use pre-written drivers (by buying a kit and using the one they supply)

  4. I don’t like the Vitamin C water drops so I have to give my two guinea pigs vitamin c through fruits and vegetables. They always get romaine and carrots and strawberries, but they don’t like red bell peppers and oranges. What other fruits are there that have lots of vitamin c and are safe for guinea pigs?

    Answer by Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
    Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin C-my piggies get it every morning!

  5. With all dSLR manufacturers racing against time to cram more megapixels on their APS-C sensors, I wonder will there be a time where dSLR cameras start to be compact cameras with more noise? And what is the ideal MP in an APS-C sensor?

    Answer by garisonc
    The answer to your question is that it depends. Canon has 10 MP APS-C sensors in the Rebel XTi (400D) and the 40D camera and both perform very differently as far as noise reduction. The Rebel XTi runs a Canon Digic II processor which is not as advanced as the Digic III processor in the 40D. The processor in the 40 is so good that the images show very little additional noise when compared to images produced by the Canon 5D which has a full size sensor.

    So in response to your question, we have hit the point where noise from too many pixels is a potential problem, but the additional power in the new image processing chips are counter acting the issues with the newer sensors.

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