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20 Facts on Pet Ownership in the U.S.

We’re wacky for our pets; it can’t be denied. They may require tons of time and energy, lead to high hospital bills and even increase homeowners insurance rates, but they’re always worth it. Check out some of the crazy things we do for our pets — from including them in family portraits to giving them presents on their birthdays.

Source: Dogatar.com

Pet Ownership in America
Via: Homeowners Insurance

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Fifteen Reasons to Donate Blood

I went in for my bi-monthly blood donation appointment today.  No matter how many times I donate, I still get a little nervous and queasy if I think about it too much.

All that said, there is never a doubt in my mind before, during or after the donation that it is the right thing to do.  I saw firsthand the importance of blood donation when my stepfather went through a grueling treatment for leukemia a year ago.  His blood transfusions were vital to his recovery.

If you’re on the fence about donating, here are some reasons (some selfish and some selfless) to do it:

  1. Whether you know it or not, you likely know someone who is alive today because of a blood transfusion they received.
  2. It is free to donate.
  3. There are a number of reasons that someone may need a blood transfusion, such as surgery (hip replacement), cancer treatment (chemo), burn victim, or a bad car accident.
  4. People of all ages can accept blood transfusions, including babies and children.
  5. You get to eat as many treats as you want after you are done donating.
  6. If you are a blood-type match with a loved one, your donation can be designated for a specific person in need.
  7. Most of the time there are major deficits in blood banks.
  8. You’ve got plenty of blood to spare.  The average adult has 10-12 pints of blood in his or her body.  Your body replenishes the blood deficit within 24 hours.
  9. It doesn’t hurt.
  10. Geography doesn’t matter.  There are blood banks and mobile donation centers every where.  If you can’t find one, most hospitals take donations directly on site.
  11. At any time you may need blood to help you survive.  You better bet at the time you need blood you’ll be grateful to those people who donated to you.
  12. While donating, you’re surrounded by nurses and health care professionals. If you faint or something goes wrong, you’re in good hands.
  13. You get a free health screening.  After donating you get information on your cholesterol, blood pressure, pulse and more.
  14. Some organizations, like the San Diego Blood Bank, offer incentive points for each donation made that can be redeemed for cool prizes like jackets, beach chairs and gift certificates.
  15. The people at the blood banks are so kind, cheerful and very grateful that you came.  From the time I arrive until the time I leave, I am told “thank you for donating” at least 10 times.

If you are in San Diego County, here are a few places you can go to donate:

If you’re on the fence, I’d be happy to answer questions for you or even schedule my next appointment with you so we can donate together.

Give blood.  Give life.

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Free Slurpee Day on 7-11

July 11, 2010 is 7-Eleven Day.  And to celebrate, 7-Eleven is offering FREE 7.11 oz slurpees at every store across the nation between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Hopefully the sun will be shining, giving us even more reason to celebrate 7-Eleven day with the cool and refreshing beverage.

Thanks, 7-Eleven and happy birthday to you!

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The First Thing Young Women Do in the Morning: Check Facebook

While the study covers all of social media, it’s clear that women in the 18-34 range are focused on their Facebook accounts. More than half of young women (57%) say they talk to people online more than face-to-face. A full 39% of them proclaim themselves Facebook addicts, while 34% of young women make Facebook the first thing they do when they wake up, even before brushing their teeth or going to the bathroom.

Full story: The First Thing Young Women Do in the Morning: Check Facebook [STUDY].

Source: Mashable

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The Ground is Shaking. What to Do?

I’m not gonna lie, my disaster preparedness plan is flacid to say the least.  But the earth has been moving more than usual as of late, so it is high time to get a plan in place.

This article from the North County Times, offers an excellent refresher on proper earthquake safety protocol.

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Drop, cover and hold on. Do not run outside. And forget about standing in a doorway.

The region’s been jiggling a lot recently —- including a 4.0 magnitude temblor on the Imperial County line Thursday morning, just one of hundreds of aftershocks from the large Easter quake centered near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Confused and potentially risky reactions to the recent quakes, especially the bigger ones, reveal that plenty of people still need to brush up on earthquake safety, said emergency services personnel and quake experts recently.

Full story here.

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Public Restroom Etiquette – Chick Style

If you are a man or if you have a man in your life you know there is an unspoken code of public restroom conduct for men. For example, guys don’t talk to the other guys while in the bathroom; guys don’t look down while using the facilities; and if there are multiple urinals open, guys need to leave one open in between himself and the other guy.

Why don’t women have a similar code?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a public restroom where women are trying to have a conversation with me over the bathroom stall wall while we are both using the facilities.  Or, how about the woman who uses the public restroom as her own personal powder room and hogs the entire sink area so she can brush her teeth, curl her hair and get her make-up perfect for some imaginary photo shoot?

Ladies, it must stop! Public bathrooms are not a place any of us should want to spend lengthy periods of time.  They are stinky, germ-laden places designed as a public convenience to privately dispose of waste.

While I know it has been done before (see the International Center for Bathroom Etiquette site), I am taking the liberty to create a working code of female conduct for public restrooms.   Please feel free to add to it in the comments section as you see fit.

1. If you are in a conversation with another women while entering the bathroom, it must end within 15 seconds of either woman entering a stall.

2. When you exit the stall, wash your hands, dry them and get out.

3. If your cell phone rings while you are in the bathroom, do not answer it. The person on the other end of the phone does not want to talk to you while you are in the restroom and the other women in the restroom don’t want to hear your conversation.

4. Do not gossip in the bathroom. You never know whose feet are under the other stalls, plus conversations carry outside the main bathroom door.

5. If you must reapply your lipstick or brush your hair, step aside and do so after the other ladies have had the chance to wash their hands. Don’t monopolize the communal sink area.

6. If you enter the restroom with your friend, don’t feel that you have to clog up the limited space in the bathroom waiting for her.  She may want privacy and even if she doesn’t, she is a big enough girl to come find you outside when she is finished.

7. If you see, hear or smell something askew in one of the stalls.  Don’t feel the need to comment.  Have some class and only discuss it with the other ladies in the bathroom if it will pose a hazard to them (i.e. an over-flowing toilet).

8. If you must change your clothes in a public restroom, have the courtesy to let other women waiting go ahead of you.  If there is no one waiting before you go in to change, be sure to change your clothes swiftly in case some one gets in line after you’ve entered the stall.

9. Get ready at home.  Do not use public restrooms as your private bathroom. 

10. Keep idle chatter to a minimum.  It is fine to compliment the woman at the sink next to you on her dress, but leave it at that.  Strike up the lengthier conversation after you have both left the bathroom.

I’ll never claim to be Miss Manners, but, like men, women need to have some public restroom guidelines.

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Oracle Octopus Predicts World Cup Wins

Paul the octopus oracle predicts Germany loss to Spain in semifinals – On Tuesday, Paul the Octopus, the “oracle” that has predicted correctly the outcome of every Germany match-up so far in the FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa, has prognosticated a loss for them against Spain in the upcoming semifinal match.  The AP has released a video of Paul making his prediction.

It’s not news the Germans want to hear, but their oracle octopus has predicted every match correctly so far for the German soccer team in the 2010 World Cup.

Read the full story here:

http://www.examiner.com/x-27365-Young-Adult-Pop-Culture-Examiner~y2010m7d6-World-Cup-2010–Paul-the-octopus-oracle-predicts-Germany-loss-to-Spain-in-semifinals

Source: Examiner.com

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