Why I Started Longboarding in College

April 7, 2015

I’ve skateboarded as a teen and grew up on Thrasher magazine, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I learned to longboard. Skateboarding and longboarding are not exactly the same, I found out. Several distinguishing features separate these two, the most obvious being the fact that skateboard is actually smaller and shorter than a longboard. A skateboard, in general, measures around seven to ten inches wide and 28 to 33 inches long and commonly used to perform airborne tricks and complex ground maneuvers. A longboard, on the other hand, averages from 9 to 10 inches in width and 33 to 59 inches in length. Longboard wheels are wider, for more cruising stability and speed. Both boards support different age-brackets – kids from 10 to 18 years old prefer skateboards for more action and sports, while the not-so-old folks favor longboarding for fun and more practical reasons, such as getting from one place to another.

That last reason actually got a college guy like me to go for longboarding. Like most other students, I needed reliable transportation, not only to travel to and from school but across campus, as well. It got me to class with greater ease and quicker time. What better way (and cheaper, no question about that) was there to do all those but by longboarding?

It certainly was the most portable and practical mode of transport inside the campus. It was easier to keep than a car or a bike; I could easily tuck it under my arm or carry it to class without worrying about losing or locking the board up. Besides, my place was not too far from school and it barely took a 10 or 15-minute leisurely cruise on my longboard without even a sweat.

Initially, you’d have to invest on a good longboard brand. Unfortunately, they don’t come cheap (especially those customized ones); I had to scrimp on my budget just to get one. In the long run, however, the cost spreads over the longboard’s serviceable life. Apart from the initial investment, there’s not so much spent on upkeep. There are no fuel or gas expenses and no maintenance services, except for a few wheel changes once in a while.

I had opportunities to experience the speed and excitement that a longboard could offer, but I was not really cut out for those extreme sports, like downhill. I also didn’t relish (I still don’t) the idea of bruises and green-and-purple bumps that went with the sport. It was important to always observe caution in the campus to avoid causing unnecessary harm or injury to property and other people. The most “extreme,” if it could be called that at all, was the frequent longboarding down rugged hills I had with friends. We enjoyed the exhilarating rush, no tricks, just plain fun. Those experiences were simply for camaraderie and a little excitement, not for going beyond normal human skills whether for sports or otherwise. If there was the tiniest idea about fast-cruising or extreme sports, it never really prospered. I remained the calm longboard rider. Sure, I bought bearings that rolled faster. I even bought wider trucks for my longboard, but I did not really push for speed down mountain roads.

At the time, lonboarding seemed the “in” thing, because most of my friends had a longboard or skateboard. I know that some people ride the board to work, and it doesn’t always look good on adults to longboard around public places and business districts. But in the campus, it seemed a very normal thing. So when I started riding the thing in college, I didn’t go through an awkward stage with it. Now, probably because I got so comfortable with it in college, it feels like the most natural thing that brings me around short distances within the city.

Filed under: College,Hobbies — yohoo @ 2:27 pm

Why I Go Hunting

March 23, 2015

Now that hunting season is long over in my neck of the woods, I thought I’d write a little bit about why I enjoy this pastime. First things first:

Today’s breed of hunters evokes a sea of difference from hunters of the old days. Pioneers during the Wild West era, or thereabouts, hunted not only to make a serious living, but to survive the wilds as well. While there remain a few, most people nowadays, love to go on a hunting trip for the thrill and fun of it or to simply take time out to unwind from the daily grind. Admittedly, I’m one of that breed.

Believe you me, big game hunting is not that easy at all, nor is it cheap! I need to sweat it out first to remove excess body flabs before hitting the road, lest I suffer eating the dust of my hunting buddies. Driving to the trailhead and setting up camp may just be a breeze, but walking (and at times stumbling over rough terrains) 3 to 5 miles with a 5-kilo backpack full of hunting gear and a rifle to get to the hunt site is what really gets my goat.

There’s nothing more rewarding than bagging big game like a huge elk. To achieve this, I make sure that I have the proper equipment. Rifles and ammunition must be in accordance with state laws, lest, I end up losing my license and permits for shooting deer with the wrong gun. Preparation is as important that the actual hunting. Whether I admit it or not, there’s something about restrictions and regulations that add to the excitement.

Season after season, I update my gears. There’s always something that needs improvement. Aside from the hunting outfit, hunting rifle, and other personal preferences, I relish fidgeting and spending on these hunting essentials.

Binoculars. I spend most of my time waiting for my prey to appear, and wish patience was one of my stronger virtues. A good pair of binoculars is a lot of help in spotting prey well before it’s at shooting distance for me to prime for the kill.

Hot seat. Patience won’t be too hard to summon if I have a good seat to keep me warm during cold, rainy or snowy weather.

Handy kit. This handy pack should contain a small first-aid kit, flashlight, compass, knife, insect repellent, sharpening stone, and butane lighter.

Tree stand. I always have one of these contraptions to help me up trees and stay there securely.

Deer attractants. I like to hunt with the best deer attractant on the market. Particularly well-liked by deer are corn, sugar beets, apples, carrots, and mineral licks.

Big boys have fun fiddling with their toys before and after the hunting season. Generally, guns and ammunition to be used for deer hunting are prescribed and regulated by state laws. All the bother and preparation would be for naught if I didn’t have the proper shooting machine. I make sure I have everything I need:

Muzzle loading rifles

Shotguns with slugs, .410 or larger (firing these shells is costly, which is why I have a good reloading press to cut the cost)

Pistols with barrels from 4 to 10 inches long, and chambered for straight-walled centre-fire cartridges, .30 calibre or larger.

Only when I have all these necessities ticked off do I say I’m good to go deer hunting. I hunt because I enjoy the whole process – from the preparation of gears to the reconnaissance of the area. I enjoy scouting for the thickest of thickets, high-altitude places where antlers find shelter. I challenge myself to think like the deer to find creek bottoms, wetlands or uninhabited locations where man does not usually tread.

Hunting involves outsmarting the deer in their own territory. That I get to bring my prize deer is just a proof that indeed I went hunting; but the real fun in hunting is in preparing, setting up, lying in wait and outwitting the game. It’s what keeps me hunting season after season.

Filed under: Hobbies — yohoo @ 11:16 pm

How can I get money in college?

January 4, 2015

As the rent becomes due and food needs to be put on the table, you may be saying to yourself, “help I need money now! How can I get money while I’m in college?”

I thought since I’m almost done with school, I provide a few ideas to help you. There are options available to you to gain short term assistance to get emergency rent money. Some of these alternatives can provide fast cash if you are in a bad credit, emergency situation. It’s important, though, to know where to look and know how to get that temporary relief. I want to provide you with that information in this article. First, though, it’s important to use all available resources.

Money till payday

You may need to drain the savings to keep your home out of foreclosure until you can get extra cash or ask friends to borrow quick cash.

If you have items of value, you may be able to sell or pawn them to get money till payday.

A pawn shop will be more than happy to give you fast cast but the amount will be small considering the value of the item.

You should expect about 25 percent of the value of your item from a pawn broker. Of course, this is not a good value. It can, however, provide you with temporary assistance when you’re in a bind.

A better alternative is to sell your item on craigslist or eBay.

You have control over how much it will sell for on these sites. The downside is that it’s not as quick, which can be problematic if you are saying, “I need money help.”

Community service foundations
There are many community service programs that offer assistance. For example, there are local churches that help with rent.

The first step is to go to your local church and talk to the pastor.

He or she may have a special fund set up for this. It’s important to remember that you may need to be in good standing with this place of worship and a member of their community.

The community there will be more likely to help you because they won’t want to see “one of their own” struggle when finances are tight.

Of course, this is not a guarantee, and more than likely this won’t be free cash — just emergency rent money that will probably need to be paid back.

The Salvation Army is another good resources. This charity may be able to offer help with heating bills, especially if you live in Illinois. They do offer affordable products for folks in a time of need.

Making Home Affordable program
There are options available for homeowners to avoid foreclosure. This is a government program called Making Home Affordable. You may be able to refinance your mortgage under this program.

The program also offers the ability to put your mortgage payments on hold or reduced the amount owed if you are temporarily unemployed.

This can be really helpful when going through a hard time as a distressed homeowner. The key, though, is to contact your lender or loan servicer before you get in trouble. That way you will have more options available to you.

Prevention is key

As mention, the best way to keep out of a bad situation is to prepare. If your situation is not temporary, you may need to look for government assistance programs that help with all bills.

State aid may not provide upfront money but it will provide

As the rent becomes due and food needs to be put on the table, you may be saying to yourself, “help I need money now! How can I get money while I’m in college?” There are options available to you to gain short term assistance to get emergency rent money. Some of these alternatives can provide fast cash if you are in a bad credit, emergency situation. It’s important, though, to know where to look and know how to get that temporary relief. I want to provide you with that information in this article. First, though, it’s important to use all available resources.

<strong>Money till payday</strong>

You may need to drain the savings to keep your home out of foreclosure until you can get extra cash or ask friends to borrow quick cash.

If you have items of value, you may be able to sell or pawn them to get money till payday.

A pawn shop will be more than happy to give you fast cast but the amount will be small considering the value of the item.

You should expect about 25 percent of the value of your item from a pawn broker. Of course, this is not a good value. It can, however, provide you with temporary assistance when you’re in a bind.

A better alternative is to sell your item on craigslist or eBay.

You have control over how much it will sell for on these sites. The downside is that it’s not as quick, which can be problematic if you are saying, “I need money help.”

<strong>Community service foundations</strong>
There are many community service programs that offer assistance. For example, there are local churches that help with rent.

The first step is to go to your local church and talk to the pastor.

He or she may have a special fund set up for this. It’s important to remember that you may need to be in good standing with this place of worship and a member of their community.

The community there will be more likely to help you because they won’t want to see “one of their own” struggle when finances are tight.

Of course, this is not a guarantee, and more than likely this won’t be free cash — just emergency rent money that will probably need to be paid back.

The Salvation Army is another good resources. This charity may be able to offer help with heating bills, especially if you live in Illinois. They do offer affordable products for folks in a time of need.

<strong>Making Home Affordable program</strong>
There are options available for homeowners to avoid foreclosure. This is a government program called Making Home Affordable. You may be able to refinance your mortgage under this program.

The program also offers the ability to put your mortgage payments on hold or reduced the amount owed if you are temporarily unemployed.

This can be really helpful when going through a hard time as a distressed homeowner. The key, though, is to contact your lender or loan servicer before you get in trouble. That way you will have more options available to you.

<strong>Prevention is key</strong>

As mention, the best way to keep out of a bad situation is to prepare. If your situation is not temporary, you may need to look for government assistance programs that help with all bills.

State aid may not provide upfront money but it will provide ways to lessen bills and grocery costs if you are struggling to pay bills.

States offer food stamp programs, which doesn’t directly help but it can allow you to save more funds and put it towards more important items such as the mortgage. You may be eligible for this if you lost a job recently.

A single mom with kids may qualify for additional programs that may help find emergency money — as will veterans, the disabled, and minorities.

These are a few options available to you if you are saying, “help I need money now!”

ways to lessen bills and grocery costs if you are struggling to pay bills.

States offer food stamp programs, which doesn’t directly help but it can allow you to save more funds and put it towards more important items such as the mortgage. You may be eligible for this if you lost a job recently.

A single mom with kids may qualify for additional programs that may help find emergency money — as will veterans, the disabled, and minorities.

These are a few options available to you if you are saying, “help I need money now while in college”

Filed under: College — yohoo @ 2:34 pm

School starts next week and my thoughts to save money

Not looking forward to school starting next week but the good news is that there is only 1 semester left after this.

I’ve almost made it through the long haul and thought I’d list some of my thoughts about college here.

I thought I’d start with some tips for saving a few bucks while eating out.

Approach 1 of 2: Purchasing stuff

Clip coupon codes. Go shopping at shops that twice the worth of a coupon. A number of shops will triple coupon codes. Coupons without cost items are the most effective out of any coupon, and something must take time for you to find these. Synchronize coupons with shop ads. Use coupons at shops in which the product has already been for sale to boost the need for the coupon.

Enroll in a coupon swapping business. Trade coupons with consumers in an exact same geographic area Swap for items which you regularly use.

Make a food list and stay with it. Do not endeavor for the eye-catching ads.

Do not buy items just because they are inexpensive. Purchase only that which you absolutely need.

Adhere to your spending budget. This may drive you be more innovative with your quality recipes and be more conscious of your dietary needs.

Make a price comparison. Many supermarkets post the actual “price for each ounce/kilogram” combined with the price tag of a product.

Buy in large quantities. It has a tendency to cost less if you purchase bigger amounts. Purchase long lasting products which you will need later on, for example Kleenex or sponges. Purchase family-size breakfast cereal.

Go shopping for food store cooked items in the morning. That’s when bakeries tag down their day-old products.

Buy supermarket steak eventually in the day. That’s when the steak unit scars down the products about to get beyond daylight hours “sell by” date. This steak is flawlessly secure and can be freezing later.

Think about purchasing private-label or shop manufacturers. Most of the time, these can take on the caliber of the well-known brands, yet at a substantially less expensive.

Steer clear of junk foods. They may be handy; however they are generally costly and less healthy. Find bargain, well balanced meals which are simple to mend, for example wholegrain noodles, beans and dried beans.

Pick plant healthy proteins. Include things like whole grains, beans and nut products. Animal items can be quite costly. Meatless Monday can be a public well being marketing linked to the Johns Hopkins
College of Public Wellness. It promotes visitors to quit meats once per week to chop the consumption of saturated fats. Look into the website for meatless dishes!

Check out deep-discount food markets. They buy overstocks and analyze market products from producers. Always be versatile because they give you a spinning inventory and products change day-to-day. It can save you as much as 40% on brand-name products by modifying your menus. The western coast’s heavy discounter is Food Store.

Enroll in a at wholesale prices club. They often market in large quantities at less expensive costs than their own rivals. Think about deciding on BJ’s, Costco or even Sam’s Club. Make sure to be the cause of the price of membership and transport — they may over-shadow the advantage in cost savings. Wise & Final is a more compact, no-membership cleaning and cafe supply shop.

Fringe Advantages. If you prefer a work, get a work in a cafe business. You’ll be able to usually buy meals free of charge or inexpensive, even if not heading home. This is particularly useful if you wish to make a date, and do not wish to seem penny-pinching. Family-run companies are perfect for this.

Program your daily menus prior to going shopping. You’ll be able to make a precise grocery list and buy the thing you need.

Approach 2 of 2: Cooking food

1. Discover ways to cook. Visit cookbooks and publications with easy recipes. It’s not hard to make a good meal with noodles, grain or beans. Practicing to achieve perfection.

2. Learn how to take pleasure in cooking on your own. You’ll be less inclined to eat at restaurants. You are able to carefully come up with low price wholesome foods.

3. Learn how to move yesterday’s left over spots into today’s dinner. Make a new meal.
Figure out how to make great-tasting dinners cheaper. Take in peanut butter and jello snacks rather than beef roasts meat. Take in pasta and parmesan cheese rather than meat.

4. Raid the fridge. By no means let meals lose their freshness. Try to eat it or put it to use as an element in a gravy, cookie sheet or soups. For instance, old salsa is usually included with a curry and also old dairy can be changed into a quiche. Obviously, avoid using something that has really long gone nasty or rancid.

5. Plan foods according to that which you have on hands. Draw out your resourceful side.

6. Plan foods based on what is for sale. Improve your quality recipes appropriately.

7. Try looking in Sales areas and steer clear of eating at restaurants all too often.

Filed under: College — yohoo @ 2:05 pm