Monthly Archives: October 2009

  • Halloween Fun and Facts

    October 30, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    How will you be celebrating this Halloween Weekend? At our home, Halloween has always been a special family night. The only problem, everyone wants to go trick or treating and no one wants to stay home and pass out the candy. Several years ago, we started setting up a table and chairs at the end of our driveway and our next door neighbors and our family use the table to pass out candy. 2008 Halloween 008

    Through the years, we have added to the set up. Instead of just candy, we now have a fire pit and roast marshmallows and make s'mores. We also stock a cooler with small bottles of water and beer for the adult trick or treaters. Eventually it turns into a party with 10-15 pirates, cheerleaders, Sarah Palin look a likes, princesses and ghouls gathering in our driveway. As our kids have gotten older, our house has also become a Halloween gathering point for their school friends.

    Do you have a unique Halloween tradition? If so, please email your story at rpridemore@wi-ex.com.

    Here are a few fun facts about Halloween:

    • According to the National Retail Federation, overall spending on Halloween this year is expected to reach $4.75 billion.
    • The Census Bureau estimated last year that 36 million American kids, between the ages of 5 and 13, go trick-or-treating. Many other older and younger kids (plus their parents) go trick-or-treating too, bringing the numbers up even more.
    • The 1st prize winner at the Circleville Ohio Pumpkin Festival weighed 1635.5 pounds http://www.pumpkinshow.com/. The largest pumpkin on record weighed 1725 pounds.
    • According to www.halloween-website.com:
      • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
      • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
      • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

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    Finally, according to Wikipedia: In America, the carved pumpkin was first associated with the harvest season in general, long before it became an emblem of Halloween. The poet John Greenleaf Whittier, who was born in 1807, wrote in "The Pumpkin" (1850): Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling, When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!

    Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween! Don't forget to turn your clock back one hour this weekend. Fall Back/Spring Forward!

  • Site of the Week: Shop It To Me

    October 29, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Shop it to meDo you ever get tired of searching through sale items just to find your size and most of the time there is no such luck? Well, Shop It To Me is a great solution to this problem that allows you to take advantage of sales and not have to spend the time searching for them.

     Shop It To Me allows you to create a profile for free tailored around your favorite brands and apparel sizes. Once your profile is created you can choose what day of the week you want to receive as they call it “Salemail”. Since your profile was created around your brands and sizes your “Salemail” will only consist of the items that are available for your size. Once you click on the “Salemail” item you are interested in Shop It To Me , it connects you directly to that website where you can place your order through the original brand site.

    Shop It To Me can be for women, men and also children’s clothing for over 600 popular brands. This new shopping solution is a great time saving for the upcoming holiday season!

  • No Signal

    October 27, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    One of the most common issues in horror movies is not being able to reach out and get help due to having a poor cell phone signal. This is usually a turning point in the movie, and ends badly for our friends on the silver screen. Luckily for our viewing pleasure, Rich Four Four has put together a montage of clips from 66 different horror movies from 2000 to present, highlighting what can happen when you have “No Signal”.

    As a warning, there is some colorful language in the video—but who can blame them, being in a horror movie is a high stress situation!

    Too bad they didn’t have a zBoost…

     

  • Spotted!

    October 26, 2009 - Leave a Comment

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    Dave Graveline, host of “Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline” was seen at the Ft. Lauderdale airport reading a copy of iPhone Life, with a Wi-Ex zBoost ad on the back cover. Way to go Dave!

  • Site of the Week: Hulu

    October 22, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Trying to keep up with my favorite shows every week has gotten harder as I’ve gotten older.  In college, my roommates and I had a DVR, so keeping up with our shows was easy- I watched them when I had time, and didn’t have to rearrange my schedule for them. Now that I’m working full-time and living on my own, I’ve opted to stick with regular old cable, and have discovered how easy it is to get behind on some of my old favorites. Luckily, I have recently discovered Hulu.

    Hulu is an online database of TV shows and movies that don’t require you to download a media player to watch. The shows stream from their website (much like YouTube videos), and you can watch them anytime for free. With Hulu, you are able to watch all seasons and episodes of any show, and can find the most popular or most recently added episodes easily. Like most online TV episodes, there are limited commercial interruptions are which are mildly irritating, but still not as bad as live TV. Also, on Hulu, you are able to search for content based on interest- Food, Drama, Comedy, etc. to find new shows that you may not have seen before.

    Happy watching!

  • Halloween Costumes

    October 21, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    With Halloween just over a week away, my friends and co-workers and I have been searching for the perfect costumes for this year’s festivities. I’ve compiled a list of some of the funniest and most memorable costumes I’ve come across so far:

    1. Gingy, the Gingerbread man from Shrek

    2. Trophy WifeHumpty dumpty

    3. Kissing Booth

    4. Michael Jackson

    5. Travelocity's Roaming Gnome

    6. Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber

    7.  MC Hammer

    8. A tabloid Cover

    9. Animal from The Muppets

    10. Humpty Dumpty

  • In the Beginning…

    October 20, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Have you ever wondered how a new concept begins?  Many of us have had a need, and thought if I could just invent a solution, wouldn't that be a wonderful thing.  Way back in 1999, Michael Rodgers had a friend who couldn't get a cell signal in his basement home office and asked Michael for help.  With 3 bars of signal outside, Michael thought he could help by putting an antenna outside, attached to another antenna in the basement with a co-axial cable, but after giving the phone a call, it failed to ring and cell service continued to be a problem.

    With a degree from Georgia Tech in 1993 in electrical engineering and 5 important years of experience at Motorola, Michael’s next step was doing consulting work including cellular tower top amplifiers.  At this point, the need and the desire for a solution to the cell phone signal issue had been burning inside him for the last 3 years. 

    TrashcanOne day it dawned on Michael that he needed an amplifier system with the antennas to boost the signal.  He was sure this concept would work, but how could he prove it?  After considerable thought, Michael bought a simple metal trash can and placed the cell phone in it. The metal acted as a shield so the phone didn’t ring.  He then connected an antenna on the roof with an antenna in the trash can and the phone still wouldn't ring.   When he added the concept amplifier unit in between, suddenly the phone rang! Michael always felt confident that the concept would work and it was so exhilarating when it finally did work. 

    With no guarantees, but God’s presence, Michael took a real leap of faith and officially incorporated Wi-Ex in October 2003.  After lots of hard work and three long years, the first product was shipped in January 2005.

  • Money Saving Tips

    October 19, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    It's the time of year to begin thinking about your holiday shopping.  Every year I vow to spend less and shop early, so I thought a little research in October would be appropriate.  I found this story on The Dollar Stretcher www.stretcher.comIt offers some great ideas for thoughtful but inexpensive gifts.  The story specifically mentions Christmas, but these suggestions are perfect for all gift giving occasions.

     

    A Less Is More Christmas List
    by Gary Foreman

    "What's the best Christmas present you ever got?" Mary asked the question almost absent-mindedly, but John knew that there was something behind that innocent question.

    "Probably those old records you found for me one year. I listen to them all the time. Why do you ask?"

    "Just thinking about our Christmas shopping list. We shouldn't spend so much this year and yet I don't want to feel like we're cheating our friends and relatives. Thought that maybe remembering our own best and worst gifts would put me in the right frame of mind to put a good list together."

    Since John hated shopping he was all for anything that would make Christmas shopping easier. If Mary could make it cheaper, too, she'd really have something! "I'll tell you one rule we should use this year. If someone already has one of something we shouldn't buy them a replacement. Take your Dad, for instance. Last year we bought him that new putter. After six rounds of missing puts with it he was ready to throw it into the lake. Don't think we bought any real happiness with that gift!"

    Mary chuckled, but she knew that John was right. "Remember those shirtshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/mag-glass_10x10.gif we got for your brothers? I was looking for something where I could buy two and give one to each. I ended up getting something that really wasn't right for either of them. This year, I'm just not going to buy the same gift for more than one person."

    John hadn't told Mary, but one day last spring Bill had mentioned that he returned the shirthttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/mag-glass_10x10.gif. "What we need to figure out is what to do with all of our friends. If we don't have enough time to see them regularly how are we supposed to find a gift that they really like?"

    "Oh, I didn't tell you. Susie and I were talking on the phone the other day. We decided that instead of trading meaningless gifts that we would save the money and use it to go out to dinnerhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/2.gif together in January. It's set for the 9th. We thought that would be a good chance to catch up with what's going on in each other's lives."

    "Great! Why don't we do that with Jim and Nancy, too?"

    Mary responded to John by making a note on her list. But she was still concerned that there were too many people on the list where she just didn't have any good ideas. "What about Ellen and Tony? She always says that they don't need anything. But I can't just skip my own sister."

    "How about this, Hon? With the three kids they never seem to have any time on their own. Why don't we babysit the kids while they go to dinner or a movie?"

    Mary thought for a moment, then a frown crossed her face. "Even if they want to go out, Ellen will never call to ask. It'll be like giving them nothing."

    "I can solve that. Do the same thing you did with Susie. Pick a date and then just remind Ellen about a week before. That way they have to do something specific to avoid going out."

    Mary brightened. "Oh, I like that! I was thinking of something similar for Joannie. Since the divorce she never gets any time away from the kids. I thought that we could babysit while she goes to the mall or has lunch with some girl friends. Now I know how to get her to actually take me up on the offer!"

    John joined Mary on the sofa and peeked at her list. "Oh, I've got an idea for your folks. Heard it on the radio. You always talk about how much they mean to you. Why don't you write it down. Sort of like a tribute to them. Include how they've helped you and why you love them. I'll use the computer to print it up fancy and we can frame it for them. The guy on the radio said that he's seen parents break down and cry when they get one." John wasn't too sure, but he thought that his bride's eyes were just a little bit teary at the thought.

    "What'll we do about Aunt Edna? Guess we can't get by with a fruitcake, can we?"

    Mary shot an elbow at John's ribs. He never missed an opportunity to poke some fun at her aunt. "I've got that one covered, wise guy. She's always saying how she wishes she could see more of the kids. So I'm going to get a little photo album and fill it with a bunch of family pictures. I can put it in the mail to her and it'll almost be like a visit. You know, you should be more respectful of your elders!"

    John grinned and gave her hand a squeeze. "Ok, now all we've got to do is figure out what to do with all the kids. Is there something in the Christmas rule book that says that children's gifts all have to be electronic or cost over $20..."

     

    The Dollar Stretcher www.stretcher.com is dedicated to "Living Better for Less". You'll find the web's largest collection of free articles to save you time and money. There's even a free weekly email newsletter send email to subscribe-dollar-stretcher-2@hub.thedollarstretcher.com.

     

    Please share your cost savings methods so we can share them with our readers, by emailing me at rpridemore@wi-ex.com.  Check back next month for additional money saving tips.

  • Online pushes offline sales

    October 16, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    It may surprise you, but we all know it. We all do it. Research says that online consumers think nothing of shopping across a retailer’s stores, Web site and catalog. So, online product research continues to drive more land-store sales than online sales. Yes – reread that sentence because it tells us where to put marketing your monies – “Online product research is actually driving more land-store sales than online sales.”

    According to eMarketer, from 2007 to 2012, Web-influenced store sales are forecast to grow at a 19% average annual rate, compared with a 12% rate for retail e-commerce.

    Your marketing can be as simple as highlighting the nearest retail locations or presenting coupons for in-store use based on shoppers’ geographic locations. Any retailer who isn’t using the online channel to promote offline sales—as well as online sales—is missing a huge opportunity.

    And speaking of coupons—here are a few sites to check out before you shop.

    http://www.retailmenot.com

    http://www.couponchief.com

  • Site of the Week: PopSugar

    October 15, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    PopSugar has been one of my favorite websites since 2005. I’ve been a loyal reader for so long, simply because there is so much going on their website- and just like their tag line, “Insanely addictive”, I can’t get enough of this site. Popsugar’s main screen is the original calling of the website- a celebrity gossip page, which is updated constantly. Here, I can get the latest juice about who wore what, who’s dating who, and what’s going on in Hollywood, in a more tasteful way than many other gossip websites.

    Over the years, they have steadily added pages to their site, and have made it even more fun to frequent. One of the pages I visit regularly is FitSugar- a health and fitness branch, which highlights exercise and nutrition. My favorite posts in Fit are the ones about new workout routines. Almost weekly there are new fitness videos that are uploaded, showing you how to perfect a certain yoga move, squat or push-up, which is really helpful and easy to work into your own fitness routine.

    YumSugar is another favorite of mine. Here, all things food are explored. There are recipes, seasonal treats, and information about restaurants and chefs all over the country. I’ve looked on YumSugar more than once for dinner ideas, information about seasonal ingredients and party food and drink suggestions.

    One of my last most frequently visited pages on PopSugar is GeekSugar- which is just what it sounds like- tech goodies, and usually ones specifically geared towards women, which is great. Geek is interesting because of all the product and company information they provide. It’s a great resource to look into before buying a new product or trying a new technology out.

    PopSugar is great not just because it’s a plethora of information, all at your fingertips, but also because a great deal of the information on the page is user-generated. Everyday there are polls asking about user options, feelings and thoughts on everything from “What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish” to “Is a Facebook Poke a legitimate method of communication”.

    Some other fun pages on PopSugar are: FabSugar- the fashion page, CasaSugar- the home décor page, LilSugar- dedicated to Mommy’s and their kids, SavvySugar- all about handling your finances, and BuzzSugar- entertainment.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! :)

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