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Off-Leash Dog Parks In Tracy, CA

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

There is currently only one dog park in Tracy, CA. It’s located near downtown, behind the Fire Station on Grant Line Road.

El Pescadero Park – Tracy Blvd and Kavanaugh Ave

-1 acre of enclosed grass area with benches, doggy bags, lights, water fountain for dogs and humans
-Best time to go 4pm-6pm
-Take the Tracy Blvd exit off Hwy 205, head south; turn left at Kavanaugh Ave; dog park will be one block down on the right

So that all visitors may enjoy the dog park, the City of Tracy asks that all owners abide by a few simple rules:

-Do not use the dog park if your dog is unruly or barks excessively, aggressive, and/or is in heat.
-All dogs must be licensed
-All dogs must be current on vaccinations
-Owners are required to clean up their dog’s droppings
-All dogs must be leashed outside the dog park
-All dogs must be attended by an owner
-Owners use the park at their own risk
-The City of Tracy is not responsible for injury or illness to dogs or owners

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Dog Park Etiquette Tips from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers:

DO NOT:
-Bring a dog that is under 4 months of age
-Take sensitive dogs to an enclosed dog park where there are more than 2 dogs per every 20 square yards of space
-Bring or use treats and toys when other dogs are nearby
-Allow dogs to form loose packs
-Allow a dog to bully another
-Ever let your dog off-leash in an un-fenced dog park if he/she is not responsive to your verbal commands
-Worry if some dogs don’t play with other dogs in a dog park
-Spend your time talking on a cell phone – you must supervise your dog at all times and be able to give your dog your full attention

DO:
-Consult your veterinarian about your dog’s overall health before going to a dog park
-Make sure your dog is up-to-date on his/her vaccinations
-Observe the dogs in the dog park to see if there are any potential health or behavior problems
-Clean up after your dog
-Supervise dogs when they are playing and interrupt any rough play
-Be willing to leave a dog park if you feel that your dog is either being a bully, the play is getting too rough or your dog is just not having fun
-Check to be sure there aren’t a large number of intact (un-neutered) males at the park
-Make sure your young dog is not being bullied or learning bad manners from the other dogs
-Be cautious about taking advice from other park patrons who are not dog professionals

Jon Stewart Voted Most Influential Man By AskMen.com Readers

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

A pole conducted by AskMen.com places President Obama in the No. 21 spot of “most influential man” – one rank below Matthew Weiner the creator of “Mad Men” and one above Chef Ferran Adria.

The Number One spot went to the “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, who topped the list of 49 prominent men from entertainment, philanthropy, politics, sports, and technology. The votes came from more than half a million AskMen.com readers, along with the site’s staff.

AskMen claims that “Daily Show” is “our youths’ most trusted source of information and its host the most trusted man in America.”

Stewart is expecting more than 100,000 Americans at his Rally to Restore Sanity, which is set for Saturday in Washington D.C. A satellite rally also will take place in Los Angeles.

Stewart’s fellow Comedy Central late-night host, Stephen Colbert, came in at No. 11.

Rounding out the top five were Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Steve Jobs, and rapper Kanye West.

Other notable men on the list are:

7. James Franco
12. Conan O’Brien
13. Jay-Z
18. George Clooney
23. Tom Ford
24. Eminem
25. Ben Affleck
29. Zach Galifianakis
30. Isaiah Mustafa
33. Justin Timberlake
36. Hugh Jackman
39. David Letterman
40. Christopher Nolan
43. Leonardo DiCaprio
48. Steven Slater
49. Russell Brand

“These are the men history will remember as having defined 2010,” according to AskMen.

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Halloween Decorations Ideas – Homemade Halloween Decorations

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Money may be tight this time of year, but you can still have a great Halloween. It’s easy to decorate on a budget when you know how to do it.

Start by searching your house and yards for various odds and ends, like scraps of fabric, old clothing, yarn, and cardboard.

Stuff your old clothes with newspaper and use the scraps of fabric to make a life size scarecrow or monster. Old masks can be used to create a face, or carve a pumpkin to create the head.

Cut up your smaller pieces of cardboard to create bats and ghosts. Use markers or paint to add color and hang them with fishing wire, dental floss, or string.

Cardboard can also be used to make tombstones for your front yard or windows. Simply cut out the shape you want and paint it gray. Once it’s dry write R.I.P. on the tombstones, along with spooky names and sayings.

Yarn can easily be used to make giant spider webs for your windows or front porch. If you have it, crepe paper works well too.

Jazz up your front doorway for the trick-or-treaters even more with a black light instead of your normal porch light, and a tape or CD of scary noises like witches laughing and doors creaking.

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If you’re not the most creative or artistic person in the world, many stores drastically discount their decorations the week before Halloween. You can often find cheap Halloween decorations at stores like CVS, RiteAid, Big Lots, and even the Dollar Tree.

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4th Of July Fun! Uncle Sam Hat Treat Holders!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

By: Amanda Formaro via Kaboose.com

What you’ll need:
-Styrofoam cup
-Red and blue felt
-Red paint
-Paintbrush
-Silver chenille stem
-Scissors
-White craft glue
-Black marker

How to make it:
Place cup, open end down, on top of the red felt and trace with a marker.
Cut around the traced circle leaving a ¾” border around it.

Fold the circle and cut a slit in the center of the circle to allow your scissors to get in. Cut out the inside circle, leaving about a ¼” border around the inside of the trace line. Set felt circle aside.

Paint red stripes all the way around the outside of the cup, stripes should run up and down. Let dry completely.

Cut a strip of blue felt about 1.5” wide. It should be long enough to wrap around the brim of the cup.

Glue felt strip around the outside of the top of the cup.

Lay red felt circle on to work surface, black trace line should be facing up.

Line the lip of the cup with white glue and press down onto black trace line. Let dry.
Turn cup over and place on work surface.

Use silver chenille to bend into star shapes, trim where needed. Glue onto the blue hat band.

When everything is dry, fill with treats.

Tips:
To make our treat cups sturdier, especially if using outside, glue a heavy washer to the bottom of the cup.

You can add handles to your cup by twisting to chenille stems together and poking through the sides of the cup and running over the top. This step should be done before adding the blue brim.

You may also use white paper or plastic cups for this project.

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4th Of July Fun! Make A Patriotic Cake!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

How to Make Jello Cake

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

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Side Note From Tony: After frosting, add blueberries to the top of the cake for a true patriotic touch!

This is a delicious and simple recipe to make. It’s also called “poke cake.” Read and find out why it’s called that!

Ingredients

  • White cake mix
  • One big box or two little boxes of flavored gelatin
  • Water
  • Creamy whipped topping of any flavor
  • Candy sprinkles (optional)

Steps

  1. Prepare an ordinary white cake mix according to box directions. Use a sheet cake (9 x 13) baking pan.
  2. Poke holes with a fork or a pair of chopsticks when the sheet cake gets cool. Holes should not go all the way through cake to the bottom of the pan. The entire cake should be perforated this way with holes every 1/2 – 3/4 inch (1-2 centimeters).
  3. Prepare a large box of flavored gelatin. Do not chill.
  4. Pour cooled gelatin liquid evenly over entire cake. Holes in the cake allow gelatin to seep into the cake.
  5. Place the cake in the refrigerator until gelatin firms, about 3-4 hours.
  6. Spread a whipped topping over top of cake, decorate with colorful candy sprinkles (optional) and serve!

Tips

  • You can make the layers with different colors or flavors. Use 1 small box of gelatin for each layer. You could also alternate stripes or patterns on a 9 x 13-inch cake with different flavors. You could coordinate for holidays such as red and blue gelatin for the 4th of July.
  • If you want to get really creative, use different flavors of cake mix too.
  • Whipping together some cool whip with some regular white frosting makes a good frosting for jello cake.
  • Some people prefer the taste of angel food cake, experiment with other flavors to find what you like

Warnings

  • Children can help mix the cake mix and poke holes in the cooled cake, but help them out with the oven and pouring boiling water!
  • Do not use regular frosting, it won’t stick to the gelatin like it does to cake!
  • Jello is not a vegetarian dessert. Gelatin is a protein produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the bones, connective tissues, organs, and some intestines of animals such as cattle, horses, and alligators.

Things You’ll Need

  • White cake mix
  • Sheet cake pan
  • Oven
  • Gelatin
  • Hot water
  • Fork or chopstick
  • Refrigerator
  • Creamy whipped Topping
  • Candy sprinkles

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Kids And Family Camping Trips. Be Prepared So Your Kids Will Have Fun Camping! by Dave Clair

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Kids And Family Camping Trips. Be Prepared So Your Kids Will Have Fun Camping! by Dave Clair

Taking your kids camping can create the kind of fond memories that they will cherish for a lifetime. In order to make sure your trip is a success, be prepared on your next camping trip. Being outdoors with their endless energy and imagination is all they need to have a great time, as long as the basics are covered.

You’ve heard it said: Safety first. First aid kids are a must. Kids are great at getting bumps and cuts and scrapes when they are outdoors. Make sure your first aid kid is up to par.

Personal care items are very important. Bring toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, tissues, and other related items.

Nothing is worse than sleeping on the hard ground with a poor sleeping bag. Bring good sleeping bags, along with some extra blankets and extra pillows to make sure they are comfortable.

Lanterns and flashlights are a must. Bring plenty of batteries for them, too. Your kids will have more fun if they have their own flashlights and they’ll be a lot safer in the dark.

With younger kids, you need to prepare for boredom control. Small toys and coloring books can work wonders for this. For long car rides, bring some travel board games.

Bring food that kids will eat! Hot dogs, marshmallows, trail mix, etc. Don’t assume that your kids will be happy eating things they aren’t used to just because you are camping. Don’t forget to pack plenty of clean water.

You might like sitting on a tree stump all weekend, but your kids probably won’t. Camping chairs and folding tables can make a huge difference and make your family way more comfortable around the campfire.

Be ready for any kind of unforeseen accidents by packing extra clothing. Kids have a gift for getting dirty, wet, or rips in their clothing.

Follow these tips and your kids will have a wonderful time camping with you. They will have memories they will treasure for a lifetime.

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Will A 5-Day Delivery Schedule Save The U.S. Postal Service?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

According to the U.S. Postal Service, they will lose $23 billion a year for the next ten years if something doesn’t happen right away.

Since its inception 235 years ago, the USPS has not only delivered the mail, but profits as well. Not so much anymore; in 2008 the USPS agency began to lose money for the first time in their history.

By the end of this fiscal year, the U.S. Postal Service will have lost an additional $7 billion, and will owe the U.S. Government $13.8 billion. By the year 2020, the USPS will have lost an astonishing 238 billion dollars.

But the Postal Service has a plan to save itself – a plan that cost them $5 billion to develop.

The plan, believe it or not, is to simply stop delivering mail on Saturdays.

The U.S. Postal Service says that by delivering mail only five days a week, they will save an estimated $3.5 billion a year. The Postal Regulatory Commission however thinks the savings will be more like $1.9 billion. But either way, the money saved isn’t nearly the amount the agency is projected to lose.

The PRC will likely take six to nine months to crunch the numbers. If it approves the plan, the issue goes to Congress, which has been circling the growing fiscal crisis of the post office for nine years now, ever since the Government Accountability Office placed it on a “high-risk list.” For the last several years, Postmaster General John Potter, who makes $845,000 a year and has struggled to bring the agency into the 21st century in his nine years on the job, has asked Congress for a number of fiscal fixes. In 2003, Congress reduced the Postal Service’s pension costs by about $9 billion. In 2006, it relieved the agency of $27 billion in pension obligations to employees with military service. And last year, Congress cut the agency’s annual retiree health benefits by $4 billion. With each fix came a promise of “fiscal solvency” from Potter, so to say that Congress is losing patience with the Postal Service is an understatement. Even if the House and Senate do pass the plan to cut Saturday delivery, it’ll be a miracle if that happens before the plan is set to go into effect in 2011. In the meantime, the Postal Service will just keep losing money and probably raising postage rates, which it has done eight times since 1999.

Full Article Lost in the Mail By Matthew Philips, Newsweek

So what do you think? Will a 5-day delivery schedule save the day?


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Saving Money by Cutting Home Energy Losses

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Prices are going up in many of the areas that affect how you live. Significant changes are found in groceries, the price of energy and almost everything else you can think of. Maybe you can’t cut back on your insurance premiums, but you can do a lot to cut back your homehousehold [sic] energy costs. In most cases, you don’t need to spend a penny to start on the savings. Use these simple suggestions and you’ll find you can start saving money right away.

Tighten leaky faucets. A leaky faucet can waste hundreds of gallons of water each year. Worse yet, if the faucet leaks hot water you are sending a lot of money literally down the drain. The cost of heating water typically accounts for about 10-15% of household energy costs. Those little drips can add up to a big cost and they are easy to avoid.

Don’t leave your flue damper open. When you don’t have a fire going in your fireplace, make sure the damper is closed. This will keep heated air from getting lost out the chimney.

Install a showerhead with a restricted flow design. It will save water and also the energy to heat that water. You can get one for under $20. Installation is usually very easy.

In the summer, set your temperature to 78 degrees. You can save a lot by increasing the temperature to 78 from 72 degrees. Your AC is probably your home’s most energy intensive system, so even small decreases can offer big paybacks.

Lower your temperature control to 68 during the winter. You can save up to 5% on your heating bill by reducing your temperature setting from 72 to 68 degrees.

Do your laundry in cold water. About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is in heating the water. Eliminate this unnecessary cost by using cold water for the laundry. Restrict your use of warm water to when you’re doing a load of whites. Modern detergents do a pretty good job so it’s not like in the old days.

Use window treatments to regulate your home’s temperature. In the summer, close your south and west facing curtains or blinds. Keeping direct sunlight out of your home will reduce the burden on your air conditioner. It will make your rooms cooler. During the winter, do the opposite. Open your blinds and curtains on sunny days to let the sun’s rays warm your rooms. As the sun goes down, close them again to keep the warmth from escaping.

Only run the dishwasher when it’s full, so you won’t run it so often. The dishwasher accounts for about 2% of your home’s overall energy usage. Don’t ever run partial loads with it. Wait until it is as full as possible before you turn it on.

Run vent fans only when you really have to. Your bathroom’s ventilation fans can replace all the air in your home in as short a time as one hour! Letting the exhaust fans run for extended periods will suck your cool or warm air from your house and replace it with more air from outside. This will boost your cooling and heating costs significantly.

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