Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
*Visit townofstarshollow.org/lukes for a full list of Luke’s Diner locations nationwide!
In celebration of the Gilmoreversary, marking the day Gilmore Girls first aired, Netflix is bringing everyone’s favorite Stars Hollow hangout to Atlanta. Fans can celebrate the way Lorelai and Rory would by grabbing their person (mom, boyfriend, Sookie...Kirk) and heading to any of the four Luke's Diner locations in the city.
Decked out with all the Luke’s Diner essentials, visitors will receive a free cup of coffee (while supplies last), plus a fun surprise under their custom Gilmore Girls coffee sleeve. Once the caffeine kicks in, fans can relive their favorite moments and stream all seven seasons on Netflix before embarking on a new journey with Lorelai and Rory on November 25, when Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life launches on the service!
·Snapcodes printed on custom coffee cups will unlock a special Gilmore Girls filter that users can use for 24 hours
·Hashtags: #HappyBirthdayGilmore #Lukes #GilmoreGirls
- A great tool to get rid of static cling is the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus spray. It has over 101 uses and one of them is eliminating static cling. Not only will you remove static charges from your clothes but they will be left with a fresh scent.
- Place a safety pin on the inner hem of clothing to dispel any static charge, instead of shocking you, the charge will go to the pin.
- Place a damp towel or cloth inside dryer and dry at lowest heat setting. The clothing will not become as dry and susceptible to static.
- Take clothes out of the dryer before they are completely dry, allowing them to air dry the rest of the way will better prevent static, due to the reduction of heat and friction between clothing.
- Instead of wearing rubber-soled shoes, wear leather-soled shoes to help prevent static because it is a non-conducting material.
- Use Aluminum foil balls in the dryer, the foil will pick up any charge from the clothing while in the dryer.
- Spray fine mist of distilled water on clothing after it comes out of the dryer, it will kill any static that is clinging to the clothing.
- Slip clothes with static charge through a metal hanger, just like the safety pin and aluminum foil, the metal hanger will pick up any charge that is in your clothing.
- If you have static cling on clothes you are already wearing, place a think layer of moisturizing lotion on your skin underneath your clothes. The moisture from the lotion will counteract the dryness of the clothing.
Friday, August 26, 2016
3 Reasons Military Veterans Make Topnotch Employeesby Nick Baucom
Politicians call them heroes and strangers thank them for their service.
But when their enlistment comes to an end, veterans need more than a pat on the back as they return to civilian life. They need jobs.
And increasingly, they seem to be getting them because the unemployment rate among veterans has been on the decline in recent years. In May, the veteran unemployment rate was 3.4 percent, down from 5 percent for the same month in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That compares to a 4.7 percent overall unemployment rate.
“I think in the last several years there has been a focus on the importance of hiring veterans and many businesses have taken that to heart,” says Nick Baucom, a U.S. Marine veteran who makes hiring veterans a priority for his company, Two Marines Moving (www.TwoMarinesMoving.com).
“But probably the biggest reason that the unemployment rate for veterans has trended downward is that, as a group, veterans bring with them experience and attitudes that make them great employees.”
Baucom’s moving company employs more than 100 veterans between its two locations – the Washington, D.C., area and Miami. He wants to hire more because his company is booked three to four weeks in advance and he could use the extra help.
“But with the unemployment rate for veterans dropping, it’s becoming more challenging to hire them,” says Baucom, who also is the author of “On the Move: A Marine’s Guide to Entrepreneurial Success.”
“I can’t complain too much, though, because I’m glad so many other employers are seeing the benefits of having veterans in their workforce.”
Baucom says there are several reasons veterans make top notch employees, including:
• Their tenacity. Veterans know what perseverance is all about, if for no other reason than they survived boot camp, an arduous challenge that puts a person’s fortitude to the test. Marines, for example, must prove they can hike 20 miles carrying a fully loaded pack.
• Their decisiveness. People in the military don’t always have the luxury of taking all day to analyze a situation before making a decision. Yes, they must gather data and understand it thoroughly – but they understand the need to do it expediently. “A 90 percent solution now is better than a 100 percent solution later,” Baucom says. “Both in the Marines and in the business world, I’ve found that waiting for that 100 percent solution just leads to paralysis.”
• Their initiative. Anyone in the military learns to follow orders. But they also understand that there are situations when they need to take action in the absence of orders. If something needs to be done, they don’t have to wait to be told.
“I know that Marines go through quite an ordeal in their training and in carrying out their missions,” Baucom says. “When we ask them to move a piano, it probably doesn’t seem all that difficult in comparison.”
Nick Baucom is the founder and owner of Two Marines Moving (www.twomarinesmoving.com), a moving company that has operations in the Washington, D.C., area and Miami. Baucom, who also is the author of “On the Move: A Marine’s Guide to Entrepreneurial Success,” served in the U.S. Marines from 2002 to 2008, and was in Iraq in 2003.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Keep the grilled fired up after cooking dinner for this tasty dessert that is peachy keen!
• 3 large peaches, cut in half and pit removed
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1/4 cup brown sugar*
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• Vanilla ice cream
1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high heat
2. Cut ripe peaches in half, remove pit and put peach halves in a medium-sized Ziploc bag
3. Add vanilla extract, brown sugar* and cinnamon to the bag and close
4. Gently turn bag to coat peaches with mixture
5. Arrange fruit flesh-side down on the grill or grill pan. Grill for 2 minutes or until a nice grill mark appears on the peach. Flip fruit to the skin side and cook for another minute.
6. Serve warm peaches with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy the peachy keen sweetness
*To make a lighter version of this dessert, substitute two tablespoons of honey for brown sugar.
Recipe courtesy of Everyday Gourmet with Blakely (gourmetwithblakely.com)
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Last Look at Elephants in Long-Running Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
“XTREME” Returns with Retiring Elephants, Dancing Poodles and Other Popular Acts
By Shandra Hill Smith
Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, plans to move the elephants to its permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
As Hollywood gears up for the 88th Academy Awards to be held on February 28, 2016, the Kingdom of Jordan has once again provided the backdrop for three key Oscar contenders in two categories.
Jordan, the famed Middle Eastern monarchy of stability and safety located on the east bank of the Jordan River, boasts a diversity of locations and a strong production infrastructure that have lured top film and television productions for decades. Oscar has often honored classic movies shot in Jordan with its top awards, including giving prizes to “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade,” “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
At this year’s glittery ceremony, “The Martian” contends for Best Picture and in six other categories, after director Ridley Scott chose Jordan’s UNESCO World Heritage site of Wadi Rum as a stand in for the red planet. Best Foreign Film contender “Theeb” (Jordan’s own nominated entry), director Naji Abu Nowar’s BAFTA award-winning coming-of-age story set amidst World War I was also shot in Wadi Rum, creating a completely different representation of that spectacular sandstone valley. And “A War,” Denmark’s Best Foreign Film nominee, used other striking locations in Jordan to tell its more modern story of conflict, as it follows Danish soldiers fighting during the recent war in Afghanistan.
There are good reasons that filmmakers as well as television crews from around the world often choose Jordan – a veritable modern promised land of opportunity -- as the place to work their creative magic. The Royal Film Commission - Jordan provides both local and international productions with comprehensive services, ranging from scouting and suggesting spectacular locations (both wildly natural and sophisticatedly urban ones) to offering a modern infrastructure, skilled crews, financial benefits, tax incentives (including exemptions of the 16-percent sales tax, customs duties and the withholding tax on foreign crews), no- or low-cost permitting fees and an always secure environment in this country that is universally acknowledged as the safest county in both the Middle East and the entire Arab world.
And all these advantages are found in a place where English is widely spoken, the weather is generally moderate and unique, unspoiled ancient historical and multi-religious sites offer a breathtaking choice of visual possibilities. Is it any wonder that the world’s best filmmakers, including Ridley Scott (who shot both “The Martian” and “Prometheus” here) and Kathryn Bigelow (who made two Oscar-winning movies, “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” in Jordan), have returned time after time to make films in this welcoming country?
In fact, Jordan’s Royal Film Commission goes far and beyond just being welcoming to both foreign and domestic projects; the organization is dedicated to consistently helping top-notch productions create unforgettable stories and images while keeping costs well in check. It’s a continuing success story that has led to the country being nicknamed the “Hollywood of the Middle East,” with “X-Men: Apocalypse” (slated for release worldwide in May 2016) as the next American blockbuster that used Jordan as a backdrop for the action.
George David, Managing Director of the Royal Film Commission – Jordan is available for interviews to help put this continuing story into perspective. He can speak to the Jordanian government’s strong support of international productions (from streamlining visa clearances and permits to assisting with local casting and crew recruiting, suggesting appropriate production facilities and more) as well as the many reasons Jordan is the place in the Middle East for top-notch productions.
A comprehensive guide to filming in Jordan can be found at www.film.jo, with the current Production Directory offering an up-to-date list of services available across the country at www.film.jo/files/ProductionDirectory2015v2.pdf.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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