Archive for March, 2011

Relay For Life

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

I have a good friend that is doing the Relay For Life this year in Derry New Hampshire on June 24-25, 2011. To use her own words as to why she is doing this:

“On June 12, 2010 I lost the most amazing, wonderful, caring, warm, beautiful person… my mom… after almost 5 years to cancer.  For years I had thought about joining a team, making donations or doing whatever I could think of to support the fight for cancer, but had never been able to do it, that is until mom passed.   We need to find a cure, and I want to be a part of it.  I’m doing this for my mom, my uncle, my friends, and all those that I don’t know. Won’t you join in helping me? 🙂

Cancer Sucks!”

Please help out if you can by donating to her cause.

Stocking up on Starbucks

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Been purchasing lots of Starbucks for my Tassimo single serve coffee brewer. Why yo may ask? Kraft, the distributor of the Tassimo has lost Starbucks as one of the brands they carry.

A couple of years ago when I was looking for a single serve coffee maker, I looked at the Tassimo and the Keurig. The Keurig is the most popular brand but the Tassimo had several things going for it that I liked.

First it uses a pressured system to brew drinks. In my opinion this allows more flavor from the coffee grounds to enter the cup. Second it uses a bar code system to read what type of drink you are brewing and adjusts its brewing cycle to this specific drink. Lastly they had Starbucks. The Keurig lacked all three of these items.

Now you would think that with Starbucks being involved I would be able to go to my local Starbucks and purchase discs for the Tassimo. No such luck. In fact finding discs tended to be a major pain. The only reliable way to get them was direct order from Tassimo. No problem, i order them from Tassimo or got what i could find at my local Bed, Bath, and Beyond, only store that carried them in my area.

Now Starbucks finally got tired of Kraft’s lack of marketing and bolted. Keurig will carry Starbucks now and Starbucks will stock the K-cups the Keurig’s use as well as Keurig machines, something Kraft wouldn’t let them do with the Tassimo. Kraft with the Tassimo has their heads up their asses and will only carry coffe for the Tassimo that Kraft has sole marketing rights. Talk about shooting yoruself in the foot.

So stocking up on Starbucks and as soon as they are done I’ll probably purchase a Keurig unless Tassimo starts to carry a good coffee. Sorry Kraft/Tassimo, Maxwell House doesn’t do it for me.

Wal-Mart and Martial Arts

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Wal-Mart is renting out space in at least one of their locations to a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) school. Nothing wrong with this as Wal-Mart does this for many types of businesses from banks to beauty salons.  My issue is with how the school is doing business.

The company renting the space from Wal-Mart is called The Center Mixed Martial Arts. Some big names involved as instructors, which should send up a red flag as how can all of these big name instructors be involved in teaching at all of the locations? Simple, via video. Hit play, follow along with the video, and now you know martial arts.

I don’t have an issue learning from videos, I’ve got several videos on martial arts and self-defense that I use as a learning aid. Notice I said “learning aid”, it is only one tool in helping me to learn. The others are practice with others, especially someone that really knows this stuff and spot and correct my mistakes. The Center does have live coaches, and you can even apply to be one if you like:

“The Center Mixed Martial Arts is looking for Full and Part Time Coaches at various locations. Positions entail dealing in a teaching, service, sales, marketing, and coaching role with adults, families and children. Fitness training, coaching, martial arts, sales skills helpful but not required. “

That’s right, no skills required to be a coach. How is someone suppose to be able to tell if I am performing a technique correctly if they have no experience? How will they provide training tips if they have no experience? Sorry, this just strikes me as a McDojo type of school.

The Army Is Getting Smart

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Army toughens fitness test for first time in 30 years

Sounds like the Army is looking at what the soldiers actually need to do in the field and basing their fitness standards on those requirements. Hopefully these standards will be the same for men and women. Lowering the standards  for women is an insult to strong women and could place other soldiers in harm.