Friday, January 18, 2013

Winter Weather Woes For Home Sales

Colorado Springs distressed properties The unusually severe winter weather, which has battered many parts of the country in recent months, has also had a significant impact on an already distressed housing market. With torrential rain and sweeping snowstorms causing chaos on the roads, prompting widespread power outages and repeated school closures, the disruptive conditions have spelt bad news for sluggish real estate across the nation. Analysts, from coast to coast, reported continued drops in sales of existing homes, and perhaps more significantly, delays in the commencement of new housing projects. Many northern regions experienced considerably intense winter conditions, while other, less expected states as Florida and Arizona, found themselves on the receiving end of unprecedented meteorological mayhem. Even such places as Boulder, Colorado, which is more than used to dealing with its fare share of snow, found the going tough. And with forecasters' predictions of further falls yet to come, this season could turn out to be the snowiest ever recorded in Boulder. Of course, home sales are always expected to be slower in many areas of the country during the winter months. The onset of spring generally sees both actual, and metaphorical, thaws; and a resultant increase in real estate interest. So, with summer just around the corner, housing experts are optimistic that a combination of improvements in the weather, and a rush to complete sales contracts before the home buyer tax credit expires, might just give the market a much needed boost. With this in mind, anyone wishing to selling a home, should consider that now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting their property on the market. As the evenings get lighter and the days warmer, those essential little makeovers can finally be done. These may include giving a room, or two, a new coat of paint, or tidying up the front yard, to improve that all-important curb appeal. Meanwhile, those in the market to buy, will doubtless be preparing to search for their new home, as the weather becomes more conducive to getting out to view properties. In these technological times, the vast majority of potential buyers conduct their initial searches on the internet, so it is important that sellers get their properties up for sale as early as possible. Buyers will often spend weeks checking out the market, before contacting an agent. With the majority of the winter weather behind us, and the optimism that spring so often brings, it appears as though things might just start to look a lot better in the coming months.

Friday, January 18, 2013 by wiwik · 0

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Top 7 Tips to Write a Brilliant Essay To know how to write an essay first and foremost you should identify the type of essay you are about to write. When we talk about the essay types, in most cases we deal with the following: "For and Against" Essays, Opinion Essays, Providing Solutions to Problems and Letters to the Editor. Though each type of an essay has its own style and writing technique, at the same time all of them have lots of common features and one writing scheme. Before getting started to write your piece of writing, study the major features of essay types writing style.

When you have already identified the type of essay you will write, it is time to get to work. To help you to cope with it successfully we suggest that you read and take advantage of the following tips:

1. Identify the type of essay you are about to write.

Read about the common features of the essay writing style as well as learn the peculiarities of the essay type you should write. Write out the scheme of your essay type writing and follow it when writing an essay. Identify the style, the structure, the linking words used in this type of essay writing.

2. Brainstorm for the ideas to be used in your essay.

Do not be afraid to start writing an essay. Take your time with the ideas that you want to imply in your piece of writing. Have your ideas first in your head without putting them down on the paper. When you feel like writing them down, take notes on every idea, word and phrase that comes to your head and relates to the topic of your essay.

3. Make the backbone for your essay.

It is a high time to group all the ideas that you came up with. Cross out any irrelevant ones and make your best to put them into a logical order.

4. Plan the layout of your essay.

When ready with your ideas, organise them into separate paragraphs. Keep in mind the following layout of writing: an introduction, a main body and a conclusion.

Remember that the introduction denotes the first paragraph of your essay that should be a short paragraph in which you should develop the points related to the subject of your essay. It should make the reader interested in having a further look at your piece of writing.

Do not forget that the main body of your essay should contain two or more paragraphs where you should develop all the points related to the subject of your essay.

In the conclusion of your essay you are to summarise the major idea of the subject and make general comments to your piece of writing.

5. Choose your writing technique.

A successful choice of writing technique guarantees your success in getting A for effort for your essay. The technique you choose will make your essay even more interesting to the reader. Think how you may start your essay, develop your ideas and make a bright end to it. You can use direct speech or rhetorical question or address the reader directly to begin and end your essay.

6. Make your essay beautiful and easy to understand.

The beauty of your essay is in the wide usage of linking words and phrases to make your essay more interesting to the reader and easier to understand. Avoid repetition of the same words and phrases, look for the synonyms and synonymous expressions. You can also use a variety of adjectives, adverbs and verbs to make your essay more attractive to the reader.

7. Edit your essay.

Before hanging your essay in do not forget to edit your piece of writing, look through it over and over again. Pay attention to the correct word order, grammar used in the sentences, proper spelling of the separate words and word combinations. Check the punctuation: commas, full stops, question marks etc. Verify if you have made all the necessary paragraphs of your essay. Avoid repetition, try to use synonyms to denote the same words, expressions, phrases etc. It's better if you scan your ready-made essay two or three times before having a final go.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by wiwik · 0

Dubya Talks Turkey

free dating sites over 50 As part of Cranelegs' never ending search for the truth about the world around us, I was able to get a few unprecedented moments with President Bush--alone. I got right to the questions you have on your minds and heard first-hand from the leader of the free world. I think you'll find the President's frankness and openness refreshing during this no-holds-barred interview.

(08/31/2006, 07:23 AM: complete unedited transcript: White House Gym locker room)

Cranelegs: So Mr. President, first I'd like to thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to speak with me.

Mr. President: Just taking a break from the treadmill. Caught me at a good time. Hope ya don't mind the sweat. Heh! Heh!

Cranelegs: Not at all sir. Again thanks. Let me start by asking, have you heard of Cranelegs?

Mr. President: Can't say I have. Good name for ya though, with those pretzels for calves you have. Heh! Heh!

Cranelegs: You are quick Mr. President.

Mr. President: Call me Dubya. I love nicknames when no one's around.

Cranelegs: Okay, Dubya. Anyway, that is how I got my nickname, my skinny legs.

Dubya: Yeah, I can see that. I would have called you Stick Boy, but Cranelegs is good.

Cranelegs: So, Cranelegs is my website. It's a site for humor. Maybe not right now, but usually. You know, poking fun at stuff.

Dubya: Yeah, well ya came to the right place then. Heh! Heh!

Cranelegs: So let's see. One of my regular visitors wants to know what's your favorite barbeque?

Dubya: Favorite barbeque? Yeah. Um ... pig on a rotis-ree, slow cooked over mesquite coals. Sometimes I imagine it's Osama with a big ole apple in his mouth. Yeah, I look forward to that day--think that'll require a little extra hot sauce on the side. Yeah.

Cranelegs: Well speaking of Osama, do you have any idea when that day may come?

Dubya: When that day will come? Yeah ... um ... September 11th, 2008, two months before the big election. There will be one heck of a barbeque at the ranch. Might even invite that Campfire Girl lady who's been settin' tents outside the ranch there.

Cranelegs: Ya mean Cindy Sheehan?

Dubya: That her name? Seems like a good cause. Campfire girls.

Cranelegs: She's protesting the war. She lost a son.

Dubya: No, that's just the liberal press. Rovey told me she is looking for contributions for the campfire girls. She's on our side. Good Christian woman, even Methodist, I've been told.

Cranelegs: Ya might want to check that out.

Dubya: No need to, Rovey's been doin' a good job. Yeah, 9/11/2008, we plan to have Too Tall all skewered up and basted in bacon fat. Pork Chop's already dieting in preparation so he can partake.

Cranelegs: Too Tall? Pork Chop, sir?

Dubya: Bin Laden and Cheney.

Cranelegs: I don't understand. How can you be so sure of the date you'll have him?

Dubya: It's all part of a classified plan, even if it requires a look-a-like--a double. Already have three candidates in Gitmo as we speak. Ah, I can smell the sweet mesquite smoke now. Makes ya kind of hungry.

Cranelegs: But sir isn't that a little underhanded?

Dubya: I understand that. Good people thinkin' that's underhanded. Makin' a political thing out of it. I understand. But they would be wrong minded. Ya see, the American people need to be safe. Ya can't leave that up to the Democrats. We'll make ya safe even if we have to make it up. Cause people are frightened.

Cranelegs: But Dubya, aren't you guys the ones that scared us in the first place?

Dubya: Not me! I think you're talkin' about Cheney and Rumsfeld. Hell, those boys scare me. Some of the bedtime stories Pork Chop reads me are bone chillin'. I mean, the American people know that our troops are the bravest!

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West Virginia Vacation Cabin Getaways

There are many resources to find West Virginia vacation cabins and getaways on the internet. However, what you see on the internet is not always what you get. Just because a cabin is in West Virginia does not mean that it is always secluded and will offer you the almost heaven experience you are hoping to enjoy.

Within this article I hope to give you some good advice on how to choose your West Virginia Vacation cabin.

Some important points to consider

* Availability (when is the peak season) * Where are the best locations to spend your vacation? * Where you can get the best cabin package for the money

Vacation Cabin Availability

The peak seasons for vacationing in West Virginia may not be the seasons that you suspect. Winter time in West Virginia offers a host of outdoor activities that attracts locals and visitors to certain coveted destinations. Snowshoe Ski Resort, Winterplace and Canaan Valley are certain to be booked during the winter months. So make certain that you prepare ahead of time and reserve a cabin several months prior to your trip.

Fall foliage is a major attraction in West Virginia. The vibrant colors that explode from the mountains are some of not the best in America. So be prepared around the end of September till the middle of October to run into cabins that are already booked. Later in the fall you will see that the reservations are not as full as most of the foliage has dropped to the ground and folks are getting ready for the winter season.

In the heat of summer you will find that folks love to get away to shady retreats while school is out, especially in the early months of summer such as June and July. Even though this is one of the most pleasant times to visit the lush forests of West Virginia it is also one of the most dangerous times for poisonous snakes such as the copperhead and rattlesnakes that inhabit the rocks and leaves throughout the woods.

One of the best times to visit the mountains and forests of West Virginia and to rent a vacation cabin is in middle to late spring. This is a wonderful time of the year, if you can get away. During this season you will be able to enjoy serenity, peace and quiet in a spectacular display of wild flowers and foliage that comes to life after the winter months. White Dogwood trees, Rhododendrons, Wild Azaleas and other wonderful colors of nature give nature lovers and outdoorsmen a very beautiful environment for relaxation.

Spring may be a little cool in West Virginia so make certain that you plan accordingly and bring some warmer clothes. Heavy winter Jackets are usually too much and can be too hot, but it is good to have one in case the occasional snow storm comes up unexpectedly. A thinner insulated wind breaker is very comfortable to wear when hiking and does not burden you down when going for longer treks.

Where are the best vacation cabin locations for your vacation in West Virginia?

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to the vacationer is to plan your vacation ahead of time, get everything in order for you to leave, and plan the best time of year to go and then once you get there; you realize that it was not at all what you thought it was.

West Virginia is by far one of the most beautiful states in our country. However, just like any other place there are good areas and bad areas that I would not want to visit unless I absolutely had to. It is critical to your vacation planning, to research the destination and surrounding environment so that you can get the most out of you time and have a good experience; that way you will want to come back.

I highly recommend that you do at least these three things to research your destination.

1. Search the internet about the area

There are bound to be at least half a dozen websites that expound on your destination. It does not hurt to post a message or two in a message board to gain other peoples perspectives.

2. Try to find pictures of the area during the season that you are planning to visit.

It is not good to see an area with wonderful winter snow or colorful fall leaves if you are planning to visit in the spring. So try to find a website that will give you a good idea of what the entire environment is like.

3. Purchase a local State Map

If you can find somewhere that sells a detailed WV state map. This map will include rural roads as well as all the national and state parks. This gives you a very comprehensive guide to the area and can really help you if you are lost. In addition to a state map I do highly recommend the purchase and use of a GPS system. This can save you time and gas money when searching for your favorite state park which often is very remote.

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