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As we watch the Astros choke or White Sox perform valiantly depending on your point of view, I am reminded of my baseball experience in Russia.

World Series In Russia Huh? What?

World Series In Russia  Huh? What?As we watch the Astros choke or White Sox perform valiantly depending on your point of view, I am reminded of my baseball experience in Russia. World SeriesI always find it interesting that most of our professional sports call the championship round the World Series or some similar variation. Clearly, there are games being played elsewhere, so how can it be the world championship? With baseball, the arrivals of Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners and Tadahito Iguchi of the White Sox certainly suggest baseball in Japan must be of a high quality. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that some sports arent even acknowledged in other countries as I found out in Russia. Siberia does not have cable television nor can one pull up anything other than CNN. This made watching the World Series a bit difficult. Resorting to my usual tactic, I started hitting up my students for inside information on any parents that might own a satellite dish and could get the games. To my astonishment, not a single person knew the World Series was on or much of anything about baseball. Nobody had even heard of the Yankees! A few students had heard of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which was unbearable for a person from San Diego. It was time to set these innocents right!The classrooms I taught in were pretty large. Everybody stand up! Desks were moved to the walls, books were placed in the appropriate places and the rules were written on the board. Forget constitutional law, we were going to play some baseball!Institutions of higher learning are sacrosanct in Russia. It is serious business where deep thinking occurs, everyone studies like mad and the teacher is obeyed at all costs. For example, the students all stand up from their desks when a teacher enters and leaves the room. Serious stuff. The game was proceeding nicely. Everyone was getting the hang of it, the rolled up paper ball was surviving and the broken desk leg wouldve put any bat to shame. And then the Dean walked by the door. And stopped. And stared. The University Dean, Tatyana, was a great person and I liked here a lot. In turn, I am pretty sure she thought I was a raving lunatic, but didnt seem to mind since the students enjoyed my classes. Alas, I thought I had crossed a line with the baseball game. The Dean opened the door and entered the room. Simultaneously, students looked for places to hide and I tried to come up with some reason why playing baseball was critical to the education of future judges. Tatyana took the bat from the hand of a student, looked at and stared at me. It was one of those stares where you could tell she was considering sending me back to San Diego. There would be no chance of explaining this one away. After what seemed like minutes, but was probably five seconds, she did the last thing I expected. She took her stance. The game was on!

What's Your Passion?

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Okay, you've decided you want to make money with Affiliate Marketing. So, you join some affiliate programs and start submitting free ads to newsletters and free advertising classifieds sites. You're going to make BIG money now -- right?Nope! Sorry! Just sending out a few ads is not going to do it. Not if you want to be a real success. You must first determine your passion. I mean other than making the money! What is your hobby? What do you know how to do REALLY well? What is your job? Everyone has something that is their own special talent. Find yours. You probably have more than one thing that you are very interested in and do well. See if you can find five (ten if you're really ambitious). Write them down in a list. Remember, you are going to be spending a lot of time working with this subject. Make sure you enjoy it!Go down each item on your list. Start writing a rough outline of everything you know about the topic. It doesn't have to be elaborate. This is just to give you an idea of how much information is available for a given subject. Try mind mapping. Write down the main subject of your idea. Draw a circle around it. Now, start thinking of sub-categories that are related to your main category. Draw a line from your main category and end it with a circle. Put the sub-category title inside this circle. Find as many sub-categories (and sub-sub-categories) as you can. Go through each of your interests with this procedure. Choose the one that you know the most about and that you can write about comfortably.What if you "think" you don't know enough about your topic? Then, do some research. Read books and magazines. Do some searches on the Internet. Who knows? You might find an area, a niche, that is just waiting for you to fill it with useful information.There's a lot more to affiliate marketing, of course. But the first step is to find your passion. Your "passion" doesn't have to be making money on the Internet. It can be cooking, sewing, billiards, or whatever. In fact, it's better if you find a niche that isn't in the online marketing arena because that's what nearly everyone else is doing. Make your topic unique. Make it yours. And make it your passion. It will pay you well.

Oregon Coast Town Revisits Glory of Glass Floats

Oregon Coast Town Revisits Glory of Glass Floats

For decades, Japanese glass floats were a big find on Oregon's coastline, having drifted thousands of miles after fishing boats lost these smooth, crystalline balls, used to keep their nets afloat. It was a tradition among coastal visitors to scour the beaches for them, and many locals still adorn their cabins or porches with them. They practically disappeared in the 80's, and are extremely rare finds these days. Now, a new "glass float" tradition is rising on the coast, with a few artisan glass ball blowing shops showing up in the last couple of decades and creating beautiful, ingenious works of art. They come in a myriad of colors and unique designs, and are now considered one of the more treasured finds on the coast - even if you can just buy them.However, Newport - on Oregon's Central Coast - is giving visitors a chance to win these valuable catches throughout the winter. No beachcombing in stormy weather is required to find one of these 200 luminous beauties, which are considered collectables. Each is engraved with "2006," created by the highly acclaimed Schmitz family of Pyromania Glass Studios in Newport, Lincoln City and Depoe Bay. Until January 31, 2006, several will be given away each week by various businesses around Newport. Visit one of the shops listed on www.newportchamber.org, or on a map provided by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. Fill out an entry form, return it to the float display at one of the businesses on the list, and wait for the weekly drawing there (which will arrive by mail). Call 800-262-7844 for more information. The promotion is part of Newport's "value season," which features numerous lodging specials throughout this adorable town with two lighthouses. Here, you'll find the ancient Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, only used for three years back in the 1880's and open for tours. Then there's the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, sitting atop a majestic basalt headland, towering into the sky and blinking its signature flash still to this day.Other family attractions include the awe-inspiring Oregon Coast Aquarium (including its 360-degree view of the ocean from inside a glass-like tunnel), and the famed Hatfield Marine Science Center with its cutting-edge scientific research and displays for all ages. There's a legendary wine bar in the charming Nye Beach District called Blu Cork, regular wine tasting at Nye Beach Gallery, a heavily supported art scene, and the streets of that neighborhood are made up to look somewhere between America at the turn of the century and Old Europe. The district is becoming famous for its many fine cuisine choices, such as the stellar, Mediterranean-themed fine dining at April's at Nye Beach, the unique pizzas at Panini Bakery, and the family-style gourmet of Caf Stephanie. Or shop until you drop at a dozen distinctive sellers of various interesting ideas for yourself or for gifts, such as the kid's clothing at Bambini at Nye Beach, surprises at Illingworth's Gifts or the global fare at Jovi. There are dozens of places around Newport that are part of the Glass Treasures Promotion, but in Nye Beach you can find them at April's and at the Viking Cottages & Condos. In the meantime, you'll want to explore the pristine beaches of Newport - most of which are up against Nye Beach. You may still run across a real Japanese glass float that has been wandering the oceans for decades.

Passover: Laugh While Cleaning

Passover: Laugh While Cleaning

Passover, or Pesach as it is called in Hebrew, is the 8 day festival where the Jews celebrate their liberation from Egypt more than a thousand years ago. One of the most important features of this freedom festival is that the Jews cannot eat anything that is leavened. They eat unleavened bread. They must also make sure that no bread crumbs exist in or around the house: the cupboards, the drawers, the kitchen, behind the bed, under the refrigerator and anywhere else where crumbs might have fallen through. To ensure that the house is clean of leavened food materials, the Jews have to clean the entire house from top to bottom as thoroughly as possible. And they do. During the week before Passover, house cleaning is what goes on in most Jewish houses. To answer this demand and to ease the tension, here is a joke on this subject called Impossible Timing, which highlights this cleaning tension.Impossible Timing:Samuel, an observant Jew, who was also a financial wizard, left Brooklyn to accept the position of Vice President in a famous broker firm in Utah, which is well known for being a Mormon state.When they learned this, the company's directorate applied tremendous pressure on the company's president. "We are religious people here," they said. "It can't be that a Jew will handle all our money."The president tried to ward them off, but when he couldn't manage it anymore, he called Samuel to his office and explained the situation to him. Samuel was offered the choice of either converting or leaving the attractive job which also had a six figure salary quote attached to it.Samuel had no choice but to convert, and he went home and told his wife that from Sunday, they will start attending the Church services.A few months went by and his wife kept troubling Samuel about the conversion. "This is too difficult for me. I miss the Sabbath: lighting candles and blessing the wine. I miss the holidays. Money is not everything, Samuel dear." And with each time that his wife complained, Samuel's conscience increased until he could not take it anymore and he went to meet the company's President."Look, I can't go on like this," Samuel said. "I am full of regret. Money is not everything. I can't sleep and neither can my wife. This is too heavy a burden for me to carry. I was born a Jew and I want to die a Jew. And if you want me to quit, I will without making any trouble."The President looked at him in wonder, "Listen, Samuel, I had no idea that this was so difficult for you. I thought it was a trivial matter. But you don't have to leave. Everything will be the same as before: you can stay here with us without converting.Samuel returned home happy and grinning from ear to ear. He ran to his wife, who was watching Ricky Lake, "You won't believe it! It's a miracle. We are going back to being Jews, and I still retain my job."His wife looked at him with eyes that spat fire, and said," Are you mad?"Samuel was shocked. "But I thought that this is what you wanted!" He cut in. "All this while you have been crying and complaining. Don't you wish to go back to becoming a Jew""His wife looked at him with ever more fury, "Of course I want to. Of course I want to," she said. "But now? Only a week before Passover?"

Casino En Ligne Non Stop: Quels Jeux Jouer

Pour un bref rappel, ces derniers peuvent tre rpartis en trois catgories. On y distingue les jeux flash, tlcharger ou en direct .Les jeux de casinos sont les jeux de paris en ligne les plus populaires en raison des gains que l'on peut y remporter. Mais quels sont les plus rentables?Casinos directement sur server:Il s'agit de plusieurs sites surlesquels les joueurs et les utilisateurs peuvent jouer aux jeux de casinos tels le Bingo, Black Jack, Baccarat, Poker et bien d'autres encore, ne ncssitant pas de tlchargement pralable d'un logiciel particulier, puisque ces derniers vous sont proposes sur Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Shockwave, ou Java, dj intgrs sur votre browser. Ces derniers sont les plus populaires.Casinos en Ligne A Tlcharger : Mme principe que le prcdent. Toutefois, pour avoir accs aux diffrents jeux, l'utilisateur doit tlcharger le logiciel du casino sur son ordinateur. Bien que la qualit soit gnralement meilleure au niveau des graphismes, le tlchargement a pour inconvnient de prendre normment de place sur le disque dur. Le logiciel est directement reli au service du casino sans avoir besoin de recourir browser. Ainsi, l'image et le son fonctionnent beaucoup plus rapidement que sur le support reli au server de l'ordinateur. Toutefois, le temps de tlchargement initial peut tre trs long. Les casinos "en Direct":Reprsentent le top de casinos en ligne. Ces derniers permettent aux joueurs d'tre face une interface mondiale et directement avec le casino, comme si vous y tiez! Le joueur peut intervenir tout moment et se confronter n'importe quand d'autres joueurs et ce sur plusieurs de poker, blackjack et autres tables grce la prsence de fentres windows. C qui le diffrencie des autres? Le joueur a la possibilit de choisir les meilleurs tables, de varier ses plaisirs en cours de parties et de joueur sans se lasser toute la nuit.On distingue donc les jeux populaires suivants:Les jeux de cartes:Asian stud, Baccarat , Blackjack, Casino war, Caribbean Stud Poker, Chinese poker, Faro, Four card poker, Let It Ride, Mambo stud, Pai gow poker, Red Dog, Spanish 21, Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker, Three card poker, Two-up.Ces jeux sont gnralement considrs comme des jeux de Tables et se jouent sur un tapis feutr. Un croupier est toujours prsents pour ces jeux puisque ce dernier est en charge de la distribution des cartes.Ds:Craps, Pai Gow, Sic bo, Chuck-a-luckNombres Alatoires:Big Six wheel, Roulette,Bingo, Keno et bien d'autres encore.Ces jeux sont bass sur le fruit du pur hasard. Sans oublier les fameuses Machines A Sous, les Loteries et les Vido Poker. Ces dernires ne peuvent tre joues que par un joueur la fois et ne demande aucune exigence particulire ni aucune stratgie. C'est pourquoi il est l'un des jeux les plus priss aussi bien en ligne qu'en cercle virtuel.Les jeux en ligne cependant offrent aux joueurs des avantages long terme suprieurs ceux offerts par des casinos rels et leur donnent la sensation de toujours garder le contrle sur leurs jeux et d'tre responsable de leurs choix.

Wynn Las Vegas Review

Situated at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, the 217-acre Wynn Las Vegas Resort is a 50-story gleaming testament to the opulence and glamour that is Las Vegas. Opened in the spring of 2005 by the master innovator Steve Wynn himself, this 5 star resort offers the ultimate luxury designed for the exclusive Vegas traveler.But does the Wynn really live up to the hype? Here's a quick review of the highlights to help you decide for yourself.Rooms:The Wynn offers some of the largest and most luxurious rooms on the strip - 5 suite types in all, ranging form over 640 square feet up to 1950 square feet. They offer wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with fabulous views of the Strip or the exclusive Wynn golf course.All rooms offer cordless phone, fax, high speed Internet access, Pillowtop king-sized signature Wynn beds with 320 thread count European linens, In-room massage, manicure, pedicure and hair styling services, Desert Bambu bath amenities, over-sized Turkish towels and flat-screen LCD high-definition TVs. Plus all suite guests have private pools and terraces.Casino:The 110,000-square-foot casino offers the full range of table games, including Blackjack, Big 6, Craps, Caribbean Stud, Roulette, Let-it-Ride , Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow, Three Card Poker and Casino War. If slots are your preference, you can choose from over 1850 slot machines in denominations ranging from 1 to $5,000.The twenty-seven table poker room offers Hold'Em, Omaha Hi-Low, and mixed game combination with game limits ranging from $4/$8 up to $100/$200. There are also higher limit games as well as pot limit and no limit games.The Wynn casino stands apart in that it offers lots of natural light and very little smoking.Golf:Created by the world famous Tom Fazio exclusively for Wynn resort guests, the golf course is actually integrated into the resort itself so that your first tee is less than 50 feet away from the hotel. This is the only on premise 18-hole, par-70, championship golf course on the Las Vegas strip and includes nearly 6 miles of cart paths, two marshland areas using natural groundwater, and a 37-foot-tall waterfall.Shows:Franco Dragone, the man behind 'Mystre', 'O', and Celine Dion's 'A New Day', has created an all new show at the Wynn called 'Le Rve' (The Dream). Performed in a domed theater where no seat is more than 40 feet from the action, this show is the first of its kind in Vegas.Restaurants:If you've always wanted to dine with the most famous chefs in the world you can do it at the Wynn. Chef Paul Bartolotta of the Ristorante di Mare was named the Best American Chef - Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. Executive Pastry Chef Frdric Robert was named Restaurant Pastry Chef of the Year by Filere Gourmande Magazine and Pastry Chef of the Year by Champerard Guide. Chef Alessandro Stratta heads the Riviera Cuisine which was called the Best New Restaurant 2005 by Esquire magazine and received the AAA Five Diamond Award of Excellence for 2006.The Wynn offers over 15 restaurants to choose from with a vast selection of cuisines so you'll never get bored (or even have to leave the resort!).Spa:The spa offers 45 treatment rooms for massage, body treatments, facials, and hydrotherapy. Enjoy a customized massage to sooth away the stresses of the day or relax with a loved one in a couples massage.Choose from the very latest in anti-aging technology with specialized facials including the Anakiri Active Enzyme Facial for added exfoliation and nourishment or the Naturopathica Custom Facial which is based on traditional European deep cleansing techniques.Shopping:The 75,000 square foot Wynn Esplanade is where you'll find the most glamorous, chic names in fashion: Chanel, Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and and the only Manolo Blahnik boutique outside New York.For men, there's Brioni and of course the Penske-Wynn Ferrari and Maserati showroom. And if that isn't enough, just a few steps across the street you'll find the Fashion Show mall.With it's prime location and exclusive shopping boutiques the Wynn is a favorite hot spot for top fashion makers and shoppers alike.Downside:Unfortunately yes, there is a downside. While the Wynn offers the best in luxury and chic accomodations - you're going pay for it. This is not a hotel for the traveler on a budget. So if you're worried about money, you may not want to stay here. However if you want to stay at one of the top hotels in the world and want a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Wynn is the 'IT' place to be (and be seen)

Summary

As we watch the Astros choke or White Sox perform valiantly depending on your point of view, I am reminded of my baseball experience in Russia.