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What is Safety worth to you?

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Society can be found with crimes occurring every few minutes. Reports such as the Uniform Crime Report, done by the FBI in the USA, and UCR Survey from Statistics Canada, provides us with some insight, and, the degree of occurrence with the various crimes. Luckily, we can take proactive action, and help prevent, becoming part of these reports. How can we start our own home safety plans?

Security at Home

Changes can be done for improving safety measures, in our homes. One plan could start with building a ‘safe room’ aka a ‘panic’ room. These can be specially built, to provide a safe zone during a home invasion, withstand unpredictable weather, and, terror alerts. These types of home additions are becoming popular, and, considered to increase your home value.

Basic supplies for your safe room may be simple such as food, water, medications, lighting, an extra telephone, and, bedding. We have no idea how long the duration to stay sheltered may be needed but at least, with the most basic survival needs at hand, safety can be maintained.

Adding High Tech Security

The use of high technological security tools, can be a second line of defense, for home and personal safety. Purchasing hidden cameras that appear as ordinary home objects such as a fan, telephone, pen, or, clip-on button, are available. These can provide audio and video monitoring, and, may include tracking capabilities, for home or personal safety use.

Other tools are available such as GPS monitoring and real-time tracking systems, vehicle dashboard cameras, peep-hole cameras that allow you to see the other side of a door, outdoor yard cameras, with and without, night vision capabilities.

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Why and how would I pay the high costs of such equipment?

The price numbers that fly around in our minds, make the idea of purchasing such equipment seem impossible, or, unattainable. Now, who says you need everything, all at once? We have to learn to break that seemingly unattainable vision down- to manageable goals.

Purchasing a nanny cam for home use, helps monitor our children, elderly parents, our youths and ‘nannies or caregivers’. A purchase could also include an infrared motion detector with night vision, and alert, for home security against intruders.

The use of high technology such as infrared motion detectors, alarms, audio and video storage abilities, GPS satellite technology, and built into ordinary objects, does come with costs. Safety of our children and family members, is a shared priority in good parenting practices. We don’t always have to depend on a windfall, the lottery ticket, or, family IOU plans.

Explore the world of Side Gigs

The internet opens the door to beyond our town or city. This has opened a huge field for new business ideas and a few of those involve allowing people to sign up for ‘gigs aka side hustles’, and earn some money! such as the following:

Lyft, Uber, offering cab services with your vehicle
Rover, providing dog sitting or walking services
Financial assistance, bookkeeper, accountant and tax preparation
Gigwalk, small tasks assistance by phone app (i.e.,photo inside local store)
Moving Service, offer home moving services weekends only, good with your own truck

A few examples and true stories, to consider for raising funds. These do not have to be long-term goals but can prove useful enough, to earn extra monies towards purchasing your home security needs, or, future plans, for building your own safe room, can now become a reality. It will take time, effort and commitment.

Setup your Plan and Goals

The safety of our family members does not have a price tag attached. As parents, we do our best to keep them safe but sometimes, just a little more effort and know-how, can provide an extra layer of security, with access to home and personal safety tools.

Explore Spy Chest Inc., and check out their products, in home security tools available to the public. These can prove to be helpful and affordable, to start your plans for building  your home and personal safety.

A great offer by Spy Chest Inc., is their six month payment plan for purchases of $99.00 or over, and, their weekly specials. Due to government regulation, there are terms of sales but think of it, as going through a metal detector. Many of their products are sold to law enforcement agencies therefore staying legal, is their business priority.

Visit their site, check out their products and start writing a wish list, the price, how many, and, then the total. Write down a second wish list for future goals under the first list. Again, add it all up for the total. Sit back and ask yourself, ‘can I manage this on my own work pay?‘ If help is needed, sign up for one of the above listed ‘Gigs’ or find other ideas online, yes, there are more!

Secondly,  regarding your side hustle. You must learn to allow negotiating a fair price for your Gig services. We don’t want to rob people with prices set too high.  Friendly negotiations for a fair price may result in having word-of-mouth advertising, and people saying, ‘s/he’s a GREAT person to ask for help’.

Lastly, figure out how many gigs to raise $ XXX.XX amount of dollars. Check out the sample illustration, to see potential results when you create your own side hustle/Gig forms, for your planning. Imagine the possibilities!

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Lastly, the biggest question remains. How good can we keep a secret about the safety measures taken, to protect your family? shhh! I won’t say anything. Visit Spy Chest Inc. today and start your wish list!

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Learning Inboard Thunderboat Circuits

aHydroplaneBbThe contest of speed can be found in many sports such as running, driving, sailing, riding, etc. This includes the world of boats. There are risks involved when participating directly in these types of races but a regulatory organization can usually be found, and strict safety measures in place. Can you imagine being a pilot in a high speed boat race?

Hydrodynamic ‘lift‘ increases when the speed of a hydroplane increases.. Water is used for lift, propulsion and steering, rather than for buoyancy. A high speed boat used in the ‘Inboard circuits‘ refers to hydroplanes that race on inland waters such as lakes and rivers. These are usually built as a light speedboat with a shaped bottom which helps lifts the hull out of the water at high speeds.

A few shared features found on hydroplanes, is their ‘flat run aft‘. This refers to the near flat hull that runs in a near straight line from front to back (aft to stern) of the boat. The shape of the hull will cause the water into a ‘downward‘ flow creating an upward force, and mixed with speed, causes the vessel to ‘plane‘. Most hydroplanes will have short ‘wings‘ called ‘sponsons‘ which uses the science of hydrodynamics, and helps the boat stay stabilized during ‘take off and landing‘. Sponsons are considered a main element in the over all design of this particular boat.

A second detail that can be found, is an adjustable ‘canard‘ wing which is placed between the sponsons. This helps raise and lower the sponsons in/out of the water for easier maneuverability with controlling speed and turning corners. Most boats are built as ‘3 Point’ design meaning only 3 sections touch the water and this refers to the rear of the sponsons and propellor. Boat designers have learned that the less resistance in water attained meant more speed.

Other boats may use a hydrofoil design similar to an ‘air foil‘, which refers to ‘any surface that’s designed to help lift or control an air craft‘ and usually attached beneath the hull, which also helps lift the boat out of the water, when it’s moving forward, and helps reduce hull ‘drag‘. These can be quite expensive to have added to one’s boat.

A noise factor occurs when attending a Grand Prix race car event and this can also be found when attending a hydroplane race. This is due to the engine designs used ranging from actual airplane engines to ordinary car engines and usually all liquid cooled V-12 engines. This noise factor earned hydroplanes the nick name of ‘Thunderboats‘ and ‘Dinoboats‘. Today, some engines have incorporated the use of helicoptor engines. These particular types of engines help the hydroplane easily enter the ‘planing‘ realm and apply the ‘power-to-weight‘ ratio to gain acceleration from velocity of their boat and overcome the forces of gravity and drag.

Turbine engines from airplanes and helicoptors are favored and used in building these particular race boats. These engines basic function is bring air into the engine, through a compressor and increase up to 3-12 times, it’s original pressure. This helps propel the hydroplane with speeds up to 200 mph and still standing, record breaking speed, of 288.6 mph, by Ken Warby.

A hydroplane racing event usually provides a course, that has the boats running in an oval shape for 4-6 laps around. Food and gift vendors, music, along with beer gardens are available next to regular business sections of the hosting township. Spectators can meet with boat crews, the pilot and viewings of boats. Some may even get opportunities to ride in one of the speed boats. Seating of spectators is provided for the most optimum viewing.

The early beginnings of hydroplane racing had high fatalities of the driver aka the ‘pilot‘. Today, there is a process that must be followed that ‘builds the skills and experience‘ of a new driver, slowly, and assure that knowledge of all rules and regulations is in place. This is to help protect the life of the pilot though accidents cannot be foreseen and risk is known. People still enter these races hoping to break records, win titles, enjoy the camarderie of a team, enjoy the over all thrill of driving an extreme speed boat.

Check around your area to see if you have a Hydroplane race coming up or where your nearest one is being hosted. Experience a race that’s far different, though somewhat similar, from a car race. One that’s on water rather than tarmac. You may think you’ve gone to a car race till you see those boats flying across the water.

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Garden and Landscape Ideas for Spring

awomntehuantepecPicBThe Spring season brings us birds and songs along with joy, for the garden enthusiasts. Rain arrives to wash away last bits of snow and greenery starts peeking out, from the grass and trees. We can’t forget the rising temperatures either and un-packing our spring and summer wear! What other plans do you have for your yard?

Gardening projects can provide us with sources of food and flowers add color for visual beauty, which many passer-bys can also enjoy. Ground is turned and prepared, for extra plant nutrients from compost or manure mixtures that spent winter just ‘prepping’. Healthy soil creates their own micro-ecosystems which enables robust growth, of plants and nutrients. Maybe we should consider ‘ Do not Disturb the Soil’ signs for them?

Spring is a beautiful respite after a long, cold winter. Next to our gardens we should consider adding some fun and whimsy, to the yard. Decorating with garden ornaments can be whimsical and fun next to providing a purpose. This can be accomplished with looking at yard decorations, ornaments and structures, such as:

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A few of these projects will vary in cost depending on which one you choose. Others, such as those in the decorations list, can be done with a few simple items found around your house. This can also be a recycling, upcycling or re-purpose opportunity. It’s important to pay attention to your materials since these are outdoor therefore pay attention to weather proofing.

A few tips when making your own yard decorations is to use waterproof silicone when glueing and outdoor waterproof sealants, such as marine grade products or other outdoor adhesive. This will help to increase the longevity of your decoration for a few years versus having to regularly buy or replace items every year. It will depend on the particular project, since some may not require weather proofing treatments at all. Also, ensure it’s not hazardous to health of humans or animals.

One other consideration with landscaping is backyard conservation. We are not alone on this planet since we do share it, with insects and animals. Participating in backyard conservation helps soil, water quality, wildlife habitat and natural resources. You may even earn an official ‘certification’ when qualification and results are met. A few resources to explore are as follows:

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Audubon
Wildlife Habitat Council
Nature Canada

A home is our castle, so why not inject a bit of our creative and playful side of our personality, into our yard? Your neighbors may observe your latest yard decoration or ornament and conversations may break out. A stranger may knock at your door or leave a letter, to ask about a particular feature. Creating landscape beauty at home, can help to inspire others, to begin or grow their own yard landscaping projects.

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