Sweetest Day — The Romance Holiday Born Out Of Kindness

It was a brisk October in 1921. World War I was over. Warren G. Harding was President. Hopes were rising after the long conflict. But, many had fallen on hard times. In Cleveland, Ohio, local businessmen joined together to boost morale by giving out sweets and other small gifts to thousands of the city’s working children, homeless, and shut-ins on the third Saturday of the month. Sweetest Day was born.

Some critics argue it was largely a local publicity stunt designed to spur sales by candy companies, but the idea of spreading kindness caught on. Over time the occasion broadened to include friends and loved ones, growing in popularity throughout the Great Lakes and Northeast regions. Other states joined through the years, as Midwesterners relocated to other parts of the country, and the occasion grew to embrace a weeklong period of giving. Today, this still largely regional, grass roots holiday has evolved into a miniature “Autumn Valentine’s,” with flowers, candies, and cards exchanged between millions of spouses, sweethearts, and friends. Why has it stood the test of time?

Sweetest Day appeals to the thoughtfulness and romance in all of us. It crosses the boundaries of race, religion, politics, and age. It offers a heartwarming break in the otherwise dreary month of October. And, it’s managed to avoid being over commercialized. After all, a bouquet of roses or special dinner out is almost a requirement at Valentine’s, but it’s a sweet, unexpected surprise during Sweetest Week. So, there’s less pressure but just as much appreciation. And, it’s appropriate for every stage in a relationship — from newfound friendship to budding romance to lifelong commitment.

It doesn’t take a lot to make Sweetest Week special — a thoughtful card, box of candy, bouquet of flowers, or cozy dinner for two. All it takes is a little planning, a sincere expression, and a kind word. We’ll probably never see Sweetest Day rise to the level of national prominence and media hype that plagues other holidays — and that’s good. Being a little under the radar is what makes Sweetest Week spontaneous and fun.

So, remember Sweetest Day — the third Saturday in October. Then, call your florist, drop by your local gift shop, or order a little something online, and show someone special just how sweet you can be.

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Getting Good Seat Tickets For Your Favorite Concert

The excitement you feel from learning your favorite artist is coming to your town can lead to frustration when you start trying to find good seats to the concert. Depending on the popularity of your favorite artist, good seat tickets can be hard to find. Savvy concertgoers, though, start doing their homework well before concert tickets go on sale at their desired venue, increasing their likelihood of getting the best seats.

Most concert tickets are not sold to the general public. A portion of the tickets to every venue are held for promoters, sponsors and the entertainers. Many of these additional tickets are sold by concert sponsors at presales before they go on sale to the public. Because these are private sales, you may have to do some research to find out when and where to get your tickets. However, if you are a true fan, you will likely learn the information about the presale from the entertainer’s website, fan page or your favorite radio station.

Ticket presales often require passwords. The passwords are readily available to people who are part of the group that is sponsoring the concert. If the sponsor is a radio station, you should be able to find the password on their website. The official fan page for the entertainer you are trying to see in concert is another good place to look for the presale password. While most popular concerts have presales, the passwords are not always easy to find. If you really want good seat tickets, though, you will not mind doing the research required to find the presale password.

In the unfortunate case that you are not able to buy good seat tickets at the presale, do not be discouraged. There is another great way to get a good seat to see your favorite entertainer. The best seats are offered at the presale and within a few days of the concert. The number of seats that are held for special guests does not necessarily coincide with the number of seats that are needed. In an effort to fill all of the seats in the venue, these unused seats go on sale to the public a few days before the concert. If you need more than one ticket, though, this method is probably not your best option.

Most concert tickets are sold online. However, you can still get good seats by waiting in line. Become familiar with the venue before you shop for tickets. Though the center of each row is generally considered the best seat, a few seats to the right or left of the center often have a similar view of the stage and are not as sought after. By requesting seats a bit off-center, your chances of getting good concert seats improve greatly.

Cartoon Medical Scrubs Brighten Everyones Day

Once upon a time, medical uniforms consisted of white and nothing but white. While white is a very hygienic and professional, many individuals in the medical industry are choosing to alter the color variances slightly, or in some cases, radically. Cartoon medical scrubs are just one of the ways people with a medical career are choosing to show an individual and unique attitude while in the workplace.

Cartoon medical scrubs are definitely gaining in popularity. Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Care Bears, and many more of our most popular cartoon characters are finding their way onto cartoon medical scrubs around the world.

While cartoon medical scrubs are indeed popular and a great way of displaying uniqueness in the medical industry, there are copious other reasons why a nurse, a doctor, or even a receptionist may choose to wear one of the many types of cartoon medical scrubs available today.

One of the greatest difficulties to a medical professional is often making the patient and the patient’s family feel at ease. Whether the visit is for a long-term illness or simply a visit, the truth of the matter is that patients often feel uncomfortable around medical professionals.

A simply addition of cartoon medical scrubs can add a soothing, friendly, and/or personable attitude to the workplace. Who could feel uncomfortable around the Care Bears? The simple fact is whether the patient is young or only young at heart, cartoon medical scrubs can have a soothing affect on the patient.

Cartoon medical scrubs are not just popular in the medical office where young children are present. In fact, there are cartoon medical scrubs appropriate for every type of specialty within the medical field. Even veterinarian offices have been seen with various types of cartoon medical scrubs in the office.

Adding cartoon medical uniforms to your professional wardrobe is a great way to show you are a person. Often, the “person” gets taken out of personality within the medical industry. With special cartoon medical uniforms, the “person” gets added back into personality. When you add your personality into your career, your patient and you feel better about the day.

Finding the right cartoon medical uniforms or scrubs for you and your workplace is as easy as knowing what is acceptable in your particular medical environment, and of course, knowing what you like and prefer as a person. There are so many types of cartoon character available on medical uniforms or scrubs that finding the one you prefer can be an easy task.

Cartoon medical uniforms or medical scrubs help add the person back into the equation; not just the medical professional but the patient as well. There are so many reasons to add a bit of softness and playfulness to the medical environment that many individuals are choosing to add these uniforms or scrubs to their daily schedule of medical apparel. The benefits start on the outside but work their ways into the hearts of everyone involved.

Horror Movie Reviews – Resident Evil Extinction And More

Reviews of some horror movies I’ve watched.

Resident Evil: Extinction

In this third installment the entire planet has been overrun by zombie creatures, and Milla Jovovich tries to survive in this Mad Max-like world. Several scenes seem “borrowed” from other movies, like the bird attack straight out of Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” I wasn’t impressed with the CGI, and there’s no real tension in the movie – but there is some nice kick-butt-zombie-action. If you liked the first two “Resident Evil” movies, you’ll enjoy this one as well. Grade: 3 out of 5

Wind Chill

In a chilling winter landscape two college students crash with their car. Soon they encounter ghosts. There’s a very creepy atmosphere in this movie, and the acting is excellent. But the movie is also painfully slow, and it’s far between the scares. More drama than horror. Grade: 2 out of 5

The Hitcher

Decent 2007 remake of the original Rutger Hauer movie. A young couple on their way to spring break pick up a dangerous hitchhiker, who turns their lives into a nightmare. This time around we se Sean Bean as the hitcher, and he always delivers. Despite some plot holes this is an okay remake, but I prefer the original. Grade: 3 out of 5

Alone

From the directors of “Shutter” come this better-than-average ghost horror from Thailand. It’s about a dead siamese twin that comes back to haunt the sister who is alive. I really wanted to give this movie a higher grade, but I can’t because the ghost scares and the twist are very predictable – but it’s a pretty solid movie anyway. Grade: 3 out of 5

Premonition

Middle-of-the-road thriller where Sandra Bullock loses her husband in a car accident. But a few days later he’s alive again. Was his death just a premonition of what to come, and can she stop it? The movie is slow paced and confusing as it jumps back and forth in the story. The suspense is almost non-existent, but there are some touching moments between the characters. The movie held my interest to somewhere around the halfway mark, then I got tired of it. Grade: 2 out of 5

The Breed

Michelle Rodriguez just doesn’t have any luck with islands. First “Lost” and now this. A bunch of friends arriving at an island are attacked by genetically manipulated rabid dogs. And the dogs are real, no CGI dogs, thank you very much. There are some suspenseful scenes, and the movie is better than I expected, but it’s not good enough. Grade: 2 out of 5

The Art Of Photography Business Card

Business cards should be given more importance than what professional are giving it nowadays. There is so much potential in it. Imagine it is the one thing from you that they could potentially bring everywhere because it is small enough to be carried anywhere. That being said, a lot of thought has to be put on a photography business card. A photographer, more than most, must be an epitome of creativity in everything he does. Check out some of the things you can use as an inspiration in coming up with a concept for your own business card.

Folded
One good way to make your card a stand out is if you use other styles like folding the card. This will allow you to have more space to put more information on that card. You can, perhaps, put a photo or to on one side and all the other information on the other side.

Mini Portfolio
You can turn you business card into a mini portfolio but putting some collection of the best photos you have taken. This will already give the customer an idea on what kind of skill you have even without your portfolio. One thing you can also do is make different versions of your business cards. T

Conceptualize It
You can put a glamorous photo of yourself but with the police line up card. When I say glamorous, you have to make it age-, gender- appropriate. There is no reason for a 50-year old photographer to be posing in high school uniform.

Unique Materials
Almost all materials of a business card uses the hard cardboard paper. Why not use a recycled material? A film negative? Plastic? (this won’t sit well for environmentalist though). You can even use a transparence paper. They are obsolete nowadays so they might be selling cheap.

Unique Shape
It shouldn’t be difficult to fit in one of those cardholders or a wallet but putting a dye-cut is not a bad idea. It would be an extra if you can incorporate some visuals into the die cut. I remember seeing something where the side is torn and a photo of a woman seems to be using the torn part to cover her naked body.

I hope that you learned a thing or two about how to make a photography business card.