Archive for May, 2008

5 Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do

Another great email message

For all the folks with cell phones, this should be printed and kept in your car, purse, or wallet. Good information to have with you. There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies.

Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.

Check out the things that you can do with it:

FIRST – Emergency
The emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

SECOND – Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at ho me, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

THIRD – Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your cell battery is very low, to activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time.

FOURTH – How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone: *#06#. A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it
somewhere safe.

If your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

FIFTH – Free Directory Service for Cells
Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don’t have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now!



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Well, if you are called a Yawn, don’t get mad. It simply means that you are part of the new breed of Young and Wealth but Normal people that are very aware of our environment and live life as green as possible. For instance, Yawns drive hybrid cars, shop at local stores, if they shop at all and pay off their credit cards every month; oh Wow, I don’t think I need to be a Yawn to want to pay my credit card debt every month, it’s a matter of financial power not Yawnic desires LOL. Oh, and Yawns also try not to use their credit cards at all.

Also, Yawns usually make over $100 K/year, but they live in a much smaller fixed income – in a conscious effort to tread lightly on the earth.  The average age of a Yawn is between 20s – 40s, who want nothing than to change the world and save he planet.

The article I read on the Sunday paper reported that, in 2004 a young man moved from Seattle to India to help build the local office of Microsoft Research. Once he saw the young children begging on the streets, he quit Microsoft and launched two networking sites, babajob.com and babalife.com, in an effort to link India’s vast pool of potential workers with the people who need labor.

How about this Google software engineer who cashed in his stock options in 2003, and to his surprise he got more money than he could ever burn in his lifetime. So, what did he do? No, he didn’t buy an expensive car or a mansion in the Googledom of Silicon Valley, he retired to a four-bedroom house in Stateline, Nevada and started giving money away. So far, he has given $400,000 to a local arts’ organization to help build a new art center, $1 million to a bus company to help launch a route to so that casino workers wouldn’t have to rely on private transportation… I wonder if he used some of his money to gamble and have some fun in Vegas too… This is what I call a GIVER! I wish we had many more Yawns in life, not just to help our environment but to help so many in need.

You go Yawns !!!

Read more about Yawns at



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Sometimes I get the urge to just jump in the kitchen and bake something pretty and yummy! Today, what inspired me was the movie Chocolat; very cute movie in a small French village. So, after the movie I decided to bake a cake and I also wanted to use the red roses; dipp it in melted chocolate and maybe eat it later or decorate the cake.. here is my creation! It’s a plain yellow cake cut in half with cream cheese frosting in the middle, chocolate frosting outside and coconut shavings, oh and the red chocolate rose!



Chocolate dipped strawberries, one of my favorites 🙂




More of my sweets … Cup Cakes





Rasberry pie 


Bananas, apples, and strawberries dipped in chocolate




My attempt to make crambrulle

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Please read message below. Most of it’s been around before, but pass it on to your friends and family as a reminder.  You know it’s older since it says gas in CA is $3.50 and they haven’t seen it at that “low” price for while.

I don’t know what you guys are paying for gasoline…. but here in California we are also paying higher, up to $3.50 per gallon. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every gallon. Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Gas Saving Tips

  • Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.
  • When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some other liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.
  • One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.
  • Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up–most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Hope this will help you get the most value for your money.



Gas rationing in the 80’s worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even be good for us! The Saudis are boycotting American goods. We should return the favor. An interesting thought is to boycott their GAS.

Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia. Just buy from gas companies that don’t import their oil from the Saudis.

Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family, and my friends.              

I thought it might be interesting for you to know which oil companies are the best to buy gas from and which major companies import Middle Eastern oil.

These companies import Middle Eastern oil:

  • Shell……………………… 205,742,000 barrels
  • Chevron/Texaco……… 144,332,000 barrels
  • Exxon /Mobil…………… 130,082,000 barrels
  • Marathon/Speedway… 117,740,000 barrels
  • Amoco……………………….62,231,000 barrels     

Citgo gas is from South America, from a Dictator who hates Americans. If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION! (oil is now $90 – $100 a barrel)

Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:

  • Sunoco………………0 barrels
  • Conoco………………0 barrels
  • Sinclair……………..0 barrels
  • BP/Phillips…………0 barrels
  • Hess…………………..0 barrels
  • ARCO………………..0 barrels

If you go to Sunoco.com, you will get a list of the station locations near you.

All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing.

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. It’s really simple to do. Now, keep reading and I’ll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I’m sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) … and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers!!!!!!! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted!

If it goes one level further, you guessed it…..THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!


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Did you hear about a law suit calling for “smart pumps” in Florida and other hot climate states? According to an article I read on the Sun Sentinel dated 4/27/08, Floridians pay up to 9 cents more per gallon than motorists in the Northeast, Midwest, and colder regions of the country, reported by consumer watchdog groups.  The article explains that a vehicle with a 2-gallon gas tank can travel about 490 miles between fill-ups with 90 degree fuel in Florida, according to projections by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. However, the same vehicle could drive 495 miles if it were filled with gas at 75 degrees in Colorado and could go even further, about 505 miles, if it were filled at 45 degree temperature in Buffalo.  Other states such as Texas and California are also looking into this issue.

Some advocates claim that U.S. oil companies are overcharging consumers in warmer climates.

Smart Pumps, already used in Hawaii and Canada, are temperature-sensitive and calibrate fuel prices at gas station to ensure fairness in the marketplace. At Florida’s average gas temperature, motorists are losing four cents per gallon. In summer’s high temperatures, it will be double that. To explain that, temperature affects the volume and quality of gasoline. You get less energy in each gallon as gas temperature rises, its molecules expand, becoming less dense. Thus, hot gas provides less energy per gallon, reducing overall car mileage. Smart pumps can regulate gas pump temperature to a national average of 60 degrees making gas prices fair for everyone. Why should consumers living in hot climates be punished and pay more for gas? No reason.  

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It’s a very sad to read about pets being left behind because owners had to leave their home due to foreclosure. I am an animal lover, and I could never leave my pet behind even if I had no place to go, I would still keepmy pet. Maybe it’s easier said than done, but it sounds to me that takes a pretty cold person to just close the doors and leave lovable pets behind. This is what happened to Sami and Danni, from Boca Raton, FL.  See Sami and Danni in the picture, taken from the Sun Sentinel site (staff photo/Robert Mayer), aren’t they so cute? I already have 3 dogs and I would love to get more but it would just be more expense than we can afford; but I hope a nice family adopted them.

The South Florida foreclosure situation is very sad, not just for the families losing their homes but also for the abandoned pets. Sami and Danni are at the Tri-County Humane Society shelter, in Florida.

Sami and Danni are still up for adoption at http://www.tricountyhumane.org/adoptable_dogs.asp – you can view their picture and other adoptable dogs as well.

Here are some tips to pet owners on what they should do when facing foreclosure:

  • Don’t ever leave your pet behind inside your former home or in the yard. The animal could die from dehydration or starvation before anyone finds out. Foreclosure procedures might be delayed and no one will be checking the home until it’s too late for the pet.
  • Always try to find a temporary home for your pet; maybe a family member or a friend will be able to take care of your pet until you get back on your feet. Also, you can ask a veterinarian or an animal shelter group for the location of a temporary pet foster home.
  • Ask animal groups or shelters if they know of pet friendly landlords. Always keep records of your pet’s veterinary visits and shots, some landlords might like to know you are a responsible pet owner.
  • When moving to a new place, always get in writing if you are allowed to have a pet.
  • Get your pet spayed or neutered; pets are more likely to be welcomed into a new home if they are healthy and well-trained.

Find more information about renting with pets, see www.rentwithpets.orgor call 202-452-1100  and ask for the Companion Animal section. Also, visit American Veterinary Medical Association at www.avma.org and type “pets and foreclosure” in the search field.  Info. source: Sun Sentinel 4/22/08.

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Meet Molly. She’s a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Katrina hit southern Louisiana, USA. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier, and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected and her vet went to LSU for help. But LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on diff- erent sides so she didn’t seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight, and didn’t overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.

“This was the right horse and the right owner,” Moore insists.  Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She’s tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood (that) she was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore, is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly’s story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana. The little pony gained weight, her mane felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.

The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly’s regular vet, reports.  And she asks for it! She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too.” And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. “It can be pretty bad when you can’t catch a three-legged horse,” she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people. And she had a good time doing it.

“It’s obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life”, Moore said, “She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.” “She’s not back to normal,” Barca concluded, “but she’s going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself.”


This is Molly’s most recent prosthesis. The left side photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which a smiley face has embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind!


More about Molly here

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