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Housing News

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016

By Juan Gonzales Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets. Minutes from last month’s Fed meeting showed the Fed is concerned about global economic weakness. This concern makes a policy rate increase in April unlikely. Recent economic reports show tepid economic growth, keeping inflation concerns at bay. Lack of inflation helps support conditions for low mortgage rates. Even with the tepid economy, the labor market continues to show strength. Last week’s unemployment claims fell more than expected, slipping to 270,000. Smart home technology can make outdated homes more desirable. Nearly 1/2 of Americans surveyed either have or plan to install smart home tech this year. The recent dip in mortgage rates has helped move some buyers off of the fence. Purchase applications were 11% higher than the same week last year. Annual owner-occupied purchases were up 15.9% in 2015. The 3.74 million purchases were the most seen since 2007’s 3.93 million. Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek...

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Health & Fitness

Current Nutritional Labelling is Difficult to Follow

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016

If you’re like most shoppers, then chances are, a trip to the grocery is usually unplanned, quick, and sometimes, not very fruitful when it comes to making healthy choices. Much of the blame can be attributed to current nutrition labelling which is ineffective, according to a study by McGill University. The study, published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, found that other labelling systems are more efficient. Researchers compared four different systems, finding that the one most frequently used in the US and Canada is the least useful for buyers.  This system lists percentages of the daily value of specific nutrients. Although the labels do provide exhaustive information, they can be confusing and can be difficult to compare in terms of nutritional value to similar products. Another system called NuVal, which indicates the overall nutritional value of products with a single score between 1-100, is used in some products in the US and Canada. Researchers found this system to be much easier to follow, since it does away with the need to ascertain the health values of foods...

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Music

3rd Annual Firkin Fest Announced in Downtown Mobile, AL

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016

Presented by Moe’s Original Bar B Que and Budweiser Busch Distributing, the 3rd Annual Firkin Festival will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 701 Spring Hill Avenue in Mobile, AL. Benefiting the American Cancer Society, the festival indulges craft beer lovers that include novices and aficionados alike. As the beer offerings continue to grow, Yellowhammer Brewing, Back Forty Beer Company, Cahaba Brewing, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Tallgrass Brewing Company, Fairhope Brewing Company, Black Warrior Brewing Company, Rocket Republic Brewing Company, Avondale Brewing, Serda Brewing, Big Beach Brewing Company, Grayton Beer Company and Druid City Brewing will be poured for sampling. “Participating breweries will showcase distinctive cask ale in a firkin, a barrel made of stainless steel that holds 10.8 gallons of beer,” said Jana Sobolic, Craft Manager for Budweiser-Busch Distributing. “Firkins are unique in the sense that the beer goes through a secondary fermentation in the vessel.” During and after the celebration of beers, entertainment will include live music with performances by Winston Ramble, Festival Expressions and Mulligan Brothers. Doors open at 2pm with a tapping ceremony at 2:30pm. Sampling ends at 5:30pm...

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BS Tests

Gigantic Watermelon Slicer Tested

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015

BS TESTS has been awfully quiet until this most recent injustice awakened the Bull into a snarling mess of disappointment. This is a Watermelon Slicer that was purchased at Sam’s Club last summer and was never used until recently.  Currently it is not available and hopefully that will save you from making the mistake of throwing away ten plus dollars. First, the instructions suggest cutting both ends of the melon.  I guess without the old watermelon cutting knife that seem to work just fine, step one would not be possible.  This may also require a cutting board and lots of paper towels.  The flatter the end cut, we have learned the better it works.   Step 2: Place it on its circular juice catching tray, which oddly has a whole in the center so that the maximum amount of sticky juice squirts through it, onto your counter top. Step 3: Press the blades on top of the cut melon and push with as much force as you can humanly muster.  This may not be enough.  I can assure you this is...

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VestPac: The Ultimate Hydration Pack

VestPac: The Ultimate Hydration Pack

Mar 21, 2016

Just in time for season, we’ve found a lightweight hydration system from VestPac. Designed in Jackson Hole, this pack features a climate control 3D airmesh in the hydration panel for unbelievable airflow and rugged elastic straps to ensure a snug fit. The shoulder straps are free to move side to side for a custom fit while the waist strap is designed to be worn directly below the chest line for maximum support and comfort. These packs move with your body, eliminating any chance for bouncing or rubbing.  Each model holds different amounts in the BPA free reservoir. The high flow hose and 360 degree bite valve with positional clip make it easy to take a drink. These VestPacs wick moisture away from your back and chest providing a cooling effect which makes it perfect for paddle-boarding, fishing, festivals, marathons or kayaking. The slim design is soft enough to wear over bare skin or a bikini top, yet strong enough to last a lifetime in the sun, snow and surf. The difference in comfort is like night and day. Some of the styles also have pockets with security flaps, a key ring holder, and a large zippered pocket.  This allows for a place to put the gadgets we just couldn’t live without like our phones and iPods.  They even offer waterproof phone/MP3 player cases and earbuds/wraps that are completely water and sweat proof. VestPacs are designed to provide the best possible performance for every situation. You can wear these innovative products all day without feeling tired or sore.  It offers a solution to having one custom made pack for many different uses. VestPac is currently offering free shipping on all orders of $50 or more. For more information and to purchase, visit...

Jackson Hole Melts Away the Winter Blues

Jackson Hole Melts Away the Winter Blues

Mar 10, 2016

While the winter weather in Jackson Hole is usually frosty, there is always a great amount of things to do.  The main winter draw of the area is the ski resorts that include Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Resort as well as Grand Targhee Resort. Located just 12 miles northwest of town, Jackson Hole boasts an elevation of 10,450 feet and is known for steep terrains while Snow King overlooks the town, offers night skiing and is the oldest ski resort in Wyoming. Just over an hour away, Grand Targhee is known to have deep powder, short lift lines and terrains for all abilities. Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee often receive an average annual snowfall of more than 500 inches while Snow King sees about 66 inches. If you want to get more extreme on the mountains, Heli, Snowcat and Backcountry Tours are always an option. Even if you do not ski or snowboard and are not out on the slopes, travelers will not run of out of things to do as there is something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to skiing or riding the 32 runs on this summit, Snow King Mountain Resort offers lots of winter fun. We had a great time snow tubing where there are three groomed slopes to slide down and a rope pull to get you back up top. This is a great activity for the entire family as anyone over 42″ tall can participate. Then there’s the Cowboy Coaster that has a mile of twists and turns with incredible views, while the Exum Ice Park offers ice climbing which is great for beginners or experts wanting to hone their skills on the frozen waterfalls. Whatever of these activities you choose, just be sure and bundle up! There are also two National parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, in the area that provide a variety of experiences. While there are a vast amount of sightseeing and wildlife tours available, we jumped on Brushbuck Tours‘ four hour Grand Teton dusk tour. Our tour guide was Duane, who was full of information and knew exactly where to stop to spot all of the best wildlife. While Grand Teton National Park encompasses 310,000 acres, it is home to numerous large mammals, elk, moose, mule deer, pronghorn, bison, bighorn sheep, bear, and wolves that...

3rd Annual Firkin Fest Announced in Downtown Mobile, AL

3rd Annual Firkin Fest Announced in Downtown Mobile, AL

Mar 2, 2016

Presented by Moe’s Original Bar B Que and Budweiser Busch Distributing, the 3rd Annual Firkin Festival will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 701 Spring Hill Avenue in Mobile, AL. Benefiting the American Cancer Society, the festival indulges craft beer lovers that include novices and aficionados alike. As the beer offerings continue to grow, Yellowhammer Brewing, Back Forty Beer Company, Cahaba Brewing, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Tallgrass Brewing Company, Fairhope Brewing Company, Black Warrior Brewing Company, Rocket Republic Brewing Company, Avondale Brewing, Serda Brewing, Big Beach Brewing Company, Grayton Beer Company and Druid City Brewing will be poured for sampling. “Participating breweries will showcase distinctive cask ale in a firkin, a barrel made of stainless steel that holds 10.8 gallons of beer,” said Jana Sobolic, Craft Manager for Budweiser-Busch Distributing. “Firkins are unique in the sense that the beer goes through a secondary fermentation in the vessel.” During and after the celebration of beers, entertainment will include live music with performances by Winston Ramble, Festival Expressions and Mulligan Brothers. Doors open at 2pm with a tapping ceremony at 2:30pm. Sampling ends at 5:30pm with an awards ceremony at 6pm. Available on Etix.com or at Moe’s downtown location, tickets are $22 in advance and $25 in the day of event. Ticket includes sampling of all 13 casks, glass, crawfish, music, koozie, literature, and ticket for voting. Located in the upper part of Dauphin in downtown Mobile, the 7400 square foot Moe’s Original Bar B Que features a hot nightlife scene with full premium bars, high definition TVs and an entertainment venue that showcases live music from top bands. Named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints and BBQ Chains in America, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has 40 other locations in AL, CA, CO, FL, GA, LA, ME, NC, OH, SC, TN and VA. The popular restaurant features a Southern soul food revival with everything prepared fresh daily. For additional information about the event or Moe’s Original Bar B Que,...