Fun in The Black Hills of South Dakota

When you think of South Dakota you many not think of it as a place to visit. But you would be surprised at home many fun things there are to do in the eastern part of the state. Not only are there a lot of historical landmarks, the Black Hills is absolutely gorgeous.

Deadwood

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Deadwood started off as a mining town back in the 1870s. Deadwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and today’s main street is full of restaurants, shops and even casinos. Main Street located in downtown Deadwood is a historic street that still resembles the 1800s. It is a big place for gambling and visitors can choose from over 80 different casinos. In fact, Wild Bill Hickok was killed here and Calamity Jane is buried at the cemetery in town, Mount Moriah Cemetery.

A must see spot in Deadwood is the Old Style Saloon #10. The bar and museum is where Wild Bill Hickok was playing poker when he was murdered. The saloon puts on reenactments of the murder during the summer months. It is a great place to walk around and gamble a little.

Not far from Deadwood sits Sturgis. This town is known for its huge motorcycle rally. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally just turned 75 this year and around 740,000 people attended the town that is home to only about 6,000 residents. When the rally isn’t going on, the little town is still a great place to visit. There is a lot of history and the scenery is really beautiful. You can also go wine tasting at Bell Joli’ Winery. The winery offers breathtaking views of the town’s ponderosa pines and their 5-acre vineyard. They have a really nice variety of wine and they all have their own unique and delicious taste.

Spearfish is a neat little town in the heart of the Black Hills that isn’t too far from Sturgis. They have a really cool fish hatchery where visitors can feed ducks and fish. If you are visiting during the summer months, you can take a hike at Spearfish Canyon and check out all of the wildlife. The Community Caves at Spearfish Canyon is a great spot to go year round. There is a stunning waterfall and a natural cave sits at the top.

Rapid City

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In Rapid City, there are a lot of things to do. The city is full of restaurants and shops, but also a lot of history. Mount Rushmore isn’t far from Rapid City but you can still learn about the historic presidents in the city at the City of Presidents area. The streets in downtown Rapid City is home to life-size statues of past presidents. Interesting fact, George Washington was a tall 6 foot 2 inches!

 

 

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Norman Reedus Hits the Road for New AMC Show

AMC has just announced a new reality show featuring Norman Reedus. Reedus is mostly known for his role on The Walking Dead as Daryl Dixon. The motorcyle-loving actor will take the roads exploring the best places for bikers.

The reality show will be called Ride With Norman Reedus. The series will premiere in 2016 and starts off with six hours of episodes. Reedus has a huge passion for bikes so he will be able to show his love for motorcycles and ride around the country.

Motorcycle

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Reedus will take his motorcycle to various spots in the country that cater to the life of bikers. I am guessing he will make a stop in the city of Sturgis, South Dakota that is home to the famous motorcycle rally. But the actor won’t be alone. He will be bringing along a different guest to each spot. The guests are other celebrities who have also have a passion for motorcycles.

Of course the announcement of the new show makes Walking Dead fans speculate. Some think that this is AMC’s way of keeping Reedus on the network after his character dies on the hit zombie show. Many fans have made it very clear that they will be devastated when Reedus’ character is killed off. Which, lets be honest, no character is safe on The Walking Dead so it is just a matter of time.

Either way, motorcycle lovers will get to experience awesome places across the country while in the comfort of their own home. And who better to take you on the adventure than Norman Reedus.

Timbersports Becoming More Popular

STIHL

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Wood-chopping events date back to the 1930s and today lumberjacking events are still popular thanks to the STIHL Timbersports series. Many have said these events are like the Olympics for lumberjacks.

The events give ordinary people who love to chop wood a chance to compete for thousands of dollars. Construction workers, lawyers and teachers come together to compete after training for weeks.

Australia and New Zealand are known to have some of the best lumberjacks, but now the sport is becoming more popular and growing across the world. Australia and New Zealand stills calls wood-chopping their most watched sport.

Lumberjacking is actually a great workout and could replace cross-fit as the new way to get in shape. It really builds up your core and leg strength. Athletes have to swing and chop with a five-pound ax and that can be a great cardio workout.

Lumberjack

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You can build endurance by swinging and chopping at the same rate. You can get practice in and have some wood ready for your fireplace since it is starting to get cold out. Some have even compared lumberjacking to golf. It can become very competitive and has to do a lot with your body position and swing. Lumberjacks study how to strike the wood perfectly.

You may not think of lumberjacking as a sport or pastime, but it is starting to catch the attention of people around the world. It is fun to watch and can be a terrific way to work on your strength and endurance.

Where to Find Delicious Breakfast Sandwiches

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We all know this. And one of the best things to eat for breakfast is a breakfast sandwich. These restaurants are known to have some of the best breakfast sandwiches in the country.

The Reggie Deluxe at Pine State Biscuits in Portland

Pine State Biscuits is a classic in Portland and their breakfast sandwich, The Reggis Deluxe, is absolutely delicious. The sandwich comes on one of the best biscuits you can find with fried chicken covered in sausage gravy, melted cheese, bacon and a runny egg. It is pretty messy, but it really hits the spot any morning.

Special Breakfast Sandwich at Devil’s Teeth Baking Company in San Francisco

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It is said that San Francisco is known for its brunch, but they also have an amazing breakfast sandwich at the local eatery, Devil’s Teeth. The sandwich is made of two scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, lemon-garlic aioli, avocado and apple wood-smoked bacon all on top of a homemade buttermilk biscuit that is so fluffy, it is out of this world.

The Princess at Biscuit Love in Nashville

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Nashville is known for its music and fried chicken, but it is also home to the restaurant Biscuit Love. They serve the best breakfast in the area and is known for their sandwich called the Princess. A thick biscuit comes with a cayenne-crusted friend piece of chicken. The biscuit is made from flour that comes from a watermill near Kentucky. The sandwich does come with pickles and mustard, but the warm honey on top makes it the perfect sandwich for breakfast.

Bacon & Goat Cheese at The Blind Dog Café in Washington, DC

Bacon & Goat Cheese

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The Bacon & Goat Cheese breakfast sandwich at The Blind Dog Café is made with only farm-fresh local ingredients. It comes on a fluffy and flakey croissant with crisy bacon, goat cheese, cheddar, chorizo, pimento and mushrooms. It doesn’t end there. It is topped with a frittata that is made from eggs that is found at a nearby farm.

The Fancy at Mike & Patty’s in Boston

The Fancy

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Mike & Patty’s is known to be one of the best in Boston. And their breakfast sandwich doesn’t disappoint. The Fancy comes on multigrain bread covered in two fried eggs, cheddar cheese, avocado, onions, crispy bacon and smeared with their home-made mayonnaise.

SNL’S Most Memorable Music Performances

The hit show Saturday Night Live just celebrated 40 years earlier this year. The show is always full of hilarious skits and amazing guests hosts. But their musical performances through out the years have always played a huge part in the show’s long running success. These performances go down as the most memorable acts in the show’s history.

Nirvana
Nirvana first performed on Saturday Night Live in the early 90s and played their hit song Teen Spirit. The rock band returned to the show in 1993 and put on one of their best performances playing their song Rape Me. Basketball star Charles Barkley was the host that evening and he has even said that Nirvana’s performance was one of the best on SNL.

Dr. Dre & Eminem
Dr. Dre appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1999 and he brought along special guest Eminem. The rapper took the stage just a few weeks before his highly anticipated album 2001 hit shelves. This performance was a big deal because his new album was the first material he has released in 7 years and performing on SNL was a great way to promote it. His protégé, Eminem, joined him in performing his now classic song, Forgot About Dre.

Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire put on quite the show on Saturday Night Live in 2013. The stage was covered in musical instruments along with a ton of glitter. The whole band wore white and performed their poppy song Afterlife. The crowd loved it and the entire stage was rocking out. The number of musicians on the stage that night was absolutely electrifying and they all put on an awesome show.

Kanye West
Back in 2014, Ben Affleck hosted the 38th season finale of Saturday Night Live and praised Kanye West both times before he took the stage. West performed his song Black Skinhead and held nothing back. Visuals flashed behind the singer as he delivered an emotional and an awestruck performance.

 

 

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Got in a Car Accident, Insurance Fixed My Car But…

Now my car has a significant crash on hits vehicle history report, tanking its would-be sale or trade-in value. The insurance company did not adjust for this, which is known in legal terms as Diminished Value.

When you get into a wreck large enough to be a point of contention on a car’s Vehix or Carfax (or whatever), you need to hire an attorney to make sure you get paid for the diminished value to your vehicle. Insurance companies don’t make money by giving it away to everyone that asks, and they generally will not make it easy on you, the customer, the end user. This is why you bring in the heavy hitters, the lawyers.

Your attorney will know which avenues are worth walking down with the insurance, but more than that, they will be an advocate and a professional bodyguard of sorts that makes sure you do not get manipulated or taken advantage of.

Lawyers do cost money, which is the downside, but the cut that a lawyer would take is generally going to be worth it for the processing of the diminished value claim, and if you’re working with a trustworthy law firm — they would tell you if their fees are going to make the claim not worth it for you.

You should definitely at least inquire about diminished value, both with the insurance and with an attorney, just to prove to the insurance company, at the very least, that you’re a force to be reckoned with and should not be lowballed.

2017 Star Trek Cruise Sold Out

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The Star Trek cruise will set sail in 2017, but some Trekkies are going to be disappointed because tickets are already sold out. For Star Treks’ 50th Anniversary, the Norwegian Cruise Line will embark on a 6-day cruise from January 9th to January 15th in the year 2017. The cruise will head from Miami, Florida to Cozumel in Mexico, Nassau in the Bahamas and the cruise line’s own private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay.

The cruise actually sold out in two short months. It might be because this will probably be a once in a lifetime experience for Star Trek fans. Everything to do with the cruise will be Star Trek themed. Even locations from the classic show will be recreated on the ship. Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, will be the official host and will be joined by other cast members like Robert Picardo, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, James Darren, Denise Crosby, Vaughn Armstrong, John de Lancie, Steven Rankin, Terry Farrell and Casey Biggs.

Passengers will be able to take part in Star Trek competitions, parties and events and even mingle with the stars of the show. The crewmembers of the Norwegian Cruise Line will get in the Star Trek spirit too wearing replicas of the multi-colored uniforms from the show.

Themed cruise ships are popping up everywhere. Next year, the Walking Dead will have their very own cruise ship and so will football star Rob Gronkowski. It really isn’t surprising that the biggest Sci-Fi franchise now has a themed cruise ship.

Star Trek has a huge fan following so I am not really surprised that the tickets sold out so quickly. But because there are so many Trekkies out there, it would be cool if they hosted another Star Trek cruise. I guess only time will tell!

Foo Fighters to Perform in Cesena

Foo Fighters

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Just a few months ago Fabio Zaffagnini organized a team of 1,000 musicians to put on one epic performance of the Foo Fighter’s hit song Learn to Fly. The video quickly went viral and even the band’s front man, David Grohl, saw the video.

Zaffagnini put together the video because he wanted to grab the Foo Fighters attention, hoping to get them to play a show in his small town. After Grohl saw the video he promised the band would make a stop in Cesena some day.

Well that day is about to come. The Foo Fighters will travel to Cesena to play a show on November 3rd. This will be the start of the rock band’s 11 European show schedule. Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters will perform on a small basketball arena in a town of fewer than 100,000. The town is usually not a top spot for rock concerts so this is a pretty big deal to locals.

Thanks to Zaffagnini, the small Italian town will be able to rock out with the iconic band. It really is no surprise that the Foo Fighters are doing this. The video dedicated to the band has been played over 26 million times. And the Foo Fighters always go the extra mile for their dedicated fans.

Earlier this summer, Grohl fell off the stage while performing and broke his leg. He actually came back out after getting his leg checked out backstage and finished the show. He did have to cancel other shows, but he was so genuinely sorry about it and I really felt bad for the guy.

This is just another reason to love the rock band. They are always putting their fans first. Which more artists should do; it is because of the fans that they are so popular, right?

You can check out the awesome video here.

Must Have Essentials for the Perfect Home Bar

One of the most important things in your home has to be a well-stocked bar. Especially if you like cocktails, it is key to have the right tools along with the right alcohol to make the perfect drinks. Here are some essentials you need to have that perfectly stocked home bar.

Tools

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First, you have to make sure that you have the right bar tools. A shaker tin is always a must and it is best to have a 22 oz. and a 16 oz. one. Another thing to have two of is a strainer, a Hawthorne strainer and a Julep strainer. The Julep strainer works great with your mixing glass and the Hawthorne strainer pairs well with your shaker tin. Just don’t use the Hawthorne strainer to put mint in your cocktails; it is easier to use the Julep strainer. You also need to have a muddler, jigger, bar spoon and a mixing glass.

On top of the right tools, you need to make sure you have the right glassware. You can’t have a cocktail without a glass. A shot glass is one glass you absolutely have to have because it can be used in a number of ways to prepare your drinks. Also make sure you are well stocked with plenty of wine glasses and always have regular wine glasses and stemless ones. A Collins glass that holds more than 12 oz. is another must have for your bar.

Alcohol

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Now that you have the right tools and glasses, you need to have the right liquor. Try to have a couple different options of gin because it actually does make your cocktail taste different when you use different kinds. Rum is another drink you need to have two of because you need to have silver rum one that is aged. It isn’t good to make cocktails with a brandy that has been aged too much so look for a cognac that is only about 10 years old. Always have plenty of Vermouth on hand and try to keep it in the refrigerator to make it last longer. Lastly, it is always a nice treat to have Triple Sec and tequila that is 100% agave; and of course, your favorite alcohol.

Tips on How to Work While Flying

If you have to travel a lot for your career, you know all too well the stressed of getting work done while on a plane. But sometimes you have to buckle down and be productive while flying the friendly skies. These tips will help you utilize your time and get what you need done.

PlaneFirst, try to always choose a flight with WiFi. You can still get some work done without WiFi, but I find that having the choice of using WiFi leads to me being more productive. While connected to WiFi, you can do any research you need to do and be able to stay up to date on emails so you don’t have a million messages to go through when you land. By doing this, you won’t feel rushed after you get off the plane and. you can relax knowing that you are on top of things.

If you can’t get WiFi, there are some things you can do prior to your flight to help you be more organized. Be proactive and do some of your research and downloading prior to boarding your flight. Sometimes having the luxury of WiFi doesn’t always go as planned so if you do this, you can still have all the work that you need like recent emails to work on during the flight.

Of course flying coach limits your workspace, but I have found that the exit row really gives you more room and is a great place to sit if you plan on doing some work. You can always pay more to sit in business or first class, but if you are not looking to break the bank, this is an easy way to find more space in coach without costing a lot. You can always get more work done when you are in a comfortable setting.

The best thing to do if you need to get work done while flying is to be prepared and make sure all of your devices are fully charged. It is a good idea to bring either a back up battery or an external power pack. For phones and iPods, they have small portable power packs that work great and will last your whole flight. But still try to charge everything before boarding the plane. This can be done pretty easily since there are lots of power outlets at the airport.