Sunday, November 14, 2004

Wang Dang Doodle - Online Shopping Nice and Easy

I had to buy a traditional camera and no time to shop. I searched eBay and Yahoo Auctions but I didn't have time to wait for the auctions to end or try to figure out how much in shipping I was
going to have to pay.

Overstock.com to the rescue. They have a wide range of items from household & kitchen stuff, electronics, DVDs and whatever floats your boat. Might even have the boat. Products are new,
overstock returns from stores or refurbished.

Refurbished items are products that were originally purchased in a store, returned for whatever reason, tested, evaluated, and then sent to Overstock.com for re-sale.

It doesn't necessarily mean that there was anything wrong with the item but Overstock and many manufactures toss in various length warranties, depending on the item.

The pictures are good with the ability to see different angles of the products. The descriptions are helpful and sometime folks offer feedback on a purchase.

Overstock.com ships items for under $3, no matter the size or weight. If you are one of those folks that want it good and fast, you can purchase three day or next day delivery options. And no sales tax!

Check out process was fast. I was told when the item shipped and I could track it online. It actually came a day early. Score! Painless shopping - http://www.overstock.com

Friday, November 05, 2004

Put Me In Coach - John Wooden

I had the opportunity to hear Coach John Wooden speak. I passed
on it figuring it would be just a bunch of rah, rah testosterone
soaked trash talking "how we beat this team" stuff.

I am not a basketball fan. Ever since they went to long shorts the
game has no interest to me except for that Nike commercial where
the basketball is the beat and the players the dancers. That I like.

Unfortunately, my images of basketball coaches are associated
with Bobby Knight and others who use intimidation, humiliation
and financial incentives to motivate college teams to the winning
line.

That decision was a huge mistake. Coach Wooden has something
of offer to non-sports minded folks. I stumbled upon Wooden's
"Pyramid of Success" in my local newspaper. It is a building
philosophy of qualities you would want to have instilled in a
young man (or woman) such as industriousness, friendship,
loyalty, cooperation, and enthusiasm.

On deeper level, it is how we use to see ourselves as a people and
as a country. Not liberal or conservative, not democrat or
republican. Self-control, adaptability, honesty, integrity, faith, and
skill. Coach Wooden adds details about how he came to build this
pyramid and life lessons that he has learned in his 94 years.

Tool to Evaluate Presidential Candidates?

So this got me thinking. Could the coach's pyramid be applied to
the presidential campaign? Could a person use the pyramid to
match up qualities each candidate has or is deficient in? To view
the pyramid of success visit http://www.coachwooden.com

I don't know which way Coach Wooden swings politically but the
pyramid contains reminders of lost lessons America needs to re-
learn quick, fast and in a hurry.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

I'm Moving Out - American Expatriates Looking To Canada

There are people who are disgusted with what is going on in this country. They are not waiting for the election; they plan to migrate out of the country.

On the travel list are Canada, New Zealand, the Bahamas and two young men who want to move to South Africa. If you are interested in taking up residence some place else - particularly if the election doesn't go the way you have hoped then you need to get busy. There is a lot of work to do before you show up at the border with your toothbrush.

If you are interested in Canada then you need to know that you have to have enough money to support yourself. Currently $10,000 is the starting point but I am unclear if that is U.S. or
Canadian moolah.

One of the web sites to check out is http://www.canadaho.com It is the story of how one person moved north to Canada. If you follow the rules, to the letter, it can be almost painless.

If you really want the juice then visit Carolyn's Canadian Immigration Information. It one part personal narrative and one part real world "this is what you have to do to move to Canada",
http://www.witchweb.net/immigration/index.html

If you are really to the bone serious about this then you should visit the official Canada immigration site
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomer/guide/index.html

As always, be on the lookout for scammers wanting to help you facilitate the process. Stick with the official legal channels. And whatever you do, you don't give up citizenship. You are just
looking to hang out for a while until the dust settles and tempers flame down.

For New Zealand immigration, visit the official NZ site at
http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant

The Bahamas should not present much of a problem to migrate. I just can't see fooling around in hurricane country. No matter you politics you are still gonna need a grip of cash to help surround yourself with cabana boys. Escape From America Magazine will bust a few more illusions at
http://www.escapeartist.com/efam/59/Moving_to_the_Bahamas.html
The office site for moving down south is
http://nassau.usembassy.gov/acs_travel.php

As far as South African is concerned, I don't think the young men though this through enough. It is a beautiful place. It is also a dangerous place. But if destiny is calling then visit
http://www.safrica.info/public_services/foreigners/immigration/immigration.htm

South Africa is very clear about their immigration policy. They don't mind you visiting but they want permanent residents who have something to offer. In other words, bring money, skills and your future.

I'm On The Outside Looking In - Global Voting For President

Sadly, many Americans will choose not to vote in this election. I
know I've tried my best to convince them otherwise but they have
their reasons. But there is a huge international interest in this
election.

What we do in America has a global impact. The United States
importing and exporting of goods, services and personnel are a
vital part of other countries economic survival. Any military
action has an equal and opposite effect on millions of people.

World-Vote.com gives foreign citizens a chance to express who
they want for President of the United States.

It is, of course, a non-binding vote. World-Vote restricts the
ballots to Dubya and Kerry. Visitors click the check box under
the candidates image and are asked to select their country, region,
sex and age. You can view the tally so far by visiting
http://www.world-vote.com

Global Vote 2004 included all of the candidates running for the
Presidency including:

Michael Barnarik - Libertarian Party
Michael Peroutlk - Constitution Party
Walt Brown - Socialist Party USA
David Cobb - Green Party
Ralph Nader - Reform Party, Independent

Visitors can only vote once and the results will be released 48
before the election to the news media.
http://www.globalvote.org
http://www.technicola.com/globalvote2004

Monday, November 01, 2004

London Calling - BBC and CBC programs of note

As many of you know, I listen to the British Broadcasting
Corporation and Canadian Broadcasting to get a broader
perspective of the relationship between American and the rest of
the world.

The BBC program, Global Business did something interesting last
week. They explained to an international audience just how much
America is intertwined with various economies. To hear that
particular program you can visit the BBC website at www.bbcnews.com

The Canadian Broadcasting Company has a very good web site
that not only informs their citizens about Canada but also keeps
an eye on that pesky neighbor to the south. It has extensive
international coverage. It is a huge site but the starting place is
http://www.cbc.ca

Your local public radio station may carry As It Happens, hosted
by Mary Lou Finley and Barbara Budd. Depending on the topic,
they are tough, funny, informed and always prepared for anything.
You can listen to programs at http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens