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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Want to lose weight and feel great for 2015?

Want to lose weight for 2015? Here are a few tips I picked up along the journey.

Fighting the battle of the bulge is difficult and stressful. Seems like every time we lose it, it comes back bigger. Starvation or temporary dieting can cause you more misery than glee. Here are a few simple tips that just might help.

Ginseng for energy and drink more WATER. it fills you up and has no calories. Ice cold water is the best, but if you need to, add a little flavor. I like the Mio Energy additives myself. 

 NO SODAS they are very high in calories and especially NO DIET SODAS or artificial sweeteners. 

PROTEIN when you get hungry and try to go for a walk even if its just parking further away from the door. 

Artificial sweeteners will give you more calories than sugar; also meats have steroids to make the cows, pigs and chickens fat. Those steroids make us fat too so cut back. Fish is usually safer. 

Some foods burn calories like apples for instance, and a high fiber diet is helpful. 

When we hit middle age our metabolism slows dowwwwnnnn, and so you need to take vitamins and eat foods that increase your metabolism. L-arginine and vitamin B-12 will increase your metabolism. You should also do a multi-vitamin to help your body function better.   

Hot sauce burns calories and ginger. 

Substitute cinnamon for sugar when you can, and increase your fiber intake with the occasional salad. I like mine with lots of dressing and bacon bits. 

Tapping your feet can burn calories too. 

Water should be ice cold BTW and B-12 supplements will improve your metabolism. 

As for exercise, the wife can help burn calories too, if you know what I mean.   

Take deep breaths to give your body more oxygen and energy so you can move more and burn more calories. 

Temporary diets do not work because they are temporary. A life change is required in our eating habits to lose weight. 

Happy New Year and may all your resolutions come true.  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A VISIT FROM SAINT NICK

A Visit from St. Nicholas

1822 BY CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE   

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171924   
http://www.blackdog.net/holiday/christmas/twas.html  

#WordlessWednesday


Monday, December 22, 2014

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

"Is There a Santa Claus?" reprinted from the September 21, 1897, EDITION of The New York Sun. 
http://www.nysun.com/editorials/yes-virginia/68502/


We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:
Dear Editor—
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O'Hanlon
115 West Ninety Fifth Street
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.
We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

NICK'S PICKS 2014

NICK'S PICKS
2014

and so as the year winds down to a close and the little baby new year prepares to take the throne, a lot of people are looking back over the year and making lists and giving out awards. Well, here are a few of my picks for 2014... AND a nifty little gif I made for them...

BEST GIF MAKER
My new favorite website is the place to go when you need to make a cool .gif for a post or website or AWARD like the one above that I made at http://MEMEGENERATOR.NET. Thanks MEME GENERATOR!

BEST BLOG
I really think a lot of Genealogy Bloggers will agree with this pick, as this blog inspired so many of us to new heights of accomplishment. With the 52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS CHALLENGE over at www.nostorytoosmall.com, Amy Johnson Crow was a leader in the Genealogy Blogosphere this year, and by the way you can find a lot of good reads there if you are into reading by any chance.

BEST ACTRESS
Acting isnt the hardest way to make a living of course, but playing four characters simultaneously and pulling it off is certainly not easy either. I and a lot of other fans were particularly impressed with the mad skills of NINA DOBREV this year as we have been for many years in the past. As she pulled us into her world of pain and heartaches as the beautiful but often damsel-in-distress, Elena Gilbert, and the evil but almost too cute to hate Katherine Petrova in the Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals. Excellent work Nina.

BEST SINGER
With her amazing vocal range and her hip hop beats, ARIANA GRANDE is absolutely addictive, and those legs arent bad either. Loving her a little harder every day, er, more every day. Keep belting em out and we will keep buying Ari.  

BEST SONGWRITER
If you are looking for a song that tells a good story and sounds great you can probably find something you like on a TAYLOR SWIFT album. I know I can. Songs arent just about a drum machine and a snappy hook. They should tell a story and my favorite storytelling songwriter this year was Taylor.

BEST TV SHOW
OK , so its a new show, but it follows the MO of the awesome movie by Keanu Reeves, and the TV show is every bit as entertaining and thrilling. So my new favorite TV show this year is CONSTANTINE over at NBC.

BEST ACTOR
If anyone can pull off a nerdy, anal, OCD- driven, immature scientist who seems to have been born on Vulcan and keep us laughing all the way to the comics shop, it is BIG BANG THEORY's Doctor Sheldon Cooper, who seems to be only one yellow ring away from becoming a Super Villain of global proportions. Some pretty impressive acting by JIM PARSONS.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Don't judge a book by its cover

Touching life story.....

A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For
many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's
showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told
him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited
signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the
morning of his graduation his father called him into his private
study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine
son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son
a beautiful wrapped gift box.

Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man
opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily,
he raised his voice at his father and said, "With all your money you
give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy
book.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in
business.
He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his
father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He
had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make
arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had
passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He
needed to come home immediately and take care of things.
When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and
regret filled his heart.

He began to search his father's important papers and
saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With
tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he
read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope
taped behind the Bible.
It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the
sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation,
and the words...PAID IN FULL.

How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not
packaged as we expected?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ray's Arcade

Having some problems with the Arcade so moving it to Weebly where it works so much better. If you like Free games that are free and did i mention that they are free? check out Ray's Arcade at www.raynichols.weebly.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Window

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour a day to drain the fluids from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. And every afternoon when the man in the bed next to the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed would live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the outside world. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake, the man had said. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Lovers walked arm in arm amid flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Unexpectedly, an alien thought entered his head: Why should hehave all the pleasure of seeing everything while I never get to see anything? It didn't seem fair. As the thought fermented, the man felt ashamed at first. But as the days passed and he missed seeing more sights, his envy eroded into resentment and soon turned him sour. He began to brood and found himself unable to sleep. He should be by that window - and that thought now controlled his life.

Late one night, as he lay staring at the ceiling, the man by the window began to cough. He was choking on the fluid in his lungs. The other man watched in the dimly lit room as the struggling man by the window groped for the button to call for help. Listening from across the room, he never moved, never pushed his own button which would have brought the nurse running. In less than five minutes, the coughing and choking stopped, along with the sound of breathing. Now, there was only silence--deathly silence.

The following morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths. When she found the lifeless body of the man by the window, she was saddened and called the hospital attendant to take it away--no words, no fuss. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it all himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall.

Moral of the story:
The pursuit of happiness is a matter of choice...it is a positive attitude we consciously choose to express. It is not a gift that gets delivered to our doorstep each morning, nor does it come through the window. And I am certain that our circumstances are just a small part of what makes us joyful. If we wait for them to get just right, we will never find lasting joy.

The pursuit of happiness is an inward journey. Our minds are like programs, awaiting the code that will determine behaviors; like bank vaults awaiting our deposits. If we regularly deposit positive, encouraging, and uplifting thoughts, if we continue to bite our lips just before we begin to grumble and complain, if we shoot down that seemingly harmless negative thought as it germinates, we will find that there is much to rejoice about.


http://www.indianchild.com/inspiring_stories.htm

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Raise the wage??? More money or more worries?

A lot of people are jumping up and down and cheering at the thought of raising the wage to ten, and sure, it sounds good, but what are the costs of a  nationwide raise. It probably wont apply to small businesses of course, and it may only apply to full time wage earners anyway, but big business didnt get big by being dumb. Many of you out there know that if a large company has to pay you more, they are going to find the money to do it with the way they always have. Say, a big company called Scrooge and Marley, Inc., was to be forced to give them a 3 dollar raise next month... How would they do it? Well, you see, companies succeed by keeping their overhead low, which means they would have to cut labor costs by hiring less people and laying off some. Also, they would put the workers they have on part time status to cut overhead and improve profit margins. This is inevitable of course, but I write it better from a maybe they wont have to point of view.

Anyway, when all their workers or wage earners as they are also known, are on part time, the company will have more profit, and the share holders like profits a lot. Also, since part time workers are not required to receive certain benefits that full time workers receive, the company will be even more interested in cutting hours and staff size. What will this mean for John and Mary Employee? Well, now that there is less help they will be required to do three times as much work or else. Also, one of the benefits that workers lose is their full time health coverage which part time workers do not get. #passTHEbuck

Of course, with your hours cut you will have more time to spend at home, assuming you still have a home since cost of goods sold and cost of living and gas prices and retail prices will all HAVE to go up to pay for the raise you were jumping up and down about before. Hopefully, paying your mortgage will not be a problem while you are struggling to keep gas in the Caddy.

Then again, they may not cut everyone's hours. Some may still get to work 40 a week, and get the big check, but since inflation has to go up to cover the raise, will they really be making more??? Well, we can always hope and watch and wait.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rest In Peace Joan Rivers

Joan Alexandra Molinsky[8] (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014)

QUOTES OF JOAN RIVERS:

"I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.”

“When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonely.’ I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.” 

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.
LINKS:
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/joanrivers119877.html#IxTbbYDaJzfi2Avc.99

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/joan-rivers-quotes-1201298253/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Rivers  
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001672/  
https://twitter.com/Joan_Rivers     
http://joanrivers.com/   

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Please help support this site

 

NEVER GIVE UP THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE!!!!

you know her mama she told her don't worry about her size. 
she said cause, "i just bought life insurance on you last night 
and if you don't get off the couch and exercise 
then i will be rich as hell on the day you die"   

dISTURBING trend in the country. people are giving up and giving in. and the ones who give up are losing. Diabetes and heart attacks are not the goal to shoot for. NEVER GIVE UP THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. NEVER!!! 

As a soldier in the WAR FOR WELLNESS I can tell you its worth the fight!!!  


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Who are The Originals? #TVD #Originals

"In the beginning, our family was human, A thousand years ago, now(11th century). Although our mother dabbled in the dark arts(#witch), we were actually just a family trying to survive in a time when it was quite difficult to do so(#10th century). And, for better or worse, we were happy. That is, however, until one night, our youngest brother was killed by our village's greatest threat. Men that could transform themselves into wolves during the full moon(#werewolves). Our family was devastated, none more than Niklaus (werewolf). Desperate to protect the rest of us, our father forced our mother to call upon her black magic in order to make us stronger(forced a witch?). Thus, the first vampires were born(10th century). But with this speed, this strength, this immortality, came a terrible hunger. No one felt this hunger more than Niklaus(hybrid). ” — Elijah to Hayley about his family in Always and Forever

If you haven't seen the TV show, the Originals is a spin off of the Vampire Diaries show in which the Mikaelson family returns to Louisiana to live amongst the Werewolves and Vampires who weren't drowned to death by Hurricane Katrina.

Who are the Mikaelsons? Well, the Mikaelsons lived in Virginia in the 10th century AD. (#900s) Although they all seem to have British accents, the British did not settle in Jamestown until 1607. (#17thCentury) Clearly, Elijah is not good with timelines or maybe he is getting Alzheimer's, but whatever the reason, 11 centuries later, the Mikaelsons return to New Orleans where they had once "run the town."

The Mikaelsons claim to be the first vampires, although Silas was born sometime around the 1st century, about 9- 10 centuries before them and although the blood of his girlfriend's family is needed to cast the spell to make them vampires. (#doppelgangers) Hester, Elijah's mother (who is a witch), uses the blood of Tatia, Klaus's girlfriend to cast the spell to make them all immortal, but does not tell anyone that Tatia is a descendant of Silas' girlfriend, Amara (who was killed by a witch)... (So the real Originals are???)

Ironically, Elijah's brother Niklaus hooks up with another werewolf, Hayley, who is also descended from his father, who lived about 11 centuries before her, and they are having a baby. These two distant cousins are destined to run the town together, unless of course, Niklaus kicks Hayley to the curb and hooks up with Caroline. (#drama) Wouldn't that make an interesting Maury show?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

We will miss you Joan. You made us laugh when life tried to make us cry. You will always hold a special place in our hearts... Rest In Peace Joan.

joanrivers.com/all-about-joan/

American Masters will present an In Memoriam tribute broadcast of the critically acclaimed documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work tonight on PBS (check local listings).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rest in peace, my Captain...

Robin Williams was more than a comedian and actor, he was a legend and an inspiration to the rest of the world. He was our muse and our escape. He was our Captain and our friend. He inspired us to seize the day and taught us that to live would be a great adventure. 
Rest in peace, my Captain...
This is Ray signing out. nanu nanu... 


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Share your artistic side and make the world more beautiful

Practice makes perfect

When it comes to art, there are only three rules: practice, practice, practice.
Find something to draw and draw it. Compare your work to the visual reference, and keep editing it until you like what you see. Simple right?
You can find a picture of something and draw that or look at something and draw that. I chose to practice drawing familiar and popular characters so that people could compare my work to the original artists. The finished product in many cases has been good. Sometimes not so good, but if it does not work at all, just start over. I have gotten a lot of compliments from friends and coworkers because of the popular characters and they make a good portfolio too.
The main thing in drawing is to keep drawing. Practice makes perfect, and there are lots of books out there you can study and even articles online too. Keep working on your portfolio and adding to it every chance you get. Keep creating new masterpieces to include and when you finish one, start another. Art comes from the heart and soul of the artist. It is a part of you and needs to be shared with the rest of the world.
Art makes the world more beautiful and bearable. So share it and enjoy the fruits of your labor. We cannot take it with us,but we can leave a great portfolio behind when we go.
Practice, Practice, :Practice




Art by Ray Nichols.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Whatever happened to Jessica Rabbit?

"You don't know how hard it is being a woman looking the way I do."


Jessica Rabbit was a shining star in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" And after numerous books and merchandising deals. The question crossed my mind. Whatever happened to Jessica Rabbit?
Jessica is still headlining in Toon Town, and still does the occasional spot in Roger's toons. But a lovely and talented star like Jessica should be huge by now.
Reporters asked her about her marriage to her "Hunny Bunny" Roger Rabbit, and she said, "I love him more than any woman's ever loved a rabbit."
When asked about rumors that she had played patty cake with some producers to get to the top, Jessica replied, "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way. You don't know how hard it is being a woman looking the way I do."
We asked Jessica about the car crash Roger had last week, and she told us, "My honey bunny was never very good behind the wheel."
"Better lover than a driver, huh?"
"You'd better believe it, buster," she said.
Those of you die hard fans can catch Jessica on the stage at Toon Town's infamous Supper Club on Tuesdays and Wednesday's and at the House of Mouse on Saturdays.
nichols.Art by Ray

She's not bad, she's just drawn that way

Art by Ray Nichols.
(c)2010

Friday, August 1, 2014

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs #movie-review

A tasty comedy!    






"You may have seen a meteor shower but you have never seen a shower meatier than this."

Anna Faris and Mister T star in this hilarious, cute and perky tale of a mad scientist and his crazy inventions.
Cheeseburgers from the sky? Of course it’s not natural, but it is fun. Wish I had a machine to turn water into cheeseburgers too.
A born genius creates a machine to make it rain food. Why he didn’t just open a restaurant I will never know.
This movie is a keeper. Fun, entertaining, and tasty. You will eat it up. Sorry.
I have to go now; I have a macaroni on my head.



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

10 great vampire movies you must see


Movies that don't suck... or do they?

When it comes to monster movies, sometimes you just want to get your dollar back from Redbox. However, not all monster movies are terribly terrible. some are downright entertaining. The recent resurgence of the vampire trend has brought us some pretty awesome movies.
Gone are the spooky silent movies of Bela Lugosi and Max Shreck, but no vampire movie list would be complete without DRACULA and NOSFERATU.

In more modern times, the vampire has captured audiences attention with movies like INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, BLADE, and THE LOST BOYS. These undead immortals fascinate audiences like never before now. Who doesnt like a good slugfest edge of your seat thriller now and then?

Of course, Hollywood has those other kinds of vampire movies too. The kind that tend to make you laugh out your popcorn. Movies that are so campy, so tongue in cheek, you just have to laugh at their gall.
Joss Whedon mastered the vampire parody with his cult classic BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. A flick that spawned the most successful and beloved monster television show since THE MUNSTERS.

Other great vampire flicks of the day include UNDERWORLD, DAYBREAKERS, and VAN HELSING.

But these are just a few of the undead adventures awaiting the vampire fans out there. With all the new books they are inspiring, we will probably see a lot more vampires stepping into the spotlight soon, but not into the sunlight of course.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

How the Grinch stole your money

So how do the rich stay rich anyway?

 Suppose you were a filthy rich insurance company owner and you wanted to make more money. Why? Because you would be really greedy if you were a filthy rich insurance company owner.
How would this greedy guy make more money? Lets call him the Grinch just for fun. 
Now lets say that the Grinch was the owner of a big rich insurance company and he wanted to make even more big money. How would he do it?
Well, he would hire someone to pay politicians to pass a law and force everyone to pay for health insurance. Lets call this guy a lobbyist.
The lobbyist would go to Washington and pay politicians the Grinch’s money if they pass this law for him.
Who would profit from a law like that? The Grinch, that’s who.
Now of course, the general public doesn’t like the Grinch very much so he would have to make them want this law passed by calling it health care reform. Then, he would have to get the general public all excited for it and make them vote for the politicians that he pays to pass his law.
The general public, guys like average Joe, would be really upset with anyone who wasn’t backing the Grinch’s law, and Joe would not even realize that the Grinch’s politicians were trying to force him to pay for health insurance that would not improve his health; only take money from his family and give it to the Grinch.
You see, just because Joe has to pay for insurance now, doesn’t mean that Joe will be any better off. Joe will have to pay the usual for health care in addition to the insurance premiums that he did not have to pay before.
Why? Doctors still charge Joe the same amount for co-pay that he was paying without insurance, and Joe has to meet a deductible for each member of his family before the insurance will supposedly pay anything. So Joe is actually paying more now than before the Grinch’s law, and he doesn’t have a choice.
Joe didn’t realize that this law wouldn’t help him at all and that it was unconstitutional in that it forced him to pay for insurance. It only made his life and everyone else’s life worse; everyone except the Grinch, but the Grinch didn’t care. He was richer than ever.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Classic Rock Song - Ray Nichols and the Singsnap House Band 2014

So I wrote a new song on Singsnap. Music by the Singsnap House Band...

Classic Rock Song
by Ray Nichols and the Singsnap House Band...
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/bd8d9b953                     


Girl youre everything to me. When youre close I cannot breathe. Youre my sun, my moon, my stars. Everything I need. Youre the center of my world. Youre my one and only girl. Without you there is no me. You inspire me.

This is my classic rock song. If you like it sing along.

Girl youre smile is infectious and youre look is perfectious without you I cannot breathe. Youre love gives life to me. I get lost in your eyes and I dont want to be found. My whole life is complete when you are around.

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