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Bottled water …. Bottled bullshit

One of the luxuries of living in a developed country is that our water is sanitary, all of our water. In the United States, we pay about 1 cent per gallon for clean running water in everything from our sinks and toilets to our yards. But at some point over the last decade we collectively said, “Fuck that. We want to pay 5 cents an ounce and we want it to come in bottle with some goddamn mountains on the front.”

Anyone who drinks bottled water will tell you that it’s cleaner and tastes better than water from the tap. They use words like “crisp” and “pure” when describing it because those words invoke snowmelt trickling over a slab of stone and also because they are idiots. Bottled water is actually held to less rigorous standards than tap water, and sometimes no standards at all. In fact, bottled water that doesn’t cross state lines (about 70 percent of it) isn’t subject to FDA regulations. Plus, most of it’s not coming from that mountain on the front of the bottle because that’s an illustration. Instead, it comes from local sources such as the lakes, springs and reservoirs from which we get tap water.

Oh, also the bottles are toxic. Not only do carcinogens from the plastic leak into the water, but the plastic is porous which makes it a more hospitable environment for bacteria. So countless companies have built empires on packaging an inferior product to one you already get for free, in millions of plastic bottles that will never go away.

STURGIS LEGENDS RIDE DETAILS ANNOUNCED

A Record Number of Riders Mean More funds For Charities



The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s  Legends Ride is poised to host a record number of riders and raise more charitable funds than ever on its upcoming run at the Sturgis Rally (Monday, Aug. 4). The annual event draws in some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling, along with hundreds of riders from around the globe and the 2014 roster of guests is shaping up to be one of the most spectacular to date. The Buffalo Chip organized the Legends Ride in 2008 to bring riders together to raise funds for local charities including Black Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. In its six consecutive successful years, the ride has raised more than $325,000 for Black Hills charities.

Riders gather on Deadwood’s Main Street beginning at 11 a.m. on Aug. 4 to check in, meet the celebrities and check out the bikes. The 2014 Buffalo Chip Student Build Challenge bike will be auctioned in support of the Legends Ride in front of Deadwood’s Historic Franklin Hotel. The motorcycle is a fully customized 2014 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide built by Sturgis Brown High School students under the instruction of industry veterans. Students worked side-by-side with the experts and learned state-of-art techniques while creating this beautiful, custom, 155 H.P. bagger. They entered the bike into the renowned Donnie Smith Bike Show in St. Paul, MN, where it took first place in the High School Build Open Class.

Celebrities so far confirmed for the 2014 Legends Ride include:

· Frank Fritz, star of History Channel’s “American Pickers”

· R. Lee Ermey, film star and Golden Globe Award Nominee

· Kristy Swanson, actress

· Arlen, Cory and Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Enterprises

· Lloyd Eisler, Olympic bronze medalist and the 1993 World Champion skater

· Joe Sylvester, TORC (The Off Road Championship) Pro Light Racer

· Mark Kvamme, TORC (The Off Road Championship) Pro 4 Racer

· Honky Tonk Man, professional WWE wrestling icon

The ride departs from Deadwood’s Main Street at 2:30 p.m. and heads through the most scenic areas of the fabled Black Hills. The ride culminates at the Buffalo Chip with a private catered reception and pre-concert party. A $150 donation is required from all riders, 100 percent of which benefit the two charities. Sponsors graciously provide riders general admission to concerts by Zac Brown Band, John Mayall and The 4onthefloor, in addition to a Legends souvenir gift pack and the best memories.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 605-347-9000 or visit LegendsRide.com.

Industry-leading corporations through the United States provide support for the Ride that Rocks! ™ Their support allows for 100% of the riders contributions to be donated directly to the Black Hills Special Olympics and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. Special thanks to presenting sponsors Adventure Power, AMSOIL, Budweiser, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Deadwood Chamber, Epiphone Guitars, GEICO Motorcycle, Hot Leathers, Kinetik Audio, Pepsi, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Silverado Franklin Hotel & Casino and Victory Motorcycles for supporting the 2014 Legends Ride!


 
STURGIS LEGENDS RIDE DETAILS ANNOUNCED

A Record Number of Riders Mean More funds For Charities



The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s  Legends Ride is poised to host a record number of riders and raise more charitable funds than ever on its upcoming run at the Sturgis Rally (Monday, Aug. 4). The annual event draws in some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling, along with hundreds of riders from around the globe and the 2014 roster of guests is shaping up to be one of the most spectacular to date. The Buffalo Chip organized the Legends Ride in 2008 to bring riders together to raise funds for local charities including Black Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. In its six consecutive successful years, the ride has raised more than $325,000 for Black Hills charities.

Riders gather on Deadwood’s Main Street beginning at 11 a.m. on Aug. 4 to check in, meet the celebrities and check out the bikes. The 2014 Buffalo Chip Student Build Challenge bike will be auctioned in support of the Legends Ride in front of Deadwood’s Historic Franklin Hotel. The motorcycle is a fully customized 2014 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide built by Sturgis Brown High School students under the instruction of industry veterans. Students worked side-by-side with the experts and learned state-of-art techniques while creating this beautiful, custom, 155 H.P. bagger. They entered the bike into the renowned Donnie Smith Bike Show in St. Paul, MN, where it took first place in the High School Build Open Class.

Celebrities so far confirmed for the 2014 Legends Ride include:

· Frank Fritz, star of History Channel’s “American Pickers”

· R. Lee Ermey, film star and Golden Globe Award Nominee

· Kristy Swanson, actress

· Arlen, Cory and Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Enterprises

· Lloyd Eisler, Olympic bronze medalist and the 1993 World Champion skater

· Joe Sylvester, TORC (The Off Road Championship) Pro Light Racer

· Mark Kvamme, TORC (The Off Road Championship) Pro 4 Racer

· Honky Tonk Man, professional WWE wrestling icon

The ride departs from Deadwood’s Main Street at 2:30 p.m. and heads through the most scenic areas of the fabled Black Hills. The ride culminates at the Buffalo Chip with a private catered reception and pre-concert party. A $150 donation is required from all riders, 100 percent of which benefit the two charities. Sponsors graciously provide riders general admission to concerts by Zac Brown Band, John Mayall and The 4onthefloor, in addition to a Legends souvenir gift pack and the best memories.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 605-347-9000 or visit LegendsRide.com.

Industry-leading corporations through the United States provide support for the Ride that Rocks! ™ Their support allows for 100% of the riders contributions to be donated directly to the Black Hills Special Olympics and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. Special thanks to presenting sponsors Adventure Power, AMSOIL, Budweiser, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Deadwood Chamber, Epiphone Guitars, GEICO Motorcycle, Hot Leathers, Kinetik Audio, Pepsi, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Silverado Franklin Hotel & Casino and Victory Motorcycles for supporting the 2014 Legends Ride!


 

STURGIS LEGENDS RIDE DETAILS ANNOUNCED

A Record Number of Riders Mean More funds For Charities

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride is poised to host a record number of riders and raise more charitable funds than ever on its upcoming run at the Sturgis Rally (Monday, Aug. 4). The annual event draws in some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling, along with hundreds of riders from around the globe and the 2014 roster of guests is shaping up to be one of the most spectacular to date. The Buffalo Chip organized the Legends Ride in 2008 to bring riders together to raise funds for local charities including Black Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. In its six consecutive successful years, the ride has raised more than $325,000 for Black Hills charities.

Riders gather on Deadwood’s Main Street beginning at 11 a.m. on Aug. 4 to check in, meet the celebrities and check out the bikes. The 2014 Buffalo Chip Student Build Challenge bike will be auctioned in support of the Legends Ride in front of Deadwood’s Historic Franklin Hotel. The motorcycle is a fully customized 2014 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide built by Sturgis Brown High School students under the instruction of industry veterans. Students worked side-by-side with the experts and learned state-of-art techniques while creating this beautiful, custom, 155 H.P. bagger. They entered the bike into the renowned Donnie Smith Bike Show in St. Paul, MN, where it took first place in the High School Build Open Class.

Celebrities so far confirmed for the 2014 Legends Ride include:

· Frank Fritz, star of History Channel’s “American Pickers”

· R. Lee Ermey, film star and Golden Globe Award Nominee

· Kristy Swanson, actress

· Arlen, Cory and Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Enterprises

· Lloyd Eisler, Olympic bronze medalist and the 1993 World Champion skater

· Joe Sylvester, TORC (The Off Road Championship) Pro Light Racer

· Mark Kvamme, TORC (The Off Road Championship) Pro 4 Racer

· Honky Tonk Man, professional WWE wrestling icon

The ride departs from Deadwood’s Main Street at 2:30 p.m. and heads through the most scenic areas of the fabled Black Hills. The ride culminates at the Buffalo Chip with a private catered reception and pre-concert party. A $150 donation is required from all riders, 100 percent of which benefit the two charities. Sponsors graciously provide riders general admission to concerts by Zac Brown Band, John Mayall and The 4onthefloor, in addition to a Legends souvenir gift pack and the best memories.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 605-347-9000 or visit LegendsRide.com.

Industry-leading corporations through the United States provide support for the Ride that Rocks! ™ Their support allows for 100% of the riders contributions to be donated directly to the Black Hills Special Olympics and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. Special thanks to presenting sponsors Adventure Power, AMSOIL, Budweiser, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Deadwood Chamber, Epiphone Guitars, GEICO Motorcycle, Hot Leathers, Kinetik Audio, Pepsi, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Silverado Franklin Hotel & Casino and Victory Motorcycles for supporting the 2014 Legends Ride!


 

Rescued From Reality: The Life And Times Of Walter Trout By Henry Yates and Walter Trout MLG, £19.95 | Herald Scotland

They have a glass pipe, a blowtorch and ammonia, but nothing to filter it with. Trout rummages through his suitcase and emerges with “the cleanest dirty pair of underpants I could find”. The freebase is consumed, but they end up cutting little squares out of the jockey shorts, fighting over what may or may not be scraps of cocaine residue.

YOU must ASK for your discount!

 
As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy’s recently, I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him less. When I asked the man what the discount was, he told me that seniors over age 55 — get 10% off everything on the menu, every day. (But you need to ASK for your discount.)
Being of ‘that’ age myself, I figured I might as well ask for the discount too. This incident prompted me to do some research, and I came across a list of restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, travel deals, and other types of offers giving various discounts with different age requirements. I was actually surprised to see how many there are and how some of them start at the young age of 50 .
This list may not only be useful for you, but for your friends and family too. Remember, YOU must ASK for your discount!
[From MOGUL: Please do note that some of the discounts below may vary from location to location, so you may ask and find that the discount has been tailored per your geography. We have updated the list from time to time to reflect the feedback from our readers.]
 
RESTAURANTS:
Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off ( 55 +)
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili’s: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Culver’s: 10% off
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+) This is for me … if I ever see one again.
RETAIL & APPAREL:
Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)
Modell’s Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)
GROCERY:
Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 15% off (62+)
TRAVEL :
Airlines:
Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays - Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Rail:
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
Bus:
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+
Car Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members
Overnight Accommodations:
Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria - NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT:
AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)
CELL PHONE DISCOUNTS:
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).
MISCELLANEOUS:
Great Clips: $8 off hair cuts (60+)
Supercuts: $8 off haircuts (60+)
 
NOW, go out there and claim your discounts — and remember — YOU must ASK for discount — no ask, no discount.
I know everyone knows someone over 50. Please pass this one on!

Fuck you, ultra-modern parking meter

My home city, in all of its wisdom, recently replaced the old-fashioned individual parking meters with a new, “better” system.

The old meters worked like this:
-Park your car, get out.

-If you’re lucky, there’s still time remaining on the meter from the previous occupant.

-If not, or if you need more time, you put coins in meter until the amount of time displayed on the meter will be enough. Then you go about your business.


The new system works like this:
-Park your car, get out.

-The post by your spot has a unique 4-digit number on it; make a mental note of that number.

-Walk thirty yards to a fancy computerized box, where you punch in that number. You did remember that number, didn’t you? Fuck. Run back and check one more time.

-Insert coins (or a credit card) into the magic box to buy parking time for your spot.

-How do you know whether you have purchased enough time? Well, you poor bastard, hope you’re good at math. The display on the magic box tells you how much money you’ve put in so far, and what time of day your parking space will expire; you add more money to push this expiration time farther into the future. If you want to know how much time you have (as in number of minutes, not time of day, e.g. “35 minutes should be enough for lunch”), you need to either know the current time (which the magic box does NOT tell you), or you need to calculate the number of minutes based on how much money you’ve put in and what the parking rate is (“let’s see, 45 cents at $1.20 per hour is…fuck, anyone got a calculator?”).

-You can get a printed receipt for your records, but of course once you leave, the next guy who parks in your spot has no idea whether there’s time left on that spot or not; he has no choice but to pay the meter, even if you’ve bought it for the rest of the afternoon.

I’m sure the city loves it, because the poor beleaguered city employee who collects meter money now has to empty just one big box instead of 20 individual parking meters - and even that box doesn’t fill up as often, since a good many people use a credit card instead of coins. But of course every goddam driver has to spend two minutes figuring out this fucking computer and calculating how much time they just bought, all while you (and probably a couple of other drivers) stand in line waiting for your turn to do the same calculus for your own car. And nope, no free parking for anyone, ever again.

So fuck you, ultra-modern parking meter. You may be saving the city a few bucks’ worth of tax dollars every day, but you’re pissing off the citizenry and wasting cumulative hours of peoples’ lives every goddam day.

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