There’s No Limt to Hanging Your Holiday Cheer In 1882, the ﬁrst Christmas tree was lit by the use of electricity. Edward Johnson lit up a Christmas tree in New York City with eighty small electric light bulbs. It should be noted that Edward Johnson created the ﬁrst string of electric Christmas lights that were then mass produced around 1890. By 1900, department stores started using the new Christmas lights for their Christmas displays. After that, literally, the sky was the limit. Such it is with a house in Pittsburg where over 210,000 lights are computer animated and synched to music. It took 3 months to hang the lights and over 6 months to do the computer programming. See and Hear it http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W7xj5f-eCs NOW THAT YOUR IN THE MOOD, HERE’S A LIST OF GREAT HOLIDAY LIGHTING EVENTS IN THE TWN CITIES AND ELSEWHERE Downtown Minneapolis’ Holidazzle Parade Minneapolis’ Christmas lights are on Nicollet Avenue - the stationary ones in the stores that line the pedestrianized mall, and the Holidazzle parade of lights and music that marches down Nicollet on weekend nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Downtown Minneapolis Macy’s Santaland Holiday Show The Macy’s store on Nicollet Avenue traditionally has a lovely holiday window display and inside the store is the annual free Macy’s Santaland Holiday Show, a huge animatronic holiday display that’s enchanted children for generations - the Macy’s holiday show has been with us almost 50 years. Grand Avenue’s Grand Meander and Holiday Lights St. Paul’s shopping district, is lined with restaurants, stores and boutiques, many of who have decorated store fronts, as well as the lights on Grand Avenue itself. A fun day to go is during the annual Grand Avenue holiday event, Grand Meander held on December 5th. During the Grand Meander, there’s entertainment, music and the Grand Avenue tree lighting ceremony at locations all along Grand Avenue. Taylor Falls Lighting Festival and Christmas Lights The cute-as-a-button town of Taylor’s Falls, about an hour north of the Twin Cities, holds a three day annual Lighting Festival November 26th, with parades, reindeer, music, food and entertainment. Historic houses in the town get dressed up for the season and welcome visitors to experience the atmosphere of a Victorian Christmas. goto: www.fallschamber.org Gerten’s & Linders’ Garden Center Holiday Lights and display Linders garden center in St. Paul has an annual holiday display with 80 Christmas trees & 200,000 computer controlled holiday lights. Gerten’s in Inver Grove Heights has Christmas entertainment during December. Visit with Santa and his reindeer on December weekends. www.linders.com / www.gertens.com Lake Phalen Christmas Lights in the Park The drive around Lake Phalen gets illuminated with over a million animatronic Christmas lights every year from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve. There is a charge per car to see the lights, but all of the proceeds from the entrance price goes to local charities. www.lightsinthepark.org Summit Avenue Christmas Lights This is where some of the grandest Victorian homes in the Twin Cities were built. 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• The Andes Mountain range is an uninterrupted chain of highland that is situated along the western coast of South America. At 5500 miles in length, it is comprised of many peaks and active volcanoes over 20,000 feet making it the longest and one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. It’s comprised of two great ranges: Cordillera Oriental and Cordillera Occidental, which stand divided by a deep intermediate depression. It also contains the Patagonian Ice Field comprised of over two hundred glaciers and considered to be the largest ice fi eld outside of Antarctica. The tallest mountain in the Andes? Cerro Aconcagua at 22,831 feet tall.
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• The world’s highest peak on land is Mt. Everest in the Himalayas. It is 29,036 feet. Prior to being named Mount Everest, the mountain was commonly referred to as Peak XV. It was formally
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• Standing at 4,406 feet (1,343 meters), Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, and as such, is the major challenge for any United Kingdom climber or walker. In Gaelic, the mountain’s name, Beinn Nibheis, has been linked with Irish and Gaelic words meaning poisonous or terrible.• Who could forget the Matterhorn the most recognized mountain on the European continent. It’s roughly 14,700 ft of chiseled rock pyramid is a defi ning geographical landmark. It is considered the birthplace of climbing.
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Turkey Picking 101I don’t need a calendar to tell me that Thanksgiving is near. The dozens of questions in my email box on how to buy a turkey are a sure sign. So, back by popular demand (with a few new tips as well), here is everything you need to know to select the best turkey at the best price!
GO FOR CHEAP. John Smith, professional butcher and author of Confessions of a Butcher: Eat Steak on a Hamburger Budget, advises, “Always go with the cheapest turkey and you’ll never go wrong. He says one turkey processor will slap many different labels on his crop of birds. The turkeys are all the same, only the labels are different.”
NO ENHANCEMENTS. Roger Kutz, a butcher in Minnesota, suggests we skip the turkeys that come “enhanced.” They are just loaded up with salty water and fl avorings. Never forget that a turkey with an 8 percent solution added is only 92 percent turkey.
BUY FROZEN. Both of our butchers agree that these days a frozen bird is best. By law, turkeys can be labeled “fresh” even though the moisture in the bird is frozen. If you press very fi rmly on the bird the meat is not frozen. The turkey processors have it down to a science. They bring the temperature of the birds down to the very legal limit before sending them off to the store two weeks before Thanksgiving. Frozen turkeys, on the other hand, are quick-frozen immediately after butchering. So the freshest turkey is really a frozen turkey. The freezing process has no noticeable effect on the quality or the taste of the bird.
BIGGER IS BETTER. To get the best meat to bone ratio, opt for the biggest bird with the roundest chest. A bird of less than 16 pounds is going to have much less meat to bone, and one that is 12 pounds or less will be mostly bones. The designations of hen and tom, young or mature apply only to size, not to age or gender.
SAFE PREP. You must have aneffective antibacterial solution in your kitchen when preparing poultry. But don’t spend $6 for a 12-ounce bottle of cleaner. Make it yourself: One quart of 70 F (cool) water plus one teaspoon of liquid bleach. Any warmer and
the bleach evaporates; more bleachwill harm some surfaces and fabrics.Regularly sanitize all surfaces with thisbleach water, particularly those that mayhave come in contact with raw poultryincluding the inside of the refrigerator.
DO NOT STUFF IT! Liz Tarditi,professional personal chef warns us that as the bird cooks, raw juices drip intothe soft, absorbent stuffi ng. Turkey must reach an internal temperature of 165 F,and so must the contaminated stuffi ng.It’s nearly impossible to cook a stuffed turkey to perfection and also guaranteeuncontaminated stuffi ng. Prepare your stuffi ng as you always have, but bakeit in a separate foil-covered pan whilethe turkey is roasting. Remember, anunstuffed bird will roast faster and moreevenly, too.
FILL THE FREEZER. Frozen turkeyswill be at rock bottom prices during thenext few weeks and through Christmas.This is a good time to fi ll your freezer. Aslong as the plastic packaging is intact, afrozen turkey is safe and delicious for at least a year, if not longer. Stretch your food dollars by roasting cheap turkeysthroughout the year.
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In life when we are knocked down or fall off our bike we are told, “get back up!” When it comes to computers this advice is often met with chagrin. “I don’t have abackup”, is the anguished cry I hear over and over. According to Gartner Research,a PC built in 2003 has a 28% chance of a hard drive failure in 2006. Hard drivefailures are one of the most common repair items according to PC manufacturers. After all hard drives are mechanical devices with platters spinning at up to 7,200RPM and read/write heads fl oating mere nanometers above the platter surface. Heatis your drive’s worst enemy, drives get extremely hot during heavy use and I oftenfi nd PC cases packed full of dust from years of accumulation. This dust layer actslike a blanket holding heat in while it slows down fans that are supposed to exhaustwaste heat! The result is that one day the drive just quits, your PC won’t boot, and you really need that paper, or fi nancial information right now!Now some of you are thinking, “I don’t need to read the rest of this article becauseI have a backup.” Ask your self these questions. If my PC won’t boot can I still get my backup? Where is my backup stored? A backup on a broken drive is no good at all. Just what am I backing up? Just fi les, what about programs, the Registry, e-mails, contacts, etc. Most backup systems right out of the box only copy data fi les like those found in the My Documents folder. They rely on your PC working fi neand assume that you have just accidentally erased an important fi le. A true backup is a copy of every single byte on the hard drive, including all the information on howthe hard drive is formatted and confi gured. This backup should be on a separatehard drive that is kept in a safe place. Good backup software should also have abootable CD that has software that will run even if your hard drive is completelyfried. This software will allow you to buy a new hard drive and then recover everything and I mean everything!Quick Tip-Bit: I recommend backup software called Acronis True Image. Check it out at www.acronis.com. Purchase a good External hard drive (it should havea fan to keep the drive cool) and regularly create a full disk backup of your Internalhard drives (C:, D: etc.) to the External drive. Then when the worst happens you areready to Get Backup!If you have any questions please call. Dean Hancy
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Music Legend:Jimi Hendrix
James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was bornJohnny Allen Hendrix on November 27,1942 and died on September 18, 1970.This American guitarist, singer and songwriter is often considered to be thegreatest electric guitarist in the historyof rock music and one of the most important and infl uential musicians of his era across a range of genres.• The fi rst formal band Hendrixplayed in was The Velvetones, whoperformed regularly at the Yesler TerraceNeighborhood House in Seattle. Heplayed without pay. His fl ashy style and left-handed playing of a right-handed guitar made him a standout. • Early in his career, Hendrixjoined the very popular Isley Brothersband and went on tour, where hewas eventually hired as part of LittleRichard’s backup band.• The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and later,producer Seymour Stein, both passed on managing Hendrix. They didn’t likehis music. • Hendrix then met ChasChandler, who was ending his tenureas bassist in The Animals rock band and was looking for talent to manage.Chandler was enamored with the song“Hey Joe” and was convinced he could create a hit single with the right artist.He liked how Hendrix played the song.• Producer-manager Chandler helped Hendrix move to London, wherehe joined with English bass player Noel
Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell toform his new group, The Jimi HendrixExperience.• In London, he gained a reputation as a great player. He jammed with Eric Clapton during an appearancewith his new band, Cream. Hendrix’sfans included The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones.• Jimi recorded “Hey Joe” as his fi rst single with the Jimi HendrixExperience, followed by “Stone Free,”“Purple Haze” and “The Wind CriesMary.” (The last three are all Hendrixcompositions.)• In March 1967, Hendrix set his guitar on fi re on stage at the end of his act as part of a tour by The Walker Brothers.• In May 1967, the group released their fi rst album, “Are YouExperienced,” which reached No. 2in England behind The Beatles’ “Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”• Although very popular internationally at this time, theExperience had yet to crack America.Their fi rst single there failed to sell.Hendrix’s big chance came when PaulMcCartney recommended the groupto the organizers of the MontereyInternational Pop Festival.• Hendrix’s Monterey Pop Festival performance was fi lmed by D.A. Pennebaker and later shown in somemovie theaters around the country inearly 1969. The movie immortalized Hendrix’s burning and smashing of hisguitar at the fi nale of his performance.• The last Experience concert took place on June 29, 1969, at BarryFey’s Denver Pop Festival, a three-day event held at Denver’s Mile HighStadium that was marked by policefi ring tear gas into the audience as theyplayed “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”The band escaped from the venue in theback of a rental truck that was partlycrushed by fans trying to escape the tear gas. The next day, Noel Redding quit theExperience.• Hendrix died in London under somewhat mysterious circumstances onSeptember 18, 1970.
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■ On Nov. 23, 1966, Elvis Presley’s 22nd fi lm, a rock ‘n’ roll musical called “Spinout” in which Elvis played a singing race car
driver, opens in theaters across the country. “Spinout” was fi lmed on location at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and the Ascot Motor Car Racing Ground, a well-known dirt track nearby.
■ On Nov. 25, 1980, Sugar Ray Leonard regains boxing’s welterweight title when his opponent, reigning champ Roberto Duran, waves his arms and walks away from the fi ght in the eighth round, telling the referee “No mas, no mas” (“No more”). Duran maintained that he had stomach cramps and could barely stand up.
■ On Nov. 27, 1703, an unusual storm system fi nally dissipates over England after wreaking havoc on the country for nearly two weeks. Featuring hurricane strength winds, the storm killed somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people and sank hundreds of Royal Navy ships.
■ On Nov. 26, 1931, the fi rst cloverleaf interchange to be built in the United States, at the junction of US 1/9 and NJ Route 35 in Woodbridge, N.J., is featured on the cover of the Engineering News-Record. A piece on the under-construction Hoover Dam was relegated to the journal’s back pages.
■ On Nov. 30, 1886, the Folies Berg re in Paris introduces an elaborate revue featuring women in sensational costumes. The theater spared no expense, staging revues that featured as many as 40 sets. Among other long traditions, the show’s title always contains 13 letters and includes the word “Folie.”
■ On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratifi ed, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to the national prohibition of alcohol. Mississippi, the last dry state in the Union, ended Prohibition in 1966.
■ On Dec. 4, 1945, in an overwhelming vote of 65 to 7, the U.S. Senate approves full U.S. participation in the United Nations. Some senators proposed a resolution designed to force the president to receive congressional consent before approving U.S. troops for any U.N. peacekeeping forces. The resolution was defeated.
■ On Dec. 3, 1967, 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky receives the fi rst human heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa. After surgery, he was given drugs to suppress his immune system and keep his body from rejecting the heart. He died 18 days later from double pneumonia.
■ On Dec. 2, 1972, the Temptations earn the last of their four chart-topping hits when “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Earlier hits by producer-songwriter Smokey Robinson were “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (1964) and “My Girl” (1965).
■ On Nov. 29, 1981, actress Natalie Wood, who starred in such movies as “Rebel Without a Cause” and “West Side Story,” drowns in a boating accident near California’s Catalina Island. It was believed she somehow slipped overboard while untying a dinghy attached to the boat.
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Here’s Why You Need a Flu Shot
by Matilda Charles
Oh, we’re an obstinate bunch. It seems that the older we get, the less likely we are to listen to others who have our welfare in mind. A recent study indicates a whole lot of seniors don’t want to get an annual fl u shot. Some of us come up with interesting excuses not to get the shot, mostly having to do with how bad we think the fl u is going to be, our general state of health and whether we’re likely to get the fl u, and how well we think the shot would work if we did get one. I can tell you one very compelling reason to get the fl u shot: delay of fi rst heart attack. This information comes from another study reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It says that getting a fl u shot early in the season brings a 19 percent reduction in the occurrence of acute myocardial infarction. Shots received after the middle of November had a smaller reduction, but a reduction just the same. The pneumonia shot didn’t do a thing. Consumer Reports’ health magazine also is getting into the act with a poll about why people don’t want a fl u shot. One big reason cited is that last year’s fl u
season was a big nothing, especially because it hit younger people harder. What we need to remember, however, is that in a normal fl u year, 90 percent of the deaths from fl u are in the 65-and-older age group. Consider this, too: According Consumer Reports, if you have to go to the emergency room with a twisted ankle, there’s a 50 percent chance that your nurses won’t have had a fl u shot.
Vibration Therapy for Bone Loss Vibration therapy is said to address a number of ills: prevent varicose veins, break up cellulite, rev up the lymph system and reduce knee and leg pain. The big benefi t, however, is that it’s possible for vibration therapy to address the problem of bone loss. Here’s how vibration therapy is thought to work: The machine platform that one sits or stands on vibrates at 30-90 cycles per second, the same rate as muscles in the human body. The vibrations in essence mimic the body and do what the body isn’t doing anymore -- creating bone, in this case. The studies are numerous and come from all over the globe. In China, a 24-week study in postmenopausal women show an increase in the bone and mineral density of the hip.
In Belgium, researchers compared vibration therapy with regular resistance training, and the vibration therapy showed that strength increased. In Florida, a study concluded that whole-body vibrations “improve quality of life, walk, balance and motor capacity in elderly patients.” Even NASA has gotten into the act with LIV, or Low Intensity Vibration. With astronauts spending long periods of time in space with no real way to exercise, bone loss has been a serious concern. Via various contraptions, NASA has been able to let astronauts work out, but the results haven’t been satisfactory when it comes to bone loss. Enter vibration therapy, and a way for astronauts to maintain bone strength while in space. I found some of these alleged machines for sale online. This is one item that needs a doctor’s advice, though, as a vibration level that’s too high can be very dangerous.
Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to [email protected].
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EXPLORES LONG & SHORT RIDES, ROADS & MORE
by Patricia L. Cook
Some of us seem to be born with the unending desire to see places and experience things that are both near and far away. Join Tidbits as we explore some interesting journeys.• If you’re itching to take a long road trip, the 4,800-mile-long (7,700-km) Trans-Canada Highway is the road to be on. It is the world’s longest national highway from Victoria, British Columbia, to St. John’s Newfoundland, and Labrador. Dedicated in 1962, it was completed in 1970. Today, several routes are considered a part of the Trans-Canada Highway, but the main road, Highway 1, passes through Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and Banff, the Canadian Rockies, Kamloops and Vancouver Island. • If, instead of a road trip, you
are thinking of a short fl ight, British Airways has the shortest scheduled fl ight in the world. Off the northern coast of Scotland, there are twice-daily fl ights between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray. The time to reach the destination? A mere two minutes!• The longest passenger fl ight is between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey. The fl ight covers 10,335 miles (16,633 km), which is almost halfway around the globe and about 18 hours on the plane! The earth’s circumference is 24,881 miles (40,042 km). turn the page for more!• Driving the long haul to a specifi c destination requires choosing a route. It’s easy now, but, following World War II, the U.S. government was faced with a problem: many Americans buying cars and not enough roads on which to drive them. The solution was the Federal Highway System. The major routes are denoted by one or two numbers, and spurs off of them are three-numbered routes. North-south routes bear odd numbers, and east-west routes bear even numbers. Route numbers become larger as one moves from east to west or north to south. (Continued Pg. 10)
Have you ever wanted to have a psychic reading, but didn’t quite know what to ask or what to expect? It’s really a simple process. Initially, you may wonder how you know when it’s time to see a psychic. When you begin to notice things that are mentioned regarding psychics. When you fi nd yourself thinking about having a reading. When the topic comes up while talking with your friends. These are all signs that it’s time for you to have a reading. Once you make the decision to have a reading, it’s time to search out a psychic. The best way to pick one is word of mouth. Talk to people who have had readings and see who they recommend. Ask about their experiences and if they were happy with them. After you’ve decided on a psychic, set up an appointment. It’s a good idea you give yourself at least a week between the time you make the appointment and the actual reading. This will give you the opportunity to mentally prepare for your reading. If your psychic is also a medium, it’s a possibility that you will connect with loved ones on the other side and this could be an emotional experience. Take some time before your reading to make a list of things you’d like to know. The more questions you have, the more answers you will get. If you ask
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• As more and more cars started to overwhelm the Federal Highway System, a need grew for a bigger route system. The government embarked on the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s. A second factor bearing on the design for this system was national defense. If the country was threatened by an invasion, a way was needed to quickly transport resources to the region under threat. The Interstate System provided for multi-lane highways with limited access and no traffi c lights. The numbering system for these roads is the opposite of the Federal Highway System routes; the route numbers increase for the odd-numbered, north-south routes going from west to east. (For example, I-5 runs from California to Washington, and I-95 runs from Maine to Florida.) They increase for the even-numbered, east-west routes going from south to north. (For example, I-10 runs from California to Florida, and I-90 runs from Washington to Massachusetts.)• With the roads in place, now it is possible to travel fast on the interstates or take the scenic slower routes to see more of the country. • A Federal Highway Administration program that was started in 1991 designates some roads as “America’s Byways.” There are 150 designated Byways in 46 states that are worth a drive. For some near you, visit www.byways.org. Within the “Byways” designation there are “National Scenic Byways” and “All-American Roads” based on cultural, archaeological, historic, scenic, natural and recreational qualities. • One “All-American Road” is the Blue Ridge Parkway, which this year has been celebrating its 75th anniversary of being part of the National Park Service. It covers 469 miles (754.8 km) through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina. • It can’t be driven in the winter, but the Beartooth Highway (U.S. 212) is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies and is designated as a “National Scenic Byway.” The road provides access to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park in northern Wyoming and southern Montana in a rugged area with
20 peaks reaching 12,000 feet (3657 m) in elevation. Because of its high elevation and also because the northeast Yellowstone entrance closes to auto traffi c in the winter, this road is only opened about four and one-half months each year. Beartooth Pass (the highest point) is 10,947 feet (3337 m) in elevation and offers stunning views. • Just so you know: “The Long and Winding Road” was the last No. 1 song by the Beatles in the United States, beginning a 10-week run at the top of the Billboard chart on May 23, 1970. It was the last single released by the band before their breakup. Paul McCartney wrote the song from his home in Scotland. Possible inspiration for the song was B842, a 31-mile (50-km) winding road.• The Natchez Trace Parkway became a part of the National Park Service in 1938 and is also an “All-American Road.” The 444-mile drive is an old route used by American Indians, settlers and many others who played signifi cant roles in American history. The scenic drive is between Natchez, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee. There are many markers along the route pointing out historical events or places. One is a monument at Grinder’s Stand in Tennessee where Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, died mysteriously on the Trace in 1809. Also, the Natchez Trace Parkway was named one of the country’s top ten road biking destinations by ESPN (Entertainment Sports Programming Network).• Bicycling is becoming more popular in the United States, whether mountain biking or road biking. One organization, the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), is dedicated to: “Inspiring people of all ages to travel by bicycle.” ACA publishes maps for a route system over 40,000 miles long, keeping cyclists in mind by noting available services along the way and often steering riders toward low-traffi c or scenic roads. Bicycle travel is good for the environment because it is pollution-free, healthy because of the exercise, and makes the journey (not just the destination) something to remember. Check Adventure Cycling’s website for great cycling information: www.adventurecycling.org
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