- Product highlight
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
Happy New Year, Everyone!
1. Product Highlights
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2. Brainpower tip
Be careful you don't get trapped by parochial perspectives. Sometimes, we can
see things from our own point of view as being normal or expected--and be
totally wrong about that.|
Whether you are carrying on a conversation or
trying to solve a problem, try asking "What if" questions.
Here's an example of something that happened to me. I watched a movie on
DVD, and when the thing got to the end, it wouldn't play. The part I
missed? The last 37 seconds of the movie. Talk about frustrating. I called a
friend to ask if he had seen the movie and could tell me the ending. He
asked me if I had tried cleaning the back side of the DVD. No, I hadn't--but I did, and it
You see, I handle DVDs, CDs, and other media with reverence and care. It
would never occur to me that any person would handle touch the back
side. So, I didn't even look there to see if someone had left fingerprints
or boogers. I
handle these by the edges, and there is no reason for me to even turn it
I ended up not using my brainpower, because I looked at this from my own
perspective. I should have asked, "What could go wrong with the DVD? Might
someone have handled it carelessly?"
3. Time Tip
Human teeth are evidence that the theory of "intelligent design" is not
the product of an observant mind. Humans are the only creatures who must
cook their food--otherwise, our soft enamel just wears right down. We
have "wisdom teeth" that take up too much space in our jaws and must be
extracted. The list of dental defects goes on and on--and those defects
produce everything from tooth pain to general headaches.|
The point of
this opening observation is we all either should or do spend time at the
dentist's office. I have an outstanding dentist with an outstanding
office staff. Consequently, I have just about zero
wait when I arrive for an appointment. But I have had other dentists,
and I have experienced the waiting that goes well past the appointment
time. My previous dentist once made me wait nearly two hours--after I
had waited several months to get in!
So, here are some tips to save time at the dentist's office:
- When making your appointment, specify what it's for. Decide on
X-rays, etc. Then, make sure your dental plan and/or dental
insurance information is on file and current--and will cover the
proposed treatment. Ask the office to confirm via e-mail.
- Ask if there's a day and time the dentist prefers. Some
appointment slots tend to stay open and some days of the week simply
are not very busy for specific offices. There's a distinct pattern
for each dentist (most of the time), due to the demographics of that office's customer
- Make an early appointment. If your dentist runs into problems,
cares for emergency cases, or has other delays through the day--you
have been there and gone before they happen.
- Consider calling before you leave to see if the dentist is
behind schedule--of course, that would be for appointments at
mid-morning and probably late afternoon. If your dentist has never
made you wait long, don't do this.
- If you have your calendar with you, make your follow-up appt
while you are there. Otherwise, wait until you are in front of your
calendar. I use MS-Outlook to schedule everything, so a few days
before an appointment I make an Outlook appt (for some time shortly
after my appointment) to
call and schedule my next appt.
- Bring something to read. Delays happen. If you cover your delay
time with a useful activity, then it's not wasted time.
Of course, the best way to reduce time at the dentist is to reduce
the work the dentist has to do. Here are some tips on that:
- Get regular dental checkups. It takes less time to get two
checkups a year than it does to do a root canal on a tooth that had
a fracture that should have been caught six months ago.
- Don't eat sugary foods. Avoid processed foods in general.
- Drink filtered water. The fluoride in the water strengthens your
enamel when topically applied, but when ingested it weakens the
- Use a three-pronged approach to hygiene:
- Brush gently, with a gentle brush. Once a day is the
current recommendation. Brushing removes the "big
- Floss. The recommendation today is after every time
you eat--if possible. And always before bed. Flossing
removes the "medium stuff." And it cleans between teeth.
Most people do not floss correctly. Ask your dentist for
- Use a Water Pick TM
or similar device. This gets the junk out from under the
gum line and gets rid of the "small stuff."
And finally, don't smoke. This insane practice damages gum
tissue, and it causes all kinds of other problems. Even if you don't
value your teeth, think of the effect on your brain. Smoking is great
for those who want to lower their IQs (do a yahoo search on this
subject, if you--for some reason--doubt this). For the rest of us, it's not a
You can apply all of the above to your doctor, as well--just change
the tooth care details to body care details. And remember that doctors
and dentists are there primarily to handle the disease--caring for your
health is up to you. Every minute spent on healthcare saves you hours of
4. Finance tip
See this month's product, so you can save big on your automobile
insurance. You can use many of the same concepts (though not the
details) to save on home owners (or renters) insurance, as well. If
investing that $19.97 into this course drops your auto premiums by
20%--well, you do the math. Where else will you make such a good return?|
5. Security tip
For many people, pets are part of the family. Thus, a pet-napping or other
loss of a pet is a security issue. Of course, the AT can take anything
from you with no reason at all. But barring that kind of disaster, what
can you do to keep Fido or Tabby safe from predation?|
Society offers advice on this frequently--and they are just one of many
sources. Some of the tips I've gleaned are as follows:
- Have your pet spayed or neutered. This reduces the likelihood
they will wander off (note--this is generally not advised as a
safety measure for your kids--just for your pets).
- Make sure your pet has adequate tags and other ID. One kitty
recently made the news by taking an unintended trip to France. But
she was flown back to her home in the USA because some kind people
in France were able to read her address on her tags.
- Consider making your pet an "indoor" pet--especially if your pet
is a cat (for pet alligators, this probably isn't necessary). Many
people take advantage of the wide roaming area afforded to their
cats by the great outdoors. But outdoors, those cats are also
exposed to hawks, cars, dangerous chemicals, and various predators
and parasites. While outside, they are targets for sickos who like
to do mean things to small animals. They are also easily
picked up by petnappers or even AT agents.
- Do spend time outdoors with your pet. Most people know to take
their dogs for a walk. But what about cats? If you have developed a
good, trusting relationship with your cat, it's no problem to take
your cat for a walk. Keep the cat focused on you by constantly
talking with the cat--most cats love to carry on conversations. But
notice I said "with" and not "to." Cats are very verbal, so listen
and try to respond in similar pitch and tone. Cats have superb
hearing, so you can do this quietly.
- Teach your pet boundaries. The best way is to simply walk around
the boundaries of your yard with your pet and communicate that it's
bad to go farther (eye contact during this time is important). If
your pet doesn't understand what the heck you are talking about,
don't worry. Eventually, the message will sink in.
- Teach your pet to look both ways when crossing the road. I have
taught cats to do this. You do it the same way you teach a child.
Stop, look both ways, and exaggerate the motions for the animal.
Why do these outside things if you have an indoor animal? It's always
possible your cat or dog will rocket past you through the open door to
chase a squirrel or for some other stupid reason. Without the
experiences suggested above, your animal won't know when to stop, and is
likely to dash right into traffic.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Rather than repeat it here, I have a great health article already posted
And, no, it's not
a browbeating to walk around with a book on your head. Take a few
minutes to read it--you'll be glad you did.
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Factoid #2: People who cross the
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8. Thought for the Day
Special thanks to Bruce Willis for visiting our troops in
Iraq. I don't know Mr. Willis, but wouldn't it be nice if we all made a point of
telling the veterans we do know how much we appreciate them.
Wishing you the best,
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