- Product Highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
|Bars are generally the worst
thing a person can eat. Most of these are just junk food dressed up
in a "high protein" label. Then, there's Optimum Nutrition.
|Bars, by their
nature, are not the best source of protein. The protein has to be
hydrolyzed (not hydrogenated--that's something different) so it
won't spoil. But when you're in a time pinch or are traveling, these
bars are much better than what you can usually find available. I
carry bars when I travel.|
with bars is they taste bland. So, many bar makers add various forms
of sugar to improve the taste. But that defeats the whole idea of
having a "nutrition bar" to begin with. Optimum Nutrition doesn't do
The Optimum Nutrition bars aren't as tasty as
others you'll find (because they don't have the sugar), but they
taste OK. The important thing is they are actually nutritious and
don't contain the sugar and other garbage most bars have.
Click on the picture and try the chocolate
ones. I think you'll be glad you did. Don't throw away the results
of your hard training by eating candy bars when something like this
2. Brainpower tip
People seem to be getting increasingly inarticulate. Try this
experiment. Look through the next e-mail you receive and pick out five or
six fairly long sentences. Analyze each one (one at a time) and see how many
different meanings you can get out of each one.|
Now, look at each sentence in relation to the whole. Did you notice a
pattern? Generally, we are required to guess what other people mean. Clues
to the right answer include the context and our own biases.
How much better things would be if we would all
communicate clearly. Taking the time to say what you mean avoids the hard
work of clearing things up later. It's the smart approach to communication.
Invest a little extra brain power up front, and you reduce the brain power
3. Time Tip
4. Finance tip
In our last issue, we looked at how you save money by
investing in quality clothing. Continuing with this theme of not "saving
money at great cost," this week we apply it to home renovations.|
Some years ago, I needed my roof replaced after a
hailstorm. So, I visited a roofing supply center (where roofing
contractors go for supplies), looked at what was available, and asked
questions. I did some other research, and then decided on what materials
would be in my new roof's design.
Having had a marvelous customer experience with
the company that had replaced my windows, doors, and siding, I contacted
them about doing the roof. I knew they used not just qualified workers
but skilled craftsmen who worked to high standards. For example, they
left my yard pristine--no wood chips, scrap, nails, etc.--at the end of
each day. I had also tested their window installations with a thermal
gun and found no leaks around the windows though such leaks are typical.
They gave me a quote, which I then submitted to my
insurance company. The insurance company balked at the roof design,
saying it was too expensive. I explained that this design would prevent
further claims because it would not suffer hail damage. After months of
haggling, I got them to agree to this.
The next hurdle was the labor cost. The insurance
company said they had to use prevailing rates. Since mine was now among
the last homes to seek payment for repair, they had an average price
based on actual work completed. They said they could go a couple hundred
dollars above that average, and that was it.
The problem was that other homes in the area had
been repaired by illegal Mexicans working for cash and doing lousy work.
These folks didn't use the OSHA-required safety gear, didn't clean up
their messes, and didn't fasten the shingles properly. On this last
item, I was able to show that the nails had been driven in off the strip
and thus the shingles were not seated properly. This was on dozens of
homes. Those homes all have roof leaks now, and the owners have either
had the roofs redone or the roof boards are rotting.
Eventually, I got the insurance company to accept
logic and deal in fact rather than fantasy. I got my roof repaired at
the lowest cost of ownership by paying a premium to get the job done
This story illustrates the importance of paying
the price for good labor, rather than hiring the cheapest contractor. If
you get your facts right and are persistent, you can even get an
insurance company to pay the correct amount.
5. Security tip
Most people know to install deadbolt locks on the doors
of their homes. This is a basic security step. What many people fail to
do is assess the strength of the doorjamb. This is an easily exploitable
oversight, because an intruder can easily knock a deadbolt right through
a weak jamb.|
Typically, the bolt slides
about an inch into a 2x4 that's been chiseled out to accommodate it.
You're left with a thin piece of wood against which that bolt can be
What you need to do is reinforce the jamb. One way
is to make it thicker with an additional board, but this is not an
option for most people. Another way is to add a brass plate made
especially for this purpose. You can find these at a hardware store.
If you're not particularly handy or if you would
like to just upgrade the entire lock from standard (and not so good) to
a high-quality installation, contact a local locksmith about assessing
your door and making the necessary upgrades. For most people, that
should include replacing the builder-grade door with something that can
actually keep somebody from breaking in.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
- I mentioned CONgress in our last eNL. Here's
something else to do with "con" An Indian discovered that nobody can
create a computer file folder named "con". Even Microsoft can't say why
this happens. Try it on your own computer. You can't create a folder by
this name. Not only can you not create one, you can't even rename an
existing one to "con." The letter case doesn't matter, either.
See: Special Offers (expired link now removed).
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8. Thought for the Day
Even the best tool will produce poor results, if it's
the wrong tool for the job.|
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