Blog Posts by Vince DeMattia

  • "I GOT REALLY LOW CAR PAYMENTSAND a WHOLE 84 MONTHS to PAY MY CAR OFF!" (OMG!)

    Beware of Creeps Bearing Gifts

    OHHH, THOSE CAR DEALERS and their tv ads! They don't tell folks much more than the low monthly payments they can offer. What they're NOT telling them is that... in order to get the payment down that low... It will mean paying that payment for ridiculously long terms... 60, 72, even 84 months. Remember... After about 30-36 months... you are starting to owe more than the car is worth. After all, while you're paying the payments over that time... the car is continuing to depreciate. It's very much like the home mortgages situation. People lost their homes because they were enticed into taking on mortgages that were inevitably going to become more than they could handle or at the very least... they were going to find themselves in a similar situation where the unpaid balance would become much more than the actual value of the home.

    WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T DO THE "BUY HERE - PAY HERE" THING!

    Look... I know... when you need a car... you need a

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  • THE JEOPARDY TV SHOW: HAS it BEEN TAKEN OVER by ALIENS?!

    Will someone please tell me what the dickens has happened to the television show, "Jeopardy."!?
    Does Alex Trebek now own the show? It's a mess.

    First of all... let's talk about the numbers of clues that are about Scotland, Germany, Canada and
    in the French language. Yep! Mr. Trebek is of Scottish and German descent and originally from
    Canada and pandering to the French there. It's not even subtle.

    Then there's the gratuitous product promotion. Entire clue categories that contain answers about
    name brand snack foods, fast food restaurants, syndicated television shows, recording artists and
    record companies, and many more products, even to go as far as putting Aleve signs on the front
    of the contestant consoles.

    Then there's Alex always having to put himself and HIS experiences in each short gab with the contestants in the first break. He talks SOOO much that he causes many rounds to end before all
    the clues have been offered. It's a very

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  • THE OLD ENGLISH SHEEP DOG - More Than Just a Hard Worker - a Loyal and Loving Pet


    Sloping emerald hillsides, early morning sheep gently waking, children racing down the stone steps of a farmhouse to play, followed by a big shaggy sheepdog... what a picture! The mere mention of Old English Sheepdogs brings scenes like this to mind. With their mild temperaments and cuddly stature, the sheepdog is a perfect family member. According to most all breeders and exhibitors of Old English Sheepdogs, this breed is an excellent pet.

    Owners of this breed comment on how they fell in love with the combination of the its even temperament and strong physical build and love the fact that they are such powerful working animals, yet they are so gentle -and all agree... they're definitely a family dog. When not working the flocks, the dog played with the children and guarded the family

    Originally bred for herding in Great Britain, the Old English Sheepdog was brought to America at the turn of the century. Today the sheepdog can be found all over the United States, as well as in Great

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  • MYNAH BIRDS: TRULY GREAT TALKERS! People Are Fascinated with Their Ability

    When folks think about birds that talk, they pretty much are thinking about parrots, macaws and cockatoos. But those who know about all varieties of talking birds tell us that one of the best talkers (mimics) is the Mynah Bird. We were anxious to learn more about the Mynah bird... and, here's some of what we found out.

    "First of all, Mynahs are great pets. They live well in small to medium-sized cages and require relatively little maintenance. But, while they are fantastic talkers, they are not a pet that likes to be handled a great deal. They may flutter in their cages when irritated or nervous. They are very intelligent, but not as affectionate as your parrots. In fact, they are more closely related to the jay and the raven then they are to the parrot. Mynahs are a soft-bill, whereas your parrots are hook-bills, or psittachines.

    Historically speaking, Mynahs have been considered pets in the United States for 150 to 200 years. In fact, this is probably longer than parrots have been

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  • WATCH OUT, ICE CREAM... HERE COMES VICE CREAM!

    There's really not much reason to bad mouth ice cream... It IS one of the great great food inventions... and extremely popular. The concern today with ice cream is that it's loaded with fat and sugar. But, in a very successful formula.

    But now... I have the answer for you! VICE CREAM!

    The formula is so simple, it's incredible! Just two ingredients having an equal reaction on each other simultaneously! And, all you need is a food processor... not a blender... a food processor... you know... the machine with the curved double blades.

    O.K., let's go ahead and make some right now!!

    1. In your food processor put about 4-5 cups of Frozen Blueberries... Frozen being the key word here. The berries must be Frozen. (You might also like to add a tablespoon of Blueberry jam or preserves just to add a bit of sweetness)

    2. Pour in about 3/4 cup of Half and Half

    3. Turn the food processor on with one hand pressing down on the cover to keep a good seal all around so that the berries don't cause

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  • WHAT the HECK is PERISTALSIS?

    One of the things that can be at the root of so many of the little things that bother us... little aches and pains... an occasional cramp or a swelling joint here and there... just might very well be an inefficient digestive system.

    Let's talk about that for a moment. The drinking water in many communities even from your community's own well systems if managed by a water management company, as you might expect, has chlorine in it. That is a good thing. It kills bacteria. The only problem is... that it kills ALL bacteria... even the good or "friendly" bacteria that hangs out in our digestive system. That friendly bacteria is very important to the digiestive process.

    What I do is... every morning, have a good healthy-size tablespoon of non-flavored (vanilla is ok), non-sweetened plain yougurt. As you probably know... yogurt has many of those "friendly" bacteria and can replace the good bacteria lost to the chlorine.

    The next thing is, yep... peristalsis. What the heck is

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  • OK-MAKE SURE EVERYBODY'S BUCKLED UP (That Means Fido and Rover, Too!)


    C'mon Boy! Get in the car! Let's go! The family dog bounces happily to the open car door, rushing to catch up with the kids. He looks at his family all the kids grinning ear to ear... "Yippie! Where will it be this time?... The park? The beach? Grandma's house? Oh, gosh... I hope we're going to that trail I love by the woods... Oh, I can't wait to get there!" Mom carefully buckles the baby in her carseat and the snapping of seatbelts fills the air as Dad puts the key in the ignition. "Is everybody buckled up?"

    The dog smiles and climbs over the kids' laps to the front seat, searching for an open window to hang his tongue out of when BANG! His nose slams into the glass and he glances back at the kids puzzled. They laugh at him and he sheeplishly wags his tail. "Hey, get the dog's tail outta my face." "Don't shove him over here - I'm squished!" "Mom - tell her to keep the dog on HER side!" Do many of your short trips start out this way? The kids are buckled up, the baby's in her

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  • WE'RE ALL a BUNCH of JUICERS!

    By Vince DeMattia

    In the last 10-15 years, we have all watched and listened to folks like Jack LaLanne tell us how good "juicing" is for us. And, they're right. Juicing IS good. And, even if you're not juicing fresh veggies yourself, you're probably buying Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Grapefruit Juice or V8 Juice at you local supermarket. That's good, too.

    Having said that, however... (you knew there was a "but" of some kind coming, didn't you)...there is something that I think you all should consider when it comes to juicing... and, that's arthritis.

    What does juicing have to do with arthritis, you ask. Actually, it can have a good deal to do with arthritis.

    When you peel and eat an orange or core and eat an apple, or eat a half grapefruit for breakfast... or eat some carrot and celery sticks or a whole tomato and so on... you're not only getting the juice in those fruits and vegetables... but the cellulose... the "pulp," as it is known by juicers. The connective

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  • User post: Supermarket games

    SUPERMARKET GAMES by Vince DeMattia

    This report is about the "strange goings on" at the supermarkets. These are my personal observations about all the games, tricks and price manipulation going on in the food and supermarket business.

    I remember when we used to buy fruit like apples, oranges, peaches, etc.... by the dozen. It had been the practice for years. Now supermarkets are charging by the pound. Did anyone care?Oh, so now we're not only paying based on the weight and density of these fruits, but for the pits and seeds, as well.

    How about the injection of water into nearly all meats. All forms of meat are being injected with up to as much as 20%... most say 10%, several 15% and I saw one package that admitted to 20% water. Some packages say, it's for flavor. One package of chicken actually said that it was injected with chicken broth. Yeah... I guess if you take the water that comes out of the chicken and take it to a lab, it could be found to be chicken broth of a

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