Amateur Fight Night Dallas – Don’t Mess With Texas

It was a close call whether the fighters in the ring or the spectators around the beer tents were the more hostile.

I had only night in Dallas, but having spent the morning looking around art galleries and visiting the JFK museum (housed in the old school book depository building), I was feeling that this would be quite sufficient time in the city.

I was therefore very happy to take up the suggestion of my host in Dallas (Jennifer) that we go to an amateur boxing contest to be held at the nearby country club.

She explained to me that her friend, Kyle, was one of the boxers who would be fighting later in the evening. Since it was an amateur event, she also added that an extra twist would be added to each fight to provide further entertainment for the crowd.

Kyle was from near New York, so for the purposes of this bout, he was to be referred to as The Yankee. He was paired against a local man from Texas, to be known only as The Southerner. The historical rivalry between the northern and southern state was to give the contest additional spice.

It struck me that that this was a decidedly one-sided arrangement. I expected the home-grown spectators to be thoroughly partisan – and imagined that this Yankee would be booed and heckled at every opportunity.

We arrived at the country club just before seven in the evening. The club was located in a reasonably wealthy suburb of Dallas, and had swimming pools and several sports fields on the site.

Somewhat at odds with this more formal and exclusive atmosphere, was the entirely relaxed dress code. Most of the men wore shorts and t-shirts (many carrying whimsical comments or colorful designs). Women were fewer in number – but made up for this by wearing more flamboyant clothes – ranging from cut-of jeans to skimpy evening dresses and bikinis. Several members of both sexes also sported various tattoos on their forearms, shoulders and legs.

There were a couple of hundred people already in the country club when we turned up. After having my ID checked, I was given a writstband to show that I was good to be served with alcohol – which promised to be in plentiful supply.

An impromptu boxing ring had been set up on the lawns of the country club. There was also a small stage on the far side of the ring where several commentators were sitting. The event was being broadcast on one of the cable channels, so there were also a couple of men standing by the corners holding cameras for filming – while a giant boom reached out over the ring carrying another camera and microphone.

The evening was being sponsored by Corona, so there were numerous stalls set up on the lawns selling beer. This could be purchased by the single can or, for the more determined drinker, it was possible to purchase an ice-bucket filled with half a dozen or so cans, suitably chilled.

Small pennants and gaudy flags belonging to the sponsors were hanging up in the trees or draped around the iron fences which separated the lawns from the swimming pool. To complete the ambiance, several large electronic speakers had been set up all around the country club, which were pumping out a loud and continual beat of heavy rock music, to create an appropriately aggressive atmosphere.

One of the earlier fights was already in progress when we arrived. As an amateur contest, all boxers were required to wear padded helmets. In addition, the rounds seemed to have been shortened. It was difficult to determine exactly how long the rounds were meant to be, since the bell was almost inaudible and somewhat arbitrary. Each fight consisted of three of these rounds.

As well as having to cope with the  loi bai hat  punches of his opponent, each fighter also had to deal with the onslaught of sarcasm from the commentators. They kept up a non-stop banter during the entire bout, usually disparaging the abilities of both boxers. One of the commentators was nicknamed The Man with a Laugh like a Telephone. And before he spoke, he would always guffaw raucously – imitating the ringing tone of a traditional telephone.

In between rounds, young women wearing bikinis would parade around the ring, carrying a placard showing the number of the forthcoming round on one side, and the name of a local sponsor on the other.

This ritual caused great excitement amongst the crowd, and cries of “Get that top off” were common. At one point in the evening, one of the commentators on the microphone could contain himself no longer and called out “Aw, come on! Can’t someone pull those panties down just a little bit when she goes past?”

At the end of each fight, several girls entered the ring and threw free sponsorship material into the baying mass of spectators. These were usually t-shirts, towels or hats. This was also a popular activity, and many of the audience waved their arms enthusiastically, clamoring for one of the gifts.

Although later in the evening, when beer and boredom had taken greater hold, several of these items were hurled back into the ring with as much enthusiasm as they had at first been received.

As I approached the ring, I saw that the fighters were between rounds, and the commentators were holding forth on the microphone.

– Is that guy being sick? He must have taken a real pounding. Good job the trainer brought along a bucket.

– He’s not being sick. He’s just spitting out his water. All fighters do that. Haven’t you ever been to a fight before John?


What Is a Dental Bridge?

Sometimes known as a fixed partial denture, a dental bridge is a form of dental restoration that is used to bridge the gap when you have one or more missing teeth. By adjoining adjacent teeth and replacing the missing tooth with a false replica, you can restore your smile and avoid the embarrassment often associated with having a missing tooth. Simply put, a bridge is false tooth, also known as a pontic that is connected to two crowns made from porcelain. In turn, these crowns are affixed to nearby teeth almost literally creating a bridge over a gap created by missing teeth.

There are different types of bridges, each appropriate for different parts of your mouth. The first type of bridge commonly used in cosmetic dentistry is the traditional fixed bridge. Fixed bridges, unlike dentures can not be removed from your mouth. In this standard form of a dental bridge, the pontic is attached to crowns which are similarly attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. One or more missing teeth can be replaced by a traditional fixed bridge.


A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Spanish for Free by Yourself

This isn’t a Spanish lesson, this is a short and basic guide telling you how to teach yourself Spanish properly. The key to doing this is persistence and action: you have to persistently take action, specifically the correct action, and I’m going to tell you what that is. I’m going to give you just 2 basic things you need to do, they’ll barely cost you anything (you might want to buy a couple Spanish-language movies on DVD, but even that’s optional as you can just download or watch them online for free), and don’t require any complicated system, program, or tutor.

What you’ll need:

-An online dictionary and/or translator, I recommend, they have both on the same page and they work fantastically.

-Time (30-60 minutes a day, at minimum, for a few months).

-A desire to learn Spanish

What to Do

Step 1

You must speak with natives speakers. This is by far the most important, and also the one thing the most neglected by beginning language-learners. Also, you can start doing this far sooner than 98% of beginners think you can. Honestly, you could start doing it from Day 1, right away, but you should probably spend a couple months learning some basic vocabulary, grammar (you don’t need to know formal grammar rules, you just need to get a feel for what’s correct and what isn’t, which will come through practice), and phrases so that you’ve got something to actually work with when you do start practicing with native speakers.

The way you learn vocabulary, grammar, and basic phrases is you get them from real-life sources (which is covered in step 2 right below) and then you enter them into your SRS (Spaced-Repetition Software: I recommend ‘Anki’, just Google it, you can download it for free, it’s awesome) which will handle absolutely everything for you (you can also use paper flashcards if you really want to): Anki is a flashcard program that learns how well you know individual words–based on your competence, it will then schedules appropriate review times for those words. It automatically schedules a new word/phrase to be reviewed immediately and then, as long as you keep getting the answer right when shown the ‘front’ of the card (e.g. the front is “Man” and the back, the answer, is “hombre”) Anki will continue to schedule that particular card to be reviewed at longer and longer intervals–I’ve got cards now that I only see pop up on Anki once every 2 or 3 months now because I’ve reviewed them so many times that Anki knows I don’t need to see them very often.

After only a couple of months of consistently doing this, you will have learned a couple thousand new words and MORE than enough grammar and basic phrases to start communicating with native speakers, and it will feel like it was almost effortless since Anki is doing 90% of the heavy lifting with regards to determining what you need to review and when.

Step 2

Movies, TV shows, music, radio, blogs, newspapers (online or paper), etc. This is so valuable to your language-learning I can’t possibly overemphasize it. This beats any kind of language-learning program out there, no matter how expensive. The only thing that might be better than this would be a private tutor, and even then they’re going to tell you that you need to be listening to as much Spanish-language media (movies, music, etc.) in your spare time when you’re not talking with them as you possibly can. Ok, here’s how you do this…

I recommend that you start off with online Spanish language newspapers and magazines and such (blogs would work fine as well) because they’re free and you don’t have to worry about keeping up with someone talking at a normal conversational rate of speed. Just start reading these, looking up or translating everything you have to so that you can understand it, and entering all your new vocabulary into Anki along with any common expressions, phrases, or idioms that you see. It will be a bit tedious at first but after a couple weeks of this you will have learned probably 500-1000 new vocabulary words, and that will include the most common and essential. Now you can move onto…

Movies on DVD (or that you’ve Tivo’d or downloaded online–tons of places you can do this for free) that have subtitles available for them: now, here’s the thing, you want the Spanish subtitles, not the English ones. Why? A couple reasons:

1. Because you need to know how those words are spelled so that you can enter them into Anki (or paper flashcards  Spanish Magazine if you choose, those will work as well).

2. This way you’re learning to read Spanish at the same time that you’re learning to speak it, plus you’re learning how those words that you’re writing down are properly pronounced at the time that you’re writing them down, pretty cool huh?

Now, what you do is simply start the movie and pause after a couple sentences, look up all the words you need to so that you can understand what they said, enter them into Anki, and then practice repeating the sentence outloud (you know what you’re saying because you’ve looked it up) while rewinding and playing the native speakers saying it until you’ve got it down pat and you sound just like the native speakers. Then hit play, let it go another sentence or two, and repeat. I know this seems ridiculously tedious, and initially it will be, but you’ll learn a TON of Spanish this way very very quickly.





Classified Ads Are the Cheapest Way to Buy an Item – Find Out Why!

Classified ads are the single best way to find a bargain in Belfast. Let’s take this as an example – you are from Belfast, you want to buy a washing machine since yours has died a watery death and you are contemplating a Zanussi with attitude from a high street electrical store. Before you do however, I would suggest picking up the local paper and looking for washing machines in the classified ad section. People that sell items locally, including companies, will usually offer you the exact same product at a discounted rate. This will save you lots of money without compromising on the quality.

If you do not find what you are looking for or you are looking for something extremely specific then ideally you will want to go online. Free classified ad sites are increasing in popularity as people are realising they can get a much better price for the items they want. Plus, there are so many people and products online in comparison to just shopping in your local area. This means that if you need something special that they might not be manufacturing in Belfast and wouldn’t mind getting it delivered from England for example, classified ads online make this possible for you.

The other great thing about using classified ads online is that browsing is easy, you just type in your keyword and all the related products to your search will come up.озон интернет магазин This takes much less effort than looking through newspapers, ads and brochures. Everything you need can be viewed on the same site whether you are looking for a new house, a new job or a fancy present on a budget. It’s is convenience at its best, really.

In fact, one day, I was shopping in Belfast for a new phone. Only the latest version would do of course and I went into the usual places to find it. When I left Belfast with my dream phone, I was surprised to hear that my friend had found the exact same phone for half the price. Where did she go? To an online classified ad site. It only took her a few minutes to order and yet I had blisters on my feet!

So before you burn a ozonic hole in your pocket buying products at an inflated price, check out all classified ads sites, newspapers and periodicals, you’ll be glad that you did!

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Washington D.C. Schools Seek Spots For All

Washington D.C. Schools experienced an uneven distribution of student enrollment in 2006. Public school population declined in a rapid trend for the past ten years as they Washington D.C. Schools lost more students to the private schools and voucher programs. The vouchers allow participants to enroll in private schools and the funding pays for $7,500 worth of fees and tuition. The D.C. Public School District was alarmed and made efforts to corral their remaining students. Washington D.C. Schools’ officials received increased salaries, many of them making more than $150,000 dollars annually. These pay raises have been questioned by local publications. In response to the questions, the schools district’s media strategist claims that the raises were necessary to ensure the best leadership for Washington D.C. Schools.

Many Washington D.C. Schools’ parents wanted an extension of the voucher programs, due to their effectiveness and cost saving strategies. However, the consensus seems to be that vouchers would be more effective if they encompassed all of Washington D.C. Schools’ students. The solution seems to lie in the funding. As it stands currently, the vouchers are federally funded, saving the Washington D.C. Schools an incredible amount of money each year. If the vouchers become locally funded, the Washington D.C. Schools would save less money, but would increase school choices for students.


Washington Monument Tours – A Capital Excursion

It is every tourist’s desire to see the Washington Monument that soars high above the nation’s capital. For those interested, there are various ways to get a Washington monument ticket. The options include making reservations in advance, calling the Washington Monument toll free number to purchase your tickets, or getting tickets at the foot of the monument or getting the tickets at 15th Street Kiosk. The best way, however, is to book tickets online with a tour operator who undertakes Washington monument tours.

What Is So Special About The Washington Monument?

Like the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Parthenon, and the Taj Mahal, it truly commands universal recognition as a marvelous sightseeing memorial. Small wonder, this monument, a marvel of 19th century engineering, is never missed on Washington monument tours.

Here are some key facts and figures about the monument.

* The monument made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss is the world’s tallest obelisk standing 555 feet 5⅛ inches tall.


Some Good Places to Visit in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is the capital of Arizona. It is also know as the “Sun Valley”. It receives beautiful sun shine round the year. It is one of the largest populated cities of US. It is the home of senior citizens of US who doesn’t want to live in the cold of northern US. It is a great place to visit and enjoy holidays. The place comprises of a number of beautiful palaces where one can visit and have fun. Due to sunshine round the year it is one of the most liked places. The city has a lot of tourist spots where one can visit. Right from museums to parks, from Zoo to botanical gardens you will find all here.

Few of the great places that one should visit when he comes to Phoenix are

One of the most important land marks of the city is Camelback Mountain. It is famous for miles of hiking area. Every year this place is visited by large number of hikers. People also visit here for beautiful and wonderful views. Camelback mountain has derived its name from the shape of the sitting camel. People who like to go out doors and want to experience nature they must surely visit this place.

Ponderosa Stables are one of the most liked places of Phoenix. They are in business of providing horse rides to the visitors from the past 20 years. As per the number of visitors visiting this place every year it is ranked 2nd among the most liked places of Phoenix. Not only youngsters but people of all age group can have fun and admire the nature at its best.



Why Should You Opt to Buy Homes From Phoenix Foreclosed Homes?

Phoenix in Arizona is not only one of the most developed cites in Arizona but it is also 12th largest city of USA. Phoenix has a well developed economy and is the home of at least seven Fortune 1000 companies. Thus, it is thus of little wonder that people from all over USA flock to Phoenix to make it their home. Due to the increasing prosperity of the city of Phoenix the real estate prices of Phoenix have been steadily climbing up. In such a scenario, you might think that buying a great home in Phoenix might be quite impossible for you. However, if you keep yourself updated about Phoenix foreclosed homes then even you can aspire to buy a great home in Phoenix at an affordable price.

However, before you venture out to buy out one of the Phoenix foreclosed homes you should first find out why these homes would provide you with a great opportunity to buy a home in Phoenix in budget price. Foreclosure homes are those homes which are confiscated by the government or financial institutions from the real estate owners when they default on tax or mortgage repayment. The government agencies or financial institutions thereafter sell the property to investors on new terms and conditions in order to recover the value of default amount.

The basic purpose for the sale of these foreclosed properties through public auctions is to recover amount of money which is due. That is why the foreclosed homes are often sold in reduced prices than the existing market rate. The reasonable pricing for these foreclosed properties lure hordes of property buyers. Thus, if you glean detailed information about Phoenix foreclosed homes even you can buy a property within your shoe string budget.


Want a Few Reasons to Learn Spanish?

Why would any person really want to master Spanish? Most people in the developed world converse in English frequently as a first or second language, right? In fact, if you don’t plan on going out of the United States, why would you possibly need to master it? The same can be mentioned for other languages too. Luckily for you, I’ve compiled a number of of the very best factors for why somebody would like to study Spanish or any other international language. The list may amaze you.

It could help you to learn some other language: Provided you can master Spanish, you will get a jump start in learning a few other Latin based dialects such as French or Italian. And it will even help you understand Russian and German, since they too possess European origins and also have some qualities (for instance gender and various conjugations) that are present in Spanish but not English. Spanish Magazine And I wouldn’t be surprised if learning Spanish may even help you learn Japanese or some other non European language, since intensively learning the structure of a dialect can give you a reference point for studying others.

It’ll help your comprehension of your own language: Much of the vocabulary of English has Latin beginnings, most of which came to English through France. Due to the fact that Spanish is also a Latin language, you will discover as you study Spanish that you’ve gained a better understanding of your native vocabulary. Similarly, both Spanish and English share European roots, so their grammar is comparable. There’s perhaps no more effective way to sit and learn English grammar than by studying the grammar of some other language, for the study forces you to contemplate the way your language is structured. It’s not unusual, for example, to gain an understanding of English verbs’ tenses and moods by discovering how those verbs are used in Spanish.

It will help you understand other cultures: While many of us can’t hope to master the languages of more than a few societies other than our own, those which we can learn allow us to to learn how other people learn and think. Once I read Latin American or Spanish news print, for example, I usually see that I achieve a sense of how other people think and feel, in ways that differ from my own. The Spanish language also opens up a great deal of literature, both contemporary and traditional.

You could use it to get acquainted with your community: Only several years back, the Spanish-speaking population of the USA was restricted to the Mexican boundary states, Florida and New York City. But no longer. You may be shocked at what people live near you. It’s very difficult to even in a individual day to not interact with a person who speaks Spanish as their first dialect. Why would you want to waste the opportunity to get to know your neighbor?

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Mobile Marketing Strategy

When it comes to a mobile marketing strategy, one of the first and foremost things you need to consider is that your content needs to be both friendly, interesting, and familiar to your targets. Make sure that your messages are targeted to their purpose. You won’t have any room for meaningless words here. If the customer cannot understand your message in a few words, then it isn’t even worth contacting them in the first place.

Make people who signed up to your mobile campaign feel special. Send them discounts and offers that will be available to this group only. This will encourage them to keep opening your messages, and perhaps attract new people towards your marketing campaign. Make sure these special offers are relevant to the interests of the group you are targeting.

Never copy someone else’s mobile marketing strategy. Customers like innovation, and if you are sending out similar messages or styles as your competitor, they may not be interested in making a change to you.

Mobile marketing provides a great opportunity for you to offer up a wide assortment of discounts and other information about your business, so use this format to make sure you’re always giving out good deals. Your customers need to feel special, so make sure you’re sending them info on your discounts and other specials.

Check out the competition. Find out what mobile messaging is like from their perspective. Compare the quality of your messages to theirs and find out if you need to make changes in your strategy.

With mobile users, text is far more influential than video, so remember that before developing your marketing campaign. Upwards of 88% of all mobile users deal in text messages, but only around 41% of them take the time to watch videos on their mobile devices. This obviously means text should be your bigger area of focus.

If you are sending out text messages or any other type of materials to customers via your marketing campaign, make sure that you keep the file sizes as small as possible. Some people have serious bandwidth limitations and cannot receive or store large file sizes. Anything that is too big will just be ignored.

Anytime, you start a new mobile marketing strategy; keep your objectives in mind. Have reasonable goals that  strategy mobile marketing  you can track, and make sure you are hitting the targets that you want to. If you forget your goals, your customer will probably notice that your content is all over the place, and you will seem unorganized and unprofessional.

Work on your message composition. You can only use 160 characters, so be concise, but clear. Short cuts or “text speak” is acceptable when text messaging. Your opt-out message can include that kind of message too. You can save characters this way. You can get some good ideas from some translators.

If you are using email as part of your mobile marketing strategy, consider using a text strategy instead of HTML. If you haven’t optimized your HTML creative for a mobile device, the email itself can be incredibly hard to read in a mobile environment. A text email is perfect for mobile users, as it will appear exactly the same way across all email clients and it’s easy to read on small screens.

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