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Most Common Drinks In The World

[ReviewAZON asin=”1558323848″ display=”inlinepost”]What are the most popular drinks in the world?  The answers might surprise you when you consider the most commonly consumed drinks on the planet.  In the great cola war between Coke and Pepsi, not one of them is even on this list.  As it turns out, most people don’t have the sweet tooth that Americans have.  Here is a list of the best choices… Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - April 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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My 5 Best Tips for Moving to a New Apartment

It’s time for your first “grown up” apartment. There are a few things that you’ll want to know before you move in.  Gone are the days of college when you put together sofas made of cushions and stolen milk crates.  You are on your own now, so you’ll need to have more than beer in the fridge and a place to wash your clothes other than you parent’s laundry room. Here’s my five best for getting that apartment ready to live in:

 

1. Call and Get Your Utilities Turned On and Put in Your Name-This is really important.  You don’t want to be sitting around by candlelight on your first night at your apartment when you aren’t exactly sure where everything is located.  OK, most likely, there will be light and heat because the landlord won’t want the apartment exploding water pipes in the dead of winter. You’ll want to do this about a week before you move in so there is time to get everything changed over.  In most cases, the landlord won’t even give you the keys until you contact the utility companies.  The information for this changes from location to location, so you’ll have to look this up yourself.

 

 

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2. Get Your Mail Changed to Your New Address If you are still having your mail delivered to your parent’s home, then this might not be such a big deal – unless you live in New York City and they live in Iowa.  Sooner or later, you are going to need to go down to the post office and fill out a change of address form.  Personally, I like to take care of this when I switch over my utilities (a week before I move).  You can do it online, too, by clicking this link:  (Change of Address Form).  If you go down to the post office, this is free.  If you do it online, there’s a small fee.

 

3. Buy Some New Furniture or Furnishings- It’s a new place, so you should treat yourself to something new!  One of the best things about moving somewhere new is to find a cool local furniture store and look through their wares to add to your new apartment.  These items could be a new sofa, a giant mirror, a bedroom set, or whatever.  The item could be large or small.  Then, years later, you can associate that old place you lived in with the item you purchased from the store.  It is just a focal point to jog your memory of when you lived there.  I’ve moved 11 times in my life and I have something from each location. 

 

4. Find Out the Location of Key Sites in Your New Area– Know where you are in location to your police and fire stations.  Find out the local bus stops and other forms of public transportation.  Ask around and find out where the best places are for the essentials: Pizza, Chinese Food, Local Pubs, and Movie Theaters.  Know if there is a local movie theater for you to go to and how far you have to travel to get groceries. Most cities have a web site that you can go to find this information.

 

5. Meet You Neighbors – Neighbors come in all temperaments, shapes and sizes.  You are going to like some of them and hate others.  Get to know them.  I know it seems old-fashioned to go out and meet the neighbors, but these people are going to be your chief source of information in your new location.  Plus that, you are on your own.  You need someone to watch your back.  They are going to be helpful in times of disaster or troubles.  Who knows? You might get a new friend out of it…or an apple pie (True instance: My wife and I moved into our new home and we ended up getting a pie, homemade cookies, and invited to a party in our first week!)

 

Good luck with a very smooth transition on your first move!

 

 

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Posted by Jimm Fowler - May 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm

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