Archive for: March 2013

50 Powerful Date Ideas

50-ideas-featuredJust because you're over fifty and alone, doesn't mean you can't date if you want to. And then, some of you may have already decided the single life isn't for you. You may find it difficult to get back into the swing of things. It's hard enough to ask someone new out, but before you do this, you should have some great date ideas. So for those of you who are challenged on ways to think up creative ideas, you might want to pick up a copy of Jordan Gray's new book, 50 Powerful Date Ideas: Brag-Worthy, Cost Effective Dates From A Professional Dating Coach. His thoughts on modern dating and relationships have been featured in numerous print publications, and on radio and television broadcasts internationally.

I downloaded the book this morning. The Kindle version is free for the next 24-h8hrs as an Amazon promotion. I was really impressed with the number of great ideas for dates as well as for his system on rating each one. For each of the ideas he presents he rates them on:

  • Physical intimacy potential
  • Emotional intimacy potential
  • Conversational ease
  • Cost Effective
  • Brag-worthiness

This is a wonderful idea. For example, if you are too nervous that you may have difficulty carrying on long conversations, then you might choose one of the ideas that are on the higher end of the scale (rated from 1-5) for conversational ease.

Granted, this book is written from a man's perspective and is obviously more for men than women, but both sexes can get some great ideas out of it, for exciting date ideas. So download it now while it's free!

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Over fifty and alone? Learn Self-defence!

violenceWith violent crimes such as home invasions and swarmings increasing at a staggering rate, if you're over fifty and alone, it might not be a bad idea to learn some basic self-defence tactics. You never know when they might come in handy. And even if you never have to use it, the increased confidence you get may be enough to stave off potential confrontations that aren't as dangerous as they could have been.

It's understandable that a lot of people our age would object to the idea of learning some basic self-defence by proudly stating they abhor violence in any form and refuse to learn it on this principle. While I applaud your conviction, try telling it to the man who decides to take advantage of you in some dark parking lot. It may not be enough to make him change his mind from his original intentions.

tsp-ecoverThe Secret Power Of Simple Self-Defence Tactics is a practical guide to where and how to hit numerous pressure points on the human body. There are lots of pressure points and lots of way to strike them. You don't need to learn them all, but certainly a few of the more practical ones would help.

A little common sense goes a long ways too. For example, he mentions using a thumb-strike to the windpipe. A couple of problems I would see with this is:

  • you miss OR
  • you don't miss and crush his cartilage

I think a better way would be to form a Y with your hand; your thumb being one side of the Y and the four fingers being the other side. This would mean less chance you would miss, and next to no chance of killing your attacker. You want to disable him enough to be able to get out of the situation. You don't want to be responsible for killing anyone.

Another one of the pressure points is the attackers temple. Yes, the bones are weak at this point on the head, and a hammer-fist blow to this area could cause unconsciousness or if you severed the artery that runs through this area... even death. But to attempt this without being a trained fighter is not a good defence tactic. Chances are you could have your punch blocked, or you could miss (it is a small target) or you could damage your hand. When two hard objects collide -- something has to give.

The book is only 56 pages long. There are lots things it doesn't cover. It doesn't show you how to hold your hand for knife-hand-strikes or how to hold your hand for hammer-fist blows. So the best thing to do when reading this book is concentrate on soft areas of the body that you can hit hard. Soft areas give, hard areas don't; it will mean less chance of hurting yourself. And, at the same time, if you happen to have access to anything that could be used as a weapon, like an umbrella, briefcase, or a large rock on the ground, don't hesitate to use these things first.

I know, when I mention using an umbrella, that several TV sitcoms come to mind where you see some old lady beating off an attacker by hitting him over the head. But at the same time, it can be used effectively by using the point end to strike into the solar plexus, or if the attacker is close, by bringing it up forcefully under his legs or driving it down on top of his instep. Then, rather than stand there and break what's left of it over his back, it might be a good time to scream and run.

There is a lot of use information in the book. Click here to download it now. It's only free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion.

One of the best ideas presented is to not be afraid to strike first.

The person who is going to attack you is confident that you will be their victim. They aren't likely a trained fighter; just bigger and more powerful than you. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, there isn't any sense in waiting until they start the attack. Strike first. If you hit one of the pressure points as described in this book, there is a good chance it will give you enough time to remove yourself from the situation.

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First episode of the Beverly Hillbillies

beverly-featuredThe Beverly Hillbillies first appeared on television in 1962. I would only been 3 years old at the time, but I recall watching them as I grew up. My parents loved the show. Of course in those days, there wasn't a lot of choice on what you were going to watch. We only got two channels, and one of them was too snowy to watch.

Sure... later on there were the re-runs. Since I was so young when the show originally aired, it was like watching it new. But I found an episode on YouTube today I don't ever recall seeing. It's the first show of the first season. The quality of the video isn't very good, but you'll be grinning from ear to ear when you watch it.

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Do babies understand baby talk?

I saw this video on Facebook. I don't know if these kids are twins or just friends, but it looks to me like there is some sort of discussion going on about the one who only has one sock on. I don't understand baby talk. But what freaks me out, is that I think they understand each other. What do you think? Post your comments below.

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Understanding Body Language

body-language-featuredIf something hard and heavy is thrown at you -- you've ticked her off. You may have missed some more subtle hints, like when she was throwing your bags out the door. It doesn't necessarily have to come to this, if you had an understanding of body language. Deborah Bull says, "Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words." I don't know about you, but if life is a test, I may have missed this lesson.

Of course I'm not the only one. It's reported that a collage professor said, "Kids used to sit back and listen to lectures. Now they're leaning in. Body language has changed." I'm not sure this statement correctly identifies a shift in the language; the shift in the position could mean it's easier to hide the cellphone.

When you stop and think about it, this is how animals and pets communicate with us. They can't talk, but they communicate through body language.

One time when I was 12 years old, I was doing some chores on the hobby farm my parents owned, when a pony who was staked out in the backyard came over and gave me a hard nudge with his head. He wanted a sugar cube. We often carried them in our jacket pockets as a treat for the ponies, but on this particular day, there weren't any. So how do you tell a pony that he isn't getting a sugar cube?

I reached in my pocket and brought out an empty palm and showed it to him. That's a pretty good example of convincing body language, isn't it? However the pony wasn't buying this story. He grabbed my middle finger between his teeth and was applying enough pressure to really hurt. My yanking and jumping wasn't making the situation any better. He just laid those ears back and his eyes were glowing. And yes! I got the message. I could tell he was displeased. But that pony wasn't reading my subtle attempt at body language to show him I wasn't too happy with him either, so I had to take a more direct approach. I punched him as hard as I could in the nose with my free hand. He snorted and reared up a bit, but he got the message and let go of my finger.

As Edward R. Murrow says:

...a blur of blinks, taps, jiggles, pivots and shifts ... the body language of a man wishing urgently to be elsewhere.

Animals are much easier to understand than people. Although like people, they get a feeling for whether or not you're telling the truth, and then, like humans, they choose whether or not they believe you. As I've demonstrated, you want to make sure an animal knows you're telling the truth. They can be quite suspicious by nature. Knowing that we are, at times, more subtle than animals, there are certain clues given by body language that can help you decide if someone is telling you the truth.

By understanding these body language clues, we can improve our ability in understanding what someone is trying to communicate to us; even so far as how they position their body to us when speaking. At the same time, understanding how those who are more perceptive to this method of communication will read your body language, you can learn to guard against giving off the wrong signals by learning how it is interpreted.

I downloaded a couple of free Kindle books today on the subject of body language. They both offer a lot of insight into the mysterious world of weird communication. They are only free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. Here they are:

I think they both offer a lot of information for understanding people. I'm not so much worried about ponies these days; I got that down to a science. I know how to communicate with them. Plus, they're easier to understand, even if they think you're a liar.

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