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The Allure of the Masquerade Mask

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The Allure of the Masquerade MaskHave you ever been to a ball type party or even just a costume party? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t seen a masquerade mask. You have probably seen the elegant masks that cover the eyes and nose in movies.

I personally think that the masks are very beautiful and that if you ever have the chance to attend and ball type party or even a costume party that if you are a woman, you should wear a masquerade mask.

They have a few different forms of masquerade masks. They have cloth, metal, and plastic. Now, if your going to do cloth and plastic you can decorate the masks anyway you like.

I personally like to have mine with blue fathers that are located on the top of the mask, where my eyebrows would be. Then have the eyes outlined in black with either clear sparkle beads or maybe red sparkle beads, depending on which ever I feel goes best with the dress I am wearing that night.

Yes, I have put a lot of thought into how I would like to see my mask done, even though I know I would never go to a masquerade ball of any type because they cost more than I can afford. But that doesn’t mean that if a friend is having a costume party that I so will not be wearing one. Cause we all know that I would so be wearing one that I have made, just to be able to wear one!

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June 27th, 2014 at 8:18 am

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I LOVE BEING A CRANE OPERATOR

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I never imagined that one day I would be a crane operator.

The company I work for rents heavy equipment and I am on staff where I do a lot of things related to the equipment rental business but one of the busiest parts of my job is operating cranes for clients.

The rental business I work for has been very busy, even though the construction starts for the region have dropped considerably. There still seems to be a lot of need for crane hire in Melbourne and I get to spend many days a week outside at various job sites in and around the city I live.

I have lifted a lot of things since I started working here from shipping containers to large air conditioning unit to just large loads of supplies onto rooftops. There have even been a number of times when the crane that gets rented out is on top of a building and I get to lift various pieces of equipment down to the ground.

There are a lot of permits and insurances that need to be in place before we rent out any of our cranes. It’s to protect both us and whoever is doing the renting.

I love what I do and I really enjoy being a part of such an important part of any construction site. Usually I’m the hero after doing a lift and I really enjoy helping crews get something so huge moved in a quick and easy manner.

Well, it’s really easy for me that is.

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May 13th, 2014 at 12:03 am

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I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT LAWYERS

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I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT LAWYERSI’ve always heard there’s such a thing as a good divorce. I even have a friend who went through one and is still best friends with her ex-husband. I don’t know how they do it, but they have got to be an exception to a rule about divorcing couples.

Another friend of mine couldn’t wait to get his divorce underway as his plan was to completely cripple his soon-to-be ex-wife for whatever it was he thought she deserved.

It caused me to do some research on lawyers. I thought it could make for an interesting paper for school and I wasn’t wrong. I started by asking a number of people I knew on campus who had experienced a divorce in their family. I asked them what they remembered about the lawyers. I followed that up with short interviews with a handful of family lawyers in Perth.

I discovered a lot of interesting details on what makes a good divorce lawyer. In short, the lawyer should devote a fair part of their practice to family law. They should also have experience in family law so they can deal with everything from the divorce to the division of property and child custody and support issues.

The best divorce lawyers aren’t always the most expensive, either.

A lawyer good at family law will also show traits that may go against the average belief of what a lawyer is. Things like trust and honesty go hand in hand with a good divorce lawyer.

They should also be organized and a team player which adds to their value.

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May 12th, 2014 at 11:41 pm

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Sold Some Rims for the First Time!

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I was a bit skeptical about selling rims. The amount you have to buy up for stock is a heavy outlay and the best sale is always with the tires so that you make the maximum profit possible. However it turns out that rims are big business in the United States.

I found that buyers could save themselves a great deal of money by buying rims rather than having them repaired or going out to replace all four at the same time. Though generally if you replace one rim and wheel you have to replace them all so that they are mounted and balanced so that the vehicle can drive smoothly.

So when I came to sell some rims it was easy to list the benefits in terms of chrome, alloy or steel rims and how burnished chrome always enhances the look of a car whether it’s a sports car or a more workaday model like a truck or SUV. The accessories for large vehicles like rims and tires can work out to be very expensive.

So when I sold some rims I concentrated on pitching the client with the benefits of buying rims and saving costly repair and renovation of rims and offering a great deal if he would buy the four rims with discounted tires. I found that when I pitched the client with the cost saving benefits and explained the reasons why he should make his buying decision and commit that I sold some rims.

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May 12th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

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Shipping Containers For Your Small Business

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Shipping Containers For Your Small Business There were a number of shipping containers for sale in my area and it made me wonder what I, as a small business person, could do with a shipping container.

Quite a lot, as it turns out shipping containers can be very useful. Here are a few things that I learned the business owners in my area were doing with shipping containers.

Most of the business owners I spoke with used the containers as secure storage. Shipping containers are very sturdy, particularly the steel ones. And it takes a lot to break into them. Shipping containers make ideal storage because they are too heavy to move easily and almost impossible to get into. It is a perfect solution for onsite, secure storage.

Some business owners were using containers as small satellite offices. The containers can be modified and heat and A/C can be added to make them comfortable. Adding windows and a door makes a container look just like an office.

Others turned them into employee break rooms, complete with a small kitchen and bathroom. One business owner also added a rooftop garden and chairs to the container so workers would have a place to relax outside on sunny days.

People are finding a lot of uses for shipping containers outside of the cargo shipping industry. This is a good thing because there are so many shipping containers available that many just sit in storage lots. Although I didn’t come across a businessperson who was using the shipping container as their primary business office, I’m sure in some larger cities, or near sea ports, people are doing this.

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May 11th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

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Shipping Containers For Your Small Business

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There were a number of shipping containers for sale in my area and it made me wonder what I, as a small business person, could do with a shipping container.

Quite a lot, as it turns out shipping containers can be very useful. Here are a few things that I learned the business owners in my area were doing with shipping containers.

Most of the business owners I spoke with used the containers as secure storage. Shipping containers are very sturdy, particularly the steel ones. And it takes a lot to break into them. Shipping containers make ideal storage because they are too heavy to move easily and almost impossible to get into. It is a perfect solution for onsite, secure storage.

Some business owners were using containers as small satellite offices. The containers can be modified and heat and A/C can be added to make them comfortable. Adding windows and a door makes a container look just like an office.

Others turned them into employee break rooms, complete with a small kitchen and bathroom. One business owner also added a rooftop garden and chairs to the container so workers would have a place to relax outside on sunny days.

People are finding a lot of uses for shipping containers outside of the cargo shipping industry. This is a good thing because there are so many shipping containers available that many just sit in storage lots. Although I didn’t come across a businessperson who was using the shipping container as their primary business office, I’m sure in some larger cities, or near sea ports, people are doing this.

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May 10th, 2014 at 1:30 am

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Food Truck for Sale

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Food Truck for SaleI have been thinking of putting my food truck for sale. When I purchased my truck three years ago, I thought I would be in the food truck business forever. But of course other things in my life have changed. I have gotten married to the man of my dreams. I have twins who will be arriving within the next month. I planned to keep the food truck and just own it while I allowed someone else to run its day to day operations. I ended up having to go on maternity leave sooner than expected because of complications in my pregnancy. I think it was really a blessing because it gave me a glimpse of how the business was going to work without me being there for the day to day workings.

We struggled to figure out a system between myself and the manager. It works okay, but I don’t think it is really going to be worth my time to try to own the truck but not run the truck. So I have decided the best thing to do is to sell my food truck. This will give me a nest egg to have at home and allow me to spend a longer period of time with my kids. I offered my food truck to my manager first, but he didn’t want to be committed to owning a business because he is a bit of a free spirit. I guess the next step is finding a new owner.

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May 9th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

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Hidden Treasure

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I never knew I’d have such a hard time selling a go kart.  I had put it up for sale at our yard sale on Saturday.  Needed to make room in the garage and it was time we got rid of a lot of things from the house as well.  My wife said it was time to say goodbye to it and to choose a fair price.

Well, every time someone came to look at it, I told them it wasn’t for sale and pray she didn’t hear me.  I wasn’t just holding back on selling a go kart, I was selling something that had been a part of my life since I was 12.  I’d had some of the best times with that go kart and to be honest with you, I wasn’t ready to give it up.  That’s when I heard a voice behind me.

“Can’t give it up can you?” A gentleman who looked to be in his early to mid 50’s had spoken it to me.  I looked at him and he was smiling from ear to ear and I know I blushed as I shook my head no.  He told me that he had to do the same thing once a long time ago and he had a hard time getting rid of it.  He offered me a suggestion.  Say it was sold, that you were to deliver it because the buyer didn’t have a truck, and take it to a storage unit.  He said it’d been 20 years since he took his to storage.  I grinned and didn’t sell it although my wife thinks so and now it sits in storage downtown.

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May 8th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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There are hedgehogs for sale!

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There are  hedgehogs for sale!  I have hedgehogs for sale! The mother is weaning them and they will be ready for a new home shortly. These are African pygmy hedgehogs and come with everything you need to look after it. They are cute and kid friendly and have been trained to be sociable and house trained. The price is only $150 with a $20 deposit and a package of a cage feed and bedding toys and a wheel for exercise for your adorable new little pet.

I guarantee that your hedgehog will be free from congenital defects and wobbly hedgehog syndrome (WHS). If you want me to ship the hedgehog to you if you live outside state boundaries I can do this. I am happy to have you to come over and choose your baby hedgehog from litter.

I am a licensed hedgehog breeder with the United States Department of Agriculture and they inspect my premises regularly. My website gives you detailed information on how to look after your hedgehog and I am always available if you want further advice on how to care for your hedgehog. If for any reason you have to part with your hedgehog we will find a loving and caring home for him. Our business is breeding hedgehogs and we are committed to doing everything we can to enhance the welfare of hedgehogs in the community. Call us for an appointment and we look forward to seeing you soon so that we can help you find your own cute little pet.

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May 8th, 2014 at 12:24 am

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SELLING A PINBALL MACHINE

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Last year, I finally found myself in the position that I have been working for my whole life – I had a well-paid job in a respected company, got myself a sports car that I have been dreaming of from my teenage years, and could get any girl I wanted. But to be honest, what I really wanted, were some of the things that my parents couldn’t afford when my 2 brothers and I was growing up. I remember kids at school talking about playing video arcade games and how cool and exciting it was, and thinking to myself that when I grow up, I will buy one for me. And this is exactly what I did.

Through some old friends I found the company who would sell a pinball machine that was exactly like the ones that I saw when I was a child.

Though initially my first impulse to purchase the pinball machine was to prove to myself that I have it all, it turned out that playing on it can be absolutely fantastic! Talk about a gaming experience of a lifetime! My brand new pinball machine sits proudly in my living room at home and I often have guys from work come over to host competitions. Good thing that now I can beat them all, and show off my high score on the screen. I don’t know what I would do if there were no companies nowadays who would sell a pinball machine, when it is so good!

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May 6th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

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Caravan Park for Sale Online

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Caravan Park for Sale OnlineWe are just in the beginning stages of looking for a caravan park for sale. We would like to purchase one within the next year. It can take quite a bit of time to visit different parks for sale so we have found the best option for us is to look at caravan parks for sale online. It helps us eliminate some possibilities right away.

Some parks (or maybe I should say agents) are a bit misleading online though. Pictures can be taken from certain angles which make the view look more panoramic or make the caravans appear to be spaced farther apart than they really are. We have all heard of computer programs that can make anything look better online than it is in real life. We decided the best way to narrow our search even more was to visit the caravan parks that are for sale.

It was a great way to spend a few weekends. We visited several different caravan parks. We still haven’t decided for sure which caravan park we are going to purchase. We keep hoping the perfect caravan park will come along, until then it is fun looking at all the different parks and all they have to offer. I check online every couple of days to see if any new parks have come available and after doing a little bit of research on the ones that are new listings, we make decisions on which parks to visit in our free time. I am confident that one day we will be caravan park owners.

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May 5th, 2014 at 10:44 am

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Best Titanium Wedding Bands

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Finding a wedding ring can be one of the most arduous and painful processes that anyone goes through. I spent what felt like hundreds of hours going through countless styles and metals and bandwidths trying to find the best one. If it was this hard for me I can only imagine how hard it is for brides who have a seemingly endless combination of metals, styles, and stones to make in to their dream ring. Luckily I found a preference early on and I could narrow my choice down to titanium wedding bands.

While I initially wanted to go with the classic look of a gold band, there was something about the titanium wedding bands that I was running across that really swayed my opinion on them. They were much lighter and much more durable than many of the rings that I was coming across. I also ended up liking the designs that were made in to many of the rings that I found. I can’t pin down one thing exactly that made me like these bands more than the others but it was more the collective aspects of them altogether that helped change my opinion.

While the choice for a wedding ring is one that should represent your own personality and style, I know that I will never regret going with my titanium wedding bands. It really is one of the best decisions I have ever made and I am completely happy with it.

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May 5th, 2014 at 12:19 am

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Modern Masquerade Mask Work With Many Costumes

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Modern Masquerade MaskMy husband and I were going to a costumed Halloween party. I’m not very good with costume makeup so I wanted to find a cool mask. I think the full face plastic masks can be uncomfortable so I told the store clerk that I need a masquerade mask which only covers the eyes or at most half the face.

I thought I would be limited to some sort of domino-type mask since I did not want a full-face mask; so when she took me to the mask section I was amazed at the large selection of half-face masquerade masks. There were masks that looked like zombies, lacy and delicate masks, scull masks and pirate masks to name a few. It seems masquerade mask styles have really expanded in the last few years. At first, I thought I would wear some sort of dress and maybe a cape with a mask but I realized that having so many masks to choose from gave me a nice dilemma: It meant I had a lot of costumes to pick from, too!

After trying on a couple different masks, I finally settled on a green witch mask. Like a traditional masquerade mask, it covered part of my forehead and went down to my cheekbones. It was bright green with black lining for the eyes and a pointed nose. Once I added a pointy black hat, striped tights and maybe a broom, I knew I would have the perfect witch’s costume.

Masquerade masks are a great alternative for those of us who don’t like to wear the masks that cover your whole head or face. And with today’s styles, there is a masquerade mask to fit every costume.

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May 4th, 2014 at 1:37 am

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How to Get the Most Money for Your Business

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After several years of running a successful campground, my husband and I decided it was time to sell and move on to the next adventure. Our campground was well maintained but I wondered if a few improvements would get us a better price when selling our campground.

We started preparing the campground for sale early; about a year before we were ready to put it on the market to be exact. We thought it would take this much time to do some improvements to the infrastructure as well as put the word out that we were interested in selling.

The first thing we did was turn our attention to the grounds. We fixed a few ruts in the campground’s main road and made sure all the campsites were cleared and easy to access. We also spruced up the picnic and pool area with new furniture and paint. Another big maintenance project we tackled was adding on to the shower and restroom facilities. This was a major expense but I thought it was a good idea and would allow us to charge more for the campground.

After tackling these renovations, I was unsure what else we could do to increase the sale price when it dawned on me that having regular campers might increase interest in our campground. I reached out to local scout troupes and outdoor clubs and soon, I had a few contracts for groups of regular campers.

When it finally came time to put the campground on the market, we asked a regional campground association for an appraisal of our campground. Not only was the appraisal much higher than I thought it would be, the improvements we made also increased our star-rating which in turn increased the sale price of our campground.

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April 14th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

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