The Wall Street in us all.

Have you ever wanted to be a day trader on wall street? I have! Have you ever just wanted to research a company and get in during their IPO (Initial Public Offering) and invest a good chunk of money and watch that company take off into a multi million dollar corp like Google is today? I have!

I found this website http://www.investopedia.com/ and they have a Stock Simulator game where they give you a set amount of play money and you can invest it any way you want to in REAL TIME.

I did not have an extra 100,000 laying around and that is what they start you off with so I decided to give it a shot. I`ll get my feet wet and then maybe throw some real money in the mix. Here is the cool part. I was able to start a public game where anyone can sign up and join me. So how about it? Are you up for the 6 figure challenge? If so join my game and lets see what we can do here. Do not be scared if you don`t know much about trading you can learn as you go it`s only play money and also sign up for their newsletter and investment word of the day...It`s really easy and it can really teach you a few things about the market and investing.

To join the game or read more about it click here : Julio`s 6 figure challenge - Join Now!

Now, After you join post a comment so I know when everyone has joined that wants to play and we can get it started...i left it as an open enrollment so people can join in at anytime but the more people that start at the same time the better for competitions sake but either way its a good learning tool. Have fun and good luck peeps....

My User Name in the Game is : Medina82

A Seven Year Career....

Disclaimer/ Warning: If you have never worked for Trugeen you might find this boring. I was trying not to drop names but if I did not put your name in here don`t be sensitive and offended you know I love you and you know who you are.

I realize that this video is on Al and Bryan`s Blog and most of you have already seen it...But it means something to me so just deal with it! LOL

Crestwood Sellathon 2007 - Watch more free videos

This was the last week of my 7 year Career with Trugreen Chemlawn. I do not even know where to begin. I have been in Sales/Marketing for Seven years now. I have enjoyed every minute of it too, That is not to say there were so rough times and days that I did not want to go to work(You get that in any job after a while.) Seriously though...I never thought I would be at Trugreen for so long...I have met some of the coolest people and made life long friends from the workplace. I got referred to this job from a college friend (Danny Caro) and he just wanted referral bonus..(Danny, I can remember you telling me on the way to work you have to make it a few more weeks) LOL! I was hired under Sam Perez as the Marketing Manager and made good friends with him...In fact as most of you know we were roommates in Cali, Even though we have lost contact I still consider Sam a friend of mine and I would still help him out in a jam.
Allyn Hane, I owe you man...I moved back from California to Chicago with just enough gas money to get me here and you hired back at Crestwood and got me back on my feet. That was probably ONE of the roughest times in my life on my own.( The whole getting pulled over in Nebraska thing happened during that time too. (I`ll leave that for a future blog if you don`t already know the story ha ha.) Anyhow there were tons of times where I made mistakes and did stupid stuff but you always helped me out and showed me the right way without belittling me or making me feel like an idiot. (Thanks!) And not to mention You know your stuff when it comes to marketing and you had no problem sharing it. I actually even got to experience the managing side of things under your leadership too. (It was fun and a great learning curve) But I was more than happy just coming back to Crestwood as a sales rep. I could go on forever but I will stop with a simple Thanks for everything! You were the best boss and a life long friend.
Bryan, You are Al`s right hand man and you have that place in order. I remember talking to Al once before I left for Hickory Hills and he said the one piece of advise I will give you is" Do things before you are asked when you see they need to be done" Best advise ever and I have seen you follow it to the T. Also I would like to take this time to thank you publicly for being my friend even after I screwed you over and cancelled on you last minute when I was supposed to be in your wedding. (I won`t make a dramatic story on here, that is between us lol) I just wanted to publicly say sorry and what better way than world wide? LOL. Not only sorry to you Sorry to Dee too because it was her special day too...I am still honored that I was asked to be in your wedding even though I was not there. You are someone that I respect you have alot going for you know and so much to be proud of...Gabe has a great Dad and a good solid future ahead of him because of you. And Congrats on the new house too! Now get that Google adsense going! :)
Chad Vis, Carlos Rivera (even though the red sox suck and you win in darts all the time haha) Tom Lemmen (And your the best SS teacher too!) Dave Stanfield,Mike Ciucci, Mike Pocza, Pat Sommerville, Diane Walsh (even when I tried to slime a BD through here and there and you said NO!) I hate to start name dropping cause I know I am not mentioning everyone but you get my point...Thanks everyone for a fun time and a great place to work. I read a cool quote. Confucius said, "Find a job you enjoy, and you'll never work a day in your life." I'm not sure if that's entirely accurate - even dream jobs can be hard work, but, it does make life much easier.
Obviously you all know my reason for leaving is because 65days from now I will be in Basic Training for the USAF. Talk about a career change huh? For those of you that do not know my new job in the Air Force will be 'Security Forces' It is basically Military Police (MP) but it`s the Air Force Division of that job. Wikipedia.com (For all you Wikipedia fans out there, Big Al) Gives this description of my job:
Air Force Security Forces (AFSC Enlisted: 3P0X1, Officer: 31PX) (formerly named Air Police, then Security Police and colloquially called the "skycops" by USAF personnel), are the military police of the United States Air Force. Airmen in this field go through about 13 weeks of training, soon to be 18 weeks starting October 1, 2007 at Lackland Air Force Base with the 343rd Training Squadron, also known as the Security Forces Academy.
Air Force Security Forces members provide resource protection for vital
national security assets, including fighter jets, bombers, nuclear bombs and nuclear missiles. Their main function is protection for all Air Force personnel, property, and operations. They are the defacto ground troops for the USAF along the lines of the RAF Regiment or the German Air Force Objektschutzbataillon. They are trained in ground combat skills, including land navigation, crew served weapons systems, claymore mines, fragmentation hand grenade use, "LAW" rocket (light anti-tank weapon) deployment, hand and arm signals, squad movements, and many other "Infantry" skills. Security Forces also provide the law enforcement function on all Air Force bases to include response to emergencies, response to building alarms, traffic direction, traffic regulations enforcement, initial investigations, and crime scene securing for major crimes. Many of these functions are being contracted out to private security agencies for entry control to installations, and Department of Defense police officers for law enforcement services. Security Forces personal have also been deploying to augment Air Force Vehicle Operators (AFSC 2T1X1) in providing convoy security and line haul support directly to U.S. Army units within Iraq. Security Forces have been deploying to agment the US Army in Detainee Operations such as at Camp Bucca. Members of the Air Force Security Forces can be seen on an Air Force base wearing their dark blue berets. The Security Forces field is one of only five Air Force jobs that receive a beret upon graduation of technical school.

Advancement and specialties

Members in this career field can later move on to other specialties like the
Phoenix Raven program, consisting of airmen who secure air strips in dangerous or combat zones that do not already have adequate security. Security Forces also deploy Close Precision Engagement (CPE) teams, also known as counter-snipers, who go through an extensive Close Precision Engagement Course (CPEC) by U.S. Army training personnel at Camp Robinson. Security Forces members may also go through technical schools to help them as their careers develop. Some of these schools consist of, but are not limited to: S.W.A.T./Emergency Services Team (E.S.T.), Security Forces Dispatch Communications, Tactical Automated Sensor Systems Operator (TASS), Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (CATM), or Military Working Dog Handler (MWD).
TASS Operators consist of mostly Airman of a lower rank who complete a course on operation and maintenance of thermal imagers, sensors, and their components. Operators set up and provide surveillance to built-up installations as well as mobile base camps. Operators use microwave, thermal, seismic, and 'trip-wire' sensors. Operators can also use a variety of camera systems such as CCTV systems, or the high tech military version, called the Wide-Area Infrared Surveillance Thermal Imager - or WISTI. WISTI's can detect enemy movement by tracking body heat, or other heat resonances; or can be automatically routed to another sensor that goes off, in which the WISTI will automatically focus in and track the programmed sensor.
Air Force Specialty Code 3P0X1B (CATM) are personnel who train base personnel in the use of small arms weaponry, oversee and maintain and repair all small arms in the Air Force inventory. A second career direction Security Forces have the option of is in the Military Working Dog (MWD) program. Military Working Dog teams deploy explosive detection and narcotics detection dogs throughout the base. Most Dog Handlers perform law enforcement duties at their duty station, and have opportunities to deploy, go Temporary Duty (TDY) for various reasons, including protection of the President of the United States.
Also, a number of Security Forces are accepted into other training programs like the Army's Air Assault School,
Airborne jump school (there are at least two Security Forces Squadron on jump status, the 786 SFS, members of the 786 SFS took part in the combat jump into norther Iraq in March 2003, and the 820 SFG), and the pre-Ranger and Ranger School training. Security Forces members can also go through advanced training in investigations or advanced driving school training by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).Security Forces maintains a qualification with the M-4 Rifle and M-9 pistol at the least. Different weapons skills can be obtained, such as the M-203 Grenade Launcher, the M-249 automatic rifle, the M-60/M-240B machine gun, the M-2 50 caliber machine gun, and the MK-19 grenade launcher.
Many bases have an
Emergency Services Team (EST), which is closely modeled after civilian police department SWAT teams, Nuclear bases have a Tactical Response Force, which takes the place of the EST, and has a broader mission in support of nuclear weapons. Some EST members undergo vigorous SWAT tactics training (Special Reaction Team Course, Phase 1 and 2) at the Advanced Law Enforcement Training Division (ALETD) located at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. ALETD is run by the U.S. Army and provides the majority of specialty training for U.S. Army and Marine Corp Military Policemen as well as Air Force Security Forces and some civilian police departments.
If you are still with me in this long blog....Thanks for reading and if I worked with you...Thanks for the opportunity! I am honored to close this chapter in my life and move on to something for the good of the country and our everyday freedom! To the rest of you...Keep changing the world...One Lawn at a time! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!! LOL! Or one Cancel or CI at a time at least LOL! Good Luck to you all...


Roid Rage or Just not knowing how to treat fans?

Bonds: Man who bought record-breaking home run ball is an 'idiot'

September 19, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds said the man who bought his 756th home run ball and announced plans to let the public decide its fate is an "idiot."

Fashion designer Marc Ecko had the winning bid Saturday in the online auction for the ball that Bonds hit last month to break Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs. The final selling price was $752,467, well above most predictions.

Ecko, 35, has set up a Web site that lets visitors vote on three options for the ball: give it to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, brand it with an asterisk before sending it to Cooperstown or blast it into space on a rocket ship.

The asterisk would suggest that Bonds' record is tainted by alleged steroid use. The Giants slugger has denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

"All of those options don't weigh anything," Bonds told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday night in Phoenix. "In baseball, that number (756) stands."

Bonds said Ecko could have found a better way to spend three-quarters of a million dollars.

"He's stupid. He's an idiot," Bonds said. "He spent $750,000 on the ball and that's what he's doing with it? What he's doing is stupid."

Ecko did not directly respond to Bonds' comments Wednesday, but said in a statement he would make Bonds a custom T-shirt that says, "Marc Ecko paid $752,467 for my ball, and all I got was this 'stupid' T-shirt."'

Ecko plans to announce what he will do with No. 756 after voting ends Sept. 25.

Ben Padnos, the California entrepreneur who submitted the $186,750 winning bid on Bonds' record-tying 755th home run ball, said Tuesday he also plans to have the public vote on what to do with it.

Wow! I can`t say that I am shocked with the Behavior of Barry Bonds, I have another Blog about other people in Sports lately as well. I will say this IMHO I would never pay $752,467 for a baseball...I do not care how big of a fan I am or how much money I have. But lets just say I do have an extra $752,467 laying around in my safe. I would not in a million years waste it on a baseball hit by a disgrace to the MLB. It`s a tainted baseball that belongs to a tainted record. Blah Blah to your "Talent" Mr. 756. Alex Rodriguez is going to pass you up and more than likely at a younger age too. But OK lets put the steroid use behind us and move on. How about showing your fan base some RESPECT. How in the world do you have the audacity to come out and make a public statement that the fan that bought that ball is an "idiot"? The only thing that Makes Marc Ecko (A True Success in his own industry) is the fact that he wasted his time being the fan of an Arrogant, Cheating, Manipulative, Over Paid Baseball Player with the voice a Pubescent teenage boy! Just Listen Here.....

If I were Marc Ecko after hearing that statement from Barry Bonds I would exploit Mr. Bonds worse than MTV exploited Brittney Spears last week at the VMA`s. How? I would probably take the ball and send it to Micheal Vick to use as a chew toy for one of his pitbulls that are in training and then have OJ Simpson go steal it back for me when Vick`s Dog Loses the fight! LOL!! On a serious note I just think that it is a shame to hear the statement made....I really do Hope Marc Ecko makes a line of clothing dedicated to exposing Bonds as a cheater and Steroid Abuser. I am not an Ecko fan but I sure would buy a T-Shirt that's for sure. What he does with it is his business....Oh and to add fuel to the fire on Bonds...If you have ever played any MLB video games you will notice that Barry Bonds is never in the games....He will not endorse them because he does not want people to use his name or be able to "play" as him. Well to be honest with you...I do not play video games that often anyway but I would not want to be him anyway. e does not belong in MLB 2k games He belongs in A WWF game with all the other HGH addicts. Enough said! What are your opinions?

Daddy`s Got A New Pair Of Shoes...

I just won this pair of New Authentic Robert Wayne shoes off eBay they are normally between $100.00 and $175.00 and I got them for $56.47 Tell me what you think about them. I am into the pointy square toe right now...These are obviously not "Dress" shoes but I will wear them with a Nice pair of Low Rise Boot Cut Jeans and a T-shirt and Blazer. So what do you think? Be honest I am not easily offended so don`t be shy...

"The Galloon" Challange!

Water: How much should you drink every day?

Info Provided by: MayoClinic.com

How much water should you drink each day? — a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.

Though no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body's need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.

Health benefits of water

Water is your body's principal chemical component, comprising, on average, 60 percent of your weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions.

Nearly all of the major systems in your body depend on water.

How much water do you need?

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

A couple of approaches attempt to approximate water needs for the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate.

  • Replacement approach. The average urine output for adults is 1.5 liters a day. You lose close to an additional liter of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace the lost fluids.

  • Dietary recommendations. The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3.0 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

Even apart from the above approaches, it is generally the case that if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce between one and two liters of colorless or slightly yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate.

Factors that influence water needs

You may need to modify your total fluid intake depending on how active you are, the climate you live in, your health status, and if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • Exercise. The more you exercise, the more fluid you'll need to keep your body hydrated. An extra 1 or 2 cups of water should suffice for short bouts of exercise, but intense exercise lasting more than an hour (for example, running a marathon) requires additional fluid. How much additional fluid is needed depends on how much you sweat during the exercise, but 13 to26 ounces (or about 2 to 3 cups) an hour will generally be adequate, unless the weather is exceptionally warm.

    During long bouts of intense exercise, it's best to use a sports drink that contains sodium, as this will help replace sodium lost in sweat and reduce the chances of developing hyponatremia, which can be life-threatening. Fluid also should be replaced after exercise. Drinking 16 ounces of fluid per pound of body weight lost during exercise is recommended.

  • Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also can cause your skin to lose moisture during wintertime. Further, altitudes greater than 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of your fluid reserves.

  • Illnesses or health conditions. Signs of illnesses, such as fever, vomiting and diarrhea, cause your body to lose additional fluids. In these cases you should drink more water and may even need oral rehydration solutions, such as Gatorade, Powerade or Ceralyte. Certain conditions, including bladder infections or urinary tract stones, also require increased water intake. On the other hand, certain conditions such as heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases may impair excretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake.

  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are lost especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 2.4 liters (about 10 cups) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume 3.0 liters (about 12.5 cups) of fluids a day.

Beyond the tap: Other sources of water

Although it's a great idea to keep water within reach at all times, you don't need to rely only on what you drink to satisfy your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake, while the Remaining 80 percent comes from water and beverages of all kinds.

For example, many fruits and vegetables — such as watermelon and cucumbers — are nearly 100 percent water by weight. Beverages such as milk and juice are also comprised mostly of water. Even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea or soda can contribute, but these should not be a major portion of your daily total fluid intake. Water is one of your best bets because it's calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.

Dehydration and complications

Failing to take in more water than your body uses can lead to dehydration. Even mild dehydration — as little as a 1 percent to 2 percent loss of your body weight — can sap your energy and make you tired. Common causes of dehydration include strenuous activity, excessive sweating, vomiting and diarrhea.

Signs and symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Mild to excessive thirst

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Dry mouth

  • Little or no urination

  • Muscle weakness

  • Dizziness

  • Lightheadedness

Mild dehydration rarely results in complications — as long as the fluid is replaced quickly — but more-severe cases can be life-threatening, especially in the very young and the elderly. In extreme situations, fluids or electrolytes may need to be delivered intravenously.

Staying safely hydrated

It's generally not a good idea to use thirst alone as a guide for when to drink. By the time one becomes thirsty, it is possible to already be slightly dehydrated. Further, be aware that as you get older your body is less able to sense dehydration and send your brain signals of thirst. Excessive thirst and increased urination can be signs of a more serious medical condition. Talk to your doctor if you experience either.
To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. Nearly every healthy adult can consider the following:
  • Drink a glass of water with each meal and between each meal.

  • Hydrate before, during and after exercise.

  • Substitute sparkling water for alcoholic drinks at social gatherings.

If you drink water from a bottle, thoroughly clean or replace the bottle often. Refill only bottles that are designed for reuse.

Though uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in a condition called hyponatremia (low sodium levels in the blood). Endurance athletes — such as marathon runners — who drink large amounts of water are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who consume an average American diet.

For the past 2 years now I have been drinking a gallon of water a day, I normally stop somewhere like a Walgreens or any place where I can get a gallon jug without having to wait in lines at a grocery store. Anyhow, I completely finish the gallon about 4 days a week and the other days there is a cup or two left but not that much...I have to say I can totally notice the difference in my energy levels and even my health. Also something that they did not really mention above is that water naturally cuts and defines your body where you are most tone and Cold water actually burns fat as the body process it. ( I do not like to drink it cold from the jug because its just way to much water) I had a Contest with Mike Ciucci (Josh were you there for that contest?)once to see who could finish a gallon first...I won by a sip (LOL!) and I will tell you that was the worst contest ever...Did you know that if you drink that much water fast it will throw your equilibrium off and it`s actually like being drunk. I actually drank the gallon in just under 2 hours...Needless to say I will never do that again. But I am curious...How much water do you drink? I challenge you to try the gallon! (Or for those of you that know me...I call it "The Galloon")

Never Let Go!

A Little Morning Inspiration...

Never Let Go

Can you lay your life down, so a stranger can live?
Can you take what you need, but take less than you give?
Could you close every day, without the glory and fame?
Could you hold your head high, when no one knows your name?
That's how legends are made, at least that's what they say.

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, cause you can't save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you're the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Can you lose everything, you ever had planned?
Can you sit down again, and play another hand?
Could you risk everything, for the chance of being alone?
Under pressure find the grace, or would you come undone?
That's how legends are made, at least that's what they say?

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, cause you can't save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you're the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Never let go, Never let go, Never let go

Gotta take every chance to, show that you're the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, 'but you can't save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you're the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Never let go, Never let go, Never let go

Now playing: Bryan Adams - Never let go
via FoxyTunes


Trippy Trends- What a 'Croc'

I Like trends, I believe that being a good dresser is important. Appearance in this day and age is sadly to say Almost everything. In a way it is understandable and in a way it is simply wrong because you can`t judge a book by its cover nor should you Jude a person solely on their appearance. (That is a completely different subject that can be blogged,maybe at a later time.) I got home last night and I always go to Yahoo and Check out the main Headlines and this one caught my eye...It happened to be on "Crocs"

Watch the Video to this article here:


My question is...What do you expect wearing plastic shoes with holes in them just to look "cool" or because the Jones`s kids have them? Its like running on a treadmill at full speed with flip-flops on. It`s not gonna happen. Now granted if you watched the video I feel bad for the kid who got his toe hurt but Come on Mom and Dad....LOL! Why put your kid in danger over an ugly pair of shoes just so he 'fits in' I enjoy reading up on Fashion and following the trends - I subscribe to GQ.Men or Boys DO NOT belong in a pair of crocs. I am all about the taking care of yourself, grooming properly and being fashionable to a certain extent.There is a line and that crosses it (LOL!) Although I can remember so pretty embarrassing stuff that my mom put me through when she used to dress me can you? Go ahead and confess...We all want to know!

In college there was always guys that would try to get away with wearing a suit and white socks.....Ha Ha!

Can you think of a trend that you followed that did`nt last very long or an embarrassing moment that you can think of when your mom dressed you for school?

Got Crocs? Be careful on the escalator

By SARAH KARUSH, Associated Press WriterMon Sep 17, 7:47 PM ET

At rail stations and shopping malls around the world, reports are popping up of people, particularly young children, getting their toes caught in escalators. The one common theme seems to be the clunky soft-soled clogs known by the name of the most popular brand, Crocs.

One of the nation's largest subway systems — the Washington Metro — has even posted ads warning riders about wearing such shoes on its moving stairways. The ads feature a photo of a crocodile, though they don't mention Crocs by name.

Four-year-old Rory McDermott got a Croc-clad foot caught in an escalator last month at a mall in northern Virginia. His mother managed to yank him free, but the nail on his big toe was almost completely ripped off, causing heavy bleeding.

At first, Rory's mother had no idea what caused the boy's foot to get caught. It was only later, when someone at the hospital remarked on Rory's shoes, that she began to suspect the Crocs and did an Internet search.

"I came home and typed in 'Croc' and 'escalator,' and all these stories came up," said Jodi McDermott, of Vienna, Va. "If I had known, those would never have been worn."

According to reports appearing across the United States and as far away as Singapore and Japan, entrapments occur because of two of the biggest selling points of shoes like Crocs: their flexibility and grip. Some report the shoes get caught in the "teeth" at the bottom or top of the escalator, or in the crack between the steps and the side of the escalator.

The reports of serious injuries have all involved young children. Crocs are commonly worn by children as young as 2. The company introduced shoes in its smallest size, 4/5, this past spring.

Niwot, Colo.-based Crocs Inc. said it does not keep records of the reasons for customer-service calls. But the company said it is aware of "very few" problems relating to accidents involving the shoes, which are made of a soft, synthetic resin.

"Thankfully, escalator accidents like the one in Virginia are rare," the company said in a statement.

In Japan, the government warned consumers last week that it has received 39 reports of sandals — mostly Crocs or similar products — getting stuck in escalators from late August through early September. Most of the reports appear to have involved small children, some as young as two years old.

Kazuo Motoya of Japan's National Institute of Technology and Evaluation said children may have more escalator accidents in part because they "bounce around when they stand on escalators, instead of watching where they place their feet."

In Singapore, a 2-year-old girl wearing rubber clogs — it's unclear what brand — had her big toe completely ripped off in an escalator accident last year, according to local media reports.

And at the Atlanta airport, a 3-year-old boy wearing Crocs suffered a deep gash across the top of his toes in June. That was one of seven shoe entrapments at the airport since May 1, and all but two of them involved Crocs, said Roy Springer, operations manager for the company that runs the airport terminal.

One U.S. retailer that caters to children, Mattel subsidiary American Girl, has posted signs in three locations directing customers wearing Crocs or flip-flop sandals to use elevators instead of escalators.

During the past two years, so-called "shoe entrapments" in the Washington subway have gone from being relatively rare to happening four or five times a week in the summer, though none has caused serious injuries, said Dave Lacosse, who oversees the subway's 588 escalators, the most of any U.S. transit system.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said escalator accidents caused more than 10,000 injuries last year, but the agency has few records of specific shoe problems. Only two shoe entrapments have been reported by consumers since the beginning of 2006. One reported in May involved "rubber footwear."

Agency spokesman Ed Kang urged people who have had problems to report them on the commission's Web site.

Crocs officials said they were working with the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation on public education initiatives. But the group's executive director, Barbara Allen, said that's not true.

Allen said a Crocs official called her in September 2006 about possible cooperation, even suggesting the company might put a tag in its shoes with the foundation's Web address. But since that first contact, Crocs has not called, and nobody from the company will return Allen's calls, she said.

Washington Metro's Lacosse and other escalator experts say the best way to prevent shoe entrapments is to face the direction the stairs are moving, keep feet away from the sides and step over the teeth at the end.

Lacosse, of the Washington subway system, said he is personally skittish of Crocs and other soft-soled shoes.

"Would I wear them? No," he said. "And I tell my children not to wear them either."


Associated Press Writer Carl Freire in Tokyo contributed to this report.


On the Net:

Crocs Inc.: http://www.crocs.com/

Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation: http://www.eesf.org/

Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov/

What is your Money Wasting Vice??

These are among the Top 10 Things that people waste their money on based on a day-to-day basis. The 1st one is a no brainer for all you Starbucks fans....I myself am not a coffee fan at all. In fact the thought of it grosses me out. Please Refer to the post below this about pickles to see how I feel about coffee! (Ha ha Just Kidding!)

1. Coffee
2. Cigarettes
3. Alcohol
4. Bottled water
5. Manicures
6. Car washes
7. Weekday lunches out
8. Vending machines snacks
9. Interest charges on credit cards
10. Unused memberships

These are statistics provided by Bankrate. com

1. Coffee -- According to the National Coffee Association, the average price for brewed coffee is $1.38. There are roughly 260 weekdays per year, so buying one coffee every weekday morning costs almost $360 per year.

2. Cigarettes -- The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids reports that the average price for a pack of cigarettes in the United States is $4.54. Pack-a-day smokers fork out $1,660 a year. Weekend smoker? Buying a pack once a week adds up, too: $236.

3. Alcohol -- Drink prices vary based on the location. But assuming an average of $5 per beer including tip, buying two beers per day adds up to $3,650 per year. Figure twice that for two mixed drinks a day at the local bar. That's not chump change.

4. Bottled water from convenience stores -- A 20-ounce bottle of Aquafina bottled water costs about $1. One bottle of water per day costs $365 per year. It costs the environment plenty, too.

5. Manicures -- The Day Spa Magazine Price Survey of 2004 found that the average cost of a manicure is $20.53. A weekly manicure sets you back about $1,068 per year.

6. Car washes -- The average cost for a basic auto detailing package is $58, according to Costhelper.com. The tab for getting your car detailed every two months: $348 per year.

7. Weekday lunches out -- $9 will generally cover a decent lunch most work days. If you buy rather than pack a lunch five days a week for one year, you shell out about $2,350 a year.

8. Vending machines snacks -- The average vending machine snack costs $1. Buy a pack of cookies every afternoon at work and pay $260 per year.

9. Interest charges on credit card bills -- According to a survey released at the end of May 2007, the median amount of credit card debt carried by Americans is $6,600. Rate tables on Bankrate.com indicate that fixed interest rates on a standard card average 13.44 percent. Making the minimum payment each month, it will take 250 months (almost 21 years) to pay off the debt and cost $4,868 in interest. Ouch!

10. Unused memberships -- Costhelper.com reports that the monthly service fee at gyms averages between $35 and $40. At $40 per month, an unused gym membership runs $480 per year.

These are the top 10...But I am curious to find out what your vice is? Are you among the top 10? If you are the above can be a wake up call on how much money you could save...

My Weakness is the Bottled water... If you know me you already know this but..Really people nothing beats a good pH balanced and mineral enhanced bottle of water...My favorite water is actually an import from Norway: Check it out @ http://www.finewaters.com/Bottled_Water/Norway/Voss.asp
I order it by the case now so it is alot cheaper...But I confess I have paid over 7.50 a bottle. Desperate times called for desperate measures at LaGuardia Airport though....I challenge you to buy a bottle...You will never want regular water again. (This is coming from a guy that drinks 1 gallon of water a day...) Just look at the bottle:

OK,OK enough...So what`s your vice?


This is why I do not watch TV.

LOL! This is why I do not watch that much TV. LOL! I Love how they continue to taunt her with the pickles....Then even try to send her to a pickle farm!!

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