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Fender Super Champ Guitar Amp

A very good friend of mine is an inspiring musician and had begun traveling around the US to inspire others with his beautiful music. He recently was given an Eastwood H44 Airline guitar by his Mother last Christmas and is playing it every time I talk or see him. He had brought to one of our mutual friends attention that he is having a financial crisis due to being laid off by his last job a few months back.

Being me I always want to bring a big smile on someones face when they are having hard times, so I thought Id do some investigating on exactly what more he needs to start his musician career besides his new guitar. I had found out from his sister that he has been searching around for a new amp to connect his guitar to, because apparently the one he had was in bad condition and didn’t work half the time, like it was supposed to. I took a few days to search around for one, and came across the best fender super champ xd that was within my budget at Guitar Center.

Super Champ

Fender Super Champ XD Guitar Combo Amp Blonde

I ordered it immediately, and my oh my – my friend was so surprised and so overwhelmed that he got an amp for his guitar. He had mentioned that he wanted this exact amp for quit some time now, just had a hard time gathering money up for it since he has no income. After some time of practicing more and more, he had what it took to become a Rockstar and started a band of his own. Today he is in LA, performing and inspiring many. I couldn’t be happier for him, and he constantly says he couldn’t have done it without the help of his Mother and I.

Not Impressed

It just dawned on me that my current contract with my cell phone provider will finally be done and over with come the end of June of this year. I’m going to have to get busy and see what I sweet deals I can come up with in order to get a better cell phone, at better rates and hopefully much better coverage. I haven’t been impressed with Verizon since the day that I signed on the dotted line all most 2 years ago.

Cell Phones have come a long, long way in the past decade or so. I don’t need anything fancy, just a phone that I can text on, make and receive phone calls and maybe use it to take a picture every now and then. No Smart phone needed here folks. I’d be happy with an old flip phone but they don’t make them with a keyboard for texting. Butt calls are so embarrassing.

Takamine Jumbo Cutaway

The Takamine GJ72CE-12 G Series jumbo Cutaway 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar that I just ordered online will arrive well before I need to get it ready for shipping out to my nephew in Arizona. This will be first summer that he will be spending in their new home, so many thousands of miles away from the rest of the family that has a traditional Memorial Day Weekend gathering.

I want to wrap it up nicely and ship it to him as soon as possible as to avoid having to rush at the last minute, as I usually do. It’s a good thing that this company doesn’t charge me the shipping and handling costs to get it here to me.

A nice looking piece of work, wouldn’t you say. Next on my list is going to be to find a good priced peavey classic 20 amp that will be able to blow the paint off of the walls!

natural flame maple

Takamine GJ72CE-12 G Series Jumbo Cutaway 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Ways to Help Decrease Your Energy Bills

As the cost of energy has continued to increase in recent decades, people are starting to seriously examine their own usage and consumption. Decreasing your energy consumption will go a long way in saving you money, as well as helping reduce damage done to the environment. There are several ways to decrease your energy bills. The first and best way to decrease your bills is to determine how energy is being used, lost and correcting any issues.

It can be difficult to understand where your energy is being lost, and how it is being used. However, if you have a number of different electronic appliances that are always on, that is a good place to start. Make a habit of turning off, and even unplugging, any electronic appliances that are not in use.

One of the biggest causes of energy loss is when the heat or air conditioning is lost by improper windows. The right windows can actually help keep your temperature inside consistent when the temperature outside starts to waver. If you believe you are losing energy to outside sources, consider finding Chicago window replacement windows that are specifically designed to help keep energy in your home.

You may find out that your doors and windows are actually one of the biggest sources of energy loss in your home. This is perhaps one of the most common losses of energy throughout most homes in the world.

Saving energy is not rocket science. You simply need to identify areas that are causing an unnecessary expenditure of energy in your home and correct them. Begin by turning off unused electronic appliances and purchasing upgraded doors and windows.

Another very important thing to consider is having your HVAC installation of a brand and affordable new system with an ongoing maintenance contract with a qualified heating and a/c company such as the Crystal air conditioning repair in Tampa FL is known for their extraordinary customer service, all the while using the best quality products available while going the extra mile to find the most cost–effective HVAC system for your home comfort needs. A free quote from Crystal heating and a/c is available and let’s face it, a totally free quote is always a good way to go before investing your hard earned money in a major purchase such as this.

I remember back in my early twenties I worked at a well known plumbing and heating company in the Call Center in Phoenix Arizona. That was one of the hardest jobs I have had considering the phones just never stopped ringing and they were always short handed. However I also learned how to deal with customers on the telephone and I learned a whole lot about plumbing, heating and air conditioning. The main thing that I remember learning is that if you take care of your systems, with a good cleaning at least once a year, that they can last you a good long while.

If you provide regular maintenance on all of your home’s various systems, from the basement all the way up to the basement is always a great option. There is never a good time for something to break down, but there are always worse times. I remember spending one Christmas literally around the fireplace. The furnace had broke down and it was one of those Christmas’s that the temperature was way low. It was a pain in the rear, but we made the best of it and actually that is one Christmas that we will never forget and forever tell stories about.

There are a lot of different plumbing, heating, a/c and electrical repairs companies roaming around out there. Using some common sense, doing your research, ask around and of course there is always Angie’s List that can be used as a good reference tool.

Auto and Diesel Repair

Back in the day, service stations were where you went to buy gasoline for your car, but they provided a lot of other car care services, too. For example, when you bought gas, they sent out an attendant to pump the gas for you and then check your oil and tires, wash your windshield, and other little maintenance issues. As we all are aware of, we now even have to prepay before we pump our own gas. And if you need anything else, you are on your own.

gas station attendent

The Good Old Days

If you needed car repairs, they had a full garage with at least 2 or 3 bays to work on your car. If you were friends with the mechanic, he would let you buy the parts yourself and he would help you put them on the car. My old Chevy work van has a heater and an air conditioner but neither are working, it has been getting really cold during the day and I need that heater to keep me from freezing. I survived the summer without the air conditioner, but keeping warm is a whole other story.

Considering I just purchased a new dishwasher a couple of months ago (right before Christmas) this is really going to be tight. The previous dishwasher was over 30 years old, she did a great job for so many years! It took a new dishwasher and a new dish washing detergent, to figure out how to eliminate the fishy smell that was driving me slowly up the wall the last year or so. With Dad being an avid fisher I had just had enough, budget or no budget.

Anyway, I don’t make a whole lot of money as a bartender laying  beers down, so coming up with large amounts of money always stressful. There is never a good time to have to dish out money on car repairs, but in November is just the worst time ever. I promised myself that I wouldn’t rely on any of my credit cards this next Christmas and I really wanted to make this a reality.

There are a good amount of car repair specialists in the area. I have always had good luck with Champs Family Automotive and it isn’t a long drive from here but it isn’t exactly right down the street. For a while they got to know me real good with all of the problems I was having with my last vehicle. They treated me like I like to be treated. Their ASE certified technicians didn’t treat me like I was a typical “stupid woman” and they were always in communication with me through all of the stages of the repairs, from start to finish.

It looks like I just might need to pay them another visit, when I can fit it into my already hectic lifestyle. Thank goodness for my father who will be driving his pick up truck there and back to pick it up when they are done with it. There is no way that I could afford a rental vehicle, even for just one day. With all the running around that I do as a working mom, with a kid that is always needing a ride everywhere, there is no way I can be without some kind of transportation.

I guess while my car is in there I should have them do an oil change and possibly a tune up. There hasn’t been enough time for me to have the proper maintenance that I normally would have done on a regular basis. I used to go to the local Jiffy Lube every 3 months, but the new owner and I didn’t see eye to eye on a few things and I swore I wouldn’t ever go back and I haven’t.

When my father was younger he would take care of most of the car repairs for me. He could work on just about anything, even diesels. But eventually he had to stop using so many tools because of the pain in his hands from arthritis. It hurts to see your father’s health start declining. He is a proud man. He has never even looked at another woman in all the eight years since my mother’s passing. For now we are taking care of one another in so many ways and he still spends a good amount of time fishing!