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Etching Automobile History With the Lincoln Mark VII

Etching Automobile History With the Lincoln Mark VII

The Lincoln Mark VII is a vehicle that is from the Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln division of luxury cars and vehicles. Before it was known as the Lincoln Mark VII, this vehicle actually was called and named as the Lincoln Continental Mark VII. Since it holds the Lincoln brand, it has been crafted to be a luxury car and it has been designed to be a large car. In fact, it has been produced as a coupe with an installed rear wheel drive system.

The lifespan of the Lincoln Mark VII started in 1984. Production for this vehicle continued up until 1992. The vacant spot and the niche in automobile history that the Lincoln Mark VII left behind were filled come the following year when the Lincoln Mark VIII took that spot.

The platform that the Lincoln Mark VII is mounted and constructed on is actually the very same platform that has already been used in other vehicles from the Ford Motor Company. This includes the Ford Thunderbird, the Ford Mustang, and the Lincoln Continental. During the period that the Lincoln Mark VII was introduced and that same period when this vehicle still roamed the streets, it has been said that the Lincoln Mark VII held the most high technology features when it came to comfort and convenience. This was when the vehicle was compared to all the other vehicles out in the market that time. These high class features included power accessories like the power windows, power locks, and power seating. The vehicle also held leather seating, a keyless entry system installed, an onboard computer and message center, as well as digital instruments and gauges.

In automobile history, this vehicle has also etched its name for this was the very first vehicle from the United States that came with the electronic four channel anti lock brakes. This happened back in November 1984. It was good timing though for after six months, the Corvette came out with a vehicle that held the same feature.

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Real Estate

Your Best Advice In Buying Real Estate

Your Best Advice In Buying Real Estate

Buying real estate doesn’t have to be difficult, but you have to learn more about it to get into it and be able to make the right choices. So often, people forget the importance of their investment and are swept away by the moment, but you could avoid doing that with these simple tips.

One tip to keep in mind when it comes to real estate is to make sure that you hire your own professionals in addition to the appraiser, inspector and agent that the seller is using. This will ensure that the proceedings will be fair.

Understand what impact the economy has on your investment. When determining the area to buy real estate, consider the economy of the area carefully. For example, if you know that a major company will be relocating into or out of the area, it is probably a good idea to wait and see before purchasing a property there. Also, if you know that a shopping center is going to be built within walking distance, there is a good chance that your property will become quite popular!

When entering into any real estate deal, it is always best to hire a lawyer. The contracts and requirements of buying real estate can be overwhelming. A real estate lawyer can be the deciding factor in making sure you get not only the best deal, but also the protection you need.

While it is common for most buyers to put 10 percent down on houses that they want to buy, it is a better idea to try to have twice that amount. This will make the terms of your mortgage much better, which means it would be easier to keep up with.

When buying real estate, you must check out the type of plumbing, so you can be prepared for repairs down the road. A lot of the plastic pipes commonly used during the early 80’s, can get very brittle and fail after all those years of use. If this plumbing is still in the house, then you will be the one stuck with the repair bill.

Be smart about picking a real estate agent. It might be tempting to go with the real estate agent who estimates the highest price for your house. Often, it is actually better to go with an agent who quotes you a lower price. They are probably being far more truthful with you.

Never buy a house without getting it inspected. While you may walk through a potential home and not see any problems, you never know what is going on with the actual ‘bones’ of the house. By hiring a home inspector, you will have someone who is experienced in looking for underlying flaws that you may not see.

Don’t forget that buying real estate is an instant benefit and should be a long term benefit, as well. This is an investment, and one that you want to be made with the right knowledge in mind. Getting started isn’t hard, and can be done with the help of this article and the tips that are offered.

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Movie & entertainment

First Dates

First Dates

A common and popular first date is going to a movie and sharing some popcorn. But while you want the date to be fun, your purpose here is not entertainment. The reason for a first date with anyone is to see whether you want to date them a second time. The whole dating process is a screening process to help you find that special someone. As a way of getting to know someone, going to the movies is actually a poor choice for first dates.
Close, But No Cigar
The two of you will spend two hours together. Close together, but not talking! That is like having sex on the first date. Also close together; no talking. In either case, the lack of communication does not help you get to know the other person. This would be like going to the library and reading books on a sofa together. Without dialogue and an exchange of ideas and opinions, you can’t get to know the person you’re dating. You can’t determine if he’s Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong. Let’s face it: in most cases he’ll be Mr. Wrong. So, it just makes sense to determine right from wrong as soon as possible. Why date for a month or two only to decide you don’t like the other person. Find out on the first date if you can.
How To Turn A Movie Into A Good First Date.
You can’t know if you’re to end the relationship only after watching a film together. All you can notice during a movie is whether he likes butter on his popcorn. The value of a movie date starts before you enter the theater and resumes after the movie is over. Here’s how a movie date can help you in the dating process.
Before the movie, watch to see whether your date is controlling and unyielding in choice of movies. Is he willing to compromise? Does he respect your preferences or laugh at them. When he chooses a blood-and-guts movie over your comedy film, ask him why he finds that kind of movie interesting. Here is your first inkling of his consideration as well as his taste in entertainment.
After your first movie date, discuss what each of you liked and disliked about the movie. The actual answers are unimportant. What you’re listening for are opinions, beliefs, and attitudes that will help you decide whether to continue to date this person.
Are You Dating A Boy Or A Man?
If your partners’ opinions are childish, he is probably not mature enough for a long-term relationship. One clue is if he got really excited when the machine gun mowed down all the people in the restaurant scene. This could be a hint that life is a video game to him or that he has some serious anti-social tendencies.
If he isn’t really interested in talking to you, decide right now that this is your first-and last-date. All he’s interested in is a short-term relationship. Usually that means that all he wants next is to have sex. On the other hand, if you can’t get a word in because your partner’s talking all the time, nod politely and yawn occasionally to signal that it’s getting late. Decline a second date from this windbag. He may be intelligent and charming, but he’s more interested in himself than he is in you.
This Is Only A Test
Remember, first dates are evaluation dates. You are interviewing prospects for the job of being your life partner. It is just the first step in a lengthy screening process to find Mr. Wonderful. Have fun, but spend your date time getting acquainted so you know who’s worthy of that second date with you.

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Seven Steps For Keeping Teeth Healthy For A Lifetime

Seven Steps For Keeping Teeth Healthy For A Lifetime

A smile can last a lifetime-if you take care of it. For that reason, it’s important for parents to instill good oral health habits in children as early as possible.

According to U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona’s “National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health” report, children lose more than 51 million school hours and adults lose more than 164 million work hours each year due to dental disease or dental visits. The nation’s total bill for dental services was estimated to be more than $70.1 billion in 2002.

“Oral health disease is making disturbing inroads into communities across the country,” Dr. Marsha Butler, Colgate-Palmolive’s Vice President, Global Oral Health and Professional Relations, explains. “For children between the ages of 5 and 17 here in the U.S., tooth decay is more common than asthma, more common than hay fever, and it poses a significant threat to our children’s overall health and well-being.”

Recently, during the celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Colgate and Dr. Carmona unveiled “The U.S. Surgeon General’s Seven Steps to a Bright Smile,” tips that were developed, with a grant from Colgate-Palmolive, to help keep teeth and gums strong and healthy:

1. Brush teeth and gums with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime.

2. Visit the dentist regularly.

3. Floss your teeth daily.

4. Use fluoride rinse for strong, healthy teeth and gums.

5. Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day-and remember to practice healthy eating and get plenty of calcium.

6. Wear a mouthguard when playing sports.

7. Ask your dental professional about dental sealants.

Through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, Colgate has reached more than 50 million children with free dental screenings, treatment referrals and oral health education. The company is more than halfway to meeting a public commitment it made to reach 100 million children with these services by the year 2010. Bright Smiles, Bright Futures empowers children to take control of their oral health and helps to generate greater awareness about the importance of maintaining good dental hygiene.

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Selling General Goods on Ebay

Selling General Goods on Ebay

General goods are products that we use every day. Selling these items on Ebay might not sound as exciting as selling collectibles or antiques, but it is possible to make a good, constant income from selling general goods. Tools, bulk consumables, and hobby supplies are examples of items which are always “in season”. Someone will need them year-round. This makes general goods a steady market for Ebay sellers.

This is not to say that the market for such items never fluctuates; it does. But the rises and falls happen over much longer periods of time and tend to be less dramatic. One pitfall for sellers of general goods is market saturation. If someone is browsing Ebay and notices that bulk yarn is fetching a decent price, they will be tempted to list yarn of their own. Others will follow suit, and soon the bottom will fall out of the yarn market. This will happen over time rather than overnight. Still, it can be frustration to lose revenue due to market saturation. If you decide to sell general goods on Ebay, do frequent searches for items similar to those you’re selling. If you see too many, start listing different goods until some of the competition is gone. You don’t want to have to sell off your inventory at a loss.

One good way to undercut competitors’ prices is selling used or refurbished items. You can often get these products for low prices, then sell them for a profit on Ebay. As long as the items are in top condition, buyers will appreciate the lower listing price and buy the items from you rather than a higher-priced listing. Quality and honesty are key when dealing with used items. List all flaws in the item’s description, and document spots, tears, or scratches with photos. The last thing you want to is send a worn item to a buyer who was expecting something pristine and perfect. Be forthcoming about item quality, or risk negative feedback and a bad reputation.

Of all the types of items that can be sold on Ebay, general goods and consumables behave the most like traditional business goods. This market allows sellers to put old fashioned virtues to work. Effort, frugality, and excellent customer service will have a huge impact on a merchant’s success. The huge sales are more elusive in this market, but general goods and consumables make for a slow and steady income that is quite dependable.

Be realistic with your goals. There are true stories about sellers who made instant fortunes on Ebay. But for every overnight success, there are thousands who have to use hard work and common sense to make ends meet. Aim for a solid supplemental income, then slowly expand your business until it can be your sole endeavor. And diversify, diversify, diversify! You don’t want to depend on one item, or even a few items, to generate your income. The market can and will change, and not always in your favor. Instead, offer many different types of general goods so that one slow market won’t affect your overall income.

General goods and consumables will always have a place on Ebay. Set up an Ebay store or make frequent auction listings to showcase the diversity of your inventory. Once you’ve built up a reputation for having what everyone needs, when they need it, at a fair price, you will have a bright future as a seller of general goods.

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Art Glass Paperweights

Art Glass Paperweights

I have a shop that sells art glass. My favorite art glass is paperweights. I have a lot of fun attending art auctions and buying art glass. I try to pay attention to what my friends and clients like and dislike.

I usually give people art glass paperweights that I find at art auctions for milestone birthdays and anniversaries. My grandmother turned eighty last October and I found a wonderful art glass paperweight for her.

The art glass paperweight that I found for my grandmother was made by Baccarat. I was extremely lucky that this was one of the last things auctioned. A lot of people had already left the art auction when this item went on the block. My grandmother appreciated the pansy design because the pansy is her favorite flower.

My cousin loves frogs. She has managed to decorate her home tastefully with her favorite item. I have been on the lookout for an art glass paperweight for her for years. I finally found one at an art auction I was at last year. The art glass paperweight featured a frog sitting on a lily pad and the frog was surrounded by blue water. It was really pretty and my cousin started using it on her desk immediately.

My aunt collects art glass paperweights. I have been asked by her on numerous occasions to find pretty art glass paperweights for her while I’m attending art auctions. Of all of the pieces I’ve won for her over the years, one memory sticks out in my memory more than any other.

By far the prettiest art glass paperweight I’ve ever won at an art auction has to be one that features a blue and gold Macaw. Rick Ayotte was the artist that created it and it was even featured in a book of his work. He has created many lovely art glass paperweights.

I have an art glass paperweight in my shop that just won’t sell. It has been in the store the longest and I think I may have it priced too high. I won the paperweight at an art auction several years ago for one thousand dollars. The paperweight was created by Paul Stankard and it should have easily sold for twice what I paid for it.

I have no trouble at all selling art glass paperweights that were made by Rick Ayotte. His work seems to draw the most interest. I try to win any auction I find for art glass paperweights he made. I won one not long ago that was pink roses. They looked so delicate and sweet. I know that this art glass paperweight will sell quickly.

There have been some inquiries at my shop for art glass paperweights by Richard Marquis. I haven’t found any in any of the art auctions I’ve attended recently. I looked at some of the pieces he’s made and I’m not especially impressed.

I will keep looking for the art glass paperweights at the art auctions I attend, but I will not be going way out of my way to track them down. I will just remember that Marquis is an artist that some of my clients are really interested in. I’m sure that I will find an art auction with one of his pieces in it at some point.

There were some inquiries about nautical themed art glass paperweights a couple of years ago and I found a fantastic artist that made them. I buy every art glass paperweight I can find that was made by Rick Satava. My favorite has to be the coral orange jellyfish that I found at an art auction an hour from my home. It was really pretty.

The coral orange jellyfish art glass paperweight was just the first Rick Satava piece that I’ve found at various art auctions. I’ve also found jellyfish in ruby and blue. They are beautiful by themselves or when they are put onto a black light stand that has been built especially for them.

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Business Plan Software: Do You Need It?

Business Plan Software: Do You Need It?

Business plan software is something that often gets overlooked and isn’t considered to be a necessity for some reason. In my opinion, business plan software is essential, it is not a luxury. I am a huge advocate of business planning. When people ask me if they need a business plan, my response is, “Absolutely!” You see, starting a business without a business plan is akin to starting college without a degree plan. If you don’t know where you are going, you won’t know how to get there. You will waste your time and your money if you are not following a plan. It’s really that simple!

So, you know you need a business plan, but what about business plan software? For business planning, there are really three alternatives: 1) crafting your own business plan from scratch; 2) hiring a business plan writer or business planning consultant; or 3) using business plan software to write your own business plan. Each of these alternatives has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Writing your own business plan from scratch is certainly a possibility. Doing so gives you the freedom to format and arrange the plan in any way that you see fit. On the other hand, doing financial projections, which are necessary for the purpose of budgeting and financial planning, can be difficult to do without a business plan program, or at least financial projection software or spreadsheets.

Hiring a business plan writer makes sense for some people. A business plan writer is generally well-versed in business planning and will have insight that will assist you in preparing a comprehensive business plan that takes everything into account. The disadvantages to having your business plan professionally written are the expense associated with the initial plan, and the limitations that exist in regard to changing it as your business evolves, which is something that business plan software empowers you to do.

Business plan software is relatively inexpensive when compared to hiring a professional business plan writer or consultant. However, when compared to doing your own plan from scratch, it may seem like an unnecessary expense. Business plan software does have many advantages. A good business plan software package, like Business Plan Pro by Palo Alto, has the headings and categories for a business plan already set up for you. It also has guidance throughout the business planning process that explains what to include in each part of your business plan.

What I really love about Business Plan Pro is that it is so easy to do financial projections using the business plan software, whether or not you understand accounting. The main financial sections include a section for start-up costs, one for income projections, one for a proforma balance sheet, and one for a projected cash flow statement. Information that input into one of the financial forms automatically transfers calculations to the other financial statement forms making the process of projecting your financial plan a breeze.

Another huge advantage I see in regard to business plan software is that when you use business plan software to create your own business plan, you can make changes to it anytime you need to. It doesn’t become a stale document that sits on the shelf and collects dust. A business plan should be always evolving. You should update your business plan frequently including new goals, objectives and milestones. You should also adjust your financial projections regularly for the purpose of budgeting. Business plan software makes it easy to do.

If you choose not to use business software, and to create your own business plan from scratch, you will need some guidance unless you are a professional business planner yourself. The Small Business Administration at sba.gov has some excellent resources and guides about business planning. If you choose to hire a professional business plan writer, do review their qualifications and references and make certain that you understand exactly what is included in the business planning services they are offering.

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Investing in Australian Aboriginal Art

Investing in Australian Aboriginal Art

One of the hottest areas of the contemporary art scene in Australia today is Australian Aboriginal art, which is becoming an increasingly attractive option for many investors. The Aboriginal art market has attracted increasing international attention in recent years, and has experienced exceptional growth which appears set to maintain pace in the medium term. Aboriginal art considerably outsells non-indigenous Australian art at auction and has gained significant international standing. It is critical that investors are well informed before entering the Aboriginal art market, however, not only to ensure that investments are made in quality work by quality artists, but also to guarantee the provenance and authenticity of the work.

Australian Aboriginal art has generally proved to be a solid investment over time. Work by important Aboriginal artists has increased in value markedly over the past 30 years, with individual works fetching prices as high $350,000 at international auction. Prudent investors who have developed good relationships with specialist galleries can derive great pleasure from collecting the art of the world’s oldest living indigenous culture, and can also be assured that the artists in question have been treated fairly and ethically, and that their investment is secure.

One of the first considerations when investing in Aboriginal art is a Certificate of Authenticity. Certificates are normally issued by the community where the artist lives and paints, or by the gallery from which the artwork is purchased. Certificates vary in the details they provide, however most include information including the artist’s name, community and language group, the title, story and size of the work, and the name and code of the relevant community art centre or gallery. A photo of the artist with the work is also often included with the certificate.

Many of the factors involved in determining the value of an Aboriginal art work are similar to those involved in any other art work. A particular piece should in the first instance be attractive to the investor on the basis of its immediate aesthetic value, but its current and future financial value depend on a variety of factors requiring careful research. These factors include the renown of the artist and the period of the artist’s career in which the work was created. Other factors particular to the Australian Aboriginal art market include the artist’s age and seniority as a tribal elder, and their role or position in the historical development of Aboriginal art.

Prior to purchasing a painting, investors should research the artist in as much depth as possible. Determine whether the artist is represented in significant collections or galleries in Australia and internationally. Also determine how prolific the artist is, and whether there is strong demand for the artist in the secondary market – in other words, at auction. View as much work by the artist as possible to determine whether the work under consideration is from a well regarded period or series. Works painted during particular periods can be significantly more valuable than those from other periods. Finally, make sure you have an accurate understanding of the current market value of the artist’s work.

If all these factors seem daunting, don’t hesitate to ask for professional advice. The Australian Aboriginal art market is far more open than it once was, with increased competition facilitating a marked improvement in service. Reputable gallery owners, dealers and auction houses possess the necessary expertise and are generally happy to assist new investors. One final point to consider when investing in any art are add-on expenses including transaction costs, commissions, insurance and restoration charges. These costs can be high, so be sure to factor them into the purchase price where applicable.

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Winning Euromillions Lottery Prizes Every Week, Without Buying Tickets

Winning Euromillions Lottery Prizes Every Week, Without Buying Tickets

Join a mathematician, internet technology, network marketing, the visionof two business man´s, register it in the Lotteries Council, and the lottery players will win euromillions lottery prizes each and every draw, without buying tickets.

Tom Brodie, with a successful 12 years background in sales, marketing, database development and internet marketing, partnered with Len Fitzgerald, who opened one of the first-ever video rental stores in the UK in1984, founded the e-lottery Syndicate in April 2002.

They thought, since there isn’t a single person in the world, who wouldn’t like to win a fortune in the lottery, why not finding a way, to help as many people as possible, achieving their dreams.

They hired a university Professor of Mathematics, brainstormed how they could achieve their purpose, and ended up with a syndicate system, that boost the odds in advantage of the lottery players. People playing with their syndicate system, will have a significant advantage over the regular player who plays alone. They will have greater possibilities of winning the jackpots, and will win more prizes and money.

Their system allows people from all over the world, to play two of the richest tax free lotteries in the world, the United Kingdom National Lotto, and EuroMillions, the european lottery.

Each syndicate player receives a fixed set of numbers, and due to the syndicate system it’s only necessary to hit one number to receive prizes, in Euromillions.

The advantage of playing in the syndicates is a massive 3600% greater chance of scooping a EuroMillions jackpot! The chances of having any prize jump to only 1 in 10. They applied network marketing to the system, and each member that presents the e-syndicate to five other people, will start playing for free. After that will receive commissions for each additional member, and will receive an additional set of numbers, for free, for each group of new 15 members.

And here is the “trick” for winning euromillions lottery prizes every week, without buying tickets.

In Euromillions, syndicate players receive a fixed set of five numbers, and if only one of the numbers comes out in a draw, a prize is received by the syndicate. Since there are a total of fifty main numbers, from one to fifty, players, who have more than ten sets of numbers will cover the all range of numbers, and in the worst scenario, will match each draw number, from 5 different set of numbers and syndicates, and five prizes will be won.

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Playing the Setthi Lotto Online

Playing the Setthi lottery is simple, but there are certain rules you must know. If you want to play for the chance to win a large amount of money, you must know that the lottery is played across many locations in the world. The only way to win this lottery is to purchase a winning ticket. Setthi lottery results are available online. You can also play the setthi lotto with your friends. However, you must have a valid email address.

The meaning of Setthi varies greatly, but it is most often associated with rich merchants. The word has many meanings in Pali, which is the language of the Tipitaka, the sacred canon of Thervada Buddhism. It has close ties with Sanskrit, and Setthi is related to Sresthin. However, this does not mean that Setthi is a bad name. People who have been born with the name setthi are generally wealthy and have a lot of wealth.

The Setthi lotto is the easiest way to win money in Thailand. The Setthi lotto is played by selecting five numbers. You then wait for a random drawing. If your numbers match, you win. If not, you lose. เวปเศรษฐี is easy to play and free to enter. You can play online and even check your winnings from any location. There are many different ways to play the Setthi lotto, and you will never know which numbers will be the lucky ones.

Playing the Setthi lottery online is one of the easiest ways to win money. You simply choose your numbers and wait for the results to be announced. This lottery is easy to play, safe, and convenient, and you can do it from the comfort of your home or even from abroad. You can play with friends, or play privately. Even if you don’t win the jackpot, it’s still a fun and rewarding way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It is also available for international players, so you can play Setthi lotto online with your family.


The word’setthi’ has a variety of meanings in Buddhist traditions. In Pali, it refers to the wealthy city man. In the Pali language, it can mean anything from guild foreman to millionaire. In some ways, Setthi is an ancient Buddhist term for the city. The word has also evolved through the years. The modern meaning of the word varies from region to region. However, Setthi is still considered safe to play in Thailand.

The Setthi lotto is an easy game to play from the comfort of your home, and you could become a millionaire by winning the lottery. The jackpot is EUR10,000 and the winner must collect their prize from a lottery representative. Setthi lotto results can be found online whenever you have a connection, and it is completely anonymous. You can play it anytime, and you can always see the results. If you win, you should be sure to check the results soon after the draw.