A Review of the Red Felt 96" Texas Holdem Table

The 96″ Holdem Table – Red Felt is a classic Casino grade poker table for your home. Let us review the 96″ Holdem Table – Red Felt and find out more about this table.

If you are looking for a casino grade poker table for your house, the 96″ Holdem Table – Red Felt can be your choice. It has got all the features that are required to call it a high end casino poker table. When I checked out this product I was quite stunned by its great looks and wanted to buy a piece for myself.

However, with one table already occupying space in my poker room, I decided otherwise. This table has got all the ingredients that will make your gaming room stand apart from others. The first thing that will catch your eye is the professional grade construction. One can easily make out the designing efforts that has gone in creating this table.

The 96″ Holdem Table – Red Felt has got heavy chromed steel trim footrest which will allow the players to relax during those long poker sessions. This is a good feature and I have surely not seen it in many poker tables. The leg base of the table is also heavily chromed and surely adds to the looks of the table.

The circular and wide leg base also gives stability to the table. Unlike the folding tables, this product looks sturdy and there is hardly any maintenance cost that you will incur on this table. All you need to do is the regular housekeeping and nothing more. The top quality durable wool felt used for the surface will surely not need frequent change if handled with a little care.

Even if you have to replace the felt there is nothing much to worry about because this table has got armrests that lift easily for replacement. This is another feature which makes this table one of the favorites among poker table buyers. The supple padded armrest makes it very comfortable for the players to carry on with their game for a long time without feeling the strain.

The 96″ Holdem Table – Red Felt measures 96″*46″*30″. It is a standard sized table and very well supported by the marble finished columns. The columns apart from giving stability to the table makes the table look classy. I have rarely seen poker tables which have marble columns.

Let us now check out the price of the 96″ Holdem Table – Red Felt. The table sells at a price which will make it affordable for most poker table aficionado. The price makes this table an excellent buy considering the looks and quality of the product. The table surely deserves a rating of 9 out of 10.

Yes! it does not have the cup holders which are common nowadays for most of the poker tables. I will just say that the designers probably had some other ideas. Nevertheless, this table will surely remain as one of the best sellers for quite sometime. If you have plans for a poker table for your house, you can go for this one. It will give you the value for money that you were looking for in a poker table.

Accentuating An Old Plain Dress

Being invited to big events such as birthdays and weddings requires more than just showing up with a gift in hand. It has to be remembered that there are also other important people who will be gracing the occasion. In social gatherings, prominent people arrive in their best clothes because they want to be seen as respectable individuals worthy of recognition. However, this idea is not only limited to wealthy individuals. The same applies to everyone else especially if the festivity is a formal one.

When coming across instances such as this, the common expectation is a budget-breaking shopping spree not only for the celebrant’s present but also the outfit for the said event. With a little bit of creativity and imagination however, you can look glamorous and pull it off in that old plain black dress. In reality, that apparel already worn to a number of parties can still go a long way if adorned with the right additions.

Accessorizing with bits and pieces of either gold or silver will greatly improve the monotony of any apparel. The key is to choose one material otherwise you would end up looking complicated. If you want to wear silver pandora bracelets, never add gold or bronze into the package.

In order to add a stunning effect to your dress, careful choosing of the right footwear must be done. In fact, a simple garment can be made glamorous if paired with the right kind of shoes. For a black dress, you can actually go beyond sticking to black as other hues will still fit perfectly such as red, blue, gray, and orange.

Belts and scarves would go well with plain clothes too. As long as there are no intricate prints on the dress, a colorful belt will be a perfect addition. The reason for the concept of accentuating with either a scarf or a belt is to be able to achieve an impressive look that is focused on the accent rather than on the simplicity of the dress.

Hair and make-up have to be done according to the style and color of the apparel. If the dress is black, you can go with any eye shadow but has to be consistent with the rest of your accessories. You can put on hair accessories as well provided that it does not create a contrasting effect rather than working well to flatter the whole appearance.

So a Friend Sharpens

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. – Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron is a common phrase when looked at in the natural sense can be misleading. Iron as it exists cannot truly sharpen other iron as they are of the same consistency and strength.

Before you all stop reading and run me out on a rail let me continue…

When iron is of the same density, just like any other substance it will not wear down or sharpen its counterpart. Therefore, and as is intended in the scripture, there would need to be differing levels of density,strength and texture for iron to sharpen iron.

The same is in the case of men, we can sharpen each other in these ways:

  • Mentoring
  • Spiritual guidance
  • Sharing experience
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Being a sounding board
  • Trust confidant

All of these and more can be accomplished without diminishing our character or causing one to be superior or inferior to the other. As men, if we are strong enough to admit our own shortcomings, we provide ourselves with the opportunity to learn and grow with others.

The challenges we face today is that many men were raised with the idea of asking for help is just not what we do. The men that gave us this advice however were of a different generation.

This generation was already unknowingly sharpening each others character in the form of things like the military, all boys schools, discipline in the home and at school, church communities, rotary and other men clubs (at the time), and most of all families that stayed together.

With these types of background the expectations of a man were pretty well established from early on.

In today’s world however things are quite different. No longer is military service required, the church communities are more focused on raising money rather than families, and the family structure is virtually nonexistent.

As men today, many of us are raised in broken or dysfunctional homes. We are then thrown into a world of chaos with little morality to be found. We are unprepared for the decisions before us and therefore are bound to pay for the poor ones.

We feel that we must maintain our Machiavellian bravado and refuse to show signs of emotion or weakness. We would rather make bad decisions and suffer in silence then ask for help. The idea of sharing our problems or concerns becomes an unbearable option.

Last time I checked we had the best teacher around that exemplified what being a man meant even if our own fathers didn’t. Jesus had twelve..okay eleven close male friends that he relied upon as both a mentor and companion. These friends were full of advice and were there to support,counsel and console Jesus along his journeys.

It would appear to me if we are willing to put our trust and faith in our Lord and his disciples from over 2000 years ago, we could probably do the same today.

I challenge you to seek out a group of men, men that share similar values and form a group. Make it a regular event whether by phone, or in person to check in with each other regularly. Put it on the calendar, hold each other accountable. Unashamedly speak the truth with the men you choose, confess as well as celebrate. No where does it say that you have to do all this life that God has given you alone.

Question: What are you willing to give to begin being sharpened in your life?



How to Reuse Plastic Bags

Using reusable bags has caught on with grocery stores across the country, but many other types of businesses are slow to catch on. At some point or another, you’ll most likely be taking a plastic bag from some type of store. When you accumulate plastic bags, how can you reuse them?

Plastic bags became popular because they are a cheap, affordable way to bag groceries and goods. The bag could be thrown away after a single use. While it’s convenient in theory, disposable plastic bags have grave consequences for the environment. A single plastic bag will never disappear. Unlike other materials, plastic doesn’t biodegrade, it simply breaks apart into smaller pieces of plastic (which is actually far worse than larger pieces because they can’t be collected).

Plastic bags:

  • Never biodegrade.
  • Cause animals to suffocate and die.
  • Use fossil fuels to create them, increasing our dependence on foreign oil.
  • Are an eyesore and get caught on car antennas, mufflers, and twisted into engines

Plastic grocery bags can first of all be recycled. Many grocery stores will accept plastic bags to be recycled (usually you’ll find the receptacle near the entrance or near the can redemption center).

Recycling Plastic Bags vs. Reusing Plastic Bags

Recycling almost always uses more energy than reusing. By reusing, you’ll be giving the product a second life. When your recycle something, you’ll be using energy to turn that product into something else, which can use energy and produce emissions.

Five Reasons You Should Bring Your Own Bag

Plastic has a hugely negative effect on the environment, and also on our society. The cons far outweigh the positives of these disposable nuisances. Here are a few reasons you should consider switching to reusable bags instead of plastic:

  1. Bringing your own bag means you’ll be carrying less to and fro. Most reusable bags hold far more than traditional disposable bags. Less trips back and forth from the car!
  2. Each time you use your own bag, you’ll get a small credit back from grocery stores. It’s usually between 5 and 10 cents, which can add up over time.
  3. Using your own bag reduces our dependence on foreign oil. Plastic uses fossil fuels, which are largely found in countries that don’t have the best intentions Western World. Cast your vote for locally made reusable bags instead.
  4. You won’t have to worry about throwing away, recycling, or reusing your disposable bags. By reusing your own bags, you’ll have less clutter and less trash.
  5. You’ll be sending a green message to your children. When they see you using your own bags, they’ll take notice and want to do the same in their lives.
  6. If you’d like to reuse your plastic bags, they have hundreds of uses.
    Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Bags

    • One of the most popular ways to reuse plastic bags is to use them as a trash bag.
    • Place them in small trash barrels in the bathroom, bedrooms, cellar, and near the cat’s litter box.
    • Another popular use for them is to use them as doggy poop bags. If you’re going out for a walk, bring along a couple of these bags.

  7. You can also reuse plastic bags as packaging. If you’re shipping out an item on eBay or shipping something to a friend, the bags can act as a cushion, much like packing peanuts, if you use enough of them.
  8. Keep a plastic bag in your car to contain all of the trash that accumulates in your car. Then, simply tie off, throw away, and use another bag.
  9. Donate your plastic bags to a local thrift store or charity. These prevents them from having to buy brand new bags.
  10. Post an ad on Craigslist for your bags. A local business may want to use them (you can’t beat free!).
  11. Use your bag to contain messy foods and leftovers that might otherwise leave spills. This is especially useful with soups and liquids.
  12. Think of things that you traditionally would use plastic for and replace them with your grocery bags. If you usually put your lawn leaves in trash bags, save up your bigger shopping bags and put the leaves in there instead.
  13. Wrap a bag around bags of flour, sugar, and other messy baking ingredients. This can help contain the mess and make for an easier clean up.

Fat Burning Furnace Review – Must Read!

My personal experience with Fat Burning Furnace motivated me to send this article. The review might help other persons like me.

Over the past couple of years or so, people have been alerting me that I was putting on weight. At first, I did not give it much thought, but 6 months ago, I realized that I cannot use any of my older attires, shoes, etc. I could not even bend and tie my shoelace because of my waist size. So, I took a firm resolve to follow a fat loss program.

However, there were many obstacles to this program. First of all, my job demanded frequent travels. This would mean not much time for exercise. Also, it would be difficult to stick to a diet plan. So I chose the Fat Burning Furnace program. It is an e-book that contains dietary and exercise suggestions.

I liked the e-book on first look itself. It contained detailed instructions along with pictures on how to follow the program. I instantly fell in love with the e-book. The program was best suited to me as it did not have any vigorous or lengthy cardiovascular workouts. To make me even happier, this workout was limited to just 3 days a week which later in the program got reduced to 2 days a week. I could follow it diligently and I gave my 100% to it.

The nutritional requirements recommended by Fat Burning Furnace were very simple and very practical. I did not feel any problem in following that even while traveling abroad. The e-book also busted many of the common myths and fallacies. That instilled a lot of confidence in me about the program.

Without waiting for long, I started experiencing the results. When I weighed myself after 30 days, I found a reduction of 10 pounds in my weight. This was just the beginning. I was very much impressed by the way Fat Burning Furnace was working on me. After two and a half months, I was back to my old shape having shed all extra fat. Now, I can bend, twist, run, and what not!

There are many interesting resources awaiting anyone who decides to follow the Fat Burning Furnace program. Sample meal plans, free recipes, planners to track progress, body fat percentage analyzer, and so on. It gives you a logical reason for the advices mentioned therein, tells you what to expect, and finally you will get the promised result. There are three different levels and the program is accompanied by a 60-day money back guarantee offer. I feel this is more than enough for anyone to try a hand at Fat Burning Furnace.

Top 10 Ridiculous College Fashion Trends for Girls

I’ve been working on a SEC college campus for 28 years and had 2 daughters attend college. I’ve seen trends come and go. But, one thing remains consistent – college fashion trends make no sense! And most importantly, students want to fit in and be comfortable.

College Freshmen

As a new college freshman, you will want to look “cute” going to class. I get it.

But, you will soon realize that sleeping that extra hour is better than getting up early, putting on makeup, fixing your hair and wearing a cute outfit that is truly more uncomfortable than you are willing to admit.

Plus, if you attend college in the south your makeup will sweat off before your 2nd class of the day and you will be sweating through that cute outfit! It’s not worth it.

If you want to be comfortable and “look” like a college freshman, follow this list – it is all true. I know it is hard to believe that someone my age (50 years old) can know more about college fashion trends than you. But it’s not that difficult. Trust.


Don’t bother with a new wardrobe for your college freshman. She will need new things to follow college fashion trends, but it may not be what you think. Read the list below and prepare to be amazed.

The Top 10 Ridiculous College Fashion Trends

1 – THE SRAT Uniform – The perfect outfit pairing is athletic running shorts and a HUGE t-shirt that covers your shorts. It gives the illusion that you have nothing under your t-shirt. Classic. Ignore faculty and staff who don’t understand this look.

Fraternity = FRAT

Sorority = SRAT

I don’t make the rules of abbreviations, I just share them so that you are as perplexed as I am.

2 – Leggings – enough said. They are your lifeline.

3 – Never underestimate the value of a HUGE sweatshirt – It can cover a multitude of sins from the night before and is just plain comfy during class.

4 – The Walk of Shame clothes. See #3 in this list.

Parents, it’s best you not know everything.

5 – Football Game Attire. You will want something new for the football games especially if you are a student at an SEC school. Hopefully, you will not wear high heels to a football game – you don’t need “hooker” shoes to look cute or attract a cute guy. You will enjoy the game better.

Extra Bonus Tip: Sunscreen is a MUST for day games. You’re welcome.

6 – Wear panties, not a thong – If your skirt is super short, wear panties for goodness sake! If someone could see your “privates” when you bend or sit, a thong just won’t cut it. This is especially true for football games.

7 – Wear a slip – if you don’t know what a slip is, Google is your friend. There’s nothing worse than a cute clingy dress (see Football Attire and Sunday Church Attire) and then you see unproperly fitted panties. I don’t care if you are a size 0, your panty lines are showing and a slip will give you a “cleaner” look under your dress unless you want people to know your panties don’t fit correctly.

8 – Sunday Church Attire – By all means, go to church in your lowest cut, highest skirt possible (aka “hooker” dress). Then, make sure you pair it with a ridiculously high heeled pair of wedge shoes. (See items referring to panties and a slip).

9 – Uggs are still in fashion in cold weather. If you don’t have real Uggs, the splurge will be worth it. They will last 4 years and are really comfy.

10 – Choco’s or Nike Running Shoes – No socks ever. Choco’s when it’s steamy and sticky outside. Nike running shoes any time of the year.

Take this list in the spirit in which it was written – fun! I enjoy working on a college campus and the students never age. They will always be 18 years old and I grow older each year.

Treadmill Belts – What’s The Difference

Walking belts are known by many different names, but there is not a difference in the basic accepted design even though different people may not use the same term to name a walking belt. Other names are: treadmill belt, striding belt, running belt, jogging belt, bands (with the same descriptive variations), runner, and mat.

For simplicity, we call it a walking belt but our terminology does not limit the type of exercise that you can do. There are different grades of walking belts and they can vary widely in terms of quality and price depending upon the type of construction. Most walking belts are made with two different types of materials that are formed together to form the finished product you see. Most people assume the belt’s top coat is rubber but most today have a PVC top coat. PVC tends to hold up better under a wide range of shoes and applications and due to its strength, many people are fooled into thinking that their belt is OK when the backing is completely worn out.

The backing of the belt is the most important area. The most popular backing materials are monofilament, polyester, cotton, and urethane. Of these backings, the softer the material the less noise the belt will make. So a cotton backed belt will be much quieter than a urethane belt. The trade off is that the softer the material and the less noisy the belt the quicker the belt tends to wear out. Many companies over the last 20 years that once used cotton have now switched over to a polyester blend. The main advantage is that the belt is still rather quiet but it is more heat resistant and is tougher over the long run in its ability to withstand wear.

A backing that is growing in popularity is monofilament. This uses a single type of fiber. Since it uses synthetic materials, it tends to be more heat resistant and can be formed more easily to a rougher backing that will have less surface contact with the deck. The reason this is important is that less contact area will result in less friction which puts far less strain on the motor and controller. The drawback to a monofilament belt is that it noisier than either cotton or polyester backing. Another drawback is that since it is a single fiber, it tends to have less tensile strength than woven or urethane fibers.

The most expensive backing is urethane. It also tends to be the noisiest but if you maintain a urethane backing properly, we’ve seen them last over 10 years in a light commercial setting. It is a very durable material that has the best ability to withstand the rigors of heavy use and the heat buildup that is normally associated with club use.

There is much confusion about layers of a walking belt. Most companies advertise a 2 ply belt but some claim as many as 4 plies. The confusion arises because more layers is not necessarily a better thing. As HealthRider found out several years ago, a very thick belt can be a disaster. HealthRider took a standard 2 ply belt and then glued a layer of carpeted neoprene to the top of a standard belt. The result was a 3 ply (or 4 ply depending upon how you interpret the final addition to the belt) which now had a nice insulation layer of neoprene that did an incredible job of holding in heat and emphasized the potential problem of using a multi-layered belt. Even in a residential setting, the HealthRider belts simply fell apart from the wide variance in heat they experienced. Fortunately for the consuming public HealthRider stopped using these belts a few years ago.

Other companies will advertise an orthopedic belt that has either additional layers or a thicker top layer that helps cushion the foot fall. Once again, our big problem with these belts is heat problems and the fact that many of these belts can weigh as much as 3 to 4 times as much as a regular 2 ply belt. The heavier the belt, the harder the drive system has to work to keep moving the belt around. Combine that with the heat problems inherent in a thicker belt – remember, its’ better insulated – and you can quickly see why we aren’t big fans of the orthopedic belts.

If you are choosing a new treadmill pay attention to the walking belt. It is the heart of a treadmill despite popular opinion naming another part. If you already have a treadmill, maintain your belt and keep it clean and your treadmill will thank you for it in the long run.

The Haunted Trail – By, John C. Lukegord – Book Review

John Lukegord’s “The Haunted Trail” is a horror story that follows a string of gruesome events along a legendary Haunted Trail located in the backwoods of Dublin Ireland. It’s Halloween in the 1800s, and the air is filled with mystery and murder. Through a combination of brief and succinct chapters, this short story portrays a tale of insanity and of gruesome crimes against mankind. With mummies, mental patients, ghosts and clowns, the cast of unusual characters and morbid murders help to weave an intriguing and mysterious tale.

The feel and tone of the story is set instantly in the first chapter, which, as a reader, caught me completely off guard. You can tell immediately that this story is not going to leave you with the happy ending we often come to expect. The tale begins with the gruesome murder of two young boys who, on completely un-related paths, wonder into the woods, angering a band of evil men who have claimed the path as theirs. My senses were originally shocked by the murder of two small children from the very beginning of the story. This literary decision helped to shape and change my expectations and prepare me for the rest of the ghastly tale.

One of the components that I enjoyed about this story was the seemingly unrelated side stories that were all happening at the same time. At first, each chapter seems to be independent of each other. Yet, as the reader continues to work their way through the book, the inter-connectedness of the events begins to manifest itself. As the body count adds up, the story line solidifies.

Throughout this tale of gore, there is not a lot of time spent on developing the characters, which keeps the reader guessing. The main focus is on their acts of gore or attempts at survival. One of the chapters introduces to the reader a set of brothers, of which only one Mick Patrican, manages to escape. A new twist is introduced to the story as he becomes more of a focal part of the story line. You are given someone that you can get more emotionally invested in.

At times, the story seems inconsistent, but it doesn’t distract from the tale. I believe the randomness of the evil of that night is partly what holds the story line together. For readers who want the unexpected and can handle a story without the usual satisfying ending, “The Haunted Trail” is a short read that offers a lot of mystery and mayhem within its pages.

How to Repair a Hot Tub Filter Housing Leak on a Hot Tub?

Filter Housing Leak Review

Sooner or later, you will need a hot tub leak repair depends on how you care for your spa. A tub spa normally does not leak. The majority tub leaks can be derived to certain parts of the tub such as: heater assembly manifold, pump wet end seal, jet bodies, PVC plumbing parts and tubing, slice and gate valves, connections. It is recommended to do tub leak repair in the beginning to avoid hot tub severe damaged.

Leak and discolorations are the most filter housing problem. Discoloration is usually happened on an older hot tub while the hot-tub leak unclean water. Housing leak can damage tub overall if you don’t do anything, not so with discoloration.

Filter housing discoloration is a nature event with really nothing you can do now but know it is happening. Over time it will happen to brittle and easy to break. Until it starts being a problem and it’s out of spectacle, let it be not in of mind as well.

The discoloration will not hurt anything including housing; it is just natural discoloration from over a decade of use. You do not need to worry about it since it is still working well.

How to repair a filter housing leak spas problem?

Having a housing leak in your hot tub can be a real throbbing, especially if you don’t know what you have to be done. You need to call tub repair professional for easy way.

The best way to stop a leak between the filters housing and the shell is by draining some of the water in your tub to get it below the filter. You can add some good silicone sealant and caulk all of the seams between the tub shell and the filter housing.

Make sure to press the sealant into the gaps with your finger or caulking tool to get good penetration and let it set until fully cured before filling. Filter housing leak might cause a plumbing leak or damage the housing when you try to remove it. So you must do carefully.

Make sure there is no strain on the filter housing system, the o-ring locks up with strain. Depending on the diameter of housing, a large pair of channel locks or a strap wrench should work. But be careful to hesitate you don’t want to break the filter head. Remember to do carefully.

Every Child Is Special: A Movie Review

Every Child Is Special is probably my first Bollywood movie. (I do not count Slumdog Millionaire because I have watched it only in parts and have not even gotten to the ending, haha.) Anyway, Every Child Is Special is a Hindi drama film released in 2007 (Taare Zameen Par, translation: Stars On Earth) produced and directed by Aamir Khan. It tells about a boy, Ishaan Awasthi, who was always getting in trouble at school for being so misbehaving and out of focus from his lessons. Too often, he would be caught by his teacher daydreaming and getting low grades. Because of this, his father sent him to boarding school, all alone and homesick with the hope of disciplining him. But the academic status of Ishaan did still not improve. Instead, he became withdrawn and lonely, far from the Ishaan who was active and fun-loving. Then came a new art teacher who would just change the way Ishaan would act towards school and learn to appreciate himself even more.

How can I not love this movie? Darsheel Safary is perfect for the role of Ishaan Awasthi. Safary, with his innocent eyes and face, made me laugh with his funny antics and at the same time rend my heart as he goes through the agony of enduring boarding school alone and away from his parents. From start to finish, the movie gripped my attention, and the musical portions added to my fascination. I cannot speak about the technical aspects of film-making as I am not knowledgeable of such, but for an easy to please movie fan like me, Every Child Is Special is one heart-touching movie.


Every Child Is Special is an eye opener as to the worth and significance of every child. The story deals with an issue that is as real as it is unrecognized – dyslexia. I first knew about dyslexia in the book, Pearl Harbor by Randall Wallace, but the movie has increased my education on this kind of ailment.

Every Child Is Special is a movie that can tug the heartstrings and at the same time bring hope that having dyslexia is not a desperate situation. Family support, patience, and love are central themes in this story, plus the primary focus on painting and art. The theory on multiple intelligences in education plays a major role in this movie and can be very informative to teachers and parents alike.

I really love this movie and I highly recommend this to everyone. My sister has also been nagging me to watch The Three Idiots. Maybe, tonight.

5 stars.