February 2014

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Since the beginning of time, man has always strived for comfort in various aspects and continues to propagate different methods in applying this in life. In doing so, we have also been required to develop strategies in being able to maintain this. Nowadays, a beautiful abode will always be related to having elegant carpeting dominating the majority of high-traffic areas within the residence. Safeguarding the allure to the residence requires masters of the house that such vanity remains outstanding with an equally perfect method in providing carpet cleaning service.

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clean carpet and upholstery

When an owner puts a premium in taking care of their carpet, this will most likely redeem them from spending a fortune in restoring the beauty of a carpet to when it was first installed.

However, accidents can happen. It is an expert’s opinion to never haphazardly scour a newly-found stain in one’s carpets. This will most likely instead make the blemish permanent and eventually reduce the durability of the carpet. On the other hand, blemishes that are not properly addressed will also most likely have the tendency to return. As a suggested first-aid treatment to any stain, is to position a weighed down cloth above it for a period of time to allow the cloth to soak up any traces of liquid from the blemish.

Providing an excellent entrance mat to protect the carpet by removing any traces of soil from people’s shoes before these make contact is also highly encouraged.

Steam cleaning the carpet as regularly as possible is also considered as a good carpet cleaning maintaining practice.  This although, can never be a good enough replacement for professional carpet cleaning services that should at least be done once within a six-month period.

Water would be the best quick-thinking agent to address blemishes brought about by spills. Should you find this futile, there are actually a lot of services and products available in your local supermarket that are more than capable of removing these blemishes in a fast and efficient manner. An upholstery cleaner can double as carpet cleaners, as well.

Heat-based methods of drying wet spills are discouraged in the manner of carpet cleaning. Practice would tell you that this will imprint the blemish into your carpet for good.

A perpetually clean carpet is a perfect reflection of how the owners are when it comes to taking care of things. The most basic method of keeping this in a pristine condition is via vacuum carpet cleaning. Never lowball yourself by selecting the first vacuum cleaner that may end up leaving you more things to clean up after using this. Select the best and you ensure yourself the best results.

Although the best quality carpets have been known to withstand the worst of wear and tear brought about by time and usage, it is always recommended to use the most non-irritating product when it comes to cleaning this. Resort to the toughest carpet cleaning agents only when faced with worst case scenarios. It always pays to refer to a rug cleaners product’s labels when learning how to use these.

In this day and age, it is essential for home owners need to learn in basic and advanced carpet cleaning as it will not only reflect to the beauty of their homes but will also have implications to the health standards within them.

When we first booked our Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, we figured that we would just spend some time after the trip exploring the country on our own. It wasn’t that we didn’t want to do any of the other activities on offer, we just hadn’t spent the necessary amount of time to research what we wanted to do and what was offered in the area.  So we just booked the Kilimanjaro climb and figured we would come back to the rest of the trip planning later. But then things happened and life got in the way, and we never really did make it around to doing our own research on other parts of the country that we wanted to visit, or other companies that we may want to book a safari with. And then it was down to the time we were getting ready to leave, and we were going through the packing list that AMGA Mountain Guides sent us, and doing the shopping for all of those items that we didn’t already own. And we realized that we only had the climb booked at this point, and we had no idea what we were going to be doing for the rest of our trip.  So, we called up AMGA Mountain Guides and added the additional safari to the end of our climb, and that saved us the need to do some research and find other companies that would take a reservation so late in the game.  We have always wanted to do the safari, and were planning on doing one while we were in Tanzania, but we just hadn’t spent the time to get it all sorted out and nailed down. But now that we have added it to the end of our Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, we don’t have to worry about anything until the last week that we are in country. And at that point, I think we will have a really good idea of what we want to see while we are there, and we’ll have some great recommendations from all the other travelers and guides that we are going to meet while we are on the climb and the safari. We may just be ready to go spend some nights in the city and see what the city life is like in Tanzania, or we may want to just hang out at the base of the mountain. I know that it is going to be an incredible climb, and maybe we’ll just want to hang out in the area with the AMGA Mountain Guides who led us on our trek. We are okay with the fact that we haven’t planned that part of the trip yet, because we added the safari to the end of the Kilimanjaro climb, and that was really the part that we wanted to make sure we get done while we are there, and so that is all we were really concerned with. Now we don’t have to worry, and we can just go wherever we feel like going at the time.

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Even with the cost savings and the convenience that an urgent care facility provides, some people still prefer going to hospital emergency rooms for their less severe medical emergency cases. They still do not have enough confidence on the skills of the medical practitioners nor in the medical equipment in the urgent care centers in their locality.

That is why it is still necessary that urgent care facilities get additional accreditation and certification from its industry associations.

Among the 90 urgent care facilities in Phoenix listed in the Yellow Pages, less than 10 are accredited by the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine or AAUCM.

Given the sentiment of some members of the public to the urgent care industry, it is to the benefit of an urgent care center if they get accreditation and certification. Accreditation increases the credibility of an urgent care facility, not just to its customers, put also to medical practitioners, making it more probable for them to get good medical providers.

The AAUCM Accreditation program is one such accreditation program that urgent care centers can take part of so their appeal to the public increases. The said program is designed by urgent care physicians themselves that is why their accreditation process best suites urgent care centers. Those facilities save time and time as the AAUCM accreditation program is economically sensitive to them.

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ambulatory care

Urgent care centers in Phoenix which are not yet accredited can take part in the AAUCM program for a fee ranging from $1,800 to $14,000. The final accreditation fee will be based on the number of clinics and their locations. Travel fees will be added to the fee but it will generally be minimal.

The survey usually takes around four hours for average-sized centers.

If and when an urgent care facility does not get accredited due to failure to comply with certain standards and requirements, they can still have another chance to get accredited after they comply with the lacking requirement or if they improve their standard by paying a resurvey fee of $1,000 per location plus travel expenses.

Even if the urgent care center will get the accreditation (provisional), there is still the likelihood that some points for improvement will be raised. If there are, there will be additional evaluations and resurveys to be conducted. If there aren’t, there will be no need for additional evaluation visits during the whole duration of their accreditation period.

If and when an urgent center meets with the AAUCM accreditation standards and complies with the AAUCM accreditation requirements, they will be accredited by AAUCM for three years. If there are minimal deficiencies but the urgent care center has substantially met with most of the standards, then they may be granted with a provisional accreditation that will be for a period of six months. Within six months, the center should have dealt with the deficiencies to get the full three-year accreditation, lest they lose their provisional accreditation altogether.

The requirements, fees, and the provisional accreditation should be encouraging enough for the non-accredited urgent care centers in Phoenix to finally get that accreditation.

There are a lot of things about getting a DUI that mess up you whole life.  First of all, getting auto insurance afterwards is nearly impossible.  The cost of a DUI is at least $10,000. I actually payed a lot more than that because of the fact that I hired a really expensive lawyer under the assumption that he would be able to get me out of it Scott free.  That wasn’t the case.  Not only did I end up owning all the same fines as I would have otherwise, I also had to pay him nearly $5,000.  I honestly thought that I would get off.  I wasn’t drunk at all.  I was pulled over coming back to Utah with some friends of mine from Colorado.  I was pulled over because I had a tail light out.  The state trooper went out of his way to shake me down as the police in Utah are known to do.  I made the mistake of telling him the truth of where we were coming from.  When I said that I was returning from a ski trip in Colorado, his eyes lit up.  I later learned that there is a cottage industry in Utah of pulling over vehicles coming from Colorado.  Apparently, the odds of one of those vehicles having at least user amounts of marijuana is too high for the Utah state patrol to ignore.  While I was unaware that one of my friends was in possession of a small amount of medical marijuana, the state patrol eventually found it after a couple of hours on the side of I-70.  The result was what I see as an unfair DUI conviction despite the fact that I was totally sober.  After the ordeal that was the trial, I lost my license for a full year.  The by product of this was that I rode my bike to and from work and ended up getting in pretty good shape.  When I got my license back, I found that it was pretty hard to get auto insurance after a DUI.  For those agencies that even offered it, the rates were astronomical.  I honestly thought about forgetting about driving and spending the rest of my life as someone who rode his bike around everywhere.  But, when I was eligible to drive again, it was right at the beginning of ski season and I didn’t want to miss it.  It goes without saying that you can’t ride your bike to a ski resort with all your gear.  So I talked to a number of insurance agencies to see if there was any way to get a realistic rate.  I finally found an agency called Archibald Insurance Agency.  They were able to put my information through all the different providers and finally got me an auto insurance rate that I could afford.  While my insurance will always be much more than it used to, paying a higher price is worth it for me so that I can ski.  This season is going to be a great one.  This time I’m going to stay in Utah.

There has been much debate on whether marijuana is more potent today compared to what it was between 40 and 50 years ago. The United States federal government, itself, released data that purportedly supports that conclusions that marijuana potency nowadays is, at least, 10 times, and, as much as 25 times more potent since 1960s.

Doubts still linger on whether it is true or not.

Sometime before the turn of the century, testimonies arose that, although, the potency has risen compared to around 50 years ago, it has been relatively stable for the past 30 years. It is also important to note that a marijuana sample do not come in the same potency as the others. There are varying level of potencies of marijuana available.

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Cannabis testing

Supports of marijuana legalization point out that the marijuana testing done on its potency in the 1960s and 1970s, that became the source of the federal government’s data was not reflected of all of the marijuana available in the United States. They tested only on those of that come from certain locations and, hence, the potency levels derived from the testing does not indicate the potency of those available elsewhere in the United States. The testing done 40 to 50 years ago were done on a type of marijuana from Mexico that contained only levels of tetrahydrocannabinol of less than 1 percent.

Tetrahydrocannabinol is the active ingredient in marijuana, also known as cannabis. It is responsible for the marijuana effects that regularity agencies sought to avoid, and became the basis for the banning or regulation of marijuana.

According to sceptics of the government-released data that when those levels (from the Mexican marijuana variety) were tested against other types of marijuana, it will help draw conclusions that the cannabis potency levels have indeed risen since the 1960s and the 1970s.

Most marijuana varieties have THC levels ranging between 0.3 and 4 percent. There are specially grown varieties, however, that have THC levels of around 15 percent. These are the factors that determine the potency of a marijuana variety:

  • The marijuana plant genetics;
  • The climate and other conditions where the marijuana plant is grown;
  • The manner and methodologies in which it is harvested and processed.

Female varieties of marijuana have reportedly higher levels of THC compared to their male varieties. Female varieties have clusters of flowers in them. Marijuana growers prefer their marijuana variety to be female. It takes a bit of experience, however, to be able to detect which is which.

The chemical composition of a marijuana plant changes when it matures. At its early stages of development, it contains more cannabidiolic acid, another compound which is some sort of a predecessor of THC. As the plant grows, the cannabidiolic acid is, then, converted to cannabidiol, another compound that precedes the development of THC. When the plant matures, the cannabidiol, then, turns to THC.

Over the years, cannabis science have been developed the best way to determine the THC levels of a marijuana variety. Nowadays, THC levels are determined from the cross section of the plant. This method of testing was not done in the 1960s to 1970s.  Sceptics pointed the difference in the manner of testing between then and now to discredit the conclusion that marijuana potency levels have risen significantly.

The mouth is one of those crazy areas that doesn’t function according to the same rules that every other part of the body does.  When it comes to wisdom teeth, I don’t think anyone really understands them.  How crazy is it that there are things that grow in your mouth long after everything else in your mouth has become normal.  What is even stranger about the situations is the fact that wisdom teeth removal has become a normal thing.  How is it that the human body was created in such a way that you have to have a major surgery to take out things that grow in every human?  How did mother nature know that a cottage industry would spring up several hundred thousand years after homo sapiens emerged as the alpha animals on planer Earth?  In any case, I had a terrible time with my wisdom teeth.  While most of my life, I was able to stay out of the dentist’s chair, when I got into my twenties, I started feeling my wisdom teeth come in. I went to the dentist when the pain grew to a level that was too intense for me.  The dentist told me that the teeth were growing in a way that would negatively effect my molars.  If I didn’t have wisdom teeth removal, then I would have trouble eating.  The cost was a lot higher than I could afford, but I was able to barrow money from my parents.  Over the years, I paid them back.  After the surgery, I assumed that it would all be okay.  I had no idea that my upper wisdom teeth would come in much later that most.  I was in my late twenties when I started feeling an incredible amount of pain in my mouth.  I thought that I had some sort of infection in my mouth.  I was hoping that the infection didn’t stem from a girl that I had recently started dating.  One night, the pain was so intense, that I went to the emergency room and discovered that my upper wisdom teeth were coming in much later than they should have.  The doctor in the emergency room explained that he couldn’t do anything about it.  He recommended that I go to a dentist the next morning so that I could schedule wisdom teeth removal.  In the mean time, he prescribed me some powerful pain killers.  I was pretty disappointed.  I thought that the pain in the neck was done with years ago.  I followed the doctors orders and went to a dentist the next day.  The dentist scheduled me for surgery a couple of days later.  I relied on the powerful painkillers until then.  The surgery was fine.  I was out of commission for a couple of days afterwards.  Once again, I relied on the drugs.  The one good thing about the ordeal was that I knew that I would never again need surgery for my wisdom teeth.  I still can’t believe that the human animal has such an obsolete thing as the wisdom tooth.