Thursday, June 29, 2006

Online Marketing -- Best Blogs

Marketing Sherpa is a research firm that publishes practical information such as case studies, benchmark data and other practical information for marketing professionals. They recently canvassed their over 200,000 members to find the best marketing blogs and podcasts.

The results are available for viewing, so take a look.

The winners are best blogs in categories such as advertising, email marketing, affiliate marketing, PR, and even foreign language as well as runners up blogs that deserve your attention.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Uprights and Wheelers

Uprights are people who stand and wheelers are people who sit on chairs with wheels.

My favorite upright Garry has been at it again. He has been creating cartoons.

The theme today seems to be the relationship between uprights and wheelers who don’t seem to see eye to eye. In January I wrote about life among uprights.


Saturday, June 24, 2006

My History of Cars

I was 14 when I got my first driver’s license. My teen years were spent driving my parents’ Cadillac and Impala. Too big for a teenaged girl. Driving meant a lot to me, but cars did not, maybe because I started in my parents’ vehicles. It didn’t occur to me to take pictures, so I searched the Internet for my history of cars.

The first car that was mine – really mine – was a 1965 ½ Mustang convertible. Now that’s more like it, a fun car just made just for me. Mine was blue with a white top that automatically lowered when the weather was right, stick shift. This was my only convertible, but fun, fun, fun.

Next, a 1969 Camaro. Darker blue than the Mustang. Four on the floor. Once I was parallel-parked and the car behind me had inched too close. I had to ask a fellow student – a pretty big guy just walking by – to help me get out of the parking space. Maybe I should have opted for the power steering, but that was only once.

Okay. Now I was a single mom with two toddling boys and a priority for economy. It was time for a used car, a 1973 Mazda RX2. This was the first Mazda sold in the US, certainly the first rotary engine, but it was reliable and gas-efficient, so it was the car for us. However . . . it did break. I left it with a mechanic who told me – after about a week – he could not work on that car because it had a strange engine. I needed a new car with a warranty.

There was a great sale at the Lincoln-Mercury dealer. A car I could afford! They told me I didn’t want that one, there were several nicer cars on the lot for just a little more. This car was too big for a little lady like me and it didn’t even have power steering or air conditioning. No. I’ll take the loss leader because I could afford it, and I have learned to deal with tough steering, and I found an after-market air conditioner that would work. We had a silver Mercury Monarch, the biggest car I ever owned, but my family was growing up and we could use the room.

Our finances were easing, our car was aging, and I found a good sale. We now had a new Toyota Corolla with factory air. This car was more than reliable, parts were guaranteed within 24 hours if we needed them, there was room, the car was small enough to make the steering easy, it had high gas mileage – what more could anyone want?

Now it was time for a fun car again. My older son told me he wasn’t in
my “car family” any more, so I could get a two-seater. I tested a Thunderbird, a Mustang – yes, they had convertibles – a Corvette, an Alpha Romeo, but I bought a 1987 tornado silver Mazda RX7 turbo, complete with a rotary engine. Wow. Then MS came. My RX7 had a disabled license plate, but it was still fun.

Now I have a 1991 Nissan Maxima with help for my MS symptoms: a lift on the back to carry my scooter, power steering for the first time, and automatic transmission. We took off the hand controls because I no longer drive, but I had a good time when I did and it was fun to remember.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Carrolltonians Like Carrollton

Carrollton is included in Relocate America’s Top 100 Places to Live for 2006. Lewisville and Arlington were also selected. These three cities are among six Texas cities to make the annual list.

Cities are nominated by individuals who live, work or play in the community. Cities are chosen based on appearance, schools, low crime rate, recreational and cultural activities, economic health, employment opportunities and affordable housing.

Carrollton has also been named a national "Kid Friendly City," "Tree City USA," and Texas' safest city, and number one "Best Cities under 200,000." Pretty good!

Join us in Carrollton.

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Father's Day

Fathers in my life

James (Ty) Treadway 3 daughters, including my mother

Claude Bridges 2 daughters and 2 sons, including my father

Johnie Freeman my grandmother's second husband 1 son

Claude Bridges, Jr., 1 son and 1 daughter, that would be me
Les Jenkin 3 sons, including Garry

Garry 1 son and 1 daughter

James 3 daughters

David 1 daughter and 1 son

Garry's son
Chris 2 sons and 1 daughter

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

A Good One

I found a good one, Hyper Link. This blog has links to other fanciful and creative sites. We had fun playing artist using a couple of those links.

The Jackson Pollock generator displays a white page awaiting some interaction. Cleverly, clicks change the color and fast movements produce squiggle, adding splatters reminiscent of Pollock’s work. It’s quite fun for the kids, and I mean kids of ALL ages.

And what about Picasso? Using this tool, we made two portraits and an abstract. Can you tell which one was created by an 8-yr-old? Create your own masterpiece and save it to the gallery.

Explore Hyper Link with your clicking finger ready. Expect to spend some time.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

My First Picture Meme

I found a meme here that is a little different and thought I could do that. Here’s my effort.

Use Google Image Search and select a picture for these search terms --
1. The city and state (or province) of the town you grew up, no quotation marks.
2. The town where you currently reside.

3. Your name, first and last,but again, no quotes.
4. Your grandfather's name.
5. Your favorite food.

6. Your favorite drink.
7. Your favorite smell.

Let’s see the results.

City where I grew up – Okay, my dad was in the Air Force so I didn’t grow up in a city. Instead of putting pictures of many places, I selected the town where I was born, even though I was there only a few weeks. It was near my grandmother’s town so I often returned as I was growing up.

Jennings, Louisiana

Town where I currently reside – Again, an excuse. This town is almost a bedroom comm
unity and has no skyline of its own.

Carrollton, Texas

My name I found a bridge and an artist's gallery.

My grandfather’s name, using the name Ernest Treadway and getting amuseum exhibit and Claude Bridges and getting a gravestone and a real grandfather-looking gentleman.

Now we get into favorites. I’m too fickle to have a favorite that is always my favorite, so I struggled deciding what search words to use. These are definitely among my favorites:

Favorite food -- Poultry, especially pheasant and vegetablesFavorite drink – This was easy.

Diet Pepsi

Favorite smell


That was hard.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Creative Sun Shades

At a football game on a bright Texas afternoon I was taking pictures in the stands. A couple saw me snap them and frowned at me. I didn't mean to invade their privacy, but I was impressed with their creativity.

That was 35 years ago, so I think enough time has passed for me to share the picture. What a clever use for ticket stubs on a sunny day!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Boys Playing Ball

Going through some old pictures, I found quite a few of my boys playing ball. Most of them were on socceer teams although there was a brief stint in YMCA basketball.

James played for several years in Dallas before his team in Grand Prairie won the championship.

David started in Grand Prairie. We moved to Flower Mound where his team was in last place for a few years, but he kept playing. Good for him. Then a new coach -- Mick -- who had played on the Magpies in England turned the team around. They became the champions every year!

Soccer. Fun for all ages.