College Tips and Advice

Today is Gwen’s first day of class at Calhoun Community College.  I have some tips and advice that I would love to share with her.  However, I can’t just tell her my advice.  I am a blogger, so it has to go in a post.

  • If you need help with a class, don’t be ashamed to ask.
  • Stay positive, if you keep working at it you will complete your degree.
  • Attendance is important, so try to be there as much as possible.
  • Get involved in campus life.  Find a club or organization to join, attend some of the sporting events, plays, debates, and special lectures that are available at the college.
  • Learn the material.  Study it until you understand it.
  • Don’t be in a hurry and do your best.
  • Don’t procrastinate, have a plan to complete assignments ahead of schedule.
  • Pay attention during class and take notes.  If the teacher says something is important, write it down and underline it.
  • Keep your notes, assignments, and study materials organized.
  • Make some new friends and have fun during your college years.

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Puppy Graduation Week

This week, two of our dogs had final exams.

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Norton aced his Beginner Phase 2 test.  He did everything perfectly and is now ready for the intermediate level class.  Way to go Mom and Norton.

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Little Boy Blue also did a great job and passed the advanced level exam.  The next step for Blue is the Canine Good Citizen Certification from the American Kennel Club.  We have a couple of areas that need a little more work and then he will be ready for the test.

As of today, Joey is the only one that has completed the Canine Good Citizen Certification and is the highest rated in obedience training.  However, his little brother Blue is not far behind and soon we will have two certifiably good dogs.

Hearing Aids – Cost, Customer Service, or Quality

I was born with inner-ear deformities that resulted in hearing loss and I have worn hearing aids since I was 12 years old.

Here is a copy of my latest hearing test.

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Hearing aids are really expensive.  I am talking about thousands of dollars, per aid.  Most people wear hearing aids in both ears, so that could easily cost over five thousand dollars.

When buying hearing aids, there are several things to take into consideration.

  • Cost – I understand it can be difficult spending five to ten thousand dollars every couple of years for a pair of hearing aids.  In America, most insurance companies will not cover hearing aids.  Cost then becomes a critical factor.
  • Customer Service – Hearing aids have to be maintained in order to function properly and prolong the life of the aids.  They should be professionally cleaned every three months.  Also, hearing aids are small and tend to be a bit delicate.  They will need to be repaired occasionally.  It is vital to purchase your hearing aids from a place that will provide the required cleaning and repairs.
  • Quality – Hearing aid brands are not all the same.  When looking at quality, you should consider the sound quality and the structural quality of the hearing aids.

I have worn hearing aids for over thirty years and I have no idea how many audiologist and hearing aid dealers I have seen during that time.  I also have no idea how many hearing aids I have worn over the years.  I have tried numerous brands and types of hearing aids and my favorite has been Beltone.

Beltone is not the cheapest brand I have ever purchased, but the quality has always been good.  I must admit, I am not nice to my hearing aids.  They end up being submerged in water, covered in dirt or mud, dropped from various heights, chewed on by dogs, and even smashed a few times.  However, they usually keep working.  When they do eventually die, I can usually get them fixed within a few days.

The customer service at Beltone has to be what keeps me coming back to purchase hearing aids.  Zach always greets me by name, asks questions about the family or dogs, and even teases me for the crazy things that happen to my hearing aids.  It’s a fun place to get the hearing aids cleaned and purchase new ones when needed.

When it comes to purchasing hearing aids, I think quality and customer service are the most important things to take into consideration.  What are your thoughts on the subject? Have you ever needed to research the cost of hearing aids or purchase a hearing aid?

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Hate Standardized Test

As a child, I hated taking the standardized tests.  We would spend hours reading the questions and filling in the little circles.  There was no interaction with peers or teachers.  When you finished the test, you had to sit quietly at your desk and stare at the wall.  It was the most boring thing we had to do in school.

I dealt with my frustration and boredom by using the answer sheet to create cool designs.  I never read the questions, I just filled in the bubbles to make nifty pictures.  I also used whatever scrap paper we were given to write funny stories.

Obviously, I didn’t do well on those standardized tests.  I didn’t care about the score, it was the principle of the matter.  I hated those tests and I refused to participate.

 

 

Human/Alien Hybrid

According to X-Files (which is obviously a reputable source for paranormal/scientific information), secret experiments were conducted on pregnant women in 1973, at Roswell, New Mexico.

These women were infected with an alien virus, without their knowledge.  The purpose of the experiment was to create human/alien hybrids.

My mom was pregnant with me in 1973, and she lived in El Paso, Texas.  However, she did go to Roswell to watch football games.  She could have been infected with the alien virus at that time.

The obvious conclusion:  I am a human/alien hybrid.  That explains why I am so awesome.

 

 

Fasting Required Caused Rebellion

Most days I will not eat breakfast until I have been awake for a few hours.  I usually don’t feel hungry right away, so I am fine with waiting.

Today I had to get some routine blood work done and was required to fast before the procedure.  The lab opens at 7:00, so I didn’t have to wait that long for breakfast.

For whatever reason, my body decided to rebel against this imposed fast.  I woke up and my stomach was growling and I even felt hunger cramps.  I was thinking to myself, “This is so ridiculous.”  I am going to eat breakfast in one hour.  There is no reason to feel like I am about to enter a famine state.

I was required to fast, so my body went into a complete rebellion.