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Are You Dealing With Stress?

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Being stressed is never much fun, yet so many things can cause people stress on a daily basis. While it may be tiring and exhausting, a little stress can be a good thing. Stress helps you know that something needs to get done and that something needs to change. Of course, too much stress is a very bad thing. This means it is extremely important for everyone to learn how to handle the stress that they face on a daily basis.

Here are a few tips and tricks on how to better handle your stress:

  • EAT WELL – Eating well balanced meals will keep you healthy and full of energy, which can keep stress at bay.
  • AVOID ALCOHOL & CAFFEINE – Drinks with alcohol or caffeine can make you jittery or anxious and cause more stress.
  • SLEEP – Getting 8 hours of sleep every night will give your body and mind the rest that they need, thus allowing you to recover from your daily dose of stress.
  • EXERCISE – Exercising is not only good for your body, it is good for your mind as well, so be sure to exercise daily.
  • DEEP BREATHS – Taking deep breaths can help calm your body down and thereby reduce stress.
  • POSITIVE THINKING – Our brains find what they are looking for, so keeping a positive outlook on life will help you find things to be positive about.
  • TALK – Talking to a trusted friend or family member is a great way to reduce stress by getting everything that is bothering you out in the open.
  • DO YOUR BEST – Remember that nobody is perfect and that no one can do anything perfectly. Just be happy with how well you did something.

Practicing one of these is good, but practicing all of them is better. Doing all of these things can help greatly reduce stress and make your day to day life more enjoyable. Remember, stress can be difficult, but it is not impossible to manage. All you have to do is stay positive, you will get through this, just think of everything else you have gotten through in your life!

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Flying With Your Pet

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Yet again, a certain airline has made its way into headlines. This time a rabbit died while waiting in one of the airline’s pet holding facilities. This latest incident has raised the question of what options do pet owners have when they need to transport their pet long distances.

There are typically 3 options for pet owners when they are flying with their pet.

  • Pets can be checked as carry on within an airline compliant container that will be stored under the passenger’s seat in the cabin.
  • Pets can be checked as baggage in the cargo hold.
  • Service animals, which are not considered pets, can be in the cabin of the airplane without being in a carrier.

Most animals will have to fall within the first 2 options, since the last one is reserved for service animals only. The availability of the first 2 options is dependent on the airline with which you are flying. This is due to the fact that the FAA allows each airline to designate their own rules regarding the transport of pets. However, each airline has to follow certain guidelines for pets in carry on containers.

  • The container must be small enough to fit under the seat without blocking any person’s path to the aisle.
  • The container must be properly stored before the last door to the airplane is closed.
  • The container must remain properly stored for the duration of the flight.
  • You must follow flight attendant instructions regarding the storage of the pet container.

For more information about traveling with pets on a plane, you should talk to someone within the airline you are choosing to fly with. This way, you will be able to know for sure what you need to do in order to take your pet with you when you travel.

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Fire Safety Is Important For Californians

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It is warming up here in California, meaning that fire season is growing closer. Nobody wants to experience a wildfire burning near their home, which means that everyone should do their part in preventing wildfires.

California’s Mediterranean climate makes it easy for wildfires to get started. All it takes is one spark on a windy day and several acres can be burned in an instant. To prevent this from happening, it is important that everyone be safe and responsible whenever there is a fire of any sort involved.

To best be prepared for fires inside the house, homeowners should:

  • Check the batteries in the smoke detectors
  • Practice fire drills with the family
  • Have a working fire extinguisher available

Meanwhile, homeowners outside the house should:

  • Keep a safe space free of plants around your house
  • Use outdoor machinery before 10 a.m. when the humidity is high
  • Follow proper guidelines for burning branches and leaf debris
  • Have an evacuation plan ready to go in case of wildfires

Doing all of this can help protect your home and family from fires.

In the case of wildfires, it is important to follow what the firefighters and local law enforcement tell you. If they say evacuate, do it. You do not want to wait until it is too late to do anything. There are far too many stories of people who died in a wildfire because they were told to evacuate but ignored the order. Remember, firefighters and law enforcement officers know what they are talking about and you should take their advice when it comes to wildfires.

Doing all of this will help keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire, which is all anybody wants.

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Why You Should Pay For Uber Or Lyft

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There are so many ways to avoid drinking and driving these days, so why do people still do it? Instead of drinking and driving, you can walk if you are very close to home and the walk is safe, you can take a bus long as you do not act drunk and belligerent, you can arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up, or you can call an Uber, Lyft, or taxi.

Why You Should Pay For Uber Or Lyft

Spending $15-$20 on a ride-sharing service is more appealing than shelling out thousands of dollars for a DUI arrest. You read that right, a first-time DUI offense can be in the tens of thousands of dollars. What factors into that outrageous cost? Bail, lawyers, getting your car back from the impound lot, increased insurance, and fees for getting your license back. That is the minimum. If you also got into an accident because you were driving drunk, then you could be looking at medical bills, repairs for your car, and any other damaged property. Some drivers might be required to retake a Driver’s Ed course and/or go to rehab. Remember that these classes could be court-mandated, meaning you are required to enroll in rehab. If you think about that, you can bet that the DUI cost is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The legal blood alcohol content for California is 0.08%. How many drinks it takes for a person to reach that limit really depends on quite a few factors including gender, age, whether or not they have eaten, the type of drinks they are consuming, overall health, and more. A person does not have to have a BAC of more than 0.08% to be arrested for drunk driving though. Jane Doe can blow a 0.03% into a breathalyzer and still be arrested because she was driving while intoxicated and was swerving lanes. Everyone reacts to alcohol differently, but even buzzed driving is drunk driving.

Next time you go out for some drinks with friends, figure out ahead of time how you plan on getting home at the end of the night. Your options should not include you driving home, unless you are the designated sober driver for the night.

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Do You Hear Thunder?

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Summer is approaching, and for residents of the Antelope Valley, that means it’s time for Thunder on the Lot once again. The boulevard will roar to life as hundreds of motorcycles and classic cars parade down the street before settling into place at SGT. Steve Owen Memorial Park. This is Antelope Valley’s largest event, bringing in over 15,000 people each year since 1995.

Every year in June, over the course of one weekend, Thunder on the Lot is held. The main goal of the event is to raise money for local kid’s charities. These programs provide support for children with therapeutic, educational, supportive, and abuse prevention needs. Thunder on the Lot has raised over 4.8 million dollars since it started 23 years ago.

Thunder offers a huge variety of entertainment, making it an exciting event for everyone. At the event, you will find:

  • Motorcycle stunt shows
  • A poker run
  • Import car show
  • Go kart races
  • Dozens of exhibits
  • Casino games
  • Two concert stages featuring music all day, both days
  • $1 dollar raffles
  • Kid’s activities
  • A carnival
  • Beer gardens
  • Hundreds of vendors

There is also the Thunder Cruise-In on Lancaster Boulevard on Friday night from 6 to 9pm, which kicks off the whole event. Hundreds of motorcycles, and classic cars will be cruising around the boulevard in a glorious parade. There will be live music and food from many of the local restaurants on the boulevard.

If you are interested in attending this spectacular event, mark your calendars for June 9th, 10th, and 11th. The Thunder Cruise-In will be held on the 9th on Lancaster Boulevard. The main event will be held at SGT. Steve Owen Memorial Park on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th. On Saturday, the festivities will start at 2pm and go until 11pm with tickets costing $15 for everyone over the age of 10. Sunday, the event starts at 10am and goes until 5pm. Admission will be FREE for everyone on Sunday.

No matter where you are in California, if you like cars and want to support kid’s charities in the Antelope Valley, be sure to check out Thunder on the Lot!

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What You Should Not Post On Social Media

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These days, there is no denying how powerful social media is. It is a great way to keep us all up-to-date on how friends and family are doing. It is also a rapidly growing medium for people to receive their daily news. Then there is law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies on all levels, from local to state to federal, are increasingly scanning through social media to look for evidence and information of crimes. In fact, many agencies even have special departments who focus solely on social media. Obviously, people should know what they should and should not post on social media. Yet, some people choose to post questionable, incriminating, and illegal content online. One of the latest stories that quickly captured national attention is that of Steve Stephens.

What Not To Post On Social Media

Stephens had posted a video on Facebook of him shooting and killing another man in Cleveland, Ohio. In his video, he also made claims to have killed other people. The police were quickly notified of the posting and alerted the city of Cleveland to stay alert and indoors, if possible. Stephens was considered armed and dangerous. The search for Stephens quickly became a national search.

The video has been removed from Facebook, but it is just another strong example that shows how powerful the social media community is. Even threats that are made online as a joke are taken seriously by both the social media company and the law enforcement agencies.

Another type of post that can get you into legal trouble are photos of you in a location that can only be accessed by trespassing. This happens quite often when the location offers a great view and the person needs that Instagram shot. And third, if you post a photo of your name carved into a tree that is in a national park or on Native American land, you can also get called out for this as well; this is exactly what happened to singer and actress Vanessa Hudgens. These are the type of posts that you may not have intended to post with ill will, but it did not cross your mind that it could still incriminate you for a less heinous reason.

The bottom line is that with social media, you are putting your life out there for others to see, not just friends and family but even strangers. People on social media like to talk, gossip, share, and judge. Everyone is a critic. They can quickly make something viral and even if you delete something, you never know who might have saved a copy. So, just be careful with what you post on social media. And if you ever see something that is troubling or disturbing, report it. It is better to be safe than sorry!