How to Get Into Clubs and Events for Free

Getting in to clubs and events for free isn’t hard.  You just have to be guided once and soon

you’ll be waltzing into every hot club in the area whenever you want.   Just read these 16 quick tips and then try them out.

  1. Ask.  The most direct way is to contact the club or bar.  Ask if it would be possible to be guest listed.  Especially if you have a large group, make sure to let them know your approximate number of guests coming with you.  Don’t over exaggerate or you could lose the privilege of getting in free.

 

  1. Get to Know the Promoters. Promoters are hired by the venues to get people to come out.  They promote the event and advertise for the venue.  Most of them have a guest list.  Some have a limited amount of guests they can get in at a reduced cost or for free.  Be friendly, don’t be pushy.  Follow and friend them on social media.  Politely say hi and ask if they have any room on their guest list or if they can offer any perks or freebies.  Some promoters are paid per person they bring in and others are paid a direct fee or a percentage of the door or bar.  Some are paid a flat rate with bonuses for how many guests they can bring to the event.  Make sure to give your promoter proper credit when you arrive.

  1. Hit up the DJs. If you follow and LIKE the DJs social media sites you can help out the DJ and get yourself on the fast track to freebies, free entry and the inside info on the after parties.  Almost always the DJ gets a plus one, but that usually goes to who they are dating, flirting with, or their good friends.  Sometimes they can do a solid and get you on a guest list or set you up with a promoter.

 

  1. Sign Up for their Newsletter. On nights with slow presales clubs may send out free tickets to the first 100 people to respond or call.  You get news of upcoming events and sometimes even deals on VIP.  I don’t like to get a million emails from all the clubs and restaurants I like, so I created a special email address just for these type of newsletters and ads.

 

  1. Make Friends with the bouncers, the cashiers, the bartenders, and other guests. Use your social media and ask if anyone knows anyone who works there.  Most all staff can get a friend or two in for the night.  Reach out.

 

  1. Arrive Early. Very often if you arrive early there isn’t a cover or they aren’t set up to take money yet, so you waltz in free.  Some bars and clubs don’t start charging a door fee until after a set time of 9pm or 10pm, so arrive before then.

 

  1. Start Early. I know most of don’t think about going out until the day of or even hours before.  It’s really best if you can start hitting up everyone earlier in the week.  Sometimes promoters and DJs only get a set amount of people for their guest lists, so hit them up as soon as possible.  Don’t be obnoxious though.  Be cool, be polite and make sure you like and share their posts.

 

  1. Groups of Girls almost always get in free and first. So, ladies get your girls all together and head out.  Guys, invite all your girlfriends and walk in on the arm of 4 or more ladies. If you can’t find girls to go with you, find some ladies in line or walking in and ask if they’ll escort you in.  They may either get you in free or at least your sausage fest of a group got in.

  1. Get Bottle Service. Bottle service usually gets you a VIP table and better attention from your server.  You can usually RSVP ahead with bottle service.  By the time you would have each paid to get in and gotten drinks for everyone, you would almost be at the price of the booth.  The booths are usually a bit more, but you get personal space, somewhere to sit and you usually get to look down on the peons.

 

  1. Dress Up. Find out if there is a theme or if it’s just a regular club night.  Dress the theme and dress hot, sexy and fun if it’s a regular night.  Dressing slightly wild can make you interesting enough to get in the door as long as it’s not dorky.  Always look your best.  Businesses need you pretty people to make them look good and for others to want to be there to meet you.

 

  1. Call a Concierge. The best hotels have a concierges, someone who performs various tasks such as making restaurant reservations, arranging spa services, procuring tickets to special events, and getting guests into the hottest night spots.  Even if you aren’t a guest of the hotel you may be able to create a relationship with a concierge and get them to get you on the list and possibly other perks.  Make sure to tip your new friend!

 

  1. Reach Out to Limo Companies. Many limo services have relationships with most of the hot spots around the city.  Promoters and venues often have deals with limos, taxi services, concierges, etc to send out of town guests and high class locals to their locations.  Often the promoters give an incentive to whoever brings in partiers.  It can’t hurt to give them a call and see.  Even better if you book a limo, split it between friends and then nobody has to drink and drive.  Sometimes you can even get package deals, dinner, limo, and nightclub bottle service and admission for a great price.

 

  1. Offer a Service. Reach out to the club or promoter.  If you are a writer/blogger and can help promote their event, you may be able to get in free.  If you are a photographer and offer to come shoot the night, you will more than likely get in free and possibly even rate a small tab until they know you.  Offer to promote the event just to get in free or again for a small tab.  Prove you can help.  Promote on all social media, offer to pass out flyers, be shot girl (you can even earn tips), etc.  Some of these can even turn into paid gigs.  I like getting in free and getting paid.

 

  1. The Box of Lemons. A fun never fail idea from Digital DJ Tips is “The Box of Lemons,” move.  It’s a gutsy move where you strut a box of lemons up to the door and tell the bouncer you can’t believe they are already out of lemons, good thing we had .  Then keep on going and don’t look back.  Visit this Digital DJ Tips article to get even more tips on ways to get into the clubs without paying.  http://www.digitaldjtips.com/2011/12/7-ways-to-get-into-clubs-without-paying

 

  1. Never, Ever, Ever, Say Any of These Things. I will automatically not want to help or be accommodating if anyone gets pissy with me while claiming to be on the list or if they say any of these lame things.

 

  • “I know the owner.” Well the owner should have put you on the guest list then.  Give them a call.
  • “I come here all the time!” Then you should know how it works.
  • “I’m never coming back here if this is how you treat people.” Ok, take your cheap crabby ass on home.  We don’t want your annoying kind here is what goes through my mind.
  • “Do you know who I am?!” Nope.
  • “I forgot my ID, but I come here all the time.” Then hope you don’t forget your way home.
  • “You have no idea who my Daddy is, do you?” Do you?

 

  1. Just be sincere and friendly. We always like good people in our crowd.  The more you frequent a business the more likely you are to be remembered and treated like family.  Bring friend, buy drinks and don’t cause any drama.  Smile and have fun!

 

Good Luck!

Jennifer Nickert

 

Outcry for Orlando

I am heartbroken over the mass shooting at club Pulse in Orlando on Sunday, June 12th, 2016.  A gunman held hundreds hostage at the nightclub, killing 50 people and wounding over 50 more.

That someone could have that much hate for strangers is unfathomable.  I am also saddened by the reactions of some of people on social media.  Taking the opportunity to say being gay is wrong, that guns should be outlawed, etc.  These were human beings, they were sons, daughters, friends, coworkers, family to many.  The people brutally shot down were the people who smiled as they passed by, the person who held the door for you, the person who donated to a fund that helped your neighbors.  They were lives who still had so much to give and to do.  Think before you make ignorant statements.

I have a lot of LBGT friends and family.  My Uncle Greg is gay and he was just in Orlando for a convention not even a week ago, so this hits home.    Greg is one of the kindest, most generous, intelligent, funny people I know.  Honestly one of the best human beings I’ve ever known.  To think someone would harm him without even knowing him horrifies me.

All those human beings were killed and injured for something a mentally ill person _ Jenny Knows Everything 5orchestrated in his mind.  Mental illness is rampant and it seems that the only help for them unless is jail time.

I am not really religious, I am not really political and I don’t have the answers.  I just know respect and love for others is the only way to live life.  Any religion that tells you to hate or kill is wrong! Nobody should let words in a book or online propel you to dictate what anyone else’s life should be.

We are so intolerant of others as a society if it doesn’t fit in with what we want.  People have been padding their home environment so they have everything and don’t have to interact with others much.  Large screen TVs replaced going to the movies where you have to sit next to strangers.  Home video games replaced kids playing with their friends (Have you noticed how antisocial kids have gotten?).   The internet has replaced going out for social interaction and attention (Selfies anyone?).  Single Mom’s raising little assholes because they want their kids to like them more than they want to raise respectful, independent children.

We’re all hypocrites.  We all make mistakes.  An example:  On rare occasion I have made a mistake while driving.  I’ve started to merge to realize there is a car in my blind spot.  I quickly throw up my hand to wave and I mouth “I am sorry!”  When someone does it to me, I am usually agitated and alarmed.  Luckily my middle finger stopped shooting up years ago.  Now I stick my tongue out at bad drivers.  It either gets my point across or we both laugh.

I think a little more compassion and empathy are called for in this world.  If your religion, friends or family are encouraging you to hate, it’s time to drop them all.

 

Peace, Love, Unity, Respect   #Plur

Design a Life I Love Project (101 Things in 1001 Days)

101 Things in 1001 Days 2016  101 Things in 1001 Days

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days also known as Day Zero Project.

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

“Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic.”

 

Start date 1-12-16    End date 10-9-18   Years (2.75 years)

I will donate $5.00 to the Redford Children’s Home for every item not completed and if I complete all my goals I will throw a huge party to benefit the charity.

The rules: Document each completed task with a photo on the blog or on a social media page.

 

Completed: 0/101

Personal Challenges

  1. Create a Wallet Sized Laminated Version of This List to keep with me.
  2. Lose Weight. 60lbs.
  3. Do 50 crunches every day for a month.
  4. Do 100 crunches every day for a month.
  5. Eat ONLY fruit and vegetables for 5 days straight. (seasoning & salad dressing allowed)
  6. Get a new hair style.
  7. Get tooth fixed.
  8. Take my iron every day for 30 days straight.
  9. Complete a “Couch to 5K” program
  10. Take a yoga class.
  11. Get my eyes examined and my husbands (Mine hasn’t happened since elementary school)
  12. Floss every day for 2 weeks.
  13. Do something that scares/challenges me. Something I would never normally do.
  14. Turn off the computer for a whole weekend.
  15. Go without TV for a whole week.
  16. Be on time everywhere for one whole day. (A serious challenge for me!)

 

Writing

  1. Finish Writing Novel.
  2. Publish 4 new E-books.
  3. Complete a novel in November as part of National Novel Writing Month.
  4. Get an article published in a magazine.
  5. Write 20 Articles.
  6. Write 300 Blog Posts.

 

Cooking/Home

  1. Try 25 new recipes.
  2. Learn to make Grandmas rolls.
  3. Bake two pies from scratch.
  4. Make a weeks’ worth of meals and freeze them.
  5. Start a garden and eat one thing grown from it.

 

Work Related

  1. New studio.
  2. Get 3 clients in major publications and or media outlets (Film, TV, Interviews, web shows).
  3. Book clients to at least 2 Major Festivals.
  4. Get clients song on FM radio.
  5. Completely clear out my inbox every week for a month.
  6. Listen to my voicemail messages every day.
  7. Hire an assistant.
  8. Make and publish 4 YouTube videos.
  9. Produce a Festival.
  10. Earn $1001.00 in Stock photo revenue.
  11. Create 10 template flyers to resell.
  12. Create one new niche webpage.
  13. Find a great CPA.
  14. Illustrate 20 stock images.
  15. Leave comments on 50 random blogs. (0/50)
  16. Upload 5 new stock photos a month for 6 months. (0/6)
  17. Participate in a 31 pictures in 31 days picture challenge.

 

Travel

  1. Visit one new country.
  2. Visit one new state.
  3. Try 20 new restaurants in Michigan.
  4. Take a Girls Trip
  5. Visit my sister in Oklahoma.
  6. Visit my sister in Florida.
  7. Take a road trip with no destination and make random stops along the way. At least overnight.
  8. Stay at a bed and breakfast.
  9. Go geocaching.
  10. Throw a dart at a map of Michigan and visit that town.

 

Family

  1. Do 20 activities or crafts with the kids off Pinterest.
  2. Take my hubby skiing.
  3. Take kids to Disneyland or Disney cruise.
  4. Start a journal for each kid with stories about themselves to give to them when they are grown.
  5. Clean my Moms house top to bottom.
  6. Finish family video documentary.
  7. Spend more time with my Dad and Mom. Learn 5 new things about each of my parents.
  8. Start a new family tradition.
  9. Backup all home video (yep still have some on VHS and some on hi-8mm)

 

Fun

  1. Go to a spa for a day.
  2. Be an extra in a film. Or video.
  3. Go to a major league game for the NBA, NFL, NHL, NLB, and a U of M game. (0/5)
  4. Swim in all 5 Great Lakes and the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. 0/7
  5. Play 18 holes of golf.
  6. Build the biggest snowman I can.
  7. Go kayaking.
  8. Sky dive.
  9. Learn to scuba dive.
  10. Try snowboarding.
  11. Go Skinny Dipping 2 times.
  12. Swim with the Dolphins.
  13. See the Northern Lights.
  14. Have a float in a parade.
  15. See a famous landmark that I’ve never visited before.
  16. Visit 5 local galleries. (0/5)
  17. Go To 5 Farmers Markets. 0/5
  18. Try something new every day and record it in a notebook for at least 101 days.
  19. Photograph a sunrise and sunset from the same point on the same day.
  20. Ride a Mechanical Bull.

 

Good Things

  1. Make and deliver someone a complete dinner.
  2. Send 101 postcards, letters or packages (Not including Work related)
  3. Do a random good deed for a stranger every day for a week.
  4. Report someone’s great service at least 5 times.
  5. Send someone flowers 4 times.
  6. Flip through a phonebook, stop on five people and mail them $5 each.

 

Learning

  1. Master Dreamweaver.
  2. Learn to use Lightroom.
  3. Watch 10 Documentaries.
  4. Read 50 books.
  5. Finish 6 online classes.
  6. Learn to use Adobe Illustrator (especially the pen tool).
  7. Take a photography lighting class.

 

Financial

  1. Go 4 weeks not spending money on anything but gas, groceries and bills. (Doesn’t have to be consecutive).
  2. Buy a new car.
  3. Buy an L series Canon lens.
  4. Become debt free. With the exception of hubbies child support & his student loans.

 

Finishing Touches

101.  Make a new list to complete!

 

Make your own list, it’s fun to think of your goals an the things you’d like to accomplish in 1001 days.  You can calculate your own dates by visiting here http://www.timeanddate.com/date/dateadd.html

PR no-no!

Joey Lawrence AdamsIn public relations you want to always put your best foot forward when you can.  I was recently working a Comic Con in the Detroit area and was asked to shoot every booth and every celebrity.

I am very courteous and polite -OK, I TRY to be.  I have my Press Pass, but I never abuse it.  I ask permission, I say please, I say thank you.  I had an absolutely great time with the fans and the celebrities until I hit one booth.   There was one person in Joey Lauren Adams line and she was smiling and talking with him.  I waited patiently, then approached and said, “I am Jennifer Nickert with The Best of Detroit.  Could I take a photo.”   Adam’s handler (manager, assistant, whatever…) stepped up and Joey looked at him and said she had never heard of me.  He said no we have never heard of you.

I said thank you anyways and I walked away.

Now why would they say no?  I had credentials that the people who hired her to be there had given me.  Her employers clearly thought I should have been there.  What would one photo have done to or for her that she wouldn’t have wanted?  She basically turned down press and at the same time offended myself, the company I was there for, the client, and the people who hired her to  be there.

Was she that desperate that if I wasn’t a paying fan I couldn’t have just snapped one photo?  I did enjoy her movies, but bet money on it I won’t be supporting any of her movies in the future.

William ZabkaI would never ever let one of my clients say no like that in those circumstances.  Out of the 400+ tables, vendors and celebrities she was the ONLY one to give me a No.   I was clearly there working and wasn’t buying autographs anyways.  The photo would have taken less time then telling me you had never heard of me (Have you really heard of every writer, photographer and media outlet in the Country?) and trying to insulting me.  She would have had a little more press, one more person who thought she was great and it would have taken less than 20 seconds.

That was the dumbest celebrity PR mistake I saw all day.  The best PR was done by William Zabka from Karate Kid fame.  His line was longer and he was very friendly and personable with each and every one.  I can take some quick pics without their permission and I do get to cut the line, but I try not to step on toes and make sure the fans are happy so I am invited back.  So, I waited, he looked at me a few times and I waited.  He took a break from his fans to come over and I introduced myself and asked if a quick photo was ok.

He was gracious and friendly.  He posed, even asked if I wanted in a photo myself, which I declined so I didn’t take up his time or over impose.  I thanked him and as I was stepping away I told him I loved him on How I Met Your Mother.  Which if you didn’t catch the last season with him in it as himself please do, very funny.  He came back around his table and leaned in, I thought he was going to whisper something, he gave me a kiss on my cheek and thanked me.  Now, guess who has a new fan for life?  I even paid for someone to get his autograph so he would be compensated for being so damn awesome.

So, to sum things up.  If what someone is asking doesn’t cost you anything and doesn’t put you out, do it!  The good Karma will go a long way and who knows who they are or how they are connected.  Even if they aren’t connected and don’t know a soul, be a good person and go a bit extra.

DJ Life

Detroit DJThe soundtrack to our life is played at the bar or club as we laugh with friends, make new friends, flirt, create memories.  More often than not it’s being choreographed by a DJ.  I never really paid much attention to the DJs until the last few years as I got more DJ’s as clients.

Doing their Public Relations has been very eye opening.  There are the really good career DJ’s like Godfather, Captn20, and DJ Dock.  There are the really bad ones who play their MP3 players, that only use their laptops, and those who have no knowledge of equipment and blow the sound system.

DJ’s all have different equipment, different software, different lighting and they will all defend how they do it as the right way til their death.  That stuff doesn’t make a difference to me.  I used to not even pay attention to the music except as background to whatever I was doing.  Now that I pay attention to the DJ’s I love when a DJ can take a familiar song and make it something new.  I love when they mix two songs I never would have thought of, or when they surprise me with something new.

A great DJ has to appeal to a whole room full of people and keep the energy up and vibrant.  As anyone who has ever had a road trip with someone else knows, finding music to appeal to everyone is impossible sometimes, so I appreciate when a DJ can keep a dance floor going and people happy.

That brings me to my new life lesson.  Don’t ask for a song request!  These DJ’s spend hours downloading music, creating music, listening to music and creating play lists for different venues and events.  They know their music, they know their bar/club/crowd, they have a job to do and it’s not to be a jukebox.

These guys and gals have to get people dancing and drinking and enjoying the party.  Once its finally in swing one bad song can end the night.  Your request for Barbie Girl isn’t going to do anything for the night, yet you waltzed your 6in leopard print peep toe shoe’d ass up to the Dj booth and made your request.  The DJ knows that song will kill the room, yet he has your drunk happy open cleavaged  self standing there demanding that one song that made you laugh 5 years ago.  He has to weigh offending you and ruining your night or ending a party for 300-600 people.  My advice, JUST LET THEM RUN THE NIGHT.  It’s their job.  You can turn your song on in your car on the way home or the way there.  Unless it’s your wedding and you tell your DJ what to play leave him alone!

My list of DJ etiquette.

1.  Don’t request a song.  You and maybe one friend are the only ones who want to hear it, the REST of the bar does not.

2.  Don’t tell your DJ anyone can DJ and she just pushes play.  If that’s all she is doing she shouldn’t be a DJ.

3.  Don’t set your drink down on the DJ table.  That equipment is expensive!  Would you put a beer on your laptop?

4. Don’t hire a DJ and expect the DJ to do your promotions.  A DJ provides entertainment to your guests, a promoter brings in the bodies.  Don’t be cheap!

5. Don’t tell the DJ you know the owner and you spend a lot of money in there.  Yeah, you are the only one.  All those other people have never been in here and they aren’t buying drinks and food also.  When you own the bar then come talk to the DJ.

6. Don’t tell the DJ, “Nobody wants to hear this song.”  (Except the person who requested it).  Like you did a poll with everyone in the bar.  Go back and sit with your drunk friends.

7.  Sometimes the promoter or bar owner has a theme for the night and they dictate what type of music is played.  You can request a song (although I recommend you sit your little butt down and don’t bother the DJ unless its to give a compliment, tip them, flash them or offer them a job), but be understanding if the DJ can’t accommodate it.  It’s not always up to the DJ.

8.  When you talk to the DJ it’s loud, there are people, the DJ is mixing or cuing up the next song.  Usually they can’t hear you.  Don’t take it personally, they are busy and it’s LOUD.  Deal with it.

9.  No you cannot charge your phone in the DJ booth.  Be responsible and handle it on your own or God forbid enjoy the night without Facebooking every second of it.

10.  Most important of all… they are WORKING.  This is their job and they are doing their job.  When someone calls you at your work don’t you sometimes have to put them on hold or call them back?  Let them do their job!  Smile, dance, show some love.  have fun.  It’s a night out and life is good.  It’s not the end of the night if you can’t get that one song right then.

 

Pizza Lasagna

jenniepieTonight my friend Jennie Marisnick posted what she made for dinner tonight.  Boy did it get my mouth watering!  Here is her recipe…

Ingredients:

1 box Mostaccioli noodles

1lb Hamburger

1 can Tomato Soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 jar of Ragu pizza quick (or a jar of pizza sauce)

1 bag of mozzarella shredded cheese

bag of sliced pepperoni (save some to for the top)(sliced in halves or quarters)

Boil Noodles and cook the hamburger.  Set aside about a quarter of the cheese.  Mix together the other ingredients, then add 3/4 of the hamburger meat and all of the noodles to the mix.

Put in a 9×13 dish, top with rest of cheese, hamburger and some pepperoni, cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for about and hour and a half, take off the foil when there is about 10 minutes left to brown the top.

She says you can also add bacon, extra cheese, olives, mushrooms, what ever you like on your pizza.. Its called pizza lasagna.

 

Thank you for sharing Jennie!

Movies I Find Motivating

motivation
A million people find inspiration from the scene in Rocky when Sylvester Stone climbs to the top of the steps and thrusts is arms in the air.  It was moving and his hard work moved us.  It was OK for me, but moments like that really move people.  While scrolling through the TV guide yesterday I saw one of my favorite cheesy movies that I watch over and over, The Secret of My Success.  I, of course, recorded it as it always amuses me and motivates me.

As I was watching it tonight I started thinking about which movies really motivate me and why.  I decided to share my list with you.  Here is my list off the top of my head.  Which movies motivate and inspire you?

 

The Secret of My Success (1987)

Starring Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, and John Pankow

Fox is a young go getter who heads to his first job in NYC after college to find he has no job.  Not only does he find a job, but works hard and thrives.  A little office romance and comedy thrown in too.

I know it’s not as easy as the movie makes it, but they show him working hard.  Late nights reading, working two jobs, networking, and making friends. He does it all correctly even for a movie.

Born Yesterday (1993)

Starring Melanie Griffith, John Goodman, Don Johnson

This is a remake of the 1950 movie of the same name starring Judy Holliday, William Holden,  and Broderick Crawford.  A wealthy tycoon (Goodman) goes to Washington on business and finds his girlfriend (Griffith) is a social embarrassment.  He hires a reporter (Johnson) to smarten her up.

What I love about this movie is that after not having an interest in the education as she learns little by little she embraces learning.  She is reading, looking things up, having discussions.  The fact that she can go from not knowing much of anything to opening up a whole new world is wonderful to me.  I certainly don’t know everything contrary to my webpage JennyKnowsEverything.com, but I do know how to look things up and ask.  I have it in me to learn anything I want to learn.  My ambition is to learn a new language, know all the presidents, and learn how to build a car from scratch.  My true searches are usually more like, “What’s this rash?” “How to write the best press release”  “Which colors encourage people to buy online.”  lol.

 G.I. Jane (1997)

Starring Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, and Anne Bancroft

Under pressure political powers that be try to integrate females into elite SEAL/C.R.T program.  Demi Moore is the female test subject admitted to the program even though everyone expects her to fail.

The workout program and Moore’s body in this movie are killer.  There is no way on earth I can watch this and shove food in my face. I should watch it every day.  Every time I see this movie it motivates me to change my eating and exercise more.  I honestly do really well for at least a week after seeing this movie.  Note to self, “Buy this movie and quit waiting for it to come on TV.”

 

Working Girl

Starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver

When an overworked under appreciated Secretary’s idea is stolen she finds a way to circumvent her boss and succeed in business.

She works hard, she is smart, she uses her resources.  It motivates me to get creative.  Not every job is going to be easy.  Not every person you work with is going to look out for you or encourage you.  You have to find those who have your best interests in mind and surround yourself with them.

Last Holiday

Starring Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, and Gérard Depardieu

When a hard working woman is diagnosed with a terminal disease she decides to spend the rest of her time and money doing what she has always dreamed of doing.  She cashes in her savings, quits her job and goes on a dream vacation.  She worked so hard but didn’t take any chances until it was too late.

The movie is inspires me to work hard, but to live life to the fullest.  Take chances, do the things you want to do.  Try new places, new foods, meet new people.  Life is precious and way too short.  Nothing is stopping me, go do it now.

 

Pollyanna (1960)

Starring Jane Wyman, and Hayley Mills,

My Mom used to watch old movies she loved as a kid with me and my sisters.  This was one of them.  I used to make fun of it, then I used to quote it, now I live by it.  This movie was based on a best-selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter.

Pollyanna comes to a small town and changes it for the better.  She looks for the good in everyone and everything and plays “The Glad Game.”  The Glad Game is simple.  You find something good about anything.  You burn your food?  The restaurant you to instead was delicious.  Your house is small and cramped?  You have a warm dry place to live.

It’s really simple, but it taught me to look at the good instead of the bad and life won’t be so bad.

These are just a few of the movies that motivate me that come to mind, I hope you watch them and find the life lessons I get out of them.  I really want to hear which movies motivate you.  Tell me in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Date Ideas in Detroit

Fall Dating IdeasI’ve been meaning to write some new dating articles for a long time and I finally got around to it.  I wrote a new article for the Examiner.com.  You can read it here…

http://www.examiner.com/article/fall-date-ideas-the-detroit-area

More Fall Date Ideas not in the article:

Cook together

Open the window, let that crisp air in and make an apple pie or make some gourmet caramel apples.

Football

You can play catch, maybe some two hand touch or go see a game.  For a twist on football, go watch a Rugby game.

What are your Fall Date Ideas?  I’d love to hear your suggestions for spots to hit in the Detroit area or anywhere in general.

Video Streaming Services: So Many Choices

Watching TV and movies used to be one of my very favorite things to do.  Then about 6 years ago I decided I watched too much TV instead if living life and it was just costing me too much.

I got rid of cable and didn’t look back.  Once in a while I felt left out when everyone was talking about the hottest show or something funny.  I still had my internet of course, so I looked up free TV options.  There were plenty!  Hulu.com, ABC.com, NBC.com, etc… almost every TV channel offered some shows for free online.  I had to sit through commercials, but I was mostly listening while I worked and barely watched anything.

Then came the new wave of TV, Roku, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Blockbuster (are they still around?), and now Redbox.  I am now trying to figure out which ones I like and which are worth the money.  I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions.  Here is my opinion.

Roku: $49-$95 one time purchase

I had never even heard of Roku before I got roommates.  My roommate loved his and suggested I buy one. I happened to have an amazon gift certificate from Christmas so I bought the Roku 3, which is the newest one as of writing this.  It’s a box that plugs into your TV and for the one time purchase you can get free TV channels through your WiFi.   I’m very pleased with it.

You can also use the Roku to stream your Amazon Prime, your Netflicks, Redbox, Hulu Plus, etc.  There are even hidden free porn channels… shhhhhh.

Amazon Prime: $79 a year

Amazon Prime is more than just TV.  You pay a yearly membership fee at Amazon.com and you get to watch movies, TV shows, free 2 day shipping on any orders, as well as one free Kindle book a month, and more benefits you can read about on the site.  It’s $79.00 a year, making that $6.58 a month.  Which is cheaper than any other subscription with much more value. You can watch your prime online, or stream it through your Roku or smart TV.

They also offer movie purchases and rentals at an addition cost.

The only downfall is that you cannot pay monthly like the other companies, but this is the best overall option and my personal choice.  My parents feel they have a better selection of mainstream movies than the others as well.

Netflix: $7.99 a month

Certainly the most popular of the Video streaming companies right now.  It streams well with no buffering (In my experiences), and a simple easy to use webpage.  However many of the titles are B rated and straight to video selections as are Redbox, and Hulu Plus.  Netflix does offer some original content you can only get from their membership such as Season 4 of Arrested Development and Orange is the new Black.

You can get DVD’s in the mail for an addition cost, but its slow and costly.

Except for the limited original content Netlix has pretty much the same shows as the other video streaming companies.   I happily used them (a friend let me share his account.  Each account can stream on 2 devices at a time) for the last year, although I got bored with the same selections over and over.

Redbox Instant: $8 a month

Redbox has been putting video rental stores to shame for a while now, easy, cheap and a decent selection.  Now Redbox has moved into the video streaming business with partner Verizon.  It works almost exactly the same way as Netflix except you get 4 DVD credits every month with your subscription and the option to rent more recent videos online at an additional cost.

I was offered a 30 day free trial and of course I jumped on it to see if it was better than Netflix.  So far it seems to have mainly the same selection.  It’s a little difficult to browse their selections while streaming through Roku, PS3, or smart TV, but online was easier to browse.  The webpage is still lacking.  Their selection as far as I can tell is almost identical to the other streaming providers.  If I weren’t a fan of Prime I would choose this over Netflix for the simple fact that you get more features and the 4 DVD’s a month.

Hulu Plus: $7.99 a month

This is the one site I have not personally used.  I have frequented Hulu.com, but I have not used Hulu Plus monthly service yet.  Hulu seems to have a larger selection of current TV shows.

Vacuum Trouble

I don’t know why the universe is keeping me from being the Domestic Goddes_vaccumissuess I try to be (kinda try). I can plan an event for 600, I can make a few phone calls and have a stage crew ready to go in Monsoon weather in 24 hours notice, I can manage 25 models at a time, but I pull out the vacuum and all hell breaks loose.

My first mistake was changing the light bulb in my office.  I went from a low wattage bulb someone had put in back to my good old 100w bulb.  Well it lit the room up like a fireworks display.  I could see every cobweb in the joint.  I decide to dive right in and I grab the vacuum (A fabulous surprise gift from my Mom, Jane, about 6 months ago.  Then I simply pull out the stretchy thingy to reach the cobwebs and dust and dirt start blowing all over my office. Dust on my phones, my computers, my cameras, my printers. That will teach me to clean.

Writing ad now looking for housekeeper.

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