Do You Suffer From A Fear Of Learning How To Swim? Maybe These Tips Can Help

Many people have an outright fear of learning how to swim. Sometimes, it’s a lifelong fear people come to eventually accept as their reality. You don’t have to accept it. You should not let fear keep you away from the relaxing, enjoyable, and beneficial act of swimming. Here’s a few ways you can overcome that fear. Let the World Show You There’s Nothing to Fear Look around you. People are swimming all day, every day. People want to swim in oceans, lakes, pools, and anywhere else they find a body of water. There’s no class, race, age, gender, or other boundary stopping them. If they can enjoy it, then why not you? The sheer abundance of people that swim should let you know you can do it too. It should let you know there’s nothing to fear. Watch A Few Videos on Learning to Swim Many online videos focus on learning to swim. While there’s no substitute for hands-on learning, you can still learn a lot. Watch other people figure out swimming for the first time. Maybe seeing someone show you beginner techniques can help you to decide to go learn how to do it yourself. Seeing some visuals may give you a better understanding of swimming. Understanding can certainly help to conquer fears. Take a Swimming Lesson You don’t have to sign up for a full course. You can just take a single lesson and see how you feel about it. Check online for local swim instructors or classes. Early lessons take trepidation into account. They’re more about getting you comfortable with just being in the water, rather than outright swimming practice. For many people, learning to swim is a gradual process. You may find these early lessons can slowly strip the fear away, until you’re ready to really start the more active lessons. Search for Swim Clubs or Programs for New Adult Swimmers You’re not alone in this. Many people share your same fear. If you search locally, you can likely find a swim club or other program offering beginner classes. Some colleges also have beginner classes or lessons for adults. Overcome Your Fear Swimming represents a sport, activity, and even a lifelong survival skill. Overcoming your fear of learning will literally open up a completely new part of the world to you. You should respect the water, but it doesn’t mean you should fear it. Instead, try to learn to enjoy it.  For more information on swim lessons, contact a swim club like the Jersey Wahoos Swim...

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Keep Your Guests Comfortable At Your Outdoor Event

The stamps have been licked, the RSVPs have rolled in, and the date approaches.  Your birthday/anniversary/wedding/graduation party is sure to be the biggest, baddest blowout your block has ever seen.  Then the bad news crashes down, much like the lighting bolts are going to on your big day.  The weather is going to be dreadful.  Now what? Mother Nature either has a cruel sense of humor or an uncanny knack for showing up at the worst time.  Don’t let that old spinster put a damper on your festivities.  Almost anything she throws at you can be counteracted with the proper planning. Unseasonably Warm/Cold Temperatures If you have planned your event during a time of year that commonly has mild temperatures, but a sudden arctic blast or scorching heat develops right on time to destroy the greatest day of your life, don’t despair.  Most rental companies offer heaters that can heat up to a 20 foot radius.  Plop a few of these babies around your tent, arrange your tables nearby and presto, the day is saved.  Conversely, if you’re having a tropical heat wave, evaporative coolers are capable of cooling an area up to 200 sq. ft.  Coupled with hanging the sides on your tent and a well placed fan or two, you’re party may well begin to attract penguins. Insects Everybody loves bugs. Just like everyone likes stubbing their toe.  Nothing can put the kibosh on a good time faster than an invasion of mosquitoes, bees, or flies.  There are multiple products available to help drive away winged pests. Mesh nettings for the sides of the tent should be available via your rental company, such as Joliet Tent Co., to help keep out the vermin.  Citronella candles and propane based traps seem to be the most popular and most effective products if the creepy crawlies breach the mesh.  Even a good ol’ old-fashioned fly strip can help immensely. If the little buggers penetrate your first lines of defense, things like keeping food covered and placing garbage receptacles a safe distance away from the tent can help deter the uninvited guests from staying. Rain While there is very little that can be done to offset rain outside of your tent, with proper planning, a rainstorm shouldn’t stop your party from showing up on the party of the year candidates list.  Plan for in-tent activities in case of rain.  Come up with games that fit the theme of your celebration.  Even having several decks of cards on hand and holding an impromptu poker tournament can turn the rainy day blues into one great bash. While none of these things will keep Uncle Harvey from becoming over-served, mooning the neighbors, and falling face first into the cake, they will help ensure that you are prepared in case of unexpected...

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Top 4 Benefits Of Using A Corporate Charter For Company Outings

If you are a business owner with many employees, there might be times when you need everyone to meet at a certain destination at the same time. There are many reasons to have your employees meet in a different location and there are also many benefits to using a corporate charter for getting them there. If you are planning an off-site event for your employees, here are the top four reasons to use a corporate charter: Environmental Benefit A charter bus does use a lot of gas to get from one place to the other because of its size and weight. But when compared to many cars on the road to get to the event, the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere is much less. Economic Benefit Unless you are asking your employees to pitch in to pay for the charter, you may not see a cost benefit to using a charter right away, but your employees will. They will appreciate the fact that they don’t have to spend their own money to get to the destination that you are asking them to report to. Your economic benefit comes when you file your corporate taxes because the cost of the charter bus rental is a tax deduction. So, you will be able to add this to the cost of the event and pay less on your company’s taxes. Time Saving Benefit Eliminate the stress of wondering whether all attendees will report to the destination on time with a corporate charter. A charter eliminates the potential for traffic, flat tires and other vehicle breakdowns that make attendees late. These things can hold up a charter as well, but at least everyone will be together and you don’t have to worry if one or two people are missing. Team Building Benefit When your entire team rides in a charter together, they will have the opportunity to get to know each other a bit more. This can create new friendships, alliances and a better understanding of fellow workers. When employees use their own vehicles and decide to car pool, cliques can form which can lead to tense situations in the office on down the road. Use a charter the next time you want to plan an event for your company. Even though you will bear the expense, the benefits will far outweigh the cost. The more your employees can feel connected to each other and a part of the team, the more productive they can be and the more successful your off-site event will...

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Nostalgia For 1930s Films

While it’s common for fans to collect memorabilia from the 1940s onward, many film buffs don’t see back as far as the 1930s. After all, a couple of generations have gone by since then. But 1930s film actually started a lot more trends than we think it did. For one thing, film buffs associate hard-boiled detective film noir with the 1940s, but surprisingly the first three Thin Man films came out in 1934, 1936, and 1939. Charlie Chan and Ellery Queen also got their start in this decade. How about Universal horror classics? The Frankenstein films got their start, introducing Gothic horror to American film audiences in the 1930s with Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) (and that wild beehive hairdo), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). The year 1931 also saw the debut of Dracula with the one and only Bela Lugosi doing his first turn behind the cape. And what science fiction fan can forget the serials Flash Gordon (1936) and Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars (1938)? Sci-fi buffs are well advised to watch the original Star Wars trilogy back-to-back with Flash Gordon; see how much was borrowed. Now for the comedy of the 1930s: Both the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy made their first screen appearances in the 1930s. That includes the first eight films in the Marx Brothers’ canon and the bulk of their work. Modern audiences often don’t make the connection between common sight gags we see in today’s cartoons and the zany gags first invented ad lib by Harpo Marx. Laurel and Hardy had their more cerebral, sophisticated brand of humor slowly take off. Now for some surprises: Would your average film fan think Scarface was originally done with Al Pacino in 1983? Try 1932 with Paul Muni (and Boris Karloff in a cameo) in the starring role about a Cuban gangster largely based on the life of Al Capone. The 1983 one was a remake. Let us not forget Alfred Hitchcock, who was just digging into the medium and feeling his oats. He made no less than thirteen films during the 1930s, including widely loved classics such as The 39 Steps, The Man Who Knew Too Much (remade later with Doris Day and James Stewart), and Secret Agent. The fun part of revisiting the 1930s in film is realizing just how little has changed since then. While films were being made before this, many of the biggest and most successful genres were born and codified in the 1930s, including space-opera, “big monster” horror films, “who-done-its,” and even farce comedy. Thankfully there are still people out there who love and remember the 30s and all that those years brought to our film culture. For more information, visit your local nostalgia shop or...

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How To Add Backgrounds On Green Screen Footage In Adobe Premiere

Green screen technology has reached a consumer level where green screens can easily be implemented into any independent project. When working with a full service video production, it’s easy to get footage, but then you must master the techniques for using it in editing programs like Adobe Premiere. Follow these steps to easily add backgrounds and adjust green screen footage as needed. Sequence Setup When manipulating green screen footage, everything should be done within its own sequence. Later, those sequences can be added to the completed project. Go to “File,” “New,” and select “Sequence.” Label the sequence with an easy name to track like “Green Screen Space Scene.” Click “OK” and the new sequence will automatically load in the timeline. Right-click in the “Video Tracks” portion of the timeline. Add extra video tracks to ensure at least three tracks are available for use. Green Screen Footage Drag and drop the green screen footage into the “Video 3” layer of the timeline. The green screen footage should always be the top layer of video. When everything is keyed out from it, the bottom footage will appear up through it. Add the background footage to the “Video 2” layer. Once added, you will not see anything from that footage in the monitor window. Green Screen Effects Applying and tweaking the green screen effects will help create a realistic transition to the background footage. Click on the “Effects” tab and expand the “Video Effects” option. Expand the “Keying” folder and look for the “Chroma Key” effect. Drag and drop this effect directly onto the green screen clip. Click on the “Effect Controls” tab to load all the different options. Click on the “Dropper” tool next to the “Color” section. Move the tool over the “Monitor” window and click once on the green. Most of the green screen should automatically disappear and the background will show. If any bits of green remain, use the rest of the tools to make adjustments as needed. The “Similarity,” “Blend,” “Threshold,”  and “Cutoff” can all be tweaked to completely eliminate the green screen. Play the clip. Watch for little specs of green screen or areas where it does not disappear completely. This could be due to lighting or shadows. For these clips, use the razor tool to cut it from the main clip and then make the adjustments specifically on the smaller portion. The chroma key effect is great to use for green screens, but remember when using blue screens, there is a separate effect made just for that. Preview the video often to see how evenly the effect works. Many video production companies, like AC productionUSA, for example, can give guidance on green screening and other technical aspects of your...

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Five Obscure Ways To Gamble In Las Vegas

With legal gambling in Las Vegas, there are so many surprising spots where you can win a big jackpot. While on vacation in Vegas, check out some of the following obscure locations to gamble and see how it changes the dynamics of your trip. At the Dinner Table In many Las Vegas restaurants, tables feature a napkin holder, some condiments, and paper keno sheets. Keno games are a great way to pass the time while waiting for your meal. The games display on boards all around the restaurant, and if you get lucky, your whole bill could be paid. Keep in mind that keno servers are separate from the regular servers and are there to only help with your gambling needs. Airports At a Las Vegas airport, a flight delay might not be a bad thing if you can kill an hour or two playing slot machines. The McCarran International Airport features designated gambling areas in each section of the airport. The games feature a variety of video and reel slot machines.  On Your TV When staying at one of the city’s many hotels, you don’t even have to leave your bed to gamble. Many hotels have their own special television stations where gambling is available. Formerly, games like keno and digital black jack could be played by phone, but the technology has been upgraded. Starting in Atlantic City, the in-room gambling technology is transitioning to Las Vegas and will expand to feature games like digital slot machines and video poker. With a linked account, guests can gamble at a set limit for each day. At the Swimming Pool Cool off and cash out big with poolside gambling. Some casinos in Las Vegas offer swim up games in a special pool. The main game available is blackjack, played with special waterproof chips. Each table features underwater chairs so you do not have to tread water the whole time. At the Gas Station Gas is expensive enough as it is, but you could drive away with a free tank if you get lucky at a gas station slot machine. Without any state lotteries, gas stations choose to host slot machines instead. Many stations feature two to five different machines. The machines vary by location, but include video keno, video poker, and classic reel slots. As you explore the city of Las Vegas, see how many obscure gambling locations you can find! Don’t miss out on a real Vegas experience by visiting a casino like Fort McDowell...

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