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Many people know that I love popcorn. Good popcorn is hard to find.
This weekend I had the opportunity to try popcorn at 2-venues: AMC Theater in Framingham and Roller Kingdom in Hudson, Massachusetts.
AMC Theater in Framingham
We went to the dine-in section and saw the 8 pm showing of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." It was a sold-out showing - which was a surprise for a movie that has been out for a month.
I ordered the large bucket of popcorn moments before the movie started. By chance, the people next to me ordered 2 large buckets. This means that they would probably have to make a fresh batch of popcorn. (Given the late hour and demand.)
The popcorn was good. It was nice and warm too, which is a nice surprise. It wasn't warm like it was under a heat lamp, no it was warm because it was freshly cooked. I liked the popcorn - and it was hard not to eat it all as I wanted to save some for my daughter.
The popcorn didn't come with any butter/flavoring which might have made it better.
Total cost: $9.50 - a lot of money for popcorn.
Ok, I get it. Not everybody goes to a roller-skating rink to eat popcorn. They are there to have fun on the rink and do whatever it takes to not fall down.
The popcorn is really good here. They cook it just long enough so that it's nice and crispy. In addition, they add the right amount of salt. You get a nice popcorn crunch in every bite.
Total Cost $2 for a box or $4 for a bowl (The bowl is worth it!) The bowl is about 1/2 the amount of popcorn in an AMC Popcorn tub.
I would recommend going to the Roller Kingdom than going to AMC - if you want good popcorn.
Your Google Search is Your Blog Topic ideas
For Bloggers, it can be tricky to come up with quality content. What should you write about today? What information would appeal to the largest possible audience.
There are plenty of websites that can give you ideas on what to post. 189 Blog Topic Ideas is one of many.
Google Can Help
One source of content is to look at your personal Google Searches. Look for various queries around a topic.
I have found that it takes a couple of Google searches to really find the solution to my question. Well, what if you wrote a blog post around the main topic with references to your other queries. This way your Blog post would show up when other people are searching for similar topics.
Getting Your Google Search Queries
Your Google Search History is kept in your personal "Google My Activity" section of your account.
- Go to Google My Activity
- Search for a topic that you search for in the past, for example, Golf Shot
- Then scroll down to see the various search terms that you used.
- You can filter by Product: Search. To only find the items that you were searching for.
Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Package Tape
Here's the Scotch Tape follow up from my October post.
My task was to see how the Scotch prices were ten days before Christmas - usually when the busy personal package shipping starts. The theory is that it would be more expensive than most times of the year.
I checked Amazon for the same Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Package Tape that I posted back in October and the price is now $9.42. Which means the price is now $.72 more than in October.
Camel Camel Camel
According to Camel Camel Camel, a popular Amazon price tracking site, the lowest price that the "Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Package Tape" ever got was in September when it got to $8.30.
The most expensive time to buy the tape is the last week of August - when some people are heading off to college. At that time the price skyrockets to $16.62.
Not Cheaper on eBay
I checked eBay and it looks to be a lot more expensive. You'll be paying $10.98 to $13.40 for the same pack of Shipping Package Tape.
Phantom Phone Calls
Do you have a 800 number?
Chances are you gotten some strange phone calls. Such as running water or someone in a crowd. Here are a couple of samples of calls that were left in my voicemail.
These may sound like someone "butt-dialed" your number, but in fact, there's a bit of history behind these calls. If you listen carefully they are actually looped 30-seconds clips.
The folks over Reply-All did some investigation into these calls and discovered some very interesting information about these calls and why someone is making them.
Check out this /reply-all/ podcast: #140 The Case of the Phantom Calls. They do a great job in covering these phantom calls
Outlet Safety Caps
It's that time of the year, when people are putting up Christmas lights outside. It's time to make your house the shining star of the neighborhood.
Local stores garden area are now filled with all sorts of outdoor holiday options.
It's time to put up the lights.
Don't let the rain go in the open plugs.
Protect your Outlets
One of the worst things that can happen to outdoor lights is when rainwater gets in the plugs.
We protect our plugs with Outlet Plug Covers.
These are designed to protect exposed outlets from children, but they also work well for keeping the open outlets from rain and snow.
They last very well in the icy cold conditions. They are cheap - You can get a 32-pack on Amazon.
Where to Find them
You won't find them in the holiday lights section. They are usually located in the electric section or in the Child safety isle.
Definitely worth the investment to protect the exposed plug from mother nature.
Hulu Price Increase
This week Hulu announced a price increase for all customers. This is a big deal since a previous increase only impacted new customers.
What this Means
Hulu will increase the price of its Hulu with Live TV service by 20 percent on December 18th, setting the new subscription rate at $54.99 a month, up from $44.99.
Both new and existing customers will be affected by the increase. New subscribers as of December 18th will be served the $55-a-month price tag while existing subscribers will see the changes in their following bill cycle.
Why a Hulu is Still a Good Always Investment
- Still Cheaper than Cable - Ya, Comcast is still way more expensive. If your cutting cable, you won't miss most of your live shows!
- DVR Capabilities is great - Thanks to Hulu, I am catching up to watching classic Adam-12 shows. Simply search for the shows you like and add them to your favorite. Hulu will record the shows and let you watch them on your own time.
- Lots of Good Live Options. - You can see a lot more Live TV than using a stand-alone antenna. (Sorry NESN is still not on the network - yet!) Plus with DVR you won't miss local news shows if your not at home - very convenient for those times when I want to know more about a local story and working late.
Still Going Strong for US!
We have been using Hulu since February 2018. We have been very satisfied with using Hulu. We have the "Enhanced Cloud DVR" which gives us 200 hours of DVR time and Stream recordings to unlimited devices.
Stream recordings work great when working out. I can set the shows that I want to see and don't have to worry about the limited selection at the gym. (Most Gyms offer Free WiFi)
Thought to live by
I found this piece of advice in my Evernote notebook. I am not exactly sure where I found it - I couldn't find another site online that had this.
The title of this story is "Thought to live by "
Dr. Howard Conley an Honored professor for Northern Arizona University, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."
"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. "Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!"
And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
- Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
- Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
- Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
- Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
- If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague
- If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
- It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
- Never buy a car you can't push.
- Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
- Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
- The second mouse gets the cheese.
- When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
- Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
- You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
- Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
- We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
- A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Scotch Shipping Tape
In December 2018, I blogged about remembering things to buy before the Christmas season started. (Check out the Blog post)
One of the items was to buy some packaging tape in October - while it's cheap. According to the blog post, the Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Package Tape was $9.09. Today that same tape is $8.70.
Stock up on Scotch Shipping Tape over on Amazon.com.
Not a Huge Savings - But Still
Not a huge saving, but who knows what the price will be in a few months when demand will be high.
I checked over at Target and they have Target brand Shipping Tape single packs for $2.99.
Meanwhile, over at Walmart, it's $2.97 for a single pack.
Camel Camel Camel
The CamelCamelCamel is a great Amazon.com price tracker. According to the tracking page, the most expensive time to buy Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, 2 x 800 was at the end of July when it reached $16.62!
The $9.09 price point is one of the lowest price points. Seems the cheapest was on September 25th.
Checking it again in December 15
I'll check the prices in December to see how much they have gone up. This year the busiest shipping day of the year will be December 16. It will be interesting to see how the prices change since then.
Massachusetts Medical Leave Act
Beginning in January of 2021 most workers in Massachusetts will be eligible to get up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and up to 20 weeks of paid medical leave.
To get this to work a new payroll tax will be applied to all workers in Massachusetts, it's the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave (PFMLA). This is helping contribute to the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Fund - which is what people will tap into when they need to take a leave of absence.
How Much will be Contributed to the Fund
Employers may deduct up to 40 percent of the total medical leave contribution from a covered individual?s wages and 100 percent of the total family leave contribution.
The contribution rate was 0.63 percent on the first $132,900 of an individual?s annual earnings (the maximum taxable earnings as established by the Social Security Administration). This means that if you make $100,000 you'll be contributing $6,300 annually.
You can learn more about the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Act from the official website.
Need more information? Read the Official Law:2018 Act - Chapter 121.
Strong Caffeinated Drink
Sometimes you just need a strong drink at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks to get through a tough day. Here are the top two strongest drinks that you can get at either establishment from their regular menu.
Little known secret menus may not be available at all locations. Besides you can spike any drink by adding an additional shot.
Turns out that a cup of coffee has more Caffeine than any "specialty" drink. Most drip coffee will have 100 mg per 8oz.
The Dunkin Donuts at the new Encore Boston Harbor always has Coffee on Tap.
Caffeinated amounts is not the same in every drip coffee. For example at Starbucks their is a -30 mg difference between reports from the official site and third party sites.
You best bet is to stay with the standard beans and request it black. (Remember it's about getting the strongest coffee for your dollar.)
If your looking for a good pick-me-up coffee - the best place to go is Starbucks and ask for a Venti Blonde Roast.
- Coffee (Brewed) Extra Large - 359 mg
- Coffee (Brewed) Large - 300 mg
- Brewed Coffee Venti - 475 mg
- Brewed Coffee Grande - 310 mg