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Noose
Noose
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4.0 out of 5 stars Based, at least partially, on a true story., July 28, 2014
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This review is from: Noose (Kindle Edition)
Ernie Lindsey's short story Noose is a coming-of-age story set in the American south in September of 1916. It features a 17 year-old named Roy who works as a farm hand for a northerner who moved down south for a simpler life. Roy has a strong love for animals which makes him an excellent farm hand. Besides working on the farm Roy also dates Emily, the boss of his daughter. Roy and Emily are much more intimate than anyone suspects and Roy is quite sure that he and Emily are completely in love.

The farm community receives word that a circus elephant named Mary is going to be killed for killing one of her handlers during a parade in a nearby town. The elephant will be executed by hanging from a railroad crane. This part of the short story is based on a true story (see the comments section for this review for more information). This hanging does more than kill an elephant - it changes everything for Roy.
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Five Star Locker Organizer, Tri-Pocket with Dry Erase Surface, 7 x 7.5 Inches, White with Cobalt Blue Pockets (72622)
Five Star Locker Organizer, Tri-Pocket with Dry Erase Surface, 7 x 7.5 Inches, White with Cobalt Blue Pockets (72622)
Price: $9.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Great organizer, not necessarily great for what it was designed for., July 27, 2014
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I like this locker organizer for its very strong magnet and the idea that it is completely made out of a dry erase board like material so that any of the white can be written on with a dry erase board marker and then erased (mostly, about 99% of it comes off, kind of like on a white board).

But, the fact that it is so hard makes it less valuable as a locker organizer, especially if you put it inside of a door that is going to be slammed like the picture on the packaging shows. The big "pocket" is clearly designed to hold a calculator or a cell phone and those would just bang around in the organizer and those devices tend to dislike a lot of banging around. I recommend not putting it on the door, despite the strong magnet.

On the other hand, if this were to be used for just about any other place where you need to hold a few things, such as holding markers on a refrigerator, holding pens or small frequently used tools on a big toolbox this would be an excellent choice.


MeasuPro CCT300 Digital Clock, Timer, and Stopwatch with Three Alert Type Settings - Buzz, Beep, and LED
MeasuPro CCT300 Digital Clock, Timer, and Stopwatch with Three Alert Type Settings - Buzz, Beep, and LED
Offered by MeasuRite
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great basic kitchen timer with a couple of extra interesting features., July 26, 2014
When you get down to it, this is a basic kitchen timer that does its job very, very well with a couple of extra interesting features added to it.

That being said, I'm always glad to recognize quality when I find it so here are the positives:

1) Very strong magnet so you can stick it to the refrigerator or some other appliance and not worry about it falling or sliding;

2) The magnet is on a little leg that also serves as a kickstand that can be propped out so that the timer stands on its own on the kitchen counter;

3) The timer takes one AAA battery (included). This is important - when the battery dies you don't have to try to find some sort of special battery at the watch counter - AAA batteries are everywhere;

4) The settings on this timer are easy to change - there is a slide to change it from a clock to a stopwatch ("count up") or a timer ("count down");

5) The clock was very easy to set and everything is very intuitive;

6) The interesting new twist is that there are three different timer settings - Beep, vibrate and LED. The vibrate setting is fairly weak, certainly not as strong as the one in my phone but it is easy enough to feel. The LED setting flashes a very bright red LED light on the front of the timer in the place of the beep or the vibrate setting. The vibrate and LED settings would, of course, be helpful to people with hearing trouble but they would also be useful to parents who don't want to wake sleeping babies;

6) When you are setting the timer and the stopwatch settings, the timer beeps, flashes or vibrates depending on the setting, making it difficult to accidentally have it on the wrong setting;

7) The timer has a memory feature so that you can save a commonly used time (just one).

The timer is approximately 2.5 inches tall, 3.25 inches wide and sticks out about 1 inch from the refrigerator when it is hung there by the magnet.

Note: I received a free timer in exchange for an honest review.


Smead, Step Index Organizer, 12 Pockets, Letter Size, A-Z and Monthly,  Navy Poly (70902)
Smead, Step Index Organizer, 12 Pockets, Letter Size, A-Z and Monthly, Navy Poly (70902)
Price: $5.36
24 used & new from $4.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for record-keeping for taxes., July 26, 2014
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I use accordion-style folders to save all my tax information for the calender year - donations, receipts, mileage notes, etc. I just label the pockets, slide the organizer into a drawer and then add in the paperwork as I receive it throughout the year. When tax time rolls around my information is all organized, all together in one place and ready to go to the tax preparer.


Fekkai Prx Shampoo 8 Fl Oz, 8.000-Fluid Ounce
Fekkai Prx Shampoo 8 Fl Oz, 8.000-Fluid Ounce
Price: $17.68
26 used & new from $8.34

4.0 out of 5 stars The consensus is: They like it., July 26, 2014
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All of the ladies in my household (all three of them) tried this shampoo and loved the smell of the shampoo. They were not particularly convinced that it "gives weak hair the strength to resist future damage" but that is more a of long-term thing and this is one little 8 ounce bottle. They were impressed with the way it sudsed up and quickly and easily rinsed out and did not feel like their hair was being weighed down at all.


Havoc: Philip Mercer #7
Havoc: Philip Mercer #7
Offered by Audible, Inc. (US)
Price: $23.95

3.0 out of 5 stars A review of the unabridged audiobook, July 22, 2014
Jack Du Brul's Havoc is a techno-thriller that races from the Hindenburg disaster to Africa to Washington, D.C to Atlantic City to Niagara Falls to Russia and back to Africa with hardly any time to take a breath.

The book features Philip Mercer, a geologist by training that often troubleshoots for the White House. This is the seventh book featuring Mercer, a fact that was not on the audiobook label. However, Du Brul does a great job of catching the reader up on what has been going on - I assumed it was the first book in the series as I was listening to it.

The action starts with a traveler on the infamous Hindenburg as it flies to its fate with destiny in Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1937. A crazed man is hiding a secret in a safe in his room and he is afraid that the Nazis know he has it and are plotting to steal it from him. As this man sits and watches his safe he devises a plan to get it safely off of the airship before it lands in New Jersey - he throws it overboard into a farm field with an attached note for Albert Einstein. The note falls off and the safe gets forgotten in the chaos of the Hindenburg disaster.

Fast forward to modern day in the Central African Republic. Mercer accidentally meets Cali Stowe, a fellow American. Mercer tells her he is here to investigate a geological hunch for someone as a favor. She says that she is there to investigate a village that has an extraordinarily elevated cancer rate. They are both telling half-truths. But, most importantly, this village is in the middle of a civil war and a dangerous warlord is on his way, burning and looting as he comes...

As the story progresses, Stowe and Mercer find that they have a mutual interest in this village and in each other. The more they find out about, the more tense the situation becomes. There are a lot of complicated threads in this book but Du Brul does tie them all together at the end

The story is full of action and adventure - some of it fun, some of it believable, some so outrageous that the story borders on silly. Mercer gets to be too much after a while - he is an expert on the Hindenburg, he knows how to fight, he's an expert with pistols, grenades, rifles, knives, swords and even with bows and arrows. He knows about mines, cave-ins, scuba diving, trains, dinosaur bones, forklifts, helicopters, speed boats and bar tending. But, his heart is in the right place and if you just go with the flow and don't think about it it just might not bother you too much.

The audiobook was read by J. Charles. Charles did a merely okay job with the variety of accents required by this book. He has a hard time with women's voices and Cali Stowe has a lot of lines in this book. His foreign accents all fell into the category of "not an English language accent". Everyone kind of sounded the same.


The Execution: A Jeremy Fisk Novel (Jeremy Fisk Novels)
The Execution: A Jeremy Fisk Novel (Jeremy Fisk Novels)
by Dick Wolf
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.96
182 used & new from $0.78

5.0 out of 5 stars No Sophomore Slump Here!, July 18, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This series revolves around Jeremy Fisk, a detective with NYPD's counter-terrorism squad. New York City has an extensive counter-terrorism unit because New York City has been such a frequent target of terrorism. Fisk is fluent in 5 languages, including Arabic and Spanish. He is frequently a contact person between NYPD and the FBI or CIA.

The Execution takes up where the first book in the series, The Intercept, leaves off. (See my review of The Intercept here) Wolf makes a great attempt to catch up the reader but I think that if you have not read The Intercept you will be a little lost.

The main plot of the story involves Mexican drug lords and an incorruptible member of the Mexican federal police, Detective Cecilia Garza. Garza leads a handpicked task force that is trying to stop the drug smugglers while the bodies of innocent bystanders literally pile up in Mexico. The worst of the worst is a drug lord known as The Hummingbird.

While Fisk helps prepare New York City for United Nations Week (dozens of heads of state show up to give speeches, including the President of the United States) he meets Detective Garza as they both investigate a Mexican drug cartel style mass-killing in New York City. Soon enough, they begin to suspect that this may have something to do with a planned meeting between the President of the United States and the President of Mexico and that all of those dead bodies were intended to be a threat of something worse...

Dick Wolf is best known as the producer and creator of the many different TV series in the Law and Order franchise. I have to say he's learned something about pacing while working in television for all those years because this book moves along quickly, but not at a frenzied pace.

This is an enjoyable thriller and this series is off to a great start. No sophomore slump here!


Iams Healthy Naturals Weight Management with Chicken Premium Dog Dry Food, 12.5-Pound
Iams Healthy Naturals Weight Management with Chicken Premium Dog Dry Food, 12.5-Pound
Price: $18.97
4 used & new from $18.97

5.0 out of 5 stars My dog loves it., July 17, 2014
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Despite being a "diet" dog food, my dog loves this food.I have no idea how well it helps a dog lose weight, but it's popular with my dog. To be fair, my dog has not a meal she hasn't scarfed down like she hasn't been fed in weeks... Take her recommendation for what it's worth.


Qifull Qifull QT10 Qi Wireless Charger Receiver Set for Samsung Galaxy S3 /i9300 (White)
Qifull Qifull QT10 Qi Wireless Charger Receiver Set for Samsung Galaxy S3 /i9300 (White)
Offered by Eliconn
Price: $34.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is a nifty piece of tech., July 11, 2014
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To be honest, when I found out about this wireless charger I thought it was likely to be a bunch of bunk. An idea whose time has not yet come .
But, I must admit that I was wrong - this thing is not only cool in theory but it works in practice.

Qifull makes a whole lot of chargers so make sure you get the one that matches your device. In my case, I have a Samsung Galaxy 3. It is white (I think they all are) and the charger matches its color perfectly.

This charger comes with a little device, a "patch" if you will, that plugs inside of your phone. Personally, I don't mess with the inside of my phone so this was a leap of faith for me. I haven't even taken my protective case off of my phone and I have owned it for almost a year! So, I pulled off my case and removed the back of my phone. The little "patch" lays over your battery and plugs into a plug that is already built into your phone that also charges your phone. I put the back cover back on the phone, replaced my protective case and set up the rest of the equipment.

You can plug the white stand into a wall charger or a computer with one of the two mini-USb/USB cords that are provided (one long, one short, depending on your needs) and you should see a green stand-by light. You lay your phone backside down on the stand with the center of the phone over the circle that says "wireless charger". The light turns blue and...Voila!...you are charging!

It charges about as quickly as it does when plugged into my wall charger and much quicker than it does with my car charger. The best thing is that there are no little plugs to put in or pull out of the phone. It just lays there and charges.

The only concern I have is that the phone gets warm if it sits on the charger too long, much like it does when it sits on my car charger. I pull it off once it charges up.

Note: I received a charger in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Coffee Blenders Escape Single Serve Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers,15 Count
Coffee Blenders Escape Single Serve Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers,15 Count
Price: $20.14
2 used & new from $12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Don't know about stress relief but..., July 7, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Coffee Blenders "Escape" K-Cup coffee contains L-Theanine, an ingredient found in tea that is supposed to be "clinically proven to reduce minor or occasional stress without feeling drowsy." I don't know about that (generally, I subscribe to the theory that if you think it will help with stress, it will) but it is a nice cup of coffee. Not bitter and not too strong.


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