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Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot,Black,10.5 M US
Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot,Black,10.5 M US
Price: $84.72
10 used & new from $51.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Boot For Light Use - Made In China, October 22, 2014
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It is easy to find good $200 boots but hard to find good affordable boots. The White Ledge is an inexpensive boot that delivers most of the performance of boots that sell for twice their price. It is a light weight boot and the black version looks nice enough to wear everyday with jeans, and they are comfortable enough to wear at jobs that keep you on your feet all day.

I wear a size 10 medium dress shoe. With the White Ledge, I bought a 10 1/2 medium to wear with thick socks. During the breaking in period, they are a bit snug around the ball of the foot with thick socks.

The White Ledge has a beefy sole that looks durable. The inner liner has no cushion or shock absorption, giving the boots a firm feel. Perhaps they will loosen up over time, but out of the box, they do not feel comfortable enough for an all day hike. I plan to use them as everyday boots and for short two mile to five mile walks.

They look more attractive in photos than they do on your feet. The black version is made from a dull leather that has a cheap "pleather" appearance. The laces are about two inches too long, which is a common trait of hiking boots. Why?

I have not tested their "waterproof" claim, but they lack a Gore-Tex lining. I suspect they are closer to "water resistant" than to "water proof" , and they might protect against ten minutes of walking in a light rain or a splash from a inch deep puddle, but I doubt they will hold up to hours of rain, or wading twenty yards across a creek.

Bottom line: the White Ledge is a good boot in its price range for general wear and short hikes. For those tasks, they are almost as good as boots selling for twice their price. For all day hikes on rough trails, or for the ultimate protection against rain and water you need to spend twice as much and get a "serious" hiking boot.

NOTE: The White Ledge boots I received were made in communist China, but many of Timberland competitors source their boots from Europe and other places that pay workers a liveable wage and respect human rights. Timberland...remember that the people who make your boots are human beings, and deserve to be treated as such.


Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black)
Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black)
Price: $196.95
29 used & new from $159.46

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Photos - Easy To Use, October 19, 2014
No camera takes better photos with less work than the Nikon Coolpix L830. Just set it on "Easy Mode"...frame the subject, zoom in, lock in the focus, press the shutter button, and then the camera does all the work.

The L830 is just big enough to provide a secure grip. The rear LCD screen is sharper than on many cameras selling for twice its price. The LCD screen is adjustable, so you can hold the camera at waist level when taking photos of your cat, or have the screen face down if you hold the camera above your head to take photos at a rock concert. After you learn to pre-focus and hold the camera steady, 90% of your photos will look great. A "vivid" color mode gives your photos better color on cloudy or hazy days.

You can use AA rechargeables (such as the Panasonic Eneloop Pre-Charged batteries) or AA lithium batteries (Energizer Ultimate Lithium provide 2,000 photos), which you can easily find replacement batteries anywhere in the world.

The 23mm wide angle view is great for tourists as it lets you get a much wider view than the 35mm lenses many cameras use. Indoors, the 23mm lense and a powerful flash let you you fit the whole family into a photo. At the zoo, you can zoom to 750mm to get details of a lion's whiskers from fifty yards away.

A DSLR owner would pay at least $1,000 to get lenses that cover the entire 23mm to 750mm range, and a DSLR with those lenses would weigh five times as much as the Nikon L830.

The hybrid VR system lets you get sharp photos with zoom at very slow shutter speeds. I took a photo of my cat from 50 feet away. You can read my phone number on her tag which is the size of a quarter.

A rear push button menu lets you make photos brighter or darker by a tap of a button.

I suspect many people with $1,000 cameras choose to take their Nikon L830 on their vacations to get great photos with absolutely zero effort.

Though the L830 is a fully automatic camera, you can adjust key settings to fit the situation. Switch to "Vivid Color" on cloudy or overcast days to brighten colors. Set the ISO level at ISO 400 to obtain higher shutter speeds when taking photos of a soccer game or to help get sharper photos when you zoom out to 700mm to take photos of birds that are a hundred yards away. Or, use "Portrait Mode" to get more flattering photos of people.

You can download a free PDF of the owner's manual to your phone that details the dozens of special modes that are available for better photos under difficult conditions.

NOTE: security guards at rock concerts often enforce a rule against bringing in professional cameras. The L830 looks very similar to a professional camera, so....


Purina ONE SMARTBlend Chicken & Turkey Flavor Premium Cat Food 22 lb. Bag
Purina ONE SMARTBlend Chicken & Turkey Flavor Premium Cat Food 22 lb. Bag
Offered by ToysOnline (cannot ship to APO/FPO/DPO, PO boxes, HI or AK)
2 used & new from $35.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A High Quality Dry Food For Cats - Shop Around For The Best Price, October 12, 2014
Purina One SmartBlend dry cat foods are premium quality food at a moderate price. But, check around for the best price. Some stores in my neighborhood sell SmartBlend at very reasonable prices, yet some area pet stores sell it for much higher prices. It pays to shop around.

Purina One Smartblend foods use premium ingredients. My cat likes the three flavors she has tried, and is beginning to get a tad plump. I have started limiting her to 3/4 cup a day to prevent her from OVERLY enjoying her food.

Purina uses feeding tests with cats to ensure that its formulas are healthy. Some brands selling for TWICE the price do not do actually feed their food to cats. They simply state on their packages that their formula meets published standards for feline nutrition.


Purina One - Salmon & Tuna Flavor Adult Formula - 3.5lb
Purina One - Salmon & Tuna Flavor Adult Formula - 3.5lb
Price: $11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Dry Food For Cats - But Look For Best Price, October 12, 2014
Purina One Dry Cat foods are premium quality foods at a reasonable price, but shop around. Stores in my neighborhood sell the 3.5 pound bags of Purina One Salmon and Tuna for between $7 and $9 a bag. But, some pet stores charge a much higher price.

My cat enjoys all the different flavors in the Purina One Smartblend line. Too much, and she is getting a bit plump. I have begun to measure out her food and limit her to 3/4 cup a day to keep her from over enjoying this food.

Purina uses high quality ingredients in the Purina One line, and does feeding tests with cats to verify that the formula is well balanced. Some brands selling for twice the price do NOT actually give their food to cats, they simply state that their formula meets published standards.


Purina ONE Smartblend Dry Cat Food, Indoor Advantage, 16-Pound Bag, Pack of 1
Purina ONE Smartblend Dry Cat Food, Indoor Advantage, 16-Pound Bag, Pack of 1
Price: $22.99
14 used & new from $20.50

4.0 out of 5 stars A Premium Cat Food At A Reasonable Price, October 12, 2014
My cat has tried "Indoor Advantage" and several other of the "Purina ONE Smartblend" dry cat foods. She likes them all, perhaps too much. When she came home, she was a bit underweight. After a year on Smartblend she is now a tad plump. I have started using a measuring cup and limiting her to 3/4 cup per day to make sure she does not eat too much.

Purina uses feeding tests to verify that their formulas are healthy for cats. Some VERY expensive cat food companies say that their food is designed to meet published standards, but they fail to actually feed any of their food to cats. Even foods selling for twice the price of Smartblend fail to conduct feeding tests.

My cat does not have a preference among the various types of "Smartblend" food, but the "Indoor Advantage" is designed for her rather lazy lifestyle. If your cat does not seem to like this flavor, there is also a "Salmon and Tuna" and "Chickey and Turkey".

I wish the smaller bags were sold at a lower price. The larger bags cost less per ounce, but it takes one cat a long time to go through a 16 pound bag.


[ LG Volt / LS740 ] ToPerk (TM) Cyber Grid Armor Case & Stylus Pen As Bundle Sale - Black
[ LG Volt / LS740 ] ToPerk (TM) Cyber Grid Armor Case & Stylus Pen As Bundle Sale - Black
Offered by ToPerk
Price: $7.99
2 used & new from $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Toughest Case, October 9, 2014
The Cyber Grid Armor case combines three layers of protection, almost doubling the thickness of your phone. No case provides better protection against drop damage. The all black version is nice looking. The other colors are a matter of taste.


College Handbook 2015: All New 52nd Edition
College Handbook 2015: All New 52nd Edition
by The College Board
Edition: Paperback
Price: $24.22
53 used & new from $17.05

3.0 out of 5 stars Hefty And Expensive - Free At College Board Website, October 7, 2014
Every high school counselor needs this book, which is a massive collection of data about every college in America. But, students and parents are often looking at just five or ten colleges. They can see the complete profile of any college for free by using Google to search for "College Board University Of Montana", etc.

Cost data in the College Board guide is always six months or twelve months behind so go to the website of each college to see current cost data.


[ Kyocera Hydro Icon C6730 / Hydro Life C6530 ] ToPerk (TM) Cyber Grid Armor Case & Stylus Pen As Bundle Sale - Black
[ Kyocera Hydro Icon C6730 / Hydro Life C6530 ] ToPerk (TM) Cyber Grid Armor Case & Stylus Pen As Bundle Sale - Black
Offered by ToPerk
Price: $2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cyber Grid Armor Is Best Heavy Duty Case For Kyocera Icon & Life, October 4, 2014
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The Cyber Grid Armor case is the best heavy duty case for the Kyocera Icon and Kyocera Life. It is a high quality clone of the outstanding Ballistic case which is designed to prevent drop damage, even on a concrete surface. It adds a lot of bulk to an already bulky phone, but provides the maximum protection against drop damage.

The Cyber Grid Armor has three layers of protection. It has a beefy inner rubber layer that covers the entire phone up to the edge of the screen. The inner rubber layer is clamped securely to the phone by a hard outer shell that is protected by a rubber coating that provides you with a more secure grip.

The case is thick and bulky but the Black on Black version also looks attractive, professional and it looks FAR more expensive than other cases in its price range.

The noise cancellation mike is covered by the case, which eliminates the annoying echo during calls that many Kyocera owners complain about. The headphone jack has a slim port that works fine for a straight plug; however, a L shaped headphone plug may not fit.

Kyocera markets its Hydro Life and Icon phones as waterproof and shockproof. This case makes both of those claims a MUCH safer bet.

If you want the lightest and tinest case for your Kyocera Life or Icon, MetroPcs stores and the MetroPcs website sell a very light gel case that fits the phone like a glove.


CoverON® Kickstand Hard + Soft Dual Layer Hybrid Case for Kyocera Hydro Icon / Hydro Life (Black / Black)
CoverON® Kickstand Hard + Soft Dual Layer Hybrid Case for Kyocera Hydro Icon / Hydro Life (Black / Black)
Offered by Wireless Central
Price: $3.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Drop Protection, October 4, 2014
This vendor sells six very different types of cases. The dual layer hybrid kickstand case provides the best protection against drop damage you can buy. But, it is heavy and bulky.

The hard outer shell is slick, making it more likely you will drop your phone. The kickstand rests on tiny fragile pins so open and close it gently.


That's Why God Made the Radio
That's Why God Made the Radio
Price: $8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Gift From the Beach Boys, September 30, 2014
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A wonderful 50th anniversary gift from the Beach Boys to their fans. The songs are new, yet have much of the same spirit that inspired their best songs back in 1964. It feels like a trip to the beach on a sunny July afternoon.


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