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It was one of those weeks in Hollywood where men were behaving badly. First up was Shia LaBeouf who was filming a scene for Transformers 2 at a museum in Washington D.C. While on a little break, Shia snuck into the men’s restroom to smoke a cigarette. Of course, he set the fire alarm off, so security guards burst into the restroom just as Shia attempted to get rid of the evidence by tossing the cigarette into the toilet. Yeah, nice going. What is this, high school?
Fred Savage must’ve been taking lessons from Vin Diesel, because his wife had baby number two last month and nobody reported it. It’s hard to believe that little Kevin Arnold could even be old enough to have kids. Time sure does fly. Oh, and just for the record, no it’s not Winnie Cooper’s baby.
Brody Jenner managed to get himself kicked out of L.A. hotspot Les Deux, and apparently it isn’t the first time. Brody had a bit too much to drink and started acting up, so he was asked to leave the club. When he tried to re-enter, he got into a fight with a manager and the police had to be called.
Did you know that surfers are very protective about their territory? Well they are, even to the point of going against a whole crowd of paparazzi. Matthew McConaughey was being stalked by the paparazzi while he was out surfing last week and it rubbed the surfers on the beach the wrong way. A group of surfers approached the paparazzi and in true West Side Story-style exchanged words and then rumbled. The only thing missing was the soundtrack!
And it’s not many times that you’ll hear the names Anthony Kiedis and Britney Spears in the same sentence, but believe it or not they have something in common (besides the whole music thing). The paparazzi caught Anthony Kieids, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, riding around town with his son strapped to him in a weird looking little car … with no seatbelt! So, I guess what Britney did isn’t so uncommon after all.
Any true fashionista knows that high heels are not “just” high heels . There are different kinds of high heels: Pumps, stilettos, platforms. But one of the more stylish kinds of high heels are known as French heels, named after their country of origin.
Origin of French Heels
Originally, shoes sporting higher heels were introduced in order to allow ladies to walk high enough off the ground so that their skirts remained out of the mud. However, Catherine de Medici, from the rich and famous Italian family, brought a fashion of high heels to France in 1533. But it was more than 100 years after Catherine de Medici first introduced high heels as a fashion statement that French heels were developed. And they were developed to help a man get over his Napoleon complex (of course, this was before there was a Napoleon).
King Louis XIV (1638-1715) was a rather short man. In order to achieve a height he considered respectable, he wore special high heels. His shoes were made of leather dyed red and hand painted with scenes from his triumphs on the battlefield. The heels themselves were constructed of cork and also covered with red leather. Due to the king, sometimes French heels are also referred to as Louis heels. They are five inches tall and curved so that they came down from the back of the heel, inward toward the shoe, and then outward away from the shoe for a serpentine look.
Modern French Heels
Today rather than cork, many French heels are made from plastic. The upper is made of plastic, leather or fabric, while the sole is made of a hard plastic material, although some soles are now being made of more supportive and springy materials that provide better cushioning. Additionally, not all French heels are as high as Louis’s. Some of them maintain the curved heel shape, but on a shorter scale.
French heels can make a great fashion statement in any circle. And they are more practical for professional and everyday use than their straighter and higher cousins in the world of high heels.
Whether your idea of summer fun involves lolling on the beach for hours on end, playing a game of sand volleyball or heading out on a cross country hike, keeping your feet well-protected for the season can ensure you enjoy a healthy and memorable one. Foot pain and injuries to the feet can make it hard to keep up with your summer agenda, but there are ways to exercise some ‘foot rx’ this season.
If you don’t want to deal with the nuisance and pain of blisters, calluses or even a bad case of athlete’s foot this year, keep those feet happy with these foot care basics:
1. Wear light socks.
It’s easy to go barefoot during the summer season, but you do need to protect those soles and feet from infection and tissue damage when you’re outside. Wear light acrylic fiber socks and dust them with baby powder to keep feet dry and you can still enjoy the feeling of walking on ground level.
2. Don’t wear the same shoes everyday.
Giving your shoes a chance to air out over at least 48 hours will also prevent infection and keep your feet flexible and supple throughout the season. Wearing the same shoes day in and day out will put pressure on some parts of your feet and will make other parts much weaker. Wear the right fit and rotate your shoe closet regularly for maximum comfort and good feet hygiene.
If you’re going to be sitting in a plane, car or train for long periods of time, make sure there’s enough blood circulating to your feet and legs. Get up and walk around for a few minutes, do some ankle rotations to stretch out your lower calves and feet and flex your toes regularly. A short stretching routine throughout the day will work wonders.
4. Watch your diet.
Eating an unhealthy diet can contribute to yeast overgrowth, diabetes or hormonal imbalances that make you more vulnerable to infection and muscle pain.
5. Enjoy a foot bath at least once per week.
Reduce stress and tension in your feet and lower legs with a foot soak that helps improve circulation and soften up tight muscles. A foot bath made with Epsom salts or soothing essential oils is a great way to pamper your feet after a busy week of activities.
If you enjoy the wind in your hair and the sound of water lapping against the sides of a canoe, there is no better place to find your perfect vacation than Michigan’s upper peninsula. Beautiful regardless of the season, but most striking in late spring and early fall, the Sylvania Wilderness encompasses nearly 20,000 acres of old-growth forest and upwards of 30 beautiful lakes.
As most enthusiasts know, canoeing is just as much about the scenery as it is about the activity itself. You can jump in a canoe in just about any body of water in America, but surrounding yourself with gorgeous foliage and countless vistas is an experience you will never forget. The Sylvania Wilderness is true wilderness, preternaturally quiet with a degree of seclusion that you will find in few other places in the U.S.
There are few signs in the Sylvania Wilderness, according to their web site , which means that you must always bring a map and compass with you on day or overnight excursions. Boats with motors are not allowed in the lakes or portages, so canoeing is the best way to get around. It is also advisable to travel with someone who is experienced in wilderness travel if you have never done it before.
It is also important to realize that in Sylvania Wilderness you will encounter all forms of wildlife, some more pleasant than others. There are laws that protect certain species, such as the loons who live on the islands, which means that you need to familiarize yourself with the rules before you take a trip. Black bears are also common in these woods, so protect yourself from an unfortunate visit by keeping your campsite as clean as possible.
If you enjoy the idea of Sylvania Wilderness but aren’t wild about the idea of getting lost in the woods, your best bet is to enjoy a day trip and to plan your itinerary carefully. Next to Sylvania is a recreation area, which is closer to civilization and includes public beaches and modern amenities. From there, you can visit any number of lakes and portages for canoeing pleasure, safely rejoining civilization when you are ready.
If you believe the body and soul are connected, you will love running the Great Tibetan Marathon. It’s one of the rare times that both the spirit and body are purposely mixed together in a marathon.
When you think about Tibet, images of monks probably pop into your head, and rightfully so. Tibetan monks are legendary sources of spirituality sought after by Westerners studying Buddhism. They are also figures incorporated in a lot of action movies and comedies. For this reason, the majority of people are familiar with their existence. However, what you probably didn’t know about Tibet and Tibetan monks is that they host one of the best marathons in all of Asia.
The Great Tibetan Marathon is an excellent trek for locals and foreigners seeking to run a 10k in a tranquil area that reminds them of a higher power. It’s unique because it’s held at an altitude of 3,500 meters in countryside near the Himalayan mountains, fit for a Tibetan god. The lack of oxygen does present a challenge, but it is one that can be met by a physically-fit runner. Also, monks actually help facilitate the marathon, so if you hurt yourself, kind hands will care for you.
Other things that make the Great Tibetan Marathon a wonderful run are its special events. In 2007, an exclusive group of runners from all over the world gathered in Tibet to run a full marathon (10k) and a half marathon (5k). This run brought global attention for a variety of reasons, including the excellence and unity of humanity regardless of race, sex and creed. It was a feat that only a spiritual mind could put on public display.
So, as you can see, the Great Tibetan Marathon is not your usual marathon full of loud spectators, weird costumes and fanatical runners. It’s one that feeds the body and the soul. If you are ready to run up high and chant a few positive words along the way, the Great Tibetan Marathon is for you. Get more details about it from www.greattibetanmarathon.blogspot.com. It includes photos and one blogger’s account of this great marathon.
Learn about the features, pros and cons of the YMCA Tri-City Skatepark in Edina, Minnesota.
The Midwest has a lot of great skateparks to visit. However, if you live near Bloomington,Richfield or Edina, Minnesota, or if you are visiting the Mall of America, then you will want to make plans to stop by the YMCA Tri-City Skatepark located at 7355 York Avenue S., Edina, Minnesota. This park was set up to serve the skaters of the three cities mentioned above so it will have plenty of traffic, however, it is a large enough park to accommodate a good population of skaters so you don’t have to worry about being crowded out by locals or tourists.
First of all, the cost for using this park is $8 for non-members and $4 for members and residents of the tri-city communities of Bloomington, Richfield and Edina. Next, you are required to wear full pads and a helmet. You will also be required to submit a waiver if you are under 18 years of age. Finally, this park is operated and managed by the Southdale YMCA so their rules rule the park. This means that you will need to keep your bad language to a minimum, wear the proper safety equipment and be somewhat courteous to the other skaters using the park.
The hours of operation for this park are going to depend a lot on the weather. The skatepark closes its doors during bad weather for the safety of the skaters. So if it is raining, thundering,
too windy or snowing, don’t bother showing up. Summer hours of operation for this park run
from June 6 through August 31 and are 9 a.m. until sundown on Monday and Wednesday, noon to sundown on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and noon to eight p.m. on the
This is a good sized skatepark with about 17,000 square-feet of skateable terrain. It is an all concrete park that was put together by Grindline. The depth of this park ranges from four feet to 12 feet, it has a couple of over-vert pockets and several other common skatepark features such as ridges and ramps. The design of this park is in-ground, which is uncommon to find in the Midwest, which is just another reason to visit this park.
With plenty of places to stay plus the challenge of bighorn sheep, Bitterroot Valley is an excellent place to hunt.
Though “like leading lambs to the slaughter” is a widely-used expression, when hunting bighorn sheep, the opposite can be true. These elusive beauties tend to live in areas that, for one reason or another, put them just out of reach of the average hunter.
If bighorn rams and ewes are on your agenda, however, the Bitterroot Valley in Montana is an ideal place to go during hunting season. Nestled between the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountain ranges, it also is one of the most naturally beautiful hunting destinations in the United States. Bighorns congregate in the areas surrounding the Bitterroot Valley, which has some pretty rocky terrain in places.
Obtaining a bighorn license or tag can be the biggest obstacle in bringing one of these trophies home. For Bitterroot Valley, a limited number of tags are available through special drawings that for 2008 cost the winners approximately $755. Most licenses limit you to just one bighorn sheep in a specified hunting district in Bitterroot, but other areas of Montana offer unlimited bighorn hunting.
For anyone lucky enough to get their hands on one of these rare tags, the physical challenges involved in hunting the bighorns can be daunting, especially when hunting in the mountains. Long before bighorn sheep season begins (September 15 through November 30), online resources such as Biggamehunt.net recommend getting in shape even if you haven’t secured a license yet.
Even if you are a loner by nature, hunting the bighorn sheep should not be a solo undertaking because of the rough terrain. Before putting your name in the tag drawing, see if you can get one or two friends to join you on a hunting expedition.
Though the licenses are limited, there is no shortage of places to stay in and around the Bitterroot Valley area. You can choose a fairly basic hotel, a comfortable bed and breakfast or an upscale lodge, but it’s also possible to camp outdoors and really rough it. No matter where you stay, make sure to bring along a good set of hunting boots.
Considered by some as the “holy grail” of big game hunting, a bighorn trophy is the dream of many a hunter and a trip to Bitterroot can turn that dream into reality.
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