Freddie Cardenas has three huge gas cans in his garage, but he has little use for their precious cargo. He’s an off-road enthusiast, one who loves big machines with throaty engines. Behind his home near Los Feliz, he’s got three Sea-Doos, two dirt bikes and a miniature motorcycle, plus a Ford F-350 to haul them around. And yet, his primary mode of transportation has become a bicycle. With gasoline around $3 a gallon, Cardenas has been priced out of his hobby – a common problem faced by recreational motorists of all sorts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “At the rate things have been going, these things are going to be on sale soon,” the 26-year-old sighed, staring at a pair of Jet Skis. “You want to get away, not think about things like gas prices, but now you’ve got to start planning ahead for these things. “Twenty bucks here, $20 there, just so when the time comes, you’ll have money to pay up.” His Sea-Doos require 91-octane and $50 per tank to fill up, and his truck gets a measly seven miles to the gallon – eight if he’s lucky. With a tight group of buddies, he used to regularly make trips to Laughlin, Nev., or down to Baja. Lately, he’s been hanging close to home and trading horsepower for leg power on the street-racing bike he pedals most days to his job at the Burbank courthouse. This is the struggle faced by gearheads of all sorts – their hobbies usually revolve around which car can go fastest, which truck can surmount the highest dune, which boat accelerates most quickly. Hobbyists used to joke that a long drive and lunch in a hot rod added up to a $50 cheeseburger – now it’s 100 bucks for that same bite to eat. “There’s no doubt it affects use,” said Ron Epstein, director of media for the Good Sam Club, a Ventura-based recreational-vehicle owners organization. “You’re talking about vehicles that get on average less than 10 miles to the gallon. With more than $3 gas, that’s expensive. “I don’t think it’ll make people stop using them, but they’ll have to stay closer to home.” Conservation’s one of the only options for recreational users – there are no economy motor homes or hybrid dirt bikes. While Cardenas tries to cut down on fuel costs by sharing a truck with friends on their sojourns, Sea-Doo-pooling doesn’t have the same appeal as doubling up in a car. And for the true die-hards, when prices rise, they just cut out other expenses. Bill McLean, who manages Kolbe Cycle in Woodland Hills, still keeps a jet boat, maintains a motor home and keeps driving his pickup powered by a “a big American V-8.” “You work a little harder, you work some more hours, sacrifice going out to dinner here or there,” McLean said. “Maybe you wear that pair of pants a couple extra times before you buy new ones … For these kind of people, it’s a lifestyle they won’t give up just because gas went up a little bit. They’ll get a second job before they give up riding.” — Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Drake University rowing team closed its spring break training trip in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with a series of races against Alabama on Saturday on the Black Warrior River. The Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide competed head-to-head in four races on Saturday with 2nd varsity 4, varsity 8, second varsity 8 and varsity 4 races on the 2,000-meter course. Drake wasn’t able to defeat Alabama in any of the four races but hung tough with the deep SEC team. “We knew Alabama was a deep team even with their top-20 out in California, but we knew even with their next level we would have our hands full,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “We were happy with how we performed and really happy with the week of spring break training. Our boats got better and we are a becoming a deep team. However, we need to get some more speed in our top boat. Overall for the first race they feel they rowed to their potential.” Drake travels to Kansas next Saturday for another head-to-head race. “Next week we will have a controlled scrimmage with Kansas,” DiSilvestro said. “It will be a shorter distance course. It gives us a chance to lineup with another good team and still try some different things with our own squad.” Drake Lineups/ResultsVarsity 8+ (7:37.7, 2nd)Bri Varela (cox), Gabby Brodek, Sarah Larson, Sarah Frantik, Alex Lueck, Kerstin Donat, Kelsey Leahy, Emily Householter, Haley Abrams 2nd Varsity 8+ (7:42.0, 2nd)Sadie Robb (cox), Jess Rebischke, Tristina Meister, Madison Peterson, Elainie Fickau, Kayla Caldwell, Liz Long, Erica Thacker, Taylor Schaben Varsity 4+ B (9:11.3, 2nd)Paige Prien (cox), Madeline Killian, Elise Nikolic, Mikaela Janes, Leah Wilmot Varsity 4+ A (8:51.2, 3rd)Miranda Peterson (cox), Shelley Hunter, Madeline Killian, Lauren Bascio, Elise NikolicPrint Friendly Version read more
Dramatic photos of dynamic processes in Saturn’s rings have been released by the Cassini mission at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The photos, taken near Saturn’s equinox last year, show ruffled edges of the B ring made of particles lofted as high as 2 miles above the ring plane, casting long shadows across the rings. By watching the action over time, scientists have noticed waves of particles reflecting off the ring edges and oscillating in waves and arcs. This is helping explain some of the complexity noticed 29 years ago when Voyager 1 first showed more processes at work than could be explained by resonances with nearby moons. Some of the scientists are extrapolating the interpretations far beyond the Saturn ring system. Imaging team lead Carolyn Porco, for instance, thinks the observations provide “visibility into the mechanisms that have sculpted not only Saturn’s rings, but celestial disks of a far grander scale, from solar systems, like our own, all the way to the giant spiral galaxies.” One counter-intuitive process is the effect of viscosity. “Normally viscosity, or resistance to flow, damps waves,” said Peter Goldreich (Caltech), “…But the new findings show that, in the densest parts of Saturn’s rings, viscosity actually amplifies waves, explaining mysterious grooves first seen in images taken by the Voyager spacecraft.” The press release, accompanied by three Quicktime video clips showing the action, agreed that these phenomena, “the first large-scale wave oscillations of this type in a broad disk of material anywhere in nature,” are applicable to “spiral disk galaxies and proto-planetary disks found around nearby stars.” The popular press eagerly snatched up this idea with headlines like, “Cassini sees Saturn rings oscillate like mini-galaxy” (PhysOrg) and “Saturn’s Shimmying Rings May Be Imitating Galaxy” (Space.com). Anecdote about the mission: It looks like Hollywood has a new movie coming out that will feature the Cassini mission in a prominent role. An interview with the writer-director of Quantum Quest can be found at New Scientist.Saturn’s rings may elucidate processes in circumstellar disks and spiral galaxies, but those notions need to be proved, not assumed. A circumstellar disk is six orders of magnitude larger than Saturn; a spiral galaxy, 12 orders of magnitude. The particle sizes involved are correspondingly larger. What other forces and influences lacking in Saturn’s rings might come into play at larger scales? Are gravitational, electrical, mechanical, and magnetic influences comparable? Perhaps. Quantum mechanics should have taught scientists that one cannot recklessly extrapolate phenomena at all scales. Scale-invariant laws may indeed operate throughout the universe. If a system incorporates some that are scale-independent and some that are not, the physics gets messy. Whether processes can be applied at all scales is as much a philosophical question as an observational one. The phenomena in a galaxy, for instance, may be analogous without being physically the same. We have no overriding reason to doubt that applying Saturn processes over 12 orders of magnitude are legitimate, but would that science reporters would ask these kinds of questions instead of acting like toadies, barfing out whatever the mandarins say. It’s a bad habit that spills over into other subjects.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Playing sports with family seems to be an undervalued commodity in the marketplace of life these days. Athletics themselves — their competitiveness, sweat equity, failure, success — create a bond among contenders found few other places.Today, we look at a fun backyard game my family and I recently found ourselves playing while celebrating Easter — part baseball, part football, and all fun. Not sure if it has an official name, but we know it simply as “Five Dollar.”Growing up as farm kids, we’ve found an open pasture or open farm field seem to be the best places to play such a game. You might remember a similar game played amongst your own family in years gone by.Note: Five Dollar Baseball is not an illegal action Pete Rose was accused of in the 80s.Equipment needed:3+ peopleBaseballBaseball batBaseball glovesCourageSkill (optional)Brass knuckles (just kidding)Official rules:The game consists of one batter and a varying number of catchers in field. The batter is decided by who ate too much at dinner and is able to move the least at the onset of the competition.The goal of each round is to arrive at the score of five dollars (hence the name) and be promoted to official batter, rotating until the sun goes down or so many players have been hurt that further play is impossible.The batter hits the ball in whatever manner they like towards the fielders. The catchers, as their names imply, attempt to catch the ball. Each catch has a dollar value and the first to five dollars “wins” the round. AKA, they get to become the next person at bat. It should be noted that though the game uses dollars as the basis of its point system, no actual currency is exchanged.Unlike the popular game of Jackpot, the value of each catch does not vary by what the batter announces. With that said, the value of each ball does differ by when it is caught. If the ball is caught before hitting the ground, the catcher receives a dollar. If the ball bounces on the ground once before it is caught, the value drops to 75 cents. If the ball bounces twice, the value drops to 50 cents. And if the ball is caught after bouncing three or more times, or if the ball is rolling quickly, the value is at 25 cents to the catcher.At which point the ball comes to a slow roll or stops completely before being picked up in the glove of a catcher, the ball is referred to as dead and has no monetary value. The person who runs out to get said ball has no gain whatsoever and is subsequently referred to as a goober and laughed at.Quality of play is also a factor in the game. Each time a catch of a fly ball (that hasn’t hit the ground yet) is attempted, and the ball makes contact with the glove of a catcher but isn’t actually caught, the player is deducted one dollar from their ‘account.’ This would be another instance in which laughter by opponents would be acceptable.And now for the unofficial rules:This is a full contact sport. One should not enter the playing field if they have reservations against a possible visit to the hospital. Broken arms, noses, open wounds, etc. have been known to happen.It is acceptable to disrupt an opponent attempting to catch the ball. In fact, the action is encouraged. This can be done with audio cues such as screaming nonsensical jargon, or yelling “got it” when you’re in fact on the other side of the field. Disruption can also happen physically through an elbow to the face, a glove to the groin, or using your opponent as a pushing off point to get above their heads and to the ball first.The field of play is often recommended to be an open lawn with well-cut grass. This can be substituted with a dangerous tall grassy field or even a gravel driveway, though they aren’t recommended.The biggest rule:Competitors must have fun at all times. This is a silly game called Five Dollar Baseball, not the World Series.(Photos courtesy of Terri Penhorwood) read more
I did an impromptu webinar with Jeb Blount on the fear of rejection. It morphed into a conversation about all of the different fears that we have as salespeople. Jeb asked me how you build an immunity to those fears. Here’s an action plan:Find Someone Who Has Overcome Your FearIt’s easy for other people to suggest that you should ignore your fear. But it is unlikely that those same individuals ignore their fears. If you are afraid, it is likely that there is a real danger attached to that fear.Maybe you fear making cold calls. The first thing you might do to overcome that fear is to sit with someone who has no fear of making cold calls while they make calls. By sitting with someone who no longer has a fear of making those calls, you will have a chance to witness for yourself that nothing bad happens. The same applies to the fear of asking for referrals, asking for commitments, or revealing that you have a higher price early in the sales process.By spending time with someone who no longer has the fear that you have, you will discover how they think about what they’re doing, how they approach it, and how they succeed in taking action without fear.Objectify Your FearOne way to begin to remove the fear from your body and your mind is to write down what you are afraid of. Give the fear a name.Write down what you believe to be the danger that gives rise to your fear. Write down all the things that may happen when you take the action of which you are afraid. Follow those outcomes to their logical conclusion and write down the worst possible things that can happen. Score them on how likely they are to occur.By writing down your fear, you get it out of your body, from your mind onto paper or your computer screen where you can objectify the fear. Now that it’s an idea written on paper, it loses some of its power over you. It is an object, not a part of you. You may also recognize that the danger isn’t as great as you believed.Fear The Greater DangerA lot of the fears we have are connected to the wrong danger.We fear that by making the call we will be rejected, and that will say something about our value. The real danger is in that not making the call you don’t produce the results you are capable of for you, for your company, or for your prospective client.We fear to ask a contact that’s engaged with us how serious they are about the initiative we’re discussing and whether or not they’re going to be able to get the support and financial backing necessary. There is a danger of offending your contact, but the greater risk is in not asking and later finding out that you’ve both spent months on an initiative that’s not going to happen.We fear discussing our higher price early in the sales process, believing it will frighten our prospective client away. But the greater danger is in not discussing it and going through the process without having justified the delta between our price and our competitors along the way.Fear is a powerful motivator. It can motivate you to avoid taking an action that may harm you. It can also motivate you to act, when not taking that action will harm you. You have to determine what is the greater danger. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now read more
LATEST STORIES FEU’s Clinton Bautista is named UAAP Season 80 men’s athletics MVP. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFar Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas continued its dominance in the track after defending its respective titles in the men’s and women’s division in the UAAP Season 80 athletics tournament Sunday at Philsports track oval.The Tamaraws won their eighth straight men’s division title while UST’s Lady Tracksters ruled the women’s division for the fourth straight year.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers NLEX loses big lead, holds off Alaska for 3rd consecutive win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Pamatian, a middle-distance specialist, clocked in at 58.01 seconds in the 400-meter dash and 2:19.06 in the 800-meter run to win the gold medal in the two events.De La Salle’s Francis Obiena, who won the gold in the pole vault event, was the top rookie in the men’s division and University of the Philippines’ Sunshine Acaso was the best freshman in the women’s division.University of the East swept the high school titles with the boys taking their fifth championship and the girls completing the three-peat.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Clinton Bautista—who won six gold medals, four silvers and the MVP—ended his collegiate career taking ownership of the league’s record for the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.31 seconds.The MVP also took gold in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. He ran the century dash with a personal-best 10.81 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBautista’s 21.87-second time in the 200-meter sprint was .05 seconds shy of tying the league record.The Lady Tracksters won their eighth overall title and Louielyn Pamatian earned her second straight MVP for UST. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ read more