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    Cool Air from a Ceiling Fan 

    During the summer, I usually use a box fan to cool my room when I don't want to turn on the air conditioner. While the box fan does a good job, it takes up space, and it can be quite loud. I considered two alternatives to the box fan. The first was a window fan, which would work, but would require the window to be open all the time, which can lead to insects coming in. The second option was a ceiling fan in place of the light socket. I contacted one of the good electricians in NJ to install the ceiling fan for me.

    One of my friends thought that I should try to install the fan by myself, but I've learned from various failed installations related to my home that I just don't have the skill for home improvement projects. I've tried to do my own plumbing work by installing a new sink and faucet, but mixed up the cold and hot water. I tried to repair a hole in one of my walls, but only made the hole bigger. I've also tried to install some guards on my gutters, but this resulted in the whole gutter on one side of the house falling down. The first failure I considered bad luck, but repeated failures made it clear that there was a pattern.

    The installation for the fan only took 30 minutes to do. All the electrician had to do was shut off the power and remove the old light socket. Once that was done, he matched up the existing wires with the ones from the ceiling fan, screwed everything in place, and then turned it on. The fan activates by a pull down cord. It can run at three different speed settings, and the light can run without the need for the fan running.


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    Just an Up and Coming Rider 

    On my first day of racehorse training, I learned how to jump over a hurdle on the horse. People usually don't learn this on the first day, but I was ready to do it. Riding on a horse just came natural to me, so I was ready to get acquainted with my horse and start working on riding drills. My plan is to enter horse races an hopefully one day I'll be able to compete against the other skilled trainers in some of the best races of all time. It's a pretty big goal, but sometimes you have to dream big if you want to get anywhere.

    The other riders have come from all over the world to train at the facility that I use. There is one person from America who lived on a ranch as a child, and now wants to work on his riding so he can enter the Kentucky Derby. He has a lot of skills and has bested some of the more well known trainers that we have here. I wouldn't dare race against him just yet, but I know that one day I will probably have to compete against him, and when I do, I'll be ready for him.

    For now, I'm content with challenging some of the students at my school. We like to have friendly bets about who will win the races between us, and can't wait to go to the training facility after school to race. Our parents always nag us about doing our homework before we hop on the horses. One student almost lost his racing privileges because his parents threatened to take them away from him if he didn't bring his grades up. I'm a natural in school as well, so I can easily get high grades while I practice racing.

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    A Better Housing Option for Students 

    Due to an error in the housing selection process, I was left without housing at the beginning of the school year. I talked to the housing department and asked them if they could do anything about it, but all of the rooms had been taken. They told me that I would have to live in off campus housing, but they would pay for it since they made such a critical error. I looked online for off campus housing, and came across the Edinburgh University Flats. They looked like a good place for a college student to live, especially since I wasn't the one footing the bill.

    The housing department agreed to pay for the flats and I moved into my new residence. It was like having my own apartment, which was an upgrade as far as I was considered. I was originally supposed to have a roommate, but since the housing department screwed up, all of that changed. I have my own place where I can do whatever I want. I don't have to share a bathroom with anyone, or worry about someone not doing the dishes or taking out the trash. Having a kitchen at all is a big bonus.

    I invited a few classmates over at the end of the first week of classes to have a little party. I told them not to invite a lot of people, because I didn't want it to turn into some large house party with loud music playing at all hours of the night. When my friends arrived, I was afraid to open the door, because I thought there would be a ton of people waiting outside to rush in the door. There were only a few people outside, and my friends even brought a pizza with them. We spent the evening watching movies.

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    A New Baby, and a New House Too! 

    Three years ago, I met the love of my life. I knew from the moment I laid eyes on her that she was the one for me. Thankfully, she had the same response to me! We married after a few months of dating, and we have been living in my apartment ever since. When she told me a few weeks ago that she is pregnant, that changed everything for us. We want to raise our family in our very own home, so I went to a website that helps to secure mortgages for contractors.

    I had been looking at this site for a few months now because I wanted us to get started on our family sooner rather than later. I was hoping to be in our own home before we started having babies, so I knew that I had limited time to get things started. I was pretty excited about this, as was my wife. While I took care of the paperwork for the mortgage, she started looking at different homes for sale in our area. When she found a four bedroom home with a nice piece of property, she fell in love with it. I did too!

    So, the only thing stopping us from getting it was the mortgage, but I knew that would not be a problem because of the company that was helping me. I am a contractor, which could make things harder for us if we went the traditional route for a mortgage. I knew what we would be up against though, which is why I started working with this company from the beginning. They were able to help me find the right mortgage company, and it was actually a lot easier than I imagined getting everything ready for the mortgage. She is now three months pregnant, and we know we will be in our home before the baby is born!


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    I Think I Found the Man That I Want to Marry 

    I met a new guy and we have a nice relationship together. I feel lucky that I have found someone who is so caring and nice to me. He knows that I am have some medical issues that make me a bit shy in the bedroom, and he did not put me down for it in the least. He told me that he might have a solution that would help, and me mentioned magic wand attachments and what he had heard about them. It sounded like a good idea to me, so we decided to put them to the test and they worked. There are many things like that I really like about him. He looks for solutions with everything.

    Another thing that he has helped with is that I grew up in a very sheltered childhood. I had not spent much time getting out to do things that would help me to conquer being so fearful in life. Any other guy might have just become annoyed and broken up with me, but not my boyfriend! He had long heard the stories about how I was not even allowed to leave my house alone until I was 18 years old and how we never even went out to eat in a restaurant, much less let me date back then or drive a car on my own.

    One night, he brought over a bouquet of roses and some nice dinner that he had picked up somewhere. Afterward, he suggested that we drive to a nearby parking lot and he was going to teach me to drive. He felt that this was a better idea than me starting out on the road. By the end of the night I felt so comfortable driving that I asked that we try driving on the road next time. It was fantastic to feel no fear at all. He joked that we will go parachuting next time.

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    We Wanted to Have the Best Wedding Day 

    I know a lot of people end up getting married more than once, but I was not planning on being one of those people. I am guessing that the others never expected to be either, but I knew in my heart that God had picked out this man for me to spend the rest of my life with. Because of that, we both wanted to have the perfect wedding, including corporate event entertainment ideas throughout not only the reception but the actual ceremony too. God is important to both of us, so we liked the idea that we could have a gospel choir sing to our guests before the wedding even happened.

    After the ceremony, we would all go to a local venue that hosts special events. We had a fantastic caterer who supplied a delicious meal and dessert, but we wanted to have even more than that. We wanted to have a DJ who would know how to keep the crowd going. Even though we would have all ranges from babies to grandparents there, we wanted all of them to have fun. We knew that the DJ would be good for the younger crowd, but we wanted something for the older folks too.

    That is why we chose a DJ that has a wide variety of music. We wanted current music for the people our age, but some old time tunes for the older guests too. For the kids, we had a magician who actually entertained everyone because of his talent. Finally, we had a photo booth that everyone had fun in too. We got a lot of great pictures of different family members and friends with us in the booth. Since there are all kinds of props that could be used, we have some pretty outrageous pictures. It was the perfect way to start our marriage!

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