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It’s almost time for the Oscars. The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is slated for Thursday, February 22, 2015. Nominees for “Best Picture” include American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Selma, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Whiplahs, and The Theory of Everything. Out of all the possible choices there is not a single horror movie. So I started wondering, has a horror movie ever won an Oscar? Surprisingly, yes!
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Furthermore, The Silence of the Lambs won “Best Picture” in 1991, which featured spellbinding performances by Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins.
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Let’s start with the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Psycho. I saw that movie at the theater … alone! I don’t even remember how I got in to see it, being only 11 years old. The current rating system was brand new back then. I just remember when Janet Leigh had that shower curtain thrown back by Anthony Perkins and the stabbing began, I was ready to head for the exit. It’s ironic that the next time I was that scared was when Janet Leigh’s daughter was running around the house in Halloween.
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Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The scene is set with a young teenage girl taking a bubble bath in a Clawfoot tub. She begins to sing a lullaby and slowly puts herself to sleep. That’s a big problem because Freddy Krugger comes alive in her dreams. The razor sharp fingers begin to rise to the surface of the water as she sleeps, then suddenly her mother calls out to her, “Don’t fall asleep in there, you could drown you know.” Then in a flash she is jerked underwater and the screaming begins.
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What Lies Beneath (2000) Michelle Pfeiffer is convinced there is a ghost in the house, and as she takes a bath in a Clawfoot tub, strange things happen. Suddenly, she’s paralyzed, only able to move her toes, as the tub fills to overflowing. She desperately tries to open the drain with her toes and everything goes wrong. Suspense mounts as she finds a clever way to shut off the faucet, and the water slowly recedes below her mouth. It was a very close call and a heart pounding moment. A few years later, a parody was done of various scary movies and this particular scene was hilarious.
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Grave Encounters (2011) was a low budget movie that was a huge success at the box office. It was about a team of paranormal experts who lock themselves into a haunted psychiatric ward in an abandoned hospital. It was a real nail-biter. The bathtub scene featured a girl in a hospital gown, standing over an old Clawfoot tub in an otherwise empty room. As one of the technicians gets to the tub, he finds it full of blood. He looks to the cameraman as a hand reaches out of the tub and pulls him under. Creepy!
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In a bathtub, we undress, get all relaxed, enjoying the warm water. We lie back, placing our neck on a towel along the rolled rim and close our eyes. What could possibly go wrong? That’s why the bathtub prop works time and time again. Just when you least expect something bad to happen, bingo! The horror movies simply plays on our own sense of vulnerability.
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And don’t forget the hand-held faucet choices such as the “English Telephone,” or the free-standing models. These can be purchased along with the drain system and the water supply lines. These fixtures also come in the same finishes as the Clawfoot legs to make a perfect-looking match.
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Also, don’t be scared away from making a buying decision. If you have been looking for years for a way to truly beautify your bathroom, the Clawfoot tub might just be the answer. If you’ve looked lately at one of the home magazines, you’ve most likely seen a Clawfoot tub. These elegant-looking tubs make it easy to create a theme around your new tub. When you have guests, they’ll fall in love with it. And if ever decide to resell you home, this tub might just be the deal maker. I’ve had several customers tell me that their Clawfoot tub helped to sell their home.
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She’s right. I can already feel a tinge of arthritis in my hips and back. It probably won’t get any better. The day will also come when getting light-headed will be more common when I get up out of bed or stand up from sitting in a chair, so even maintaining balance everyday will be a real challenge. We both know that day is coming, it’s just a matter of time.
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My wife and I both eat right and we visit the gym almost daily. We both know the value of preventative care. We strive to live a healthy lifestyle, but eventually we will need some type of assistance. In this regard, a Walk-in Tub can be of tremendous assistance.
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But that’s not all. Just like many elderly seniors, my wife and I will probably develop a few aches and pains as we get older. Age often brings on things like psoriasis, arthritis, eczema, neuropathy, muscular aches, and joint discomfort, just to mention a few. The Walk-in Tub comes with air jet hydrotherapy where its jet ports fill the tub with thousands of therapeutic bubbles that stimulate the skin and relax the body. Just the act of sitting in warm water creates buoyancy and takes pressure off the joints, muscles and ligaments. The Walk-in Tub can also come with a water-jetted massage system with inline heater. This means you can target certain parts of the body for specific “aquatic massage” treatment. The jets are adjustable as to force and direction. It’s like having your own massage therapist around the clock.
When I was younger, and long before I was part owner in a specialty bathtub company, I dreamed of having my own portable spa in my home, where I could walk in and get the same treatment that I would get from a professional health spa. Now I can have it, and not a minute too soon.
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It really doesn’t matter if you’re retired or facing retirement, it makes sense to plan ahead. The Walk-in Tub can be enjoyed at any age. Many who have medical problems are enjoying it long before retirement. And some who are presently in very good health, who simply enjoy the pleasure of having their own year-round, private Jacuzzi, have them as well. That’s great, too.
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What substance has no calories, virtually no organic nutrients, is odorless and tasteless, yet is absolutely essential to humans and most other life forms on planet Earth?
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Much of the water found in the universe is produced as a by product of star formation. When stars are born, there’s a powerful force of gas and dust and that’s projected outward. When this outflow of material eventually impacts the surrounding gas, the shock waves that are created compress and heat the gas. Water is produced in this warm, dense gas. In fact, water ― predominately found in the form of water vapor and/or ice ― has been found in the atmospheres of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune and even the sun. Furthermore, it has also been found on several moons, including Earth’s; Jupiter’s Europa; Saturn’s Titan, Enceladus, and Dione; and on other “heavenly bodies” such as Ceres, which is the largest object in the asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and on many others such as comets and asteroids.
Earth: Our Water Planet
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Here on our planetary terra firma, water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface. In fact, the ubiquity of water is one the primary reasons Earth differs from its celestial sisters in our solar system. Water is essential for nearly all known forms of life. On Earth, 96.5% of the planet’s water is found in seas and oceans, 1.7% in groundwater, 1.7% in glaciers and the ice caps of Antarctica and Greenland, a small fraction in other large water bodies, and 0.001% in the air as vapor, clouds (which are formed of solid and liquid water particles suspended in the air) and precipitation in the form of rain, snow, ice, dew, fog and hail.
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The collective mass of water found on, under, and over the surface of a planet (or moon or other celestial body) is its hydrosphere. On Earth, water dances continuously through the water cycle (also known as the hydrologic cycle) consisting of following transfer processes:
- Evaporation from oceans and other water bodies into the air and transpiration from land plants and animals into air.
- Condensation, the change of the physical state of matter from gaseous phase into liquid phase; it’s the reverse of evaporation.
- Precipitation, from water vapor condensing from the air and falling to earth or ocean.
- Transpiration (or evapotranspiration), the process of water movement through plants its evaporation from its above-ground structures, namely leaves, stems and flowers.
- Runoff from the land usually reaching the oceans.
Under the Microscope
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As a chemical compound, a molecule of water contains two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, hence its chemical name, H2O. Water performs very well as a polar solvent and is often referred to as a universal solvent. In fact, water dissolves more substances in greater quantities than any other common liquid. This makes it essential to a myriad of chemical, physical and biological processes. In fact, all of our cells’ primary components (proteins, DNA and polysaccharides) are dissolved in water and more importantly, derive their structure and their activity/function from their interactions with water.
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Just as Earth is nearly 75% water, we humans, too, as well as most organisms, consist primarily of water. At birth, water accounts for approximately 80% of an infant’s body weight. By the time we reach adulthood, our bodies are comprised of 55 to nearly 80% water, depending upon gender, size and body type. Most of this it is stored in our muscles and brain. Inside us, water acts like oil to a machine. According to the Institute of Medicine, on average, we should consume at least 10 cups of water daily. The precise amount depends on our level of activity, the ambient temperature, humidity, and other factors. Some of this water is obtained from foods or beverages other than pure drinking water.
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Conversely, most soft drinks, coffee, and teas, while mostly water, also contain caffeine, which acts a mild diuretic. Alcohol is also a diuretic. By halting the production of the body’s anti-diuretic hormone, all of these beverages prevent water from traveling to necessary locations in our bodies By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over one percent of its total water amount. In fact, today, with most people drinking beverages other than pure water, health officials state that nearly 75% of Americans are functioning in a chronic state of dehydration. Ditto with other industrialized countries.
Case in point, one of my wife’s friends is originally from the UK. I remember one time when my wife and I took her out dinner, the waiter had asked what beverages we’d like. While my wife and I requested water, our ex-pat Brit friend requested tea and wryly quipped, “I’m from Great Britain, we don’t drink water.”
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Over time, failure to drink enough water can contribute to a wide array of medical complications, from fatigue, joint pain, weight gain to headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure and even kidney disease.
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#7: The Traditional Roll Top Tub
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# 6: The Pedestal Tub
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# 5: The Dual- or Double-Ended
# 4: The Double Slipper
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# 3: The Slight Slipper
# 2: The Slipper Tub
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# 1: The Walk-in Tub
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Antique Porcelain Tubs
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New Production Porcelain Tubs
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On December 28, 1917, the popular journalist H. L. Mencken (who had previously covered the aftermath of the Great Fire of Jacksonville in 1901) published an article in the “New York Evening Mail” titled “A Neglected Anniversary.” It described the curious history of the bathtub in America, particularly how people, initially believing that bathtubs posed a health risk, were slow to accept them until President Millard Fillmore popularized them by installing one in the White House in 1850.
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“During the same year the Legislature of Virginia laid a tax of $30 a year on all bathtubs that might be set up. In Hartford, Providence, and Wilmington, special and very heavy water rates were laid on persons who had bathtubs. Boston in 1845 made bathing unlawful except on medical advice, but the ordinance was never enforced and in 1862 it was repealed.
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“President Millard Fillmore gave the bathtub recognition and respectability. While Vice President, he visited Cincinnati in 1850 on a stumping tour and inspected the original bathtub and used it. Experiencing no ill effects he became an ardent advocate, and on becoming President, he had a tub installed in the White House. The Secretary of War invited bids for the installation. This tub continued to be the one in use until the first Cleveland Administration.”
The controversy reached other cities, and in more than one place medical opposition was reflected in legislation. In 1843 the Philadelphia Common Council considered an ordinance prohibiting bathing between November 1 and March 15, and this ordinance failed of passage by but two votes.
Some papers designated it as an epicurean luxury, others called it undemocratic, as it lacked simplicity in its surroundings. Medical authorities attacked it as being dangerous to one’s health.
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So, what is the truth about bathtubs today? We have certainly come a long way. Today the tubs are more beautiful, comfortable, and functional than ever before. And contrary to the once-held erroneous belief, they are indeed good for one’s health and sense of well-being.
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When you add plumbing fixtures made of chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze to your cast iron/porcelain tubs, you can really make your luxury tub stand out. Matching the legs of the tubs with the same finish as the faucet, drain and water supply lines can really make the tub shine. Combined, all these cohesive design elements deliver the message of luxury and wealth.
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Functional Tubs. Many people have trouble taking a bath because of mobility constraints. They may still be young, but are suffering from an injury or an early debilitating disease like MS. Then you have the growing senior population, who may have challenges when getting into and out of a traditional bathtub; it’s a real safety task. The Walk-in tub was created to make bathing easier and safer for those in need of help. With the addition of hydrotherapy in the form of air and water jets, the new tub became an instant hit. Now, a person can access the tub through a low ingress/egress, water-tight door, sit down on a non-slip seat, and soak in warm water. Within arm’s reach is a convenient hand-held shower sprayer. They could also engage the air pump and create thousands of therapeutic bubbles to treat various medical conditions. The water pump provides a complete massage system, pulsing water against various parts of the body that need help. The inline heater allows them to remain in the tub as long as they want. The greatest part of this entire package is the freedom. Seniors can take a bath in privacy, without needing help from anyone.
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Today, numerous scientific studies show from a hygienic and therapeutic (and yes, psychological)
standpoint, frequent bathing is a healthy activity. In fact, there’s an entire academic and real-world field focusing on the well-documented benefits of hydrotherapy.
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- This service/skill set is in high demand (thousands of people want/need your specialized services)
- It has a high profit margin (50-75% higher than house painting, for example)
- It provides great income potential (some professionals are earning $200/hour or more)
- You save customers money (refinishing vs. remodeling can garner a 70% savings)
- You’re in control of your time and schedule
- You’re able to work in a variety of different markets (residential, commercial, and antique)
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Let’s see, it’s near the end of December and I just looked at our outside temperature … it’s a balmy 78°F. The class generally runs from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. If necessary, we’ll go into Sunday, depending upon how many students we have. So you’ll still have some time for Florida-flavored R ‘n’R, if that’s your proclivity.
FYI: Our HQ isn’t too far from the Atlantic Ocean and there’s also a major river, The St. Johns, coursing through the middle of the city. There’s also the Intracoastal Waterway.
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- Overview of the Refinishing Industry
- Choosing the right equipment
- Understanding the most reliable coating products
- Refinishing Porcelain (tubs and sinks)
- Striking Gold in Antique Clawfoot Bathtubs
- Refinishing Fiberglass
- Spot repairs
- Cleaners that work
- Refinishing Kitchen Countertops
- Refinishing Appliances
- Refinishing Ceramic Tile
- Refinishing Cabinets
- Proper Prep makes the difference
- Offering multi-speck patterns
- Refinishing concrete
- Bedliners for trucks (this is a separate business all in itself)
- Bathtub conversion for senior citizens (earn up to $700 more)
- How to set up your business properly
- How to market & advertise for the best results
- Strategies that can get you months of work
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