Sunday, October 1, 2017

Can you vape in a non-smoking hotel room?

Well, if you went to the front desk of whatever hotel you happen to be staying at and ask this question, certainly and most likely the answer is going to be, "No. You cannot vape in your hotel room." It's an issue of technicality even though essentially the vape will leave little to no residual odor, will not damage the room the way smoking may, and has no residual harm or effect on future guests of the hotel.

But you can indeed vape in your non-smoking hotel room. You just need to take a couple of precautions so as not to get caught and MAYBE wind up paying some sort of a cleaning fee.

A question was asked by a YouTuber, Vaping at Pete's Place, which essentially posed the question as to whether or not vaping would set off a smoke alarm in your room. He even conducted an experiment in providing the answer, complete with a smoke alarm in hand and at the ready to demonstrate.

In a nutshell the alarm did in fact go off. However, this was only when he blew his vapor directly into the smoke alarm. When he was at a distance, the smoke alarm was not triggered. He did mention that in some instances, if the vapor becomes too thick in the room, at some point the alarm may also inadvertently be set off.

Therein leads me to those precautions. I have been lucky enough to have hotel rooms where you can open a window. That's first and foremost. But even if you can't do that, most hotel room bathrooms do have at least a fan you can turn on, and certainly you can vape into that. It isn't totally effective in sucking all of the vapor out of the air. But the little bit that might not get sucked up into the fan will quickly dissipate anyway. So, no harm no foul there.

Worst case scenario, if the hotel were to for some reason call you after your stay and ask about any odor in the room, enough of the e-juices are either fruity, creamy, or perfumy in nature. So you could simply say, "Maybe that was my hand cream?" or something like that. "I was using a fruity shampoo," could be another response. "Maybe it was my cologne?"

Bottom line is you can indeed get away with vaping to your heart's content in a non-smoking hotel room. Just don't go too overboard as to set off any alarms, or red flags.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

How to clean your Smok Alien 220W tank?

There are probably hundreds of videos on the Internet all detailing how and why you should clean your Smok Alien 220W e-juice tank. Yet still, getting on the bandwagon is something that is always widely recommended when it comes to YouTube and making videos in general. Hundreds of those other videos might also not have the same exposure your video may. So to that end I decided to make my own contribution to the process of cleaning your Smok Alien 220W tank and hopefully you find it helpful.



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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What do you think of Blueberry Cheesecake from Green Forest Vape Shop in Belleville Illinois?

Admittedly, I am new to this whole vaping thing. I only quit smoking a couple of months ago and currently use a Smok Alien 220W mod, and so far have to say I have been pretty satisfied with the idea of it, and even the flavors. The latter of which I did not think I would like since I actually liked the taste of cigarettes.

But I do like blueberry cheesecake. The real stuff. So when I saw there was a flavor available in that offering of course I had to give it a go. It was not disappointing at all. In fact, Blueberry Cheesecake vape juice from Green Forest Vape Shop in Belleville, Illinois has become a favorite of mine. Respectably this juice actually does taste quite a lot like actual blueberry cheesecake. I am sure there are other vape shops that offer this flavor, it is of course not unique, but as I like my beer I think I like my vapes—so far. That is, I enjoy trying some of the different offerings from different vape shops, and since I travel a lot, I do get to see a few shops around that are worth giving a go and will likely write about what flavors I find to like and give those shops a bit of a plug. Besides, if you have followed me, you know I am a huge fan of supporting small business, and these vape shops are all of course, small business. They all need some love, and if we are part of the vaping community we want to keep these shops alive so we can all enjoy the benefits of vaping over smoking.

If you want to check them out, or check out this fantastic flavor you can find them here. I think their house juices are reasonably priced, most of the flavors I have tried I have liked. The staff is friendly and helpful. They are worth supporting and checking out.

Here's a little video for YouTube I did on this particular flavor. Unfortunately I got the website wrong. But no worries. It was correct here.

Vape on people.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

What the hell is the Springboard Journal?

A while back there happened to be a few sites that came along that paid a little bit, and were fun to write for mainly because you could write about just about anything you wanted to. The "articles," and I use that word lightly, did not have to be informative, or explanatory, exploratory, or anything else of that nature. I likened these sites to expanded versions of Twitter or Facebook. You started off with that one simple thought in mind, "What's on your mind?" And you simply went with that and wrote about it.

People would come by, read, like, and comment. It was as simple as that.

Of course what made those sites die a slow and painful death was not that they did not require phenomenal content, or even that the vast majority of writers for those sites could barely write their own names. It was the business model that they used that was simply not sustainable. They were desperate to attract writers. Any writers. And they paid for those likes and comments in order to entice people to not only dance around the site and the posts, but to keep on posting. Even though when I started on these sites I knew they wouldn't last, I wrote for them anyway knowing that before they were laid to rest I would at least cash in on a little bit of that enticement. That made it worth it even if it wasn't ever going to last.

That all aside, I did enjoy reading many of the daily posts. Even the ones which were just about what someone had for dinner. You got to know people through their posts, and while the content was not all extremely entertaining, there was still enough entertainment value, and even perhaps enough of a feel of being that proverbial fly on the wall, that it kept you coming back.

I post often for Twitter and for Facebook, and of course I maintain a few blogs here on BlogSpot. But I kind of longed to go back to those old sites, to that old format, to just simply post whatever is on my mind. To post what I did today, what just happened to me a minute ago, and perhaps what I plan to do to tomorrow. It was also an opportunity and a great place to share a little bit of what else I do on the Internet like music, YouTube videos, or whatever else strikes my fancy.

To that end I thought what the heck? Why not? Why not just start a blog whereas the aim is simply to do exactly what I described above. A blog about nothing and everything all at once, and a blog that requires no set word count, or post count, or even great and phenomenal content, but at the very least content which someone out there might find interesting enough to keep up with.

My life can get quite interesting actually. I am a bit of a character for those who know me.

So what the hell is the Springboard Journal? It's a blog about nothing and everything in the daily life of me. If you want to come on over and see what's going on, I'd be happy for you to join me. The aim is to post as often as things come up that I care to post about. Again, about nothing and everything. Should be fun, and we'll see where it goes. And knowing me, the blog will probably be all over the place from funny happenings, to fun times, to not so fun times, to all out rants about things that might be irking me at any given time.

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What do you think of Turtle on SG?


Let me just say that Suicide Girls, which happens to be an alternative pin-up site, is a really cool site that was started to bring to the masses some of the most beautiful women in the world that you might otherwise not get the pleasure of seeing because some big wig in a high-rise building in the middle of New York decides that only he has the ability to define what happens to be beautiful. The truth is that women comes in all shapes and sizes, all forms and styles, and being even more truthful, I like women of all types. Beauty is not so easily defined for me. In fact, I'm a sucker for some of the chunkier women in the world.

So, I thought from time to time I might want to share some of that beauty with you, faithful reader. I hope that I have not overstepped my bounds, or dirtied up what was supposed to be just a simple opinion blog that asks a question and provides my answer to it. And no, it's not a ploy to drive in
more traffic just to get a few more bucks from it all. Although, more money is always a good thing. I don't think anyone can argue with that.

On to the topic of question.

Turtle is one of the great women who adorn the site, and while all of her sets are not as golden as was her set Life on Mars? from which these photos were taken for, it was truly a knockout as intriguing, scintillating, and as interesting to look at as was the recent 10-round knockout fight between Mayweather and McGregor recently which Mayweather ultimately won in the end.

As of this writing Turtle is only a hopeful, which just means SG has not yet bought one of her sets. But my guess is that if she keeps up work like this, it is only a matter of time before she happens to become a full fledged Suicide Girl.

I, for one, am hopeful for that. I think she more than deserves that title as much as Mayweather deserves his title for not losing a fight over the course of his professional career.

I think what captures it for me here is many-fold. Her yes. That subtle naughty look in her facial expression, the beautiful paleness accentuated by the lighting in this set. The brilliance of her red hair, and the straight cut bangs. And those feet. Yes. Her feet. 

I'm not a foot fetish guy. Don't get me wrong. It's not like that for me. But certain women just have feet, that when captured at just the right angle, do capture the attention for me. And in this set her feet most certainly do exactly that. I have often said, "You know a chic is hot when even her feet make you do a double take."

Either way, and for whatever reason you find Turtle to be an amazing woman, and an amazing SG model, I think checking out Suicide Girls is a definite must, and while you're there, checking out


Turtle among other truly amazing SG's is definitely worth your time, and the nominal cost of subscribing to the site.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What is your opinion of the Super 8 in Fort Wayne Indiana?

Let me start off by being very clear that I actually mostly find Super 8 locations to be better than expected for the money. It is a value hotel, and so I am not expecting top notch anymore than I would expect a stellar steak at Denny's for breakfast.

So where is this particular Super 8 location? 5710 Challenger Parkway in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The perk? Well, it does offer a smoking room for anyone looking for a room like that. And if you are a member of Wyndham rewards as I am since I travel often for business, it is a part of the Wyndham Resorts family of hotels, and so you earn points for your stays which can be used to either get discounts on room rates, free rooms, or other perks like gift cards.

I happen to be a diamond member. Again, because I travel a lot for business.

In fact, very recently I cashed in 25,000 points of my 75,000 point balance for a Visa gift card valued at $100. But that's for another day. But it is certainly a perk. I have no affiliation with Wyndham and don't even own stock in the company anymore...so I am not trying to sell you on anything. But do check out the rewards program if you travel a lot, and there are other hotels in the Wyndham family like Baymont Inn for example which are a bit more higher quality.

I paid less than $60 per night for this particular stay. Not awful, and about right for a Super 8 depending on where you are.

What's in my room?

  • Computer desk
  • Single cup coffee maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
Not all Super 8's have a refrigerator, and not all have a microwave, so I call this a plus. Honestly, after a hard day on the road and conducting sales calls with customers I enjoy unwinding with a beer or two, so a refrigerator is a big plus in my book. It's also nice to have a microwave because often times I will indulge in a pizza on at least one of the nights, and while cold pizza is great, sometimes being able to take the chill off a bit in the microwave is an added bonus.

It's especially nice if I opt for Chinese food, which I often do as well on my business trips.

As for the room quality at this particular location at 5710 Challenger Parkway, Fort Wayne, Indiana, I'd say it is actually quite subpar for even a Super 8. For one thing the building is a bit dated, and the rooms are essentially outside, so there is no hope for security at this location. The access doors to the upper levels do have a card reader, but there are no locks. Even that makes sense since the lower level is all outside, so the entire building is pretty much accessible to anyone who could break a door in.

The room also seemed a bit dirty honestly. In fact, there is a sitting chair close by the bed which is positioned well to watch TV if you don't want to lay in the bed and watch. But from the looks of it, honestly I don't think I'll be sitting in it. The arms are blackened, and in fact the whole chair just looks used and abused.

My best assessment is that for the price it is what is to be expected even if I have paid a similar price for a better room at other Super 8 locations. But that aside, if I ever have to make a stay in Fort Wayne, Indiana again, the Super 8 at 5710 Challenger Parkway will not be on my list of places to stay. Next time through town I might choose a Baymont Inn, or see if there is a higher end Wyndham offering in Fort Wayne.

What hotels are associated with Wyndham?

  • Dolce
  • Wyndham Grand
  • Wyndham
  • Wyndham Garden
  • Tryp
  • Wingate
  • Hawthorn
  • Microtel
  • Ramada
  • Baymont Inn
  • Days Inn
  • Super 8
  • Howard Johnson
  • Travelodge
  • Knights Inn
Overall recommendation for the Super 8 at 5710 Challenger Parkway in Fort Wayne, Indiana? I do not recommend this hotel.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What should I do with online earnings?

For several years now I have involved myself with many different online content sites, or some people like to call them revenue sharing sites. You can lump sites like WebAnswers, HubPages, Bubblews, and one I have recently joined called Niume, into this category.

By the way, if you want to check out Niume, here's a way to get started.

The truth is, for a while it wasn't so difficult to make thousands of dollars per year doing this. Especially if you happened to be someone like me who has at least a smidgen of knack for writing content.

Some people in the past have called me a windbag actually.

Of course, the one downfall for me in writing online content has been that I write mostly opinion pieces, and mostly on politics, business, and finance. The business and finance pieces have a bit more longevity. But because the politics pieces tend to be in the now they aren't relevant over a longer period of time and tend to fizzle out over time.

No matter.

So, what is the catch here? The catch is that many of the models to pay you that these revenue sharing sites use are faulty. In other words, the money will come, but it may also be short lived because what the creators of these sites are trying to do is to attract as many content providers as they can in as little time as they can, pay up a bit to incentivize and motivate those content providers, and then slowly begin to siphon off whatever pennies they can before the site shuts down, gets caught cheating, and content providers begin to head for the exits.

Such was the case with certainly WebAnswers and Bubblews.

But until that day comes these sites do pay actually quite well. So, what do you do with any money you earn online?

I think the key here is to understand that one day the cash cow will die. It's just a fact that seems to be the norm when it comes to online revenue sharing sites. So, I have always resorted to at least taking the money while it is free flowing into my bank account from these activities...

And running.

Many people choose to spend it. They may buy new shoes, a new TV, hell, a new laptop computer to make banging away at the keys and providing more revenue producing content easier—or more fun since getting a new computer can be fun.

I happen to think that it is better to make the money last longer. And to do that I think it is best to plunk the money into an investment which pays dividends over the long haul. That way, even when the revenue sharing site dies, the money is still there that you earned, and still able to earn for you as you work to seek out new sites to make up the difference.

So where do you put it?

Look, the reality is many people simply aren't too keen on investing in general, and so this can be a daunting task in and of itself. But one can keep it simple. Simply open an account at a site like Ameritrade or ShareBuilder and start depositing your online earnings into that account. When you've accumulated enough to start buying shares, pick stocks or ETFs which are fairly stable and that produce good dividends.

Here are a few I recommend; BXMX, F, KO, MRO, and YYY.

BXMX is an exchange traded fund, or ETF, that pays almost an 8% dividend, and I have owned it for over a decade. It's been stable, providing mostly dividends since the price doesn't move much. I hate to use the word 'safe,' but actually BXMX is fairly safe. It's a part of the Nuveen family of funds, and before it was BXMX it was JSN.

Ford (F), Coca-Cola (KO), and Marathon Oil (MRO) are all fairly stable stocks to own as well that pay a fair amount of dividends. Ford is somewhere around 6% if you account for the regular dividend and annual special dividends. Coca-Cola pays around 3.5%, and MRO is about the same as KO.

Keep in mind the most volatile of these three stocks is MRO.

I consider income earned from online sources as extra. And because I love to write it means I get to do what I love and make some money doing it. But I also like to increase all of my streams of income overall. And so putting the money I earn online away to earn over the long haul is simply a great way to make any money I earn doing what I love last longer than any of the revenue sharing sites will ever last.