24 Dec

The Boys Found Us a New Apartment

Being a single mother has never been easy, but it has not been as hard as my two sons are getting older. They have been really great about helping me out with everything from getting good grades in school to helping with the chores at home. When I got a new job in San Antonio, one of them suggested that we look at apartments in San Antonio so the drive would not be so hard on me. I thought that was pretty incredible because it meant that they would have to change school districts, which can be hard for a kid. Continue reading

21 Feb

Guide To Common Rail Wiring For Model Toys Electric Train Sets

For those interested in model toys, particularly that of the model train, one thing they will inevitably come across when commencing their hobby is the issue of how to wire their railway.

One of the most popular ways to do this is through the device called common rail wiring, the basic concept of which lies in always insulating the same piece of rail, while leaving the other one still connected. Sketch and/or draw a layout of your system that shows the dual tracks while marking the outer and inner rails as plus and minus respectively. In the example of an oval track layout, this means that the outer rail will always be positive no matter where it goes, and the inner rail will therefore also always be negative. The benefit of this is, once you have insulated the inside rail on every siding (even those controlled via on-off switches), the outer rail therefore becomes akin to common ground, while the inner rail resembles hot switched lead. This is why this method has become known as common rail wiring for the model train. Two different power packs are recommended for this system, both insulated from each other (such as in the cases where an oval is inside an oval), as they can then have the ability to control different areas of the layout in the same instances. Both packs need at least one wire to be attached to the common rail, with a second to go to either the insulated rail of the oval or to the sidings in order to be controlled.

The common rail system is a very popular one, primarily because it enables the system to pass on control from one of the packs to the other, with the model train on the track thus gaining power from the right side of the front truck at the same time as it is getting it from the left side of the rear truck. Minus the common rail, the model train would otherwise regard the insulated joint as a malfunctioning switch and would thus then just stall on the track. Just be prepared for the possibility of the model toys surging unexpectedly fast when crossing over the joint!

One last point remember to double insulate on the section of the track where you require the train to reverse back on itself this means that the positive rail will suddenly run smack bang into a negative rail, and thus an insulating gap and plastic joiner are essential here. A DPDT (double-pole, double-throw) switch will be required for this operation.

Aside from this, however, the common rail wiring should be the best solution for your model train toys system.

19 Feb

Bicycling Is A Popular Mode Of Transportation In San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, is one of the best cities for cycling in the United States. Although there are only 45,000 people in San Luis Obispo, the city was recently ranked by the League of American Bicyclists as a silver level bicycle friendly community thanks to its focus on education, encouragement, engineering, and evaluation. There are only eight cities in America with a higher overall ranking.

Residents can enjoy a wide range of recreational cycling paths throughout the city–from biking through historic San Luis Obispo to cycling through the Edna Valley Wineries–while also being able to commute safely thanks to having bike paths or bikeways on nearly every single arterial street. The city has also recently updated the Bicycle Transportation Plan and intends to spend another $53 million in projects for 31 miles of new bike paths and six major bikeways.

However, as with any form of transportation, there are risks involved while biking in San Luis Obispo. In 2006, there were over 50 reported bike accidents, including one fatality. If you want to stay safe while cycling in San Luis, the city has over 14 League Cycling Instructors offering bi-monthly Road 1 classes.

These classes will not only show you the basics you need for commuting by bike, but they will also teach you valuable lessons on avoiding bike accidents. A few things you’ll learn include:

-Preparation: How to maintain your bicycle, use safety gear, and prepare for your ride so you can reduce your risk of a bike accident while cycling in any weather.
-Technique: Tips for changing gears, braking, and observation so you can ride safely on a regular basis.
-Cycling in Traffic: General instructions on the rules of the road and tips for avoiding bike accidents while riding in San Luis Obispo.

Although there are risks to cycling, it truly is one of the safest forms of transportation and is becoming more popular with each passing year. By following the rules of the road and practicing defensive riding tactics, you’ll greatly decrease your chance of being in a bike accident in San Luis Obispo.

If you are ever involved in a bike accident in San Luis Obispo and believe you are not at fault, you should contact a personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. An experienced attorney specializing in bike accidents can help you assess, file, and win your personal injury claim so you can recover the full compensation the law and circumstances allow.

15 Feb

Ameriquest Transportation Services Names Three New Vice Presidents For Its Strategic Fleet Planning

Press Release – Announcements reflect the growth and expansion of the company’s asset management solutions.

CHERRY HILL, NJ – AmeriQuest Transportation Services, a leading provider of comprehensive fleet management services, names three to the position of Vice President of Financial Services. All three will report to Patrick Gaskins, Group Vice President of AmeriQuest.

Gary Griffin was previously Vice President of Business Development for CURE Leasing & Maintenance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AmeriQuest Business Services, and a provider of financing and maintenance services to companies using independent contractors as part of their transportation program. Griffin has more than 34 years of experience in the transportation and truck leasing industry. Prior to joining CURE, Griffin served as Director of New Business Development – National Accounts with Ryder System Inc. He has also held sales leadership positions with Freightliner Market Development Corp., GE Transportation Services Group, Penske Truck Leasing, and McDonnell Douglas Truck Leasing.

Mike Williams, who has ten years of transportation industry experience, joined AmeriQuest Transportation Services in 2010 as Director of Sales for the South Central Region, and was promoted to Senior Director of Sales in 2014. Prior to joining AmeriQuest, Mike held business development roles with Ryder System, Inc. and United Rentals.

Brian Benicewicz recently joined AmeriQuest, and is a 13-year veteran of the transportation industry, with an expansive background in the transportation and material handling equipment segments for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining AmeriQuest, Benicewicz worked for Cowan Systems, a full service transportation and logistics company with operations through the U. S.

“Our customers are looking for more than just financing options,” said Group Vice President Gaskins. “In today’s highly competitive business environment, companies need to understand what their fleets are actually costing them, and how to manage them more effectively and efficiently. That’s why we offer our customers asset management and fleet planning recommendations based on their own fleet’s data, in addition to a variety of flexible financing options that best meet their specific needs. With the addition of Gary, Mike, and Brian, we’ve added to our already experienced team that will help our customers focus on growing their businesses.”

About AmeriQuest Transportation Services
AmeriQuest Transportation Services, the fleet management division of AmeriQuest Business Services, Inc., is a leading provider of comprehensive fleet management services. By leveraging the strength of more than 700,000 vehicles, AmeriQuest delivers savings, expertise, and opportunities to its private fleet and truckload carrier members. AmeriQuest provides procurement, asset financing and remarketing, and outsourced transportation management services such as full service leasing, dedicated logistics, and contract maintenance.

More information can be found at .

12 Feb

Principles Of Training

The sport principles of training are aimed at helping you understand the training process and allowing you to plan your training so you see a steady upward progression in results.

Specificity making sure your training is specific to what you are hoping to achieve. Simply put, dont spend all your time doing sprint training sets if you want to improve your long-distance cycling!

Progression the body adapts to increased training loads and this will result in improved fitness levels and competitive performance.

Overload training at a level that will push you. If you are always training at the same intensity and at the same speed you will not see the progression you would hope for. You need to be constantly overloading your muscles and cardio respiratory system to improve your strength and fitness level.

Reversibility if you dont train or you decrease your intensity then you will see your fitness levels drop and as a consequence so will your overall performance. If you are unwell and are unable to train for an extended period then you will notice a reduced performance level when you start training again.

Tedium Keeping the training interesting. If you find yourself getting bored then you are less likely to want to train and your motivation levels will automatically drop, which can lead to a reduced effort level and even the likelihood of skipping training sessions. This will lead to Reversibility occurring.

When you start to plan your training programme you can use the FITT principles to work towards SPORT. For instance, to make sure that the SPORT principles of Progression and Overload are always occurring you can increase the Frequency of your training sessions, the intensity of each session or the Time you spend training.

Frequency how often you train.
Intensity intensity you train at.
Time how long you train for.
Type which training methods you are using.

To stop Reversibility occurring rapidly you reduce intensity if feeling sick. To avoid the SPORT principle of Tedium you can change the Type of training methods you are using. It is advisable that you only change one aspect of the training at a time rather than changing everything otherwise it can be too much for your body and may lead to an injury occurring.

12 Feb

Budget Options To End Your Europe Transportation Woes

Often, transportation within countries or from country to country in Europe, stacks up the biggest expense during Europe tour packages. The cost of air, bus and train travel can be quite daunting to most travellers. However, it is possible to enjoy a trip around Europe without emptying your bank balance in the process. Here are some great budget options to end your transportation woes:

By Air: Budget Airlines

There are a number of great options when it comes to booking budget flights. As there is stiff competition in the European market, getting a flight ticket for cheap is a very real possibility.

There are companies like Ryanair, Transavia, Vueling and EasyJet that offer great deals on flights between different popular destinations. If youre lucky, you may even bag a flight ticket that requires you to pay no more than taxes. Jetsetting across the continent is no longer a dream for budget travellers, as long as you plan and book well in advance. Make sure to book your tickets at least one month before your actual travel date so you can get a fantastic deal. Watch out for sales and other offers online on travel and ticketing portals, especially during the off season when fewer people are travelling, making airlines more agreeable to providing you a ride at an easily affordable price.

By Bus: Eurolines
All international bus travel services in Europe come under the purview of Eurolines. While each country may have its own national bus services for travelling from destination to destination within its borders, to travel from one country to another, you can avail of Eurolines buses. Bus travel is much cheaper than train travel in Europe, making it an affordable transport option. Of course, it has its cons too, buses dont provide as much room per passenger as trains and youre stuck in your seat unless the bus makes a stop. Still, the savings more than make up for it. Its a great option to use when youre on a tight budget and not particularly restless. Besides, you also get to pass right through cities and towns, giving you a glimpse of how life is lived in different places.

By Train: Eurail Pass
If youre going to be travelling a really long distance, a train would be a better option than a bus. But dont worry, there is a budget tip that you can use to prevent spending too much while travelling by rail. A rail pass is your golden ticket to save on train ticket fares. While short distances cost less and overnight journeys a good deal more, a rail pass lets you save on both kinds of tickets. A pass is often valid to cross into certain provinces of neighbouring countries too, so you can use it to travel both within individual countries or multiple countries during your Europe tour.