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Month: May 2022

Actron CP785 – An interesting review

The Actron 7875 has become the favorite desk toy for most of us. You can measure electronics, windows, AC vents, or even for ghost hunting. The Actron CP7875 has a very nice interface that allows you to easily read the results display from bright sunlight to the middle of the night. It is a very useful device to carry in the car, the office, the house or even when you go camping.

It would be wise to keep these infrared thermometers in your cars. So when needed you can use these CP7875’s to check for a hot plug or manifold. It is also very helpful to find air leaks in your home using this Actron. It will help you save a certain amount of money on the energy bill.

These digital infrared thermometers have a 1:1 spot ratio, which means if you hold them 10 inches away from any surface, they will check a 10-inch circle, much larger than your hand. So in case you want to know the temperature of your hot coffee, you can hold it an inch away from your coffee cup or closer.

For fun (don’t laugh), you can also check your inner ear temperature, which is somewhat difficult when using conventional thermometers, but for the Actron CP7875 it’s a doddle.

The Actron CP7875 is highly ergonomic and fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Basically, there are two buttons on this thermometer. The first button is for reading the temperature and the other is for changing degrees from Fahrenheit to Celsius. To read the temperature you simply press the first button and it starts reading, when you release it the reading stops and shows the temperature for 3 seconds.

The highest temperature is recorded and displayed in the upper right corner of the screen. This CP7875 can read from -27 degrees Fahrenheit to 428 degrees.

The Actron CP7875 is designed to sample the temperature of motors and heating elements, that’s why it can read such high temperatures. The only problem is the battery cover which is screwed on, to change the battery you need a precision screwdriver and some cell batteries. I think it is more practical if the company decides to use “Triple A” batteries in the Actron CP7875.

Oaxacan Mezcal: The Tarnish of Tradition

Unfortunately, too often it is easy to be fooled into trusting the truth of what we read and hear about mezcal brands in Oaxaca. Whether it’s in online or print publications, what we’re told in bars and mezcalerías, and even what’s on the labels of some familiar brands of agave distillate, sometimes there’s a problem.

The contemporary mezcal brands that have taken the spirits world by storm in the last two decades, dating back to no earlier than 1995, are often truthful about what they say is in the bottle; But it’s not always like this. Certainly, buyers have an obligation to do their due diligence before shelling out more than $100 USD on a new-to-market product. But right now it is still a challenge for consumers to be able to measure, evaluate and deconstruct all this bombardment. In 20 or 50 years, drinkers will undoubtedly be more informed about mezcal than they are today. Currently, however, to the extent that available information is misleading, ambiguous, misrepresented, and even outright false, mezcal aficionados, and more importantly, aficionados, are at a disadvantage.

The obvious solution is to buy what you know and like. The best mezcal is the one you like the most. But what about an agave distillate you’ve heard of and are considering purchasing? If you are outside of Mexico, it is unlikely that you will be able to try before you buy. Of course, the best option is to visit some palenques in the interior of Oaxaca, for example, where most of the country’s certified mezcal is distilled. While you’re at it, and even visiting the mezcalerías in the state capital, you can try before you buy. Making that pilgrimage is simply not feasible for many.

In fact, there are brands that are not happy to receive consumers in their facilities. Why? For example, a mezcal aficionado might be interested in what exactly is meant by the online promotion as “produced in a modern and traditional way.” He might be disappointed to learn that “modern” means highly industrialized; and similarly, that “traditional” means nothing more than harvesting, cooking, grinding, fermenting, and distilling, employing the highest-tech means of production and tools of the trade possible.

What does “100% farm-grown espadín agave” or “100% natural” really mean these days, at least in Oaxaca? Are the madrecuixe, the barrel, the Mexican and the tobala really all the wild agaves used today to make mezcal? Does tepeztate really take 35 years to mature before being harvested and transformed into mezcal? Is there something artisanal about the fact that the agave has been steamed in a hermetically sealed brick room, then crushed by machinery, and finally distilled in a stainless steel column that still runs on diesel?

Yes, of course we all want to make life easier for hard-working palenqueros and their families. However, there is a profound difference between modernizing for the sake of producing more juice to better fill the pockets of entrepreneurs and, to some extent, promoting the cause of altruism for the benefit of those who work in the fields and in the distilleries. In other words, the use of a gasoline-powered machine to grind the baked sweet agave rather than, say, a heavy wooden mallet for hand-mashing, serves the latter and is hard to see as objectionable. Mezcal, on the other hand, made with modern methods strictly to increase profits, is a completely different animal. In my opinion, motivation should figure into the equation.

A palenquero who produces for an export brand that labels its mezcal as made with “farm-grown” agave asked me to sell him some maguey from my field. I had no idea that the espadín, madrecuixe, tobalá and weber on my land are from the farm! Maybe I should start referring to my land as my heritage and put Don Alvin on my business cards.

Sarcasm aside, typically “estate grown” means that the agave is grown on land owned by the distiller. In wine parlance it can apparently also mean that the land is managed by the winemaker but owned by someone else. With the production of mezcal it can connote a better quality spirit, but not necessarily, and perhaps not entirely. One might suppose that growth is best controlled by the palenquero carefully watching the land for a decade, if at all. But he could be chemically fertilizing and fumigating his property. And there are almost innumerable factors that affect the final quality. If it’s farm-grown and certified organic, I might be convinced, but anything less than that sends me red flags. So, in my opinion, the buying public can be easily fooled. And more recently almost all artisanal and ancestral mezcal producers are looking to buy agave from anyone who sells it. Their own royal “properties” are either barren or filled with rows of young succulents years from harvest.

In wild instead of cultivated. A store in downtown Puebla, about four hours down the toll road from Oaxaca, is owned by a fairly well-known brand of (supposedly) traditionally made Oaxacan mezcal. It sells mezcal under that label only. In its commercialization, espadín is indicated as cultivated, but all the others are described as made with wild agave; madrecuixe, tobala, arroqueño, and the rest. Almost all species of agave used to make mezcal in Oaxaca are now cultivated. However, you can still find mezcal that is actually made from wild tobalá, for example, and probably most tepezstate is still made from wild maguey. But most varieties, including wild boar, are now farmed, and most mezcal on the market is made from cultivated agave, an environmentally responsible and sustainable approach for the industry. The other day a friend told me about all the species and subspecies that he has in cultivation, from seed in his greenhouses, 16 in total, about 200,000 plants that he has been offering to growers and palenqueros. While of course not impossible, it’s highly unlikely that the Puebla retailer is distilling all of its mezcal from wild agave. This just doesn’t make sense.

Just think of the rise of mezcal and how much of the spirit made in the state of Oaxaca is now on the shelves of liquor stores, bars, restaurants, and mezcalerías, in Mexico, throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere, including China. . . Can labels be accurate if so many describe the juice as wild-crafted? Of course not. But some brand owners believe the buying public will pay more if the mezcal is described as having been made from wild agave. If you visit Santiago Matatlán, the sides of the road are filled with fields where espadín is grown almost exclusively. But venture further afield, to more remote regions, and traverse the dirt roads on the other side of the mountain, and you’ll find arroqueño, tobalá, Mexican, madrecuixe, and barrel, all in neat rows, waiting to be harvested and processed; later being labeled as wild in some cases.

Let’s assume for a moment that all labels describing a mezcal as distilled from wild agave are accurate. That does not mean that the mezcal is of better quality than the next bottle that lacks the word wild as a descriptor. Just think about it. The microclimate (including yeasts in the air and the water source), the means of production, the tools of the trade, the type of wood used for baking, the skill of the palenquero, etc. must all be considered. Each is just as likely, if not more likely, to affect quality, as is wild v. cultivated.

Some communities are dictating to their palenqueros that for every wild agave harvested, two must be planted. And some brand owners seek volunteers during the rainy season to plant small seed-grown agaves in the mountains. In both cases, let’s assume that those magueyitos will be left to grow in the wild for a decade or so, without irrigation, fertilizer, weeding, or any other care. How should the resulting mezcal be labeled? I suggest, as some have called it, semi-wild. But again, that doesn’t help us determine the quality of what’s in the bottle. We must know more, much more, including the reputation of the producer. And of course, the type of agave used will likely affect our purchasing decisions as well.

One brand touts its mezcal as gluten-free, feeding into the celiac frenzy. Are there mezcals that are not gluten-free?

The fact that one liter costs 500 pesos and another 1,000 pesos, both from the same palenquero but of different species, does not mean that the latter is of better quality than the former.

Does age really matter? Maybe. But most likely, those brands that flaunt on their labels the age of the agave used to produce the particular mezcal are simply trying to increase the price. An employee at a mezcal store in central Oaxaca used to tell customers that tepeztate takes 35 years to mature. As a palenquero friend once told me, if the peasant who harvests that tepeztate from the mount does not know his own age, how does he know the age of the maguey?

Beware of those who are too opinionated in promoting their own brand of mezcal or other brands, and those who tend to speak in absolute terms. What is your motivation? I would suggest that they are trying to build their reputation as mezcal experts or inflate the price of the agave brandy they are marketing.

One could reasonably expect to pay more for a mezcal made from cultivated agave that has been in a nursery and then in a field for 15 to 40 years, given the care it has received over such a long period of time and the cost of having it. . occupies its own square meter on valuable land. If it is grown, then on the whole it would seem to be of more modest value, subject, of course, to how many kilos of raw agave it took to produce one litre, clay v. copper distillation, age, and the rest. But it is unlikely that he has been in the field for much more than a dozen years. If it’s wild, why should it cost more if it’s just been growing unattended in the hills for a couple of decades? It is true that agave wild in the field for 25 years could have a richer flavor due to the time it has had to absorb rich minerals and a large amount of carbohydrates. But the same can be said of agave grown on the steep slope of a deep river valley, or left for a year after the quiote has been cut. If you are convinced that it is wild, and that the person who has harvested it has sought to get into the mountains and back out again, then sure. But wild can also mean grown on flat land adjacent to the Palenquero distillery.

The global mezcal boom has been generous to growers and distillers. The pattern of exponential growth is expected to continue for decades, despite the cyclical nature and fashion in the alcohol business. Consumers have also jumped on the wave. If brand owners and their representatives, and retailers, including stores, bars and restaurants, want to continue reaping the benefits, they must all recognize that the salsa bandwagon may be short-lived if the current pattern continues. Perhaps the industry needs better oversight and regulation. For those opposed to that scenario, the solution is to heed this advice.

Different types of stones for your lawn and landscape

With granite, pebbles, and other permeable materials, you can definitely add a touch of texture to your garden design. The stones will actually serve a number of purposes, such as providing textural appeal and solving drainage problems. Also, it comes in various shapes and colors.

Stones that you can use for your landscaping project

decomposed granite – This is a granitic rock eroded to the point of breaking into very small pieces. This is one of the ideal options for patios and rustic paths. It can also act as a hedge around arid plants. People choose this because it is relatively cheap. However, it may be difficult for you to remove weeds. Also, it can be easily inserted into the bottom of shoes.

crushed granite gravel – This is closely related to decomposed granite; however, it is heavy and rougher. It actually has larger particles. This is a perfect option for patios and walkways. Most homeowners opt for this because it can provide great texture in the garden. Although this is more difficult to obtain and more expensive, the result it produces is really worth it.

beach pebbles – These are smooth and rounded. It is often used to decorate the garden. You can use it to line the edges of beds and patios, to form puddles around rocks, and to cover container plants. This may be your best option if you want to achieve a sophisticated and elegant look. However, remember that it is quite expensive and difficult to obtain. Keep it on top of weeds and consider using a blower when clearing fallen debris.

Pea gravel – This is a small, rounded rock that comes in different sizes. Some of the common sizes will include ¼ inch, ½ inch and 5/8 inch. Use this for paths, patio areas, and fill between flat rocks. You may find it difficult to push any wheeled equipment over a gravel driveway as the wheels can sink into the grave. If it doesn’t have the proper edges, it can slip out of place. So it’s a good idea to keep a broom handy so you can easily put it back in place.

river rock – This is bigger than gravel. It is often used to create dry stream beds or perhaps to direct drainage. It may be difficult for you to remove it; therefore, maintenance must be constant to avoid unpleasant cleaning. If you are looking for a dry creek bed that looks realistic, you should use different sizes of river rocks. Lawn care experts recommend installing landscape fabrics under these rocks to prevent them from settling into the ground.

How can email marketing help my business?

You just can’t have a good online marketing plan if you don’t get involved with email marketing. Email marketing, when done correctly, will allow your business to attract new customers, keep existing ones, increase sales, cross-sell and reduce costs. Let’s take a look at some of the specific ways email marketing can help your business.

Allows you to automate your business

If you’re running a small business, you’re probably busy doing a lot of different tasks. An email marketing autoresponder acts as your silent salesperson who works for you 24/7. If you’ve offered something for free in exchange for someone’s email address, your autoresponder can send it right away. Or, you can instantly send a welcome message as soon as someone joins your email list. It would be impossible to do this manually.

An autoresponder allows you to automate your email messages to your customers, leads, and prospects. This means that messages that are educational, standard (such as thank you messages), and more are created once and sent to each person when appropriate.

You can provide value to your subscribers

When you use email to contact people who have signed up to receive your messages, you can reach them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means you can add significant value to your customers’ lives by sending them information that solves their problems or makes their lives easier. The more value you provide, the more likely they are to want to buy from you.

You can get to know your audience better

The best thing you can do for your business is to understand your audience inside out. The more you know who you’re composing emails for, the better you can compose everything to get the response you want. Your email marketing autoresponder software will provide you with information on who opens your messages and who clicks on the links.

Your email list is your greatest asset

As you build your list of email addresses, it becomes your greatest asset. These subscribers are the people who have bought from you or expressed interest in your business. You need to develop a relationship with the people on your list and provide them with value on a regular basis. This way they will see you as an authority in your niche. From the emails you send them, they will start to know, like and trust you and therefore be more inclined to buy from you.

Plastic Garden Storage – Thinking Outside the Box

What does the phrase “plastic garden storage” bring to mind? If you’re like most people, you’ll never think about outdoor storage. But maybe you’re not like most people. Perhaps you are one of the few who cares deeply about our yards and gardens, realizing how useful outdoor storage can be for a tidy appearance. In that case, you might be surprised to learn that sheds aren’t the only type of plastic garden storage product on the market.

In fact, some of these products may not even be classified as “storage products.” But that’s how online retailers classify them. And they meet my definition of a plastic garden storage product as anything that helps you keep your garden neat and organized.

So what kind of products am I talking about exactly? Let’s start with deck boxes, which range in capacity from 50 to 127 gallons. Despite the “deck box” name, these units are also great for patios. Speaking of patios, the Suncast PB6700 Patio Bench is a nifty product that provides 44 gallons of storage, plus a place to sit. If you don’t have enough room for this bench, try its smaller cousin, the Suncast 31 Gallon Mini Patio Bench. The Baby Bear of this family of products is the Suncast SS1000 Storage Seat, with a 22-gallon capacity.

Further afield, the Suncast DCP2000 Prep Station is designed to simplify outdoor food prep. It’s perfect for your family’s dedicated grill. With two storage cabinets and 40 inches of cutting and prep surface, it provides plenty of room to marinate steaks and prepare vegetable kebabs.

One of my favorite plastic garden storage devices is the humble hose reel. This simple device eliminates kinks and tangles while keeping your garden hose safely stored when you’re not using it. Suncast makes several models, but my favorite is the Powerwind hose reel, which effortlessly reels in your garden hose without any work on your part.

It may seem a bit of a stretch to refer to a dumpster as a storage device. But I didn’t want to end this article without mentioning Suncast’s Outdoor Trash Hideaway. It’s a fancy name, but this is no ordinary dumpster. It is beige in color and features faux wood paneling for an attractive appearance. It holds 30-33 gallon bags and the lid is lockable to keep marauding critters at bay.

As you can see from this article, your plastic garden storage options go far beyond the traditional shed. The right storage product can help you organize your garden and reduce the risk of tripping over a lost toy or garden hose. I hope this information helps you find a product that suits your needs.

Asbestos in drinking water

We drink water because we see it as a pure substance, which our body needs to eliminate toxins and keep our body running strong. However, many people do not realize that drinking water can be contaminated with asbestos from defective pipes. Instead of helping your body, drinking asbestos-contaminated water can actually cause serious health problems, including cancer.

You may have heard of the dangers of asbestos in construction. Asbestos was used in every building for everything from vinyl flooring to insulation to roof shingles. In truth, asbestos had the potential to completely surround him. However, beginning in the 1970s, people began calling for asbestos to be banned due to the number of health problems it caused.

Asbestos has been linked to a multitude of disorders, including several types of cancer such as lung, throat, esophageal, colorectal, gastrointestinal, kidney, gallbladder, and mesothelioma. Furthermore, it can cause diseases such as asbestosis, pleural plaques, and pleural effusions. These diseases can result from the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos.

The reason asbestos is so harmful is because it is a carcinogen that mutates our DNA. Also, instead of being broken down by our bodies and excreted, asbestos fibers lodge in our tissues, where they can remain forever. Our body must form protective nodules around the fiber strips, but sometimes this is not enough.

Drinking water with asbestos makes you especially susceptible to cancers related to the mouth, throat, and digestive system. This material can enter drinking water when asbestos-containing water-carrying elements degrade over time. Specifically, old water mains were often built with asbestos and cement. Over time, the cement begins to break down and release asbestos into the water supply.

To protect people from asbestos in drinking water, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974. This allowed the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, to set standards for the amount of asbestos allowed in the water supply. . The EPA has set goals to reduce the spread of this carcinogen in water, called maximum contaminant level goals, or MCLGs.

However, the EPA could not directly enforce the MCLGs, as they were only objective. Therefore, the EPA also set standards called maximum contaminant levels, called MCLs. Now the MCL and the MCLG are at the same level-7 MFL. This allows the EPA to periodically review the asbestos content of drinking water.

Although the EPA now has the ability to regulate asbestos in the drinking water supply, many pipes can still leach asbestos into drinking water. This can cause you to develop cancer. If you or someone you know has contracted asbestos-related cancer from illegal asbestos exposure, you should talk to an attorney about your rights.

Factors to Determine Before Choosing Sexual Harassment Lawyers

In the legal version, sexual harassment refers to any type of unwanted sexual advances verbally, physically or through various means, such as telephones, emails, SMS, or such behaviors in the workplace or in any other environment. which normally creates a frightening, hostile and offensive environment. work environment especially for the victim. Recent studies show that a whopping 52% of women and 33% of men face some form of sexual harassment in the workplace in their lifetime.

Fortunately, both federal and state laws have been strictly enacted to protect workers from sexual harassment and discrimination, which are rampant in the workplace. Keep in mind that being a victim, you should not remain silent, however, speak up to punish the offender as sexual harassment attorneys in Los Angeles stand ready to protect your rights as your trusted legal community. In this article, we highlight four vital factors to consider in reaching the legal professionals you want.

investigation with diligence

Undergoing a thorough investigation is the key to reaching dependent sexual harassment attorneys in Los Angeles. In addition to having referrals from your trusted friends, relationships that have such an intimidating experience in their life could be a good source for finding the legal personality you want. However, since most victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, especially women, do not want to share an unpleasant experience like this with others, for you, the ideal place is web research. Simply take the help of Google and when searching for ‘los angeles sexual harassment lawyers’, the search engine will provide you with a list of corporate websites on the screen. He prefers to go to the companies that appear with an optimized ranking and study about them in detail before narrowing down his choice for his interview.

Study Website

The Los Angeles corporate sexual harassment lawyer website tends to be a great source for learning about the community in detail. Be sure to research the company’s background, its lead attorneys, the range of legal services offered, and whether or not they have a specialized group of attorneys to serve victims of harassment in the workplace or other settings. In addition to American Board certification, check to see if the community is certified by the California Employers Law Association and the Los Angeles Bar Association and equivalent certifications that establish their professional recognition in the industry.

Check success rate

Skip those companies that say nothing about their success rate. In fact, legal professionals working in the labor law industry need to understand that victims of sexual harassment in the workplace often face retaliation as well as discrimination with wrongful termination for reporting to higher authorities, they need to make sure Choose a group with a successful track record. registration in the legal agreement if it is done through negotiation or litigation. Therefore, choose Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers who show their success rate or report on the results of their top cases. Typically, the results of the case should include the type of legal matter handled along with the settlement amount recovered from the at-fault party. This offers a higher level of confidence and peace of mind before choosing the law firm you are looking for.

Review Testimonials

The online testimonials section is ideally a helpful source for clients looking for sexual harassment attorneys. The section demonstrates the experience and services received by past and current customers from the community, on your version. As you get to know the community in person, you can easily request the details of some of their satisfied customers and you can contact them directly by phone or email to learn more about their experience with the community’s knowledge, expertise and services.

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The 7 main points of acupuncture

If you have little knowledge or doubts about the theory of acupuncture, please refer to this article. Here are seven vignettes of acupuncture theory to help you understand the theory behind the ancient healing treatment that originated in China two thousand years ago.


Due to its Eastern origins, acupuncture is viewed by others as a mysterious or strange concept. Influenced by misconceptions and rumours, acupuncture deserves to be recognized as a legitimate healing practice.

Acupuncture needles

They are used in acupuncture treatments to control the flow of qi, an internal energy in the body. They play an important role in how acupuncture works.

body sections

In acupuncture theory, the body is divided into sections called meridians. These sections help acupuncturists determine the flow of qi and where deficiencies exist.

body pressure points

Within the meridian are pressure points where needles are inserted to balance or control the flow of qi in your body. Acupuncturists determine the pressure points where stimulation of the flow of qi is needed.


The flow of qi must be stimulated to begin the healing treatment in acupuncture. Qi is an internal energy, although invisible, it is always present in your body. The needles play an important role in controlling or balancing the flow of qi.

Applying pressure is important

The correct amount of pressure is needed to destroy qi blockages in pressure points or meridians.

Qi imbalance and blockage

In acupuncture theory, imbalance of qi in the organs and blockage of qi flow are the causes of bodily illnesses. The latter is easier to tackle as it only requires one or a few acupuncture treatment sessions. The points presented above are essential information that you need to know. Take the time to understand them so that you know the wonders of acupuncture treatment.

Why are Golden Retrievers great family dogs?

Golden Retrievers are friendly, intelligent, athletic and gentle dogs. They are easy to train as they are ranked as one of the most intelligent dogs according to Stanley Coren’s “Intelligence of Dogs” Scale. This breed loves people and does not make a good guard dog because it tends to be too sociable.

The breed is loyal to its family pack and is accepting of strangers. These dogs are exceptionally patient and tolerant of human children. And it has also been observed that it has a maternal instinct with other young animals that have been abandoned. “Golden” dogs are known to take over the primary care of kittens and zoo animals that have lost their mothers. These dogs are a fun-loving, active breed that loves to work.

This breed is keen to please their owners and likes to have a “job” to do. Due to their hard-working and drive-to-please traits, Golden Retrieves excel on agility and obedience trails. Their willingness to learn and their easy-going nature have made the Golden Retriever the ideal dog to become guide dogs, mobility assistance dogs, and search and rescue dogs. The Golden Retriever learns best with training styles that complement his gentle nature, such as positive reinforcement, not harsh criticism. These dogs require daily grooming and exercise, and they love water games, activities that will only strengthen the bond between the dog and his family.

Golden benefits for children

Golden Retrievers become your child’s favorite playmate. They are ready for anything! They love to swim, they also like long walks and they love any kind of outdoor activity! They can spend hours playing outside and then come indoors to snuggle up and continue playing with their young humans. Children gain confidence with their social and academic skills as they play the role of “teacher-student” and play with the family dog. The dog will listen intently as the young humans discuss their challenges and triumphs and contemplate new ideas. Golden Retrievers are docile and trainable. They adapt well to families and are excellent companions for each member without showing favoritism.

Golden Retriever Owners Say These Adorable Things About Their Dogs

“Golden” LOVE be in the limelight.
If you divert attention, at least keep patting yourself.
They want to work hard to impress you
They think they’re the size of a lapdog, so don’t worry about making room for the couch, your lap is cozier.
They don’t only eat food, they also eat many other things, always be careful what you put in your mouth.
They shed moderately
Whether you’re gone for the day or 5 minutes, you get the same euphoric response every time! Very loving!
The “golds” are very loyal
They want to be your best friend always.
They fit in well in families with other pets.

Golden Retrievers as part of the family

These dogs add love and fun to any family considering a dog. Golden Retrievers have a reputation as guide dogs due to their docile demeanor. They have also been observed to help children with autism learn academic and social skills as they are open-minded and supportive peers who demonstrate caring and inclusion. Any family and child can explore the love, attention and memories a Golden Retriever will add.

Would you consider this breed for your family? Do you already have a Golden Retriever? Tell us about them!

Invest in Whistler property

Fortunes have been made investing in property in Whistler, BC, which now has the most expensive real estate in Canada and some of the most expensive in all of North America (a not particularly large house is on the market for $20 million). But is this game over? Should the astute investor be long or short the Whistler property in his portfolio? And if he’s considering investing in Whistler properties, what types of properties offer the best bet for both current returns and capital appreciation?

In the past, the smart money has invested in off-plan condominiums and townhomes. These developments have offered investors the opportunity to purchase a property before the land has been broken up with a small deposit, with additional payments as construction progresses. Time and time again, these properties have been “invested” before additional payments for substantial gains were due. If you only had to contribute 10%, but the value of the property has increased by 20%, you could see a 200% return on your money in just a few months. This was done over and over again; it was a game in which fortune favored the bold. A famous investor turned $10,000 into $50 million in 10 years by repeatedly playing this game.

Of course, this is a game of leverage and when prices start to drop, leverage quickly works in the other direction. This is starting to happen in Whistler now, where investors in the Four Seasons have taken a severe haircut as prices didn’t rise as expected. As a result, the secondary market is now teeming with rooms for sale at prices that, in many cases, are significantly below the price originally paid to the developer, implying a substantial loss to the original investor.

So are there still attractive opportunities for investors in Whistler? If you’re willing to bet on a change in visitor demand for the resort (certainly the underlying driver of investment value), then there may be. But where should you look? A very noticeable factor in the recent recession was that the fringes suffered more than the center: visitors wanted to be in the Village or within walking distance of the Village, and properties outside of this area suffered disproportionately. So if you need the performance while you wait for recovery, focus on homes near downtown. There are home opportunities in Northern Lights, where you can pick up a 4 or 5 bedroom townhome within an 8-minute walk of the Village and gondolas for $1.6 million. In the middle of the Village itself, you can find a 2-bedroom apartment for around $600k. Yields on these properties hover around 3-4%, much better than properties in the outlying areas, which rarely exceed 1%. If you’re more of a speculator and not so concerned about short-term returns, you can look for a property in Taluswood on the lower slopes of Whistler Mountain at a deep discount.

In either case, you should seek the advice of an experienced and skeptical real estate agent while also speaking to a professional property manager about how much your property can really be expected to earn while you wait for the market to recover.