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Where To Store Your Tools? 5 Best 2020 Outdoor Tool Storage Ideas

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in Blog, Essays | 0 comments


One realization brought by this pandemic is all about how valuable staying at home is.  Thus, we can recognize that there is so much more than the work we had.  Enjoying the company of your family while staying at home and learning new hobbies makes your stay worthwhile.  

Having many collections can sometimes be a burden, knowing that you don’t know where it should be kept or leaving it behind, which leads to hazards not just for you but also for your entire family.  Below are the best outdoor storage solutions for your clutter-free for your outdoor area. 


Outdoor Rubbermaid tool rack 

Most of the more comprehensive tools must be stored in a highly specialized tool rack.  This Rubbermaid tool rack preserved the tool’s shape and form.  It helps you quickly grab what you need since this is really made for extensive tools, and thanks to its wheels, this rack can easily be moved around.  This is a really must-have outdoor tool storage that anyone could ask for. 

This tool rack can organize up to 40 tools and is easy to assemble with no other tools needed.  It has a grid pattern on its base to keep tools from sliding off that comes in a multicolor.  This item is also lightweight, plus it has four casters that have two lockings for easy mobility.  This is a must-have in your home.


Keter Eden storage bench deck box 

This storage bench box has a large capacity of 70 gallons that has extra hidden storage underneath its seat.  It’s made of all weather-resistant resin with an appealing wood-look texture with Weather-resistant polypropylene construction that prevents rusting, peeling, and denting. Having its stylish feature, this surely will fit your outdoor decor.

Having a 2-in-1 bench plus storage box is a must-have!  Worry no more about having too many storage boxes when you can have a storage box and a bench, too.  This storage bench box completes your outdoor look because of its elegant natural wood look.  You can display it in your public resting area around your home.


JAXPETY Outdoor storage shed garden utility tool

Are you looking for a double purpose storage shed?  Not just your typical storage shed, but also a whole workspace.  This shed has a spacious workplace where you can also perfectly store your garden or backyard tools and other household items.  It has a double pad-lockable sliding door for easy access to your tools.

This storage shed comes in a large size with a green color that camouflages your surroundings.  It is made of lightweight steel, but a sturdy body that has a ventilation plate on its top.  Because of its galvanized steel reinforcement, this prevents the shed from rusting, UV resistant, and moisture-proof, leaving you worry-free with its long-lasting look. 


Keten Borneo Deck box organizer and storage

This cool box is made of all weather-resistant resin that has an appealing rattan-look texture.  This cozy box has an ideal storage capacity of 110-gallon storage.  It’s reliable and durable since it is made of weather-resistant polypropylene construction that, unlike real rattan, prevents rusting, peeling, and denting materials.

Its hydraulic pistons offer an easy lift, and this storage box is a child-friendly box, so you don’t need to worry about a smashed finger.  The best feature of this box is it provides comfortable bench seating with a weight capacity of 484 lbs.  This storage is so versatile that it’s best to place your outdoor tools, toys, and even pool accessories. 


Broom Mop Holder Wall Mounted Metal Tool Rack

If you have massive wall space, this tool rack is for you!  This tool rack is perfect for indoor or outdoor use.  This helps you organize your household stuff and prevents them from damage; you can maximize your floor space for other use since this rack has its clasp mechanism that holds the tool safely. 

Aside from the benefit of having a free floor space with this tool rack, this rack also offers no slide; imagine its hanger and hook can hold up to 30 pounds capacity.  Having sturdy and foldable hooks, this completes this metal tool rack experience.  This is totally worth the money you spent on it.



Learning to fix things, storing, and organizing around the house is one of the best hobbies that anyone could have.  It is very satisfying to see the outcome of a very tidy and organized home.  Besides having a clean house, you get to discover new things stored inside your storage that need to declutter.  Though it’s not wrong to have many collections, if we don’t know where to place our things, that’s when things get bad. One of the most significant benefits of outdoor storage is its ability to keep all your belongings intact and organized in one space.  Looking for outdoor storage that is worth your money, try to consider the featured items.



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NFL Plays — Week 12 (Thanksgiving Day Only)

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Blog, Sports Betting | 1 comment


Billy Kilmer 1960's


67 WINS – 53 LOSSES – 2 PUSHES —– (+ 68.55 units / 1 unit = $100)






Last week’s record was 5 wins and 4 losses.  Most important, the net gain was +9.3 units.  

If there’s one thing I’ve improved this season over the last many years I’ve been posting plays at various public forums (which started in 1997), it’s been with weighing picks and better money management.  

It took me many many years to realize that flat betting gives way too much away when there are stronger than average plays on the board.  Moreover, a pick may be worth playing, but for a smaller amount based on the line or total.  Hence, I strongly recommend varying your bet sizes.  I have more work to do and much more to learn in this area.  But I do want to say that if you only get half your picks right, but weigh the games accurately, you might still be able to produce a nice profit.

I’m making three wagers on Thanksgiving Day games.  Sunday’s plays will be released at the customary time.

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Listening to Your Inner Voice

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Blog, Essays, Personal | 1 comment


Thanksgiving 2012 at South Lake Tahoe


Writer’s Note:  Tonight I had the great fortune of enjoying yet another extraordinary dinner and deep discussion with friends and colleagues.

Steve Schorr, Race and Sportsbook Manager at Harveys Lake Tahoe (pictured standing at center in photo) made the mistake of including me in his good graces, an invite that’s always sure to result in an assault on the liquor cabinet, several off-color comments, and a sink full of dirty dishes. 

Gracie, his longtime companion and our host extraordinaire for the evening (standing with Steve in the photo) served a dinner that would have made Henry VIII bust his pants. The only thing more pleasing than the fresh salmon and glazed lamb chops was the company.

On second thought, while the company was indeed wonderful, those smoked lamb chops served with a reduction sauce were pretty damned good. Sorry Steve, you’ve been upstaged by a slaughtered lamb.

Naturally, with good friends and wine comes interesting conversation. The following essay was prompted by our discussion.



Another dinner.

Another epiphany.

If we have a sixth sense beyond the known five, it’s probably instinct.

Think about that for a moment.


An inner voice.

A feeling.

Were I to define instinct, it would be perception which cannot be measured nor transposed.  But it’s real.  Just as touch is a tangible sensation — a neurophysiological process of transmission from body to brain — it’s not necessarily defined in the abstract.  After all, we see objects, we hear sounds, we taste flavors, we smell odors.  But touch isn’t quite the same.  Accordingly, isn’t it quite possible – even probable — that all the evolutionary tools we’ve come to master over hundreds of thousands of years are now manifested in a greater awareness of our surroundings and a dominion as to how to optimally react to stimuli?

Alas, this is what I call instinct.

It’s taken me most of my life to erase what amounts to fifty years of ignorance or indifference to instinct.  I’m hardly alone.  We’re all inundated with second-guessing and self-doubt.  Killers of human instinct.  Assassins of truth.  Which gradually leads to loss of confidence — and ultimately to sadness and depression.

Why is this so?

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Who Would You Most Like to Have Dinner With?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Blog, Essays, Personal | 3 comments


Top of Harvey's Lake Tahoe 2012


Photo Caption:  Dinner tonight at “19,” which is high atop the Harveys Resort and Casino at beautiful Lake Tahoe.  I wolfed down a 20-ounce coffee-rubbed rib-eye, with garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, a house salad, a full bottle of Pellegrino, two double expressos, and two bottles of Caymus (shared, of course).  Epic dinners like these always bring about great conversation, especially when you are with great company like Steve Schorr (Race and Sportsbook Manager) and Glen Cademartori (Caesars Entertainment Marketing Director for Northern Nevada).  Dinners like this are what living life is all about.  Tonight’s dinner prompted the following thoughts and column:


I wish there were 36 hours in the day, instead of 24.

I wish there were eight days in the week, instead of seven.

I wish I had more time.


There’s not enough time to read all the books I want to read.  There’s not enough time to listen to all the music I want to hear.  There’s not enough time to travel to all the places I want to go.  There’s not enough time to make all the friends I’d like to meet.  There’s not enough time to covet those family relationships and friendships that I’m already blessed to have.  There’s not enough time fulfill a vast cauldron of desires.

Indeed, each of us lives inside an hourglass.  The sand beneath our feet is always shifting and slowly disappears, one grain at a time, one ticking second at a time.  At some point — no one knows exactly when — the sand runs out.  Our hourglass becomes empty.  And then, we will be gone.

When you think about it, other than our good health, time is our most precious resource.

Why then do we waste so much of it?


Tonight at dinner, the conversation turned to living a good life.

A random question came up that made me to pause and think.  And quite frankly, I got stumped.  I usually have quick answers for just about everything.  That’s what comes with being opinionated.  But a question was asked that I still have trouble answering.  Perhaps you’d like to pretend you’re dining with us over a few bottles of wine and you suddenly get asked the following:

If you could pick one person in the world to have a long one-on-one dinner conversation with, who would it be?

Let’s embellish this just a bit.  You must make two choices.  The first choice must be someone living.  The second choice must be someone deceased.

I find this a very difficult question to answer.

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NFL Plays — Week 11

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in Blog, Sports Betting | 2 comments



62 WINS – 49 LOSSES – 2 PUSHES —– (+ 59.25 units / 1 unit = $100)




It’s hard to top last week’s results, posting a public record of 11 wins and 3 losses–  for a monster net win of +52.3 units.  However, this is no time to celebrate or relax.  Trying to stay in the zone with what will hopefully be another profitable week.

Many plays this week are not so much BET ON games as BET AGAINST games.  Some teams are starting to implode and those are teams we want to fade this time of year, especially if not laying too many points.  That’s the case on a few games this week noted below.

Making nine wagers this week.

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Why the Fuck Can’t I Get a Decent Margarita (A Rant Redux)

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Blog, Rants and Raves, Restaurant Reviews | 6 comments

A Rant About Margaritas


Why’s it so goddamned difficult to get a decent margarita?  I mean, what the fuck!

Its madness!

The recipe is simple.  Simple!   The act of mixing the cocktail isn’t difficult.  But for some reason, which I fail to contemplate, most bars and restaurants — even highly-rated Mexican restaurants — serve shitty-ass margaritas made with no love nor care.  It’s time to start sending these abominations back.  A major education campaign must be launched, and I’m here to do it.

I’ve had it.  I’m livid!

Where’s the pride?  How can an owner, a manager, or a server put out such lackluster product, when a margarita should be the centerpiece attraction?  How does a restaurant keep its doors open using cheap tequila and rock-gut triple sec poured out of pathetic plastic bottles combined with disgusting powder-based mixers and have the audacity to call that a “margarita?”  It’s like putting lipstick on a pig and calling that Anne Hathaway.

Case in point:  Whoever created the margarita pictured in the photo below should never be able to set foot behind a bar again.  Ever!  The criminal should be digging a ditch or serving on a chain gag.  Bitch slap his ass!  I mean, look at this travesty!  And study carefully.  Drop what you are doing and pay attention!

This is important!

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NFL Plays — Week 11 (Early Release)

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Blog, Sports Betting | 0 comments

Drew Brees in 2011



62 WINS – 49 LOSSES – 2 PUSHES —– (+ 59.25 units / 1 unit = $100)




This is a rare mid-week release due to Thursday night’s NFL game between Miami and Buffalo.

Note:  All wagers are for amusement-purposes only.  I bear no responsibility for those who may decide to follow my plays.




6-POINT TEASER:  MIAMI +8.5 / DENVER -1.5 (-110) — for 5 units

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The Extraordinary Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Blog, Essays | 0 comments

Leonardo Da Vinci Photo


Forget the two abominable movies called The Da Vinci Code that soiled his name.

Let’s talk about the real man that Leonardo Da Vinci was.

Today, he’s widely thought of as an artist and painter.  Were that the case, his masterful brushstrokes on canvass would alone be worthy of universal adoration.  But Da Vinci was so, so, so much more than that.  He may very well have been the most extraordinary man that’s ever lived.


There are three classes of people: those who see.
Those who see when they are shown.
Those who do not see.
~ Leonardo da Vinci ~

In today’s column, I’d like to tell you a little more about Da Vinci.  First, here’s a bit of what you probably already know.

Da Vinci painted what is arguably the most revered masterpiece in history — the Mona Lisa.  He also painted The Last Supper, which is the first revelation of Jesus and the 12 apostles ever in human form.


Da Vinci was also a scientist.

He was an inventor.

He was a philosopher.

He was a sculptor.

He was an architect.

He was a mathematician.

He was a geologist.

He was a cartographer.

He was a botanist.

He was a writer.

He was a luminous force in a dark world trembling in fear and ignorance for a millenia.  The world was a horribly dark place largely because of that one universal inhibitor of all humanity — the church.  Which all goes to show that the 21st century we live in now isn’t all that much different from the oppressive mind shackles that buckled down most of the world way back in the 1500s.

Consider the remarkable risks Da Vinci personally took in the pursuit of knowledge.

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The Loneliest Highway

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Blog, Travel | 14 comments


Las Vegas-Reno-Drive


Can the concept of “nothingness” be beautiful?

I think so.

Imagine a highway where you drive 60 miles and don’t see another car the entire way.

Imagine a highway where the nearest person is perhaps 20 to 30 miles away.

Imagine a highway with no gas stations or businesses of any kind.

Imagine a highway with no lights or power.  A place where cell phones don’t work (which is just about everywhere, if like me you’re unfortunate enough to have have AT&T).

There is a such a highway.

It’s Nevada State Highway 266, which is the desolate 60-mile stretch of asphalt that straddles across the Nevada-California border at a crux where towns and people do not exist.  You’re more likely to see a UFO on this lonely road than another vehicle.

If you head West, the highway begins its path about one hour north of the sleepy desert town of Beatty, NV.  The road empties out several ecosystems later about 20 miles south of Bishop, CA — located at the foothills of the gigantic snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range.  The other main junction from the West is California State Highway 395.

I’ve taken this incredible road perhaps two dozen times.  I think of it as a well-kept secret — until now.  When driving along it’s winding path, I feel the road is in control.  Not me.  I’m a passenger rocked into solitude within its bosom.  Driving this highway is the closest thing I’ve experienced towards achieving complete peace.  And honestly, it’s even a little frightening if you’re driving it alone.  Especially at night.

The highway is a single-lane road, except for one short stretch which plunges through a narrow canyon.  The rocky pass is so small that only one car at a time will fit through.  But since there’s no traffic, passage is easy.

The road includes a barren desert with little to see but rock and sand.  In fact, upon one’s first impression there’s no sign of life whatsoever.  Then, prickly plants suddenly appear.  Next, you see sagebrush.  The road climbs upward and starts winding.  You enter a drive through rocky cliffs.  The curves are so intense, the speed limit is 20 mph.  Then, the road quickly becomes engulfed by a forest of pine trees.  Next, the road winds back down and eventually rests in a fertile grassland with grazing cattle.  Then, the road winds up again through another mountain range, then through another short desert maze, another forest, followed by several canyons.  Finally, you end up looking at the breathtaking central valley which is bordered by the majestic High Sierras.

This is an incredible journey.  Yet, I’ve never heard or read anything about it.  Perhaps the few that have driven this lonely stretch of highway want to keep it their secret.  I don’t blame them.

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58,278 Names Etched In Granite

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Blog, Essays | 0 comments

Names on the Vietnam Memorial in Washingtoon


A visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC is an emotive experience.

One need not be a military veteran nor even an American citizen to recognize the immense power of this extraordinary artwork, which pays tribute to those a generation ago who went to a faraway land and never returned home alive.  It was our most tragic — and I might add senseless — military conflict.

I lived in Washington, DC for 12 years.  During that time, many friends and relatives visited what remains a mesmerizing city.  I always used those special occasions to travel around our capital, playing amateur guide to our nation’s most impressive monuments.  For me, each accompanying visit was a reminder.  A reinforcement of what patriotism really means.

The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Jefferson Memorial and so many other attractions are powerful places to visit.  They should be seen by everyone.  In fact, I’ll go so far to say that every American has an obligation to make at least one trip to our nation’s capital to see and experience these sites firsthand.  I’m not even sure one can really call himself or herself a true American without having stood next to these structures which represent the very essence of our nation.

However, one memorial above all the rest deserved to be seen.  It moved me emotionally each and every time I visited — and always in a different way.  I must have touched the granite wall perhaps two dozen times.  Instead of becoming bored or indifferent to something I had laid eyes upon so many occasions before, each visit gave me a new perspective about our history, what personal sacrifice really means, and the value of life itself.

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