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Top 5 Strangest Olympic Sports of All Time!

200m Obstacle Race – Swimming

This complex yet compelling event was only ever held in 1900. This unusual combination of a swimming event and an obstacle race, seems challenging enough  when done in the River Seine. While the competitors had to contend with the current they also had to climb over a pole,
then scramble over a row of boats, and then swim under another row of boats.

Tug-of-War at the Olympics

This may seem like an unusual Olympic sport, but in fact it was part of the Ancient Olympics, first being held in in 500BC. Held more modernly from 1900 to 1920, Tug-of-war was always contested as a part of the track & field athletics program, was between two teams of eight. One team had to pull the other six feet along in order to win however, if after 5 minutes no team had done this, the team which had
pulled the most was declared the winner.

Rope Climb

Rope Climbing was held as part of the gymnastics program in 1896, 1904, 1906, 1924 and 1932. In this event the competitors climbed a suspended vertical rope, using only their hands. How quick you can climb a rope sounds like a great test of upper body strength, and it has been part of the Olympic gymnastics program on several occasions.

Competitors raced to the top of the rope in the shortest time possible. They started in a seated position on the floor, and used only the hands and arms. In 1896 the rope was 14 or 15 meters long, and style was also incorporated in the scoring. At all other Olympics, the rope was only 25 ft (7.62m) or 8m (26.3 ft).

Men’s Sailors 100 meter Freestyle

The 100 meter freestyle event for sailors, was only open to sailors of the Greek Royal Navy. Only three competitors took place in the event. The winner was from Greece (of course!) and the winning time was nearly a minute slower than the winner of the open 100 meter freestyle. It is an interesting concept for the host team to include this event so as to increase their medal count.

Weightlifting One Hand Lift

The weightlifting one-hand lift was on the Olympic Program in the years 1896, 1904 and 1906. This event, for men only, was similar to the modern snatch event. Only one hand was allowed in lifting the weights. They had to perform lifts with each hand, with the winner determined from the combined score of both hands. The lifters were allowed three attempts. After each had lifted three
times, the top three received three more attempts.

Some Information obtained from http://www.topendsports.com/events/discontinued/

The Dogs Days of Summer ~ Pet Moving Tips!

Moving with pets is tricky so here are some tips to help you out

General Pet moving tips

  • Maintain Normal Routine. Pack over a period of time and try to maintain your pet’s normal routine. Advance planning will make your move less stressful.

  • If you are planning to rent a house or apartment, be sure to carefully review the lease to ensure that pets are allowed before you move in.

  • If your new home will be rented, prepare a pet resume for prospective landlords. Your vet may agree to write a referral letter.
  • While moving fish it’s wise to visit your local Aquarium or Pet Shop and ask for special fish containers to safely transport your fish. They should be able to offer suggestions on what’s best for different types of fish.
  • Have a recent photo of your pet on hand in the unfortunate event that your pet runs off while moving

Check Local Laws and Pet Regulations

Certain localities may have stringent requirements or restrictions regarding pet ownership. You may need permits or registrations once you get to your new abode. You need to abide by the laws in the county and the state regarding pets. For example, some counties and states may have laws regarding the amount of pets you can have at one residence. And some may have laws on the types of pets that are permitted. In most places, you’ll need to have your pet licensed and you’ll have to do this within a certain amount of time.
Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

  • Your pet should have a check-up before moving. Be sure to attain your pet’s veterinary records so that they can be forwarded to your new veterinarian.
  • Make sure that your pet’s medical records are up-to-date.
  • Bring copies of the records with you.
  • Secure a New Vet:  It’s important to have a new veterinarian lined up before you move.  Ask your current vet for a referral or research new veterinarian online.

Make Sure Your Pet Wears New Identification
Get a new pet ID tag that includes your pet’s name, your name, new address and telephone number. An up-to-date ID tag is a lost pet’s ticket home and the name and phone number of a friend or relative, as well. It’s good to have two points of contact on the tag, in case you’re away from your cell phone when Fido or Fluffy gets lost.

Moving Day

Make A Special Room For Your Pet.

  • A few days before moving, choose a small room to be the “pet room.” Tape a sign to the door that says “Pets: Do Not Open.” Make the sign large enough that friends or movers can see it easily. Move food and water bowls, as well as toys, into this room. Provide dogs and cats with sturdy carriers equipped with litterbox (for cats), chew toys, or favorite objects that have a familiar smell. Leave carrier doors open so pets can adapt to them before travel day. On moving day, keep animals in their carriers. As an alternative, consider boarding dogs and cats, or ask a friend to care-take your dogs during the last few days. Do this during your move in as well. Containing your pet in a pet carrier on moving day will keep them safely confined as well. And again, be sure to maintain their regular feeding, walking, and potty break schedule.

  • Check on your pet throughout the day.  Be sure to maintain their regular feeding, walking, and potty break schedule.

  • Prepare Your New Home: Pets love familiar surroundings so be sure to take with you all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need from day one in your new home.

  • Keep them Leashed:  Even pets that are excellent under voice control can be easily distracted in a new environment.  Therefore, make sure that your pet is leashed when not in the house or yard until they become comfortable with their new surroundings.

Moving Pets by Car

  • Many dogs and cats may find car travel extremely distressing. Some may even get car sick.
  • You will have to be ready to make many stops along the way. Several small pets (such as birds, guinea pigs, birds, etc.) can be easily transported via automobile. A good, simple way of keeping them calm and quiet is to cover their cage with a cloth.
  • Long distance moves may require an overnight stop. Remember to call hotels in advance to make sure that they will allow your pet to stay in the hotel.
  • Have a plan for how you’re going to properly restrain your pet in your vehicle. Vehicle pet barriers, pet seat belts, pet car seats, and pet travel crates are all excellent ways to keep your pet (and you) safe when traveling in your vehicle.  It’s important to familiarize your pet with the vehicle restraint of choice weeks or months before traveling so that they are comfortable

Travel Pet Pack Checklist

  • Veterinary records, certificates, and recent photos
  • Medications
  • Beds (pillows, towels, or other crate liners) and an old T-shirt or rag with your scent on it.
  • Plastic bags and scoops for dogs
  • Your pets’ usual foods and plenty of water from the home you’re leaving (changing their water source can be disorienting and upset their stomachs)
  • Food and water bowls, a can opener, and re-sealable lids
  • Leashes for cats and dogs
  • Litterbox for cats
  • Cage covers for birds and rodents
  • Paper towels, a sponge, and plenty of plastic bags for messes just in case
  • A favorite toy or two,, chew bones, and treats
  • Provisions for the first day at the new home
  • an old T-shirt or rag with your scent on it

Check on Airline Rules for Pets

If you’re traveling by air, you have another set of issues to consider. You’ll need a pet carrier for each pet. Check with the airline to see if the carrier can be kept in the cabin. Some airlines require that all carriers be stowed in luggage compartments. Others allow small carriers to be kept by your seat. You’ll also need to show that your pet has been immunized. For example, most airlines will require proof of rabies shots, a certificate of veterinary inspection (signed by your vet) and an acclimation certificate. Also, there will most likely be a $50 to $150 fee for transporting your pet via air. There are also age restrictions for pet air travel, so check into those. When transporting by plane, try to book a direct flight. If you will be transporting your dog or cat by air, you must have the following details in order:

  • A recent health certificate provided by your veterinarian
  • A pet carrier that complies with airline regulations
  • Don’t forget to confirm rules and regulations with your pet transporter so that you can purchase any pet products that may be needed.
  • Always take your dog for a long walk before the trip.
  • Remember to advise your pet transporter of any specific requirements for your pet.
  • You should keep your cat indoors for at least 24 hours at your new home.
  • Never feed your pet too much before the trip.
  • Unless it is absolutely necessary, it is best not to sedate your pet.

Here are some websites you may find useful.

Hey do you know this number

Utility Company Phone Numbers
We hope these numbers help you during your moving transition

Gas and Electric Companies               Telephone Numbers

Xcel Energy                                        800 895-4999

IREA (Rural Areas)                            303 688-3100

United Power                                      303 444- 2037

Phone Companies                               Telephone Numbers

Century Link                                       800 244-1111

AT&T                                                  800 222-0300

Sprint                                                  800 877-4646

MCI                                                    800 950-555

Cable Companies                                Telephone Numbers

Comcast                                              800 266-2278

Dish Network                                     800 333-3474

Direct TV                                            800 595-9931

Trash Services                                     Telephone Numbers

Allied Waste Transportation               303 286-1200

Environmental Waste                          303 920-9722

RockyMountainRoll-off & Waste    303 478-4717

Town and Country Disposal               303 288-2100

Waste Management ofColorado        303 797-1600

Western Disposal                                303 444-2037

Check This Off Your Bucket List!

Reaching New
Heights

Let’s Tackle a 14’er!!

On Sat June 30th We are Co-hosting
a 14er’ Hike on Torreys Peak!

Also hosting- David Murra with Fit
Soldiers & Bob Bridge with Horizon Chiropractic

Come and Join us for a fun and exhilarating time!

Check back or Email For More Information!

Alan@thestrangeteam.com

Thank you for joining us
on our upcoming hike to Grays and Torreys on Sat, June 30th 2012.  Below is some logistical information as well
as some helpful pointers supplied by REI.

Here is an abbreviated
list of recommended items to bring along:

Packs

□       Travel pack (30L sized pack rec.)

□       Fanny pack

□       Dry bag for wet clothes

□       Camera bags

Clothing

□       A few articles of lightweight and easily washable
clothing for city wear

□       Quick drying pants/shorts

□       Long and short sleeved shirts

□       Sun hat with brim

Travel Gear

□       Heavy or mid-weight wool or synthetic socks

□       Waterproof/breathable jacket with hood

□       Bandana

□       Walking shoes

□       Lip balm

□       Water bottles

□       Camera with extra batteries

□       First aid kit

□       Sunglasses; sunscreen

□       Snacks

For more information on
the route and photos visit: www.14ers.com It
is also recommended to purchase a CORSAR card for $3 and there is more
information is below via link.  We are
looking forward to it and please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions:
Alan 303.668.5208

http://www.dola.state.co.us/dlg/fa/sar/sar_purchase.html

** Please consult medical
advice before attempting a hike.  Hiking
is inherently dangerous and the participant accepts all liability for injury and
safety.

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Market Updates

Here in Colorado we are inundated with news of the ‘market’. Here are some recent headlines in local news papers:

‘The Real Estate Market Hits a New Low’

Newspaper

Newspaper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Foreclosures Are Running Rampant’

‘Have We Hit Bottom Yet?  Some Say No’

Living in Colorado is a blessing.  One of those blessing happens not be the national stories that end up in our local newspapers.  While the headlines above may be relevant to some they do not paint an accurate picture of what we’re seeing in the North Metro Denver area (or Denver as whole especially).  In towns like Thornton, Broomfield, Northglenn, Commerce City, Brighton, Westminster, Arvada, Louisville and Lafayette we’re seeing a decrease in inventory.  If you are searching for home for sale in Colorado you may notice a decrease in supply and an increase in demand we’re actually seeing sold prices at or near asking price.

Here is a look at Denver Metro Real Estate Market:

Real Estate Market Activity April 2012

 

The number of homes sold has actually gone up since last year.

Here’s a look at the Northglenn / Thornton Real Estate Market in April 2012:

 

The number of homes for sale is down by 42.54% and the solds are up 13.47%.

If you or someone in your family has been waiting to sell for the market to ‘turn around’ – this may be the time.  Even if we haven’t fully recovered the timing is good to get more for your house then you could in the past.

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Memorial Day Means BBQ

Happy Memorial Day! It’s BBQ Season and here are some of my Favorite Grilling Tips… Have a great and safe Holiday

  • Learn the difference between direct and indirect heat and how to use them. Direct for food that cooks through in twenty minutes or less, indirect for food that needs more than twenty.
  • Treat your grill like your cast-iron skillet, i.e. season and don’t scrub clean. Season by slooooowly grilling a bunch of sausages, rendering the fat and letting it coat the grill. Cook until deep golden brown.
  • Oil the food, not the grate. Oil on a grate burns quickly, gets tacky and glues food to the grate. Oiling food prevents juices from evaporating, stops sticking and promotes caramelization.
  • Use the Grilling Trilogy: coat food with olive oil, black pepper, adding salt just before grilling, so meat doesn’t dry out.
  • Baste with barbecue sauce only in the last five minutes prevents the sauce’s sugar from burning.
  • Do a dry rub for eighteen- to-twenty-four hours before cooking
  • Get cuts consistent in size and weight so meat cooks at the same rate,
  • Is it Done? Twist the bone. It’s done if the meat falls off.


My Favorite Recipe! Grilled Bananas Foster

  • Cut unpeeled bananas crosswise and lengthwise, dip cut-side in honey, then cinnamon-and-sugar and grill for Banana Split Sundaes or great by themselves!


Sincerely,

Alan Strange

CNE, ILHMS – RealEstate Advisor/Broker

Keller Williams Realty

303.668.5208

www.TheStrangeTeam.com
Alan @ TheStrangeTeam.com

Upcoming Events:
June 30: Come hike a 14’er with us On Torreys Peak
Check this one off your bucket list