1.Face forward, and turn your body to the side, one leg ahead of the other.
2.Bring the fist of your forward arm back to your opposite hip, placing it under your opposite arm.
3.Keep the palm side of the fist facing downward.
4.Twist the wrist of your blocking arm, rotating your fist upward to shoulder level while your other arm pulls strongly toward the hip.
5.Block with the muscular part of the forearm.
Place the elbow of the blocking arm about a fist's distance away from the body, and keep it at a 90-degree angle.
Remember to keep your shoulder facing your target and your body facing away so that you are less vulnerable to a strike.
Warnings: If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
1.Watch for anything serious. One such problem in the hip area is called a slipped capital femoral epiphysis. It occurs in a child when the head of the femur (the upper leg bone) has not yet fused properly to the rest of the femur.
2.Know what it is. The head can actually slip out of the ball-and-socket joint in which the femur rests.
3.Be aware of the signs. A child with this condition will usually experience pain in the groin and be unable to run.
4.Watch for a limp. A child with this condition would walk with a limp.
5.Be aware that this condition is more common in heavier children.
6.Take complaints seriously. Any time a child complains of pain in the groin, thigh or inside of the knee area, an evaluation should be made to rule out slipped capital femoral epiphysis.
7.Know the treatment. This injury usually requires pinning and surgical repair.
8.Be careful of the other hip. This injury in one hip means there is a 25 percent chance it will happen in the other hip.
9.Treat general hip inflammation. This problem in the hip joint is also seen in youth soccer players.
1..Know the symptoms. General hip inflammation is characterized by persistent pain in the hip.
1..Know why inflammation occurs. It is primarily due to repetitive running on hard ground.
1..Treat hip inflammation. You can do this with rest and anti-inflammatory medication.
Tips: Talk to others. Sometimes discussing these or other medical conditions that other soccer families have experienced will provide comfort or insights.
1.Check out the Internet for paintball fields in your area. A good place to look is www.warpigs.com. (See list of Related Sites.)
2.Check the yellow pages under "paintball." If no fields are listed, call the stores and ask.
3.Check out "Action Pursuit Games Magazine." It usually provides a store and field directory in the back of every issue. (The magazine also sells a store and field directory that you can order.)
4.Call the field and get directions, hours and prices. Find out what gear they supply, and what you'll need to bring.
5.Arrive at the field early and prepared. Most fields charge a flat rate for a full day of playing.
If you're going to walk on to a field, it's generally more fun if you go with some friends.
You can usually rent anything you need - guns, masks, balls, CO2 - from the field.
If you have a paintball team, you can all go to the field and play together as a team. Sometimes the field will let you play as a team against all the walk-ons. Talk to the field director.
At any paintball field, you must have a barrel plug for your gun to prevent any accidental firings.
Always wear eye protection around paintball guns.
1.Put balls 1 to 9 on the table.
2.Rack balls 1 to 8 in a diamond shape with the 1-ball in front.
3.Put the 9-ball in the middle of the diamond shape.
5.Shoot at the lowest number ball on the table.
6.Shoot at the next-highest number ball if you sink the first ball.
7.End your turn if you hit the ball but don't sink it, or if you miss the ball entirely.
8.Let your opponent take his or her turn by placing the cue ball anywhere on the table to line up a shot.
9.Continue shooting in turn until the 9-ball is sunk.
If you can hit the 9-ball in on a combo - hit the 1-ball into the 9-ball, for example - you can win the game quickly.
1.Click on the Related Sites links to view Web sites offering real-time traffic reports.
2.Get additional information by using a search engine such as Lycos or Yahoo.
3.Type in the keywords "real time traffic reports." Add a specific city and state to narrow your search appropriately.
4.Press Enter on your keyboard or click the Search button to submit your query.
5.Click on a site that best suits your interests or needs from the list of search results provided by the search engine.
6.Follow the directions provided by the site to access traffic reports for your area.
7.Click the Back button on your Web browser to return to the list of search results and choose another site to explore.
SelectSurf (see Related Sites) provides current traffic reports for every major metropolitan area.
4.raffic.com (see Related Sites) provides a wealth of traffic information covering roads and freeways across the nation.
Check frequently before you leave the house, as conditions change and sites are updated.
1.Get a rent guide from the supermarket, surf the Internet and check the classifieds in the local newspaper to find rentals you may be interested in.
2.Drive around areas you like noting any properties with a "For Rent" sign.
3.Call the number listed to discuss the property with the landlord. If the property sounds like a good prospect, go ahead and make an appointment to see the rental.
4.Fill out the application after you have seen the property. The application will require information about your rental history and credit references.
5.Ask questions about repairs as well as emergency and routine maintenance. You want to make sure these things have been agreed to before you move in. Get whatever you and the landlord agree to in writing, preferably in the rental agreement. Verbal agreements often lead to misunderstandings, which can lead to many problems down the road including eviction.
Keep the relationship on a business level even though you're only dealing with one or two people. The key way to do this is to make sure everything about the terms and conditions of the lease is in writing.
Provide the landlord with a current copy of your credit report so each landlord does not have to pull a report (which will negatively affect your credit rating.)
Know your rights. Unscrupulous landlords may try to take advantage of uninformed tenants.
Warnings: Don't set yourself up to rent from someone only interested in collecting the rent and not willing to invest in the property. For these landowners, making a quick buck has priority over maintaining a good investment and healthly living conditions. Steps:
1.Consult local building and zoning authorities to see if any rental restrictions apply to private residences in your area.
2.Review mortgage documents for restrictions about renting out your home while the mortgage is in effect.
3.Determine how much rent you should charge by checking rental rates of similar properties in your area in the classified section of the newspaper.
4.Advertise your property to attract applicants.
5.Prepare or obtain a rental lease for the property that spells out specific terms and conditions.
6.Interview prospective tenants while showing the property. Accept applications and security deposits.
7.Check credit, personal, and rental references of applicants, then select tenants for the property in a non-discriminatory manner.
8.Review the terms of the lease with the selected applicants to make sure they understand all conditions before signing.
9.Conduct a "walk-through" of the property with tenants on the day they move into your home and have them initial a "property-condition report" that verifies the current condition of the property.
A property-condition report, available at most office supply stores, will help avoid disputes over property damage and refunds of security deposits.
Consult a tax advisor about the tax consequences of renting out your home.
Warnings: Landlord-tenant laws can be confusing and complex. When in doubt, consult a local attorney. Steps:
1.Determine rental rates (daily, weekly, weekend, monthly and seasonal) for your vacation home by checking classified advertisements for rental rates of similar vacation properties in the same area.
2.Establish written rental policies for such items as pets, smoking, cancellations, refunds and maximum occupancy.
3.Prepare a classified rental ad for your vacation home with a brief description of the location, available dates, desirable features, rental rates, required deposits and a phone number to call for more information.
4.Attract potential renters by placing your classified ad on Internet rental and vacation sites, in rental property exchange newsletters, or in local newspapers.
5.Contact the chamber of commerce or tourist board in the area of your vacation home to see if they provide prospective renters and tourists with listings of available rental properties.
6.Require deposits and signed rental agreements from renters. Provide confirmation of rental reservations.
7.Consider listing your property with a rental property management company in the same area as your vacation home, especially if you do not reside in the vicinity.
Tips: Rental property management companies usually charge a percentage of rental income for their services, but the benefits of turning over rental management responsibilities to a property manager usually outweigh the costs.
Warnings: Managing vacation property long-distance can be difficult and time-consuming.
1.Take all the sun overexposure precautions seriously. Severe sunburn in early childhood has been linked to skin cancer in later life.
2.Protect everyone. All children need protection, including those who are already tanned or dark-skinned.
3.Use protection even on cloudy days. Although it's especially important on sunny days, don't neglect sunscreen just because the sky is overcast. Up to 80 percent of the sun's damaging rays still get through the clouds.
4.Use a sunscreen with a skin protection factor (SPF) of 15. This is usually enough.
5.Apply sunscreen liberally at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.
6.Reapply every 1 to 2 hours or after heavy perspiration.
7.Check out special sweat-resistant products marketed to active people.
Make sure children apply sunscreen properly. Young athletes who apply their own often do so sparingly and don't cover all areas.
Make sure they get the tops of their ears, neck and exposed scalp - places often forgotten and easily burned.
Remember the arms, backs of the hands, and feet if they will be exposed. Remember that soccer players wear open-toed soccer sandals between games.
Use a sunscreen stick for skin near the eyes if children complain of stinging from cream.
1.Click the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen. A menu appears.
2.Highlight Settings to display a second menu and click Control Panel.
3.Double-click the Mouse icon to display the Mouse Properties screen.
4.Click the Basics tab to display the speed options.
5.In the Pointer Speed area, drag the slider to select a speed.
7.Click to select an acceleration speed, if you want. Higher settings make the pointer move faster if you move the mouse faster.
8.Click OK to accept the setting and exit the window.
9.Test your mouse pointer. If you want it to move faster or slower, return to Step 1 to adjust the speed.
1..Click the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of the screen and hold the mouse button down. A drop-down menu appears.
1..Select Control Panels. A submenu (another drop-down menu) appears, or the Control Panels window may open on your desktop.
1..Select Mouse to display the mouse settings.
1..Select Mouse Tracking. This setting determines the speed of your pointer on the desktop as you move the mouse.
1..Select the desired speed, and then exit by clicking the close box in the upper-left corner of the window.
1..Test your mouse pointer. If you want it to move faster or slower, return to Step 1 to adjust the speed.
1.Attend only the parties you really want to go to. One office party, for example, is sufficient.
2.Opt for club soda or sparkling mineral water instead of an alcoholic drink. No one will know the difference except you.
3.Eat something before you begin drinking. It will help the alcohol be absorbed more slowly.
4.Steer clear of the punch bowl unless you know for a fact that it's weak on the booze. Some punches mixed with alcohol can be quite potent.
5.Drink a glass of wine instead of a mixed drink or hard liquor. Drink it slowly and make it last.
6.Arrive close to mealtime if invited to a dinner party. This way, you will bypass the before-dinner drinks.
7.Snack while you drink. Food helps the alcohol be absorbed more slowly.
8.Drink a glass or two of water in between drinks to prevent dehydration.
9.Have a glass of water before going to bed. It might lessen the effects of a hangover.
Tips: If hosting your own holiday party, offer virgin punches and eggnog as an alternative to alcoholic drinks. The extra effort will be appreciated by guests who are trying to cut down on alcohol.
Warnings: Do not drink and drive. If you drink alcohol at a party, take a taxi home or have someone pick you up.
1.See related How: "Set Up a Horseshoe Court" for setup instructions.
2.Divide players into two even teams, and give each team two horseshoes.
3.Flip a coin to decide which team will pitch first.
4.Have the first player from the first team pitch both horseshoes (one at a time) from anywhere behind the foul line.
5.Let the first player from the opposing team do the same, pitching toward the same stake.
6.Award 1 point for a shoe within 6 inches of the stake, or for a shoe touching the stake(often called a "leaner"); a shoe encircling the stake (a "ringer") earns 3 points. Often, amateurs choose to award 2 points for leaners.
7.Let the next two players (one from each team) pitch the shoes from the opposite side of the court back toward your side. Add their points to the first scores.
8.Alternate pitching from one end of the court to the other until all players have pitched. This constitutes an "inning."
9.Play until one team has at least 40 points at the end of an inning (for a point-limit game) or until 40 shoes have been pitched (for a shoe-limit game, in which the team with the highest score wins).
1..Play extra innings in the event of a tie.
For adult males, the foul line is 37 feet from the target stake. For female, junior and elderly players, the foul line is 27 feet from the target stake.
A shoe is considered a ringer if a straight edge touching the two ends of the shoe clears (but doesn't touch) the stake. A shoe that's more than 6 inches away from the stake is worth no points.
There are many variations of the rules in non-professional play. Overall Warnings: If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.