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Fall is a great time for a road trip. The only caveat is you need to travel where there are trees. This is the time of year where leaves change color in anticipation of dropping off their tree host. The result is a kind of arbor firework display that shouldn’t be missed. When most folks think of changing fall colors, they think of New England. We’ll get there this week but first you should think about going west or as I like to call it, “home.” There are plenty of wonderful opportunities to see the trees do their thing. Case in point, Portland, Oregon. Mark these Portland destinations on your itinerary.
Summer was so last week. Literally. It ended last week. This week, we welcome fall to our calendars, which means we have the opportunity to see the annual foliage color show. Although summer is the traditional vacation time, from a visual perspective you can’t beat fall. We’ll spend the week exploring those hot zones for changing leaves. While you consider the possible road trips and fresh baked pumpkin pies (can’t happen soon enough), you should also be stepping up your iPoll Mobile Mission game because iPoll is definitely stepping up theirs.
Scientific fact: You can’t go to a restaurant with another person without someone asking, “What are you going to get?” Even if you avoid the question, your companion is sure to ask. This has to do with our innate curiosity about food. We want to know if we’re missing out on something tasty. The solution to this is to order two separate entrees and share. Of course, if you have sharing issues then you’re going to miss out on some potentially great foods. As with fashion, television, cars, music and movies there are also food trends. These can be individual items like deep-fried something from the county fair or even a new way of cooking. In an effort to keep iPollers on the cutting edge of all trending topics, we present the latest in food trends:
Yesterday, the Google trends were all about football. This morning it’s Dancing With The Stars, Urban Outfitters and Surge soda. Apparently, that last one is a drink that was put out by Coke back in 2001 to compete with Mountain Dew. It couldn’t compete and disappeared as fast as it came. However, thanks to an Internet Surge movement, Coke is now selling the soda again but just on Amazon and for a freakish amount of money: $14.00 for a 12 pack. This is a great example of the power of the trending — this soda was brought back because it became a trend.
Keep in mind that just because a topic isn’t trending at the moment, doesn’t mean it’s not a trend. Consider your new car. That new car smell will always be in demand, but there are several other development trends that are changing how a car looks and operates. Most of us drive cars for at least five years before making the switch. Often, it is a lot longer. That means if you’re going shopping for a car this year, you’re in for a lot of pleasant surprises. The following is iPoll’s list of new car trends you should look out for.
At any given time, something is trending. The number crunching wonks that work for various Interwebs marketing companies would like nothing better than to have their employer top the trending list. Of course, there is no way to guarantee that every trending topic is a positive one. For the most part, trending topics are like an instant snapshot of the zeitgeist of that moment. How’s that for fancy talk? As of this writing Miss America, Seahawks, RG3, Brandon Marshall and the Green Bay Packers are what’s trending on Google. Yes, you get a lot of football stuff on Monday morning! Here at iPoll we’re all about what’s trending. We want to keep you engaged and get the conversations flowing. We also want you to participate fully in as many Mobile Missions as possible. This is how trends are born.
Ever since we found a way to communicate with written symbols, there have been some form of books. I consider the pyramid walls, chocked full of hieroglyphics, a kind of early graphic novel. Books for the masses didn’t come about until Gutenberg fired up his printing press and started cranking out Bibles. Then everybody had the chance to read and discuss. The book club was formed. While the modern book club might have its members reading their tomes on a Kindle, that still counts. If you like reading and you’ve got a few friends who enjoy literary pursuits, then it is high time you formed a club. iPoll will show you the way.
When it came to social groups in the ’50s, there was a fine line between clubs and gangs. The gangs were referred to as “greasers” and went around wearing leather jackets and quoting Marlon Brando from The Wild Ones. They were rebels without a cause. Yes, they occasionally got into some shenanigans, but for the most part, they outgrew their greaser ways eventually and decided to hunker down and start families. That’s when they began to join clubs. Just as today, there were plenty of social clubs one could be a part of back in the ’50s. A lot depended on where you lived and who your friends were. With these clubs, you were never far from a place where everyone knew your name.
After-school clubs have been a staple of schools since the bells began ringing at three o’clock. There has always been a gap between “pencils down” and “dinner’s ready.” Why not fill it with a club or two? After-school clubs are a structured and positive way for teens to stay engaged, form friendships, and step away from the video games (unless of course it is a gamers’ club). I checked the website of the nearest high school to my mission command center. They currently have 25 active after school clubs, ranging from art appreciation to poetry to the World Peace Club. These kids have got it going on. If you’ve got a teen heading into high school, you might want to check out that school’s after-school club roster. Here are some types of clubs to keep an eye out for:
Becoming a member of a club provides you with a sense of belonging. Many clubs are purely social. Nothing wrong with that! However, a few clubs were specifically designed to teach valuable life lessons. The experiences and memories created within these clubs can last a lifetime. We’re talking about the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts of America. These are two well-established organizations that provide interesting activities and lessons for young people. If you or your kids have been a member of the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, then you already know all about the history. For those who need a refresher course, read on!
Groucho Marx once quipped, “I’d never join any club that would have me as a member.” Sadly, this meant he never joined any club, because who wouldn’t want to hang out and trade barbs with Groucho? Today there are many versions of clubs all around the world. These run the range from ancient orders to Dungeons & Dragons to book clubs and afterschool programs. Joining a club lets you pursue a hobby or simply increase your social interactions. However, there aren’t many clubs that let you earn money by joining. iPoll would be that rare exception. When you become part of the iPoll Mobile Mission Club, you have a chance to earn cool cash every time you step out of your door.