Life is full of lessons. They even have a name for those. They’re called “life lessons.” The hope is that you learn something new every day. While you were in school, that was easy. Everything you learned was new. The older you get the more those lessons seem to diminish. A lot of that has to do with attitude. In others words, many of us think we know everything there is to know. As stubborn as your intrepid correspondent is with regard to change, I freely admit I still have a lot to learn. For instance, here are some of the life lessons I picked up in the last couple of days:
If you have kept your Christmas lights up for the last two years, then you’re well within your rights to flip the switch and turn them on even on the second week of November. Thanks, neighbor up the street, for that lesson.
If you turn your iPad over to your 21-month-old son to make him happy, don’t be upset if he accidently deletes several apps.
If you don’t participate in iPoll Mobile Missions, you won’t earn extra cash rewards. (Okay, I already knew this…but let’s just say this lesson was refreshed).
According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, the average gamer spends around 8 hours a week playing video games. That sounds a lot like a full workday. Of course, most gamers don’t go for eight hours straight. Still, that is a lot of time devoted to all that hand-eye coordination and sitting around. To make the most of those hours, there are some gaming hacks you should be embracing.
Time for a walk down retro video lane. Let me stipulate, for the record, that today’s video games are immensely better than the first wave of games to come out in the ’80s. First of all, you get to play the best games like Halo or Call of Duty or John Madden Football from the comfort of your home. Does the couch really make a difference? No, but the pause button sure does! Try doing that once you drop a quarter into an arcade game. Still, those vintage arcade games had a lot going for them. You could go in, achieve a high score, and leave your initials behind forever enshrined. That is, until the next guy comes along and beats you. Yes, I realize that the following list of the best classic video games ever is 100% subjective. iPoll is happy to take your suggestions for another list, but today you’ve got my two cents.
If you’re going to spend hours playing an online video game, then by all rights it should a massive multiplayer online game. In doing so, you would be playing an MMO. (Gamers don’t even bother with the G). MMO is not to be confused with MMORPG, which could be called a subcategory of MMOs. The RPG stands for role-playing game. That means you take on the role of a soldier, alien, assassin (to a name a few of the hundreds). And within the subcategory of MMORPGs, there are also additional subcategories. The world of video games is constantly growing, with new genres sprouting up daily. Basically, your options are endless.
And almost every game you buy today for your home video game console lets you go online and play against other folks from just about any spot on the planet. How cool is that? So, which are the MMOs you should be firing up? iPoll has the list.
In the world of video arcade games, which came first? The pong or the pac? If you guessed that Pong predated Pac-Man, you would be correct. The first Pong arcade game hit the scene in 1972. Pac-Man didn’t show up until 1980. However, for the true first video arcade game, you would have to go back to 1969. That is when mega game maker Sega put out Duck Hunt. It was a video shooting gallery, but it didn’t have much staying power. It really wasn’t until Space Invaders came along in 1978 that the video arcade industry really took off. Within just a few years, that industry was earning $8 billion. (That translates into 32 billion quarters. Wow.)
While the arcades were racking in the coins, home gaming consoles were also gaining in popularity. It would be years until the industries flipped, with arcade games now being considered relics while home video consoles dominate the market. So while we’re on the subject, now is the time to go through your closets, drawers, garages, and attics in search of those vintage video games and arcade consoles. Who is paying what for what? Read on!
Are you someone who rolls with change or fights it tooth and nail? Truth be told, I probably land somewhere in the middle. Case in point: The last time I upgraded my computer I was confronted with a new operating system. Not even sure what version this was/is, but it has all these floating apps and categories and columns. Way too much information! Plus, you kind of have to swipe the screen with your mouse to find things. Not a fan. First thing I did was went looking for the old interface. Found it, loaded it, and I’m much happier.
This brings me to the new and improved iPoll app design. Big change. But guess what? It’s awesome. Bold graphics, easy to navigate, and I can see at a quick glance what’s on my agenda. At this moment, I have one survey, two missions, three scavenger hunts and four quizzes. I’ve never felt more organized. There is also a note at the bottom of my app telling me that over $500 was awarded to the iPoll Fall Photographers. Clearly, there is a lot of money on the table. And it’s time for me to start raking it in!
I’m going to blame Starbucks for this one. Years ago, they started putting out a pumpkin-flavored latte. Among the latte enthusiasts, it was all the rage. Smart marketing, too. Somehow, other food companies picked up this notion of pumpkining up food, and they caught the gourd wave as well. Now we have all kinds of fall treats related to everything pumpkin.
On some level, I think this is just an attempt by the food companies to get us to eat more pumpkin pie. After all, if you bite into something that reminds you of a pumpkin pie, won’t you be yearning for the real deal? (Note to self: Investigate whether you can invest in pumpkin pie futures.) All I ask is that they keep the pumpkin pie spice off my pizza pie. Here, then, are a collection of pumpkin-inspired fall treats you might find on your grocery shelves.
I would like to apologize in advance for ruining your lunch and/or dinner plans. After reading this post, you’ll be having pizza. This isn’t so much a mind control experiment as just plain common sense. If you read about pizza and think about pizza, then you’re going to order a pizza. We all have our favorite go-to take-out/eat-in pizza places. I feel very fortunate that I can rotate between four different eateries. Each one has their distinct flavors. Of course, there is also the old standby fast food variety of pizza. Those places’ll do in a pinch, but you would be well advised to travel outside your comfort zone to sample new regional pizzas. In other words, give pizza a chance.
Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean we can’t tell more horror stories. This time, the stories involve dining out. You go to a popular restaurant, hoping to be treated like royalty, but the place is full, the kitchen is backed up, and your server gets your order wrong–twice. Or perhaps you are that server, and you’re dealing with some less-than-ideal diners. Either way you slice it, there are horror stories aplenty to be found in the food service industry.
There is a reason why restaurants are part of the hospitality industry. It’s because you have to be hospitable in order to earn a customer’s business. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hospitality industry is the one sector of the workplace that consistently adds jobs each month. Could a food server job be in your future, or the future of one of your kids?
Full disclosure: I worked as a waiter at several restaurants. Big, small, and scary ones. Although it can play havoc on the arches, it is also a fun job if you like meeting people and making them happy. Sometimes your desire to make a customer happy doesn’t always match up with the quality of the food. Still, if you’re the bright spot in their dining experience, you can count on reaping the rewards. To bolster your chances of earning even bigger tips, embrace these food server tips:
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