BLAINESWORLD #750, Section 2, part 2

* Lorraine in New Jersey:

Feeling like an Al Green weekend is a c ‘comin up:

And Saturday night with another Green classic:

* Carol in Pennsylvania:

Every teenager should see this:

* Janeen in Pennsylvania:

Obviosuly, they are a bit younger than me, but they dance exactly like we DID, she most likely has a wig on, to make her look older but he can’t hide his age!!!

* Nelson in North Carolina:

Amazing!!  Somebody had much too much time on their hands.  But can it do a double-Windsor?

* Laura in New Jersey (with a REQUEST FOR HELP):

Please tell ten friends to tell ten today! The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on “donating a mammogram” for free (pink window in the middle).

This doesn’t cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising.

Here’s the web site! Pass it along to people you know.

* Jeff in Pennsylvania (commenting on a recent TV alert):

Tyler has jumped the “shark pit” by appearing as a judge on Idol.

* Rick in North Carolina (commenting on a joke in last week’s issue):

Sandy the Dog appears to look more like a TEA party member. He can sh*t everywhere and someone else has to clean it up.

* Gayle in Pennsylvania:

Hi, everybody. I have some exciting news to share!
I just created a simple new website on Google to give people a snapshot of the proofreading, copyediting, and promotional writing services I offer in addition to my coaching services.
Please pass it on to anyone you know who might ever have a need for help with proofing a website, editing an article, ghostwriting a book, etc.
Typos or grammatical errors in any kind of written or web piece can certainly tarnish the professional image of the person or company it represents, and I’d love to help people avoid that.
The link to the new site is:
Thanks a million for spreading the word!

All the best,

P.S. The website is also accessible via my LinkedIn profile at:

Gayle Shisler, M.S.
Writer, Copy Editor, Proofreader

* Creating Green Jobs in Asheville
by Susan Garrett, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Mission
What if by investing in energy efficiency upgrades on your home, you could help employ over 150 Asheville residents by 2013 in new, green, living wage jobs and help them transform their lives and get out of poverty?  How about increasing the comfort of your home and saving yourself an average of $413 per year? Still haven’t convinced you? How about infusing our local economy with up to $97 million by the year 2016! Surely by now I have your attention.  

ABCCM Green Jobs is a program that provides Asheville residents living in high poverty areas with green collar skills and then helps them find green jobs. One of the training courses, taught by Green Opportunities (GO), is for Weatherization Technicians. Many of the program participants have grown up in poverty, but when given some training, support and a job opportunity, they thrive in ways they never have before.  However, in this economy green jobs are scarce.   

To stimulate the local green economy and to give these folks a shot at decent paying jobs, ABCCM Green Jobs is partnering with Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute to launch a home energy efficiency campaign. If we can get 1,100 homeowners (including you) to weatherize their homes in 2011, we can create about 40 new jobs. By getting a living wage of at least $11.35 per hour, Weatherization Technicians would be able to provide for their families. 

Professional Home Energy Auditors find that home upgrades including air sealing, duct sealing, and adding insulation, save homeowners a national average of $413 per year in energy costs. It’s tough to pick a typical cost for these upgrades, since every home is different, but let’s say you spent $3000.  In seven years you would break even if energy costs remain constant, and we know costs are going up. At ten years, you’ve accrued three years of savings for a total of $1239. To be fair, this does not include any lost opportunity costs for investing that $3000 differently. However, it also doesn’t count the increased value of your home, and the increased comfort that comes with eliminating drafts and poor distribution of conditioned air.   

Once people understand the benefits of efficiency upgrades, they want to do it. However some folks lack the up-front cash. That’s why we have also partnered with AdvantageGreen to recruit a local bank to offer low-interest FHA PowerSaver loans. 

BRSI, ABCCM and AdvantageWest will be making the case to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and to the City of Asheville that this is an effort worth supporting because of the economic benefits to the community. If we weatherize 1,100 homes in 2011, ramp that up to 4,400 in 2012, and then to 5,500 each year from 2013 – 2016, we would:

Create about 40 new green jobs in 2011 and over 150 by the end of 2013
Upgrade 27,500 homes by 2016 with associated carbon reductions
Generate approximately $62,000,000 of income for local contractors from 2011 – 2016
Benefit the local economy via the $97,000,000 worth of aggregated home owner savings, contractor income, and wages generated by new job creation

Watch BRSI’s website for more details coming soon!

*  Pat in Pennsylvania (responding to a problem being faced by Ange in Pennsylvania):

My suggestion is write the manufacturer a letter and get them to put it in writing whether or not they know what the problem is. If they know, then they need to disclose what the reason is. Then, if you are in Bucks County I would contact Mike Bannon at 215 348-7442 of the Bucks County Consumer protection dept. I have used them many times and got great results!! It is a truly great resource that does not cost you any money. Try it. If you are not in Bucks County try checking and see if Montgomery County has a similar dept? Good luck.

And remember it may not be the product but something else. Sometimes bringing in a heavy hitter like the Bucks Cty Dept of Consumer Protection helps and gets action.


I agree with Pat, as I often do . . . Mike Bannon is THE MAN. If you have any sort of consumer-type problem in Bucks County, contact him.

* Jean in Pennsylvania:

Have to agree w/you about Black Swan. More like a horror movie than a “psychological thriller.” Hope to see The King’s Speech Sun. Rent Toy Story 3 when you have the time. You’ll like that.

* Natalie in Pennsylvania:

Saw the “Fighter” yesterday. Have you seen it? Good movie. Also saw one we had ordered from Netflix . . . it was weird. Called “A Serious Man” by the Coen Brothers.  Not one I’d recommend.

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