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Well it looks like Universal Orlando is set to open the Wizarding world of Harry Potter in Spring of 2010! Yes that’s right soon you’ll be able to sip “Butterbeer” in “Three Broomsticks”, buy “Extendable ears” at “Zonko’s” in front of the archway at Hogsmeade or in front of Hogwarts castle.
Here are some of the details Universal Orlando and Warner Brothers released today:
There will be billowing steam at the entrance to Hogsmeade and a whistle signal for the arrival of Hogwarts Express into the Hogsmeade station
Across the way is a joke shop “Zonko’s” with a variety of jokes and souveniers like extendable ears, telescopes, and sneakoscopes.
Next to it awaits “HoneyDukes” a candy store with Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.
The Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head Pub will have British food inclusive of Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice.
There will be an owlery where owls await their next delivery and official Harry Potter Theme Park postage will be sold.
Ollivanders wand shop will interact with guests where the “wand will choose the wizard”.
Also in Hogsmeade you will find Dervish and Banges. The magical instrument shop complete with Quiddith equipment, Triwizard apparel, Spectrespecs, and Remembralls.
The attractions Dragon Challenge, a speed roller coaster geared around the Triwizard tournament; The flight of the Hippogriff, a family coaster touring you around Hogwarts castle in simulation of a Hippogriff in flight; In the castle Harry Potter and the Forbidden journey is a new never been done state of the art attraction that will bring the magic and characters to life in ways unimaginable.
Lastly, before going back into Hogsmeade, you will pass Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods. This store will be filled with magical merchandise such as omnioculars and Golden Snitches.
Orlando Universal and Warner Brothers has worked very closely with Author J.K. Rawlings to make this experience as genuine as possible…and from what I can tell…they’ve outdone themselves! Can’t Wait
All of this info has been provided courtesy of Universal Studios press release September 15, 2009.икони
If you’re a homeowner in Los Angeles County you’re not only concerned about market value of your home, but you’re probably just as concerned with your taxable value as well. Guess what? You’re not alone. I’m here to write about what the The Los Angeles County Assessors Office is doing to help during this economic crisis and the people preying on unknowing victims of the real estate market.
First and foremost the Assessor Rick Auerbach announced early in the year that the Los Angeles County Assessors Office would do a proactive review of single family homes and condos purchased between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2007 who were most affected by the recent decline of the market.
Since this news release, several individuals have decided to start a “side business” by soliciting this same group of people. What they are doing is charging homeowners for something that can be done for free by anyone by downloading the form from the Assessors website or by calling for more details. They are completing the FREE form offered by the Assessors office and providing comparable sales for anyone who signs and returns the form with a nominal fee of $95 plus. On some of these forms when the homeowner signs they are agreeing for this company to bill them the same fee annually for these services for the next 3 years. Other companies are charging a % of the tax savings which could be upwards of $500. In other instances these newfound companies have offered to appeal your values with the Assessment Appeals Board for $900-$1200, which can also be done for free by filing an application with the Assessment Appeals Board.
These companies are offering a money back guarantee if the application they submit receives no reduction, but the sad part is a lot of these people will be taken advantage of. All of the people that were part of the proactive review got their first review complimentary instead of being required to apply. Those with reductions from the proactive review then pays one of these agents to submit an application after they got a reduction already from the Assessors proactive review.
So, will these companies refund the money to the homeowner because the reduction given was based on a free review by the Assessors office and not because of the application? My guess is probably not. And what about the people that did get a reduction and signed up for 3 years or more of this service? Once you qualify for proposition 8 you are automatically reviewed by the Assessors office free of charge to determine if your values should change each year until it’s restored.
If you or someone you know thinks they may be due a refund by one of these private companies, you should contact the Assessors office to determine if the 2008 Assessed value decrease was because of the Assessors Proactive review, and application submitted by you, OR because of an application submitted by a third party company. You may also try to get a hold of the company that was paid to provide the service as well as Consumer Affairs and possibly the Better Business Bureau.
How Proposition 8 works: The state of California adopted this proposition in 1978. It states that if any year your current assessed value is greater than the market value you may qualify for a temporary reduction while the market is down. You apply for this reduction and once you qualify your value is reviewed annually against two factors: your Proposition 13 value (purchase price or base year value plus 2% compounded annually) and the market value as of January 1st of that year. If your the market value declines you receive and additional reduction, if it increases you receive an increase, but no greater than YOUR proposition 13 value.
Weather or not you find yourself affected by any of this, it is truly sad to see the people that feed off others in a time of need instead of coming together when it’s needed most. Just some insider insight during a trying time and a helping hand to help save uniformed people a little $ and unneeded frustration.
Just watched the movie Old School again last night and had to share the best part of the movie with all of you… I had forgotten about how funny this scene was. It’s one of those scenes in a movie where you can hit rewind a hundred times and still laugh every time. Check it out!
With Nadya Suleman demanding 1 Million dollars for her video, nobody can afford to watch. However, Jimmy Kimmel was able to snag a clip and share it with those of us who can’t afford to pay to watch. Check it out here for free…
And that’s what it was like!
I’ve been waiting for the next album from these guys. They have been my all time favorite since high school. Still going strong since the 80’s they are releasing their 12th album Sounds of the Universe on April 21, 2009. You can pick up an itunes pass now if you just can’t wait or pre-order! They also announced cities and dates for their 2009 North American concert:
Friday, July 24th (Toronto)
Saturday, July 25th (Montreal)
Tuesday, July 28th (Washington, DC)
Friday, July 31st (Boston)
Saturday, August 1st (Atlantic City)
Monday, August 3rd (New York)
Monday, August 10th (Seattle)
Wednesday, August 12th (San Francisco)
Friday, August 14th (San Diego)
Sunday, August 16th (Los Angeles)
Monday, August 17th (Los Angeles)
Thursday, August 20th (Santa Barbara)
Saturday, August 22nd (Las Vegas)
Sunday, August 23rd (Phoenix)
Tuesday, August 25th (Salt Lake City)
Thursday, August 27th (Denver)
Saturday, August 29th (Dallas)
Sunday, August 30th (Houston)
Tuesday, Sept 1st (Atlanta)
Friday, Sept 4th (Tampa)
Saturday, Sept 5th (Ft. Lauderdale)
You can check them out here for the latest updates. Until summer time…listen to their newest hit “wrong” from their soon-to-be-released “Sounds of the Universe” album.
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Here is a video of the front room. Sorry it’s such a mess but we we’ve been on vacation, and before that we had a party and it just hasn’t gotten cleaned up yet.
Right out of a scene from the movie ‘A Christmas Story’ a online casino net10 year old boy in Hammond, Indiana took a dare seriously and got his tongue stuck to a metal light pole. The fourth grader took the dare to lick the pole in 10 degree temperatures. When the ambulance arrived, the boy yanked his tongue off the frozen pole. Emergency personnel told the boy’s mother how to care for his tongue. Ironically enough, the movie ‘A Christmas Story’, is based on a fictional city like Hammond, which is also the hometown of the author Jean Shepherd. Ouch!