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by Builder posted Jun 19 2017 4:37PM

No beach visit is complete without building at least one majestic sandcastle. Now, to help you get the perfect design, a professor of environmental and geographic sciences has revealed the perfect formula. In an article for The Conversation, Matthew Robert Bennett from Bournemouth University, claims the key is using a simple bucket, an eight to one water and sand ratio, and finding sand with tiny shell fragments.

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by Megan Z posted Jun 15 2017 12:08PM
When the weather gets really hot and you need to find other ways to keep cool...this list will help! Check it out HERE!
by Builder posted Jun 15 2017 7:44AM
From Fox 8 in Cleveland

Lakewood lifeguard saves toddler first day on the job

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – It started out as a day of fun in the sun at the Charles A. Foster pool in Lakewood last Thursday.
But things quickly turned dangerous in just a matter of minutes.

Lifeguard Jack Viglianco, 15, says, "I heard like a help, ah, kind of thing. And I looked over and I saw a guy who's probably like 3'6', in the 4-foot water and gasping for air."

The victim was actually a four-year-old boy at the pool for a summer camp field trip.

Viglianco says the young boy was bobbing up and down, screaming for help.

Not only was it Jack's first day on the job, it was only 20 minutes into his shift, when he had to put the lifesaving skills he had just learned to the test.

"Active drowners can still breathe, and they're still above water, but they are still in the act of drowning," said Viglianco.

Lakewood aquatics manager Matt Demaline said, "Jack activated our emergency response plan. He got down off the chair and jumped in and helped the kid to safety. He had just completed also a five-hour orientation the day before for all of our new and returning staff and we were ready to go, day one."

Lakewood's aquatics department says the scary scene proved to be the perfect reminder to parents and caregivers about safety at the pool…knowing things can drastically take a turn for the worse in the blink of an eye.

"Never let them out of your sight. That's what I do with her, no matter where we're at or where we go, she can't go where I can't see her," said grandmother Eileen McCray.

As for Jack Viglianco, he says being a lifeguard is a passion and dream come true. His first day on the job, he says, is one he'll never forget.
"I was realizing that I just saved a kid's life. And that is something not many other people can say. Nothing my friends have ever said."
Between Lakewood's two public pools, there were 42-heroic lifesaving efforts in just the last two summers...all victims were saved, thanks to the well-trained lifeguards in that city.

by Builder posted Jun 12 2017 8:02AM

25 Worst Things to Say to a Bride on Her Wedding Day:

1. "I'm invited, right?" The pre-wedding/event question of our nightmares. Unfortunately, not everyone we've ever met can be invited to the big day (unless you're Kimye…). I don't want to feel this pressure from everyone who congratulates me on the big news. The internet is a beautiful thing (I mean you get to read this after all!) But it has also expanded social circles in ways that our great-grandparents could've never dreamed. Just because we're FB friends, doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be invited to the biggest day of my life. So, please…don't ask.
2. "How much did all of this cost?" Just no. Money is a taboo topic to begin with, so why even bother bringing it up at a wedding? If I want to share the price tag, I'll find a way to bring it up. Odds are the only time price will be willingly brought up is if I got some stellar deal that I want to shout about from the mountaintops. Unless that happens, don't talk about it.
3. "So, when are you having kids now?" Easy, tiger. I basically just said, "I do," five minutes ago, give me a second to catch my breath. Babies are super cute and precious, but they aren't everyone's thing. And there shouldn't be pressure to rush it. You might just say this while you're joking around, but maybe just steer clear of baby talk all together and enjoy the present. In fact, here's a pre-baby bucket list that can't be ignored >>
4. "It's O.K…" Um, what? Do you understand how much energy was expended on this occasion? I want to hear that everything was absolutely fantastic or I want to hear nothing at all (but mostly I want to hear that it's fantastic). Even if you don't personally love it, don't tell me you think my choices are mediocre.
5. "I can't believe you got him/her to settle." Hi. You're talking about my new Mr. here. I just promised forever to this dude, don't try to freak me out by bringing up his past. People go through wilder phases, it doesn't mean that they are incapable of settling down.
6. "I'm not wearing this." You've heard the term Bridezilla, but have you ever heard of a Bridesmaidzilla? It's a thing (or maybe I just made it up.) Don't be that girl who tells me she refuses to wear the dress I pick out. Trust my vision. You will have your own day where you can call the shots, so just nod your head and smile for this one.
7. "You look kind of tired." I despise when people say this to me, on any occasion. You might as well just slap concealer on my face and keep your words to yourself. I think I would be less offended.
8. "We lost the groom." Ha. Probably one of the worst things to say to a bride who's already stressed. Unless this is not a joke, and we actually have an emergency on our hands, do not scare me like this.
9. "I hope it's cool if I brought some friends with me!" About that… if I had wanted to invite your friends, I would have asked for their addresses. I have to pause here. I can't lie to you, dear reader. I did indeed semi-crash a reception once. But here's the thing: I had permission to do so. I got the thumbs up to tag along with a few friends to a friend's cousin's wedding dance (super close connection, right?) If you get the A-OK to invite a friend to the dance, that's one thing. But do not throw a curveball and bring your whole crew.
10. "My food wasn't very good." The average cost per guest is $136 in Minnesota. You think that's spendy? You don't even want to know how expensive New York is (Okay, yes you do. It's $630 PER PERSON!) Throwing a wedding doesn't happen with pocket change. Be considerate of this when you share your opinions.
11. "This isn't really my style." Oh, I'm sorry. Is it supposed to be your style? Couples have inside jokes, joint interests, and unique characteristics. Just because it isn't something you would pick for yourself, doesn't mean it doesn't have special meaning to the person who selected it.
12. "I hate this song." Well, guess what? Odds are someone here does like it. Let them have their one dance or sing-a-long song, and you can request the next one. Or, if it is a more important song like the first dance, father-daughter dance, or the mother-son dance, please just bite your tongue. This tune is special to us in some way or another, don't diminish that.
13. "Has anyone seen the photographer/DJ/caterer/officiant?" This corresponds with number 8. Unless we have a serious emergency, please do not add to my anxiety.
14. "Where do I pick up my party favor?" Don't jump to conclusions. While many couples do cute little take-aways, not all do. Like we discussed earlier, nuptials are not cheap. Everyone has priorities, and party favors might get trumped by a lot of other wedding expenses. Doesn't mean we don't love and appreciate you though!
15. "The flowers are looking a little wilted." Time to recall what mother used to say, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Flowers, while beautiful, are just a minor detail in the grand scheme of life. They might not look garden-fresh over the entire span of the union; that's just life—no need to point it out now.
16. "Are you sure you want to eat that?" This is a question I never want to be asked. Ever. I love food. It makes me happy. If I want to eat a large Dairy Queen Blizzard hours before I squeeze into my dream dress, let me indulge. I'm a firm believer in the idea of moderation, so unless I am going absolutely crazy and eating three loaves of bread daily, please do not comment on my eating habits.
17. "I totally hope you guys beat the divorce statistics!" You know that 50% rate that gets tossed around? It's not even accurate. Regardless, I don't want to hear about the potential end of my happily-ever-after minutes after it begins. Educate yourself first, and even if you don't think the union will last, don't talk about it.
18. "…whatever makes you happy!" This one is all about tone. If you say this with a smile and really mean it, then you are in the clear. If you are rolling your eyes and saying this through clenched teeth, we have a problem. It is my big day! It should be about whatever makes me happy. Happiness is what this whole event is about anyway, isn't it?
19. "Where is the open bar?" I love the idea of an open bar. Let your guests have a great time without worrying about the bill. Downside to this? A hefty invoice for whoever gets to take on the cost. Having an open bar is far from cheap, so again, don't make assumptions and respect budget restrictions before you speak.
20. "You're going there/doing that for your honeymoon?" Again, this one is about tone. Everybody has their own taste for adventure. Whether it's an Italian excursion or a simple camping weekend, just because it isn't your idea of fun doesn't mean it isn't perfect for someone else.
21. "I spent a lot of money to get here." An invitation isn't a subpoena. I wanted your presence on this happy occasion, but I didn't force you to attend anything. I sincerely appreciate the time, effort, and resources you put into attending the biggest day of my life, but please don't make me feel like I guilted you into the occasion.
22. "Can I make a song request to liven things up a bit?" First rule of attending a party: Never tell the host that his or her party sucks—no matter how passive-aggressively you are able to phrase it.
23. "I don't love where I'm sitting. Can I move?" If I assigned you seating, odds are I put some serious intention behind the arrangement. If you are concerned about who you may be seated with, or would like to sit with someone specifically, please mention this to me well in advance and I will accommodate you the best I can. Pretty please, don't be switching place cards when I'm not looking.
24. "Your dress is so pretty! Not my style, but you look great!" Let's edit this phrase to something that IS acceptable. "Your dress is so pretty! You look great!" Just leave it at that.
25. "Did you hear about the drama between so and so?" Eh, nope! And I don't really care to! Unless I need to be forewarned about a groomsman with a black eye or a bridesmaid with wrangled hair, I don't even want to know. Everyone should be on his and her best behavior during this happy time. Let's all be friends!
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by Builder posted Jun 8 2017 8:08AM


Fans Score Free Tickets to Stanley Cup Finals From Stranger Who Dialed Wrong Number


This lucky couple was fortunate enough to be the accidental recipients of free Stanley Cup Final tickets after a stranger dialed their number instead of someone else's.

Though Amy Santora and her husband are big hockey fans, they haven't been to a game in 22 years. Then, an hour before Game 2 of the Pittsburgh Penguins facing off the Nashville Predators on Thursday night, Amy received a text from a number she didn't recognize that was addressed to someone named Julianne.

The text went on to say that the owner of the mystery number wasn't able to sell their Game 2 tickets and that they were leaving them at will call for whoever wanted to pick them up.

Amy wrote back, saying that though she wasn't the intended recipient of the text, she and her husband were big Penguins fans and they would be happy to use the tickets.

Despite how Amy wasn't expecting to receive a response, the sender said that they would be leaving the tickets at will call in Amy's name.
Shocked, Amy and her husband rushed to the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – and sure enough, there were two $329 tickets waiting for them.

To top off the night, the stranger never asked for money in exchange for the tickets – and the Penguins went on to win the game 4 to 1.

From Good News Network

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by Builder posted Jun 1 2017 8:09AM
from WTHR.com

Man traveling across America to cut lawns in every state

One man is making a difference one lawn at a time he's using his lawn mower to help out homeowners who may or may not need a little extra lawn care TLC.

"Chilly, I didn't expect it to be so chilly," said Rodney Smith

Some things are simply out of our control.

"I'm from Bermuda, so you know, you like the warm weather."

Smith knows the temperature isn't something he has a say in, "I think it's supposed to be warmin' up now. Hopefully, jeez."
But he's a man on a mission, "My legs don't work too well, so I gotta hold on to something."

Stopping by to lend a helping hand, "What we do is, we do it for free. We don't charge nothin'. We cut grass free for the elderly, disabled, single parent mothers, and veterans."

And in a way, the lawns he cuts, "Memphis, Tennessee, Little Rock, Arkansas," spreads from sea, "Wichita, Kansas, Colorado," to shining sea.

The founder of Raising Men Lawn Service, Rodney Smith, says, "I had one lady in Texas, she cried in my arms because her grass was so, was so big, and she needed it cut."

He calls it 50 states, 50 lawns, "Sometimes I can do two, three states in a day, depending on how close the states are."

He plans on cutting grass in each and every state with his group, Raising Men Lawn Care.

"We also mentor young boys, ages seven to 17," said Smith.

While attending school in Alabama, Rodney saw an elderly man struggling to mow his lawn and it sparked an idea, "It lifts me up, you know. They're on a fixed income, they can only afford so much. So for us to come by and help them out, they use those funds on things they really need."

He hopes this journey across America will help encourage others to do the same.


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