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People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

With the weather quickly heating up, many people are starting to pull their swimsuits out from their winter hiding spots. With California’s thousands of miles of coastline, there are plenty of places to go to the beach. However, the beach isn’t for everyone. Some people prefer to cool off without having to worry about sand getting everywhere. That is why some people prefer going to a pool.

In addition to the lack of sand at pools, they are often cleaner as well. The water is maintained by humans, instead of being left alone. However, despite the chemicals, mostly chlorine, put into pool water to keep it clean, one recent survey found that pools aren’t always as clean as one would hope.

Public Pools May Not be as Clean as You Think

The clear blue water of pools often looks a heck of a lot cleaner than ocean, lake, or river water. Those waters typically have all kinds of debris floating beneath the surface, making them hazy. Pools lack this haze due to the chemicals put into them to kill bacteria, and the filtration systems in them to pick out the bigger particles like bugs and leaves.

However, despite all of that, pools can still contain bits of harmful bacteria, bacteria that is typically brought in by swimmers. A recent survey conducted by Water Quality and Health Council found that 51% of Americans used pools as a way to rinse off after performing sweat inducing activities.

The survey, which polled 3,100 American adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7%, also found the following information:

• 24% of people would go within a pool within an hour of having diarrhea.
• 40% of adults peed in pools.
• 48% admitted to not showering before entering a pool.
• 53% didn’t know makeup affected the chemistry of the pool.
• 55% didn’t know deodorant affected the chemistry of the pool.
• 64% acknowledge the fact that pools don’t eliminate the need to shower, but use pools as a reason not to shower anyways.

While chlorine does help keep pools cleaner, it isn’t an infinite source of cleanliness. Think of the chlorine in a pool like a bar of soap. Every time it is used to clean something, it becomes smaller and less effective until it is all used up. However, chlorine is not a replacement for soap.

Chlorine keeps pools clean by causing chemical reactions in the water that kill microorganisms and bacteria. By adding other chemicals to the mix, bodily fluids, makeup, and deodorant, a person reduces the strength of the chlorine in the water, thereby reducing its effectiveness.

Help Keep Public Pools Clean

Some of the findings in this survey are more than a bit disgusting. Hopefully, they will serve as a reminder to everyone that there are times when they shouldn’t go swimming, and more than that, they should shower before getting into a pool. Doing so can help keep the water cleaner, longer.

Pools are a great way to beat the summer heat, and most are likely maintained on a regular basis. So long as a pool’s owner keeps up with the maintenance of the pool, its filter system, and the chemical makeup, there is no reason to not go swimming in it. All public pools in California are required by law to be kept at safe and sanitary levels at all times. If a person suspects that this isn’t being done at a local public pool, they can report the problem to their local health officials.

As things begin to heat up this summer, be sure to help keep pools clean by not using them as bath time, and showering before getting into the water. This will help keep the pool water clean for everyone.

Be Careful Meeting People from the Internet in Real Life

Be Careful Meeting People from the Internet in Real Life

Over the last few years, the internet has become an almost integral part of people’s everyday lives. Most people can’t go a day without going online for one reason or another. The internet has allowed people to do a whole lot without ever leaving their homes, such as shopping or communicating with people.

As detached as the internet allows a person to be, there are times where people chose to meet with others they met online. Usually it is to buy or sell something, but sometimes it is because the people decided they wanted to meet face to face. As harmless as this may sound, it can actually be very dangerous to meet someone new for the first time, even if the people have been talking online. The fact of the matter is, a person never knows for sure who he may be meeting.

The Internet Isn’t Always Truthful

When it comes to the internet, there is a lot of anonymity. No one ever knows for sure who they are dealing with since no one ever sees the other’s real face. They may not even get the other person’s real name. Even though a person may claim to be someone online, doesn’t mean it is true.

Anyone, good or bad, can be found online. This is why it is so important for people to keep personal information, name, address, and phone number, to themselves. They should also keep all of their online accounts set to private. Doing so can reduce the chances of something bad happening.

Still, there are times when people from the internet decide to meet in person, for one reason or another.

Choose a Safe Meeting Location

The most common reason why internet people meet in real life is when one is selling something to the other person. Unfortunately, what should be a harmless interaction can turn dangerous, or even deadly, for one of the people involved. This is usually due to the fact that one person is not who they claimed to be, and is just trying to lure the other into a trap of some sort.

In order to avoid being taken advantage of, and avoid any harm, a person needs to play it safe when meeting with an online buyer or seller. One of the simplest ways to do that is to choose the right meeting place. A person should never invite an online seller or buyer to their house, and likewise, they should never agree to meet someone at their house.

The best places to meet are in public, during broad daylight, with lots of witnesses close by. This way, if the other person tries to pull anything, there will be people close by who can help out. One of the best places to meet people from online, is at a local sheriff’s or police station. In fact, some stations have begun designating areas in their parking lots specifically for this reason. This helps ensure everyone’s safety.

A criminal would have to be very brazen to try to pull anything. Plus, setting up a meeting here is also a good way to weed out people who are trying to pull some sort of scam or criminal activity, since they won’t like the idea of meeting at a police station. If anyone ever tries to disagree with meeting at a police station, they should probably be avoided. After all, it is in both party’s best interest to meet in a safe place, and it doesn’t get much safer than right outside a police station.

Another good idea is to bring a buddy, someone trusted. This again just adds an extra witness to everything, and further reduces the chances of something bad happening. If a person can’t find someone else to bring with them, because their loved one’s are busy, then they should at least tell a trusted loved one everything about the planned meeting. This includes:

  • Time of meeting.
  • Location.
  • Reason for meeting.
  • All information on the person they are meeting with.

This way, if something goes wrong, someone else should know about it.

Stay Safe When Buying from Someone Online

When it comes to buying stuff online from people rather than retailers, it is always best to exercise some caution. No one wants to get scammed, or worse. Taking the proper steps, like meeting near a police station, can prevent something bad from helping, thereby allowing the person to go about their day without worry.

Hopefully you’ve never had a bad experience when buying an item online, but maybe you have a weird or memorable one. In the comments below, tell us about your weirdest or most memorable experience of buying something from someone online.

The Story of Different Opinions in a Family

The Story of Different Opinions in a Family

Having different opinions is very common. Usually if you have different opinions with your friends, you just accept it, and move on. However, what happens when you and your parents share different opinions? Every family dinner there could be remarks and comments about each other’s opinions and viewpoints. Having different opinions than your parents can cause stress, miscommunications, and frustration for all parties involved.

The amount of stress and pressure you may feel from disagreeing can greatly affect your relationship with them. At first you may think that it doesn’t matter that you don’t see eye to eye with them, but eventually it will eat away at you. You’ll notice that at first it won’t be a big deal, but it will build over time. Eventually you may snap and that will negatively affect your relationship.

Try to understand you family member’s position. Try to see the world through their eyes, and understand why their perspective is the way that it is. If you at least understand where they are coming from, you may be able to reach an agreeable compromise. If you’re able to talk to them about their opinions, then hopefully they will be willing to listen to yours. Continuously arguing over the same differences will just continue to drive a wedge between you.

If you’re able to come to an agreement, it’s time to forgive and forget. You can’t have a healthy relationship with anyone if you keep bringing up the past. Keeping score of wrong doings will create a bitter resentment towards each other. You must be able to forgive and forget it you want to fix your relationship. If you don’t, you might find yourself in a sticky situation with no help.

You don’t have to agree with everyone’s opinions, but you need to be able to have a functional relationship with them. Throughout your life you will find that you will disagree with plenty of people. Just don’t let it hinder your potential to grow as a person. Taking the time to learn about other viewpoints will only help you build your own library of knowledge.

What is family?

What is family?

The definition of family is sharing the same ancestors. It means that you share the same DNA as your mother father, siblings, and grandparents. It’s the fact that even on the days you don’t like your family, you’re forever tied to them. Family is one of those things you need in your life. You don’t always have to have blood related family, since there are friends who become like family. However, you can’t live without having some kind of blood-family structure in your life.

Family history is like a recipe book for medical issues. Knowing about your family’s medical history can help you take preventive measures. If you know you family has a history of diabetes or heart disease, you can choose to eat healthy. There are some diseases that we’re not too sure about yet, but we do know that some are genetic. Genetic diseases can be tracked through ancestry.

Family is more than just DNA and medical diseases. Families also share values, beliefs and attitudes. Normally families grow together in their beliefs. Think about all the things that you believe because your parents told you. Your family has influenced you ever since you were born. How you brush your teeth, style you hair, or anything else is all because your family showed you how to do it.

Family is ultimately supposed to be your friend. There’s a say, “blood is thicker than water,” meaning that family comes first. The bond between family members is stronger than any other relationship that you can have. Family will always be there on your worst day, and your best day. Your family will be the ones bailing you out of jail, and helping you out with day to day stuff as well. Family is that constant helping hand.

Family isn’t always easy to get along with. There are a bunch of families that don’t work well together. They don’t always get along, but you still need them in your life. Without them, you might not know about a genetic disease in your family history. Without family you might feel alone in your beliefs and life. Family is not just sharing an ancestor, it’s being there.

Importance of Being an Adult

Importance of Being an Adult

When we’re younger, we’re cute. We can mess up, accidentally be destructive and everyone is still in love with us. Your parents do things for you without thought, and even people you barely know help you out too. It’s like the world almost revolves around you when you’re young. Unfortunately, you have to grow up at some point. Some of the worst parts of growing up is “adulating.” Adulting is a new age term that is used as a verb and refers to doing average tasks and responsibilities that adults have to do.

Adulting consists of showing up and being on time to all events. You can no longer sleep in as you did as a kid and get away with it. Sure, in high school you would get a slap on the hand, however you still graduated didn’t you? When you’re an adult no one has the time to deal with someone being late because time is money. Not only do people expect adults to show up on time, they expect them to look clean. Say goodbye to your favorite sweatpants, and holey tee shirts.

Paying bills is another not so fun part of being an adult. Your parents probably don’t pay your bills anymore since you’ve moved out. They probably don’t even give you an allowance. You’re in complete control of your money that you make from your job. Unfortunately we all have bills, so being able to manage and make your paycheck last can be difficult. Paying the bills themselves can be a challenge, especially if you can only pay some bills by check, online, or in person.

The absolute worst part about being an adult is being responsible. You can’t just throw your mail into a pile by the trashcan. You have to pay the bills, call people, and set up doctor appointments. You have to be responsible and show up to your jury duty dates; you can’t just ignore them. Not paying you bills can land you in a bad situation, but not attending your jury duty dates can land you with a warrant. Not paying attention to your mail can lead you to missing the letter telling you have a warrant. All of which can land you in jail for being an irresponsible adult.

Of course, being an adult has its perks. You can go wherever you want, whenever you want. If you want to eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner you can. You can also watch all the R-rated movies that you never could as a kid. If one day you wake up and want to go to the beach you can. The only downside is that in order to do whatever you want, you must first have to be responsible. If you don’t show up to work, you won’t get paid. If you don’t get paid, you can’t pay bills. If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you’ll probably end up in jail at some point. Your cute kid innocence has worn off, it’s time to adult.

Secrets Don’t Make Friends

Secrets Don’t Make Friends

Not telling the whole truth is a lie. That means little lies, are still lies. Lies often build upon each other and get messy. They get messier as time goes on because you’re constantly trying to keep them straight. You basically end up in a web full lies that will only suffocate you in the end. Despite knowing all of this, people still lie.

Telling lies will not only hurt you, but the people around you as well. Lies will hurt your friends, family, and anyone who is involved with the lie. Not only will they get hurt, but their feelings will get hurt too. The worst part about hurt feelings is that you can’t always fix them. Feelings depend on the individual who owns them.

Juggling the lie is an exhausting task in itself. Having to remember what is true, and what is false gets difficult. You’ll end up getting lost in the lies and is it really even worth it? If you’re hiding something from your loved ones, is it really worth it? If whatever you’re hiding can result in you getting into trouble, it may be best for your loved ones to know. They’ll be able to help you out because they know what is truly going on.

Telling lies will end with your loved ones not trusting you. The truth will ultimately come out in the end and your loved ones might not understand why you decided to lie in the first place. You may lose their trust and that is something that does not always come back. Once you lose their trust they may not want to help you out when you get caught in a sticky situation. You’ll always need to have someone in your life that can offer their assistance because if you don’t, who’s going to post your bail?

Telling lies is an easy thing to do at times. Telling the truth is sometimes like ripping a Band-Aid off; it’s going to hurt at first, but eventually it will be fine. Telling a lie is like peeling a Band-Aid off slowly but when you get to a really sticky part you just put another Band-Aid on top of that. Eventually you’ll end up under a pile of Ban-Aids and nobody wants that. Being upfront and honest will help you keep your loved ones respect and trust. Save yourself the struggle, and just tell the truth.

What’s Worse than a DUI? A DUI While Underage

What’s Worse than a DUI A DUI While Underage

Most people recognize the fact that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a bad idea. Unfortunately, there are still people out there who do not understand this concept, and many of them are underage. Young drivers are still learning how serious all of their actions behind the wheel of the car are. They do not understand that being under the influence of anything makes their driving worse.

With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of California, it has become easier for people to get ahold of. While this is fine for those who are of a legal age to use the drug, this has proven a bit problematic since it has made it easier for minors to get their hands on as the drug well.

In order to prevent accident and save lives, Senator Jerry Hill has proposed a new bill. Under this new law, anyone under the age or 21 who is caught driving with marijuana in their system would have their license suspended for one year. This would make the punishment identical to if a person under the age of 21 is caught driving with alcohol in their system.

Driving under the influence is always a bad decision, but it is even worse when someone is driving under the influence when they are underage. Now, not only are they breaking the law by driving, they are also breaking the law for having the substances in their system. They’re breaking two laws at once, and many people feel that should come with pretty hefty consequences.

Why You Should Say Goodbye to Plastic for Everyone’s Benefit

Why You Should Say Goodbye to Plastic for Everyone’s Benefit

California is no stranger to going green. From windmills to solar panels, and paying $0.10 for a plastic bag at the grocery store, California is one of the leaders in going green. At times theses eco-friendly changes may be complicated at first, but they pay off.The more we work together, and come together as a family the better the payoff will be for everyone. By working together on this, we are giving the planet, and ourselves, a chance to live longer.

Whether or not you believe in climate change, there is something to be said about respecting where you live. You don’t trash your parent’s house while you live there and expect to stay. You have to abide by your parent’s rules, and respect their house. It’s just like that, but with the earth.We cannot trash the Earth and expect it to stay around for us forever. If you want something to last for as long as possible, you need to take care of it.

Two years ago, California banned single-use, plastic shopping bags and was the first state in the nation to do so. The goal was to stop wasting plastic, and reduce the litter from plastic bags.Instead of using plastic bags, shoppers we’re offered alternatives to bag their items. Now 72% of plastic bag litter has dropped. This means that a large number of those plastic bags aren’t in our oceans, gardens, and national parks.

Now California is looking to take another step towards the war on plastic. Currently there’s a bill being considered that would make it illegal to automatically give restaurant/bar patrons a plastic straw unless they request one. A server who automatically gives a patron a straw could be served a $ 1,000 fine, or even get jail time. The ban on straws, like the plastic bags, would hopefully help discourage the amount of litter and plastic waste. The bill is being called “Straws Upon Request”. Ian Calderon, the California lawmaker pushing the bill wants to clarify several points about this bill:
• It is not a ban
• It will not make it a crime for servers to serve plastic straws

We Californians love our oceans, and all the other wildlife in California. We especially love sharing breathtaking sights with are our family and friends. Not only that, but we have attitudes about going green, and recycling.In order to keep our state looking amazing and helping out wildlife, we need to cut down on litter and say goodbye to plastic.

Where Does California Rank in Quality of Life? The Answer May Surprise You

Where Does California Rank in Quality of Life The Answer May Surprise You

California is the sunshine state. Commercials for visiting California make Californians want to vacation in here. Let’s face it, we have a different way of life out here in the golden state. We’re more laid back, but also we’re used to the hustle. We enjoy specialized food shops, sand between our toes, family picnics, and a whole lot of culture. However, our quality of life might not be all that glamorous.

US News & World Report’s stat in their recent study that California is ranked the lowest among the 50 states in one category and that is for quality of life. The factors that determined the overall quality of life are: social environment and natural environment.

California ranked 44th in the natural environment. The Natural Environment ranking is determined by several factors. The factors all relate to the overall wellbeing of the environments physical health. Natural environment includes:

  • Water Quality
  • Low Industrial Toxins
  • Low Pollution
  • Urban Air Quality

California ranked 47th in the social environment category. This area of research was gathered by surveys measuring social happiness. They asked residents about their involvement. Social environment includes:

Even through California ranked lowest in quality of life among the states, California did rank higher in other categories. In the health care area, the golden state ranked 11th. California highest ranked category was in economy. Of course the size of California probably had some influence of the outcome there.

Whether or not you care about this study, your opinion is actually important. Unlike other scenarios, if your opinion is that you love this state, then that is all that matters. If you enjoy the political and natural environment, then that is what is important. Since you are the one that has to live in California. Just soak up the sunshine, and enjoy the California vibes.

You Can’t Trust Everything Online, Even Reviews

You Can’t Trust Everything Online, Even Reviews

Anyone who has spent a lot of time on the internet knows that they can’t believe everything they read. While the internet is a great way to find information, not everything online is true or even remotely accurate. This is especially true for anything that is written by everyday people, and not professionals in their respective fields.

Unfortunately, this does include online reviews. As helpful as they can be, online reviews are only as helpful as talking to people themselves. Many adults are aware of the fact that everyone has different views and knowledge of life. This means that there are certain people you go to for advice on movies, and certain people who you go to for advice on home repair. The same goes for online reviews, though there is no way of knowing who is a credible source when it comes to reviews.

When looking at online reviews of anything, you need to be wary of the person who wrote it. Is this person experienced with this particular product or service, or is this their first time using it? Are the problems they encountered caused by the product or service, or were they caused by the person not knowing how to properly use said product or service? These are all questions that you should ask yourself while reading through reviews.

Another way to determine the validity of reviews, is to look at the numbers. How many five and one star reviews does the service or product have? If there are more positive than negative reviews, then using that product or service will probably be a safe bet.

Do You Believe in a Flu Season?

Do You Believe in a Flu Season

There are all kinds of people out there in the world, and all of them have their own believes and views. Some of them make sense, and others are just plain bizarre. Every once in a while, you hear of a belief that just seems too crazy to be true. For instance, some people think that there is no such thing as a flu season.

For those unaware, a flu season is classified as an annually recurring period of the year where there are consistently large sized outbreaks of the flu. These seasons typically coincide with the cold seasons, which vary from the Northern to Southern Hemispheres. The flu season lasts for roughly 6 weeks in each hemisphere. This is a trend that had been tracked and monitored for years now.

Recently, a televangelist told her followers that there was nothing to worry about when they brought their concerns of this year’s flu season to her. In case you didn’t know, a televangelist are Christian ministers, official or self-proclaimed, who spread their messages primarily through television broadcasts. When asked about the flu season, this televangelist told her followers that there is a duck season and a deer season, but there is no flu season. She informed them that Jesus gave them the flu shot and that redeemed them from the curse of the flu.

However, this televangelist’s followers were right to have some concerns. This flu season has been rather severe, quickly rivaling the 2014-2015 season. So far, this year’s flu season has claimed the lives of 37 children.

Now of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, there are some times when people’s opinions seem extremely questionable, especially when facts have been proven otherwise.

So, what do you think? Do you believe in a flu season, or is there not enough evidence to back that up?

Use Your Tax Return to Post Bail

Use Your Tax Return to Post Bail

It’s that time of the year again where everyone needs to sit down and file their taxes. Some people may be receiving a very sizable check from the government after doing that. This leaves many with the enviable problem of having money to send, and no idea what to do with it. Of course, the smart thing to do would be to put it away in case of an emergency.

Of course, you could already be facing family emergency if one of your loved ones has been arrested. If someone you care about is currently in jail, then you should use the money from your tax return to help post bail. You can put that extra bit of money to good use.

Bail in the state of California is not cheap, it typically costs several thousands of dollars. This is why most people turn to bail bond companies for help. A bail bond only costs 10% of the price of the bail itself. You can get even more discounts by going to Riverside Bail Bonds for help.

Here at Riverside Bail Bonds we provide our clients with affordable bail bonds. On top of that, we offer personalized payment plans for all of our clients and additional discounts for those that qualify. Clients with approved credit can get their bail bond at 0% down, which means they do not have to make a payment until a month after their loved one is released from jail.

Having an extra bit of cash from your tax returns can go a very long way. So, if you are getting a sizable check from the government after filling your taxes, consider putting it away for a rainy day or using it to bail out your loved one. You will be glad you did.