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Legit or Fake Business?

There’s a specific camera I’m looking to purchase and Google stated the best price for it is this store which does not have a Google “Seller Rating”.  I’m only going to provide pictures and avoid using any text or a URL linked directly to the business in case they are a legit business, I don’t want to hurt any online ranking.

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Reasons why I have my suspicions after not being able to find much stuff online about the store just doing a casual search.

  1. On the bottom of their homepage are links to their Facebook and Twitter accounts, but each takes you to accounts of this business.
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    Giving them the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they are just using this business to manage their online store and web presence.
  2. Using Google Maps, here’s the street view of the street address listed on their website. I clicked around Google Maps on the area, and at one point, it listed a rehab facility. I never could find the name of the business.
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  3. I searched for the phone number provided on their website. Instead of a California area code, it’s a North Carolina area code.
  4. I looked up the city’s chamber of commerce, and it’s not listed.

I don’t want to discredit a legit business, but as a consumer, I’m also trying to do my due diligence and wanted to get your input in case I was missing something.

Thoughts?

 

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Olympian sells silver medal to help pay for child’s cancer treatment

Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski found something more important than the silver medal he won in Rio.

Malachowski returned to his home country and immediately put his medal up for auction in an effort to raise money for Olek Szymanski, a 3-year-old boy suffering from a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma.

Through the online auction, Malachowski attempted to raise roughly $84,000 to go towards the $126,000 cost of a surgery that could possibly save the boy’s life. A third of the money had already been raised by the Polish foundation Siepomaga.

According to ESPN, the price for the medal had reached $19,000 on Tuesday when Malachowski prematurely pulled it down. He took to Facebook and announced that Polish billionaires Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk had agreed to purchase the medal for the remaining cost of the surgery.

Malachoswksi has another silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Games, and his Rio medal has already done much more good than it would have done sitting in his trophy case.

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For those that love Jesus and Taylor Swift

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There aren’t many voices in our culture that are more influential than Taylor Swift. Love her or hate her, her music is catchy and her lyrics captivating. In fact, we could argue that she is communicating with culture far more effectively than most preachers, which leads us to ask the following question:

What would happen if the church used the message of culture to communicate a greater message to culture?

Come find out how Taylor Swift can actually help you point others to the gospel of Jesus.

From The Gathering, a church in North Carolina.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 26, 2016

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  • No question I wore it better than Deion.
  • In reference to the football picture of myself I posted the other day, someone asked what position I played. It reminded me of something that happened that season. It was pee-wee ball or whatever you called it before you could play in junior high, and during the game, I was in my usual spot, the sideline. The coach calls me over and tells me to go in and play tackle. I was excited at the opportunity to get on the field and ran out there for the next play, but I didn’t know where the tackle was supposed to line up. I tried to find the position before the snap and the coach was yelling at me, which only made it more stressful and confusing for me. He ended up calling a timeout and yelling at me for not knowing any positions in football. I wasn’t so much upset as myself as I was for feeling like I embarrassed my mom, dad, and brother in the crowd. The moment I got home I opened up an encyclopedia and memorized all football positions.
  • My brother was a great football player, and when it came time for me to play in pee wee, I was one of the first drafted because of his reputation. I was not a great football player or athlete. I always felt bad being drafted so high and not meeting the expectations of my coaches.
  • That story above reminds me of another ignorant sports moment. It was my first junior high basketball game and I was in my usual spot, the bench, four spots down from the coach. He calls me over and tells me to go in for someone, and again, being excited at the opportunity to just play, I ran onto the court after a basket was made and didn’t check in at the scorer’s table. In little dribblers, you didn’t have to check in, the rules were lax and kids were switching in and out all the time during play. Again, I wasn’t so embarrassed or mad at myself, I was just worried I embarrassed my father. He never did anything to make me feel that way, but he was so proud of my brother’s athletic accomplishments I just felt I let him down.
  • I think it was Billy Madison that also had daddy issues.
  • The football fields we played on were unlevel, full of weeds and stickers, and the dirt was hard like a rock with holes and cracks all around. Looking back at it, it was an awesome experience. Ah, the Optimus Field, how I miss thee.
  • I really like Tony Romo. I really want him and Jason Witten to win a Super Bowl together. But all feelings aside, Nate Silver would give a 98% probability saying Romo will not make it through the season injury-free. That means, like it or not, for better or worst, the Dak Prescott era will begin this season.
    • But let’s just try to find a silver lining and say Romo’s injury scare was nothing more than a wake-up call for him and that makes him really excel this year.
    • Seattle is just bad luck for Romo.
  • Just an observation, but I think 90% of political bumper stickers are “against” something and not “for” something.
  • Eleven from ‘Stranger Things’ will be at the Dallas Fan Days convention.
  • Our bedtime reading is The Mouse and the Motorcycle by the great Beverly Cleary. It’s one of the few stories in with a person named Keith is actually viewed in a positive light. In last night’s reading, Ralph S. Mouse talks about his uncle who got trapped in a waste basket and was assumed to have been thrown in the incinerator with the rest of the trash. Obviously, unmistakably, this was Beverly Clearly using a Christian witness metaphor of not living for Christ and wasting one’s life on the trash of “the world” and burning in Hell. No doubt about that, I can’t believe I didn’t pick up on this when I first read it. (written in sarcastica)
  • Even their mistakes are a great success – MIT accidentally discovered a cleaner smelting process
  • What Happens If You Put the Wrong Octane of Gas In Your Car
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 25, 2016

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  • DaughterGeeding was walking on the living room floor, shrieked, and said she had a thorn in her foot. I got some tweezers and removed it, and told her that as flimsy as the thorn was, she shouldn’t be in so much pain. Later in the evening when I was about to go to bed, I noticed a dead bee on the floor. Yup, you guessed it, she got stung by a bee and the thorn was the stinger. Proof: WifeGeeding verified the “thorn” came from the bee.
  • I caught the first episode of NBC’s ‘Better Late Than Never’ with William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw. I saw a few commercials but knew nothing about it other than it had those four guys going to Asia, and since I like the personalities of all those guys, I figured why not. I mean, it has Captain Kirk and the Fonz, that in itself is funny. To my surprise, it’s more like a reality series. All of them don’t play characters, but just themselves and a film crew is following them around. Granted, some of it is scripted, but it was pretty enjoyable.
    • William Shatner looks great for an 85-year-old man. The show stated he was born before the “Star Spangled Banner” became our national anthem.
    • To my surprise, and I’m surprised and I never noticed it before, but Winkler actually changes his voice when he plays the Fonz.
  • WifeGeeding took one of the cast members of the show ‘Fixer Upper’ to a formal when she was at Baylor. I think it was the carpenter. When she drops this tidbit on friends when the show becomes a topic of conversation, they all respond in a way as if she settled for me or could have had things so much better.
  • Baylor coach Jim Grobe briefly addresses dog video incident, then says the dreaded words of Waco: ‘Let’s talk football a little bit’ 
    • Former head coach Art Briles almost said that exact phrase when asked about Sam Ukwuachu’s sexual-assault case. The Boise State transfer was found guilty and sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation.
  • The Zip N Store seems like a good idea as long as you don’t have a hole or tear in your bag.
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  • Google is using AI to compress photos, just like on HBO’s Silicon Valley
  • Last week, Barry over at LiberallyLean.com posted this image and it really got me thinking about my driving habits.
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    • Personally, if there is no stripe in the middle I will hug the curb. If there is a stripe, I’d follow the rule in the image.
    • The image makes a good point about the advantage of driving to the far curb stating both drivers can see oncoming traffic better. But I had some reservations:
      • If there were a queue of vehicles, depending on how they follow this rule, it could block the opposite driver from turning.
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      • It doesn’t really work if you have a trailer attached.
    • After about a week of observing what others do, I finally decided to do some research (Ticket listeners, insert George Digiani drop here).
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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  • Yeah, that’s me, circa 1986.
  • Chuck Yeager, the retired general, test pilot, and first man to break the sound barrier is 93-years old. I read an article that he’s active on Twitter and is a mix of Ron Swanson and “get off my lawn” Clint Eastwood character. For the heck of it, I tweeted at him and he actually liked the tweet. The restaurant in question was Harlow’s Smokehouse, and it’s true I used to just eat there and check out all the memorabilia in the Chuck Yeager room. And I’d like to think it’s really him tweeting (his official webpage links to the Twitter account, but who knows if it’s him actually tweeting). He last broke the sound barrier in 2012.
  • If red light cameras are a thing and generate revenue for a city, I’m surprised there are speed cameras. I can’t see them being used or holding up in court if there are multiple cars on the road, but if there’s only one or a few and the car and driver can be easily identifiable, it could work. Trust me, I’m not advocating for them, I’m just surprised in today’s world they aren’t a thing.
  • Tony Robbins stuff
    • In that Tony Robbins documentary, it shows his morning routine. In his backyard is a very small but deep pool with 57° water. I’d say it’s probably three feet by three feet and seven feet deep, considering Robbins himself is six-foot-seven. He jumps into and it covers his head, though I don’t know how long he stays under.
    • Wikipedia states he grew ten inches in high school which was later attributed to a pituitary tumor.
    • That documentary also shows his heightened sensitivity towards anyone with potential suicidal tendencies at any of his conferences, what he does to monitor them, and how he assigns a person to look after them. I couldn’t tell if he’s trying to cover all bases to ward off lawsuits or if he genuinely cares. Sadly, I’m a cynic.
      • I’ve spoken about my personal struggle with suicide before, and it’s still something I fight more than I’d like to admit. It’s something I don’t want to say I’ve overcome because I don’t want it to humble me, but it is something I work on every day. With that said, the best description of suicidal thoughts I’ve come across is from David Foster Wallace’s 1996 novel Infinite JestIt’s important to note the year because it was well written before September 11, 2001.
        • “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
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      • Blogger Note: I’m not trying to draw attention to myself regarding my struggles with suicide nor and I’m trying to vie for any sympathy. But as I often do, for better or worst, and for reasons I can’t adequately express in words, I like to be transparent with my struggles. Sorry for the downer, here’s a pick-me-up.
  • GIF – This woman’s split personality may give you a headache.
  • VICE – A Danish Photographer’s Pictures of Texans
  • OakCliff.AdvocateMag.com – 1950s Dallas Fort Worth Turnpike pamphlet
    • Something like this won’t happen again – Once the road was paid for, it was handed over to the Texas Department of Transportation, and it later became Interstate 30.
  • Wheels and tires on 48 vehicles stolen from Tyler car dealership
  • Down Under News – Shirtless burglars break into school with crocodiles
  • An Interactive Guide To The Evolution Of The National Mall
  • Dallas’ first Shake Shack opens next week
  • For the last five or seven years, I’ve had a reoccurring dream. Well, the dream isn’t reoccurring, but the theme would always be the same. I’m me and in a professional career, but I always have to go back to Hardin-Simmons University, live in the dorm, and work on completing my degree. Often, I’ll find myself struggling to adjust back to dorm life, forgetting my class schedule, and feeling unmotivated because I want to go back to my job and frustrated at the multiple semesters needed to be complete which seems beyond reach. About three months I had the same dream but it ended differently. I walked into my dorm and WifeGeeding was waiting for me and I exasperatedly explained to her how I wish I could just go back to my job and live in a house and be a real adult again. She tells me that it makes no sense that I’m back in college working on my bachelor’s when I already have an MBA, have over a decade of experience in the field I’m in, and have been hired by a company because of my knowledge and experience pertaining to my job, not my education. I woke up with a weird sense of awe, as if I was bitch-slapped by an epiphany, and haven’t had a variation of the dream since.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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  • That picture above is so old that kid’s Rams’ shirt says “Los Angeles”.
  • For homework last night, we were supposed to spend thirty minutes reading with DaughterGeeding. Lifehack – You can just put on a child’s favorite cartoon and turn on the captioning and call it even. [written in sarcastica]
  • A reader asked why I have posted anything about the Cowboys new practice facility. I’m not really sure, but they don’t mean to me what they used to mean to me. You can say that about sports overall.
  • A Life Pro Tip on Reddit that stuck with me for a while yesterday – Don’t become so obsessed with how the world should be that you become incapable of being happy in the world as it actually is. 
  • I’ve never had to fire anyone, and not sure if I could ever do it.
  • I’ve always been intrigued by Tony Robbins. Not so much that I’m a “follower” or I’ve read a book or even listened to a tape or podcast. Netflix has a new documentary on him and I decided to check it out. Within the first three minutes, you totally see why people are attracted to him and his methods. I was surprised at the amount of cursing he does, extreme and direct, and how he admits he basically created this character of Tony Robbins. It seemed like the same thing a WWE wrestler would do to create a character.
  • A minor league baseball player hit a grand slam, but the ball smashed the windshield of his truck.
  • There seems to be growing concern from a group of conservatives about the health of Hillary Clinton, that she’s hiding something. While I have no idea if any of that is true, and I agree she has a track record of not being clear and honest, I’m suspect of Trump’s health ever since his doctor released that ridiculous letter about his health which reads like a Madlib.
  • Texas Monthly up for sale
  • A GIF Comparing Legroom On Major US Airlines
  • Neighbors scrub hate messages before family sees them
  • Meet the 12-year-old behind Trump’s campaign in Jefferson County, Colorado
  • GIF – Chopping an onion
  • James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke Gives Music Artists A Huge Boost
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Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!

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First Day of First Grade for DaughterGeeding

New tradition mandated by BoyGeeding – first day of school family pics includes a waffle.

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Man, there sure are a lot of boys around her, she better watch herself.

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Can Paper Cut Wood?‏

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, August 22, 2016

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  • GIF – How many of us feel on a Monday morning.
  • GIF – But sometimes, you just need a little encouragement.
  • Walking out of the donut store and brand new Corvette parked, but the guy that got out of it was wearing a Shelby Cobra shirt.
  • I donated blood over the weekend. The person who did the procedure stated I’d be the last person she’d ever stick as it was quitting time for her and she was about to start a career in IT after graduating college.
  • DaughterGeeding earned a brown belt in taekwondo on Saturday.
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  • NBC has been showing a lot of commercials for ‘The Voice’, but everytime I see Alicia Keys, I’m wondering if she’s trying to cosplay Denise Huxtable with her wardrobe.
  • If there’s a Great Britain there should be a Mediocre Britian.
  • I want to jump off a Olympic diving platform, the 10 meter one, but I think the only place in North Texas to make that possible is at SMU.
  • GIF – When I get angry at someone and imagine me getting in a fight, this is the type of four-hit combo that I imagine I would be capable of doing.  Yet, in reality, I know it would come nowhere close to that.
  • Baylor should take notes – Notre Dame dismisses Max Redfield, suspends Devin Butler
    • Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly dismissed senior safety Max Redfield from the football team and suspended senior cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely Sunday following a weekend that saw six Fighting Irish players arrested over two separate incidents.
    • Redfield was a major contributer to the team, he was their fourth leading tackler last season.
  • And to think they could have schedule both Northwestern (La.) State, Buffalo, or University of the Incarnate Word in 2019 – Three of first four Sooners opponents ranked in top 15 of AP poll
  • KFC’s secret recipe found in a scrapbook?
    • According to the Tribune, the recipe calls for two cups of flour, 2/3 tablespoons of salt, 1/2 tablespoon of thyme, 1/2 tablespoon of basil, 1/3 tablespoon of oregano, 1 tablespoon of celery salt, 1 tablespoon of black pepper, 1 tablespoon of dried mustard, 4 tablespoons of paprika, 2 tablespoons of garlic salt, 1 tablespoon of ground ginger and 3 tablespoons of white pepper.
  • Stranger Things
    • It’s a hit – 8.2 million people streamed Stranger Things within its first 16 days of release, meaning it managed to pick up more viewers than Daredevil, Jessica Jones, House of Cards and Narcos did in their first 16 days. All of which are well known as some of Netflix’s most popular shows.
    • A video of actress Millie Bobby Brown, who you may know better as El or Eleven, of when he head was shaved.
  • Great gesture, but then again, her salary went from $15 million to $14 million – Katie Couric cut her salary at CBS by $1M to save others’ jobs
    • But the anchor insisted “on two conditions,” Berger says in the book — “the money would be directly used to pay for her staff so that they would not be terminated,” and that “this would be done quietly and with no public or private acknowledgment or announcement about her gesture.”
  • Probably old news to many, but one of the Real Housewives of Dallas got her kids kicked out of Prestonwood Baptists private school
    • “They did not think that my behavior and the things that I was doing on the show were a good representation of the school,” Redmond said during the reunion. “Me calling wine Jesus juice, in their eyes, I made a mockery of the holy sacrament.”
  • Olympics this and that –
    • I’ll be honest, I felt a huge sigh of relief nothing crazy, like a terrorist act, happened. Sadly, it’s how I feel anytime something big like this goes on. I felt the same way after both political party conventions.
    • The U.S. won the first and last gold of the Olympics.
    • Those Brazilians really want to stress they were first in flight.
    • Toykeo won the world over with the use of Super Mario. They should just make him the next Olympics mascot.
    • Even though the U.S. men’s basketball team are all pros and rich beyond belief, it was still cool to see them locked arm in arm and all step on the podium for their gold medal at the same time. It was a big emphasis on “team”.
    • I felt the best coverage was during the diving competition. Whoever NBC had in there three-or-four person team did a great job of explaining to the viewer technique and what to look for. It’s like they understood the vast majority didn’t know what to look for other than a small splash and took the time to allow the viewer to appreciate the sport.
    • On NBC’s website, there’s a place to learn more about how to get involved in each sport and how to make the Olympic team. I really got into field hockey and handball and decided to check out those links. I was surprised that the handball link will provide you the emails of their coaches. I think the men’s coach provided his personal email because it’s a yahoo.com address.
    • The next three Olympic games are in Asia – South Korea, Japan, and China
    • I always thought it was “The Bahamas” but I kept hearing it referred to as “Bahamas”.
    • Ratings – The ratings declines this year have been well noted: NBC has averaged a prime-time audience of 26.8 million. That’s down about 18 percent from the London games in 2012, though it’s off only 8 percent from Beijing in 2008. 
    • Usain Bolt runs as guide for blind Paralympic champion Guilhermina in Rio
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    • One of the more touching moments that I want to make sure doesn’t go unnoticed is the moment after the U.S. women’s water polo team received their medals. Many folks may not be aware of this, but coaches for teams do not receive a medal. Their coach, two days before the opening ceremony, lost his brother. He was found dead in his car on a California beach, apparently dying of a heart attack after paddle boarding. The coach felt it was more important to stay with his team instead of going back home, “The thing I kept coming back to was it would be very selfish to let what happened to me personally affect this group and what we have set out to do. These girls have worked so hard for four years. Some have worked for their entire lives for this moment. So who am I to ruin that for them? I realized that it’s not about me, it’s about the team.” So after receiving their medals, the 13 women lined up on the side of the pool and, one by one, draped their goal medals around their coach’s neck (video).
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