TFT | Gum

Terry’s Favorite Things


I love gum. Or I used to.  Back before they ruined them all. Or so I thought they did.

double-bubble-gumExcept for those 25 cent gum balls that you can find in the malls and shops – you know, the ones that loose their flavor in under 60 seconds or second rate Double Bubble that is popular around Halloween, or bubble gums with unpalatable and bizarre new flavors, I’m left with nothing to chew that won’t poison my body and rot my brain.

Yes, I read labels dammit.  And one by one, all the major gums have switched to the DARK SIDE and put that fucking nutra sweet aspartame shit into their bits of inedible chewing wax.

bazooka_bubble-gumAs a kid I remember looking forward to getting a piece of Bazooka bubble gum when my dad would take us kids for a haircut at the local barbershop. Sure, that Bazooka gum was hard as rocks and the cartoon on the wrappers was lame, but nevertheless, we looked forward to our reward for a job well done – that being managing to sit still while getting our hair chopped.

Then there was the time when I was visiting my grandparents on Long Island as a kid where there was still an old Woolworth’s five and dime that was within walking distance from their house.  I remember buying this bubble gum that was like a foot long for just a quarter.  I imagined I was going  to get into the Guiness Book Of World Records for World’s biggest bubble blown and this gum was going to be my vehicle to success.

Bubble_Yum_ClassicOh sure, Hubba Bubba, Bubblicious and Bubble Yum were fun to chew back in the days when I didn’t have to shave and the taste buds in the back of my mouth [inside the cheeks] hadn’t worn away yet, but now it seems like they are my only option today if I want to chew some gum without getting sick. But the urge to blow a bubble is too great and I don’t want to deal with the issues of getting it off my face.

Dentyne_cinnamon_gumIn high school I moved onto more mature chewing pleasure in the form of chain chewing Dentyne cinnamon flavored gum. I preferred it over Wrigley’s Big Red as tasting more natural, also  I thought it kept my breath fresh. Plus the rush of the cinnamon burn was an unrealized precursor to my love affair with hot sauces and wasabi.

Dentyne_classicLater I would move to Wrigley’s gums [minus Big Red] until one day I noticed they had made the switch to the Dark Side as well.

WTF?  Can’t ONE company keep making it the old, simple way with just sugar?  I figured it was either an aspartame infiltration conspiracy  or maybe it was just plain cheaper than using sugar.

wrigley's_spearmint_gumJust like the majority of major chocolate makers are using more and more crap in their ingredients.  At least with chocolate, there’s plenty of available natural and organic options.  And boy do they taste great! But I digress…


fresh-en up bubble gum

One gum that I hadn’t seen in years and figured it was a casualty of the gum wars, was a gum called Fresh-en Up gum.  Fresh-en Up came in a square pack of 6 or 7 pieces in a variety of flavors like bubble gum, spearmint, cinnamon and peppermint. But what made this gum really fun was it’s liquid center ‘bursting with flavor’ goo.  Chew time wasn’t the best, but it was a softer chew than most and it was different – it had style for a gum and gave you a broader experience … like Pop Rocks do for candy.

Chicklets was another fun sounding gum. Though even as a kid, I never really cared for the microscopic pieces in those little bags. A better gum in my opinion was Beechies. Beechies came in spearmint and peppermint gum that came 2 pieces to a box.

Beechies Gum 2lb Bag

Beechies Gum 2lb Bag

freshen_up_gumWell, after a quick search on Google, I come to find out that both Beechies and Fresh-en Up live on to this day and can be had for a reasonable price… so long as you are willing to buy in bulk.  Hey, no problem. Gum keeps for a really LONG time.  Most important, they still make their gums with the ingredients they always have.  NO artificial sweeteners to melt my brain.

You can buy Beechies Gum here.

And Fresh-en Up Gum here.

Future Jobs Outlook For 2030

Based on some of these predictions, I think a few of these future jobs are ready to go right now. . . like virtual clutter organizer and personal brander – heck, who couldn’t use that service now?

And in my optimistic opinion, I think with the fast rate of advancement with various technologies today, many of these predictions may come true much sooner, like say, 2020. 😉


Not so long ago ambitious youngsters dreamed of becoming doctors, teachers and lawyers.
But it seems the toddlers of today will be clamouring for a job in altogether more unusual fields.

Among the most popular professions in 2030 will be body-part maker, according to Government-commissioned research.

The role will use advances in stem cell technology and prosthetics to create replacements for damaged, diseased and worn-out body parts.

Other occupations of 2030 include memory augmentation surgeons, who will boost the brain’s storage capacity, and space architects, who will design accommodation on the Moon and even further afield.

Advances in science and technology mean they are all likely to be part of everyday life within two decades, according to trend analysts from the Fast Future consultancy.

Other future professions include personal branders, who help others look more interesting when using social networking sites such as Facebook, Bebo and Twitter.

If it all goes wrong, there will be social ‘networking’ workers – social workers trained to help those traumatised or marginalised by their computer addiction.

Virtual clutter organisers, meanwhile, will help us organise our electronic lives.

virgin-galacticWith Virgin Galactic and other companies pioneering space tourism, space pilots, tour guides and architects are predicted to be in high demand, as are those working on underwater and flying cars.

Jobs as climate change reversal specialists – engineers and scientists who try to reduce or reverse the effects of global warning – are also expected to get a flood of applications, the researchers said.

Weather modification police – who control advances in science that allow us to trigger rainfall – and ‘new science’ ethicists will help keep the scientific advances in check.

The big bucks, however, will come from memory augmentation surgery, virtual law and nano-medicine – the use of tiny particles in drugs and medical devices.

2008-04-20vertical-farmOther growth areas include vertical farming, in which lack of space means crops are cultivated in urban high-rises or ‘farm-scrapers’.

Another popular role will be that of narrow-caster, who tailors the TV footage streamed into your home from hundreds of available channels.

But, just like today, the work of the future will not be all fun.

The least exciting jobs include quarantine enforcers, who will prevent the spread of disease, and waste data handlers who will stop us from being tracked by cyber-criminals.


Sarasota Man’s Window Invention Tames Florida Sunshine

A bit of local news (at least in my part of the world)

When Ed VerVane moved to Florida from Michigan in the early 1990s, he welcomed the sunshine and then spent the next 17 years earning a living trying to tame its harmful effects.

VerVane created the Winsulator, a clear acrylic interior window attachment that fastens to the inside of windows via magnets. The insets keep the heat at bay and deflect damaging UV rays, creating a comfortable environment inside residential and commercial buildings.

winsulatorWith a background in window installation, VerVane used his knowledge and skill to come up with a design that created energy efficiency, reduced UV exposure and noise levels and could be used as a retrofit in existing buildings.

To gain credibility for his invention, VerVane went to NASA and had its engineers test the product. “They said you have a flawless design,” VerVane said. He then installed the product in the fourth-floor windows of the Kennedy Space Center’s headquarters. “It cut the temperature through the windows by 30 degrees,” he said.

The product, which carries a 10-year guarantee and 100 percent replacement coverage, also has been tested by the Florida Energy Office. The Sarasota-based company has installed the window attachments in the Selby Library, Sarasota County judicial center and residential homes in the area.

Recently, VerVane has concentrated on promoting the preservation aspect of Winsulators and installed the custom-designed attachments in windows in a long list of historical buildings in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.


Blog Pee | January 24, 2010

Blog Pee

January   24, 2010

well well well. . . seems like I can hold it for about a month now 😛

Wanna Wina Hemi? Or more specifically, a yellow 2009 Dodge Viper SRT 10 Convertible.

It’s basically brand new with less than 10 miles on the odo.

Drawing is May 15, 2010 and tickets are $25 for one, discounts on multiple.

Benefits  C.R.S. [Can’t Remember Shit] Foundation of Brevard (Melboring, Flor-i-duh)

2009 dodge viper srt 10 convertible


If you are feeling more spiritual and want to experience some powerful CHI energy,

then head to the Qi Gong Revolution seminar at one of the cities it’s coming to this spring 2010: March – May window.

Looks like right now it’s Chicago, Atlanta and Orlando.

I went to it in May 2009 for my massage CEUs … then went ahead and took the advanced class followed by getting certified as a teacher.

The way I imagine it is our bodies are like electro-magnetics and through practicing Qi Gong, moving and breathing a certain way, we build up a ‘charge’ of life force energy.

Yeah, it’s pretty good stuff. I had heard little about it back in the 90s but for whatever reason, it didn’t grab my attention.

But getting all my CEUs taken care of for $99 got my attention.



If you haven’t written out your goals for this year, it’s not too late… In fact, it’s never too late. So Go Do It!

Got this bit in an email – maybe you did too . . . Food 4 Thought.

Socialism Sucks.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.
That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”.
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A…
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.
The second test average was a D!
No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.

Is Running Barefoot Better Than Running In Shoes?

This sounds good so long as you don’t step on something sharp and rusty.

Western runners, of whom 90 per cent suffer injuries every year, would be better off leaving their sneakers at home, and running barefoot. Science and sceptical runners are catching up with something the Tarahumara Indians have known for ever: your naked feet are fine on their own.

According to a growing body of clinical research, those expensive running shoes you’ve been relying on may be worse than useless: they could be causing the very injuries they’re supposed to prevent.

Out here in the non-Tarahumara world, where we have access to the best in sports medicine, training innovations and footwear, up to 90 per cent of all marathoners are injured every year. The Tarahumara, by contrast, remain spry and healthy deep into old age.

I saw numerous men and women in their seventies loping up steep, cliffside switchbacks on their way to villages 30 miles away. Back in 1994, a Tarahumara man ventured out of the canyons to compete against an elite field of runners at the Leadville Trail Ultramarathon, a 100-mile race through the Rocky Mountains. He wore homemade sandals. He was 55 years old. He won.

So how do the Tarahumara protect their legs from all that pounding? Simple – they don’t. They don’t protect and, most critically, they don’t pound. When the Tarahumara aren’t barefoot, they wear nothing more cushioned than thin, hard sandals fashioned from discarded tire treads and leather thongs. In place of artificial shock absorption, they rely on an ancient running technique that creates a naturally gentle landing.

Unlike the vast majority of modern runners, who come down heavily on their foam-covered heels and roll forward off their toes, the Tarahumara land lightly on their forefeet and bend their knees, as you would if you jumped from a chair. This ingenious, easy-to-learn style could have a profound effect on runners, not to mention the multi-billion dollar running-shoe industry.

Personally, my feet feel constricted when I have to put shoes on. That’s why you’ll find me in a nice pair of sandals most of the time.

Maybe it’s living in a warm climate here in Florida or the fact that I feel more grounded when barefoot. Sure, there’s risks of stubbing toes, cutting feet on things that a shoe would avoid, not to mention keeping them clean. But I’m not saying walk around on hot asphalt in your bare feet either.

I’ve instinctively tried this method of running and found it to be easy on the feet and fast.

Maybe save your money on those expensive running shoes, eh?  Oh, and move to the music at 180 beats per minute 😉

You know, after reading this article, it reminds me of a book on tantric breathing I read years ago.  Proper breathing technique goes hand in hand with your running technique if you want to go the extra mile(s).  The tantric book talked about monks that could run from one village to another non stop – often 50 to 100 miles away and get there in the same day – in part because of the way they breathed.


Shaklee Performance | My Favorite Energy Drink

Terry’s Favorite Things

Today’s Pick:  Shaklee’s Performance Sports Drink

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My Favorite - The Big Can - 70+ servings

When it comes to staying hydrated and rehydrating, nothing else comes close. As a personal observation, an added benefit seems to be quick available energy that keeps you going long after you think you’d be spent.*

I like to buy it in the Performance Team Pack size to save a few bucks, plus it lasts for quite a while.  Lately I’ve been sticking with the Lemon-Lime flavor, but I like to mix it up and switch to the Orange now and then.  I tried mixing the two together half and half but found it didn’t really taste as good as each on their own.

A few years ago, I just bought a Trikke 8 and finally figured out how to make it go. So being the over achiever I am, I decided I would conquer the entire Pinellas Trail –  34+ miles from end to end running the length of Pinellas County with the addition of a few extensions which of course I had to do.   [Note to self: share embarrassing story of Trikke 8 experiences]

I mixed up a double dose in a 20 oz water bottle, grabbed a few granola bars and set out on the Pinellas Trail for the first leg of what would be several different sessions to finish it.

Mind you, I had not been doing much cardio at all prior to taking this on.  Sipping on the Performance, I managed to go almost 5 hours and wasn’t even tired or sore.  Not even the next day.  I couldn’t believe I went that long and far without paying for it later.

I really like the fact that Shaklee doesn’t put crap [chemicals, artificial colors/sweeteners/additives] in any of their products, so you know you are getting the best there is. Chalk up another glowing testimonial to the power of Shaklee, lol!  I tell you, this stuff works!

The smaller can of Performance makes 19 servings @ 100 calories per. Shaklee Corporation_ Providing a healthier life for everyone and a better life for anyone. Health, Wellness, Nature, Opportunity-1

*Independent peer reviewed and accepted published research has proves this to be true.

EmInEm | Monday Night Movie | The Secret Of The Universe


January 18, 2010

The Secret Of The Universe

Aussie,Jeremy Stride’s work on investigating the secrets of Coral Castle and antigravitics/ magnetic power / pyramid power has been Closed to the General Public for the time being.

He had an awesome video up on vimeo (see my  earlier post : Monday Night Movie The New Secrets Of The Universe)

**UPDATE** 7/31/2011: It seems Jeremy’s Youtube account is gone – here’s a new account that has the movie in its entirety:

Part 1 of 6

part 2:
part 3:
part 4:

here’s the video in entirety on Google Video if youtube is down:

Feeling Overwhelmed and Don’t Know Why?

Feeling Overwhelmed Sucks!  I’ve been there many a times and can totally relate to anyone who’s feeling that right now.

Here’s what I’ve learned from a recent Jack Canfield call on how to handle being overwhelmed as well as a great definition for what it means.


Is having lots of options without criteria for sorting them out.

You need to have guidelines and prioritize your options basing them on your passions, interests committments, etc.

How to get out of overwhelmedness.

Grab some 3×5 cards and write everything you have committed to / goals – one per card.

Next, take two of them and compare which is more important than the other and sort accordingly. Do this with the next on down the list until you have them in order of importance.

Take into consideration the time, money and resources each one will take.  Which ones are most exciting to you. Which are most important for you to accomplish and so on.

Start with one of the goals and decide 3 things of action you can do over the next week.  If it involves something you have no idea how to go about doing, find someone who has already done what you want to do and contact them to see if they will help you in some way – you might be surprised at how often people will help.

How many goals are too many?

It differs from one person to the next. Some people are good at multitasking and delegating or are just natural over achievers.

If you are still feeling overwhelmed by the number of things you want to accomplish in a given period of time then you are probably over doing it for yourself.

It also could be that you have too many SHOULD DO goals rather than WANT TO goals.

A good habit to have is writing down things the night before of what you are going to do the next day.  This allows your subconscious to work on it during sleep and the law of attraction puts it out into the universe to help manifest your goals.

Instead of having a standard TO DO list, add the times WHEN you are going to do each thing. By putting everything in a time frame, you can reassess realistic expectations and reprioritize.

For example, say you have 5 things you want to get accomplished tomorrow. Put them in order of importance. Instead of working in a REACTIVE state, work from INTENTION and CREATION.

Using visualization is key here.  Visualize having the life and BELIEVE you can have it.  Some people find a vision board or book to help focus their intentions and mindset on what they want to be  do and have.

Figure out what you have to give up till you make the transition – maybe TV, movies, dinners out, some sleep.  IT takes a high level of commitment to get what you want – you have to really want it.  And remember, it’s not forever, just until you make it.

How Do You Want To Be Remembered? Leaving A Legacy

I’m a fan of Jack Canfield.  His books like  [Success Principles] may seem a bit fluffy to some, but there’s a wealth of wisdom to be discovered.

On a recent call with Alex Mandossian hosting (as usual), Jack went over some good topics to start the new year off right.

Seems lately that I’ve been hearing the phrase, LIFE IS SHORT, quite a bit.  We’ve all been saying it feels like time is speeding up each year – which may very well be the case if you believe the frequency of the earth has been increasing from 7.8Hz to 13Hz by 2012.

Nevertheless, Jack posed the question, How Do You Want To Be Remembered?  What legacy do you wish to leave for future generations?

Do you want to change and enrich people’s lives?  Do you want to know that because what you did, you enriched another’s life?

Food for thought.  As my subtitle of my blog states, design your life.  Think of how many free days you are going to have instead of how many hours a week or day you plan on working. Self employed entrepreneurs know what I mean.  We don’t have a set schedule like you do in a job.

Yes, I know, thinking of how much time you AREN’T going to work may sound counterproductive and lazy, but really, it’s working smart.

In order to create more free days, you need to avoid burn out while increasing productivity.  Here’s a few ideas that will help:

Meet others outside your field – people can give you new insights, ways of thinking and you’ll be exposed to new opportunities.

Set your goals in an environment away from your home. Why? Because we tend to be habituated in our way of thinking when we are in our usual environment.

We are less likely to think outside the cube.  Did someone say vacation? Seriously, think about how many times you’ve been on a vacation and came back with a whole new perspective on things?  I bet it’s happened more than once or twice.