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Welcome to our June 2006 newsletter.

I am pleased to announce that Wil Wheaton in Pasadena, CA is the winner of the Newspaper Holder.

Newspaper Holder

Wil, you have until 30 June to contact us so we can send this to you. Congratulations.

We held a second drawing for the Candle Sticks.

Candle Sticks

Chuck Rowe of KNX Radio in Los Angeles, California is the winner of the candle sticks. Chuck, you also have until 30 June to claim your prize.

On 30 June we shall draw a name to win Cutting Board a Glass Cutting Board.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all you dads out there a Happy Fathers Day.


Flora B. and Carol J. Mann: circa 1920s Color added and retouched for their 25th wedding anniversary by their daughter Elaine Corboy.

I had intended to say something about my parents in this issue. However upon reflection I thought it would be better put off to another time when I can devote the space that these two extraordinary people deserve.

I believe it would be an understatement to say that we are all concerned with the price of gasoline. Although it does not affect me as much as some others because I drive a Natural Gas vehicle and pay between $1.79 and $2.24 per equivalent gallon, the price of energy does affect the factory in a big way. I have to pay fuel surcharges on all deliveries of my raw materials and on the shipments I make with Fed Ex; the price of foam, made from petroleum products keeps going up (it now costs $3.85 for a seat cushion that I paid $1.62 for about a year ago); and of course it affects my employees.

Starting this month, I shall endeavor to pass along hints to stretch your gasoline dollar$.

This months tip.

CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE!!

Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Properly inflated tires suffer less rolling resistance and therefore can improve fuel efficiency by making it easier for your car to move down the road. Under-inflated tires will make it harder for your car to move, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain your speed. A single tire, under inflated by two pounds per-square-inch (PSI), increases fuel consumption by one percent. To illustrate the point, deflate your tires by five PSI and try to push the car. It’s not easy. Now inflate those tires and see how pushing the car is much easier. Check your owner’s manual or the decal in your car’s doorjamb for correct inflation levels. If you have four tires that are 5 PSI low, that can cost you up to 10% in mileage. In this scenario, for every $3.00 gallon of gas you buy, you are throwing away up to 30 cents and increasing the obscene profits of the oil companies. Check your pressure at least every two weeks. Besides the higher gas mileage you will get, your tires will last a lot longer.

While wandering through my local Trader Joe's, I happened across a package of lox labeled Portlock Alaskan Smoked Salmon. Depending upon your ethnic background and geographical location, you may call it Lox, Smoked Salmon or Nova Scotia.

I had never tried this brand before and it was the largest package on the shelf so I gave it a try. I am 64 years old and cannot ever remember a time in my life when I did not eat lox except during my time in the Army. Sunday morning is not the same without an Onion Bagel, cream cheese, lox, a slice of onion and some black Greek olives on the side. I can honestly say that this was the best lox I can ever remember eating.

I was so excited about it that I looked up the website of the company that packaged it. It is a smoked fish company based in Washington State. www.Portchatham.com. It turns out to be a smoked seafood company and you can purchase directly from them.

Besides the obvious offers for sale, they have some very appetizing recipes. One I tried and liked is:

SMOKED SALMON QUESADILLA

Ingredients:

8 oz Portlock Smoked Salmon bullet 1 Tbsp. butter bullet 2 Tsp. oil bullet 4 – 10" flour tortillas bullet12 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded bullet 6 Tbsp. diced green chili peppers bullet 1 Cup sour cream, for garnish bullet 1 Cup thinly sliced mushrooms (5 med) bullet1 firm, ripe avocado, sliced for garnish bullet

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 250°. bullet Remove skin and flake salmon with a fork. bullet Heat butter in a medium saucepan and sauté mushrooms until softened. Set aside. bullet Heat ½ tsp. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. bullet Place a flour tortilla in the skillet. Spread 1/3 Cup shredded cheese on half of the tortilla. Sprinkle ¼ Cup flaked salmon over the cheese. bullet Cook about 2 minutes until cheese starts to melt. bullet Fold tortilla in half and press lightly. Cook about 1 minute, then carefully turn the folded tortilla over and cook another minute. bullet Transfer quesadilla to a baking sheet and keep warm in preheated oven. bullet Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Serve with sour cream and avocado slices and ENJOY!

While on the subject of food, I know that all of you have been pondering for many years the difference between Apple Juice and Apple Cider. I too have wondered for many years as I stood in the juice isle wondering what to purchase. Juice or Cider? Tune in next month for the exciting answer.

If you already know the answer, send me an email with Apple Juice in the subject line. All correct answers will be entered into a special drawing for a special prize. Unlike the general monthly drawing, family members and commercial subscribers are eligible for this drawing.

I came across an interesting site for window treatments. www.paolinasdraperies.com Paolina's has a large selection of window treatments and bedding. As a privately owned family business, they strive to keep the "Old World" craftsmanship they started out with they first opened. This is the same way we run our business, so we were quite impressed with them. Check out this site for some great bedding and window treatment ideas.

Again I want to stress that we do not affiliate, receive compensation or any other benefits from the sites we recommend.

This newsletter was originally designed for the visitors from the barstools website. As our business has expanded to include the building of exercise equipment and speaker stands, almost half of the readers come from our speakrUPPERS website and from eBay. Recognizing that fact, starting next month we shall also include health, fitness and audio related articles.

Next month I shall explore a site devoted to home antiques and a site devoted to exercise equipment, along with the explanation of the giant differences between apple juice and apple cider. Look for some more hints about fuel economy.

As the news broke just as I was finishing this month's letter, I felt that I had to say something about the reports from Baghdad

Kimberly Dozier Bob Woodruff

© CBS NEWS and ABC NEWS

Our prayers to Kimberly Dozier of CBS News who has joined Bob Woodruff of ABC News on the long difficult road to recovery from near fatal injuries in Iraq.

Our condolences to the families of CBS cameraman Paul Douglas and CBS sound man James Brolan, killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on Memorial Day while trying to keep us informed.

From the beloved Ernie Pyle, killed by a Japanese soldier on Il Shima in the Pacific Theater a few months before the end of WWII to Daniel Pearl, butchered in Pakistan, to Paul and James and the other 69 journalists killed in Iraq and Afghanistan by terrorists, we understand the cost of a free press.

As we mark the 62nd anniversary of the Normandy Landings on the 6th of this month, our heartfelt remembrances to all who have suffered in this struggle and all of our struggles to protect our way of life.

Do your part to honor those who gave so much. Next Tuesday, in those states having primaries, go out to the polls and cast your ballot. They fought and died to enable you to do that.

I am always eager to hear from the visitors to the site and the readers of this newsletter.

Until next time, when I promise a shorter letter, paraphrasing Charles Osgood, I will see you on the Internet.

Bill

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