Monthly Archives: September 2009
Sep 30 2009
Core 2 Duo Laptop w/ 4gb Memory, HD Graphics and HDMI under $550

Core 2 Duo Laptop w/ 4gb Memory, HD Graphics and HDMI under $550

Gateway M-6888u Laptop Computer – Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.0GHz, 4GB DDR2, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.4″ WXGA, Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Great Deal on a Gateway Order now

Item Number: G180-15440
Model: LX.WAS0X.001

Sep 30 2009
Disney FREE Day: Give A Day. Get a Disney Day

Register at and volunteer for a day and you get a free pass to Disneyland or Disneyworld.

Runs during 2010

Sounds like a good deal. But read the small print.

Disney hopes to have over 1 million people volunteer for a day!

BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2010, when you sign up here to volunteer a day of service with a participating organization
(and your service is completed and verified) you’ll get one day admission to a Walt Disney World® or Disneyland®
theme park, FREE! We want to inspire one million people to volunteer a day of service.

Sign up now to receive reminders and exciting updates about the “Give a Day. Get a Disney day.”
program by clicking on “Get Email Updates” above.

1. Beginning January 1, 2010, search and sign up for a volunteer opportunity from a participating organization.

2. Complete your service for the volunteer opportunity you selected.

3. Once your service is verified, receive a voucher to redeem your Disney theme park ticket.

Read more here:

Sep 30 2009
Smoke Assist


Smoke Assist is a new alternative to cigarettes! It provides the look and feel of real cigarettes, as well as the flavor of tobacco, without smoke or nicotine! With this offer, the consumer gets the e-cigarette for free, and only pays for a one-month supply of cartridges plus S&H.

Smoke Assist – You Get It All!

* Smoke Assist™ Stainless steel shell with Micro-computer control circuit to work the first time every time.
* USB Rechargeable built-in Lithium Battery with USB charger.
* 4 Atomized Filterette™ Cartridges: True Tobacco Flavor without tar or nicotine.
* Cartridge Duration: 400 Smoke Mouthfuls
(Approx a pack and a half of traditional smokes)
* 30 day Money Back Guarantee and a 1 Year Replacement Warranty

Smoke Assist Get Started Now!

Smoke Assist™ is an exciting alternative. You may now satisfy your oral fixation with our water vapor device. Smoke Assist™ – Featuring realistic tobacco flavor, look and feel. No more smoke smell on your clothes, in your home or work.

Smoke Assist™ doesn’t contain tobacco, tar, nicotine or over 4000 other harmful chemicals and carcinogens linked to traditional smoking.

The water vapor emitting from the user looks like actual second hand smoke, but it is only water vapor.

Smoke Assist Get Started Now!

Sep 30 2009
e- cigarettes Recall: Important Blucig Info

Important Blucig Info

Due to a recent discovery by our manufacturer, we have initiated a voluntary recall on the batteries for the blucig pack. We are notifying all customers and have increased shipping times to 4-6 weeks while we handle the recall.

You can see a copy of the email we’re sending to blucig customers here:

Click to access BluPackNotice.pdf

We are working diligently to resolve this and appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions.

Sep 30 2009
Gold Bug’s Anniversary Celebration

Gold Bug’s Anniversary Celebration
2nd Anniversary

Assemblage by Jack Howe
Photographs by Bruce Wolfe
Friday Oct 9, 2009

5pm – 10 pm

22 East Union Street
Pasadena, CA

from the Natural History Museum
Petting Zoo from
6pm – 9pm

Sep 30 2009
“brag about your bag” Los Angeles

A new campaign is starting soon. Running November 15 to December 17.

A few good reasons to “Brag about your bag”
1. You will help prevent litter
2. You can help conserve our natural resources
3. Reusable bags hold more groceries than a single-use bag
4. Reusable bags do not harm marine life
5. Carrying a “Brag about Your Bag” simply makes you look good.

Coming soon:
The Countly of Los Angeles in partnership with Heal the bay and Earthshare of California is set to launch the “Brag About Your Bag” reusable bag giveaway campaign beginning November 15 and runs through December 17. Bring in a single use plastic bag for recycling and exchange them for a FREE stylish reusable shopping bag and other exciting giveaways at participating:
Hows market
Top Valu
and Valu Plus

For more information please visit
or call 888-CleanLA

County of Los Angeles
Public Works
Clean LA – County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
(888) CLEAN LA

Sep 30 2009
Newspaper Readership Stats

In todays Pasadena Star News there are some stats on Newspaper readership.

More than 104 million US adults read a print newspaper every day!
More than 115 million read the Sunday paper.

Thats more people than watch the SuperBowl at 94 million.
American Idol at 23 million
or typically watch the late local news at 65 million.

The pitch is to add traffic from newspaper websites and you can reach a much larger audience.

“Think newspapers are a thing of the past? think again”

Sep 30 2009
Toyota Car Floor Mat Recall

Toyota is set to recall approx 3.8 million vehicles.
The cars are located in the United States and have removable car mats. which could cause interference with the accelerator and potentially cause a crash.

Toyota statements place this as the largest US recall in history.

We will learn about the safety concerns next week. Stay tuned for more details

Sep 30 2009
GM and eBay ends partnership

Today we get word that the GM eBay store is closing. The site was primarily used to auction off new cars through California dealers.
Now the program will focus on more national marketing programs.
The program was initially slated to end Sept 30. Lack of participation was not cited as a reason for the program being terminated.

Sep 30 2009
Barclay’s Wine Experience

Barclay’s Wine Experience – 12 bottles for $69.95 Bonus Electric Corkscrew

Taste wine like you never have before! Join the Barclay’s Wine Club and receive a free electric corkscrew.

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Experience 12 great wines from around the world for $5.83* per bottle and receive a FREE Electric Corkscrew valued at $39.95!

Dear Wine Enthusiast,

There is nothing quite like the Barclay’s Wine Experience – simply a great opportunity to receive amazing wines from around the world delivered directly to your door. It is easy to get started – just select your favorite option (red, white or mixed) and we will ship your first case at $5.83* per bottle!

The initial selection will knock your socks off. World class Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Bordeaux and much more. The shipment includes detailed tasting notes on each wine and if you want to learn more, your personal Barclay’s Wine consultant is always at the ready.

Membership in Barclay’s Wine Experience is not an obligation. You decide what you get, when you get it and if you want to continue to receive it. You can skip a shipment whenever you want and there is no cost or penalty to cancel at any time. And our guarantee is that you will never pay for a wine you don’t like. No excuses. No issues. No problem.

Be prepared to sit back and enjoy the superb wines that the Barclay’s team has traveled the world to bring to you – marvelous values that you won’t find at the local wine store. When you try Barclay’s Wine Experience you will understand why we say that a sip is worth a thousand words.

So, enough talk already, it’s time to Experience.

Learn More

In Vino Veritas.

The Barclay’s Wine Team

*Delivery charge is $19.95 per case

To contact us by mail, send correspondence to:

Attn: Customer Service, Barclay’s Wine Group 1191 E. Iron Eagle Dr Suite 100 Eagle, ID 83616

Allow 30 days for removal from email list. You must be 21 years of age or older to order

Barclay’s Wine Experience

2006 Sauv White Sauvignon Blanc

The versatile sauvignon grape reaches peak flavors in cool climates where a long ripening period is possible. Such is the case with the ’06 Sauv White, which is from the Leyda Valley in central Chile. With the Andes to the east for protection, and the coastal range to the west, the Leyda Valley is able to capture cool ocean breezes and moisture coming off the cold Pacific. This sauvignon blanc has aromas of fresh cut grass, kumquats, and creamy citrus notes. The citrus flavors continue on the palate leading to exotic tropical fruits and a hint of tarragon. With its lucious fruit flavors, this wine would pair nicely with cheese and fruit, or rich whitefish, such as mahi-mahi or monkfish, with mango or pineapple salsa.

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2008 Willow Crest Pinot Gris

This aromatic, Alsatian-style wine exhibits beautiful full fruit aromas of ripe pear, honeydew melon, and peach followed by floral notes and a wonderful minerality. On the palate this wine is round and full with lush apricot flavors that are balanced nicely by the minerality and a touch of citrusy freshness. This wine is perfectly fine served chilled on a warm afternoon. You can also try pairing with foie grois topped with pear sauce, or a sweet and spicy Thai dish like coconut green curry with prawn.

2007 Chateau Carolena Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is a spectacular example of the versatility of this magical grape. On the nose, there are aromas of ripe pear, lemon, lily, and vanilla, but this is infused with a smoky earthiness that is unexpected and wonderful. On the palate this wine has a mellow viscosity but it is not overly oaked or buttery. It finishes with nice balance and acidity, making it the perfect complement to a variety of foods such as fresh fig with cheeses, caesar salad with grilled chicken, and seafood pasta with cream sauce and lemon.

2006 Randall Harris Merlot

This merlot is from the Columbia Valley in Washington State, where long warm days and brisk, cool nights produce wines of great balance and acidity. This is a versatile, easy-drinking merlot with plush ripe fruit on the nose: think blackberrys and dark plum, plus a whiff of bright red berry. It is velvety smooth on the palate, with soft tannins and a nice long finish with just enough oaky spiciness that makes us think it would pair nicely with BBQ ribs (I’d go with a dry rub instead of a big sweet sauce).

2008 Chateau les Tuileries

The 2008 vintage Chateau les Tuileries is a blend that exhibits the classic profile of a great red Bordeaux: complex and earthy on the nose, with notes of black currant, cassis, and a touch of red raspberry jam. On the palate, the raspberry continues, but is balanced by the muscular – yet supple – tannins typical of red Bordeaux. The result is an elegant, complex, but approachable red Bordeaux that pairs well with French cheeses, cured meats, roasted chicken, grilled sausage, steak with mushrooms, and yes, even seafood.

2007 Pinot Black

This lovely new world, fruit forward pinot noir from Chile has aromas of fresh red berries with an intriguing note of grapefruit, citrus, and green tea. A touch of earthiness and rose petal rounds out the fruit, and the touch of oak does not diminish the full aroma. It is medium to dark purple in the glass, with flavors of red currant, sour cherry, and a wonderful mouth-cleansing acidity that plays well with a lingering richness on the finish. This would pair nicely with grilled swordfish, medium-rare pork loin (with chutney) or duck a l’orange.

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2006 Barrelstone Syrah

Washington state, with its cooler climate similar to the Northern Rhone (where syrah is THE red grape), is producing world-class syrah. The ’06 Barrelstone is a nice blend of Old World spice and complexity together with New World fruit and richness. In the glass, it is a gorgeous inky dark purple in color. On the nose it exhibits a typical warm, earthy spiciness, countered with a rich, dark fruit. The wine has full flavors of black cherry, black currant and nice round tannins with just the right balance of oak. This is a wine that will drink well on its own, yet will also pair nicely with meat dishes such as rack of lamb, roasted pork, and grilled steak, maybe with a red wine reduction? You decide.

2005 Bridgman Cabernet

This is a fantastic example of what a Washington cabernet can be. On the nose, the wine initially exhibits dark blackberry and currant fruits, with notable cedar spiciness and a hint of red raspberry. As the wine opens, complex subtle aromas of blueberry, graphite, and sweet cherry evolve. A blend of 77% cabernet sauvignon and four other French grape varieties, this wine has a marvelous complexity that changes with every sip. The elegant spicy character makes me think of pairing with a thick, red salmon steak roasted medium rare on a cedar plank.

2007 Chateau Carolena Zinfandel

This Zinfandel has ripe, luscious, red fruit—cherry with hints of blueberry and vanilla—and soft, juicy, delicious tannins. Made with grapes from the Lodi region, which is famous for fruit-forward zins that have the complexity of old vines, this one is blended with a touch of syrah to give it even more depth. The alcohol balances well with the tannins and the fruit to help round out and mellow this wine. Big zinfandel is best paired with big food, like a juicy steak trimmed with crisp golden potatoes and a salad sprinkled liberally with pomegranate, gorgonzola, olive oil and dark, aged balsamic.

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