The Yard Sale Buddy System

The buddy system is something that we’re all familiar with. It can be applied to a lot of situations. Two of those situations apply to yard sales.

First of all, if you’re running a yard sale, you should have a buddy. Yard sales are an all day process and it’s hard to go all day without needing a drink, a snack or a bathroom break. So, you want to have someone available to watch the sale for a few minutes, as needed. Also, it helps to have two or more people to set up and take down the yard sale at the start and end of the day.

The other way that the buddy system helps at house item sales is for the shoppers. Let’s say that you enjoy buying books and your friend enjoys buying jewelry. Well, a lot of sales give deals on bigger buys. So, if one of you buys all of the books and jewelry, that person might get a better deal. Then, you can settle up in the car or at home later.

Also, it’s nice to have a buddy with you when you shop at yard sales because more eyes can spot more deals. Many sales are full of boxes and bags that people have to search through. With two or more searchers, everyone can save a bit of time. That way, there will be time to visit even more sales throughout the day. So, it’s another great way to take a buddy or a group of buddies along the next time you plan a day of yard saling.

Finding the Perfect Buddy

As many of you will know and many more will find out that enter the fantastic sport of diving that finding a really good dive buddy can be quite difficult at times. How many of you have gone out on a Dive Charter only to find that the buddy that you were put with swims off in a different direction once you hit the bottom, not to be seen again until you reach the surface? I have had this happen on quite a few occasions and if you are a new diver with less than 50 odd dives you may find this unsettling.

So what should you look for in a dive buddy

Well the first thing that comes to mind for me is diving with someone that I can get along with above the surface as well as below. Then you really want to find a buddy that has a similar air consumption rate so neither one of you are missing out on dive time. Taking that into account it helps if you both have the same interest in the diving, an example of this would be if you are into photography and doing underwater video. For many divers it is a real bore watching someone shooting film while they hang in the area to make sure that you do not forget or overlook your air consumption.

Now taking the points above into account you really are limiting yourself of potential buddy possibilities. Take an active approach to eliminate this problem by seeking out like minded dive buddies.

About my Current Dive Buddy

My current Dive buddy is only an Open Water Diver with around 28 dives under her belt compared to my level of a Rescue Diver with in excess of 280 dives in the last 2years. Some people may wonder why have I chosen someone that is less qualified with less experience. Firstly we get on really well as friends and talk till the cows come home about diving, and then there is the fact that I can spend time with her to build her confidence.

An example of this is how a while ago I decided to go on a dive that she had planned with a local dive club and she was glad that I went as she was feeling very stressed about the crew once she hit the water. Taking the time I calmed her down and got her breathing to a nice rate before we made the dive. This was a great dive and we had a good 70 minute dive on 15 litre tanks. The other major factors for me include how our air consumption is almost exactly the same at any given depth. She is really happy hanging around while I am filming watching her air as she does her own thing in close proximate in case of any problems that she may have. Checking her air gives her a real accurate idea of the level that I am at and that is very reassuring. We both have an interest in underwater videographer and Mel takes some great footage as well at times sharing the joy of filming. Most of my diving is to a depth of not much more than 20 odd metres as the light levels are too low below this point for filming. On a lot of our dives I encourage Mel to dive and converse with other divers aboard the charters as well as join them under the water. This allows me to film them as a group and gives Mel experience with other divers and to see for her how others dive.

Trust In Your Buddy

When diving we are in a hostile environment in the sense that we cannot take water into our lungs so having a buddy that you trust with your life should the need arise for their help is paramount. I have full faith in my buddy being able to assist me if I for example run out of air. Recently I was very low on air not completely as I used the same tank from my second dive for my third dive. The transition of approaching Mel and taking her alternative air source was a very calm procedure. This allowed us to continue our dive for another 12 odd minutes before resting at the safety stop on my own air supply before surfacing. This brings me to some interesting questions that I have been asked!

How many of you can honestly say that you would trust your buddy with your life? Well I trust mine with my life and that goes both ways. I would never allow my buddy to risk it all on low air levels in a failing situation as I would prefer that they went for help. If your buddy was in a serious situation like entangled in a ghost net or fishing line and you were low on air would you risk it all to save them? The first thing that comes to mind is self preservation but I can honestly say I would sooner die trying than not try at all. Unfortunately for me and other divers Melanie is returning to her studies in the coming weeks but I will look forward to diving with her in the future, as I am sure the others that have dived with her will as well. I am sure she has met some other great divers and learned a lot from myself and others about how to tackle stressful situations and how it is important to calm yourself before taking that dive.

Play Buddy Demystified – Play Buddy For Pogo Games, a Case Study

Computer game industry has evolved much within the last decade. Back in the 80’s the only commodity it has to offer was the cartridge/ROM, besides the console itself. Today it has gone way beyond that. We see not only magazines, T-shirts, and movies started getting exposed… but also cheats! Moreover, cheats have grown so big that it becomes an industry by itself. Ask GameShark and ActionReplay, you’ll know what I mean.

Currently, Play Buddy is hot. People are raving about it in their blogs, on forums, on YouTube comments and so on and so on. But is it really that great? Is it just another hoax people buy into, just like the Millenium Bug? Is it truly “the greatest cheat available” as they claim on their website? Read on.

Speaking from experience as an addict gamer and seasoned cheater, I can say that Play Buddy has its own strengths and weaknesses. Let’s take an example to study: cheating Pogo games. The great thing about Play Buddy, in this case, is its ability to cheat online under the radar. On rooms and tournaments, you’ll play the game so smooth (actually played by the Buddy program) that people will only see you as a master player. Another great thing is they consistently update their tools.

But if you belong to the 90% group that play Pogo only for the Tokens, I dare to say Play Buddy is NOT for you. Here’s why:

1. The cost
I see on their site they are selling the Buddy separately, i.e. $10 to $20 per game basis! Here’s a tip: if your dad isn’t Bill Gates or Donald Trump, then, for heaven sake, don’t even think about taking all the buddies home (yes, even after they cut the price in half!). Just within the Pogo category, there are nearly 100 games listed. And that’s a dedicated $1,000 – $2,000 just for cheating games!

2. The speed
I know of a proper cheat tool that instantly generates millions of Tokens in split second. You don’t need to wait hours for a bot finishing round after round for you just to earn 200-1000 Tokens per round.

3. The scoop
Spend a minute or two on their website, it will become obvious that they only specialize in board games (puzzles, cards, words or Casino). Games that don’t involve complex algorithm/decisions. So, if you want to cheat Assassin’s Creed (action-adventure), The Sims 2 (simulation), or Final Fantasy series (RPG), then Play Buddy will not be your buddy.