The Lottery in Maryland


I’ve never really supported state lotteries till I researched it and found some interesting facts.  Did you know the Maryland lottery uses much of its revenue to help state programs such as public health and safety, education, and human resources.  You can pick up a lottery ticket at most gas stations or any retailers that supports the lottery and has the official computers to enter the lottery numbers.  You MUST by at least 18 years old to play the Maryland lottery.  The date on the ticket will ALWAYS have to be verified before you leave the retailer to ensure you do not commit fraud.  When a retailer supports the lottery and sells lottery tickets they receive commissions for selling the lottery tickets and cashing them.

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An Overview of Ocala Florida


Ocala, Florida sits in the middle of Marion county and has a population over 50k.  The city was founded in 1846. Ocala got its name from the Seminole people.  Hernando De Soto met with the Seminole Tribe during one of his expeditions and they told him the area was called “Ocali” or “Kingdom of the Sun.”

With Ocala sitting square in the heart of the sunshine state the Seminole people got the name right.  In fact, since Ocala sits directly in the middle of Florida, it sees more sunshine than the coast cities.

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Why the Price Differences on Roofing Estimates?


I had a neighbor’s tree fall on our roof a few weeks ago.  The tree had been hollowed out by termites and got so weak that it fell smack down onto our roof and right through to our living room.  Luckily, we were not home at the time.  If we had been there is no telling if I would be alive to tell this tale.  We had to move into a hotel while the damage was assessed and the necessary repairs were made.  The biggest hassle with it all was hiring a roofing contractor.  The reason being is the price differences on the estimates?  I couldn’t figure out how one wanted to charge $18,000 and another came in at only $8,000.  Why the price differences and what’s the difference in the roofs or the repairs being made?  Before I hired a contractor I sat down and did a ton of research and I found out exactly why there is differences.

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Did Gollum have a Mental Disorder?

Gollum and His Mental Disorder


One of my favorite film trilogies is Lord of the Rings, and my favorite character from the trilogy is Gollum.  This well-rounded and misunderstood character who is obsessed with the One Ring leads Frodo Baggins on a quest to destroy the One Ring in Mount Doom.  When first diagnosing this almost 600 year old Hobbit-like character we come with an anti-social behavior (he isolated himself under a mountain), aggression (how many times did he attack Sam and Frodo without cause?), and OCD (obsessed with the One Ring).  Also, we should note he murdered his best friend to acquire the One Ring and he attempted to murder Sam and Frodo.

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