I’m thinking about doing something a little vain and cosmetic for myself, and I just don’t know how I feel about the process or what it says about me.
Should I get braces for my teeth? I’ve been thinking about it for ages and ages. I’ve looked at a few places around my area (this Dental Expressions place looks good, for instance), but I just don’t know if I can go through with it.
Why do I need it? Well, my teeth have always looked off. They aren’t awful, and they don’t hurt or cause any discomfort, but I just don’t like my smile. That’s what it comes down to. I see my smile in photographs, and I think it just looks bad.
In my twenties, I didn’t mind so much. I was pretty much a nobody at work, and I was too shy to go out and date much. However, I’ve managed to work my way up the job ladder now, and in the process, I’ve found a lot more confidence. Now, I need to be able to impress clients as well as people I’m attracted to. To do that, I think I need braces.
But is that too shallow? I have colleagues who have worse teeth than mine, and it doesn’t seem to hold them back. Many of them are happily married to very attractive people. Many others are well above me in our business and seem to be moving up all the time. It doesn’t seem to cross their minds to do anything about something as silly as teeth.
I’ve tried to think that way for a long time. I’ve gotten in shape and gotten my hair styled. I bought a new, high-quality and stylish wardrobe. In short, I’ve tried to adjust every other element of how I look.
All of that is great, but I can’t get over my teeth. And, with things like invisible braces out there, it seems like it would be pretty effortless to do.
But, some part of me still thinks it’s shallow, that I’m worrying about nothing and just looking for something to complain about. Maybe I just want to find a problem in my life. Or, maybe I just want an excuse for why I’m not moving up the ladder faster these days, or why I still can’t get a date most weekends.
I think, though, what really holds me back is the association I have with braces being for teenagers. When I was growing up, my family didn’t have the money to get me braces, and so I watched all those other lucky kids get braces during their awkward years and get them off just in time to start college and look good as they became adults. It just doesn’t seem like something an adult should do without good reason.
But maybe I’m just being hard on myself. I have the money, I want my teeth to look better. What’s the big deal? So, then, why am I not doing it?
Concussions are a major worry for any parent with a kid playing football. While it’s great to see the kids out having a great time playing a great game, these day’s there are all those ugly statistics in the back of every parent’s head.
You know the ones, the statistics about how many concussions are suffered in an average season at the middle school, high school, and college level. The amount of long-term damage that can be done. The horrible examples of what brain trauma can do, the stories that have made all the headlines, run through every parent’s head: Aaron Hernandez, Junior Seau. The list is growing longer, and the consequences are becoming more widely known.
Before these issues came to the forefront, parents still worried about their children playing football, of course. There were strains and sprains to worry over, the possibility of broken bones, and the very rare but still worrisome risks of very serious injury.
But chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is the condition that affects these players, has changed the game forever, even if the game doesn’t realize it yet.
Already, there are fewer parents taking the risk of letting their children play football. If that trend continues, it’s likely that America’s best athletes will begin to show up in other sports, which will decrease the quality and entertainment of the NFL and the college game.
Further, it’s likely there will be increasingly more questions asked about how the game is run, particularly at the high school and college level. Are players being put back on the field after a hard hit? Is there a risk the player already has a concussion? These situations are more likely to lead to brain injury lawsuits than they were in the past. In the past, parents may have looked the other way if their child looked okay after the game. Now, parents are watching every play, every hit, and double checking the doctors and coaches have gotten the decisions right.
This second-guessing will likely be very good for the players of the game, and very bad for the game itself. While players from the earliest amateurs all the way up to professionals are likely to demand fewer risks be taken with their bodies and heads, which will lead to fewer injuries, chronic and temporary, that very demand will almost by necessity make the game less watchable.
Once the hits stop being so hard, the plays slow down to triple check a player, more and more tackles are outlawed, and more and more players pull out of potentially risky plays, the game will have to decline in quality.
Whether this is good or bad, and whether it means a death spiral for the game, it’s impossible to say at this point. What is certain, however, is that parents are going to demand the game move in that direction. And if mom and dad want it, the professional player is going to demand it too.
Energy is a tricky thing. Our modern society creates a massive demand for it, and one of the driving forces of the modern era has been ever-increasing competition to find and utilize new sources of fuel. Global politics can be completely shifted by who control stores of materials such as oil and coal. Mining and drilling companies are constantly trying to get ahead of one another in the race to control these resources. They are always on the hunt, analyzing new data, buying up mining rights to various locations, and constantly fighting with the government to secure more freedom to operate. One titan of the energy world is Terry Pegula, who’s been engaged in natural gas drilling and fracking for the past four decades.
He started his business by examining old surveys of the Appalachian mountains in Pennsylvania. Using the knowledge gained from his degree in natural gas engineering, he was able to predict where gas could be found around the mountain and begin buying up mineral rights. From there, he was quickly able to amass a significant fortune and expand his business throughout the state.
Recently, he’s met with large amounts of opposition to his business. Fracking is an extremely controversial topic. Evidence has piled up over the years showing the damages it causes both to human and natural communities. It can spew large amounts of pollutants into the air, do irreversible damage to water and soil, and destroy other natural resources in the area. Especially as forms of alternative energy become more viable, the case fracking and relying on other resources such as coal and oil has steadily weakened. In 2014 the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, passed a statewide ban on the practice. Lobbyists in many other states have been trying pass similar legislation.
In addition to these damages, mining companies often take predatory approaches to obtaining the rights to work certain land. Many small towns across the country have found themselves engaged in struggles to keep control over their land as companies try to move in. According to this mineral rights auction company, companies will also often take advantage of civilians who don’t fully understand the value of their land or trick them into giving up mineral rights they may have been able to obtain much more money for. Drilling companies will come into a town, take whatever resources they can from out, and then leave without substantially improving the community.
There are many ways in which our relationship with energy needs to be improved. We must find methods to obtain it that are more sustainable, beneficial for the environment, and positive for local communities. The companies that engage in energy development must be monitored to ensure they are not taking advantage of those whose land they work. There are many questions about what the right direction for energy to take is. However, as long as we make sure to look at the larger picture and what is beneficial in the long term, we can find answers to them.
A dream for many Americans is to have a nuclear family including a spouse, maybe two kids a dog and a white picket fence. However, recent trends have shown that home owning is on the downturn as more and more people are turning to apartment and duplex style living. The main driving factor behind this change is the cheaper short term cost of renting an apartment as opposed to the major investment that comes with buying or even renting a house. Although, with lower costs inevitably comes smaller living spaces. With more and more Americans living in smaller dwellings where else do we have to put our excess belongings but the storage unit?
A recent article in the LA Times found that on average, Americans own around 300,000 things. With living spaces turning to the apartment and becoming more compact, people need a place to store their sentimental armoire, three generations old grandfather clock, or new kayak. In an article by the New York Times, they found that 1 out of every 10 American households rents a storage unit monthly. This is also the fourth straight decade that this particular slice of the real estate market has been widening. With the advent of micro-homes and apartment living it is plain to see that people want to keep their stuff but don’t necessarily want to live with it daily or want to keep planned holiday decorations until it’s their time of year. In every growing industry, however, there are concerns that will inevitably come up. Over the course of four hours in one night 62 storage units were burglarized in New Albany, Indiana. For this reason, it is recommended to purchase storage unit insurance whenever renting. Renter’s insurance is a great way to ensure that nobody can come between you and your belongings and that everything you put will stay there months down the line.
If modern technology has proven anything it’s that people don’t like to be limited on space. There’s a reason the next iPhone or android always makes sure to emphasis their storage capabilities on the first or second line. People like knowing that they have a space they can call their own and can fill with themselves. Storage units have become so ingrained in our lifestyle that the hit show, Storage Wars, was able to afford two spin-off series: Storage Wars: Texas and Storage Wars: New York. The idea is tantalizing that a 5 foot by 5-foot room can hold so much of someone’s life to be enjoyed at a later date. That a home can extend across the city to a memory vault full of past and future adventures.
It has never been a better time to be an American. Not even space can limit your dreams and aspirations. Weekend warriors and family heirloom holders can both rejoice in knowing that you don’t have to sacrifice parts of your life to the simple problem of clutter.
Car accidents are some of the most documented stories in the news. There are good reasons for that. First, those who are involved in the accidents may suffer from serious injuries, property damages, and other personal and financial burdens. Second, those who are not involved in the accidents may also be indirectly affected, like when the accidents are causing heavy traffic or debris from the accidents are becoming a risk for new accidents to arise.
Many car accidents occur because of driver errors, like when a driver suddenly loses control of his vehicle during a turn. But a big portion of car accidents occur because of outright negligence or recklessness, such as the following cases:
- Driving under the influence of impairments, including alcohol, illicit drugs, and medications
- Driving while manually, mentally, or visually distracted
- Driving while sleepy or tired
- Street racing
The most apparent damage that can be sustained from car accidents is injury. Those who are lucky do not sustain much injury, and if they do, they are minimal, such as bruises and cuts. But those who are not as lucky may get brain traumas, whiplashes, spinal cord injuries, rib fractures, and broken arms and legs. These can result into significant financial burdens, such as the medical costs of healing these injuries and the lost time in the office because of these physical limitations.
Property damage is another aspect that should not be overlooked, because it can also be a financial burden and can give you a bad reputation in your insurance.
The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® has mentioned that those who have been involved in car accidents may have legal options. This is especially true on instances where there is a negligent or reckless party.
This party does not necessarily mean the driver, because the negligence or recklessness of car designers and manufacturers, maintenance providers, and road construction companies, can also cause car accidents, usually in the form of mechanical defects and hazardous road conditions.
Traffic accidents are some of the leading causes of traumatic injuries. Those who are not lucky end up sustaining brain trauma, neck fractures, and spinal cord injuries. But sometimes, the severity of the injuries does not matter, as even the lightest injury can result into medical bills, lost time at work, and other financial damages.
Car accidents occur mainly because of driver errors, but there are times where third party factors come into play, such as road defects. According to the website www.crowemulvey.com/practice-areas/personal-injury/, those who have been hurt in accidents caused by road defects may take legal action and get compensation for the damages.
It is good to know that the law is on the side of the victims, but it doesn’t change the fact that there are negligent parties that result into road defects.
Negligent road designers
Sometimes, the very design of the road is the road defect, putting motorists at risk of traffic accidents. Some of the most common design defects include:
- Absent or inadequate barriers, such as guardrails
- Absent or inadequate shoulders
- Absent or inadequate traffic lights and signs
- Defective water drainage system
- Improper grading of curves
- Insufficient lighting
- Overly narrow roads and lanes
Negligent maintenance providers
Even if there are no problems with the road design, there may still be defects caused by the lack of maintenance. These defects can be on the road itself or around the road.
- Defects on the road
- Dangerous debris, such as rocks
- Faded yellow and white lines
- Uncorrected road damages, like potholes
- Defects around the road
- Malfunctioning traffic lights
- Lack of warnings, such as for construction sites ahead
- Overgrown trees and plants
- Traffic signs with low visibility
No matter how diligent motorists drive, they may be involved in traffic accidents because of these defects, and there is nobody to blame but the parties who are involved in the construction, design, and maintenance of the road.