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Taking Risks Can End a Life Too Soon

Taking risks and doing crazy things are part and parcel of being a teenager. I pulled my fair share of idiotic stunts at that age, that’s for sure. All teens are going to test the limits and do things they know are risky at some point. I truly wish more of them would stop and ask themselves if the possible outcomes are worth it. I remember all too well, though, that at that age you believe you are invincible. Bad things happen to other people, right? Unfortunately, no one is super-human and bad things sometimes happen. Our community has suffered a great loss this week due to the risks teens sometimes take.

Gavin Roskamp has been an extremely active and vocal part of our community for quite a long time. He was a technology enthusiast and smart as hell. He stayed busy beyond reason with extra-curricular activities, helping people with computer issues online and yet still managed to pull a perfect grade point average in high school. He was a good friend to so many – both online and in “real” life. He always had a shoulder to lean on available, and words of wisdom that would make you believe he was far older than his sixteen years. Vince Bognot sums up the huge impact Gavin had on people he had never met:

“Gavin and I spoke online nearly every day. Even though I never met him, he was like a brother to me.”

I hate that I now have to write about Gav in the past tense. Last Monday, he and a few other teens were out joyriding in a car. They decided to go “Hill-hopping,” a past time that many kids this age apparently enjoy. The hopped a hill at high speed, flipped the car three times and slammed into a tree. Gavin and an 18 year old woman (the driver of the car) were killed instantly.

My heart breaks for Gavin’s friends and family – both online and off. This kid had one hell of a bright future and had such a good heart. Losing him will leave a hole in our hearts that we should not have had to experience. I hope all of you will stop and think twice when you decide to do something reckless. There are so many things you can do to get a “rush” or a “thrill” which are far safer than hurtling your car over hills at high rates of speed, y’all.

Gavin wasn’t invincible, no, but he was definitely a great kid who will now be missed by us all.

How to Clean a Poop Stain


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If you have pets, you’ll want this gadget somewhere in your home. As every pet owner knows, accidents are commonplace (and sometimes, it is believed that the “accidents” are actually “purposefuls” if our pets are angry). If you’re still trying to rid those stains and smells with paper towels and spray cleaners, you’re living in the poop ages.

Whenever Wicket or Pixie leave me an unwanted surprise, I grab my Spotbot. It was designed with pet messes in mind. Fill the chamber with hot water and cleaning solution, and set it on top of the stain. Turn it on, and let it do it’s work. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new stain, or an old one. It will work, I’d almost guarantee it.

You can walk away and let the Spotbot do its job. I love Bissel for this little machine. I cannot believe how simple it is, and how much easier it has made my life with Pixie sick at the moment.

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Three-way on the Freeway: My Car Accident


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On July the 15th, I was innocently tooling down the highway, headed to a local event to hang out with some friends. Out of nowhere – CRASH! Someone driving a rental car behind me smashed into the back of my car, shoving me hard into the car in front of me. I was effectively the middle of a car sandwich.

Thankfully, no one was injured. Had I known I was about to be hit, I’d have probably tensed up and been hurt. However, I had no idea it was happening until it was over and done with.

Neither the car in the back nor the car in the front sustained much damaged. My poor little Vader, however, has several owies. It’s pretty crunched up, in the front AND the back. Needless to say, Vader now has to head into the shop and have just a tiny little bit of work done. Ok – so it’s a lot of work. The car was not drivable after it happened. I just am glad that I have insurance!