I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was pretty mellow. I took it easy on Sat. and visited the folks yesterday. I am in a funk right now. I got my test results and my bone density report was not good. I was tested in 2003 and have declined alot since then. I have full blown osteoporos in my hip joint. I am freaking out! I don't know what to do. I really don't want to take those drugs, I read very bad things about them. I suppose I will have to get with my dr. and figure it out. I need to do more research. I guess I shouldn't panic, it doesn't do any good. Also I'm probably working OT all week. I don't have to, but since they are paying I signed up for it. Unfortunately it is not doing my usual work, but helping another dept. with very tedious work. AHHHHHH!!!!!! I hope I have the energy for the gym tonight! I did not exercise at all this weekend. Glad you arrived safe and sound, Alabama. Looks like you arrived just in time for some beautiful weather. Enjoy the cool. Hope you'll be there long enough to enjoy the fall color as well. Good to hear your got your phone service back and it wasn't something that was billable to you, Sue. I hadn't heard of a Go Phone without expiration on the minutes. I buy $25 worth at a time but if I don't add more in 90 days I lose everything that is left in my account. We don't use our phones enough. I might go for months without using mine and Dh might use 50 cents a month. Between DH and I we have close to $500 in phone time piled up and no way to use it before we need to add more. But it's still the least expensive way for us to go. We've talked about getting new, more advanced phones but we don't want to just throw that $500 out the window if we change companies or plans. We keep saying we are going to stop in at ATT and see if the money can be transferred to different plans but haven't gotten there. The Smart Phone plans are different then our plain Jane 10 cent a minute basic flip phone plans. We'd consider upgrading if we can rollover the phone time we have stock piled. Sorry you missed your family at the lake, YAH. I am sure it would have been a wonderful day for you. A chance to spend time with them and some time at the lake. Hope you had an enjoyable weekend, Barb, and your DH came home in a better frame of mind. We had bad storms around us but they missed us again, Molasses. Enjoy the nice fall weather this week. I sure plan to. We pushed the mowing back to today. It was 93 and very humid on Saturday. We spent the morning working in flower beds but said forget mowing in the afternoon. We headed north to check out building supplies instead. Only going to be in the 70's this week. Much nicer weather for working outdoors. Nothing new going on here so guess that's about it for now. Good morning from nip in the air England. Fantastic Marlene that you waved the pain meds good bye. Rags, supper sounds lovely. In Monday's Daily Mail it tells of Diana's death threats to Camilla. I believe that, she was nuts. The news here is that Scotland might get it's independence in 10 days. Should be interesting. They want to keep though the Queen and the pound. Plus, they want us to keep subsidizing them. Nooo. You want independence you get bupkiss from us. My vacation was great. We did not leave town, but just did fun stuff. We saw a movie (Boyhood, highly recommended), I saw Crosby Stills Nash, went swimming, visited friends, etc. It was nice and relaxing. I started out OK foodwise, I did manage to get 1 fast in, but as the week went on, I'm sure I undid the good. I'm back on track this week. I get to leave early today, I have a mammogram and bone density test scheduled for this afternoon. I will either go for a swim afterwards or go to the gym. My gym is right next to the imaging place. DH still no job. Hopefully something will pan out this week. He may just start out part time somewhere. 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According to the Crocs web site, their shoes were originally intended to be a boating or outdoor shoe, because of the slip resistant, non marking soles. But by 2003, Crocs had become widely accepted as an all purpose shoe that was both comfortable and fashionable. Those who bought this stock in early 2006, paid about $11 a share. By November, 2007, the stock (and probably the fashion) had peaked at $75.21. It was all down hill in November, as the stock fell to $35 within two weeks. Today it sells for less than $5. Is it cheap? Most certainly. So should we buy it now? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Let's face it. Most Crocs are basically funny looking, but people did like them. Crocs were a highly successful and stylish fad, but now the always fickle fashion world may be moving on to other things. As my wife likes to say, "That was so five minutes ago!" Does anyone believe they will sustain their growth long term? To be fair, they are expanding their product line of shoes, and are manufacturing everything from apparel to gardening knee pads to pillows. Plus, they are expanding their sales to overseas markets. But I remain skeptical, at least for the short term. Last Thursday, the stock was mysteriously down about 9%, to close at 8.95. Then after the bell, they dropped the guidance bomb. Crocs announced lower EPS guidance, from $0.45 to $0.05, a serious decline. Furthermore, they said the latest sales figures from Asia and Europe were below previous company projections. The CEO, Ron Snyder had this to say: While we did experience solid sell through with many of our major accounts, retailers across the board were extremely cautious with their level of reorders, choosing to operate with leaner inventories versus a year ago. Immediately, the stock began to fall and the trading was halted. A short while later, trading resumed, and the stock was blasted, opening Friday morning at only 4.98. Wrong! Even one of the Crocs insiders got it wrong, buying 250,000 shares in March at just under $20 a share. Of course many of their insiders, including the aforementioned Mr. Snyder, knew what they were doing last year, when they sold millions of shares at prices well into the upper $60s! Now this brings up a terrific trading lesson. In any company, when just one insider sells a stock, it's certainly not a fait accompli that the stock is about to decline in price. We never know if the director just needed some money to pay off his daughter's country club wedding, or a trip to Europe, or maybe even his Mistress is blackmailing him! You can pretty much ignore the significance of that sale. But when you see four or five insiders dumping millions of shares in a short time frame, and it isn't just exercise of stock options or automatic planned sales, you need to pay attention. That's the time to consider selling some or all of your shares, or perhaps to sell short. So unless you are a very short term trader, looking for an oversold bounce, I think we need to stay away from CROX for quite awhile. Congratulations to anyone who was smart enough to short the stock the day before the melt down. I tip my hat to you! Now lets take a look at Skechers (SKX):Skechers is an American footwear company, with headquarters in California. They sell a line of shoes, sneakers, boots, and sandals. They even make roller skates. Skechers is not just a Johnny Come Lately style. The company has actually been around since the early 1990s. Gear in the 1980s. Compared to Crocs, Skechers is both a shoe and a stock with a better recent track record (no pun intended). In my opinion, Skechers is far more aesthetic, lovable, maybe even. dare I say. sexy? Heck, even popular young stars like Tori Spelling, Ashlee Simpson and Christina Aguilera have recently appeared in ads for Skechers. The thing you have to admire about Skechers is they not only have their own mall stores, but they also sell their shoes and sneakers in many other retail shoe outlets, department stores like JC Penney, and catalogs such as Chadwick's. This would be like McDonald's selling their own brand of hamburgers at Wendy's, Burger King, and large chain restaurants like Applebees or Ruby Tuesday! SKX bottomed below $17 this past January, but since then the stock had been moving higher, bucking the trend of an economic environment that was disastrous for most retail stocks. From the 16.05 intraday low of January 22nd to the high of $24 on July 23rd, the stock was up almost 50%. Current estimates give a one year target price of $27. All that sounds pretty good. But something wicked this way comes! Last Thursday, Skechers said their second quarter profit fell two percent from $14.9 to $14.6 million from a year ago. Analysts had expected 34 cents per share, but SKX came in at only 32 cents. Additionally, the revenue and forward Q3 guidance were below expectations. The company stated, "While we are satisfied with our performance for the quarter, we are cautiously optimistic about the second half of the year." So as with Crocs, Wall Street traders did what they always do when results disappoint. They took Skechers stock out in the back alley and roughed it up good. The stock gapped down and fell over 19% from Wednesday's close of $23.74 to 19.08 by day's end. Then on Friday it was down another 5.35% to close at 18.06. But easy fellas, let's take a look at some history. SKX bottomed in 2000 at 3.31 a share, and bolted up to over $38 per share by mid 2001! Wow, nice bear market play! However, SKX dropped as low as 5.65 by 2003, before once again making its ascent to current day levels. Comparing the two in the past year, although both stocks are down, SKX has outperformed CROX by about 75%. So it's obvious that right now Skechers is clearly superior to Crocs. 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70 Off Free Shipping Men Nike Free5.0 Hyper Blue Volt Black Blue Tint,Nike Free Run 4.0 Hot Punch Reflect Silver Wolf Grey Women Back to Main MenuWeather HomeToday Forecast5 Day ForecastSchool Event ClosuresBack to Main MenuCrime Safety HomePolice BlotterReported CrimesCity of SyracuseNorth Suburbs Oswego CountyEast Suburbs Madison CountyWest Suburbs Cayuga CountyCNY TrafficBack to Main MenuPhotos HomePhoto EssaysBuy Photo ReprintsYour PhotosBack to Main MenuVideos HomeNews VideosSports VideosHigh School Sports VideosEntertainment VideosLiving VideosSyracuse, NY A feeding frenzy was about to commence. Coaches from the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference wanted DeVante McFarlane to attend their upcoming football camps.The junior running back (6 foot 1, 195 pounds) from Half Hollow Hills High School West on Long Island nipped the courtship in the bud Friday when he announced his intention to play football at Syracuse University in the fall of 2012.definitely excited to be one of New York guys going there to do big things, McFarlane said. talked to Coach (Doug) Marrone and Coach (John) Anselmo, and they want to win with homegrown talent. last month McFarlane was largely unnoticed talent, although Anselmo had been watching him for a while. The player had official offers from only Vanderbilt and Kent State, a situation that was beginning to change dramatically courtesy of an MVP showing at last month Nike Combine at Penn State.was a whole week of 1 on 1 and 7 on 7 drills and conditioning, McFarlane said.Marrone on new hire: "I am 100 percent certain he is the right man for this job"Football team fills three openings on support staffHS coach: SU recruit James Washington 'absolutely the real deal'he gets on the field it hard not to notice him, said Kyle Madden, McFarlane high school coach. is a specimen of an athlete. When they run those measurables (40 yard dash, vertical leap, shuttle runs, long jump, etc.) he just blows up all those stats. believes part of the reason McFarlane failed to receive more Division I attention was the nature of his ability. The coach said McFarlane played running back last season but can also play wide receiver and this season will be the team starting quarterback. On defense he played outside linebacker. In college he may land in the secondary.see him as an NFL safety, Madden said. him back there in cover 2 with his speed and tackling ability and look out. He is a tackling machine, and on offense he is a beast. It will be fun to watch the Syracuse offensive and defensive coaches fight over him. doesn really matter to me, McFarlane said. think they leaning toward defense right now, but it doesn matter. believes McFarlane can easily add 25 pounds to his frame without losing any speed.strength coaches there do an amazing job, he said. till they get a hold of this kid. said McFarlane performance at the Nike Combine prompted the camp invitations from a host of BCS conference schools. The player will likely turn more heads when he competes next month in the national Nike Combine in Oregon, his reward for earning MVP honors at Penn State.It will be too late for a feeding frenzy to commence, though. McFarlane has made his decision. He is the eighth high school senior to be to make an oral commitment to join SU class of 2012. The others are defensive end/linebacker James Washington, defensive end Poncho Barnwell, tight end Joshua Parris, wide receiver Alvin Cornelius, offensive linemen Ben Barrett and Omari Palmer and middle linebacker Myles Davis. Men Nike Free5.0 Hyper Blue Volt Black Blue Tint Disc brakes provide superior braking performance over drum brakes. Four wheel disc brakes were once only available on luxury vehicles and higher end sports. How to Change the Front Rotors on a Ford Taurus The front brake rotors on the Ford Taurus models are the main parts that the brake pads press against to bring the. How to Change Rear Brakes on a 1997 Ford Taurus The Ford Taurus rear brakes use brake shoes, which primarily work with the parking brake. These shoes are installed within cylinders encased. How do I Bleed Rear Disc Brakes in a 1996 Ford Taurus? Ford offered the 1996 Taurus with two wheel front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. After market options allow you to add four wheel disc. Drum brakes work by pushing a pair of pads or "shoes" outwards, against the inside of a drum attached to the wheel.
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