HOW WE MAKE THE BEST OF OUR ROAD TRIPS

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When you’re out with your bike, the road is eternal, the wind is constant and nowhere else do you get a guarantee like that. It is the thrill of the engine revving and the anticipation of the unfolding of some of the most picturesque scenes on the road. As a kid, if you ever tried to go a few miles on your balance bike, you would know that the thrill only multiplies when you have a motorbike to roll.

Road trips are not just about speed but also about the societies you leave behind. The interactions with people remain with you forever and when you look back at what you’ve left behind, you wonder if the world and humanity have ever been so beautiful.

Hit the Road

If you are looking to go out on a road trip on your bike, you need to plan a little and ensure that you make the most of your time on the road. A few tips to aid a great experience are as follows:

  1. Clothing: Focus on lightweight synthetic clothing to make life easier for you. T-shirts and other clothes can be easily washed and dried.
  2. Plastic bags: Something that most people miss out while packing is plastic bags. Zipper-lock plastic bags come in various sizes which can be extremely handy when it comes to packing your items in saddlebags.
  3. Don’t fold: It is better to roll your clothes than to fold them.
  4. Waterproofing: Don’t forget to waterproof your tent if you are carrying one. Similarly, if you’re out in the monsoons, get proper protection for your backpack. Also get a small towel with you to wrap around your neck to avoid water from trickling down your neck.
  5. Center of gravity: Ideally the heaviest stuff should be placed very close to the center of gravity of the bike. The heavier stuff should be placed towards the tank and the other stuff can be evenly distributed at the sides.
  6. If you’re traveling in a group, you can cut down on the weight significantly by simply sharing stuff like a toothpaste or soap.

If You’re Camping

It is always a wonderful feeling to ride with a group on the roads and meet new people on your way. A good way to pack would make life on the road easier for you. Simply travel light! The road is waiting for you!

LOOKING AT THE CROWD THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES

Anyone finding themselves on stage or in the spotlight, want to make a statement and show the crowd the best show of their lives. You want people to not only think about your music, but about your style as well. The costumes you wear on stage, the way your make up and hair was styled, pretty much everything about you, the crowd wants to be entertained with. So, we as a band try to make things a little interesting and sometimes different than usual. One idea we came up with is wearing different contact lenses with every show. This made for great photo shoots and keeps the fans entertained.

Going With Colored Contact Lenses

Eyewear in general has been a popular trend in recent years. Going right along with that trend, colored contact lenses have also become popular. Often used in movies to change the color or look of someone’s eyes, colored lenses have filtered down to the general populace and are sometimes even used by people who don’t need contact lenses. If you do use contact lenses to improve your vision, colored lenses can also improve or alter eye color. If you’re up for a change in this department, vibrant views colored contact lenses offer some of the most extraordinary eye color action out there.

Vibrant Views Contacts

While many companies make colored lenses, not all are created equal. Not all colored contact lenses are meant for actual vision correction and may actually obscure vision rather than improve it. And even if your vision is still all right, the actual color may not be so terrific. Many colored contact lenses do little to enhance or change your eye color. The color may be too dim to even notice. Vibrant views colored contact lenses by Freshlook aim to change all of these downsides. Vibrant views are approved for everyday wear and are corrective contact lenses so they improve the look of your eyes and aid in seeing as well.

Intense Colored Contacts

Vibrant views colored contact lenses are some of the most intense colored contact lenses on the market. Some colored lenses simply enhance the color of your own eyes or add some shimmer to them to make them stand out more. Freshlook has collections along these lines. These new lenses in the Vibrant Views collection, however, do much more than shimmer. Vibrant Views contact lenses stand out in the crowd and are perfect if you want vivid, memorable eye color.

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Try Before You Buy

You don’t have to simply take a chance and buy them either, without knowing if the color will suit you or if you will feel comfortable wearing them. Freshlook is offering a free trial of non prescription colored contact lenses so you can test run a pair without spending a dime. If these colored lenses are for you, visit your personal eye doctor to order vibrant views colored contact lenses in the right prescription strength. You can also check out different vendors and buy contacts online, sometimes at a discount.

Vibrant views colored contact lenses are changing the way we may see colored contacts in the future. Bold and intense, Freshlook is taking the trend of colored contact lenses to a whole new level. Look online or ask your eye doctor to get more information on these new contact lenses.

Going Toward The More Crazy Side Of Contacts

Fashion is often about making a statement and crazy colored contact lenses can certainly do that. If you’re a fashion risk taker or perhaps are attending an event where you want to go all the way with your costume, colored contact lenses can be the perfect addition. We’re not just talking about any colored contact lenses either. Many are designed to blend or just even enhance your own natural eye color. Crazy colored lenses are intended to be noticed. If that’s what you want, crazy lenses are for you.

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Types of Crazy Colored Contact Lenses

So how crazy are crazy colored contact lenses? It all depends on your own imagination and how far you want to take it. From colors not found in eye colors to actual designs, you have a lot of design power in crazy contact lenses. The whole idea of crazy lenses really starts in Hollywood. Movies and bands often use colored or patterned lenses for characters. People often want to mimic those characters or take their own spin on it.

Different Types Of Crazy

These fancy contact lenses were not always easy to get a hold of. They were made primarily for films and were therefore pretty expensive and hard to find. But other companies eventually caught on to the trend and now crazy colored contact lenses are much cheaper and easier to get a hold of. This is especially convenient if you plan to entertain the crowd while on stage with your band or even just to attend a costume or Halloween party.

Some Of The Types

  • Animal eyes and patterns such as cat, jaguar and wolf eyes or even zebra stripes.
  • Patterns and designs such as swirls or smiley faces or spades.
  • Character eyes (including popular movie characters) such as vampire and Gothic styles.
  • Intense colors such as orange and pink.

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Some crazy colored contact lenses are meant to be amusing but many are intended to look a little freaky. Many of the vampire or Gothic contact lenses are movie-worthy, giving a fiery red appearance or a translucent effect, among others. You can even find cosmetic colored contact lenses that completely white out your eyes or black them out, for a truly freakish look. There are many styles to choose from so whether you want to go freaky or just a little different, you have your pick of styles.

Where Do I Find Them?

So where can you find these crazy color contact lenses? Online is a great place to start. If you’re an avid online shopper, many places even accept paypal payments these days to save you some time. Be careful of what company you buy from as well. Remember that these contacts are sitting directly on your eye and can harm them if the contacts don’t fit correctly or are made poorly. It’s recommended that you visit an eye doctor to know what lenses will fit right before buying any. When you do go to buy, only purchase FDA approved contact lenses and protect your eyesight.

So if you’re headed onto stage or off to a costume party and want to add an extra bite to your look, try out some crazy colored contact lenses. From animal patterns to intense colors to vampire looks, you can have a head to toe costume without much trouble. Keep in mind that you are putting these contact lenses on your eyes, so only by FDA approved lenses from a reputable dealer and DO NOT wear them with any type of night vision gear or similar types of gadgets which project enhanced light. The crowd normally doesn’t know what hit them when we get on stage with our crazy looks.

DISTURBIN’ THE PEACE WITH MY NEW NOISEBAG!

It’s no secret that we love our music and we love playing it out loud – which is why we’re on the road all the time playing gigs near you so look out for our ads and come support us! Whenever we play a gig in a new town we make a point of spending some time in town, meeting the locals and spreading the word bout our shows. We’ve tried all kinds of promotional ideas to get our music out there including walking the streets with a boom box on the shoulder, playing in parks for free and crashing the local karaoke night!

We recently found a novel upgrade to the concept of walking with a boom box through the streets. The UK based company Noisebags recently launched a new backpack, with a fully integrated music system and calling it Noisebags!

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Great looking bag – even if it wasn’t for the cool music integration don’t you agree?

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Their boom bag can be connected to any iPhone, iPod, MP3 and MP4 player via a 3.5mm audio jack. It incorporates an amplifier that needs 4 AA batteries. These are great looking bags with the speakers and music controls integrated into the shoulder straps.

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The speakers and controls are integrated into the shoulder-straps – easy to reach and obscured to let rip with some great beats.

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Small but effective little amplifier runs on 4 AA batteries. Remember to buy rechargeables!

This is one of the coolest pieces of kit I’ve bought in a while from a great company what used tag-lines like: “Forget earphones. Play it out loud!” – and we completely agree! The bags come in some funky colors like Uni Pink, True Blue and the awesome Nuclear Orange. Our personal favorite the Cam O however takes it queue from modern military backpacks with a good looking and hip camouflage motive.If you’re in the market for a new backpack and you love music, take a look at these packs, very affordable, well-made and worth every penny!

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TAKE YOUR SURROUND SOUND FOR A SPIN WHILE TRAVELLING

imagesTravelling long distances on the road becomes one of the biggest parts of a band’s life. The fun and excitement of performing in front of big crowds are the reason why you bite the travelling bullet, but it sometimes takes it’s toll. Travelling long distances can get very frustrating and tiring, especially when you are travelling on land as it takes you even longer to reach your destination. Entertainment on the road is the most important thing and what better entertainment is there for a band than surround sound music. Like they say, “time flies when you’re having fun”.

Add Some Audio To Your Car

Before deciding what sound would be best in your vehicle used for you long distance travelling, it may be beneficial to read through numerous car stereo reviews. In travelling times, where you spend a large portion of your life on the road and in traffic, music and radio can undoubtedly ease the tension of this sometimes horrifying activity. Long road trips would also not be the same if they were not accompanied by a beautiful self-selected soundtrack. It is therefore vital to put some thought into your choice of system, as it will be with you through some very stressful and highly memorable times. It is always a good idea to ask a professional for their advice before deciding on what to buy. But this is not the only route you can take. Luckily, there are many car stereo reviews available both online and in magazines, which will definitely aid you in your choice.

Look At The Online Reviews

If you are having a look at an online review, it is important to identify what the writer’s objective is. Is the article just trying to sell you a product? If this is the case, you will obviously get a rather biased opinion on the system. Is it an expert’s opinion? Although it is always good to get an expert’s point of view, it also can be a good idea to see what the man on the street has to say about their experience with the product.

Audio Installation

The next step to look at with regards to your purchase are what exactly your options in installing your system. Factory-installed systems will definitely be reliable and produce good output. However, many audio enthusiasts prefer to tailor-make their system to their specific desires. There are a lot of fun extras that can be added to your vehicle’s audio system. While all the conventional aspects, such as the perfect speakers and amplifiers, will ensure the quality of your sound, some other exciting features have been added to some models. Some even come complete with Bluetooth wireless. This will ensure a safer driving experience, as you will now have a hands-free kit for your cell phone.

Some Of The Features

Valor has introduced a state of the art product to the market. The SD 906W offers a rather impressive list of features. Format is no problem for this machine. You can play audio CDs, DVDs, as well as discs which have MP3 and WMA files stored on them. An iPod can be plugged into the system so that you can enjoy your favorite music on your new car speakers. Also, it comes complete with Bluetooth. All of this can be conveniently operated from the retractable touch screen. In many car stereo reviews, this product has been praised for its quality and ingenuity.

Sony has always been a leader in providing sound to homes and vehicles alike. They have also stepped up to the plate in terms of offering consumers equipment with Bluetooth capabilities, as well as maintaining the quality that is synonymous with the brand name.

Whether you are an all-out audio enthusiast, or a band travelling long distances on the road, some thought should be given as to what product will suit your needs and make your trip worth while. With the amount of car stereo reviews available, you can empower yourself as a consumer to make the choice that it right for you. After all, you want to stay entertained on the road, so make it count.

MUSIC AND ME

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. I recently found out that these words by Berthold Auerbach are bang on target. I often travel a lot. Traveling to work and back and traveling on weekends for visual delights, I have always been an out-going person. The surprising part is that never have I felt the importance of music while traveling so intensely. After having lost my wireless Bluetooth speakers on one of my travels, I was left with no music at all. This was when I felt a void and realized that I could not live without music, especially when out.

Jazz-MusicWith this experience done, I thought to myself if I was a music addict. I was. At the risk of stating an oxymoron, I went on to read about how music is a good addiction. I would like to share with you the points I believe we all music addicts can related to:

Artists Ahoy: If you have an artistic nature, ambient music can help you improve creativity. Scientific research proves that a moderate noise level helps your brain generate fresh ideas. Ambient noise helps eliminate easy processing of information. Apparently, struggling to process things around us and trying to overcome a difficulty improves creativity.

Music Improves Visual Attention: If your favorite songs are among some specific genres of music, it can help you improve visual attention. Classical music was found to improve visual attention when studied with stroke patients as subjects. So when you feel like cutting off from the world when out in the city, simply get out your pair of best outdoor speakers. Focusing on the things you like the most – city lights, running traffic, buildings, parks, gardens, forests or absolutely everything under the sun, helps you think creatively as you notice things better than you normally would. Music helps you focus. Some genres that help improve visual attention are- Blues,Jazz, Ambient, Classical and Reggae.

Conversations: They say that once you share a cigarette butt with someone, you share a healthy friendship with them. Same goes with music. You share the same taste in music with someone and you are bound to be friends. You have the most wonderful conversations with people who share the same love for music as you do. Icing on the cake is when their favorites are yours as well. A recent research also showed that people who listen to slow music are much better at presentations and interactive orations.

While this helped me understand why I missed my music, I also came across a very interesting piece of information which absolutely amused me. You can get to know about a person’s personality by getting to know their favorite genre. Here’s the classification –

  1. Blues and jazz: People who love to listen to Blues or jazz or both are mostly creative, have high self esteem, are polite and gentle and are outgoing.
  2. Rap fans are very social, outgoing and mostly have a childish charm to them.
  3. Country music lovers are hardworking and outgoing.
  4. Rock/heavy metal fans have been found to have low self esteem, not hardworking, not outgoing and gentle. (I highly doubt it)
  5. Reggae fans are creative, hardworking, gentle outgoing and at ease.

It doesn’t matter if you believe it or not but then getting to know these things is simply a living example of how music can be a good addiction.

RELAX AND HANG LIKE A BAT

a band, we spend a lot of hours on a bus, in cars, on planes and trains. Simply put, we travel a lot and to be honest we actually slouch around quite a bit between gigs as well. We’ve had to find constructive ways to keep ourselves in shape and take care of our bodies (when we’re not nourishing it with frosty adult beverages!) while on the road. Regular exercise and yoga has been a favorite for a long time abut recently we actually bought a inversion table which we take with us wherever we can. this actually started with Jennifer (our bass guitar player) buying a pair of inversion shoes and hanging from the doors in or hotels like a bat on a regular basis!

Ironman Gravity 4000It didn’t take long before we all got pretty hooked on the therapeutic effcts of hanging upside down. We got an Ironman Gravity 4000 inversion table and simply love our our new toy! Here are some things we’ve learned about these nifty devices.

Inversion table exercises are characterized by moderate forms of stretching to strengthen the body’s core muscles. Stronger and flexible muscles are less vulnerable to injuries and strains that can aggravate neck and back pains. Building up your muscles also improves posture. In addition, inversion table exercises boost a healthy person’s level of fitness and prevent stress from forming up in the joints and muscles. There are as always pros and cons though.

In preparing yourself for inversion table exercises, make sure that your table is locked before proceeding with your routine. It is also important to follow the instructions carefully since one wrong move can have negative effects on your muscles. In addition, begin with small, easy steps to allow your body to adjust. Remember to not attempt starting another form of exercise until you are completely comfortable with your current routine. Gentle stretching movements are initially done to warm up your body. Normally, you extend your arms over your head, carefully extending your body into full stretch. After that, attempt to slightly arch your back. Do it on one side of your body, and then repeat the stretch on the body’s other side. As you become comfortable with the simple movements, you may begin with the advanced and more complicated inversion exercises like sit-ups, crunches, back extensions, and squats.

It’s good for the Spine

When doing the exercises, can inversion tables decompress the spine? Clinical studies of inversion tables published in reputable medical journals have confirmed that inversion can decompress the spine and can bring relief to back pains, leg pains, and sciatica. Hanging upside down can take off the pressure of the discs in your spine, which in turn relieves pain in the back. If you are suffering from these pains, in time, you will be able to work up to doing your stretching routines to strengthen your back, stomach, and legs.

As a beginner, remember to tilt the inversion table at 20 – 30 degrees angle only. Then start doing your regular routines. As you become more comfortable with the position, adjust your tilt until you can invert at 90 degrees, otherwise known as the expert level.

Herniated Discs

For patients with herniated disc pain, inversion therapy allows gravity to help align the body naturally. Since herniated disc is a result of excess pressure, removing this pressure from the disc is a good start to solving the problem. Exercises and therapies on the inversion table are proven methods to alleviate pressure using gravity to decompress the spinal disc. Moreover, inversion exercises stimulate blood circulation to the damaged disc, thus promoting faster healing.

Inversion table exercises are performed by thousands of people to help them relieve the pressure from their back. Inversion table alone can help users relieve themselves from back pain temporarily. In conjunction with an exercise program, patients can extend and improve on the benefits of using the inversion table. For maximum security, use a spotter while using the table. This can help avoid the risk of possible accidents if you experience a medical emergency while suspended upside down.

For more information about inversion tables visit InversionGuide.com and JanesFitness.com