Where can I find my favorite slot machine, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”?

The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Slot machine is a Marilyn Monroe reel machine introduced by IGT.

Here is a description from the World Casino Index:

The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes slot machine is a tribute to the classic 1953 movie featuring the late great Marilyn Monroe. The CrystalDual+ Stepper cabinet is a slot machine with beautiful bright lights, traditional reels and a glowing knob on the handle. This slot machine is easy to spot in the casino with its tall cabinet and bright pink lights. The actual game offer improved celebration features for the modern casino guest. Some technical features include synced lighting and sound and USB chargers for mobile devices.

This 3×3 reel slot machine is available as a single line game or seven line game. The single line slot machine comes in the $1 denomination with a three-credit maximum bet. The seven-line version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the quarter slot machine with a 5x multiplier.

The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Slot Machine:

At this time, IGT has not licensed the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Slot machine for on-line gaming; you will need to find a physical casino that has one on it’s gaming floor.

How to find a specific Slot Machine:

Most casinos have a “Slot Finder” tool on their website, or list all the available slot machines they currently have in operation. Some of the larger casino websites have location maps so you can find them easier.

Since all Casino’s change up their mix of machines, it is always a good idea to ask the slot attendant if they know of the machine you are looking for. If the casino does not have a slot finder, you can call the casino directly and ask if they have that machine on the floor.

Marilyn Monroe is popular in casinos – This is a colorized Silver Strike casino token from the Four Queens casino in Vegas.

Marilyn Monroe casino coins, silver strikes, and more on Ebay

Marilyn Monroe coins and collectibles on Amazon

I hope you find this machine in your local casino!

Best of Luck in and out of the Casino’s!

 

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What kind of driver should I use when golfing, especially for long drives?

Everybody has a different swing in golf. Go to your pro shop or golf shop at the driving range, and try several different drivers. Ask the pro to help you select a club, and get lessons on increasing your drives.

The technology in golf clubs keeps changing. Shaft flex, club head design, grip patterns, and more are giving golfers more forgiving swings and greater range.

Some stores (Dicks sporting goods, Golf galaxy, etc.) have indoor golf simulators, so you can try out a new driver at the shop.  Or you can buy a driver on Amazon or Ebay, where you can save a bit of money.

But you still need to find the club that works best for you. (regardless of your brand preference).

How to drive the golf ball as far as you possibly can, by Ian Hardie, On Amazon

 

And, as the Bridgestone people showed me, the golf balls you use will make a difference too. If your main goal is a long drive, find the ball that gives you more distance. I mention Bridgestone here because they set up at courses and driving ranges, using technology to demonstrate how their different balls affect your play. I prefer a softer ball now.

Bridgestone e6 Soft Golf Balls - 2 Dozen

Bridgestone e6 Soft Golf Balls – 2 Dozen, from Amazon

Golf Balls on Ebay

It’s also a good idea to have an exercise routine for your golf game,  to condition your body for those long hard swings, and reduce fatigue.  Spending 3-4 hours golfing is hard on the body, and you need to be in-shape.  Pro golfers tend to make it look easy – but they are working hard.

Hand Strengtheners, available on Amazon

Golf Swing Trainers, available on Ebay

Use your regular driver and balls as the baseline for your search, and take notes (use a notebook) to record each clubs drive distance, accuracy, and feel.

Best of luck – hit ’em straight and LONG!

(And let me know how you did, and if my advice helped you)!

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How do you calculate the best home mortgage for you?

Mortgages can be tricky – Remember that you have the final decision, not the “mortgage originator” (who works for the bank).  Talk to your accountant and lawyer, and educate yourself on the different types of mortgages that are available.
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Sometimes there are special programs through the government agencies that you qualify for as well.  Keep in mind that people are frequently told to “get as much mortgage they can qualify for” – and that may last 30 years, but they may go through job loss, illness, or other situations that have to be considered – especially before you sign off on a large monthly payment!
Keep in mind that getting a mortgage is purchasing MONEY to buy a home – Like any major purchase you must be sharp and find the best deal.  FHA rules change all the time too, so always double check with a second lender if your primary one can’t get you the loan you need.
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Familiarize yourself with “how much mortgage you can afford/need”, mortgage calculators, and interest rates.  Learn the “Lingo” and you will be able to understand the things your mortgage consultant is telling you.  And make sure you understand all the requirements;  lenders ask for a lot of verification (pay stubs, bank records, etc.).
Here’s hoping the mortgage you buy has a wonderful home attached to it!

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The Cozy Coupe – Best Selling car!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, Justice at the wheel

A classic toy car is being inducted into an auto museum in Cleveland – and it outsold every other car in the U.S. in 2008.

The Cozy Coupe, a plastic cherry-red sports car, allows toddlers to sit on a bench-style seat and poke their legs through to the ground. When they start walking, the car begins to go.

On Saturday, it will take its place next to historically significant automobiles at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.

The Cozy Coupe sold 457,000 units in 2008, topping the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. In the ’90s, it outsold both the Accord and Ford Taurus.

It would land in the top-20 best-selling models of all time, if considered, having sold more than 10 million units in its 30-year history.

The museum will house one of the first Cozy Coupes to come off the production line in 1979.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car – from Amazon, or your neighbors freecycle pile!

The Cozy Coupe is made by The Little Tikes Co. in Hudson, Ohio. The proud owner of this model is Justice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Thank you for reading!

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Home Depot can’t copy a car key with a chip – WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Home Depot copies most common household keys (Kwikset, Schlage, etc.), but not programmable chip car keys.

All is not lost!  Car keys with a chip have to be programmed by a machine.  The car dealers do it, and some locksmiths do as well.  Some Sears stores have a key kiosk in their parking lots that do it while you wait.

When you go to a dealer, they usually refuse to guarantee any key they did not sell you (usually at full retail, plus the “programming fee”).  While this is a necessary theft deterrent, it is wretchedly expensive.   There are deals on craigslist and from locksmiths if you shop around – the savings can be significant, so it can be worthwhile!

This blog explains why car keys cost so much to program – from the locksmith point of view.

You can buy the blank, unprogrammed keys on Ebay or Amazon.  Make sure you get the right one for your make and model of car.  Also check your keychain remote, if it is worn or has issues, you can replace and reprogram it at the same time.  (personal note;  mine had the ink worn off the buttons, and the case was worn – so I got a new fob, and moved the battery and circuit board from the old one into the new one.  no reprogramming, and it works like new)!

If you want to reprogram the key  yourself:

You can buy a car key programmer like this one from Amazon for about $100

The programming tool may cost as much as programming the key at the dealer; if this is the case – and you have a few cars in the family fleet – It may pay to get the tool and keep it around.  You will have to learn how it works, and successfully program the key, but the savings on the second key (and every one after that) will make up the cost in a short order.

Most cars today come with two keys and a valet key.  The Valet key does not open the trunk or the glove box, to keep items safe when you have your car parked by an attendant.  If you have only one key, keep this article handy!

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Where do I find info about slot machines?

Slot machines, to me, are lots of fun!  Here are some tips about getting the most info from your slot machines – play as you learn.

I get a lot of good information from Casino City Times – Gaming Gurus  – Frank Scoblette is a good source of information on Slots.  I also Like Casino Gambling Strategy – Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Slots, Video Poker – from VegasTripping.com.

One of the hardest disciplines to learn is managing your bankroll, or gambling money.  I would recommend that you learn to be a session gambler. Divide your bankroll into smaller piles.  For example, take a one hundred dollar bill and divide it into 5 $20 dollar sessions.  When you play a machine, only put in one $20 bill, (or one session).  when the $20 is consumed, your session has ended, and you make the decision to switch machines or start a new session.  If you jackpot, cash-out and end that session – put that money in your back pocket, for later.  If you blow all 5 sessions, hang it up – take a break, and see what else you can do at the casino!

Smart Slot Strategies: A mathematical approach to winning slot machine strategies

Don’t be afraid to take a few minutes and review the paytables on the machines;  paytables have a significant impact on your potential winnings.  Progressive slot machines (where a bank of slots contribute to the pool of prize money) usually require a Maximum Bet to get the big prize.  You can bet less, but that means if you roll the winning combination – you may get a small payout or NOTHING.  Other machines may have graduated payouts regardless of your bet; so if you are playing small wagers to extend your play time at the machine, seek out these machines so you don’t miss any winning opportunities!

Keep an eye on the slot machines maximum bet – usually expressed in credits;  wagering 500 credits on a penny machine is $5.00 for that spin of the reels! If your session is $20, that is only 4 spins – if your session is $100, then you have 20 spins.  More spins mean more opportunity to win (or lose).  Many hard core slot machine players feel you have to wager $200 – $300 on a machine, in order to get any significant winnings.  Decide in advance what your gambling budget is, and space it over your time in the casino – then you have an idea what you are willing to spend on gaming, and can strategize the most practical way to meter your wagering.

If you bump into a slot attendant, they may have a “hot sheet” of machines that have the larger payouts on the floor.  Not all casinos distribute or publish this information, and it usually just tells you which machines are played the most, which is why they have the bigger payouts.

 

The Mathematics of Slots: Configurations, Combinations, Probabilities

These books can be very helpful.  Read all you can.  Now that slots are mostly electronic, the math and “gambler psychology” play into how the machines work.  Pay attention to paytables, progressives, and the type of machine you are playing!

 

Best of luck in and out of the casino’s,  -Alan

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What is the best way to invest $2000?

Let me ask you a question –
Is this money you don’t anticipate needing, or do you want to invest in a business or stocks?
A business or stock investment is a long term cost, and the money will (hopefully) appreciate over time.   If you need it right away, it may not be liquid enough to pay some bills, as an example.
If you are concerned about liquidity, consider buying a CD (certificate of Deposit) which you can roll over every 90 days or withdraw.  If you want to invest, you have decisions to make; Do you want to pick stocks or take a long term view with 1 or more ETF’s/funds/individual stocks?  Will this be in a retirement account or regular trading account?


Are there things besides the stock market to invest in, that may appreciate? -Yes.
Some Artwork (looks good and may be sold profitably at a later date)
Coin collections (silver or gold, they have smelt and collectible value)
Almost anything collectible that retains value (Lionel trains?)
You could consider putting $1500 in the stock market, and invest the rest in (as an example) Silver Eagle Coins, which can be purchased on Amazon or eBay.


That is what I would do – Invest smartly, make sure you think it through, and enjoy any future Picasso you may buy.  

The Experts Guide to Collecting & Investing in Rare Coins – From Amazon

COLLECTING AUTOGRAPHS -Amazon

Consider talking about this investment with your accountant and/or your lawyer.  They may have some ideas too.

Another thought – If you invest in the stock market, look at securities you can buy in the $5 to $10 range.  Unless you have a lot of confidence, investing $1500 in two shares of Google might be risky… Buy one share of Google and 100 shares of a different stock pick.  (as an example)

Disclaimer – I am not a professional financial adviser, so invest accordingly and consult friends, advisers, and people whose opinions you trust. I do own Google stock and lots of others; I collect specific coins, Silver Strike Casino Tokens, and souvenir pencil sharpeners.  It works for me, your results will be different. -Alan

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What is the worst coffee shop in Hawaii?

This is a very subjective question, worthy of reflection and ACTION.

Hawaii is the source of legendary Kona Coffee, grown in the rich volcanic soil in Hawaii.  Since I have not, to my detriment, been to many coffee shops in the great state of Hawaii, I believe a field expedition is needed.  NOTE:  The coffee shop above is not nominated or reflective of bad coffee.  I just used their picture.

My goal would be to define “Coffee Shop”, and review as many as possible (being my usual honest and reflective self).

11 Days In Kona: Coffee Travel

11 Days In Kona: Coffee Travel, from Amazon Books

The first series of reviews to be published would be Coffee shops where that is their primary business, not diners or restaurants that serve coffee.
In addition, we would seek out the “Best of the Worst”, serving the most wretched brew that can be served without the health department condemning the business.

I propose we get a kick-starter campaign, or Go fund me, and have a dedicated field expedition to each island and review coffee shops, perhaps 10 a day, focusing on the candidate for the “worst” shop. Part of the money raised can go to the shop for improvements, a website to promote our on-going research, a donation to charity, and supporting the research team.

I would be honored to lead the team in such an endeavor, and if 100 Quorans and interested readers contact me with their desire to fund and participate, I will build the initial website, start the funding effort, and promote the quest!
Fear not, my Hawaiian brethren, we shall (when funded) find the best of the worst!

“A pau e pono ai ka ke aloha a me ke kope”
(Translation from the Hawaiian: “All you need is love and coffee”)
Mahalo.

Kona Coffee, 100% Pure, Ground, Gourmet Roast 7 Ounce Bag by Mulvadi CorporationHawallan Gold Kona Blend Coffee, 2 PoundFarm-fresh: 100% Kona Coffee, Medium Roast, Whole Beans, 1 Lb

Wonderful Kona Coffee, from Amazon

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How to buy a car online and not get burned!

Buying a car requires effort and research.
Sometimes it is better to find a dealer for the car you want, or you can do a Google search for cars – Locally or nationwide. Collectable cars are even more difficult to hunt down, depending on whether you want one already restored or not.
50 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Car: How to Get a Great Car Instead of a Lemon
If you are in the automobile business, wholesale auction houses do a lot of sales online, and there are opportunities to make good buys.  A Guide to Buying Vehicles at Auction – Successfully!: Top 20 Tips, Amazon Kindle book.

The most difficult part of buying a car is choosing the make and model (or type) of car you want.  Once you know what car you want, (or even type of car: sedan, pickup, etc.) the rest of the search becomes easier.

Make sure you factor mileage, condition, vehicle history, and any disclosed issues with the car before you make that buy decision.  Have your mechanic or a “go-to” friend you can talk to about the car you are looking at. This can  validate your thinking and get suggestions on the best options for you, or help you realize which car is best, based on your needs.

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Picture of happy car buyer; Image from Clercscar, via google search

Remember to get your car checked out by a mechanic before you take possession, and review the CarFax or maintenance records. It can save you a lot of aggravation!

If the car is not in your local area, make sure you factor the cost of shipping, or flying to the car’s location and driving it home on a “shakedown” ride.  Some companies, like Carmax, will bring the car you want to their local dealer for you to test drive before you buy.  They also offer warranties.

These sites are helpful:

American VIN Check (Car history report) – American Vin

Buying a new car can be exciting, as it is one of the larger purchases (in dollars) by most consumers, next to a new home.  I hope you will be careful and make good choices!

Being a “car guy” most of my life, I have bought and sold numerous cars.  I hope that my modest suggestions will help you make a better deal on your next ride!
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Can you trust car companies? which ones?

Car companies are hard to trust.
I have had bad experiences with planned obsolescence, failures due to poor design, dealer behaviors, and paying for repairs covered under “secret warranties”. While I have never owned a Volkswagen, the top-down conspiracy to cheat at the emissions controls demonstrated that the company has had an ingrained culture of deceit that is, to me, unconscionable. And VW is not the only emissions-scamming car company. Fiat, Renault, VW scams will hasten rise of electric car
I currently own a Nissan quest Minivan, and scrupulously avoid the dealer for repairs because of upsells and ludicrously expensive parts. (I just replaced a solenoid, it cost me $15 and 20 minutes of my labor. I was quoted $340). I put in powerstop high-performance brakes because the vehicle is seriously under-braked, most noticeably with a few passengers aboard.
I used to have a Ford van, “Betsy”, which was killed by a Ford Dealer. After a recall repair, I let the dealer change the oil. The highly trained mechanic stripped the oil plug bolt, and put in the wrong size rubber stopper. Most of the oil leaked out in a few hours, and I had to get the right stopper, ruined a blanket with oil so I could get under the truck, add more oil, and pray it was not beyond repair. The dealer was apologetic and told me it was an “old truck”, and tried to sell me a new one. I had to sell Betsy a week later, with an engine rattling on 30 weight oil. I still own Ford Stock, but am not happy with the recalls that just bring you back to the dealer, and the dealers who feel the only way to fix a car is with a new one. This is not unique to Ford, and is a reason why Tesla is not sold through a dealer network. Not all dealers are unscrupulous, look at this example: Calif. dealer won’t sell some Priuses, citing safety concerns – CBS News – I would bring my car to that dealer.
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There are big picture issues here too – Look at Automakers Turn to Climate Deniers in Quest to Lower Fuel Economy Regulations ! The Alliance of Automobile manufacturers is working to roll back mileage and emissions standards. Collectively. I find this as reprehensible as when the CEO’s of the auto industry took their corporate jets to Washington when they were begging congress for financial bailouts. Big Three auto CEOs flew private jets to ask for taxpayer money – CNN.
I have been a despairing consumer of automobiles all my life, and find it hard to trust car manufacturers who appear to have corrupt and unethical practices “hard-wired”into their business model, just to milk more profit off of us consumers, while trying to build “brand loyalty”.
The most promising car manufacturer, in my opinion, is Tesla – a newcomer on the market with a well made product and transparency into the company that we normally do not see in large manufacturers. I am hoping my Nissan can be kept going until I can get a model 3! (Disclaimer: I own Tesla stock). Time will tell with Tesla. But the rest of the Auto Manufacturers? Let’s wait and see.
Focus On: 60 Most Popular Corporate Scandals: Wells Fargo, Enron, Sinking of MV Sewol, Madoff investment Scandal, Volkswagen emissions Scandal, Avon Products, ... Management, Barings Bank, Lucent, etc.
General Motors ignition switch recalls – Wikipedia (10 year story on how not to run your company)
Edit: Take a look at these two pieces on Tesla, highlighting the difficulty in disrupting the current practices in the automobile industry:
How “corrupt” is Tesla? – Quora answers, (I especially enjoyed the one by Kathiravan Jayachandiran)
Being a “car guy” most of my life, I have a lot of optimism that these problems can be replaced with good management and customer focused production.  Thank you for taking the time to read this, and feel free to share your thoughts.
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Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors  Link is to her Wikipedia page.
In my opinion, she is working hard for responsible and positive change at GM.


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