Create Your 72-Hour Emergency Home Kit While Decluttering

Create Your 72-Hour Emergency Home Kit While Decluttering

Emergencies are by definition a set of unforeseen circumstances, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare for a home emergency now while you have some free time to think things over. That’s especially true for home emergencies, as there’s risk to your family and property and so you need to be ready. A 72-hour emergency kit is a good precaution, as this kit can get your family going for up to 3 days even without power or any help from others.

The good news is that it won’t have to cost you all that much to gather the supplies you need for your kit. You can get these supplies from the knickknacks you gather during one of your decluttering projects. So be mindful of any items that can go to your kit instead of your trash can when you’re preparing for a garage sale or doing your spring cleaning.

Items You’re Likely to Find While Decluttering

When you’re going through every nook and cranny of your home and garage to get rid of stuff you don’t need, be on the lookout for the following items.

  • An additional pair of glasses or contact lenses, even if they’re old prescriptions
  • Batteries for the flashlight
  • Bleach, which you can make into disinfectant when you mix 1 part bleach to 9 parts water
  • Can opener
  • Canned goods, dry goods, and other non-perishable food items that may just be taking up cupboard space, enough for 3 days
  • Diapers and formulas if you have a baby
  • Duct tape
  • Extra cell phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Matches
  • Medications enough for at least 3 days
  • Personal items like books, toys, coffee, or anything else that helps particular members of the family feel more comfortable
  • Pet food and water if you have a pet
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Solar powered battery for a phone
  • Spare clothing, or at least a complete outfit from the bunch of clothes you plan to give away to charity
  • Tweezers
  • Whistle
  • Wrench

Just find an empty plastic bin or a duffle bag that no one has used for some time, and fill them up with these items. If you don’t find the item while you’re decluttering, include them on the list of things you have to buy.

Things You May Have to Buy

These are the other items that you’re less likely to find during spring cleaning, so you will have to buy them instead.

  • Additional first aid kit, which is separate from your regular home first aid kit
  • Cash, as card systems, may not work perfectly during a local emergency
  • Dust mask
  • Hand-cranked or battery-powered radio
  • Mylar thermal blankets
  • Safe baby wipes or extra-moist towelettes
  • Sealed cans, bottles, or boxes of water (not the water from the tap that you fill your water containers with) that are enough for everyone for 3 days
  • Waterproof local maps

Once you’ve completed your emergency kit, store it where it’s both safe and easily accessible. With this, you have a better chance of going through an emergency safely and comfortably.

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Newbie’s Guide to the LA Subway

Newbie’s Guide to the LA Subway

Everyone knows that you need a car in LA if you want to get anywhere. Unfortunately, that kind of widely held belief that resulted in the legendary LA traffic. If you want to get to your meetings on time in LA, then sooner or later you will have to park your car and get on the LA metro.

So how do you go about it? Here are the steps you need to take.

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Plot Your Journey from Point A to Point B

This means to figure out where you are, figure out where you’re going, and figure out how you’re getting there. You can use the Metro’s own trip planner, but Google Maps also has built-in LA Metro data.

Make your plans, though you may be surprised at how the estimated times of getting from one location to another is somewhat (or in some cases considerably) longer than when you go by car.

If you’re driving to your starting Metro point, make sure that the station you’re going to has parking on-site.

Paying for Your Fare

Paying for your metro ride is done through your TAP card, which you can obtain from the vending machines in the metro station. If you’re not sure about buying them on-site, you can also opt to buy them online so you can have it with you when you get to the metro. This TAP card will have to be activated and loaded up, but it’s acceptable for up to 24 different transit agencies in the area. It’s not just for the LA subway.

Every one-way local trip will cost $1.75 no matter what. It’s doesn’t matter where you get on and off, nor is the time of day relevant. It will always be $1.75 unless you go for Express and Silver Line bus trips. Those will cost you $2.50 per ride.

Getting on the Subway

So you’ve reached the metro station you need to start with and you have your TAP card with you. Just get on the platform, and mind the warning in yellow regarding how you need to STAY BEHIND YELLOW LINE. Once your ride arrives, get in and find a seat of there’s an available one.

Above you, you have maps that help you keep track of when your stop is coming. So just stand or sit there in comfort, knowing that you won’t have traffic to deal with. You can also just ask other people who may be experienced riders if you have questions regarding the LA metro. Just be polite, okay? In general, if you’re polite then other people will reciprocate with friendly advice so you can learn the ropes quickly enough.

If you’re prone to boredom, then you can always fiddle with your smartphone to pass the time. It’s safer to do this on the subway than when you’re driving, right? Some people also bring books and magazines to pass the time, though in some cases it’s meant to discourage conversations with other people.

Once you reach your stop, get off. That’s basically it!

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How California’s MedMen Is a Leader In The Legal Marijuana Gold Rush

Will MedMen Become The Starbucks of Weed

A quick look at the growing legal cannabis trade through the rapid expansion of MedMen.

It has been said before that legalizing a lot of banned things can lead to progress. Marijuana certainly proved this theory to be true. Legalizing cannabis didn’t just make an alternative treatment to certain diseases more accessible, but it also created a booming industry.

Studies show that spending on legal cannabis can grows up to $57 billion by 2027. However, the numbers that MedMen, the leading cannabis company in the US, has been sharing are also excellent proof that the industry is highly promising.

While there have been a few snags along the way, it will be hard to deny that the legal cannabis trade is booming. Just recently, MedMen made the largest cannabis acquisition in history. Granted, there aren’t a lot of previous transactions of the sort, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that the numbers involved are astonishing.

The company has also been recently listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange. This helped them raise about $110 million. It’s lower than their goal but it’s still a promising figure that signals potential growth.

A lot of market experts also note that MedMen stocks should be watched. They said that its major acquisition is a solid move for the business to establish itself. It’s also said that this is practically the birth of the industry and it will be hard to deny this.

With all of the milestones that MedMen has been reaching, more and more people are already feeling the change and developments such achievements can bring. One of this is how such a large acquisition can affect the distribution of medical marijuana. It can make these once-banned products easier to acquire which can definitely change how people consume the substance.

Who is MedMen?

Before we go into the implications of MedMen’s explosive growth, you might be wondering just how this business became the biggest name in the legal weed trade. Who is MedMen exactly and how did they get so big?

The company started out about nine years ago when the ‘California Ganja Gold Rush’ started. Its founders, Adam Bierman, and Andrew Modlin saw the potential in the trade so they decided to dive in. Over the years, it has seriously grown so much that they were able to open a 45,000-square foot greenhouse and manufacturing facility, hire over 800 employees, and operate 14 retail stores in various states.

They have also just recently started building another manufacturing facility of the same size as their first one. They’re expecting it to start operating in 2019 to better supply the 66 additional retail stores that they are now licensed to operate. They still have 13 more cultivation licenses, though, so the future of the company is very bright.

MedMen is also noted for being the first business to acquire state license for a cannabis business in the city of L.A. They were definitely lucky enough to already be in operation when the recreational use of weed became legal.

Note, however, that MedMen is not just a business for recreational or medical pot. According to the founders, they’re in the wellness trade. In fact, when you visit their stores, they don’t classify their products according to the two aforementioned categories. They categorize their products according to seven states of being that their consumers might want to get to (activity, happiness, fluidity, enlightenment, balance, rest, and wellness) instead.

Another notable thing about MedMen is its overall retail concept. First off, its stores are found in iconic locations like Beverly Hills, the Las Vegas Strip, Venice Beach, and Fifth Avenue, New York. This says a lot about what brand they’re going for.

The stores in itself are worth checking out. They can offer a unique experience with their noteworthy product display and store design.

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‘Mainstreaming Marijuana’

Speaking of its retail stores, MedMen’s locations are the best clues as to where the company intends to lead the industry. According to them, they wish to take marijuana to the mainstream and they intend to do that by changing how people perceive the substance.

What the brand wants to do is to introduce the substance to more recreational users. They wish to offer it as an alternative to a glass of wine or a few tablets of Xanax as a way for people to relax and unwind after a long week.

They’re not just about catering to their established ‘stoner’ clientele but want to expand their market beyond their target audience. This is why they promote a more modern approach to weed consumption. They want to make people understand that the substance offers more than what the stoner films of old can bring.

To achieve this, they make it a point to feature edibles and vaping pens, among many others. They offer about 1000 products in store and a lot of them are patented and will provide consumers with new ways to enjoy cannabis.

With this, alongside their retail stores’ eventual growth in numbers, MedMen hopes to entice the mainstream to give cannabis a try. By making the process of acquiring the substance feel normal, casual, and nonchalant, just like how people routinely grab their coffee, they might just be able to expand their business’ reach.

In a way, you can also look at MedMen as a brand that “gentrifies” your cannabis consumption. If back in the day, people had to meet up with sleazy folks or visit dingy and rundown establishments to get their fix, there’s no more need to do that anymore with MedMen around.

This is why it’s so easy to compare it with the rise of coffee consumption in the past decade. If most folks mostly only consumed stale coffee grounds or old diner coffee, Starbucks changed that and made the whole activity a trendy thing to do. As laws on cannabis consumption loosen up a bit around the US, MedMen hopes to do the same thing for weed.

When you look at the bigger picture, recreating what Starbucks did is a very good goal. Ambitious, but at the rate that MedMen is going, it might not be impossible to do. If only more states follow suit in loosening their laws on cannabis use, this industry might just lend a hand to local economies.

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9 Great Places to Visit Near the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

9 Great Places to Visit Near the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

You may not know this, but there are actually several excellent places to visit right near LAX. So these may be the places you may want to visit right away when you arrive. Or perhaps, you can visit these locations for one last enjoyable LA adventure before you leave.

1. In-N-Out Burger

You’ve probably heard about the legendary In-N-Out Burger and how it’s the best fast-food burger in the world. If you’ve come from one of those locations where there’s no In-N-Out Burger, then you should just head on out to the In-N-Out Burger near the airport even before you get to your hotel. Why wait?

Location: 9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

2. Automobile Driving Museum

Are you a fan of vintage cars? If your rental has you wondering about what kind of car you should be riding, then you can detour to the Automobile Driving Museum for a quick look-see of about 130 classic and vintage cars. On Sundays from 10AM to 3:30PM, 3 different vintage cars are even available for rides.

Location: 610 Lairport St, El Segundo, CA 90245

3. Manhattan Beach Pier

Did you just get to LA to enjoy the beach? Once you arrive at LAX, just get a cab and head on out to the Manhattan Beach Pier. It’s only a 10-minute ride. To see as much as you can, you can rent a bike for $10 an hour.

Location: Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

4. Dockweiler State Beach

Obviously, you have more than one option in LA if you’re into beaches. Dockweiler is only 7 minutes from the airport, and it’s a free beach with 3 miles of shore, a picnic area, and a concession stand.

Location: 12001 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

5. Santa Monica Place

Maybe you’re in LA because you’re in need of some retail therapy. You can take care of that itch to shop with a visit to Santa Monica Place, which has just been recently renovated. It’s only a 20-minute trip from the airport, and you get to enjoy luxury shops and fine dining right after your LA arrival.

Location: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

6. Abbot Kinney

Here’s another place to shop near the airport. It’s quite a unique area, with many local designers and artists combining current fashion with classic vintage style. Go here for distinctive clothes, jewelry, and furniture.

7. Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

After a while, the urban LA setting may have you wishing for the joys of nature. You and your family can enjoy that immediately by visiting the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, which is less than 10 miles from LAX. With 5 miles of hiking trails and lots of scenic views, it’s a great place for an outdoor picnic.

Location: 4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056

8. Venice Beach

Sometimes it’s simply fun to just watch the people, who may be a lot different if you come from out of state. Try the Venice Boardwalk, and you’ll encounter people unique even to fellow Californians. Creatives like to flock here, and you can have your portrait taken by artists while palm readers take a look at your future.

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9. Westchester Golf Course

Perhaps you want one final round of golf before you head out. Try it here at Westchester, which is open until 10PM.

Location: 6900 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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