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The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 65 March 2009 
  • Greetings from the editor
  •  by Carol Hall
  • A Better Way to File Taxes 
  • by Michelle Mook
  • Crossword
  •  by Mike Rochelle
  • Storing Food A Better Way 
  • by Michelle Mook
  • FAQs
  •  by Matt Stephens
  • Kids 
  • by Rochelle Helms
  • St Patricks Day
  •  by Tyler Brown
  • DSL For You 
  • by KJ Newby
  • Wordfind
  •  by Ruben Bybee
  • Bike to Work 
  • by Rebecca Sheridan
  • BMI Is A Better Way
  •  by Mike Rochelle
  • Humor 
  • by Victor Luna
  • Picturefind
  •  by BMI Staff
  • Arts and Crafts 
  • by Gena Bybee
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    Greetings from the editor
    by Carol Hall

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    Greetings to all of you! The theme of "The On Ramp" this month is "A Better Way"! The ever-growing resources on the Internet make many tasks much easier than in days past. 

    Things that may have seemed simple before, are even simpler (and more fun) than ever before.  Take for example: painting your living, the Internet cannot do it for you; however it can greatly assist you in picking the colors!  Remember going to the paint store, picking up a handful of color chips....going home and holding them up on the wall, wondering if the color will compliment or clash with your furniture?  Try this instead:   Visualizer
    -Click on Living Room on the top left 
    -Click on a setting that is similar to your living room
    -Simply drag and drop the colors to the walls and furniture until you have the look that is right for you!

    Another simple task made easier by the Internet is finding a phone number for a business.  No need to find the phone book and then look up a category in the yellow pages and then find your listing.  Take a look at goog411.  This is a FREE service by our friends at Google.  You simply dial 1-800-466-4411 on any phone.  A recording will come on and ask what you are looking in what area.  Tell the recording, and it will come back with the listings in that area.  When you hear the one you want, say the number, and the recording says "Connecting" thing you know, the business you wanted is on the line.  I have this number programmed into my cell phone so it is just a button away!


    I hope you find this newsletter enjoyable and informative. I welcome your comments and additions to the newsletter! Please email me at mailto:editor

    by Mike Rochelle

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    Congratulations to Susan B. of Walla Walla, WA for winning the drawing for the February 2009 Crossword! Susan received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!

    Please visit our March 2009 crossword.

    by Matt Stephens

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    Happy March to everyone! I hope this spring finds you with as few issues as seem to have had over the winter. It's been pretty slow around here, with the exception of a server issue here and there. Being slow in the Technical Support Department sure doesn't give me a whole lot to talk about in an FAQ column - CONTINUED

    St Patricks Day
    by Tyler Brown

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    My first thoughts of March are usually pretty dull, until the Irish instincts kick in and I remember the 17th is Saint Patricks Day!   Do you have your green clothing picked out yet?

    March also has the CONTINUED

    by Ruben Bybee

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    Congratulations Marcia R. of Wallowa, OR for winning the drawing for the February 2009 Wordfind! Marcia received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!

    Please visit our March 2009 wordfind.

    BMI Is A Better Way
    by Mike Rochelle

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    There is always a better way to do anything. Unless you have perfected it, you should always be open minded for a better way.

    BMI is always looking at better and more productive options for our customers. We believe there are options for internet service. From CONTINUED

    by BMI Staff

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    Congratulations to Jodie S. of Anaconda, MT for winning the drawing for the February 2009 Picturefind! Jodie received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!

    Please visit our March 2009 picturefind.

    A Better Way to File Taxes
    by Michelle Mook

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    It's time again to file our federal and state income taxes.

    It's a necessary chore that very few enjoy doing, but it doesn't have to involve a dining room table covered in paperwork, adding machines, and pens and pencils.

    You can do your taxes online, file them electronically,...

    Storing Food A Better Way
    by Michelle Mook

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    As the economy continues to worsen, we find ourselves looking for more ways to make ends meet.

    Lately I've been concerned about food wastage. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) calculates that 20 percent of this country's food goes to waste, representing an annual value of about $31 billion in lost reso...

    by Rochelle Helms

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     Let's talk :

    Some people believe the government should censor the internet to make it safer for children. Some people think it should be up to the parent to censor the internet for their children. I found a site that even made a Dec... - CONTINUED

    DSL For You
    by KJ Newby

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    Hi folks! Did you know that BMI offers high speed DSL in your area? Well we do and you may be able to upgrade your existing dialup connection and get into a smooth running DSL connection for a few dollars more than what you are currently paying.

    Just think, fast loading web pages, downloads, music, movies or whatev... - CONTINUED

    Bike to Work
    by Rebecca Sheridan

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    How many of you have made cut backs on the amount of time you spend on the road in your vehicle? Many factors contribute to the fact that people are not spending as much time on the road these days.

    My main focus for this topic will be going green and saving money, while still enjoying the travel you did before. Below you ... - CONTINUED

    by Victor Luna

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    A three year old walked over to a pregnant lady while waiting with his mother in the doctor's office.
    He inquisitively asked the lady, "Why is your stomach so big?"
    She replied, "I'm having a baby."
    With big eyes, he asked, "Is the baby in your stomach?"
    She said, "He sure is."
    Then the little boy, with a puzzled look, asked, "Is it a good baby?"
    She said, "Oh, yes. It's a real good baby."
    With an even more surprised look, he asked "Then why did you eat him?"

    Sue reports for jury duty as ordered, and promptly asks to be excused because she believes she's prejudice.
    "I took one look at those shifty eyes and that cheap polyester suit and I immediately knew that he was guilty as sin."
    "Sit down," says the judge. "That's the prosecuting attorney."

    Did you hear about the blind man that went bunjee jumping?
    "It scared the hell out of the dog."

    Arts and Crafts
    by Gena Bybee

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    A Better Way to buy, sell and trade handmade arts and craft items from artisan shops around the world on the net:  WinkElf - a people's handmade marketplace, made by someone like you.

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