The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 50 December 2007 
INSIDE THIS EDITION
Greetings from The Editor  by Carol Hall Find Santa Contest  by Carol Hall
Do you want to go Mobile  by Scott Larson Crossword  by Tami Rochelle
Edible Potpourri  by Gena Bybee FAQ  by Matt Stephens
Leavenworth  by Mike Rochelle Politically Correct Santa  by Carol Hall
A little Humor  by Carol hall Frustrating Phone Systems  by Carol Hall
Picture Find  by BMI Staff How to organize your life  by Cheryl Hooker
Holiday Wordfind  by Carol hall Christmas Activities  by Carol Hall
Where is the Newsletter  by Rochelle Helms Kudos  by Matt Stephens
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Greetings from The Editor
by Carol Hall


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Greetings to all of you! I wish each of you a very merry and Blessed Christmas season!  My 10 wishes for you:

1.  None of your holiday baking sets off the smoke alarm
2.  The line at the post office is short
3.  Your local mall reserves a parking spot...just for YOU
4.  Your cat doesn't undecorate the tree daily
5.  All your holiday lighting works...and continues to work through January
6.  You made the grade and are on Santa's NICE list
7.  The pine needles from your tree do not plug up the vacuum cleaner
8.  You find all the presents you bought and stashed from last years After Christmas Sales
9.  Your bargain basement scotch tape actually comes off the roll with ease
10.  Most of all...that you, your family and your friends enjoy JOY, PEACE and LOVE together this season...and in the year to come.

I hope you enjoy this month's issue of The On Ramp ...Merry Christmas!

I welcome your comments and additions to the newsletter! Please email me at editor@bmi.net

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Find Santa Contest
by Carol Hall


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BMI's annual "FIND THE SANTA" contest is starting! December 3 through December 23 you can submit your entry once each day.  Your name will be placed in our drawing for 1 of 3 great prizes.  It is not only EASY, but it is FUN!  Here is how it works:

Visit  Atramax.com  and BMI for Business and BMI Homepage
searching through the pages for a picture of Santa's face.  When you find it, simply click on the LIVE CHAT button.  One of our representatives will greet you in the chat window asking you where you found Santa.  Once you disclose his location, you will then be entered in a drawing to win one of 3 great prizes! The drawing will be held December 28, 2007!

Santa will be moving around the BMI website all month  Can YOU find him?

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Do you want to go Mobile
by Scott Larson


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Do You Want to Go Mobile?

How often have you wanted to take your high speed internet connection with you? Have you ever wondered why your connection can't go where you go? With all of the different ways to connect to the internet, some consumers are finding that a Mobile Broadband Connection gives them the mobility and flexibility that other types of connections do not. T

The latest technology in wireless service now uses the cell phone networks to distribute a high speed signal to internet users via EVDO signals. (EVDO is the most recent wireless technology that allows burstable download speeds up to 3.1 megabits per second.)

The signal is received using a small USB modem device that looks remarkably like a USB flash drive. Once the user is in possession of the USB modem, the user can configure any computer (with a working USB port) to work with this device. In other words, your connection is now mobile. It is now possible to drive your RV down the freeway and still stay connected to the internet. Pretty cool, Huh?

The same mobile broadband service that other companies offer on a two year contract for as much as 70 bucks per month can now be ordered from BMI at the low price of 49.99 per month with no term contract.

If mobility is what you need, then pick-up the phone and call BMI. One of our sales representatives would be happy to explain the details on how you can enjoy a mobile broadband connection. You can also get more information by visiting Mobile Broadband Where do YOU want to go today!

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Crossword
by Tami Rochelle


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Congratulations to Dennis and Amy J. of Wright, WY for winning the drawing for the November 2007 Crossword! They received a $25.00 credit on their BMI account! Go To December 2007 crossword now.
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Edible Potpourri
by Gena Bybee


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This year, make some  Edible Christmas Potpourri, a snack mix that not only looks like real potpourri when you put it in a bowl, but that smells like peppermint.

Edible Christmas Potpourri

½ pound white chocolate coating
¾ cup paramount crystals (divided)
3 cups cornflakes
1 bottle oil of almond (divided)
½ pound light green chocolate coating
3 cups Crispix cereal
½ pound dark green chocolate coating
3 cups Raisin Bran cereal
½ pound dark red chocolate coating
3 cups Kix cereal
1 bottle peppermint oil (divided)
½ pound mint-flavored chocolate coating
3 cups broken stick pretzels
1 cup dry-roasted peanuts (optional)
1 cup chocolate-covered peanuts (optional)

Prepare corn flakes mixture: In microwave-safe medium bowl, melt together white chocolate coating and 3 tablespoons of the paramount crystals. Stir in 15 drops of oil of almond. Pour over cornflakes in large bowl and stir well. Spread out on baking parchment to cool and dry, scraping bowl well.

Prepare Crispix mixture: In microwave-safe bowl, melt together light green chocolate coating and 3 tablespoons of the paramount crystals. Stir in 15 drops oil of almond. Pour over Crispix in large bowl and stir well. Spread out on baking parchment to cool and dry, scraping bowl well.

Prepare Raisin Bran mixture: In microwave-safe bowl, melt dark green chocolate coating and 3 tablespoons of the paramount crystals. Stir in 20 drops oil of almond. Pour over Raisin Bran in large bowl and stir well. Spread out on baking parchment to cool and dry, scraping bowl well.

Prepare Kix mixture: In microwave-safe bowl, melt dark red chocolate coating and 3 tablespoons of the paramount crystals. Stir in 15 drops peppermint oil. Pour over Kix in large bowl and stir well. Spread out on baking parchment to cool and dry, scraping bowl well.

Prepare pretzel mixture: In microwave-safe bowl, melt mint-flavored chocolate coating and 3 tablespoons of the paramount crystals. Stir in 10 drops peppermint oil. Pour over broken stick pretzels in large bowl and stir well. Spread out on baking parchment to cool and dry, scraping bowl well.

When all mixtures are cool and dry, carefully break into pieces. In large container, toss gently to mix together. Add peanuts or chocolate-covered peanuts, if desired. Stir again and serve. Store in airtight container. Makes 15 to 17 cups.

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FAQ
by Matt Stephens


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Hello everyone in BMI land!  Winter is now officially upon us, and the holidays have already started. I swear time didn't go this fast until after I got married. Or maybe I just wanted time to go by faster back then, as I had no one to enjoy the time with?

Well, anyway, it's cold outside and that usually means that more people are at home on their computers. The more time we spend on the computers, the better chance there is of breaking them. That's where I come in. Don't be afraid to call in for help. After all, the company is paying us for our time; we might as well use it effectively helping you! With that all in mind, as well as keeping to the theme of this month's newsletter (potpourri), I thought I would cover a couple of simple little errors that seem to plague many people around this time of year.

The first one: error 691: The username and or password are invalid on the domain. In probably 95% of cases, this error is generated because for some reason the password is not being sent by your computer to ours. We understand you never touch it, and have never changed it, but sometimes it just doesn't come through. In most cases, simply retype the password and give it another try.

Error 680: There was no dial tone. This one comes out around this time of year too. It usually means that the modem has gone bad in your machine, but here are a couple of things to look at.
First, check the phone line from your computer to the wall jack. Is it still plugged in? Did your cat, dog or child chew it in half? If so, replace it and try again. Remember when you replace the phone cable to be careful to plug it into to correct spot. It should be labeled line, or have a picture of a phone jack.

I can't get online and I have DSL. Or I can't get my email with my DSL: These are common and usually the same issue. Anytime you have DSL, and you can't get your mail, try to see if you can access a web site. If you can't access a website, try your mail. This will tell you if it's your internet connection, or something else.
If neither is working, simply unplug the power cable on the DSL modem causing all the lights to go out. Wait for 30 seconds to a minute, and then plug it back in. Most of the time this will solve any DSL issues you are having.

I think that about does it for the frequent and easy questions for this month. If you should have a suggestion for the FAQ section for next month, email it to me at matt@office.bmi.net.

Everyone take care; have a great holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year! Talk to you next year.

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Leavenworth
by Mike Rochelle


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The City of Leavenworth was originally planned in 1893 by a group of financiers headed by Captain Charles F. Leavenworth.

From the beginning, the heart of the town was the Great Northern Railway - inspired by railroad tycoon J. J. Hill. James Jerome Hill, dreamed of a northern transcontinental railroad and in 1892 began laying tracks that crossed the Wenatchee valley and continued up the Tumwater Canyon where Highway 2 is today.

Leavenworth prospered from the railroad money in the form of employees who constructed tracks through the Cascade Mountains. The 1920's brought drastic change. The Lamb-Davis lumber mill sold its land holdings and the Great Northern Railroad moved its operations to Wenatchee. With the economic crash of 1929 and the depression of the 1930's, Leavenworth was left with 24 empty storefronts on its two-block business street. The town was devastated and nearly died for lack of economy.

In the early 1960's the people of Leavenworth realized they needed to make an incredible effort to change their situation and decided to change the appearance of town to bring in tourists. In 1965, after much deliberation and research, the community leaders were swayed by the backdrop of Alpine hills and turned the town into a Bavarian Village. Determined to make the theme deeper than a facelift on buildings, the entire community banded together to create a credible illusion of a true Bavarian alpine village. With costumes that they designed and made in their homes and with entire families working together to man stores and services, the dream has become a reality.

Major festivals have been created in the Bavarian theme and have become famous throughout the Northwest. The official Washington State Autumn Leaf festival, and Christmas Lighting Festivals lead the show of 13 major events and seasonal entertainment.

The Leavenworth area is an adventure and outdoor enthusiasts dream. Activities abound from the extreme to the mild, from white water river rafting and snow sports to birding and walking along the Wenatchee River. With more than two million visitors each year,

Leavenworth has become one of the top destinations for visitors to the Pacific Northwest, and continues to change and adapt with new activities, festivals, and events. The Bavarian village is becoming known as a haven of the arts, culture, nature, and recreation.

Leavenworth

Leavenworth Activities

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Politically Correct Santa
by Carol Hall


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This is pretty cute.....and a little TOO TRUE in todays world:
Politically Correct Santa
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A little Humor
by Carol hall


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What do you get if you deep Fry Santa?
Crisp Cringle

What do elves learn at Elf School?
The Elfabet

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Frost Bite

What do sheep write on their Christmas cards?
Merry Christmas to ewe!

Why is it always cold at Christmas?
Because it's in Decemberrrrrrrr

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Frustrating Phone Systems
by Carol Hall


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In todays busy world, it is pretty much expected that a HUMAN will not answer the phone when you call a medium to large company  First, you will hear a recorded greeting, and then you will be catapulted through a menu of choices.  If you are lucky....and you don't press the wrong button, you will soon be where you need to be.  However, we all have those times where we really don't want ANY of the choices...we just want to get to a HUMAN BEING.  And that can be almost impossible, and very frustrating to achieve.

Here is a link that you should SAVE.  It is a website with a list of 500 of the larger, more frequently called companies, with instrucitons on how to BYPASS the automatic menu:  Get Human  Go ahead...give it a try! 

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Picture Find
by BMI Staff


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Congratulations to Pat M. of Pahrump, NV for winning the drawing for the November 2007 Picturefind! Pat received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Go to December 2007 picturefind now.
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How to organize your life
by Cheryl Hooker


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Here are some helpful tips I found on this internet website: Organize Your Life 

How to organize your life:
1.  Notes: Keep a notepad and pen available to you at all times. You will find that jotting down ideas and appointments will help you keep your time organized.
2.  Phone call time limit: Set a time limit to each call you make and let your caller know that you have a time limit when they call you, that way you will not be as stressed when you must end a phone call.
3.  Use waiting time wisely: While you are waiting at the doctor, waiting for a meeting with the boss, or waiting for the roast to cook you can use that time to finish up small projects.
4.  Ask for help: Be sure to let your co-worker or family member know when you appreciate their help so when you need help, they will be happy to help you again when you are bogged down.
5.  Stop procrastinating: If you put off that job that you dislike, it seems like it re-produces and then you have a job that you dislike that is twice as big. Tackle that job first so that your other tasks that you don't mind doing seem like they are an easy task for you.
6.  Delegate: If you just don't have time to complete a task, don't be afraid to ask for help or team up with somebody that has the time to help.
7.  Plan ahead: Make a list of what you need for a project or a trip before you actually begin to put it together to save yourself unnecessary duplicate trips to the same location or back tracking your footsteps.
8.  Schedule yourself free time: Make sure to include your much needed re-group time, even if it is just 15 or 20 minutes to take a walk.
9.  Throw out the old: Free up space by getting rid of unneeded files or information that you have been storing that take up unnecessary space, this will save both time and money while you utilize that free space with something that is current.
10.   Handle it once: Each piece of paper should be handled only once. If you need to file it, do that, if you need to direct it to somebody, do that, etc., do not add it to your never ending to do list and hope you will get to it eventually.
11.   Post-it notes: Use sticky notes to leave reminders for yourself of errands that need to be done, place them where you can't miss them, for example, your front door.
12.   Create a system that works: You will find a system that works for you, not every system works for everybody, you will find your own. Once you find a system that works, stick with it. If you stick with what works, you will find your life is more manageable by consistency.

You can also search through Google to find other subjects you need help with, simply type in www.google.com in the address bar of your browser, enter your question in the box next to the word search.

Google is a wonderful tool for finding most anything that you need help getting answers for.

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Holiday Wordfind
by Carol hall


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Congratulations Blanche D. of Kamiah, ID for winning the drawing for the November 2007 Wordfind! Blanche received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Go to Holiday 2007 wordfind now.
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Christmas Activities
by Carol Hall


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There are thousands of sites devoted to Christmas on the Internet.  I spent a few minutes clicking around and here are 3 of my favorites:

North Pole  This is a fun site to visit if you are weary of all the holiday hustle and bustle and need a few minutes of downtime to relax!  There are lots of things to choose from such as decorating your own snowman!  Now....for those of you that don't want to put on your snow boots and brave the cold...this is for you!  You can also print out "good Deed calendars" to help your kids keep track of their good behavior during the year.  Fun games to play online as well...how about a quick game of two of Santa Checkers?  Definately a site worth visiting!

All Things Christmas  Here you can decorate virtual cookies!  Now how is that for bypassing the mess and calories?  You can also listen to Christmas music and find lots of fun craft ideas.

The True Meaning of Christmas  Having trouble sorting out what Christmas is all about?  Here is a lovely story that will help you out!

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Where is the Newsletter
by Rochelle Helms


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I have answered several e-mails and live chats asking, "Where did the link for the Newsletter go?" Well, chances are if you are reading this you know how to find it already. But you can, however, share this with your BMI neighbors. Rest assured, the newsletter, crossword and word find are not discontinued. I will now give you two ways to find it.

First, you can just type http://newsletter.bmi.net/ in the address bar, press enter,  and go directly to a listing of all newsletters, past and current.

There is also a way to add On The Ramp (the newsletter) as a quick link on your fully customizable home page. Here's how:
In your address bar, type www.bmi.net . (Make sure you are logged in, it will show welcome and your email address.)
Click on the link in gray where it says customize.
Click on the link on the top right that says your favorites and weather.
You will see to the right 1. Title And web address with a box. In the title box type Newsletter. In the web Address (url) field type in http://newsletter.bmi.net/.
Click the bottom button that says click here to submit your changes.
Click on Home Page.

Now on your fully customizable home page you will see MyLinks: Newsletter along the top row of links (ie webmail, billing, etc) to the far right. And that, my BMI-ions, as they say, is that.

And as always, if you have questions or concerns please contact us at 1-800-485-5006 or by emailing us at support@bmi.net or contact us via Live Chat by clicking on the top right corner of the home page where it says Talk to BMI with a picture of a member of the BMI family.

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Holiday Season!

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Kudos
by Matt Stephens


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"You guys are the real deal. You actually called ME twice when I was having a problem. And I did not even ask you to. You called to check on me. Twice. No one does service like that anymore. Amazing."
- Jim R., Florence, OR

"I am so pleased with BMI, don't know why I didn't switch years ago."
-Randy and Judy H., Sagle, ID

"Just want to say you have the best people working for you. This beats when I was working and at home now that I am retired. Thank All of You "
-J.H., La Pine, OR

"A large thank you to all of you at BMI. You have all been so helpful to me. Victor, Tony, Matt, Eric and especially to Cheryl, who helped me with a special problem. You are all appreciated."
- Loise ,Canon City, CO

"I would really like to thank Matt for all his help. I had a pretty complicated problem "and he took the time to go through many options to find it. I now have a new network card installed, and while that wasn't the entire problem it got me on the right road. Turned out it was a serious problem with my antivirus software that caused all the other problems. Thanks again for all your help!"
-Ragen H. / Helen V., Irrigon, OR

Kudos, Rochelle!! Thanks, again, for your help with the new dial-up numbers. It was much faster getting connected last night then its been. I appreciate your help. Thanks again and have a good day."
- Marcia R. Wallowa, OR

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