The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 53 March 2008 
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall New Hours for BMI  by Carol Hall
Kids and Hobbies  by Rochelle Helms Crossword  by Tami Rochelle
Mobile Broadband is Here  by Carol Hall Missoula MT  by Mike Rochelle
Answers!  by Victor Luna A Smile for You  by Tony Abrego
Knit Me In!  by Michelle Mook Mushroom Hunting  by Scott Larson
Easter Wordfind  by Carol Hall FAQ  by Matt Stephens
Movie Review  by KJ Newby Picturefind  by BMI Staff
Kudos  by Matt Stephens
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall

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"Hobbies" is the theme of this month's newsletter.  We have tried to include a number of articles and links to different types of hobbies that people enjoy.  My favorite hobby by far is a combination of "Walking and Reading".   I enjoy walking through the park each morning, tossing peanuts to the squirrels, while listening to audio books!  My favorite site for getting audio books is  All you need is a small MP3 player, such as an ipod Shuffle and you are good to go.  I also spend a lot of time "paper crafting" for fun and relaxation.

So, what are YOUR hobbies?  I would love to hear from you, and share your hobby ideas and hobby links with our other readers in future Editions of 'The On Ramp'.  Please email me at

I hope you enjoy this edition of The On Ramp, and as always, I welcome your comments and additions to the newsletter! Please email me at

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New Hours for BMI
by Carol Hall

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We recently changed our hours of operation to have more staff available to you, when you need it.  Our new hours are:

8 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday
9 AM to 6 PM Weekends

8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday
9 AM to 6 PM Weekends

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Kids and Hobbies
by Rochelle Helms

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I was looking up quotes having the subject of hobbies for this month's newsletter So, here it is:
Aquarius "Saving the world was merely a hobby. My 'vocation' has been that of inspector of desert water holes." - Edward Abbey

To see what your signs quote is click here  Quotes on Hobbies

I thought it was a little different, as am I.

Ever want to make stain glass or fold origami?  Here's a great site for ideas and much more. It is full of fabulous links. Hobbies

The kids might like fun soap, learn to make it and make it fun. Maybe there is something you want to learn but know just what yet. I found this site just for this situation. I love to learn so, I love this site. How to do Things

I have children 7 years apart so some things are great for my 5 year old but not cool enough for my pre-teen son. I found some information for the teens too. Here's a good site for reasons hobbies should be introduced to your teenager Parenting and Hobbies

I didn't forget the older generations either. Here are 55 ideas for hobbies if for those over 55 years old. To be perfectly honest, I don't think you need to be over 55 because I enjoy several hobbies on the list. Senior Hobbies

Here is my favorite idea so far, because I am simple, I enjoy the simple things. I still like the "old-fashioned" ways of family. So to get back to basics, see this site of fantastic ideas Old Fashioned Ways to Inspire Children

Starting our kids out early on a hobby and encouraging them may lead to wonderful careers. The woman who began baby Einstein for her own child now entertains millions of children and has millions in the bank You never know where ideas and passion in the form of a hobby can take you.

"When I started eBay, it was a hobby, an experiment to see if people could use the Internet to be empowered through access to an efficient market. I actually wasn't thinking about it in terms of a social impact. It was really about helping people connect around a sphere of interest so they could do business"Pierre Omidyar

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by Tami Rochelle

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Congratulations to Betty P. of Florence, OR for winning the drawing for the February 2008 Crossword! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account. Please visit our March 2008 Hobbies Crossword.
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Mobile Broadband is Here
by Carol Hall

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Fast your pocket? Yes, it is true! BMI is proud to announce that we now have the latest mobile Broadband product available for you.

What is Mobile Broadband? Mobile Broadband is just that...a fast broadband Internet connection that is mobile - put it in your pocket and take it with you. Whether you travel for your job, or recreation, or simply between friends and family, you can now take your Internet connection with you.

It works like this, sign up for the service with BMI, and we will send you a small USB device that plugs into any computer and connects you to the internet using nationwide cell phone networks. No need to drive around looking for a wireless connection, you already have one.

Want to know more? Please visit BMI VMBB today, or give us a call at 800-485-5006

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Missoula MT
by Mike Rochelle

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 The first inhabitants of the Missoula  area were American Indians from the Salish tribe. They called the area "Nemissoolatakoo" from which "Missoula" is derived. The word translates roughly to "river of ambush/surprise," a reflection of the inter-tribal fighting common to the area.

The Indians' first encounter with whites came in 1805 when the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through the Missoula Valley. There were no permanent white settlements in the Missoula Valley until 1860 when C. P. Higgins and Francis Worden opened a trading post called the Hellgate Village on the Blackfoot River near the eastern edge of the valley.

It was followed by a sawmill and a flourmill, which the settlers called "Missoula Mills". The completion of the Mullan Road connecting Fort Benton, Montana with Walla Walla, Washington and passing through the Missoula Valley meant fast growth for the city, with the aid of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1883.

Missoula became a trading center and distributing produce and grain grown in the agriculturally prosperous Bitterroot Valley. Businessmen A. B. Hammond, E. L. Bonner, and R. A. Eddy established the Missoula Mercantile Company in the early 1880s.

The city's success was aided by two other factors. First was the opening of the University of Montana University of Montana in September 1895, serving as the center of public higher education for Western Montana. Second, in 1908, Missoula became a regional headquarters for the Forest Service, which began training smoke jumpers in 1942. The Aerial Fire Depot was built in 1954.

Big industry came to Missoula in 1956, with the groundbreaking for the first pulp mill. Until the mid 1970s, logging was a mainstay industry with log yards throughout the city. Many ran teepee burners to dispose waste material, contributing to the smoky haze that sometimes covered the town.

The current site of Southgate Mall was once the location of the largest log-processing yard within several hundred miles. The saws could be heard over two miles away on a clear summer night. However, by the early 1990s, changes in the economic fortunes in the city had shut down all the Missoula log yards.

Missoula is located within the flyfishing Golden Triangle and is a popular area for hunting mule deer, elk, bear, moose, and other game animals. This provides Missoula with an ample tourism industry based on hunting and fishing. >

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by Victor Luna

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Wise Geek 
Have you ever had a question about something real common that you sometimes don't want to ask? Well I found a website to answer some of the  common question for both hobbies and sports. Click on the above link for clear answers to simple questions!
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A Smile for You
by Tony Abrego

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A little humor will always make you feel better, hope this helps put a smile on your face!

A duck goes into the pharmacy and says "Give me some Chapstick and put it on my bill."

"Which side of the chicken has more feathers?"
The Outside.

"What is a sheep with no legs?"
A cloud

"What do you get if you cross a Kangaroo with an Elephant?"
Big holes all over Africa

"What has a tongue but can't talk?"
A shoe

"Why are chefs hard to like?"
They beat eggs, mash potatoes and whip cream

"What did one plate say to the other?"
Lunch is on me

"What goes around a house but doesn't move?"
A fence.

"Why did the cookie go to the doctor?"
He was feeling crummy.

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Knit Me In!
by Michelle Mook

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I have too many hobbies. I really do. But let's not get into that just now, because this month I'd like to combine three of my favorite hobbies - knitting, books, and the Internet

And share some fun knitting links. Last week I bought myself a new book of patterns:

Felted Knits, By the queen of structural knitting, Bev Galaskas. It's a great addition to any collection of felting patterns and contains an amazing felted moccasin pattern that I can't wait to try out. Beverly also wrote one of my all-time favorite patterns, A Felt Flock. Aren't those sheep adorable? They're really a fairly quick knit, and make great gifts when they're finished.

Another great way to combine my three favorite hobbies is to visit Ravelry. The site's still in beta and is invitation-only, but the typical wait isn't too terribly long. And once you're in, It's an amazing place to list all the projects on your needles and to save knitting projects planned for the future! Knitters can catalog their stash and their needles, organize all their WIPs (works-in-progress), visit message boards, discuss patterns, trade stash, and see photos of how patterns turn out in real life. It's typical to spend several hours at Ravelry each and every time you visit because the community is so incredibly robust.

Oh, and one of my favorite places to buy yarn is KnitPicks. Their super-fine Alpaca yarn, Decadence, is a joy to knit with: soft, with a lot of body, and incredibly rich colorways. It seems there are a great many ways to waste time - (I mean, have fun) - on the Internet while pursuing knowledge about the art and craft of knitting. Now excuse me while I go get lost in surfing for fun knitting patterns!

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Mushroom Hunting
by Scott Larson

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Living near the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, one of my favorite springtime activities is searching for edible mushrooms. The shroom season can begin in early April and lasts thru late June.

Early season mushrooms are found at the lower elevations. Search locations are elevated as the season goes on. There are three types of edible mushrooms that we find here in the Blues:  Calf Brains, Morels, and Cauliflower mushrooms.

Calf Brains begin the season as they can thrive in much cooler conditions. They are also quite easy to spot because of their brown to orange color. They can also grow to be as big as a softball.

Morels require warmer temps, season beginning mid to late May, depending on the weather. Color may vary from tan to grey to black. Morels are considered the best of all wild edible mushrooms and also the most difficult to spot because their color allows them to blend in with the surroundings.

Cauliflower Mushrooms, AKA Corel Mushrooms, can be found up to the first part of July, providing conditions remain seasonally cool. They can have kind of an earthy flavor, but still eat well. Cauliflower mushrooms can grow to immense sizes. I have found individual specimens weighing as much as 5 lbs.

Never eat any wild mushrooms unless you can accurately identify them with absolute certainty. Happy Hunting!

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Easter Wordfind
by Carol Hall

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Congratulations Kim C. of La Grande, OR for winning the drawing for the February 2008 Wordfind! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Please Visit the 2008 Easter WordFind now.
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by Matt Stephens

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Hello to everyone in BMI land! Is it just me or is this winter dragging on and on and on? Well, I suppose that soon enough it will be over and we will all get away from our computers for a few months of relaxing in the sun with a lawn mower in one hand and a cold glass of lemonade in the other. (Well, lemonade for some anyway)

Over the past few months there have been a great number of you that have either purchased a new computer or who are thinking about purchasing a new computer. Getting a new computer can be very exciting, but never the less it leaves you with what seems like an endless amount of work to do. You have to move your address book, your emails, and your "favorites" list over to the new computer. Some of you may have already purchased your new computer and found yourself wondering how to do that. So today I have the answer for you.

It's quick and fairly painless too. You just have to have one of three things ready:
1.  A thumb drive (USB storage device, looks like a pack of gum)
2.  A CD writable drive and CD
3.  Or (if all else fails) a floppy disk and a lot of time

Now, the first thing you need to do is save your address book, email, and favorites list to a file. To do that, just follow these steps: 

Open Outlook Express (if you use a different program, you can find similar instructions on Google by searching for exporting or importing for that program) 

Click on File

Click on Export

Click on Address book

Select Text File (Comma Separated Values)

Click Export

Click Browse

Click Desktop

Right click in the box and click new and folder

Name the folder exported items 

In the File Name box, type address book

Click Save

Click Next

Make sure everything is checked in the list and click finish.

Then you can copy that folder to your thumb drive, CD or floppy disk.

Then just put the thumb drive, CD or floppy disk in the new computer and follow these steps:

Open Windows Mail

Click File

Click Import

Click Windows Contacts

Now you will be back in the wizard you exported your files from on the old computer. Just follow along and make sure you select Comma Separated Values for the import.

 You can use these same basic steps to move your email over, only you won't be able to do that with a floppy disk. Typically email movement requires a lot more space and the Thumb drive (of at least 2gigs) is the best route to go with.

Another helpful tip is to go through your email and get rid of things you don't need anymore before exporting it. This will save you a ton of time.

The same steps also apply to moving your favorites list, only you open Internet Explorer instead of Outlook Express to import and export.

There are many websites on the internet that can help you along the way if you run into any things not mentioned here. Just go to Google and search for importing and exporting what ever it is you want to move.

Have fun everyone and we'll talk to you next month.

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Movie Review
by KJ Newby

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The Brave One

I have to give Jodie "props" for this performance; in fact it might prove to be Oscar worthy - although I doubt it. All this picture is, is a more or less re-make of the Charlie Bronson "Death Wish" vigilantism flicks.

Jodie's boyfriend is beaten to death, she nearly is; her dog is stolen; her career almost shattered; the cops, (except for Terrence Howard), give her a runaround.  So she sets out on the path of revenge on those elements in society which make it tough on the average Jody to survive, and so forth and so on.

For those who like a lot of gunfire, this one's for you. Foster becomes Wyatt Earp; blood spurts, burps and splatters. She walks around for 2 hours with that same grimace on her face, yet she's enjoying every minute of the mayhem she's causing.

 Fantastic show and a must see for Jodie Foster fans.

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by BMI Staff

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Congratulations to Ellen S. of Joyce, WA for winning the drawing for the February 2008 Picturefind! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Please visit the March 2008 Picturefind now.
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by Matt Stephens

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"Problem is not yet resolved. Had system problems and reloaded OS which only made the problems worse. Still no sound can get email and connect to internet even better after Michelle had me reload Internet Explorer, then later change to Firefox but system is still very slow and I still cant update Windows or WMP. I know you BMI are not a computer repair company so I want to thank you for your patience and help. I am going to get a professional repair person to come out and look at my system. Next, let me say thank you for always being willing to help. I have rarely had less than excellent help from Blue Mountain. I cannot praise Michelle highly enough for her cheerful attitude and patient, knowledgable response to my problem. She went well above and beyond what I expected and I expected BMIs usual excellent service and she never once made me feel like an ignoramus or a burden. Michelle deserves many kudos and whatever customer service agents get when they give such exemplary care. People like Michelle are an asset to any company they work for because they invoke such customer loyalty. Again, my thanks to both Blue Mountain and to Michelle. Sincerely,"
Karin B -Spokane, WA

"Matt was able to provide excellent support. We narrowed it down to the phone line it self. I called the phone company and they came out, found the bad line and put me on a good line. Thanks for the quality service!"
-Robert T. Sierra Vista, AZ

"Many thanks to Michelle! I tried the URL again with neither http:// nor www, and to my astonishment the page appeared! Why I could get it after she couldn't, who knows. But she got me on track. Tech support is a major reason I stick with BMI."
- Delores W. Walla Walla, WA

Dear "New Internet Service Provider" Thanks so much for your dialup service! Your representative, Victor, was informative and helpful. After looking for appropriate internet service for me, and being without service for over two months, I am delighted to have found you in the Yellow Book of Salem/Keizer. I am so excited I can hardly wait to use it! Happy Valentine's Day.
-Linda Ann C . Dallas, OR

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