The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 54 April 2008 
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall Workout  by Victor Lulna
COLORS Wordfind  by Carol Hall Food  by Gena Bybee
FAQ  by Matt Stephens Picturefind  by BMI Staff
Mead  by Scott Larson The City of Fargo  by Mike Rochelle
Discover the Possibiliti ...  by Rochelle Helms Movie Review  by KJ Newby
Crossword  by Tami Rochelle Kudos  by Matt Stephens
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall

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Hello to all of you!  I hope that Spring is appearing in your world!    We have had a few peeks around here, but it keeps slipping away under a blanket of new snow!  Soon I hope it will be here in earnest.

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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by Victor Lulna

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Spring is here and a lot of us are trying to get back into shape from what the holidays have done to our bodies. I will list a few sites where you can exercise at home with a few weights (or no weights at all).

For toning and strengthening, you are going to concentrate on lifting heavy objects (weights).
For toning, you do more lifting with a lighter weight
For strengthening, you do less lifting with a heavier weight.

Here are a few things you can do that will definitely work:
Power walks
Jump rope
Work out tapes
Make use of your stairs
Ride a bike
Clean your house, yard or garage (it burns tons of calories).

Here are some helpful sites:

Total Workout
Women's Workouts
Total Body Workout

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COLORS Wordfind
by Carol Hall

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Congratulations Linda O. of Baker City, OR for winning the drawing for the March 2008 Wordfind! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Please visit our Colors WordFind.
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by Gena Bybee

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Food Discover The Lite Side of Food by  

Tropical Cucumber Salad

Combine cucumber, avocado and mango with a salty-sweet dressing for a taste of the tropics

3-5 teaspoons fish sauce (see Tips below)
1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 medium English cucumber, cut into 3/4-inch dice
1 avocado, cut into 3/4-inch dice
1 mango, cut into 3/4-inch dice (See Tips below)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Whisk fish sauce, lime zest, lime juice, oil, brown sugar, vinegar and crushed red pepper in a large bowl until combined. Add cucumber, avocado, mango and cilantro; gently toss to coat. Serve garnished with lime zest, if desired.

Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment; find it in large supermarkets and Asian markets.

To peel and cut a mango: 1. Slice both ends off the mango, revealing the long, slender seed inside. Set the fruit upright on a work surface and remove the skin with a sharp knife. 2. With the seed perpendicular to you, slice the fruit from both sides of the seed, yielding two large pieces. 3. Turn the seed parallel to you and slice the two smaller pieces of fruit from each side. 4. Cut the fruit into the desired shape.

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by Matt Stephens

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 Hello everyone again! I think the winter is finally over and spring is upon us. I came to that conclusion the other morning. I was outside the day before doing a little yard cleaning and was looking around at the houses around me, and the orchards and just looked on in despair. Would this winter ever end? The next morning, I was given my answer. Literally over night, the neighbors bush had bloomed. Now I don't know what this bush is, but it's absolutely beautiful, especially after a long winter. The sun was shining, the birds singing and it seems like the world around us is beginning to wake up.

Now, before I get to this months FAQ, I wanted to share something about last months' FAQ. I often wonder if anyone reads my article. This time I was given that answer as well. A wonderfully polite and thankful customer emailed me asking me if they followed the instructions I gave last month, if it would remove the address book, favorites list or emails off the original computer. I found this to be a great question. The answer for you  is No. It will not remove anything. It will simply copy it and allow you to import it all to the new computer.

Okay, now on to the FAQ for April. This month I have received a large number of calls about our Anti-Virus program. Most of those calls are from people with dialup. The most frequent question has been regarding the update feature. It seems that many of you are getting a message on the screen that says the "scanner engine is not up to date", or that the "virus control center is currently off".

I would like to offer a bit of relief for all of you:  This happens on my computer as well, because I am not online at all times. Norman is set to update in the wee hours of the night when most of us are sleeping. If your computer is turned off, it cannot do that. Then, in turn the next time you get online or turn your computer on, it will say it's not up to date. However, when you get online the next time, the program should update by itself and will begin working as normal.

If it doesn't, all you have to do is right click on the "N" icon down by the clock, and left click on "Internet Update".

Should you run into any trouble along the way, or forget any of this, just give us a call at 800-485-5006 or contact us with the live chat link from the top of any of our web pages.

Have a wonderful spring everyone. We'll talk again next month.

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by BMI Staff

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Congratulations to Betty F. of Milton Freewater, OR for winning the drawing for the March 2008 Picturefind! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Please visit our April PictureFind.
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by Scott Larson

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Mead, also known as "honey wine," is a fermented beverage made from honey, water, and yeast. Meadhing is the practice of fermenting honey into mead.

Mead can have a wide range of flavors, depending on the source of the honey and the type of additives. Fruit flavored Mead is the most common, but other mead makers have been know to add some rather bizarre additives, such as lavendar, chamomile, milk, and even chocolate.

True Mead can be difficult to find at your local supermarket. Buyer beware:  Some wine producers will simply blend honey with white wine and label the product as "Meade".

If you're willing to travel, you can visit a real meadery and sample their products. Heidrun Meadery in northern California is just such a place. If you are interested in making your own mead, or just want to learn more about it, try visiting for the most complete information on mead and meadhing.

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The City of Fargo
by Mike Rochelle

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The area that is present day Fargo was an early stopping point for steamboats floating down the Red River during the 1870s and 1880s. The city of Fargo was originally named "Centralia," but was later renamed to Fargo in honor of Northern Pacific Railway director and Wells Fargo Express Company founder William Fargo.

Fargo was founded in 1871. The area started to flourish after the arrival of the railroad and the city became known as the "Gateway to the West". Fargo boomed after World War II and the city grew rapidly despite being hit by a violent tornado in 1957. The tornado destroyed a large portion of the north end of the city.

The coming of the two interstates (I-29 and I-94) revolutionized travel in the region and pushed growth of Fargo to the south and west of the city limits. In 1972, the West Acres Shopping Center was constructed near the intersection of the two Interstates. This mall would become the catalyst for retail growth in the area. It would also spell the beginning of a time of decline for the downtown area of Fargo.

Since the late 1990s, the Fargom ND & Moorhead, Mn. Metropolitan Statistical Area has consistently had one of the lowest unemployment rates among MSAs in the United States. This, coupled with Fargo's low crime rate and the decent supply of affordable housing in the community, has prompted Money Magazine to rank the city near the top of its annual list of America's most livable cities throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s. Fargo was also awarded in 2006 for having some of the cleanest air in the United States, for a city of its size.

Fargo Trivia The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly died in a plane crash while bound for Fargo on February 3, 1959. Known as "The Day the Music Died", the crash was made famous in the song "American Pie" by Don McLean.

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Discover the Possibilities with Kids
by Rochelle Helms

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Good month of April BMI family! As you know I find things for the kids and family. This month I was excited to see the theme: DISCOVER. Oh the possibilities!

 Of course, I have to give you the link to discovery kids, I love this site. Discovery Kids I am a big science and history buff, so I try to spark an interest in those subjects in my children.

Here's one site that helps Discover Education

However, if you have kids in your life like mine, they like the yucky stuff. Here's a fun way to educate them using thing things they like Yucky ... but better yet it is safe and fun.

For the older kids (as well as the parents), this site is amazing to me but works better if you have a high speed internet connection. Discovery Channel.

I saved my absolute favorite site for last, KIDS .

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Movie Review
by KJ Newby

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"There Will Be Blood"
Set in the early 20th century, the film follows the rise to power of Daniel Plainview - a charismatic and ruthless oil prospector, driven to succeed by his intense hatred of others and a psychological need to see any and all competitors fail.

When he learns of oil-rich land in California that can be bought cheaply, he moves his operation there and begins manipulating and exploiting the local landowners into selling him their property. Using his young adopted son H.W. to project the image of a caring family man, Plainview gains the cooperation of almost all the locals with lofty promises to build schools and cultivate the land to make their community flourish.

Over time, Plainview's gradual accumulation of wealth and power causes his true self to surface, and he begins to slowly alienate himself from everyone in his life.

This is one of the best movies I have ever watched. A must see in my book.

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by Tami Rochelle

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Congratulations to Madison I. of Hermiston, OR for winning the drawing for the March 2008 Crossword! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account. Please visit our Spring 2008 Crossword.
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by Matt Stephens

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-Sandy B., Pacific Junction, IA

KJ and others, What a wonderful change we made from our local ISP here in Colville to you. Huge improvement. KJ is the most patient person I've ever worked with on the phone. Thanks to you all."
-Dave G., Colville, WA

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