The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 56 June 2008 
INSIDE THIS EDITION
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall Win $25.00!  by Carol Hall
Kites  by Scott Larson Outdoors Crossword Puzzle  by Carol Hall
Get The Kids Outdoors  by Rochelle Helms Crispy Spider Legs  by Ruben Bybee
The Project  by Matt Stephens Movie Review  by KJ Newby
Boise Idaho  by Mike Rochelle Disney Wordfind  by Carol Hall
BMI Adds Clearwire  by Ruben Bybee Outdoor cooking  by Gena Bybee
Picturefind  by BMI Staff Kudos  by Matt Stephens
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall


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Greetings and Good Wishes to all of you! We are finally starting to experience a little summer-like weather here in our area, and decided to dedicate this edition of The On Ramp to OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

Sometimes, what seems "new" is actually very "old".   Funny how that happens.   This weekend I attended a birthday party for a young adult, just turning 21.  One of the gifts requested, and received was a Bocce Ball Set.  After cake and presents were done, we went out for a game of Bocce Ball, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was a very simple, easy to play, enjoyable game allowing time for good conversation, competition and interaction.  The conversation soon turned to the history of the game.  Most thought "This is a COOL NEW GAME"!  After playing...we decided to look up the game on the internet, and much to everyone's surprise.....the NEW game dates back to 5000 BC.   Comforting to know that things are not really so different now, as then!

One of my favorite recipes is actually designed to be cooked outdoors, while camping, however, I must admit, I more often that not...cook it indoors on my stove:

Sticky Chicken

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon ketchup
salt and pepper to taste

Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes.  Wrap cubes in heavy duty foil and freeze.  Loosely wrap a second layer of foil around the packet just prior to leaving for your camping trip.  Chicken will keep for 24 - 36 hours.   When ready to cook, combine all ingredients, breaking up the frozen chicken cubes as needed, in a frying pan over a medium campfire.  Cook, stirring often until the chicken is cooked through (approx 20 minutes).  Can be served with couscous or brown rice.

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 editor@bmi.net

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Win $25.00!
by Carol Hall


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The most important thing at BMI is YOU!  We realize that without you, BMI would not have been here for the past 13 years.  In an ongoing effort to provide the BEST solution for each customer, we are asking for your help.  Please take a moment to answer our quick survey, and we will enter you in a drawing to receive a $25.00 CREDIT on your BMI account. Click here to take our easy 10 question survey.
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Kites
by Scott Larson


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Washington State International Kite Festival  (WSIKF) For anyone who is undecided on a vacation destination for your summer vacation...this is a spectacle almost everyone can enjoy. The Washington State International Kite Festival is held annually in Long Beach, Washington on the third week of August.

The WSIKF is generally regarded as the premier kite festival for North America. The event features daily competitions for all age groups and kite categories.

Popular competitive events include:
The team stunt flyers
Fighter and battle kites
Kite-n-buggy

Non-competitive events include:
The lighted night flyers
The crazy kites

Spectators can bring their own kites and fly in designated public flying areas. Most of the major kite manufacturers have a presence at the festival and will sell their products to anyone with cash or credit card.

If you are unable to attend the event and are interested in buying a high quality kite, visit the Into the Wind website. The nice people at Into the Wind would be happy to send you a catalogue on request.

If you attend the WSIKF, be sure and bring your camera, because words alone simply cannot describe the colorful pageantry of this event!

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Outdoors Crossword Puzzle
by Carol Hall


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Congratulations to Lois F. of Sheridan, OR for winning the drawing for the May 2008 Crossword! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Please visit our June Outdoor Crossword puzzle now.
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Get The Kids Outdoors
by Rochelle Helms


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These days it seems there are not as many kids playing outside.  I remember when I was younger spending sun up to sun down playing outside. Everything from riding bikes to flying kites. I even remember making up our own flavors of Tag (i.e. Cereal tag). So let me show you some helpful ways to get the kids away from the game systems, televisions and computers and outside in the sun. Let's start with camping.

 When I think of summer, I think camping. Here are the Ten Camping Commandments to build excitement outdoors:
Camping Commandments 

This next one is just clickable links to games you can play with a group of kids. So when your kids bring their friends, bring them all outside. There are even rules provided, in case you forgot how to play:
Kids Games

A few more of my favorite games:
 Outdoor Party Games

Normally, I find sites to go to on the computer that the family can learn from and enjoy. This time it's all about giving you ideas to get outside and play with the kids.
Outdoor Games

And if all else fails, break out the sprinkler and run in the water that falls down around you. Remember the sunscreen, the golden rule and most of all, remember to have fun!

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Crispy Spider Legs
by Ruben Bybee


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Gena and I are avid weekend World of Warcraft (WOW) players. We spend about 10 hours per week playing to build up our online characters and escape to a fantasy world.

Gena has a 28th level Paladin named KissDJ and I have a 28th level Hunter named MetalBeast. We also have a pet vampire bat named Scruffy, affectionately named after our mini-schnauzer. There is an uncanny resemblance to Scruffy in the game and our pet in real life.

Now what is this about Crispy Spider Legs? Well you can hunt large spiders and then cook the spider meat to increase your cooking skills. These tasty spider legs are great for leveling because they do not require any spices.

Learn more about leveling cooking skills in just 2 hours from this great article at Allakhazam.com.

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The Project
by Matt Stephens


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 Hello to everyone in BMI land! This month has been very slow on the technical side. There really haven't been any "Frequently Asked Questions" to speak of. So I'm going to do something a little different this month. Instead of trying to enlighten you on subjects that may or may not pertain to you, I'm going to share a bit of my life with you:

Last summer, my wife and I decided that we needed a four wheel drive to play with. We wanted something big enough for the kids to go up in the mountains with us, yet small enough to fit on the trails without wreaking havoc on environment. After searching around, we decided on a Ford Bronco or a Chevy Blazer.

It just happened that our editor (and my office neighbor) Carol, had a 1989 Ford Bronco that she wanted to part with. And after the last few months of working on it I can see why.

I was born and raise a "Ford Boy". My Dad always had Fords; my favorite of which is a 1966 Mustang that we are working to refurbish. I would say restore, but it's more of a modify than a restore. Anyway, I've also always been in love with the big Broncos. Just look at one. You won't find another vehicle on the road that looks more rough and tumbly, or rugged and manly, than a full size Ford Bronco.

Okay, so going in I knew this thing needed more than a little TLC. Carol was very honest and up front with me. I knew that it leaked oil from every pour it has. I knew the transmission needed to be rebuilt. I knew this was the project I was looking for!

 Now, while I may have grown up in a garage watching my Dad and my uncles, I really hadn't learned much. I'm a smart guy, and can usually figure things out though, so I plunged in head first.

Just as a little side note: if you are planning on doing something of this nature, there is a natural order to things. Me, I missed that order on more than one occasion and found myself tearing things apart multiple times. It's okay though, it's all in the learning. Right?

What does this all have to do with the internet? I'm telling you right now, the internet has saved me time and money on more than one occasion through this little build up. I have found the parts I needed on ebay for a fraction of what they would have cost me in a store. I have found people that have been down this road before that I can talk to and get advice from. When I was finished putting my transmission in, I found that I was missing one of the pieces to the shift linkage for my transfer case. You can't put the rig in 4 wheel drive without this. Well, I was able to get online and talk to some people and found what I needed for just the cost of shipping.

As you can see, the internet is for a lot more than playing poker, or hearts. The internet can be used for all your outdoor hobbies as well. So we may not share the same hobbies. You may not care at all about my Bronco build. But that's okay.

Do you have a hobby? Have you ever been interested in learning about something and you don't even know where to start? Let me share some knowledge with you:

Go to www.google.com.

It's a plain and basic web site. There is one box for you to type in. Click in that box; type a keyword that you want to know about. Take gardening for instance. Type gardening forum in the box. You will come up with pages upon pages upon pages of people just like you. In most forums, registration is free and easy and you can talk to people. You can ask questions, answer questions, upload pictures. It's a great way to meet like minded people to help you along the way in your hobbies.

So get out there and enjoy yourself. Use the internet along the way to find ideas and people to talk to about what you are interested in. You'll find a whole new use for that paper weight we call computers.

Have a great June everyone. Wish me luck on my Bronco, and good luck on yours; whatever it may be.

If you have a suggestion for future articles, please feel free to let me know. You can email me at support@bmi.net.

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Movie Review
by KJ Newby


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Cloverfield.  With all of the crazy viral marketing (that started way too early) some people were worried whether it could live up to the hype. It COMPLETELY surpassed my expectations, and I went in expecting it to be good in the first place.

Once things pick up and start rolling about 15 minutes in, I didn't relax until the credits started rolling. Yes, they give you a few brief moments to catch your breath, but even then you're still on edge, waiting for the next attack.

I can't imagine this movie being executed in any way other than the hand held approach. They somehow managed to pull off SEVERAL absolutely beautiful shots/camera angles while still fitting into the hand held setting.

The acting and dialog is so natural that it doesn't feel like they're acting a script...at ALL. It's incredibly intense, you're really pulled into the character's corners, and it's filmed wondrously.

Warning:  If you get motion sickness easily, you'll probably want to wait 'till this is out on DVD. Other than that...GO SEE THIS MOVIE.

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Boise Idaho
by Mike Rochelle


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Boise is the capital and most populated city of Idaho. It is the county seat of Ada County and the principal city of the Boise metropolitan area. It is the largest city between Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Oregon and thus serves as the primary government, economic, cultural, and transportation center for the area.

Some credit a story told of Captain B.L.E. Bonneville of the US Army as the source of the name. After trekking for weeks through dry and rough terrain, his exploration party reached an overlook with a view of the Boise River Valley. The place where they stood is called Bonneville Point, and is located on the Oregon Trail east of the city. According to the story, a French-speaking guide, overwhelmed by the sight of the verdant river, yelled "Les Bois! Les Bois!" giving the area the name. But the name "Boise" may actually derive from earlier mountain man usage, which contributed their naming of the river that flows through it.

In the 1820s, French Canadian fur trappers set trap lines in the vicinity where Boise now lies. In a high desert area, the tree-lined valleyof the Boise River became a prominent landmark.

The original Fort Boise was 40 miles (64 km) west, down the Boise River, near the confluence with the Snake River at the Oregon border. This fort was erected by the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1830s. It was abandoned in the 1850s, but massacres along the Oregon Trail prompted the U.S. Army to re-establish a fort in the area in 1863, during the U.S. Civil War.

The new location was selected because it was near the intersection of the Oregon Trail and a major road connecting the Boise Basin (Idaho City) and the Owyhee mining areas. Both areas were booming at the time. Idaho City was the largest city in the area, and as a staging area to Idaho City, Fort Boise grew rapidly.

Boise was incorporated as a city in 1864. The first capital of the Idaho Territory was Lewiston, but Boise replaced it in 1865.

A number of recreational opportunities are available in Boise, including extensive hiking and biking in the foothills to the immediate north of downtown. An extensive urban trail system called the Boise River Greenbelt runs along the river. The Boise River itself is a common destination for fishing, swimming and rafting.

In Julia Davis Park, is Zoo Boise, which has over 200 animals representing over 80 species from around the world. An Africa exhibit expected to include lions and giraffes is currently under construction, slated to open in late

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Disney Wordfind
by Carol Hall


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Congratulations Patricia V. of Colville, WA for winning the drawing for the May 2008 Wordfind! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Please visit our June Disneyworld WordFind now.
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BMI Adds Clearwire
by Ruben Bybee


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In BMI's drive to be your all in one Internet broker we have added Clearwire to our arsenal of Internet services. Clearwire is a wireless high speed Internet service that is delivered from cell phone towers.

BMI is an authorized reseller of Clearwire Internet. Clearwire Internet is a high-speed Internet connection using Wi-Max technology. Currently Clearwire is available in selected areas of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Alaska, Ohio, New York, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida.

Clearwire is a very affordable high speed Internet solution that is extremely easy to install. It is currently available for $29.95 per month and our current promotion offers that price for life. We also are now selling phone service with Clearwire and we can offer this at very attractive pricing with bundled pricing.

In related news Sprint, Clearwire, Google, and Intel join forces on WiMax. The multi-billion dollar deal should allow increased coverage for Wi-Max. See the full news article.

Please call BMI today at 800-485-5006 and see if Clearwire is for you.
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Outdoor cooking
by Gena Bybee


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Cuban-style Burgers on the Grill

2 pounds ground chuck
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup best-quality mayonnaise
3 cloves roasted garlic, pureed
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
4 soft, classic hamburger buns
8 slices thinly sliced Swiss cheese
4 slices thinly sliced smoked ham
2 dill pickles, sliced 1/4-inch thick

Preheat the grill to high.

Form the meat into 4 (1/4-inch thick) burgers. Season the meat with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes on both sides for medium doneness.

When the burgers are done, remove from the heat and reduce heat to medium-low

. Meanwhile, combine the mayonnaise and roasted garlic in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread both sides of each bun with mayonnaise and mustard. Place a slice of cheese on the bottom portion of each bun, place the burger on top of the cheese, then top the cheese with a slice of ham and another slice of cheese, and finally, the pickle slices.

Place the tops of the bun over the pickles, wrap the burgers in aluminum foil, and place them on the grill. Using a heavy pan or a brick wrapped in foil, press down on the burgers for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Lower the lid on the grill and continue grilling for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the bun has become pressed and firm.


Seasoned Grilled Fries

3 pounds Idaho potatoes
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin

Cover the potatoes with cold water in a large saucepan and cook until almost tender. Drain and dry the potatoes. Cut each potato lengthwise into quarters. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and brush both sides of the potatoes with oil.

Combine the chili powder, salt, and cumin in a small bowl, and sprinkle over the potatoes. Grill the potato wedges for 3 to 4 minutes per side until golden brown. Serve with ketchup.

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Picturefind
by BMI Staff


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Congratulations to Cheryl J. of Walla Walla, WA for winning the drawing for the May 2008 Picturefind! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!Visit our June 2008 PictureFind now.
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Kudos
by Matt Stephens


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"Just a short note to express my thanks to Rochelle. I am a new customer to BMI and the contacts I have had contacts with KJ who answered all questions and expressed sincere interest in my situation Erich and Michelle who took the time to help me and Rochelle who fixed everything this morning in less than 5 minutes...MY SINCERE THANKS! It is such a pleasure to do business with professionals. I intend to keep my service with BMI when I complete my move to Omro WI. Please, keep up the good work Sincerely,"
-Trish R., Green Valley, AZ

" I want to thank your staff members, past and present, which have been so very helpful over the years in assisting me in dealing with any number of glitches, most due to my own lack of computer moxie. Your staff deserves great credit for both your patience and advice in responding to my many inquiries. Incidentally, I have been very satisfied with Blue Mountain/Qwest DSL connection to date. BMI's technical service has been excellent, both in setting up the connection and helping to familiarize me with the way the system works. Thanks again for your great support."
-Joe T., Salem, OR

"I would like to thank you for all the help you have given me in my trouble times. Michelle who was very nice and lots of patience. I can't hear over a phone and had a friend helping me; she was very good at her job. Thanks to all you"
-Jack S., Merlin, OR

"Blue Mountain Internet has been providing us excellent service for about 10 years now. Their tech support is excellent and always ready to kindly help out a customer. Thanks a lot, BMI!"
-Cathryn M., Adams, OR

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