The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 64 February 2009 
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall Find the Santa Winner  by Mike Rochelle
Roadside Attractions  by Rebecca Sheridan Wall Decor  by Gena Bybee
Kids  by Rochelle Helms FAQ  by Matt Stephens
Crossword  by Mike Rochelle Cool Stuff  by James Morgan
Humor  by Victor Luna Wordfind  by BMI Staff
Warning!  by Mike Rochelle Inaugural  by Michelle Mook
PictureFind  by BMI Staff Cool Sites  by Tyler Brown
Kudos  by Matt Stephens
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall

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The theme of this month's newsletter is "off The Wall", which will give you a whole variety of article topics! In researching the phrase OFF THE WALL, I found that Off The Wall   was the name of a video game designed for the old Atari 2600. Now...that made me think way back!

     In my basement, I have an old original Atari 2600.  My kids thought it peculiar that Mom and Dad not only played video games before they were born, but owned a video game system!  More peculiar, however, was the fact that when I set it up, just for fun, and they played the old classics like Pong, Space Invaders and Tank...they loved it.  Although they own the latest greatest video games systems of today...there is a lot of fun to be had with antiquated systems as well!  There is something about the simple square Pong ball and one dimensional paddles that is comforting I guess!

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

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Find the Santa Winner
by Mike Rochelle

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Congratulations to Mary T. of Baker City Oregon!  Mary was the lucky winner of the 2008 Find The Santa Contest and she received an Ipod Touch!  We hope Mary is enjoying her new toy as much as we here at BMI have enjoyed ours!
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Roadside Attractions
by Rebecca Sheridan

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Most of us can recall driving by those crazy tourist traps set up on many highways across the nation. While I was growing up my family and I took many trips across the US. During those trips I can recall many roadside stops that were massive entertainment waiting inside. There is so much to see out there and although some tourist traps can be a waste of time and money - these are not:

1. Wall Drug, South Dakota
2. Reptile Gardens, Rapid City, South Dakota
3. Santa Cruz Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz, California

There are many more off the wall attractions to see so take a chance and stop, you might really enjoy what you find! Here are some links, enjoy!

Roadside Attraction Search
Roadside America

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Wall Decor
by Gena Bybee

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Off-The-Wall Decor
With today's economy even our art work is here is an article I found on the Internet about ways to find or make inexpensive decor.

Walls are  a canvas for Off The Wall Decorating!

Chicago Tribune

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by Rochelle Helms

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Off the Wall - What a fun title this month! Everything about kids, the way they think, the things they say and things they do can be off the wall. Speaking of kids saying something off the wall, here are a few cute examples:
Country Life

If you have kids, grandkids, nieces and/or nephews that give you artwork to proudly display on your refrigerator but your refrigerator is getting a little full, this is a great idea:
Family Fun

Kid's room need an update? I found a couple clever ideas for their walls:

I was thinking, what can I do with things I have around the house to make them different or off the wall, so to speak. Look what I found:
Martha Stewart

How about a drum set made out of items you have around the house or in the garage:
 Out of The Box Drum

I couldn't write a February Newsletter without mentioning Valentines Day right? There are some great craft projects to enjoy with the kids:

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by Matt Stephens

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Hello to the entire BMI Family! I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but it's cold here. I don't even remember what it's like to sweat. Nice thought, I know, but as I'm sure many of you are, I'm about done with winter.

Hold on there though because we're already to February so spring is just around the corner. I'm sure I'm shooting myself in the foot here, but I'm going to jump into spring cleaning in the midst of winter! But it's okay, because it's cleaning for your computer. Nothing needs to be done outside for this one.

We have recently run some reports from our mail servers and found that many people have a lot of email sitting on the server. In most cases this isn't such a problem for us, but for you it can be a huge hassle. Cleaning up this mess of email, and sorting things out can certainly seem like a daunting task. Once it's done though, you'll be proud to know you did it yourself!

If you are one of those people that likes to keep the email that Uncle George sent you from Hawaii ten years ago (like I am) but you find yourself running out of room for new email (this can happen) then it may be time for you to install an email client on your computer. Don't stop reading here. You've come this far, stay with me.

An email client is nothing more than a small program that is most likely already installed on your computer. Windows computers come with Outlook Express or Windows Mail as their email client. If you don't like those, you can download Mozilla Thunderbird. That's what I use in the office here and at home. For you Mac folks, you have Mac Mail or you can also download Thunderbird. Once you have your chosen email client on the computer, give us a call and we'll walk you through setting up your email account. Then you just have to get online, click the send/recv or the get mail button and sit back and wait. All of the email that was sitting on the server (webmail) will download into your computer.

A special little side note I would like to add here is that if you check your mail from multiple computers tell us when you call to set up your client. We have ways to make this continue to be possible and still give you the benefit of being able to use an email client.

Email clients are very easy to use, and they don't have the inherent errors that web based mail can have. They have easy to use address books; you can add folders very easily to store email; and the only size limit you have on how many emails you can get is the size of your hard drive.

We are here to help you. If you decide that you want to do this, give us a call and we'll help you through each step. I promise you that I have walked someone through all of this that thought they were less capable than you. I can't tell you how many times a day I hear "I'm not very computer literate", and I just want to let all of you know, I understand. My techs and I are all literate enough for all of us. We'll get you through any challenge you decide to take on.

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by Mike Rochelle

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Congratulations to Dennis and Amy J. of Wright, WY for winning the drawing for the January 2009 Crossword! They received a $25.00 credit on their BMI account!

. Please visit our Feb 2009 Crossword
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Cool Stuff
by James Morgan

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Tired of looking like the Borg from Star Trek while on your bluetooth headset? Try one of these handsets that are totally old school in nature, but phenomenally high tech for today's busy cell phone user!

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by Victor Luna

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"Hello -Welcome to the Psychiatric Hotline":
- If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly.
- If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2.
- If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4, 5, and 6.
- If you are paranoid-delusional, we know who you are and what you want. Just stay on the line so we can trace the call.
- If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will tell you which number to press.
- If you are manic-depressive, it doesn't matter which number you press. No one will answer.
- If you are anxious, just start pressing numbers at random.
- If you are phobic, don't press anything.
- If you are anal retentive, please hold.

Question: What shouldn't you wear at a coffee bar?
Answer: A "tea" shirt!

2 dumb fishermen decided to rent a boat on a lake for their favorite sport. After fishing for 4 hours at various places around the lake with no luck at all they decided to try one more spot before calling it quits. Suddenly things started to happen, and they caught their limit inside of twenty minutes!
Paul said: Hey we should mark this spot, so next time we will know where to come.
Jim says:  Good idea, and he took out a can of spray paint and made a large X on the floor of the mark the spot.
Paul said:  Why did you do that, now anyone who rents this boat will know where to find fish!

Want more?  Please visit:  Jokes Galore

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by BMI Staff

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Congratulations Barbara T. of Independence, OR for winning the drawing for the January 2009 Wordfind! Barbara received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Please visit our Feb 2009 WordFind
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by Mike Rochelle

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At BMI, we are always watching out for current threats that can affect us. We pro-actively keep our network...and YOUR network safe and working efficiently. I will be sharing some of the websites each month with you and hope it helps to keep your systems safe.

Norman Anti-Virus, the product we use and sell, has a very good website for the threats

McAfee Virus Center has a good list of virus threats:

Computer Associates Global Security Advisor is an excellent website for Microsoft vulnerability issues.

Remember to always be cautious. It's not the old west, it's the Internet

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by Michelle Mook

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 Last month, our 44th president was sworn into office. I found the inaugural address to be rather moving, but some pundits thought it lacked a unifying theme, or was too skittish to contain any real content.

Yet when we compare this most recent one to the last one, each address is compelling in its own right, and speaks to the time in which it's delivered.

An interesting way to compare the last few inaugural speeches is to compare them in the form of word clouds.

Obama said "new" and "nation" most frequently. Bush said "freedom" the most. Clinton in his second address said "new" most often. Reagan said "government" the most. Each speech is a capsule representing the temperature of the country at the time.

Whether you liked the message but not the writing, or you liked the writing but not the message, or you liked neither, an inaugural address is a great opportunity to study modern language and oratory.

Below are some sites to inaugural speeches and analysis:

Archive of all Presidential Inaugural Speeches
George W. Bush First Inaugural Speech
Obamas Prose Style
First Impressions

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by BMI Staff

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Congratulations to Marilyn L. of Bend, OR for winning the drawing for the January 2009 Picturefind! Marilyn received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Please visit our Feb 2009 PictureFind
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Cool Sites
by Tyler Brown

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Ever need to get things done? Here's a site that can give you some tips:

 The show Lost is back! I don't think things can get much cooler than that. Get Lost on Wednesdays at 9:

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by Matt Stephens

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"Your employees are fantastic. I have only called once about a technical issue and was called back promptly and was amazed how friendly James was. I called once before when my house was broken into and spoke with Rochelle who was most helpful in getting my new bank account debit card listed. Keep up the GREAT work, and thanks for providing such awesome service along with such awesome employees."
- Rosemond R., Belen, NM

"Once again I have received excellent service from BMI. Every time I call or email for what ever reason I get prompt and immediate service. This is why I stay with BMI. Thank you for being a great company."
-Cheryl P., Ephrata, WA

"Wishing you the best in 2009!! I am very satisfied with your service & every one I have talked to has been great!! Thank you so much. Kudos to everyone involved in the newsletter! Though I am new to BMI, every experience I have had, read, etc. has been fantastic in every aspect. You have the BEST service team I have encountered in my many years in dealing with the public even if you are not face to face! Thanks so much!"
-Cheryl W., Florence, OR

"Michelle - Thank you so much for your help. I know it was probably a routine problem, but when you are as technically challenged I am, any problem is MAJOR. I appreciate your help and also in not making me feel like I should have known what to do. Thanks again."
-Nola T., Weston, OR

"I want to thank you for always being so very helpful, friendly, and courteous. Another plus is the immediate attention. I appreciate the return phone call rather than the sit and hold method. Keep up the good work!!!! Thank you again."
-Jo Ann R., Walla Walla, WA

"Thanks to your technician for assisting me in setting up the wireless internet. She was very courteous & professional & walked me through the procedure with no problem whatsoever. Glad to be back to BMI."
-Barbara B., Walla Walla, WA

"I've gotta compliment your staff. Twice now I have needed to call and get a problem fixed. Both times I received such prompt responses, such pleasant responses, and they even tolerate with patience my lack of computer understanding and patiently walk me through what needs to be done with baby steps. I'm so glad BMI is the company I went with after leaving Salem City. You're all wonderful!!!!"
-Jan P., Salem, OR

"I live in a very rural area, and with your Turbo, even with a prehistoric PC I connect and surf faster than my son does in town. Kudos to BMI Turbo!!"
-Karin E., Christmas Valley, OR

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