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11 States Where $1 Goes the Farthest

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This is a report from USA today which I thought quite interesting. Note Texas is not mentioned.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis, which published in July its report for 2014 prices for household consumption across the country. Your dollar will go a lot farther — 30% farther, in fact — in states like Mississippi and Arkansas THAN say Washington, D.C., and Hawaii.
This of course is 2 years ago, there may be a few changes but basically it gives you an idea of where it would be cheaper to live. If you want to move.

The states where your dollar (rounded to the nearest cent) is worth the most are:

1. Mississippi ($1.15)

2. Arkansas ($1.14)

3. Alabama ($1.14)

4. South Dakota ($1.14)

5. Kentucky ($1.13)

6. West Virginia ($1.12)

7. Ohio ($1.12)

8. Missouri ($1.12)

9. Oklahoma ($1.11)

10. Tennessee ($1.11)

11. Iowa ($1.11)

The cost of living in 35 states was below the national average.
The areas where your dollar is worth the least are the District of Columbia (85 cents), Hawaii (86 cents), New York (86 cents), New Jersey (87 cents), and California (89 cents).

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Trip To The Tail Of The Dragon

 

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Last week I rode my Harley with my riding buddies Bob and Dave, to the “Tail Of The Dragon”. For those who do not know what or where it is, it is an 11 mile road with 318 corners and travels through Tennessee and North Carolina.
We rode 2,281 miles From Houston to the “Tail” and back. On leaving and returning to the Houston area it literally pissed down with rain, the rest of the trip was steaming hot, one needed to cover up from the heat of the sun but it was gorgeous. Because of all the rain the trees and pastures were a brilliant green.
The States we passed through were Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee. This means I have done most of the States in USA only a few to go.
The roads in this country are so great for riding. (Take note Aust and NZ, they know how to build roads here). The scenery magnificent,different in every State.

Back to the “Tail”. I have to tell you I was shaking in my boots after doing the 318 turns, I bet my normally very low blood pressure was sky rocketing, but on the way back the 318 turns did not seem quite so daunting. 636 corner tally. After the “Tail” the ride back to Murphy included another 200 or more turns but less stressful in my opinion.

Here is a graphic picture of the “Tail Of The Dragon”

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I had to have a cigar before I headed off.

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Bob With the Dragon

Bob With the Dragon

Me With the Dragon

Me With the Dragon

Me riding the

Me riding the “Tail Of The Dragon”

Bob in front of me

Bob in front of me

Unfortunately my bike was making funny noises at this stage so when I got back to Houston I had to take it to the Harley shop for repair. Like a big repair hopefully I get it back in a couple of days.

It was a great trip and look forward to doing it again and all the other rides in the area.
Thank you Bob and Dave.

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If ‘Blue’ my Fat Bob keeps playing up the Harley V-Rod my next bike!

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Informative And Fascinating Illustration maps

1.This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with a distinct color) with each section containing 1 billion people.
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2.This map shows (in white) where 98 percent of Australia’s population lives.
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3. It may not come as a surprise but more people live inside the circle than outside of it.
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4. This map shows what is on the other side of the world from where you are standing. For the most part it will probably be water.
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5. Apparently you can’t get Big Macs everywhere. This map shows (in red) the countries that have McDonalds.
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6.This map shows the
countries (in blue) where people drive on the left side of the road.

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7.This map shows countries (in white) that England has never invaded. There are only 22 of them.
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8.The line in this map shows all of the world’s Internet connections in 1969.
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9.This map shows the countries that heavily restricted Internet access in 2013.
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10.This map shows (in red) countries that were all Communist at one point in time.
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11.This map shows (in red) the countries that don’t use the metric system.
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12.This map shows (in blue) places where Google street view is available.
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13.This map shows (in green) all the landlocked countries of the world.
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14.And this is what the world would look like if all the countries with coast lines sank.

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15.This is a map of the all the rivers in the United States.

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16.And these are all the rivers that feed into the Mississippi River.
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17.This is a map of the highest paid public employees in the United States.
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18.This map shows how much space the United States would occupy on the moon.
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Did You Know – 04/03/2013

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1.  San Marino claims to be the world’s oldest constitutional republic – it was founded in 301 by a Christian stonemason fleeing persecution under Emperor Diocletian. Its constitution of 1600 is the oldest written constitution in the world. San Marino is pictured above.
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2. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the Longest mountain chain on earth (at 40 thousand kilometers). It is located along the middle of the Atlantic. Iceland is the only part of this chain that is above water.
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3. In 1811 and 1812, there were three earthquakes measuring around 8 to 8.9 on the Richter scale. These shocks caused the Mississippi River to flow backward for three days, creating Reelfoot Lake in western Tennessee, and ringing church bells on the East Coast.

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4. Thousands of leeches are used for medical emergencies every year. The leech’s blood sucking accelerates healing on any deep wound but especially after re-attaching a severed limb or any other deep wound. The leech feeds off the oxygenated blood that would otherwise cause swelling and gangrene. The sucking assists the flow of blood and an anticoagulant in the leech prevents scabbing. The sucking is painless because the leech releases an anesthetic.
Of the 650 types of leeches, only a small number of Hirudo species are used, the most popular being the Hirudo medicinally. They’re usually sold 20 to a pack, at US$7 apiece.
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A.P. Gianni, founder of the Bank of Italy, later to become the Bank of America
5. Bank of Italy became the Bank Of America – Amedeo Giannini, son of Italian immigrants to the US, started the Bank of Italy in a converted saloon in San Francisco at 9 am on Monday, October 17, 1904. On the first day, 28 deposits totalled $8,780.

When an earthquake struck in 1907, he ran his bank from a plank in the street – the word “bank” is from the Italian “banca”, meaning a bench or counter. Word quickly spread about his service and by 1916 he had several branches. By 1929, the bank was strong enough to withstand the Great Depression stock crash. Giannini changed the name to Bank of America in 1928 and remained chairman until 1963. The Bank of America would become one of the largest banking institutions in the world but by 2008, due to poor management, had to receive government bailout.

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