Jimmy's Favorite Sites
Here are a few sites I have discovered
which are helpful, informative or interesting. These sites relate
to Annapolis, to business or are just worth dropping in for a
casual visit. Let's go surfing and take a look.
Over the years Over the years
we have had birds repeatedly fly into our closed windows. The
most common result, I am happy to report, is that we get to observe
these delicate little creatures until they regain consciousness
and continue on their flights. Recently, we had a similar experience
but could not recognize the species. Thanks to the U.S. Geodesic
Service and the link to the Patuxent Wildlife Service page at
we were able to identify our wayward traveler as a black-throated
blue warbler---new to us! We are happy to report that he recovered
and resumed his journey more quickly than we could identify him.
We use the service of a veterinarian who makes house calls. With
four cats, the routine tasks of pet maintenance, shots, checkups
etc. can be overwhelming. The unusual part about this is that
almost immediately our pets started to associate the door bell
with the vet and the trauma that followed soon after his arrival.
I was on a mission to solve that problem, so I purchased a new
electronic doorbell that comes preloaded with 48 songs and a digital
keyboard which allows us to make our own music if we are inclined.
My hope is that we can change the tune as often as is required
to keep the pet trauma to a minimum and make the visit more enjoyable
for all. Take a look at this unit at www.timelygifts.net.
Order now and you can have holiday music at the touch of the door-
bell even if you don't have pets. It's $50 plus shipping---cheap.
Recently, I wanted to upgrade my color inkjet printer and stumbled
offax.com. Don't let the name fool you. Anything computer-related
is available at this site, and shipping is always free, according
to the welcoming banner. Type any printer model into a search
window, and this site will list anything related to the model
selected. I didn't switch printers in the end, but this is the
first site you should check. The printer manufacturers must have
realized that they could make a fortune on supplies even if they
gave the printers away free. At www.iasbiz
express.com you can reduce the supply cost drastically. I
saved as much as 30 percent on my HP #14 cartridges, and shipping
is free on any order over $100. I have not purchased any other
items from them, but the banner states that they have 225,000
other products as well. This past spring we were forced to replace
our 30-plus- year-old furnace and the associated air filter system.
We finally decided to step up to a Honeywell air filtrations unit
with a remote sensor that monitors air pressure and alerts you
when the filter requires cleaning or changing. The bad news is
that the 4-inch filter needed cleaning much more quickly than
we expected. They were not an on-the-shelf item, and they could
cost as much as $60 each. That problem was quickly resolved by
the folks at www.oxyclean.com/spacegard.html.
Not only were the filters better than the originals, but with
free freight and an order of 6 or more, my cost was less than
$30 per filter. Their filter product line is very extensive and
worth checking out. As always we encourage your thoughts and suggestions,
R. Hammond, CPA, is a resident of Annapolis and a consultant
to businesses in Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.