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April 19, 2016

Reflecting on Earth Day

This weekend my granddaughter reminded me that it’s Earth Week, with Friday being Earth Day.  She said it so nonchalantly as if the holiday has always existed but it caused me to pause and reflect for a moment on the time before Earth Day and how far we’ve come.

SpinLife blog Earth from Space Earth Day 2016

Earth from Space

Almost 40 years ago the crew of Apollo 8 took a picture of earth as they orbited the moon in preparation for the first lunar landing mission. And for the first time, Earth was revealed as a blue jewel against the vastness of space and in contrast with the barren lunar surface.   Our planet suddenly became not just fields, forests, oceans and mountains:  It was a complete global entity.   And the greatest change in our sense of the world since Columbus sailed for the Indies and didn’t fall off the edge of the watery void.

At the same time, works such as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) and Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth (1968) by R. Buckminster Fuller brought the need for conservation efforts to greater public attention than ever before.   President Nixon was persuaded to establish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which both consolidated several smaller agencies and strengthened the aspects of oversight and penalties for infractions.

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April 13, 2016

Phone Scamming: 3 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe

Avoid Phnoe Scammers

With the rise of Internet communication, we may not be as concerned as we should be to avoid phone scamming. Yet every year thousands of people lose money and sometimes even their identities through phone scamming.

Let’s take a look at some easily recognizable ways our security can be at risk, and then talk about three ways to protect ourselves.

First: Recognize the Scam:phone scamming

Being able to recognize a scam is the first and most important way to protect yourself from being taken advantage of.  There are common phrases that should immediately give cause for caution.  If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  If you hear any of these, you are most likely being hooked by a crook.

  • You’ve been specially selected (for this offer).
  • You’ll get a free bonus if you buy our product.
  • You’ve won one of five valuable prizes.
  • This investment is low risk and Provides higher outcome than you’ll get anywhere else.

Scammers will use fast talk and pressure to get you to agree to hidden costs and charges. After recognizing these phrases or ones similar, it’s best to not continue the conversation and end the call.

 

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April 5, 2016

Shop at Home: Sensible, Safe Internet Shopping

          Safe internet shopping offers many avenues for making our lives more convenient and accessible. With just a few clicks of the mouse and a combination of keystrokes we can have anything the market has to offer delivered right to the front door.

Internet shopping is not only practical it’s exciting! But there are ways to be taken advantage of. Here are two key considerations to help protect your funds and your identity.

Safe internet shopping

online shopping is convenient

Know Your Vendor: In face-to-face transactions, it’s always a good choice to buy from companies you know and trust, like SpinLife. Safe internet shopping is no different. How do you know if the website you’re using is safe? There are three things to look for: the URL, the SSL (secure sockets layer), and the lock. Before you buy, look at the URL in the address bar. Is everything spelled correctly? Often scammers will use common misspellings of popular websites to fool unsuspecting buyers. If everything is spelled correctly, look at the domain at the end of the address, is it a less commonly used domain such as .net rather than .com? If so, you may have been redirected to another website. If your website is spelled correctly and ending in the correct domain, good!

SSL capture

Spinlife.com secure online checkout. Notice “https” at the beginning, and the closed padlock to the far right

There are only a few more things to look for to ensure a safe purchase. Look at the letters in front of the URL. The SSL encryption is present if the first letters of the URL are HTTPS:// rather than HTTP://. The last thing to look for is the picture of a closed padlock, which will be either at the end of the URL in the address bar, or in the status bar at the bottom of your browser.

Know What’s Required:

You’ve chosen your merchandise and you’ve checked all of the above; now you’re ready to pay!

Understanding what most vendors will ask of you will help prevent giving away sensitive and valuable parts of your identity. You should never give your entire Social Security Number to confirm payment, and rarely will you give your birthday.  Most websites will ask simply for your credit card number, expiration date, the name on the card, and sometimes the CCV (three digit code on the back)
Groceries, medical supplies, gifts, electronics and so much more are available to you online! And with a little smart shopping, your needs can be met with little to no risk. Happy safe spending from your friends at Spinlife!

 

April 1, 2016

April Fool’s Day Brain Game- Top 10 songs with “Fool” in the title

The King himself"A fool such as I"

In recognition of April 1st, we thought a little April Fool’s Day Brain Game might be in order.

You know they say that playing memory games is another way of keeping your mind sharp, so I spent a few minutes dusting off my personal memory banks to come up with this list of songs with the word “fool “ in the title. Some are pretty memorable, others, maybe not so much! I bet you can think of others, so please,  play the April Fool’s Day Brain Game and add your personal favorites.

Here’s my top 10 in decending order of dates:

From 1981  Who could forget Barbara Streisand and Barry Gibb’s “ What Kind of fool”  Just look at that album cover! April Fool’s Day Brain Game What Kind of Fool

From 1971 Elvin Bishops catchy “Fooled around and Fell in love” peaked at number 3 on the Billboard charts that year. This video is a truly a blast from the past!

From 1968 The Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” is still one of my all-time favorites! Definitely worth watching.

From 1967  The amazing Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album featured Paul McCartney’s ballad “The Fool on the Hill”. Do you know that song was so overshadowed by the rest of the album, it  did not make it to the Billboard Charts until it was covered some years later by Sergio Mendez and the Brazil 66…

sergio mendez Fool on the HIll April Fool’s Day Brain Game

 

This one from 1963:  Do you happen to remember Leslie Gore’s rendition of “She’s a Fool” which topped out at # 5 on the Billboard Charts?

April Fool’s Day Brain Game Leslie Gore

From 1961 Sammy Davis Jr. gave the world the beautiful “ What kind of fool am I?” That classic song topped the Billboard charts at #6 and won the Grammy Song of the year as well. That song was actually from a Broadway musical. Can you remember what musical that was a part of?

April Fool’s Day Brain Game

 

Listen here to another hit from 1961- Brenda Lee’s “ Fool # 1” which peaked at #3 that year.

And of course in  1959 “The King” himself, Elvis Presley brought the world

“A Fool such as I” elvispresley07-430x250

 

 

 

 

From 1958 Ricky Nelson’s popular “ Poor Little Fool’ Topped the billboard charts at #1 for two weeks in a row. Didn’t he have a TV show as well?

American singer and actor Ricky Nelson April Fool’s Day Brain Game

 

 

1956 Frankie Lyman and the teenagers performed “Why do Fools Fall in Love?’ Apparently Frankie was 13 years old at the time he wrote this song. You’ll love this video from the Frankie Lane show- It was their first television appearance!

 

 

So play  the April Fool’s Day Brain Game. Can you come up with other songs? I bet if you ask your family and friends you’ll have your own top 10 in no time!

Have fun with it, and have a great April Fool’s Day from all of us at Spinlife!

March 29, 2016

My scooter won’t start! My scooter batteries won’t charge!

How to maintain your Scooter Batteries.

It’s the first beautiful day of spring and you just can’t wait to dust off your scooter, get out in the sunshine and take her for a spin.  You climb aboard in anticipation, turn the key, and nothing.  How can this be? My scooter won’t start! Every spring, the Product Specialists at SpinLife hear the same scenario repeated over and over. Your scooter batteries are dead.

Many people do not realize that if your scooter is not being used, the batteries will slowly discharge. Even if you put it away for the winter with the batteries fully charged, it is likely they will not have enough power to run your scooter come springtime.

This is due to the fact that once the level of charge has fallen below a certain level, your charger is not capable of resurrecting the batteries to their former function. Often times people think their charger has gone bad, which is possible, but unlikely.

So what’s a person to do? Here are two easy steps to follow so this won’t happen to you.

Sealed Gel Scooter Batteries

U- 1 Battery

  1. If you have a travel scooter and the batteries are in a removable pack, go ahead and store your scooter, but bring your battery pack and charger inside with you. Place it somewhere you can get to it without a lot of hassle. Mark your calendar to plug in your battery charger every two weeks. Plug it in at night when you go to bed. Unplug it the next morning. If you follow through with this for the winter, come spring you will be good to go!

 

  1. If you have a larger scooter without a removable battery pack follow these instructions. Be sure your batteries are fully charged, and disconnect them from the scooter. Sealed batteries can hold their charge from 6 to 12 months if they are not hooked to the scooter battery terminals. Remember, if you have to store your scooter in an unheated area, it’s best if you move the fully charged batteries to an area where they will not freeze. Extremes of temperature (hot or cold) can harm sealed batteries and shorten their usable life.

 

If it’s time for a new set of batteries, shop today or call one of our Spinlife Product Specialists for help at 800-850-0335. Just tell us the make and model of your mobility device and we’ll do the rest. Orders placed before 2 pm ET often ship out the same day, and expedited delivery is available. Happy motoring!