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The Last Minute
The Last Minute
Sam Capra has one reason to live: to rescue his baby son from the people who abducted him. An ex-CIA agent, Sam now owns bars around the world as cover for his real mission-working undercover for a secret network as mysterious as it is powerful, while using his skills to find his child.
Now the kidnappers have offered a deadly deal: they'll surrender Sam's child...if Sam finds and murders the one man who can expose them. Teaming up with a desperate young mother whose daughter is also missing, Sam tracks his prey-and his son-across the country in a dangerous race against time, and must unravel a deadly conspiracy if he's to rescue the only person in the world that matters to him.

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Ironing Board
Ironing Board
As a frequent traveler, I have a real picky way about the hotels at which I stay. Sometimes however you just don't get a choice, and you land at some place you've never been before. Depending on the alternative, this can often be a rewarding experience, but other times it can feel downright disasterous. Before you get the idea that I'm too picky however, allow me to clarify. First and foremost is that I'm a tall man. As a tall man, I expect a certain degree of "elbow room". Sometimes this can be both horizontal and vertical. For example, hotels that put their fitness centers in the basement forget that the treadmill eats up a good foot of overhead space. I've been to places where I can use the equipment for this reason. The horizontal comparison of this would be hotels that still use straight shower curtain rods. There's just nothing pleasant about waking up and taking a shower against a curtain that you know has been rubbed up against by countless other dirty strangers. More recently, many hotels have been adopting a curved shower curtain rod. This pulls the curtain away from your upper-torso. Once I've arrived at my room, I will likely want to work on my laptop and charge a few gadgets. Desks and chairs can be a real pain in some older hotels. In smaller spaces, these are confined little areas. In some cases, there's a second table on rollers tucked under the smaller main table. The idea is clearly to give you mobility and more space, but at the cost of about eight inches of knee space, I often end up working on my bed. Of course a chair that does raise or lower to accomodate doesn't make things any easier either. In fact, I've actually evolved to carry a portable wireless router with me that allows me to work anywhere in my room. This raises one of the more common problems I encounter - a lack of electrical outlets. It annoys me to no end to have arrived in my hotel after a long day of travel only to have to move the bed to plug in my laptop. Then to have to "share" the time between my laptop and my phone charger? Riduculous. Where does that wireless router go? My iPod? Anything else? I generally sacrifice the alarm clock next believe it or not as I can use my phone or laptop in it's place. Many hotels have caught onto this limitation and are using products that take an outlet to give you four more. Take for example a desk lamp, that would normally block access, and that now gives you four slots in return. Some hotels even have desks that have powerstrips built right into the side so you don't have to go crawling around the floor. There's no doubt that in today's world of increasing digital reliance, having a place to plug in my equipment is very important. This brings me to where to plug in an iron. Iron's in general at hotels are a sore spot with me. They are never filled with water (doesn't anybody use steam?), they've often been dropped enough that they leak horrendously, and the ironing plate itself is often covered with some strange substance that's not native to the iron itself. Getting passed that mess - where am I supposed to plug it in? If I've got power then I actually need a surface on which to iron my clothes. Most hotels give you a full size ironing board. Sure the cover is rarely on correctly, or smoothly. Sure the legs have been opened and closed so often that they're now warped and it doesn't stand flat. I can deal with those situations. Imagine my surprise however, when I arrived at the Marriott LAX and found the ironing board was smaller than my desk! To bring this story full circle then, remember that I'm a tall man. Ironing on this little piece of fiber board turned out to be an excruciating nightmare. A typical session of a few minutes work turned into a thirty minute ordeal. I had to iron my shirt in more than ten different passes! With my pants I finished the legs and just gave up on the creases at the top. And notice that there's no flat surface at the end of the board for a hot iron - what am I supposed to do with those?
Peer Pressure
Peer Pressure
My little brother recently began his freshman year of college... We don't speak as often as I'd like, but we managed to connect late last week. We chatted on and on about his classes, his girlfriend, his job, and his expanding role as a bona fide adult. It's fun to hear his new stories and new experiences but it was weird telling him big brother stuff like: :: It's always okay to say no. :: Don't waste all your money on flowers for your girlfriend. :: If you get into trouble you can always call me. (Skype, yo) :: Give Dad a few bucks for groceries. He'll refuse it but he'll respect the gesture. And the most important tip, :: Forget spur-of-the-moment, coming-of-age roadtrips - check out Expedia's last minute package deals. They've got great hotel/flight combos! You'll save a ton of money and you won't have to sleep in the car with your smelly friends.

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Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew, and No-Sew Projects (Sewing)
Cynthia Treen has a way with fabric. She can pick up a piece of cloth and, literally within an hour or two, transform it into something wonderful—a chic wool hat from an out-ofstyle sweater, say, or an elegant blossom from a favorite piece of silk. In Last-Minute Fabric Gifts, the follow-up to the immensely successful Last- Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson, Treen teaches all of us to perform such fabric magic no matter how little sewing experience we may have.

This inspiring book comes with 30 easy projects for quick-to-make gifts ranging from fabric-covered notepads to a tea-dyed sequined scarf to a baby quilt. Arranged by how long it takes to complete each project, the book focuses on gifts that generally require less than three hours of time. What’s more, Treen clearly details the knowledge and skills you need to improvise on these projects, allowing you to customize the color, pattern, and texture to suit the occasion. Complete with 70 full-color photographs and a final chapter on innovative ways to wrap gifts with fabric, Last-Minute Fabric Gifts is brimming with creative ideas sure to appeal to novice and experienced sewers alike.