Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Amazing Facts About Sharks

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One of my favorite shows today is “Shark Tank.” Although the show doesn’t literally use live sharks, the concept of sharks is alive and well in it. It was because of this that I thought it would be fun to write about real sharks since I’ve always found them to be overly fascinating. In fact, to me, they’re one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. Here are some of them.

  • Sharks are older than dinosaurs by 200 million years. That’s a lot of years.
  • Sharks have one of the strongest olfactory senses in the world. They can smell food from great distances.
  • Sharks eat fish, crustaceans, mollusks, planktons, mammals, and other sharks. They rarely attack people. Thank God.
  • The largest shark the world has ever seen is the megalodon. It can grow to 67 feet. It’s extinct now. Or so we think.
  • Sadly, the number of sharks in the wild is decreasing. Many factors are contributing to this decline such as the destruction of their natural habitat, massive illegal fishing (stop eating shark’s fin soup people!), and many other threats.
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  • Regarding their habitat, some sharks have evolved to live in shallow, coastal regions, while others have found ways to go deeper into the ocean. The scary and temperamental bull shark has even known to hunt prey in the shallow fresh water. Yikes!
  • Sharks are a lot more active in the evening.
  • Sharks may be romantics. They travel great distances to breed. Sometimes they traverse entire oceans for this.

   I’m Bennett J. Kireker formerly from New York. As I said, I love 'Shark Tank.' Visit my blog for more fun stuff.

Friday, November 4, 2016

New York Jets History: No. 99, Mark Gastineau

Marcus Dell Gastineau is a former American football player who was a defensive pillar of the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988. He has a record of 107½ quarterback sacks in only his first 100 starts in the NFL, making him one of the most daunting pass rushers of his time. To date, he is the 8th best pass rusher of all time in the NFL.

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After a very successful collegiate career, having journeyed through 3 schools, he was picked by the New York Jets in the second round of the 1979 edition of the NFL draft.

Virtually with a defensive talent unmatched by many, he made the Pro Bowl for five straight seasons running from 1981 to 1985. He was a member of the legendary “New York Sack Exchange, in which he was together with Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam. In 1981 alone, the four players combined for 66 sacks, 20 of which belonging to Gastineau.

He was famous for his signature “Sack Dance” which he did each time he sacked an opposing quarterback. Eventually, this gesture was considered as an unsportsmanlike conduct which was penalized. This was implemented by the NFL following a 1983 game which saw Gastineau and Rams Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater get into a fight because Gastineau sacked Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo.

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His best season in the NFL listed him with 22 sacks and 69 tackles. This sack record stood unbeaten for 17 years.

Hi. My name is Bennett J. Kireker. I sell farming machines to farm owners as well as milk harvesting and processing equipment to dairy farms. I am huge supporter of the New york Jets. Learn more about me here on this page.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Riding The Wind: Best Places To Go Hang Gliding In America

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Hang gliding is one of the most exciting outdoor activities, more so for those who enjoy heights and viewing the stunning horizons while up in the air. While riding the wind is best done in the Golden State, there are also plenty other places perfect for hang gliding. A few of the best ones in US are the following:

La Jolla, California

Those who prefer coastal soaring can go to the hilly seaside community of La Jolla in San Diego, home of various outdoor recreations. The cliffs of Black’s Beach beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines are perfect spots for hang gliding.

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

This part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks is the site of the Wright’s brothers flight experiment. To emulate what the brothers did in walking up the dunes and leaping off can be quite fulfilling.

Pacific City, Oregon

Adventurers seeking an alternative to the crowded Californian hang gliding spots go to Pacific City. The amazing winds off of Cape Kiwanda have made the place a haven for hang gliders since 1970s.

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McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is probably the best state that offers riding over scenic greeneries. Hang gliders from Maryland and the District of Columbia even flock to McConnellsburg to ride the wind. The Pulpit is one of the most popular hang gliding spots.

I am Bennett J. Kireker, a New York native who has since moved to Pismo Beach in California. I work in the agribusiness industry, but during my spare time, I seek out adventures through hang gliding or playing VR games. Follow this Tumblr page for more of my work and hobbies.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The laid-back life: Tips on how to build a farm

Living on a farm is an inviting thought. Trust me, I am a living testimony. From being a (New York) city-dweller, I am now a proud owner of a farm. My career revolves around it too.

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Maybe, some of you are also thinking of going for a laid-back lifestyle. Turning your back on city living is a matter that should be well thought of. You can’t go around and buy a lot, turn it into a farm, and settle there for good. Or can you? 

Building a farm requires investment, not only financially, but also physically and emotionally. Good news is, it can be achieved one step a time. 

To build a farm, the first thing to decide on is the type of farm that you want. Answering the following questions will help you get through the first step - What is the purpose of your farm? Will the place be for your hobby or simply to take time off from the city? Will it be a source of income? Will you focus on gardening or plantation? Or will you raise livestock? 

At this stage, goal setting happens. Most farm owners recommend setting a one-year plan for your farm. This will help you decide on what investments to make as you go along. 

Once you’ve answered these questions, it’s finally time to look for the perfect location for your farm. Assess various land properties before buying or leasing one. Know the climate within that location, and if it’ll be advantageous to your chosen farm type.  

Determine your resources, and invest little by little. Some people want to have a full-blown farm, complete with crops and livestock and farm machineries, as soon as they build their farm. Although having those would be great, it may not be the wisest thing to do. Often, people who do this find themselves drowning in a sea of debt.  

Don’t risk acquiring debts to pay off another debt just because you purchased a tractor on a whim. Heavy duty equipment is vital, but there’s no need to rush. To go about this, you must first have a forecast of your cash flow, and set realistic goals. Never go overboard without testing the waters first.

This doesn’t imply that you should not take risks. Risks are part of any business. Farming is much like other business startups. It requires both the mind and heart, logic and patience, and a whole lot of back ache too.  
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Is The Waiting Game Over For The New York Jets And Ryan Fitzpatrick?

The New York Jets are set to craft a great game plan without Ryan Fitzpatrick on their lineup. The season is soon to start, and the waiting game is taking its toll not just on the players and the team, but for the fans as well. According to Adam Schefter, the team has been doing contingency planning in case Fitz does not take the offer.

Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, and rookie player Christian Hackenberg are on talks for being Fitz’s replacement. But Schefter does not dismiss the possibility that the team can bring another quarterback who is not on their current roster. 

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The Jets’ coach himself, Tedd Bowles, has told reporters that he’s done waiting for Ryan Fitzpatrick. His strong statement was not much of a shock for NFL fans, since they saw this coming anyway. Bowles told the press about his take on the issue at the conclusion of the Jets’ mini-camp. He also said Fitzpatrick’s absence did not affect the team’s game, as they are going on full-speed with training their new lineup. Besides, they have Geno Smith and other stunning players to boost their team on the field.

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Fitzpatrick is not the only player having contract issues. Muhammad Wilkerson is displeased with talks regarding his contract. He believes his stats show that his game deserves a spot, but the management is not giving him a chance to do what he does best. 

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