Tuesday, December 30, 2014

5 reasons why people order tomato juice on airplanes

Ever wondered why tomato juice is popular on planes, but not so much at ground level? If you're like me, you've had a glass while in flight, or you've wondered why other passengers drink it.

Tomato juice in flight
Tomato juice - the free, stomach-settling, tasty mixer in flight.
Well, there are a few reasons many airlines carry the salty, earthy beverage.
  1. It's free.
    • It's simply free, and it's there. With just a few options to choose from, why not go with tomato juice?
  2. A small amount is a treat.
    • Chances are you don't buy large bottles of tomato juice for your fridge often. But a small portion would be tasty once in awhile.
  3. It's a common mixer.
    • In days past, alcohol was free on board, and tomato juice was a common mixer. The juice has since stuck around today. Oh, how we wish booze was still complimentary...
  4. It settles the stomach.
    • Having air sickness or just don't feel well? Much like ginger ale, which is also commonly served on flights, tomato juice helps settle the stomach.
  5. It tastes better up in the sky. 
    • Here's what Lufthansa catering executive Ernst Derenthal said about tomato juice at altitude, as reported by NBC Philadelphia:
"We learned that tomato juice being on ground level is rather -- I'm not saying moldy, but it tastes earthy, it tastes not overly fresh," says Derenthal. "However, as soon as you have it at 30,000 feet, tomato juice shows, let's say, its better side. It shows more acidity, it has some mineralic taste with it, and it's very refreshing."
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Giveaway: Nike Juice golf balls

Later this month I'm heading to Florida for a holiday vacation and my golf bag will be the first thing packed. Since I'm in the golfing spirit, I've decided to host my first giveaway on this blog. Time to kick things off!

Who wants a sleeve of Nike Juice balls?! I won them for longest drive at a tournament held at Tewksbury Country Club. Fun fact, the land this 9-hole course was built on used to be an airport. The course is pretty short (2,700 yards from the tips), and I like using my Carnahan wedge around the greens. Let's just say the little wedge gets a lot of work.

Nike Juice golf balls

Nike gives you juice, but not the ability to fly, as stated on the side of the box:
"A user's enhanced distance and scoring may adversely affect the moods of playing partners. While the flight and trajectory of the Juice ball are extraordinary, this does not give the player the ability to fly. As always, Nike Golf recommends that you play responsibly."
Enter to win a sleeve of Nike Juice golf balls using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter and Facebook once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The winner has been notified by email.
Thanks to everyone for entering and stay tuned for more giveaways!

This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Test driving the Tesla Model S

Tesla is the coolest thing in the auto industry right now - completely electric luxury vehicles.

Tesla has two models on the line at the moment - the S and the D. You're looking at a starting price of $70,000.

Tesla Model S at Natick Mall
The Tesla Model S at the Natick Mall

So why should the average Joe be interested? Soon there'll be a mass-produced model called the 3 (or III) which will challenge the likes of BMW. The model 3 (not pictured) will be unveiled in 2016 and on sale in 2017 for about $35,000. I have my eyes on this model as it proves to be a much better investment than the gas-guzzlers we commoners like to drive. Plus, there are free charging stations all over the globe to charge up your Tesla.

The folks at Tesla will happily take you on a free test drive, or what they call "an educational drive," which is aptly named since you've probably never been in a car like this. Lots of cool things to learn with electric car technology. Give your name and number, and someone pleasant will call you to set up a drive without any strings.

Tesla storefront at Natick Mall
The Tesla storefront at the Natick Mall

I set up a test drive at the Natick Mall. Yep, it's an unconventional location, but since you custom order your car, there isn't a need for a huge parking lot. The test cars are outside, though. The staff at the Natick location are friendly, not even remotely pushy, and love to talk Tesla.

The drive itself was a lot of fun as the Model S has a lot of power. It gets going faster than you'd expect and will breeze by just about anyone on the highway. And since there's no engine, it's extremely quiet. I put the car in drive and it didn't seem like it was on. But it was. The inside is very roomy, which is important since I'm tall and require a bit of leg room, and there are plenty of things to customize on the main digital panel as well.

Inside the Natick store there is a design studio where you can check out all the styling options and play with the interactive touch screen to learn about the technology and it's benefits. Not to mention all the money you'll save by going electric.

Tesla design studio at Natick Mall
The Tesla design studio at the Natick Mall

Out of my budget for sure, but a slick ride. I'll be anxiously awaiting a couple years for the Model 3.
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Top Google searches in Massachusetts in 2014

Google recently released their Year in Search, detailing all kinds of search data from around the world. But what about Massachusetts specifically?

Searching with Google

The most searched topic in 2014 for Mass users was Robin Williams, just as the rest of the world searched.

Remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on your Facebook news feed every single day for a couple months straight? ALS comes in at #10, although it was #5 globally. The challenge started right here in Massachusetts, but the rest of the world was more curious about it as it went viral.

Top 10 searches in Massachusetts in 2014
1. Robin Williams
2. World Cup
3. Ebola
4. Joan Rivers
5. Phillip Seymour Hoffman
6. Boston Marathon
7. Malaysia Airlines
8. Ray Rice
9. Jennifer Lawrence
10. ALS

Here's something interesting. Of all the "How to" search queries, juggling was the top search this year. Is juggling taking off? Well, in soccer you can juggle (i.e. dribble and kick in the air), and there is also the juggling of work and family, among other things. But people in Mass are curious about throwing balls in the air too!

juggling balls

Top 10 "How to" searches in Massachusetts in 2014
1. How to juggle
2. How to focus
3. How to shave
4. How to tinder
5. How to sing
6. How to draw
7. How to save
8. How to detox
9. How to declutter
10. How to annotate

Top 10 "What is" searches in Massachusetts in 2014
1. What is Ebola?
2. What is ALS?
3. What is accounting?
4. What is socialism?
5. What is imagery?
6. What is maltose?
7. What is mononucleosis?
8. What is stress?
9. What is alimony?
10. What is diabetes?

Top 10 news searches in Massachusetts in 2014
1. World Cup
2. Ebola
3. Boston Marathon
4. Malaysia Airlines
5. ALS
6. Ferguson
7. Olympics
8. Easter 2014
9. Super Bowl 2014
10. ISIS
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - New album in 2015 and single “Billions of Eyes”

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper recently signed to Mom+Pop Records, and her first album with the label, After, will be released next year on May 3rd, 2015. You can pre-order After on her site. All pre-orders come with an immediate download of the new single "Billions of Eyes," the exclusive four-track digital EP Lady Lamb Live at the Knitting Factory, and a Lady Lamb knit hat. What was the last album you bought that came with a hat?!

Lady Lamb the Beekeper - After album cover
Source: momandpopmusic.com

Listen to the first single, "Billions of Eyes," right here:

“Billions of Eyes” lyrics:

when gravity's a palm pushing down on your head
like the devil's got a paw dug in your shoulder
and the other one is rubbing your back
but the kitchen in the new place has a window
yeah you can grow basil on the sill
maybe you can call your neighbors by name now

berries on the dash is the sweetest kind of living
Still this feels like eating the meat of the mountain
It's all grit and gristle I can't chew and swallow,
I'm gnawing my way back home
the clouds look a lot like wool gone through the wash
I check my phone for the time but I still wear my watch
yeah i’m confused about how i’m supposed to connect to anything now

the kind of high I like is when I barely make the train
And the people with a seat smile big at me cause they know the feeling
and for a millisecond we share a look like a family does
like we have inside jokes
like we could call each other by little nicknames
and I could tell the story of how
My great grandmothers sister was deemed a saint
how they exhumed her body after years of being buried
and they found she hadn't even begun to sully
so they moved her again, straight into the Vatican

I think of all the billions of eyes
all looking at something different at the same time
and I feel nauseous
some days i can only see into my suitcase
it's got everything I need
plus some superstitious things I may also need
"music soothes the savage beast"
the pilot says to me and he asks me to sing
but now is not the time
I just want to fall into a pile of warm laundry
i just wanna keep very very quiet yeah

it’s june where you sleep and july where I land
thought I saw you on the platform in Amsterdam
and I nearly missed my train
and I felt so defeated til I jumped on to see all the warm smiles were for me
I made my train and it made me so happy
I made my train and it made me forget everything
it made me forget, made me forget made me forget made me forget everything
it made me forget made me forget made me forget made me forget made me forget everything
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: DCDR - Raw

It’s late and cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon are $2. A crowd of flannel-bearing bar-goers have stuck around through the opening acts to wait for DCDR to rock their faces off. This is the scene DCDR have played for years in the Boston area, and are now deservedly with Ocelot Records getting more exposure.

Dead Cats Dead Rats (yeah, like The Doors tune), now known simply as DCDR, hail from Massachusetts and are always in the conversation when it comes to best punk in Boston. And while just a trio, they pack a sick, grungy sound. Never straying from their signature style over the years, their sound is thick and heavy, yet catchy and danceable.

DCDR Raw album cover
Source: ocelotrecords.bandcamp.com
In the latest release entitled Raw, there’s so much adrenaline in Nirvana- and Misfits-like riffing of songs that are over in just two minutes. “Cut My Teeth” starts off with playful tinkering before erupting into a frenzy of sorts. “Big Trouble” is one of my favorites with tasty guitars, a catchy chorus, and a chunky bridge.

I believe Raw was recorded live to capture the sound and experience that one would see at a show, and the title Raw is indicative of this. It's one of the tightest, shortest 7-track albums you’ll hear. DCDR have really found their niche and sound with engineer/producer Richard Marr at Galaxy Studios, working with him dating back to their first album (self-titled). Richard is great at mixing and blending everything to sound like one dirty, grungy unit.

Of all the bands in the Boston area, DCDR are one of my favorites. Matt, Chris, and Travis are great musicians and friendly guys, so send them a note if you like their stuff.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Kent Newton Salon in Boston, MA [review]

Kent Newton Salon has a nice atmosphere. It's bright, people are in a good mood, and the salon is clean. I was even offered wine upon arriving (wine!), which I declined probably because I was in shock of the gesture. Next time, put me down for a glass.

Kent Newton Salon chairs
Source: kentnewtonsalon.com
The owner, Kent Newton, has a pug which was trotting around and hanging out by Kent's work space. I'm a fan of places that allow their dog to be part of the action. Side note: I'm also a fan of the P.R.O.N.E 5K road race at Carson Beach which benefits a pug rescue organization. Pugs are everywhere at the race.

Back to the hair. This was my first time visiting the salon, and subsequently the first time having my hair cut with stylist Amanda. I told her I wanted my hair nice and short but not too short that I couldn't do anything with it, and she made it happen. Amanda didn't really need any guidance and understood the look I was going for. She's polite, very friendly, and like a magician with clippers and scissors.

I left feeling like a new man with a great, refreshing cut. I plan to go back.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Welcome! I'm Seth, owner of the Giveaway Guy blog. I enjoy writing reviews and entering giveaways in my spare time, and that's why I've created this blog. I want to help others find useful information and have the chance to win cool stuff too!

I live in the suburbs outside of Boston with my beautiful wife, energetic dog, and sociable cat. Together we live an active lifestyle, pursuing road races and bargain deals at golf courses.

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