Building Your Own Model Railroad – What You Need To Know To Make Sure It’s Not Costly

Have you ever seen a well detailed and realistic looking model railroad at a friend’s house, at a model train show or in a hobby shop and gone “Wow” that is amazing?

After watching the smooth operation of multiple trains at once and listening to the story of how each area of the landscape was created, you’ve probably thought that building a model railroad would be the perfect hobby for you?

How great would it be to create your own little world right in your own home. A creative, working and operating masterpiece that you would be proud to show off to your friends and family.

You could create your model railroad with the help of your friends and family, or you can create the whole thing on your own, and then invite them around for a model train operating session.

Imagine being able to come home after a day at work and get away from it all by tinkering with your own model train layout in the back room or shed.

Building a model railroad allows you to explore various interests and skills. From railway history, to engineering, carpentry, electrical wiring, control systems, sound, lighting, painting, air-brushing, to creating structures, terrain and scenery using different materials.

This is what makes building a model railway such an exciting adventure. You become a jack of all trades as you work on your masterpiece.

There is no other hobby that will help you develop your skills in a multitude of areas like building a model railway.

I have learned a huge amount about building model railways in the last 20 years and I would love to provide you with all the information you need to build your own realistic model railroad.

I must warn you though, there are a few beginner mistakes that you need to avoid or your model railroad will become a very costly project.

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First 5 Steps to Zoning and Building a Railroad in India

Imagine seeing over 20 million passengers travel everyday by rail or can you fathom the thought of 7.6 billion passengers in a year? This almost unbelievable number of rail passengers is a common site in India where the entire country’s population is growing beyond 1.27 billion! As the population continues to grow, it is no doubt that they rely on rail systems for transportation – whether it is passenger rail or 921 million tonnes of freight annually according to the governmental Ministry of Railways.

The rail network consists of 40,050 miles of track that covers the country in all directions but with the rising population and increasing ridership, India’s rail infrastructure and transportation system is showing signs of exhaustion & inefficiency. With that being said, India has set plans to spend $137 billion over the next five years to upgrade, modernize and expand its rail infrastructure according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. In order for the rail system to improve, the following five steps need to be executed to effectively upgrade the railroad.

Step 1: Identify

In the beginning process of the railroad improvement, the Ministry of Railways will need to identify the sections of the rail system that call for immediate refurbishment. This identification process will involve a team of experts with industry experience that can inspect the system as a whole and evaluate the physical locomotives in use. Once parts of the rail system are labeled as the most urgent to upgrade, the next step can be initiated.

Step 2: Strategizing

This portion of the project will consist of engineers that can strategize an effective plan to put in motion that will consist of solutions for the railway problems. Since a number of concepts will be involved in this step, engineers and planners will have to take many things into account like track manufacturing, power lines, zoning issues and potential disruptions that could slow construction. After everything is taken into consideration, the solutions will be presented that outline what will be upgraded and which things must be decommissioned.

Step 3: Decommissioning

As with any kind of improvement project, old and existing structures must be removed to make way for the new system. This is when the decommissioning process occurs – the contracted engineering team starts the removal process of inefficient tracks, locomotives and other systems.

Step 4: Constructing The New Infrastructure

As this step indicates, the construction and building process of the new infrastructure begins! During this time, new track are laid out, passenger & freight trains are built and the rest of the commissioning process continues on until completion.

Step 5: Operations

Once the new rail infrastructure is in place, the rail system can begin operations for passengers and freight. However, this does not end the life cycle of the project because upgrades to the other sections of the system can begin. Additionally, ongoing maintenance and asset management is needed to ensure optimal performance for years to come.

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Top Model Railroad Building Materials Revealed

In order to make a model railway as realistic and authentic as you possibly can, you will need to use well designed scenery. The perfectly crafted scenery will be the ultimate complement for an already well arranged model train.

Designing good scenery, though, takes some work.

The way you will go about making your scenery for your model train will be related to how much skill, money, and time you have to work with.

Scenery forms can be made in several different ways. For example, you can use plaster and screen wire. This method is an old standard and that is because it works so well.

This method of making scenery forms involves building a wood skeleton to start with. Afterwards you add screen wire to it. Finally spread n about a quarter inch of plaster on top of the wood and wire and your scenic form is complete. Both casting and molding plaster will work just fine. Some plasters that you can find are more lightweight, which might work better for what you want. Screen wire lends itself to a scenic effect since it can be easily manipulated.

You can also cover rolls of newspaper in masking tape too. Using these materials requires some work since they will tend to lose their shape if you don’t set it well.

If the paper refuses to cooperate with you, use a spray of water. To make the outside of your newspaper balls solid, dip paper towels in plaster and then place them on the outside. This is basically a paper mache project. This method works well for designing mountains and hills since it is easy to do, doesn’t cost much, and produces inexact shapes.

Cardboard strips can also be used. Cardboard is easier to work with than newspaper and masking tape and you can make more specific shapes with it. After attaching the cardboard strips to your scenic layout, use the same paper mache method from the previous paragraph.

Using hydrocal and gauze is another way to make your scenery that turns out stronger. If you dip strips of gauze into the hydrocal produced by US Gypsum, you can manipulate the gauze and let it set into very sturdy and specifically shaped designs. This method is not as messy as some others. Hydrocal is available for a low price in most craft supply stores.

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Digital Backdrops – Where to Use Them

Digital backdrops have become an indispensable tool to many photographers toady as it has many advantages. The value of an attractive background and what it can do for your photographs cannot be emphasized enough. This is the reason why more and more digital photographers are turning to digital photography backdrops. In addition, this backdrop enhancing of photos are convenient, less costly and unlimited in their range.

Digital backdrops are available in many styles, color combinations and themes. So, choosing a backdrop to suit a photograph is done mainly by the photographer keeping in mind what the final result should look like. It is all about the photographer’s ability to bring out the best in the subject with the background as a base.

Digital photography backdrops are used in many places. Where digital backdrops can be used best is with images that have been taken with a blue or green background. But, it can be used practically with any background.

Where digital backdrop use is warranted is easy to find out. These are usually used to create eye catching pictures out of otherwise dull photographs. A normal photograph can be made to look exceptional with the right digital backdrop giving the photograph a new lease of life and dynamism that was missing from it. The whole mood can be altered in this manner.

Another instance where digital backdrops come in handy is when you need to shoot at a certain location, but find it impractical to do so. For example if you need to do a photo shoot in the English countryside but cannot spend on airfare then you can use digital backgrounds with the English countryside in your photographs later on. Many commercial artists find this a very easy solution to a variety of problems they face in their line of a work.

Family photographs are another area where digital backdrops can enhance the quality of the final product. You can have a lot of fun with fantasy backdrops, fireworks or celebration themed backdrops. There are also special ones designed for kids. Where more serious backgrounds are needed the grunge range or similar backgrounds can be used to bring out details in a photograph such as a portrait. The facial features will be brought out with greater effect with a solid color background and allow the onlooker to focus on the face and not on any distracting background. In a similar way romantic, pictures, wedding pictures and other pictures can be enhanced with ease using digital backdrops.

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The History of the Jones Act

Seaman and sailors lacked legal protection against deplorable working and living conditions on board ships before 1920. With the passing of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly referred to as the Jones Act, seamen finally had safety and security for their rights. Senator Wesley L. Jones of Washington proposed the law as a means of maintaining a viable working force for the seas, bolstering the growth of both foreign and domestic marine commerce.

The Jones Act is specifically a cabotage law, governing the transport of goods and passengers between two points within the same country. The law requires that seventy five percent of crewmembers must be United States citizens. Repair work on the vessels is also controlled by the Jones Act. No more than ten percent of the hull and superstructure of the ships can be fixed by foreign repair. This aids in preventing American ships from refurbishing their structure at overseas shipyards with foreign built steel.

In terms of seaman’s rights, the Jones Act protects sailors by allowing them to claim damages from their employers for negligence on the part of the ship owner, captain, or crew. Unseaworthiness of ships is also a legal cause for litigation according to the Jones Act. To qualify as a seaman and to be eligible for protection under the Jones Act, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Chandris, Inc., v. Latsis that a worker must spend more than thirty percent of his or her time in the service of a vessel on navigable waters.

Although the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 has helped many seamen work in an environment of improved safety, criticisms do exist. The restrictions on shipping and working conditions cause the price of moving goods and passengers between ports to skyrocket. Critics of the act label it as protectionism, an economic policy restraining free trade. Other negative components of the Jones Act include damage to the shipbuilding industry. The United States is unable to compete in the international shipping market as foreign crews are willing to work for a fraction of the wages of American crews.

Occasionally the Jones Act is waived for extenuating circumstances. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Jones Act was temporarily waived for foreign vessels carrying oil and natural gas for a two week period in 2005. Declining oil production encouraged a waiver for the Chinese ship Tai An Kou to pull an oil rig to Alaska.

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Gold Country Nuggets

“Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!” Sam Brannan yelled as he walked along San Francisco’s Montgomery Street in May, 1848. The news was electric and within a year, gold fever was a worldwide epidemic. Hundreds of thousands of gold seekers traveled from the four corners of the Earth to California’s Gold Country. 150 years later, they’re still coming.

Today, they come to experience the legacy of the gold country, rather than to pan gold from its icy streams, and that legacy is best found on a circle tour of the Gold Country’s top destinations: Sacramento, Ironstone Vineyards and Yosemite National Park. This tour can be accomplished in as little as three days, though a week provides a more leisurely and satisfying journey.

One can no longer travel from San Francisco to Sacramento by paddle wheeler as would have been done in the 1800s. Back then, riverboats steamed 90 miles up the meandering Sacramento River delta to the bustling waterfront of what is now called “Old Sacramento,” a riverside commercial district that looks much as it did during the height of the gold rush with wooden sidewalks, cobblestone streets, saloons, and iron-shuttered shops.

Old Sacramento is truly where the Wild West began. At the intersection of 2nd and J Streets, the sounds of horse-drawn carriages passing transport you back to the late 1800s. Here, the bronze statue of a Pony Express rider, recalls the exuberant young men who galloped east, carrying mail to St. Joseph, Missouri, a job so dangerous that the company advertised for riders who were orphans. The Pony Express had a brief but thrilling life, but like the frontier was eventually subdued by technology… in its case, the telegraph. As ironic counterpoint, opposite the statue is an authentically preserved Wells Fargo & Co. assay office, with displays containing telegraph equipment, assay instruments, strong boxes, gold dust and memorabilia of the period. Further gilded age technology is memorialized at the Discovery Museum where history, technology and science come to life in interactive displays. Next door, Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins and Charles Crocker met to finance the Central Pacific Railroad that would cross the continent. Fittingly, the California State Railroad Museum stands nearby. Its beautiful steam engines have been detailed to showroom perfection, their massive bodies colorfully painted and glistening. Train rides are offered every weekend, April through September.

As the capital of California, Sacramento is loaded with great museums and historic sites, 16 of them, to be precise. California weapons, uniforms and descriptions of campaigns are found at the California Military Museum on Second Street. A few blocks away, early California paintings are featured at the Crocker Art Museum, the oldest public arts museum west of the Mississippi River. For a taste of what makes California different, head to the Golden State Museum at 10th and O streets with its involving and elaborate interactive exhibits drawn from the State Archives. The 1859-era state capitol building at 10th and L streets functions as a living museum where laws are passed for the fifth-largest economy in the world. Guided tours include entry to the colorfully decorated State Assembly and Senate rooms and historic offices. Tours of the gingerbread Victorian Governor’s Mansion at 1526 H Street gives visitors a look into how 13 California governors (including Ronald Reagan) lived. And for an earlier look at life on the frontier, visit Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park at 2701 L Street, where reenactors depict Sacramento’s earliest settlement, founded in 1839. An online guide to all these places is found at

Sacramento has lots of places to stay, from a riverboat docked along the waterfront, to Arts and Crafts bungalows and Victorian homes that have been converted into trendy inns, to a carload of moderately priced motels, to full- service luxury hotels. A complete listing of them is found at

Considering Sacramento’s charms, its hard to imagine that the ’49ers stocked up and rushed right out of town. Their intent, understandably, was to get rich by the fastest means possible. Author Mark Twain was one of those. Like others who struck it rich during the California gold rush, however, Twain’s fortune didn’t come from mining. In 1865, he reworked a tale he had heard in the gold fields, and within months the author of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” had become a national sensation.

Twain’s subject is reached by driving east along State Route 16, from Sacramento to the Sierra foothills and turning south on SR 49. This historic road connected Gold Country towns like links on a golden chain. Within a few months of the gold discovery, 546 mining towns had sprung up. About 250 still remain. Many look much as they did when “The Mother Lode” was booming. Merchants in these supply towns usually became richer than the miners, because the miners were in constant need of supplies. A shovel would draw $50 from a miner’s thin wages. Worse yet, a slice of bread could cost $1… $2 if it was buttered. Today, the old mining towns are populated with antique shops, art galleries and bed and breakfast inns, yet their prices are far more reasonable.

In addition to a pan full of historic sites, Calaveras County is home to superb golf courses, snow and water skiing, whitewater rafting on the Stanislaus River, the giant sequoias of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, tours of spectacular caverns and wine tasting at several exceptional wineries. Many of the region’s wineries have roots that extend back to the gold rush. European miners often found it more profitable to make wine and brandy for the miners than dig in the mines and the Gold Country became California’s first economically successful winemaking region. Today, several award-winning wines are being made here; the most famous producer of them is Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys.

There’s no mistaking Ironstone as some faux Loire Valley chateau. John Kautz and his family have unabashedly designed the Ironstone Winery as a tribute to the California gold rush. The winery’s architecture resembles a stamp mill where ore would have been crushed, and its grounds include placer (hydraulic) mining equipment, flumes, water wheels and miner’s cabins, recreating the look of the period. A museum inside the winery displays the Ironstone Crown Jewel, a 44-pound crystalline gold nugget that is stored in a vault surrounded by shatterproof glass and lit to dazzling intensity.

There is so much to see and do at Ironstone Vineyards that one might overlook tasting the winery’s great wines, if they weren’t so good. Several have won international acclaim, and medals signaling their excellence hang throughout the tasting room. Ironstone owns over 5,000 acres of vineyards including the largest plantings of Cabernet Franc in the United States. Much of Ironstone’s wine is aged in large caverns that were hand-blasted into a hillside. The trickling sounds and delicate lighting of the cave’s waterfall serves as a beautiful background for wine tasting and the winery’s award-winning gardens. When this all becomes too much and you need a good night’s rest, the 1856 Murphys Hotel is just minutes away. It’s the same place where President Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain rested on their Gold Country sojourns. More information is found at and

The circle tour continues on Highway 49, past the gold towns of Sonora, Jamestown, Chinese Camp and Groveland, up into the High Sierra (on State Route 120) and Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Valley was first entered in 1850 by the Mariposa Battalion a group of impromptu soldiers enlisted to suppress attacks on miners by Indians who lived in the Valley. Five years later, the first tourist party entered and visitors have been returning ever since. It’s little wonder. The Valley’s towering granite walls, domes and waterfalls are so breathtakingly beautiful that seeing them often moves visitors emotionally.

Increasingly today however, park visitors are not satisfied with sightseeing; they seek deeper meaning and understanding about Yosemite National Park, its wildlife and special places. Responding to this interest, the Yosemite Guides, a private guide service, provides privately guided trips from the Yosemite Gateway Visitor Center at the Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal near the west entrance to Yosemite National Park (SR 140). There, mountaineer Peter Mayfield and naturalists lead small groups on individualized trips into the wilderness. They cater sunset picnics on Sentinel Dome with alpenglow-painted views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the High Sierra, lead morning bird walks across meadow boardwalks in Yosemite Valley to hear the song of the yellow warbler, guide fly fishermen from around the world to float cast upon alpine eastern Sierra lakes, and pilot hikers to the quiet solitude of the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias. Visit for more information.

Many of these trips explore the wild and scenic Merced River Canyon. In March and

April, Hite Cove, midway down the canyon and recognized as having one of California’s best displays of wildflowers, wears a bright blanket of green grasses, decorated with iridescent yellow, pink, red, purple, orange and blue blossoms, and visited by hundreds of fluttering butterflies, Mariposa County’s namesake. Neon-colored paddlers add to the show as they challenge the Merced’s whitewater, in splashing, laughing choruses, through spring and into early summer.

Farther down Highway 140 is Mariposa, the final Gold Country stop on this circle tour. At the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, 13,000 minerals, rocks, gems historic artifacts, and fossils are maintained in a collection that was begun in 1865. The pride of the collection is the crystalline-gold Fricot nugget, which at 201 ounces, was the largest crystalline nugget found during the Gold Rush. Though millions of travelers pass through Mariposa on their way to Yosemite each year, this isolated gold rush town has been largely unaffected and retains its small town atmosphere, as evidenced at the Mariposa County Courthouse which is the oldest county courthouse in continuous use west of the Rockies. After all, taking the circle tour is all about uncovering gold country nuggets like this one.

It is often difficult to obtain acceptable accommodations inside Yosemite National Park, particularly on short notice, but not so along Highway 140. Luxury accommodations with kitchenette units, gas fireplaces, double spa tubs, swimming pools and river views are easily obtained at the Yosemite View Lodge, while the Cedar Lodge in El Portal and the Yosemite Best Western Waystation in Mariposa provide quality accommodations at moderate prices. Virtual tours, online reservations and more information about these accommodations are found at

The final leg of this circle tour travels through the rich agricultural fields of California’s Central Valley, before returning to San Francisco. With so much to see and experience, it may not be long before a new gold fever becomes contagious. That is, a fever to take this Gold Country Circle Tour.

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An Introduction to the World of Minecraft

On May 17th, 2009, Markus “Notch” Persson brought to the world the game that would leave hundreds of thousands of people very happy – Minecraft. This amazing game started as a sandbox construction game but eventually progressed to the adventure-like challenge that it is today. For the beginning player, Minecraft can appear to be a little confusing and perhaps a bit overwhelming. A few Minecraft tips can go a long way towards getting them on their way.

Your character starts out in the middle of a randomly generated world with nothing on his person. By looking around you may notice some things, such as trees and animals roaming about. You may also notice that it is day outside, though the sun is moving steadily across the sky. Once the sun goes down the monsters come out, so getting together a shelter is the first thing that needs to be done.

Pressing the “E” button will open up your inventory, but also allows access to the crafting box. In the upper right-hand corner there are four squares where items can be placed to mix them together and create new, useful items. For example, by placing a piece of coal on top of a stick a torch is made. Actually, four torches are made, as Minecraft generally gives things in multiples when you craft.

Now, in order to start crafting anything, the first thing that is needed is some wood. Punching trees (by using the mouse button) until they break will allow you to pick up the piece that broke off. Taking that piece of wood and putting it into the crafting box will turn it into a stack of planks. Once four planks have been collected they can be placed in each of the four squares of the crafting box and turned into a workbench, which allows a crafting box of nine squares and the ability to create more items.

You will find yourself running around beating up on a lot of trees in the beginning. The first thing to make is that workbench. From there, a pick can be made. First, take two planks and place them one on top of the other to make some sticks. Then two sticks, one on top of the other with three planks across the top in a “T” formation will produce a wooden pick. This pick will allows stone and other hard objects to be mined. Then you need to run around and find some coal. After mining that you will need to make some torches using coal and sticks as mentioned above.

Now that you have some torches, a pick, and a workbench you need to hide. Find a nice piece of the landscape and mine your way into it. Hollow out a little area and put some torches up for light. Monsters can only spawn in areas without light, so torches will keep them away. Cover the entrance with some more blocks (to keep monsters out) and wait for daylight again. Nighttime is a good time to go digging into the ground as well, looking for more resources to use to make better items. The most common resources you will find at the surface of the world are iron and coal. Iron can be used to make better weapons and tools as well as some armor to keep you alive.

After the first night is up, you can go out into the world again and explore. Once you know how to survive the night, the rest is easy. Experiment with the workbench and different materials to create things. If you really need a boost, some Minecraft cheats are available online as well as many pages that show all the recipes for crafting items. Once you have the good materials you can make anything from railroad tracks to musical instruments to electrical powered pistons. By using all these items, you can build a world for you and your friends to enjoy and explore, complete with castles, towers, underground railroads or whatever else your can imagine.

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Types of Construction Projects

Construction is defined as “a process that consists of the building or assembling of infrastructure.” (See 1. below) On the other hand, a Construction Project “includes all material and work necessary for the construction of a finished structure for occupancy by End Customer. This includes site preparation, foundations, mechanical, electrical work, and any other work necessary to complete the project.” (See 2. below)

There are different types of construction projects:

  1. Residential
    Residential construction projects include houses, townhouses, apartments, condominiums, cottages, single unit dwellings and subdivisions. The housing designs are generally done by architects and engineers and the construction is executed by builders who hire subcontractors for structural, electrical, mechanical and other specialty work. This type of project must conform to local building authority regulations and codes of practice. Many new builders are attracted to residential projects because of its ease of entry in the real estate market. This makes it a highly competitive market with potentially high risks as well as high rewards.
  2. Building
    Building construction is perhaps the most popular type of construction project. It is the process of adding structure to real property. Most of the projects are room additions and small renovations. Most new building construction projects are construction of sheltered enclosures with walk-in access for the purpose of housing people, equipment, machinery or supplies. It includes installation of utilities and equipment.
  3. Institutional and Commercial
    Institutional and commercial building construction covers a great variety of project types and sizes such as hospitals and clinics, schools and universities, sports facilities and stadiums, large shopping centres and retail chain stores, light manufacturing plants and warehouses and skyscrapers for offices and hotels. Specialty architects and engineers are often hired for designing a particular type of building. This market segment has few competitors because of the high costs and greater sophistication of institutional and commercial buildings as compared to residential construction projects.
  4. Industrial
    Industrial construction is only a small part of the whole construction industry nevertheless it is a very important part of the industry. These projects are generally owned by big, for-profit industrial corporations such as manufacturing, power generation, medicine, petroleum, etc.
  5. Specialized Industrial Construction
    This type of construction project usually involves very large scale projects with a high degree of technological complexity such as nuclear power plants, chemical processing plants, steel mills and oil refineries.
  6. Highway Construction
    Highway construction involves the construction, alteration, or repair of roads, highways, streets, alleys, runways, paths, parking areas, etc. It includes all incidental construction in conjunction with the highway construction project.
  7. Heavy Construction
    Heavy construction projects usually involve projects that are not properly classified as either “building” or “highway.” Examples of this type of project would be: water and sewer line projects, dams, sewage treatment plants and facilities, flood control projects, dredging projects, and water treatment plants and facilities.

These are the more popular types of construction projects. Construction is a big industry and there are now several construction companies that you can choose from. This, coupled with the use of the internet, has made it easier for the consumer to make a decision on how to proceed with his or her projects. You just need to do a little research. Don’t hesitate to contact these construction companies and ask questions. Construction projects are a major undertaking and you need to make the right decisions when you embark on these projects.



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Boston Suburban areas a good choice to run a business

BioTechs even with the latest news had shed over 1000 jobs two years ago, as it was reported by The Financial Times, WSJ, and Bloomberg that only 17 of the nearly 1300 BioTech firms were actually profitable. In 2002 the number of jobs were in the 30,000 range in Biotech. 600 layoffs came from Millennium Pharmaceuticals. And the VCs are were barely interested as they hardly even look at tech deals with all of them netting less than 3 Million in venture capital for computer software and less than 10 million in biotech in 2003. But that was then and this is now. Unemployment has dropped, money is flowing the fallout mortgage loans stopped bleeding and money is coming back for investment in all sectors. Nano and Biotech both good.

Small businesses are profitable again, college enrollment is up and we are seeing rebounding numbers in most all sectors. Boston suburbs areas are looking quite good again. Some of the largest suburb office parks which were under the gun as University, Cabot, Cummings, AMB, Canton, Northwest, Cross Point, South Shore, etc. were not seeing the attrition turn to the synergy and critical mass needed for ultimate sustainability? All this had many worried, but commerce and entrepreneurship will always find a way and they did as the buildings are starting to fill up again. Wee must count on the best and the brightest of the literary elite to make something out of nothing in the middle of being bombarded with regulators from every level of government trying to make everything, which is not equal, all the same never-the-less. God Bless them with Holly Sparklets water and wafers from Nabisco. And don’t tell me I do not know what I am talking about because we have washed those delivery vans before showing up at the Catholic Church. If it were not for all the lawyers in Boston, everybody would be out of work? Just kidding, it is not quite that bad. Things are moving along, but a lot faster now than our last surveys of 2001 and 2003.

We believe that a small business with the right market mix can survive and thrive now and probably get a pretty good deal on office space too. If you can handle the Political Correctness and the lust for literary trivia, hey go for it, take their money, they want to spend it and the customer is always right, especially in Boston, just ask them if they know what they are talking about, Think on it.

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Visit Asuncion, Paraguay!

If you’re looking for a place to find historical and contemporary attractions all in one destination, look no further than Asuncion, Paraguay. Situated on the hills by the Paraguay River, you’re sure to love the Waterfront District, where most of the city’s action takes place. You will find Spanish Colonial buildings, dating back to the 1500s right alongside modern architecture and attractions. Best of all, you’ll enjoy the many attractions at some of the lowest prices of any travel destination in the world.

You’ll want to make sure to spend a day at the Botanical Garden and Zoo. With over 500 species of local flora and 70 species of animals, most of them native to South America, it is one of the oldest and finest zoological parks in South America. In addition to the gardens and zoo, guest can spend time at the Museum of Natural History and the Asuncion Golf Club.

The Museuo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Asuncion (National Museum of Fine Arts) is also a must see for visitors to Paraguay’s principal city. Featuring the work of international and Paraguayan artists, in addition to several exhibits dedicated to the preservation of historical documents and artifacts important to the history of the region. Perhaps due to the influx of immigrants in the late 1800s, much Paraguayan art shows the distinct colors of the diverse European people groups who now call Paraguay home. The Museum was founded in 1909, and has contiguously offered residents and visitors alike to take in the rich art culture of Paraguay.

No trip to Asuncion would be complete without taking an excursion to see the local waterfalls. Both the Salto Crystal Falls and the Iguazu Falls are accessible from the area. Most visitors book package trips, allowing them to take in both, along with several other river attractions.

Finally, neither history lovers nor those who follow current events should miss the opportunity to take in the Plaza de los Heroes. Built as a tribute to the many colorful figures who have impacted the history of Paraguay, it is often used as a place for demonstrations commemorating significant events as they unfold. Should you be fortunate to visit Paraguay when such an event is taking place, you will not want to miss the chance to see this country’s proud people gather outside the Plaza, patriotically waving their national flag.

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