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What does Kelley Blue Book value mean?

Kelley Blue Book is a website that has been around for a very long time. People and dealers (car dealerships) use it to estimate the value of a car. It is a free website. If a person wants to sell their car, they will go on kbb.com and answer questions to determine a cars value. This way, they know how much to sell their car for. If you are buying a car you can go to kbb.com and look up the value of a specific make, model, etc. of a car. This way, you will know what a fair price is so that you don’t overpay for the car. The website for Kelly Blue Book is kbb.com When people are negotiating the price of a car, they will say, “you know that Kelly Blue Book value is ….”   There is another website that will estimate car values, NADA. Some dealers might use Kelly Blue Book or NADA guides. The website for NADA is nadaguides.com.   FYI (For Your Information), I was NOT paid by Kelley Blue Book or NADA Guides to write about them. Nor did I receive anything from them. I honestly believe, people in the U.S. can benefit from knowing about Kelly Blue Book and NADA guides.  


What is AAA? Why Millions of American Have a Membership.

AAA is called “Triple A”. It is an automotive club. They offer 24-hour roadside assistance. If you have a flat tire, your car battery is dead, need your car towed, locked your keys in the car, ran out of gas, they usually arrive within 1 hour to help you. If you are at home, work, at a family or friends house, on vacation, etc. they will come to you. If your car battery is dead, they have “battery trucks” that will come an install a battery wherever you are.   Having a AAA membership offers drivers peace of mind. The website for AAA is AAA.com There are different memberships. See the photo below, that Membership is under $100 a year. Think about how much a tow truck would cost.   FYI (For Your Information), I was not paid by AAA to write about them. Nor did I receive anything from them. I honestly believe, people in the U.S. who have a car can benefit from a having a AAA membership.      


Memorial Day

Memorial Day is to remember all of the fallen soldiers (people who died while serving our country). Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May. Many cemeteries will put a flag on each fallen soldier’s grave. Many towns and cities have parades. Memorial Day is a federal holiday; all banks, federal offices, and public schools are closed. Also, Memorial Day weekend is the considered the office start of the summer season. This is the weekend when beaches and parks start charging for admission, if they do. Many Americans have a barbeque (BBQ) / “cookout” or a picnic and spend time with family or friends. If the weather is nice many people head to the beach or their local pool.


Minimum Wage

In the U.S. We have a minimum wage (minimum hourly pay). It is the wage/pay, an employer must pay their employee per an hour. In Connecticut, the current minimum wage is $14 an hour. In Massachusetts, it is $14.25. If you go to the movies at night, the ticket is $12.50. Right now, a gallon of gas is over $4.00. It is very hard to survive on minimum wage in America.


Where do Americans Travel?

Americans love to visit places all over the world. People say America is a beautiful country with many beautiful places. And, it is. However, most Americans leave the U.S. for vacations/trips.   Why? We do this because to travel in the U.S, it is very expensive. We get “more bang for or buck” (it is cheaper for us) to travel outside of the U.S. Especially, if we want to visit a warm climate and be near the beach. Many Americans enjoy going to an “all-inclusive resort” (a hotel where all of your food and drinks are included in the price). There are not all-inclusive resorts in the U.S.


A Bucket List

Bucket List: There is the phrase “kick the bucket” it means to die. In the US we have the term/phrase called a “bucket list” A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket” (die). Some people have a bucket list. Some people have travel bucket list.   Do you have a bucket list?


What is LinkedIn and Why You Should Have It.

LinkedIn In the U.S. we have a website called LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a website where professionals connect. It is like a Facebook for your career. Mostly all professionals have a LinkedIn profile. You use LinkedIn to connect with people. You can’t request “friends” on LinkedIn. You request a “Connection” You say, “I’m connected with them on LinkedIn.   A recruiter (“re-cru-ter”) is a person who is hired by a company to find that company employees. There are lots of recruiters on LinkedIn that message you, wanting to talk about your skills and offer to find you a job. When you apply for a job. Many employers will “Google” your name and also check your LinkedIn profile before calling you for an interview. Your LinkedIn profile helps a potential employer learn more about you. Your LinkedIn profile may be the reason you can an interview or not. Visit LinkedIn.com FYI (For Your Information), I was not paid by LinkedIn to write about them. Nor did I receive anything from them. I honestly believe, people in the U.S. who are looking for a job and/or want to make professional connections will benefit from a having LinkedIn profile.


Burn

Verbs Meanings When something/someone is on fire/ producing a flame To destroy, damage and/or injure by fire or heat.   Future tense: burn Present tense: burning Past tense: burned   Examples: Be careful to watch the pan, so the food doesn’t burn. The candle is burning. I smell something burning. He burned the toast.     Noun meanings: An injury cause by fire and/or heat   Example: She has a burn on her hand because she accidently touched a hot pan without an oven mitt.   Types of Burns: Sunburn: redness and pain of the skin due to exposure of the sun. Example: She always applies sunscreen to prevent sunburn.   Razor burn: redness or pain on the skin caused my friction of a razor. Example: Sometimes people can razor burn after shaving.   Rope burn: redness or pain on the skin caused my friction of a rope. Example: If you are grabbing a rope with bare hands, you may get rope burn.   Rug burn: redness or pain on the skin caused my friction of a carpet/rug. Example: If you are crawling on a carpet/rug with the skin on your knees exposed, you may be rope burn.   Burnt: (an adjective) can be used to describe object that is damaged by heat. Examples:   Last time, the steak was burnt. The fabric was burnt by the candle.     Burn: a cutting insult. Examples: Wow, that was a burn. Seriously, there is on need to burn people.   Burned down: to completely destroy by fire. Example: The building completely burned down.   Another meaning of burn The verb burn and the adjective burnt can be used to describe a person who is exercising; they are converting energy to calories. Examples: You can burn up to 300 calories in an…


Saint Patrick’s Day

 St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. The holiday is to remember Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day was originally a religious feast and has evolved into a day of festivals, parades, special foods, dancing, etc. Saint Patrick is recognized for bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland. It is thought that St. Patrick explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of the Irish Clover; the shamrock. St. Patrick died on March 17th.   Saint Patrick’s Day in the U.S. In the U.S. Saint Patrick’s Day is a day of fun. People may decorate their homes, bars, restaurants with green garland, ribbon, shamrocks, the Irish flag, green top hat, pot of gold, etc. Many people wear the color green on Saint Patrick’s Day. Most often a green shirt. People may wear green beads or green top hats for fun. Everything is colored green. Often bakeries and restaurants use green food coloring to dye drinks and food green. For example, many bakeries may have green-colored bagels, cake, and/or cookies. Bars often serve green beer. As for food, Saint Patrick’s Day is associated with a meal of corned beef and cabbage. Many people make corned beef and cabbage at home or go out to eat in a restaurant. Another popular food is Irish soda bread. On Saint Patrick’s Day, many adults go out to a bar to have a drink, often a beer.  


A Six-Figure Salary

What does six-figures mean?   When people talk about salary, you will often hear the term “six figures”. The term six figures means any amount over $100,000 (6 numbers), but under $1,000,000) $99,000 is only 5 figures. Examples: He just started making six-figures. She has a six-figure