Adults Looking For an Active Lifestyle Choose Active Adult Communities

Many people search for active adult communities online but what is an active adult community and why are they so desirable? In this brief article we will explore these communities and explain why they are so desirable.

Active adult communities are, for the most part, designed for seniors aged 55 or older who are looking to purchase a home inside a private community that promotes living an active lifestyle.

While most communities are focused on those over 55, a new wave of adult community is emerging for married couples 40 and over with no kids. These couples, commonly referred to as “dinks”, have been growing in numbers in recent years and developers have begun to respond by either altering community by-laws or creating new communities to meet their needs.

An active lifestyle is the common thread in all these communities. Community social directors coordinate activities at the community fitness center including exercise classes hosted by certified trainers, swim classes and social clubs.

Swimming pools and tennis courts are available to residents year round in many cases. Some communities even have golf courses for avid golfers. Those that do not have golf courses generally have arrangements with local public and semi-private courses.

Another feature of these communities is the low maintenance homes. Many are what is referred to as patio homes where the home sits on a concrete slab foundation that rests level with the ground. Low maintenance features like brick veneer and vinyl siding, aluminum and vinyl eaves and soffits, vinyl windows, and asphalt shingles allow for easier cleaning and protection from the exterior elements.

Manufactured and modular homes are popular choices for developers who construct these communities due to there reduce construction times and flexibility with options.

The Best Show You’re Not Watching, Part I

A few years ago, I showed up home from an extra-long day at work running inventory to find my fiancee very excited about some strange anime show that was just on Adult Swim.

“Anime?” I said. “Man, you know I don’t like anime!” (This is true, and I apologize. I’ve tried; really.)

“No, but this is different, somehow,” she said. “The animation is, like, all weird and crappy, but the writing is hilarious.”

The show was called “Shin Chan,” a dubbed adaptation of the Japanese manga turned anime series called “Crayon Shin Chan.” I wasn’t able to see my first episode until a few days later, but when I did, I found odd, and creepy-faced characters with horrifying finger (five, for some reason).

Seriously, what was I watching? The animation had all the strange movements of anime, but with a budget smaller than my childhood allowance. The characters were jagged beasts walking on two legs, yet referred to as human. Backgrounds were drawn carefully, but the odd surplus of poop and fart jokes coming from this small character’s mouth left me wondering what my fiancee had ever seen in this. And I hated it.

This went on for months; my fiancee would beg me to give another shot, but I refused. I would watch a few moments of its main character, Shin Chan, then beg to turn the channel, or simply walk away. You see, Shin Chan is a five-year-old Japanese boy with a floating demeanor and foul mouth; his obsessions: his “Mr. Elephant” and his butt.

On Adult Swim this show was easily avoidable, but eventually “Shin Chan” made its way onto Hulu Plus, which my fiancee and I are subscribers and obsessors to. I had to carefully hide “Shin Chan” from her, so as not to give myself a headache.

This mean-spirited plan, of course, failed, and one day “Shin Chan” was discovered in two full seasons (now all three) and our viewing spree was inevitable.

Each moment I watched was more odd and deterring than the last. But then I realized I wasn’t supposed to ‘watch’ Shin Chan at all, I was supposed to listen.

As I was multi-tasking with the show on I began to hear a series of sentences I never thought I’d here on television. A mixture between breaking the fourth wall and lighting children on fire. Suddenly, shock had grabbed my attention.

In the end, it was hilarity that kept my attention. Suddenly clever and uproarious lines were flooding my apartment and filling my dark-humored soul with indescribable joy.

“Shin Chan” soon became one of my most favorite shows, and I can only hope to prove that it could be one of yours too. The odd nature behind its creation may seem too ridiculous to bear, but this diamond is worth every moment.

As it turns out, the American dubbed “Shin Chan” is a very different show than its original. FUNimation acquired the rights to re-cut and dub “Crayon Shin Chan” into short episodes edited into 22 minutes of side-splitting television, writing additional lines to plots that are darker than any other show on television.

“South Park” had long held this title, but now “Shin Chan” had moved in to make horrid jokes with five-year-olds getting into trouble that “South Park” simply can’t. Why can’t they? Because Cartman is evil, and Shin, is very good (sort of). I mean to point out that Shin no more misbehaves than your own kindergarten class clown, and, well, Cartman fed his own father to his half-brother Scott, because Scott embarrassed him.

Is “Scott Tenorman Must Die” a classic episode of “South Park”? Of course it is. But Shin Chan’s dark comedy is much darker and more hilarious due to the innocent nature of its children, Shin, Boo, Georgie, Masao, and Penny.

Enough of these theories for now, and if you don’t already know it, allow me to attempt to explain this oddly complex show.

The story of “Shin Chan” follows the Nohara family, a modern day middle-class Japanese family living in Kasukabe, Japan. Shin’s mother, Mitzi, is a tiny-boobed, exhausted mother obsessed with Sky Mall magazine and free samples. His father is Hiro (pronounced just like hero), a lazy, failed American silverware salesman whose invention, the Knork, just never took off. Shin’s sister, Hima, is a Maggie-esque speechless baby who loves her brother, but only when he stays out of the way of what she wants (occasionally juice). Finally there’s the boy of the hour, Shin-Chan Nohara.

As mentioned before, Shin-Chan is obsessed with his butt and all of its products, constantly whipping it out for an “ass-dance” or “Pop-Fart” (pastry scented fart, of course). Shin is only five years old, and despite his clever and continuous questioning of his parents’ logic and parenting skills, all he really cares about is his favorite TV-show (Action Bastard), his Bastard Juice, babes, boobies, and his Bare-Ass-Godzilla (aside from his butt and Mr. Elephant).

Shin attends an American school in Japan (as it is referred), which is run by Principle Ench, a has-been panda-genocidal failed magician/ninja and part-time superhero. It is at school Shin deals with the likes of his awful sex-deprived, gambling-addicted teachers and ill-witted classmates. Of course there’s Georgie, a Reaganite political know-it-all, but my favorite of Shin’s friends is Penny.

Poor Penny. Penny has grown accustom to the “ouchies” she receives from her father (who is never seen on the show), mostly due to the massive beatings she gives to her personified Happiness Bunny (this poor stuffed animal is now suicidal and depressed from Penny’s beatings).

Penny is always making references to her problems at home but is terribly content with her situation none-the-less. Her phrases are so horrible that you can’t help but laugh, but don’t take my word for it and go see for yourselves.

As the show progresses we discover Shin as an unnaturally early attraction to women, which takes the show to odd places and usually runs each episode. But past all of its awful and naturally distasteful jokes, “Shin Chan” follows the Nohara family in a kind light, teaching us the normalcy in insanity.

In the past two years I’ve watched “Shin Chan” religiously with my now very happy fiancee. The show met its end after lower ratings on Adult Swim, which could no longer fork out the extra dollar it took to re-dub and re-animate the show.

With a proper and depressing finale after 76 wonderful episodes, “Shin Chan” ended on a promise; that, if enough DVDs were sold, the show would try to return. Funimation loved making the show as much as we loved watching it, but, in America, “Shin Chan” lies in his dug-too-early grave.

Personally, I would give any number of my other favorite shows for a few more seasons of this glorious experiment.

Unfortunately, that may never happen. But at the time being, the entire re-dubbed series is on Hulu for free, or even Netflix, if commercials aren’t your bag.

The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! DVD Review

Adult Swim is such an awesome production company!

If you haven’t caught their amazing array of animated series, including Harvey Birdman and Aqua Team Hunger Force, then you’re missing out!

Their first live-action series is The Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Yep, weird title…yep, weird show…yep, pure genius. Focusing on the two main characters (Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim), this show is a series of insane skits, mock commercials and general hilarity. It is a purely surreal experience, and not one for those who like their comedy straight-laced.

There are some recurring characters, including music funny man Weird Al Yankovic and John C. Reilly (Anger Management, Boogie Nights). Like the well known Saturday Night Live before it, Tim & Eric centre much of their attention on quick-fix skits, particularly lambasting public service television in the USA. The gents cite amongst their major influences, Monty Python and mocumentary main man Christopher Guest (Best in Show), and you can see why.

The blend of sexual innuendo, brain-numbing parodies, and deliberately bad graphics and images are fantastic, and mostly pitch-perfect. The episodes, including ‘Sitcoms’ and ‘Slop’ (look for their mock cooking show) are rather short, so don’t fret about having to give over too much time, but if you are like me, you’ll be exploring the special features in no time. These include very funny episode commentary, deleted scenes and ‘Great! (But Not Great Enough’ outtakes.

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10 Reasons You Need Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons are an essential part of a child’s education, and whether they learn to swim at school, or at private lessons, being able to swim increases confidence, and can become an enjoyable and healthy total fitness hobby.

For adults who have never learnt to swim, or for those who haven’t been swimming for a long time, why not learn to swim today? Swimming lessons aren’t just for children.

Here are 10 reasons to book swimming lessons, and learn to swim today

1) Swimming lessons, and ultimately being able to swim brings many benefits, such as feeling safe near water, and enjoying being by the swimming pool and feeling confident enough to try other water sports perhaps whilst on holiday. Imagine being able to water ski, or sail a boat, or go sea fishing. Even just being on the beach or investigating rock pools requires a certain level of water safety, especially where children are concerned.

2) Many swimming pools and swimming clubs offer swimming lessons to children as young as 3. Your child is likely to enjoy learning to swim, and will experience a great sense of achievement as they progress from the first moments away from the side of the pool, swimming without armbands, and gaining badges and certificates. Swimming lessons for children are usually around 30 minutes long each, and parents can often spectate.

3) If you didn’t have swimming lessons as a child, you may think that you have missed out on being able to swim, but this needn’t be the case as swimming lessons aren’t just for children. Many clubs have at least one swimming pool, so that you can incorporate your swimming lessons into your fitness routine. If your children are having swimming lessons at school you might want to take them swimming outside of school. If you haven’t swum for many years and you don’t feel confident, you may want to consider organising your own swimming lessons, so that you and your children will benefit.

4) Swimming sessions are often available for parents and children, so that children can get used to the water and build up their confidence before embarking on swimming lessons. Water skills are invaluable, and can be learnt at a very early age. Having fun in the pool is the most important aspect of these sessions, and the emphasis is on playing with toys and games rather than actually learning to swim.

5) Swimming provides many health benefits and a good low impact cardio vascular workout. Swimming is often recommended for those people who are recovering from injury or an operation, as well as those who are unable to undertake other forms of exercise. Swimming can be used as part of a rehabilitation routine, or as a water workout total fitness programme by itself.

6) A water workout is an exercise regime that is carried out in the pool without a swimming instructor. Instead swimming lessons showing exercises and required equipment are on cards so that the swimmer can work through the exercises at their own pace.

7) If you are a confident swimmer, then maybe you are considering swimming lessons to improve your technique. Expert swimming instructors can iron out any posture or stroke issues, and help you swim better. These lessons are longer, and it will be expected that the swimmer is already able to swim.

8) When choosing swimming lessons, it is important that you and/or your child feel comfortable with the environment and the swimming instructors. If the pool is dirty and has cracked tiles, then maybe you will think that the standard of swimming lessons provided may not be too high. Some people prefer their swimming lessons to be taught by their own swimming teacher, rather than be in a group. Having the instructor’s full attention can lead to quick progress, and any problem areas can be addressed straight away, but there are no others to swim with. If you feel that you or your child would learn best this way, why not see if your swimming pool offers one to one individual swimming lessons.

9) Swimming lessons should ideally lead to certification, such as the ASA awards, so that there is record of progress. Progression leads to confidence and shows how far they have progressed. Also, if you change club, the new instructors will be able to see the ability level and ensure that you are in the right group.

10) A swimming school should employ CRB checked, ASA qualified instructors who are skilled and experienced in providing swimming lessons for all different ages and abilities. Having the capability to communicate effectively is important when teaching both children and adults. The swimmer wants to progress, and the teacher wants their pupil to progress.

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Top Five Animated TV Shows on DVD

Forget reruns or even TiVo; TV shows on DVD are the most popular way to watch your favorite episodes over and over again. Many of us have a particular affinity for adult swim, which are animated comedies for adults on DVD. If you’re looking to start your collection, here are the top five animated shows on DVD.

1 – Futurama:

Despite the fact that this show has been canceled (and it is slated to run a new season on Comedy Central in 2008, as well as release several DVD movies starting at the end of November 2007), it still airs on Cartoon Network. Why, then, should people own tv shows on DVD, much less Futurama on DVD? When it comes to Futurama, the answer is simple: It supports a great show. Much like Family Guy, the DVD sales have actually brought the shows back from the edge of extinction. Futurama has light handed morals, amusing plots and a dialogue that is simply amazing. With voice talent from Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and other cartoon greats, it’s no wonder why Futurama is one of the top rated tv shows on DVD.

2 – God, The Devil and Bob:

God, the Devil and Bob was a really amusing and morally uplifting show that was aired very briefly on NBC until it was pulled for being (get this) too offensive to religious communities. It is important for people to get tv shows on DVD like this one, because sometimes they are canceled long before they should be (like Firefly…) and often long before they even air the entire season. God, the Devil and Bob allows fans to actually see the season in its entirety and in order. There are also some very cute featurettes and a great Q & A session with each of the main characters. God, the Devil and Bob on DVD is a great show that will allow individuals the opportunity to actually EXPERIENCE the series.

3 – Family Guy:

Everyone knows Family Guy on DVD saved the series. It was literally canceled for years before the sales of the tv shows on DVD prompted the network and creators of Family Guy to give the series another go. Topical, humorous and irreverent, Family Guy on DVD allows fans to promote the show, experience the commentaries on the episodes and enjoy sneak peeks at other great tv shows on DVD.

4 – The Brak Show:

There are two seasons of the Brak Show on DVD and many people may be curious as to how this was one of the TV shows on DVD that made it to the market. The fact is, The Brak Show is funny, silly, light humored and witty. It isn’t intellectual and heavy handed; it just provides viewers with the fun giddiness that is The Brak Show. The Brak Show on DVD offers a lot of great extras, including easter eggs, snippets of Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak, as well as commercial bits on late night Comedy Central that starred Brak. The Brak Show on DVD allows viewers immediate and long term access to the amusing antics of Brak, and is one of the best tv shows on DVD because of its attempt to simply be silly – and it succeeds.

5 – American Dad:

TV Shows on DVD do not have to be of just canceled series. For example, American Dad is a great TV Show on DVD that consumers can enjoy. There are limited extras (naturally the commentaries on the episodes and sneak peek allowances), but the show is such a great reflection on the political nature of our time that it’s a great historical/comedic mark of the time. All in all, American Dad Volumes 1 & 2 are great tv shows on dvd to own because of the accurate yet amusing way that they reflect our social and political lives in America at this point in time.

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Programming For Adults and Families in 2009

Whether you order cable TV or satellite TV in 2009, you can rest assured that you will get more channels than ever before-even if you have subscribed to cable TV in the past. Satellite TV currently offers the most channels, though cable TV is expanding their lineup every day. What can you expect when you sign up with a premium provider?

For starters, both satellite and cable TV can offer you well over 200 channels. Your TV viewing can sample the best of entertainment and education with basic channels like the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel and the History Channel. You also get family friendly entertainment such as Animal Planet, Disney and Nickelodeon. You get all of this in addition to the major networks and other local channels in your area.

You probably realize many of the hottest shows today are on cable television. Just glancing at the Emmy Award Ceremonies, you see series like Entourage, Mad Men, Weeds and South Park tend to dominate the categories. Premium channels like HBO and Showtime are available through cable or satellite, while basic pay networks like FX, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network bring you exciting too-hot-for-network programming like The Shield, The Daily Show and Adult Swim.

What about sports? Satellite TV has the advantage thanks to its exclusive deal with the NFL for Sunday Ticket. This option allows viewers to watch more NFL games as well as enjoy innovative new features like split-screen viewing, remote recording and highlights and scores on demand. However, cable TV still has many of the top premium sports networks like ESPN, The NFL Network, NBA TV TVG, GolTV and the Outdoor Channel. Cable providers may also have a non-exclusive deal with Major League Baseball in the MLB Extra Innings package, which provides over 1000 games per season!

It is well known that cable and satellite television providers offer adult programming. There is no advantage here, as both options provide the same type of content. You can order Playboy TV by subscription or by blocks, or order Pay Per View for a block of content with networks like Hustler TV, Ten, Real, Juicy and Spice Xcess. You can buy one 90 minute feature for about $10 or order a three hour block of six different channels for $15. If you have a DVR system then you certainly get your money’s worth in total programming. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of ordering “discreetly” you can always sign up for a traditional package of all premium channels, which will give you Cinemax. Not only does Cinemax air adult programming, but you can also watch all your uncensored favorites in HD!

What if you’re worried about parental controls? No matter, satellite and cable providers equip their systems with a parental control device. This option lets you block offensive content according to individual title, TV or MPAA rating, time allotment or PPV spending. When you order premium television in 2009 you can rest assured you will get TV programming that the whole family can enjoy.

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