Why you must Play the Lottery by Juan Rodulfo
When talking about lottery we will find different approaches and depending on how we were raised we will have the conservative one: “Lottery is for losers” or the affirmative one: “Who plays the Lottery deserves to win”.
Both may have the truth on their side, but there are some facts that I would like to share with you on this short research about Life and Lottery, starting on these to principles: the negative and the positive.
The first recorded signs of a lottery are keno slips from the Chinese Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 BC. These lotteries are believed to have helped to finance major government projects like the Great Wall of China. From the Chinese “The Book of Songs” (2nd millennium BC.) comes a reference to a game of chance as “the drawing of wood”, which in context appears to describe the drawing of lots. Lotteries in colonial America played a significant part in the financing of both private and public ventures.
You are not going to win the lottery. Sure, somebody might cash in that $640 million Mega Millions golden ticket, but odds are, every single reader of this story will come away disappointed. The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 175 million. Talk about a low probability event!.
“The odds are crazy if you think about it,” said Romel Mostafa, a professor at the Ivey School of Business. “Especially the mega lotteries. It’s just nuts.” (Mega Millions latest – CNN)
The Global Lottery Market was valued at US$ 1,788.1 Mn in 2018 and is projected to increase significantly at a CAGR of 4.6% from 2019 to 2028, this is your money and mine, and there are bunch of actors around seeking to have part of that cake, so the Bank will try to have it and so will the religions proposing you to better donate it to their US Free Tax Industry, using the best of their bible repertory, like this:
*To win many more people have to lose. Even if I win, somebody loses. I’d rather be involved in a win-win situation.
*The lottery denies the realty of God’s sovereignty by promoting and affirming the existence of luck or chance.
*It violates the Golden Rule. (Do unto others as you would have others do unto you – Matthew 7:12)
*It appeals to my lowest motivations – greed, materialism, and selfishness.
*It violates a good work ethic. The lottery promotes getting money for doing no work.
“There may be less of a chance of losing all the money you put into a mutual fund than there is of losing all the money you put into lottery tickets, but you’re never going to win big in a mutual fund.”
Why you must Play the Lottery by Juan Rodulfo
Available at: juanrodulfo.com
Juan Ramon Rodulfo Moya, Defined by Nature: Planet Earth Habitant, Human, Son of Eladio Rodulfo & Briceida Moya, Brother of Gabriela, Gustavo & Katiuska, Father of Gabriel & Sofia; Defined by the Society as: Venezuelan Citizen (Human Rights Limited by default), Friend of many, Enemy of few, Neighbor, Student/Teacher/Student, Worker/Supervisor/Manager/Leader/Worker, Husband of Katty/ Ex-Husband of K/Husband of Yohana; Defined by the Gig Economy: Independent Contractor 1099 Form; Studies in classroom: Master Degree in Human Resources Management, Adult Continuing Education, English, Chinese Mandarin; Studies at the real world: Human Behavior; Studies at home: Webmaster SEO, Graphic Web Apps Design, Internet & Social Media Marketing, Video Production, YouTube Branding, Trading, Import-Exports, Affiliate Marketing, Cooking, Laundry, Home Cleaning; Work experience: Public-Private-Entrepreneur Sectors; Other Definitions: Bitcoin Evangelist, Human Rights Peace and Love Advocate; Author of: Asylum Seekers; Why Maslow?: How to use his Theory to Stay in Power Forever; Manual for Gorillas: 9 Rules to be the “Fer-pect” Dictator; Why you Must Play the Lottery and Para Español Presione #2: Speaking Spanish in Times of Xenophobia.
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Every few months, we scour online reviews searching for the best plantar fasciitis shoes–always keeping fashion in mind. As we can’t road test all the shoes, we look for footwear with multiple positive reviews from online customers with plantar fasciitis. All feature good arch support and cushioning, shock-absorbing outsoles, deeper heel cups and 2″ and under heels. We’ll mention whether the shoe has a removable insole to accommodate an orthotic. We enjoy sharing our findings with you and are always open to recommendations of your best shoes for plantar fasciitis!
Best ankle boot for plantar fasciitis: Naot Helm
The minimalist Helm ankle boot (one of our favorite Naot styles) wins over women with problem feet. A removable anatomic cork and latex footbed and lightweight metal shank provide the support and stability that aching heels need. The Helm is part of Naot’s Aura collection of medium width footwear, yet the toe box is generous and forgiving of bunions. We love Christine’s review for Zappos:
These are unicorn shoes: comfort brand and finally a chic style that isn’t decidedly old-lady comfort granola. I am a devoted Naot lover with size 9.5-10 Wide feet with high high arches and plantar fasciitis, and the size 41 fit perfectly and is a snug, secure fit across the top of my foot.
Runner-up for best ankle boot for plantar fasciitis: Vionic Serena
Zappos customer Kim loves her Serenas:
“These are my favorite pair of shoes. I can wear them ALL day without issue, which for me is huge. I have wide feet, plantar fasciitis, bunions. I rarely find a shoe that is not only cute but comfortable and this one has it all. It can be dressed up or down, office or play.”
The Vionic Serena features a removable orthotic insole with arch support, a low 1.5″ stacked heel and a round toe box. The suede upper is treated with protective water-resistant coating. Find the Vionic Serena in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths for $149.95 from Zappos, Nordstrom and Amazon.
Best casual-dress shoe: Dansko Loralie
Sometimes Dansko just hits the nail on the head. The new Loralie mary jane is the trifecta of support, cushioning and good fit–and we’re huge fans of a hidden wedge (offers just the right amount of heel lift). While the memory foam footbed with arch support may be all you need, it is removable should you need to use your own orthotic. Available in euro sizes 36-42 for $149.95 from Zappos, Dansko.com, and Amazon. See the new Dansko Lanie wedge–a similar style to Loralie, but with an assymetrical hook and loop strap.
Best sneaker: Hoka One One Hupana Slip-on
Be one of the cool kids in these chic slip-ons by Hoka One One. The fashion sneaker trend continues and these happen to be a super supportive, comfortable choice. Take it from this Zappos customer:
“These shoes are great for my feet issues. I’ve had bad plantar fasciitis and heel pain for over a year now. My podiatrist wanted me to wear shoes around the house instead of elevated slippers to provide more support for my feet. She thought this would be a better option than walking boots for both my feet. These shoes are sturdy and comfortable. So far…it’s doing the trick! Great value for the shoes. Roomy area around the toes. Great fit, true to size, good arch support.
The Hoka Hupana slip-on features a 4-way stretch upper, removable footbed with arch support (accommodates orthotics) and has a slight rocker sole. Find the Hupana slip-on in sizes 5-10 for $114.95 from Zappos, Holabird Sports, size 11 available through Nordstrom.
Best fashion sneaker in wide widths: Clarks Un Rio Cross Sneaker
If your heels crave cushioning, yet your arches need solid support, the Un Rio sneaker by Clarks is your answer. The Un Rio features a removable Ortholite® insole (can accommodate orthotics) with lightweight 1 3/4″ rubber and EVA outsole. The cross straps have a little stretch to them for a good fit over the instep.
A happy Zappos customer says this about her new shoes:
I have wider feet, one of which is wider than the other due to a healed complicated break. I have plantar fasciitis, and I’m recovering from back surgery. All that adds up to a real need for comfortable shoes. I’m not old enough to strap into velcro closures yet, nor am I ready for that! These shoes will provide the comfort and stability I need for casual wear, yet are more classy and stylish than tennies, and I’m so happy to have them!
Best casual mule: Ariat Sport Mule
Marilyn B., Zappos customer, has plantar fasciitis and loves the versatility of the Ariat Sport Mule.
“I adore these shoes. I now have two pairs, one in black and one in brown. I have plantar fascia, and I find the arch support is good enough to allow me to go all day without my molded shoe inserts. In addition, the two-way strap gives two levels of formality; I just slide my feet in when I’m wearing jeans, but for dressier outfits, I wear the sling behind my heel.”
The Ariat Sport Mule features stabilizing lateral motion control provided by a lightweight forked shank, a gel-cushioned footbed with heel stabilizer, and a 1.5″ heel. Available in sizes 5.5-11 for $109.95 from Zappos, and Shoes.com.
Best waterproof sneaker: Dansko Paisley
Are you planning a vacation to a wet climate where you’ll be walking miles every day? Don’t look like a tourist in day-glo running sneakers! Opt for the Dansko Paisley, a waterproof walking sneaker with a removable triple-density footbed with arch support and shock-absorbing, slip-resistant Vibram® rubber outsole.
Amazon customer Julie reviews her Paisleys:
“I’ve tried about everything know to mankind to alleviate my Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis including about ten different inserts, 3D mapped inserts, compression wraps, chiropractic, PT, and medication. Nothing was helping, so I decided to buy these shoes in a last-ditch effort to avoid having laser surgery. They are an absolute miracle!! I can walk without limping, my feet aren’t screaming all day, my heels are no longer on fire, and I can stand for long periods of time without the excruciating pain I used to have. While I still have some slight pain in my heel, it’s tolerable now.”
Typically we wouldn’t recommend a ballet flat in an article about the best shoes for plantar fasciitis, but if flats are your aesthetic, consider the Vionic Minna. The Minna features more arch and heel support than any other flat we’ve seen. Zappos customer Miriam is a fan:
“Thank you Vionic!! I’ve been searching for years for a non-clunky, flat, closed-toe shoe with excellent arch support for my plantar fasciitis. Finally, comfort and style in one shoe!!”
Budget-friendly tip: If you can’t afford a new pair of shoes for plantar fasciitis currently, try a pair of ProFoot heel cups–simply put them in your favorite pair of shoes for extra heel support (they carry the seal of acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association).
Didn’t see anything you like? Browse our whole category of best shoes for plantar fasciitis and our recent update on Alegria shoes. Also, join our “Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis” Facebook discussion for even more ideas!
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There are a few tricks to shoe shining that I have always appreciated using to get an enhanced result to that final shine. One, is using blue wax on black shoes. And the other is using burgundy wax polish on all earth-toned leathers, from light tan to dark brown and if I am really being a bit daring, sometimes using burgundy wax even on blue leather for an added effect.
You see, the thing about wax polish is that it is not intended for changing color, but rather for adding depth, shine and protection to your leather. That being, it can alter color when used over time and consistently. But using it to add some color depth is one of the tricks/fun things about polishing when knowing which colors suit which leathers.
Using burgundy on your earth tones, really helps to bring out a nice hue of reddish-brown, as you can see on this pair wingtips that I recently shined. Originally the leather was a mid-brown. This is particularly fun on Museum calf, as those lighter undertones to the leather’s marbled effect are what really take that secondary color and add that unique color contrast to the original leather color. Now, of course, you should do this sparingly and mix the application of wax with the original color too. If you just use a burgundy on brown, eventually it will drastically alter the color and it won’t come out so nicely. But if you mix it here and there and then top off your shine with a contrasting burgundy color, you get a very nice and unique outcome, as you can see here.
The outcome is also dependent on the leathers you are shining. Here are the guidelines:
- Box Calf uniform color – Can do this but harder to alter and give that alternate color depth. Can take longer to achieve the effect
- Vegetable-tanned leathers – Do not attempt this on those leathers are they are too easily manipulated and can adverse effects
- Crust leathers – They take this the best as crust leathers and made with the sole purpose of altering the color after the tanning process
- Musuem calf – Take it like a charm and my favorite leather to manipulate with different wax colors.
Remember, if you are unsure of something when it comes to shoe care, always start with your inside heel counter to attempt it first. If you ruin that, it’s much better than the toe area.
But as wax is pretty tame in terms of product strength for the chance of having adverse effects, you are pretty safe having a go at it! And remember good product tends to be concentrated, so a little usually goes a long way.
Polish shown is by world-famous French shoe care producers Saphir. Their Saphir Medaille D’or (MDO) line. I highly recommend their product. Color code is Acajou (or Burgundy)
Shoes shown are by J.FitzPatrick Footwear (my shoe brand)
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Our Winter Sale continues with a 2nd Markdown on selected products
As usual, our sale is split into categories, so please see below the differences.
Each discount applies to certain models:
1. 40% discount — This is for the leftover stock of the Discontinued models we are getting rid of, at a 40% discount. They are all of the Issaquah models, the Laurelhurst in navy braided suede, the Rainier and the clearance models.
The sold-out sizes of the models labeled “Discontinued” have the option to be PreSold at a 20% discount, to be able to order your sold out size now before they become an MTO offering in the future (which comes at an upcharge to full retail price). These will be ready in July and will non-refundable.
2. 20% discount — This is for all of our Core models that are staying in our collection. Basically what is not listed above or below
3. 15% discount — This is good for our newest models, FOUND HERE (and directly below), two of which just launched, the Kent monk strap and Puyallup button boot, both in Plum Museum Calf. We have further discounted the Snoqualmie in Tan Grain however to a 25% discount.
THINGS TO NOTE:
— All shoes/shoe trees are already discounted
— Button Hooks will not be discounted
— There are some leftover clearance models on the site. They are already discounted and do not discount further. These are also final sale.
Wishing everyone a great weekend
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Hoka One One Arahi 4 Intro
Hoka One One is a growing brand you are starting to see more and more on runners’ feet. In the last year they have diversified to include many more options for runners.
The Arahi was the first of two support options in the Hoka lineup, the other being the Gaviota. While the Gaviota is the max stability offering, the Arahi is a moderate stability trainer.
The Arahi is a narrower and more responsive shoe to the wider and plush gaviota. This is the 4th edition of this responsive moderate stability trainer.
They all provide a moderate amount of stability. The Arahi provides more cushioning than the others.
Hoka One One Arahi 4 First Impressions
When I opened the box I was surprised by how bright they were. I prefer more color variation in my running shoes.
The neon yellow heel added visual interest to the shoes, I would have preferred more throughout the rest of the shoe. They looked and felt fast in my hands.
The big, lightweight sole was what I have come to expect from an Arahi.
I knew going into my first run from experience with Hoka that is takes some runs to adjust to the 5 mm heel to toe drop.
I took the Arahi 4 on a relaxed 10k for their first run. They were firm and responsive which made them a bit unforgiving on my feet.
Hoka One One Arahi 4 Sole Unit
The sole unit of Arahi 4 hasn’t changed from the previous edition. The material they use for the sole unit is RMAT, an EVA and rubber lightweight compound.
It is a stiff yet responsive compound which can lead to an adjustment period for the runner.
Like in the previous editions, Hoka patent pending J-Frame technology provides stability in the Arahi 4.
This is denser foam in the midsole which starts at the forefoot and runs down the medial side of your foot before wrapping around your heel.
You can tell where it is because of the gray part of the sole unit, while the rest is white. To provide a more natural way of support by cradling the foot is what they are accomplishing with the J-Frame.
The other major component of the sole unit Hoka utilizes in the Arahi 4 is the early stage Meta-Rocker geometry. This “rocker” like the shaped midsole allows for smooth impacts, transitions and toe offs.
This combined with the 5 mm drop allowed for a smooth ride on every stride. Many other brands have started to imitate this technology with some of their higher end offerings.
The outsole of the Arahi 4 is high abrasion lightweight rubber. Some areas in the forefoot and heel have a denser rubber for more durability. The Arahi 4 struggled with traction in wet conditions.
Hoka One One Arahi 4 Upper Unit
The upper of the Arahi 4 has changed since the 3rd edition. The engineered mesh of the upper of the Arahi 4 is a lighter weight and more breathable than in previous edition.
This was done in hopes of providing more airflow and breathability. It is a softer material and does what it is set out to do.
A softer material makes for a flexible and durable upper. There are no points of irritation in the engineered mesh upper. It struggles with providing structure to the upper because it is one piece engineered mesh.
Other moderate stability trainers out there will provide more structure which in turn provides more support by holding your feet in place. This is part of the reason the ride provided by the Arahi was unstable at times.
Around the heel collar and the tongue there is a minimal amount of cushioning. Luckily the heel counter made up for this some by the fit it provided.
Because of the lack of cushioning I found myself retying the shoe multiple times within the first few runs to find that ideal fit.
The Arahi 4 runs true to size. Even though the upper is less structured than other trainers out there I found the fit to be snug in areas, mainly the arches and toe boxes. This could bother many runners who try these shoes.
Hoka One One Arahi 4 Conclusion
The Hoka One One Arahi 4 continues the tradition of being one of the most responsive trainers I have run in. This serves you well if you want to push the pace.
But, I found them to be responsive to a fault because of the stiffness of the sole unit. Due to the stiffness of the sole unit and the 5 mm drop there was an adjustment period.
They can be versatile trainers used for many types of workouts. Ideally I would add them to my rotation for shorter mileage and tempo runs.
Last year while reviewing the Arahi 3 I said “at times the stability is slightly unsteady because of the height of the midsole and the narrowness of where the midsole connects with the upper.”, the same could be said the the Arahi 4.
The Meta-Rocker geometry found in the Arahi 4 is a strength of the sole unit. It provides a smooth transition from the moment your feet strike the ground to the toe off.
This resulted in a more natural stride. This is aided by the J-Frame technology is the sole unit as well.
The new engineered mesh used for the upper is an improvement from the previous editions. I found the material to be more breathable and flexible.
It is an unstructured upper compared to some of the other stability offerings out there. This combined with the lack of cushioning in the heel collar and tongue made it difficult to get an ideal fit.
The Hoka One One Arahi 4 is priced at 130 dollars which places them right in the middle of a crowded field of mid to moderate stability trainers.
This price tag opens them up to runners who may have never run in a Hoka before.
Overall the Hoka One One Arahi 4 was an average stability trainer for me. There were aspects I loved, the Meta-Rocker and J-Frame technology, and how cushioned the shoe was while remaining lightweight.
Meanwhile other aspects of the shoe I had issues with, the lack of a structured upper and the stiffness I felt from the sole unit.
The Arahi 4 will please longtime Hoka supporters while attracting some new runners to the brand. It is a responsive and versatile trainer built for many variety of runs.
The Hoka One One Arahi 4 will serve as many runners everyday trainer but for me there were many characteristics preventing it from being my day to day trainer.
We purchased a pair of Hoka One One Arahi 4 from runningwarehouse using our own money. This did not influence the outcome of this review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.
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