Thursday, July 17, 2014

Did you know that Singing is GOOD for You?

It's karaoke night at Harry's by Front Row Karaoke!  Everybody knows how fun it is to sing, but did you know it's also GOOD for you?  There are many health benefits.  Here are 10!  Hope to see you improving your life down at Harry's tonight!


10 Great Reasons to Sing!

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Forget about whether or not you think you can sing, here are some great reasons to do it anyway. 

1. It's good for your heart. 

Singing is an aerobic activity so beneficial for your heart and lungs.

2. When you sing your brain releases “feel-good” chemicals including endorphins. 

Consequently singing can be a brilliantly effective mood buster and there is an increasing body of research to show that it is a valuable tool in alleviating depression.

3. It’s relaxing. 

Through singing we can learn to breathe more deeply and with more awareness. When stressed or anxious, exhaling for longer than inhaling helps to calm the nervous system. Singing encourages us to use this way of breathing, using a shorter inhalation and a longer outward breath.

4. Express yourself! 

Singing is a natural and global form of human expression. You don’t have to consider yourself good at singing for singing to be good for you. It is something that the vast majority of us can participate in and benefit from socially, physically or psychologically, and usually all three.

5. It builds confidence. 

Singing regularly can improve your ability to use your speaking voice with more clarity and confidence too.

6. It makes you part of something life-affirming.

Joining a choir and singing with other people can be rewarding and fun. It can also enhance your sense of community, connection and creativity.

7. It’s a natural beauty treatment. 

When you sing you exercise your facial muscles. 

8. It’s eco-friendly. 

Your body already has all of the equipment you need and you don’t require fossil fuels or expensive upgrades.

9. You reclaim your birthright. 

Most young children sing very easily, freely and without feeling self-conscious. Sometimes, as we grow up or experience judgement and criticism, the simple pleasure of singing can get lost. I've heard many accounts of people being told that they “can’t sing.” 

However, the vast majority of us can learn to sing with more confidence, freedom and control through guidance and practice. While our individual physicality undoubtedly shapes and defines our voice, we can learn to use more of our vocal potential and sing with a greater expressive range.

10. You'll become a better listener. 

By learning to sing, you develop your musical ear and start to listen to yourself and other singers with a greater level of appreciation and understanding. You learn to hear more nuance and subtlety in vocal performances and in music itself.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What do you know about Moonshine?

(Photo courtesy of American Born Moonshine)

Harry's is now serving American Born Moonshine! It comes in three flavors: Apple Pie, Original White Lightning, and Dixie Sweet Tea!  Moonshine has a long history in America! 

American Born Moonshine offers an interesting tail of the history on their website called THE SMOOTH SIDE OF A ROUGH HISTORY™ (a trademark of American Born Moonshine).  Click here to learn more about their product and fascinating history and product!

Here's a little trivia question:  What Does the XXX on Moonshine Jugs Mean?

Not sure?  This article by Moonshine Heritage will tell you all you need to know about the infamous XXXs!

What Does the XXX on Moonshine Jugs Mean?
(Article courtesy of Moonshine Heritage)

The XXX on moonshine jugs is a classic symbol. It has been caricatured and cartooned many times in modern portrayals of the moonshiner. Everyone instinctively knows that “XXX” written on a jug indicates that it contains moonshine, but what does that symbol mean and why did moonshiners scrawl that on their jugs?

The “XXX” signifies how many times the moonshine batch had been run through the still. Three X’s indicated that it had been run through three times and that the shine was pure alcohol.

In the old days, before the invention of more modern distilling techniques like thump kegs and reflux stills, moonshiners used a basic pot still – the simplest of all types of stills. It’s made up of two components: a boiler to cook the mash and a condenser to collect and cool the alcohol vapor back to a liquid.

While it is an effective device, you don’t get pure alcohol when you run a batch through the first time. The fermented mash, which is very similar to beer, starts out at about 5-10% alcohol by volume (ABV). When you run the mash through a pot still, the product coming out of the other end contains about 30-40% alcohol, the rest being mostly water. This is called “singlings.” (While the first run produces liquor at about 60-80 proof and is drinkable, you wouldn't want to drink it since it still has quite a bit of off flavors carried over through the water from the mash.) To raise the alcohol content, you have to save up all the results of your first runs, and then run all of that through the still a second time. The second run raises it up to the 60-70% ABV range. Moonshine that had been run through the still three times was very close to being pure alcohol, above 80% ABV. The three XXX’s scrawled on the front of a moonshine jug indicated that it had been run through the still three times and that it had high, almost pure, alcohol content.


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Monday, July 7, 2014

Pro Pool - Ten Billiards Tips Your Opponents Don't Know

What They Don't Know Could Help You

1. No Ghost Ball
What is commonly called the “ghost ball method of aim” doesn’t work effectively in pool. The pros use a different method—one of the chief reasons I (Matthew Sherman) wrote Picture Yourself Shooting Pool and write for and InsidePool Magazine.

2. Get Taught
Most shooters learn billiards on their own, unlike tennis players and golfers who constantly rely on teaching pros. Find a good teacher and ask them to mentor you!

3. Chalk Well, My Young Apprentice
Chalk the right amount between shots. Apply chalk to your cue stick’s tip like someone applying lipstick on their lips, completely and evenly but lightly.

4. Cues By Balance
A good pool cue is a finely balanced instrument. Between shots hold the cue about halfway along the butt end with your shooting hand and about halfway along the shaft end with your bridge hand, and you’ll measure your body better to the cue ball as you assume your stance.

5. Pro Arm Angle
You’ll often hear “while shooting, the lower arm hangs from the elbow at a right angle to the table, straight down toward the floor”. The more correct statement is “your lower arm forms a right angle (or nearly so) to the cue stick”. The stick on most shots is on a slightly tilted plane above the table. In other words, if the cue is raised or lowered, your arm angle should change to meet it and help provide a quality stroke.

6. Chin Above Cue Stick, Not!
“Chin above the cue stick” is another pool myth. Don’t strain your neck to post your chin above the stick. Your arm must be on the shot aim line but your head and neck should rest on the middle of your trunk comfortably, left of the stick for right handers and vice versa for lefties. Sighting will be fine as your eyes can adjust instantly to find the target from this improved head position.

7. Cues By Weight
How to choose a pool cue by weight? New players want heavier sticks around 21 ounces in weight that stay on the shot line longer due to their increased mass. Intermediates and experts want lighter cues for more subtle mastery of ball speed and spin. Most pro pool players use 19-ounce cues or less, and 19 oz. makes a good choice for you after you’ve played pool for a year or two.

8. Seven Ball Is Fun And Educational
The little known game of 7-Ball is a great practice game for 9-Ball fans. Two fewer balls on the table provide an easier layout from the break yet adequate challenge for your skills.

9. Commit To Speed First
Pick a specific spot for the cue ball to land on the next shot. Get there by choice of stroke speed rather than feel and “touch”. Commit to a personal speed of stroke like “medium” or “soft” before bending to shoot. Maintain a follow-through about the same in length as the length of your backstroke.

10. Back Off, Oh Sidespin Addict!
Most amateurs use sidespin or “english” far too often. I use a quarter-tip here or a dash of english there when needed. I’m always practicing center ball aim and sometimes go 30 minutes or more without english on any shot. This builds great confidence in shot making ability by limiting variables of spin.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Fireworks on the 4th of July


So how do you plan to spend this Fourth of July? Maybe you're headed to the lake, or a cookout, or a baseball game. You're certainly not planning a trip to the emergency room. Unfortunately, an estimated 8,000 Americans will spend the afternoon or evening of July Fourth not celebrating, but in the hospital ER, getting treatment for a fireworks-related injury. Still, fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations, even in states where they're illegal (and no, that is not an endorsement). Here are five surprising facts about fireworks in the U.S.

5. Fireworks Injure Almost 9,000 Americans Each Year

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2010. Those injuries can prove fatal — the association attributes eight deaths to fireworks in 2010. It’s only natural to think that many of these injuries involve some combination of alcohol, older teens/young adults, no parental supervision and powerful fireworks such as Roman candles. But according to the NFPA, 38 percent of those emergency room visits were the result of sparklers and other so-called “novelty” fireworks, and children between the ages of 5 and 14 had twice the risk of injury as the general population. Even well-meaning parents think nothing of lighting a sparkler with a tip burning at more than 1200 degrees and giving it to a 4-year-old.

Although 8,600 sounds like a huge number of injuries, it helps to keep things in perspective. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission statistics show that other heat-producing products injure far more people annually, including curlers/curling irons (17,288 injuries in 2010); barbecue grills (19,400) and ranges and ovens (41,416). The difference, of course, is that those injuries are spread throughout the year; the majority of fireworks injuries are clustered around the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve.

4. Americans Use Almost a Quarter-Billion Pounds of Fireworks Annually

Surprisingly, professional pyrotechnicians use only about 10 percent of this figure for public shows, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association. The rest are used in backyards, in the street, etc. Fittingly, China, where fireworks were invented a millennium ago, produces 90 percent of the fireworks sold worldwide.

3. Fireworks Caused Some 15,500 Fires in 2010

Under the right conditions, all it takes is one spark to create a conflagration. The vast majority of those fires were minor grass and brush fires that in many cases extinguished themselves. However, the NFPA said those fires included 1,100 structure fires and 300 vehicle fires. But the number of fireworks-related fires has been in steady decline for several years, thanks to better public information efforts and strict enforcement of laws banning fireworks and other fires during extremely dry conditions. Almost a dozen states and numerous local jurisdictions canceled Fourth of July fireworks shows set for 2012 because of wildfire fears.

2. Fireworks Laws Are Becoming More Liberalized

Only four states, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, ban all types of consumer fireworks. Four other states, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Vermont, allow only sparklers and other novelty items. An American Pyrotechnics Association study found that fireworks laws have become more liberalized in recent years, with more states approving sales of more items. A dozen states have loosened restrictions on fireworks since 2000. New York almost joined that group, with the state senate and assembly passing a 2011 bill allowing the sale of minor fireworks, such as sparklers. However, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed the bill at the urging of fire-safety groups.

1. What is the Biggest Fourth of July Fireworks Show in the U.S.?

This question sets off sparks between many show organizers, all claiming supremacy. And how do you define “biggest”? Would that be the show attracting the most spectators? The one featuring the most fireworks? Generally speaking, the following July Fourth shows are widely regarded as among the best in the United States:
  • Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, New York City: This show draws some 2 million spectators, features more than 40,000 shells and is broadcast in primetime on NBC.
  • Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Boston: This celebration in the city where America’s bid for independence began features free concerts, a performance by the Boston Pops and yes, plenty of fireworks, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators along the Charles River.
  • Fireworks on the National Mall, Washington, D.C.  This celebration is so much more than just fireworks, with a parade along Constitution Avenue featuring military bands and floats; a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra, and the fireworks display, which is broadcast on PBS. As far as intangibles, it’s tough to beat a fireworks show celebrating American independence set against a backdrop of some of the country’s greatest monuments.
  • Kaboom Town!, Addison, Texas: This Dallas suburb’s show doesn't have the name recognition of shows in New York, Boston, and other major cities, but you have give props to a town that according to Forbes spends $220,000 on its fireworks show — similar to the budget for the show in Washington, D.C. — and draws around a half-million spectators.
  • A special mention to the annual Thunder Over Louisville event in Kentucky, which serves as the opening for two weeks of festivities leading to the Kentucky Derby. Show organizers bill the event as the “largest annual pyrotechnic display in North America.” And while more than a half-million spectators see the show each April, it wouldn't be a stretch to call it a Fourth of July celebration, as the American Forces Network rebroadcasts it around the world each July Fourth.
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Become a Harry's VIP and WIN!

Now you can WIN prizes and rewards at Harry's!

Join Harry's rewards program and become one our VIP members...It is so easy!  

All you need to do is text HARRY to 56955, or when you visit us at Harry's enter your phone number at one of our VIP kiosks. Just ask your bartender or waitress where you can find one of the kiosks. Once you text or enter your phone number, you automatically become a Harry's VIP.

Enter anytime now through July 16th to win a one-night stay for two at The Pismo Beach Hotel

Winner will be announced via text on July 17th. 

We will continue to have awesome prizes to give away weekly, and we will update you via text of any drink specials, events and bands playing at Harry's

We appreciate all of you very much and we thank you for your continued patronage.

The Pismo Beach Hotel is located right in the heart of the Downtown Pismo Beach area and offers great affordable lodging and accommodations. Only 1 block from the Pismo Beach Pier and by the Beaches and Dunes.  Enjoy Restaurants, Shopping, Pier, and Ocean Activities just outside your room.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Era Of Awesomeness - From The Times Press Recorder

‘New era of awesomeness’

By April Charlton/

When word got out several months ago that Harry’s Night Club & Beach Bar in downtown Pismo Beach was on the market, rumors started to fly, and longtime patrons were afraid their favorite watering hole by the ocean was going to close its doors forever.

“The rumor mill started right away,” said Vickie Stinson, Harry’s longtime bar manager. “I was getting phone calls from people in Fresno and Modesto ... and they were almost in tears. I had to reassure them we weren’t closing. Literally, there are generations of (families) that have come through here.”

After 35 years under the same owners, Paul and Joan Bailey sold their beloved bar to Mike Frey, co-owner of the nearby Pismo Beach Hotel for the last decade.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Beach Survival - What to Bring to the Beach

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If you live near a beach, whether it be the ocean or a lake, spending time at the shore is a great way to enjoy time with your kids -- and keep away the boredom bug. If you don't live near the water, but are planning a vacation to the beach, here are some must-haves! 

This is probably the most important item in your beach bag. Make sure you have sufficient sunscreen protection for yourself and your children. The sun's ultraviolet rays are at their strongest during the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, so limit your time in the sun during those hours. 

Choose a sunscreen lotion that is at the very least 15 SPF, more appropriate for children is an SPF of 30 or more. Be sure to adequately apply the sunscreen to all exposed skin, including ears, nose and neck. Speak to your doctor about sunscreen and babies under six months of age. 

Don't forget your lips! Bring along sun protective lip balm with an SPF of 15 or more. An aloe-based after-sun lotion is a great way to soothe your skin after a day in the sun so apply after your day at the beach.

Sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays, sun hats with brims, and beach umbrellas are all wonderful items to have along for added protection. Babies under six months old should wear protective clothing, a brimmed sun hat and if possible, baby sunglasses that protect from harmful UV rays. Babies should not spend a lot of time in the sun, but if they are, keep them protected! A first aid kit with bandages, an antibiotic cream and other essentials is an excellent idea as well.

There are chairs made specifically for the beach, they sit low to the ground and fold up neatly, often they include a handy shoulder strap. Don't count on the beach having chairs for its guests! A blanket is another nice thing to bring along. Not only is it comfortable to sit on, but it's a welcome comfort from the hot sand on bare feet. 

Kids love digging and building in the sand, it's a must for a beach visit. There is a huge variety of toys on the market made specifically for water play. Nerf balls and lightweight canvas Frisbee discs are great because they float and often come in neon colors so they can be seen easily. 

Don't forget the standard shovels and pails, sand diggers and sand sifters, all which are great for building sand castles, sifting for shells and rocks and pouring water into makeshift motes. Bring along a plastic jar to collect shells. A butterfly or small fishing net can be loads of fun for catching small minnows near lake shorelines! Let's not forget the old beach standby, the beach ball. Squirting water toys are also a blast and can keep the kids busy for hours. Goggles and water masks are great, but can be easily lost in the water. Be sure to bring along extras! There are hundreds of different kinds of beach and water toys, bring along what your family will enjoy. 

Most public beaches do not allow items such as floating rafts, noodles, or "arm floaties" as they are not Coast Guard-approved swim or safety wear. Check with your beach lifeguards or town officials to see what they will or will not allow. Coast Guard-approved life jackets are welcome and recommended for young swimmers, even those who have recently learned to swim, for safety purposes. Many beaches offer free loaner lifejackets, or they offer them for a nominal fee.

Bring towels along for each member of your family. Bringing along an extra or two cannot hurt, especially of little Timmy decides to take his into the water with him!

Being in the sun can quickly dehydrate you. Bring along bottled water, enough for everyone in your family. Check with your beach and see if coolers are allowed so that you can keep it nice and cold. If your beach does allow coolers, this is a great way to save money on snacks. Instead of buying from the beach concession stand, bring along fresh fruit, pretzels, cold sandwiches and carrot sticks. 

Bringing along an extra T-shirt or pair of shorts is not a bad idea. If your beach trip will continue on into the evening, bring a windbreaker or sweat jacket for everyone, just in case the temperature dips down. Be sure that everyone has adequate footwear -- swim shoes are a great idea as well, especially for rocky beaches.

Don't forget your camera! You can purchase waterproof disposable cameras to capture all of those sunny moments. Inexpensive one-time-use cameras are also available for underwater use!

Now that you are ready to head off to the beach, here's a summarization of everything we have suggested. Check each item off to see if you are ready to roll! 

___ Sunscreen (at least 15 SPF) 
___ Lip balm 
___ Aloe after sun lotion 
___ First aid kit 
___ Sun hat 
___ Sunglasses 
___ Beach umbrella 
___ Chairs, blanket 
___ Pail & shovel 
___ Nerf type ball and/or lightweight nylon Frisbee disc 
___ Sand digger and sifter 
___ Goggles or masks 
___ Plastic jar for collecting shells 
___ Life jackets 
___ Towels (and extras) 
___ Bottled water 
___ Snacks (if allowable) 
___ Extra clothing and footwear 
___ Water/swim shoes 
___ Waterproof camera or waterproof disposable camera 

A special note: Remember, if you find live snails, crabs, fish, starfish or other underwater lifeforms, observe them, then put them back. Only take home empty shells, fossilized starfish and rocks. 

Be sure to discuss water safety with your kids before going, and enjoy your trip to the beach!

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Keep your eyes out for Harry's Company Store coming soon stocked with a variety of apparel and beach necessities such as beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrellas, beach blankets, sun hats, and much more!

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