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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Monday, June 9, 2014

25 Alcohol Words You Should Know

25 Alcohol Words You Should Know
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To get by in life, sometimes you simply have to know what to say. When it comes to enjoying your favorite spirits, there are so many words and expressions that it’s practically a whole other language. The 25 alcohol words you should know are broken down into basic ordering, dressing up a drink, and actually knowing what you are drinking.

Basic Ordering without Sounding like a Dummy

If you are in a bar and want to order a drink, you can come off as a sophisticate or a dunce. Knowing what to say when you are ordering a drink means you will get what you want and not sound like a dummy while doing so. Here are some of the most critical words to know for ordering.

“Neat” means simply your alcohol of choice all by itself at room temperature – no mix or ice.

“On the rocks” is your alcohol of choice over ice.

“A cocktail” is a mixed drink that contains both alcohol and non-alcoholic mixers.

“Straight up” is a method of serving either liquor or a cocktail, without ice. However, drinks served straight up are typically chilled first with ice and then strained while being poured into a glass.

“A mist” is when straight alcohol is poured over crushed ice and served.

“A chaser” is a drink that is typically a little more palatable than a shot of straight liquor and is used to help wash down the shot. It is usually a beer or a non-alcoholic drink.

“Shooters” are strong little drinks served in shot glasses. Typically made up of a variety of alcohols, they can include non-alcoholic mixers too.

“Shots” are pure alcohol served in shot glasses. A shot can be a serving of just one type of alcohol or it can be a mixture of more than one kind. Shots are meant to be gulped down in one, well, shot.

“A sour” is usually a whiskey drink, but can be made with other types of liquor also. In addition to the alcohol of choice, a sour also contains sugar and lime juice or lemon juice to give it bitterness.

“A tot” is simply a short shot. It can be found in a weak drink or a double that is not quite doubled.

“Well drinks” are the less-expensive versions of spirits like rum, vodka, and whiskey that are kept in the well or speed rail of a bar and used to mix drinks unless a specific brand is ordered.

“A toddy” is a drink that has been mixed with a base of hot water. Often a toddy is suggested as a remedy for many things.

“A mixer” is any non-alcoholic beverage that is used to mix with alcohol in order to create a cocktail.

“Perfect” is the term used for a drink that is made with both dry and sweet vermouth in equal amounts.

Give Your Drink Order Something Special

There are so many ways to dress up a drink. In fact many cocktails have their own version of how a drink should be presented, with a fruit wedge, an olive, a cherry, an umbrella, or some other addition. However, you can also make your own adjustments to your favorite drink with simply a word or two if you know the right words to use.

“Twist” – A twist is a little citrus peel that has been thinly sliced and twisted into a cocktail. The zest of the fruit releases oils into the drink to give it a brisk, light flavor.

“Dirty” – A dirty drink, fun as it sounds, is typically just a term reserved for martinis and means that olive juice has been used in making the martini.

“Virgin” – A virgin drink is one without alcohol. That doesn’t mean that every non-alcoholic beverage is virgin. We don’t talk about virgin milk or virgin juice. However, cocktails that are made without spirits are always referred to as virgin drinks.

“Mocktail” – Mocktail is another term for a virgin drink.

Knowing What You Are Drinking

While knowing what you are ordering will keep you from sounding like a dummy, knowing what you are drinking will keep you out of trouble. Too often people find it embarrassing to let on that they don’t understand what is being offered. They simply say yes and indulge in the drink offered. Drinking blind like that can lead to trouble, so take the time to learn these important words.

“Proof is more than what’s in the pudding. Proof is about the amount of alcohol by volume. If you order 100 proof, you typically get 50% alcohol. Ordering a 151 proof alcohol is a lot more alcohol per shot, so beware. Also, if you are across the pond, know that the measuring system is different in the United Kingdom. Their 100-proof liquor is actually more than 114 proof in the U.S.

“Infusions” are popular variations on many spirits, which are made simply by letting fresh foods like vegetables, fruit, or herbs sit in the spirit of choice until that spirit takes on the flavor of the food. It is most often done with vodka, rum, tequila, and gin.

“Whiskey” is a spirit typically made from fermented corn, wheat, rye, barley, and oats. It is aged for two years in oak barrels and is between 80 and 160 proof.

“Bourbon” is a variation of whiskey that many people often confuse with whiskey.

“Gin” is another fermented grain liquor that has added herbs and juniper berries for flavoring.

“Vodka” is the most tasteless and clear of liquors, typically made from potato or grain. Because of its lack of flavor and scent, it is a good choice for infusions.

“Liqueur or cordial” is a sweet spirit that is usually made from brandy, rum, or whiskey, and has different ingredients added such as seeds, nuts, spices, flowers, fruits, herbs, etc.

With these 25 alcohol words under your belt, you can certainly pass for an alcohol sophisticate just about anywhere. No longer will you be embarrassed with a wrong order or a poorly chosen phrase to describe a drink that can be ordered with a word or two. Master these words and impress those you drink with!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and the NBA Finals are ON at Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar!

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and the NBA Finals are coming up!  You can catch all the games here and won't miss a second of the action on our big screen HD TVs!  

Here's the schedule in Pacific Time for your convenience.  See you down at Harry's!

NHL Stanley Cup Finals

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NBA Series Schedule
Game 1: MIA @ SAS | THU, JUN 5, 6:00 PM
Game 2: MIA @ SAS | SUN, JUN 8, 5:00 PM
Game 3: SAS @ MIA | TUE, JUN 10, 6:00 PM
Game 4: SAS @ MIA | THU, JUN 12, 6:00 PM
Game 5: MIA @ SAS | SUN, JUN 15 (If Needed)
Game 6: SAS @ MIA | TUE, JUN 17 (If Needed)
Game 7: MIA @ SAS | FRI, JUN 20 (If Needed)
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