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Pokemon Cards – The Right Way to Trade Them

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There is a wrong way and a right way to trade Pokemon cards. Many people go about trading cards the wrong way and frustrate the person they just traded with, or end up distraught themselves. This happens all too often, yet most folks do not realize exactly why or how a bad trade occurs.

Whether the unfairly treated party realizes they were gypped at that current time or even just 10 minutes later, they most likely will not be able to do a trade back, as a majority Pokemon card players will not agree to that. That is why it is so important to know how to trade Pokemon cards correctly.

If you abide by the following five rules of Pokemon card trading, you will never again be caught on the wrong side of a deal.

1. Do Not Create Elaborate Deals

By this, I mean do not trade 20 cards for 1 or 2 cards. Try to keep your trades in ratios of 1 to 1. Some of the worst trades arise when one person has an extraordinarily rare card and the other party offers several dozen not-so-rare cards for it. One person in this deal is bound to be ripped off.

Now obviously there are some cards that are worth more than others of the same rarity, but the closer you can keep the trade to one card for one card, the better your odds are at receiving a fair deal.

2. Never Feel Forced

Do not feel as though you are obliged to complete a trade; if you do not feel comfortable about it, just pick up your cards and walk away. No one is forcing you to trade your Pokemon cards. Only do it if you feel good about the trade.

Even if you do feel confident about your trade you should still adhere to rule number 3, which is…

3. Ask for a Second Opinion

Ask one of your friends what they think about the trade. The person you are trading with should do the same. This is a great idea to make sure you two are not blatantly missing out on something. You may have forgotten that a certain card has recently risen in value, thus making an unfair trade.

The more people who weigh their thoughts on the trade, the more equal it is bound to be.

4. Trade With People the Same Age as You

Some of the most lopsided trades I have ever seen occur when an older individual trades with a younger person. The youngster often does not realize the value of their cards, and the older player tries to capitalize on that.

If you trade with people the same age as you, you are far less likely to be hustled.

5. Be Happy About the Trade

Even if you have established a fair trade, if you are not content about it, then don’t do it! Just because each of you are getting equal value does not mean the trade has to be completed. There may be sentimental value in your cards which cannot be compensated for.

Only complete the trade if you are utterly pleased with the proposed deal.

In closing, as long as you follow those five rules of trading Pokemon cards, you should never have an issue again. It is super simple to prevent a bad trade from occurring with this knowledge. Make sure to teach your friends these rules, so that they never fall into the trap of a bad trade again either.

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The Dilemma of Edith Hope

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Edith Hope is the unassuming lonesome writer in Hotel Du lac who faces the dilemma of living a life with or without a marital status. Edith, about forty, is unmarried and lonely. Though Edith is successful as a writer, her life is plaintive and uneventful.

Demure, docile and reticent, Edith Hope is easily approachable. She has been somewhat taken for granted by her friends and acquaintances. “I sign anything that is put in front of me; I never telephone my publisher; and I make no claims for my particular sort of writing.”

Therefore, when the steadily aging and yet unmarried Edith is approached by a Geoffrey Long, who provides a most ‘excellent guarantee… of a safe and sensible future’, she is expected to accept the proposal gratefully. Edith cancels the wedding at the eleventh hour. Her well wishers are astounded at ‘her moral turpitude’ ‘for the outrage she had committed’.

Edith seems to have canceled her wedding with Geoffrey because of her refusal to marry for social convenience. While she longs for marital bliss- the peace of domesticity, Edith is unwilling to settle down with a man unless she loves him.

Love seems to elude Edith perpetually. David- her secret boyfriend with a wife, does not reciprocate Edith’s amorous feelings. He seems to be using Edith as a kind of occasional diversion from regular family life. Edith sees no future with him.

Edith receives a second chance to settle down into ‘domestic peace’. ‘I doubt if I have anything more to look forward to’ says Edith out of desperation to repair her loneliness. Neville offers to Edith yet another alliance of mutual convenience. He does not make any claims of emotional attachment with Edith but sees in her a perfect candidate to ‘fit perfectly into’ his empty and rich house. Neville offers Edith social security, independence, and companionship. ‘As my wife, you will do very well. Unmarried, I’m afraid you will soon look a bit of a fool.’

Edith receives, as if, a second chance from Neville. Edith meets Neville at Hotel Du Lac, her exile where Edith is supposed to ‘forget the unfortunate lapse’ of refusing to marry Geoffrey. Edith is expected to return home ‘older, wiser, and properly apologetic.’

Neville gives Edith the chance to repair the damage caused by her previous decision. While at home, the bleak indifference of David, whom she loves dearly, awaits her. Neville promises to her a life of prosperity and social standing. Both offers are equally loveless.

The only difference between returning home and marrying Neville is ‘dignity’. Home would be forlorn but at Neville’s house, Edith would be reduced to being a ‘part of his collections’. Edith chooses to return home.

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Korean Series: An Escape to Fantasy

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Breakthrough of Korean Series:

Korean Series, also known as Korean Dramas or K-dramas, are television series in the Korean language based in South Korea. K-dramas became popular worldwide in the early 2000s due to its Korean pop culture, also known as Hallyu/Korean Wave, and far-fetched plot twists. However, the Korean entertainment industry started booming when “Gangnam Style” by PSY hit YouTube like a tsunami. Also, Oscar-winning Korean movies like “Parasite” have spiked the growth of K-dramas all over the world. Korean dramas can go from being extremely emotional to incredibly heart-breaking to “OMG, what was that?” in a heartbeat. This is exactly what keeps the viewers coming back for more. Like any other television series, K-dramas also have many different genres such as rom-coms, historical dramas that promote Korean culture, office politics, family dramas, school life, and even horror comedies.

Korean Series: A Mental Break during the Pandemic:

Fans worldwide go head over heels for K-dramas since they help them go into the “la-la land” of romance. While K-dramas are fictional and may never happen in real life, they are still something you can believe has a possibility of happening. In other words, it’s a fantasy escape for K-fans of all age groups. During the ongoing pandemic, K-dramas seem to have had their biggest breakthroughs in India because more people found extra time and an inclination to explore contents that help them escape from the anxiety of what’s going on around them. For many youngsters, it is not only a favorite time during this pandemic but is also something that motivates them to learn the language.

The widespread craze for K-dramas led to their availability via streaming services along with subtitles in multiple languages across all over the world. Rakuten Viki, a U.S.-based Korean drama-dominated streaming platform, has witnessed an escalation in the number of K-drama viewers. OTT platforms like Netflix have also adapted this Hallyu trend and have picked up dramas like” It’s Okay To Not Be Okay,” “Start-up,” “Vincenzo,” “Crash Landing On You,” etc. Gone are those days when K-dramas were criticized for commonly used themes of love triangle/affairs or a working-class woman and a rich man being romantic. The industry is set to take unusual to the next level, blending traditional values with Western individualism and materialism. Korean dramas today mostly illustrate a meaningful message to tackle issues of Korean society such as school bullying, mental illness, corruption, classism, racism, etc.

Soundtrack and Cinematography:

The best part about K-dramas is that they emphasize high visuals and aesthetics. Also, the background soundtrack acts as a cherry on top. Being an outsider, it’s difficult to understand the language, but the melody surely hits the right chord. Even if the character isn’t speaking a word in a scene, the location, soundtrack, and background add sense to the scene so beautifully that the viewer anticipates being there.

The Influence of K-Dramas:

The craze for K-dramas has also played a pivotal role in promoting the Korean language, culture, and food. The influence of Korean culture has escalated beyond the entertainment industry. At present, a shift away from the Western-style makeup trends to K-beauty led to the growth of Korean-based commercial brands such as “Innisfree”. Interestingly, there’s also been a spike in the number of active learners of the Korean language-“hanguk.”

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Candle Making – Beeswax Vs Paraffin Wax

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There are many different kinds of wax used in making candles including paraffin, beeswax, soy wax, gel wax, and palm wax. The two most common waxes used today are beeswax and paraffin, but soy wax is rising in popularity. Let’s compare paraffin wax and beeswax.

Paraffin wax was discovered by Carl Reichenbach in 1830 and by the late 1800s this was the most common wax used in candle making. Liquid paraffin is known as mineral oil and has many cosmetic and medical purposes. Before the discovery of paraffin, natural waxes and fats were used for candles. In North America, the two most common waxes used were bayberry wax and beeswax. Around the world people used the available natural resources for waxes, such as the wax derived from the tallow tree in China. All these waxes have different traits. They burn at different rates and some are fragrant while others are not.

Beeswax is suitably named because it is taken from the hive of the honeybee. After the honey is removed the wax is cleaned by melting and straining of all debris. Beeswax has a golden color and a sweet fragrance that has made it a favorite for centuries. Sometimes beeswax will be bleached to make it white.

It burns very slowly and does not shrink as it hardens so beeswax does not need the topping off step when making a candle. The biggest deterrent to using beeswax for candles is that it is soft and sticky so it doesn’t release well from the candle mold.

Paraffin wax is a by-product created in the petroleum industry. It is a white semi-transparent hard wax and is suitable for lots of different uses in candle making. It is not sticky like beeswax and therefore releases well from most molds. It has no scent at all and burns faster than beeswax. Paraffin has different melting points so it is important to purchase the correct melting point for the type of candle you are making. For example, container candles need paraffin with a melting point of 126-131 degrees Fahrenheit while candles created by overdipping need a melting point of 154-156 degrees Fahrenheit. The melting point of a wax is the temperature at which the wax becomes liquid. The flash point, or temperature at which the wax ignites, rises as the melting point does. There are many different grades of paraffin and basically you get what you pay for.

To sum up, you should choose your wax by considering the characteristics listed above and the appropriateness to the method or type of candle you are making.

Beautiful ready-made candles

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