Month: December 2008

Watch The Ball Drop Live Online – New Years Count Down 2009

By Daria Belov

It’s New Years Eve 2009 and hopefully you’ve got your jello shot recipes complete, and are ready to watch Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest host the world’s biggest party, streamed live from Times Square in New York City. While New Year’s is celebrated throughout the world, cities like Sydney, London, Chicago, Montréal, Las Vegas, and of course New York City, host extravagant events. This years Times Square Rockin’ New Year’s special has reportedly been scaled back, but the 2009 New Year’s ball will still drop, and you can watch it live on TV and over the Internet.

Mounted Police on Horse in Times Square - New York City(photo: Times Square lights and mounted police in New York City – credit: Stewart)

For those tuning in to watch the ball drop live on TV, Dick Clark’s hosted rockin’ New Year’s Eve will be on ABC television. The 3 1/2 hour live extravaganza includes musical performances from Jesse McCartney, Pussycat Dolls, Fall Out Boy, Natasha Bedingfield, and others. For those with no television access or if you simply prefer to watch the ball drop live online, you have a few options. Times Square ball drop video will be streamed live by Hulu, MSN video, Earthcam (using multiple web cams), and others.

Video streaming service Hulu will be presenting live coverage of the New Year’s Eve festivities in New York City’s Times Square starting tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern time. If you have a flash player installed on your browser, you may be able to view that live stream right here. Check the Hulu website for more details.

Times Square 2008 - 2009 ball drop live
(photo: live streaming coverage of 2009 ball drop replaced with this screenshot from the event)
Viewers outside of the United States will probably be unable to watch Hulu’s coverage due to overseas licensing issues, but MSN will also have live video of the New Years Eve ball drop (MSN link for live ball drop video was dead and thus removed) and so will EarthCam. This is the 13th consecutive year EarthCam has been streaming audio and video from Times Square using multiple live web cams. Check out the 2009 New Year’s Eve EarthCam Coverage here.

The Times Square ball drop event and New Year’s rocking celebration is hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark. You’ll likely be asking… “How old is Dick Clark?” since he’s been in front of the cameras in Times Square for many decades. Dick Clark turned 79 in November, and while Ryan Seacrest handles most of the hosting activities, (Dick Clark experienced a stroke in December of 2004 and suffered right side body paralysis) New Year’s Eve in New York City would not be the same without an appearance by Dick Clark.

A New Years Eve countdown clock should be available on all of the live streaming sites, so get your Jell-O shots ready, tune in to ABC, or one of the three Times Square Ball Drop live streaming video feeds listed above, and ring in the new year 2009, with millions of others online. And while you’re online, while it’s not video, there is certain to be plenty of Happy New Year shouts and tweets of New Year’s Eve coming from twitter. For those online, this New Year’s Eve is sure to be one of many drunken tweets.

Please drink responsibly, don’t discharge handguns into the air (what goes up does come down and puts many innocent people at risk), and have a spectacular New Year’s Eve and 2009 new years day.

planetc1.com-news @ 10:15 am | Article ID: 1230747357

Andy Panda Visits Chiropractor Woody Woodpecker

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

More photos from around 1998. I suspect these were probably made in the 1970s or 1980s and I don’t remember how I ended up getting copies of them. Both show Woody woodpecker checking the spine of Andy Panda while he’s lying face down on a chiropractic adjusting bench. One image is of far better quality. I may have the original copies of the drawing somewhere in my stacks of chiropractic media. Do kids today know who Woody woodpecker is?

Chiropractor Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda

Andy Panda lies face down on a chiropractic adjusting bench (kind of looks like my Galaxy adjusting table) while Woody Woodpecker checks his vertebral column. The second photo shows different background, including a clipboard and a chiropractic diploma on the wall. Wouldn’t be surprised to find out there were other images similar to these made for a series of marketing materials. Would make nice postcards.

Getting Adjusted with Woody Woodpecker

If anybody has more information regarding these two photographs, feel free to leave a comment.

Chiropractic Searches include Candace Michelle and Ron Paul

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Chances are you have a web site, but do you take the time to regularly check log files and statistics to see what kinds of terms are being searched that bring people to your website? For a site about chiropractic you may expect searches like back pain, headaches, scoliosis, and even spinal decompression to be popular. Over the years I found that’s not always the case, and sometimes the most popular searches are for terms that may appear to have nothing to do with your primary topic. If you’re not checking your log files, you may never know if that’s the case for your site or blog.

Yesterday I was checking our 2008 chiropractic log files to see what the most popular terms were throughout the year. Since the year’s not over yet I took a peek at top 10 search key phrases for the last quarter of 2007, and I am planning to see how those terms matchup with the 10 top chiropractic keywords for 2008. At a glance, three of the top 10 search keyphrases appear to have nothing to do with the topic of chiropractic, and seemingly don’t offer much value. Part of my job is to see that planetchiropractic.com provides value to its visitors, and that our on-topic site traffic continues to grow. As we discuss the 10 keywords appearing in the screenshot below, maybe you’ll get some ideas that are of value for your site or blog.

top 10 search keyphrases - Candice Michelle - chiropractic - ronpaul
Taking a look at the screenshot above, we can see that out of 142,683 different keyphrases, the ones shown were the 10 most popular. At a glance, 3 of the 10 don’t appear to hold any significant value (the terms themselves individually), but the other seven are rocksolid for information delivered on Planet Chiropractic.

Candice Michelle – The number one page people entered on the site when searching this term was a 2006 article about Candace Michelle and her chiropractic husband. That particular article is nearly 2 years old now and it continues to draw traffic. Those searching for Candice Michelle photos would likely be unhappy, which would increase our sites bounce rate (not a good thing). However, web statistics show that a large enough number of people viewing that article, continued on to view information about Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles. Guess what’s the number one e-mail request we get from non-chiropractic visitors to the site… do you have more information about attending chiropractic school? Yes we do!

Chiropractic – It was the number two overall search term bringing people to the site, most of them landing on the homepage. Had it not been for the interest in the chiropractor’s wife appearing on the cover of Playboy, this would’ve been our number one term, I can live with that.

Planet Chiropractic – Now this gets interesting because people are online searching for our brand. I’m happy to see the search term in the top 10 and I expect it to be near the same position for 2008. If you have a chiropractic website (or any small business web site) check your log files to see if the name of your site is coming up high as a source of referral traffic. If not, you may want to consider some better branding (or altering your domain name) for 2009.

Chiropractic Salary – Wow, did I ever stumble across this one. Besides questions about attending chiropractic schools, e-mails about chiropractor salaries are the most common inquiries I receive. Doesn’t matter if you’re someone thinking about becoming a chiropractor, a current chiropractic student, or a chiropractor in practice for 10 years, turns out that everybody wants to know how much money other chiropractors make.

Chiropractic Jobs – When we started hosting classifieds about 10 years ago I never really considered how many people would be seeking chiropractic job related information. Today, there are more than 700 active listings for chiropractic jobs in places like Fort Lauderdale, Illinois, La Habra California, Hollywood Florida, Boiling Springs South Carolina, Orlando, Maryland, Scottsdale, Louisville, Calgary, Alberta, Ontario, Ireland, Australia, and hundreds of other locations potentially near you.

Job-related categories people are showing interest in relate to employment as a chiropractor, an associate chiropractor, chiropractic assistants, in office massage therapists, medical doctors for hire, in office acupuncturists, billing specialists, front office receptionists, and other types of work related to the field of chiropractic. I think at one time during the past decade there was even a listing for a chiropractic college president wanted. Here’s hoping that everybody finds fulfilling employment in 2009 and all those active classifieds get deleted as a result.

I’m skipping the search phrase Chiropractor Salary and Candace Michelle playboy since they are both variations of terms I’ve already addressed.

Chiropractic Seminars – The search most frequently landed people on the chiropractic seminars and events pages, which has featured listings for chiropractic continuing education, seminars and events (mostly in the United States but throughout the world as well), and local chiropractic meet ups. Searchers will find technique seminars, practice management seminars, continuing education seminars, radiology and imaging relicensing events, marketing specific chiropractic programs, and even some listings for webinars (although almost everything listed is for local events).

Chiropractic Classifieds – The chiropractic job category is one of the most popular, but it pales in comparison to the activity seen as people search chiropractic practices for sale. In 2008 there were 14 main categories for chiropractic classifieds and the practices for sale, Associates wanted, and private party equipment for sale categories led the way in popularity.

We faced some significant challenges in 2008 with an increase in scammers targeting those selling equipment but the community stepped up and kicked butt on identifying the perpetrators. It was discovered later in the year that the same individuals were targeting people all over the U. S. on different classified ad web sites, and as a result of group action, their activities have been decreased significantly. Kudos to everyone that participated in making change happen.

Ron Paul – He was never on the cover of Playboy and he doesn’t have anything to do with the topic of chiropractic, but nonetheless Ron Paul promised to be a popular search term. In late 2007, the Ron Paul Revolution was in high gear, enough so that it earned him a position in our top 10 keyword search report for the final quarter of 2007. I suspect Obama is going to have at least one search related term in our top 10 for 2008.

So what do we learn from this? For one, searches for women taking off their clothes far outnumbers searches for anything related to chiropractic. Aside from that, subjects related to politics were popular in 2007, and volcanic in 2008. We can also see that the generic term for our industry brings us more traffic than searches for our brand. The goal looking forward would be to continue to do well for generic industry search traffic, searches related to our brand, a peppering of topics laterally related to our brand and/or industry, and above all… an ever improving visitor experience.

We have plenty of work to do in 2009. I’m going to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve and then we will start working on year eleven @ planetchiropractic.com.

planetc1.com-news @ 12:28 pm | Article ID: 1230668912

Local Custom Chiropractic Upholstery

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Earlier this year I began the search for an upholstery service that could do custom work on the chiropractic tables in my office. I knew that companies existed doing work for chiropractors, but I was having a difficult time finding anybody serving the Los Angeles area. Proof that postcard marketing still works, I received this upholstery postcard from Roy’s Upholstery in North Hollywood California. I called him for an estimate.

Since it was the year-end I wanted to get all the tables in the office redone. We were fortunate that a lot of people were adjusted in the office during 2008 a new table upholstery was overdue.

Roy showed up at our office I believe on a Wednesday or Thursday. He had brought along hundreds of different color swatches and materials for covering tables. All the tables in the office were currently shades of navy blue but I was thinking of going silver and black for chiropractic 2009.

One of the adjusting tables was a Galaxy model adjusting bench that didn’t have any moving parts or raisable head piece. I wanted the foam customized so that there was more room for breathing when patients were lying face down. Nothing sucks like being uncomfortable when preparing for a chiropractic adjustment.

Roy’s custom upholstery was able to modify the head piece so there was more room for patients faces. So far we’ve had really good reports on using this table, and everyone’s commented on how good they look in black.

We also had a Lloyd Thompson drop table that had about seven different pieces that used foam and were covered with vinyl. When this table came back it looked brand new and I was real pleased with it. We also had a Hill adjusting table that was fully reupholstered as well. That one turned out to be quite a project since it has numerous parts and computerized components built in.

The work on all three tables was done over the weekend with some final finishing being done in the office on a Sunday evening. That worked out perfect for us since we see patients on Monday morning.

One of the first people getting adjusted that day was a local chiropractor who asked about the new tables. I gave him Roy’s information (818-272-9676 for those of you in the Los Angeles area) and I heard he later had all of his chiropractic tables reupholstered as well.

Talking to Roy, he told me he pretty much works locally in the Los Angeles County area. He does custom commercial and residential upholstery including antique and modern furniture, restaurant upholstery, orthopedic and physical therapy clinics, custom gym equipment, hair salon furniture, and miscellaneous items such as barbershop chairs. I was really happy with his prices and work ethic and would be happy to recommend him to anyone seeking custom upholstery work in the LA area.

Chiropractic Upholstery Near You – Well that is great for those of us in the Los Angeles area, but what if you’re needing custom upholstery services in other parts of the US? I did quite a bit of searching for companies and individuals that did custom upholstery work for chiropractic offices, and I didn’t find any organized list. If you have somebody to recommend in your local area, go ahead and post their information in the comments, and I’ll add them to a list of upholstery services for chiropractors.

chiropracticblogs.com chiropractor contact information

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

There must be dozens of different ways to contact me. I’m sure the experience is similar for you. Most of us have that primary e-mail address, then there’s the e-mail address used when we want to mark things sent as spam, and e-mail addresses used when not communicating with friends and family. I estimate I have about a dozen different e-mail addresses that get used regularly, I just don’t get a chance to check them on a daily basis.

Earlier this year I had a new business card created that didn’t have any information from my chiropractic office on it. Since we’ve handed out thousands upon thousands of cards from my office, people have often called me for Internet questions, marketing information, or other stuff I wouldn’t consider related to my chiropractic business. So for 2008 I had the new card created.

I used one of those online business card making sites (cards arrived in about a week) to put together this simple card with several ways to contact me. It’s interesting that since I had the cards made I’ve discovered messaging me via twitter is probably one of the best ways to get in touch. You can also send me e-mail but I sometimes don’t check it for several days at a time, especially when traveling. You can call me on my cell phone but I almost never answer it during chiropractic office hours (Monday through Friday). Sending me a message on Twitter however, will typically get noticed (my apologies if for some reason I have not replied to you yet).

Sending information via snail mail is actually still very effective, especially when it’s handwritten. I think that the majority of chiropractors that took the time to personally mail me stuff in 2008, got mentions in the news, posts on this blog, and other types of thank you replies.

New Years Countdown Chiropractic Classifieds

By chiropracticclassifieds.com

The countdown to New Year’s Eve 2009 is drawing nearer each day. We expect light posting of chiropractic classifieds during the days leading up to January 1, 2009. Unless chiropractors are posting classifieds during their time off from practice, consider this the last classified advertising round up for 2008. Wishing you all great health, abundance and prosperity in 2009!

Sacral Occipital Technique SOT block set(photo: Sacral Occipital Technique travel blocking set)

Digital Imaging Solutions for Your Practice — We are a X ray service comapany located in Baltimore , Md. Omni Imaging provides services Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. We offer monthly processor maintiance schedules. We provide chemistry, Fuji X ray film and other acessories. We provide relocations services, room design and much more!

18 Year Old Practice for Sale — 18 year old chiropractic practice for sale in the South Nashville area. Palmer grad practices 3 days per week with over 15 new patients per month. Doctor is relocating. According to 2007 census, there are 414,021 residents in the area with 6,000 single family homes and over 10,000 apartment homes within a 5 mile radius of the clinic. The average ind. income for the area is $58,444. The office is located in a short strip center on a major artery of the city at a traffic light for easy entrance and exit. There is continued new growth in the immediate area. New strip malls, Publix, Super Wal-Mart, and many restaurants. Details and demographics are available upon request. Practice includes all equipment, patient base, and accounts receivable. Staff may stay with the right doc. Serious inquiries only.

Diathermy Mettler 300Autotherm For Sale — 2- Mettler Autotherm 300 diatherms for sale. Both in excellent working order. New sell for $2000.00 Will sell for $ 500/piece or make me an offer!

Spa Chair/Massage Table — Comfort Soul Electric Pro Ultra Black Chair/table. Less than 1yr in mint condition. Can be used for Auricular therapy as well as acupuncture or massage. Full electronic, height adjustable. Turns from a chair into a treatment table. Rarely used in the office.

Associate Position — Long term associate position available in Northern Illinois in an established practice incorporating physical therapy / rehabilitation, and sports medicine. This practice is community and ministry minded reaching out to several sectors in the community. Must be energetic, willing to learn, a self starter and have good moral character.

DRX9000 Lumbar Spinal Decompression System 2006 — DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Table $48,000. Model: DRX 9000. Manufacture: Axiom Worldwide. Year: 2006. Condition: Great. Includes: DRX9000 Lumbar Spinal Decompression Tower, Harness’s (S, M, L Pelvic & M, L Torso), Manual, Touch Screen Computer, Patient Media System, Patient Documentation, Lumbar Level Indicator, Patient Safety Switch, Patient Monitoring System, Split Table Design, Shoulder Support System, Advanced Detection System, Platform Scale, and No Slip Harness Tensioner.

Stealth Health-Wellness Instructor Needed — We are a national training company and have an immediate need for a dynamic, energetic, and self-sufficient classroom instructor for the Charlotte North Carolina area. We are seeking an instructor knowledgeable of personal wellness and nutrition, to teach a 2 hour course based on the textbook Stealth Health. Candidates should have a strong background in teaching and excellent customer service skills.

Austin, Texas, practice for sale — AUSTIN, TEXAS, PRACTICE FOR SALE: Established family practice collecting $109,678.00. Dr take home before taxes $63,720.00. Well equipped and furnished. Open 4 days – closed Fridays for extended weekends. Doctor retiring from practice. New doctor can easily double – even triple – numbers with marketing effort. Pix on web! 100% financing O.A.C.

Southwestern Ohio practice for sale — SOUTHWESTERN OHIO PRACTICE FOR SALE: 26 year strong family community practice collecting $416,165.00. Dr take home before taxes $232,677.00. Only open 4 days – closed half days on Friday and Monday for extended weekends. 233 new patients. 8,117 total visits. Doctor wants to semi-retire. Clinic is located in the new “up and coming” part of town. Pix on web! 100% financing O.A.C.

Peachtree City, Georgia, practice for sale — PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA, PRACTICE FOR SALE: Well equipped family practice collecting $84,812.00. Dr take home pay before taxes $35,934.00. Over $47,000.00 in equipment and furnishings. Doctor retiring from practice. New doctor can easily triple numbers with little marketing effort. This is an “upscale” golf based community. Pix on web!

Tucson, AZ practice for sale — TUCSON, AZ PRACTICE FOR SALE: 20 year practice collecting $196,836.00. Dr take home before taxes $121,752.00. Closed Fridays for extended weekends. 5,055 total visits. 192 new patients. Doctor moving – must sell. Pix on web! 100% financing O.A.C.

Fantastic Opportunity in Philadelphia Suburb — Practice in one of the nicest offices in the country. Located in beautiful Chadds Ford, 30 minutes from Philadelphia. Independent contractor position available. High volume Gonstead practice, located in busy center. Own adjusting and feeder rooms. Great opportunity for the right person.

Insight Millenium Sub Station — Insight Millenium Subluxation Station. Excellent condition, static/dynamic emg, rolling thermography, ROM. All CD’s/DVD’d etc. $4500. Also have york x-ray (1980) with konica srx 101 processor, stamp, everything to start taking x-rays. $2500. Call or e-mail.

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planetc1.com-news @ 11:27 am | Article ID: 1230492455

Miscellaneous 2008 Stuff

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Going through Picasa photo archives for 2008 and figured I’d post some of the images from the past year to this blog.

In January 2008 I upgraded the monitors at my home office with 3 24 inch Dell LCD screens and I’ve been using that set up all year. Looking back from now, I’ve gotten pretty spoiled as a result, and have managed to fill all three desktops with applications and browser tabs I use frequently. My goal for 2008 is to modify the desk for even better ergonomics.

In February I was at a chiropractic conference in Tempe Arizona. Went to Hooters for some chicken wings and beer. Took this photo of a kid celebrating his birthday party by standing on a chair and dancing like a chicken while surrounded by Hooters girls. When I was that age you got visited by Bozo the clown.

Later in the month of February I was in San Jose, California for search conference that turned out to be a really fun event. I like hanging out with other chiropractors, but my search engine and social media friends are a lot of fun to party with as well.

March 2008 was Barcamp 5 Los Angeles which took place at the AOL building in Beverly Hills California. The event was sponsored in part by Planet Chiropractic and the attendance was incredible. We had two days of geeky tech stuff, cupcakes, pizza, beer, Wii bowling, and other activities that take place when you put large groups of geeks together in one place. I got to meet the defunct pets.com sock puppet while at Barcamp, he was very popular.

An April chiropractic event in Las Vegas somehow turned into a blur after going out with friends to the Playboy club at the Palms casino. Turns out I went to college with the floor manager and drinks were on the House. This photo of Candace Michelle and friend beats any photos taken of me that evening.

There were more search conferences and chiropractic seminars to attend in late April and in May and it’s funny that while going through photos I noticed lots of pictures of food we were served when going to restaurants. Here’s a photo of a plate of ribs with onion rings and french fries. It wasn’t taken while at a seminar, but rather just down the street from me at the Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey.

Also taking place in May was San Diego 3 Barcamp which was a lot of fun to attend. Making the trip down from Los Angeles to La Jolla for the geek filled weekend was well worth it. We spent two days in the Microsoft building. I missed the San Diego Barcamp in November since I was in Las Vegas for 2008 Pubcon. On the list of weekend things to do in 2009.

I made a couple of trips to Seattle in May and one of my favorite times while there was visiting the library. I think this photo of upcoming article headlines comes from a 1965 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. I’m not certain since it took so many different photographs and didn’t organize them to the covers. Notice the “Drink and Be Healthy Cocktails” article headline in the middle. It reads a whole repertoire of famous drinks for people who want to shore up a little nourishment and health while they’re nipping. Who knew drinking could be so good for you?

While at a chiropractor conference in May or early June I took this photograph of a before and after chiropractic adjustment T-shirt. I had seen the design on chiropractic business cards in the past, but this was the first time I saw the squiggly spine and the straight spine on someone’s shirt. Very simple to re-create.

In June I was also in Yosemite National Park and took numerous photos during my stay there. The weather was incredible and the hiking was phenomenal. The pictures do not do the place justice. Everybody should have the opportunity to visit Yosemite and enjoy its beauty.

After returning home from a chiropractic relicensing seminar at my alma mater I took this photograph of one of my sleeping Labradors wearing a Cleveland Chiropractic College baseball cap. Unlike my other lab, this one will pretty much let you put caps and sunglasses on her, without making too much of a fuss.

In September of 2008 I had some Ron Paul revolution soda while at an Internet conference in Las Vegas. There were differently branded sodas for the various presidential candidates, and someone is probably put together a nice collection of all of the soda photos somewhere.

While attending another conference in Las Vegas (I think that was the most popular place for conferences in 2008) I got to stand inside a machine filled with money. It was like a big vacuum cleaner turned on in reverse, with cash laying all over the floor. You would stand inside the phone booth shaped unit and when the air turned on the cash went flying. Lots of fun and a great tool for marketing at conferences.

I’m hoping 2009 is a prosperous, abundant and healthy year for you. Thanks for checking out my photographs from 2008.

After Christmas Sales and Business Holiday Hours

By Daria Belov

One of the biggest shopping days of the year is the day after Christmas. This year you may find that staying home and taking advantage of online shopping deals may be just as rewarding as fighting crowds at local department stores and malls. Online, many stores are planning to open access to after Christmas sales the day of Christmas. For Malls & department stores, 2008 after Christmas sales shoppers may have to brave the cold, and get up plenty early, since some major department stores (like JCPenney) will be opening at 5:30 a.m.

Christmas on Sale - Santa Claus magnets(photo: Christmas on sale – Santa Claus magnets – credit: Harri_1970)

Major department stores hosting holiday after Christmas sales include Target, Macy’s, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Sears and others. But it’s not the day after Christmas yet, so besides putting together a list of after holiday sales, I searched out some information on what stores are open on Christmas Eve, and stores open on Christmas. Links are provided to all of the department stores mentioned below, click through for the ones you’re interested in. There are no affiliate links in this post, we at Planet Chiropractic just want you to find the best deals possible this holiday season.

After Holiday Sale – Target.com – The Target 2-Day Sale begins the day after Christmas. Best way to locate local Target holiday hours is to use the websites store locator. On this page, you can enter your zip code to find a Target store, and here you can view all Target stores in the United States (there are no Target stores in Hawaii or Vermont). Target is offering clearance products and promotions of up to 75% on items such as electronics, furniture, holiday décor, and clothing.

Holiday Deals at Dell – Dell.com – Dell is offering seasons savings with deals on laptops as low as $499. Select 15 inch laptops, like the Dell Inspiron 1525, are available from $499 and up, depending on options. Check the Dell website for online after Christmas savings specials.

After Christmas Sale – Amazon.com – Big savings and free shipping offers from Amazon.com the day after Christmas. When it comes to toys, Amazon is hosting December deals with prices as low as 70% off. Sesame Street toys, Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars, High School Musical items, and lots of other toys are available at Amazon.com.

Biggest after Christmas Sale Ever – JCPenney – JCPenney department store has announced that they will be hosting their biggest After Christmas sale ever, with stores opening at 5:30 a.m. In the history of JCPenney, this is the earliest stores have opened on the day after Christmas. To locate a JCPenney store near you, go to their online store locator, and enter your ZIP code.

Wal-Mart After Christmas Sales – Is Walmart open on Christmas? Wal-Mart is not open on Christmas but Wal-Mart stores are open on Christmas Eve. Wal-Mart stores will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will reopen at 6 a.m. on Friday, the day after Christmas. To find the WalMart store nearest you, go to the Wal-Mart website and look for the store finder at the top of the site (it’s right next to the WalMart logo). Enter a zip code to find local Wal-Mart stores. Summary for Wal-Mart in case you missed it… Walmart Christmas Hours – Closed on Christmas. Walmart Holiday Hours – closing at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and opening at 6 a.m. the day after Christmas. Store hours are subject to change. Please contact the store for their current hours of operation.

What stores are open on Christmas day? Unless you’re shopping online, it doesn’t look like you’ll have much luck buying items on Christmas Day. Depending on where you live, maybe you can pick up some beef jerky and sugar-free gum at a Circle K or local 7-11 convenience store. Not many stores will be open on Christmas. Like Santa Claus, many chefs and restaurant workers will be working on Christmas. Everything from Chinese restaurants to waffle houses and even steak houses will be open and serving meals on Christmas Day. I suspect you’ll get the best up-to-date information by performing a search on google news for restaurants open on Christmas.

Happy Holidays everybody!

planetc1.com-news @ 1:20 pm | Article ID: 1230067280

USPS Holiday Hours – UPS & FedEx Holiday Schedule

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Update: 2009 Postal Holidays and UPS / FedEx Holiday Schedules

Time has nearly run out on getting packages delivered via the 3 major shipping services in the United States. The United States Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service (UPS), and Federal Express (FedEx) all have holiday hours with altered delivery schedules during the next few days. All three services are running today, with packages being delivered late into the evening hours on Christmas Eve, but Christmas Day is a postal holiday, a UPS holiday, and a holiday observed by FedEx. Here are some details on holiday hours for the three different delivery services.

Christmas gift - white box with red ribbons and bow(photo: hoping that gift gets to your loved ones by Christmas)

USPS Post Offices Christmas Eve – According to the USPS, all post offices nationwide will be open on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th, but most will have shortened retail lobby hours and will be closing at noon. Regular mail delivery for the 24th is expected to be unaffected by the change in retail post office hours.

Your local post office should have the revised hours holiday schedule posted at their location. Commercial customers are asked to check with their bulk mail acceptance units for hours of operation on December 24. Customers can call 1-800-ASK-USPS for information about specific post office locations. Post Offices will be closed Thursday, December 25th, and only Express Mail is expected to be delivered on Christmas Day. All post offices will be open and regular mail delivery times will resume on December 26th (Friday). Visit the United States Postal Service website for more information regarding holiday delivery schedules (don’t forget about New Year’s Day).

FedEx Delivery Christmas Eve – FedEx office holiday schedules vary by location. The FedEx website has a FedEx location finder (including Kinko’s locations, self-service locations, and FedEx authorized shipping centers) which is probably the best way to locate a pickup and drop off facility near you. FedEx is closed on Christmas Day and will reopen on Friday, December 26th, with regular delivery schedules.

UPS Holiday Hours Christmas Eve – UPS has normal pickup and delivery services for air, international and ground packages on December 23. According to UPS, Next Day Air packages picked up today will arrive on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and 2nd Day Air packages (picked up today) will arrive on the day after Christmas, Friday, December 26th.

UPS has a normal delivery schedule for Christmas Eve but there is no UPS Ground pickup service on this day. UPS has pickup service provided for air and international shipments via UPS On-Call Pickup service, at all UPS Drop Boxes or if prearranged by Tuesday, December 23rd.

There is no UPS pickup or delivery on Christmas day other than the UPS Express Critical service which is available for delivery of urgent packages. Call 1-800-714-8779 or visit the upsexpresscritical.com for details.

On Friday, December 26th, UPS has delivery of air, international and ground packages. There are no UPS Ground pickups planned for the day after Christmas. Air and international shipments have pickup services only for those prearranged by December 24th. Talk to your UPS account executive, you UPS driver, or call 1-800-PICK-UPS for pickup and delivery details.

UPS stores will be open with holiday hours on Christmas Eve and closed on December 25th. Check locally for UPS store hours near you, visit the www.ups.com site, or call 1-800-PICK-UPS for more details.

Unless you’ve ever worked for USPS, FedEx or United Parcel Service (or even DHL) it’s hard to imagine the workload these individuals face during the holiday season. I worked for UPS nearly 5 years while getting my chiropractic education and the Christmas holiday season was the most demanding time of the year. Everybody is in high gear and doing their best to see that every possible package that has been shipped is delivered on schedule. Don’t be surprised to receive postal deliveries, deliveries from FedEx, and deliveries from UPS drivers (and holiday helpers) late into the evening on Christmas Eve.

Here is to everyone having a safe and healthy holiday!

planetc1.com-news @ 9:48 am | Article ID: 1230054545

Track Santa in 3D – Norad Santa Tracker

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for all those savvy kids tracking Santa via NORAD and Google Earth. Yes folks, Santa can be seen on radar, and you can track Santa from home. Each year the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa’s journey across the globe on Christmas Eve, and this year with the help of Google Earth, kids and their parents will be able to track Santa in 3-D.

Norad tracks Santa Claus 2008The NORAD tracks Santa website is available in multiple languages including Deutsche, English, Espanol, French, Italiano and Japanese.

If you’re planning on tracking Santa in 3D it’s best to check that you have the proper software installed so that you don’t miss his flight over your town or city on Christmas Eve. In addition to tracking Santa on the NORAD tracks Santa homepage, this year you can also track Santa’s flight using Google Earth. In order to do so you’re going to require an installation of the Google Earth application (download Google Earth for free).

After you’ve downloaded and installed Google Earth you want to go to the tracking Santa in 3D tracking file, which will appear with a red button on this page on December 24, 2008. Once you’ve downloaded both the Google Earth application and the special file required for 3-D viewing, you will be able to track Santa Claus and maybe even see him and his reindeer fly right over your house!

We know that Santa Claus visits chiropractic offices all over the world, in an effort to keep his jolly body and spirit healthy, while he delivers presents and joy to girls and boys across the planet. Using Santa tracking software you can get an idea which local chiropractor offices he’s visiting in your part of the world.

Gripping winter storms have never stopped Santa before, but with winter storm warnings and weather advisories all across the United States, I’m pretty certain Rudolph’s red nose will be a big factor for Santa on his journey this year. Where is Santa Claus? Be sure to visit the Santa tracking website before Christmas Day to find out.

Happy Holidays!

planetc1.com-news @ 10:53 pm | Article ID: 1230015234