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Ask Mr. Marketing: Buying Closer to Home

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I’m not generally a flag-waver, nor do I adhere to much of the flotsam floating around the Internet. However, this morning’s collection of junk email delivered a message that had some real merit.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheap merchandise produced at American labor’s expense. Our economy isn’t expected to grow much, even as the Chinese economy takes off like a jackrabbit.

Ramona’s Trainer: Back to Basics

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With so many exercise options, diet plans and fitness fads available to you, it can be confusing which route to take. From infomercials touting rock hard abs in just three minutes a day to CrossFit and Latin dance cardio like Zumba, or the traditional gym workout — the options are endless.

What works, what’s safe, and what’s effective? The answer is what’s the goal, and it depends.

‘The Best Man Holiday’ opens Friday

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Thor: The Dark World PG13 Thor reunites with Jane Anderson to battle an ancient race led by Malekith intent on destroying the universe.

Bad Grandpa R Jackass TV chronicles the road trip of an 86-year-old grandpa and his willing companion, his 8-year-old grandson.

TimeOut with Tambo: Friday Night Lights at Bulldog Stadium

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Everybody knows how hard the players and coaches work to prepare for a varsity football game.Games are played on Friday nights in the fall but they are won in the weight room in the winter, spring and summer.

Some schools in the San Diego CIF Section and other areas around the country still play on Friday afternoons. There are several reasons for the afternoon games. I won’t go into

Ramona’s Trainer: Three doors to change

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Door No. 1 — Accountability

No, we don’t always like being accountable to someone. We live in the land of independence and individualism. We strive to pull ourselves up from our bootstraps and be our own person.

Accountable to none, but one — yourself. Good, bad or indifferent, that is our cultural norm.

Ramona’s Trainer: Passion, Vision, Determination

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What does it take to be successful? First of all one must define what success is. Is success making a ton of money, being famous, or living in a mansion and driving fancy cars?

Or is success doing what you love doing for work, being able to enjoy your kids and having the health to see them do the same with their kids 20 years from now? Is success having time freedom to do what you want, when you want to do it?

Flickers: What’s new at the movies?

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Box Office Leaders

Gravity PG13 A spacewalk turns to disaster when the shuttle is destroyed leaving two astronauts tethered to each other in deep space.

Carrie R In this horror remake, a shy outcast girl is ridiculed by her high school peers causing Carrie to release her telekinetic powers.

Manes & Trails: Equine colic

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Colic is a scary word to horse owners. Although a common disorder of the digestive system, the term colic simply put means “abdominal pain.” The term in horses refers to a condition of severe abdominal discomfort characterized by pawing, rolling and sometimes the inability to defecate, and we all know horses poop a lot, a whole lot, 8 to 12 times a day, every day.

Ask Mr. Marketing: Dancing as fast as you can

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There was once a thing called delayed gratification. Work toward a goal, earn a reward. Because you’d earned it, the item meant more to you.

Today, taking time to get something is considered quaint by a generation raised to click a few buttons and immediately acquire vacations, videos, diamonds and the like.

Nowadays search engines provide instant access to information that once took weeks to research. Music is immediately available. E-books are downloaded and consumed faster.

What’s new at the movies?

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Escape Plan R A designer of escape-proof prisons is framed for a crime and incarcerated in one of his own prisons. Can he escape? Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, 50 Cent, Faran Tahir, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill

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