Here are 5 things you should know.
1. Writing “Should of” is never grammatically correct.
You can write “should’ve.” That is a perfectly correct contraction for “should have.” This is not at all a problem in spoken English because the correct “should’ve” and the incorrect “should of” sound about the same. The issue arises when the reader sees “should of” in writing and assumes it’s correct. Often seen on blogs, this phrase reflects poorly on the writer’s skill, intelligence, and/or credibility.
2. The phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is in that order for a reason. Not buying things that would be recycled or reusing them is more important than recycling.
Reusing a product is also better than recycling. Sell or give away old furniture. Use old jelly jars to store leftovers. Refill soap dispensers. Reusing products means buying new stuff less often.
3. Your VHS tapes and home movies have a short lifespan and need to be transferred to save them.
VHS tapes were not meant to last forever and every day that goes by is one day closer to your precious memories being lost forever. Old VHS tapes and home movies are in danger of being destroyed by mold, age, and ribbon deterioration. There are companies all over the world that will transfer your VHS tapes to more long-term options. Even if you find the ribbons have mold or damage there are companies that can repair and transfer your movies. It’s much cheaper transferring tapes in good condition than it is to transfer moldy or damaged tapes.
4. If you live in a house you should do a walk-around whenever you get a hard rain.
You aren’t going to find issues like blocked gutters, poorly performing drains, bad grading, water pooling at the foundation, or other problems when it’s not raining. It’s better to find them pro-actively than after the water has ended up in your basement, etc.
5. You can BLUR your house out from Google Street View.
It’s nice to not have the entire world easily see what your house looks like with a simple Google search and click.
Here’s how you do it:
Go to Google Maps and enter your home address.
Enter into Street View mode by dragging the small yellow human-shaped icon, found in the bottom-right corner of the screen, onto the map in front of your house.
With your house in view, click “Report a problem” in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Center the red box on your home, and select “My home” in the “Request blurring” field.