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Chumlee of Pawn Stars – Goofy By Nature Or Acting?

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Chumlee has no fear when it comes to expressing himself and letting the world know he knows how to enjoy life.

There was a Twitter post that may surprise some of the followers of the show ‘Pawn Stars‘ on the History Channel. Recently, Chumlee posted on Ron Paul’s website. He stated that “I have no idea who this dude is nor have I ever seen the show, but he has 109,000 followers on twitter, so he must be pretty famous.” Some comments from Rep. Paul’s camp were civil, but reserved. One person made the comment that Chumlee was a young 20 something year old portraying a goofy character on the pawn shop show. Now, that raised a question, is he portraying this kind of a character or is this actually how Chumlee acts in real life?

There is nothing that I can find indicating that he is acting like a goofball, it appears as though this is who he really is off camera as well. Not to be mean-spirited here at all, but some people are very laid back and just let life happen, accepting what comes along. This is how Chumlee comes across in every situation or episode that videos his behavior and antics. It would be fascinating to meet him and see just how down-to-earth he is without cameras around. Personally, I think he would be a lot of fun to just hang out with and enjoy visiting about whatever comes up at the time.

What do you think? Is he for real… or is “Chumlee”the creation of a savvy actor?

In a more thoughtful description, Chumlee has a way of keeping every aspect of his life simple and uncomplicated. Frankly, this world would be a little better off if we would not take life so seriously, let our hair down, and just enjoy the moments we have with family and friends. Why not?

So, if Chumlee happens to be “goofy” in real life, great; more power to him! Who am I to judge his character and take umbrage to his behaviors? This is his life and he has the right to choose how he lives, which includes how he behaves at any given moment. Mr. Chumlee, I support you as a person, goofy or not, and hope that the too serious people of the world can learn from the real example you set. It is not the outward expressions that matter so much; it is the lack of stress you exhibit and the ability to let the negativity slide on by.  Congratulations on your success, especially since you obtained it without hurting anyone, judging anyone, or being afraid to just be you!

So again, I ask… What do you think? Is he for real… or is “Chumlee”the creation of a savvy actor?

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Juicy Details About iPhone 5

As promised in the previous blog titled “Sell iPhones To Upgrade To iPhone 5“, I wanted to provide some insight to what is expected as a huge improvement over the iPhone 4S. Keep in mind that this is only an opinion based upon new features and improved technology inside the new phone. Regardless, there is nothing that can diminish the advances noticeable to those of you who currently own an iPhone 4 or 4S. Truth be told, there is likely to be a tremendous surge in iPhone owners now to sell iPhone 4 and 4S, or earlier versions, to pawn shops around the country; just as has been done before. Without further adieu, let’s dig in for some juicy details about iPhone 5.

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The unprecedented vision of Steve Jobs created a new world for every person on earth. His vision is living today as his legacy inspired his successors to move boldly forward and unrelenting to any boundary of technology.

One of the first changes that will likely excite buyers is the size of the screen. It will move up from the 3.5 inch size to a full 4 inches, yielding easier to read windows, icons and other visual effects. For the older generation of users, like myself, it is a welcome bit of news. The older the eyes, the larger screen that is needed; at least that is my philosophy. I am sure some of you in my demographic will agree. At any rate, this phone is due to have a much faster processor chip, the A5. “Two cores in the A5 chip deliver up to two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics.” as described in Apple’s web-page, will help to provide faster apps responsiveness and improve the user’s experience overall.

This processor will have speeds from 1.5 to 2.0 ghz and host 1 GB of ram to help deliver some absolutely blistering responses to launching apps, partially due to the 4G speeds available. What’s more, you will have access to a new 3D capturing app for your new iPhone 5; drooling yet? Oh yeah, you can capture, render, and process pictures in 3D, and with the upgraded camera features, this will include taking pictures in Panorama. If this has not got you on board for the new amazing phone, check this out.

Handling the phone will feel different, but better, with its new sleek design. You will have an extended life battery of up to 10 hours and standby time that is an incredible 1000 hours. The screen will be full 1080p HD along with a 3D video display to help you enjoy those 3D pictures in Panorama. And finally, this will be a SIM-less phone that includes 2 to 3 internal antennas. As Apple puts it, “…the iPhone 5 will be a World Phone.”

With other features to be announced as the release date nears, one can only speculate as to the astounding and uncanny abilities this piece of technology wonder will possess. While you are getting wound up about this fine piece of work, there is bound to be even better and more impressive products from Apple on the horizon. What that may be is anyone’s guess, or educated speculation if you have the insider’s scoop.

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Sell iPhones To Upgrade To iPhone 5

English: An iPhone 4S on its setup screen.

As in this iPhone 4S shown here, the iPhone 5 will host similar features, but some additional ones that will surely cause a frenzy among enthusiastic buyers.

In the world of technology, there is the saying that parallels comments about the weather, just wait a day and it will change. While new technology does not move quite that swiftly, it does move fast. One year you will hear that computers can handle one gigabyte of information, then suddenly it is up to four gigabytes, then 80 gigabytes, and so on.

Now, there are machines that easily handle up to two terabytes, the equivalent of 2,000 gigabytes. For a better frame of reference, take a look at the chart below and look at just how much memory potential the computer industry has in store, pardon the pun.

(Information below provided by http://www.whatsabyte.com.)

Processor or Virtual Storage                           Disk Storage

· 1 Bit = Binary Digit                                    · 1 Bit = Binary Digit

· 8 Bits = 1 Byte                                         · 8 Bits = 1 Byte

· 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte                            · 1000 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte

· 1024 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte                    · 1000 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte

· 1024 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte                   · 1000 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte

· 1024 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte                    · 1000 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte

· 1024 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte                    · 1000 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte

· 1024 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte                    · 1000 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte

· 1024 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte                   · 1000 Zettabytes = 1 Yottabyte

· 1024 Zettabytes = 1 Yottabyte                 · 1000 Yottabytes = 1 Brontobyte

· 1024 Yottabytes = 1 Brontobyte               · 1000 Brontobytes = 1 Geopbyte

· 1024 Brontobytes = 1 Geopbyte

I know, I know, this is probably way more than you wanted to see, but if you happen to be a real technology junkie, this has got to be impressive; that is, of course, if you did not know about it already. Having showed this, the real story here is about the new smart phone capabilities coming from the iPhone 5. It has not been that long since iPhone 4S was the topic of the day; as previously mentioned, technology moves very fast.

The Apple iPhone 5 is expected to be released sometime later in 2012. Speculations revolve around an early Fall debut, but it is only speculation at this time. Even so, no doubt it will find just as much fanfare as its predecessors, the iPhone 4S, 4, etc. Which leads to what is to be expected, a sell-off of used iPhones. Pawn shops around the country are likely to be bombarded with customers trying to offload their nicely used phones of the 4S, 4, and other previous iPhones. When other releases occurred, the reaction was the same as what is expected when the iPhone 5 comes to a store near you; a fever pitched scramble to upgrade.

A question that is bound to be brought up is what Apps will grace this new phone that is functional and practical? Well, both of these terms are relative to what one may mean by functional and practical. Defining these words to suit this new technology is neither practical or functional for the readership. What really matters is related directly to the needs of each user, individually, not collectively. To get a real good feel for what this unbelievable phone possess, read the subsequent blog describing some mind-blowing apps and abilities.

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Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison Has Racing In His Blood

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During a Pawn Stars episode recently, Rick Harrison was considering a purchase of a dragster. For a change, he was not behind the desk trying to pawn gold or jewelry from a customer. No, he was out in the field on this one; refreshing change of pace in the show. At any rate, the seller of the dragster was all enamored with the whole television environment and seemed to be convinced that good old Rick was his new bud and would by the speedster.

It was a real surprise when Rick decided to jump in and take it for a test drive; makes sense, right? The decision was a smart move since there could be anything wrong with it not detectable unless it was driven.

Well, Rick seems to have some real racing blood running, or should I say, speeding through his veins. When sitting at the starting line waiting for the lights to go from red to green, he really got into character. Sweat beading down his forehead, an intense look on his face, and a tight, no, a very tight grip on the steering wheel were all obvious just watching the screen.

The light hits green and suddenly the tires start spinning and smoking, just like you see when professionals are slicking up their tires. The wheels grabbed the surface and he shot out of their like the Navy’s F-15 fighter jets at take-off on an aircraft carrier; literally a slingshot effect.

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Rick Harrison admitted that he now knew how Navy fighter pilots feel at take-off.

It is a shame that there was no camera shot of his eyes when that bad boy took off. Rick admitted he was a little scared, but that the car steered good and got him to the finish. It appeared that the car would be worth the $30,000 being asked.

Whoa! Stop the presses! Rick could have knocked the owner over with a feather when the price offered was a mere $11,000; a small $6,000 for the dragster and $5,000 for the trailer. You could see the huge disappointment on the owner’s face; he went completely pale.

“That would be giving it away.” remarked the owner when later he was interviewed, but accepted the fact and was ready to move on. Rick was really on target with this when he later described just how poor of a shape the vehicle was in; bad engine, out-dated front-end, and vital systems needing an overhaul. Got to hand it to Mr. Harrison, he really does know what he is talking about.

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Pawn Shops Use Creativity To Build Pre-owned Market

Finding the direction we must take in order to discover success in our lives is a daunting, and frankly, sometimes downright tough. Nevertheless, taking control of your life and its current path is indicative of someone who has dreams, aspires to be someone that is reliable and trustworthy, and is willing to sacrifice for a better future. Believing that there is no hope or not a good reason for holding to a faith that life can and will improve with the right attitude and conviction would be ludicrous in the least.

Many have fallen on hard times over the past three years or so; actually in record numbers has this happened. Regardless, many have survived, putting their trust in a system that has proven successful in the past. Down-turns will happen, it is inherent with any democracy and capitalist-based economy. Corrections in markets due to decisions made by those in a position to trade and invest can have very prosperous times. Additionally, these good times can result in over indulgence or behaviors that do not take businesses in a positive direction; hence, bubbles burst and economies suffer for a season.

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Down-turns in any economy have positive attributes by which the most creative business minds can capitalize and prosper.

Discovering new and innovative ways for people to survive, find work, create jobs, and so on is part of what naturally happens; in part due to the resilience and tenacity of entrepreneurs across the United States. Sectors of the market place become more apt to succeeding and actually growing during depressive economic times by stepping outside of the box looking for not so obvious ways of serving a diverse customer base. As an example, consider the pawn brokering industry. These businesses have made some creative moves to capitalize on the strains existing in our current economy. They realized that no matter the income or status of a person or group, they all have surplus items that no longer are of vital interest or considered a priority.

In fact, many have discovered, especially in the Boca Raton area, that they can sell gold that is unwanted to bring in cash for use to take care of bills, provide rent, pay mortgages, and so on. It is interesting to observe the trends within the pawn shop industry taking on electronic devices like never before, buying up Apple products, purchasing enormous amounts of gold and jewelry, and finding that eBay is an ally that can be a profitable pursuit. Indeed, the discovery of a pre-owned market has never been so lucrative; all due to the decisions by those with means and power who never anticipated the ultimate gift to thousands and thousands of pawn brokers.

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Sell on eBay and Be a Winner!

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Apparently, there is a group of celebrities who  are taking the opportunity to share their personal items and donating them to sell on eBay for charity. In this move, the opportunity to get online and give your best bid to try and earn a spot in history by owning that special item from actors like Brad Pitt, Christine Aguilera, Jeff Bridges, and others. Think how ecstatic eBay was when this was proposed and announced.

Here is a clear example of what you can do as well. While you may not be a celebrity or even a member of the Pawn Star crew, you can do exactly the same thing they are doing by selling your unwanted item in eBay. Even more convenient is the chance to go to your Boca Raton pawn shop to check out just how easy it is to sell on eBay. Literally, millions have taken the time to seek out the experience and reap the rewards for taking the initiative to do so.

If you happen to be a fan of these actors, what better way to celebrate your first sell by following their lead. Grab your unwanted item that has some value to earn your reward. Get cash for your efforts and enjoy the feeling of ridding yourself of all those unused “things” and making room in your garage for more of what you really desire to own. Finding the excitement of watching the bids go up and up are just part of the fun that can be expected.

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Beauty is Always in the Eye of the Beholder

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When shopping at your typical retailer, there is always a conscious effort to appeal to the senses of the customer. They want the eyes to see some astounding sites; the nose to smell the latest in candles, cologne, or perfume; and they want everyone to have the opportunity to try on clothes and feel the comfort. Of the strongest of these senses, sight can trump all other senses when it comes down to making a decision on what to buy.

Boca Raton pawn shops have done some work to create a very appealing experience for their clients. The opportunity to enjoy a shopping experience and draw to the needs and desires of the customer is part of what has been a focus. Who wants to walk into a junked out retail store? How is this supposed to appeal to the customer and send the message of, “We want your business.”? Well, it will not resonate in the least favorably for the pawn shop.

When you happen to be planning on going to a pawn shop for your next shopping experience or to sell your unwanted items, make sure the employees know how much you appreciate the looks of the store. This is always a great way to put a smile on their faces. Speaking of smiles, you should check out their buying opportunities. Selling some of your items that are no longer needed can put a huge smile on your face and cash in your pocket.

Part of what makes the whole pawn experience pleasant is the diversity of services. You can sell your items through eBay or in person at the store. You talk about a great chance for you to save time and gain some extra money; this is by far the most convenient manner for you to get that extra little bit for the Christmas shopping season. You won’t be the only one happy on Christmas morning!

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What a deal on jewelry at your local pawn shop!

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Pawn Shop Jewelry Deals!

What a deal on jewelry at your local pawn shop!

Hot deals do not begin to describe what you will see at your local pawn shop. It makes not difference what kind of jewelry you are in the market for, they will either have it or they will find it for you. Take for example you are a high-end customer and love to splurge occasionally on the finer side of the jewelry isle. No problem! Go on down to your favorite place of business and check out the inventory they have just waiting for you to drop in and gaze over. Diamond jewelry, diamond watches, gold jewelry and watches of all brands, and the stunning combination of gems and precious metals. It all is just patiently waiting.

If you get there and just cannot seem to find that special piece, don’t fret or lose interest. Call over your representative and let him or her take care of the problem. Tell them what you are looking for and ask them to see if they can locate it for you. It is possible that they may already know where to turn to obtain your new high-end jewelry. If not, give them the opportunity to serve you and help you achieve a satisfied purchase once again.

For those who still don’t know where to turn, let me steer you in the right direction. Gaining a friend in the business of buying and selling can be very advantageous. Establishing yourself with a great Boca Raton pawn shop can provide years of great purchases and/or sells with people you have grown to respect and trust. This is a win-win proposition; you gain a friend and the pawn shop gains a new and valued customer.

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The National Enquirer Wants Pawn Stars

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Hottest Show IN Vegas!

Could it really be the the hottest show in Vegas is the show about the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. There are some 5,000 people a day lining up to see the Pawn Stars and that’s more than are lining up to see Celine Dion! The Stars themselves are pretty amazed and even “overwhelmed”, says assistant manager Jason Heatwole.

 

The store has some strange and magnetic pull and so far as we can research it spans one of the most broad viewing demographics that there is running. We are delighted and we can attest to the fact that pawn shops are getting foot traffic from everyone! We see all ages and sizes coming through our doors and we wake up everyday wondering just what treasure we’ll find and who’ll be by later to discover it.

What do YOU think of the Pawn Stars? What do you like? What do you hate? Who do you like, and who do you hate? Let us know your opinion on the Pawn Stars epidemic!

By Boca Raton Pawn, your premier Boca Pawn Broker.

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