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Chumlee, Les Gold, and Jimmie DeRamus are Reality Pawn Stars

As promised, we are going to go down the road with some interesting tidbits on some characters from pawn shop reality TV shows. Before getting their big break on Pawn Stars, Chumlee, aka Austin Russell, was quite the avid pawn shop regular. Considered to be like a son to Rick Harrison, Chumlee had spent a lot of his boyhood time with friend Corey Harrison. This time has obviously paid off, and he goes right along with the punches that come his way from the Harrison clan.

Reality TV has  also given some spotlight to Les Gold, a 40 year veteran to the pawn shop industry. This generational family business has been well established and very successful long before TruTV came along for the ride. This reality TV show has a strong following that tend to visit in person at the astonishing 50,000 square foot pawn shop; easily one of the largest in the country.

It would be impossible to not have some success in a place this big. At any rate, Les Gold knows how to run a business. With 45 employees, he has managed to grow an empire, literally, that is managed by son, daughter, wife, and some very close friends. Family is not the real qualifier here either; his two children are college graduates and know their stuff. This is one family in a pawn shop business you do not want to mess with.

Moving on, there is a newcomer to the reality TV stage; his name is Jimmie DeRamus of the new hit pawn  shop series Cajun Pawn Stars. His pawn shop has got to have some of the most unusual characters walk through his doors. While the other pawn shows experience their own wildlife, this place tops the list. In fact, when was the last time you saw a cow show up as a pawn item?

This is a simple example of what you can expect from this series; it’s no wonder they are climbing the chart. To really appreciate what I am talking about, you have to check out this show on the History Channel. Of course, there is a lot more you can find out by looking up information on Chumlee, Les Gold, and Jimmie DeRamus using the Internet. The fun part of this is that you never know exactly what or who will show up at any of the reality TV pawn shop shows. 

Rick Harrison – Buy Gold Or Field Work?

Pawn Stars

Pawn Stars takes Rick Harrison out into the field more, making the show more interesting by not spending the majority of the time in the shop.

Watching a pawn shop show has just so long to be a series. This holds true for any cable or network series; the lifespan is finite. Making the material interesting enough to draw a large viewing audience is something that producers probably lose sleep over at some point.

Even so, the current task at hand will involve understanding what the viewing public want to see. Are they interested in drama, action, mysteries, comedy, and so on? The answer is what will drive the motivation to create something bold enough and cutting-edge to hit those elusive top numbers.

An example here is the Pawn Stars series on the History Channel, their content cannot be about clients constantly coming in to pawn gold, pawn jewelry, sell a watch, etc. No, they have to really beef up the antics or drama; make it interesting for the viewership. Industry trends have been for many, many years to include some form of conflict with humor and at least one person being clueless about most everything.

It appears that the executives over Pawn Stars is seeing the need to get the show out of the famous pawn shop and into the field more. This means that, to some extent, the items being sold to the shop will be bigger, stranger, and more challenging to make a profit from after committing to a purchase. All of this can really create a whole new appeal for those used to seeing words flying, pranks being played on Chumlee, or hearing the boss (Dad) make off-handed remarks ensuring that everyone remembers who is boss.

I say if they find that appeal factor to draw in larger numbers and a different demographic, absolutely fantastic! Why, you may ask? This is what creativity in reality shows is all about, connecting with those who pay the bills and look for entertaining television. Okay, Pawn Stars, go for it and all the best!

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Unconditional Love And Engagement Rings Bring Unforgettable Memories

Like music can bring out certain emotions when you hear a melody or lyrics, jewelry can have a similar effect. An enormous amount of energy, money, and heart goes into the making or selling gold jewelry, necklaces, or other elegant items. Most notably, weddings, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day are the most popular times when jewelry is sought. It is not always the act of obtaining the piece, rather the reason(s) and setting that really have the impact.

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Becoming engaged and receiving a ring can be the most cherished moment on a women's life...if done right!

Consider the difference in these two scenarios; first, a man buys an engagement ring without much thought or consideration for what would be most suitable for his true love. He then shows up at his girlfriend’s work and calls her out to surprise her with a black velvet box. Now, is the girl going to get really excited and have one of those memorable experiences that can give her a feeling she will never forget? Well, this is not the most romantic and awe-inspiring setting or moment for creating that once-in-a-lifetime memory. However, this may be just fine for some women…to each her own.

Secondly, what about this little scenario? A young man takes time to figure out who is planning on marrying, what she likes or dislikes, the kind of jewelry that she dreams of owning, or her favorite precious stone and uses this information as a means for finding the perfect engagement ring and wedding band. He arranges a private and very romantic date to set the mood and create a mindset that will lock the moment in time. Whether it is a beautiful country-side filled with her favorite wildflowers and scenery or an evening of dinner and romantic walks along the beach, the setting will be a huge part of accomplishing a memorable moment. Of the two, it is easy to see which has a likelihood of providing a breathtaking experience that will be cherished for the rest of her life.

It is not always possible for some men to provide the expensive ring set or most pleasurable surroundings. If this happens to be the case, as it was in my situation, it is the amount of deep and profound love that is already felt between the two of you that can make up the difference. Fortunately for me, my wife of over 25 years saw that I truly and deeply loved her and was sincere when I proposed. Love is never wasted when there are true and genuine feelings so deep they can not be diminished or swayed by that which is based upon material objects; indeed, this is unconditional love.

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Gold And Jewelry From King Tut’s Collection Is Stunning

In 1922, King Tut’s tomb was a modern day discovery that shocked the world and brought into clear sight the beautiful and priceless artifacts created over 3,200 years ago. Fascinating would be an understatement in describing the entire process and excavation. Howard Carter was financed heavily to undergo what would be one of the most priceless discoveries in contemporary times of the early 1900’s.

Golden funeral mask of king Tutankhamun

This mask is one of the most treasured artifacts from King Tutankhamen's tomb.

When making the actual discovery of the tomb, and subsequently the sarcophagus, there was also a discovery that the tomb had been robbed. In fact, it is a strong possibility that two robberies occurred during the 18th dynasty; this being the time period of King Tutankhamun. In one sense it was not a terrible result since the more intricate and prestigious relics were yet to be discovered. One reason for this is the immense weight of the objects enclosing the actual mummy of King Tut and the sarcophagus.

With amazement and anticipation, the outcome of the entire dig proved to be one for the record books. Once all of the preparations were done and careful planning completed, the work moved forward to carefully and painstakingly. With such enormous amounts of time being used to ensure a successful and non-damaging approach, the patience of Carter and his team must have been truly tested. Apparently, it was the professionalism of Howard Carter that truly preserved the precious items being pulled out of the tomb.

For the most part, river transportation was used to move the artifacts with the train being used on one occasion due to the weight and significance of the pieces. An armed guard was part of the protective measure utilized for such a magnificent discovery. Sheer and utter elation was felt throughout the 10 year process of removing and having each piece catalogued. A tremendous amount of photographic evidence was created to help preserve the initial experience.

Imagine the feelings and emotions being felt by Howard Carter and his team on that first day of discovery. Little did they know at the time how much gold was used and jewelry items that were created to honor this young man for centuries to come. Today, this collection can be seen in Cairo as a complete piece of history ready for a contemporary time to receive in awe.

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Buy Gold Jewelry To Be Selfless And Not Self-Absorbed

To many people, life has somewhat of a strange way of working out for the most part. It is not to say that circumstances could have not been better, but that all aspects of their existence was manageable. Funny how we get wrapped in a routine of work, children, marriage, and so on to find out later that time has just flown by. Although life has been okay, there are decisions that could be reflected upon that most people would probably change if given a second chance. This is not a bad thought; just remember that dwelling on the past is not necessarily healthy.

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Life's simple designs can sometimes be all that is needed to inspire and motivate someone to improve their life.

Oddly enough, and general speaking, the larger majority of individuals find that there are aspects of their relationships or profession that they aspire to improve. The biggest problem is that the fundamental knowledge to successfully do so is lacking. This does not imply that ignorance plays a role, it simply identifies a need for a demographic or sector of the population that could use some positive and pointed input to get a little help on how to best approach making changes in their lives.

Some folks have determined that being able to afford certain things in life will make all of the difference. Boosting self-confidence by being more superficial and materialistic, and becoming someone they have never been for the sake of getting a new-found attention are not some of the recommended paths to take in a self-improvement process.

There are those also who may use purchasing power as a means for validating certain behaviors. Of course, this is not to say that buying that special someone in life a gold ring or seeking a place where they sell jewelry with the intent of spending some serious cash is a bad idea. These occasions are for being completely selfless and imparting of your substance for the benefit of someone else.

Pursuing a positive and productive path for improving certain aspects of life can be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences. Seek out those who can help you achieve goals that will ultimately establish a new course of action to a life of happiness and an improved self-esteem and confidence driving and sustaining a new energy in life.

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Gold As An Investment – Diamonds To Show Love And Devotion

If you have spent any time at all watching television, you have probably noticed the upsurge of advertisements for gold buying businesses. The economy experiences swings up and down over periods of time that can make precious metals and gems much more appealing to the investor. A question that comes to mind in regard to the best bang for the buck deals with gold and diamonds. What is the best option in a down market environment, diamonds or gold?

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Diamonds are anyone's best friend, especially when they are on sale.

The answer can depend on recent history prior to a down-turn in the business sectors. During more prosperous times, records indicate that diamonds are more popular overall among jewelry and precious metal items. While being popular, diamonds are also more costly. Oddly enough, when the economy is in negative territory, diamonds will cost less; however, the opportunity to sell diamonds is diminished for obvious reasons. When those who usually would have money to pay for the diamonds in jewelry form or on watches, they are not in a position to do so at a time of low employment numbers.

On the other hand, gold has a very different opportunity. As a rule, gold is a liquid asset and can be sold daily in a market environment being traded. Buy gold in a positive or negative market atmosphere as a plus and asset to the investor. Commonly, those who trade gold on a regular basis find it a great hedge against a weak dollar that is indicative of a down economy. Comparing gold against diamonds, it is far better to make gold the investment for a diversified portfolio. Diamonds are always a wonderful purchase for gift-giving and showing love and devotion to family and friends.

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Luxury, High-End Jewelry And Watches At Pawn Shops

For the luxury jewelry shopper, it may not be a first consideration to drop by a pawn shop for a look  at some high-end jewelry, watches, and other fine pieces. The mere thought of going to such an establishment may not settle well. This could be a very costly mistake to give heed to such notions. Remember the saying, “…no stone left unturned…”, and consider what surprise awaits for those with patience and give due diligence to the idea.

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Cartier watches are among the most popular among women.

The pawn shop industry has gone to great lengths to improve the public perception to help attract those who can afford the more precious jewelry and other high-end items not typically found at a pawn broker. Some of the brand names that you can expect to find include, but are not limited to, Cartier, Rolex, Tiffany, and Polanti. Luxury watches are some of the most popular items of high-end products in these unbelievable inventories. Not only will they sell gold, jewelry and other precious items, they will also buy gold and other jewelry from customers.

Gold rings, bracelets, and watches will absolutely amaze the most difficult to please clients. Those who can afford the finer things in life, and this includes jewelry and watches, can certainly find exactly what they have been searching for at one of these pawn shops. Surprised? If this surprises you, then wait until your eyes feast on other large ticket items. Are you in the market for some truly remarkable instruments or vehicles? That is right, you can find some of these at a high-end pawn shop.

Located in Boca Raton, Dallas, Hollywood, and other large metropolitan or resort areas, these amazing stores can supply any clientele with some astounding choices and provide tremendous savings as well. So, give a second, third or even a fourth look at your local pawn shop. The opportunity and experience will likely cause you to gain a whole and completely different outlook on what they will do to get your business.

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Pawn Stars or Cajun Pawn Stars – You Decide!

There is more to the whole reality Pawn Star and Cajun Pawn Stars series than meets the eye. The camera can show just so much of what the actual shop has available. Viewers may even wonder if they really sell or pawn gold, jewelry, or any of the other typical items found in pawn shops across the country. A true and incredible fact about the newest location for a hit series in Alexandria, LA  is a shop that is actually called Silver Dollar Pawn and Jewelry Center and houses some 20,000 square feet of museum quality items. The impressive size and uniqueness of the items pawned or bought help it to reach a level few pawn shops across the country can come close to matching. Whether it is a tour bus or a group of school children taking a tour for some “educational” field trip, the place is a real site to see.

Pawn Stars

Pawn Stars or Cajun Pawn Stars...what is your preference?

Although the program is in its infant stages, it has received a lot of attention from the cable crowd. A response that was hoping to be stupendous reached outrageous numbers of viewers. The hope was obviously that another pawn shop reality show would grab a demographic that may not have been reached with the original Pawn Stars group; indeed, this appears to be the case.

Was it a gamble? Everything is a gamble to some extent, but this seemed to be a safe bet for succeeding. The down-to-earth attitudes and somewhat comical crew seems to hit it off well with viewership. How long this will last is anyone’s guess. As in most reality television shows, the kind of characters and their appeal will go a long ways to determining success or miserable outcomes.

At any rate, the experience one can expect if you happen to be in the neighborhood of the Cajun Pawn Stars is one of surprise and amazement. Seeing a small portion of the actual pawn shop on the television screen pales in comparison to what will be up close and personal when visiting the huge shop. Be prepared to feel the rush and excitement of being part of another Pawn Star experience.

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Pawn Shops Over Garage Sales – Why Not?

Selling personal property is a way of life for millions of Americans. It could be a garage sale, yard sale, estate sale, online auction or any other variation of sales method. Some have taken the approach of foregoing a sale where they have to spend hours out of their day or over a weekend and elected to drive down to their nearest pawn shop.

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Dragging all of your goods out on the lawn is not always the best option for earning cash on the spot; at least not as long as pawn shops are around.

Handing over any of your property to a business does not always come easy; it has its challenges, depending on your personality type and such. At any rate, the opportunity to cash in quick and without a lot of the hassle of garage or yard sales has its advantages. Sell gold, sell jewelry, sell precious stones, and yes, sell your luxury watches, boats and cars. Frankly, there is not much that a pawn shop would not buy. The only catch is that the pawn broker needs to be able to resell anything they purchase.

There is the other side of the business,  pawning your property. By deciding to retain possession of your property via a pawn arrangement, you have an advantage of keeping anything pawned after the agreement has been satisfied. A real plus for the cashless folk, pawn shops provide a great service and opportunity when the tougher times are present.

Consider all of your options when thinking of how you can benefit from selling unwanted items. Give the pawn industry a chance. Let them at least get the experience of seeing you and providing all of the information necessary to have a successful shopping trip.

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Financial Industry Woes Are Pawn Broker’s Gold

Nation-wide success of pawn shops is not a coincidence or a fluke. There are several contributing factors that have made the past five years the most profitable for this misunderstood industry. When people in very high and influential places were making decisions in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s regarding the financial industry, little did they know just how detrimental it would be on a global scale. Likewise, little did they know how much it would influence the growth of the pawn brokering business.

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Finding that pawn shops were truly a great option, millions of people have enjoyed the great deals due to the economy the past several years.

It did not take long for individuals to recognize the potential for being able to get great deals, and also to come across some much needed cash. The business of a pawn shop is set up to handle the onslaught of used personal property being sold to them in droves. Some examples include those who did pawn gold, sell jewelry, and even luxury items.

In the process, what actually surprised those who had not even considered the effects of a down economy on pawn shops was the explosion of interest in not only selling, but buying from these entrepreneurs.

Having such tremendous opportunity and outstanding inventories of products from simple electronics up to luxury boats, pawn brokers saw an opportunity to provide a wonderful retail experience to customers. With no snags to speak of industry-wide, pawn businesses grew substantially in assets and cash flow. During this period, the cable industry tapped into some of this success by springing up a couple of reality shows – Pawn Stars and Cajun Pawn Stars.

Overall, the owners of these successful pawn brokers have been able to provide financial services to customers when other companies in the private sector were unable to due to issues in the banking industry. The next time you may think that a pawn shop is not a good option for retail shopping, think again. They have accumulated tremendous inventories over the years with great deals attached just waiting for you, the next customer, to cash in on their good fortune.

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Dig Deep – Dig Often – Dig For Gold

Dig deep, dig often, and dig for gold. This little phrase speaks volumes when talking about pawn shops. The variance in what the pawn brokering industry will be glad to take off of your hands runs wide and deep; wide in the sense of a spectrum of items, and deep refers to just how much you want to pawn.

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The industry has been around for a very long time and has progressively done extremely well, especially in the past several years. Reason for a tremendous growth that most notably started about four years ago range from the rich off-loading discretionary luxury items to the less fortunate simply needing cash. Some of the most successful pawn shops are located in the more well-off locations around the country. Whether it is in some prominent locale in California or at some Boca Raton pawn shop, there is money out there to spend when the deals are too great to ignore.

What has transpired in these past few years is a market literally saturated by those who just had would sell jewelry, boats, cars, or pawn gold in any form. This unloading has created a very lucrative pre-owned market that those with discretionary cash can have a field day with when it comes to shopping for bargains. Deals on a Rolex, Cartier, or on some really elegant jewelry are almost unbelievable.

On the other hand, there are those who really do not have much to spend, but find the opportunity too great to pass up on some power tools, electronics, and outdoor or sporting goods. This inventory is a result of those who elected to dig deep, dig often, and dig for that unwanted gold.

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Is It A Pawn Or A Sell?

At a time in your life when things may be a little tight or some extra cash would be handy for the interim, considering how to quickly obtain that money may not yield a positive result instantly. However, it is important to remember that making sudden decisions at any time is not always the best approach. In fact, personal experience has proven this time and again. It is always better to take the time necessary to weigh the available options for determining the best outcome.

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Deciding to sell or pawn your personal property is the most important decision in the process of doing business with a pawn shop.

A very popular and successful possibility exists when considering utilizing the business of pawn shops. There is a choice to be made that will either provide the amount of money you truly needed, or you can be left with less than you needed and expected. Approaching such an important decision with some forethought can save some real heartache and frustration. Before jumping off of that train while it is still moving, decide if the best option is to sell to a pawn shop or to simply open a pawn account to retain possession when the note is paid off.

There will be those who honestly think that they will not receive as much by pawning their item or items rather than selling to the pawn shop. This is a bit confusing and can leave you with more questions than you started with initially. Putting the options into perspective, it is important to understand the primary purpose of either selling or pawning an item.

Selling has a simple meaning that tells the pawn shop representative you are not interested in retaining ownership at any time. No matter the reason for not wanting to keep the piece of property, once it is sold, you are relinquishing any and all rights to the property at that time.

If you pawn your property, this is making a clear statement that you want to keep it after paying off the note. Some have taken the notion that they will pawn an item for a better cash amount versus selling. Pawn brokers have a great sense of value on used items and they will not put their business at risk; indeed, they are a business, not a charity. Decide if you want your property back at some time or if it is fine to let it go. This can help with using a pawn shop the way it was designed and to your advantage, too.

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Betsy Bovine – A New Cajun Pawn Star?

How far would you go to pawn something you think is valuable, or at least of some value? What would you pawn if you owned animals instead of gold or valuable jewelry? Now there is a new series called “Cajun Pawn Stars” that just might fill your hankering for some real crazy pawn shop action. The series just began on January 8th and is claimed to be a huge hit. Donkeys, cows, and who knows what else will appear on this show. But, how far is too far when it comes to reality shows?

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Cows are not the first choice when thinking of pawning your valuables, or are they?

Much can be said for less being more, but the concept for this series may not have a thing to do with the usual pawn shop scene. No, this is about making money, and hopefully, make people laugh. There really needs to be a lot of redeeming value for the sake of entertainment. I only hope that no one takes this show seriously, because it is not humanly possible that it was meant to be a serious show. Do not mistake the meaning here, yes people take their work seriously, of course, it is a job to the those putting this show together.

There is probably someone out there who just might think that it is perfectly alright to throw a rope on old Betsy and haul her prime cuts down to the local pawn shop. Please, please reconsider for your own psychological sake. Doing this may permanently scar the minds of those who actually witness this bovine blunder. Anyway, I hope that this show is all it is designed to be; an entertainment piece for those who need a break from the seriousness of the world.

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Cajun Pawn Stars Could Be New Hit

Now, there is a point at which something original does not need a sequal or spin-off. Case in point, the hit reality show, Pawn Stars, is indeed a hit. The amount of attention Corey, Chumlee, and the crew receive has grown substantially since its debut. Being in its fourth season, there appears to be more of the same and less of Corey; he lost 115 pounds. At any rate, the whole notion that another pawn reality TV show is necessary or will be popular is a stretch at best. Move the concept to a part of the country where community spirit about being Cajun is strong and proud, then kick it a few times in the teeth and you get the Cajun Pawn Stars.

I say “…kick it in the teeth…” because the folks have apparently not entirely welcomed this show to their neighborhood, and yet, they are going to get this nation-wide coverage anyway, like it or not. Some comments on the Internet are not even close to being favorable. It makes you wonder what the producers, creators, and so on, were thinking and who they did not bother to speak with to get a feel for the cultural response to their idea. Of course, all of this is opinion that opposes the new series.

On a lighter side, the show is promoting a little twist to shake up the usual pawning aspect of the show. For example, instead of seeing a lot of people sell gold, jewelry, or their fancy watches, you are likely to see a bovine beast traipse across the floor or a donkey grace the television set. Yes, this will be entertaining to some. Let’s agree to give this series a chance and see just how much it makes you laugh and smile. Who knows? It could be a huge hit and become a pleasant surprise.

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Corey Harrison Loses A Lot And Wins Even More

Weight loss programs has been a lucrative business for at least 30 years or so. Back in the early 1980’s, there began to be a fever for exercise, weight management products and programs, and aerobics. All of this took off and some very in-tune entrepreneurs cashed in big time. As time progressed, the industry went through the digital age and awakened to a whole new approach of shedding the pounds. Somewhere along the way, science took hold and created a huge empire of supplements for the purpose of losing pounds.

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Lap Band procedures have helped people from all walks of life, including some more popular folks like Corey Harrison of Pawn Stars.

Most recently, in the last decade, bariatrics took off, surging in popularity and frequency of occurrence. The medical doctors who began investing a lot of time and educational in-service energy in this field of study would become astoundingly successful. Timing of this science is interesting to say the least. With the onset of popular video games, fast food availability, and processed foods, obesity became an epidemic, literally, affecting adults and children alike. While I have not heard of a Lap Band surgery being performed on anyone younger than 18 years of age, it has turned out to be one of the most popular forms of weight loss surgery across the country.

Not only does the general public now have access, the cost has dramatically decreased allowing for more and more insurance companies to be more apt to approve the procedure. It is still a very successful way to shed some unwanted weight and is even used by those considered to be stars or popular actors. Recently, in fact, Corey Harrison of the new hit show Pawn Stars has taken the initiative to change his habits and take better care of his health losing 115 pounds; great job Corey!

Part of the process for improving his health included a Lap Band surgery in an attempt to get off of medications, avoid becoming a diabetic, and eliminate the pain in his hips and legs. To sell jewelry, gold, and other luxury items, it takes energy and focus when working with customers. The whole work day, according to Corey, is so much easier. Perhaps, this is something that will inspire others to consider a similar path for becoming healthier for the new year.

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