In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
Troy Huggett, an ACE-certified personal trainer who applies his expertise to writing ACE exams, coaches clients of all ages and fitness levels with vigorous workouts that leave leisure time intact. Total Body Boot Camp courses marshal approximately 20 students for 30 minutes or less of body-sculpting drills. Camaraderie, high-intensity reps, and dreams of being able to hopscotch to work push participants toward their unique fitness goals, leaving limbs lean and cores reinforced. Those who report to the program for two or more months can supplement their slimming regimens with a personalized meal plan, as well as a before and after fitness assessment that measures inches shed, pounds lost, and ounces of water hand-squeezed from titanium bottles.
The first Batteries Plus shop opened in 1988 in response to the growing popularity of portable devices such as Walkmans and digital cameras. Today, 525 stores supply patrons with batteries to power gadgets ranging from digital cameras, cell phones, and laptops to motorcycles or robotic butlers. Light bulbs are another specialty: the stores stock everything from colorful incandescent bulbs to halogen lights that illuminate dark highways.
Gull Lake Landscape Co. furnishes floral collections with a wide selection of greenery and garden accessories. Beautify gardenscapes with the bursts of floral color afforded by blooming perennials, including daylily, phlox, and coreopsis ($7.50 each), or opt for a hefty 3-gallon shrubbery, such as limelight hydrangea ($32.50), to fill a mulchy void or obscure permanent garden gnomes. A selection of 25-gallon trees, including serviceberries, maples, oaks, and redbuds ($199), stand patiently awaiting the chance to spread their branches. Gull Lake’s staff of friendly, avid gardeners are always on-hand to help each green-thumb choose the ideal plants for their at-home or underground-lair botanic displays.
As tech-savvy necromancers, the computer experts at R-Tech Guys invigorate healthy electronics and resuscitate broken technology. Besides boosting computers with memory upgrades ($15) and software installation ($20), R-Tech Guys' technicians can clean and defragment stuffy hard drives ($25) and hunt down and eliminate rogue spyware ($75+). Versatile, flexible, and eager for any tech-related challenge, R-Tech Guys will tackle any unlisted service job for $1 per minute and will even apply the fee for diagnosing a broken HDTV ($50) toward the cost of its repair.