December 20, 2015
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The Great Escape - Excuses, Excuses to Use on Christmas Day

In theory, nothing sounds nicer or more wholesome than spending a few cozy days with family making holiday cookies, singing carols, and of course, bonding. But between Mom's ongoing vendetta against your sister's significant other, Aunt Bethany's constant need to be the center of attention and Dad's grudge against his brother for something no one can remember, the holidays can be downright stressful.
Whether heading home for a fun, old-fashion family Christmas, or hosting it yourself, we've rounded up some great excuses that allow you to "step away from the madness" and gain back a bit of sanity.

Volunteer for a Battery Run - Santa (purposely) forgot the batteries to the kids games and gadgets. Be the hero and volunteer to go pick some up. CVS and Walgreens will be open on Christmas Day. (Some locations will have limited hours; so you may want to call first.)

Walk the Dog - You promised your dog Max you'd take him to see his relatives. Take him out for a long walk. Find other dogs... or any four-legged animal will do. Introduce them and let them play...Dawning Max's new Christmas sweater, makes you a proud papa and most popular at the doggy park. You'll stay for hours!

Maintenance of Lights -  Your exterior illumination has brightened the neighborhood all month. Christmas Day... a great time to re-check those bulbs. You've sworn up and down that you've noticed there's a few bad bulbs out there that have to be fixed. (Anything to get you out of a very noisy house, Clark Griswold.)
Bike Ride - Raleigh's been inundated with hundreds of new bike lanes. These large confusing lanes are even found on roads in which have never been traveled by bikers. Be the brave one and go try them out for all of us. You won't be in much danger due to little traffic on Christmas. But let us know how they ride! Click here for City of Raleigh Bike Program.

Drone Roam - Your new Christmas drone is missing. You've got to go find it. Perhaps your gnome took your drone? Whatever the story... you're on it! The investigation begins which could take hours! Drones may be purchased at Raleigh Hobby and R/C.

Take in a Movie -  A great way to stop the madness is go to the movies. But you better purchase those movie tickets early! Go to and buy your tickets today. Going to the Movies on Christmas Day has become the most profitable time of year for the industry. That charitable Christmas spirit is a savvy marketing tool when you're trying to launch a decent movie that maybe didn't quite meet studio expectations. Some of the new releases you pick to see might play a lot better with a couple glasses of eggnog in you. But just the same, it's an excuse to escape.

Just Opened: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Sisters, Extraction, Son of Saul 
Opens Dec 23: The Big Short, Where to Invade Next, 45 Years 
Opens Dec 25: Joy, Daddy's Home, Point Break, Concussion, The Revenant, The Hateful Eight

When holiday guests begin to get on your nerves, just breath in, breath out... and remember Christmas comes only once a year. Have fun, laugh along with everyone and get in the Christmas spirit! Merry Christmas!

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Pure Barre
Bailey's Fine Jewlrey

Nofo _ the Pig

Olde Raleigh Real Estate

To Bee or Not to Bee

Be Careful What You Ask For - Going Down Cell Phone Memory Lane

Darn! I've Only Got 1 Bar xxx!!! ... This year marks 43 years since the first cellular phone call was made by Martin Cooper of Motorola (April 1973). This mobile phone was massive by today's standards (two and a half pounds) and could only be used for 20 minutes before the battery died. Ten years later, the Motorola DynaTAC (nicknamed "The Brick") was put on the market. It had twenty large buttons, a long rubber antenna and a talk time of just thirty minutes before needing to be recharged for 10 hours. Despite its whopping $4,000 price tag it proved to be a resounding success and kicked-off the cellular age. It also spurred a market for "status fake phones".

Drawer Stuffers: Since then, 2G cellular technology hit the market in 1991; 3G in 2001; and 4G in 2009.  Yet, many people still claim that they haven't had good cell phone service since "The Brick". Rest assured, that fancy new Christmas phone will be relegated to the sock drawer in about 15 months ... adding to the long parade of dead cell phones (& missed face-to-face conversations). So, be careful what you ask for. It might magically transform before your eyes into the next cellular paper weight.

Have fun viewing this 1980's Promotion

1980's Motorola DynaTAC promotional video
1980's Motorola DynaTAC promotional video
Parade of Phones

Here's to the next generation ... See you on the flip of 2015!

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VIP Pass Includes:  featuring refreshments, amenities, and lounge area. An Invitation to the VIP Sponsor & Patron Reception from 6-8 PM. Join First Night 2016 VIP's and the rest of the friends of First Night for a delicious banquet of hor d'oeuvres, refreshments, and live music by the talented pianist Tim Wood! Your VIP Pass is your ticket to all venues, performances, rides, and activities! Website.
The Beltline Buzz will feature all the details for attending First Night Raleigh 2016 in our next week's issue.

C.T. Weekends Let C.T. Weekends help you with your last minute shopping. Holiday Hours: Mon.- Thurs. 10am - 6pm. (Tuesday till 8pm)

C.T. Weekends - Cameron Village, 437 Daniels Street, Raleigh, NC 27605, Phone (919) 787-9073. Website.

Cameron Clothing Co. - Save the date for two Upcoming Trunk Shows at Cameron Clothing in North Hills. Lafayette 148 New York will be showing their Spring and Summer Collection on January 2-9, 2016 and Marisa Baratelli Spring and Summer Collection on January 14-16, 2016.
Cameron Clothing Co. - 4351-111 The Circle at North Hills, Raleigh, NC 27609. Ph:919.420.0411. Store Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. Website.


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Ph: (919)389-0555, Email, Website

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3600 Eden Croft Dr.
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8717 Valentine Ct.
Raleigh, 27615. $685,000.
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1840 Torrington St.  
Raleigh,27615. $699,900  
3bdr, 2.5bath, 3950 SF
Elegant, Grand North Raleigh Gem; Pristine Presence & Condition. MLS #2040602, Click Here

311 Gallery  311 Gallery - The End of the Year is "Present" - Find just what you are looking for at 311 Gallery with a wide selection throughout the gallery. Small pieces selected just for gift giving for family, friends or treat yourself!
Normal hours Thursday-Saturday 11:30 to 4:30.
311 Gallery - 311 W. Martin St. Raleigh 27601. Website.

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Phone: 919-755-2401.
Call Blaise Waters for a Super Detailed Clean Car!   
Car Wash
Blaise is paying for his high school tennis. He has all the supplies and uses professional products. If you don't own a hose, he will bring one. He cleans the inside (vacuuming and cleaning all surfaces) and washes the outside. He will come to you. Prices: Cars $30, SUV's $40. Contact: Blaise Waters (305)903-1550 (texting is best!)

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