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It is fairly common for sites to have an About Us section. Saying who you are and what you do is basic politeness in any conversation. Trust and credibility are major issues on the Web. Explaining who you are and where you come from does matter and we make the following promises to our audience: We'll provide you with accurate, engaging content. Like a friendly neighbor, we'll give you information that you can trust. We won't make you dig through a haystack to find the needle.

We'll make it easy to learn the basics of the topic we cover and we won't confuse you with unnecessary jargon. Our content is succinct, digestible, and entertaining. So many About Us pages are a waste of HTML. Though not everyone wants to know more about you, there are those who do. This page will tell you everything you ever wanted to know (and some things you don't) about us! Pay attention, we'll be giving a quiz!

Starting in 1996 I gleaned the web, newspaper articles, magazines, pictures, etc. which I wanted to keep and along with some original content and some things I'm interested in and I hope you are too posted them. I come from Missouri originally and operated this site from Oklahoma now Texas. I have a construction background, but since a stroke I do this Web Site. The Contact Us and The Small Print are located on the contact page.

That's Entertainment started as part of "What? Strange? Peculiar? Maybe." and I gave them their own directory in 2005. Sometimes the world isn't a pleasant place, but there's always the hope that the story can have a happy ending. Entertainment is an event, performance, or activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience. The audience may participate in the entertainment passively as in watching opera, or actively.

Opera is the most popular, enduring, and expensive performing art in human history. But like most arts there is a learning curve involved, and many people stay away out of various fears - not understanding the language, not knowing how to dress or behave, etc. See a performance by a first-rate company in a major city, if your budget and geographic location will allow.

These days opera tickets in most cities are pretty expensive, almost as much as the Eagles are charging for their concerts, or somewhere in Celine Dion or Barbara Streisand territory. Prices vary according to seating, but I wouldn't skimp on getting the best seats if at all possible. Family circle tickets can run cheaper at some opera houses.

Sleep well the night before an opera. You don't want to go in tired. Opera takes more mental energy to fully appreciate. Most operas last about three hours, which is longer than you're used to watching movies. And there's more to listen to with an opera, so your brain will be working harder.

Playing sports improves bone health and reduces risks of breast cancer. Some sports, like soccer, offer a high amount of aerobic exercise. Sports is an escape from peer pressure and a stress relief for some participants. Team sports, such as football, basketball and baseball, allow people to build teamwork skills. Team skills are very helpful in many careers and organizations. Companies that use team structures need workers that can communicate, work through challenges and focus on shared goals.

Whether the sport is organized or recreational, participants may build relationships they wouldn't have otherwise. High school and college athletes often hang out and become good friends with teammates. Some people play recreational sports and develop bonds with coworkers or community members. These relationships provide a social support system and lead to social opportunities that extend beyond games.

The playing of sports and reading of literature are usually included in entertainment, but these are often called recreation more specifically, because they involve some active participation beyond mere leisure. The industry that provides entertainment is called the entertainment industry.

The entertainment industry (much of which is informally known as show business or show biz) consists of a large number of sub-industries devoted to entertainment. However, the term is often used in the mass media to describe the mass media companies that control the distribution and manufacture of mass media entertainment. In the popular parlance, the term show biz in particular connotes the commercially popular performing arts, especially musical theatre, vaudeville, comedy, film, and music.

Amusement park is the generic term for a collection of rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a fairly large group of people. An amusement park is more elaborate than a simple city park or playground, as an amusement park is meant to cater to adults, teenagers, and small children. An amusement park may be permanent or temporary, usually periodic, such as a few days or weeks per year. The temporary (often annual) amusement park with mobile rides etc. is called a funfair or carnival.

Theme parks form a more narrowly defined category of an amusement park. They are permanent facilities that use architecture, signage, landscaping to help convey the feeling that people are in a different place or time. Often a theme park will have various 'lands' (sections) of the park devoted to telling a particular story. Alternatively, an amusement park often has rides with little in terms of theming or additional design elements. The main difference between a theme park and an amusement park is that in a theme park all the rides go all with the theme of the park, for example The Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Amusement parks evolved in Europe from Pleasure Gardens which used to exist for the recreation of the people, while charging a fee. In the United States, expositions were another influence on the amusement park. Amusement parks were the historical precursors to modern theme parks as well as the more traditional midway arcades and rides at county and state fairs (in the United States). Today, amusement parks have largely been replaced by theme parks, and the two terms are often used interchangeably.

Busking is the practice of doing live performances in public places to entertain people, usually to solicit donations and tips. Those engaging in this practice are called buskers. Busking is a British term used in many areas of the English-speaking world. In the United States they are more often called street performers or street musicians.

Busking performances can be just about anything that people find entertaining. Buskers may do: musical performance, clowning, comedy, improvisation, balloon modelling, dance, acrobatics, contortions and escapes, juggling, magic (illusion), fire eating, sword swallowing, snake charming, fortune-telling, present a flea circus, street theatre, street art (sketching and painting, etc.), puppeteering, storytelling or recite poetry or prose as a bard, or do mime or a currently popular mime variation where the performer simply stands still as a living statue.

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