Saturday, December 13, 2008

Local.com: Your Local Yellowpages on Steroids

I’m amazed at some of the questions I receive at work and in my personal life from people wanting information, as if they think I’m the local yellowpages. In a sense, I am. I’m great at doing research in finding the answer and the more difficult it is to find the answer, the greater the game in finding it.

So what have I been asked? This week your personal local yellowpages was asked about locating a $25,000 Christmas light display in a Port Charlotte house. That was a challenge as I found the house which was featured in an HGTV show in 2006 however when I drove past it, there was a for sale sign on the house. Bummer, but I found a substitute in Punta Gorda and you’ll have to check back to this blog to see the video. The other question I was asked was a place to find beer making supplies in the area.

Hmm. After sifting through pages after searching on Google and not finding anything, I remembered my friends at Local.com. In this economic climate it’s important to shop locally.

Think of the site as your local yellowpages on steroids. It’s a melding of Citysearch, Superpages, Yellowpages, and Yelp so when users search for service, a healthy listing is the result. It includes user reviews, business contact information, and driving directions. I used it later in the day to find a video store – I’m the last adult in the U.S. who didn’t have a Blockbuster account (up until tonight). The site also provides driving directions so I didn’t have to rely on my GPS.

Back to the beer making kit – I couldn’t find any on a Google search but when searching Local.com, it pulled up a wine shop that sells wine making supplies and chances are, they’ll sell beer making suppliers. Hurray!

Bookmark Local.com the next time you need a local yellowpages to search for something in your ‘hood. It’s easy, quick, and thorough.

Worden Farm: Week 2, 2008, Farm Share

I've been enjoying this week's farm share from Worden Farm in Punta Gorda, Fla. This week's harvest included baby butternut squash, daikon root, summer squash and tatsoi (Asian spinach). The citrus is a lovely treat - sweet, juicy oranges and grapefruit, I suspect pink, I haven't peeled one yet.

I noticed the other people picking up their shares and they are mighty skinny so I'm hoping if I keep eliminating fat out of my diet including dairy and hit the gym (which I haven't done since right after I returned from Mexico), perhaps I'll be as skinny as them in no time!