Archive for the 'daily life' Category

01
Jun
09

What can we eat instead of bread, sugar and salt?

It is a big problem for people to loose weight…For me, too…When I leave to eat natural foods, I get more kilos than before..Why?
I found a formule for myself about foods…If I don’t eat bread, I can eat boiled and pounded wheat (bulgur) instead of it..If I don’t eat sugar, cakes, ice-cream; I can eat sun dried apricot, grape etc…Very natural…I drink natural water with a slice of lemon, fresh fruit juice instead of cola…I eat yoghurt with pieces of almonds and sun dried fruits…I only eat meat or fish one day in a week…More salad with olive oil…Also I am walking…Believe me, I eat natural food and loosing weight immediately!
romantism while sunset

19
Apr
09

My captures….

I like to take photographs in my spare time…These are from my archive…
oh daisy!
the dance of colors
red light
the splendid light
only one light from you
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gökyüzüne uzanan dallar
tespih
uskudar (flags in sunset time)
grief in Beylerbeyi

13
Aug
07

Movie trailer:The Lake house

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The movie centers around lonely Dr. Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) who, on a winter morning in 2006, reluctantly leaves the beautiful lake house where she has been living for a job in a Chicago hospital. On her way to Chicago, she leaves a note for the lake house’s new tenant asking him to kindly forward her mail and telling him the paw prints by the front door and the box in the attic were there when she moved in.

However, Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves), the new tenant, sees a different lake house, one which was neglected, dirty, and there were certainly no paw prints and no box in the attic. He disregards Kate’s letter until a few days later; he is painting the handrails on the walkway to the house and a stray dog runs through the paint tray leaving paw prints where Kate said they would be. He runs back into the lake house and re-reads her letter. He writes back to Kate, wanting to know more about the paw prints and leaves the letter in the mailbox.

Meanwhile, after witnessing a horrible accident where a bus hits and kills a man, Kate needs some time away so she visits the lake house. Nobody appears to be living there, but she notices the mail box flag is up. She finds a letter addressed to her from Alex but dated 2004. In her second letter to Alex, Kate writes: “Oh, by the way it is 2006. Has been all year, ask anyone.” Kate mentions she is presently [in 2006] living at 1620 North Racine in Chicago. Alex goes to that address [in 2004], with the intention of personally delivering a letter to her at her apartment, and discovers that an unfinished construction site exists at 1620 North Racine. Alex estimates that the site will not be finished for another 18 months. They begin to understand they are living 2 years apart: he in 2004 and she in 2006. The lake house, its enchanted mailbox, and the stray dog (whom Kate has named Jack, even though Jack is a female) are the only things linking them together.

As Kate and Alex continue to correspond through the mailbox, they find themselves falling in love. Because Kate is in the future, she can tell Alex specific places to look for her in 2004. On one occasion, she asks Alex to bring her back something important (a gift from her father; her favorite novel by Jane Austen called Persuasion), which she left two years ago during a train station meeting with her then-beau, Morgan. Alex goes to the station and finds the item and sees Kate with long hair. Even though he has the item, he does not place it in the mailbox to return it to her. Instead, he says that he will return it to her personally, “one way or the other.” Alex sends her a personalized map of Chicago and takes her on a walking tour of his favorite places in the city one Saturday morning. He leaves her a loving message on a brick wall at the end written in 2004, that she sees in 2006. The message was “Kate, I am here with you. thank you for spending this Saturday together”. The word “together” was written because Kate would have loved it if Alex were there to walk with her.

Late one afternoon, as Alex’s female suitor Mona is flirting with him and Alex is ignoring her advances, Jack runs off. Alex chases Jack across town and ends up at Kate’s boyfriend Morgan’s house. Mona catches up with Alex and Jack, and Morgan invites them to Kate’s surprise birthday party. At the party, Kate is frustrated with Morgan’s sincere but smothering ways. Alex walks outside on the porch and finds Kate alone, and he begins to talk to her. Alex would like to let this earlier version of Kate know that her “letter paramour” is here in person. Kate does not know who Alex is, as their relationship is in her future. However, the two share a dance and a romantic moment, but it is interrupted by Morgan and Mona.

Later, they discuss the birthday party, and she reveals to Alex that she liked him that night. This is the first time she remembers what he looks like.

Crisis enters Alex’s life when his estranged father has a heart attack and shortly thereafter dies. Kate somehow discovers his death certificate at the time he dies. She rushes to the mailbox and as a gift to Alex, she places a book in the mailbox: a tribute to Alex’s father that Kate has obtained, not yet published in Alex’s time. Alex weeps over his lost father.

Determined to bridge the distance between them at last and unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary connection, they tempt fate by arranging to meet. Alex makes a reservation in 2004 for a date in 2006 at Il Mare, a fancy restaurant (an homage to the original Korean motion picture), but only Kate appears. Alex does not show up. The next day Kate writes Alex a letter telling Alex of this fact, but he doesn’t understand. “Something must have happened” he responds. Kate retreats, believing she will never have happiness. She urges Alex to move on She tells him about Valentine’s Day 2006 when a man died “in her arms”, and that she needs to live her own life. She asks Alex not to contact her again. Alex leaves her a growing pile of letters in the mailbox that she never retrieves. He is brokenhearted and decides to leave the lake house. He places the box in the attic that Kate referred to in her first letter.

Alex appears to Morgan (his truck packed for his move to the city) and hands him the keys to the lake house. At this time Jack the dog seems to be left with Morgan and now becomes Kate’s dog. Alex drives off.

He moves to Chicago. Kate renews her relationship with Morgan, but doesn’t appear to be happy. She and Alex do not exchange letters as Kate no longer goes to the mailbox. Almost one year passes.

One afternoon, Kate is watching an old movie in one room of her Chicago apartment while Morgan is working in another room. They are apparently living together. Perturbed when Morgan asks her to turn the TV down, she turns it off, and irritated, walks into their bedroom where a squeaky floorboard finally gets her attention. She stomps on it and it completely comes off revealing a small package hidden underneath. It is her Jane Austen book that Alex has carefully left for her. He has left a flower marking a specific piece of text that touches Kate’s heart. She realizes she still loves Alex.

New Year Eve 2005 finds Alex at some party sadly overlooking the city. It is New Year’s Eve 2007 for Kate.

On Valentine’s Day 2008, Kate and Morgan arrange to meet at an architectural firm unknowingly owned by Alex’s brother, Henry. They are renovating an old house. As they exit Kate notices a drawing on the wall of the lake house and inquires as to its artist. When told it is Alex Wyler, she asks as to his whereabouts and is told he died in an accident 2 years ago this day. This explains why Alex didn’t show up at the Il Mare. He had already “died.” What Kate didn’t realize was she left Alex a clue (in 2006 that he read in 2004) as to her future whereabouts, a clue that would not click in until that warm day on February 14, 2006 (at Daley Plaza) and would have devastating consequences. But this date (in Kate’s time) is just when Alex and Kate started the correspondence at the lake house. She had left him only 1 letter, but for Alex, 2006 means he has “known” Kate for 2 years already. The only memory Kate has of Alex at this point is at her birthday party at Morgan’s house when she danced and then kissed Alex to the Paul McCartney song, “This Never Happened Before”.

On Valentine’s Day 2006 Alex and his brother Henry are walking outside and a comment is made about the unusually warm weather. When Alex asks his brother go out later, Henry tells him he has other plans with his girlfriend Vanessa. It is, after all, Valentine’s Day. Something clicks in Alex’s head and he takes off for the lake house and retrieves a specific letter. He knows where Kate is going to be that day and intends on finding her.

The 2008 Kate has also put everything together and dashes out of the office and races to the lake house to frantically warn Alex via the mailbox that HE is the man who “died in her arms” that day. She does not know if he will receive it in time or not. She tells him NOT to go to the plaza but to wait 2 years and go to the lake house where she is now. For the first time she expresses her love for him. He receives the letter in time, and sees her in the plaza, and changing history, does NOT cross the street and escapes his original fate. Kate, weeping at the mail box, hears somebody drive up to the lake house. It is Alex. In the end of the movie, Alex and Kate share a passionate kiss and walk into the lake house together.

12
Aug
07

about bollywood films…

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Bollywood (Hindi: बॉलीवुड, Urdu: بالی وڈ) is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema. Bollywood is only a part of the Indian film industry.

The name is a portmanteau of Bombay (the former name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, the center of the American film industry. Though some deplore the name, arguing that it makes the industry look like a poor cousin to Hollywood, it seems likely to persist and now has its own entry in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Bollywood is commonly referred to as Hindi cinema, even though Hindustani, the substratum common to both Hindi and Urdu, might be more accurate. Bollywood consists of the languages of Hindi, Urdu and English. The use of poetic Urdu words is fairly common. The connection between Hindi, Urdu, and Hindustani is an extremely contentious matter and is discussed at length in the linked articles relating specifically to the languages.

There has been a growing presence of Indian English in dialogue and songs as well. It is not uncommon to see films that feature dialogue with English words and phrases, even whole sentences. There is growing number of English films. A few films are also made in two or even three languages (either using subtitles, or several soundtracks).

Bollywood film music is called filmi music (from Hindi, meaning “of films”).

Songs from Bollywood movies are generally pre-recorded by professional playback singers, with the actors then lip synching the words to the song on-screen, often while dancing. While most actors, especially today, are excellent dancers, few are also singers. One notable exception was Kishore Kumar, who starred in several major films in the 1950s while also having a stellar career as a playback singer. K. L. Saigal, Suraiyya, and Noor Jehan were also known as both singers and actors. Some actors in the last thirty years have sung one or more songs themselves; for a list, see Singing actors and actresses in Indian cinema.

Playback singers are prominently featured in the opening credits and have their own fans who will go to an otherwise lacklustre movie just to hear their favourites. Going by the quality as well as the quantity of the songs they rendered, most notable singers of Bollywood are Suraiyya, Noor Jehan, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum, Alka Yagnik, etc among female playback singers and K. L. Saigal, Talat Mahmood, Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Hemant Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam among male playback singers. Mohammed Rafi is often considered the arguably finest of the singers that sung for Bollywood, followed by Lata Mangeshkar, who, through the course of a career spanning over six decades, has recorded thousands of songs for Indian movies. The composers of film music, known as music directors, are also well-known. Their songs can make or break a film and usually do. Remixing of filmi songs with modern beats and rhythms is a common occurrence today, and producers may even release remixed versions of some of their films’ songs along with the films’ regular soundtrack albums.

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The dancing in Bollywood films, especially older ones, is primarily modelled on Indian dance: classical dance styles, dances of historic northern Indian courtesans (tawaif), or folk dances. In modern films, Indian dance elements often blend with Western dance styles (as seen on MTV or in Broadway musicals), though it is not unusual to see Western pop and pure classical dance numbers side by side in the same film. The hero or heroine will often perform with a troupe of supporting dancers. Many song-and-dance routines in Indian films feature unrealistically instantaneous shifts of location and/or changes of costume between verses of a song. If the hero and heroine dance and sing a pas-de-deux (a dance and ballet term, meaning “dance of two”), it is often staged in beautiful natural surroundings or architecturally grand settings. This staging is referred to as a “picturisation”.

Songs typically comment on the action taking place in the movie, in several ways. Sometimes, a song is worked into the plot, so that a character has a reason to sing; other times, a song is an externalisation of a character’s thoughts, or presages an event that has not occurred yet in the plot of the movie. In this case, the event is almost always two characters falling in love.

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Bollywood films have always used what are now called “item numbers“. A physically attractive female character (the “item girl”), often completely unrelated to the main cast and plot of the film, performs a catchy song and dance number in the film. In older films, the “item number” may be performed by a courtesan (tawaif) dancing for a rich client or as part of a cabaret show. The dancer Helen was famous for her cabaret numbers. In modern films, item numbers may be inserted as discotheque sequences, dancing at celebrations, or as stage shows.

For the last few decades Bollywood producers have been releasing the film’s soundtrack, as tapes or CDs, before the main movie release, hoping that the music will pull audiences into the cinema later. Often times the soundtrack is more popular than the movie. In the last few years some producers have also been releasing music videos, usually featuring a song from the film. However, some promotional videos feature a song which is not included in the movie.

[edit] Dialogues and lyrics

Main article: Bollywood songs

The film script or lines of dialogue (called “dialogues” in Indian English) and the song lyrics are often written by different people.

Dialogues are usually written in an unadorned Hindi or Hindustani that would be understood by the largest possible audience. Some movies, however, have used regional dialects to evoke a village setting, or old-fashioned courtly Urdu in Mughal-era historical films. Contemporary mainstream movies also make great use of English. In fact, many movie scripts are first written in English, and then translated into Hindi.

Cinematic language, whether in dialogues or lyrics, is often melodramatic and invokes God, family, mother, duty, and self-sacrifice liberally.

Music directors often prefer working with certain lyricists, to the point that the lyricist and composer are seen as a team. This phenomenon is not unlike the pairings of American composers and songwriters that created old-time Broadway musicals (e.g., Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, or Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe). Song lyrics are usually about love. Bollywood song lyrics, especially in the old movies, frequently use Arabo-Persic Urdu vocabulary.

                 

Bichhdey abhi to hum, bas kal parso,
jiyoongi main kaisey, is haal mein barson?
Maut na aayi, teri yaad kyon aayi,
Haaye, lambi judaayi!

              We have been separated just a day or two,

How am I going to go on this way for years?
Death doesn’t come; why, instead, do these memories of you?
Oh; this long separation!

Sanjay Dutt (born 29 July 1959) is an Indian Bollywood actor. A two time Filmfare Awards winner, he is the son of Bollywood stars Sunil Dutt and Nargis. On 31 July 2007, Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to a jail term of 6 years for illegal possession of firearms acquired from terrorist acquaintances, who were responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.

Early days

Sanjay Dutt was born to one of Bollywood’s most well-known star couples, Nargis Dutt and Sunil Dutt. He has two sisters, Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt. He was educated at the Lawrence School Sanawar. At the age of 12 he made his first film appearance in his father’s film Reshma Aur Shera where he had a small role as a qawali singer.

While he was still in high school, Sanjay Dutt became a drug addict, probably as he was unable to handle the pressure of being the child of two celebrities.[2] His drug problems worsened his mother’s health, who was already diagnosed with cancer. Nargis Dutt died a few weeks before Sanjay Dutt’s first film, Rocky, was to be released. A heartbroken Dutt took to doing more drugs. His father sent him to a rehab center in Miami. After attending a rehabilitation program in the United States, a sober Dutt started working in films again.

Rise as a notable actor

Sanjay Dutt acted in several successful films in the 1980s, including Vidhaata (1982), Naam (1986), and Hathyar (1989). He was reportedly director Subhash Ghai‘s first choice to play the lead in Hero (1983), but after witnessing Sanjay Dutt in his drug phase during the shooting of Vidhaata, Ghai picked Jackie Shroff in his place. Sanjay Dutt married Richa Sharma in 1987 (a small-time actress discovered by Dev Anand) who had nursed him back from a lung injury. A year later, the couple had a baby girl, Trishala. Just two months after Trishala’s birth, Risha was diagnosed with cancer and the couple separated. Richa moved to United States with her daughter to live with her parents while Dutt pursued his career in Bollywood. After his wife succumbed to brain tumor in 1996, a bitter custody battle between Dutt and his in-laws over the custody of his only daughter ensued, which Dutt lost. Sanjay Dutt’s sister, Namrata, married actor Kumar Gaurav, the son of yesteryears Bollywood star Rajendra Kumar.

Sanjay Dutt resurrected his cinema career with movies like Sadak (1991) and Saajan (1991). He received his first Filmfare nomination for the best actor in a lead role, for the film Saajan. His breakthrough role came in Subhash Ghai‘s Khalnayak (1993), which became a huge hit and gave his career a boost. He received a filmfare nomination for the film.

Vishal Devgan, born (April 2, 1967 in Delhi, India), popularly known as Ajay Devgan is a two-time National Film Award-winning actor who appears in Bollywood films. Beginning as an action hero in the early 1990s, Devgan matured early in his career, as is widely regarded now as one of the finest and the most serious actors in the indian industry.

Aamir Hussain Khan (/ɑːmir xɑːn/; Hindi: आमिर ख़ान, Urdu: عامر حسین خان) (born March 14, 1965) in Mumbai, India, is a highly acclaimed and a National Film Award-winning Indian film actor and producer.

  

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12
Aug
07

Ving Rhames

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A burly, bald black actor of stage, screen, and television, Ving Rhames specializes in playing villains and, indeed, having grown up on Harlem’s meanest streets, is no stranger to violence. His onscreen persona, however, is no match for his real-life reputation as a deeply compassionate man, seriously dedicated to his profession. The actor ably demonstrated his capacity for abundant generosity during the 1998 Golden Globes ceremony when he handed over the award he had just won for portraying the title character of the cable film Don King: Only in America to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon, simply because he felt Lemmon’s contributions to film exceeded his own.  d4_1140.jpgThough his upbringing in Harlem was rife with many temptations to engage in easy money criminal ventures, the deeply religious Rhames separated himself from street riffraff at a young age and focused his energies on school. It was his ninth grade English teacher who steered the sensitive young man toward acting, in large part because Rhames was unusually well spoken, frequently earning praise for his clear elocution. Inspired by a poetry reading he had attended with schoolmates, Rhames successfully auditioned for entrance into New York’s prestigious High School for the Performing Arts. Once enrolled, he immersed himself in his studies and fell in love with acting. Following graduation in 1978, he attended the Juilliard School of Drama on a scholarship and focused his studies there on classical theater. After graduating from Juilliard in 1983, he went on to perform in Shakespeare in the Park productions.

In 1984, Rhames made his television debut in Go Tell It on the Mountain and, the following year, landed his first Broadway role starring opposite Matt Dillon in The Winter Boys. Thus began a steady, fruitful theater career augmented by recurring roles on such daily soap operas as Another World and Guiding Light, and guest-starring parts on such primetime series as Miami Vice. He entered films in Native Son (1986), following that up with appearances in a series of modest films and television movies. Rather than getting a single big break into stardom, he made a gradual ascent that began with his appearance in Brian De Palma‘s grim Vietnam War saga Casualties of War (1989).22_d4_2837_400.jpgRhames again worked with Matt Dillon in 1993 on The Saint of Fort Washington. While filming on location in New York, Dillon introduced him to a man who had approached him, asking about the actor’s involvement with Rhames on Broadway. It turned out that the stranger was Rhames’ long-estranged older brother, Junior, who had lost contact with the family while serving in Vietnam. Troubled and unable to reintegrate into mainstream society, he had been living in a nearby homeless shelter. The compassionate Rhames was thrilled to see his big brother and promptly moved him into his apartment, helped him get a job, and later bought a home for his brother and parents to share.In 1994, Rhames gained considerable acclaim for his disturbingly convincing portrayal of the sadistic Marsellus Wallace in Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction. His performance paved the way for supporting roles opposite some of Hollywood’s most popular stars in such big budget features as Mission Impossible (1996) (as well as John Woo‘s 2000 sequel to the film), Con Air (1997), Out of Sight (1998), and Entrapment (1999). In addition to his film credits, Rhames has also continued to appear frequently on such television shows as E.R. Rhames’ performance as a former gangster turned honest, hardworking man proved a highlight of Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton’s 2001 drama Baby Boy, and after lending his distinctive voice to the computer animated box-office disaster Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within the actor returned to the small screen for a pair of made-for-television features. If subsequent efforts such as Undisputed failed to make a sizable dent at the box office, Rhames continued to impress with contributions to such features as Lilo and Stitch (again providing vocals for the animated film) and as a conscientious cop in the 2002 police drama Dark Blue. A role opposite Gary Oldman in the 2003 crime drama Sin flew under the radar of most mainstream film audiences, and in early 2004 Rhames took up arms against the hungry legions of the undead in the eagerly anticipated remake Dawn of the Dead. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

LAST NEWS FROM VING RHAMES: 

LOS ANGELES – Two dogs belonging to actor Ving Rhames apparently mauled a man to death at the star’s home Friday, authorities said. if(window.yzq_d==null)window.yzq_d=new Object(); window.yzq_d[\\\\\’tm6FQULEYrA-\\\\\’]=\\\\\’&U=13brdbtpf%2fN%3dtm6FQULEYrA-%2fC%3d576373.11029372.11736878.2896325%2fD%3dLREC%2fB%3d4794336\\\\\’; The 40-year-old victim, who has not been identified, had lived on the property and worked as a caretaker at the home for about two years, police said. He was among those responsible for caring for the dogs, said Los Angeles police Officer Sandra Gonzalez. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Three bull mastiffs and an English bulldog were seized by animal services, police said.

“Two of those dogs appeared to be responsible for the tragic death,” said Officer Jason Lee, adding that several dogs remain at the property.Police were called at about 7:15 a.m. by someone reporting a dead body at the home in Brentwood. Gonzalez didn’t know who made the call.

“The victim had a large number of bites and scratches which appear to be dog bites,” Lt. Ray Lombardo said during a press conference.

According to TMZ.com[5], police say the dogs are very friendly, and police are not aware of any previous problems. Los Angeles County ordinances limit homeowners to only three dogs per household without further permits.[6] Rhames is not expected to have charges filed against him in what police called a “pure accident.”[7] Rhames wasn’t home at the time of the incident because he was in Bulgaria shooting The Tournament.

11
Aug
07

Outdoor Kitchens

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5 unknown tips to find  contractors at bargain prices

Contractor fees are not cheap and finding the best deals on labor takes patience and persistence. Unlike products available in the market, which we feel and evaluate before buying, contractors sell a service which is intangible and therefore it is difficult to compare contractors solely by their price quotes unless they are reputable. There are, however certain tips and tricks you can use to get contractors to discount their prices heavily for the privilege of getting your job.

1. Help out new companies:
When a new company is started they are badly on lookout for work. If you do your homework you can save substantial contractor fees. Many of these contractors are skilled and have a long experience working under other contractors. It’s just that they are new to owning their own business and are looking to build its reputation. What to do in homework? Make sure the business is licensed and is insured. If possible ask someone who may have used their services in the past. Trust is another factor which you can rely on .Speak to the owner and follow your gut!

2. Make use of seasonal fluctuations:
Contractor’s workflow fluctuates with the seasons and swing in the economy. Make use of it to get the best prices on your projects. December and January are generally slump months for contractors. People are still recovering from holiday season and the cold often does not permit all kinds of construction. You could save substantial fees in these months. Avoid March, April and May because of the rush. Another good window of opportunity is during July and August. Many people holiday during the season and the oppressive heat makes contractor favor indoor projects.

 3. You can negotiate:
Don’t think you cannot negotiate with contractors. Their dealings are just like any other human business transactions. Contractors do build a buffer on their prices so that they can negotiate. As a general rule many contractors (not all) add 5% to their quotes. If you have a $20,000 remodeling project, a 5 % saving can be awesome! Try and ask, most homeowners never even try. If a contractor has slack of work he would be willing to lower his fees.

4. Reference works:
A reference job is a project that a contractor can show to his prospective customers. If appointments can be scheduled with the homeowners of completed jobs, it can help close more sales for him. Reference works are pretty hard to come by for contractors. If you agree to act as a reference work you can benefit in two ways: Firstly you can negotiate a lower price and secondly you can be assured the contractor would give in his best. After all his future sales are at stake!

5. Consider fill in works
All contractors are on lookout for fill in works. What are fill in works? These are projects which they can do when circumstances prohibit them from doing regularly scheduled work. For example if a contractor has a project to install flooring on an outdoor kitchen , he may be unable to do so because of heavy rains or because stamped concrete tiles of a particular color are unavailable at the local store.  He may lose money if he sits idle. If he during that time can install flooring on another indoor kitchen project, he may be able to utilize his time.

Since fill-in jobs are valuable to contractors you can often negotiate for a lower price if you are willing to allow your work to be a fill-in job. However make note that fill in jobs are not suitable for all kinds of remodeling jobs. They work best when the project completion does not have a direct impact on you. Therefore flooring the backyard can be a good fill in project but kitchen remodeling may become bothersome as you would need the kitchen as soon as possible.