Saturday, May 30, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Last night was a prime example: Mrs. Guanciale and I visited the home of Kurt & Kate Harden for their son John's high school graduation party. The party was well planned and included two large tents in the rear yard to protect Kurt & Kate's guest from the light rain. Their Newark home's landscaping is nothing but superb, front and back. I was so impressed with how well planned the landscaping was, I went back to the Hardens early this morning to shoot a photo of this one of many groupings. The multi colored Iris were in full bloom.
Now to child labor laws: Now I know why my landscaping looks so blah, if I could violate and feel comfortable with violating the child labor laws, my mulch and landscaping would be perfect too.
Please check out PHOTO #1 & PHOTO #2, to understand why Kurt has the perfect lawn.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
- One billion is a thousand million.
- If you were to count nonstop to one billion, it would take you 31.7 years.
- One billion seconds ago it was 1977.
- One billion minutes ago, the Roman Empire was in full swing.
- One billion hours ago, we were in the stone age.
- One billion dollars is the approximate yearly expense to insurance companies in the USA for arson for profit fires.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Years ago I had several over 62 year old individuals working for me who would have their commission checks held and then request the checks during the following year. At this time if you made over a certain amount of income during a year, I think it was $12,000, the agents could no longer receive their Social Security checks or would have to pay back the Social Security funds they had received.
Sometime during the past, the rules of Social Security changed. A person could make as much money possible and still receive their monthly Social Security funding. Something is not right about this, as an example: a person who makes an income of $50,000 per year. not from investments, but actual income can receive their Social Security also.
The article above if I read it correctly is saying Social Security will be out of funding about the time I should be of age to receive my retirement funding. I have been paying into Social Security since eighth grade.
Please do not get me wrong, I am not talking about Medicare. I think everyone over 62 years old, should be eligible for Medicare no matter what their income.
Should Social Security be paid to individuals that are gainfully working?
I can see a person receiving Social Security no matter what they have in their personal retirement accounts and savings or working because they need to supplement their Social Security income to a certain extent. I can not see someone receiving Social Security, because they deserve it while making thousands of dollars and taking it away from me.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference" Tommy Lasorda
Kurt Harden this morning had a link on his most recent post that turned up the quote above. I have been thinking about it for the past half hour after also reading a quote by Mickey Mantle.
If Tommy Lasorda's quote is true, during my real estate career I have gone 12.5 years without a selling a home. I have had 12.5 successful years, but the thing that keeps me going is the 12.5 years with no explanation of my production, this must be why I always feel financially broke.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Today's economy calls for all business people to look at the way they are doing business, attracting new clients and retaining there current client base.
Staying flexible and ready to except change is important today, not just in our business life's but with our personal life's also.
Today I was reading Kurt Harden's post about reviewing and making changes to his company's sales presentation. Kurt points out many good suggestions on a sales presentation. This is a fine example of making changes that are not just due to the economy, but for the way people want to do business today.
Change is so important, we all have to stay well oiled and flexible during the tough times to stay ahead and be ready for the good times ahead.
Check out the video portion of a Sean Carpenter recent post here
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Who votes "no"? Well I found the person today. He did not come right out and say he voted against the levy, he just placed his thoughts into one sentence.
"I ain't happy about it passing, it is going to cost me $750 per year"
This fellow has several rental homes and he was referring to the property tax increase he expects. The real persons this social security collecting fellow should be mad at are his parents, for teaching him not to say "ain't". I do not know if I am even spelling "ain't" correctly, most likely due to my mother not allowing me to use the word.
Congratulations to the schools and their volunteers who were able to win their levies during this tough economy, to the defeated schools and volunteers, please try again. I want to help.
Friday, May 1, 2009
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For the Newark Fire Guys!