Sunset on San Diego

31 01 2015

At the end of our first day in San Diego, we are sitting on the balcony of room 901 looking out over the marina, listening to the seals “bark” at the fishermen who were cleaning fish. The sun was setting and we were both exhausted!

Went on the trolley tour of the city, learned some history, and a little of the layout of the area. We walked a LOT and bought some souvenirs for the family. I realized a LONG time ago that my sense of humor that is a little off kilter, and I am so very happy that Michelle “gets it”… I am truly happy!

The view from our hotel

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Bootcamp tomorrow early…

Have a great night!

Steve

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Leavin’ on a jet plane….

30 01 2015

The wife & I have had the opportunity to expand the business by attending a conference of continuing education providers in San Diego, CA. Although I was REALLY excited to go on this trip (chance to visit new places) the trip here was BRUTAL!!! 5.5 hours, no movement on southwest. LOUD “chatty Kathy” behind us who just would not SHUT UP… Almost wish that we had sat next to a crying baby.

However, Michelle being who she is, had a town car waiting to pick us up and bring us to the hotel… She sure is good to me. Today is the day before the conference, so we are going to sight see a little around San Diego, I will have pics for you tomorrow.

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The view from the plane at sunset over Texas!

Until later…

Steve





Local eatery & business responsibility…

26 01 2015

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

For my friends locally, this story is “old news” about a bagel place in Palm Coast. Last week in the paper, there was an article on how the business owner was suing the landlord, the newspaper, and maybe even family members for the failure of their business, because of a rat infestation.

I preach personal responsibility to my children and others and in discussing this article with people that I know, I have said to them, at what point do you deal with the problem (rats) and pay an extermination company to rid your business of the problem so you do not get shut down? Even if it IS the responsibility of the landlord, don’t you think that you could solve the problem and handle who is supposed to pay for it after? If your business was so important, why would you put that responsibility on the back of someone else, such as your landlord? SO WHAT if you have disgruntled employees calling the health department, so what if you have customers that are unhappy, take care of your business, it is your “Golden Goose” that lays that golden egg each month that pays your bills, feed the goose, make it fat & happy and there will be nothing for the health department to complain about. Nothing for customers to complain about, TAKE CARE OF YOUR BUSINESS & it will take care of you.

Lawsuits are NOT the answer, not in this case. I believe that if a jury hears this case, there will be no basis for any type of money judgement (I may be wrong, I am not an attorney, as you know) BUT I have been in business for more than 20 years and there is NO ONE that I would blame a problem that could potentially shut my business down except me.

We must fail, sometimes, several times before we find that magical formula that we call success!

Just my $.02

Steve





Joke for the day 1/23/15

24 01 2015

Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A mobile phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.

MAN: ‘Hello’

WOMAN: ‘Honey, it’s me. Are you at the club?’

MAN: ‘Yes’

WOMAN: ‘I’m at the mall now and found this beautiful leather coat. It’s only $2,000. Is it OK if I buy it?’

MAN: ‘Sure, go ahead if you really like it.’

WOMAN: ‘I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the new 2015 Models. I saw one I really liked.’

MAN: ‘How much?’

WOMAN: ‘$128,000’

MAN: ‘OK, but for that price make sure it comes with all the options.’

WOMAN: ‘Great! Oh, and one more thing, the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They’re asking $950,000.’

MAN: ‘well, then go ahead and make an offer of $900,000. They will probably take it. If not, go the extra 50 thousand if you think it’s really a pretty good price.’

WOMAN: ‘OK. I’ll see you later! I love you so much! You’re so generous!’

MAN: “You’re worth it. ‘Bye!’

The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, with mouths agape. The wonderful husband turns and asks: “Anybody know whose phone this is?”

HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

Steve





Quote for 1/23/15

23 01 2015

Unless we remember we cannot understand. - E. M. Forster

I had the opportunity to see American Sniper on Monday. What an EXCELLENT movie. I will not spoil it for you if you have not seen it, but this goes to my theory that we do NOT do enough for our vets that come home who have provided for our freedoms. This guy was a TRUE american hero.

I want to personally thank every veteran who reads this post for your service. Take a moment during your day to day activities to say “Thank you” to our veterans.

Have a GREAT day!

Steve





Here is one for you…

22 01 2015

A man knocks on his neighbor’s door:

“Hi. I noticed you painted your bedroom last month and since we have a similar house, I thought I’d ask you how many cans of paint you bought.”

“Sure thing! We bought seven cans.”

“Awesome, thanks!”

A few days later, the man knocks on his neighbor’s door again, looking a bit ticked.

“Hello again, what’s up?”

“Well, the other day, you told me you bought seven cans of paint for your bedroom, right?”

“Right”

“Well, the whole room is painted and we have three cans left.”

“Oh, you too?”

 

Now on to the important “stuff”…

The father of one of my close friends passed several months’ ago. The father, either by design or by fault left a HUGE mess in the lap of my friend. He has been panicked since with everything that needs to be done for the estate, on top of that, his business has been not doing too well, so you can imagine the feeling of “panic” that he has been displaying.

I have done what I can to help, including giving him time to help clean out his fathers house (dad was a bit of a hoarder), offering to help change locks, and help to build & do basic construction where I can. I really feel for him, especially since in the last several years, as most of you know, I have been dealing with the mess of the house in the “R” section of Palm Coast that had the fire. I have come to the conclusion that you have to let go and let fate handle some of the things that you can’t.

I guess that the expression that wisdom is controlling the things that you can, and what you can’t and knowing the difference.

I feel that I owe my friend the help as much as I can, and I have recruited the help of my son who is 19 and has the day off to help tomorrow. I will buy him lunch and he will appreciate it.

I guess what I am saying is that when you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, do the best that you can to “help them” with as much help as you can offer, if they take or accept the help, good for them, if they don’t keep offering until they do accept.

Be persistent and understand that being overwhelmed sometimes makes you feel helpless.

OK, now go to work!

Steve





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Have a GREAT day!








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