A Simple Gift for Mom

My mother had a birthday last week, and I decided to get her customized socks as a present. As far as presents go, this was one of the most simple presents that I’ve gotten her, but it was also one of the most practical. I usually get her something high tech and expensive, like computers, phones, and tablets, but she has a hard time figuring out how to use any of that stuff. Even after reading the instructions and me helping her to use it, she still can’t really figure it out. I decided that it would be better to go with a more low tech solution.

The socks that I got for her had a special pattern on them that she really loved. She has shirts and things with this pattern on it, so I figured it would be cool for her to have socks with the pattern. Surprisingly, she didn’t have any socks with the pattern before I got her some. I figured she would have gotten some at some point, but she didn’t.  Continue reading

I Am Doing Really Well with My New Girlfriend

I have been really enjoying this girl that I met a couple of weeks ago. She is really different from any other girl that I have met. The big thing is money, because you usually expect that the girl is going to let you pick up every check that comes near the two of you. At any rate I took her out to the place that I used to work at when I was in college, the place that happens to have the best Italian in San Diego and they charge you like that. She insisted upon picking up the check and was really confused when she saw it. They only charged us for a bottle of wine, half of which I recorked and took home.  Continue reading

An Apartment with a Sunroom and a Patio

Even though I was looking for a lot for my next home, it was pretty easy to find. I started looking at apartments in Stockbridge GA not that long ago, figuring I might need several weeks to find the perfect place. It actually took me just an hour, because I started looking at The Retreat at Eagles Landing from the start. I wanted an apartment that was not right in the middle of the city, so this complex appealed to me because of the amount of trees that surround it. It was the best of both worlds because while it looked to be in the middle of Mother Nature, everything I could possibly need was really close by.

So, I liked the setting, but I had to make sure the rest of the package was equally appealing. I wanted to see how the apartments were, but I also wanted to see what the complex offers the community as a whole too. I liked that there was a long list of amenities for both, the tenants as well as the apartments.  Continue reading

I Just Got into School at Toledo

It was a bit of a chore to get all of the paper work done, but I have gotten enrolled at the University of Toledo and I am going to start to study computer science there shortly. I was pretty lucky to have a friend up here already and he really bailed me out after I struck out looking for affordable apartments for rent in Toledo Ohio. In fact it is something that you can learn really easily if you go to the web page of any of these places, but if it is possible you do not want to live all by yourself at one of these apartments.  Continue reading

The Change in My Life

My life isn't what most people could call an easy one. I've met a lot of bad people who have had a negative impact on my life and done a lot of harm to me. I was engaged to a man who turned out to be abusive and I let him. I wanted to keep myself from going through the same thing again, so I sought advice. A very informative person told me that the answer to my problem could be found in Vashikaran in USA. This was a mouthful for me to say, but it did give me what I needed.

I learned that the my problems come from within me, and to prevent myself from meeting bad people, I have to change the way I interact with them. I was attracting them before like a flower attracts bees. The people you keep in your circle are an extension of the kinds of attitudes and ideas that you find acceptable. If you meet someone that does something that you don't approve of, it's best to stay away from that person as much as possible. I had been keeping bad people in my life, thinking they would somehow change, or that I could do it.

My test of character came when I went to the supermarket one day and met a guy who was trying to talk to me. He looked like a pretty normal guy on the outside, but he was hiding quick temper underneath his smile. He wanted to get his items checked out in a hurry, and was starting to talk rudely to the cashier to speed up. I couldn't believe what kind of things he was saying to the person who was going as fast as she could. I distanced myself from this person before he did the same to me.

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I Love That Our Business Helps So Many People

I originally moved to California with my husband about 10 years ago. I am a democrat, so I really enjoyed being surrounded by so many likeminded people. Little did I know that we would one day be in the marijuana growing business. But I am loving it and our business is doing so well. Just a few years ago, we bought a building for medical cannabis facility in California and we are growing each and every day. It is a pleasure to do something that helps so many people.

I never really smoked the stuff, but I did have an occasion or two do it in my twenties, As someone who suffered from severe depression, it was stunning to see that I could use it and feel normal afterward. I thought it was just my imagination the first time that I tried it. But the second time that I tried it, I realized that it was not just my imagination. I had heard other people say the same thing over the years. And then later, I learned that many people smoke it for a variety of symptoms they suffer through thanks to illnesses that they have. I knew that meant that the laws needed to change. I am so glad that they have.

Now that my husband and I have a business where we grow it, we hear so many nice things from the businesses that purchase from us. They tell us about people who have cancer and a host of other things who come to them thanks to their doctor giving them a prescription to purchase pot. They are helped in so many ways. There is a little girl who has seizures that were helped by nothing other than cannabis oil. She has no more seizures at all. She now lives happily without suffering.

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Apartments for Rent Located in Salt Lake City

I never thought I would live in Utah, because there are some things about it that kind of rub me the wrong way. But when you get a great job offer, that will make you overlook a lot of things, and can really change your mind about living somewhere that you would might have been otherwise opposed to living. Right now, I am trying to find info on Salt Lake City apartments for rent and try to learn more information about the apartment market in the area.

I am going to try to learn as much as I can in as quick of a period as possible, so that I am able to find an apartment that I like. Or at least, I hope to be able to find an apartment I like. As I have implied though, I do not really have a lot of time for this apartment search. I could have told my new employer that I would be starting a week or two later than the date that I gave, since they already know and understand that I am going to have to relocate to take the job. I know they would have given me more time, but I did not want more time.

I did not want to take more time to start my new job, because I want to start getting paid as soon as possible. The job I accepted is going to pay me much more than I currently make and I am really excited about that. The benefits are also pretty awesome, and I think I am going to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement to get my master's degree through an online degree program. Anyway, back to looking at apartments. I want to get something that is two bedrooms and in a good part of town.

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I Want to Live Here Forever

When I started looking at apartments in South Tampa FL, I had no idea what I was looking for. I just knew that I was ready for a change and that I would know where my next home would be as soon as I saw it. That is exactly what happened too. As soon as I started looking at the Jefferson Westshore Apartments, I knew that I was going to submit an application. Before I did that, I did drive around the complex just to make sure that it was everything that the website claimed it to be, and it was.

I was really happy with everything I saw, and I was even able to look at one of the apartments that I was interested in. Seeing it online was impressive, but seeing it in person was amazing. The pictures really could not do it justice, and I was glad that I had taken the time to look at it in person. The apartments are really luxurious too. The one that I had leased before this one was decent, but it paled in comparison. In my old one, I didn't have a washer or dryer right in the apartment, and that was probably the nicest part of my new one.

Not having to use a community laundry room was amazing. I was actually looking forward to being able to do my laundry wearing my pajamas! The rooms were all spacious too, and my favorite room has to be the bathroom. There is a large Roman tub in addition to a walk in shower, and I have read a good many books while soaking in that tub already. I feel like royalty living here, and I have a feeling that this is where I am going to live for the rest of my life.

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Roof Inspection Decides Price Dispute for Historic Building

We bought a building that is part of the history of the area. It has a very steep roof. I cannot imagine being up there over a hundred years ago putting up those slick tile or fixing them when they needed fixed. There was no way even the best maintenance staff would be called upon to go out there and even inspect the roof. This was a job for professional roofers with all the right equipment. We called a company that does roof repair in Manhattan NY to come out and fully inspect the roof from the peak to the eaves. We needed a professional evaluation because of a dispute in the price of buying the building.

The owner said the roof was in great shape. He had an inspection document, but I saw evidence of water leaks. We were going to fully renovate the interior, but we were only paying his price if the roof did not need replaced for another 25 years. The company that does roof repair in Manhattan NY set up scaffolding and took hundreds of pictures of the roof from the outside and the inside. They found evidence of moisture getting inside in different places. Their assessment was that a full replacement would be needed immediately to fully stop all the leaks. The previous repairs had been haphazard and not up to code.

We were then able to successfully bid down the buying price to accommodate much of the cost of repairing the roof. When it was all said and done, some of the roof timbers also were replaced. We expected that. They had to be hewn by hand by craftsman who knew the old construction methods. The new composite slate roof looks incredible. We are very pleased in keeping the look of the historic structure and remaking it with newer materials and old craftsmanship.

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Finding a Roofer in the City

I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. Everyone knew everyone else and it was something that I took for granted that should I need something, I could think of who to get it from right off the bat. When I was twenty-one I moved to New York to pursue my passion of being a world renowned chef and quickly fell in love with the city. I loved the fact that in a crowded place such as this, I could blend in and be anonymous. Then I got my first home and needed roof installation in Brooklyn NY.

If I had been back home, I would have called my cousin Paul who owns a successful roofing business and I would not have even had to think twice about whether I was getting a raw deal or whether the work would be good. Of course he was also the only roofer in town. Here in Brooklyn I had so many choices that it was a little intimidating. I called around and had no luck finding someone who could come out and give me an estimate any time in the week that I had free. Luckily I had some fabulous coworkers and friends who gave me helpful advice for finding a contractor as well as referrals to people they knew and trusted in the business.

I ended up finding someone who came out within the week and gave me a reasonable estimate. He was highly recommended by two of my friends so I hired him and he had my new roof installed in no time. After the fact I found out that he is actually my friend's third cousin. I guess even in the big city, it is a lot like back home. There are just more people around is all.

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Mother Nature Affects My Life No Matter Where I Go

I am pretty lucky to live now that does not have to deal with things like tornadoes or hurricanes. I grew up in Florida, and I can remember so often having to worry about hurricane season. Then, I later moved to Oklahoma, and found myself smack dab in an area that had been affected by tornadoes many times. So, when I moved to an area that is typically less affected by weather, I still found myself calling for commercial disaster services after some torrential rains that occurred. It seems that no matter where you go, you should expect that anything is possible.

When I heard that my area would be flooded, I was not too worried. I knew the city didn't run into too much trouble because of bad weather. Friends and coworkers assured me that it was rare as well. But it turned out that I moved there just before the bad weather hit, and my home was flooded. Many other people in my neighborhood ran into the same problem. It really did a number on my new home, which was frustrating. This was not something that I could solve on my own and I needed help.

I ended up calling a company that comes in and handles flood clean up. Because I had not dealt with this before, it was a really great help to have employees who know what they're doing. I really didn't realize that flood waters can be contaminated with all sorts of bacteria that can be harmful. Had I not known this, I would have waded right into my house to try to save some things. But the team of people I hired to come help said that they would go in and get a couple of things for me. They did that, and they helped save some of my family heirlooms.

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A Video That Shows Who We Are

I work for a great company. It is the kind of company that really does care about its workers. The couple who own it know every single person who works here, from the top executive all the way to the janitorial team. Each person is treated with respect as well, which is rare for any company today. Working for a company like this means that we have some awesome holiday parties. This past Christmas, the owners hired a video production company in Singapore to create a video that was shown right before dinner.

One of the reasons why they wanted this video shown was because it showcases what is most important to them, after their faith, which was us, the workers who make the company what it is. None of us knew that this was going to happen, even though we did see people videotaping us from time to time this past year. We just figured that the owners were up to something, never imagining that it was in prep for creating a video that was extremely touching. The owners had explained to the video production company exactly what they wanted, and the video team was able to deliver above and beyond.

What made this video so interesting is that it really showed the heart and soul of the company. We are not numbers here. We each have a name, a family, a story, and the owners wanted that showcased. We were able to catch personal glimpses into each other's lives with this video, which really meant a lot to all of us. The essence of who we are was created on this video, and it made us all appreciate our bosses even more since they make that a priority for everyone in the company. We were all given a copy of the video along with an extremely generous bonus, and most of us actually treasured the video more!

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Fishing Has Changed over the Years

I remember hanging around a lake in the summer with my dad. The bait shop had some competitions for the biggest game fish caught. I won for catching a catfish that was about as big as me. They weighed it with an old hanging spring scale, and they measured it with a tape measure. I held the top spot for catfish for a number of years. Now in competitions even the fishing scales are computerized. They weigh the fish down to the fractions of a gram, record it on a computer spreadsheet, and the prize money can be enough to buy you a new boat. I suppose the pro circuit of competition fishing was founded on those little local competitions that bait shops had at local fishing spots.

We also had what are called pay lakes where I grew up. They were all pretty much man made ponds of various sizes that were stocked with fish. You paid to fish there. If I remember right, you did not even need a state fishing license. There was usually a bait shop on the property, and there might be a bathroom and maybe even some beverages and food for sale. The shorelines of the pay lakes were almost always worn down to bare dirt. The places had an industrial look. Dad and I fished one place a few times, but we preferred natural streams and carefully managed lakes. We had plenty of rivers to fish at, but getting access was a problem. A lot of the riverbanks only had access over private property. Unless you had permission from the owners, you could not just walk over to the riverbank.

I never liked fishing in areas where you would see trash and cigarette butts. We are very careful to preserve the land for future use. Some people just consume, consume and consume without any regard for the next person. That is very sad. A nice thing about the fishing competitions I'm in now is the money that goes toward conservation efforts.

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Icons That Are Perfect for Our Website

I have always loved putting silly things on my family website. Whether it is a photo of my parents when they first started dating nearly 30 years ago or a poem that my niece wrote for her school project, I always make sure that it is something that will have the family coming back for more. It is a really simple website, and I use a lot of web icons that I was able to get from a website that sells bundles of them. These icons are really great to use when I am just posting a silly note, because the icons can tell more of a story than actual words at times.

There are a lot of family jokes that only we get, and having the icons to convey a special meaning is usually taken how it was intended. There are icons for every occasion, including holidays. For Christmas, I can put a simple message telling others Merry Christmas, and then I can include a bunch of icons like a Christmas tree, a snowman, a bunch of wrapped gifts, or a number of other icons that convey a holiday message. I can do the same for Halloween, Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July, and even smaller things like Mother's Day.

There are more than just holiday icons though. There are icons that include smiley faces, money bags, food items, and so much more. If I put a joke on the site, there are at least a dozen icons that I can put there too to make the joke even funnier. If I put a picture of my grandmother or my nephew on there, there are icons that go with their personalities. With so many icons to choose from, it is easy to keep things fresh on our family website. It is a lot of fun making it that nice too!

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Get the Best Safety Gear Available to Protect Yourself on the Job

If you work a job where heavy objects can fall on your toes, you should wear steel cap boots. If your are in an industry where you need more protection, be sure to get the steel plate to protect the top part of your foot as well. This is often called a metatarsal plate or something like that. You have the steel at your toes, and then you have a steel plate that covers the top of your foot. I have leather boots with a leather covered metatarsal plate. The first time you have something heavy fall on your foot, you will be glad to have a pair of safety boots.

The steel of a good pair of work boots takes the impact instead of the flesh and bones of your feet. In a split second you can have your foot crushed by a heavy object or have your toes cut off. Working with heavy things that are lifted by cranes is a risk. Road construction crews often use steel plates to cover holes dug in the road so traffic can go over it until the job is finished. Just a small plate is big enough to cut off toes if it slips out of the chains when being placed. I am a big believer in wearing all of my safety gear to work. It has the marks on it that could have been me if I was not wearing it.

I would not work a day without my steel cap boots, hardhat, safety glasses and gloves. I'd call off from work if I could not locate even a single piece of my safety gear. It is just too important. I have had close calls where my safety gear has protected me from injury. Plus, I make sure to buy the best safety gear available.

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My Son Needed Legal Entertainment Representation

My son is a brilliant musician. I know most parents want to think their child is a prodigy in whatever area their passion lays, and I am no exception. However, my statement is also a reality. His music teachers have all said they have never taught anyone like him, and he has already composed several pieces that have received attention in the music circles. When he decided to put together a compilation of his favorite pieces, I knew that we needed to talk with a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer first. I wanted him to be protected because while we had no exposure to the entertainment industry, I knew enough that we needed to make sure he was protected.

Since I had no idea where to turn, I went online and started doing research on various firms that handle representing people in this field. When I came across Law Advocate Group, I knew that they were the lawyers that I wanted to protect him. See, my son was only 16 years old when he decided to do this, and I did not want any vultures circling him. If they knew that we had legal representation, then I knew that we would not be treated in a way that we did not deserve.

I made an appointment with the law firm, and I was very pleased with everything that they explained to us. Their rates were extremely fair, and I knew that it was okay to let my son proceed with his work. His teachers were a huge help as well, and it did not take long for interest from the music community to come knocking at our door. Every now and again, a young person is just so special that people take notice. This time, it is my son, and the legal firm is making sure that he is protected as he starts this new journey.

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They Did a Great Job for Me the Very First Time I Used Them

I love living life of on the road. I am not married and have no children, so it is the life that I want to lead right now. In order to gain a little extra free time for myself, I use and online transcription service to do the work of transcribing up all the of the lectures that I do on my tour. It gives me the space I need at night to relax a little.

I started out very passionate about wanting to be a lecturer who gets the word out to many people who come to my appearances to hear me talk. And 5 years later, I am just as passionate. While I mostly discuss the same subjects at every appearance that I do, I do research about each city or state that I am visiting and I make some changes to my entire speech. Because I travel to about 4 different cities every week, this keeps me really busy at night. I often want to go to sleep early after I do a lecture, but I do not have time often. I have to stay up to do research and transcribe everything I have said so that attendees can purchase a copy from me.

I soon learned that there is a company that will do all the transcribing. I figured that if they did a good job, it would be fantastic to get to work on just my nightly research instead. I sent over an old lecture as an experiment to see how the company would do. I got back a file the same day of the entire thing written up. I read over everything that they typed up, and it was perfect. I cannot explain just how great a thing this is for me and freeing up my time.

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We Demand a Change of Service

So you found yourself looking into Direct TV, haven't you? Don't worry, there's nothing shameful about it. I've done it myself this past week. For me it all started on Wednesday morning when Time Warner caused millions of customers to lose access to their Internet for three hours - millions. This isn't some kind of local outage that effects a few hundred people or a planned outage that might effect a thousand or two. No, this was a nation wide outrage that left 11 million people and businesses without access to the web. Completely. For three hours. Think about that for a moment.

Can you imagine the scope of it? The magnitude of money that was lost within that brief period of time? All of it caused by a single mistake caused by a single company at a single moment of time. They crippled the entire infrastructure of the web because some technician couldn't resolve an appropriate Internet Protocol Address correctly! This is a perfect example of why it is so dangerous, and so frustrating, to have only a handful of companies to be in control of access to the web. It's time for us to rally together as customers, as Americans, and demand a change.

No longer should they be in control of the web. It's long past the time where the Internet should have been considered a utility, given certain rights and privileges that protect it from corporate abuse. It's outrageous clear that both Time Warner and Comcast are doing everything that they can in order to leverage their guardianship (read: monopoly) of the web to squeeze every penny of profits out of consumers. It's as if they hate the fact that they control the web and because of that hatred, they will mistreat us and bleed us dry.

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