My wife told me, “We need to talk.” Just what a guy wants to hear. She said we would talk over dinner. She told me that by text. I was afraid to ask what it was about! I did not think I did anything. Well, not on purpose anyway. Over barbecued chipped ham, cole slaw and potato chips she said we needed to talk about how much our electric bill was costing. She said it has been going up and up, and it is the priciest utility we are paying. I checked out TXU electricity rate plans with her online later in the evening. We found several at a lower per kilowatt hour rate.
We found one that had a minimum usage rate that met what we use every month. (more…)
I decided when I was 17 that I wanted a tattoo. My mom told me that she would agree to it on two conditions. That I raise all my grades to A’s, and that I only consider temporary tattoos because I may change my mind about wanting one as I got older. I thought those were two great conditions, because she was absolutely right. If I wanted to get anywhere in life, I needed to make sure my grades improved. Also, I knew that I may not want to have a tattoo even a month after I got one.
I agreed to both conditions, and on my 18th birthday, she took me to a tattoo parlor. (more…)
Our company put me in charge of finding some type of corporate gifts to help promote our sponsorship of a golf tournament here in Singapore. It might sound funny to have such an event in Singapore, but you would be amazed at how many golf courses there are here. Lots of businesses locate to Singapore, and many corporate types like playing golf. Singapore is a virtual mecca of golf courses and there are many tournaments and outings constantly going on. Our company decided to co-sponsor one this year and they want to heavily promote the business to all the attendees.
The problem is that I didn’t know where to start. Our company usually doesn’t use gifts for self promotion. I asked some people in the marketing department about gifts and they had a few good ideas they picked up from visiting other companies who did promotional things. (more…)
I had tried a couple of things try to fix the trouble I was having with my neck and back. I was at my wit’s end. I was not really sure what else to do. My wife said that I should try a Hitachi wand massager to see if that would do anything for me. I had not though about that previously, but was not really sure it would do me any good. I told her I would try it if things grew worse.
I first went to my doctor when I began having pain. The pain had been going on for at least three weeks. I even spent about three of those days in bed near the end of those three weeks. I could barely move because I hurt so much. I knew that I could not take any time off of work, so quickly made the doctor’s appointment. My doctor said that I probably strained my back at work because I do heavy lifting. (more…)
I told my parents when I was in my teens that I did not seem myself staying and working on the farm they owned. Dad had been grooming me since I was young to take over the farm one day. But the thing is that I really never liked farm work, and I knew that a lifetime of it would make me very happy. My dream was to graduate from college and get a degree. I hoped to move to the big city, and when that time finally came, I looked for a New York marketing recruiter to help me find a job.
My parents were very disappointed at first when I told them of my plans for my future. They both pointed out that I was very young and that I might change my mind at some point. But I knew that would not happen. I earned a 4. (more…)
I am an administrator at a school here in Singapore. I take a lot of pride in what we do here. I have seen some schools where the students are disrespectful or bored, neither of which are problems here at my school. We hire teachers that really care about their students, and the children flourish under their attention. Another school in the area recently gave all parents an app for their phones that was created by a mobile app developer in Singapore, and I was really impressed with it. It was such a good idea that I knew I was going to do the same.
I talked to the same developer because I really liked what they did with the other school’s app. I had talked with the administrator there who gave me her blessing for us to talk with the app developer. It was not like we are competing companies. Our goal is the same, which is to provide children with quality education. (more…)
I have been using computers for over 20 years. I can remember when I had to dial in to get a connection to the Internet, and chat rooms were all the rage. So much has changed since then, including me. I went from being a high school kid enamored with the world at my fingertips to a man with a family and a business of his own. I have been tinkering with website design for a while, but I knew that I had to find a professional Los Angeles web design company when I decided to close my brick and mortar store and have a completely online presence. (more…)
Dental work is a nightmare for most people but the United States remains one of the most dental oriented societies in the world. There’s a very real social pressure to have the best and brightest white teeth regardless of where you may live in America. The idea of having perfect teeth saturates our culture and is one of the driving points of attractiveness; if not the one defining feature that seems to be shared in the multiple interpretations of what we believe beauty to be as Americans. Have you visited your dentist in Grand Rapids? If not, I bet you feel guilty right now for doing so after being so shamelessly reminded that the beauty equation ends and begins with your teeth. It’s something that I’ve struggled with for years because I don’t have straight teeth. There’s very few women who are going to find it endearing and only a handful of women I have dated have thought that it was an attractive part of my features.
There’s nothing at all wrong with having great teeth. (more…)
I remember building my first website as a young man. It was fun to spend all those hours learning how to do it. My main motivation was to show off for friends and family. I built a bunch of websites that were very basic, but they looked like masterpieces to people who knew nothing about the Internet or websites. I am very embarrassed about my efforts. I never went anywhere with it even though I considered I might make it a career back then. The company I own as an adult uses a firm that does website design in Michigan. I could not even begin to build anything now. I barely even remember a couple of basic HTML tags.
The point I am making is that we should leave some things to professionals. We should consult with people that have a proven track record of performance. I remember the early days of the Internet where small business owners were allowing employees or relatives with some web experience to build them an online presence. That never was a good idea. (more…)
It has taken a lot of work and dedication from a couple of my employees, but the new website for our company is finally ready to be launched. It is a day that I have looked forward to, because this has been a long time in the making and I have worried that it would not turn out as intended. We need to hire server management for the new website though, because I do not want my employees to have to worry about keeping the website running. They have other things to attend to, and I feel like too much of their time has already been devoted to this project, to expect them to put more time into it going forward.
The real vision of the new website was what took so much effort to develop. (more…)