Saturday, July 31, 2010

Still no storms this year....

With the year over half done now, I am still waiting for that one good thunderstorm here. Several times we have had one slip by less than 3 miles to our west or east, but it completely misses us. We can hear it loud and clear as it moves by, but our ground stays dry. It is like there is some kind of bubble over our area that deflect storms away from us.

We are now in the summer, and any hope of severe weather is low during this time as it tends to be more dry and hot outside. Maybe something will happen this fall, who knows. I hope we get something soon though. Every time we dodge the bullet, it annoys me. My wife knows all about this.

Keeping my fingers crossed for later this year when it starts to cool down again. Maybe there will be a battle in the atmosphere between the hot and cold air above us. I'll probably make some kind of blog when it finally happens.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Your Success is my Success


As my wife and I have ventured into network marketing, we tend to see the same argument coming from people who think some things are a scam. Yes, there are scams out there, but I am talking about the ones with leaders in the industry sharing their secrets.

People tend to immediately think "Why would he share his secrets with me? That will hurt his success so it must be a scam". The leaders share their secrets because 9 times out of 10, if you follow their guidance, they will benefit from your success. They help you because if you make it big, they do also. This is the core of what network marketing is about.

There is no "get rich overnight" program out there, so don't believe it when people tell you how soon you will be making the big bucks. The truth is, there is no set timeline to this business. You can plug away all you want, but it does not guarantee you will succeed. This is where the leaders step in and show you how they did it. They are not lying to you. They did follow these steps. Not every method though will guarantee results, but it doesn't hurt you to learn how to grow as a leader yourself.

Think of it this way. If you see an awesome house someone built and ask them to show you how to build it yourself, they will give you the blueprints and instructions, but I don't think they will be right there helping you build it (unless you paid them, but that is not the point). It is up to you to take the steps outlined and find a way to get the house built that meets your own timelines and goals. It may not be the same path that other person took, but the ultimate goal is the same.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Yesterday, my family and I went to a family reunion / Easter Get-together just north of Weatherford Texas.

The weather was perfect, some sun and clouds and 80 degrees, light winds. It was a good day. We had a lot of food there and there was an egg hunt for the kids afterwards. Many people I don't even know were there as well. This is all my mother-in-law's side of the family and this event happens once a year on the same weekend.

Scott, my wife's grandson, and mine too, benefits the most from this. He is 7 years old and Easter is a fun time for him, with all the candies and treats. I remember what it was like when I was young, with the egg hunt in the house and chocolate bunnies.

To me now, just like Christmas, these are holidays that are meant for spending time with family. Enjoying what you have in life, because there is nothing more important to have than family. You could be the richest person in the world, but if you don't have family at your side, it all means nothing. I am just very thankful that my schedule improved at work, because now I can enjoy these times more in the way they were meant to be enjoyed.

The next step for my wife and I, is to have our own working schedule, and center work around our life, instead of our life around work. This time is not far away.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Event at Work

Today at work we got to celebrate a good year last year. In our Customer Focus program, we finished 8th place in the district in 2009. This meant we got to have a car give-away and a bit of a lunch party.

The car is a brand new Chevy car or truck. I think it's a 2010 model, loaded. The way it works is they draw 10 names of workers in the store, they all go up on a stage. Then, those 10 people have their names drawn again, and whoever is left up there at the end, wins the vehicle. It's not bad odds, with basically a 10/100 chance of your name being called, and about a 1/100 chance of winning. My name was not called unfortunately, but the girl who won this year, deserved it in my opinion. She has had a tough time the last couple of years with her life, so it made me feel good that someone won who deserved it.

The downside to this is the whole lead-up to the event. The entire district management staff comes to the store and does a "walk" before the fun. This means, for the last few days, they have been driving everyone crazy with cleaning up the store to perfection. Our store looks better than most other stores in our area, but it's never good enough. I am just glad I don't have to close anymore. Last night, they were there until about 1am, when the store closes at 10pm. I have done that before, and I am very glad that I don't have to again.

All-in-all, it was a good day and everyone had fun.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Silly contest at work

At work this week, we were informed of a new contest between departments. The department who gets the most calls to corporate about how good they did, gets a free steak dinner. The department who gets the least, has to cover the other department while they go to dinner.

What they want us to do, is hand out a card to every customer and ask them to call head office and tell them how great we did today. Am I the only one who thinks this is stupid? I am not going to hand a card to a customer and beg them to call and tell some people how good I was. If they want to do that on their own, that's fine. I will not solicit a customer to try and make myself look good. If I was in a store shopping, and someone came up to me asking the same thing, I would feel very awkward. I would likely not call at all, and I may not go back to that store again for a while because that employee put me on the spot.

This is really one step further than being expected to leave a tip when you go to dinner. It is supposed to be a courtesy thing based on how well you did. We get so many customers that some of them may call anyway, or tell their friends to come shop here since we were so good. This is the real goal, not telling our "parents" how good we are behaving at work. That won't get us more business.

With any luck however, I will be gone from this retail working environment within the next year and my wife and I will be free of this kind of thing.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I Love Spring!

Today, it was a very warm day here in Texas. It was about 76 degrees F (or 24 degrees C). Back home where I am from in Canada, it was 54F (or 12 degrees C). Not a bad day for Toronto, but I love the warmth here.

Back up north, spring wasn't officially well underway until late March or Early April. Sometimes it was not even feeling like spring until May. Here it is already in full swing. The grass is turning green again, flowers are showing up in gardens, some trees have begun to bud. Life is returning to the plants and it puts a great smell in the air that is not present during the winter.

People were coming in all day at work commenting on how great it felt outside. Contractors can finally start to get some work done and it is putting them in better moods. This is good because I have to deal with them all day.

I am hoping the spring has some good storms hiding in it this year as last year, the spring was lacking in interesting weather. It cam for a few days at the end of the spring, including a big hailstorm, but that was all, and the summer was HOT.

This weekend, the clocks go ahead an hour, which means I lose an hour of my weekend. Sucks, but at least the sun will be setting after 7:30pm once again. The only thing I am not looking forward to right now is I am going to have to cut the grass this weekend. Ah well.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spring has finally arrived?

Finally, after an unusually harsh winter for North Texas, it looks like the cold and snow has finally ended for this season. With spring officially only a couple of weeks away, we have started with much warmer temperatures and the long range keeps us in the warmer trend.

I have a feeling the grass and trees will spring back to life fairly quickly since I think they have been waiting for this weather.

Business is picking up at work also, very suddenly, with more and more people wanting to get out and do some spring work. The beginning of March is what our store terms the "100 days of hell". This means that spring is the busiest time of the year for us, and for the next 100 days, we will go through a LOT more selling, restocking, cleaning, moving things around, than we do at any other time of the year. Working in a hardware store, spring is big business.

I am glad spring is really starting to come in now, as I was getting tired of the cold. Now I am really looking forward to the beginning of the storm season here in the southern plains of the USA. I love a good thunderstorm. hopefully with my new work schedule, with only working till 2pm, I will get off work before most of the "fun" weather starts up in the day. Time will tell, but if we get anything interesting, or drastic, I will be sure to report on it here.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Network Marketing and Making Money Online

When I was younger, somewhere in my teens, I was interested in trying to make money in some other way than going to work every day.

I found that some websites that let you get a free domain also had a way to sign up for putting ads on your website and getting paid if people clicked and bought something from them. I was a newbie at this, so I decided to sign up and try it out. I put ads everywhere I could find to check out my "shopping website". I put banner ads all down the page and hoped for the best, but my traffic never did any good. People don't want to visit a website that has nothing but banner ads on it, unless you have some kind of hook, so I gave up on this project.

A few years later, my best friend told me he had found a program called Quixtar and said it was a way to get yourself a better income. After learning all about it, I decided to give it a try. The problem was my parents were able to buy many of the things Quixtar sold at much cheaper prices in the store. Another problem was they only shipped the products once a week and not even to your house unless you made a certain amount of money per month with them. I never renewed my membership because it was starting to cost me more money than I could afford.

Many years went by without me getting into any more programs. Going to school full-time and working part-time to pay for it didn't leave me much time for this kind of thing.

After I met the love of my life and moved to Texas to be with her, things started to change a bit. within a couple of years of being here, the economy started getting worse and worse. Her job was affected and we started to realize that normal work was no longer a secure way of providing for your family. For years, people would tell you network marketing was a waste of time because it was not secure work. It depended on how many other people you could get to join you. "Working a 9-5 job full-time is the only way to live your life and be secure" is the mindset of many people in the world. This economic problem proved that was no longer true. People with established careers were being laid off by the millions. We needed another way to do this.

Last year, we started looking into ways of making money online. My wife came across many programs and some were not good for us. Some of them had sneaky ways of being sure you got charged more money before you could react to it. We kept on digging around though for the perfect program.

We tried iJango, but because the founder had such a bad history, the company was failing miserably. It was a good idea, but the leadership just was not there.

In August last year, we shifted to Peoplestring. This has so far has been the best program we signed up for. We have been disappointed in the lack of communication from the head office in what is going on with the business, but they do pay when they are supposed to. Promises of the program kept going unfulfilled, but at least we were able to make some money. We still have high hopes for Peoplestring but we realize it may take longer than we need it to get going full swing.

Through Peoplestring, we met some amazing leaders. These guys know the ins and outs of network marketing and opened our eyes to many ways of making it work. They have become good friends of ours and have helped us at every turn on how to make this work. My wife is working this stuff full-time, when she is able to, and I am working full-time at my job and taking care of things so she can get this working for us. We are hoping within a year, we will be done with the J.O.B. lifestyle and we will be our own bosses, financially free.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Winter 2010 continues for Texas

Yesterday, we got yet another winter storm for our area. This makes 4 snowstorms for an area that is usually lucky to get 1 per year. Must be that global warming *rolls eyes*.

We got another 2-3 inches of snow yesterday here. It was hard to tell exactly how much we received because much of it melted before the storm was actually over. Schools remained open but that was because it never really accumulated on the roads, just the grass.

Here is some quick video I took of the white landscape outside our house here in Granbury Texas.

So far this season we have gotten about 12-13 inches of snow, which is basically unheard of here in North Texas. I am glad the children got to experience this because they may never see this kind of thing again in their lifetimes.

We are hoping this was the last time it will snow here this year, because many of us are ready for it to start warming up again now. I have a feeling though that this year may be a bit cooler than usual, which is not unwelcome news since we had many days above 100 degrees last year during the summer. Time will tell, but I'll be sure to update here as we get further into the year.

I just hope we get a good storm season this spring. Last year was slow to start.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Taste of Spring, then Winter continues...

This has been a very unusual winter for us here in North Central Texas. It has been colder, and more snow than any winter in recent memory for this region. I have been here for almost 4 years so far and I can already tell this is not a normal pattern.

This evening, we have a bit of a taste of spring coming in the form of thunderstorms. This is the kind of weather I love to experience. It's entertaining and fun to watch the progression of the storms here in Texas. This is my passion for weather. Normal rain is boring to me, unless it is very heavy, or you add some lightning and thunder.

After this event this evening, it will be cooler again and by Tuesday, we have yet another risk of accumulating snows. It is a very good chance this time from a few days ahead, which is not normal since it is very tricky to predict snow in this area. A difference of a few miles could mean a couple of inches or not one flake of snow. We are border lined with the precipitation.

It will probably be a much lighter dusting of snow this time around compared to the several inches we got a week ago, but in this area of Texas, we normally get 1 snowfall per winter, and this one will make it 4 times, all spread out from Christmas Eve, to late February. We are all hoping this will be it, because spring is so close, but maybe this is indicating a cooler spring ahead, who knows?

The weather service has already issued a special statement to prepare people for what is coming. 2 inches of snow here in Texas, is like 10 inches in the northern states. It can shut things down very easily. We will have to wait and see what happens in the next couple of days. I will report back here with the way it all unfolds. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sometimes I get so tired

My life right now has its ups and downs. Right now, I probably have one of the best schedules at work, but many times i just wish I could sleep in. My shift is 5am-2pm Monday through Friday. Weekends and evenings off. This may not seem like something so special, but this is in a "big-box" retail store. Most people have rotating schedules, but mine is consistent. It lets me enjoy my family since now I am home when they are home.

My one good day to sleep in is now Saturday. Sunday I try to get up earlier, so I can be more ready to sleep Sunday night. Getting up at 4am for work means going to bed by 9:30 pm. My whole life so far I haven't had to go to sleep so early every day. I guess I am getting ready for retirement, when it's early to bed and early to rise hehe. It is very hard for me to go to sleep by 9:30pm. This leaves me a bit more tired each day and by Friday, by around 8pm I am ready to crash. It's a price to pay, but the evenings and weekends off deal is way too good to change things around. This is the kind of schedule I have been wanting for a long time now, so I can be home when family is home. I can live with being a little more sleepy each evening if it means being with my wife.

Family is all we truly have in life, enjoy it!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Socialism in our schools...

After a cancelled school day on Friday February 12th, today the school had their valentines day parties to make up for the day they missed. My wife and I are very annoyed right now however at how the school deals with the giving out of Valentines cards, and I think this is now common in every school.

Our grandson is in second grade and he has a person in his class he really does not get along with. They fight a lot, get in trouble a lot, you just can't put them together. When it came time for making up his Valentines cards, we suggested he leave this boy out because they are not friends and we don't want him dealing with this other boy any longer. Every other person in the class had a card made up for Valentines Day.

Today, my wife gets a call from his teacher saying he is there in tears because he didn't make this one card out for the boy he doesn't like, and therefore, he can't take part in any gift exchanges in class. They do this so no child leaves in tears because they didn't get a card from someone, yet they put our grandson in tears for not being able to participate.

This has to be one of the dumbest rules for a class on Valentines Day. Even if you hate someone, you still have to give them a card in order to get one from your own friends? I remember when I was in elementary school and you never expected to get a card from everyone in class, that was part of the excitement. You wondered if you would get that card from the person you liked, or maybe from a secret admirer. That was the FUN of Valentines Day when I was a child. Now it just sucks. It's another type of socialism being taught to our children in school. Everyone is a winner, everyone is loved by everyone so we all get cards *gags*. This is just another way our children are being taught to think everyone is equal, when we all know damn well they are not.

We would love to make enough money so we can both quit our jobs and home school our grandson. This way he can be taught the way all American children should be taught, the way it was done originally. Things just keep going downhill for our way of life, makes me wonder what's next......

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow be gone!

This is perfect Texas weather for you. If you don't like the weather, wait till tomorrow. 2 days ago we had a record setting snowstorm. If you saw the area today you'd call me a liar. It's all gone!

There is a little snow left in some spots like in shaded areas on the ground, but other than that, the grass is green again. I was out driving today doing some errands, and the snow was melting so fast, there were rivers running down the roads and waterfalls running off the rooftops.

This is good though, because it really gets the ground a good soaking before it starts to get warm outside in another couple of months.

For a location we only normally see 1 snowy day per year, we have gotten at least 3 this season. What global warming?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snowmageddon Hits Texas

Ok, so it's not exactly Snowmageddon by many people's standards, but for this region, the snow that fell today is not something you see every year..... or every decade for that matter.

It started this morning before dawn as rain and snow mixed together here in Granbury. It didn't build up too much because it kept melting, however, for areas a little further north of us, the snow built up very rapidly. In Weatherford, about 20 minutes north of us, they have gotten close to 8 inches of snow and it is still coming down as I write this. Here in Granbury, where the snow stuck, I can see maybe about 2 inches so far.

Here is a short video I took of the snow falling here. This is something that you maybe see once per year here in this area of Texas, but so far this year, we have seen at least 3 mini-snowstorms.

After the sun goes down tonight, that is when the problems will start. It is going to be cold tonight, well below freezing, so all the roads will ice-up and we don't have a lot of equipment that can remove ice and snow from roads very well. I have to be in work for 5am tomorrow, it may be a "fun" drive, guess I better leave early.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pet Peeve's

Today I just wanted to talk about my 2 biggest pet peeves. These are things I see all the time these days and every time I do, it just annoys the heck out of me.

My first and probably biggest pet peeve is being directly lied to, especially by a reputable corporation. When things are promised to you by a certain date on the calendar, that day should NOT go by and have nothing happen.
This has happened many times. We get promised things by a certain date, that date comes and goes, and the item promised is never received. If you can't promise something by a certain day, just tell me the TRUTH. I respect someone a hundred times more if they just come to me and say "You know what? We are not sure when we can get that to you but we are working hard on getting it there soon." Why can't they just say that?
One other issue that goes hand-in-hand with this one is being "left in the dark." This is when there is a complete lack of communication about something important. At work, I have seen plans change repeatedly without anyone saying what the deal is. Some explanation can do wonders for morale.

My second pet peeve is when someone seriously thinks they are better than you and they flaunt it publicly. I just don't like this kind of attitude because it brings down the mood of people. There is no need to flaunt your strengths making everyone else look weak. There is nothing to gain from this and in many cases it actually is not true. Vanity is the devil's favorite sin. Help your colleagues be better at what they do rather than show them how much they suck at it and everyone wins.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Perfect World


No, I'm not talking about our real world. You all know it is FAR from perfect. I am actually talking about an MMORPG. What is unique about this one is it is a free to play or F2P Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (this is what MMORPG stands for by the way :P).

This game has great graphics. They really spent a while in making the game look visually appealing to players. This is important in a free game because you need a hook to make them look further. People have low expectations for free online games, so this helps in a big way. There is a definite Asian theme to the graphics and music, however the music is more modern and upbeat, but definitely Asian.

There are 4 different races to choose from and each one has 2 classes to play as. This results in 8 different classes or jobs to play the game as. From Mages, to Barbarians, to Rogues, all the classic types are here and each one has it's own strengths and weaknesses. Each class can also solo very well for the most part, but ones without healing magic may need to rest every few fights.

I have built myself up to level 18 and I am still very new to the game, but from what I have seen so far, this is a great choice if you want to play something but you don't have the money to play one of the more mainstream games like World of Warcraft, or Final Fantasy XI etc. There are many quests which really help you level and they break up the grind a bit as well.

Check out this game if you are looking for something new. You have nothing to lose.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Managers in Retail

I just had to share this. The other day at the grocery store, I was in one of the aisles looking at something when over the loudspeaker I heard, in a very loud voice, a manager ordering one of his associates to the very aisle I was in. I looked over a few feet and there was the associate standing there right in the middle of the aisle he was just ordered to report to.

He just looked at me, shrugged and remarked "I hate my boss".

This is not out of the ordinary in retail. I completely sympathized with him. Sometimes when you are in a store and you hear an order barked over the intercom, there is a good chance the person being ordered around is already working on that. Sometimes managers just don't check before they manage.

This has happened to me before as well. I was working in the paint department helping a customer by mixing some paint. I had just left the desk to get the can I needed from the aisle, when over the intercom I hear "customer needs assistance at the paint desk, customer is waiting for assistance at the paint desk". I look back and the person I was helping is the only one there, and they kind of shrank away wondering what that was all about. The manager who paged it was just exiting the door as well, so he didn't even wait to see what happened.

I know it's just them doing their job trying to be sure they cover their butt, however, they can have their own mind sometimes. It can do wonders.