Archive for April, 2008
My daughter just got a dream job — working in a bookstore that sells her favorite music, video games and most of all anime. The last time I visited there, more people with piercings, tattoos, and chains were shopping in that one store than I had ever seen congregated.
One group was clustered around ornately packaged boxes bearing titles like Magick Talismans, Magick Amulets & Charms and Magick Spells & Rituals. From their conversation, they believed them to be truly magical.
My daughter, an extremely open-minded young woman, treated all of them with friendly courtesy. But when she picked up each of their magical purchases to scan them — perhaps it was a mother’s eye — it was as though she were picking up a snake. Later she confessed that as soon as she got paid and used her discount on an anime series, she was finding another store to work in. See. A mother knows.
I recently read an article about how difficult it is becoming to gain the trust of consumers, especially online. There are just too many get-rich-quick schemes, too much hype, too many empty promises and far too much outright fraud. Savvy online consumers have every reason to be wary and skeptical. As usual, it’s the sleazy minority who spoil it for everyone else.
It’s gotten to the point that no one believes the word “free” anymore. If you see an ad for a free California health insurance quote, what’s the thing that enters your mind? Isn’t it “What’s the catch?” The irony is, it’s hard to find an insurance quote that is not free.
The solution? Build trust with potential clients by allowing them to get to know you. Show your genuine self, provide “free” information without asking for anything in return, including name and email address, and never, ever, do anything to betray that trust. If you do, you’ve not only ruined your own business, you’ve smeared the good name of the rest of us.
Our business has recently grown to ten people and we have added a server and workstations in our office. Now, we really had no idea of how to setup our network and we needed help to do it. Thankfully, we had the company that provided us with the new computers help us out.
But after that, we were on our own. Unfortunately for us, they did not provide IT support to their customers, so we had to find a company that would do it for us. That was definitely no easy task as we didn’t even know what questions to ask.
I enlisted the help of one of my business associates that had experience finding good IT consulting companies to help us out. He showed us where to look and even recommended a couple good people to phone.
Eventually, we were able to find someone to help us with our IT issues. Though it was a grueling quest, it feels good knowing that if we have any problems with our network, someone is available to help us out.
My brother has always been one to dig up dirt on his dates. He wants to know everything about his dates, the good and especially the bad. For him, it is like he has power over them as well as a warning tool to find out if he is dating a loser.
Okay, that makes him sound bad, but really he is an okay guy. But he has had some very bad luck in the past and he just wants to make sure that he prevents any pain that he may suffer. Lately he has been taking advantage of the many free online dating sites to find future Mrs. right.
What he loves the most is that most of them have profiles as well as feedback from other users. Usually if there is a lemon of a date, you know about it immediately based on the reviews and ratings on the site.
I guess he has a new date that he is going out with on Wednesday. He will let me know how it goes – I just hope he finds someone soon, he is not getting any younger.
I don’t know about you but I invest to win. I want to lose as little money as possible and make as much as I can. Now, my investment portfolio has done okay, but I have been looking for better investments and maybe an extra nudge in that direction.
On my search, I found myself subscribing to a service that will research stocks for you. They provide you with a basic set of reports as well as a service where they will do deeper stock research for you on specific stocks.
They also have a database of research that you can look at as well as all trend graphs to help you time your investments. Looking through the members area, I was very happy with all the choices that I have at my fingertips.
So far I have only taken advantage of their basic service, but the information that they have provided has been exceptional. I am really looking forward to seeing the effect on my portfolio by having this extra knowledge in my hands.
I hate to admit it, but I have a large selection of dress shoes. Sure, it might be a little weird for a guy to have a lot of shoes, but I have always loved to have a large selection of shoes to be at my disposal.
To ensure that my shoes would stay in good shape, I made sure to purchase a large number of shoe storage units to protect them while they were in storage. Well, when I talk about the shoe storage that I have, it is an organized system in my basement – nothing too fancy.
But, by putting a pair of shoes in a shoe storage unit, it protects them from getting dusty as well as from water damage should I ever have a flood (I hope that never happens). But, I don’t mind spending money to ensure that my shoes that I adore are protected when I am not wearing them – it is worth every penny.
I remember all of the dreams I had about my future career when I was in school studying to become a registered nurse. I know that nothing ever pans out to be exactly what we think it will be when we have the big dreams, and things did turn out to be a lot different, but I can’t really say that I am disappointed with the way things have turned out for me.
When I finished school, I became part of a large medical community and thought things were a lot harder and a lot different than I imagined they would be, I was happy with the way my career was going. I had found myself a new family and we all had fun together. I made some really good friends and I got a lot of great job experience.
I am now a part of a much smaller office, but I think it is great as well. We are all very close and I am still really good friends with some of the doctors and nurses from my previous job. I can honestly say that I am very satisfied with my life.
When I was in high school and preparing for the rest of my life, I knew that I wanted a degree in English. I thought that there was no better choice than to go back to the homeland and study English in England. I got my parents blessing and decided to look further into what it would take to make this happen.
I talked to my guidance counselor who gave me a list of good UK English language schools and I started the application process. It did not take long before I was accepted at one of the schools, and I was so happy as this school had been my first choice.
I remember being so nervous embarking on this new chapter of my life as I was going to be so far from home. It did not take me long to find my place there and to this day, I think it was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. It is now the place that I call home.
I have had my eye on getting a motorcycle for the longest time, but quite frankly, I really couldn’t afford it. Sure, a new bike would be great, but it just didn’t fit well into my budget.
So, I tried to find a good used one on my own. But, as it turned out, my search started off with problems. First, I really couldn’t find the selection that I hoped to find in my home town – there really wasn’t much (if any) selection. Most of the ones that were for sale, we junk.
I was about to give up, until one of my friends recommended the Motorcycle Trader that they used to find their bike. I guess the guy works much like a realtor – he finds the deals and presents them to you.
So, I will have to give the guy a call – hopefully, he will be able to help me find the bike of my dreams.
I like to learn new things. This is one reason why I do not stay at a job for too long. I become easily bored and want to move onto something new. My family hates this about me, as they worry that I have no security, but I love that I have learned so many new and cool things by being this way.
I have just accepted a job with a solar company. I have always wanted to learn how to install solar panels and now I have the opportunity to learn this and to also get paid to learn it. I don’t know why anyone would discourage me from loving to learn.
In my last job, at the zoo, I learned how to take care of numerous types of animals and I take something special away from each and every job that I do. In that particular one, I learned a deep respect for animals and their habitats. There is nothing wrong with that.