My dad would always ask me if I was better off after I had learned a lesson. If I made a mistake while I was growing up, my dad would always sit me down and instead of yelling at me like my friend’s parents, he would ask me what lesson I learned and he would also have me reflect on what I did that was wrong. I knew that the travel acoustic guitars that I sold that were his were going to be an issue since I had to use the money to pay a bill. My dad was really upset that I stole something that was his and sold them to pay a bill, he said that he would have paid me the money in a loan and that I would not have to sell anything to get money. I had to go back and pay the money for the items that I sold and then I had to take them back home.
To say that my dad had a lesson waiting for me at home was not even close to what happened. My dad knew that I would punish myself more than he would ever be able to. I was a teenager and while I said that I did not care what he thought of me, that was nothing but further from the truth. I always made sure that I would be able to live up to my dad’s expectations of me but that was never good enough, anything that I did was never good enough. I think that it’s funny in retrospect because I am definitely the best out of the three kids that grew up in one house. I am heads and tales above the other two but I still can’t say that I am my dad’s favorite.
When looking for used sailboats for sale for the first time, the buyer might face a bunch of daunting decisions. You are talking tens of thousands of dollars for a boat that might be 20 years old or older. For example, a 35 foot Pearson made in 1986 could go for $50,000. It all depends on what type of sailboat you want as well as where you are going to sail it. If you want a big sailboat with a fully enclosed saloon, a large galley, two heads, an engine with low hours and berths for the entire family, it is going to cost more than a vessel made for day trips on a lake. Also, that big boat rated for offshore sailing is going to cost more. Oceangoing sailboats have to survive rougher seas than sailboats used on coastal waterways or the Great Lakes. Continue reading
We have been in Japan for a couple of days now. Jane came here on a business trip and I followed her a couple of days later. We figure that we may as well have a vacation while we had the chance to do it. I was already in Seattle WA on business, so it was a shorter trip than it usually would have have. Today we are going to get Propeak ski lessons in Niseko, which is a ski resort in the central part of the largest island in Japan. We took a plane here, it was really packed with people, but the flight only took about half an hour. Most of that was spent on the ground at either end of the flight. Of course I have been skiing a couple of times, but I never really learned how to do it the right way. Continue reading
We have just gotten started working on the plans for the wedding, but it is already looking as though the budget is going right out of the window. Jean and her Mom seem to have decided that money is not an object. I looked over to see what they were doing and they were at the web page of a Platinum Party Bus here in Toronto. There was a big banner saying visite our party buses and I asked them what they needed a party bus for. They told me that people would need to get from the church to the venue where they wanted to hold the wedding reception. Of course this did not make any sense, since you can use the wedding venue for both of these things. That would save a good bit of money too and obviously it would mean that people would only need to go to one place.
After I pointed this out they said that we needed to make sure that people who left the reception were not drunk. I had an answer for this, but they did not like it. Continue reading
Do you have a boot camp or are you interested in starting one sometime soon? If so, you know that one of the challenges of owning this type of business is figuring out how to use boot camp marketing to your advantage. With so much information out there, it can be difficult to find advice that will truly benefit you and help your business to become a success.
If you want to do well, it is important that you find tips and tricks that get right to the heart of the matter rather than being padded with fluff. One site I found does just that; it allows people who are knowledgeable in the fitness world to post their real-life experiences with marketing. As a result, the site is filled with useful advice on ways to build your client list and improve your marketing prowess. Because blog posts come from many different individuals, the information presented is more comprehensive than if just one or two people were contributing to the site. The result is a resource that is truly valuable.
One post that I really enjoyed reading dealt with customer satisfaction. A startling statistic that the author pointed out was that the vast majority of customers that are unhappy will just abandon the business, rather than take the time to try and work through the issues with customer support. Since everyone is going to have a problem sooner or later, it is crucial that businesses address the situation in the right way. An unhappy customer can quickly become satisfied again if they feel that their needs were adequately met and that the business truly cares about them and wants them to return. Also, remember that what these customers say about you to their friends and family is a form of marketing as well, so you want them to report positive things.
Marketing doesn’t have to be just another frustrating part of life that you deal with and move on from. It can turn out to be something that you truly enjoy doing, and it can help you earn a lot more money while you are at it. Don’t underestimate how powerful it can be!
I had never been to St Barts before. My wife and I have traveled all around the world, and even went to other places in the Caribbean, but never to St Barts. A friend suggested I add that stop to our travel itinerary because he claimed it is the best place in the entire region. I wasn’t sure about that claim, seeing as how I’ve seen amazing wonders on other islands, but I trust him and decided to look into going there. Fortunately, I have a good excuse seeing as how my fortieth birthday is coming up.
When my wife and I travel, we only stay in the best places. Continue reading
Choosing where to go on holiday can be a difficult decision. At times it is best to consider going to the familiar where you already have good memories and experiences. Other times you may want to embark on a new adventure and try a different place. Visiting the Alps is one of many appealing options, a place all should experience at least once. Yet so many consider it only for skiing in the winter months, when it has a lot to offer year-round. An area in the Central Alps such as Vaujany gets 300 sunny days a year, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures in the summer and winter months.
The Alps serve as a wonderful backdrop for a picturesque vacation destination. While there are many choices of where you can go, Vaujany offers a nice balance in the Central Alps, one that allows you to visit more than once and become a regular place you visit on holiday. With traditional chalets and apartments, you can find the type of lodging you most desire. World class skiing is a hallmark of the area and this area sits close to Alpe d’Huez, one of the largest resorts in France. Continue reading
When my husband asked me where I wanted to go for a holiday weekend away, there was only one place that came to mind. When I told him, he asked me to look at the different hotels in Kuala Lumpur and pick the one that I wanted us to stay at. He said that we would be there for an extended weekend, so I would need to book a room for four nights. I loved looking at the different hotels there, but there was only one that really stood out to me.
The Apple Hotel is located right in the middle of all the action there, and it has all of the amenities that we want. Continue reading
When my youngest daughter came home and nonchalantly told me that she and her boyfriend were planning on running off to elope, I wanted no part of that. Sure, it’s her choice to do what she wants to do, but she had dreamed of a decent wedding. I knew eloping was her boyfriend’s idea since he didn’t make much money. I told her to leave the plans to me. I quickly started the wedding plans, and then I called the people over at http://paradisetorontolimo.ca to get a limo to take the two of them in style to their own wedding and to the reception afterward. I breathed a sigh of relief when they both agreed to my plans.
I am a seamstress, and I would have loved to have created my daughter’s own wedding dress. But because they were in such a hurry to get married, there was simply no time for me to make something myself. Continue reading
Over the weekend, my friends and I went to a concert in Toronto that we had been anticipating for quite some time. We knew it would be an awesome experience, because it was a band we had wanted to see for quite some time, and to make it even sweeter, the band headlining for them was also awesome. But the trip was made infinitely betetter by the decision to rent a party bus in Toronto, which was a good idea even though I must admit I was a bit skeptical about it at first. Continue reading
Most limos have bar areas with glasses and ice to serve drinks. Though I imagine that a lot of limo rides involve serving alcohol, not all of them do. I developed a new beverage. It is my own brand of flavored iced teas. I used one of the bigger party buses to show up for a corporate presentation to a beverage company. I wanted to control the meeting instead of it controlling me. I have been in corporate meetings before. You go into their meeting rooms, and they call all the shots. They want everything on their side when it comes to negotiations.
Instead, I showed up inside a big party bus with a professional driver. The driver was instructed to take a planned route around Toronto. My plan was to touch on the big public draw areas while talking about my iced tea flavors and having them sample them. I needed to make this a tactically controlled meeting that was in my favor. Those who were attending the meeting were told to meet me in the bus. There is always at least one attendee who is fashionably late. They do it as a control thing. Usually the person who the meeting is about must wait for them to show up. Continue reading
Upon arriving in France for a vacation with my family, the first thing they wanted to do was visit Disneyland in Paris. We had already gone to Disneyland and Disneyworld multiple times back in America, but they just had to see what the French version looked like. We still had our bags from the plane and had to make a stop our hotel to check in, get our keys, and drop off our bags. I booked a ride on taxibooker.net to take us to the hotel and then straight to Disneyland from there.
Checking into the hotel only took a few minutes. Waiting for the elevator to come back down so we could get to our rooms took longer than we expected. There were 24 floors in the hotel, and both elevators were filled with people who made a stop at every floor. When we arrived at the elevator to get on, we saw how packed they were and couldn’t find a way to squeeze in with the other people. Continue reading
Earlier in the year, I was planning on taking a trip to New Zealand, and was looking at different hotel rates. My friend was wondering why I was looking for hotels when I could stay in a holiday house for much less per day. I had no idea what a holiday house was, and asked my friend about it. She told me all about the houses, and told me to go to queenstownholidayhouse.com for a good deal. I asked my friend how she knew so much about these houses, and she told me that she used to stay in them all the time when she would travel a lot.
I looked at the website my friend told me about, and they did have a good deal on the holiday house she was describing. The price per day for the house was much better than the hotel prices that I was wasting my time comparing. I had always looked for hotels when I traveled, but there may have been chances for me to get a holiday house in the past. Continue reading
I am pretty surprised at how nice it has been here. I had a big heavy coat on when I got to the Toronto airport car rental and I had to take it off while I was out there. It was not exactly Summer time heat, but it was like a Spring morning up here. Of course that did not last. Once it got dark last night the temperature dropped quite rapidly, especially when I was down by the shore of Lake Ontario. There was a real stiff wind blowing in off the lake and I think I saw a couple of flakes of snow. Of course this is North of Buffalo and they had about six feet of snow in Western New York not that long ago. It snowed up here too apparently and then they had flooding in parts of the area after it warmed up a bit later. Six feet of snow starts melting and it can make a mess obviously.
At any rate the business meetings have gone okay so far. Continue reading
Of course he was pretty excited, the guy is about the luckiest son of a gun in the world I think. He always has been for some reason. He and his girlfriend spent all day showing us the pictures and movies they took in South Africe. They stayed an this Kruger Park lodge accommodation called kwambili safari lodge. I probably spelled that wrong. They took a picture of the sign though and I think that was what it said. Ian has barely got a job though, he works for this girl’s father and his job seems to be to help her blow this guy’s money. It’s tough work obviously. They are already talking about where they are going to go next. They seem to think it has to be some place in the Far East. They were talking about Australia or China.
In truth her Dad is not going to run out of money any time soon. Continue reading
My husband and I wanted to take our kids somewhere really nice for a family holiday. We did not want to do anything splashy like a famous amusement park, because we wanted to spend quality time with one another. While we did want some activities to do together, the main point was finding a gorgeous place to stay where we could bond together even more. We finally decided on Queensland, so I started looking at different Queenstown rental homes. We had contemplated whether staying in a hotel would be better, but we knew that the six of us staying in one hotel room for over a week would drive us all bonkers.
While we did want to bond together as a family, we also wanted a good amount of space so we did not feel like we were suffocating either. That meant that our daughter wanted her own room apart from her three brothers, and I can definitely understand that. Continue reading
If you’re thinking about checking out the Queenstown accommodations and holiday houses – do it! Do it right now! Stop reading this, click that link and get yourself over to New Zealand as soon as you can. You deserve it – you’ve been working so hard, haven’t you? I understand completely. Every year I go through the same motions in work and just when I think I am about to chew my boss out in front of the entire office and make some grand exit because I cannot take another quarterly advisement report, my holiday hours roll around and I find myself in Queenstown instead.
Yeah, it might be time that I find myself a new job. Maybe we all should! Yet, I think we are beginning to realize that this is the way of the world. This is the corporate infrastructure at its finest and this is the beast that we have all worked together to create. It’s not wholly oppressive as we like to think it is (even if it is in many ways) but the inherent problem of working in environments like this is that people simply did not evolve to do so. Continue reading
I am an individual who very much enjoys his privacy. I take precautionary steps in order to avoid having that privacy violated – whether by agencies unknown, advertisers, spammers or marketing companies, I would very much prefer to have my personal information and my identity remain unknown as much as humanly possible. That’s why I take advantage of various mail forwarding service to help keep my address a secret as well as cut down on the spam mail which is just as prevalent in the physical mail box as it is in a e-mail address which had been the original reason as to why I chose it. Continue reading
When my boyfriend moved 200 miles away, I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to survive a long distance relationship. We decided to just end things, but we both realized that we missed each other too much. Neither of us has a dependable enough car to travel back and forth, but that did not keep us from visiting one another as often as possible. We looked at all of our options, and it was easy enough to figure out that taking a bus to visit was the best way, especially since we found Greyhound promo codes that made the trip even cheaper for us. Continue reading
I can not remember a winter when we had more snow than we do right now. I know that it is winter in New England and we can all expect a lot of different types of weather but I am so tired of living here. The people that live here are all going on vacations and I think that is something that I need to do. The cheap spain holidays that I am finding online are actually a lot cheaper than if I were to go to the other side of the United States, say to California. I want to be able to take my husband but he said that he did not want to go so I am going all by myself. Continue reading
Years seem to have a habit of just flying away without even realizing it. One day my kids are in diapers, and the next day they are wanting to wear makeup or play football. When I realized that it had been three years since we took a family holiday, I decided to do something about it. Life does get busy, but our family is definitely worth the time and effort to make it slow down a bit, if even just for a week or so. When I found the Greenstone Lodge, I was really excited to see that it was definitely in our price range.
We have been to New Zealand before, but it was just to attend a family wedding. We were only there for two days, and we always said we wanted to go back. That is why I started looking at New Zealand first, and I am glad because I found the perfect house for us. We have always been an active family, even if our activities are usually done individually instead of together as a family. Continue reading