We had a goal of building a company to the point we could sell it for enough money to retire. I had no idea that we would be able to do that more than once in our lifetime. My wife and I worked to develop ideas that could be formed into a profitable company. We wanted good jobs for people in a business model that could be sustained for the long term. Then we planned to sell. Instead, we built two businesses and kept them. We finally got to the point we could contact a realtor in Denver about an upscale property. That has always been part of our goal.
Originally, we wanted to form a profitable company, sell it for a lot of money and retire. When we figured out that we needed to maintain ownership in order to protect the employees, customers and the businesses from major changes we did not agree with, we decided to keep them. It is also why we never went public with our two companies. No keeping investors happy. (more…)
It can be hard to move to a new place. You don't know anyone and you don't know your way around. If you move to a new town, especially a small town, a lot of the people have known each other their whole lives and it can feel like you are outside looking in. I was afraid of these things when I found out that I would have to relocate to Tennessee for work. I have terrible social anxiety, so as I looked for apartments for rent in Cordova TN, I worried that I would move there and live like a hermit even more than I was up in New York. I was more apprehensive than you could possibly imagine, so I moved there hoping for the best but expecting the worst.
I moved there on a Sunday and the moving truck was late so I sat on my front stoop and waited. And waited some more. (more…)
My dad played basketball in high school and college. He talks about it so often that I know most all of his memorable stories about his best games by heart. He is the one who taught me to play the game, and he has always had high hopes for me playing in school, too. I made it to my senior year and suddenly started feeling a lot of pain after games. I worried that playing for a university would be dashed, but dad told me that he would take me to see a chiropractor in Philadelphia to see if that would do anything for me. He told me that he had been to one many times when he was much younger and had good luck with that. Getting recruited to play after graduation was my dream, so I certainly hoped I could reach my goal.
Dad had a hoop installed next to our driveway when I was a little kid. He had first taught me how to dribble a ball, and when he saw how obsessed I was with practicing, he took me to a nearby park to actually teach me how to play the game. (more…)
I should have started my daughter with seeing a dentist in Fremont much earlier than I did. It would have been so much easier on her and the dentist. Waiting until she was a bit older meant that she was scared for no reason. Starting their visits when they are toddlers makes everything go so much more smoothly. That is what everyone says, and it was true for my other three children who I started out when they were much younger. It also would have helped stop some of the tooth decay that my daughter has.
One of my daughter's front teeth had an gray tinge to it. I sat her down and asked her to open her mouth so that I could get a better look at it. I wondered if I was just imagining it. But then, a couple of days later she smiled at me and I noticed it again. I grabbed a flashlight so that I could get a better view this time. (more…)
I have been in the U.S Army for a couple of years now, but up until now I have been living in the barracks. There was not any need for me to have a house when it was only me. Now I have a wife, who is also in the service and so we are going to get a house on the base. We are based at Joint Base San Antonio, so now I have been looking at choosetexaspower.org because it turns out that you get to pick your own power provider if you live here in Texas. It is something that I did not know anything about until I started to look into this matter. It is something that seems a bit strange to both of us. (more…)