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Installing an Electric Heater in my Garage

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While most of the people I know are thinking about summer, days at the beach, and anything but winter, I am doing the complete opposite.  You see, for three seasons in the year I am always out tinkering in my garage, and the time that I spend there keeps me sane.

So when winter comes around and I can’t work out in the garage, I get a little crazy.

After receiving a bit of an inheritance from my aunt who passed away, I found myself with enough money to buy an electric heater for the garage.  While it will cost a bit of money to run the heater, at least the initial investment won’t be as much as it would be if I put in a gas heater.

I have found a Rockingham electrician that is willing to come out and wire up the garage properly for the heater.  I know that a lot of my friends gave me the gears for not doing it myself, but frankly I want to make sure that it is done right the first time.  I can admit that I know nothing about wiring or electricity, so having an electrician do the work just makes sense.

Written by Randy Jenkins

April 20th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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Tired of our Leaking Roof

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Since money has been tight in our household, we have let a number of things that we should have done to maintain our home slip through our fingers.  When you can’t afford to do anything about it, you don’t really have any options other than hoping for the best, but that isn’t the right way to maintain a house.

One of the things that we have been putting off has been doing the shingles on our roof.  When they were installed they were 25 year shingles, and this year marks year 30.  They look terrible, and the roof has started leaking, so we are going to have to deal with it whether we want to or not.

I’ve hired a company that does roof inspection in Novi MI to take a look at our roof, assess the damage, and let us know our options.  They will be out later this week to check out our roof, and hopefully the news won’t be to bad.

Hopefully it will be the only maintenance issue that we will have to deal with this year, but seeing that we have been neglecting our home, it might not be.  Sometimes I wish that we had done things differently.

Written by Randy Jenkins

April 20th, 2015 at 1:52 pm

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I Carry my Business in my Pocket

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Fifty years ago you would be a successful business owner if you had a big warehouse or factory.  Success was measured by the number of buildings you had and the number of people you employed.

But the days of big business are over.

In fact, I would argue that the more successful you are, the smaller your business is.

For example, my company doesn’t operate out of a big building or employ a lot of staff, and yet, it is very successful.

In fact, I carry my business in my pocket.

How?

Well, it is simple really.  You see, I sell artwork that I create in my home studio on the internet.  Now, I’m no computer geek or tech guru, and yet I run my own ecommerce store right from my smartphone.  I downloaded the Kartrocket Seller App and had my store setup in just minutes.  It is designed for small business owners like myself that have limited tech skills.

It is so easy that my grandmother could setup her own store.

Now, whenever I create a new piece for sale, I pull out my phone and add it to my ecommerce site.

If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner looking to start your own ecommerce store, give the Kartrocket Seller App a try.

Written by Randy Jenkins

April 17th, 2015 at 4:42 pm

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Flexible Internet Packages for Business Travelers in Japan

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Whenever I travel to another country, it is a chore to get a good and stable internet connection.  In most cases I usually depend on my phone for my internet access, but I don’t ever want to rack up big charges with my carrier while I am not home.

I had one of the best experiences the last time that I was in Japan.  You see, the company that I was working for at the time had us traveling over to Japan to work with our clients.  I welcomed these types of opportunities since I didn’t have enough money to travel around.

I was really happy when I landed at the airport to find out that I had a parcel at the local post office.  Hooking everything up on the router was done quickly and I was ready for the work I needed to do on my laptop.  I had no issues with the internet whether I was in a thriving city, or a slow small town thanks to the help of the tech support team over at JapanWifiBuddy.com.  I was able to have the freedom I needed to complete my work.

When I was ready to go home, I mailed the wireless router back to the company.  It is definitely an easy and effective way for you to provide internet access to your staff.

To learn more, visit http://www.japanwifibuddy.com/

Written by Dan Mann

April 17th, 2015 at 12:48 am

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Offering Organic Hotel Rooms

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With all of the focus that has been on the health benefits of organic and natural products lately, we saw an opportunity to carve a little niche out for our hotel.  We decided to offer an opportunity for guests to stay in a room that only used natural and organic products.

The response has been very positive.

The rooms are cleaned with natural cleaners and you will find handmade soap, organic shampoo and lotion in the bathrooms.  These products are perfect for anyone that has allergies, skin problems, and young children.

In terms of costs on our end, we have been able to work out deals with our suppliers to make our change to organic and natural products negligible.

Since we have been able to keep our costs down, we have been renting the organic rooms at the same rate as our regular rooms.  This move has been well received by our guests and we have had a number of compliments thanking us for providing great value for the price.

Based on how well received these rooms have been, we have been toying with the idea of converting the entire hotel to natural and organic products, and we will do so in stages throughout 2015.

Written by Randy Jenkins

April 14th, 2015 at 4:08 pm

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Attended a Beautiful Wedding Last Night

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I wasn’t sure if attending Wendy and Jeff’s wedding was the right thing to do or not, but we did anyway.  Somehow they tracked us down and invited us to their special day.  We used to be neighbors in an apartment building nearly ten years ago, so we were surprised to even get an invitation.  We didn’t know how it was going to be after such a long time apart, but we thought it would be nice to go to a wedding.

It was last night and I am sure glad we went.

In terms of weddings they did everything right.  The length of the actual ceremony was short, but long enough to make it feel important.  They re-enacted the scene that you see in every movie where the couple runs out of the church, and for them, it was perfect.

We didn’t know what to expect for the reception, but it didn’t disappoint either.  They had some lovely roast beef for supper, and the most delightful asparagus dish ever.  To top things off, every table had a wine bottle specifically for toasts with gold bottle sparklers on top.  We were instructed to light our sparklers if we wanted the bride and groom to kiss, so each table only had one shot to make it happen.  It was a unique way of doing things and we all had a lot of fun.

We left the wedding at the last call because we were having so much fun.  Too bad every wedding we attend isn’t as entertaining.

Written by Randy Jenkins

April 9th, 2015 at 2:45 pm

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I Smell a Book in the Works

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There have been a few websites that have such great content that they have been turned into books.  One example I can think of is the Scary Mommy blog.  Sharing insights into parenting, tips for taking care of children and inciting discussion around the topic, there has been a spin off of books from the site covering a variety of topics relating to parenting.  These books take the great content of the site and put it in a format that you can sit and read at your couch.

One of the sites that I have been reading lately has been TheWorkHappensBlog.com, a blog that shares stories of things that have happened in the workplace.  I know that I have worked in a few colorful places during my career, and yet, most of the stories that I could share with you are nothing compared to what is on the site.

You will find tales that are scary, crazy and down right funny.  There are talks of the site looking to publish a book and share even more crazy stories from the workplace.  I for one would be happy to see stories like this in print – reading them makes you realize that your life and job is not that bad.

Written by Randy Jenkins

April 7th, 2015 at 1:17 pm

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Finding a Used Car for my Father

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For most of our lives, our parents hold our hands and help us get established in the world.  But eventually your parents end up so old that they need your help with their lives, and that is when the kids are supposed to step in and take care of the parents.  While my parents are not quite at the age where they need fulltime care, we are at a point where I help them out a lot more than I used to.

I don’t mind it.

In fact, helping them out gives me an opportunity to see them a lot more than I normally would.  For example, my father and I have been looking at used cars for a few weeks now as they are looking to replace their old truck with something a little more fuel efficient.

Finding a vehicle for them has been a bit of a challenge as I want to get them something that will be durable, is in good shape and has not been in an accident.  For every vehicle that my father decided that he would be interested in buying, we have been doing vehicle history reports to make sure that we are not buying a car with problems or that has been in an accident.

So far, all of the ones that he wanted had problems with them.

Thankfully we have time to wait for a good deal on a used car for them.  I really want to get them a good used car – we are not going to settle for anything less.

Written by Dan Mann

April 6th, 2015 at 1:43 am

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Sharing my Computer Repair Skills Online

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One of the things that my grandfather taught me when I was younger was that I should share my talents with the world.  I really took that belief to heart, and throughout my life I have tried to share what skills and talents that I have.

I started out early on having a knack with computers.  I was obsessed with them and learned everything I could about them, which eventually landed me a career in computer repair.  It has been rewarding and fun for me to work with the one thing that I love each and every day, and I am thankful that I can provide a valuable service to the people that live in our community.

But where I get my real satisfaction in life would be from sharing my computer skills on a PC forum that I am a member of.  DigitalOpinion.net is a place where people with varying computer skills come together to help each other out with problems with computer hardware and software.  Personally I have used the site to help me with some computer problems I have had with client computers, and most recently, I have started to help out the users of the site where I can.

Using this forum has really given me a great opportunity to help other people out with their computer problems, and I have already started to make friends on the site.  If you ever need to fix your computer or would like to share your computer skills with the world, head on over to DigitalOpinion.net now.

Written by Dan Mann

April 5th, 2015 at 10:21 pm

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Finding a Wedding Photographer in New Jersey

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It is hard to believe that it won’t be that long before I am married.  I thought that asking Elaine to marry me would buy me some time before we actually had to get married, but I was wrong – she moved the timetable forward and we are already doing the wedding planning.

It seems that she had a date in mind when I asked for her hand in marriage.

Working on the wedding planning has been interesting.  I loved trying all the types of food that the caterer offered and picking the dishes we would serve at the reception.  Trying to come together and choose a cake that we could both agree upon was a different matter.  We’ve always had different tastes when it comes to desserts, and choosing a cake was perhaps the hardest thing we had ever done as a couple.

Finding a New Jersey wedding photographer was perhaps the easiest part of the wedding planning process.  One of our good friends suggested Diego Molina as they loved the quality of photos that he did for their wedding.  Thankfully he was available for our wedding day, so we are really looking forward to having him taking the pictures for our special day.

Thankfully we only have a few things left to arrange and then we should be ready for our wedding day – I can’t wait to start our lives together.

Written by Randy Jenkins

April 4th, 2015 at 7:18 pm

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