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Better Accessibility to College for All Students

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When it comes to eligibility for admission to many colleges around the country, the students are judged based on their results on the SATs and ACTs.  These are standardized tests that favor students that attend schools that teach the Common Core curriculum.

Because these tests favor the Common Core curriculum, there are many students that have a disadvantage and are unable to be admitted to many of the more prestigious schools in the country.

But there is a group looking to change how the university admission test works and provide a level playing field for everyone that wants to attend college.

The folks at UniversityAdmissionTest.org are looking to create a free university admission test that will give more opportunities for students to enter college.  Instead of schools having to choose the Common Core curriculum to give their students the edge when it comes to college entrance exams, they can focus more on providing learning opportunities for their students.

Everyone wins.

But in order to make this happen, they need the help of people like you.  They are raising funds for this cause through a charity auction and need donations of items that they can sell.  You can learn more about their cause and how you can help over at http://www.universityadmissiontest.org/

Written by Randy Jenkins

March 26th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

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Having Some Laughs in the Doctor’s Office

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Based on some of the looks that I received from the other people in the waiting room at the doctor’s office today, I would have to say that some of the people there thought I was crazy.  I suppose I would have too if I had been a spectator of my uncontrollable laughing, but it was one of those times were I was looking at something truly memorable.

You see, one of my good friends had sent me an email about a website by Samceeh named Politipiggle.  Having never heard of it before, I thought that it would be a great thing to do while waiting for my appointment.

What I had not counted on was that it was going to be a site that would make me laugh and have such deep insight into the politics of the UK.  While I don’t live there, I certainly appreciate the intricacies of the political environment there, and the cartoons were bang on.

I noticed that he also has published a book for the Kindle, and I will have to check that out as well.

Whether or not the people at the doctor’s office thought I was crazy, I had a great time checking out the wonderfully illustrated political cartoons.  It was definitely the best waiting room experience ever.

Written by Dan Mann

March 25th, 2015 at 11:29 pm

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Hanging Out with my BFFs

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While our lives have been a lot busier since we finished college, my best friends and I still hang out a lot together.  We are BFFs for life, and as such, we will be spending together until the day we die.

So today we are going out shopping to find some womens sexy panties to show off to our boyfriends.  I know that Chelsey wants to drive Matt just mad by showing him her undergarments but not letting him touch them – we all know that it drives him crazy.

We are going to hit some of our favorite clothing stores as well and hopefully I can find a few new outfits for work.  I’m feeling tired of my wardrobe that I have, so any change would be a good one.

Of course, no day would be complete without manicures and pedicures, and we have those booked down at the spa for 3 PM.

I think the plan is to finish the day with a nice supper at our favorite restaurant and head out for a night of clubbing.  I know that it is the middle of the week, but it has been so long since I’ve gone dancing that I just don’t care – a girl has got to have fun, right?

Written by Janice Rey

March 24th, 2015 at 12:35 pm

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Waiting for my Appointment

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I am many things, but one of them is not patient.  Since I was a child, I really struggled sitting in one place for a long time, and while I am a bit better at doing it now, I still struggle a lot.  So when I knew that I was going to have a doctors appointment today, I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge.

But I did come prepared.

I brought my book and a few games to play on my phone.  But that didn’t last long – only about five minutes.

I needed something to do.

So, I picked up one of the brochures on the wall in the office: a pamphlet on sleep apnea.

I could really relate to the brochure as my brother had problems sleeping growing up.  Unfortunately for him, he didn’t outgrow his sleeping problems and he needs to uses a CPAP machine to help him sleep.  I suppose that it is good that they were able to help him despite the fact that he needs a machine every night, but things could always be worse, right?

Thankfully thinking about my brother and his problems made it easier to wait in the waiting room.  It didn’t take much longer to get in to my appointment.

Written by Jake Solomon

March 22nd, 2015 at 7:51 pm

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Looking for Work

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After I was laid off from my job working as a janitor in a data center, I found myself without employment for the first time in two decades.  I just always thought that I was going to work there until retirement, but sometimes plans don’t work out the way you think they will.

So, I found myself looking for work.

Things have sure changed since the last time I looked for a job, and I just hope I don’t have a lot of trouble finding one.  While I do have a lot of experience with commercial cleaning, I really wonder if there are companies that are looking to hire someone my age.

I can’t think about that now.

I’m in the process of updating my resume and getting everything in place so that I can go hand it out and find myself a new job.  I’m just hoping that it won’t take very long to get a new one as my savings won’t last more than a few months.

Hopefully I can find a place that would be happy to have a reliable janitor like myself to help them out.  I think that I will go crazy just sitting around my place waiting for the phone to ring – I am better when I keep busy.

Written by Jake Solomon

March 21st, 2015 at 4:58 pm

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Enjoying a Week of Seminars at Work

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While my job seems to be a rather repetitive routine that I do day in and day out, there are some shining moments during the year.  One of them is the yearly training that we undergo during March.  The courses that we take during a week in the slowest month of the year helps us to grow as employees.  These courses are presented in a seminar-based format, and we spend the days listening, taking notes and discussing what we have learned.

It can be a lot of fun.

Typically our company looks for business trainers that travel, and we have had quite the roster of teachers over the past few years.  The only consistency to the trainers that we use would be the pair that come from Empire Image Consulting to speak with us about customer service and leadership.  Those two seminars each year are fun, informative, and are the highlight of the week.

At the end of the week, we are all required to write a short exam to see what we had learned during the week of training.  Historically, this has been the hardest part for me, so now I take notes during the week so I can provide great answers when it comes to test time.

We still have a couple of days of training to go.  I will enjoy them while they last.

Written by Dan Mann

March 18th, 2015 at 11:00 pm

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Trying to Grow my Hair Back

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One of the things that I really miss from my youth would be my hair.  It used to be thick and the feeling of it blowing in the breeze on a windy day really felt magical.  But for whatever reason, my hair slowly disappeared during my twenties, and there isn’t a lot left.

While I tried a number of over-the-counter hair treatments, none of them really made any difference.  I was about to give up on ever having hair again when one of my good friends mentioned a hair loss clinic in Mississauga that they had tried and had good results.  Intrigued, I decided to go check them out.

As it turned out, they had a lot of success stopping or even reversing the hair loss with people like myself.  Their initial consultation gave me hope, and I really felt like their entire Head First treatment regimen was based upon science and proven results.

Based on their presentation and their offering, I have decided to give their program a try.  I really have faith that it will turn out well for me and that I will be able to enjoy the wind blowing through my hair sometime in the near future.

I can’t wait to have my hair back.

Written by Randy Jenkins

March 18th, 2015 at 4:10 pm

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Finding a Baby Gift for my Sister

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While most of my siblings have already had all of their babies, my sister is just starting her family out.  She is eight years younger than my brother (so a decade younger than me), and has just finally settled down with a nice guy.  They wanted to get married before they had kids, so we were not surprised to hear the news that she was having a baby.

Unfortunately, they don’t have a lot of money, so they will be counting on getting everything that they need through baby gifts and from their baby shower.  I can remember when we were struggling with our first child, and I can sympathize as to how hard it is.

So, we have been looking at some of the top nursery glider chairs to see if we can find one for her nursery.  Their condominium is not very big, so we have been trying to find one that doesn’t take up a lot of room.

We don’t have a lot of time left to get this gift for my sister as her baby shower is next weekend.  While we were trying to find her the perfect glider, we will probably just have to decide to get one for her and hope it is good.

I can’t wait to hold my new niece or nephew in my arms – man I love babies!

Written by Dan Mann

March 16th, 2015 at 4:01 pm

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Tinted Our Office Building Windows

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Employee safety is always a concern, and as a company, we try to put employee health first.  You see, our business cannot run without the staff we have hired to run it, so taking care of our employees is really just taking care of our business.

We have done a number of initiatives over the years to promote employee health including building a gym in the office, implementing exercise breaks, and providing everyone in the building a leisure pass to the facilities in town.

While many companies would have thought that they had done enough, we did not.  In fact, we noticed one of the biggest problems with our office – we had a lot of windows that let the sun shine in right on our staff and customers.  Unfortunately, many of these staff that were positioned by these windows ended up with sunburns on a regular basis.  While we would have loved to move them away from the windows, we ended up implementing a completely different solution.

We decided to tint the windows at the office.

It really made the most sense.  We didn’t have to change the layout or use of the space we had, and all we did was have a company that specialized in window tinting come to the office, apply the film to the windows, and we were done.

Not only were the employees safe, but they were also appreciative of the fact that we put their health first.  It was the right move for our business.

Written by Dan Mann

March 15th, 2015 at 11:17 pm

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Fixing the Bottleneck in our Design Team

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While I thought that our design team always did their jobs quickly enough, I had a gut feeling that it might not be the case.  For the last few months, something really seemed off, and most of the projects that the design team worked on did get done, but the hours used for the projects didn’t make sense.

Since my wage depends on us being productive, I thought it was time to dig deeper into the issue.  I consulted with my colleagues and decided to require the use off task analysis software in the design department.

They were not happy about it at first, but followed along with my plans.  While I didn’t see any really useful patterns for the first few projects, I did start to notice some problems as time went on.

It turned out that one of our graphic designers was taking about four times as long to get his work done compared to the other one.  Based on the entries that he made into the computer, he was the bottleneck for the design team.

After heading down to the design department, I noticed that Mike (the graphic designer) was sleeping at his desk.  After asking the rest of the design team, I learned that it was a common occurrence for Mike to sleep for more than half his shift.

Needless to say, he was let go.

Moving forward, we will continue to use the software to analyze each project we do in house to maximize our efficiency.  I really wish that we had discovered the software package sooner.

Written by Jake Solomon

March 5th, 2015 at 2:42 pm