Inspirational Thought – Achieving Greatness

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Veterans Day Thoughts

Veterans Day Thoughts –

I want to take a moment today to remember and honor all the veterans, the brave men and women who have served and who continue to serve this great nation. It is through hard fought victories that we as a nation came to enjoy the liberties we sometimes now take for granted. But I am all the more grateful that we have days to honor and remember the service and sacrifices that have been made. This day is for you and I hope you know and feel of our appreciation.

Thank you!

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I Voted!

I votedToday I Voted!

And it’s been cool to see the way social media is getting involved with getting people out to the polls. The virtual “sticker” you see here is the badge that was awarded on Foursquare. It seems everywhere I turn today there are people talking about getting out and getting involved. So, whatever your political preference, I hope you were able to exercise your right to speak out and vote.

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Happy Halloween!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Halloween!

And since the topic was brought up by several of my good friends, I want to pose this question to you… Is using powertools cheating when it comes to carving a pumpkin?  The example to the left is one I carved with powertools and am quite proud of the result.

I look forward to getting the consensus of my friends and seeing what everyone thinks.

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Solutions Real Estate

Solutions Real EstateSolutions Real Estate

Huge changes are happening with my Real Estate business and Marcia and I have made the decision to switch companies over to Solutions Real Estate.

This is a big move for us an we are thrilled to be joining the Solutions Real Estate team. For many years, we have been independent but this change allows us to focus more time on our clients needs and provides some amazing tools to help build our Real Estate business.

I will include information here on things I am learning and the way this move will help you move. Whether you are buying or selling – I have new tools available to me to make it easier for you. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about Arizona Real Estate and the move to Solutions Real Estate.

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So, when I was a kid, we had a game we used to love playing called Waterworks. In the game, there are  playing cards showing plumbing pipe and the purpose is to complete a pipe from valve to spout before the other players can start the water or give you a leaky pipe.  We enjoyed playing this game, but it certainly did not prepare me for real life plumbing.

I only bring this up as it is what came to mind yesterday morning during my plumbing adventures.  In my neighborhood, most of the neighbors plant winter seed in anticipation of the coming winter months. While preparing my yard for planting, I got the desire to pull a bush from my landscaping that had seen better days and that regularly poked people as they walked up to my front door. It was while removing that bush that the adventure began.

Several years ago, all the homes in my neighborhood began having problems with the pipe that ran from the water meter to the house. This water main tended to break easily and the end result is that they all had to be replaced. In the case of my house, the bush I previously mentioned had already been in place and had very aggressive roots. So, the plumber that did the install put the new copper pipe over part of the root system and even over the sprinkler system pipes. This left the water main with less than an inch of dirt on top of it. And in the process of removing the bush, the copper pipe was punctured. The water was quickly turned off, but not before we were soaked from head to toe.

Turns out this was an opportunity to fix what was improperly installed in the first place. After excavating the area, I decided to move the sprinkler box and replace and re-solder many of the parts leading into the house.

The photo to the left is the result of 2 days of work. It was definitely too much time spent fixing the damage and making it look good. But in the end I can be proud that it is fixed right.  And I learned a few things along the way. I already knew sprinkler systems from summers spent installing landscaping in High School. But the soldering of the copper was new and I am so glad to have had the help and good learning experience.  Thank you Samuel for your patience and assistance. I learned lots and we had a good time reconnecting as we worked.

Oh, and we did manage to get my winter seed planted. Looking forward to the cool summer months ahead. I love Arizona winters. :)

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You’re a winner, Teddy knows!

“You’re a winner Teddy knows” – You’ve got what it takes” – You’re on your way to the top” – “You are a born leader” – “There is nothing you can’t do” – “ You are one of a kind”.

Executive TeddyThese are the phrases I heard growing up. And all at the pull of a string on the back of my Teddy Bear.  It was always so reassuring and the ideas and motivation to excel have stayed with me.

So, I spent some time online today looking for a replacement of my childhood friend. I found a photo- but for now, the search continues.

You’re a winner, Teddy knows!

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10:10AM on 10/10/10

The time is 10:10AM on 10/10/10 So, go make a BIG wish… and now, go create something extraordinary in your life! Life is to be embraced. Every moment can and should be precious. Enjoy it and live it to the fullest!

See you on the flipside. I’m looking forward to seeing what all my talented friends make and do with today.

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Day 2

With the new day I am inspired by the possibilities in the road ahead.  The transition has gone incredibly smooth and as testing continues, I am ever more confidant in the solutions we found.  One thing I realized this morning is that this transition will free me up to travel more and give me all the more chances to get behind a camera instead of a desk.  This is a great thing!

So, for all you WPers out there, what are some of the Plugins, Tools, and Themes that you have found most important and/or valuable?

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Changes come and go

I am sitting in my oddly quiet home office and for the first time in years I cannot hear the gentle hum of my server. Last night I made the switch and all my sites are now running on external servers out in the cloud. It’s weird – In a good way. And after years of amazingly consistent service (I built the server from scratch), I felt relief to turn the server off and give it a rest.

So, with the old server gone and a clean slate ahead, I am choosing to use this opportunity to start new. To embrace the chance to rebuild and recreate and see where my blog and online life take me.

It feels good.  Now we’re off!

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