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Obamacare – Shove it!

So what does this liberal, lefty, commie, collectivist, leaning toward Democrat think of Obamacare – it sucks! If there is anything that will and probably should hurt Democrats in the next election, it’s Obamacare.  Mind you, I truly believe that the Affordable Health Care Act has it’s merits; that the premise is sound; that the current system is unsustainable and unquestionably detrimental to the...

“Bah! Humbug!

Fess up! You’re a closet curmudgeon. There is an inner Scrooge waiting to bust out and beat the livin’ hell outta the next person that tells you to have a Happy Holiday. I hear ya. What’s so damn happy about the holidays anyway – this holiday in particular? The economy sucks, the bills are unrelenting, the price of everything has gone up and you have too damn many gifts to buy. Admit it. The...

WordPress.org or WordPress.com

Should I use WordPress.org, or should I use WordPress.com?  That’s pretty much the first question I get asked, and likely the most important question to resolve, before jumping into your first site, WordPress site.  If you do some Googling (and you should always be Googling), use the search words “wordpress.org v wordpress.com”, and narrowed your search to the last month,  you will find...

Salami and Eggs

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the site “Salami and Eggs” Salami and Eggs is the cooking / recipe / personal blog of Diana Schecter. A series of culinary concoctions and cooktop confessions will be the fare-du-jour.  We’re sure you’ll enjoy the content and the spirit with which it is delivered. We hope you’ll stop by and have a look, enjoy her stories, use some recipes. ...

Bally Total Fitness – No Brains No Gains

If you are thinking of joining a health club or gym, and you happen upon this blog, and you are considering Bally Total Fitness – don’t walk, RUN!  Run away, that is. You will thank me later. (don’t forget). Here lies (notice the allusion to their imminent demise) a company that has been in and out of bankruptcy several times, has had customer complaints too numerous to compile, has been taken over by its lenders,...

Doing Grand

About two weeks ago, my daughter-in-law Jessica called to tell me she was pregnant. Wow! I’m not a mushy kinda guy, but I admit to being a bit overwhelmed and welling up. Fantastic news of course, but it definitely shook me a bit. Why? Because that news also came with a startling picture. Mind you, I was never blessed with one of those “magic mirrors”. You know the one; it doesn’t show imperfections or pounds...

Comcast – The Bigger They Are, The Harder They FAIL

What do you get, when you take a poorly managed company with a poorly trained staff that uses outdated technology to maintain an antiquated infrastructure, AND, you shake up the management, train the staff, hire an educated field worker and give him the latest technology and send him out to maintain that same antiquated infrastructure? You get massive “FAIL”.  And I believe that sums up Comcast (our cable company)....

Continuing Education My Eye

I just endured what can only be described as an alternate form of water-boarding, commonly known as continuing education.  Perhaps a tad dramatic, but it certainly felt like torture to everyone in the classroom, including the instructor. I don’t care how many hours your licensure mandates, the simple fact is that it’s a waste of your time and money, and the board’s time and money in overseeing, documenting, and...

King of My Domain

I am king of my domain.  Don’t laugh.  I really am!  Why is everyone snickering at me? Hey, listen up and I’ll explain. This recession, with its incredibly high rate of unemployment and underemployment, coinciding with the internet revolution, and compounded by easy access to the web and websites, has produced more entrepreneurial startups than at any other time in history.  Take a look at the profiles on LinkedIn...

Veterans: Do This! Get Hired!

I spoke to the author, Mark Lyden and got him to spill way too much information about the book and on what’s in the book – but not all of it, of course. I can tell you that Mark was so compelling in  our interview that I bought and read the book myself. Here are my thoughts. The book is anything but a literary classic. It wasn’t meant to captivate, it was designed to educate. Too short to bore you to tears but it’s...

I Take My Spam “Organic”

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of spam.  You too?  Yeah, of course.  We all get our share.  But this isn’t your run of the mill trash; this is different; even more disturbing.  How is that possible?  Let me explain. If you send and receive email or spend any time on the internet (oh, that’s right, you’re here, aren’t you?) then you no longer think of that alternate foodstuff when you hear the term spam.  It’s...

Just One Veteran

In the course of history, this country’s essence has been; the reason that immigrants flocked to our shores; the standard by which other countries are measured; the cause for which we rally our forces; in a word – freedom. In today’s world however, there is a new buzzword that is America – security. After all, it is security that allows us our freedoms, or at least their enjoyment. It follows then, that...

Follow This!

There is no way you can be involved in social media, in the midst of a social media revolution, on a social media website, and not talk about Twitter. When I first wrote this blog, late in 2009, facebook, linkedin, and twitter were all taking full advantage of the recession and amassing huge numbers of members.  While facebook and linkedin had established themselves as credible platforms, at that time,...

Zeb’s Place

The renovation and the history of the Zebulon Waters house on Bay Road in Sharon, MA. This is the blog of Matthew Cecil.  My nephew is an easy going, extremely bright, and as it turns out incredibly talented craftsman.  And to showcase his talents, he went and bought an old house to restore.  I think it was built by George Washington’s grandfather or something. No that might be wrong, but you can get the...

Sammy Noodles

This is the blog of Ami Cecil and her life with two beautiful boys, one of whom has autism. Ami is my niece, my sister’s daughter.  I hate to use that description because it doesn’t speak to how much I love her and how much she means and how very special she is to me.  Nevertheless, since I can’t gush all over a website, niece will have to suffice. Ami and Matt found themselves in a situation that...

Compliance Services – Great Scam!

I recently received in the mail, an envelope.  It’s green (very official looking) has in big bold type just above the window with my corporation’s address in it, the words: “IMPORTANT – Annual Minutes Requirement Statement – Business Mail – Time Sensitive”.   The sender – Compliance Services in Tallahassee, and just below the return address, it says “THIS IS NOT...

Bank of America Scores – BankAtlantic Loses

It’s nice to start a “Hit or Miss” type blog off on a positive note, and as luck would have it I just recently had a bad experience (miss) turn into a rather pleasant and productive one (hit), so I’ll start with that. I’ve been banking, both personal and business, with BankAtlantic for a few years now.  When I opened my several accounts, BankAtlantic was churning away 7-days a week...

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