Posted by Santi on June 9, 2013
The wife and I have mixed feelings about our eldest daughter, Marie, looking for houses for sale in Calgary, which is in Canada, and is well over a 40 hour drive from here. We are excited about her finding such a wonderful opportunity in her field and we always knew that she would land some where far from home, but there is just no way to really prepare for something like this when the time finally comes.
The Cliff Stevenson Group has been a great help with their Calgary MLS listings. The wife has taken quite an interest in helping Marie with her search for the perfect home in a place that none of us know anything about. My guess is that it is making her feel like she still has some control out of the whole deal. After a while all the real estate websites start looking alike, but theirs keeps them coming back, so they must be doing something right in order to keep the two most important females in my life content. A super friendly website can make a big difference for a company, no matter what type of business it is trying promote.
I’ll continue to let them do the legwork and then I’ll step in, if needed. But they have assured me that they have it well under control for now and that the task of figuring out the packing and the moving will be assigned to me when the date gets a little closer. So far we are looking at September, but it could change at any moment, so maybe I should thinking and start doing a bit of research with movers that will travel into Canada.
Posted by Santi on February 4, 2013
Haven’t seen my brother-in-law so happy in a very long time. He was in an auto accident over 5 years ago and has been laid up, out of work, in pain and almost ready to declare bankruptcy since he can’t work because of the injuries. The woman who rear ended him back then, didn’t have any insurance and has since left the country, so legally and financially things don’t look so good for him right now. My sister is having to work two jobs and they are still in the red.
For Christmas we all pitched in and told him to use the money for one of the auto lifts that he has been drooling over for the past couple of years to put in his shop out back, that was just finished being built last summer. He can still manage to get out once in a while and work on the various vehicles that they own, as well as doing minor work for family, friends and neighbors which helps bring in a bit of money now and then and saves them money by not having to take their vehicles to the shop when he is capable of doing it himself. And when he gets the auto lift he will be able to do so much more. So it’s a win win situation for everyone, at least that is the plan.
Posted by Santi on January 23, 2013
Posted by Santi on December 30, 2012
My nephew has discovered army men. A couple weeks ago, I bought him a set of about 100 little plastic army men, and then he wanted a play helmet. So next I supposed I’ll get him a toy gun and use that opportunity to teach him about gun safety and care. If he still has an interest in guns and shooting, next year I’ll take him out in the woods and let him shoot at a few rabbits or squirrels to teach him about hunting basics.
I didn’t go hunting this year at all and I have to admit that I miss the days outdoors. I have a lot of great gear, and every once in a while I pick up something for a future hunting trip. I check a couple of web sites now and then and the local surplus store when I’m out and about, but my favorite place for top quality gear is the Brigade QM site, brigadeqm.com, for all kinds of camo, field gear, tools and even cop gear. My next purchase from the Brigade QM site will be a Special Ops shot shell pouch. It holds 12 rounds of 3.5 inch shells and is perfect for carrying my extra ammo. All of the Spec Ops Gear is top quality – designed by guys who really use it.
Posted by Santi on December 29, 2012
My son’s new construction business is already taking off like a rocket. OK, there’s a pun there since he’s in Huntsville.
There is so much new work going on in Huntsville that it is almost impossible to rent any of the big equipment. He originally planned to just rent the backhoes and excavators for the projects, but he can’t get a backhoe for 3 months. That is so ridiculous!
So he’s looking into buying one for the business and just keeping it in the backyard on a trailer when it’s not on a job site. I think he can find one for about $12,000 – $14,000 new, and about a third off if he is willing to take a reconditioned one. This big expenditure wasn’t in his business plan. So he’s looking into the option of utilizing unsecured small business loans and will be spending time inside on the computer doing his research to find the best option for his needs and wants.
It’s not that my son’s credit is very bad – it’s just not really good considering they just bought a new house and he’s trying to start his own new business. So if he can get the attention of someone who understands the huge business opportunity he has in Huntsville, I’m sure he will get what he needs to buy the backhoe and a trailer.