Thursday, August 4, 2011

crazy co-workers, free androids and eating fugly frogs?

Sorry everyone. I couldn't post for the past couple of days. I had been really busy and I didn't want to post without having the time to read and comment and all your posts also ;-)

I told you guys last week that I quit. This week I got a new job. Well, not entirely new because I'm doing the same thing. Only with a different company and for more money and in a higher end market like I was shooting for. I'm excited!

'So why is this picture of this crazy, penis removing witch here?' you may be asking. Well she used to work at the office I worked at.

I'm not sure if anyone else saw the free Nexus S advertising on the Google homepage yesterday. It was right underneath the search-bar. All there was a line saying 'have the Google experience, Nexus S free today only' or something close to that. Well I clicked it and it linked me to Best Buy, a pretty big electronics retailer here in the states and it did show the cost for the phone at $0 but only for new customers and we established new service a couple of months ago with a 2 year contract so for a moment I thought we were assed out. BUT when the new service was established my wife and I used phones we already had and didn't take any new customer discounts or rebates. So we were able to still use the new customer rebates and get the Nexus S for free yesterday! I checked the Best Buy website today. It is sold out online and the price went back up.

And on a different note...a few years a go I read a book that still resonates with me. I wouldn't really call it a motivational book as I would a how-to book. The title is 'Eat That Frog'. It's a very short read and can actually be summed up in a couple of paragraphs. I believe its a good way to think.


If you had to eat the most horrible looking frog on the planet...what part of the day would you eat it. Morning or night?

If you waited until the night you would dreading it and thinking about it all day not wanting the night to come. Same goes for the afternoon or evening for that matter. But if you ate it first thing in the morning, you can move on with your day and enjoying it for what it is and not having to worry about having to eat any frogs later.
So what's the point? we all have to do stuff we really don't want to do. Either make a call we don't to make. See or talk to someone we don't want to talk to or deal with. Whatever it is everyone has shit they don't want to do that needs to be done or things that are always put off or put on the back-burner so to speak. Well, those are my frogs.

The things I am reluctant to do are my frogs. If I eat them in morning I get them done and out of the way. I won't spend my day thinking and dreading the frog I'll have to eat later.

Monday, August 1, 2011

earthquake weather?

Earthquake weather. Ever heard of it? I've been hearing about so called earthquake weather for as long as I can remember. I live in Southern California and I've felt many earthquakes but no recent earthquakes come to mind. Although California is known for having earthquakes we just haven't had a sizable earthquake in quite some time. Most of the earthquakes I remember happened when I was a kid. I did feel a small one about three years ago and that was my wife's first time ever feeling one. It kind of rattled her. I can imagine that she is going  freak out when she feels a bigger one.

I don't really recall the weather on or before the any of the earthquakes I have felt. Maybe I don't remember because there was nothing out of the ordinary. Or maybe I don't remember because the bigger earthquakes of note happened when I was much younger and I just don't remember.

I've also heard that dogs can sense earthquakes. The last earthquake I felt was about three years ago. I was at home sleeping when it happened. My dog did not warn me. As a matter of fact I think I woke up before she did.

In any case, fortune telling weather or not, one thing is for sure...a big earthquake is bound to happen sooner or later. Scientists and history says so. To be honest, I'm not sure if there are in fact some sort of change in weather patterns before an earthquake or not, so I don't want to go out on a limb and call BS. It rained and was a little chili here yesterday and today its flippin' hot.

I hope the weather is not trying to tell us something.

Click here to see the U.S. Geological Survey maps that show earthquake activity around the world. See how stable your neck of the woods is.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

more useless facts!

Hello everyone! I was away for the past couple of days and wasn't able to reply to your comments. I'll be sure to do it now! Thanks for your support!

A few posts ago I listed some useless facts I found. A lot of people seem to have liked reading them so I thought I would post some more. So here are some more useless facts...

-A dogs sweat glands are found between their toes.

-Nose prints are used to identify dogs, much like humans use fingerprints.

-On average it takes a shark seven days to replace a tooth.

-Only female mosquitoes bite humans. Male mosquitoes live on natural liquids from plants and other resources.

-American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

-Nintendo was first establish in 1889 and they started out making special playing cards.

-Los Angeles's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula --and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

-It’s against the law to leave your house in Thailand if you’re not wearing underwear.

-It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.

-In 18th Century Britain, you could take out insurance against going to hell.

-Until 1967, LSD was legal in California.

-"hello" wasn't always the first thing said over the phone. The first operating phone service was esatblished in 1878 and the formal greeting back then was "ahoy"

-According to suicide statistics, Monday is the favored day for self-destruction.

-In New Mexico, over eleven thousand people have visited a tortilla chip that appeared to have the face of Jesus Christ burned into it.

-Bill Gates donated close to $100 million to fight AIDS in India. As a percent of his total wealth, this would be comparable to him donating ten cents if he only had $60.

-In the USA, 32% of employees eat lunch and work at the same time.

-At the outbreak of World War I, the American air force consisted of only fifty men.

-Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew Canabis sativa (marijuana) on their plantations.

-Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

I hope you found them as useless and entertaining as I did. Thanks again for reading!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Did what I had to do.

Ok..It's done! My now ex-boss was stunned. He did not expect me quit. But what did he expect? In my previous post I didn't really explain why I was upset. I didn't want to bore you guys with a long rant so I just summed up what I was going to do. Now, I'll quickly tell you what led to that.

I sell Real Estate and I have sold just under 40 properties over the past 5 six years. That's not great but it's also not bad. I was asked to give up my corner office becasue they need the space and so another agent with 12 sales in the past 6 years can keep hers (I've had mine for about 4 years and she just got hers this year, wtf?). The branch manager is an old pervert and this other agent comes in about once a month or so (seriously...she comes to the office only about once a month. That's it.) wearing small outfits and acts all bubbly and flirtatious with him. When you look at the production numbers I just don't see the logic. The only explanation I can see is that this old man has a thing for this woman and wants to keep her around.
So today I told the old perv that I quit and I'll take my business somewhere else where it will be appreciated. He didn't think I was going to do that. He was stunned and stayed quiet for a minute and that was pretty much that. It was almost anti-climactic. I also taught the Real Estate Licencing class so I decided to this about an hour before the class was supposed to start. Needless to say there was no class tonight.

Getting hired at a Real Estate company is as easy as walking into an office with your license and asking for a job. The hard part is selling the houses. My motivation is super high right now. I'm shooting for a better market where homes cost more and to double my production. Fuck that guy!