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The King's Speech - 02/28/11 06:35 PM
The King's Speech Way back (or at least it seems like that) on 12/28/10 I saw and reviewed this movie. (Geofrey) Rush plays a speech therapist who came to the aid of the Duke of York (Colin Firth), later to become King George VI of Britain, who suffered from a debilitating speech impediment. The movie is a delightful study of British Royalty and of the interaction of a commoner (an Australian, without formal speech therapy qualifications) and a King (needed by his people to be a leader in dark times). Inspirational and feel-good, the movies charms all the way. It is (6 comments)
Stefan Swanepoel places the characters of his fable, Sean and Ashley Spencer, on a prize adventure to the Serengeti. Sean, with no bars on his cellphone, exchanges his concrete jungle for the Serengeti dust and heat. The animals become the metaphors for people in his home environment. I was treated to the first two chapters of the book and a test to determine my animal status. I took the test and got Lion. I got my wife to take the test as she saw me and she got Lion. So I guess (3 comments)
I know I was awake at 3am... - 02/24/11 09:06 PM
I know I was awake at 3am because I put on a CD to listen. Bob Burg (Endless Referrals) was discussing his books The Go Giver and Go Givers Sell More. He was being interviewed by Ty Bennett (CD cover shown in my blog yesterday) for about an hour. Definitely a good start to the day. I could have spent the day waiting for the next, predicted, snow dump to arrive, using the dropping temperature as an excuse for inactivity. One forecaster promised us a big dollop along with heaps of Arctic air because we have slipped to the wrong side (5 comments)
My Goldmine. Where's my shovel? - 02/23/11 09:47 PM
MY Goldmine. Where's my shovel? I have been to meetings and courses that were attended mostly by Real Estate people, where I have felt like I was in a room of dominant or dominating egos - everyone having the right solution for every topic and eager to get their view across. Today, I mixed it up a little. I attended a morning meeting of entrepreneurs and business owners, (more egos but not competitive). We listened to the speaker's excellent message, (Ty Bennett - The Power of Influence), where he gave us 5 applications of influence, including outward thinking, and investing in (31 comments)
100 Day Attack - 20 Days In Twenty days have passed very rapidly. My theme is clients, clients, clients. At the 10 day mark, I increased my activity by about 10% in a variety of fields, notably prospecting. This has been active - mildly annoying more people so that they know what I do, and passive - asking my SOI who they know and following up on information received. My calls to my SOI are usually about them, and what I might do to assist them. I am now ready (after another holiday, of course) to increase my activity by (10 comments)
Full moon challenges - 02/17/11 11:50 PM
Full Moon Challenges Tomorrow sees one of my allnighters for the week. It is also full moon which seems to bring out problems challenges (always wanted to use strikethrough)and special people, just to make my evening notable. With a change of shifts last month, I caught the full moon, and next month I get it again. Maybe I am being tried schooled in patience. I know I shall get to practise my language skills as clients forget my main language is English (Strine) and I get to listen in other tongues, some more carefully enunciated than others. This year we get (5 comments)
Once upon a lunch plate... - 02/16/11 03:59 PM
Once upon a lunch plate... One of the joys of having a home office is being looked after by a wonderful wife. So while listening to Steven Graham on his Active Rain University webinar on "Outside Blogs", CL pushed my catch all lunch plate under my nose so that I could multi-task. Some years ago we decided to cut down on washing up by using paper for our "in house" meals. We use frisbees as plate holders to provide stability. (Open to funnies about returning the plate to the kitchen) I could joke about having five food groups on today's plate. (10 comments)
Are you SAD?This lethargy, depression, withdrawal phenomenon that appears late fall, and lasts the darker months. has a name. It's SAD. No really, it's Seasonal Affective Disorder. Since it has a name, there is probably a pill to fix it. You may know it as the winter blues, really a deficiency in Vitamin D.The TV screams ads showing you how to be depressed, and what to ask your Doctor for. I do not take any pharmaceuticals (a cultural and financial choice)Clients forget to attend appointments, they can't make decisions, they "are just not themselves", they are nowhere to be found, (13 comments)
Rockin' in the Rockies UT My early training in Archeology included Climatology, Geology and Geomorphology. Hence I have a greater than normal interest in things that go "bump" (mostly in the night). When University of Utah Seismograph Stations reported an occurrence in Lehi UT (sigh of relief: it's 25 miles south of Sandy UT, my home) I viewed the map. A micro earthquake occurred at 6:09:43 PM (MST) on Sunday, February 13, 2011.The magnitude 2.8 event occurred 6 km (4 miles) WSW of Lehi, UT.The hypocentral depth is 5 km ( 3 miles). It seems that the Lehi had three (4 comments)
A sunny, Sunday afternoon from my front yard in Sandy, UT. Just a heap of images unified by a gladdening hint of sunshine (for the next few days at least) and a possible infusion of Vitamin D. The Weather Channel describes the day as "Lot's of sunshine, temperatures in the high 40s." Then "snow on Thursday" I might have shown you my back yard but it's a bunch of snow.
A very nice day... - 02/12/11 09:39 PM
A very nice day Some days just flow, and leave a very satisfying feeling. A non-auspicious start to the day where dawn revealed that my overnight battery charge had not taken, and the result of leaving my lights on had really flattened the battery, could have set a negative tone. Saying unprintable words would not help: it was time for Plan B ~ read the instructions. With a little judicious shuffling of appointments and the use of my standard chair, along with sunshine (minus any real warmth, but the right color at least), plus an understanding wife.I surprised myself by getting (2 comments)
My 100 Day Attack - the first 10 days As I indicated previously, the theme of my 100 Day Attack is Clients, Clients, Clients. The first 10% of the Attack passed so-o rapidly; days are beginning to blur. At this point, I have had a chance to evaluate my activity; and with most activity there has been an increase in opportunity. (Perhaphs the harder I work, the luckier I get comes into play). Surely the biggest A'ha from the ten days was that I need to stop "avoidance" (things that are easy to do are just as easy not to (5 comments)
Romantic Cities in the US. (Two years in a row) This year we are #14 (last year #8). Have we slipped a little, found other things to do in our busy lives, or become just a little more "snarly"? This very important list is produced by Amazon.com. It is determined from their sales figures of romance novels and relationship books since Jan 01, 2011. They include sales of Barry White albums and sexual wellness products in their mix. There was no mention of chocolate and candy sales. The figures (11 comments)
Historic Sandy, Sandy UT, 84070 A great place to live, with a pioneer background and a modern city future. I have the information you need to establish your family here. Ph 801 824 3276. 31 active listings (at 02/08/11) Low end: 1bd 1bth townhouse $50,000 High end: 5br 3bth rambler $469,000 25 listings at or under $200,000 (Median $166,400) ****
Trax Stations: 9000S 9400SCommercial Corridors: State Street 700EClose to Interstate 15 **** Views: Wasatch MountainsRecreation: "The Greatest Snow on Earth". Nearby ski resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton plus 10 others within an hour and a half). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (1 comments)
Gremlins, Cannibals and Sunday Frustrations - 02/07/11 01:30 AM
Gremlins, Cannibals and Sunday Frustrations All is well with the world when my laptop is working. Not so when the gremlins arrive. Performance started to suffer - with longer and longer waits between screen changes (must be the extra traffic with the Super Bowl) Then no contact. CL had just shut down her computer, taking with it my wireless connect to the Web. All the usual checks, plugs, switches and flashing lights on modems. Reboot after reboot with partial results. A scan for possible malware. Cleanup with no response. Just lots of time. Then I noticed that my wireless card did (5 comments)
Aftermath - 02/03/11 06:14 PM
Cyclone Yasi is now in the interior - about the western border of Queensland, Australia - and weakening. Towns in northern Queensland, and prior to that, the islands of the Great Barrier Reef took the full force of the Category 5 cyclone. Residents have described the cyclone's passing as a night of terror. No deaths have yet been reported, a miracle in itself. The cleanup and repair bill has an initial estimate of A$3.5 billion. ($A = $US roughly) Crops of sugar and bananas have been devastated, and infrastructure severely damaged. High winds are hampering restoration of services. Airports are again (6 comments)
Smashburgers in Sugarhouse. - 02/02/11 10:08 PM
The cold saps my energy and affects my mind. The air was clear today and the sun appeared to be out. Most things seemed to take twice as long to do - a real challenge. Perhaps is was because I was super-chilled yesterday afternoon, and my body was still protesting. Notwithstanding, Day 2 of my 100 Day Attack proceeded apace. My lunch at Smashburgers (new to me) in Sugarhouse, UT turned up my dose of daily positives. I usually have no need for pickles on burgers but deep fried, lightly battered pickle slices ( chips that rivaled dried banana in appearance) (2 comments)
It seems like we live in a time of weather extremes. I have just come in from an afternoon of 10 degrees in Sandy, Utah - very chilly to say the least, moving from one building to another. Tonight we are promised 0 - 2 degrees with windchill taking it way lower (too cold to snow) As I hover over a heater, my thoughts are with relatives and friends of my home state of Queensland, Australia (hometown, Mackay), now in summer. Pictured is this morning's cyclone map showing an approaching cyclone with a circle of major devestation of 500 (8 comments)
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