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What is Fatherhood? - 07/23/09 11:13 AM
I have been thinking a lot about Fatherhood recently. In just a few days we will have child numbers 3 and 4 when the twin girls get here. My wife is at 35 weeks now and our doc says be ready at any time. I searched Wikipedia to see what it had to say and confirmed my suspicion. Staying involved with our kids is the right way to go. "children who experience significant father involvement tend to exhibit higher scores on assessments of cognitive development, enhanced social skills and fewer behavior problems" But what to do with our kids aside from all (3 comments)
How do you get your business? - 07/20/09 03:24 PM
Every so often when speaking with Realtors or other Mortgage folks, the question gets asked to me, "How do you get your business?" Or a sales person from yellowbook.com or a person soliciting sponsorship from a Chamber of Commerce list, "Where do you spend your advertising dollars?" My advertising model is fairly simple, fund the programs I am involved with or sponsor a business where I trust the owners. So when you ask me to sponsor a High School calendar, and I don't have a child at the school yet, you have little chance to get me involved. Bring up (5 comments)
A Positive Customer Experience - 07/20/09 03:19 PM
Julie has been working in the yard a fair amount and unfortunately, came across some cracks in our bricks. Though not huge, we thought better to have a Pro check them out. A friend from church works for Perma-Pier, a Foundation Repair Company. Shane came out and did a map of our home and then used that fancy measuring tool at certain parts in the inside of our home. It did show a small amount of movement and he knew why. What I learned is that each of my side yards sprinkle zones need to be reduced on the amount of (1 comments)
Frisco Cycling Club - 07/20/09 03:08 PM
Two Huge Events this Saturday! Frisco Family Fun Ride. July 25th, this Saturday from 10am to Noon at Frisco Square. The ride is FREE, held on a very safe route with lots of vendors and attractions. Myself and other members of the Frisco Cycling Club will be on hand offering helmet fit and other safety tips. Come join us as we can always use extra volunteers (please let me know if you plan to attend and help or ride). See the Tour de France on the big screen. Come to Lochrann's Irish Pub and Eatery this Saturday, right after the (0 comments)
Killed in action - 07/20/09 03:06 PM
Boy this was a wild read and great video to watch. I can honestly say I have never seen anything like this before. I am sure it happened as I grew up in a pretty small town. Killed in action the week before, the body of Sergeant First Class John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Georgia, just south of Atlanta, on June 11, 2009. The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough, Georgia. Nowadays one can be led to believe that America no longer respects honor, and no longer honors (1 comments)
What's the Ideal Day to Close on Your New Home? - 07/20/09 03:03 PM
Do you think that the last day of the month is the best day to close on your home purchase? It may not be true. Closing on the last day does not allow for any unforeseen circumstances. What about selling a home in the morning and buying one that afternoon? Very common but boy is that one a gamble. Let me illustrate this by relating a true story. A client of mine was closing the sale of their home at one Title Company in the morning. Immediately following that closing they were to go to a second title company to complete the (0 comments)
Frisco Cycling Club news - 07/17/09 04:19 PM
New board members of the Frisco Cycling Club were introduced at the last club meeting which was held at the Frisco Superdrome. Board members represent a cross section of all different levels of the cycling community in Frisco. It was discussed that FCC members have become aware of more cyclists on the streets of Frisco. Also, membership in the club has increased lately. We now have more than 100 members in and around the city of Frisco. Some members feel that this might be at least in part due to the new signage throughout the city. There will be more about (0 comments)
Tankard Fellowship - 07/13/09 12:08 PM
Time to Raise your Tankards Tankard Fellowship is coming up this Tuesday the 14th. Held at Lochrann's Irish Pub and Eatery with an 8:30pm start time. Simple goal, spend time with your family then come out and have some manly conversations with other Christian men. Tankard has no agenda and no rules, maybe some rough guidelines: Is Tankard Fellowship a bible study? I do see folks reading but usually it is the drinks menu Do I bring a bible to Tankard? You can but not the good one you take to church on Sunday's. Would feel awkward at church if beer was (0 comments)
Frisco Sunrise Rotary - 07/13/09 12:06 PM
Frisco Sunrise Rotary: We meet at 7:30am each Tuesday morning at Randy's Steakhouse and our speaker this week is Mike Simpson, Executive Director for the Arts of Collin County. Also, we will be joined by Marvin Jolly, the Assistant Governor of our district. He will be joining us to talk about the upcoming visit by new DG Dave McSpadden on July 28th as well as to talk about Honored Guest Day. (0 comments)
When to 'Float' Your Interest Rate - 07/13/09 12:05 PM
As a mortgage broker my responsibility to you begins at our first contact, continues through the process and does not end until the house you have chosen is officially yours. I stay involved throughout the entire proceeding, watching the market and advising you to the very best of my ability. When you begin working with a lender and go through the pre-qualification for either a refinance or a purchase, you have the ability - once your loan is approved - to lock that interest rate. The question is always when to lock the rate. No one can answer that with total (0 comments)
See Ron Kiefel Live! - 07/13/09 12:03 PM
See Ron Kiefel Live! My buddy Ron Kiefel, Weekly reader, Wheat Ridge Cyclery owner, past Pro racer and now a commentator for Velo News. Scroll down a bit to hear his thoughts on this years Tour! So, are you taking time to watch the Tour de France on Versus? Today is a rest day and I need it, I am down with a bit of a cold so maybe a nap will do me well today. Do you have a prediction yet for who the winner of the Tour will be? All I can say is that the next 2 weeks (1 comments)
A letter from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder - 07/09/09 11:55 PM
I hope you can make the time to read below and make a quick call. Even though the Bill we fought here in TX got Vetoed, we did make the phones ring and we are starting to make a difference. Thanks! Geoffrey Davis FCC President FriscoCycling.com A letter from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Friends, By now, some of you may have heard rumors regarding Gov. Nixon freezing state funds for the 2009 Tour of Missouri. I would like to share with you the details that we currently have: On Wednesday, at the close of business, I was (0 comments)
Have a Web Site That Needs a Grade? - 07/06/09 01:16 PM
Have a Web Site That Needs a Grade? Here is the link that helps you learn many things about your or your company or church's web site. It reviews many things but I like to use it to see if I have any spelling errors and how my load time is, http://www.sitereportcard.com/index.php Is free and takes 10-20 sec. here are my states:
Fraud Alert: - 07/06/09 01:09 PM
A friend asks, if I put a 90 day Fraud Alert on my social security number, does it affect my FICO score, No. Will it stop the threat of Identity Theft, Maybe. Visit this site to take steps to place a free 90 alert with the bureaus and have them notify you via the phone if someone takes out credit on your behalf, even you. https://www.experian.com/consumer/cac/FCRegistration.do?alertType=INITIAL_ALERT So you know, I have this on my report and the other day when I applied for a new credit card, no one called. The best way to protect yourself is a paid for program by (1 comments)
Frisco Sunrise Rotary - 07/06/09 12:53 PM
Frisco Sunrise Rotary: We meet at 7:30am each Tuesday morning and this Tuesday, July 7th, meeting will be held off site. We will be meeting with Brian Moen at the Emergency Operations Center at the Central Fire Station. The Central Fire Station is located at 8601 Gary Burns Drive. Cafe Brazil will be providing breakfast for the meeting. Be a great meeting to get a make up at. Come join us! (1 comments)
School of Rock opens in Frisco, TX - 07/06/09 12:51 PM
School of Rock open house is July 17th. Doors open at 10am but the real action starts at 4pm. Make sure to be there at 7:30pm when Frisco's Mayor smashes a guitar to open the place! At 10am the school opens At 4pm is the Rockstravaganza Outside Exhibits opens At 6pm is when the live music startes At 7:30pm, smash the guitar! and at 8:30pm the School of Rock all starts plays!!! (1 comments)
What in the world is Pickleball? - 07/06/09 12:47 PM
Pickleball began with the summertime whine of "I'm bored"! The bored children of two families on Bainbridge Island in Washington State inspired the two fathers (Bill Bell and Joel Pritchard) to invent a game. They first thought they would just play badminton on the asphalt badminton court in Pritchard's backyard to alleviate the boredom. But no one could find the shuttlecocks. The dads substituted a wiffle-type ball but the kids found it too difficult to hit the 3 inch ball with the lightweight badminton rackets. The dads then made wooden rackets that resembled ping pong paddles. Rules for the new 'badminton' (2 comments)
2nd ANNUAL HOOPS IN THE SQUARE - 07/06/09 12:46 PM
Frisco Sunrise Rotary Club will host the 2nd annual Hoops in the Square 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Saturday, September 26 in Frisco Square. Last year's successful tournament involved more than 250 competitors in twelve different divisions, aligned by skill level, age, and gender. Friends and family came to support their favorite player, and others brought their children to play in the Kid's Zone. We anticipate even higher numbers this year.There is a 'family festival' atmosphere to this event and something for everyone! All net proceeds from the event are earmarked for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. There are currently 275 children in Collin County waiting to be assigned a big (0 comments)
Frisco Cycling Club Update - 07/01/09 11:19 AM
Now more than ever- join a group! You have seen the e-mails; SB488 was ready to move forward to give TX cyclist 3 feet of room from passing vehicles. Until Gov Perry vetoed it last Friday night. Get involved and stay involved. Join BikeDFW and Texas Bicycle Coalition today. Donate your time and what funds you can as we look to get even more legislation going next year. It will take us all- please join. We have some fast youth on the FCC racing team. They went down to Houston for track State Championships and came home with medals galore. If you see a (0 comments)
Sign the Safe Passing Petition! - 07/01/09 11:14 AM
Sorry to send out an e-mail so quickly after my last but this one is very important- please read below and sign if you agree- the steps are very easy to find your Senator and Representative if you don't know who they are. Join the list! Geoffrey Sign the Safe Passing Petition!Dear fellow Texas cyclists,As you know, last week Governor Perry vetoed the Safe Passing Bill (SB 488). This bill would have made Texas roads safer by requiring motorists to give three feet clearance when passing a cyclist or other vulnerable road user. We are deeply disappointed in the Governor's (1 comments)
PMI vs. Mortgage Insurance: - 07/01/09 11:11 AM
When you are buying a home and putting less than 20% down the lender will require you to carry mortgage insurance. This insurance is sometimes called PMI (private mortgage insurance) or MIP (mortgage insurance premium). Whatever the acronym, it is money that is going to the lender or financial institution instead of to the principal on your loan. Those whose credit scores are 700 or above have the option of taking out a second mortgage. Eighty percent would be borrowed from the first lender; the second mortgage account would depend on the amount of the down payment. Five percent would require (1 comments)
Wait Till You Read This: - 07/01/09 11:06 AM
Last Friday night I did the unthinkable. I raced my bicycle! Not a huge feat to some, but for me- HUGE! I retired from bicycle racing in 1996 when I took a job with Specialized Bicycles as the Midwest Technical Representative. Give a Category 1 road racer a car, expense account and 33 States to call on was a big mistake (trust me I have the tattoo to prove it). On top of the job, they had a bonus program for how under budget you came, as he reads this today- my boss at the time was still amazed at how (0 comments)
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