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Who Needs Testimonials? - 05/30/11 09:21 AM
I like to think of testimonials as silent salesmen. We can put them where they can be seen by those who want to read them. Testimonials are often a stronger sales pitch than you can give yourself. If I tell you that I'm the best dry rot and water damage repair guy on the planet, you may be skeptical. However, if Mary Smith says, "I asked around and Tromler Construction seemed to be the company to call. I'm glad I did. He was thorough, clean and did the work quickly. I would recommend him to anyone." You may not even know Mary, (14 comments)
I just got back from having dinner at Z-Pie's in Placerville. If you like pot pies, this is the place to go. Just off Main Street, 50 feet from the 50 freeway, it is very convenient. The place was not crowded, so we were seated quickly. I had the Rosemary Lamb, my wife had the Southwestern Chicken. Both were very good. We shared a locally grown salad that is very tasty. The cost was about $22.00 after all was done. Nothing fancy about the place, just good food. I would highly recommend eating here if you ever get the chance (6 comments)
Last Son To Graduate From High School - 05/28/11 04:44 AM
Well my youngest son turned 18 yesterday and graduated from high school tonight. Kind of a sad time but one of excitement for the future. He will be off to college soon, moving on in his life as a young man. I don't really feel all that different today. Just another milestone in his life. soon he will be getting married, having kids, owning a home, and on and on. Tonight he will be at Sober Grad Night with the majority of his graduating class. SGN is a party-like atmoshere for the students, supervised by parents and teachers in a fun (9 comments)
Can $1.26 Make A Difference? - 05/28/11 03:21 AM
At the end of the day, I go through a routine that is probably similar to yours. Wallet on the desk, receipts off to the side, keys away and coins into a change cup. Is this much different than your routine? Tonight while emptying my pockets and putting the change in the cup, I had to stop and think about some things. The coins in my pocket tonight added up to $1.26. I realized that the change in my pocket is not as important as it use to be. In fact I hardly ever even count it, I just put it (4 comments)
Tired of that flabby body? Looking for a whole new look? Check out this 30 Second Tae Bo Video and you are well on your way to a new you. Simple workout routine, takes only a few seconds each day. The results will be amazing, your friends and family will be impressed. Based not on the Billy Blanks workout system, that was much too hard and a blow to my ego. This system is a shortcut to a new and dynamic you. But its not for everyone, so check it out. See if it works for you. (9 comments)
Perhaps you are familiar with the long series of instructional fitness videos by Billy Blanks. He has produced hundreds of videos, tapes, books, classes teaching fitness the Tae Bo ("TIE BOW") way. His empire has reached the lives of thousand of people looking for better fitness in a short, quick, and fun to do. I've never participated in his program but I have seen it on television infomercials. Seems like a lot of time doing stuff that is not necessary. I have come up with a revolutionary 30 second fitness program designed for those seeking simple instruction, and a (4 comments)
A while ago, I had this guy that I know who was slow in business that was constantly bugging me for tree service work. I didn't know his work, nor did I know of anybody in need at the time. As luck would have it a big storm came through and we had some trees fall on our property (big ones) that I just couldn't do myself.
Thought I'd give this guy a call and see what he could do. He and his guys did an incredible job; thorough, clean, tireless.
I want to be content with how I have lived my life. The story is constantly changing. Life happens to us, how we react to life is what makes us special. If we can go through life, helping others, loving those around us, and adding value to the path that we walk, we have succeeded. So in order to succeed, I most give of myself. Giving away all my possessions may make us feel good, but giving of ourselves is where I need to be today. So as the sun sets on the day, I need to ask myself (7 comments)
I'm not a stalker but technology can make me appear a little creepy.
I got a voice mail message from someone interested in getting an estimate for a new deck at their home. I recognized the number as a local residential number, and since I was in the office, I did a reverse search to see if the number had an address available publicly. Usually, if the number is in the phone book with an address, it is available for a reverse search. There was an address, so I Googled it, while returning the call.
Well my intentions were good, I wanted to record a video of the Greenstone Country Community in Placerville to share with ActiveRain members. The conditions weren't right. It is raining in California this week; I thought I could get some shots of the area to share. Most of the video segments could not be used. I did put together this short video, explaining the situation. Sometimes even practicing making videos can be difficult. But I'm not discouraged over this. California weather will return and the opportunity to record will happen again. Enjoy this day!
Using video as a marketing medium is something that we need to be aware of today. The use of this medium is growing so fast and used in so many different applications, that to not address it would be a big mistake. I can see the need to at least get a start in the use of video. The start may be recording something simple and build from there. Starting can be a scarey situation sometimes. For me, it is a fear of being in front of the camera. So I have started doing simple videos and facing that (10 comments)
Wedged into a picturesque valley in the clear air high above Sacramento, is one of the California Gold Country's best kept secrets. Cut through a forest of oak and pine, three miles north of Placerville, Cold Springs Golf & Country Club is truly a ‘Nugget of the Mother Lode'. Deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife serenely roam the course, but they are well-mannered and let the golfers play through. Our fairways are lined with trees, not backyards of houses like many private clubs. The course itself is a superior test of golf, calling for accurate tee shots down tree-lined (2 comments)
The importance of video marketing is growing and I think that we need to face that fear so that we can use this medium to our benefit. I am in the process of reducing my fear of being in front of the video camera, by doing a few short videos. I hope that others (those that have admitted being afraid) will join me by making their own videos. In making and posting that first video, I have realized some things that have helped me to have a little more (15 comments)
When I first saw one I thought it was a mouse, I was wrong. Our cat is very good at hunting country critters, one day he had a special surprise for us. He caught a vole. At the time I did not know what it was but apparently it is very common in El Dorado County. They borough in the ground and eat the roots of plants. We thought we had gofers or something underground eating the plants that we would garden.
Here is a picture. Note the size for their front paws. The paw size and claws allow (11 comments)
Okay the one underlying element that I see from people posting about doing videos of them is FEAR. I have done several video but rarely have I done one with me in the video. Why? Well.... fear of course. We all have fears; it’s a God-given trait. We just fear more than we need too. Fear leads to inaction, things don't get done.
Personally, I am afraid of what others may think of the video. How do I look? Do I look nervous? Am I speaking clearly? And on and on. (8 comments)
My memory of the home that I grew up in is much different than how it actually was. I remember a huge brick home with lots of room to run around. My father was a chiropractor with an office in the downstairs of the home we (Mom, dad, and five kids) lived upstairs. We had an attic and a basement that provided years of creative play. It seemed like there was always plenty of room to do things and not feel crowded. But looking at the Street view on the Google Maps Site, I think that I may have imagined (32 comments)
Now I have to be honest here, I do not enjoy stretching. I have a very physical job, I play sports, and I am getting older. These are a combination that now requires me to stretch regularly, if I plan to continue each of them. I have had an army of people telling me the need for and the benefits of stretching since I was about 8 years old. It have come to the point were I NEED to stretch. Coaches, doctors, masseuse, family and friends all had advice that fell on deaf ears. My body has made it clear (14 comments)
This is a sign that I saw coming home on Saturday, here in Placerville, Ca. It reminded me that the rattlesnake season will be beginning soon. Honestly, I have not seen many rattlesnakes since living here but I do know that they are around, and dangerous. Here are some tips about Rattlesnakes that we should keep in mind. • Rattlesnakes are not confined to rural areas. They have been found near urban areas, in river or lakeside parks, and at golf courses. • Startled rattlesnakes may not rattle before striking defensively. • Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking (9 comments)
Only 38% of Americans are eligible to donate blood and of those only 8% do. That amounts to only about 3 out of every 100 people. Whether it is through the Red Cross, a local hospital or blood bank, or mobile blood drive, there is a constant need for blood donations. If you have an opportunity to give please do so. I have been giving blood the last few years after saying "someday I will do that" way too long. There are some requirements. Most donation locations have a quick form that you fill out before giving blood, to screen (11 comments)
"Significant Risk of Injury" - 05/05/11 01:46 AM
Capture the flag, freeze tag, and kickball were included on a list of activities that was deemed to pose a "significant risk of injury" to children by the New York state health deptartment. I just read a little about this and was wondering what I would have been doing during my childhood it we could not play these games. While the state of New York hasn't banished these games specifically, probably because it would be hard to define each of these activities specifically. Maybe we could change the rules. For exampe · Is kickball dangerous because the kids are kicking the (7 comments)
I don't know about you but I have to just stop and take a break from the running around. Work schedules, family events, volunteering, and on and on, we can all use a break. I like to just stop. Stop everything just for a few minutes. Most things aren't THAT urgent. Why not take a little break and rest the mind. Clear the head of all the stuff that goes around inside it. I like to sit quietly, clear the mind and just observe the beauty around me. Sometimes the simplest a things can be refreshing. What do you (7 comments)
Increase viewing speed by reducing your size. - 05/02/11 09:03 AM
I have been noticing that on some posts the pictures have taken a while to view. The image starts at the top and works its way down until completed. The reason for this is two-fold: the speed of the computer receiving the image file and the size of the image file. We can not control the speed of the download, but consider the fact that not everyone can download at the speed that you can. Some rural communities still have dial-up, can you imagine surfing the web with dial up? I have DSL but have to wait for some file to (9 comments)
Got a late start in doing this video, the challenge starts today May 1st. Hope all who choose the challenge have time to get started today. This video was a combination of working on some video stuff and posting for the Challenge. Personally I am looking forward to the challenge and hope that others feel the same way.
For many in the Placerville Area, the El Dorado County Fair is big local event. This year the Fair will run from June 16th thru June 19th at the County Fairgrounds.
Scheduled events include: Live Animals Truck Pull Day on the Green Comedy Shows Wild About Monkey Contests Cooking Demonstrations Livestock Auctions Hypnotists Horse Show Racing and much more... Additional Information is available: El Dorado County Fair Home Page Fair Schedule Ticket Information
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