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Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 2:04 PM GMT on December 26, 2008

Christmas is over and now it's time to focus on a new year.

Obama's been hard at work preparing for 2009 and so far 82
percent of American's think he's doing a good job with his cabinet selections.

We're hearing that the economy will be in the toilet during 2009. If you hve a job and the money is still coming in the economy is just fine. If you're out of work or threatened with lay-offs it stinks big time!

WU should be quieter without elections and Liberals verses Neocons riling everyone up. I'm sure something will happen though to stir things up. It's the nature of the beast we call blogging.

People will be making commitments to slim down, stop this and that, spend less, save more, eat right and on and on and on as we look towards 2009 and that leads to the QOD:

What personal changes are you expecting during 2009 and what will you do differently to improve your life?

Updated: 2:17 PM GMT on December 26, 2008



By: ricderr, 2:45 AM GMT on December 24, 2008


Tim and Cassie playing Rock Band 2 and Kyle strumming along with his electric guitar...

Becky heading back to bed and sleeping in...

And it wouldn't be Christmas or my blog without any new underwear

Sit down and enjoy yourself. Nothing beats a decorated tree, the scent of pine, the lights twinkling off the ornaments and the fond memories of the good times of Christmas. I'll be flying home tomorrow and spending Christmas with the family. As I was out and about today I thought about past Christmases and also about how I've always wanted to spend a Christmas in the snowy mountains, in a fire warmed cabin, coffee cup in hand, watching the kids unwrap their presents. Nothing though could be sweeter than to be home this year and that leads to the QOD:

Where would you be and with whom to hve the perfect Christmas?

Updated: 6:30 PM GMT on December 25, 2008


Weekend Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 9:50 PM GMT on December 20, 2008

Hola, see as a project manager I'm learning Spanish. I don't think I'll ever be ever to spell it but I know what they're saying when they call me Senor Wetto. I'm enjoying the work. I need to get better at it so I can be comfortable leaving the worksite so I can sell, but I did sign up another roof today.

Great news, I will be home on the 24th, Bad news, I'll be back in Houston the 29th.

I saw the neatest thing on my way to Spring this morning. From Waller, my GPS sent me on FM2920, I'm guessing I was in Tomball when I drove by a Drive-In movie theatre. It was advertising first run movies and looked well cared for. The last movie I saw at a drive-in was Friday the 13th and I saw it with Lisa. I was 18 and as many can imagine I didn't see much of the movie. Honestly, with the stadium seating and sound systems in most movie theatres today, the thought of sitting in your car, no heat, foggy windows and spilling popcorn on the floor, doesn't appeal to me, but I do like seeing something from my youth still around. It got me to thinking of those things from my youth that are gone. Where's the skating rinks? Has anyone seen a small mom and pop corner grocery store that doesn't sell gas? What about a stereo that plays records. I guess I'm just a little nostalgic of the days gone by and that leads to the QOD:

What do you miss that is gone from your youth?



By: ricderr, 1:27 PM GMT on December 16, 2008

Good Morning and Hello,

Here I sit, my morning paperwork in order, too cold to eat breakfast, one cup of coffee consumed, awaiting an 8:30 a.m. conference call before heading to manage a few jobs. I'm being phased out of the insurance assist program and now am a project manager. I'll still sell, because that's where the true money is, but I'll generate my leads from the activity surrounding the job site than through assisting Farmer's Insurance.

The base pay is better and jobs sold outside of the Farmers program gross more and thus pay more commision. If I don't sound totally enthusiastic about it, it's only that the first job I worked yesterday was a job from hell. Once the shingles were pulled off the decking underneath was rotted and warped. Guess what? Insurance doesn't cover this because it's due to age and gradual leaks, not storm related. So, I got to explain to the homeowner that we could leave the warped and bowed decking, her roof wouldn't leak, but it also wouldn't look good either. of course to correct it she would have to pay and additional $1700.00. It also means that a roof that should have been installed in a day will take a day and a half, (Becky, I did find out that means I get paid more.) which means that already I'm behind schedule. Luckily, I'm assigned to our San Antonio crew this week and they happen to be one of our best.

What I did enjoy about yesterday was watching how organized and efficient this crew was. There was no barking of orders and giving directions, each guy knew what their job was and these guys worked as a well oiled machine. As a problem was found that needed resolution, the crew would switch to another task while the problem was worked out. Honestly, this job taking a day and a half could have easily stretched out to a two and a half day ordeal if not for a well organized team. It reminded me of when the kids were young and they had a toy where you spun the wheel and inside the case there were all these brightly colored cogs that would spin and turn. Even as an adult I could watch the things spin and mesh together working as one and that leads to the QOD:

What type of work or machinery could you watch for hours without being bored?

Updated: 1:30 PM GMT on December 16, 2008


Wednesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 1:34 PM GMT on December 10, 2008

We aint in South Florida anymore! Nope, not with a chance of ice pellets, sleet and snow in today's forecast.

Yep, it's cold.

Yep, we're not working.

Somehow holding on to an aluminum ladder in this weather doesn't sound like a good idea. It's windy to boot! Last night it was gusting over 40 degrees. I don't want to think about how many tarps blew off of houses. I think it's a good day to turn off the phone and sleep all day. Of course, it is a good day to get paperwork done, but a 24 hour sleep sounds like a good idea and that leads to the QOD:

What sounds like a fun day when the weather is cold outside?


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