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Setting Up a Barrier for Flat Roof Protection is Pretty Easy

Monday, May 29th, 2017

We found out that maintenance crews were damaging our roof. They would take any path they desired to get to the equipment they were fixing. The building manager told us that architecturally there should be paths set up for people to walk on in specific areas of the roof. He told us about a barrier for flat roof areas that keep people on a path. They are kind of like tiles you put down to distribute weight and make a path. They are then lined with demarcation barriers that are posts with chains. You do not have to make any holes in the roof. The barrier posts have heavy rubber bases that stay in place in high winds, and the chains run between the posts. (more…)

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Almost Done with the Paper Work

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In fact you would not really think that any of this would be so big of a deal, since the house is very small and it sits on a mere two tenths of an acre of land. I have had the money for the down payment all along, I thought that I would not have been very close to it when I was starting to look at it. However there is a lot more to it than I expected to this. I realized that you would have to get Florida home insurance, that is easy to realize. The loan is going to be relatively tiny, not even as much as a lot of loans for really nice cars. However the bank is going to want to get that money back, with interest as well. They will want it back if the house burns down, they will want to get it back if a big hurricane comes around and blows the house down like the big bad wolf. They do not care if I am dead and unable to pay, they want the money back. (more…)

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The Project is Just Underway

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Of course I am a really noob in this place, so it was a great thing that they found me a really good local assistant. She used to work for a delivery service called Pengiriman express and she seems to know the city of Jakarta like it was the back of her hand. The project is going to take about six months if it all goes exactly as planned, but of course in the three decades that I have been managing large construction projects that has not ever happened. Things always go wrong and you have to allow for bad weather and things not getting where they need to be, when they need to be there. I think that I shall be able to get this one in under budget if I manage it well, but only if the whole project is going to be on the right path as long as it is supposed to be.

The language barriers here are really significant. (more…)

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We Have Navigated Most of the Red Tape

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

I have just now gotten most of the paper work done, registering with the people in town hall at Destin Beach. That seemed to be the best way to go about it, but of course this is as much retirement as it is a business. That does not mean that you do not have to do all of the stuff the way that it has to be done. The authorities expect you to pay up obviously and just today I have get the Gulf Coast business insurance settled up. They picked a doctor and they sent both me and Captain Roy to see him for a physical, of course they want to make sure that we have a clean bill of health. (more…)

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I Knew I Needed Better Leadership Skills

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

I am a good enough leader, I think, that I realized I wasn’t a good enough leader and needed leadership development training. Does that make sense? I have always said that the best leaders are those men and women who realize what they lack to become an even better leader. Leadership isn’t using the right buzzwords or even knowing how to delegate to underlings. The best leaders are the people who can motivate people to do a better job. You want your people to want to work harder for you. You also want them to look up to you and recognize that they want to work for you.

I could do most of the technical parts of being a leader, but thought I lacked that charisma that makes people want to give you their all. That’s why I went online in search of a consulting group that could help me become better at what I do. (more…)

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Looking Better Requires Strong Dedication

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Shaun T is someone I have looked up to for a long time. Ever since I heard about the Insanity program and tried it, I knew that he was the type of person who could help me get to where I wanted to be. I was a pretty scrawny kid who ballooned up to 210 pounds in college because of poor habits. I was able to lose a good bit of it, and the Insanity program helped get me in even better shape. When I took a look at the T25 schedule, which is his new program, I knew that I wanted to try it for myself. (more…)

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Switching to a Custom Set of Golf Clubs Lowered My Par

Friday, May 12th, 2017

I used to buy golf clubs as a complete set. Since I started playing when I was 12, I have owned five sets. My new set of clubs is put together with specific clubs that I like the best. I like one brand of driver, another brand of putter, a different sand wedge and I finally found the best golf chipper to round out my club set. I used to go around the course with a club set and bag that matched. There is no sense in that unless the company is paying you to be a billboard. It is better to get the clubs that help you play the best game you can.

I learned this when I received a driver as a birthday gift from a golfing buddy. He had it made specifically for me. (more…)

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