Thursday, September 1, 2016

10 Reasons Why You Should Never Work for Your Family

Working with family can sound intriguing. You can not think of a better venue than to be around family members while helping to make their business a success. Before you think about joining the ranks of your family business, read these 10 reasons why you shouldn’t work with your family.

1. When working for a employer that you are unrelated to, there are certain business etiquette’s that are usually followed. When working for a family member, those all go out the window. Voices raised and finger pointing boundaries do not exist. You are a prime target for a sounding board when things are not going right.
Strangers that work along side you are protected against experiencing inappropriate treatment from their employer. The laws protect you too, but this fine line is crossed more often when the family member is involved.

2. No matter who you are in the family line up, there has been a family dynamic between you and your other family members. No matter how old you have become, that family dynamic will carry over into the work place if you work for relatives. You never start with a clean slate like you would when you work for strangers. You position in the family business comes with baggage and whether it be good or bad, this family baggage will effect the treatment you receive.

3. Be prepared to see the people you have known and loved for many years in a different light. You might not like what you see or hear. If you treasure your relationships with your family members do not tempt fate. Experiencing another side of these people can really rain on your parade. You might not like what you see.

4. No matter how upset you get with a family member you will always protect them. If someone outside of the family speaks ill of them , you will get your gander up. It is a kind of inbred family defense system. You can say things about your family and there is no problem, but there will be a problem if an outsider has unkind words. Be prepared to hear these unkind words about your family members if you start working for a family business. Unless your family is sainted, this is bound to happen.

5. Job performance evaluating is impossible when you work for family. The truth will never be told about how good a job you might be doing. For some reason more is expected of a relative when working for family. You can burn the midnight oil and be the first one to arrive in the morning and appreciation for this will be at a minimum. It is almost as if it is expected of you.

6. No mind of your own. When working for a family business their ideals and values need to be portrayed as your own when around the other employees. No matter how much you disagree with things they may do, you need to keep up the front that you are going along with it all. Working for a family owned business requires that you think as a mob mentality and that mode of thinking is always decided by the consensus of a few higher ranking family members in the business .

7. When you are working for a family business there is a phenomenon that happens. When working in the lower rankings of the business, you cannot affiliate yourself with your peers. Most workers have some complaints, gripes about working conditions, or disagreements with the pay at any place of employment. Even though your side by side with these workers daily, you cannot socialize with them as other new employees would. They look at you as the enemy and you will never really be included in any type of peer bonding activities. You are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

8. While working for a family business any accomplishment that you make in the business aspect of the company will never truly be yours in the eyes of others. People will always think that a pay raise or a pat on the back is due to your blood line only. On future resumes these accomplishments won’t hold much water if it is known that you did this in the confines of your family owned work place.

9. When working for a family business you have no private life. If having a separate life outside of your home life appeals to you, like it does for most adults, then do not work for family. Everyone knows your business. There is no getting away from it. No sanctuary to go to where the people don’t know that you have been divorced or that you flunked out of college twice before getting a degree. No putting anything behind you. You can not re-invent yourself when relatives are all around you.

10. If you ever want to leave the family business there will most likely be hard feelings on the side of your family or by you. You might need to leave because you are feed up with the reasons mentioned in 1-9 and you exit on a note of animosity. Your family might harbor some resentment when you leave.

Any way you look at it the only way that you can avoid all these problems when working at a family business is not to work at one in the first place.

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10 Reasons Why Your Fish Die - and Ways to Keep Them Alive

Face it; the guilt eats away at you. You’ve brought home yet another molly and another molly swirls carelessly in the toilet going to that big aquarium in the sky. Is it your fault? In my findings… yes, it probably is.

Don’t get me wrong, fish die just like the rest of us. Sometimes a fishes days are just numbered, but if you’re seeing a trend in the belly-up category, something needs to change.

The following is a an informative measure of common ways that fish end up not so alive, and a how-to guide on what to know and what to look for and how to stop any problems in your fish tank.

Let’s now examine the top 10 reasons fish die – and how to prevent them from doing so. These are in no particular order.

Reason number 1: Other Fish

Even if you have a community tank with community fish (those that don’t eat other fish), you may find if you watch closely that 1 fish is picking on another fish. Perhaps there are a school of fish that are attacking just for the fun of doing so.

While a community fish devoid of teeth can’t literally tear apart another fish, it can do damage and over time, the victim fish will become stressed out, making it vulnerable to disease and bacteria. Watch how your fish interact. Make sure smaller fish have a place to hide and if you see a problem fish in your tank, you may want to put him in a different tank or donate him to a pet store. If you do notice a fish has been attacked you can help that fish recover (after you’ve removed the offender) by leaving the lights off in the tank a little longer than usual and adding some liquid stress coat to the tank.

Reason number 2: Disease, Bacteria and Parasites

Somewhere along the way your fish may get Ich. Other times, you may introduce a sick fish to your otherwise healthy community. Almost all fish diseases, bacteria and parasites are easily cured with medicines you can acquire at your pet store. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully, as some require removal of your activated carbon and treat until you are instructed to stop. Overmedicating is never a good idea, either, so examine your fish closely while they’re healthy. Knowing what your fish are supposed to look like will aid greatly in the event that they become ill.

Reason number 3: Stress

There are a number of factors that can be held responsible when it comes to stress in an aquarium environment. Almost everything can put stress on a fish. Stress is a vicious circle in fish, same as it is in human beings. The more stress they experience, they less prone they are to being able to fight off disease, other fish, unfavorable water conditions and more. Stress is more a catalyst within other causes than a cause itself, but on the flip side of that it is always a major player in unhealthy fish.

Reason number 4: Overcrowding

This may seem obvious, but just because your fish look like they’ve got enough room to swim about doesn’t mean they actually do. While fish don’t physically like to be crowded, it’s more than that. Ammonia levels can rise if there are too many fish in a tank, and ammonia is deadly to fish. A good rule of thumb to use when it comes to stocking freshwater tropical fish is an inch of fish per gallon of water. This means only 10 small fish in a 10-gallon tank. Don’t try to get away with too many fish in a tank even if you have really good filtration. Water test kits are available for purchase at pet stores or you can usually take a water sample up to a pet store and they will test the water for you.

Reason number 5: Overfeeding

This is usually only a fish killer it taken to an extreme, but is still dangerous even in a small capacity. Feed both according to your fish food instructions and pay attention to how much food your fish actually eat as opposed to how much you are feeding them. Uneaten food will collect at the bottom of your tank and from there decompose, sending ammonia levels up higher than they should go. Investing in a small catfish will help keep uneaten food down to a minimum… and hey… they even spice up the tank!

Reason number 6: Improper Mechanical Filtration

You need more than an air pump and some airline tubing to keep the water in your aquarium healthy. Power filters are marvelous for this. You want to acquire a power filter that will cycle your entire tank, in gallons, 3 to 5 times an hour. Change the filter inside your power filter once a month. After that time, the floss is dirty and the activated carbon is no longer effective.

Reason number 7: Improper Chemical Filtration

Generally, once a tank is established you can lay off the dechlorinator and stress coat. However, anytime you perform a partial water change, both stress coat and dechlorinator is important. Same when adding new fish to your aquarium. A little stress coat will make everyone involved feel a little better.

Reason number 8: Improper Temperature

A tank heater is really essential to your tank. A few degrees in either direction doesn’t effect us as much as it will effect your freshwater tropical fish. You want to keep your tank temperature as stable as possible. Check to make sure your heater is functional every so often. There is an assortment of tank thermometers available for under $5. Too hot or too cold temperatures, and especially changes in temperature can have a very negative effect on fish. Remember, the smaller the tank, the more vulnerable it is to temperature variances.

Reason number 9: Dirty Water

If you do a partial water change (about 20%) once a month, you should be ok. Change your filter at this time, remove algae from the tank and when you refill, be sure to add dechlorinator and stress coat. If it’s been way longer than a month, or you just “top off” the tank when it gets low, you’re not removing any ammonia or nitrates. These do not “evaporate” with the water, but rather stay in the existing water. Levels increase while healthy water decreases.

Reason number 10: How You Treat The Fish To Begin With

If you go to a store and get a new fish, do it after your daily errands. Don’t lug a fish around all day long in that little plastic bag. There is a limited amount of oxygen in that bag. There is no place for your fish to go. It is stressful to be in that plastic bag for a long time.

Instead, buy the fish, take it home and float the bag in your aquarium for 15 minutes. Afterwards, open the bag and dump the fish and the water from the bag into a fish net. Don’t just pour the water in the bag into your aquarium. Place the fish in your tank and enjoy. Keep the stress to begin with low and you’ll have a much greater chance at your new fish being healthy and adjusting easily.

Basically, know your fish and use common sense. If you’re going to keep fish, set them up an aquarium environment that promotes their health. Thriving fish are not only a source of pride but also a relaxing component to any room in your home.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Not Buy an Xbox 360

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With the hype that has been created over the newest generation of gaming consoles, it’s no surprise that even the small time gamers are wondering if they should take the plunge. Most stores were sold out even before its release (thanks to preorders) and the stores that weren’t only had a handful for the day of its release. People actually started camping out the day before the release to make sure they got one, only to be disappointed that there were none left. This drove gamers to new level of desire and soon they started popping up on eBay; some for as much as a 1000 dollars. If you lay the hype aside and look at what’s left you get my top ten reasons why you shouldn’t buy an Xbox 360.
With the hype that has been created over the newest generation of gaming consoles, it’s no surprise that even the small time gamers are wondering if they should take the plunge. Most stores were sold out even before its release (thanks to preorders) and the stores that weren’t only had a handful for the day of its release. People actually started camping out the day before the release to make sure they got one, only to be disappointed that there were none left. This drove gamers to new level of desire and soon they started popping up on eBay; some for as much as a 1000 dollars. If you lay the hype aside and look at what’s left you get my top ten reasons why you shouldn’t buy an Xbox 360.

1. The cost. Why anyone would pay as much as 1000 dollars for a video game system is beyond me. Even if it’s something you’ve got to have, wait a couple of months for the supply to increase and the demand to decrease and at least then you’ll get a better price. Another consideration for this situation is the release of the new Nintendo and the new Playstation in the near future. These releases will obviously make the price of the Xbox 360 drop to a more reasonable amount.

2. The release of the new Nintendo and the new Playstation. Why buy a system when two other new ones are coming out and you could want one of those ones? You should always wait to see what system you want before spending the amount of money they want for an Xbox 360. Not to mention we all know the Playstation 3 is going to blow them both out of the water.

3. The system is designed to maximize HD qualities and if you don’t have an HD television it’s not much different than the previous Xbox. You can always hook it up to your computer monitor for better graphics (if it’s not ancient), but then you have a much more limited viewing area and the inconvenience of being at your computer (or disconnecting your monitor to move it when you want to play).

4. Microsoft’s prying eyes are everywhere. When you use the internet connection to do any of the thousands of useless things offered on the Xbox 360 live it tracks your stats, achievements, what you’re playing, how long you’re playing it, with whom you’re playing, if you’re buying or renting games, even what time you started playing it. I don’t know about you but I think Microsoft collects too much information already, and the idea that they are tracking me like a lab rat gives me the willies.

5. The DVD player the Xbox 360 boasts doesn’t really boast anything except mediocre-ness. You would expect from such an expensive system that’s main bragging rights come from amazing graphics to have spent more time and money on the DVD player. It doesn’t compare to the video game graphics; you’re better off with your current model of DVD player.

6. The Xbox 360 overheats easily. The amount of heat the Xbox 360 output is astonishing. The fans are noisy and obviously can’t handle the demand of the system. Overheating obviously leads to your Xbox dying and your going through the hassle of getting it fixed (hope you bought that warranty). You can try and avoid this problem (notice I said try) by making sure its open on all sides for ventilation and turning it off frequently, but good luck.

7. The game titles are very limited compared to other systems. Unless you like fighting, sports, or racing, there isn’t much out there for you. There are especially few titles for children. I definitely wouldn’t consider it a family friendly system (unless you family is compromised of nothing except men in their 20’s)

8. In order to get all the features you have to spend more money on a hard drive or buy the more expensive version of the Xbox 360. Most people are confused with the multiple packages for sale and who wouldn’t be? Who wants to spend 300 dollars on a system, another 100 dollars on games, and an unprecedented amount on accessories, to take it home and find out it stinks without the hard drive?

9. The power brick is larger than an Xbox game package and not that much smaller than the console itself. It is gigantic and weighs in at a hefty 6 pounds. Why should that matter you ask? Well for starters its bulky, requiring more room for your other wires. Secondly, that’s 6 pounds plus gravity pulling on the back of your system (another reason for a glitch, though probably more long term). Thirdly, it gets incredibly hot as well and with it being so large it’s going to touch all of your other cords and wires and heat them up as well.

10. Customer support is a joke. You would think with all the complaints of glitches and dying machines (especially with overheating) that Microsoft would put some warning labels on the box or in the manuals on how to avoid said problems. At the least they could offer some upgrades to the systems glitches but when all is said and done it is left to be written, blogged, and complained about with no real solution.

When everything is said and done Microsoft has an excellent idea with the Xbox 360; but it remains an idea. Until the glitches are fixed, the prices go down, and it becomes more family friendly, it remains a waste of money, brain cells, and blood pressure medication.

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10 Reasons Why I'm Excited for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

As a Harry Potter fan, I’m eagerly waiting for November 19, 2010 when the first part of the Deathly Hallows movie will be released in the US. Three years after the book release, we will finally be able to witness Harry’s adventures as he searches for Horcruxes. Since the movie is split in two parts, here’s what I’m most excited for in part one of Deathly Hallows.

How the split will be handled
Entertainment Weekly has reported where the split at the end will be. I’m excited to see how the ending with the split will occur. Will other events be moved so more of the book is included in Deathly Hallows Part 2? As it seems now, more then half of the book is included in part 1.

The Weasley Wedding
There will be a Weasley wedding at the Burrow in Deathly Hallows Part 1. We finally met Ron’s hilariously mean Auntie Muriel. During the reception, Harry discovers interesting information on Dumbledore’s past and gets his first look at the Deathly Hallows symbol. I’m hoping these parts will be included in the movie.

The Seven Potters
This part of the movie is sure to be a thrilling, exciting ride. Harry must escape from Privet Drive to ensure his safety. During the journey, the Order of the Phoenix is attacked by Death Eaters and even a flying Voldemort. I can not wait to see how Voldemort looks while he’s flying.

It’s the beginning of the end
It’s a bittersweet feeling. Ever since I first read Deathly Hallows three years ago, I have been imagining what it would look like as a movie. It’s amazing that Harry Potter fans get two movies from one book, but it also means it is the beginning of the end. While I’m excited for the movie, I’m also a bit sad this is the end.

The Ministry break in
Even though Harry is a wanted man, he, Ron, and Hermione break into the Ministry of Magic. They are following the only lead they have on the locket Horcrux. Unfortunately, it takes them right to the beloved Dolores Umbridge, who is nastier then ever. These scenes should be exciting and tense as the trio tries to escape after they are found out.

Snape as Headmaster
In the Deathly Hallows book, there is no scene where Snape is addressing the students as their Headmaster. In the movie, there will be. As a huge Snape fan, I’m excited that he has more screen time. I’m also wondering what he will say.

Camping
Camping doesn’t sound exciting, but in Deathly Hallows the trio is on the run and forced to lives as outcasts. They camp up and the down the countryside. During this time, many important scenes take place like Ron leaving and the trip to Godric’s Hollow.

Seeing what was changed or removed
As a fan of the books, I’m always interested in seeing what was changed or removed from the movies. Since Deathly Hallows is split, I’m hoping not much will be removed. Usually, I don’t have a no problem with changes here and there. In the Goblet of Fire movie, the dragon task was changed and it turned out to be more exciting.

The Dark Lord Ascending
The first chapter of the book will make an exciting and intense beginning for the movie. Voldemort is addressing his Death Eaters as they plan to capture Harry during his escape from his aunt and uncle’s house. The scene will set a darker tone for the rest of the movie as we see just how ruthless Voldemort is.

Going to see it at midnight
I went to midnight releases for the books, now the movies are the only midnight releases Harry Potter fans have left. It’s blast to go and see all the other die hard fans lining up to watch the movie. There are cheers when it starts and the excitement is palatable. It’s fun to dress up in robes and see what others are wearing too.

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10 Reasons Why Warren Buffet Should Be Ignored on Tax Policy

Warren Buffet, one of the richest men on the planet, loves to dictate what tax policy should be to everyone. Here are ten reasons why he should be ignored about tax policy, and really everything else in life except getting rich.

1. Buffet is a Billionaire, One of Richest Men on the Planet

Never trust a billionaire. People do not become billionaires by being altruistic.

2. Buffet Comes from Privileged Background

Warren Buffet was born into a privileged background. His father was a United States Congressman, and the family had many wealthy and influential friends and acquaintances. Do not trust someone who has not known financial hardship at some point in their life to dictate tax policy.

3. Buffet Has Spent Whole Life Avoiding Taxes

Buffet is a billionaire, but only pays himself a salary of $100,000 dollars a year. Do not be fooled by this. When Buffet wants money, he sells shares in his company, Berkshire Hathaway, and then he only pays the 15% capital gains tax on his money vs the 35% or more he would pay on ordinary income. He could care less if the income tax goes up, he avoids paying it.

4. Buffet’s Goal in Life is To Be Richest Man in the World

Someone who wants to be the richest man on the planet is mentally ill. Plain and simple. Someone like that is never going to look up at the stars and wonder why we are here.

5. Buffet Wants to Avoid Paying Taxes Even After He is Gone

When Warren Buffet passes away, the vast majority of his money will go to charitable organizations. Altruistic on the surface, but by giving his money to charity, Buffet again avoids paying tax on the money. In this case the inheritance tax. Buffet himself does not trust the government, but wants Other people to pay higher taxes.

6. Buffet Does Not Trust His Own Children

By giving his money away to charity, Buffet is also showing a complete lack of faith in his own kids. Charitable organizations are not going to use Buffet’s money to fund start-up companies and build businesses that will create jobs and innovate the way things work.

If Buffet left his money to his kids, they would likely use some of the money to fund start-ups, and that creates jobs and companies.

Andrew Mellon used his vast inheritance to fund start-ups and build some 50 businesses. Many of those businesses are still in existence today, employing millions of people around the world.

7. Warren Buffet is Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life

You know the Jimmy Stewart Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life? The Mr. Potter character, played by Lionel Barrymore, is who Warren Buffet really is. Buffet tries to present a wholesome folksy image, but don’t be fooled. He wants the economy to tank so he can use his money to take assets from you at panic induced prices.

That’s how Buffet built most of his wealth. Buying assets off panicked people during stock market sell-offs.

A man whose sole goal in life is to be the richest man in the world should never be trusted.

8. Buffet Believes He is Better Than Most People

Warren Buffet is always talking about class warfare between the rich and the poor. To Buffet, other people are not human beings, they are either rich people or poor people. That’s all he sees. He is an egalitarian to the max. Never trust someone who only judges other people by how much money they have.

9. There is More to Life Than Money

Buffet’s whole life is all about money. There is more to life than just money. Never trust someone whose whole life is about money. Such people are only thinking of themselves.

10. Warren Buffet is a Billionaire

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10 Reasons Why Being Single is Awesome

You come home from work and find a note from your girlfriend. She left, and she’s not coming back. Congratulations! You lucky bitch, welcome to the good life! Enjoy pursuing your own interests, growing your bank account, developing friendships, and anything else that you want to do!

1. Freedom.
Go anywhere. Do anything. The world is your oyster. If you want to move to Quebec and work in a coffee shop, move to Quebec. There’s no ‘ball n’ chain’ holding you down. Want to become a world class Kung Fu expert? Do it. Move to China and study with Shaolin monks. Take up bird watching. Drive to Mexico and become a drug mule. Knit yourself some winter time mittens. Pursue anything that intrigues you.

2. Casual Sex.
Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you aren’t getting laid. Any beautiful woman you see could be lying in your bed panting after hours of steamy casual sex. That cutie at the grocery store that gives you those suggestive eyes might be handling your produce by the end of the night. Not so much the case in a relationship, unless it has an infidelity cream filling.

3. You have your own social identity.
In a relationship there is no more ‘You’. There is ‘We’. You and your loved one have been socially merged. People say, “When are Reese and Sarah getting here?” It’s never just Reese or just Sarah. There is no Reese. There is no Sarah. There is Reese and Sarah.

If only it stopped there. You don’t even try to hang on to your individually in a relationship. ‘We’ say things like “We haven’t seen that movie yet”, or “We don’t like that restaurant”. You don’t have an opinion, but ‘We’ do.

When single, you are you. No bullshit. No other people’s opinions. You have seen that movie. You love that restaurant. Your friends refer to you as a single entity, “Reese is on his way”. That’s all it is.

4. You can have friends.
There are rare exceptions where a man in a long term relationship will still hang out with his single friends. However, usually when you go into serious status friends go out the window. If a man in a long-term relationship somehow convince his ‘loved one’ to let him go to poker night, there’s always a curfew or clause, “No drinking, and be home by one!” Good luck having fun with the guys now. Get ready to hear the whipped sound every fifteen minutes.

Being single, anyone and everyone is your best friend. If you meet a homeless man on the street that strikes your interest, you can spend the day riding roller coasters at Six Flags with him. You can go to Adams house and play video games for three days. Without bathing. When you come home it’s no big deal. There’s no fight waiting for you.

5. You are perfect.
There is nobody pointing out your flaws. In your own mind you are an Adonis. A gleaming pillar of perfection. Everything that you do is done right. Any thought you have is completely natural, and not the least bit creepy or inappropriate.

When in a relationship, there is nagging. There is whining. There are ‘conversations’. Coming home and hearing ‘we need to talk’ either means you’re running errands or you need to change something about yourself.

6. You don’t have to listen to anyone.
Women talk. A lot. Being in a relationships means you need to learn how to listen. Sure, people talk to you when you’re single too. The main difference is the lack of obligation to the conversation. If a single guy gets trapped in a long conversation with anyone, they can easily escape. ‘Hey I need to get going; I have to meet Carl at the shooting range’. Easy as that. Try saying that in a relationship…

In a relationship, you have to care about everything the other person thinks is wrong. Any complaints that they have you better promptly acknowledge and agree. She will talk all night long about what bugs her and pisses her off. God help you if you forget one of them and accidentally do something that she already said bugged her. You’ll never hear the end of it, you insensitive prick.

7. You’re on time.
The average man takes five minutes to get ready for any situation. Friend’s house? Done. Fancy restaurant? Done. Wedding? Done. The average woman takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours to get ready. If she knows you have to be at said location at 7:00, you’ll be there at 8:32.

8. Nobody gets hurt.
Very few relationships end in marriage. Ask your married friends or family how many people they dated before they met their spouse. It’s at least fifteen. Possibly under ten if they’re religious. If we take this as an average, this means that one in fifteen relationships will end with someone getting hurt. Someone’s heart will be broken. Married people will tell you that it’s all worth it because of the one that ends in marriage. I ask them, is that such a good thing?

As a single guy the biggest heartbreak you’ll experience is when Burger King is out of French fries. Even then, there’s another Burger King right down the street with fresh hot French fries! Delicious and Satisfying!

9. You have money.
Dating has its price. You pay for everything, hands down. Once you get serious, the girl might start buying you dinner. This seems nice until you realize that you’ve gotten so serious that you just spent $3,000 on rugs. You know you don’t need rugs. Carpet doesn’t need another layer of carpet over it. Unfortunately, its’ no longer your decision. You wish you could go back to when you were free. Being single allows you to keep all the money you earn. Instead of rugs, you buy a 50″ Plasma HDTV. Instead of dinner and a movie, you buy a video game that’ll take you 50+ hours to beat.

10. You may indulge, change, and grow.
The definition of indulge is ‘to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one’s will.’ Being single makes ‘following one’s will’ a piece of cake. Let’s say you discover a newfound interest in archery. You may allocate as much time as possible to shooting, reading about and overall enjoying archery. You can join an archery team, make archery friends, and do archery things. In a relationship, you have a free thirty minute block of personal time every day. Spend yours wisely.

It’s difficult to change any aspect of your personality in your relationship. If something seems slightly amiss, you’ll be berated by ‘Are you ok?’, ‘How are you doing?’, and of course ‘Are you mad at me?’

Be single and you can be anything. You can be suave and slick. You can be arrogant and mean. You can be a stereotypical sports jock. You can be emo and hate life. The options are infinite. Your personality is whatever you make it.

The only downside is that you are entirely emotionally alone.

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10 Reasons Why Your Job Interview Didn't Go Well

These days, companies receive hundreds of resumes for every job opening! If you are fortunate enough to make it past the resume screening and are granted an interview, it’s important that you do everything possible to make a good impression! This is your time to shine! However, if you leave the interview feeling like you blew it, maybe one or more of the following reasons are to blame:

  1. You arrived over an hour early for your interview! Don’t be more than 15 minutes early to your interview. If you arrive earlier than that, wait downstairs, outside or in your car. By arriving too early, you might become a burden to the receptionist out front in the waiting area.
  2. You didn’t prepare! Don’t shrug your shoulders if you’re asked about your strengths and weaknesses or your careers goals at this time. Try to anticipate the questions you may be asked ahead of time and have responses ready. Also, make sure to review the company’s website before the interview so you’ll know about the company and the services or products that they offer.
  3. You said too much! TMI stands for “too much information”! Don’t ramble on about subjects that are not pertinent to the interview. Be focused and answer the questions precisely. Don’t share too much personal information, either; your interviewer doesn’t need to know your entire life story.
  4. You said too little! It’s hard to carry on a conversation with someone who responds with just a simple “yes” or “no”. Don’t be too modest – now’s the time to sell yourself. Don’t talk their ears off but answer the interviewer’s questions fully and completely.
  5. You bad-mouthed your former employer! One of the biggest mistakes a person can make in an interview is to complain about a former employer. It doesn’t bode well if you exclaim what a jerk your former boss was, or how unfairly they treated you. In many cases, interviewers tend to side with the company, and that won’t help your cause.
  6. You answered your cell phone during your interview! I know this might seem like a no-brainer to you, but turn off your cell phone before your interview! Other no-brainers connected to this “faux pas”: don’t smoke, spit out your gum and don’t bring any food in with you.
  7. You gave the wrong answers! Listen closely to the questions that are asked and think before you speak. If the job you are applying for is a sales job, don’t tell the interviewer that you’re not good at sales and don’t like to do it. Also, be sure to review your resume and/or job application and get your facts and your job dates straight!
  8. You lied! Don’t misrepresent your work history or education. Companies will most likely find out if you’ve been untruthful when they check your employment references and educational degrees. And, they do check!
  9. You didn’t follow up after the interview! Sending a timely thank you note that reaffirms your interest in the position and in the company is very appropriate. Make sure you take a business card so you’ll have the proper spelling of your interviewer’s name.
  10. You didn’t know when to stop following up after the interview! After the thank you note, it’s okay to follow up just once more with a letter or phone call. But don’t start stalking the employer with daily phone calls to find out if they’ve made their decision. You must be patient!

If one or more of these reasons sounded familiar to you, don’t worry and obsess about it. Unfortunately, you can’t go back in time and get a “do over”. Just chalk it up to experience, learn from your mistakes and move on to the next interview. Good luck!

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10 Reasons Why I Love Junk Mail

My letter carrier doesn’t speak to me any longer. Even though my daily deliveries are the biggest justification for his route, I don’t think he appreciates me.

The truth is, I love junk mail. Here are the 10 reasons why.

1. I enjoyed six free dinners in August. One was even prime rib. Okay, so two were just pasta and salad. Dinner is dinner when it’s free. The toughest part was deciding which of the dozens of invitations from financial planners, real estate investors, and attorneys to accept. Then all I had to do was dial the handy number listed and tell them I was coming. Actually, I never had to travel more than five miles for my free meals. And while I sat through the pitches to take advantage of each host’s professional services, I never actually had to say “no” to anybody. If they tried to call the number I used on the sign-in sheets, they reached the nearest yogurt shop.

2. I get to experiment with different spellings of my name. New things are almost always fun, aren’t they? In one week alone, I got to imagine being Vanda, Wonda, Vonja, and Vonnie. I decided I didn’t really prefer any of them to my own name, but when I saw Sims on the envelope, that was an improvement over Sines. However, the one addressed to Vonda Sins hit the trash, unopened.

3. I watched the value of my home double over a year. This was enlightening, especially due to the drop in real estate values during the same time period. According to all the vendors trying to persuade me to take out a home equity loan, my little 1,300-square-foot townhouse must have morphed into a McMansion without my noticing it. Finding out about my new increased net worth was an upper.

4. I have a ton of available credit. According to my calculations, in the past six months, I’ve been offered available credit up to half a million dollars. That’s reassuring in case I ever lose my job.

5. I get free drugs. Never mind that I don’t need Prilosec or Tylenol rapid-release caplets. The vet said to try the Pepcid on the dog, so once the marketing folks get his name, he too will receive junk mail.

6. I support the free-enterprise system. The way I see it, I help companies find out what their competitors are doing. This practice actually consumes little time or effort on my part. I simply open the envelope from insurance company A, then the one from insurance company B. I pull out the postage-paid return envelopes and insert what the other company sent me before mailing. Oh, and I also help the letter carrier justify his job.

7. I finally get to know who my neighbors are. We’re on the outskirts of Washington, DC, and few residents in my neighborhood are native English speakers. As a result, they tend to keep to themselves. A friendly nod when leaving from work is usually the limit of any social graces. But I’ve now learned who some of them are. Last week, I saw the names of three new families on the junk mail my letter carrier left me. I assume they also now know who I am.

8. I’m associated with many charities. Every animal group in the world considers me their dear friend, it seems. I have become the outlet for their excess address labels, key chains, window decals, and even gift wrap. However, I have yet to find a use for the “Save My Ferret” sticker I received in July.

9. I become friends with wannabe public officials. To read their letters, you’d think we went to college together. Maybe even elementary school. They send me their pictures and tell me where they grew up, how many kids they have, and how they feel about immigration laws. I’ve learned how they feel about more taxes for the local public schools and even where some of them go to church. All that’s missing is their medical records.

10. I get wonderful article ideas. Ideas from junk mail provide part of my livelihood. In June, I wrote 12 articles as the result of what landed in my mailbox. Ads from the local caterer provide ideas for food pieces. If the local podiatrist wants to tell me how to buy a pair of shoes that really fit, I’ll be happy to pass along the details. And bless the nearby hospital for mass-mailing a newsletter about their newest mammography equipment. I’m thrilled to share that information, too.

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10 Reasons Why Danny Bonaduce is a Loser

After watching the video of Danny Bonaduce injuring Johnny Fairplay during a Fox reality award show, I couldn’t help but think how Bonaduce is such a loser. It’s just the first of 10 reasons why Danny Bonaduce is a loser. If you haven’t seen it, you can watch the video here. The incident started when Fairplay questioned why the audience was booing him. The always in need of attention Bonaduce came on stage to explain “they’re booing because they hate you”. As Bonaduce was leaving the stage, Fairplay ran and jumped on Bonaduce as part of his “monkey hump” shtick. After a few awkward seconds, Bonaduce hurls Fairplay over his shoulders. Fairplay does a face plant and then quickly leaves the stage holding his face; obviously hurt.

01 Many have applauded Bonaduce for feeding Fairplay his karmic dessert. But I think anyone who makes Johnny Fairplay, the Survivor contestant known for shamelessly lying about his Grandmother dying, look worthy of sympathy has to be loser.

I felt bad for the guy. It was pathetic enough when Fairplay was being booed by a bunch of other loser reality stars. I mean, seriously, can you imagine your life when you are being booed by the cast of the Surreal Life? But in between the thud and running off stage, Johnny Fairplay became very human to me. And Danny Bonaduce became a complete loser as he just shrugged the whole thing off.

Had Johnny Fairplay’s ego just been hurt, I might think he deserved being tossed too. Getting tossed can happen when you “monkey hump” people. And I hope after getting his teeth rearranged, Fairplay will retire that act so I never have to utter “monkey hump” again. But did he really deserve the free dental work? I don’t think so.

Legally, Danny Bonaduce hurling a monkey humping Fairplay falls under self defense. But Bonaduce is still a loser for acting as if Fairplay’s pathetic attempt for a laugh was an attack worthy of serious injury.

02 Classic loser moment: Being arrested for beating up a transvestite prostitute.

According to Bonaduce, he didn’t realize the prostitute was a man until he got into the car. The prostitute got into the car with the expectation s/he’d be paid and demanded the forty bucks regardless of Bonaduce changing his mind. Bonaduce pulled the prostitute out of the car and essentially beat the prostitute up before the prostitute could beat him up.

People shouldn’t have to pay for something they don’t receive. But if Danny Bonaduce is dumb enough to proposition a man, he should have just given him the forty dollars. He is already a loser for using a prostitute; why become an even bigger loser by assaulting a transvestite prostitute in an unfair fight?

03 Beating up prostitutes, out of shape DJs, and wimpy reality stars, is not badass. It’s weak. And unless you are being paid John Cena’s salary, participating in fake fights to make you seem tough just makes you seem like a bigger loser.

If that isn’t enough reason why Danny Bonaduce is a loser, see this video Danny Bonaduce Bites Local DJ. Even in fake fights, Bonaduce still cannot resist using wussy loser tactics.

04 Not all reality stars are losers. Some reality stars ended up on my list of breakthrough performances and plenty of other reality show rejects are worth remembering. But with rare exceptions, washed up actors who transition from hit TV shows to lame attention-seeking reality show generally fit the loser mold.

05 Danny Bonaduce spends way too much time shirtless. Only losers think the world is impressed by their steroid use.

06 The only positive thing I can say about Danny Bonaduce is that he does not support 9-11 conspiracy theories. But he falls back into loser territory with comments like this: “if anyone had a rope thick enough, I think Rosie should be strung up for treason” (referring to Rosie O’Donnell’s belief in 9-11 conspiracy theories as she expressed on The View).

Calling for the death of conspiracy theorists, even Rosie O, is nutty. And adults who demean others based on issues of weight are losers; especially when the comment is coming from someone with their own addictions and disorders.

07 Danny Bonaduce is associated with one of the few professions where getting paid doesn’t negate loser status. And surprisingly enough I am not actually referring to reality TV; but instead, to Bonaduce becoming a radio personality and Adam Corolla’s sidekick. This video here is what happens when two loser radio personalities get together.

08 Biggest loser moment: Danny Bonaduce cheating on his wife.

09 Danny discovers his blind date Gretchen doesn’t believe in pre-marital sex. What’s a sex addict to do? Marry her of course.

I’ll give him credit for trying to make the marriage work, but getting married to a stranger in order to have sex sounds like something off a failed sitcom.

10 Danny Bonaduce has previously stated he’s pleased with his anger. He thinks it gives him more personality.

I guess that’s the kind of mentality you get after growing up on television. Too bad the 48 year old father of two doesn’t know that growing up doesn’t have to be boring. Or understand how his anger plays into the 10 reasons why Danny Bonaduce is a loser.

For a different take on Danny Bonaduce, check out Superdork’s article Danny Bonaduce – Intrigue, Passion and Controversy (here).

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10 Reasons Why You Should Write Articles

Are you thinking about writing articles? Do you want to be a professional writer or are you looking to earn a part time income online? Maybe you run a business and you want to use article marketing to advertise online. There are so many reasons to write articles that if you do some research into it, you’re sure to find many reasons that suit your needs.

There are many benefits to article writing which you can discover for yourself. But you’ll never know what true potential might lie there if you never try it. So if you learn more about the reasons why you should write articles, you will see if this is the right type of writing for you.

Here are 10 reasons why you should write articles:

1. To show your knowledge in a specific area or on a specific topic.

2. To share ideas with others who have similar interests.

3. To help establish yourself as an expert in your niche.

4. To talk about things that you love or that you feel passionate about.

5. To further your career as a writer or freelancer.

6. As part of an article marketing campaign to advertise for your business.

7. To build a portfolio of writing samples to help you gain future jobs in the same topics.

8. To report the news or other happenings in your area.

9. To earn money from your article writing.

10. To earn residuals from page views on these articles over time.

These are just some of many reasons why you should write articles but they are certainly not all of them. If you have any desire at all to write articles, then you should act on it and go ahead and try. You don’t want to live life wondering what would have happened if you have given it a try but you never did. Writing an article doesn’t have to be hard. It can be like talking to a friend or family member.

Now that you know these 10 reasons why you should write articles, it’s time to get started today. Don’t worry about if you are the best. Don’t wait to be perfect at article writing. Just start today and start with something. Put your thoughts and ideas down on paper (or computer file) and you will see that it becomes easier with each that you write. You could spend a lifetime waiting for the perfect opportunity. Sometimes you just have to start now.

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10 Redesigned or All New 2011 Cars that You Need to Know About

Having just attended the press days at the 2010 LA Auto Show I was shocked to see how many automakers were unveiling such unexpectedly strong entries into their respective market segments. No, I am not just talking about the alternative energy vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

Those vehicles are expensive and somewhat limiting in their operation. They will appeal more to early adopters and not the run of the mill new car buyer. The vehicles I am talking about are models that will change their market segments. The ones that redefine the concept of what a brand or model once stood for. There were also one or two unadulterated disasters that I think you should avoid at all costs.

2011 Hyundai Elantra

This little compact sedan has “huge hit” written all over it. Much like the Sonata sedan before it, the new Elantra is set to alter the balance of power in its segment. The Corollas of the world really need to look out because the new Elantra is stylish, has a high feature content and attracted a tremendous amount of attention at this year’s auto show.

2011 Nissan Juke

Some say it looks like a frog, other people think it is the coolest looking SUV design that they have ever seen. I just happen to be in the latter category. Handling for AWD models is said to be superb, the Juke is affordably priced and it looks like nothing else on the road. Awesome.

2011 Toyota Corolla

This model was allegedly restyled but apparently Toyota’s styling department missed that memo. What did they change exactly?

2011 Kia Sportage

The 2010 version of this South Korean compact SUV was an atrocity. It trailed the pack in all categories but the one now leads it on value, efficiency and style. How that happened is one of the miracles of the 2011 model year.

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Nissan really managed to make the whole wacky thing work with the Cube and the Juke but who thought a convertible SUV was a good idea? This hunchbacked monster starts at over $45,000 and is utterly hideous. An epically huge Pontiac Aztek sized mistake.

2011 Kia Optima

Want an Audi but can’t afford one? Look no further.

2011 Volvo S60

Finally, a cool Volvo sedan.

2011 Fiat 500

Fiat returns to North America with this cute and stylish Mini Cooper combatant. Get ready to see these everywhere.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Gorgeous lines, beautiful interior and an attractive price tag. Jeep redid all of its interiors for 2011 and they have all gone from plastic-fantastic jokes to class leaders. Even the Wrangler.

2011 Chevy Cruze

It may lack the pizazz of the 2012 Focus but the Cruze is impressively efficient and has one of the nicest interiors in any GM product. Easily the best compact car GM has ever made. A terrific buy.

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