Archive For January, 2008

Before Anyone Else Whines About the Cost of The War on Terrorism…

I receive the following email from a friend today.  Not the kind of stuff that the Democrats would want you to see or CNN – because it doesn’t fit into their agenda to bash President Bush.  This isn’t the kind of stuff that one administration is blamed for.  This is generations of presidential and congressional administrations passing the buck down the road until it’s out of control. I wonder how…

It’s All Mental

I was listening to an interview yesterday between Frank Kern and Gauher Chaudhry.  These are two guys who have made fortunes, 7-figure fortunes, on the Internet.  One of the comments that was mentioned in passing was “It’s hard to imagine not being able to make money on the Internet.”  They have been doing it so long, that so many of the things they do are second-nature.  If it was all…

Dallas Stars Take 2nd @ The Pinewood Derby

Just had our first ever Pinewood Derby.  We had a blast.  For almost a month, Josh and I have been working his Pinewood Derby car.  We sanded the wood with 400 grit sandpaper, polished the axles with 2000 grit paper, sanded the paint job down with 600 grit paper, and carefully placed weights within the car.  We also made a mess everywhere with adding graphite to the wheels and axles. …

My Business – From Part-Time to Full-Time

Driving home from the grocery store I saw that the new Italian pizza place was going to be closing.  I don’t think they’ve even been open two years. It’s not easy to make it past your 2nd year in business, let alone 5 or 10 years.  We are now in our 5th year in business at National-Leads.com, and so I thought I would reflect a bit on how we got…

2008 Projections for Taxes

I’m not a big fan of all the taxes.  I’m sure to pay mine so I don’t end up like Ray Gebauer.  Nothing against Ray.  I like Ray a lot, but I don’t want the IRS breathing down my neck either. One of the things I hate is having to pay my income tax, federal taxes, sales tax, tax on my utilities, phones, gas, etc.  It’s amazing when you stop…

Switched from HD-DVD to Blu-Ray

Last year I bought the Toshiba A2 HD-DVD Player.  I believed HD-DVD was a superior technology, and that superior technology would prevail as the chosen HD format.  Well, one lesson I have learned (again) is that marketing is more important that having the superior product. That’s why McDonalds is the #1 fast food hamburger joint.  It’s certainly not because they have the superior hamburger (or healthier for that matter).  It’s…

What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up?

The other day I was talking with my daughter.  In her jr. high English class they were having a debate with the question, “Is it the girl’s choice only, or is the guy’s and girl’s choice to get an abortion?”  She came and asked my advice.  I told her – You’ll never get the right answer if you ask the wrong question.  I then told her that sometimes, asking the…

Who Else Hates Windows Mail?

My old Dell PC died in December.  No complaints, I ran the snot of it for over 4 years.  It lasted about 2 years longer than it should have gone.  It’s like driving 400,000 miles in a Toyota. Anyway, I got a new Dell… smoking fast and loving it.  I actually like Windows Vista and the new Microsoft Office 2007.  It’s taking some getting used to, but I am mostly…

Kind of Creepy

I worked with college age international students from Asia for about 6 years.  Many of them were from Japan and Taiwan.  They would come over to our home and play with our kids quite often… so much so that they began bringing them lots of Hello Kitty gifts… the real stuff from overseas.  Well, Hello Kitty just got a little creepy.  Check out this photo: