The Masks We Wear

The Masks We WearAs a child I adored dress up. I remember going into my mom’s closet and pulling out her clothes to dress up in. One thing that has always struck me as odd about children is that some like to dress up while others do not. Take for instance my son, he’s five, and he loves to dress up in costumes of super heroes, masks and all. But my niece has always been terrified of masks. She’s now fourteen so I’m sure she has gotten over her fear of masks, but as a young toddler and child she was terrified. Any time we would go to the hockey games here in town she would totally flip out when Boomer the mascot would come by. I have always wondered what it was about the masks that made her so scared. Was it the fact that she couldn’t see the face of the wearer? Was it that the heads are so much bigger? I don’t know what the problem was but she is the only child in my family that doesn’t like masks and dress up. I have worked in day care systems where children were given the opportunity to play dress up. Some would be eager to put on the masks and run around the room. While others simply put on the coats or hats. Each person wears a mask at some time in their lives. We wear masks when we are unhappy, so that no one knows. We wear masks as children for Halloween. We also wear a mask to hide who we really think we are. When you think about it aren’t we all just wearing a mask to look better than we feel?

THE WAY WE RENTED A CRANE

Renting a crane is serious business. It’s not like playing around in the sandbox as a kid.

When we were working on that big construction project earlier in the year there was a point where we just couldn’t haul our supplies up to the construction level anymore without a crane.

It was going to cost the contractor a lot of money, but in the long run the crane was going to be far safer that scaffolding and the old school winch and pulley system.

The crane hire company in Melbourne had more than one crane available and also provided an operator if we needed one. Our foreman was a crane operator on the docks and could easily have done the job but chose not to as the added liability cost didn’t make it such a good idea. Also, the contractor just wanted the supplies delivered as quickly as possible and thought a third party was the smartest way to go.

It was the best idea anyone had come up with during the entire time we’ve been working on this project. Every two weeks the crane comes back and we load up all we can and have it lifted to whatever floor we’re working on at the time.  It’s made us work a bit more effienciently too I think.

Years ago I would never have considered a crane rental. Nowadays on today’s construction sites, I can’t see not using one on a regular basis. Or at least having one come to the site frequently to assist with big jobs.

MY SISTER WAS RIGHT!

divorceWhen I had had enough of the abuse I was getting from Larry I decided I needed a divorce. I just wasn’t sure how to go about it and how the find a good lawyer that wasn’t going to cost me everything.

I turned to my sister who had some great advice on what to look for even though she had not hired a family lawyer in her life.

I found one I liked right away, but he was always late for our appointments and didn’t seem very organized. I thought that was just because he was very busy with a heavy caseload.

What did it for me was during one phone call he admitted to me he didn’t really take on a lot of divorce cases as he was trying to shift his focus into corporate law.

It was clear to me at that point I wasn’t going to get the sort of treatment I had hoped for so I followed some of Sondra’s suggestions and starting looking for another lawyer. She was right about finding a family lawyer in Sydney who works on a lot of family law cases.

It made sense to me to find someone who spent a lot of time in that kind of practice. The new lawyer I found not only did this, but was also quite involved in the community so I was able to get some feedback and references before I spent much time with him working on my divorce.

When we had our first meeting I was impressed with the look of his office, how he dressed and the orderly fashion he presented a plan on how to proceed.

I felt I was being taken care of.

The Business of Selling Rims

I think selling rims can be a great business and there is clearly a high demand. You can see this by looking on eBay and Amazon which offer delivery throughout the United States. Whether it’s rims for trucks, SUV’s or four wheel drive rims sell well because they are clearly in demand and its far cheaper to buy on line where you can get a  great discounted combined deal on rims and tires. Some online sites will only sell 4 sets of rims and tires.

Others offer more flexibility and help the buyer to find the items they are looking for like a single rim at cheaper rim prices.  I would advise those looking for sites selling rims for older models and classic cars  to look for  websites catering for smaller purchases of rims. They do exist, although many of the  online sites selling rims are catering for more recent models.

I think selling rims on line can never quite replace the purchaser seeing and feeling the rim for himself and buying in a regular auto spare parts store. In the case of rims for classic cars I think this is even more true, because replacement parts like rims on older models of cars can be difficult to find.

Nevertheless Amazon and eBay are clearly doing a roaring trade selling rims and it will certainly save money on rim repair and replacement which is why its so popular with buyers. They have to do their research into the size and width of the rim.

Using a Shipping Container For Home Storage

Using a Shipping Container For Home StorageMy son was moving overseas and he wanted to put most of his things in storage, including his car and his motorcycle, as well as household items. We looked at a couple of different storage rental options and it quickly became clear the cost of renting a storage locker for an extended period of time would really add up. We didn’t have room in our garage or home to store his items but we did have a large, flat area behind our garage and I started to wonder if we could put some sort of storage container back there.

I looked online and I found a shipping container for sale in our area. It was a few thousand dollars but in the long run, that would cost much less than renting a storage locker. At first, my husband thought I was crazy, but the more he thought about it, the more he realized it was a perfect storage solution.

We bought the shipping container and had it delivered to our home. Maneuvering the shipping container into place behind our garage took some doing and the transport company had to use a crane since they couldn’t drive behind the garage.

Now the shipping container is in place and you can’t even see it unless you walk behind the garage. It really is the perfect storage solution for us. Literally everything my son wanted to store fits inside the shipping container. Plus, there was room leftover so I was able to move some of our things that were cluttering up the garage into the container!

Using a Shipping Container For Home Storage

My son was moving overseas and he wanted to put most of his things in storage, including his car and his motorcycle, as well as household items. We looked at a couple of different storage rental options and it quickly became clear the cost of renting a storage locker for an extended period of time would really add up. We didn’t have room in our garage or home to store his items but we did have a large, flat area behind our garage and I started to wonder if we could put some sort of storage container back there.

I looked online and I found a shipping container for sale in our area. It was a few thousand dollars but in the long run, that would cost much less than renting a storage locker. At first, my husband thought I was crazy, but the more he thought about it, the more he realized it was a perfect storage solution.

We bought the shipping container and had it delivered to our home. Maneuvering the shipping container into place behind our garage took some doing and the transport company had to use a crane since they couldn’t drive behind the garage.

Now the shipping container is in place and you can’t even see it unless you walk behind the garage. It really is the perfect storage solution for us. Literally everything my son wanted to store fits inside the shipping container. Plus, there was room leftover so I was able to move some of our things that were cluttering up the garage into the container!

Buying a Food Truck

Buying a Food TruckI have been thinking about buying a food truck. Some of my friends think that I have completely lost my mind, but I think it would be awesome. It would allow be to work for myself and not have to deal with the headaches at the office every single day. Sometimes my boss and co-workers make me want to run screaming from the office. I know we have all probably felt like that at some point in our lives, but it is becoming a more regular occurrence for me.

I also think that owning a food truck would allow me to tap into my creative side a little more. No one could tell me what I could or couldn’t cook and sell. If I want to experiment with ingredients, I would only have myself to answer too. Besides the creative side, I love to cook. I cook for my friends and family all of the time. I am always trying new recipes when I have company over.

If I buy a food truck, I think I would enroll in a couple of business courses at the local university. I know a little about running a business, but if I do this, I want my food truck to be the most successful food truck around. I want people to talk about me and my food like I am the person that invented food trucks. I have already been tapping into the knowledge of friends who have jobs in the area of marketing and law. I think I am onto something great with this idea of buying a food truck.

Banana or Fire Engine

I was driving through town on my way back home when on the corner up by the oncoming stop sign was some poor young guy with a big foam finger waving it back and forth pointing it down the street and holding a sign that said in big letters that there was go kart sales going on today only.  When I got to the stop sign I beeped the horn and waved at the guy as I always do when I see guys and gals that are out there that have to do that for hours on end.  He smiled and pointed the big foam finger down the street where I could see a bunch of balloons meaning that must be where the sale was.  I honked again and turned towards the balloons.

When I reached the lot it was filled to the brim with go karts.  Isle beyond isle of go karts, I was mesmerized and knew my son was going to be a happy little boy today as I had made the decision to get one for him before now anyway. And now there were go kart sales going on, what a good time to make the purchase.

Thing was, the sale was so good, I had decided to buy a pair.  One was bright yellow, reminded me of a banana, and the other was fire truck engine red.  I’d let him pick and I’d take the other one.  I knew how to spend time with him on my weekends off if he loves it as much as I loved mine when I was his age and had one!

I saw a hedgehog for sale!

I  saw a hedgehog for sale!It’s the cutest little thing, you remember all the children’s books with hedgehog illustrations. I find its little eyes so appealing and the spines are no problem at all. My wife looked at the this little creature, then she looked at me and I knew I had to buy it. The price certainly isn’t cheap at $150 but it is going to make my wife very happy so I didn’t have to think about it for long. The breeder said that when they have a hedgehog for sale as a baby it doesn’t take long to sell a hedgehog.

Hedgehogs for sale are very popular and business is booming the breeder said to me .Everybody loves buying a hedgehog and taking it home. Kids love them and I think I prefer them to hamsters or other exotic pets. When I and my wife took the little creature home and we left him snuggled in his nest we felt we had a new addition to the family. I asked the breeder whether it was house trained and she said yes all their hedgehog babies are trained to be sociable. She said to me that male hedgehogs prefer to live alone so it is better just to have the one pet. The children may want their own but if I buy one more hedgehog it will have to have separate living space. I asked the breeder who was a lady about after care support and I could always call her.

THE UPS AND DOWN OF PINBALL MACHINE SALES

Although pinball machine sales have dropped dramatically since the 80’s and even 90’s, there are still some reliable companies that have a variety of video arcade games to choose from. When the big popular culture took off with famous video games and everyone was spending hours playing and competing, I had to work and provide for my family. Up until recently, it remained a distant memory of something that I wish I had experienced and I experienced a longing ache for it. My wife was really against any form of entertainment in the house, except for TV’s, but I am recently divorced and decided to celebrate it with a purchase of a vide game, the real one, like the one that I remember.

It took me a while to find a company from whom I wanted to buy, as, with the help of my grandson, I did a lot of research and he contacted many suppliers for me. Almost all pinball machine sales websites offered 1-2 types, which didn’t appeal that much to me, until I finally found the one! It may not seem as much to anyone, but it had the AC/DC theme, and I am their biggest fan, and have been for decades now. Ever since I laid my eyes on that pinball machine, I knew I had to make her mine, which I did, after a couple of phone calls and more assistance of payment processing from the younger generation. It feels really great, to wake up and just go and play for free a video game that is so embedded in our history.

Buying Caravan Park for Retirement

Buying Caravan Park for RetirementMy husband and I are ready to retire from our traditional jobs. We decided we are too young to just sit back. We want to still be productive in our day to day lives, but we want to live in a beautiful place. One of the options we have been exploring is purchasing a caravan park. There are several reputable caravan parks for sale. We have been exploring different locations. We are hoping to get one in a great location as to attract the best clients.

By purchasing a caravan park, we will still be able to have an income. We will have a place to live and we will be able to spend a lot of time together all while living in a more desirable location. It will be a large investment to get into the type of caravan park we are hoping to own, but in the end I think it will be worth it.

Some of our friends think we are a bit crazy for doing this. They think we are going to lose our retirement money, but we will not be risking anything. I have even been looking at the commission that some caravan park owners charge caravan owners who want help selling their caravans. I could easily replace my current income if the commissions worked out the way I believe they can. We are still doing research, but I believe within one year we will probably be retired from our careers and the proud owners of a caravan park.

Finding the Best Mens Wedding Rings

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful and time consuming things anyone can do. I know first hand how much time and effort and even angst goes in to planning this day that is, of course, meant to be one of the best days of your life. While everyone will tell you to plan for obvious things (the dress, the flowers, the cake, etc.) there are more less obvious things that I wish I would have planned more for. One of the things I wish I would have spent more time on was looking for mens wedding rings.

For some reason mens wedding rings don’t get talked about in the same way that women’s do. They seem to be sort of swept under the rug while most of the time and effort ring shopping is looking for the brides. I’m not sure why this is since there are many different styles to choose from for men and many are every bit as elegant and beautiful as any brides ring. I was truly surprised that not more people had talked to me about what to look for or even what styles were available for mens wedding rings. It seems like there is a large market for it but it was difficult finding any sort of information on it. If I had to do it again, I would take more time researching the different styles of rings in order to find the best one.

How To DIY a Masquerade Mask

DIY a Masquerade MaskOne of the social clubs at my college was hosting a masquerade ball. I really wanted to go but a masquerade mask was required for admittance. When I went shopping for a masquerade mask, I was surprised at how expensive they can be. I’m in college and on a tight budget and I just couldn’t afford to buy one. A friend suggested I make my own and that really surprised me. Masquerade masks: Make your own? It was something I’d never thought of and the masks I was looking at were pretty intricate so I wasn’t sure if it could be done. Still, I thought it was worth looking into so I researched DIY masquerade mask kits.

Most of the kits I found were for fairly simple masks. They were pretty masks but I wanted to make a mask that was dramatic. Since I couldn’t find a DIY kit that would work for me, I decided to make a mask completely from scratch. After searching online I found out how to make a papier-mâché base. Once I had the base made, I set about decorating it. I covered the base with a scrap of material that looked like champagne colored silk. I adhered the cloth to the back side of the mask base with glue and made sure it was smooth.

Next came the fun decorating part. I added stiff pieces of lace as a trim around the mask and to create dramatic ‘wing tips’ near the eyes. To one side of the mask, I attached a dramatic spray of feathers, and a small circle flower. Finally, I embellished the mask with crystals.

I have to admit, the mask looked great when I was finished. It took some careful work, but making my own masquerade mask was a lot of fun, and I got so many compliments when I wore it to the ball!

Our Experience Buying A Campground

We’ve always loved a more rural lifestyle so I suppose owning a campground is the ideal business for us. While we love our life now, looking for campgrounds that are for sale was a big chore that felt overwhelming sometimes. For one thing, we didn’t know how many different types of campgrounds there were which meant, in the beginning we didn’t know what type of campground we wanted. After many thoughtful discussions, we realized we wanted a campground that was in good condition but that we could improve and possibly expand. We also wanted something in the vicinity of our family.

We saw many campgrounds but none of them seemed to be what we were looking for. We quickly learned that looking for a campground to purchase is a long process a lot like looking for a house to buy.

The one we found and fell in love with had thirty acres of developed campground with an additional forty acres of undeveloped land. But when we started to look into adding more campsites, we discovered the existing campsites and infrastructure needed a lot of work. This work was expensive and time consuming. We had to purchase permits to upgrade the infrastructure and campsites, hire specialist with experience in campsite construction, and pay for several inspections. Upgrading the existing campsites pushed back our plans of extending the campground by two years. We’re very happy with our campground now but it was hard work in the beginning. The upside was that once we made all the improvements, we saw an immediate increase in bookings and we’re able to charge more for campsites than the previous owners charged.