Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Meet Nick Hanauer

2012-11-26 BlogBlog RSSRSS

Billionaire explains the Ecology of Economics

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The Corporation

2012-10-09 BlogBlog RSSRSS

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The One Percent

2012-05-15 BlogBlog RSSRSS

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And Now, Some Words From Our Sponsors

2012-04-17 BlogBlog RSSRSS

TV commercials have inspired me to cover songs on my ukulele. TV commercials they make me wonder. Really bad ones make me wonder who let these things onto the tube. Really good ones can make me cry. I’m an observer and critic of TV commercials. Perhaps it’s because of my combination of a creative spirit [...]

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Amen Omen

2012-03-16 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I’ve covered more songs on uke than I can remember.  What inspires me to cover each song can have as much to do with the merits of the song as it does with any of many other random factors.   The time of year.  What other people are talking about.  Or, is in  today’s case, something [...]

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The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit

2012-01-28 BlogBlog RSSRSS

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Losing a Memory

2012-01-02 BlogBlog RSSRSS

Growing up I always loved answering the question, “Where were you born?” During my smart ass years my first response would always be, “In a hospital.” When pressed for an actual map location, “Peru” would be my response. “The country?!” would always be next. “No, a town in Illinois.” Peru, Illinois was never widely known [...]

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Red Jewlahlah

2011-11-20 BlogBlog RSSRSS

Yours truly…Mr. Tu…jack of all trades master of none…has been drafted into “Gardening Service”.

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Cleaning the Bathroom with the Confederate Flag

2011-09-25 BlogBlog RSSRSS

The vast majority of customers come into my store on a mission to complete a project.  A lot of these folks are excited by their tasks and it’s quite inspiring!  It makes me wish I had more home improvement projects of my own to work on.  I was even tempted the other day to buy [...]

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The Men Who Crashed the World

2011-09-21 BlogBlog RSSRSS

A very interesting report on the cause of the Meltdown. I tried to post the video but can’t get the code properly. If you have the time you should check it out. The Men Who Crashed the World

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Monkey Butts Knocking Over Little Old Ladies

2011-09-15 BlogBlog RSSRSS

At any job, there are some basic rules specific to the line of work being done.  These go beyond the basic get-to-work-on-time, don’t-steal-from-the-company and do-what-the-boss-asks type rules that are universal to all workplaces and directly relate to what the individual is doing. For example, somewhere in the basic training of Rite-Aid Drug Store cashiera there [...]

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Goodbye Oscar-Schmidt, I Never Named You at All

2011-09-12 BlogBlog RSSRSS

Over the weekend, I got the bad news.  The pre-amp on my tenor ukulele was not fixable.  I think I was somewhat at fault, as it hasn’t worked since I replaced the connector for the 9V battery. I explained this to the nice guys as GuitarVille shop when I brought it in, and I was [...]

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We Want Jobs, We Want Smaller Government

2011-09-02 BlogBlog RSSRSS

At least we are getting one of the two. We are getting smaller government from the Federal Government down to local governments. That is part of the jobs problems. Public sector jobs (Government) are shrinking faster than the private sector can create new ones. If you take Government jobs (those lazy suckers that feed at [...]

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Don’t Talk Religion at Work

2011-08-15 BlogBlog RSSRSS

It is best not to talk about religion or politics at work. Leave them out of all interactions. I KNOW this, really I do. Religion and politics on social networks? They’re our bread and butter, right? My new workplace, as is becoming common amongst big companies, has it’s very own social network where employees can [...]

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On the Jet Bus, I Have My Best Day on one the Worst Days

2011-08-09 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I close my eyes and feel myself in another kind of vehicle.  The seat vibrates beneath me and I imagine the rumble of the bus’s idling engine is actually the whir of a jet engine.  The driver becomes a pilot when he announces, appropriately, “now departing, Line 112 to Edmonds Community College.”  I keep my [...]

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I Was There When It All Began

2011-08-05 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I was there when it all started.  It was the autumn of 2006.  I was working as a subprime loan officer with the nation’s largest mortgage lender, Countrywide Home Loans.  I was working on a deal to refinance multiple rental properties in California’s Central Valley that belonged to the personal friend of one of my [...]

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Diary of a Home Improvement Warehouse Worker (Part 1 of 236)

2011-07-23 BlogBlog RSSRSS

“Do you sell can crushers?” “Where are the GFI switches?” “Excuse me,” the smiling middle-aged woman asked me right after I had dispatched a customer towards a product that I only had a vague idea where it was, “do you have those little pieces that go behind a lighted vanity that make the screws fit [...]

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A Hot Corporate Love Story

2011-07-11 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I live in the desert. It gets hot. Cooling of some kind is a necessity. When it gets to be 118 degrees outside, people tend to just melt away without it. Any type of modern day cooling system requires electricity.

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Allowing a Strong America?

2011-07-09 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I had to go back and reread the comment and the stream it was in three more times just to make sure I read what I read. I slept on it and read it again the next day. Maybe I took it wrong.

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I CAN’T BE LATE FOR MY FIRST DAY!!!

2011-07-07 BlogBlog RSSRSS

I don’t know why I was feeling so overwrought and nervous.  It was just an orientation.  It’s not like I was really starting real work yet.  Heck, I wasn’t even reporting to what is going to be my regular store.  For efficiency’s sake, they combine several stores’ new employees and have them meet at one [...]

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