Monthly Archives: December 2015

Don’t be a fool stay in school

th (25)Hate it or love it our public school systems now have a new guideline that allow for the teachers to be graded and hold to a higher, universal standard. It allows parents, students, and our government to compare and decide if they are getting the best from their school and its school.

Even with this new standard of grading teachers and the supposedly higher standard to hold each teacher up to, our overall graduation rate of high school students are still not that great. Even though the percentage of students graduation has grown a whopping one percent in the past two years in comparison to some other nations it still is not enough.

Only eighty two percent of those people that are classified as high school students graduated last year and should graduate this year. Even to my ears it seem like a lot, but it is only like four fifth of the student population graduation. According to the most recent report, released one in five high school students will graduate this upcoming graduation season. With a goal of at least ninety one percent by two thousand and twenty, we as a community have a lot to do. As of right now, it is not looking so good.

Even so, there is some hope, it is plausible. It seem if we focus on those students in areas where they are substantially behind the rest of the country, such as Washington D.C. . It has been reported to be graduating only sixty-five of its students last year; we can really boost our overall score.

In this current year area that are of a lower income bracket have a lot less graduating students. One would think that this country of ours, which is supposedly filled of so many opportunities, this would no longer be a problem. I mean I had a college roommate that was from a small rural town, where they have been greatly effective by the economy. He said that many of his friends had to drop out to help with their family and their families’ business and farms. On the other hand, they lost the great battle of unwed teen pregnancy.

I am saying to say that he comes from small rather poor town that has struggled to have its students stay in school and graduate. My roommate family is quite wealthy and his mother is a whiz with finances, so they were able to keep their family fortune when the economy took a turn for the worst. After graduating school, he was able to go on to college and pay for it without having any debt by the grace of his grandparents. They had set up a college trust fund for him, his sisters, and cousins.

However, he whole-heartedly believes that if he were not born into such a wealthy and affluent he, almond with his friends and the rest of the county, would not have graduated. If his family needed his help without even a second thought, he would have quit school and taken on a job. With the hopes and intentions to return later to complete his education.

I know that if I did not have the support of my family doubt that I would have finished.

 

 

Know your service providers: it will save you a bundle

thCDXQTZBUMany people do not know this about me but a have a few rental properties scattered across the country. I am not a tycoon or anything but I am working my way to this. The thing about having properties in different localities you have to know who to call and who to deal with something happens to the house or apartment building. If there is a plumbing issue, or something happen to the roof, whatever. You have to have your go to guy, girl, or company wherever you do business. I mean if you are like me you do not want to waste your money on crappy craftsmanship or someone just looking to score a quick buck.

Take this for instance. Just the other day one of my tenants in Virginia gave me a call. Turns out the furnace was not working and it had been cold the last few days. She was hoping I could send someone out to check it and have it fix. I told her of course I would. Not to worry and that I am happy that she brought it to my attention as quickly as she did. I also told her that I would knock a hundred dollars off her rent for next month. For the inconvenience of course.

This means I have to call my HVAC person. If I was not privy to who does the best work, the most honest and reliable I would be in a pickle. My house is nowhere close to where my tenant resides. Therefore, it pays to do a little research whenever you consider purchasing a rental home in any area.

However, of course, I have done my research and I call the HVAC team that I have been dealing with for years. They offer great and reliable service. They are honest and dependable, and I never feel as if I had just been took with I do business with them. I cannot stand soliciting a service to have it done then feel as though I have been bamboozled. You know what I mean. That feeling of being taken advantage of, it is such a horrible feeling. I like to avoid it all cost.

Anyway, they said that they would send someone over there within the next two hours, I told them that was great because I know how cold it has been for them in Virginia. I gave my tenant a call back to let her know to expect a technician there within two hours. Not to worry about the bill they already know to charge me. All she has to do is let them in so they can do their work.

After I finished talking to my tenant, it got me to thinking about my other properties in the area. I own three houses and one apartment building all within the same county. I think I will have every furnace and cooling serviced and condition this week just to be on the safe side. I normally would have done this in the spring but it just slipped my mind.   I gave my HVAC team a call back schedule to have maintenance done to all of my properties within the week.

That is how you do it; see how easy that was handled?   All because I do my homework. After I bought my first house out of town, it really taught me what I should and should not do. Now I have an entire protocol set in place so I will never again have to go through what I went through with the first one. That was such a nightmare to deal with that I just sold the house after six months.

A walk in the woods

th3PM1VJFFI have travel all around the world. Have seen many different sites. Beautiful architecture in the south of Rome. Great gardens in the English countryside. Fountains in the French centers. No matter where I go nothing can compare to the beauty and sense of tranquilly of woods right behind my house. I have no idea what is but when I am outside and all I can see are trees, shrubs, grass, and flowers as far as the eye can see I am at home. Some days I just go out and walk to just sit under a tree and just be. Completely unplugged from the world.

I travel a lot for business although I try to be home every weekend it still is hard on my family and me. However, I have to remember it was worse. For a while, I was away from home for two to three weeks at a time, stay for two weeks then I was gone again. This got old fast. I was missing my children growing up, the comfort of my wife. It was hard, as soon as a position became available that required less travel I took it. Now I get to be home on the weekend.   In addition, a few days doing the week during the slow seasons.

When everything has taken a toll on me and I just need some time to center myself and get back to the basic I like to take long walks or sometimes long naps in the woods. Just to marvel at all that God has blessed me with, at all of His creations. How everything is balanced and works perfectly without any hiccups. Smooth like eggs!

That is probably why I enjoy hunting so much. Not just for the adrenaline rush, every hunter received when you find you target and get your kill. No, that is not it. Even though I love that feeling, I am not going to lie. Nevertheless, a hunter must also love nature because there are many times when a person will take out to the woods, with great hope and adieu, to leave empty handed. Even in that, he would have seen an amazing show. If only he paid attention. Like me, I pay attention. I cannot count the number of times I have let an easy target walk away because I was marveling at something. On the other hand, the scene was so sweet and perfect that the crack from my gun would disturb its perfect serenity. During those moments I let whatever I am hunting pass on by. Maybe next time.

That has not to say that I am a bad hunter or that I do not know what I am doing. Just the opposite. I understand and believe that each kill I make is a sacrifice. One that each animal has made for me to be able to feed my family and myself. I have to think like that so I can appreciate the animal’s life and what it gave up for me to enjoy a great meal.

Some will not understand but those are not the people I am talking to. For those that do, they will read this and find comfort that they are not alone in their thinking. That I encourage and hope they remain as such, and teach their children as well.