Growing up, my grandmothers (since they were both widowed before I was born) taught me many life valuable lessons. One of which I treasured the most throughout my life was to always enjoy the feeling of “long and dreaming” as long as you can before enjoying the “getting”. It is unfortunate in my lifetime however, to have a thief who almost robbed everyone of that feeling, called “instant gratification”. The damages caused by “instant gratification” is immense both financial and otherwise. Personally, the treasurable lesson meant: When you grow up, you will definitely be smitten by love, and the best thing to do is to enjoy every moment of it. If you are a man, you will be the one who serenades while the woman will be serenaded to. Don’t be shy! Bring out your guitar or harmonica on a full-moon night and serenade her with your love tunes while she watches you from her open window. Yes, life has to be enjoyed in all that it offers, treasuring those special moments because longing adds one
dimension while dreaming adds another. They are both part of your reality. Your love for each other will not diminish, but will grow. When time comes, you will be ecstatic.
On a different tune, when you have to make a big purchase, such as a carriage to sweep her off her feet or even a house – plan carefully, save diligently and be constant. Don’t take your aim off your focus, when you have enough money, buy it!! You will enjoy every moment it offers. When did we adapt to realizing that we should buy materialistic needs as soon as we have the urge? When did we impatiently conclude that we should first get the car and then pay for it? Why have we lost touch with reality and demand that we need to “live together” with our future spouse before making a commitment of marriage? Why did we lose our patience and forgo the pleasure of dating... long and dream…… when the time is right, get married. I think the result of this is because of the media – from the radio, to tv, to the internet – making life a lot less flavorful and a lot more insipid.
What is “Profit”? If you ask Adam Smith, author of “The Wealth of Nations,” you well find a complete answer. As for me, profit is what makes the world go round.
If you are in business and you pay your bills in full, having money left over is called “profit.” If you are working for a company and you pay off all your bills at home, having money left over should also be called “profit.” Trouble is that lately the world profit is a hated word. Young economist from Wall Street calls themselves “The Ninety-Nine that bitch about the 1%.” Why is that?...
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Last Friday the 13th was 29th anniversary of when I incorporated SRE. I had a very humble beginning. Looking back, I found it to be an almost perfect script for success. Since the money tank ran almost empty for a long time, the enthusiasm tank is always on full (todate I think the needle on the gauge has hardly moved). I felt I had a lot to offer besides selling machines to my prospective customers. I began teaching my customers my conservative spending habits by suggesting not to buy the most expensive or fancy model (since I always believed, and still do, that the difference between the product you get from a used or a new unit is negligent at its best) but rather a suitable one, benefiting both cost and productivity.Read More
For quite a while, I have noticed that the most powerful industry in this country is none other than the financial industry. Seldom as it is mentioned in the press, but it is worth noting that most the financial services add very little value to this country’s economy and that unfortunately, is fading away. Are we able to survive this exodus that is happening in the manufacturing industry and replace it with house cleaners, grass cutters, car washes, check changing outlets, etc.? The deck will not grow by shuffling it. We can open a bank on every corner that allows convenience for people, but this is not a wealth builder, If we do not groom some modern apples, caterpillars and a lot of chip making (and I don’t mean tortilla or potato), we are going down the tube.Read More
I recently read an extensive article about green energy, discussing about the future of America and our beloved planet, Earth. There are countless organizations (i.e. Green Peace, Sierra Club, WWF, and Save the Planet) that use animals and environment issue as the base of their agendas. These are the tactics that they use to collect money for their cause, and to live a comfortable lifestyle as they push their visions, which is scary and at times, laughable.
The stories I heard over the years about Green Peace are worthy of book writing and I do not mean at all, best sellers. California has decreed that in the year 2015, or nearby, want to have 1/3 of the power used to be green power, meaning solar or wind energy.
You dream on being a grandfather one day. You wish your kids marry a nice partner and give you grandkids to call you “nono”. First there was one, then two, and then the third. Hearing their call is like listening to a sweet melody. In my opinion, their innocence is the best thing God has created. Their smiles are fresh and full of life like spring flowers. I have never had the pleasure to call anybody “nono” because both of my grandfathers passed away long before I was born. I did meet and grew up with both of my grandmothers and I am confident to say I have brought them plenty of joy. The closest person I had to call “grandfather” was my grand-uncle that gave me lots of memories that I still treasure today. He told me stories of when he came to America to work in the coal mines back in the late 1800’s, though he was in the country for only a few years. In those days, I never dreamed that one day; I too would be coming here and making it my home...Read More
I guess it is a human nature that dictates “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax the fellow behind the tree” or “Don’t cut your benefits, don’t cut my benefits, cut the fellow behind the tree.” All over the world, this mantra seems to resonate clearly and made sense until the pipeline runs empty. You wonder why all of Washington DC seems to tune out the news coming from foreign countries like Greece and keeps on charging their credit cards and extending its limits in charging more and rising it again, charging more to their credit. When you wonder: “When are the politicians going to stop kicking the can down the street?” Everybody’s watching the events in Greece (where reality seems to have set in) and dreaming that it will never happen to you and it will never happen to me, it is only happening to the fellow behind the tree...Read More
Look straight at the sun, go on and the shadow will follow you! This in a nutshell is the route to success. What is (quite often I ask myself) more difficult to manage than money? and the answer is "Time!. There is no doubt that indecision and inaction lead to your business falling behind the competition and losing its edge. In the age we're in where communication in faster by the day you don't have anymore the luxury of sleep in and decide tomorrow, your move is to be made today, no ifs ends or buts. Life in business is like a chess game and if you don't plan two moves ahead you'll be run over and left in the dust. We all aim to be successful, we start a business with that intent, we set our aim which often for unexplained reasons we set inexplicably high and the failure to meet that goal in full leads us to "fall out of love" with..Read More
Head toward the sun and the shadow will follow. That is what my grandmother full of wisdom used to tell me since I was a toddler. She also shared a wise motto with me "do a good deed and forget" & "do a bad deed and remember". My father from as far as I can remember till the time of his untimely death elaborated that the shadow that follows you on your march toward the sun will plant seeds that you can count on growing into trees that will bear many fruits at the time you'll need them. In other words"forge ahead work smart and hard and don't waste any time being cynical good will prevail" Another unforgettable sample of wisdom taught by my mother was "when you make a deal make sure that when you meet again with the counterpart in the future you'll be able to look at him/her in the eyes...Read More
I have never understood and never will what motivates some people to express in the airways so much hate towards the believers (in God), while professing to be free from the shackles of believing (in God). One this that also puzzles me more is the companies that sponsor ads in the programs hosted by such luminary Pigs like Bill Maher and more recently, Mike Malloy. The audience to these animals, more specifically, identified by me as “Pigs”, is mostly left wing and extreme. Since the media is mostly of that side, not much has been made of the fact that Mike Malloy recently accused the God of the people struck in the tornadoes as the culprit for the destructions that happened to them...Read More
There’s a lot being done to alert us about cures, illnesses, prevention, etc., but I feel that the media could do a little bit more for instructing the large population about what to do to help, in case of emergency. I was flipping through a newspaper the other day, and I found an article that I want to share with all my friends, hoping if they would do the same with their circle of friends, on and on. It could reach the size of facebook or even larger, and maybe, just maybe one day, I am sure a life can be saved.
Guide to Save a Life
By whatever means necessary - be they fair or foul. (This is how Wikipedia explains it)
You hear lately of the controversy about Bank of America wanting to charge a monthly fee on the customer’s debit accounts (meaning an account where people have money and they can spend by using their debit cards). You hear of the exorbitant charges that credit cards levy on you if you don’t pay your bill or if you are late. You hear of the penalty for this and penalty for that, but I am sure you never heard the one I am going to share with you this week. I was about to go to a weekend ski trip and called my favorite rental company, Hertz, for a car to rent. I was renting it at 8 PM. and I was asked what time I was going to return on my returning day, and I said, 3PM...
I am guessing not much more than society has already taken. The latest controversy has been caused by none other than the former Vice President “Dick Chaney”. Should (Liberals question) the seventy-one year old former Vice President have stepped aside and give the opportunity to a younger person? (Because what can he expect out of what is left in life for him) Back in 2009, a 100-year old grandmother in good health and with a strong love for life by her and all her family, needed a pace-maker and some reporter asked Barrack Obama how he feels about a 100-year old woman full of life getting a pace-maker. He replied:
“Jane asks the President if her 100 year old mother (now 105) would have gotten a pacemaker ....
Weather (Get it?? Haha!) you believe in miracles or not, we have got to admit 13 tornados touching down within a two hour period in Arlington and surrounding areas and causing a lot of damage to property would not cause one death or serious injury. Recently in several parts of the country tornados have caused havoc and dozens of deaths. From my building we watched the tornado funnel moving north of us. I was personally involved in a tornado about 7 years ago (http://www.sreweb.com/weekend_emails/apr222011/) and when in the evening the news I saw 18-wheelers flying 200- 300 feet above the ground, I really realized how lucky I was that my Volkswagen was barelylifted off the ground at that time....Read More
Sometimes I think that I have the best job in the world. Of course, I have not fallen into it or inherited it, but I have created it from scratch. It all started 30-years ago when I went into business on my own and invested in it twenty-five hundred dollars in cash and several millions in passion. The telephone rang very rare but I never gave up and answered it with a lot of warmth, as I still do it today. Often I get showered with compliments about my enthusiasm in giving advice even to people who did not call for it. Sublimely I can categorize my attitude as “my passion will stir yours”.......
“Jane asks the President if her 100 year old mother (now 105) would have gotten a pacemaker ....
Politicians of all stripes have been in different degrees affected by a malaise called“deception infection”. No scientist has ever discovered when and how each one of themhas contracted this disease.The lack of thatknowledgeprevented other scientists from finding a cure.I doubt that even if a cure is found,that any of them would want to be totally immunized. In a world in which Oscars would be handed to this category of “deception”, and then I have no doubt that Barack Obama would win an Oscar every year he has been in office. I too was hopeful that with his election, race relations would have improved in the USA, but even if improvement wasn’t in the cards then deterioration was not wished by anybody.....Read More
It’s over ten years now that the Euro currency has been in existence and it has cost me and a lot of other businesses frequent headaches. Things seem to be sailing along great for most of this time but the past three years has been quite a roller coaster. The weak sisters in the Euro zone: Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, and the weakest of them all, Greece, are making it difficult for the others to carry them on their shoulders for the next seeable future, meaning, “it will take a long time for them to get slim enough to carry their own weight” kind of thing. It is evident that Germany having been unable to win the war is now enjoying the win of the economic war....Read More
My mother is going to be 94 on the 18th of May, and yet she’s not a day older than the woman I met about 65 years ago when I came to the knowledge I was 3 years old then. Still vivid in my mind, my child hood and the care and love this woman has given to me throughout this journey called “Life”. What is the difference then and today? Then my mother would take me with her to the river a few miles away and she would do the laundry in the running stream. She would then hang the wet clothing on the bushes and the sun in no time, would dry them. At the end of the day we would head home during her work day, I was playing with little fish in the water. My mother used to be a gazelle and the biggest regret now is she can’t walk anymore. Is it even conceivable that my mother, that tall and strong woman, now cannot walk?....Read More
Quite often you hear the century belong s to …….. the Romans, the Huns, the Greeks, etc. I remember several years ago reading that 1775 to 1875 was the English domination of the world. 1875 to 1975 was the American’s hegemony. 1975 to 2075 was supposed to be the Japanese century. Guess what? Japan has not delivered and since the late 80’s has gone stagnant, a new power was already brewing a much bigger power than anything the world has ever seen before, the Chinese world domination. Just for comparison, the English power grew at 1% per year, the American power at 3-5% per year, but the Chinese have shown the world how they can grow at the astounding rate of 10%. No doubt, in less than 10 years, China will dominate the world economy.....Read More
Last week I saw something on TV that made me really cringed. A reporter was interviewing one of those Wall Street protesters or as they call themselves, “The 99ers”. The reporter asked: “Since you don’t like the capitalist system, what would you replace it with?” This student in his mid-20s answered: “Well, I guess I would replace it with communism because it gives you free food, free lodging, free school, free transportation and free free free… it all.” I am wondering why so many nice, responsible, intelligent students have allowed a minority of mostly lazy idiots take over the lead and Marshall change that makes no sense, whatsoever. Obama came into power with the “Change” slogan, except that the “Change” he was advocating and the “Change” he brought turned out to be totally different things. Where did $5 trillion + go?.........Read More
You may ask what the two have in common. I will explain. This election year is becoming a monster of an effort to make a point about why the government should take from the “haves” and give it to the “have not’s”. America was built on the have not’s becoming have’s 99% through sheer work, 1% sheer luck. Quite often I noticed crowded lunch places with people that can hardly afford eating out every day. In my opinion, that is exactly the problem with eating the seeds and then blaming luck for not harvesting the fruits. I remember once a governmental official that came to my place of business and asked me a question: “How does a guy like you get to own a building like this?” I had did not hesitate to ask him: “How many times a week do you take your family to dinner out?” He replied, “Three to four.”....Read More
The altar boy seems to be at ease with himself. He was quite confidant and he seems to show his confidence to his partner, the other altar boy. He was wearing shorts with suspenders made with the same material – a little short sleeved shirt and sandals. In a few minutes, the other slipped on his oversized black robe with a white upper half. At one point during the mass, he was quite intent at watching the crowd towards the back of the church. Could it be that he was remembering a few years earlier when he was barely 3 (Now he is 8 years old) and his father to make him see what was going on, he would lift him up, sit him on his neck and put his legs over his shoulders...Read More
I am totally turned off by what the legal system has created in terms of “class action lawsuits”. I have seen cases in which it is so evident that the aim is not safe guarding consumers, but rather extorting dollars from a company “by hook or crook”. Lawyers try to convince a company that it is better to pay up than to fight. Now for the first time I am convinced that a “class action lawsuit” is appropriate. We call it the entire US population vs the Washington politicians, including the President. The damages sought are due to the constant barrage of fights that erupt in Washington mainly wanting to spend money that the government doesn’t have. This continues uncertainty created by the very people that we send to govern us and give us assurances that the future is better than the present is a travesty.Read More
Once upon a time Europe thought that the resolution to unifying the country and making it a power to reckon with was to issue a common currency, the rest (the big European brains thought) would take care of itself. As the countries joined the celebration grew and grew until one day, it was discovered that some members were living beyond their means while others were keeping the belt tight. At that point, the tide belt sector did not like the loose belt ones and demanded that they contribute more gradually to the common good. Unfortunately, just like the drug addict that is sent to rehab, those countries did not like to become more frugal. The habit of working 35 hours per week and retiring in the 50s was preferable to working 40 hours and retiring at 65-70...Read More
OSince my teen years, I have been embracing new technology. I had the first record player in my town of 3000. I also had the first transistor radio and in the 90’s, I have joined the early www marchers with my first website. I discovered YouTube by accident before it became a house-hold world. Through all of this, though, I have never camped (and never will) outside a ‘Best Buy’ in order to acquire the first (which-might-call-it). I did purposely delay buying a cellphone, which turned out to be a fabulous idea (because today, I can choose to be disconnected when I leave my office).Read More
The little kid was very excited. His shorts right above the knee, barefoot and in a little light shirt, he couldn’t wait for the adventure that today was going to bring. He was going to go with his dad to the watermill. His dad had told him a lot about this watermill. As the matter of fact, he passed by the mill several times but he never went inside. Today, though, was the day. His dad saddle up the donkey and asked him if he wanted to ride. He was so excited, he refused. It was still dusk and a cool breeze was forecasting a nice day. In one hour, he was there. He entered the big door and he couldn’t wait and go see where the water fall would turn this big wooden wheel, which in turn, would transmit power to the giant stone grinding wheel that grinds the wheat into flour that his father harvest some weeks before.Read More